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Seven up: Contest to replace May as British prime minister gets…

LOND,上海夜网官方网站Ida,ON ( ) – The contest to replace Theresa May as British prime minister hotted up on Saturday with seven candidates now throwing their hat into the ring, saying they would succeed where she failed by taking a deeply-divided Britain out of the European Union.

May announced on Friday she was quitting over her failure to deliver Brexit, raising the prospect of a new leader who could seek a more divisive split with the EU and lead to confrontation with the bloc or a possible parliamentary election.

British health minister Matt Hancock, ex-Brexit minister Dominic Raab and former House of Commons leader Andrea Leadsom on Saturday joined an increasingly crowded field to replace May.

Former foreign minister Boris Johnson, current foreign minister Jeremy Hunt, International Development Secretary Rory Stewart and former work and pensions minister Esther McVey had already announce,上海夜生活怎么玩Mace,d they would stand.

About a dozen contenders in total are thought to be considering a tilt at the leadership with newspapers reporting that environment minister Michael Gove was expected to announce his candidacy on Sunday.

May failed three times to get a divorce deal she agreed with the EU through parliament because of deep, long-term divisions in the Conservative Party over Europe. It meant the original Brexit date of March 29 has been extended until Oct. 31 to see if any compromise could be reached.

All those standing say they could build a consensus or amend May’s deal, although the EU has said it would not renegotiate the treaty.

“We have to propose a deal that will get through this parliament,” Hancock told BBC radio. “We have to be brutally honest about the trade-offs.”

Raab, a leading figure among pro-Brexit Conservatives, said he did not want to exit without a deal, but would do so if the EU refused to budge, a stance echoed by Leadsom, who quit the government on Wednesday over May’s deal.

“To succeed in a negotiation you have to be prepared to walk away,” Leadsom, who made it to the last two in the 2016 contest to replace David Cameron as prime minister following the EU refer,上海夜网后花园Idaleen,endum, told the Sunday Times newspaper.

Brexit is set to dominate the contest which will begin in the week of June 10 when Conservative lawmakers begin to whittle down the field before party members, about 160,000 according to the Sunday Telegraph, choose the winner from the final two candidates.

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Surveys have suggested that the members are overwhelmingly pro-Brexit and in favor of leaving the EU without a deal.

Boris Johnson is the clear favorite with bookmakers and he has also said Britain should be prepared to exit the bloc without any deal if no acceptable agreement could be reached.

“We will leave the EU on October 31, deal or no deal,” Johnson told an economic conference in Switzerland on Friday.

The party’s divisions over the EU has led to the demise of its last four prime mini上海夜生活论坛sters – May, Cameron, John Major and Margaret Thatcher – and there is little indication these schisms will be healed soon.

“There are huge tensions in this race which are that people will be encouraged to promise things they can’t deliver, of those probably the most dramatic are people who are going to be encouraged to promise a no-deal Brexit,” one of the contenders, Rory Stewart, told BBC radio.

While parliament repeatedly rejected May’s accord, lawmakers have also previously voted against leaving without any deal. Stewart said he could not serve in a Johnson government that was prepared to accept a no-deal Brexit.


“I think it would be a huge mistake, damaging, unnecessary and I think also dishonest,” Stewart said.

With no majority in parliament, the Conservatives only govern with the support of the small Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party, a factor that has constantly weakened May’s hand.

The opposition Labour Party, which called for an immediate election after May’s announcement, said it would seek a vote of no confidence in the government if it looked like it might pass, while it has also not ruled out backing a second referendum.

“Faced with (a no deal) situation, I think there may well be a majority in the House of Commons willing to bring about some form of public vote and that could include a general election,” Labour finance spokesman John McDonnell told BBC radio.

Both the Conservatives and Labour are expected to fare badly in the European Parliament elections when the results are published on Sunday, while both the Brexit Party of Nigel Farage and the pro-EU Liberal Democrats were seen doing well.

Labour’s deputy leader Tom Watson said the party’s equivocal stance on the issue was to blame and it now needed to urgently back a second vote.

“For our party’s sake, but most of all for Britain’s sake, Labour needs to find some backbone on Brexit, find our voice – and do it fast,” he wrote on his website.

Indonesia lifts social media curbs targeting hoaxes during unrest

JAKARTA ( ) – Indonesia on Saturday lifted temporary social media res,上海夜生活男人好去处Gabe,trictions that were imposed to stop online hoaxes during violence around the announcement of official election results.

Communications Ministry official Semuel Abrijani Pangerapan told a news conference that social media had returned to normal.

The restrictions came into force on Wednesday after rioting broke out in the Indonesian capital following protests against the victory of President Joko Widodo in last month’s election.

Eight people were killed and more than 900 hurt wh,夜上海论坛Tabitha,en rallies by supporters of defeated presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto descended into violence with police firing tear gas and rubber bullets as well as using water canon to quell unrest.

Retired general Prabowo has alleged the election was rigged. The election supervisory agency has said there was no evidence of systematic cheating and independent observers have said the poll was free and fair

Authorities have blamed a rise in online hoaxes, some calling for violent post-election attacks, for inflaming tensions and brought in social media restrictions in order to prevent “provocations”.

The move imposed limits on the ability to upload videos or photos on social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and its,上海凤楼夜网Hallie, platforms Instagram and Whatsapp.

The curbs had been criticized by opposition figures as being authoritarian.

Pangerapan said the government planned to tighten existing regulations to combat online hoaxes.

“We will make it an obligation for all social media platforms to actively remove hoaxes and fake news,” he said.

At the same news conference, police said that a vid上海夜生活eo that has gone viral showing police beating a man in Jakarta during the unrest was genuine, but said claims that he had died were false and said he had been arrested for helping instigate riots.

Russia must release detained Ukrainian sailors: maritime tribunal

FRANKFURT ( ) – Moscow must release 24 sailors who were aboard three Ukrainian vessels it intercepted in November as they crossed a strait between Russian-annexed Crimea and southern Russia, an international maritime tribunal said on Saturday.

