Hillary Clinton Used Personal Email at State Dept., Possibly Breaking Rules

by The New York Times // March 3, 2015 // Updated 02:29 GMT // 0 Comments

WASHINGTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton exclusively used a personal email account to conduct government business as secretary of state, State Department officials said, and may have violated federal requirements that officials’ correspondence be retained as part of the agency’s record. Hillary Rodham Clinton had no government email address. (Liam Richards/The Canadian Press, via Associated Press) […]

China tops U.S. at the box office for first time

by CNN Money // March 2, 2015 // Updated 11:42 GMT // 0 Comments

Chinese moviegoers also love foreign films”Transformers: Age of Extinction,” which was shot extensively in China, was a smash success. But it remains a tricky place for foreign filmmakers. Chinese regulators only allow 34 foreign films to be show in theaters each year, limiting access to the latest Hollywood blockbusters. Approved films still face the heavy […]

Netanyahu’s Visit Bringing Uninvited Problems for Jewish Democrats

by The New York Times // March 2, 2015 // Updated 04:45 GMT // 0 Comments

WASHINGTON — Speaker John A. Boehner’s unilateral invitation to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel to address Congress on Tuesday has turned a foreign policy issue that has had near unanimous support in both parties — Israel — into a bruising political showdown. Speaker John A. Boehner with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel during […]

German Energy Firm Pushes Ahead on Russian Deal, Despite British Objections

by The New York Times // March 1, 2015 // Updated 15:58 GMT // 0 Comments

LONDON — The German utility RWE signaled on Sunday that it expected to complete the sale of its oil and gas subsidiary, RWE Dea, to a Russian investment company on Monday, despite objections from the British government. L1 Energy, an investment company owned by the Russian billionaire Mikhail Fridman, agreed last year to buy RWE […]

Widow Of Murdered Spy Blames Russian Government For New Killing

by The Huffington Post // March 1, 2015 // Updated 13:57 GMT // 0 Comments

The widow of murdered Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko thinks the Russian government may have been involved in the murder of leading opposition figure Boris Nemtsov. Marina Litvinenko told BBC Radio on Sunday she thinks Nemtsov’s slaying Friday night in Moscow seems to have been the Russian government’s way of silencing critics of President Vladimir Putin, […]

Venezuela’s Maduro Cracks Down On American Visitors

by The Huffington Post // February 28, 2015 // Updated 23:12 GMT // 0 Comments

(Refiled for wider distribution) CARACAS, Feb 28 (Reuters) – Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Saturday his government had captured American citizens involved in “espionage activities,” and said U.S. citizens in the future will have to seek visas to come to the OPEC nation. Speaking during a rally, he said his government will prohibit some […]

Egyptian court designates Hamas as a terror organization, state media says

by CNN // February 28, 2015 // Updated 17:04 GMT // 0 Comments

Morsy was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamist political organization that shares deep ties with Hamas. The government formed after Morsy’s ouster designated the Brotherhood as a terrorist group in December 2013; since then, many of its leaders have been charged with supporting terrorism. This ruling comes a week after Egypt passed the […]

Republicans agree with … Elizabeth Warren?

by CNN // February 28, 2015 // Updated 16:17 GMT // 0 Comments

But far from being acolytes of the liberal Massachusetts senator, they are the attendees at this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference. In interviews with CNN, a dozen conservative activists at CPAC this week voiced some of the very concerns that helped vault Warren to celebrity status among Democrats. “I don’t like them,” Diane Marie, a […]

India’s New Budget Aims to Boost Growth

by The New York Times // February 28, 2015 // Updated 14:32 GMT // 0 Comments

NEW DELHI — India’s finance minister, Arun Jaitley, unveiled the first full-year budget of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government on Saturday, promising to boost growth with a major increase in public spending on infrastructure and to lower the corporate tax rate by 5 percent, steps that were cheered by Indian industry. People watched as India’s […]

‘India is about to take off,’ finance minister proclaims

by CNN // February 28, 2015 // Updated 09:26 GMT // 0 Comments

India’s budget is a closely-watched TV event, with pre- and post-game analyses on every TV news channel. Even by those standards, Saturday’s budget generated more interest than in previous years, in part because of soaring expectations on the new government. Jaitley signaled in his speech that “incremental change” was not enough, as he announced a […]

