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Lawmakers quibble over details of US$1.3T US spending bill

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Top-level congressional talks on a US$1.3 trillion catchall spending bill are reaching a critical stage as negotiators confront immigration, abortion-related issues and a battle over a massive rail project that pits President Donald Trump against his most powerful Democratic adversary.

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March 17, 2018
- Britain-Russia clash over poisoning of double agent escalates
LONDON/MOSCOW (Xinhua) -- The spy poisoning row between Britain and Russia escalated after some major Western countries recently blamed Russia for a chemical attack on a former Russian spy, a charge Russia has denied.. More >>>

March 16, 2018
- Nepal authorities struggle to identify plane crash survivors
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- Officials in Nepal say they are struggling to identify many of the 22 survivors of a deadly plane crash, with many badly burned, in critical condition and unable to speak.. More >>>

March 15, 2018
- Trump replaces Tillerson with CIA chief, uncertainties mount over US foreign policy
WASHINGTON (Xinhua) -- Amid mounting uncertainties over US foreign policy, President Donald Trump on Tuesday announced he was replacing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with Director of Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Mike Pompeo.. More >>>

March 12, 2018
- Thousands march to protest Canada pipeline expansion project
BURNABY, British Columbia (AP) -- Thousands of demonstrators marched Saturday to speak out against a pipeline expansion project that would nearly triple the flow of oil from Canada’s tar sands to the Pacific Coast.. More >>>

March 10, 2018
- Trump agrees to meet DPRK’s Kim by May, tweets about “great progress”
WASHINGTON (Xinhua) -- US President Donald Trump has agreed to meet Kim Jong Un, top leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), by May at Kim’s invitation, “to achieve permanent denuclearisation”, a visiting South Korean envoy said here on Thursday.. More >>>

March 09, 2018
- Storm moves up East Coast dumping snow, knocking out power
NEW YORK (AP) -- The second major storm in less than a week moved up the East Coast early Thursday, dumping heavy snow and knocking out power to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses from Pennsylvania to New England.. More >>>

March 08, 2018
- Another nor’easter threatening communities along East Coast
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Another snowy, blowy nor’easter threatened a new round of power outages as it swirled ashore early Wednesday, causing officials to close schools and city offices and raising concerns for utility customers still trying to bounce back from an earlier storm.. More >>>

March 07, 2018
- Hundreds rally against bill to amend protesting law
Myanmar (Eleven) -- Hundreds of activists staged a protest to cancel an amendment bill to the Peaceful Assembly and Procession Law in Yangon on March 5.. More >>>

March 06, 2018
- Trump embracing potential for trade war
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump is embracing the potential for a trade war after announcing his intent to place tariffs on imported steel and aluminum, as he rebuffs allies who have pushed to be exempted from the stiff duties.. More >>>

March 05, 2018
- Merkel’s fate hangs on vote by potential coalition partner
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel is awaiting the results of a vote by her potential coalition partner — the centre-left Social Democrats — to learn if she will be able to form a new government.. More >>>

March 03, 2018
- UN Security Council to highlight collective action to improve peacekeeping operations in March
UNITED NATIONS (Xinhua) -- The UN Security Council has chosen as its centrepiece in March an open debate on the “collective action to improve UN peacekeeping operations,” Karel van Oosterom, president of the Security Council for the month of March, said on Thursday.. More >>>

March 02, 2018
- Singapore calls on Asean members to keep pursuing deeper economic integration, liberalisation
SINGAPORE (Xinhua) -- Singapore’s Minister for Trade and Industry (Trade) Lim Hng Kiang said on Thursday that all Asean Member States must stay the course in pursuing deeper economic integration and liberalisation, so that the citizens can enjoy the benefits of their collective community building efforts.. More >>>

March 01, 2018
- Ex-cop tipped as winner in Thai lottery dispute
Thailand (The Nation) -- The national police chief on Wednesday declined to reveal the real owner of lottery tickets worth Bt30 million at the centre of a dispute between a schoolteacher and retired police officer, saying he could not violate court jurisdiction.. More >>>

February 28, 2018
- EU incomplete without Western Balkans: Juncker
BELGRADE (Xinhua) -- The European Union is "keen" to receive Serbia and other Western Balkans countries as members when they meet preconditions, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker told Serbian president Aleksandar Vucic on Monday.. More >>>

February 27, 2018
- 4 critically injured by explosion and fire in UK’s Leicester
LONDON (AP) -- Four people were hospitalised in critical condition following an explosion that left a building in the English city of Leicester in flames Sunday, local emergency agencies said.. More >>>

February 26, 2018
- UN Security Council adopts resolution demanding cease-fire in Syria
UNITED NATIONS (Xinhua) -- The UN Security Council on Saturday unanimously adopted a resolution demanding. More >>>

February 24, 2018
- Best and worst Asian countries for road quality
NEW DELHI (Asia News Network ) -- Road infrastructure is the marker of a country’s development and is significant for safety and satisfaction of the citizens. According to the opinion survey by World Economic Forum..... More >>>

February 23, 2018
- Mystery cloaks Japanese dad of 13 born from Thai surrogates
TOKYO (AP) -- A Japanese businessman who won legal custody of his 13 children born from surrogates in Thailand is virtually anonymous in his home country.. More >>>

February 22, 2018
- States face severe flooding, moew problems in Midwest
CHICAGO (AP) -- Several states could see severe flooding and other weather-related problems amid a storm system that has brought rain, ice and snow to the Midwest and Great Plains. . More >>>