The Russian navy had captured the Ukrainian sailors and their vessels in the Kerch Strait, which links the Black and Azov s,夜上海论坛Barrett,eas, on Nov. 25, 2018 after opening fire on them.

The Hamburg-based International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) said Russia had to release the sailors and vessels immediately and both nations should refrain from taking any action which might aggravate the dispute.

“The Tribunal note,上海晚上耍女人的地方Ida,s that any action affecting the immunity of warships is capable of causing serious harm to the dignity and sovereignty of a state and has the potential to undermine its national security,” ITLOS President Jin-Hyun Paik said.

Ukraine has already demanded the sailors’ release and the return of the impounded vessels, yet Moscow has not heeded the request or similar calls by the EU.

Russia’s foreign ministry said on Saturday it had not participated in the hearings, adding it intends to defend its point of view that the arbi上海夜生活论坛tration lacked the jurisdiction to consider the Kerch incident.

The ITLOS was established to settle maritime disputes by the 1982 U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea, of which both Ukraine and Russia are signatories. But it has no means of enforcing its decisions.

A bilateral treaty gives both Russia and Ukraine the right to use the Sea of Azov, which lies between them and is linked by the narrow Kerch Strait to the Black Sea. Yet tension has risen since Russia annexed Crimea, with both countries complaining about shipping delays and harassment.

Russia, which annexed Crimea in 2014 and built a road bridge linking it to southern Russia straddling the Kerch Strait, has vowed never to give Crimea back to Ukraine. It accuses Kiev of staging a provocation in the Kerch Strait and its ,夜上海419龙凤论坛Fabiana,sailors of crossing illegally into Russian waters.

Russia’s FSB security service said it had been forced to act in November because the ships – two small Ukrainian armored artillery vessels and a tug boat – had illegally entered its territorial waters.

“The Tribunal’s order is a clear signal to Russia that it cannot violate international law with impunity,” Ukraine Deputy Foreign Minister Olena Zerkal said on Facebook, adding she expected Russia to comply with the order quickly.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said if Russia releases the Ukrainian sailors and ships it could be the first signal from the Russian leadership of its readiness to end the conflict with Ukraine.

Militants kill at least 25 Nigerian soldiers, some civilians in…

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria ( ) – Islamist insurgents killed at least 25 soldiers and a number of civilians in an ambush in northeast Nigeria on ,上海夜生活Sabrina,Saturday morning, two security sources said, the second deadly attack on the army this week.

Militants opened fire as the soldiers were escorting a groups of evacuees from a village in Borno state, where Boko Haram and other militants have been fighting for a decade.

“They ambushed and surrounded the vehicles of both the soldiers and the ci上海夜生活网vilians and opened fire on them,” said one of the sources, part of a vigilante g,上海夜网千花Kai,roup that fights alongside the military against the insurgencies.

“They exchanged fire for some minutes before the Boko Haram militants overpowered the soldiers.”

Nigeria’s government has said the Boko Haram insurgency, and the rival Islamic State West Africa Province group, are on their last legs.

But sustained efforts to eradicate the militants have failed and the military continues to suffer heavy losses.

The war has killed more than 30,000 people and displaced millions more.

The soldiers were evacuating villages in the region on Saturday to carry out operations against Boko Haram, the sources said. One said the civilian convoy had as many as 50 vehicles.

Nigerian military spokesmen did not respond to requests for comment.

On Wednesday, Islamic State’s West Africa branch claimed responsibility for a raid in Nigeria in which it said 20 soldiers had been killed, and released a video purporting to show the execution of nine other Niger,上海夜生活男人好去处Octavien,ian soldiers.

Former Botswana president quits ruling party in row with ex-ally

GABORNE ( ) – Former Botswana President Ian Khama quit the ruling party on Saturday as a policy feud with his hand-picked successor deepened, threatening to split the party that has ruled the country since independence in 1966.

Khama han,上海仙霞路夜生活Mabel,ded power to his then-deputy Mokgweetsi Masisi last year after serving as president of the diamond-rich southern African nation for a decade, and he remains an influential figure in the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP).

But Masisi, only the third p,上海021夜网Gabe,erson from outside the Khama political dynasty to lead Botswana since independence from Britain, has clashed repeatedly with his former ally since he took over.

Their latest disagreement was over Masisi’s decision to lift the suspension on big game hunting imposed by Khama’s government in 2014.

Khama told a gathering on Saturday in the northeastern village of Serowe, where he is paramount chief, he was switching support from the BDP to opposition alliance Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) ahead of an October general election.

“I came here to tell you that I am cutting ties with the BDP as I do not recognize this party ,上海夜生活乌托邦Macauly,anymore. It was a mistake to choose Masisi as my successor. I will now work with the opposition to make sure that the BDP loses power in October,” Khama said.

Khama served the maximum two terms as president before stepping down in a scripted succession that compelled him to hand power to his deputy.

In a 2014 general electio上海夜生活n, the BDP failed for the first time to score an outright majority as the country struggles to make its ailing economy less reliant on diamond sales.

Spooked by Trump tariffs, investors see few good options

SAN FRANCISCO ( ) – The specter of a trade war started by U.S. President Donald Trump rattled Wall Street on Thursday and exacerbated worries about inflation and the future of a nine-year bull market.

The S&P 500 slumped 1.33 percent after Trump said the ,上海晚上耍女人的地方Pamela,United States would impose duties on imported steel and aluminum, making good on promises to aggressively challenge China and other countries he blames for lost manufacturing jobs.

On Wall Street, Trump’s announcement exacerbated already-brewing concerns about inflation, which could push the U.S. Federal Reserve to hit the brakes in coming months on an expanding U.S. economy and spell the end to record-breaking stock price gains.

“In an environment where people are a little bi,上海夜生活论坛Cain,t on edge concerning future inflation, tariffs don’t exactly mollify those concerns,” warned Chuck Carlson, chief executive at Horizon Investment Services in Hammond, Indiana.

News of the tariffs drove the stocks of U.S. domestic steel and aluminum makers sharply higher, but the damage to stocks in other sectors was wide-ranging and illustrative of how broadly investors believe a trade conflict could damage the U.S. economy.

