President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker: The EU to loan USD 2.1 billion to Ukraine to enable Kiev to meet crucial challenges, said on Thursday. Europe stands united behind Ukraine and the reform agenda of the new government.
Arseny Yatsenyuk, who is now in Germany to ask for more economic aid for his economically-troubled country, made the accusation prior to his Thursday meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Cyber security expert cited in a BBC report questioned credibility of Yatsenyuk’s claim, says no real evidence behind his rhetoric.
Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren: Republican party, and many Democrats, talk about evils of big government, call for deregulation,” “It all sounded good, but what it’s really about is tying the hands of regulators, turning loose big banks and giant international corporations to do whatever they want. Trickle-down is nothing more than helping the rich and powerful get more rich and more powerful.”
California drivers are now paying a “global warming” fee added to the price of gasoline before sales tax, forcing them to pay a tax on top of a tax, “global warming” fee can go up. Costs could spike to 76 cents, based on state figures.” This is intentional.
Tony Blair could face war crimes charges as a result of the Iraq war inquiry report, the House of Lords has been told. Lord Hurd – who as Douglas Hurd was Conservative foreign secretary from 1989 to 1995 – said the delay was now "becoming a scandal".
The EU's foreign policy chief called Israel’s move to freeze the transfer of Palestinian tax revenues a violation of the Oslo Accords, urging the nation to renew the payments. She advised both sides to refrain from steps that might escalate the situation
The German government is threatening to expel Greece from the euro zone if it does not stick to the austerity dictates of the “troika” (the European Union, International Monetary Fund and European Central Bank.
Sen. Bernie Sanders is using his new position as the top Democratic caucus member on the Senate Budget Committee to push a new bill that he will introduce to the new Congress that will create 13 million jobs by rebuilding the nation’s bridges and roads, to authorize a $1 trillion, multi-year program to rebuild crumbling roads and bridges and invest in other infrastructure modernization projects.
Ghana parliament gives support to Plant Breeders Bill. Proposed legislation would restrict farmers from ancient practices: freely saving, swapping, and breeding seeds. New laws protect intellectual property rights of biotech, farmers would be subject to hefty fines for growing anything that has been ‘patented,’ even if their crops were cross-pollinated.
"The Iranian nuclear ambitions are the biggest threat to the world in general," the Republican senator from South Carolina said during an interview published Friday by the Israeli media outlet Israel Hayom.
Obama accuses North Korea of “destructive, coercive cyber-related actions during November and December,”a “continuing threat to national security, foreign policy and economy of the United States.” Treasury Department to shutdown access to U.S. financial system, prohibiting transactions, freezing assets, for specific officials and entities of the DPRK and anyone who supports them.
MP Pavlos Haikalis of Greece recently revealed that he was offered roughly “two or three million” Euros to vote for Greek president, says he has proof to back up his claims; was able to record meetings that he had with the person who initiated the bribe. Gave me 700,000 euros in cash as a first installment.
A bill that would allow New Jersey municipalities to sell their public water utilities to private, for-profit corporations without putting the measure to voters is awaiting Gov. Chris Christie’s signature, allows companies to factor the purchase price of the systems into the rates they charge customers.
Ukraine's President said on Monday he would meet the leaders of Russia, France and Germany on Jan. 15 in an attempt to restore peace to Kiev's eastern territories and acknowledged Kiev lacked the resources to regain control by military means.
South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham pledged unwavering support to Israel in its conflicts with Hamas and Iran, vowed the new Republican-controlled Congress would approve legislation to re-impose sanctions on Tehran should it not agree to limitations on its nuclear arsenal."The United States Congress, above all entities in America, has your back in a very bipartisan way.
Ukraine’s parliament approved austerity law that would impose additional duties on imports in a bid to raise revenue to help the country's economic crisis. Some MPs raised concern about hiking prices, arguing that many people are struggling to make a living.
A fight erupted between ruling and opposition lawmakers in the Georgian parliament on Friday as a mass brawl developedwhen an argument over the composition of Georgian delegations in international institutions turned violent.
Despite current difficulties in relations with the European Union, developing Moscow's partnership and connections with its Western neighbor will stay a priority in its international policy, Russia's Foreign Ministry announced in its roundup of the year.
Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev: Russian citizens – must remember that [Putin] saved Russia from the beginning of a collapse, remarked that he knew the Russian president before Putin took office, describing him as having good judgment and discipline.
Labor leaders reportedly are launching a new recruiting push by reaching out to those immigrants affected by Obama's immigration announcement last month. Union leaders are keen on signing them up. Unions say they can help protect immigrants against abuses such as wage theft and discrimination.
