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Source: Common Domain

Another woeful effect of the government shutdown: More spam calls

Sunday 15:24 GMT

The FCC and the FTC, two government agencies, told MarketWatch they are unable to respond to request for comment due to the government shutdown.

The link goes to a blank holding page that says, due to the government shutdown, we are unable to offer this website service at this time.”

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Source: The Guradian

Brexit: Labour 'must keep open' option of second referendum

Sunday 14:29 GMT

After Theresa May’s Brexit deal was overwhelmingly voted down on Tuesday, leaving Labour as potential kingmakers in shaping the nature of Britain’s exit from the European Union, the shadow Brexit secretary said Labour must either instruct the government to negotiate a close economic relationship with the EU based on a customs union, or campaign for a further public vote.

It comes after a leaked poll commissioned by the pro-EU Best for Britain campaign suggested that voters would be less likely to back Labour if the party was committed to stopping Brexit, while a number of junior shadow ministers have said they would consider their positions if Corbyn conceded to pressure to back a second referendum.

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Source: Common Domain

The Public Face of Huawei’s Global Fight

Sunday 06:03 GMT

When she landed in Vancouver on Dec. 1, Meng Wanzhou, Huawei’s finance chief and the daughter of the company’s reclusive founder, became the public face of a bitter battle unfolding across multiple continents.

Ms. Meng faces what is likely to be a slow process for extradition to the U.S., where she would stand trial for defrauding banks about Huawei’s business in Iran in violation of U.S. sanctions.

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Source: Common Domain

Government Shutdown, Trade Tensions Weigh on U.S. Households

Sunday 09:54 GMT

Richard Curtin, the survey’s economist, said the decline reflected worries about the government shutdown, trade tensions, volatile markets, a cooling global economy and uncertainty over what the Federal Reserve will do next.

The consumer sentiment index fell the last time the government shut down in 2013 but recovered once the government reopened, said Jim O’Sullivan, chief U.S. economist at High Frequency Economics.

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Source: The Week

Theresa May's undead government

Friday 23:40 GMT

There is probably no head of government in the world who works harder than the British prime minister does, all in the hope of advancing the parliamentary fortunes of a series of bills that no one supports, in service of an agenda that she probably does not believe in.

It is hard to think of any reason why the Conservative Party should remain in government, with or without May at the head of it.

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Source: Reuters

Modi's pre-election handouts to cost India billions, breach fiscal...

Friday 23:40 GMT

A series of vote-catching measures planned by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he braces for a difficult general election may cost more than 1 trillion rupees ($14 billion), two sources with direct knowledge of the matter said.

“We can delay the medium-term fiscal targets since we have credibility with the target by a year or two and I don’t think markets should see this adversely,” the source said.

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Source: The Guradian

Thursday US briefing: Britain in Brexit deadlock as May clings on

Friday 06:04 GMT

May has invited the leaders of Britain’s other major parties to help her reach a Brexit consensus, but Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the Labour opposition, has said he will not take part in such talks until May rules out the possibility of a “no-deal” Brexit.

The British prime minister Theresa May has survived a vote of no confidence in her Conservative-led government despite the crushing parliamentary defeat of her Brexit deal, leaving the UK in limbo as the planned date of its departure from the EU looms.

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Source: DW

Fear of bandits grows in Zamfara

Saturday 02:25 GMT

"We have eight to ten camps where the bandits hide," says State Secretary Abdullahi Shinkafi of Zamfara's state government. "There are probably around a thousand bandits in each of them.

Rakiya Bala and her youngest child are standing in front of the hospital in Tsafe, a county in the state of Zamfara in north-western Nigeria.

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Source: Fox News

Newsom, Cuomo coasting towards socialism in California and New York - Our formula for greatness is under siege

Friday 06:04 GMT

This month, newly minted Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom told the nation that California will “write America’s future.” In New York, Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared that America is now confronting “a great social depression” that requires action.

In New York, Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared that America is now confronting “a great social depression” that requires action. Despite a recent Gallup survey that showed Americans think government is the biggest problem facing the country, both men made it clear they believe more government is the answer.

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Source: Global News

Brewery sues U.S. government over sud-sidelining shutdown

Friday 16:20 GMT

Stuck with a lot of craft beer they can’t legally sell, Washington’s Atlas Brew Works has decided to brew up a court fight with the U.S. government.

In a lawsuit filed this week, the brewery alleges its First Amendment right to free speech is being denied because of the current government shutdown. “The labels we create for our products are speech, they are how we communicate with our consumers,” explained Atlas CEO Justin Cox in an email to Global News.

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Source: The Guradian

May tells Corbyn it is 'impossible' to rule out no deal

Friday 16:20 GMT

Theresa May has told Jeremy Corbyn his demand that she rule out a no-deal scenario as a prerequisite for Brexit talks is “an impossible condition” and called on him to join cross-party discussions immediately. In a letter to Corbyn on Thursday afternoon, written after the Labour leader dismissed her request for talks as a “stunt”, May said that she would be “happy to discuss” the Labour leader’s ideas.

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Source: Reuters

Aging Singapore: City-state helps firms retain workers past...

Saturday 02:25 GMT

For his employer, Aerospace Component Engineering Services (ACE Services), the grant helps retain workers like Khan whose skills are difficult to replace.

In most countries, it is left to the private sector to try to keep the experienced workers they need, although Asia’s two other rapidly aging nations - Japan and South Korea - do provide grants and subsidies to firms for their older workers. Philip O’Keefe, a lead economist at the World Bank, said Singapore - where the government has a reputation for innovation and long-term planning - is “a very interesting laboratory”.

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Source: The Guradian

Brazil environment chief accused of 'war on NGOs' as partnerships paused

Friday 06:04 GMT

Brazil’s new environment minister, Ricardo Salles, has suspended all partnerships and agreements with non-governmental organizations for 90 days, in a move that was described as “a war against NGOs”.

Announcing the move, Salles said the three-month suspension was to allow a re-evaluation of such partnerships, but civil society organizations described the move as a blatant and illegal attack on the environment and those working to protect it.

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Source: BBC

Hitachi to halt work on Wales nuclear plant

Saturday 05:10 GMT

The Nuclear Industry Association says the UK has six sites that are licensed to build new nuclear power stations and eight sites that are currently generating power.

Duncan Hawthorne, chief executive of Hitachi's Horizon subsidiary, said the Anglesey site remained "the best site for nuclear development in the UK" and that the company would "keep the option to resume development in future". The new nuclear plant had been intended to have a generating capacity of 2,900 MW and have a 60-year operational life.

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Source: Fox News

'So much stupidity' surrounding battle over border wall: Jonah Goldberg

Friday 06:04 GMT

As the ongoing political battle over funding for a border wall carries on, both sides are bringing “stupidity” to the table, National Review senior editor Jonah Goldberg argued Wednesday.

“There’s a fairly modest proposal at the table for border security and other issues that will help with the inflow of drugs and other problems that happen over the border and at some point, the adults are going to have to actually take it up and move forward.”


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