U.S. Treasury yields fell as some investors viewed debt as a safer bet than stocks, while the dollar fell to two-week lows against China’s yen currency.

About $323 billion evaporated from S&P 500 companies’ stock market value on Thursday. The stock market value of U.S. steel companies that would benefit from the tariffs rose by $2 billion. Money managers pointed to steel and other materials stocks as among the few likely to benefit from any potential quarrel wi,上海夜玩网论坛Octavien,th China, the European Union, Canada and other trade partners.

“Tariffs haven’t worked historically and they cause retaliation. This is sort of working your way into a trade war which is a drag on the economy,” warned Art Hogan, chief market strategist at B. Riley FBR in New York.

Apple (AAPL.O), which is intricately tied to China, dropped 1.75 percent上海夜网. The largest U.S. company by market capitalization manufactures its iPhones in China and receives a fifth of its overall revenue from there.

General Motors, which might raise the prices of its automobiles to help offset higher steel prices resulting from tariffs, sank nearly 4 percent, while Ford Motor Co lost 3 percent.

“If the trend continued to more and more tariffs being put on, that would have the effect of dampening overall demand in this country, raising prices in this country, and would ultimately be a net drain on cash flow coming into this country through investment channels,” said Kevin Caron, senior portfolio manager at Washington Crossing Advisors in Florham Park, New Jersey.

Deep corporate tax cuts enacted this year have won Trump many fans on Wall Street and helped propel the market to record highs, with the S&P 500 soaring 19 percent since his inauguration 13 months ago.

“I don’t think a trade war is going to do anybody good anywhere,” said Peter Costa, president of Empire Executions in New York. “Anything that even smells like it’s not good is going to bring the market down quickly.”

Much of Wall Street’s optimism in recent months has rested on expectations that tax cuts and healthy economic growth would push corporate earnings sharply higher in 2018. Analysts on average expect S&P 500 earnings to expand 19 percent this year, according to Thomson I/B/E/S.

Federated Global Allocation fund portfolio manager Steve Chiavarone called Trump’s trade plan “frustrating and unfortunate.” Still, Chiavarone said he expects strong earnings expectations to keep supporting stock prices, unless the European Union and China retaliate seriously against the United States.

Trump pushes Big Corn and Big Oil to break biofuels deadlock

( ) – U.S. President Donald Trump urged representatives from the rival oil and corn industries on Thursday to break a deadlock in talks over the future of the nation’s biofuels policy by accepting a deal involving reforms sought by both sides.

Trump has arranged a series of talks between Big Corn and Big Oil since late last year amid rising concern in the White House over the U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), a law requiring refiners to mix biofuels such as corn-based ethanol into their fuel.

The decade-old policy was intended to help farmers and reduce petroleum imports but has increasingly divided farmers and energy companies – two of Trump’s most important constituencies. Refining company Philadelphia Energy Solutions LLC in the key electoral state of Pennsylvania in January blamed the RFS for its bankruptcy.

A source who attended Thursday’s meeting at the White House said Trump told the gathering of lawmakers and corporate executives that he supports a proposal from the refining industry to cap the pri,上海夜网邀请码Pamela,ce of biofuels blending credits that refiners must acquire to comply with the RFS.

Prices for the blending credits – which refiners must either earn or purchase – have surged in recent years, upsetting companies that in some cases are spending hundreds of millions of dollars on them.

The source, who asked not to be named because he is not authorized to speak publicly on the discussion, said Trump also expressed support for expanding sales of high-ethanol gasoline – a tweak long-sought by ethanol producers.

The Environmental Protection Agency bans the use of gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol during the summer months, a move intended to reduce ozone emissions and smog during the peak driving season.

The two ideas, combined, represented a “win-win” solution for the oil and corn industries that could help them break their deadlock, Trump told the meeting, according to the source.

Biofuel interests in the meeting tried to persuade Trump to approve the so-called E15 waiver and see if that drives down credit prices, but Trump rejected the request saying the industry needed immediate changes.

Trump told the parties that he wanted credit caps and greater use of higher-ethanol blended gasoline and to come back in a week, the source said. He then abruptly ended the meeting, stood and began to exit the room, the source said.上海夜生活论坛

Republican Senator Joni Ernst, of Iowa, asked for more time to study the impact of the price cap, the source said.

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“Take the deal, Joni,” Trump said as he walked out of the room, according to the source.

Ernst disagreed with the source’s description.

“It’s not accurate. That exchange didn’t take place,” an Ernst spokeswoman said via email on Friday morning.

The White House said after the meeting that talks on the issue would continue: “Today’s meeting is a part of the ongoing effort to best understand the many differing views on this issue, and the president looks forward to continuing this discussion,” it said in a statement.

Republican Senator Charles Grassley of corn state Iowa, who attended the meeting, said the talks did not yield any final decisions, but that an “emerging solution” could include allowing year-round sales of 15 percent ethanol fuel.

He added that he opposes a credit price cap, saying such a move could put “thousands of jobs in rural America” at risk.

No specific price cap level was discussed at Thursday’s meeting, according to the source, but Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, who has been driving efforts to tweak the RFS on behalf of refiners and who attended the meeting, has proposed limiting credit prices to 10 cents each – a fraction of their current value.

Prices for the credits, called RINs, dropped 10 cents to 53 cents each after the meeting, according to traders.

Cruz said in a statement with Republican Senator Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania that he was “encouraged that President Trump recognizes the importance of providing relief from crushing RINs costs and expanding the potential market for ethanol.”


The biofuels industry had mixed reaction to t,上海夜生活论坛Paisley,he meeting, generally supporting the idea of year-round sales of high-ethanol blend gasoline but worried by the proposed price cap for credits, which some in the industry worry would curtail investment in new blending facilities.

“The president very clearly understands that the path forward is to allow sales of E15 year-round, promote growth, and put more RINs on the market,” said Emily Skor, chief executive officer of bi,上海021夜网Jack,ofuels producer Growth Energy.

