Kremlin: 'No info' on 'tragic' ex-spy illness

The Kremlin said on Tuesday that it had no information on a former Russian double agent who fell ill in Britain after exposure to an unknown substance, calling the incident "tragic"."We see that such a tragic situation happened," President Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists. "But we don't have information about what could be the cause, what this person

Malls look for new 'anchors' in storm

The ubiquitous shopping plazas, some highly successful and others empty shells, increasingly are providing experiences beyond shopping in both the US and China. Some also have found partners in feared internet competitors Amazon and Alibaba, William Hennelly reports from New York.The Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota, pictured in 2013, is the United States’ largest shopping mall. The mall in

Trump's steel, aluminum tariffs open Pandora's box for global economy

The United States' proposed tariffs on the imports of steel and aluminum from other countries is likely to open a Pandora's box for the global economy.Despite opposition from business groups and trade partners, President Donald Trump plans to impose a 25-percent tariff on imported steel and 10-percent on aluminum, saying that "trade wars are good and easy to win."US President

UN welcomes inter-Korean summit, ready to offer assistance

The United Nations on Tuesday welcomed the forthcoming summit between the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and South Korea, saying it was ready to assist the process.File photo: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres addresses the Human Rights Council at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. (Photo: Reuters)"The Secretary-General is encouraged by the advances made during the latest inter-Korean talks, particularly

Italian vote heralds tougher EU stance on migration

An Italian policeman looks at an electoral poster at a polling station in Rome, Italy March 4, 2018. REUTERS/Yara NardiThe failure of Italy’s neighbors to help out more with a huge influx of migrants boosted the anti-immigrant vote and contributed to the resounding defeat of its ruling party in last weekend’s election, European officials acknowledge.But given the difficulty of persuading

House to debate bill to reduce violence in schools

The U.S. House of Representatives will debate bipartisan legislation next week aimed at preventing violence at schools following the shooting deaths of 17 people at a Florida high school on Feb. 14, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said on Tuesday.McCarthy, the second most powerful Republican in the House, did not outline any other bills the chamber might consider that are urged

Senate votes 67-32 to begin debate on bank bill

The U.S. Senate on Tuesday voted 67-32 in favor of beginning to debate a bipartisan bill that would ease rules for mid-sized and small lenders introduced following the 2007-2009 financial crisis.The vote paves the way for the chamber to potentially pass the proposed legislation by the end of the week.The bipartisan bill, authored by Senate Banking Committee chairman Mike Crapo,

Russia offers rebels safe passage out of eastern Ghouta

A man pushes a cart past damaged buildings at the besieged town of Douma, Eastern Ghouta, Damascus, Syria March 5, 2018. (Photo: Reuters)The Russian military has offered Syrian rebels safe passage out of eastern Ghouta, setting out a proposal to let the insurgents surrender their last major stronghold near Damascus to President Bashar al-Assad, which fighters have so far rejected.The

Dolphins owner says he won’t make players stand for anthem

Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross says he won’t force his players to stand for the national anthem, even though he believes kneeling is a counterproductive way to promote social justice.Ross’ comments Tuesday in a statement released by the Dolphins came after the New York Daily News reported that he said all of the team’s players will stand for the anthem

Lula would easily win Brazil's October election: poll

Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva would easily win a second-round runoff vote against several likely opponents and retake the presidency in October elections if allowed to run, according to a poll released on Tuesday.Lula, who is likely to be barred from running because of a corruption conviction that was upheld on appeal in January, also had the

N.Ireland party rejects 'unacceptable' EU Brexit plan

DUP leader Arlene Foster meets with the EU's Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier in Brussels on Tuesday.POOL/AFP / Yves HERMANThe Northern Irish party that props up British Prime Minister Theresa May's government on Tuesday rejected "unacceptable" EU plans for the Irish border after talks with the bloc's Brexit negotiator.Arlene Foster, leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) in the British-ruled province,

Britain warns Russia over double agent's mysterious illness

Britain warned Russia on Tuesday of a robust response if the Kremlin was behind a mysterious illness that has struck down a former double agent convicted of betraying dozens of spies to British intelligence.Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson named Sergei Skripal, once a colonel in Russia’s GRU military intelligence service, and his daughter Yulia as the two people who were found

US senate banking bill clears procedural hurdle

The Latest on legislative efforts to roll back the Dodd-Frank banking law:11:45 a.m.A Senate effort to relax certain banking regulations has cleared an early procedural hurdle with enough support from Democrats to show the bill has a good chance of passage.The vote of 67-32 allows the Senate to begin debating a bill that would scale back certain provisions of the

Ex-spy’s illness stirs UK to warn of action against Russia

Britain will respond “appropriately and robustly” if Russia’s involvement is established in the case of an ex-Russian spy who became critically ill after coming into contact with an “unknown substance” in southern England, the U.K. foreign secretary said Tuesday.Boris Johnson told lawmakers in the House of Commons that he wasn’t “pointing fingers” as to who might be responsible for the

Trial to begin in case of journalist killed in submarine

As divers found mutilated body parts in plastic bags on the ocean floor one by one, a gruesome puzzle as dark as any Scandinavian noir emerged in Denmark: A young Swedish reporter who had embarked on a submarine journey to interview its maker was tortured, murdered and disposed at sea.Businessman Peter Madsen stands trial at Copenhagen’s City Court on Thursday

Ryan wants Trump to take ‘surgical approach’ on trade

Worried about economic ramifications, House Speaker Paul Ryan called on President Donald Trump to back away from his plan for broad international tariffs, arguing Tuesday that a “more surgical approach” would help avert a potentially dangerous trade war.“What we’re encouraging the administration to do is to focus on what is clearly a legitimate problem and to be more surgical in

Saudi women will drive but face bumpy road to empowerment

A Saudi woman tests a car while posing for photos at a car show targeting women drivers, at Jeddah Food Festival in Saudi Arabia on January 18. Photo: VCGMervat Bukhari, a force of nature draped head-to-toe in a niqab, braved insults and taunts to become the first Saudi woman to work at a gas station, something unimaginable not long ago.The

West Virginia leaders reach deal to end teachers strike

West Virginia lawmakers acted swiftly Tuesday after Gov. Jim Justice and Republican leaders tentatively agreed to end the state’s nine-day teachers’ walkout by giving 5 percent raises not just to teachers, but to all state workers.“I believe in you and I love our kids,” Justice told teachers after the agreement was announced. He planned a news conference later Tuesday.With striking

NATO praises Jordan's role in regional stability

NATO commended on Tuesday Jordan's contribution to regional and international security and called on continued cooperation with the kingdom in various areas.NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said so in a joint press conference in Amman with Minister of Foreign Affairs Ayman Safadi.He said NATO remains committed to the international fight against terrorism, and the organization strongly "values the partnership with

Sri Lanka declares emergency to quell anti-Muslim riots

Sri Lanka Tuesday declared a nationwide state of emergency to quell anti-Muslim riots that have killed at least two people and damaged dozens of mosques and homes."The cabinet of ministers decided on tough measures, including a 10-day nationwide state of emergency," Minister of City Planning Rauff Hakeem said as police imposed a curfew in the riot-hit central district of Kandy.The

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