Education head DeVos: Polarizing but enduring Cabinet member

Politics 05/05/19, 08:18

When President Donald Trump visits a school, it's usually for a campaign rally, not a classroom tour. At his latest State of the Union address, he mentioned education just once. On Twitter, he has used the word "education" six times while in office, compared with 500 uses of the word ...

Estonia minister calls president ’emotionally heated woman’

Europe 05/02/19, 11:07

Estonia's interior minister accused the Baltic country's news media Thursday of applying a double standard in their reporting on a government appointee who resigned after domestic violence allegations emerged in news reports.Interior Minister Mart Helme, head of the nationalist Estonian Conservative People's Party, said news outlets took a different approach ...

Nationalist party enters Estonia’s government

Europe 04/29/19, 10:41

The father-and-son leaders of a divisive anti-immigrant party were sworn in Monday as Estonia's interior and finance minister.Prime Minister Juri Ratas presented his 15-member coalition Cabinet on Monday at the 101-seat Riigikogu assembly.Earlier this month, Ratas, leader of the left-leaning Center Party, clinched a surprise deal with the nationalist and ...

Japan apologizes to those forcibly sterilized, vows redress

World 04/23/19, 23:39

Japan's government apologized Wednesday to tens of thousands of victims forcibly sterilized under a now-defunct Eugenics Protection Law and promised to pay compensation.Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said he was offering "sincere remorse and heartfelt apology" to the victims.His apology comes just after the parliament enactment earlier Wednesday of legislation ...

Alaska Legislature confirms Public Safety commissioner

Enviroment 04/17/19, 21:18

A divided Alaska Legislature on Wednesday confirmed Amanda Price to lead the Department of Public Safety as she fended off allegations of absenteeism in a prior job.Supporters of Price cast her as fiery and outspoken and the victim of a "witch hunt." Critics cited concern with what they said were ...

North Korean parliament re-elects Kim Jong Un to key panel

World 04/11/19, 19:42

North Korea's parliament has re-elected the country's leader Kim Jong Un as chairman of the State Affairs Commission and chosen a new premier.The Korean Central News Agency reported the first session of the 14th Supreme People's Assembly chose Kim Jong Un for the post because of "his outstanding ideological and ...

Belarus leader blasts ally Russia for ‘insolent’ practices

Europe 04/11/19, 12:25

The president of Belarus on Thursday threatened to retaliate against Russia for what he called its "insolent" trade restrictions.The statement by President Alexander Lukashenko reflected simmering tensions between the former Soviet neighbors. Russia and Belarus are allies with close political, economic and military ties, but they regularly engage in vociferous ...

Germany to mull carbon tax as part of national climate pact

Europe 04/10/19, 10:40

Germany's environment minister says the government will discuss introducing a carbon tax as part of its national plan to curb climate change.Speaking after the first meeting of a special "climate Cabinet," German Environment Minister Svenja Schulze said Wednesday that government ministers would, over the coming months, put forward proposals for ...

Update: DHS likens border issues to Category 5 hurricane

Politics 04/02/19, 20:00

The Latest on President Donald Trump and immigration (all times local): 8:35 p.m. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen says in an emergency call with Cabinet members and White House aides that the administration will treat U.S.-Mexico border issues "as if we have been hit by a Category 5 hurricane." That's according to a ...

Update: UK Cabinet still seeking way forward on Brexit

Europe 04/02/19, 02:39

The Latest on Britain's exit from the European Union (all times local):9:35 a.m.British Prime Minister Theresa May is set for a marathon session with her Cabinet as the government tries to find a way out of the Brexit crisis, after lawmakers again rejected all alternatives to her European Union withdrawal ...

Update: Name for new era of Naruhito to be ‘Reiwa’

World 03/31/19, 21:59

The Latest on the new era name for soon-to-be-emperor Naruhito. (all times local):11:50 a.m.Japan's government spokesman says the name of the era for the soon-to-be-emperor Naruhito will be "Reiwa."Cameramen stand by for a planned press conference by Chief Cabinet Minister Yoshihide Suga at prime minister's official residence in Tokyo Monday, ...

Senate GOP to change rules to speed debate on nominations

Politics 03/28/19, 16:10

Senate Republicans, frustrated at Democratic stalling tactics on President Donald Trump's appointments, moved Thursday to change Senate rules to significantly shorten debate time on most nominees. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he's making the move in response to "unprecedented obstruction" by Democrats, which have required Republicans to hold time-consuming procedural votes ...

French foreign minister at German Cabinet under new pact

Europe 03/27/19, 05:17

France's foreign minister is attending a meeting of Germany's Cabinet, following up on a friendship treaty that the two European powers signed earlier this year.German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said as he welcomed French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian on Wednesday he hoped the visit was "setting in motion a long-lasting ...

Update: May, Brexit critics face off in crisis meeting

Europe 03/24/19, 09:15

The Latest on Britain's debate over leaving the European Union (all times local):2:10 p.m.British Prime Minister Theresa May is going to be confronted by a group of her Conservative Party's leading Brexiteers at a crisis meeting.British Prime Minister Theresa May leaves after addressing a media conference at an EU summit ...

New Zealand citizens open to gun reform after massacre

World 03/17/19, 08:24

The New Zealand leader's promise of tightened gun laws in the wake of the Christchurch mosque shootings has been widely welcomed by a stunned population.Prime Minister Jacinta Ardern said her Cabinet will consider the details of the changes on Monday. She has said options include a ban on private ownership ...

Canada’s no-sex, no-money scandal could topple Trudeau

America 03/10/19, 11:04

There's no money, no sex and nothing illegal happened. This is what passes for a scandal in Canada. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is facing a controversy that seems trivial by comparison, but it could topple him in elections later this year. Two high-profile women ministers in Trudeau's Cabinet, including Canada's first ...

Explains: Canadian PM Justin Trudeau’s political crisis

America 03/06/19, 00:00

Canada's former attorney general says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and senior members of his government inappropriately tried to pressure her to avoid prosecution of a major Canadian engineering company in a case involving allegations of corruption in Libya. The scandal has rocked Trudeau's government in an election year and led ...

Another minister resigns over scandal that threatens Trudeau

Business 03/04/19, 16:02

Another member of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's cabinet has resigned over a scandal that has shaken his government in an election year.Treasury Board president Jane Philpott said Monday it is "untenable" for her continue to serve in cabinet because she could not defend the government.Former Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould ...

Opioids, timber, cancer on Florida Cabinet priority lists

U.S. 02/28/19, 11:08

Attorney General Ashley Moody wants a task force on opioid addiction, Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried wants to help the timber industry recover from Hurricane Michael and Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis wants to help firefighters with cancer.While Florida's three Cabinet members can't sponsor or vote on bills, they hold important ...

Update: Tenn. gov monitoring storm damage; won’t visit

U.S. 02/25/19, 13:10

The Latest on violent weather and flooding in the Southeast (all times local):12:10 p.m.Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee won't be visiting the damage caused throughout the state by recent storm activity over the weekend, but instead plans on remaining in close communication with emergency officials to monitor the situation.The eastbound lanes ...

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