“Nothing new was discussed in this meeting. Removing accountability from oil companies would deprive millions of Americans the freedom to choose less expensive, homegrown biofuels and imperil countless jobs and family farms across America’s heartland,” said Jeff Broin, CEO of leading U.S. ethanol producer POET. Ethanol producer Green Plains Inc also attended, sources said.

Valero Energy Corp, Delta Air Lines’ Monroe Energy, PBF Energy Inc, and Philadelphia Energy Solutions were also at the session, sources said.

Time to get back to work as Australian PM names cabinet

SYDNEY ( ) – Australian Prime Mini,夜上海419龙凤论坛Cain,ster Scott Morrison named his new cabinet on Sunday, with most positions staying the same, saying the government had “a significant agenda” to deliver and it was time to get back to business.

“I have high expectations of my ministry and clear goals for each of their roles,” he said in an emailed statement.

Incoming Defence Minister Linda Reynolds, who served in the Army Reserves for almost three decades and rose to the rank of brigadier, replaces Christopher Pyne who has retired.

Foreign Minister Marise Payne retains her position as does Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg, Finance Minister,上海夜生活怎么玩Tallulah, Mathias Cormann, Trade Minister Simon Birmingham, Energy Minister Angus Taylor and Attorney General Christian Porter.

Morrison also created a national agency for Indigenous Australians ,上海夜生活男人好去处Idaia,which would report directly to new Indigenous Aff上海夜生活论坛airs Minister Ken Wyatt, the first Aboriginal cabinet minister.

Mr Morrison said he intends to recommend Arthur Sinodinos, a senator from the eastern state of New South Wales, for the plum diplomatic post of ambassador to the United States, replacing Joe Hockey.

Communications Minister Mitch Fifield will be Australia’s representative at the United Nations.

A priority of the re-elected Liberal National coalition is to deliver tax cuts by July 1, a cornerstone of its election campaign, as the central bank has called for stimulus to aid a slowing economy.

Morrison entered this month’s election at the head of a minority government after a series of defections, unable to pursue its legislative agenda without the support of independent lawmakers and minor parties.

A surprise victory, however, secured the coalition an outright majority, removing the legislative uncertainty.

Official counting has not yet finished with three seats still in doubt, but the Electoral Commission said Morrison’s coalition leads in an outright majority of 78 seats in parliament which has 151 elected lawmakers.

The opposition Labor party is expected to win 67 seats and there are six crossbenchers made up of minor parties and independents.

The cabinet will be sworn in on Wednesday, however parliament will not resume until after all counting is finished and the writs are returned which is expected by June 28.

Senate to consider bill next week easing bank rules

WASHINGTON ( ) – The U.S. Senate will vote on a bill next week to ease bank rules, bringing Congress a step closer to passing the first rewrite of the Dodd-Frank reform law enacted after the 2007-2009 global financial crisis.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters on Thursday the chamber would consider legislation penned by Senate Banking Committee Chairman Mike Crapo, which would relax rules on small and mid-size lenders. McConnell later on Thursday scheduled a procedural vote for next week.

The move by McConnell to take the bill to the Senate floor will be cheered by small and mid-sized U.S. banks, which have long pushed for a rewrite of Dodd-Frank.

The Republican leadership regards the bill as a priority and is looking to expedite its passage, making it unlikely big banks will secure last-minute changes, several people briefed on the matter told .

McConnell did not comment further on the Crapo bill.

The bill is widely expected to become law by the summer. Thirteen Democrats in the Senate, which has a slim Republican majority, have signed on as backers and nearly every Republican is expected to vote in favor.

Republican critics say the 2010 Dodd-Frank law went too far and curbs banks’ ability to lend, while many Democrats say it provides critical protections for consumers and taxpayers.

Republicans have tried for years to revise the law but only recently have some Democrats begun 上海夜生活网to support tweaks.

Crapo’s bill would ease restrictions on small banks and credit unions, but also includes a number of provisions beneficial to all but the largest U.S. banks.

Most notably, the bill would raise the threshold at which banks are considered systemically risky and subject to stricter oversight to $250 billion from $50 billion.

It also exempts banks with less than $10 billion in assets from rules banning proprietary trading.


One key question fo,上海夜生活网交流Paige,r the banking industry is how Crapo will manage the tricky process of reconciling his text with the House of Representatives, which must also approve the bill before it becomes law, without losing De,上海夜生活Gabrielle,mocratic support.

The Republican-led House has taken a much more aggressive stance on rolling back Dodd-Frank. Crapo’s counterpart, House Financial Services Chairman Jeb Hensarling, has already shepherded passage of dozens of smaller bills loosening its rules.

Crapo is privately considering adding some of the bipartisan House bills to his Senate version, the people said. That approach would allow the House to quickly approve the final Senate version, rather than forcing the two chambers to thrash out their differences in a lengthy, more contentious open process.

President Donald Trump, who supports the bill as part of his agenda to stimulate economic growth by slashing red tape, could then sign the bill into law within weeks.

“Chairman Hensarling has done a good job at moving bipartisan pieces of legislation through the House, but it will be a difficult task to maintain that delicate balance in the Senate due to the Senate’s curre,上海高端夜生活在那里Mabel,nt composition,” said Dina Ellis Rochkind, a lawyer at Paul Hastings in Washington and former Senate Banking Committee staffer.

“Nonetheless, the Senate version of the legislation has a good chance of becoming law with a few changes from the House,” she added.

U.S. budget deal grants $1.5 billion for drug-affected babies,…

(This version of the Feb 9 story corrects in 10th paragraph to ‘prevention’ from ‘intervention’)

By Duff Wilson and John Shiffman

WASHINGTON ( ) – A U.S. budget deal adopted by Congress on Friday includes what advocates call a landmark compromise to provide an estimated $1.5 billion over 10 years to try to keep struggling families together, including those with babies born dependent on opioids.

The provision allows assistance on mental health, substance abuse and parenting whenever any child is deemed at imminent risk of entering foster care. It also offers support for relatives who unexpectedly assume responsibility for a child when a parent cannot.

