National governments - the best personalized free web-based Email en en National governments Germany, France pledge new efforts to strengthen eurozone BERLIN (AP) — Germany and France pledged Monday to seek ways to strengthen the 19-nation eurozone, with harmonizing corporate taxes among the possible measures they will mull over in the coming weeks. German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble and new French counterpart Bruno Le Maire said they are setting up a panel to produce proposals for a bilateral s... Mon, 22 May 2017 14:45:00 GMT 2017-05-22T14:45:00Z Police say bomb at Thai hospital wounds more than 20 people BANGKOK (AP) — A bomb exploded at an army-run hospital in Bangkok on Monday, the third anniversary of a military coup, and authorities said more than 20 people were wounded. Investigators found remnants of batteries and wires at the scene of the blast on the ground floor of Phramongkutklao Hospital, said Srivara Ransibrahmanakul, Thailand's deputy national police chief. ... Mon, 22 May 2017 13:16:00 GMT 2017-05-22T13:16:00Z 3 years after coup, Thailand sees sporadic, unnerving unrest BANGKOK (AP) — Three years after military leaders overthrew a democratically elected government in Thailand, the country is sputtering economically, watched closely for its crackdown on political freedom and still the site of sporadic but unnerving unrest. On Monday, a bomb exploded in a military-run hospital in Bangkok, wounding 21 people on the third an... Mon, 22 May 2017 13:11:00 GMT 2017-05-22T13:11:00Z Trial opens in Turkey for 221 suspected coup instigators ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A trial opened on Monday in Turkey's capital for 221 suspects, including 27 former generals, accused of being the instigators of last summer's failed military coup. The main defendants are Gen. Akin Ozturk, a former air force commander, and other alleged members of the so-called Peace at Home Council — a group on whose behalf a coup declaration was read... Mon, 22 May 2017 12:37:00 GMT 2017-05-22T12:37:00Z Huge cuts to food stamps part of Trump's budget proposal WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's budget would drive millions of people off of food stamps, part of a new wave of spending cut proposals that already are getting panned by lawmakers in both parties on Capitol Hill. Trump's blueprint for the 2018 budget year comes out Tuesday. It includes a wave of cuts to benefit programs such as Medicaid, federa... Mon, 22 May 2017 06:31:00 GMT 2017-05-22T06:31:00Z At refugee camp, Haley vows Trump's US won't abandon Syrians ZAATARI REFUGEE CAMP, Jordan (AP) — His skull and jaw wrapped in bandages, the young Syrian refugee stared nonchalantly into a small black box at a supermarket in this sprawling, dust-swept refugee camp. The box scanned his iris to identify him, charged his account and sent him on his way. If the boy noticed U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Hal... Mon, 22 May 2017 01:25:00 GMT 2017-05-22T01:25:00Z The Latest: Top newspaper calls on Brazil leader to quit RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The Latest on Brazil's political crisis (all times local): 4:30 p.m. The newspaper of Brazil's biggest media group is calling for President Michel Temer to resign after the country's top court authorized investigations on the embattled leader for alleged corruption and obstruction of justice. The... Fri, 19 May 2017 19:42:00 GMT 2017-05-19T19:42:00Z Acosta, Trump's man on Labor, wants more apprenticeships WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta on Friday made public-private apprenticeships his debut issue as President Donald Trump's point man on matching American workers with specific jobs. "CEO after CEO has told me that they are eager to fill their vacancies, but they cannot find workers with the right skills," Acosta told the labor minis... Fri, 19 May 2017 16:39:00 GMT 2017-05-19T16:39:00Z Correction: Russia-Navalny story MOSCOW (AP) — In a story May 18 about Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov launching a video attack on Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Usmanov says he is not a tax resident of Russia. Usmanov was quoted in April by the business newspaper Vedomosti as saying he is a tax resident of Russia and "I pay personal taxes here."