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Venezuela president Maduro increases minimum wage by 300 per cent as inflation approaches 2 million per cent

Venezuela president Maduro increases minimum wage by 300 per cent as inflation approaches 2 million per centVenezuela‘s president has raised the country’s minimum wage by 300 per cent as part of routine wage increases as his government battles hyperinflation. Nicolas Maduro increased the minimum wage to 18,000 bolivars, around £5.20, per month amid an economy suffering from annual inflation nearing two million per cent. Mr Maduro announced his economic plans at the start of his second, disputed, term on Monday, as calls increased for him to surrender power.




POSTED JANUARY 15, 2019 8:16 AM

A look at large-scale extremist attacks in Kenya

A look at large-scale extremist attacks in KenyaNAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Here is a look at large-scale extremist attacks in Kenya over the years:




POSTED JANUARY 15, 2019 10:05 AM

Two Republicans Push ‘Border Bonds’ to Let Americans Finance a Wall

Two Republicans Push ‘Border Bonds’ to Let Americans Finance a WallRepresentatives Steven Palazzo of Mississippi and Andy Harris of Maryland, both members of the House Appropriations Committee, introduced the Border Bonds for America Act of 2019 -- a law that would allow Americans to buy such securities from the U.S. The money would be put in a trust fund and used just to build a wall along the nearly 2,000 mile (3,200 kilometer) border. The tactic echoes the Liberty Bond program, which appealed to Americans’ sense of patriotism to raise funds during World War I.




POSTED JANUARY 15, 2019 5:12 PM

U.S. eyes Taiwan risk as China's military capabilities grow

U.S. eyes Taiwan risk as China's military capabilities growThe senior U.S. defense intelligence official, who spoke to reporters on condition of anonymity, did not predict that China's military, known as the People's Liberation Army (PLA), would take such a step but said such a possibility was the top worry as China expands and modernizes its military capabilities. "The biggest concern is that ... they are getting to a point where the PLA leadership may actually tell Xi Jinping that they are confident in their capabilities," the official said, referring to China's president. Pressed on whether the official was referring to Chinese confidence in its capabilities to be able to successfully win a battle with Taiwan, the official said, "Well, specifically that would be the most concerning to me." Taiwan is only one of a growing number of flashpoints in the U.S.-China relationship, including a trade war between the countries, U.S. sanctions on the Chinese military, and China's increasingly muscular military posture in the South China Sea.




POSTED JANUARY 16, 2019 12:26 AM

Police searching for suspect after 2 women stabbed in Vacaville house fire

Police searching for suspect after 2 women stabbed in Vacaville house firePolice in Vacaville are searching for a suspect after two women were found stabbed when firefighters and police responded to a house fire.




POSTED JANUARY 15, 2019 2:23 AM

California governor, lawmakers confront utility bankruptcy

California governor, lawmakers confront utility bankruptcySACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The announcement by the nation's largest utility that it is filing for bankruptcy puts Pacific Gas & Electric Co.'s problems squarely in the hands of Gov. Gavin Newsom and state lawmakers, who now must try to keep ratepayer costs down, ensure wildfire victims get the money they're owed and rethink California's energy picture in the face of climate change. 




POSTED JANUARY 15, 2019 1:43 AM

'Humiliated': World media react to British PM's Brexit defeat

'Humiliated': World media react to British PM's Brexit defeatBritain is in "uncharted waters" after Prime Minister Theresa May was "humiliated" by the "crushing defeat" of her Brexit deal in parliament, according to scathing reactions in the British and world press on Wednesday. "May's Brexit deal dead as a dodo", Britain's biggest-selling newspaper The Sun said, with a mock-up picture of the PM as the extinct flightless bird, under the front page headline "Brextinct". The Daily Telegraph's front page read: "A complete humiliation".




POSTED JANUARY 16, 2019 6:36 AM

US air traffic controllers say system ‘eroding’ beneath them due to government shutdown

US air traffic controllers say system ‘eroding’ beneath them due to government shutdownFederal air traffic controllers have warned that the government shutdown is going to make travel delays worse given its dwindling workforce, which has already suffered from record low employment rates in recent years. With the federal closure well into its fourth week, officials with the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (Natca) say that dysfunction in Washington is causing undue stress for their members who already have precious little room for error in their jobs. Without money coming in, air traffic controllers who have been required to come to work and oversee the delicate dance between planes as they take off, land, and taxi at high speeds must now also worry about whether they have money to pay for their mortgages and child care payments.




POSTED JANUARY 16, 2019 9:59 AM

Ireland readies 'mega' no-deal Brexit legislation package

Ireland readies 'mega' no-deal Brexit legislation packageIreland's cabinet on Tuesday began to build upon the no-deal contingency plans it issued last month by seeking to reassure business of the availability of additional transport capacity and patients of the security of medicine supplies. Its preparations will be underpinned by one single emergency Brexit bill incorporating 17 new laws that Deputy Prime Minister Simon Coveney will, if required, begin moving through parliament in the final week of February. "We don't want to have to do this of course, nobody wants a no-deal Brexit and everybody will work toward avoiding that but we also have to ensure that Ireland has done everything it can to protect itself and its citizens," Coveney told a news conference.




POSTED JANUARY 15, 2019 4:43 PM

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand moves toward launching 2020 presidential campaign

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand moves toward launching 2020 presidential campaignThe New York Democrat announced her intentions on CBS' "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" ahead of a trip to Iowa this weekend.




POSTED JANUARY 15, 2019 4:25 PM

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