The funding is part of a bipartisan budget deal passed by lawmakers which alleviates spending fights that marked President Donald Trump’s first year in office, but sets the stage for a battle over immigration and exploding deficits ahead of November’s congressional elections.

The measure is intended to help newborns whose mothers were addicted to opioids, including heroin, during pregnancy. 

More than 110 babies died between 2010 and 2015 after being born opioid-dependent and sent home with parents ill-equipped to care for them, a 2015 investigation found.

    Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon, the top Democrat on the Finance Committee, said the funding “will usher in the most significant improvements to the child welfare system in decades and provide real help to families to fight the opioid epidemic.”

The change open上海夜生活s up a new stream of money from a Social Security program now limited to foster care. It allows an estimated $1.5 billion over 10 years to be used to prevent children from entering foster care.


The action this year was part of a broad congressional budget agreement that includes about $6 billion for opioid and mental health issues. Though little noticed in the larger debates over defense and domestic spending, the section of law called the Family First Prevention Services Act fills more than 100 pages of the 652-page budget compromise.

    Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah, Republican chairman of the Finance Committee, who co-sponsored that part of the legislation with Wyden, said on the Senate floor on Thursday that it would “help keep more children safely with their families.”

    ,上海021夜网Octavien,At a Senate committee hearin,上海夜网千花Radley,g on Thursday, William Bell, president of Casey Family Programs, said that for every $7 spent on foster care there is only $1 spent on prevention. He said states need the ability to target their existing resources into early intervention services.

Stephen Patrick, a Vanderbilt University neonatologist and opioids expert, testified  that a sevenfold increase from 2000 to 2014 in the number of babies born with drug-withdrawal syndrome had flooded the healthcare and child welfare systems.

He said there is also an urgent n,上海会所夜网Cain,eed to expand addiction treatment for pregnant women.   

The budget agreement describes helping children by funding “mental health and substance abuse prevention and treatment services or in-home parent skill-based programs.” It also provides funding for families struggling with addiction who stay together in family treatment facilities.

    About 49,000 babies in 2016 were placed in out-of-home care who could have been helped by preventive services authorized in the new law, according to Children and Family Futures, a nonprofit organization that advises federal and state agencies.

After the 2015 reports, Congress updated a law requiring safety plans for the babies and more help for the parents but did not add funding.  

A report earlier this week by the U.S. Government Accountability Office, a congressional watchdog, said states are still confused about what hospitals and social services should do with drug-dependent newborns and other substance-affected infants.

“This bill makes sure that children are protected and families are not split up unnecessarily,” said U.S. Representative Vern Buchanan, a Florida Republican. “Our current system creates a perverse incentive to place children in foster care. Breaking up families should be a last resort.”

The budget deal’s supporters, including Trump, have backed it largely because it includes big increases in military spending.

While Democrats applauded more spending on veterans, the military, disaster aid and fighting opioid addiction, many were unhappy that the deal did not give guarantees that Congress will help “Dreamers,” people brought illegally to the United States as children.

Kremlin rebuffs call to release Ukrainian sailors

MOSCOW ( ) – The Kremlin on Monday rebuffed a call by an international maritime tribunal for Russia to release 24 Ukrainian sailors, saying the court had no,夜上海论坛Oakley, jurisdiction over the strait where Russian security forces captured them.

Th,上海新夜网龙凤Jacklyn,e Hamburg-based International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) on Saturday said Moscow should release the sailors immediately and that both nations should refrain from taking any action that might aggravate the dispute.

The Russian navy captured the Ukrainian sailors and their three vessels in the Kerch Strait, which links the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov, on Nov. 25, 2018, after opening fire on them.

The waterway separates Crimea, which Russia annexed in 2014, and Russia.

The ITLOS was esta,上海夜生活上海夜生活去哪玩Jackson,blished to settle maritime disputes by the 1982 U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea, of which both Ukraine and Russia are signatories. But it has no means of enforcing its decisions.

“The convention on the law of the sea from 1982 is not applicable in the case of the Kerch Strait,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on a conference call. He did not elaborate on why the convention did not apply.

Russia plans to press ahead with its investigation into the incident in which the Ukrainian sailors were captured and to take the matter to trial, Peskov was quoted by the daily Vedomosti newspaper as saying late on Sunday.

U.S. House panel to probe China military footprint in Africa: chairman

WASHINGTON ( ) – U.S. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes said his committee will investigate China’s efforts to gain military and economic power in Africa.

The California Re,上海夜生活Hal,publican told “Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo” that China’s investment in African countries would allow Beijing to strengthen its grip over world trade.

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Nunes cited China’s opening last summer of a military base in Djibouti, in the Horn of Africa and at the entrance of Red Sea, as an example of how Beijing is jockeying to assert power of trade.

“We believe they are looking at investing in ports and infrastructure around the world, not just for military capabilities but also to control those governments,” Nunes said.

Political influence in a country at the entrance of the Red Sea, a major artery for global shipping, gives Beijing great power over world trade, Nunes said. “They can effectively cut off world trade if they want to,” he said.

Investing in infrastructure in Africa also allowed Beijing to pressure those nations on United Nations votes. “The Chinese loan you billions of dollars to build a railway or port. What countries in Africa have found out is that comes with a price,” Nunes said.

Cambodia PM dismisses fears of Chinese debt trap

PHNOM PENH ( ) – Prime Minister Hun Sen dismissed on Thursday fears that Cambodia was falling into a Chinese “debt trap”, saying its loans are low interest, low risk and were not a threat to national independence.

Speaking at a Future of Asia conference in Japan, Hun Sen said China respected Cambodia’s sovereignty when it came to using Chinese loans.

“I’ve heard so many people saying that Cambodia may fall into China’s debt trap,” Hun Sen said.

“For Cambodia, we maintain our sovereignty in borrowing, we borrowed according to the projects we need, and China respects our decis,上海夜网后花园Ida,ion.”

His comments were broadcast on state television in Cambodia.

China is Cambodia’s biggest aid donor and investor, pouring in billions of dollars in development funds,上海夜生活桑拿会所Sabina, and loans through its Belt and Road initiative, which aims to bolster land and sea links with Asia, the Middle East, Europe and Africa.

