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A House Divided: Why the Republican healthcare bill was doomed and what to do next?

 03/25/2017 - 05:47
US President Donald Trump reacts after Republicans pulled their health care bill from the House floor on Friday in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, 24 March 2017, as US Vice President Mike Pence (R) and US Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Tom Price (L) look on. EPA/Olivier Douliery / POOL
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Backing off from their key campaign promise marks a big defeat for both Ryan and the president, who’d pushed hard for the bill and then pressed for a vote on it. Trump is now presenting himself as a bystander to the loss, and Republican voters may well side with him.

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US President Donald Trump reacts after Republicans pulled their health care bill from the House floor on Friday in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, 24 March 2017, as US Vice President Mike Pence (R) and US Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Tom Price (L) look on. EPA/Olivier Douliery / POOL

Coca-growing in Colombia is at an all-time high

 03/24/2017 - 05:57
A cocaine plantation in Colombia. Source: Wikimedia
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The government hopes that former FARC guerrillas will persuade villagers to switch crops, as rreported in The Economist.

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A cocaine plantation in Colombia. Source: Wikimedia

Trump administration orders 'increased scrutiny' for visas

 03/24/2017 - 05:01
 Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson gave all American embassies orders last week instructing consular officials to broadly increase scrutiny of visa applicants. EFE/MICHAEL REYNOLDS
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US Embassies are implementing what Trump has called ‘extreme vetting’ of foreigners entering the US. 

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 Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson gave all American embassies orders last week instructing consular officials to broadly increase scrutiny of visa applicants. EFE/MICHAEL REYNOLDS

Latino Insurance Executive Blasts Trump Health Care Bill

 03/22/2017 - 08:17
US President Donald J. Trump (C) and Human Services secretary Tom Price (L) walk to a meeting with House Republicans to encourage a deal on the American Health Care Act in the US Capitol in Washington, DC, USA, 21 March 2017. EPA/SHAWN THEW
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Mario Molina, CEO of Molina Healthcare, the 10th largest health insurance company in the U.S, thinks the Republican Health Care bill "is terrible". 

 

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 8:00am
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US President Donald J. Trump (C) and Human Services secretary Tom Price (L) walk to a meeting with House Republicans to encourage a deal on the American Health Care Act in the US Capitol in Washington, DC, USA, 21 March 2017. EPA/SHAWN THEW

Democrats begin campaign against Trump's Supreme Court nominee

 03/21/2017 - 12:41
Neil Gorsuch appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on his nomination to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, USA, 20 March 2017. EPA/PETE MAROVICH
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Democratic senators on Monday during a congressional hearing launched their campaign against Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump"s nominee for the vacant Supreme Court seat, and who has promised, if he is confirmed by the Republican-controlled Congress, that he will be an independent justice "faithful" to the laws and the Constitution.

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 12:30pm
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Neil Gorsuch appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on his nomination to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, USA, 20 March 2017. EPA/PETE MAROVICH

UK citizens may not preserve EU's fundamental rights and freedoms, report says.

 03/21/2017 - 09:47
The Union flag and EU flag in London, Britain on Mar. 21, 2017. EPA/ANDY RAIN
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Citizens of the United Kingdom may not retain the fundamental rights and freedoms of the European Union following Brexit, according to a report presented Tuesday to the European Parliament.

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 9:45am
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The Union flag and EU flag in London, Britain on Mar. 21, 2017. EPA/ANDY RAIN

Republicans reveal changes to healthcare bill in a bid to satisfy critics.

 03/21/2017 - 04:14
US Republican Speaker of the House from Wisconsin Paul Ryan speaks to the media at his weekly press conference in the US Capitol in Washington, DC, USA, 16 February 2017. Ryan spoke about the US tax code, intelligence leaks, and repealing Obamacare. EPA/JIM LO SCALZO
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Revisions offer more generous tax credits for older people, earlier repeal of tax increases on higher earners and hand Medicaid powers to states.

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 4:00am
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US Republican Speaker of the House from Wisconsin Paul Ryan speaks to the media at his weekly press conference in the US Capitol in Washington, DC, USA, 16 February 2017. Ryan spoke about the US tax code, intelligence leaks, and repealing Obamacare. EPA/JIM LO SCALZO

Republican healthcare plan: 24 million people could lose coverage, reports say

 03/14/2017 - 03:06

The Republican proposal to overhaul health care in the United States could cause as many as 24 million people to lose their coverage over the next nine years, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said Monday.

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - 2:45am
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US Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Tom Price (L) and Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Mick Mulvaney (R) deliver remarks to members of the news media regarding the release of the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office's report on the projected cost and effect of the Republican bill, called the American Health Care Act, at the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 13 March 2017. EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS

No Hopes for Release for the Last Cuban Spy in a US Jail

 03/10/2017 - 04:43
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Ana Belén Montes, one of the top foreign spies captured in recent years, authored some of the key U.S. intelligence assessments on Cuba. She was arrested in 2001 and was sentenced in 2002 to serve 25 years in prison.

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Ana Belén Montes. Photo: Wikimedia/Commons

Cuba welcomes First Norwegian Cruise Line vessel from US

 03/09/2017 - 19:40
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The cruise ship Marina, with the Florida-based Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd., arrived Thursday at the port of Havana with 1,250 passengers on its first trip to Cuba.

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The cruise ship Marina, with the Florida-based Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd., remains anchored in the bay of Havana, Cuba, Mar. 9, 2017. EFE/Alejandro Ernesto

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