Trudeau cabinet minister resigns amid controversy

World 02/12/19, 20:23

Canada's former justice minister announced Tuesday that she was quitting Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Cabinet — a move that follows allegations Trudeau's office pressured her to avoid prosecuting a major Canadian engineering firm.Veterans Affairs Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould released a letter announcing her resignation but gave no reasons. She had been ...

President Trump promises to always protect people of faith

Politics 02/07/19, 09:53

President Donald Trump says he will always protect people of faith, as he addresses the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington. Trump said at Thursday's event, "As president I will always cherish, honor and protect the believers who uplift our communities and sustain our nation." Trump thanks faith leaders for supporting his administration's ...

Businesses sound alarm as UK says prepare for no-deal Brexit

Europe 01/23/19, 05:46

A senior British Cabinet minister says businesses need to prepare for the possibility the U.K. will leave the European Union in March without an exit deal, as a growing number of British firms say they are stockpiling goods or shifting operations overseas.Last week British lawmakers threw out Prime Minister Theresa ...

Explains: Can Trump ground Pelosi’s plane?

Politics 01/17/19, 20:56

President Donald Trump cancelled House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's planned trip to Belgium and Afghanistan just hours before the congressional delegation, known as a CODEL, was set to depart. The AP explains: CAN HE DO THAT? Yes, and not just because he's the commander in chief. The military maintains a fleet of converted ...

Former US Interior boss takes job at investment company

U.S. 01/14/19, 20:45

Former U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Monday he's "glad to be out of the swamp" after taking a job at a private investment company in the wake of his resignation and amid unresolved ethics investigations into his actions while in President Donald Trump's Cabinet. North Carolina-based Artillery One said Monday ...

Egypt launches regional gas forum, including Israel in fold

World 01/14/19, 13:09

Egypt hosted its first ever regional gas forum on Monday, with several regional delegations attending alongside the Israeli energy minister, the first such visit by an Israeli Cabinet member since its 2011 Arab Spring uprising.Speaking after attending the closed meeting in Cairo, Yuval Steinitz applauded the Egyptian initiative, saying that ...

White House exploring ways to stop raises during shutdown

Politics 01/04/19, 18:59

The White House said Friday it is exploring ways to prevent a pay raise for top administration officials during a government shutdown that has left hundreds of thousands of federal workers without pay. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement that the administration "is aware of the ...

Embattled Zinke defends legacy after leaving Trump Cabinet

Politics 01/04/19, 00:31

As former U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke exits Washington amid a cloud of unresolved investigations and criticism of his actions favoring industry, he told The Associated Press that he has lived up to the conservation ideals of Teddy Roosevelt and insisted that the myriad allegations against him will be proven ...

Trump reclaims spotlight with long, rambling Cabinet meeting

Politics 01/03/19, 00:35

Home alone no more, President Donald Trump had a lot to share when he convened a rambling Cabinet meeting on Day 12 of the government shutdown. The president, eager for company after a lonely stretch in a near-empty White House, zigzagged for more than 90 minutes from his demands for a ...

Update: Trump again calls for complete wall at border

Politics 01/02/19, 12:55

The Latest on a partial government shutdown over money for President Donald Trump's border wall (all times local): 12:30 p.m. President Donald Trump says the southern border is "like a sieve," and he's lamenting how U.S. authorities fired tear gas into Mexico during the first hours of the new year to repel ...

Note says Britain’s queen ‘naturally’ wanted new royal yacht

Europe 12/29/18, 15:40

A newly discovered note in the U.K.'s National Archives shows Queen Elizabeth II let government officials know she would welcome a replacement for the Royal Yacht Britannia once it was decommissioned.The 1995 note is unusual because the queen is required to remain politically neutral and avoids lobbying the government on ...

Whitmer names much of Cabinet, including 9 department heads

Enviroment 12/27/18, 14:39

Democratic Gov.-elect Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday named much of her Cabinet, including officials who will be involved in two of her top priorities — cleaning up drinking water and improving roads.Liesl Eichler Clark, who worked in former Gov. Jennifer Granholm's administration before co-founding a policy consulting firm that helps businesses ...

Colorado official tapped to oversee New Mexico agency

U.S. 12/21/18, 18:33

Democratic New Mexico Gov.-elect Michelle Lujan Grisham named new leaders Friday to three agencies that oversee state procurement, economic development incentives, and professional licensing and consumer protection regulations.Lujan Grisham succeeds termed-out Republican Gov. Susana Martinez on Jan. 1. Newly appointed Cabinet secretaries begin work at the same time, prior to ...

Summit or not, leaders of Spain and Catalonia to meet

World 12/20/18, 10:18

Spain's prime minister and the president of the country's Catalonia region prepared to meet Thursday amid intense political maneuvers to dictate the terms of the talks and whether the loaded topic of Catalan independence would be on the agenda.Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez planned to travel to Catalonia's capital, Barcelona, ...

Police raid home of Brazil cabinet minister in graft probe

Tech 12/19/18, 14:13

Brazilian Federal Police raided the home of Science and Technology Minister Gilberto Kassab Wednesday following accusations that he received millions in bribes from the JBS food company between 2010 and 2016.Prosecutors said they suspect that the minister may have received as much as $13.8 million in exchange for defending the ...

Update: May calls Brexit deal vote for week of Jan 14

Europe 12/17/18, 10:46

The Latest on Brexit (all times local):3:40 p.m.British Prime Minister Theresa May says the delayed vote in Parliament on the Brexit deal between her government and the European Union will be held the week of Jan. 14.The vote was supposed to take place last week, but May canceled it at ...

Trump says Interior Secretary Zinke leaving administration

Politics 12/15/18, 09:39

President Donald Trump says Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke (ZIN'-kee), who's facing federal investigations into his travel, political activity and potential conflicts of interest, will leave the administration at year's end. Trump tweets that Zinke "accomplished much during his tenure" and that a replacement would be announced next week. The Cabinet post ...

Democratic governor-elect of New Mexico begins appointments

Health 12/14/18, 22:12

A professional advocate for the renewable energy industry was appointed Friday to lead the New Mexico state agency overseeing oil well permits and incentives for wind and solar energy production, in a striking departure from the current Republican-led administration.New Mexico Gov.-elect Michelle Lujan Grisham announced her first three Cabinet appointments, ...

Spanish government warns of security takeover in Catalonia

Europe 12/11/18, 11:04

Spain's central government is threatening to deploy national police to ensure security in Catalonia if regional authorities fail to stop the recent disruptions by pro-independence protesters on major highways.The warnings, in writing on Monday and also in public remarks on Tuesday by officials in the center-left Cabinet of Spanish Prime ...

Minister: UK could try Norway model if Brexit deal rejected

Europe 12/08/18, 07:09

Britain could consider a so-called "Norway-plus" deal with the European Union if Prime Minister Theresa May fails to win lawmakers' approval for her Brexit deal, a senior British Cabinet minister said Saturday.Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd was the first minister to publicly discuss a "Plan B" should May be ...

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