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S&P cuts China's sovereign debt rating to A+
- September 21, 2017

The downgrade of China's rating, the first such move by S&P since 1999, reflects its assessment that "a prolonged period of strong credit growth has increased China's economic and financial risks", it said in its statement. It said that reflected expectations the country will "maintain robust economic performance over the next three to four years". "However, we foresee that credit growth in the next two to three years will remain at levels that will increase financial risks gradually". (more...)
United States warns North Korea will be 'destroyed' if threats continue United States warns North Korea will be 'destroyed' if threats continue
- September 21, 2017

Amid increased tensions with North Korea, a group of Senate Democrats have written a letter to President Donald Trump urging him to make appointments to several unfilled posts with responsibility for the region, including the ambassador to South Korea. (more...)
USA has 'many' military options in Korea crisis: Mattis USA has 'many' military options in Korea crisis: Mattis
- September 21, 2017

South Korea and the United States, and separately Russian Federation together with China, started military drills on Monday, in a show of force against North Korea. Moon and Trump have shown differences in their approach to issues, especially when it came to whether to engage with North Korea. "The two leaders also exchanged views on the current situation on the Korean Peninsula". (more...)
A last, last chance: Republicans strain for Obamacare repeal A last, last chance: Republicans strain for Obamacare repeal
- September 21, 2017

Like past repeal efforts, health insurance premiums for older and disabled Americans would go up with cuts to Medicaid expansion; Medicare would not be changed; and the bill would repeal cost-sharing subsidies in 2020, which give discounts for deductibles and copayments. (more...)
Pro-charter school report shows higher absenteeism for public school teachers Pro-charter school report shows higher absenteeism for public school teachers
- September 21, 2017

Teachers in traditional public schools are much more likely than teachers in charter schools to miss more than 10 days of work, according to a new report from a right-leaning think tank. "Telling a story with data is not the same as reaching a conclusion based on evidence. And so I think more evidence is needed to really get to the bottom of it", said Philip Sirinides, an assistant professor of research at the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education. (more...)
U.S. warns time is running out for peaceful solution with North Korea U.S. warns time is running out for peaceful solution with North Korea
- September 21, 2017

Diplomacy on the North Korean nuclear standoff has been stalled for years. Trump spoke with Moon from his New Jersey golf club, where aides said he was spending the weekend preparing for his United Nations debut. USA options range from everything to accepting North Korea as a nuclear power to using military force in a bid to destroy its arsenal and even oust leader Kim Jong Un. (more...)
Narayan Rane resigns from Congress, keeps mum on joining BJP Narayan Rane resigns from Congress, keeps mum on joining BJP
- September 21, 2017

On Thursday, senior Congress Narayan Rane quit the part, accusing them of not keeping promises made to him. On Monday, he launched an attack against the party over "injustice" done to him and his supporters. Chances of the senior Maratha leader joining the Sena appear to be slim, since Rane's revolt against Bal Thackeray and Uddhav still rankles with most Sena leaders and members, whose threat to withdraw from the coalition government is being seen as an attempt to thwart Rane's entry into ... (more...)
Amber alert issued for 4 children in Manatee County Amber alert issued for 4 children in Manatee County
- September 21, 2017

WJXT-TV reports the four children may be with Jaima Gadeaun, traveling in a green 2016 Toyota Corolla with Florida tag BNZQ08, authorities said. Download our WTXL news app on your Apple and Android devices for the latest from South Georgia and North Florida. (more...)
May: UN must reform or risk losing public support May: UN must reform or risk losing public support
- September 21, 2017

The UN must "defend rules and high standards", which means ensuring that nations honour their responsibilities and that "those who flout the rules and spirit of the global system are held to account", May said. "Member States must embark on the Secretary General's reform agenda", she said, calling for better cooperation, improved gender equality and reduced competition on the ground. (more...)
United Kingdom companies ask for three-year Brexit transition arrangement
- September 21, 2017

Downing Street declined to discuss the content of Mrs May's speech, beyond saying that she will give an "update on Brexit negotiations so far" and will "underline the Government's wish for a deep and special partnership with the European Union once the United Kingdom leaves the EU". (more...)
United States options on North Korea 'effective and overwhelming': Donald Trump
- September 21, 2017