Hun Sen said Chinese loans were low interest and long-term, and that overall debt remained low, at 21.5% of gross domestic product (GDP).

“Some countries owe up to 200%, 300% or 500% of their GDP,” Hun Sen said.

Cambodia’s public debt was $7 billion as of last year, according to the Ministry of Economy and Finance, and the country had repaid 19 percent of it.

Cambodia has for years come under criticism for human rights violations and other problems but Western countries hoping to see improvements have little leverage when China can be counted on to help in the event of Western aid cuts.

The European Union, which accounts for more than one-third of Cambodia’s exports, including garments, footwear and bicycles, in February began an 18-mont,上海夜生活服务Kai,h process that could lead to the suspension of special market access for least developed countries because of human rights violations.

China has pledged to help Cambodia if the EU withdraws the market access, Hun Sen said in April during a vis上海夜生活论坛it to Beijing.

After EU poll disaster, Britain’s main parties gird for no-deal…

LONDON ( ) – Britain’s two main parties set the stage on Monday for a battle over a no-deal Brexit, hoping to win back voters who abandoned them for a new movement led by eurosceptic Nigel Farage and other smaller parties in European elections.

After a punishing night when acrimonious divisions over Britain’s departure from the European Union were plain to see, contenders for the leadership of the governing Conservatives said the results were a demand to deliver Brexit no matter what.

Taking a different tack, the opposition Labour Party said a public vote – a new national election or second referendum – was the w,上海夜网后花园Paisley,ay to reunite the country. It pledged to make sure any new eurosceptic Conservative leader would not take Britain out of the EU without a transition deal to help protect the economy.

But with Farage’s Brexit Party, which prefers a no-deal Brexit, capturing the greatest number of votes for seats in the European Parliament, closely shadowed by a group of fervently pro-EU parties, Conservative上海夜生活网s and Labour were under pressure to commit clearly to either side of the debate.

Almost three years since Britain voted narrowly to leave the EU and barely two months after the originally planned departure date, lawmakers remain at loggerheads over how, when or even whether the country will quit the club it joined in 1973.

For the Conservatives, who will name a new leader by the end of July, many of the would-be successors see the European vote outcome as proof they must seek a cleaner break with the EU, with several saying they would leave without a deal – a move some senior pro-EU Conservatives regard as foolhardy.

For Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, pressure will mount to embrace a second referendum without qualification – something he has said would be needed to prevent a no-deal Brexit.

But what is clear from a vote which many used as a protest is that Brexit – which forced Prime Minister Theresa May to say she will resign on June 7 after failing to deliver Britain’s departure – risks shattering the election prospects of both the main parties.

Former foreign minister Boris Johnson, the favourite to replace May as party leader and prime minister, said the election message was “if we go on like this, we will be fired”.

“We can and must deliver. No one sensible would aim exclusively for a no-deal outcome. No one responsible would take no-deal off the table,” Johnson, who was also London mayor, said in his regular column in the Telegraph newspaper.

“If we ar,上海夜生活乌托邦Kade,e courageous and optimistic, we can strike a good bargain with our friends across the Channel, come out well and on time – by October 31.”

Interior minister Sajid Javid became the ninth Conservative to declare h,上海夜网官方网站Queena,e would run for the leadership, saying on Monday “first and foremost, we must deliver Brexit”.


Javid was one of several prime ministerial contenders to express their belief that the disappointing result in the European vote, which put the Conservatives in fifth position, amounted to a clear demand for Britain to get on with Brexit. May said the results showed the importance of a negotiated deal.

The question posed for the Labour Party was a little different. With part of its support bolting to the Brexit Party and part to the pro-EU Liberal Democrats, who support a second Brexit referendum, some felt the pressure to change tack.

Labour’s finance chief, John McDonnell, caused a short-lived sensation in seeming to signal a shift in Labour policy to unequivocally backing a second referendum – something favoured by many party members but fought off by the party leadership.

But Corbyn sought to set the record straight, again saying Labour would do its utmost to stop a no-deal Brexit – something experts say might be legally trickier than many lawmakers earlier thought if faced with a eurosceptic prime minister determined to leave the EU by the current deadline of Oct. 31.

“This issue will have to go back to the people, whether through a general election or a public vote,” Corbyn said in a statement.

After May announced on Friday that she was stepping down, many of her would-be successors have said they wanted Brexit with or without a deal, rejecting another public vote.

That response seemed to be a direct challenge to Farage, a former commodities broker whose campaigning helped force May’s predecessor, David Cameron, to stage the 2016 EU referendum.

After the Brexit Party came out on top in Sunday’s European vote with 31.6% of the vote, the 55-year-old Farage said on Monday he wanted to be included in any new negotiation to leave the EU.

But while the Brexit Party came first, with Farage’s former UKIP adding 3.3% of the vote, three staunchly pro-EU parties – the Liberal Democrats, Greens and Change UK – combined for 35.8%.

“Far from providing a clear verdict, the result simply underlined how difficult it is likely to be to find any outcome to the Brexit process that satisfies a clear majority of voters,” said John Curtice, a leading polling expert.

Spain calls on U.N. to correct ‘mistakes’ in Catalonia report

MADRID ( ) – Spain on Friday called on the United Nations to correct,上海新夜网龙凤Tallulah, what it called mistakes in a report compiled for the U.N. by independent human rights experts, who urged the release of three jailed Catalan separatist leaders.

In an advance copy seen by , the U.N. Working Group on Arbitrary Detentio,上海会所夜网Landon,n said Spain should investigate the “arbitrary” decision to deny bail to Oriol Junqueras, Jordi Sanchez and Jordi Cruixart and give them a chance to seek compensation.

The Spanish ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva has requested a correction of the report’s conclusions, which Spanish government spokeswoman Isabel Celaa blamed on mistakes, omissions and conflicts of interest.

The working group was made up of five experts, two of which had links to the one of the lawyers of the accused, Celaa said after the weekly cabinet meeting.

