Where the Mexico City Policy matters the most

April 30, 2017

… of dollars to a global fundraising initiative called She Decides, launched by Dutch Development Minister Lilianne Ploumen. In 2002, the European Commission came forward and said it wanted to make up the shortfall after Bush’s reinstatement of the policy. This was an important move, says Melesse, because it proved “the US cannot tell the world how women’s health and sexual reproductive health should be handled.” White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer says President Trump …

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President Trump, protecting South Korea is not a real estate deal

April 30, 2017

… deliberate and strategic approach they have taken to the problem of North Korea’s provocations. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was downright sober and succinct Friday at the United Nations, laying out in clear language how seriously the United States is taking the issue and how unafraid we are to lead the rest of the world in solving it, if need be. In that vein, there is a powerful and important geostrategic purpose to the THAAD deployment, one that far outweighs any cost of putting it …

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Trump says he would consult with China’s Xi before speaking to Taiwan

April 28, 2017

… that Sino-US ties will witness more troubles in his early time in the White House than any other predecessor,” said an op-ed in the Global Times. Before the call, no US President or President-elect had spoken directly to the Taiwanese leader since the 1970s, and the then-Secretary of State said the Trump transition team had not contacted the Department of State ahead of the call. Despite being bullish on the future of the US’ official position on the matter, Trump eventually …

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How Trump could make US a climate pariah over Paris pact

April 18, 2017

(CNN)Reports have it that President Donald Trump will assemble his advisers on Tuesday to decide on whether to pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement. Naturally, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, a career-long, oil-industry shill from Oklahoma, is arguing to pull out. Yet even Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, former CEO of ExxonMobil, is arguing to stay. If Trump goes with Pruitt instead of Tillerson, he will immediately create a worldwide consensus on climate action: to fight the …

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Trump may have to be patient about North Korea

April 18, 2017

Washington (CNN)The United States has lost its strategic patience with North Korea. So what’s a had-it-up-to-here superpower to do to stop a pariah nation bent on putting its nuclear weapons on top of a missile that could reach America? Tough talk, for sure. Lean on China to turn off its life support to its neighbor, for another. But for all the warnings that Trump will fix the showdown with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, it’s so far unclear whether at its foundation, his …

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Scrapped free schools ‘wasted’ nearly 140m, says NUT – BBC News

April 17, 2017

The union’s general Secretary Kevin Courtney said ministers should apologise to teachers and parents for the 138.5m “thrown away” on these abandoned projects. ‘Appalling waste’ “These figures make clear that the free school, UTC and studio school programmes were ill-thought policies which, in many cases, resulted in an appalling waste of significant sums of money,” said Mr Courtney. University technical colleges (UTCs) and studio schools have an …

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UK funding increased to fight neglected tropical diseases – BBC News

April 16, 2017

… swelling of lower limbs This is double what has been spent annually in the previous four years, the Department for International Development said. International Development Secretary Priti Patel said the UK’s support would protect more than 200 million people “from a future blighted by tropical disease”. “These diseases belong to the last century. They cause unimaginable suffering and pain to some of the world’s poorest people, forcing them into a deeper cycle of …

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Trump nominates John Sullivan for No. 2 spot at State

April 12, 2017

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump has nominated attorney John Sullivan to serve as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s deputy, the White House announced Tuesday. Sullivan is a partner at Mayer Brown in Washington and co-chairs the law firm’s national security practice. His nomination to the No. 2 spot at the State Department would fill one of the key national security positions still vacant as Democrats slow-walk the President’s nominees. Sullivan previously served as …

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Why Trump’s Syria Strike Will Not End Well

April 9, 2017

… correct. But when that something can only mean military measures, the U.S. makes itself part of the problem rather than the solution. Helping ensure that children and civilians arent trapped in Syria should be the first and most obvious thing the U.S. can do to help. Second, a far more robust dedication toward finding a diplomatic solution is needed, although such a solution is now more difficult to achieve. Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry should be commended for his efforts to …

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Trump’s Secretary of Everything: Jared Kushner

April 4, 2017

… with’ Russia Speaking Monday, White House press Secretary Sean Spicer said Kushner was working jointly with the State Department to manage the administration’s foreign affairs. “There’s a lot of relationships that Jared’s made over time — Mexico being one of them — that are going to continue having conversations with him,” Spicer said. “That doesn’t mean by any means it’s being done without the coordination with the …

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Police bail limit of 28 days comes into force – BBC News

April 4, 2017

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBrandon Lewis said there was no end in sight for many on bail A 28-day limit on police bail has come into force in England and Wales. The move follows criticism of the use of police bail during Operation Yewtree – into historical sexual abuse – and other high-profile investigations. The then Home Secretary Theresa May ordered a review of its use in 2014. But professional body the College of Policing has criticised the …

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Trump signals he won’t press human rights ahead of key diplomatic week