Diplomacy on the North Korean nuclear standoff has been stalled for years. Nikki Haley on September 15. The letter noted that the Senate had already confirmed 20 ambassadorships, saying that the appointment of an ambassador to Seoul would "affirmatively convey to our (South Korean) allies that our relationship is valued in the same manner as these nations". (more...)
Le Pen's deputy quits party as National Front crisis rumbles on Le Pen's deputy quits party as National Front crisis rumbles on
- September 21, 2017

Philippot, who up until recently had been one of Le Pen's longstanding and closest allies, told France 2 radio on Thursday morning that he was quitting the party. Although Le Pen did allow to him to keep his title of vice president. Philippot reacted to the decision by saying the party would "regret bitterly" and renounced the ongoing re-foundation of the National Front , calling it "a terrifying step back" on its political line. (more...)
Terrorists Target Minister's Convoy At Tral Near Srinagar, 3 Civilians Dead Terrorists Target Minister's Convoy At Tral Near Srinagar, 3 Civilians Dead
- September 21, 2017

The victims, according to The Indian Express , have been identified as Nabi Parag, Iqbal Khan and Pinty Kour. Terrorists opened fire at a police convoy after lobbing grenades at them, reported news agency ANI . "The area has been cordoned off for searches", police said. They also said that the mobile phone of one of these youth was found in a bag lying half a kilometre from the site of the sneak attack. (more...)
Sanctions increase Sanctions increase "urgency" of South Korean aid to North: MOU
- September 21, 2017

Washington has not directly mentioned the aid plan, though Trump disparaged Moon's " appeasement " of North Korea on Twitter earlier this month, and threatened to "totally destroy" the country in an address to the UN General Assembly Tuesday if the United States is "forced to defend itself or its allies". (more...)
Three suspects named over the death of hazing victim Horacio Castillo III Three suspects named over the death of hazing victim Horacio Castillo III
- September 21, 2017

In an affidavit, Solano, who identified himself as medical technology student at the San Lazaro Hospital, said he found Castillo in Tondo, Manila at about 8 a.m. "The anti-hazing law provides that officers of frats or organizations are to be held liable in incidents like this because there is a possibility that even if they are not present (in the hazing rites), they have participation or knowledge in the recruitment and hazing", he said. (more...)
Kejriwal to have political discussions with Kamal Haasan Kejriwal to have political discussions with Kamal Haasan
- September 21, 2017

Sources told TOI that Haasan wanted to meet Arvind Kejriwal . Haasan had met Kerala chief minister , Pinarayi Vijayan earlier this month giving rise to speculation that he may join the CPI-M. Then they said to have discussed ideas related to promotion of the film industry and easing the process of shooting in the national capital. After returning from a 10-day vipassana course in Maharashtra, chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday directed the education department to study the ... (more...)
Roberts born an Indian citizen, court told Roberts born an Indian citizen, court told
- September 21, 2017

Section 44 of the constitution prohibits dual citizens from serving in the Federal Parliament. Roberts was born in India in 1955 to a Welsh father and Australian mother but has argued he was only ever Australian. Roberts is one of seven politicians now involved in a dual citizenship scandal that could have ramifications for his place in the Federal Parliament. (more...)
Pak Prime Minister Sees Zero Role For India In Afghanistan Pak Prime Minister Sees Zero Role For India In Afghanistan
- September 21, 2017

Both the parties discussed issues relating to bilateral relationships as well as the peace and stability in Afghanistan. The disputes between India and Pakistan over the Indus Water Treaty can be resolved within the context of the agreement itself, Pakistan's Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has said. (more...)
Seoul to resume aid to N. Korea but doesn't set date Seoul to resume aid to N. Korea but doesn't set date
- September 21, 2017

It comes after the United Nations approved new sanctions against North Korea for its sixth nuclear test earlier this month. Commenting on climate change, Guterres referred to the hurricanes that recently ravaged the United States and the Caribbean. (more...)
Ilham Aliyev: If necessary, we will punish once again the aggressor Ilham Aliyev: If necessary, we will punish once again the aggressor
- September 21, 2017

Turkey began to lead a way of authoritarianism". Baku continues the work to prevent such illegal actions, and the foreign citizens should keep their eyes peeled in order not to be deceived by Armenian occupiers. He reminded that the 1994 agreement is a document about halting the military operations, however the 2016 April flare-up was nothing more than an obvious re-launch of the military operations. (more...)
Donald Trump says the United States could Donald Trump says the United States could "totally destroy" North Korea
- September 21, 2017