Last week’s announcement of US and Cuba reconciliation came as a surprise for Israel, whose government ministers first heard the news from media reports. Israel was one of the few states in the UN Assembly that consistently voted with the United States against legislation to end the embargo.
Prime Minister Viktor Orban:“The United States does not simply interfere, but is an active participant in internal political life of Central European countries,” Washington seeks to have influence in Hungary. “They want to draw us into a conflict that we cannot come out of well, We have to stay out of it.
Speaker of Russia’s Federation Council upper parliament house Valentina Matviyenko on Tuesday thanked Serbia for its principled position and refusal to join the anti-Russian sanctions despite all the pressure from outside. Russia is ready to develop relations with Serbia in the energy sphere. There are a lot of projects and proposals we plan to realize.”
Russian PM Dmitry Medvedev thinks the recent unfriendly moves by Presidents Poroshenko and Obama effectively turn Ukraine into Russia’s potential enemy. It will also “poison” relations with the US for decades to come.
The rouble lost almost half its value last week, stock market hit a five-year low. Putin blamed the economic problems on external factors, said the crisis over Ukraine was caused by the West, which he accused of building a 'virtual' Berlin Wall to contain Russia. Said Russia must diversify its economy to reduce dependence on oil, its major export and a key source of state income
Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko has called on the country’s parliamentarians to adopt a bill that would allow Ukrainian membership in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) saying the adoption of the document was “urgent”.
Russian President Vladimir Putin: Western nations want to chain “the Russian bear,” pull out its teeth and ultimately have it stuffed. “They won’t leave us alone. They will always seek to chain us. And once we are chain, they’ll rip out our teeth and claws. “It’s not payback for Crimea. It’s the cost of our natural desire to preserve Russia as a nation, a civilization and a state.”
Vehicle to remove allies from Russia, damage it economically. The Ruble in free fall after oil took a hit. The most powerful government agency you have never heard of the Office of Foreign Assets Control has used sanctions on Putin associates and oil conglomerates. Cuba has deep relations with Russia going back decades, has much to offer the US.
Citigroup announced it would move its headquarters from New York to U.S. Capitol Building, in Washington, D.C., in 2015. Citi outbid JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs to lease thirty thousand square feet of prime real estate on the floor of House of Representatives. Citi spokesperson acknowledged makeover of the House is to cost millions,” “It’s always expensive to open a new branch.”“Instead of flying from New York to give Congress their orders, Citigroup executives can be on the floor with them, handing them legislation, telling them how to vote, result in tremendous cost savings.
US Congress approved “pension reform” measure that permits preemptive cuts in benefits from still-solvent pension funds if the funds are deemed to be in a “critical status. The pension provision was backed by major corporations such as UPS, Kroger and by trade unions that jointly administer pension plans covering 10 million retired and active workers.
The United States, Europe imposed sanctions on Russia’s energy, financial, military sectors, Russian nationals close to President Putin. White House officials: Russia was facing “a very serious economic situation” which “reflects the consequences of not following a set of international rules.”
Obama: US seeking to establish diplomatic relations with Cuba, plans to open an embassy in Havana, authorize sales and exports between nations and make changes to current travel laws that for decades have restricted traffic between the two countries.
The legislation authorizes the US president to provide lethal aid to Ukraine, including anti-tank weapons, ammunition, and "tactical troop-operated surveillance drones."It will also impose penalties on Russia’s state-owned arms dealer Rosoboronexport and other Russian defense companies.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov: Russia will overcome the West's sanctions, which will only make the country stronger, “We have been in much worse situations in our history and every time we have got out of our fix much stronger.
Tucked deep inside the 1,603-page federal spending measure is a provision that effectively ends the federal government's prohibition on medical marijuana. Under the provision, states where medical pot is legal would no longer need to worry about federal drug agents raiding retail operations. Agents would be prohibited from doing so.
State Duma chairman, Sergey Naryshkin:“Isn’t it time for European countries to take their fate into their own hands and stop applying for the “services” of those who can only instigate conflicts ending in violence, destruction,humanitarian disasters and human casualties.
District of Columbia officials indicated they will move forward with marijuana legalization, approved by city voters in November, despite a spending bill passed last week by Congress in which the legislative branch appeared to block the effort.
Brownback's proposal: Slash the state’s required pension contribution by $40 million to balance state budget. Kansas has one of the worst-funded pension systems in the nation. The state was recently sanctioned by Securities and Exchange Commission for not accurately disclosing the shortfalls.
