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Only 15 percent of homeowners in Houston have flood insurance

Tens of thousands of people in the Houston area of Texas have been displaced, with the long-term damages from Hurricane Harvey expected to be as much as $100 billion, yet only 15 percent of homes in the area are covered by flood insurance.

Sri Lanka vows Tamil autonomy despite Buddhist resistance

Colombo - Sri Lanka vowed Wednesday to grant greater autonomy to its Tamil minority in a new constitution after an influential Buddhist monk said the clergy opposed the plan.

Three reforms Macron wants to push through parliament

Paris - Armed with an overwhelming majority, French President Emmanuel Macron will want to move fast to implement his pledges on cleaning up politics, making the labour market more flexible and beefing up national security.

Brazil justice ministry taken over in protest

Bras - Hundreds of prison system workers occupied Brazil's justice ministry on Tuesday in a dramatic protest against government retirement reforms.

After turbulent protests, Brazil cleans up littered streets

Rio De Janeiro - Brazilian authorities were working Saturday to clear away the remains of barricades, burned-out buses and trash strewn about the streets during a general strike the previous day that saw violent clashes between protesters and police.

Violence mars Brazil's anti-austerity general strike

Rio De Janeiro - Police in Brazil tear-gassed demonstrators and rioters burned buses in the violent conclusion of a general strike that shut down transport, schools and banks in protest against austerity reforms.

Corruption row threatens Brazil's economic reforms

Bras - Efforts by Brazil's embattled government to push through unpopular austerity reforms face ever greater headwinds after the eruption of a corruption scandal weakening President Michel Temer.

Greece agrees to bailout reforms compromise: EU sources

Brussels - Greece on Monday agreed to a compromise on new reforms in a bid to break a deadlock with its EU-IMF creditors and free up new bailout funds, EU sources said.

Ukrainian protesters accuse prosecutors of abetting corruption

Kiev - Ukrainian activists on Wednesday held a protest in central Kiev accusing the country's powerful prosecutors of obstructing a newly formed national agency that has exposed massive official corruption.

Saudi Arabia to sell stake in Aramco, create $2 trillion fund

Riyadh - Saudi Arabia will sell shares in state oil giant Aramco and set up the world's largest wealth fund under a long-term economic reform plan, the deputy crown prince said Monday.

Cuba will not discuss political reforms with Obama: Minister

Havana - Political and economic reforms in communist Cuba will be a no-go area during talks between Cuban leader Raul Castro and US President Barack Obama, the foreign minister said in Havana Thursday.

FIFA's tentative reform moves leave major doubts

Zurich - New FIFA supremo Gianni Infantino faces a major battle to overcome the doubts of sponsors and critics that corruption-tainted world football is serious about reform.

Greek professionals stage 'necktie protest' over pensions

Atenas - More than 6,000 Greek white-collar professionals including doctors, lawyers and engineers protested in Athens on Thursday, waving their neckties as they marched against proposed pension reforms required by the country's creditors.

Greece vows pension, tax reforms from next week in return for loan

Atenas - Greece on Wednesday promised it would start pension and tax reforms next week, as demanded by creditors, in return for a three-year eurozone loan to drag its financial system back from the brink of collapse.

Hollande assures Berlin France will stick to reforms

Berlin - French President Francois Hollande insisted on a visit to Berlin Tuesday that France would stick to its reform course despite his Socialist party's setback in local elections.

France reforms seek to tackle Muslim radicalisation

Paris - France set out a package of reforms on Wednesday aimed at better integrating Muslims and preventing radicalisation in the wake of the recent jihadist attacks in Paris.

EU hails Bosnia reform pledge

Sarajevo - Bosnian lawmakers backed a pledge Monday to make a series of political and economic reforms intended to kickstart its application for European Union membership.

G20 urges U.S. to ratify IMF reforms by year-end

Washington - The G20 pressed the United States Friday to ratify crucial IMF reforms after four years of waiting, suggesting they would find an alternative if Washington does not deliver by year-end.

Winds of change: Italians losing centuries-old grip on Vatican

Rome - A quiet revolution is afoot in the Vatican.With many of Pope Francis's new appointments, control over the powerful city state is slipping, slowly but surely, from the centuries-old grip of the Italian hierarchy.

Mexico telecoms bill gives regulator powers to curb Slim, Televisa

Mexico's government on Monday proposed giving new telecommunications regulator IFT sweeping powers to police the operations of dominant telecoms companies and TV broadcasters, right down to their prices and discounts.

Mexico telecoms bill has powers to tame Slim, Televisa

Mexico's government on Monday proposed giving a new regulator wide-reaching powers to police the operations of dominant telecommunications companies and TV broadcasters, right...

Mexico bill to curb Slim's empire due this week: Lawmaker

Mexico will send legislation to Congress this week to flesh out a reform that seeks to curb the power of telecoms mogul Carlos Slim and the country's top broadcaster, Televisa, a senior lawmaker said ...

Mexico likely to present telecoms reform fine print Friday: lawmaker

Mexico's government may send to the Senate as soon as Friday so-called secondary laws that lay out the fine print of a reform aimed at boosting competition in the telecommunications sector, a top lawmaker said on Thursday.

Mexico telecoms regulator reins in Slim and his empire

Mexico's telecommunications watchdog unveiled a slew of regulations on Friday to claw back the massive telephone business of billionaire Carlos Slim, but said it would not ord...

Mexican tycoon Slim's Grupo Carso designated 'dominant' in telecoms

Mexican Tycoon Carlos Slim's conglomerate Grupo Carso said on Friday it had been declared dominant in the telecoms sector by a new watchdog, which cited the firm's "economic interests".

Mexican tycoon Slim's bank Inbursa designated 'dominant' in telecoms

Mexican Tycoon Carlos Slim's financial arm Inbursa said on Friday it had been declared dominant in the telecoms sector by a new watchdog, which cited the financial group's "economic interests".

Mexico regulator decides on dominant players in telecoms, TV

Mexico's telecoms regulator said on Thursday it has decided who is dominant in telecommunications and broadcasting, a key ruling widely expected to impose tougher anti-trust measures on the local mobile and fixed line units of t...

Mexico telco regulator has decided on market dominance: industry sources

Mexico's telecoms regulator has decided on market dominance, industry sources said on Thursday, a key ruling widely expected to go against the local mobile and fixed line units of tycoon Carlos Slim's America Movil as well as br...

Exclusive: Russia wants IMF to move ahead on reforms without U.S.

Russian officials are pushing for the International Monetary Fund to move ahead with planned reforms without the United States, which could mean the loss of the U.S.

Exclusive: Russia wants IMF to move ahead on reforms without U.S. - sources

Russian officials are pushing for the International Monetary Fund to move ahead with planned reforms without the United States, which could mean the loss of the U.S.
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