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EU cuts funding to Turkey in 2018 budget

Brussels - An EU 2018 budget deal was announced Saturday that cuts funds destined to Turkey, citing doubts about Ankara's commitment to democracy and human rights.

France hikes defence spending, inches towards NATO goal

Paris - French lawmakers late Tuesday approved an increase of nearly two billion euros in defence spending in 2018 -- reversing cuts to the 2017 budget that triggered a major spat between President Emmanuel Macron and a top general.The 1.

Improved economic outlook cuts Canada budget deficit

Ottawa - A surging Canadian economy has reduced the government's budget deficit this year by billions of dollars, the finance minister said Tuesday.

French MPs back Macron's tax reforms

Paris - French MPs on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved President Emmanuel Macron's plans to slash a key wealth tax, over which he has been accused of pandering to the rich.

Greece defends F-16 warplane upgrade amid cost criticism

Atenas - Greece on Thursday defended its decision to upgrade its fleet of US-made F-16 warplanes, arguing that the multi-million cost will not destabilise its precarious budget."We are discussing the upgrade of (around 90) aircraft at a maximum cost of 1.

Lithuania hikes defence budget to meet NATO target

Vilnius - Lithuania said Wednesday it would raise its defence spending to 2 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) next year to meet a NATO target amid security concerns over neighbouring Russia.

Trump to request $29 bln for storm-hit Puerto Rico

Washington - US President Donald Trump will ask Congress for a bumper $29 billion package of emergency relief for Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria, officials told AFP Wednesday.Trump will request a package that includes $12.

EU spending commitments at record high of 238bn euros: watchdog

Brussels - The EU's auditor on Thursday hailed progress in the bloc's wasteful spending, which fell to 4.2 billion euros in 2016, but warned that future spending commitments had hit an all-time high of nearly 240 billion euros.

Macron government cuts wealth taxes in first budget

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron's business-friendly government unveiled its first annual budget Wednesday, fending off criticism that its tax cuts favour the very wealthiest.

France's Macron unveils tricky first budget

Paris - The government of Emmanuel Macron unveils its first budget Wednesday as the young president seeks to kick-start the French economy with a business-friendly agenda.

Macron government to unveil belt-tightening first budget

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron's government is set to unveil its first annual budget on Wednesday, balancing tricky priorities as it seeks to cut taxes while also slashing the deficit.

Catalonia's frustrated dream: to tax and spend like Basques

Madrid - Spain's refusal to extend the tax-and-spend privileges enjoyed by the wealthy Basque region, which collects its own taxes and spends the money as it pleases, has fuelled the rise of separatism in Catalonia, experts and commentators say.

Marchers demand Haiti's president step down

Port-au-prince - Thousands took to the streets of Haiti's capital Wednesday to demand President Jovenel Moise step down following the publication of a national budget viewed as unfavorable to the country's poor.

Carbon 'budget' may be bigger than thought: study

Paris - An ambitious goal to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius is still within reach, said researchers Monday who calculated humanity may have a larger allowable "budget" for burning carbon than previously thought.

France to boost defence budget by 1.6 bn euros in 2018: PM

Paris - France will boost defence spending next year by 1.6 billion euros, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said Thursday, just two months after a row over planned cuts to the budget triggered the resignation of the armed forces chief.

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.
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