U.S. House Speaker Pelosi cautions Britain over Northern Irish peace deal

LONDON – U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi cautioned Britain on Friday that if the Northern Irish peace deal was destroyed then there would be no post-Brexit trade deal with the United States. The United States has expressed grave concern that a row between London and Brussels over the implementation of the 2020 Brexit treaty could undermine the Good Friday accord, which effectively ended three decades of violence. “If there is destruction of the…

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Republican congressman who voted to impeach Trump won’t seek re-election

WASHINGTON – U.S. Republican Representative Anthony Gonzalez, who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump, said on Thursday he will not seek re-election next year. A two-term lawmaker from Ohio and former professional football player, Gonzalez would have faced a primary challenger backed by Trump had he decided to run. Gonzalez was one of 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump for his role in inciting a riot on Jan. 6 at the U.S.…

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Cuban leader in Mexico for new Latin America ‘pink tide’ summit

MEXICO CITY – Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel will on Thursday attend Mexico’s 200th anniversary of independence, ahead of a summit of Latin American heads of state that will gather recently elected members of a new “pink wave” of leftist leaders. The presidents from Argentina, Bolivia, Peru and elsewhere will on Saturday meet at the summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), a regional body that Venezuela’s late leader Hugo Chavez helped…

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Explainer-Main battles ahead for U.S. Democrats’ $3.5 trillion social spending bill

– Democrats are crafting a massive spending package as big as $3.5 trillion that would transform the U.S. economy by investing in free community college, childcare and green energy, funded by tax hikes on the wealthy and larger companies. The bill’s authors must balance the Biden White House’s campaign pledges and the party’s progressives and moderates, all while catering to lawmakers empowered by Democrats’ razor-thin majorities in Congress to demand pet concessions. Facing unified Republican…

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Gunmen kidnap 20 foreigners, likely from Haiti and Venezuela, from Mexico hotel

MEXICO CITY – Gunmen stormed a hotel in Mexico’s central San Luis Potosi state on Tuesday and kidnapped some 20 foreigners believed to be mostly from Haiti and Venezuela, the state’s attorney general’s office said. The gunmen ransacked the building and took off with the logbook of guests, making it hard to identify who was kidnapped at the Sol y Luna hotel in Matehuala, about 195 kilometers (121 miles) north of the city of San…

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Biden nominates Democrats to lead U.S. commodities regulator

WASHINGTON – The White House announced Monday that President Joe Biden had nominated Rostin Behnam as chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and Kristin Johnson to serve as a commissioner at the agency. Behnam is serving as acting chair of the derivatives regulator, which he has been leading since Biden was sworn in in January. Benham has been a CFTC commissioner since 2017, and previously served as senior counsel to Senator Debbie Stabenow, who…

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Biden to nominate NYC official for key Commerce trade post

WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden plans to nominate New York City’s director of city planning to serve in a key U.S. Commerce Department trade role, a source briefed on the matter told . Biden will ask Marisa Lago to serve as undersecretary for international trade, the source said. Lago previously worked at the U.S. Treasury and Securities and Exchange Commission. Biden also plans to nominate economist Jed Kolko as undersecretary for economic affairs at the…

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Biden’s COVID vaccine mandate angers Republicans, libertarians

WASHINGTON – Republicans and libertarians are vowing to fight U.S. President Joe Biden’s new vaccine mandate covering big companies, healthcare workers and federal employees, announced as the Delta strain of the coronavirus rapidly spreads through the country. The mandate , which the White House says would cover 100 million U.S. workers and applies to about two-thirds of all U.S. employees, is being written in part by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health…

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