It is useless for Washington to try to pressure Moscow on the world arena; instead, it should take into account the other side’s interests, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told US Secretary of State John Kerry as the two officials met in Rome
Denmark says scientific data shows Greenland's continental shelf is connected to a ridge beneath the Arctic Ocean, giving Danes a claim to the North Pole and any potential energy resources beneath it. Denmark will deliver a claim on Monday to a United Nations panel in New York that will eventually decide control of the area, which Russia and Canada are also coveting.
The US to impose sanctions on Venezuela over the sometimes-violent suppression of anti-government protests which racked the country earlier this year. Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro: “They can stick the sanctions in their ears or wherever else they’ll fit.”
For the first time in US history the federal government is cutting off funding for enforcement of marijuana laws. The final federal spending bill that Congress will consider this next week includes amendments that block the Justice Department from spending any funds on undermining state marijuana laws.
The US government will not stop Native American tribes from growing marijuana on tribal lands, nor will it enforce federal pot laws on the groups, according to a recently released Department of Justice memo.
Tens of thousands of people protest against government’s plan to start billing for water and sewer service. Ireland is one of only two countries in the world (Turkmenistan is the other) that provide free water to residents, according to Global Water Intelligence, a British research outfit.
The government to spend $200,000 on the kits. Will be delivered to every major bank in the United States. The survival kits must come in a fanny-pack or backpack that can fit all of the items, including a 33-piece personal first aid kit with “decongestant tablets,” a variety of bandages, medicines, must include a “reusable solar blanket” 52 by 84 inches long, a 2,400-calorie food bar, “50 water purification tablets,” a “dust mask,” “one-size fits all poncho with hood,” a rechargeable lantern with built-in radio, and an “Air-Aid emergency mask” for protection against airborne viruses.
Congressional negotiators to a $1.1 trillion spending bill on Tuesday undercut the U.S. capital city’s referendum to legalize marijuana, prohibiting Washington, D.C., from using federal and local funds to implement the initiative. Congress has the power to restrict city spending, and the rider bars any spending by the District of Columbia to legalize marijuana under the referendum.
Former US congressman Ron Paul says American lawmakers are seeking to drag the United States into a war with Russia by passing an anti-Russia resolution. Much of the bill ironically condemned Russia for doing exactly what the US government has been doing for years in Syria and Ukraine.
By imposing sanctions on Moscow, the US aims to change the political leadership, says the Russian Foreign Ministry, adding that Washington is “twisting the arms” of its allies so that they can continue an “anti-Russian front.”
Attempts to establish a political consensus on how to tackle growing problem of hunger in Britain came under strain Monday as a Conservative who helped launch a cross-party report on the issue declared one of the principal causes of food poverty was that “poor people do not know how to cook”.
Former congressman Ron Paullashed out at resolution the House passed against Russia, branding it “one of the worst pieces of legislation ever.” It could pave the way for a potential war with Russia, as it was with Iraq, says bill was nothing but “16 pages of war propaganda that should have made even neocons blush.
The US is said to be considering imposing economic sanctions on Israel over its construction plans in East Jerusalem and the West Bank. Senior US officials are reportedly engaged in discussions over the possibility of punitive action against Israel over the matter.
State Duma deputies have drafted a motion defining all countries that introduce sanctions against Russia as “aggressor nations” and ordering automatic reciprocal sanctions against them.
Russian President Vladimir Putin: Western sanctions against Russia will not undermine the country, nor alter Moscow’s policies. It is senseless for the Western countries to speak to Russia from the position of force and superiority. Putin made the remarks during his annual state-of-the-nation address Thursday.
Putin: Russia is open to the world, ready for developing equal partnership with other countries. US has always been, directly or behind the scenes, affecting relations between Russia and its neighbors, Russia will not get involved in an expensive arms race. Russia cannot afford the liberty of being weak.
President Putin: 4.5 million additional schools required, Special certification to be required for healthcare professionals. “The core of economic development is having trained, skilled professionals,” outlines measures to reform education in engineering, Technological development needs particular focus. Businesses in this sector need to outline their needs to the government.
Russian lawmaker has prepared a bill recommending all MPs to stop using iPhones and iPads to protect themselves from eavesdropping by foreign special services.
Russian lawmaker Dmitry Gorovtsov has prepared a bill recommending all MPs to stop using iPhones and iPads to protect themselves from eavesdropping by foreign special services, applied primarily to politicians who had access to classified information.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he will call early elections and fire his finance and justice ministers for opposing the administration’s policies. The government has been teetering on the brink of collapse as Israel grapples with a slowing economy and escalating violence.