India Prepares a Budget, Surrounded by Secrecy and Big Expectations

by The New York Times // February 27, 2015 // Updated 23:08 GMT // 0 Comments

NEW DELHI — In a subterranean workshop in India’s Ministry of Finance, roughly 100 government workers are nearing the end of their captivity. For nine days and nights, while they proofread, printed and bound 10,000 copies of the budget to be presented on Saturday morning, the workers have been sequestered behind doors sealed with wax […]

Russian Opposition Leader Boris Nemtsov Shot Dead In Moscow

by The Huffington Post // February 27, 2015 // Updated 21:46 GMT // 0 Comments

MOSCOW, Feb 27 (Reuters) – The Russian opposition politician and former deputy prime minister Boris Nemtsov has been shot and killed by four shots in central Moscow, the Russian government said in a statement, according to the Interfax news agency.Opposition leader Boris Nemtsov speaks as he present his new book about the wealth of Vladimir […]

Child Poverty Would Be Almost Twice As High If Safety Net Programs Didn’t Exist: Report

by The Huffington Post // February 27, 2015 // Updated 18:51 GMT // 0 Comments

Child poverty in the U.S. would be significantly worse if government assistance programs weren’t in place, a new report suggests. A study released on Wednesday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, an advocacy group for low-income kids, found that without government support programs — like food assistance, housing subsidies and tax credits — the child […]

India’s Slum Children Use Visual Maps To Show Leaders How Hard Life Is Without A Toilet

by The Huffington Post // February 27, 2015 // Updated 14:11 GMT // 0 Comments

Struggling Indian kids have heard their government’s promises, but they haven’t seen much action –- so they’re taking matters into their own little hands. More than 65 million people reside in India’s slums, where children are obligated to shoulder chores and crises that typically belong to adults, but they get no say in how their […]

Lloyds Banking Group Returns to Profit and Resumes Dividend Payments

by The New York Times // February 27, 2015 // Updated 09:54 GMT // 0 Comments

LONDON — The Lloyds Banking Group said on Friday that it returned to a profit in 2014 as it prepared to pay its first dividend since the lender was bailed out by British government during the financial crisis. António Horta-Osório, the Lloyds Banking Group’s chief executive. (Justin Tallis/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images) The return to […]

Hong Kong housewife jailed for six years for abusing young Indonesian maid

by CNN // February 27, 2015 // Updated 04:51 GMT // 0 Comments

Earlier this month, Law Wan-tung, a 44-year-old mother of two, was found guilty of 18 of 20 charges, including the most serious crime of grievous bodily harm. The court heard Law regularly beat 23-year-old Erwiana Sulistyaningsih with mop handles, coat hangers and, on at least one occasion, shoved a rod from a vacuum cleaner into […]

Hong Kong housewife jailed for six years for abusing young Indonesian maid

by CNN // February 27, 2015 // Updated 04:51 GMT // 0 Comments

A Hong Kong housewife has been sentenced to six years in prison for abusing a young Indonesian worker she kept prisoner in her home. Earlier this month, Law Wan-tung, a 44-year-old mother of two, was found guilty of 18 of 20 charges, including the most serious crime of grievous bodily harm. The court heard Law […]

Argentine Judge Defends President Over Alleged Role In Bombing

by The Huffington Post // February 27, 2015 // Updated 00:41 GMT // 0 Comments

By Nicolás Misculin BUENOS AIRES, Feb 26 (Reuters) – There is no evidence that President Cristina Fernandez tried to whitewash Iran’s purported involvement in a deadly 1994 bombing, an Argentine judge told Reuters in an interview on Thursday after dismissing the case. On the contrary, the evidence suggested “the government exhausted all possibilities to enable […]

Obamacare Users Turn Out To Be Pretty Good Shoppers

by The Huffington Post // February 26, 2015 // Updated 01:55 GMT // 0 Comments

Obamacare enrollees turn out to be more aggressive shoppers than many experts had predicted. Last week, with the scheduled end of open enrollment for 2015, the Obama administration announced that nearly 9 million people had signed up for private insurance through, the website that the federal government operates on behalf of 37 states. On […]

Teen’s death sparks new turmoil in Venezuela

by CNN // February 25, 2015 // Updated 18:32 GMT // 0 Comments

Kluibert Roa Nuñez, a high school student, was killed Tuesday when he got caught between protesters and national police in the western city of San Cristobal. A police officer fatally shot Kluibert, officials say. The government and the opposition alike have condemned the teen’s killing, but Venezuela’s recent history of violence hangs over this shooting. […]

