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Healthcare blitz

US President Donald Trump displays an Executive Order on healthcare after signing as guests applaud, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House Thursday, in Washington DC. Trump moved to undermine Obamacare late Thursday by cutting off subsidies to health insurance companies for low-income patients.
Source: VCG | 2017/10/13 23:13:39

US withdrawal unlikely to affect UNESCO seriously: Russian analyst

The US decision to pull out of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is unlikely to seriously affect the agency's operation, a Russian expert told Xinhua Friday.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/10/13 22:57:36

Trump administration to end Obamacare health subsidies

The White House announced Thursday it will end subsidies to health insurance companies that help lower out-of-pocket costs for low-income customers, another move intended to unravel the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/10/13 14:22:06

US House passes 36.5-bln-USD disaster aid package

The US House of Representatives approved a 36.5-billion-USD disaster relief package on Thursday, intended to aid recovery in disaster-ravaged US states and territories.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/10/13 14:03:31

White House chief of staff dismisses discord with Trump

White House chief of staff John Kelly dismissed Thursday rumors of discord between him and President Donald Trump, saying that he is neither planning to resign nor frustrated in his job.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/10/13 14:00:40

Trump introduces pick for secretary of Homeland Security

US President Donald Trump on Thursday nominated Kirstjen Nielsen as his pick for secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and called for a strong, bipartisan vote from Congress to confirm his pick.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/10/13 13:57:26

Californian governor to visit wildfires-hit areas as death toll climbs to new high

California Governor Jerry Brown offered his sympathy Thursday to the victims of wildfires that are ravaging the state, and will visit the effected areas soon, as the death toll hit a new high of 29, local media reports said.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/10/13 10:04:50

Colombian president pledges gov't to abide by FARC peace deal

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Thursday pledged that the government will fulfill the commitments of the peace deal signed with the now-disbanded Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).
Source: Xinhua | 2017/10/13 10:04:27

US Florida reports 1st locally transmitted Zika case in 2017

Florida, a state in the southeastern corner of the United States, on Thursday reported its first case this year of the Zika virus transmitted by a mosquito.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/10/13 9:47:40

Two more deaths bring total fatalities to 26 in California wildfires

Two more people died in wildfires in Yuba County, north of San Francisco in western California, bringing the total death toll in statewide wildfires to 26, local media reported Thursday.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/10/13 9:44:19

Trump signs executive order to dismantle Obamacare, faces Democratic opposition

US President Donald Trump signs an executive order on Thursday to gut the Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly known as Obamacare, after GOP-controlled Congress repeatedly failed to repeal or replace it.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/10/13 8:36:09

US declares that it will pull out of UNESCO, cites ‘anti-Israel’ bias

The US said Thursday that it was pulling out of the UN's culture and education body, accusing it of "anti-Israel bias" in a move criticized by the head of the Paris-based organization.
Source: AFP | 2017/10/12 23:42:58

US to withdraw from UNESCO at end of 2018

The United States on Thursday informed UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) that it would formally withdraw from the organization on Dec. 31, 2017.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/10/12 21:40:46

Calm before storm

US President Donald Trump (right) welcomes Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the White House in Washington, DC, on Wednesday.
Source: AFP | 2017/10/12 23:13:40

At least 23 dead from California fires

Firefighters struggled overnight to halt the spread of wildfires known to have killed 23 people in North California, preparing for winds to shift after one town threatened by flames evacuated all residents.
Source: AFP | 2017/10/12 22:58:40

Scorched earth

An aerial view of damage to the Coffey Park neighborhood on Wednesday, in Santa Rosa, California. More than 200 fire engines and firefighters from around the country were being rushed to California on Wednesday to help battle infernos which have left at least 21 people dead and thousands homeless. Photo: AFP
Source: AFP | 2017/10/12 22:58:39

Kaspersky labeled spy accomplice as US-Russia cyber security tensions heat up

The security software firm Kaspersky has become the focal point in an escalating cyberspace conflict between the US and Russia.
Source: AFP | 2017/10/12 19:18:39

Mismanagement leads to deaths, sex abuse in Florida juvenile prison

Widespread mismanagement in juvenile detention facilities in south Florida has resulted in a dozen questionable deaths, sex abuse of detainees and cover-up for wrongdoers, a media report said Wednesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/10/12 17:29:02