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January 14, 2019 4:45 PM Ethiopia charges METEC head with additional corruption case

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Ethiopia hit the former head of military-run industrial conglomerate METEC with additional corruption charges on Monday, in a complex case seen as a test of the new prime minister’s anti-corruption campaign. Kinfe Dagnew was arrested along with dozens of other employees of the METEC two months ago. The new charges relate to the procurement 214

January 11, 2019 8:57 PM Trump says not in a rush to declare emergency in border wall fight

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Friday he would not declare a national emergency for now as a way of securing funds for a border wall and ending a partial government shutdown, adding that he would rather see the U.S. Congress act. “We want Congress to do its job,” Trump said during a White House event on border security, adding 148

January 7, 2019 5:18 PM Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez: 'No question Trump is a racist'

New Democratic congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has said there is "no question" that US President Donald Trump is a racist. In an interview with CBS News, she based her claim on "words that he uses, which are historic dog whistles of white supremacy". The White House said in a statement that Ms Ocasio-Cortez's "sheer ignorance on the matter can't 76

December 30, 2018 9:04 AM Israel's Bezeq fined for failure to sell wholesale phone service

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Bezeq Israel Telecom (BEZQ.TA) said on Sunday it received notice of an 11.2 million shekel ($3 million) fine from the country’s telecoms regulator for failure to sell wholesale landline phone service to competitors. “The company is studying the decision and weighing the filing of a petition against it,” Bezeq said in a statement 135

December 20, 2018 6:54 AM Italian PM Conte says not ready to step aside after EU vote: paper

MILAN (Reuters) - Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte told an Italian newspaper on Thursday he was not ready to give up his job in favor of Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini after a European election in May. “Honestly not, I’m not ready to hand over the baton,” Conte told the Corriere della Sera daily when asked if he was willing to be replaced 82

December 12, 2018 4:14 PM U.S. not swayed by WTO reform proposals

GENEVA (Reuters) - Proposals for reforming the World Trade Organization fail to deal with problems raised by the United States, the U.S. envoy to the WTO told its General Council on Wednesday. U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration says the WTO is dysfunctional because it has failed to hold China to account for not opening up its economy as envisaged 93

December 2, 2018 7:51 PM Mexico's new president takes aim at violence during first day in office

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - On his first full day in office, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador defended a plan to end lawlessness with a new national guard, an initiative that risks upsetting some supporters who favor a less militarized approach. In a Sunday morning speech, Mexico’s first leftist president in decades continued to pivot from an emphasis 77

November 30, 2018 4:33 PM Republicans name top member of House banking committee

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A North Carolina Republican will serve as the party’s top member on the House of Representatives committee overseeing banks and financial services, lawmakers announced Thursday. House Republicans voted to name Representative Patrick McHenry as the ranking Republican on the Financial Services Committee, where he will serve as the main bulwark 155

November 15, 2018 12:23 PM Trump to nominate handbag designer as new South African ambassador

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump intends to nominate luxury handbag designer Lana Marks as the new ambassador to South Africa, the White House said, almost two years after the last ambassador left under Barack Obama. The nomination comes at a time of frayed relations between the two countries after a tweet in August in which Trump 157

November 14, 2018 11:39 AM Land reform in South Africa will not violate constitution: Ramaphosa

STRASBOURG, France (Reuters) - South African President Cyril Ramaphosa told the European Parliament on Wednesday that South Africa will enact land reforms in adherence to the country’s constitution and with respect for the human rights of all its people. “This problem of land will be resolved through adherence to the rule of law and adherence to the constitution 73