North Korea was in the front row for Trump's speech , because the United Nations uses a lottery system to determine seating. The president also criticized the country for the death of Otto Warmbier , a USA college student who was detained there for more than a year. (more...)
Biggest challenge India facing today is giving jobs to youths: Rahul Gandhi Biggest challenge India facing today is giving jobs to youths: Rahul Gandhi
- September 21, 2017

What happened to the harmony? "Across the world, populism and intolerance were on the rise and the world was wondering if India has the answers for bringing about peace", he said. "We do not represent an organisation, we represent a philosophy that is thousands and thousands of years old". "India is a country that belongs to all its people", he said. (more...)
Palace: National Day of Protest a 'healthy exercise of democracy' Palace: National Day of Protest a 'healthy exercise of democracy'
- September 21, 2017

This allowed the people to "call against all excesses and shortcomings of the government" and express their "desire to uphold the highest standards of integrity, efficiency, and accountability in government". Duterte, who is unused to dissent after ruling Davao City as mayor with an iron fist for 22 years. Thousands of protesters are expected to flock also to protest Duterte's emerging dictatorship, his administration's bloody drug war, the alleged extrajudicial killings as well as the ... (more...)
Seoul Will Not Discuss N. Korea Membership Issue at UN General Assembly Seoul Will Not Discuss N. Korea Membership Issue at UN General Assembly
- September 21, 2017

But, he said, "that's where the rockets are coming from". "We are not seeing the results in line with this investment", he added. McMcaster said Kim is "going to have to give up his nuclear weapons because the president has said he's not going to tolerate this regime threatening the United States and our citizens with a nuclear weapon". (more...)
Moon arrives in NY for United Nations meeting, talks with global leaders Moon arrives in NY for United Nations meeting, talks with global leaders
- September 21, 2017

The South Korean leader was also set to discuss bilateral sanctions against the North with his United States counterpart, Donald Trump, later in the day. It will also mark their third meeting in person as they held a three-way summit with the Japanese leader on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit in Hamburg, Germany in July. (more...)
Poland, Austria agree to cooperate in sanctioning N. Korea Poland, Austria agree to cooperate in sanctioning N. Korea
- September 21, 2017

After a meeting between ministries and civilian experts, the government made a decision to support programs by the United Nations Children's Fund and the UN World Food Program for providing food and medicines to North Korean children and pregnant women, the Unification Ministry said . (more...)
USA said to weigh shooting down all North Korean missiles USA said to weigh shooting down all North Korean missiles
- September 21, 2017

Instead, Trump has escalated the name calling. "He also mocked Kim Jong-un, North Korea's leader, saying: " 'Rocket Man' is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime. Pyongyang may be completely uninterested. "Even if the United States imposes tougher economic sanctions, their effectiveness would hinge on China's moves", Kono said. (more...)
Haley: Diplomacy efforts with North Korea 'pretty much exhausted' Haley: Diplomacy efforts with North Korea 'pretty much exhausted'
- September 21, 2017

Trump has refused to rule out using military force against North Korea, and has said any threats against the U.S. or its allies would be met with "fire and fury". "Sovereignty and accountability are the essential foundations of peace and prosperity", McMaster said. "I know that it's something that India wants", Haley told reporters at a White House news conference ahead of the annual General Assembly session from September 19-25. (more...)
SEC says hackers may have profited from stolen insider information SEC says hackers may have profited from stolen insider information
- September 21, 2017

Jay Clayton, the SEC's chairman, said in a statement that the agency first detected the breach a year ago. The SEC hosts large volumes of sensitive and confidential information that could be used for insider-trading or manipulating USA equity markets. (more...)
European Parliament's top Brexit link to meet Northern Ireland leaders European Parliament's top Brexit link to meet Northern Ireland leaders
- September 21, 2017

Arlene Foster, leader of Northern Ireland's biggest party, the DUP, which supported Brexit, said that she had reiterated her commitment to delivering a "seamless land border with the Irish Republic" and welcomed Mr Verhofstadt's visit as "further reflection of this widespread desire to give our specific circumstances clear priority". (more...)

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