April 3, 2017

… improve troubled US relationships, including with Russia, where President Vladimir Putin is accused of cracking down on free speech and jailing political opponents. Last week, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson lifted all human rights conditions on the sale of F-16 jets to Bahrain, a country accused of jailing political dissidents without legal due process. And when Tillerson’s State Department released its annual report on the state of global human rights last month, he skipped holding the …

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The only 4 things you need to know about Trump and Russia

April 1, 2017

… wavered. The US mostly embraced Putin at the beginning of his reign. In the post-Soviet scramble, he appeared to leaders anxious over global stability (and all those nukes) like a steady hand. Cunning perhaps, but a pragmatist. Someone you could work with. But the relationship soured. Various attempted “resets” failed and, by 2011, Putin was accusing the US of ginning up domestic protests against his government. Putin reportedly blamed the Secretary of state, Hillary Clinton. …

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Why China is banning beards and veils in Xinjiang

April 1, 2017

(CNN)No long beards. No veils in public places. No home-schooling. The latest measures — outlined in a sweeping new anti-extremism legislation — take effect Saturday and come on the heels of a series of steps to increase surveillance in the region that include the surrender of passports and mandatory GPS trackers in cars. “They’re doubling down on security in Xinjiang,” said James Leibold, an associate professor at Australia’s Le Trobe University, whose …

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Peter Taylor: How has terror changed in 50 years? – BBC News

March 31, 2017

… it’s too late. [I] never felt a whole person again.” Image caption Peter Taylor covered the early years of the Troubles The blanket protest by the IRA prisoners in the Maze started in 1977. They refused to wear prison uniform, insisting they were political prisoners and not criminals. The protesters resorted to wearing only a blanket to try and force the issue. To try and understand the situation from the other side of the cell doors, I met Desmond Irvine, the Secretary of the …

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US signals openness to Assad staying put

March 31, 2017

(CNN)The Trump administration doubled down Thursday on prioritizing the fight against ISIS over ending the Syrian civil war and getting rid of its main protagonist, President Bashar al-Assad — a suggestion that was swiftly criticized by hawks on the Hill. Indicating a possible shift in US policy on the war in Syria from the days of the Obama administration, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on a trip to Turkey that the “longer-term status of President Assad will be decided by …

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Kelly says DHS won’t separate families at the border

March 31, 2017

Washington (CNN)US Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly on Wednesday assured Senate Democrats he doesn’t intend to separate mothers and children at the border — apparently walking back an earlier statement he made that such a policy could deter people from entering the country illegally. Kelly met with Senate Democrats Wednesday afternoon for more than an hour on Capitol Hill to discuss the administration’s immigration policy, a meeting that some members left in …

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A huge sigh of relief on health care

March 29, 2017

… According to the GOP plan, “Our Step-by-Step Approach,” the first of three steps towards reshaping the American health care market was thwarted on Friday when the White House, recognizing that splits within the Republican Party could not be resolved to allow passage of the AHCA, instructed Ryan to pull the bill. Step two, led by Secretary Tom Price and his team at the Department of Health and Human Services, may still proceed: “going through every page of regulations and …

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MPs deny foreign aid cash being ‘wasted’ – BBC News

March 28, 2017

… Secretary Priti Patel. It highlighted how she had spoken of aid money being “stolen” and “wasted on inappropriate projects” but when asked to explain she “could not put a figure or a percentage on the amount which she thought was being wasted”. Related Topics Priti Patel More From this publisher : HERE Recommended ProductsVid Reaper Pro (annual) ZenNotify – (F)Agency Rights Sells Like Hot Cakes Basic Membership TURNKEY AMAZON + SHOPIFY SYSTEM: The …

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Term-time holidays: Where most children were absent – BBC News

March 27, 2017

… } Click to see content: daysoffschool_birmingham Russell Hobby, general Secretary of school leaders’ union NAHT, said: “It is important that children miss as little time at school as possible. “The cumulative effect of missed days can be harmful to children’s education. The best way to ensure children are learning and progressing is for them to attend school during term time. “However, the system of fines is clearly too blunt an instrument and in many …

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Tillerson plan to skip NATO, visit Russia puts allies on edge

March 22, 2017

Washington (CNN)The State Department scrambled Tuesday to suggest new dates for Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to attend a meeting of NATO foreign ministers after his plan to skip the annual gathering — but travel to Russia — came to light. Tillerson’s decision to miss his first NATO meeting but visit Russia a week later plunged his department into damage control, frustrated allies and left analysts scratching their heads at an administration that once again is rubbing …

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North Asia on a knife’s edge: Whose position is strongest?

March 16, 2017

Hong Kong (CNN)US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson begins a series of meetings in Asia this week with the region in a military turmoil. US anti-missile batteries arriving in South Korea. China’s foreign minister fearing a massive military confrontation is about to happen. China’s state news agency openly speculating Asia is on the verge of a nuclear arms race, the likes of which has not been seen since the Cold War. Each one of these things alone would be enough to destabilize …

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