Month: November 2019

National News

The extremely small number of votes it takes to win the Iowa caucuses, explained

Supporters cheer as Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders speaks to voters on the Soapbox stage at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa, on August 11, 2019. | Salwan Georges/The Washington Post via Getty Images And why it’s so hard to get them. The winner of Iowa’s Democratic presidential caucuses will likely draw […]

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Finance

Breakdown of trust in financial system deepens crisis in Lebanon

November 13, 2019 By Tom Arnold BEIRUT (Reuters) – Lebanese student Fatima Jaber’s family is struggling to pay off multiple loans with double-digit interest rates. Even before the start of protests that have forced out Lebanon’s prime minister, her confidence was fading in a financial system long regarded as a pillar of stability. But now, […]

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Global News

Australian High Court agrees to hear ex-Vatican treasurer’s sex offences appeal

November 13, 2019 By Sonali Paul MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australia’s High Court on Wednesday agreed to hear a final appeal from Vatican treasurer George Pell over his conviction for sexually assaulting two teenaged choir boys. Pell, who is in jail serving a six-year sentence handed down by a lower court in March, turned to the […]

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Global News

Lebanon slips deeper into turmoil, no sign of new government

November 13, 2019 By Ellen Francis BEIRUT (Reuters) – Protesters barricaded main roads across Lebanon on Wednesday after President Michel Aoun enraged demonstrators by urging them to end their revolt against corruption and cronyism in the political establishment. His remarks in a television interview late on Tuesday ignited demonstrations overnight in which a protester was […]

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Global News

Result of Afghan presidential vote postponed again: election commission

November 13, 2019 KABUL (Reuters) – The results of Afghanistan’s presidential election, that were due on Nov. 14, have been postponed for a second time, the election commission said on Wednesday. “The announcement of the preliminary result will not be announced tomorrow until the technical issues are addressed,” election commission spokesman Abdul Aziz Ibrahimi said. […]

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Global News

British PM Johnson, on campaign trail, to pledge swift resolution on Brexit

November 13, 2019 By Andrew MacAskill LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister Boris Johnson will promise on Wednesday to end the delays over Britain’s departure from the European Union if he wins next month’s election and he will describe the opposition Labour Party’s plans as political “onanism”. Johnson was scheduled to make a campaign speech at […]

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Finance

U.S. farmers to leverage land as farm economy deteriorates: survey

November 13, 2019 By P.J. Huffstutter DALLAS (Reuters) – As the U.S.-China trade war drags on, more farmers are expected to take out debt against the land they own – their collateral of last resort – to keep their operations going, according to a survey of lenders. The survey found that bankers are increasingly worried […]

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Global News

Bolivian Senate head assumes interim presidency; Morales’ loyalists object

November 13, 2019 By Gram Slattery and Stefanie Eschenbacher LA PAZ/MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – The head of Bolivia’s Senate, Jeanine Anez, took office as interim president on Tuesday as former leader Evo Morales pledged to keep up his political fight from exile in Mexico after resigning in what he has alleged was a coup. Anez, […]

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National News

What to expect at the impeachment inquiry’s first public hearing

House Intelligence Committee chair Adam Schiff (D-CA) will lead Wednesday’s hearing. | Alex Wong/Getty William Taylor and George Kent will testify at the first public hearing in Democrats’ impeachment inquiry. The first public hearings in the House of Representatives’ impeachment inquiry will kick off at 10 am ET Wednesday, when Democrats on the House Intelligence […]

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Finance

Oil falls as U.S.-China trade deal prospects dim

November 13, 2019 By Florence Tan and Dmitry Zhdannikov SINGAPORE/LONDON (Reuters) – Oil prices fell on Wednesday as prospects for a trade deal between the United States and China faded, weighing on the outlook for the global economy and energy demand. U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday the two countries were close to finalizing […]

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