Italian deputy PM threatens to sue EU boss over budget criticism

Matteo Salvini claims Jean-Claude Junckers comments drove up Romes cost of borrowing The Italian deputy prime minister, Matteo Salvini, has threatened to sue Jean-Claude Juncker for damages, accusing the EU president of pushing up Romes cost of borrowing by likening Italy to Greece. Salvini, who is also Italys interior minister…

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‘Things are getting worse’: economic collapse looms again in Zimbabwe

Locals say conditions have deteriorated since Julys contentious election, as world powers keep their distance Zimbabwe faces a deepening economic crisis as hopes fade of a new wave of international investment and aid following historic elections in July. The poll, the first after the military takeover that led to the…

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Elizabeth Warren to Boston: midterms are ‘downpayment’ on the White House

The Massachusetts senator did not say she was going to run for president on Saturday but all the signs suggest that she will Speaking at a town hall event in Boston on a cold and rainy Saturday morning weeks before the midterm elections, Elizabeth Warren didnt mention her Republican opponent…

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Saudi shares tumble after journalist’s disappearance

Markets rise in Abu Dhabi and Dubai; Trump issues threats of severe punishment Saudi Arabias stock market tumbled in early Sunday trade on concerns about relations with the international community following the disappearance of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Khashoggi, a prominent critic of Riyadh and a US resident, Donald…

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EU steps up plans for no-deal Brexit as Labour stance alarms capitals

Fears in Europe that partys goal of unseating PM could lead to chaos of cliff-edge exit The EU is intensifying its preparations for a no-deal Brexit amid heightened fears in European capitals that Jeremy Corbyn will order his MPs to vote down any deal struck in Brussels, a leaked document…

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Mike Pence accuses China of meddling in US elections despite lack of evidence

Vice-presidents allegation echoes similar claim made by Trump last week but has been contradicted by cybersecurity experts Mike Pence has claimed that Russian interference in US elections pales in comparison with Chinese meddling, which he said was aimed at ousting Donald Trump. The vice-presidents allegation echoes a Washington Post cybersecurity…

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‘It’s just slavery’: Eritrean conscripts wait in vain for freedom

With their hopes dashed that peace with Ethiopia would bring an end to national service, young Eritreans must either accept a life of forced labour or flee Dawit was tiring, but he could not stop. An Eritrean schoolteacher on the run, he was crossing the border to Ethiopia alone at…

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Paul Manafort reportedly close to Mueller plea deal to avoid second trial

Reports say Manafort, who was convicted on eight counts of fraud last month, likely to enter guilty plea in court on Friday Paul Manafort, Donald Trumps former campaign chairman, is close to reaching a plea deal with prosecutors to avoid a second trial on further criminal charges, according to reports.…

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Brett Kavanaugh set to be confirmed to supreme court in major win for Trump

Final vote on Saturday expected to fall along party lines after key Republicans Susan Collins and Jeff Flake give Kavanaugh seal of approval Judge confirmed as a US rage-fuelled rancorous divided America. The final vote in the Republican-controlled Senate, which was poised to fall almost entirely along party lines in…

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Ten years after the crash: have the lessons of Lehman been learned? | Yanis Varoufakis and others

Our panel of writers considers what has changed and what still needs to global debt to rise 40% since 2007. Yes, British and European banks have contracted (as US authorities required Barclays, Deutsche Bank etc to shrink their dollar business) and tougher national rules constrain balance sheets. However, this has…

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Jacinda Ardern queried for taking costly flight to minimise time away from baby

New Zealand PM will fly to Pacific Islands Forum in Nauru separately from her deputy, costing taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars Jacinda Ardern has defended making an air force Boeing 757 take an extra trip to the Pacific island of Nauru so she can minimise time away from her…

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Billionaires v teachers: the Koch brothers’ plan to starve public education

A small group of women have succeeded in putting a state law promoted by Betsy DeVos and billionaire donors which they see as an attack on public education on the ballot in November Arizona has become the hotbed for an experiment rightwing activists hope will redefine Americas schools an experiment…

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Trump and ‘collusion’: what we know so far about Mueller’s Russia investigation

The special counsel has secured multiple indictments, and an agreement with Paul Manafort that could pose a threat to Trump The comedian and activist Randy Credico met last week with investigators working with special counsel Robert Mueller. He came away impressed. I think these people know everything already, Roger Stone,…

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