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Venezuela opposition says Socialists seek to challenge 22 new lawmakers

Venezuela opposition says Socialists seek to challenge 22 new lawmakers

on December 23, 2015, 8:52 AM / in International News

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s opposition on Tuesday accused the ruling Socialist Party of seeking to block 22 lawmakers from taking office in January in what it described as an effort to undermine the opposition’s commanding victory in this month’s legislative election. However, Venezuela’s Supreme Court put out a statement late Tuesday evening saying that no judicial action had been received […]

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China says tech firms have nothing to fear from anti-terror law

China says tech firms have nothing to fear from anti-terror law

on December 23, 2015, 8:49 AM / in International News

BEIJING (Reuters) – Technology companies have nothing to fear from China’s new anti-terrorism law which aims to prevent and probe terror activities and does not affect their copyright, China’s Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday, rebuffing U.S. criticism as unwarranted. The draft anti-terrorism law has caused concern in Western capitals as it could require technology firms to install “back doors” in […]

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Iran calls the new U.S. visa law breach of the nuclear deal

Iran calls the new U.S. visa law breach of the nuclear deal

on December 23, 2015, 8:46 AM / in International News

DUBAI (Reuters) – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Wednesday a new U.S. law putting visa restrictions on Iranians and those who had visited Iran would, if implemented, breach a nuclear deal Tehran had struck with world powers earlier this year. The new measure passed by the U.S. Congress will prevent visa-free travel to the United States for […]

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FIFA presents reform package for February congress

FIFA presents reform package for February congress

on December 23, 2015, 8:43 AM / in International News

ZURICH (Reuters) – Shaken by corruption scandals, global soccer body FIFA on Wednesday presented the detailed reforms it will ask members to adopt in February at a special congress that seeks to restore its reputation and elect a new leader. The reforms include limiting the number of terms top officials can serve, following the banning for eight years of Sepp […]

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SpaceX successfully lands a Falcon 9 rocket, a first

SpaceX successfully lands a Falcon 9 rocket, a first

on December 22, 2015, 7:47 AM / in International News, National News

SpaceX made history Monday when the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket returned and made a vertical landing at Cape Canaveral, Florida — a first. “Welcome back, baby!” SpaceX founder Elon Musk tweeted when the rocket touched down 10 minutes after launch. The feat marked a significant step forward for commercial space flight. Rocket boosters typically are only used […]

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Hezbollah commander reportedly killed in airstrike

Hezbollah commander reportedly killed in airstrike

on December 21, 2015, 7:50 AM / in International News

Hezbollah commander Samir Kuntar, who participated in a notorious 1979 terrorist attack in Israel, was killed in an airstrike in Syria, his family and Hezbollah said Sunday. Hezbollah blamed the missile strike on Israel, but Israeli officials had no comment. Kuntar served nearly 30 years in prison in Israel for his role in the 1979 killings of four Israelis, including […]

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Climate deniers as “enemy of the state”

Climate deniers as “enemy of the state”

on December 21, 2015, 6:52 AM / in International News, National News

H/T Walter Olson U. S. Secretary of State John Kerry says he’ll “leave it to other people” whether ExxonMobil and the Koch brothers should be considered “an enemy of the state,” as urged by a Rolling Stone interviewer [James Taranto]. The law firm of Brownstein Hyatt sees indications that the effort to prosecute ExxonMobil for wrongful advocacy on climate matters […]

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FIFA Bans Sepp Blatter, Michel Platini for 8 Years Over $2M in Payments

on December 21, 2015, 6:14 AM / in International News, Soccer, Sports

NBC News ZURICH — FIFA’s ethics committee banned Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini for eight years from all soccer-related activities in verdicts announced Monday. Platini’s bid to succeed Blatter as FIFA president in a Feb. 26 election is now likely ended. Ethics judges ruled that Blatter broke FIFA Code of Ethics rules on conflicts of interest, breach of loyalty and […]

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Poor Countries Demand $3.5 Trillion in Climate Finance at Paris Conference*

Poor Countries Demand $3.5 Trillion in Climate Finance at Paris Conference*

on December 17, 2015, 5:53 AM / in International News, National News, Opinion

Now let’s just guess whether the crony classes in these poor countries will just happen to pocket all of this “climate mitigation” money. OK, let’s not guess because we know the answer. Of course it’s a scam. But it’s dressed up as “social justice” of course. Indeed earnest student types will insist (and we saw them in the streets of […]

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Poll Takers Stated ALMOST HALF OF AMERICANS SUPPORT GROUND TROOPS

on December 16, 2015, 6:36 AM / in International News, National News

More Americans are willing to send U.S. combat troops to the Middle East to fight the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), according to a new AP/GfK poll. Forty-two percent of Americans favor deploying troops to fight ISIS, up from 31 percent in a poll conducted early this year. Thirty-two percent oppose sending troops, while 22 percent were undecided. President Obama on […]

