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‘Stop the Poop’ rally protests coastal pollution at the border

SAN YSIDRO, Calif. — A local advocacy group held a rally Sunday morning calling on the federal government to stop the pollution of coastal waters caused by untreated sewage from the Tijuana River Valley. “Stop the Poop” protesters gathered at the San Ysidro Port of Entry to call attention to the....

In her own words: Christine Holgate's tale of the G20 photo that changed Blackmores' fortunes

Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott with Christine Holgate, chief executive of Australia Post and Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G20 in the photo taken on Ms Holgate's smuggled iPhone. Credit: Alan Joyce. "Because I had been passionate about international trade for a long time Tony Abbott asked....

EU elections: centrist groups expected to lose grip on power

The 40-year grip of the two main centrist political groups on the levers of power in Brussels looked set to be broken as voters in the European elections turned out in record numbers to bolster radical alternatives including the Greens and the far right.

#Elections2019: A tale of two elections for Fianna Fáil

Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin might be tempted to take some Charles Dickens down from the bookshelf today and start adding in his own, personalised chapter. It’s not quite a tale of two cities for the soldiers of destiny, more a tale of two elections, with the party retaining pole position in....

Greek PM calls snap vote after EU drubbing

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has called snap national elections after suffering a heavy defeat from opposition conservatives in European elections. With an unexpectedly severe pounding at the ballot box for leftist Syriza, Tsipras decided not to continue to a full term, which expires in October.

Barnaby’s awkward on-air demotion

Barnaby Joyce didn’t know he had lost his job as drought special envoy until journalists told him. “Just found out from you guys then,” he tweeted to Sky News yesterday. By then he knew the shut-out was complete. The new government, fuelled by confidence and authority, had imposed a Barnaby ban.

EU election: Surge for Greens and euroskeptics, losses for centrist bloc

Millions of voters across the EU have cast their ballots on the final day of voting for the European Parliament elections, in a poll that will shape European politics for the next five years. Initial results on Sunday evening suggested the grand coalition between the center-right European People's....

Greek PM calls snap vote after drubbing for ruling Syriza

May 26, 2019. By Renee Maltezou and Michele Kambas. ATHENS (Reuters) – Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras called snap national elections after suffering a heavy defeat by the opposition conservatives in European Parliament elections on Sunday. With an unexpectedly severe pounding at the ballot box....

Proposals for reduction of counties

A proposal by the Controller of Budget to abolish 25 counties is the latest suggestion on reducing devolved units to be made to the constitutional reforms team appointed by President Uhuru Kenyatta and Opposition leader Raila Odinga (pictured). Agnes Odhiambo told the Building Bridges Initiative....

Maternity leave: Education ministry could have done better

The Ministry of Education is looking for additional Rwf1.3 billion for teachers’ payroll so as to take care of payment for teachers who sit in for teaching staff on maternity leave. The ministry says it needs over 7000 temporary teachers to fill the gap left behind by new mothers who are entitled to....

Sudan's top opposition rejects strike call in protest rift

KHARTOUM — Sudan's main opposition group and supporter of the protest movement on Sunday rejected its call to stage a two-day general strike, in the first sign of a rift within the movement negotiating the launch of civilian rule. Talks between leaders of the umbrella protest movement, the Alliance....

Only one envoy and it's not Barnaby Joyce Prime Minister Scott Morrison has only appointed one "special envoy" in his new cabinet and it's not Barnaby Joyce. 25 minutes ago

The jobs given to Tony Abbott and Barnaby Joyce to help keep them busy after last year's leadership spill now no longer exist. Mr Joyce has not kept his drought envoy role, while no one has replaced Mr Abbott as envoy to Indigenous Australians. Instead, Queensland MP Warren Entsch has been....

Medserv ‘expands internationally’

In an outlook update on Medserv plc, Edison Investment Research stated that “Medserv is now truly expanding internationally, and appears to be increasingly verifying its credentials”. This follows the recent announcement of the company’s full-year 2018 results and the directors’ interim statement for the first quarter of 2019.

Jagan Reddy Meets PM Modi In Delhi After Massive Win In Andhra Pradesh

Hyderabad: After securing a big election win, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister-elect Jagan Mohan Reddy met Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his residence in Delhi this morning. He also met BJP chief Amit Shah. Jagan Mohan Reddy's YSR Congress Party has been elected to power with a massive mandate of 151....

With the price of insulin surging, this state is the first to make insurance companies eat the cost

A new Colorado law will ensure that those living with diabetes will spend no more than $100 per month on insulin, making it the first state to limit the cost of an increasingly expensive medication millions of Americans rely on. More than 30 million Americans have diabetes, and some 7.

Michigan Legislature approves bill to cut high auto premiums

The votes followed the announcement of an agreement between Republican legislative leaders and Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. She said the legislation would guarantee rate reductions for every motorist and offer choice among personal injury protection, or PIP, levels. PIP, on average, makes up half of car premiums.