“The Spanish government believes it’s important that (U.N. special procedures) have transparent financing mechanisms which prevent them from being subject to manipulation, misinformation and contamination,” Celaa said.

Nine former Catalan leaders are in jail while standing trial on char上海夜生活网ges of rebellion and misuse of public funds. Th,上海仙霞路夜生活Jacklyn,e charges relate to their alleged role in organizing a 2017 referendum on secession and subsequent declaration of independence.

Spain is back: Sanchez’s Socialists return to EU top table

BRUSSELS/MADRID ( ) – Buoyed by two electoral victories in a month, Spain’s Socialist leader Pedro Sanchez wants to thrust his country back into the heart of European Union decision-making after years of domestic woes that undercut Madrid’s sway.

Sanchez, who won Spain’s general election last month, came first again in Sunday’s European Parliament election. Although he must still negotiate a governing majority in Spain’,上海夜生活Hal,s fragmented domestic political landscape, the 47-year-old leader has made it clear he wants to be a 上海夜生活player on the European stage.

Madrid sees itself as the voice for a pro-EU, left-leaning agenda and specifically for fellow southern European countries hit by the 2008/09 economic crisis and which felt the worst of the subsequent austerity drive.

Sanchez’s plans include pushing for a common budget for eurozone members, an EU-wide unemployment fund and climate measures such as a bloc-wide green tax on imports of fossils-derived electricity, government and party sources said.

In the years before the financial crisis, the government of Socialist premier Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero was a high-profile mover in the EU and Spaniards occupied top Brussels positions, with Joaquin Almunia in charge of EU economic policy and Javier Solana the chief of the EU’s foreign policy arm.

But Spain’s financial woes, a graft scandal that brought down Sanchez’s conservative predecessor Mariano Rajoy and the strife around Catalonia’s independence struggle led to a more diminished presence for the bloc’s fifth largest country.

Sanchez will have his hands full in coming weeks sifting through possible allies for his Madrid government. But the fact that his party is now on track to become the biggest contingent in the EU assembly’s socialist group gives it a good platform to wield influence in the EU at the same time.

“This is a pride for us, an opportunity but also an enormous responsibility,” Sanchez said on Sunday night.

“The responsibility to build a progressive, left-wing social democratic alternative to many of the policies that unfortunately the Spanish people have suffered during the economic and financial crisis.”

Sanchez also favors setting up a so-called European Investment Stabilisation Fund to prevent future economic crises in EU member states. He wants more efforts to finalize the EU’s banking union, including boosting the European Banking Resolution Fund. Madrid wants to explore a EU fiscal union and a European deposit insurance scheme, a government source said.

His plans for more EU integration sets him on a collision course with nationalists and far-right parties that want to return powers to capitals and have performed well in the EU vote in countries including France, Britain, Poland and Hungary and Britain.

Some of the planned proposals for eurozone reform will also raise hackles among ruling conservatives in Berlin. But he will find powerful allies elsewhere.

In a sign of Sanchez’s European ambitions, his first foreign trip as prime minister last year was to France, rather than his predecessors’ customary visits to Morocco. On Monday, he again dashes off to Paris for talks with French President Emmanuel Macron, whose calls for more euro zone integration echo the Spanish leader’s own ideas.


The lone success story for the left in big EU countries, Sanchez is also due to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel face-to-face before all ,上海夜生活网419Kaia,28 EU national leaders convene in Brussels on Tuesday to discuss results of the EU vote.

“France and Germany have shown that by themselves they are no longer in a position to advance Europe. More states are needed to participate in the leadership task,” Sanchez’s acting foreign minister Josep Borrell has said.

“We want to build a G3 and strengthen the Madrid-Berlin-Paris axis, including Lisbon as a whole with the Iberian peninsula,” a senior Spanish government source said.

Italy’s eurosceptic swing and high debt levels for euro zone standards also help create space for Spain, where the economy has bounced back from a deep recession and is seen growing by 2.2% this year, one of the fastest pace in the euro zone.

Fellow socialist EU leaders tasked Sanchez earlier in May to lead their camp in intense EU horse-trading in the coming weeks, another Spanish government source said, as the race starts in earnest to pick five names for top EU positions.

Spanish officials said Madrid hopes to lead the bloc’s common foreign service, and possibly also get another deputy head of the European Commission.

Unlike his uncharismatic predecessor Mariano Rajoy, who focused almost exclusively on domestic issues, Sanchez is keen to have an international role and is seen by Brussels eurocrats as energetic and effective in the EU capital.

Despite Spain being one of key EU states of arrival for refugees and migrants coming from across the Mediterranean, EU officials and diplomats praise his constructive stance in this bitter EU feud.

Britain’s stalled EU departure creates another opportunity for Sanchez to push for a prominent Spanish EU influence.

He has already left a clear mark on EU stance on Brexit with a strong insistence that Madrid would have an effective veto on any future agreements between London and the EU on Gibraltar.

From Brexit to economic policies to climate, S,上海夜网邀请码Oakley,pain wants to raise its EU game and have more visibility in Brussels, including by securing prominent positions for Madrid.

Borrell’s name was already floated though Spanish government sources suggest Madrid could end up putting forward a different candidate, with three acting ministers cited in Madrid as possible runners: Economy Minister Nadia Calvino, Environment Minister Teresa Ribera and Agriculture Minister Luis Planas.

In her current role, Calvino has said Madrid was looking into setting up “green bonds” to help businesses raise funds to become more environmentally friendly.

(This story has been refiled to fix Zapatero’s name)

France says signs of Syria chemical attack, but still checking

PARIS ( ) – France’s foreign minister said on Tuesday there were signs that chemicals had been used in attacks by Syrian government forces on rebels in,上海晚上耍女人上海夜生活的地方Eason, northwest Syria, but they still needed to be verified.

The United States said on May 23 it had received numerous reports that appeared consistent wit,上海夜网官方网站Hadley,h chemical exposure after forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad launched an offensive on the rebel stronghold.

“We have a sign of the use of chemical weapons in the Idlib area but for now there isn’t verification,” Jean-Yves Le Drian told the French parliament’s foreign affairs committee.

