No decision yet on Trump’s wall funding

17 February 2019, 9:30 AM
Acting Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan said on Saturday that no decision has been taken on funding President Donald Trump's border wall with Mexico, a project that may come partly from redirected military funds.
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May to speak to every EU leader to break Brexit deadlock 17 February 2019, 6:29 AM

British Prime Minister Theresa May on Saturday vowed to speak to every EU member state leader "over the coming days", as she wrote to Conservative MPs to appeal for unity over Brexit.

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Pence presses Merkel over Nordstream, Iran deal 16 February 2019, 7:45 PM

US Vice President Mike Pence said on Saturday he told German Chancellor Angela Merkel that Europe and the United States need to stand together against Iran and he reiterated Washington’s opposition to the Nordstream gas pipeline. The time has come for our European partners to stand with us and with the Iranian people – to […]

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Five killed as gunman opens fire after being fired 16 February 2019, 9:10 AM

Authorities in the US state of Illinois say the gunman, who opened fire at a factory, did so shortly after receiving notice of termination from his job there.

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Trump declares emergency for border wall 16 February 2019, 7:02 AM

President Donald Trump on Friday declared a national emergency in a bid to fund his promised wall at the US-Mexico border without congressional approval, an action Democrats vowed to challenge as a violation of the US Constitution.

Trump says trade with Britain to increase ‘substantially’ post-Brexit 15 February 2019, 7:35 PM

US trade with Britain will increase "very substantially" post-Brexit,  President Donald Trump predicted on Friday as a deadline looms for that country to leave the European Union.

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Deal or delay? Wall Street doesn’t believe no-deal Brexit threat 15 February 2019, 5:13 PM

As the United Kingdom's Brexit crisis deepens, Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan have differing views of the ultimate outcome but the two titans of Wall Street agree on one thing: They don't believe there will be a no-deal Brexit.

US President Donald Trump
US lawmakers optimistic on reaching border security deal 15 February 2019, 12:45 PM

Facing a Friday deadline to avoid another partial US government shutdown, congressional negotiators said they were aiming to reach a deal on border security funding by Monday night, after talks broke down over the weekend.

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This Week In Numbers : 11 – 15 February 2019 15 February 2019, 12:35 PM

This Week In Numbers: Unemployment grows, Nigeria gears up for elections and Nasa announces the end of  Mars Opportunity Rover's exploration.

Venezuelans line up as they wait for a free lunch at the "Divina Providencia" migrant shelter outskirts of Cucuta.
Venezuela’s Maduro ramps up legal fight against Guaido’s challenge 15 February 2019, 11:04 AM

Venezuela’s opposition, which argues Nicolas Maduro’s presidency is illegitimate because he won in a sham vote, is trying to wrest control of the OPEC nation’s oil sector from him and deliver aid to a population suffering food and medicine shortages.

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Trump vows emergency declaration over wall 15 February 2019, 6:30 AM

President Donald Trump vowed on Thursday to declare a national emergency in an attempt to fund his US-Mexico border wall without congressional approval.

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More Brexit embarrassment for May 15 February 2019, 5:43 AM

Prime Minister Theresa May suffered a defeat on her Brexit strategy on Thursday that undermined her pledge to European Union leaders.

UK’s May suffers another damaging defeat in Brexit saga 14 February 2019, 10:21 PM

British Prime Minister Theresa May on Thursday suffered another defeat in parliament over her Brexit strategy, just 43 days before Britain is due to leave the European Union.

‘Black eye’ for German economy as it flirts with recession 14 February 2019, 3:54 PM

Germany's economy stalled in the final quarter of 2018, just skirting recession as fallout from global trade disputes and Brexit put the brakes on a decade of expansion amid signs that exports will stay subdued for the time being.

Police secure the area near an Istanbul nightclub, following a gun attack, in Turkey.
Turkey rounds up 52 Syrian IS suspects 14 February 2019, 12:41 PM

Turkish authorities on Thursday detained 52 suspected Islamic State (IS) group jihadists in northwestern province of Bursa as part of a crackdown.

