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Guinea-Bissau parents coax truant teachers back to school

Cacheu - The school year is ending in the west African nation of Guinea-Bissau, but some pupils will hardly notice the difference.

Greek refuse workers end strike as rubbish piles up in the sun

Atenas - Greek refuse workers, embroiled in a contract dispute, on Thursday ended an 11-day strike which had left ever-mounting piles of stinking rubbish festering in sweltering sun in city streets.

Under US pressure, UN agrees on deep cuts to peacekeeping

New York - A deal on cutting nearly $600 million from the UN peacekeeping budget was reached Wednesday following weeks of negotiations over US demands for sharp cost reductions, UN diplomats said.

Under US pressure, UN agrees deep cuts to peacekeeping

New York - A tentative deal to cut nearly $600 million from the UN peacekeeping budget was reached on Wednesday, capping weeks of tough negotiations over US demands for a sharp reduction in costs, UN diplomats said.

Mattis 'shocked' by US military readiness, warns on North Korea

Washington - Pentagon chief Jim Mattis told lawmakers on Monday he was "shocked" by the state of the US military's readiness, blaming legal budget caps and the grind of 16 years of constant war.

EU corruption watchdog 'flooded' with cases

Brussels - The EU's anti-graft watchdog said Wednesday it has been "flooded" with alleged fraud cases in the European Parliament and other bodies that have dragged in France's far-right National Front.

Spain's Rajoy gets majority support for 2017 budget

Madrid - Spain's prime minister, at the head of a minority government, puts his 2017 budget to a parliamentary vote this week safe in the knowledge that he finally has the support of a majority of lawmakers.

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.
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