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More asylum-seekers to leave remote Australian camps for U.S. resettlement

Another 58 asylum-seekers held in an Australian-run detention center on Papua New Guinea (PNG) will leave on Tuesday for resettlement in the United States under a controversial refugee swap deal, a source familiar with the plan told Reuters. The asylum-seekers are the third and largest group to be given U.S. resettlement, ending a three-month hiatus in a transfer program that had been described...


With Trump absent in shutdown debate, moderate U.S. senators fill void

With President Donald Trump standing back from negotiations to end the U.S. government shutdown, it was a group of around two dozen moderate senators that took the lead in hammering out a compromise. Congress voted on Monday to end the three-day closure of federal agencies by approving the latest short-term bill to fund the government. Trump signed the bill late on Monday. Democrats had init...


First day of government shutdown ends in standoff

President Donald Trump and Republican lawmakers were locked in a standoff with Democrats on Saturday over the U.S. government shutdown, with Republicans saying they would not negotiate on immigration until the government is reopened. Funding for federal agencies ran out at midnight with no agreement in Congress, meaning the second year of Trumps presidency began without a fully functioning gove...


US government shuts down
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US government shuts down

The US Congress are racing to meet a midnight Friday deadline to pass a short-term bill to keep the US government open and prevent agencies from shutting down. In shutdowns, non-essential government employees are furloughed, or placed on temporary unpaid leave. Workers deemed essential, including those dealing with public safety and national security, keep working. After previous government ...


Trump accuses Russia of helping North Korea evade sanctions; says U.S. needs more missile defense

U.S. President Donald Trump complained on Wednesday that Russia was helping North Korea to evade international sanctions, signaling frustration with a country he had hoped to forge friendly relations with after his 2016 election win. China and Russia both signed onto the latest rounds of United Nations Security Council sanctions against North Korea imposed last year. There was no immediate comm...


As Trump heads to Davos, survey points to rising risk of war

The risk of political and economic confrontations between major powers, including outright military conflicts, has risen sharply, according to a survey released by the World Economic Forum (WEF) days before its annual gathering in Davos. The Global Risks Report highlighted several top risks for 2018, including environmental threats from extreme weather and temperatures, economic inequalities an...


21 states sue to keep net neutrality as Senate Democrats reach 50 votes
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21 states sue to keep net neutrality as Senate Democrats reach 50 votes

A group of 21 U.S. state attorneys general filed suit to challenge the Federal Communications Commissions decision to do away with net neutrality on Tuesday while Democrats said they needed just one more vote in the Senate to repeal the FCC ruling. The state attorneys, including those of California, New York and Virginia as well as the District of Columbia, filed a petition to challenge the act...


Trump blames Senator Durbin for blowing immigration deal

U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday blamed Senator Dick Durbin for blowing up talks on a deal to help immigrants brought to the country illegally as children and said the Democratic lawmaker misrepresented his comments about Haiti and African countries. Senator Dicky Durbin totally misrepresented what was said at the DACA meeting, Trump said in a post on Twitter, referring to the Deferred Act...


Trump says 'I'm not a racist,' keeps door open for DACA deal
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Trump says 'I'm not a racist,' keeps door open for DACA deal

U.S. President Donald Trump insisted on Sunday Im not a racist in response to reports that he had described immigrants from Haiti and African countries as coming from shithole countries. Trump also said he was ready, willing and able to reach a deal to protect illegal immigrants brought to the United States as children from being deported but that he did not believe Democrats wanted an agreeme...


Australia's plans for cannabis market dominance are more smoke than fire
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Australia's plans for cannabis market dominance are more smoke than fire

When Australia said this month it would allow exports of medicinal cannabis in a bid to dominate a global market set to be worth $55 billion by 2025, investors scrambled to buy shares in marijuana companies - pushing several of them, and the sector as a whole, to record highs. But convoluted and restrictive licensing demands, substantial finance requirements and a guarded medical profession mea...


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