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Source: DW

Siemens and GE sign deals to provide electricity to Iraq

Today 04:14 GMT

Siemens and the Iraqi government said on Sunday that they had signed a memorandum of understanding on plans to supply electricity to the country.

The "roadmap proposes cost savings in billions of US dollars and generating additional electricity 24/7 for 23 million people," said a statement from Siemens. The deal includes the upgrading of existing electricity generating plants, and the building of new ones, especially in deprived areas.

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Source: Fox News

Goodlatte previews Rosenstein interview with House lawmakers behind closed doors

Today 12:41 GMT

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte explained to Fox News on Sunday what he's expecting to learn when Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein sits for a closed-door interview with House lawmakers this coming Wednesday.

Goodlatte noted the interview of Rosenstein will be held in a secure room, and that a transcript will be released after the intelligence community reviews it for classified information.

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Source: Washington Post

U.S. general wounded in attack in Afghanistan

Today 08:04 GMT

A U.S. general was wounded in an attack last week in Afghanistan’s Kandahar province that killed two senior Afghan provincial officials and targeted a group that included the senior U.S. commander in the country, four people with knowledge of the assault said.

U.S. military officials in Afghanistan and at the Pentagon have declined to comment on the attack or identify the wounded, describing them only as an American service member, an American civilian and a contractor who is part of the military coalition.

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Source: CBS News

Watchdog finds security for Zinke and his wife's vacation cost taxpayers $25,000

Friday 20:02 GMT

Taxpayers spent $25,000 on security for Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's vacation to Turkey and Greece with his wife, the Department of the Interior watchdog is expected to say in an upcoming report obtained by the Washington Post.

The report found that, despite a DOI policy prohibiting non-government employees from riding in government vehicles, the DOI Office of the Solicitor's Division of General Law approved Zinke's wife, Lolita Zinke, and others to ride in government vehicles with him.

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Source: Common Domain

5 companies that spent lavishly on stock buybacks while pension funding lagged

Sunday 05:09 GMT

Even as corporate executives engage in a spree of share buybacks to spur stock prices higher, many have eschewed adding to their employee’s pension pots.

In the chart below, the amount of buybacks and pension contributions between 2009 and 2017 for the five companies is compared alongside their respective pension funding ratio, which represents how much the company can deliver on its future pension obligations as a percentage of the plan’s total assets.

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Source: Washington Post

Trump administration does about-face on announcement that top HUD aide would lead Interior watchdog

Friday 20:57 GMT

Interior Department officials said Thursday that they did not approve the hiring of a political appointee as the agency’s acting watchdog, calling the announcement of her move by Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson “100 percent false information.”

The backtracking on Suzanne Israel Tufts’s hiring from HUD two days after it drew widespread scrutiny deepened questions about how and why she was supposedly chosen to lead the inspector general’s office, which is currently conducting at least four investigations into Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.

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Source: Fox News

House committees to interview Rosenstein behind closed doors about 'wire' comment

Friday 23:42 GMT

The top lawmakers on the House Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform Committees plan to interview Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein next week about reports that he once suggested wearing a "wire" to secretly record President Trump and discussed the possibility of invoking the 25th Amendment to remove the president from office.

Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., and Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., announced late Thursday that they and the top Democrats on both committees would interview Rosenstein on Oct. 24.

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Source: The Guradian

Inspector general: interior secretary Zinke's travel with wife violated policy

Saturday 01:31 GMT

An inspector general report said that Zinke had invited his wife Lolita Zinke on certain boat travel with a green light from his department’s solicitor general’s office.

An internal investigation at the interior department has concluded that secretary Ryan Zinke abused his office by allowing family members to ride with him in government vehicles, in violation of department regulations prohibiting that practice.

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Source: Washington Post

Trump appointee tapped days ago to run Interior Department’s watchdog office resigns amid controversy

Saturday 21:49 GMT

A top Trump administration political appointee who just two days ago was on track to lead the Interior Department’s inspector general’s office resigned Friday from the federal government, according to an administration official.

Mary Kendall, who has served as Interior’s deputy inspector general for nine years but was not confirmed by the Senate to the top spot, is conducting at least four investigations into Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s conduct.

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Source: CBS News

U.S.-China trade feud dents American automakers

Saturday 13:35 GMT

The Goldman analysts base their case on a clause contained in the recently concluded trade agreement with Canada and Mexico.

Analysts are warning of more headwinds for car manufacturers, thanks partly to fears that the Trump administration will impose previously threatened auto tariffs on additional countries in Europe and Asia. Goldman Sachs recently predicted that tariffs for Japan, Korea and the European Union are likely sometime after the U.S. midterm elections.


“Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets...” ― Napoléon Bonaparte