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ISIS GROWING IN AFGHANISTAN

ISIS GROWING IN AFGHANISTAN

on December 16, 2015, 6:30 AM / in International News

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria’s (ISIS) presence in Afghanistan grew stronger in the second half of 2015, according to a Pentagon report released Tuesday. “The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant – Khorasan Province has progressed from its initial exploratory phase to a point where they are openly fighting the Taliban for the establishment of a safe haven and […]

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Kerry and Republicans clash over effect of climate deal on jobs

Kerry and Republicans clash over effect of climate deal on jobs

on December 14, 2015, 7:19 AM / in International News, National News

Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday that the historic Paris climate change accord would provide a massive global economic boost by encouraging corporations to invest trillions of dollars in clean energy over four decades. “There are jobs to be created, money to be made,” Kerry said. Republican lawmakers said the deal, which calls for curbing carbon emissions blamed for […]

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‘Historic Turning Point’: Final Draft of Climate Deal Unveiled

on December 12, 2015, 6:10 AM / in International News, National News

by Tony Dokoupil  /  NBC News PARIS — A draft climate pact hammered out after two weeks of intensive talks would prove to be an “historic turning point,” French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Saturday. The “final draft” of a pact would be legally binding, Fabius added in Paris at a press conference that included United Nations Secretary General […]

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Abu Saleh, head of ISIS finances confirmed killed

on December 11, 2015, 7:04 AM / in International News

The finance minister and two other senior leaders of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS or ISIL) were killed in airstrikes in Iraq in late November, the Pentagon confirmed Thursday. “Their removal will degrade ISIL’s ability to command and control troops, and it disrupts their ability to finance their efforts,” said Army Col. Steve Warren, spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve. “These […]

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Bergdahl trade illegal

Bergdahl trade illegal

on December 11, 2015, 6:56 AM / in International News, National News

Story by  Kristina Wong A yearlong investigation by the House Armed Services Committee has concluded that the Obama administration broke the law in swapping five Taliban members for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. The report said the administration broke a law requiring it to give members of Congress 30 days’ advance notice of any detainee transfers from the Guantánamo Bay detention facility, […]

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Kim Jong Un claims North Korea has developed an H-bomb

Kim Jong Un claims North Korea has developed an H-bomb

on December 10, 2015, 10:09 AM / in International News, National News

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said Thursday his country had developed a hydrogen bomb, and would use it to “defend its sovereignty and the dignity of the nation.” If true, it would mark a major step up from less powerful atomic bombs, which the isolated communist nation tested in 2006, 2009, and 2013. South Korean intelligence specialists dismissed the […]

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At “least three persons shall be employed to drive” each vehicle

At “least three persons shall be employed to drive” each vehicle

on December 9, 2015, 8:08 AM / in International News, National News

A special thanks to Walter Olson If you worry that local authorities will make overly cautious decisions on how to regulate self-driving cars — or that some of them are currently making overly cautious decisions on regulating ride-sharing — cheer up, because in the past the adoption of initial, highly cumbersome rules has tended to be followed by revisions in […]

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Landslide Victory in Venezuela

Landslide Victory in Venezuela

on December 9, 2015, 7:57 AM / in International News

The Venezuelan opposition’s landslide election victory got bigger on Tuesday, when electoral officials announced that the coalition had won a supermajority in the National Assembly. The opposition won 112 of the 167 seats in the Sunday vote, with the ruling socialists taking only 55. The two-thirds majority will give the opposition greater leverage to reduce the power of President Nicolas […]

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House approves higher scrutiny for some U.S. visitors

House approves higher scrutiny for some U.S. visitors

on December 9, 2015, 7:54 AM / in International News, National News

The House on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a bill that would increase scrutiny on people traveling to the U.S. from 38 so-called visa-waiver countries, from which people can visit the U.S. without visas. Travelers from these countries who have visited “high-risk” nations, including Iraq, Iran, Syria, and Sudan, since March 2011, or who have dual citizenship, would have to submit to […]

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Dow Chemical and DuPont in merger talks

Dow Chemical and DuPont in merger talks

on December 9, 2015, 7:52 AM / in International News, National News

Dow Chemical Co. reportedly is in late-stage merger talks with DuPont Co. A deal between the two U.S. powerhouses would create a chemicals giant worth $120 billion, provided the merger passes regulators’ scrutiny. The Wall Street Journal, which first reported the negotiations, said a deal could be announced “in coming days.” The combined company might then split into three, with […]

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