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Pentagon shifts $3.8 bn more to Mexico border wall

Washington - The US Defense Department said Thursday it is shifting another $3.8 billion towards paying for a wall on the US-Mexico border as President Donald Trump extended his "national emergency" declaration over unlawful migration for another year.

Pentagon shifts $3.8 bn to Mexico border wall construction

Washington - The US Defense Department is shifting another $3.8 billion from procurement and other operations towards paying for a wall on the US-Mexican border, official documents sent to the US Congress showed Thursday.The move took to $9.

US defense chief chides NATO 'free riders'

Washington - US Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Friday defended Washington's pressuring NATO allies to contribute more money toward their own defense, saying the Western alliance cannot permit "free riders.

Lawmakers green light US space force

Washington - The United States is getting a new space force along with $738 billion in military spending under an agreement backed by lawmakers on Tuesday that fulfils a priority of President Donald Trump.

EU budget rules need rethink, says new commissioner

Frankfurt Am Main - The EU's new economy commissioner Paolo Gentiloni said the bloc should consider loosening its strict budget deficit rules to respond to climate risks and weak growth, echoing a similar call by French President Emmanuel Macron.

To save climate, tax carbon at $75 per ton: IMF

Washington - The world's biggest carbon polluting nations should jointly agree to tax emissions at $75 per ton in the next decade to keep climate change at safe levels, the International Monetary Fund said Thursday.

No more rebates in EU budget after Brexit, Commission urges

Apo - The European Commission on Wednesday urged EU states to drop the system of asking for rebates from their budget contributions if and when the UK leaves under Brexit.

Italy poised for last-ditch talks to form new government

Rome - Italy's president is due to begin a fresh round of talks with discordant political parties on Tuesday aimed at finding a new coalition government and ending a political crisis sparked by the collapse of the ruling populist alliance.

Snap Italy election less likely after Salvini bid falters

Rome - After a week in which it seemed Italy could be headed for snap elections, the spectre of an autumn poll appears to have retreated due to two former foes joining forces to defeat a far-right no-confidence bid.

Recession if Italy holds snap elections: ex-PM Renzi

Rome - Snap elections called for by far-right leader Matteo Salvini would plunge Italy into recession, former Democratic Party (PD) premier Matteo Renzi warned Tuesday, calling instead for a transitional government.

Salvini ambush sparks Italy political crisis

Rome - Italy plunged into political uncertainty Friday after Interior Minister Matteo Salvini pulled support for the government coalition and called for snap elections while parliament was on summer recess.

Italy grapples with government crisis

Rome - Speculation that Italy's coalition government could collapse mounted Thursday as tension between its populist leaders peaked over the financing of a multi-billion-euro high-speed train line.

Italian MPs approve revised budget after EU standoff

Rome - Italian lawmakers passed Saturday the populist government's revised 2019 budget before a year-end deadline, despite complaints from the opposition that it was dictated by Brussels and had been rammed through without debate.

Italy Senate passes revised budget after EU standoff

Rome - The Italian Senate on Sunday passed a revised 2019 budget agreed after a tense standoff with Brussels which saw the populist government water down key measures.

Moscovici says working to avoid sanctions on Italy

Paris - European Economic Affairs Commissioner Pierre Moscovici said Tuesday he was working to avoid Italy being sanctioned over its 2019 budget, reiterating that Rome and Paris were not being held to two different standards.

Jordan arrests 17 protesters against fiscal reform

Apo - Seventeen Jordanians were arrested over protests against a controversial fiscal reform, a judicial source in Amman said on Friday.

Berlin treads softly-softly on Macron over deficit

Berlin - Germany is taking a softly-softly approach to French President Emmanuel Macron's use of government largesse to calm violent "yellow vest" protests, government sources say, as Berlin puts European stability above fiscal discipline.

Eurozone ministers face defiant Italy on budget

Apo - Exasperated eurozone finance ministers are expected to back Brussels in the row over Italy's budget on Monday, setting the stage for market turmoil not seen since the debt crisis.

US intel budget soars under Trump

Washington - US spending on intelligence has soared under President Donald Trump, figures released on Tuesday showed, as the government stepped up cyber warfare activities and boosted spying on North Korea, China and Russia.

EU to unveil digital tax targeting Facebook, Google

Apo - The EU will unveil proposals for a digital tax on US tech giants on Wednesday, bringing yet more turmoil to Facebook after revelations over misused data of 50 million users shocked the world.

Economists call for overhaul of eurozone fiscal rules

Paris - Leading economists from France and Germany on Wednesday called for new fiscal rules for the eurozone and the creation of an independent watchdog to help to make the single currency more resilient against crises in the future.

Europe turns on Facebook, Google for digital tax revamp

Brussels - They have revolutionised the way we live, but are US tech giants the new robber barons of the 21st century, banking billions in profit while short-changing the public by paying only a pittance in tax?

Violence erupts in Haiti over national budget

Port-au-prince - Protesters brought parts of the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince to a standstill Tuesday, setting vehicles alight and damaging local businesses in violent demonstrations against the government's budget plans.

France will meet EU target of 3.0 percent deficit in 2017: PM

Paris - France will meet the EU deficit limit of 3.0 percent of GDP in 2017, the prime minister insisted Thursday, after the public accounts watchdog said it would miss the mark unless it took urgent action."We commit to rein in the deficit to 3.

EU vows crackdown on aggressive tax planners

Brussels - European tax planners who help rich clients, including sports stars, evade the tax man will risk hefty fines, according to EU plans unveiled on Wednesday.

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.

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.

EU to overhaul jobless benefits for foreigners

Strasbourg - The European Commission on Tuesday proposed to overhaul rules on benefits for EU migrants in a bid to quell rising anti-immigration sentiment in Europe after the shock Brexit vote.

Body Cameras shelved by some police departments — costs cited

Some police departments that outfitted their officers with body cameras are now reversing course and doing away with them, citing state regulations that require a lengthy video storage period as being too costly.

Protesters trash downtown Geneva, police say

Ginebra - An unauthorised demonstration over Geneva budget cuts for alternative culture spun out of control late Saturday, with protesters vandalising much of the centre of the Swiss city, police said.
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