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March 25, 2017 3:57 AM Two months in, Trump suffers string of defeats

WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump suffered a bitter defeat Friday in his first major legislative challenge as Republican lawmakers shot down his effort to repeal Obamacare. It was the latest in a string of major setbacks to have hit his two-month-old presidency. Just one week after his inauguration, Trump issued an executive order banning travelers from seven 5

March 25, 2017 3:19 AM NUJP to Tourism chief: Ask Duterte to stop killings

The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) on Friday responded to the statement of Department of Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo asking the media to “tone down” reports on extrajudicial killings in the country. Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo on Wednesday urged the media to “tone down” their coverage of the Duterte administration’s war on drugs 4

March 25, 2017 2:02 AM Miriam Lord’s week: McGuinness tribute not a time to wing it

Mediation for FG, getting TDs to put a sock in it, and how to beat MPs at their own game Lots of people with lots of stories this week about Martin McGuinness. On Tuesday’s Six One News, Tommie Gorman, RTÉ’s man in Northern Ireland, delivered a most unique assessment of the man. High on a grassy hill above Derry’s Bogside, as the light declined, news anchor 4

March 24, 2017 11:36 PM GOP dreams of repealing Obamacare collapse as Trump pulls vote on House bill

President Trump, elected on a promise to use his deal-making prowess to get Washington working, blinked Friday in the face of defeat, abruptly pulling a House vote on a GOP healthcare overhaul amid crumbling Republican support. The move came just hours after the White House insisted the vote would go forward regardless of the outcome, and followed Trump’s 3

March 24, 2017 7:08 PM EU leaders converge on Rome to rekindle sense of unity

ROME (AP) - Posing with Pope Francis before Michelangelo's masterpiece "The Last Judgment" at the Vatican, European Union leaders started their weekend pilgrimage in Rome hoping that a visit to the cradle of their unity project could somehow rekindle the vigor of the bloc's youth. More and more, it looks like the EU's future will have less unanimity 4

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 3:37 PM Twitter eyes paid 'premium' service for power users

The survey this week shows Twitter is looking at building a more powerful version of Tweetdeck, the dashboard that many use to manage their accounts WASHINGTON, DC, USA – Twitter has begun surveying members on a paid subscription service that would give frequent users more tools for using the social network for marketing, journalism and other fields 5

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 9:23 AM UN says sanctions exacerbating poverty in North Korea

UN says over 40% of the population is undernourished, is calling for $114M in donations International sanctions on North Korea are taking a serious toll on humanitarian aid activities, according to a United Nations-led report. The report issued this week by the UN's senior resident official in Pyongyang said sanctions are inadvertently hindering legitimate 5