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Source: Common Domain

Never mind the Social Security increase, seniors are in trouble — here’s why

Friday 08:06 GMT

Here’s what the Social Security Administration says:. If you begin taking Social Security at age 62, you’ll get 70% of the monthly benefit—because you retired five years before your full retirement age.

Since more people retire at 62 than any other age (because that’s the earliest they can tap into Social Security), let’s use that as a benchmark. If you’re an average, single middle income earner and retire at that age now, you’ll get $17,532 from Social Security next year.

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Source: CTV

Federal deficit increased to $19B in last fiscal year

Saturday 15:25 GMT

The deficit came in slightly lower than the $19.9 billion projected in the federal budget released in February, and was virtually the same as the $19-billion deficit in the previous 2016-17 fiscal year.

The government prefers to measure its fiscal health by expressing debt as a percentage of GDP — 32 per cent, for 2017-18, the best among the G7 industrialized nations.

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Source: Washington Post

Europe’s top court orders Poland to halt a law forcing Supreme Court judges into retirement

Saturday 14:30 GMT

Europe’s top court ordered Poland’s government on Friday to immediately halt implementation of a controversial law designed to force more than a dozen of the nation’s Supreme Court justices into early retirement.

The surprise decision by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) sets up a potential clash between European authorities and the right-wing Polish government, which has been accused of subverting the rule of law with a bid to pack Supreme Court with sympathetic judges.

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Source: The Guradian

Julian Assange launches legal action against Ecuador

Saturday 14:30 GMT

Julian Assange is to launch legal action against the government of Ecuador, accusing it of violating his “fundamental rights and freedoms”.

The Ecuadorian initiative was intended to confer legal immunity on the WikiLeaks founder, allowing him to slip out of the embassy and Britain without being arrested for breaching his former bail conditions.

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Source: DW

DW migration debate: Benin City youth have their say

Saturday 14:30 GMT

A few people have concrete suggestions: Reduce the tax for startup companies, or introduce targeted employment for young staff in the public service with low entry-level salaries, because "it is not that the government and institutions are unwilling, but rather that the employees are not able, as they are far too old,” said one contributor to the debate.

When DW moderator Edith Kimani concluded by asking the question that was used as the title of the debate: "Your future, Here or abroad?"  the initial loud responses of "here” were followed by some more undecided calls of  "or maybe abroad?”

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Source: Common Domain

Investors need to watch the calendar in Italy’s looming budget showdown

Saturday 14:30 GMT

Bond markets are on edge as investors around the world begin to pay closer attention to a looming battle between Italy’s populist government and the European Union over Rome’s deficit-expanding budget plans.

See: Investors watch for Italy credit-rating downgrade, amid fears of forced selloff. The European Commission said the government can offer some input justifying their budget proposal before Brussels issues its formal opinion, which is due by Nov. 30, according to Citibank.

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Source: DW

Taiwan to hold independence rally, irking China

Saturday 13:35 GMT

A group of pro-independence activists will gather in Taipei on Saturday to protest against China's increasing hostility toward the self-ruled island and push the Taiwanese government to take a more assertive stance on the issue of Taiwan's independence.

Pro-independence activists on the self-ruling democratic island are taking to the streets on Saturday demanding the government make way for a public referendum on independence from China.

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Source: The Guradian

As the fracking protesters show, a people’s rebellion is the only way to fight climate breakdown

Friday 08:05 GMT

An essay by the visionary author Douglas Rushkoff this summer, documenting his discussion with some of the world’s richest people, reveals that their most pressing concern is to find a refuge from climate breakdown, and economic and societal collapse.

He claims climate breakdown is a fable invented by a “globalist conspiracy”, and seeks to withdraw from the Paris agreement, abolish the environment ministry, put the congressional beef caucus (representing the murderous and destructive ranching industry) in charge of agriculture, open the Amazon Basin for clearance and dismantle almost all environmental and indigenous protections.

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Source: Common Domain

Free More Dissidents, U.S. Asks Vietnam, After ‘Mother Mushroom’ Is Released

Friday 08:05 GMT

The U.S. government wants more political prisoners in Vietnam released after authorities there freed “Mother Mushroom,” a prominent dissident, following Defense Secretary Jim Mattis’s visit this week.

Vietnam launched a crackdown on dissent in 2016, partly driven by concern about the way Facebook might be used to stir up protests

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Source: The Guradian

Ecuador tried to move Julian Assange to Russia, new files confirm

Thursday 16:23 GMT

Last month, the Associated Press published internal WikiLeaks files showing Assange tried to move to Russia as early as 2010.

The files were made public late Tuesday by Ecuadorian opposition lawmaker Paola Vintimilla, who opposes her government’s decision to grant Assange nationality. They largely corroborate a recent Guardian report that Ecuador attempted the elaborate maneuver to get Assange to Moscow just before Christmas last year.

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Source: Global News

More irregular border-crossers have arrived so far this year than by this time last year

Friday 15:27 GMT

READ MORE: More than half of Quebec asylum seekers had some kind of ‘legal status’ in U.S. before crossing to Canada. While that is fewer than the 1,881 intercepted in September 2017, it keeps the overall number of irregular arrivals in Canada so far this year, above the number who arrived by this time last year.

If the remaining months of the year see 1,263 people arrive each month — the lowest monthly amount seen so far this year — Canada will end the year with 19,515 irregular border-crossers arriving.

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Source: Fox News

US officials rebut Putin ISIS hostage claims: 'fake news'

Friday 15:27 GMT

U.S. officials have rejected claims from Vladimir Putin that ISIS has taken nearly 700 people hostage, including several European and U.S. Nationals in Syria.

“Responsibility doesn’t stop with the federal government, we also need the private sector and media outlets to step up and take greater responsibility because this -- a national interest it is a national interest that demands a response from both the federal government and from the private sector,” said Dan Coats speaking at a tech conference in the nation’s capital.

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Source: DW

Hungary's university ban on gender studies heats up culture war

Friday 15:27 GMT

A master’s degree in gender studies is currently offered at two Hungarian universities: Budapest's state-funded Eotvos Lorand University (ELTE), Hungary's oldest university, and the Central European University (CEU), a private institution funded by Hungarian-American billionaire George Soros' Open Society Foundation.

As a counterweight to gender studies, Retvari's ministry introduced the master's programme in "family studies" at the Corvinus State University in Budapest.

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Source: Reuters

Special Report: Why Poland fell out of step with Europe

Friday 08:05 GMT

Pawlik is a citizen of the European Union, but the 24-year-old’s commitment to defend her nation reflects a mounting unease throughout Poland and elsewhere in the EU.

When Pawlik was doing her training, she says, she learned how to fire weapons and was surprised to find she was no weaker th

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Source: Fox News

Judge Andrew Napolitano: Trump and the victory for freedom of speech

Friday 08:05 GMT

James Madison, who drafted the Bill of Rights, was careful to refer to speech as "the" freedom of speech so as to underscore the Framers' unambiguous belief that free speech is pre-political.

Earlier this week, a federal judge in Los Angeles ruled that Daniels' efforts to use the courts to punish the president for his exercising the freedom of speech were frivolous. Daniels claims that she and Trump had a consensual sexual encounter in a Lake Tahoe hotel room in 2006, shortly after Trump's youngest son, Barron, was born.


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