French lawmakers have voted to call on the government to recognize Palestine as a state. This is the latest in a series of efforts from European countries to push forward peace efforts between Israel and Palestine.
President Barack Obama announced Monday that he will seek $263 million in order to better train police officers – and a large chunk of that money will fund the purchase of roughly 50,000 body cameras.
So there’s just this incredible level of disgust with their, as they say, partners in the west in Moscow and the result is they’re not really eager to talk anymore. They’re far more interested in acting. So, what we’ll probably see is a constant stream of surprises coming from Russia that will be completely unannounced and not predicted by anyone.
The Health and Human Services Department is partnering with Westfield Shopping Centers this weekend to provide deal-seekers with information on health insurance ahead of a Feb. 15 deadline for Americans without coverage to purchase it or pay a fine.
Republican Senator John McCain has rejected a possible conflict between the United States and Russia due to the escalating tensions over the crisis in Ukraine. The Arizona senator, however, criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Ukraine’s president has announced plans to change the nation's legislation to make it possible to appoint foreigners to top government positions. This has been dubbed “unprecedented,” and may indicate that the country is being governed “from outside.”
White House is focused on releasing its massive regulatory agenda, the fifth time the Obama administration has released its regulatory road map on the eve of a major holiday.
Two opposition lawmakers want an official list of “undesirable foreign organizations” and criminal responsibility for Russians who assist the activities of these entities inside the country, to prevent any foreign groups to harm the “basic values of the Russian state.”
Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber: Americans are too stupid to realize that Obamacare traps them into higher taxes, Obama praised Americans for having memories too short to hold Democrats accountable in the next Presidential election.
Russia has warned conflict-stricken Ukraine against joining the US-led North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), underscoring that such a measure would only aggravate regional tensions.
Thousands of people have taken to the streets in the Portuguese capital city of Lisbon to protest against continuation of the government's austerity measures, decision to extend cuts in the 2015 budget met with protests in Lisbon demonstrators said the measures were unjustified.
US Vice President Joe Biden visited Ukraine at the end of last week to threaten Russia with “rising costs and greater isolation, ”encouraged the Ukrainian government to press forward with its draconian economic reform agenda to meet the demands of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
Mr. Obama’s decision to remove Mr. Hagel, 68, as a recognition that the threat from the Islamic State would require a different kind of skills than those that Mr. Hagel was brought on to employ, next couple of years will demand a different kind of focus.
A Communist Party MP suggests Moscow should sever diplomatic relations with Vilnius and to slap additional sanctions on Lithuania after its president called Russia a “terrorist state” in a radio interview.
US Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security, United States and Russia have been able to cooperate despite difficult environment in our bilateral relationship. Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov: differences in opinion between Russia and the West are objective, Moscow prepared to find compromises "based on equal rights"without "blackmail or dictatorship."
Serbian Foreign Minister:“I hope that Serbia will not find itself in a situation when it will have to choose between Brussels and Moscow.”Sanctions against Russia are the only foreign policy issue which Serbia has refused to coordinate with the European Union so far.
President Barack Obama’s unilateral amnesty will quickly add as many foreign workers to the nation’s legal labor force as the total number of new jobs created by his economy since 2009.
US House Speaker John Boehner has vowed to frustrate President Barack Obama’s efforts to reform the country’s dilapidated immigration system, saying the House of Representatives “will rise to the challenge.”
Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn warns there could be not only a political firestorm but acts of civil disobedience and even violence in reaction to President Obama's executive order on immigration Thursday. "The country's going to go nuts, you could see anarchy.
A decision by UK charity Save the Children to give Tony Blair its annual Global Legacy Award has unleashed a torrent of criticism highlighting the former PM’s role in Britain’s 2003 Iraq war and his controversial business dealings in the Middle East.
ABC, CBS, and NBC rejected pleas made Wednesday by the White House to air the speech, scheduled for 8 pm ET, in which Obama planned to discuss his unilateral plan for immigration reform that will include temporary reprieve from deportation for as much as 5 million additional undocumented immigrants.
Conservative Christian pastor Bryan Fischer declared in a column for RenewAmerica.com that the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution’s guarantee of freedom of religion must only apply to Christianity, otherwise, Satanism will have to be recognized as an official religion.
Republican governors Wednesday warned fellow conservatives in Washington against shutting down the U.S. government in response to President Barack Obama’s expected move to ease immigration policy.