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, who many nations have recognized as the country's rightful interim ruler, attends a session of Venezuela's National Assembly.
Venezuela opposition takes steps to seize oil revenue 14 February 2019, 9:18 AM

Venezuela’s opposition-controlled congress named new temporary boards of directors to state-oil firm PDVSA on Wednesday, in an effort to wrest the OPEC nation’s oil revenue from increasingly isolated socialist President Nicolas Maduro.

US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un react at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore.
The bumpy diplomatic road since Trump and Kim first met 14 February 2019, 8:11 AM

As Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un prepare to meet in Vietnam for a second summit, there is a growing expectation that this time they need to make a more specific agreement.

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US attempts to interfere with Venezuela affairs unfortunate: Russia 13 February 2019, 10:15 PM

Russia's envoy to the United Nations has labelled as unfortunate attempts by the United States to interfere in the internal affairs of Venezuela. Moscow's Ambassador has described a US draft resolution on Venezuela as completely unbalanced.

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Arreaza calls for the strengthening of multilateral institutions 13 February 2019, 8:12 PM

Venezuela's Foreign Minister has called for the strengthening of multilateral institutions after a meeting with the UN Secretary General and a separate meeting with members of the Non Aligned Movement to drum up support for President Nicolas Maduro.

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Global unemployment down but too many working poor: UN 13 February 2019, 4:39 PM

The global unemployment rate inched down from 2018, the UN said Wednesday, warning though that jobs often failed to guarantee decent living, with some 700 million workers wallowing in poverty.

Spain set to close all of its nuclear plants by 2035 13 February 2019, 12:27 PM

Spain aims to close all seven of its nuclear plants between 2025 and 2035 as part of plans to generate all the country's electricity from renewable sources by 2050.

May seeks more time to find Brexit deal 13 February 2019, 11:54 AM

Prime Minister Theresa May told MPs on Tuesday to hold their nerve over Brexit and give her more time to negotiate a deal acceptable to both the European Union and the British parliament.

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May accused of playing ‘chicken’ with Brexit talks 12 February 2019, 8:30 PM

Prime Minister Theresa May asked MPs Tuesday for more time to try and revive her Brexit deal with the EU in what the opposition said was a ploy to "run down the clock".

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Embattled Aussie PM suffers historic defeat over refugees 12 February 2019, 2:42 PM

Australia's conservative minority government suffered a damaging political defeat Tuesday, becoming the first administration in nearly a century to lose a vote on major legislation and sparking calls for a snap election.

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Theresa May set to plead for extension of talks with EU 12 February 2019, 12:30 PM

Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday will plead with MPs to give her more time for talks with European Union (EU) officials on her Brexit deal, telling them they must hold their nerve.

US and Russian draft resolutions compete in UNSC 12 February 2019, 8:10 AM

Two competing draft resolutions on Venezuela have again pitted the United States (US) and Russia against each other in the United Nations (UN) Security Council.

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Delhi hotel fire kills 17 12 February 2019, 7:54 AM

At least 17 people died on Tuesday as a fire tore through a budget hotel in Delhi before dawn, in the latest disaster to raise concerns over fire safety in India.

O’Rourke blasts Trump in rival border rally 12 February 2019, 5:46 AM

Beto O’Rourke, the former Democratic congressman considering a White House run, blasted President Donald Trump's fight for a border wall on Monday as the two held dueling rallies in El Paso, Texas.

Acting Pentagon chief Patrick Shanahan meets Afghan president in Kabul 11 February 2019, 7:56 PM

Acting Pentagon chief Patrick Shanahan made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan Monday, where he met with President Ashraf Ghani as the United States leads a push for peace talks with the Taliban.

US team in Beijing for trade talks after IMF ‘storm’ warning 11 February 2019, 1:57 PM

US negotiators met with their Chinese counterparts in Beijing Monday for a new round of high-stakes trade talks, hoping to reach a deal before the March 1 deadline...

Immigrant children now housed in a tent encampment under the new "zero tolerance" policy by the Trump administration are shown walking in single file at the facility near the Mexican border.
Talks collapse on border deal as US government shutdown looms 11 February 2019, 6:05 AM

Talks on border security funding collapsed after Democratic and Republican lawmakers clashed over immigrant detention policy as they worked to avert another US government shutdown, a Republican senator said on Sunday.