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Germany resists fresh calls to boost govt spending

Paris - Germany resisted fresh pressure Wednesday to boost European growth through increased public spending after incoming European Central Bank chief Christine Lagarde urged countries with budget surpluses to open their purse strings.

New ECB chief Lagarde criticises Germany for low spending

Paris - Incoming European Central Bank chief Christine Lagarde on Wednesday took aim at Germany and other thrifty eurozone members running budgetary surpluses, saying they should increase their spending to shore up slowing growth.

Lebanese govt faces calls to resign as austerity protests spread

Beirut - The Lebanese government faced calls to resign Thursday after thousands of furious demonstrators took to the streets across the country to protest dire economic conditions.

Protests in Lebanon after move to tax calls on messaging apps

Beirut - Hundreds of people took to the streets across Lebanon on Thursday to protest dire economic conditions after a government decision to tax calls made on messaging applications sparked widespread outrage.

Stalled esclators, empty water coolers at UN as budget crunch hits

New York - Stalled escalators, the heating turned down, even the diplomats' bar closing early at 5pm: already the UN budget crunch, one of the worst in a decade, is making itself felt in a series of measures announced by the world body on Friday.

France's 2020 budget cuts taxes in bid to placate 'yellow vests'

Paris - France's government unveiled a draft 2020 budget on Thursday with more than nine billion euros in tax cuts for households as it hopes to move on from on from roiling "yellow vest" protests while still cutting the deficit to within EU limits.

Italy PM seeks EU reform as govt wins confidence vote

Rome - Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte called Monday for the reform of European Union budget rules and cooperation on immigration as his new government won a parliamentary confidence vote.

Italy PM Conte calls to reform EU deficit rules

Rome - Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte called Monday for reform of European Union rules limiting deficits to three percent of gross domestic product, ahead of a parliamentary confidence vote in his new government.

Japan 'to set up police unit' for disputed islands

Apo - Japan will launch a special police unit equipped with submachine guns and helicopters to patrol disputed isles in the East China Sea -- a source of tension between Tokyo and Beijing, according to police and media.

Worsening fuel shortage in impoverished Haiti

Port-au-prince - Haiti's long-suffering population has faced an extra burden for more than a week: closed service stations and lines of motorists hoping to buy even a few drops of petrol during a fuel shortage that's getting worse.

Italy to decide on government future after Salvini pullout

Rome - Italian senators are on Monday to take an initial decision on the future of Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte's government after far-right leader Matteo Salvini plunged the country into turmoil by pulling out of the teetering coalition.

Salvini rallies supporters, demands election date

Apo - Italy's hardline Interior Minister Matteo Salvini embarked on a southern tour to rally support on Saturday, demanding an election date be set after he pulled out of the coalition government, plunging the country into a political crisis.

Democrats, White House near deal to raise debt ceiling

Washington - US Democrats have nearly reached a deal with the Trump administration to raise the debt ceiling, allowing the government to borrow more money and avoid a disastrous default, sources close to the negotiations said Monday.

France passes law taxing digital giants in defiance of US anger

Paris - France's parliament on Thursday passed a law making it the first major economy to impose a tax on digital giants, defying a probe ordered by an angry US President Donald Trump that could trigger reprisal tariffs.

UN chief weighed selling NY residence to ease budget crisis

New York - UN chief Antonio Guterres told world diplomats on Tuesday that he considered selling his Manhattan townhouse to help the global body overcome a crippling budget crisis.Guterres put forward proposals to address a $1.

US Congress sends huge disaster relief bill to Trump

Washington - The US Congress overcame months of delays to finally pass a $19.1 billion relief package Monday to help victims of flooding, wildfires and hurricanes that have devastated communities from Puerto Rico to California.

Ardern's 'wellbeing' budget spreads good vibes in New Zealand

Wellington - New Zealand unveiled its inaugural "wellbeing" budget Thursday in a move set to cement Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's reputation for compassionate leadership in the wake of the Christchurch mosque massacre.

Italy braced for 3 billion-euro Brussels fine: Salvini

Rome - Italy's Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini said Tuesday he expected Brussels to slap Rome with a three billion-euro ($3.36 billion) fine over the country's rising debt and structural deficit levels.

Pentagon assigns another $1.5 bn for border wall

Washington - The Pentagon said Friday it was diverting another $1.5 billion for new barriers to stop illegal immigrants on the US-Mexico border, following the authorization of $1 billion in March.

Italy raises 2019 budget deficit forecast, risking EU ire

Milan - Italy's populist government on Tuesday defiantly raised its 2019 budget deficit forecast to 2.4 percent of GDP, incurring the risk of a new row with the EU over fiscal discipline.

Australia's government cuts taxes ahead of election

Canberra - Australia's conservative government unveiled a big-spending federal budget Tuesday with tax cuts and new infrastructure investment to win voters ahead of the imminent general election.

Trump signs first veto to secure funding for border wall

Washington - Donald Trump signed the first veto of his presidency Friday, overriding congressional opposition to secure emergency funds to build more walls on the US-Mexico border.Trump declared in the Oval Office that he was "proud" to sign the veto.

Trump signs first veto to secure funding for border wall

Washington - Donald Trump signed the first veto of his presidency Friday, overriding congressional opposition to secure emergency funds to build more walls on the US-Mexico border.Trump declared in the Oval Office that he was "proud" to sign the veto.

Senate rebukes Trump on border emergency, president vows veto

Washington - President Donald Trump suffered an embarrassing defeat Thursday at the hands of US senators, including fellow Republicans, who voted to terminate his declaration of an emergency on the border with Mexico.

UN chief heads to Washington to plug peacekeeping budget hole

New York - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres heads to Washington on Wednesday for talks on the UN peacekeeping budget after the United States drilled a hole in the world body's finances by capping its share.

Trump to seek another $8.6 billion for border wall

Washington - US President Donald Trump is seeking $8.6 billion in fresh funding for a wall on the US-Mexico border, likely triggering another fight with Congress.The 2020 budget request, which is set to be formally unveiled Monday, would far exceed the $5.

France's 'yellow vest' protesters back on the streets, police respond with teargas

Paris - France's "yellow vest" protesters took to the streets on Saturday, for the 16th straight weekend, some clashing with police who responded with rubber bullets, tear gas and water cannon.

Sixteen states sue Trump over border wall emergency

San Francisco - Sixteen US states sued President Donald Trump's administration Monday over his decision to declare a national emergency to fund a wall on the southern border with Mexico, saying the move violated the constitution.

No decision made on spending for Trump's wall: Pentagon chief

Washington - Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said Saturday that no decision has been taken on funding President Donald Trump's border wall with Mexico, a project that may come partly from redirected military funds.

Trump's border wall 'emergency' faces tough legal hurdles

Washington - President Donald Trump's declaration of an emergency Friday to build a border wall immediately drew legal challenges that could easily escalate into a landmark test of the balance of power between the White House and Congress.
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