The latest Obamacare challenge: What you need to know

by CNN // February 25, 2015 // Updated 10:57 GMT // 0 Comments

In 2012, the Affordable Care Act barely survived a constitutional challenge when Chief Justice John Roberts stunned conservatives and voted along with the court’s four liberal justices to uphold the law. On March 4, the justices will gather again to hear a challenge to the law, based on the validity of subsidies in the form […]

Hong Kong Protests Color Budget Plans

by The New York Times // February 25, 2015 // Updated 10:16 GMT // 0 Comments

HONG KONG — Two months after protesters were cleared from the streets, the Hong Kong government announced on Wednesday an annual budget full of tax breaks and other handouts to provide economic support to the lower and middle classes, as well as businesses that it said had been disrupted by 11 weeks of demonstrations. Pro-democracy […]

Mitt Romney, Rand Paul And A Porno Spoof

by The Huffington Post // February 24, 2015 // Updated 21:53 GMT // 0 Comments

This story was originally published by The Center for Public Integrity, which is a nonprofit, nonpartisan investigative news organization in Washington, D.C. Not long ago, former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney promised his administration would battle online smut by strictly enforcing obscenity laws and compelling businesses to install pornography filters on every new computer sold in the […]

Greece On Course For Euro Bailout Extension After Concessions

by The Huffington Post // February 24, 2015 // Updated 13:22 GMT // 0 Comments

By Matthias Sobolewski and Jan Strupczewski BERLIN/BRUSSELS, Feb 24 (Reuters) – Greece was on course to win a four-month extension of its euro zone financial rescue on Tuesday after backing down further to its partners on key leftist reforms and promising that measures to alleviate social distress will not derail its budget. Eurogroup chairman Jeroen […]

Prominent Egyptian activist Alaa Abdel-Fattah sentenced to 5 years

by CNN // February 24, 2015 // Updated 04:29 GMT // 0 Comments

The case dates back to November 2013 when the controversial protest law was issued by the government. Dozens demonstrated against the military trial of civilians outside the Shoura Council where the committee writing the country’s constitution was meeting. Police later dispersed the crowd and arrested dozens of activists. – Abdel-Fattah, one of the leading opposition […]

How The Obama Administration Is Asking Tech Companies To Help Combat ISIS

by The Huffington Post // February 23, 2015 // Updated 19:24 GMT // 0 Comments

WASHINGTON — In response to the Islamic State’s savvy use of social media to spread its messages and publicize its deeds, the Obama administration says it is ramping up engagement with the tech sector, approaching big-name Silicon Valley companies to ask about boosting anti-terrorism narratives from people outside of the government. Over the last few […]

British Government Sells More of Its Stake in Lloyds Banking Group

by The New York Times // February 23, 2015 // Updated 08:40 GMT // 0 Comments

LONDON — The British government has further reduced its stake in Lloyds Banking Group, the British bank said on Monday. In December, the government announced that it would engage in a measured sale of a portion of its stake as part of a prearranged trading plan with Morgan Stanley that runs through the end of […]

French government fighting online war against jihadist youth recruiting

by CNN // February 23, 2015 // Updated 08:21 GMT // 0 Comments

The video campaign, which started this month, is the latest volley in a fierce battle being fought online between the French government and jihadist groups. What’s at stake is nothing less than the lives of the country’s youth. It’s an idea that’s catching on. Online recruiting by extremist groups was among topics discussed this week […]

What is Al-Shabaab, and what does it want?

by CNN // February 22, 2015 // Updated 23:17 GMT // 0 Comments

The brutal act comes just days after the Islamists ambushed a bus and sprayed bullets on those who failed to recite Quran verses. The attacks reminded the world once again how brazen the group can be. What does Al-Shabaab want? Here’s an explainer. What is Al-Shabaab, and what does it want? Al-Shabaab is a Somali […]

Ukraine Rebels Say They’ve Started Pulling Back Weaponry From Front Lines

by The New York Times // February 22, 2015 // Updated 19:36 GMT // 0 Comments

DONETSK, Ukraine — The main Russian-backed rebel organization in eastern Ukraine said it would begin moving heavy weaponry away from the front lines on Sunday, but the government said the group mounted a tank assault on a village near the Sea of Azov. Violence also spread beyond the separatist regions to other Ukrainian cities on […]

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