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Trump mulls higher US stimulus offer as Mnuchin downplays deal

Washington (AFP) - Lawmakers and the White House are unlikely to finalize a new stimulus plan before the November election, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Thursday, even as his boss President Donald Trump indicated he may raise his offer.But there were signs late in the day that the impasse might be easing, after Mnuchin said the administration would agree on a national testing plan Democrats have called for in the package to help ease the damage from the Covid-19 pandemic, according to an aide to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.It was a small but potentially significant step after month...

Behind in polls, Trump launches swing state blitz

Washington (AFP) - President Donald Trump, trailing in the polls with the election just three weeks away, returns to the campaign trail on Monday after being hospitalized for Covid-19, embarking on a sprint through key swing states.As Trump heads for Florida -- the first of four battleground states he plans to visit over the next four days -- his Democratic opponent Joe Biden will be touting his economic plans in the midwestern state of Ohio.Trump, 74, who has declared himself "immune" after catching the coronavirus, plans to hold an outdoor campaign rally on Monday evening at the airport in S...

Citi report sees $16 tn drag on US economy from racism

New York (AFP) - Racial inequality has cost the US economy $16 trillion in wealth over the last two decades, Citigroup said in a report Thursday.The banking giant -- pointing to the drag from unequal pay, housing discrimination, education disparity and other longstanding ills in the United States -- simultaneously pledged $1 billion in initiatives for Black-oriented business needs."Addressing racism and closing the racial wealth gap is the most critical challenge we face in creating a fair and inclusive society and we know that more of the same won't do," said Citigroup Chief Executive Michael...

American Evangelical Pastor on Trial in Turkey -- For Terrorism Charges

An American pastor will go on trial in Turkey on Monday on terror-related charges after spending the last one-and-a-half years behind bars, in a case that has raised friction between Ankara and Washington.

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The Myanmar Army Is Slaughtering Rohingya by the Thousands

6,700 Rohingya killed in first month of Myanmar violence: MSF

At least 6,700 Rohingya Muslims were killed in the first month of a Myanmar army crackdown on rebels in Rakhine state that began in late August, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said on Thursday. The figure is the highest estimated death toll yet of violence that erupted on August 25 and triggered a massive refugee crisis, with…

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In D.C., Protesters March in Solidarity With Hurricane-Hit Puerto Rico

Protesters marched Sunday in Washington in solidarity with hurricane-hit Puerto Rico, criticizing the lackluster US response to the storm and calling for reform. Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico in September, ravaging the US territory's infrastructure. Some 50 percent of its population of 3.4 million people still lacks electricity more than two months later. Demonstrators gathered…

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Contestants Turn Miss Peru Pageant Into Protest

Contestants broke with tradition and turned the Miss Peru pageant into a protest highlighting violence against women in one of South America's most dangerous countries for females. In elegant ball gowns, the 23 finalists in Sunday's televised pageant at the Lima Municipal Theatre gave voice to thousands of women who are victims of harassment, sexual and…

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Trump Says He'll Allow Release of Kennedy Assassination Files

US President Donald Trump said Saturday he will allow long blocked secret files on the 1963 assassination of John F Kennedy to be opened to the public for the first time. The November 22, 1963 assassination -- an epochal event in modern US history -- has spawned multiple theories challenging the official version that Kennedy was…

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Sexual Abuse Stories from Around the World Pour out on Social Media: 'Me Too'

Sexual abuse stories from around the world pour out on social media

Celebrities and everyday people continued flooding social media with personal accounts of sexual assault and harassment Monday, responding to calls to break the culture of silence around such abuse. ... the outpouring with a simple Twitter request that women respond " me too" if they have also been sexually harassed or assault. Tens of thousands of people replied, making #MeToo the top trending topic. The...

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