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More donors can absorb 'shock' of any US cuts: new WHO boss

Geneva - The World Health Organization should expand its donor base to better withstand the "shock" from planned deep budget cuts in Washington, Tedros Adhanom, the newly elected agency head, said Wednesday.

America First: US plans deep cuts to diplomacy and aid

Washington - The US State Department laid out plans Tuesday to put "America first" and to slash Washington's budget for diplomacy and foreign aid by more than 30 percent.

Australia to drug test unemployed in trial welfare crackdown

Sydney - Australia will drug test the newly-unemployed as part of a crackdown on people who blow their benefits on getting high, with data from sewage used to identify which hot spots to target, officials said Thursday.

Australia to drug test unemployed in trial welfare crackdown

Sydney - Australia will drug test the newly-unemployed as part of a crackdown on people who blow their benefits on getting high, with data from sewage used to identify which hot spots to target, officials said Thursday.

Australia to drug test unemployed in trial welfare crackdown

Sydney - Australia will drug test the newly-unemployed as part of a crackdown on people who blow their benefits on getting high, with data from sewage used to identify which hot spots to target, officials said Thursday.

Tillerson lays out US diplomatic priorities

Washington - Secretary of State Rex Tillerson laid out his plans Wednesday for tackling world issues including the standoff with North Korea, which he called the most urgent challenge the United States has to deal with.

US spending deal: More military funds, none for border wall

Washington - US congressional leaders on Monday unveiled a bipartisan deal funding government through September, with a compromise that includes President Donald Trump's call for increased military spending but ignores his demand to fund a border wall.

Deal reached on US spending, shutdown likely averted

Washington - US congressional leaders have reached a deal on a federal spending bill which if passed by lawmakers this week will avert a government shutdown, a top lawmaker and congressional aides said.

Trump cuts spark fears of global tax war

Paris - Donald Trump's plans to slash corporate taxes in the United States have sparked concerns of a new global fiscal race to the bottom, possibly involving a wave of negative social consequences, experts say.

US Congress averts shutdown, passing stopgap spending bill

Washington - The US Congress easily passed a one-week stopgap spending bill Friday, assuring there is no embarrassing government shutdown on the 100th day of Donald Trump's presidency.

Shutdown threat ebbs as Trump relents on wall funding

Washington - Donald Trump and US lawmakers inched closer to a deal on Tuesday avoiding a government shutdown, as the president, eager to showcase a win marking his first 100 days, retreated from a demand to fund a border wall.

EPA's open data site — The shutdown that's not a shutdown

Washington - The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) open data website was to be shut down as soon as Friday, April 28, sparking a social media frenzy. This news prompted the EPA to use its Twitter account to reassure people the "rumor" was untrue.

Italy greenlights plan to cut deficit by 3.4 bn euros

Rome - Italy's debt-burdened government approved a package of economic reforms Tuesday designed to cut 3.4 billion euros from its deficit this year, Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni said, following pressure from Brussels.

Spain boosts social spending in long-delayed 2017 budget

Madrid - Spain's minority government presented Friday its long-delayed draft budget for 2017 which boosts social spending and moves away from austerity in a bid to win opposition support for the spending plans.

EU divorce bill that could sink Brexit deal

Brussels - As with most divorces, Britain's negotiations with the EU after Prime Minister Theresa May triggered the Brexit process could rapidly turn nasty over money.

Trump pivots to tax reform after Obamacare shipwreck

Washington - After a crushing defeat in the effort to repeal Obamacare, the Trump administration is hoping for smoother sailing on tax reform, expecting this will be less divisive among Republican party factions. "Health care is a very, very complicated issue.

UN peacekeeping chief defends cost of missions

New York - United Nations peacekeeping missions, under threat from budget cuts if Washington's promise to slash its UN spending goes ahead, are already costing as little as possible, a UN official said Friday.

Germany wants change to NATO two-percent budget goal

Berlin - Germany's defence minister called Friday for changes to the way NATO members' commitments to budget targets are assessed, in the face of bigger demands from US President Donald Trump.

UN warns against 'abrupt funding cuts' stemming from US budget

New York - The United Nations on Thursday warned that its operations could suffer if the United States were to slash funding to the world body as called for in President Donald Trump's first budget proposal.

Trump budget 'cripples' environment, science, critics say

Washington - US President Donald Trump's proposed 2018 budget would slash funding for science, health and environmental programs at home and abroad, sparking outcry among experts who say the cuts would endanger the planet.

Trump slashes foreign aid in 'hard power' budget blueprint

Washington - President Donald Trump proposed drastic cuts in spending on the arts, science, foreign aid and environmental protection Thursday, in a security-focused budget blueprint that could struggle to pass Congress.

May warns on EU budget bill as Brexit start looms

Brussels - Prime Minister Theresa May warned EU leaders Thursday that Britain would not keep paying "huge sums" into the EU budget after Brexit, as she expressed impatience to start the divorce.

Britain eyes cautious budget ahead of Brexit trigger

London - British finance minister Philip Hammond unveils his latest tax and spend plans Wednesday in a budget expected to exude caution as the country prepares to trigger Brexit.

China defence spending to rise 'around 7%': official

Bejing - China will raise defence spending "around seven percent" this year as it guards against "outside meddling" in its disputed regional territorial claims, a top official said Saturday, in an apparent reference to Washington.

Britain could legally leave EU without settling bill: Lords panel

London - Britain could legally leave the European Union without settling its accounts with the bloc, lawmakers said Saturday, while warning of the political risks of such an approach.

Trump eyes jump in defense spending

Washington - President Donald Trump announced Monday he would ask Congress for a nearly 10 percent increase in defense spending and a large reduction in foreign aid, as he offered a taste of his upcoming budget.

Trump fires up German debate on military spending

Berlin - US President Donald Trump's demand for NATO allies to boost defence spending is driving an election-year dispute between Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and their centre-left challengers led by Martin Schulz.

Germany runs up record budget surplus of nearly 24 bn euros

Frankfurt Am Main - Germany notched up a surplus in its public finances of nearly 24 billion euros last year, its largest since reunification in 1990, official data showed Thursday.

Norway eyes curb on sovereign fund withdrawals

Oslo - Norway on Thursday proposed to curb the amount of money it can withdraw from its sovereign wealth fund, the largest in the world, amid lower expected returns. The minority rightwing government also recommended that the fund, worth 7.

Italy asks EU aid as cost of quakes hits 23 bn euros

Rome - A series of deadly earthquakes that struck central Italy over the past six months has cost the country more than 23 billion euros ($24.3 billion), the nation's Civil Protection Agency said Wednesday.
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