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Source: Common Domain

U.S. government bond yields rise after Fed minutes

Thursday 16:23 GMT

U.S. government bond yields rose on Wednesday after the Federal Reserve released minutes from its September meeting, which underscored the central bank’s intent to raise rates gradually amid a robust economic backdrop.

The Fed minutes showed the majority of senior Fed officials believed the central bank should raise rates into restrictive territory. But some members of the Federal Open Market Committee said if there were no clear signs of the economy overheating, the central bank should look to avoid hurting growth through tighter monetary policy.

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Source: Common Domain

Immigrant Children Are Staying Longer in Government Custody

Saturday 10:49 GMT

Migrant children who come into the U.S. without family are staying longer in crowded shelters as authorities struggle to handle their growing numbers and to screen potential sponsors, according to government data and advocates.

That is up from 56 in June and 41 last year, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement, which is caring for about 13,000 newly arrived immigrant children.

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Source: The Guradian

Missing in Syria: Austin Tice's parents lonely struggle to find their son

Friday 08:05 GMT

Earlier this year, a state department spokesperson said that the US believes Austin Tice has survived detention in Syria.

In recent years, as Austin Tice has become widely known as a detained journalist, his parents have looked for other, more personal ways to describe him.

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Source: The Guradian

Revealed: US moves to keep endangered species discussions secret

Friday 08:05 GMT

“I think what you are seeing right now from Interior Department political leadership and by extension Fish and Wildlife Service leadership,” said Yogin Kothari, a staffer at the Union of Concerned Scientists’ Center for Science and Democracy, “is an attempt to leave no stone unturned to undermine the implementation of the Endangered Species Act.”

The Trump administration is moving to restrict the release of information about its decisions on endangered species, according to a confidential internal document obtained by the Guardian.

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Source: Fox News

Amazon and Google: How two tech giants differ over working with US Dept. of Defense

Friday 04:15 GMT

If big tech companies are going to turn their back on the U.S. Department of Defense, this country is going to be in trouble.”

“The United States government and our defense department is going to the best in the world during the rest of my lifetime with or without Google,” Rodgers said on Wednesday. The Silicon Valley legend said investors can make a moral choice on whether to invest in Google or not after the search engine company decided to suspend its contract with the U.S. military.

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Source: Common Domain

The World’s Biggest Exporter Rebrands Itself as a Big Buyer

Friday 04:15 GMT

Under a clover-shaped, 15.8-million-square-foot venue starting Nov. 5, the expo may resemble the global economy itself with Italian helicopters and American soybeans, French baking yeast and a 200-metric-ton German milling machine.

For now, touting China’s role as an importer comes down to geopolitical necessity for President Xi in the face of an unprecedented pushback against his government’s global ambitions.

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Source: DW

The Brexit architect: What is David Cameron up to these days?

Thursday 16:22 GMT

As Brexit unravels before our eyes, it's worth reminding ourselves who got the UK and the EU into this mess in the first place.

While May has given him the cold shoulder, Cameron seems to be back on speaking terms with another of his nemeses, Boris Johnson, with whom he had a very public falling out over Brexit. They've been spotted having dinner together and also met for talks ahead of the Chequers summit in August where May presented her controversial customs arrangements to her ministers.

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Source: Global News

Liberals say legalizing cannabis is just the start, and lots more needs to be done

Thursday 22:45 GMT

“I’m confident that, quite frankly, we’ve done our job and we will continue to do our job,” said Organized Crime Reduction Minister Bill Blair.

Canada’s shift to a legal cannabis regime is just the first of what the government says are several steps to come, from regulating edibles to training more drug cops. The steps include rules for new forms of cannabis, scientific research on the effects of legalization and a bill to allow for easier pardons for past convictions of simple pot possession.

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Source: DW

South Korea rejects Yemeni asylum-seekers

Thursday 11:45 GMT

According to an opinion poll taken after the arrival of the Yemeni asylum-seekers, about half of South Koreans opposed the arrivals, 39 percent were in favor and some 12 percent undecided.

A technical loophole allowed the Yemenis to enter South Korean territory visa-free, but their arrival was met with a strong anti-immigrant backlash. South Korea has some of the toughest refugee laws in the world.

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Source: Global News

Trudeau changes tune on Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, refuses to comment on documents

Thursday 22:45 GMT

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau angered Conservatives in Wednesday’s question period by repeatedly refusing to explain why his government isn’t releasing documents requested by the legal counsel of Vice-Admiral Mark Norman.

Controversial case of suspended vice-admiral will ‘inevitably’ go to court, says Trudeau. Conservatives began question period by delving straight into the Norman controversy, with party leader Andrew Scheer asking Trudeau why he wouldn’t release the documents when he was previously willing to comment on the case.

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Source: The Guradian

UK government backs creation of Antarctic wildlife reserve

Thursday 11:45 GMT

The UK government has thrown its weight behind the creation of the world’s biggest environmental sanctuary, covering a huge swathe of the Antarctic ocean.

If the Antarctic ocean commission fails to live up to its name and kicks ambitious sanctuary proposals to touch, it risks becoming little more than a fisheries management organisation and failing in its mandate to conserve the Antarctic Ocean for generations to come.”

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Source: DW

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias resigns over Macedonia

Thursday 15:26 GMT

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias resigned on Wednesday after reports of a clash with Defense Minister Panos Kammenos over the agreement made with neighboring Macedonia for a name change.

Greece's coalition government appears to be unravelling after the foreign minister resigned over the name-changing deal with neighboring Macedonia. Tsipras is under pressure from a key coalition ally.

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Source: The Guradian

China’s new diplomacy in Europe has a name: broken porcelain

Thursday 15:26 GMT

Earlier this month “broken porcelain” diplomacy moved on to the British Conservative party’s annual conference in Birmingham, as a journalist from state-owned China Central Television shouted down a panellist at an event on Hong Kong organised by the party’s human rights committee, which was attended by prominent members of the pro-democracy community in Hong Kong.

As an expert on China’s official discourse who studies its influence in Europe, I too struggled to make sense of this storm in a teapot – until a few days later, when a new tempest whirled into view.

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Source: CTV

Bill to pardon Canadians convicted of simple pot possession coming by year's end

Thursday 14:31 GMT

The federal government has announced that it intends to proceed with a plan to issue pardons to Canadians who have past simple possession charges, though it could be some time before those pardons are granted.

NDP MP Murray Rankin tabled a private member’s bill earlier this month that pushed for the expungement of records of anyone who carries a criminal record for past minor, non-violent pot possession conviction; which is different than the pardon approach the government is taking.

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Source: The Guradian

Mohammed bin Salman never was a reformer. This has proved it

Friday 04:15 GMT

In June, when the ban on Saudi women driving ended, it was portrayed around the world as part of a modernising, liberalising agenda by the new crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman.

In the summer of 2017, 30 Saudi clerics, writers and intellectuals were jailed for expressing their opposition to the policies of the Royal Palace driven by Bin Salman. In many ways the crown prince has already been more despotic than previous rulers, so the murky events in Istanbul surrounding the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate should not be quite as shocking as they may have first appeared.


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