The release of the annual report of the US Pension Benefits Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) is being seized upon by the media and politicians of both parties to press for a new round of devastating cuts to pension benefits for tens of millions of retired industrial and other private-sector workers.
Elizabeth Warren, former Harvard Law School professor, influential Democratic senator: United States headed in wrong direction, called on fellow Democrats to do more for working class people, Democratic Party lost sight of its priorities in recent years, long way to go before Democrats can say we’re working for America’s people. Slammed Republicans on education, job creation, economic policies.
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R): new policy that could cut off food stamps for thousands of people in his state would be “ennobling” for poor people. The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration: would no longer request waiver to federal work requirement for certain people who use SNAP program. 65,000 single could lose food stamp benefits unless they are working 20 hours a week or attending job training.
Former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger: urgent need for a new world order, "Nobody in the West offered concrete program to restore Crimea," "Nobody is willing to fight over eastern Ukraine." "We have to remember Russia an important part of the international system, useful in solving all sorts of other crises.
Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger:“The annexation of Crimea was not a move toward global conquest, doesn’t make any sense a week after the close of the Olympics, Putin would take Crimea and start a war over Ukraine. resumption of the Cold War would be historic tragedy. Ifconflict is avoidable, one should try to avoid it. Russia is an important part of the international system.
Executives at investment firms that manage Chicago pension funds have since 2011 poured more than $600,000 in contributions into Mayor Rahm Emanuel's campaign operation and political action committees (PACs) that support him, according to documents reviewed by International Business Times.
Lockheed Martin for years running one of the government’s most important nuclear research facilities, Sandia National Laboratories. Five years ago, its contract with Department of Energy (DOE) was coming to an end, Lockheed Martin started to lobby to win extension using money paid by DOE for Lockheed Martin to run Sandia. Contractors forbidden from using taxpayer money to lobby for more contracting work. Lockheed Martin did it anyway.
Friction between Russia and the West over the crisis in Ukraine is becoming more salient as the world’s strongest economies gather in Australia to talk international economic development.
Republican, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher; California: Wake up and see where the American people are, fundamental principles are individual liberty, limited government, which Republicans have always talked about, doctor-patient relationship, states’ rights and the 10th Amendment." Appealed to Republican colleagues to rethink their approach to marijuana laws; “things have really changed in Washington.
Labor group, Our Walmart, planning protests at 1,600 Walmart stores nationwide for higher wages on Black Friday, the day after the Thanksgiving holiday, biggest shopping day of the year in the United States. Police arrested 23 at Los Angeles-area Walmart protesting low wages.
Russian President Vladimir Putin will on Friday complete his working visit to Russia's Far Eastern Federal District and arrive in Australian city of Brisbane to attend the G20 summit. During his visit, Putin is scheduled to hold a meeting with the leaders of BRICS, as well as working contacts with French President Francois Hollande and British Prime Minister David Cameron.
Switzerland has signed up to the latest package of the European Union's sanctions against Russia imposed in September over the crisis in Ukraine.
The Russian Lower House has passed the first reading of a bill that introduces fines for businesses which sell products containing genetically modified organisms (GMO) without warning customers on the packaging.
President Obama has come out in support of reclassifying internet service as a utility, a move that would allow the Federal Communications Commission to enforce more robust regulations and protect net neutrality. Obama: "To put these protections in place, I'm asking the FCC to reclassifying internet service under Title II of a law known as the Telecommunications Act."
America’s major telecoms and cable companies and business groups came out fighting on Monday after Barack Obama called for tough new regulations for broadband that would protect net neutrality, saying they were “stunned” by the president’s proposals.
A Liberal Democratic Party lawmaker is proposing creating military units manned exclusively by foreigners to counter the threat from radical groups such as Islamic State in Central Asia.MP Roman Khudyakov: Foreign Legion have contract soldiers from 136 nations, not a single French citizen has to die in a war. Why should our soldiers die? We must answer modern day challenges of global security or terrorism.”
President Obama: Federal Communications Commission should “implement the strongest possible rules to protect net neutrality.” No service should be stuck in a 'slow lane' because it does not pay a fee. That kind of gatekeeping would undermine the level playing field essential to the Internet’s growth."
A vast majority of people in Catalonia have voted for secession in the region’s referendum for independence amid oppositions from the Spanish government.
Wisconsin could have one of the nation’s most sweeping drug-testing requirements for those receiving public benefits if the proposal by Gov. Scott Walker to test those who apply for unemployment checks and food stamps becomes law.
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