... Fri, 19 May 2017 15:02:00 GMT 2017-05-19T15:02:00Z Chronicle of Julian Assange's battle against extradition LONDON (AP) — Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, has won his battle against extradition to Sweden, which wanted to question him about a rape allegation. He has spent nearly five years inside the Embassy of Ecuador in London to avoid being sent to Sweden, which announced Friday that the investigation has been discontinued. Here are key events in the Ass... Fri, 19 May 2017 14:50:00 GMT 2017-05-19T14:50:00Z Text of Swedish prosecutor's decision to drop Assange probe STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden's top prosecutor, Marianne Ny, said Friday she's dropping an investigation into a rape claim against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Here an official English translation of her explanation of the decision, which was sent to Stockholm District Court: Decision The preliminary investigation against Julian Assange for rape (lesser de... Fri, 19 May 2017 11:49:00 GMT 2017-05-19T11:49:00Z The Latest: Rubio praises Trump for new Venezuela sanctions BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The latest on the political crisis in Venezuela (all times local): 6:25 p.m. U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio is praising the Trump administration for imposing sanctions on eight members of Venezuela's Supreme Court. Rubio says in a statement Thursday that the sanctions make it clear to Venezuelan Preside... Thu, 18 May 2017 22:27:00 GMT 2017-05-18T22:27:00Z US airstrike hits pro-Syria government forces for first time BEIRUT (AP) — A U.S. airstrike struck pro-Syrian government forces that the coalition said posed a threat to American troops and allied rebels operating near the border with Jordan on Thursday, the first such close confrontation between U.S. forces and fighters backing President Bashar Assad. The coalition said "apparent" Russian attempts to stop pro-Assa... Thu, 18 May 2017 20:33:00 GMT 2017-05-18T20:33:00Z The Latest: French media voice access concerns to Macron PARIS (AP) — The Latest on French President Emmanuel Macron's first week in office (all times local): 9:35 p.m. More than 20 French media organizations have signed an open letter to France's new president, Emmanuel Macron, to express concerns about restrictions on coverage. The letter came as tensions arose over Macro... Thu, 18 May 2017 20:03:00 GMT 2017-05-18T20:03:00Z The Latest: US: Pro-Syrian forces hit in strike posed threat BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest Syria developments (all times local): 10:35 p.m. The U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group says it hit pro-Syrian government forces near the border with Jordan that "posed a threat" to U.S. forces and rebel groups in the area. The coalition statement late on Thursday says the coa... Thu, 18 May 2017 19:40:00 GMT 2017-05-18T19:40:00Z Legal Analysis: Can President Trump Be Prosecuted? A constitutional law professor says Trump could be prosecuted for obstruction of justice for his alleged request to Comey to end the Flynn probe, but... Wed, 17 May 2017 20:46:00 GMT 2017-05-17T20:46:00Z Macedonia opposition leader given mandate to form government SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia's president on Wednesday handed the mandate to form a government to left-wing opposition leader Zoran Zaev, an initial step toward ending a political crisis that culminated last month in angry protesters storming parliament. Zaev has 20 days to seek a coalition partner and form a Cabinet, but said he hoped to complete ta... Wed, 17 May 2017 17:33:00 GMT 2017-05-17T17:33:00Z Putin rushes to Trump's defense, laments US infighting MOSCOW (AP) — Vladimir Putin rushed Wednesday to defend U.S. President Donald Trump from criticism over sharing classified information with Moscow, issuing a strongly worded statement that reflected the degree of the Russian leader's frustration with the Washington infighting that has thwarted Kremlin hopes for a detente. Trump's decision to divulge class... Wed, 17 May 2017 16:16:00 GMT 2017-05-17T16:16:00Z Oxford student who stabbed boyfriend may be spared jail LONDON (AP) — A British judge has deferred sentencing an Oxford University student who pleaded guilty to stabbing her boyfriend in a drug-fueled argument, after remarking that the "extraordinary" woman might not be able to become a surgeon. Oxford Crown Court Judge Ian Pringle last week put off sentencing 24-year-old Lavinia Woodward until September. He s... Wed, 17 May 2017 15:39:00 GMT 2017-05-17T15:39:00Z Austrian political parties approve early election motion VIENNA (AP) — With Austria's government coalition frayed beyond repair, all political parties have approved a motion in parliament calling for early elections on Oct. 15. The proposal agreed on Wednesday still has to be accepted by a parliamentary committee to become legislation but that is only a formality. Regular elections had been s... Wed, 17 May 2017 15:09:00 GMT 2017-05-17T15:09:00Z Cornyn says he will stay in Senate, won't be FBI director