Equatorial Guinea struggles for place in world tourism

Gleaming but eerily empty, the luxurious Sipopo resort with its five-star hotel and exclusive facilities rises from a tropical beach, symbolising the dilemma of Equatorial Guinea -- a notoriously closed country that has turned to tourism to help fill its coffers.

Rivals focus on inequality in tight Lithuania runoff

Lithuanians began voting Sunday in a tight presidential runoff between two centre-right rivals in a race marked by low populist sentiment and concerns over inequality in the Baltic eurozone state. Conservative-backed independent Ingrida Simonyte -- an ex-finance minister who oversaw biting austerity....

David Cameron to RETURN to Westminster? Friends CONVINCED ex-PM gearing up for comeback DAVID CAMERON is vying for a political comeback by standing once more for Parliament, his...

Brexiteers could reportedly view the move as a threat as they fear the old Etonian may team up with his former right-hand-man George Osborne to alter the political landscape. Remainer Mr Cameron , whose allies say is the only Tory leader to win a Commons majority in 27 years, is responsible for....

Amid early struggles, Bolsonaro's supporters call for demos

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — After five months in office, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is battling an uncooperative Congress, street protests, a family corruption scandal and falling approval ratings. The stumbling start for the far-right leader who rode a wave of dissatisfaction with Brazil's....

Exit Poll Shows Ireland's Greens Surge in European, Local Voting

DUBLIN - Support for Ireland's Green Party surged in European and local elections, an exit poll showed Saturday, putting it in line to take its first seats in the European Parliament in 20 years and make the biggest gains in county and city councils. The Greens were set to win as many as three of....

Kaushalendra Singh

SALALAH, May 25 – The Salalah Tourism Festival (STF) 2019 is likely to start from July 11 and continue till Mosques in Dhofar reflect the governorate’s rich history and culture and put Salalah as an important place on the religious SALALAH, MAY 18 – As part of its initiative to bring positive....

Tories and Labour braced for Europe poll backlash

The Liberal Democrats , from the opposite side of the Brexit divide, are also expected to pick up votes. Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party appears on course for victory, according to opinion polls (Kirsty O’Connor/PA) The European elections took place almost three years after the UK voted to leave the EU....

Close race ahead in Lithuania’s presidential election

The two candidates to become Lithuania's next president are locked in a tight race ahead of Sunday's election. Former Finance Minister Ingrida Šimonytė and economist Gitanas Nausėda are competing to replace President Dalia Grybauskaitė, who cannot run again after two consecutive terms in office. Both are running as independents.

Israelis protest moves to grant Netanyahu immunity Reuters

© Reuters/AMMAR AWAD Israelis protest against legislation that could exempt Netanyahu from standing trial, in Tel Aviv. TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Thousands of Israelis protested on Saturday against legislative steps that could grant Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu immunity from prosecution and limit the power of the country's Supreme Court.

India elections: Narendra Modi's BJP set to sweep back to power

Vote counting in the 2019 Indian general election is underway and early trends show a clear lead for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's governing coalition. The National Democratic Alliance (NDA), led by Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), is on course to secure the 272 seats needed to command a simple majority in the lower house of parliament.

Number of people becoming poor due to illness drops in Tibet

BEIJING, May 23 (Xinhua) -- The number of people becoming poor due to illnesses in southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region has decreased by 51,000 to 12,000 from 2016 to 2019, as firm steps are being taken to battle poverty by improving healthcare work, a report showed Thursday.

Jiangxi to strengthen endangered porpoise protection

NANCHANG, May 23 (Xinhua) -- East China's Jiangxi Province will strengthen protection of endangered finless porpoises with a slew of measures, authorities said Wednesday. According to the guidelines issued by the provincial government this month, efforts will be made to enhance protection of the habitats of finless porpoises.

Myanmar attracts over 2.4 bln USD foreign investments in 7 months of FY 2018-19

YANGON, May 23 (Xinhua) -- Myanmar has attracted over 2.41-billion-U.S. dollar foreign investments in the first seven months of the present fiscal year 2018-2019, according to the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA) on Thursday.

Argentina plays leading role in 2030 World Cup joint bid

SANTIAGO, May 22 (Xinhua) -- At least five Argentinian cities would host matches during the 2030 World Cup if a joint South American bid were to be successful, officials said on Wednesday. In addition to "five or six" games in Argentina, there would be three or four fixtures in Chile and two each in....

Aussie market closes lower with steep falls in energy and financial stocks

SYDNEY, May 23 (Xinhua) -- The Australian share market has finished lower on Thursday, with sharp declines in energy stocks and the financials sector dragging on the index. At the close of trade, the benchmark S&P/ASX 200 index was down 18.90 points or 0.29 percent at 6,491.80, while the broader All Ordinaries index fell 13.
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