US, China putting trade war on hold after progress in talks

China US Trade

The world's two biggest economies are pulling back from the brink of a trade war after making...


Giuseppe Conte, a political novice, is on the verge of becoming Italy's prime minister

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. ROME - Giuseppe Conte is a lawyer with an established academic reputation but a name virtually unknown in Italian politics. Now, he’s on the verge of becoming this country’s leader. Italy has been waiting for a new government since March elections failed to produce a...


Trump administration moves to tighten squeeze on Venezuelan government

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. WASHINGTON - The Trump administration on Monday barred Americans from a risky but potentially lucrative type of financial transaction with Venezuela’s state-owned companies as it condemned the reelection of President Nicolás Maduro as a sham. An executive order signed...


Venezuela's opposition scrambles to regroup after Maduro win

Venezuela Presidential Election-7

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela’s fractured opposition emerged even more powerless Monday, a day after an election it boycotted propelled socialist President Nicolas Maduro to an easy victory amid a crushing economic crisis. The coalition’s strategy to sit out the vote succeeded at exposing...


Giuseppe Conte, a political novice, is on the verge of becoming Italy's prime minister

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. ROME - Giuseppe Conte has an established academic law career, about 900 twitter followers and a name virtually unknown in the Italian political world. Now, he’s on the verge of becoming this country’s leader. The two populist parties that emerged from Italy’s Mach...


One of the most striking things about Harry and Meghan's official wedding photos

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. LONDON -- Even some of those who are lukewarm about the British monarchy were looking forward to a wedding that would help the royal family reflect some of the diversity of modern Britain. Mixed-race British royals are rare enough that you have to go all the way back...


Xi Jinping can make or break any deal between Trump and Kim

(c) 2018, Bloomberg. President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un will meet next month to negotiate a deal that could avert nuclear war. But the ultimate success of any agreement hinges on someone else: China’s President Xi Jinping. As North Korea’s largest trading partner, China’s enforcement of United...


Pension plan published in error rips through Romanian market

(c) 2018, Bloomberg. A Romanian draft law published “in error” touched off confusion and alarmed investors as the government and ruling party officials try to manage the fallout. A government website published a proposal late Sunday to suspend payments to the nation’s mandatory private pension...


Trump balks over billions in secret China loans to poor nations

(c) 2018, Bloomberg. China has showered $10 billion on debt-laden Ecuador over the past six years for energy and infrastructure projects -- part of a global effort by Beijing to finance development in poor countries that are rich with natural resources. Yet terms on billions of dollars in Chinese...


From airlines to pizza parlors, EU businesses adopt data law

Britain Europe Data Privacy Small Biz

LONDON (AP) — Lisa Meyer’s hair salon is a cozy place where her mother serves homemade macaroons, children climb on chairs and customers chat above the whirr of hairdryers. Most of the time Meyer is focused on hairstyles, color trends and keeping up with appointments. But now she’s worried about...


Iran's transgender people face discrimination despite fatwa

APTOPIX Iran Transgender

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Nahal smokes yet another cigarette on her mother’s balcony overlooking Tehran, one of the few peaceful places the 19-year-old transgender woman has in Iran, where her identity can bring harassment and prying, judging eyes on the street. Nahal recalled how she had hardly started...

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