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March 24, 2017 6:05 PM Inequality in Latin America undermining human development, says UN

Latin America’s strong growth in human development indicators over the last 25 years has been uneven and slow for disadvantaged groups, a UN body has found, saying that the inequality that reigns in the region has severely undermined progress. According to human development figures published by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Latin America 3

March 24, 2017 2:09 PM The Daily 202: Trump’s health care ultimatum is straight out of ‘The Art of the Deal.’ It just might work

THE BIG IDEA: If you read Donald Trump’s “The Art of the Deal,” substituting “contractors” for “conservatives,” the president’s ultimatum to House Republicans on health care is not at all surprising. “You have to be very rough and very tough with most contractors or they’ll take the shirt right off your back,” Trump wrote in the 1987 business classic 4

March 24, 2017 12:47 PM Trump Dares GOP Into High-Stakes Vote on Health Bill

The Trump administration doubled down on its demand that House Republican leaders hold a vote Friday on their embattled health-care bill without any changes and with lingering uncertainty about whether they have enough support to pass the measure. “After seven horrible years of ObamaCare (skyrocketing premiums & deductibles, bad healthcare), this is finally 6

March 24, 2017 12:35 AM White House, in gamble, demands make-or-break health vote

President Donald Trump meets with truckers and industry CEOs regarding healthcare, Thursday, March 23, 2017, in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) WASHINGTON — Abandoning negotiations, President Donald Trump on Thursday demanded a make-or-break vote on health care legislation in the House, threatening to leave 5

March 23, 2017 6:36 PM Democrats in Senate plan to filibuster Gorsuch's nomination

As the confirmation hearings for Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump's U.S. Supreme Court nominee, moved into the March 23 testimony phase with those for and against his nomination taking the floor, the Democrats announced plans to filibuster his nomination. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-New York, announced on the Senate floor he would 6

March 22, 2017 4:11 PM PH ranking in UN human dev’t index down

Despite posting marginal gain in the United Nations’ index measuring three basic dimensions of human development partly due to the effective implementation of the conditional cash transfer (CCT) program, the Philippines’ global ranking slipped by one notch to 116th out of 188 countries. The latest Human Development Report 2016 of the United Nations Development 2

March 22, 2017 4:01 PM UN Report: In some countries, women still have to ask for their husband's permission to work

MANILA - Even as the Philippines celebrates National Women's Month, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has released the Human Development Report 2016, which reveals, among others, that, in some countries, women are still legally excluded from some jobs because of their gender, or still need their husband's approval to work. The report, titled 5

March 21, 2017 4:25 PM Sorry, gays, Duterte is no longer for same-sex union

NAYPYITAW, BURMA (MYANMAR)—Same-sex marriage is not for the Philippines, President Duterte has said here, reversing his campaign promise to support legislation allowing gay unions. Some Catholic bishops were pleasantly surprised by Mr. Duterte’s turnaround. “Very nice of Duterte. It is a ‘pogi’ (brownie) point for our President,” said Sorsogon Bishop 6

March 21, 2017 4:08 PM Thais, Pinoy community upbeat over Duterte visit to Thailand

Philippine Ambassador to the Kingdom of Thailand Mary Jo Bernardo Aragon said Monday that the Thai people are also excited to see President Duterte as he starts a three-day official visit Tuesday. In an interview with the Philippine media delegation in the Philippine Embassy in Bangkok, Aragon said Thais have been excited with the plans and programs 9

March 20, 2017 6:44 PM North Korea engine test may be prelude to partial ICBM flight

SEOUL North Korea has likely mastered the technology to power the different stages of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) and may show it off soon, analysts say, but it is likely still a long way from being able to hit the mainland United States. North Korean state media announced its latest rocket-engine test on Sunday, saying it would help North 3