Category Archives: Middle East

Trump son-in-law details contacts with Russians, denies collusion

Trump son-in-law details contacts with Russians, denies collusion

By Jeff Mason and Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and a senior White House adviser, told Senate investigators on Monday he had met with Russian officials four times last year but said he did not collude with Moscow to influence the 2016 U.S. election. A businessman like Trump, Kushner portrayed himself as new to politics when he became a top adviser to Trump’s campaign. Kushner, who met behind closed doors with Senate Intelligence Committee staff, made the remarks in a written statement that he issued before the meeting and that …read more

China warns India not to harbor illusions in border stand-off

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China warns India not to harbor illusions in border stand-off

China’s defense ministry on Monday warned India not to harbor any illusions about the Chinese military’s ability to defend its territory, amid a festering border dispute. The stand-off on a plateau next to the mountainous Indian state of Sikkim, which borders China, has ratcheted up tension between the neighbors, who share a 3,500-km (2,175-mile) frontier, large parts of which are disputed. “Shaking a mountain is easy but shaking the People’s Liberation Army is hard,” ministry spokesman Wu Qian told a briefing, adding that its ability to defend China’s territory and sovereignty had “constantly strengthened”.

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Parents give baby daughter heroin substitute ‘hours after she was born’

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A couple have been arrested and thrown into jail in the US state of Utah after allegedly giving their baby daughter drugs just hours after she was born. The infant had developed an addiction in the womb as her mother Lacey Christenson had used heroin and prescription pain medication during pregnancy, police said. Ms Christenson, 26, and her partner Colby Wilde, 29, admitted they had given their daughter drugs used treat heroin withdrawal at the hospital where she was born on 9 April, according to local news channel KUTV.

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Republicans in House push for Congressional Budget Office cuts

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Republicans in House push for Congressional Budget Office cuts

By Amanda Becker WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Conservative Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives are seeking to add an amendment this week to spending legislation that would slash the number of staff at the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. The budget research office, known as the CBO, has drawn recent Republican criticism, including from the White House, after it concluded that Republican proposals to replace Obamacare would lead to 23 million more Americans being uninsured if they became law. Representative Mark Meadows, head of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, said on Monday his colleague Morgan Griffith has offered …read more

Alphabet profit hit by EU fine on Google

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Alphabet profit hit by EU fine on Google

Google parent Alphabet on Monday reported a quarterly profit of $3.5 billion, in a sharp decline from a year ago, with a massive fine by the European Commission biting into earnings. The technology giant reported that revenue grew to $26 billion in the recently ended quarter, and that profit would have tallied nearly $6.3 billion if it weren’t for a $2.74 billion antitrust fine levied on search engine Google by the European Commission. Alphabet shares slid about 2.9 percent to .$969.03 in after-market trades that followed release of the earnings figures.

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