February 21, 2018
- Indonesia volcano erupts, producing columns of ash
JAKARTA (Xinhua) -- Mount Sinabung volcano in Sumatra Island of Indonesia erupted on Monday, spewing columns of ash as high as about five km and sliding hot ash down its slope.. More >>>

February 20, 2018
- Indonesia’s Sinabung volcano unleashes towering ash column
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Rumbling Mount Sinabung on the Indonesian island of Sumatra shot billowing columns of ash more than 5,000 meters (16,400 feet) into the atmosphere and hot clouds down its slopes on Monday.. More >>>

February 19, 2018
- Juncker urges to simplify EU defense, security policy decision-making process
MUNICH, Germany (Xinhua) -- European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker here on Saturday urged to simplify processes of decision-making in the European Union (EU) defense and security policy.. More >>>

February 17, 2018
- In aftermath of shooting, a community mourns and wonders why
PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) -- Nikolas Cruz jumped out of the Uber car and walked toward building 12 of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, carrying a black duffel bag and a black backpack. A man inside the school spotted Cruz, and knew he was a former student. A troubled kid. The man radioed a co-worker, and within a minute heard gunshots. .. More >>>

February 16, 2018
- US, Jordan sign MOU of billions of dollars amid Israel-Palestine divergence
WASHINGTON (Xinhua) -- With their remaining differences over the Israel-Palestine peace plan, visiting US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson .. More >>>

February 15, 2018
- UK judge upholds arrest warrant for WikiLeaks founder
LONDON (AP) -- A judge upheld a British arrest warrant for Julian Assange on Tuesday, saying the WikiLeaks founder should have the courage to come to court and face justice after more than five years inside Ecuador’s London embassy. .. More >>>

February 14, 2018
- Satellites show warming is accelerating sea level rise
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Melting ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica are speeding up the already fast pace of sea level rise, new satellite research shows... More >>>

February 13, 2018
- Helicopter crashes in Grand Canyon, kills 3 British tourists
PHOENIX (AP) -- Four survivors of a deadly tour helicopter crash onto the jagged rocks of the Grand Canyon were being treated at a Nevada hospital while crews tackled difficult terrain in a remote area to try to recover the bodies of three other people. .. More >>>

February 12, 2018
- Marchers protest racism in Italy after Africans are shot
ROME (AP) -- Marchers protested racism Saturday in several Italian cities and warned against a revival of neo-fascist sentiment amid the campaign for Italy’s March 4 national election... More >>>

February 10, 2018
- European Commissioner voices optimism over Greek debt, post-bailout era
ATHENS (Xinhua) -- European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs Pierre Moscovici voiced optimism on Thursday over the issue of the Greek debt load and Greek economy’s course in the post-bailout era... More >>>

February 9, 2018
- PM 2.5 air pollution four times safe upper limit in Bangkok
Thailand (The Nation) -- Bangkok’s level of PM2.5 particulate matter reached well into the harmful zone on Thursday morning, leading to health warnings from officials and environmental organisation Greenpeace... More >>>

February 8, 2018
- SpaceX launches world’s most powerful rocket, taking Tesla Roadster to Mars
WASHINGTON (Xinhua) -- The private US space flight company SpaceX on Tuesday launched the world’s most powerful operational rocket into space in a much-hyped demonstration mission deemed to have the potential to bring a revolution in the space industry... More >>>

February 7, 2018
- Turkish president in Rome addresses EU membership, Jerusalem status
ROME (Xinhua) -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan paid a 24-hour visit to the capital city and Vatican City on Monday, with a major focus on Turkey’s accession to the European Union (EU) and the status of Jerusalem... More >>>

February 6, 2018
- City aims for all students to learn English from first grade
HCM CITY (Vietnam News) -- HCM City plans to have all students learn English since the first grade starting in the 2018-2019 academic year, according to Nguyen Quang Vinh, head of the primary education division at the city’s Department of Education and Training. .. More >>>

February 5, 2018
- Mexico: Relationship with US closer than assumed
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexico’s foreign relations secretary said Friday that it might come as a surprise but his country’s relationship with the United States today is “more fluid” and “closer” than it was with previous US administrations... More >>>

February 3, 2018
- LA school shooting was accidental, 12-year-old in custody
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A shooting at a Los Angeles middle school classroom Thursday that left one boy in critical condition, injured four others and had panicked parents in tears was an accident, police said... More >>>

February 2, 2018
- China, Britain pledge to further lift Golden-Era partnership
BEIJING (Xinhua) -- China and Britain on Wednesday signed a dozen of deals on areas including trade, finance, health care and smart city, pledging to further promote the Golden-Era strategic partnership. .. More >>>

February 1, 2018
- Morocco hosts high-level meeting on boosting economic growth in Arab world
RABAT (Xinhua) -- Morocco hosted a high-level conference on exploring efficient policies to spur economic growth and inclusiveness in the Arab world. .. More >>>

January 31, 2018
- Floods peak in Paris as France sees worst rains in 50 years
PARIS (AP) -- Floodwaters peaked in Paris on Monday and were threatening towns downstream as the rain-engorged Seine River winds through Normandy toward the English Channel... More >>>

January 30, 2018
- Lao, Vietnam ministers vow cooperation to fight crime
VIENTIANE (Vietnam News) -- Secretary General of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party and President Bounnhang Vorachit has urged the Ministries of Public Security of Vietnam and Laos to further their cooperation in fighting crime, especially organised, trans-national, drug and high-tech crimes. .. More >>>


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