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US congressional leaders forge budget that adds billions to deficit

US Senate leaders, in a rare bipartisan compromise, reached a deal on Wednesday to raise spending on military and domestic programs by almost $300 billion over the next two years, but the agreement infuriated some fiscal conservatives.
Source: AFP | 2018/2/8 23:33:40

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Brazilian model Sandra Passos, 28, takes a selfie with her students after a modeling lesson in her native town of Sao Goncalo in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Wednesday. She hopes to help them start modelling careers in Guangzhou, South China's Guangdong Province, where Passos runs her own agency. Photo: AFP
Source: AFP | 2018/2/8 22:53:41

US acknowledges Ukraine's need for NATO membership: former Ukrainian PM

Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, who is on a visit to Washington, said Wednesday that the United States has a clear view on Ukraine joining NATO.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/2/8 19:58:15

Brazilian left-wing parties unite to back ex-president Lula for election

Five Brazilian left-wing parties announced Wednesday that they were creating a common front to support former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to stand in the October presidential elections.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/2/8 13:38:44

Brazilian gov't presents softer pension reform bill

A new version of Brazil's controversial pension reform bill that lowered the minimum contribution period to receive a pension was presented to the Congress on Wednesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/2/8 11:19:06

Venezuelan electoral body sets presidential election date

Venezuela's presidential elections will be held on April 22, Tibisay Lucena, president of Venezuela's National Electoral Council, announced Wednesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/2/8 9:55:06

US Senate lawmakers introduce bipartisan two-year budget deal

US Senate lawmakers on Wednesday introduced a bipartisan budget deal which will set government spending framework for fiscal 2018 and 2019 in order to avoid a government shutdown.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/2/8 8:46:37

US VP Pence pledges to 'intensify' new sanctions against N.Korea after Games

US Vice President Mike Pence said Wednesday Washington would soon unveil its “toughest sanctions ever” on North Korea, adding that the regime in Pyongyang would not be allowed to “hijack” the upcoming Olympics.
Source: AFP | 2018/2/7 23:18:41

Trump wants military parade

US President Donald Trump has asked for a large-scale military parade, the White House said Tuesday, an unconventional move that would showcase American muscle and underscore his role as commander-in-chief.
Source: Reuters | 2018/2/7 23:18:41

US House passes stopgap spending bill to avert government shutdown

The US House of Representatives on Tuesday approved another stopgap bill to keep the federal government from shutting down, hours after President Donald Trump said he would “love” to see a shutdown if immigration legislation were not included.
Source: Reuters | 2018/2/7 22:33:40

SpaceX's Falcon Heavy roars into space

The world's most powerful rocket, SpaceX's Falcon Heavy, roared into space through clear blue skies on its debut test flight on Tuesday from a Florida launch site in another milestone for billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk's private rocket service.
Source: Reuters | 2018/2/7 22:08:40

Las Vegas police asks public for help on crimes targeting homeless

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) has made an appeal to the public to help them catch a shooter targeting homeless people in a series of attacks.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/2/7 18:45:12

Trump asks Pentagon for military parade

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday asked the Pentagon to stage a military parade, the White House implied in a statement.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/2/7 10:59:02

US House passes bill to reform sexual harassment policy in Congress

The US House passed legislation by voice vote Tuesday to overhaul sexual harassment policies on Capitol Hill amid the ongoing "Me Too" social media movement and revelations that multiple lawmakers had engaged in misconduct.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/2/7 10:58:29

US senators question Trump's Afghanistan strategy

US lawmakers on Tuesday questioned President Donald Trump's strategy regarding the ongoing Afghan war.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/2/7 10:16:17

US House passes short-term spending bill

US House of Representatives on Tuesday approved a stopgap spending bill to fund the government through late March.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/2/7 9:58:03

US Treasury Secretary urges lawmakers to raise debt limit

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Tuesday urged lawmakers to raise the country's debt limit in order to avoid a government default.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/2/7 9:13:25

Ex-US gymnastics doctor sentenced to additional 40-125 years in jail

Former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced to an additional 40 to 125 years in prison on Monday for molesting young female gymnasts, capping weeks of horrifying testimony from nearly 200 victims about his decades of abuse.
Source: Reuters | 2018/2/6 23:03:40