WASHINGTON (AP) — Texas Sen. John Cornyn has told the Trump administration he isn't interested in serving as FBI director, the second member of Congress to take himself out of the running this week. Cornyn, a former Texas attorney general and judge on the state supreme court, was interviewed for the position after President Donald Trump abruptly fired James Comey last week. ... Tue, 16 May 2017 20:53:00 GMT 2017-05-16T20:53:00Z Italy court upholds lavish award for Berlusconi's ex-wife MILAN (AP) — A ruling by Italy's highest court is going to cost former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi millions. Italy's Cassation Court on Tuesday upheld a lower court's decision to award 2 million euros ($2.2 million) a month to Berlusconi's ex-wife for the period of the couple's 2010-2014 legal separation. In making its determinatio... Tue, 16 May 2017 19:09:00 GMT 2017-05-16T19:09:00Z EU ruling could complicate new trade deals _ including UK's BRUSSELS (AP) — In a case that could affect future relations between the European Union and Britain, the EU's highest court said Tuesday that key parts of a trade deal with Singapore must be approved by each member state, which would further complicate the bloc's decision-making. The court said Tuesday that the international trade deal agreed on in 2013 w... Tue, 16 May 2017 15:49:00 GMT 2017-05-16T15:49:00Z Austrian coalition strife deepens ahead of early elections VIENNA (AP) — Reflecting further strains in Austria's strife-ridden coalition ahead of early elections, Chancellor Christian Kern threatened Tuesday to work without the junior partner in government unless that party's head becomes his deputy. Kern, a Social Democrat, said that unless Sebastian Kurz of the People's Party takes the vice chancellor post, he ... Tue, 16 May 2017 15:48:00 GMT 2017-05-16T15:48:00Z The Latest: National security adviser to brief reporters WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the report that President Donald Trump shared classified information with Russian officials (all times EDT): 10:50 a.m. President Donald Trump's national security adviser plans to brief reporters at the White House. The White House says H.R. McMaster will hold an on-camera briefing befo... Tue, 16 May 2017 15:24:00 GMT 2017-05-16T15:24:00Z EU restores preferential tax concessions to Sri Lanka COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The European Union announced Tuesday it is restoring a preferential tax concession for goods imported from Sri Lanka that it withdrew seven years ago over alleged human rights abuses. Tung-Lai Margue, ambassador to the delegation of EU to Sri Lanka told reporters that the change would take effect on Friday. He said the tax conces... Tue, 16 May 2017 15:03:00 GMT 2017-05-16T15:03:00Z Salvadoran colonel remains jailed pending extradition case RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A former Salvadoran colonel will stay in jail while a federal judge reviews efforts to extradite him on charges that he helped plot the 1989 killings of six Jesuit priests during the country's civil war. Judge Terrence Boyle filed an order Tuesday denying a request by Inocente Orlando Montano Morales to live with relatives while his c... Tue, 16 May 2017 14:10:00 GMT 2017-05-16T14:10:00Z Spend more, tax the rich: UK's Labour stakes election turf LONDON (AP) — Britain's main opposition Labour Party appealed to voters Tuesday with promises to increase the minimum wage, boost spending on health, education and infrastructure, nationalize key industries — and pay for it all by raising taxes on high earners. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said the party has a "radical and responsible" program "for the man... Tue, 16 May 2017 13:03:00 GMT 2017-05-16T13:03:00Z Czech leader: country needs to set date for adopting euro PRAGUE (AP) — Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka says his country will need to set a date for adopting the euro, the common European currency, following the presidential election in France and the forthcoming ballot in Germany. The country is officially committed to join the euro but the previous governments as well as the current center-left coalition... Tue, 16 May 2017 10:48:00 GMT 2017-05-16T10:48:00Z France's ATR delivers first planes to Iran as trade grows PARIS (AP) — European plane maker ATR is delivering small passenger jets to Iran, the latest big-budget deal to emerge in the wake of Iran's 2015 nuclear accord with world powers that ended years of sanctions. The first four ATR 72-600s were handed over to Iran Air in a ceremony Tuesday in Toulouse in southern France, where ATR is based. Iran Air finalize... Tue, 16 May 2017 10:39:00 GMT 2017-05-16T10:39:00Z