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Bernie Sanders hires Beto O'Rourke critic as top aide in 2020 race

March 21, 2019 |

Bernie Sanders hires Beto O'Rourke critic as top aide in 2020 raceSanders’ campaign said it is bringing in David Sirota, whose work has appeared in The Guardian and Newsweek, among other outlets, as a senior adviser and speechwriter. The move could stoke tensions within the Democratic field since Sirota has previously targeted O’Rourke, the former U.S. congressman from Texas who entered the presidential race last week, and other rivals. Sirota on Twitter and in published articles has accused O’Rourke of siding with President Donald Trump and Republicans while a member of the House of Representatives, as well as being overly friendly with the oil and gas industry.



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New Zealand bans assault weapons less than a week after massacre

March 21, 2019 |

New Zealand bans assault weapons less than a week after massacreNew Zealand is banning the sale of assault rifles and semi-automatic weapons with immediate effect, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Thursday, rapidly making good on a pledge to tighten the country’s gun laws. The move comes less than a week after a white supremacist rampaged through two mosques killing 50 people as they prayed, sparking global revulsion. “Every semi-automatic weapon used in the terrorist attack on Friday will be banned in this country,” Ardern told a press conference.



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2020 election: Kamala Harris and Beto O’Rourke jump in new poll, but Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders tie as frontrunners

March 21, 2019 |

2020 election: Kamala Harris and Beto O’Rourke jump in new poll, but Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders tie as frontrunnersA new poll has revealed early gains for Kamala Harris and Beto O’Rourke in the growing field of 2020 Democratic presidential candidates — but they’re still far from being the frontrunners at this stage in the game. Joe Biden, the former vice president who has yet to formally announce his candidacy, has been leading the pack in a slate of polls putting him ahead of his lesser known potential opponents. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is now tied with Mr Biden at 26 per cent of total support from Democratic voters, however, according to a new Emerson poll released on Wednesday.



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Euro under the gun, shares hit after Italy votes ‘no’ on reform

December 5, 2016 |

Employee of a foreign exchange trading company works near monitors showing Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on TV news, and the Japanese yen's exchange rate against the euro in TokyoBy Nichola Saminather and Wayne Cole SINGAPORE/SYDNEY (Reuters) – The euro was under the gun on Monday, skidding to a 20-month low after Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said he would resign following a stinging defeat on constitutional reform that could destabilize the country's shaky banking system. Renzi's defeat deals a body blow to the European Union already reeling under anti-establishment anger that led to the shock exit of UK from the club in June this year. "But in the long run, this will delay progress in Italy's efforts to get rid of banks' bad debt and is likely to widen the yield spread of German Bunts and the Italian bonds," he added.



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Caution as Hong Kong-Shenzhen share trading link launches

December 5, 2016 |

Hong Kong authorities have lauded the "stock connect" as a boost to the city as a finance hub that will cement its role in helping internationalise the yuanA long-delayed trading link between the Chinese city of Shenzhen and Hong Kong launches Monday, opening another door to the mainland's cosseted stock markets but a China slowdown, weak yuan and expected US rate hikes have analysts sounding a note of caution. The tie-up, similar to one that kicked off between Hong Kong and Shanghai two years ago, is being touted as the latest effort by Beijing to prove to global investors that its capital markets are gradually opening. Hong Kong authorities have lauded the "stock connect" as a boost to the city as a finance hub that will cement its role in helping internationalise the yuan.



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Demonstrators march in Brazil to support corruption crackdown

December 4, 2016 |

A demonstrator yells slogans during a protest against corruption at the Copacabana beach in Rio de JaneiroBy Paulo Prada RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Demonstrators marched in cities across Brazil on Sunday, protesting corruption and a recent vote in Congress that was perceived as an effort to intimidate judges and prosecutors currently leading graft probes. Dressed mostly in the national colors of yellow and green, thousands gathered in cities like Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Brasilia to demand accountability at a time when Latin America's biggest country is reeling from corruption scandals, political gridlock and a prolonged economic recession. In São Paulo, the country's largest city, protesters marching along the business thoroughfare of Avenida Paulista unfurled a long banner reading "Corrupt Congress." At a seaside march in Rio, where two former governors were recently jailed on corruption charges, demonstrators waved banners with messages like "Thieves Out!" and "We are all Sergio Moro," the judge overseeing a historic investigation into kickbacks around the state-run oil company.



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Fidel Castro’s final resting spot revealed

December 4, 2016 |

Fidel Castro's final resting spot revealedAbout a year ago, trucks full of building materials began arriving at the Santa Ifigenia cemetery in the eastern Cuban city of Santiago. On Saturday, a white cloth was draped over a new structure near …



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Iran’s Rouhani proposes budget rise as Trump election threatens growth

December 4, 2016 |

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani takes part in a news conference near the United Nations General Assembly in the Manhattan borough of New YorkBy Andrew Torchia DUBAI (Reuters) – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani proposed on Sunday a state budget of about $ 100 billion for next year, loosening the purse strings to support economic growth as Donald Trump's election threatens to put renewed pressure on Tehran. The U.S. president-elect said during his campaign that he would scrap last year's nuclear agreement between Iran and world powers, in what would be a big blow to the Iranian economy just as it emerges from years of sanctions. Rouhani announced a draft budget for the Iranian year that will start on March 21 of 3,200 trillion rials ($ 99.7 billion at the official exchange rate), excluding state enterprises.



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Mocked for his tweets, Trump fires back — on Twitter

December 4, 2016 |

President-elect Donald Trump tweeted criticism of a "Saturday Night Live" sketch with Trump played by Alec Baldwin (R), which made fun of Trump's penchant for tweetingPresident-elect Donald Trump has reacted to a comedy sketch that mocked his penchant for sending tweets — by sending a tweet. Trump again lambasted the show "Saturday Night Live," on which he is played by actor Alec Baldwin. "Just tried watching Saturday Night Live – unwatchable! Totally biased, not funny and the Baldwin impersonation just can't get any worse.



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Trump shrugs off fuss over Taiwan call

December 4, 2016 |

In this Friday, Dec. 2, 2016 photo released by Taiwan Presidential Office Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen speaks with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump through a speaker phone in Taipei, Taiwan. (Taiwan Presidential Office via AP)BEIJING (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump is unapologetic about roiling diplomatic waters with his decision to speak on the phone with Taiwan's leader, a breach of long-standing tradition that risks enmity from China.



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