“We are cautious because we think that the use of chemical weapons must be confirmed and lethal before we react,” he said.

Syria’s government denies using chemical weapons.

The United States, Britain and France launched air strikes in April 2018 against what they described as three Syrian chemical weapons targets in retaliation for a suspected gas attack that killed scores of people in t,上海夜生活论坛Sabia,he Damascus suburb earlier that month.

Rebels fighting on the mountainous western edge of Syria’s last big rebel enclave of Idlib said on May 19 that the army had shelled them with poison gas, leading some to suffer choking symptoms. They said they had not documented the attack because they were under bombardment when it occurred.

South African deputy president survives “disrepute” accusation

JOHANNESBURG ( ) – South Africa’s deputy presiden,上海夜网推油Hal,t David Mabuza was sworn in as a lawmaker on Tuesday, after a week’s postponement for him to address accusations he brought the ruling African National Congress (ANC) into disrepute, the party said.

The move clears the way for 58-year-old Mabuza, an important ally of President Cyril Ramaphosa, to remain his deputy, but again throws a spotlight on shadowy corruption allegations that have hit the ANC’s popularity in recent years.

The ANC easily won this month’s general election, though its vote share dropped due to anger over scandals and persistent inequalities since it took over after the end of apartheid and white minority rule in 1994.

Ramaphosa said last week that Mabuza requested a delay to his swearing-in at parliament after a report by the ANC integrity commission alleging he had “prejudiced the integrity” of the party and brought it “into disrepute.”

The former schoolteacher and premier of northeastern Mpumalanga province has struggled to shrug off allegations there over irregular tenders for a 2010 World Cup stadium, political killings, and gifts to former president Jacob Zuma.

He denies all wrongdoing, and wants all the allegations leveled against him to be tested in a court of law.

ANC presidency office head Zizi Kodwa told that Mabuza had met members of the integrity commission in the past week. A report would be given to the party’s executive committee, he said, without giving any furth上海夜生活er details.


Party spokesman Pule Mabe said developments implied Mabuza had be,上海夜生活论坛Sabina,en cleared of any accusations.

“I wouldn’t know what they had said, but I can tell you now that the fact that the deputy president is being sworn in, it m,上海夜生活群Caden,eans that all the issues that the integrity commission wanted clarity on have been clarified,” he told broadcaster eNCA.

“So it’s all systems go.”

Daniel Silke, director of the Political Futures Consultancy, said the go-ahead for Mabuza gave him “a degree of additional respectability”, though he lamented that the South African public was in the dark over the case.

“Unfortunately it all seems very secretive. There is very little transparency in the way this matter has been dealt with,” he told , saying that contrasted with Ramaphosa’s pledge to run a cleaner and more transparent government.

Mabuza took the parliamentary oath in front of Ramaphosa and new National Assembly speaker Thandi Modise.

He declined to take any questions from media waiting outside the presidential guest house in the capital Pretoria.

Ramaphosa, whose predecessor Zuma’s 2009-2018 presidency was dogged by allegations of widespread corruption, is due to announce his new cabinet later this week.

IMF’s Lagarde says nobody wins a trade war

PARIS ( ) – No one emerges victorious from a trade war, International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde said on Wednesday, warning that the economic impact of U.S. import tariffs would be serious if other countries respond with their own barriers.

On Tuesday, U.S. President Donald Trump reiterated his plan to slap big tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, warning the European Union it would get hit with a “big tax” for failing to treat the United States well over trade matters.

“The macro-economic impact would be serious, not only if the United States took action, but especially if other countries were to retaliate, notably those who would be most affected, such as Canada, Europe, and Germany in particular,” Lagarde said on French radio RTL.

Trump’s comments have sparked cries of foul play from U.S. trading partners and warnings from U.S. lawmakers and businesses of the potential for a tit-for-tat trade war that could hurt the U.S. economy. Trump has said the United States could win such a war, since it was running such a large trade deficit.

“In a so-called trade war, driven by reciprocal increases of import tariffs, nobody wins, one generally finds losers on both sides,” Lagarde said, adding that she hoped that Trump would not implement the tariffs threat.Trump’s top economic advisor Gary Cohn, seen as a voice for Wall Street in the White House, said he would resign after he lost the fight against Trump over the tariffs.

The EU executive will discuss potential retaliation measures on Wednesday. It has drawn up a list of U.S. products from bourbon to Harley Davidson motorbikes on which to apply tariffs if Trump follows imposes tariffs.

French European Affairs Minister Nathalie Loiseau the EU would raise the tariff threat with the WTO.

“We are not happy about this,” Loiseau told Radio Classique. “Europe can 上海夜网no longer afford to be naive and passive faced with this aggressive protectionism,” she said.


Lagarde indicated that Trump might have a case for threatening tariffs, saying there were “a few good reasons” to protest against the current situation.

“There are some countries in the world that do not respect the,上海夜生活男人好去处Cade, World Trade Organisation agreements, and which impose technology transfers. China is a case in point but it is not the only country with such practices,” she said.

But she said international trade was an engine for growth, innovation and competitiveness and cautioned that any threat to trade was risky for world growth.

“If world trade were jeopardized by such measures (tariffs),,上海夜生活网交流Quay, they would become a vector for lower growth and a slowdown of commerce. The impact on growth would be a formidable,” she said.

Lagarde said she had the impression that the W,上海足浴夜网联系方式Barney,hite House had not thought through the risks of retaliation.

“It looks like two camps have fought over whether or not to implement such measures and that one of the camps won the upper hand,” she said.

Lagarde, a former French finance minister, also said growing income inequality was a barrier to sustainable growth.

Turkish military strikes against Kurdish militants in Iraq

ISTAN,上海夜生活去哪玩Rachel,BUL ( ) – Turkey’s military dropped commandos on mountain ridges in a new operation against Kurdish militants based over the border in northern Iraq, the defense ministry said on Tuesday.

The push began with artillery and air strikes on Monday afternoon, and the operation by commando brigades began that evening, according to a ministry statement.

It sa上海夜网id the operation targeted Iraq’s Hakurk region, just across the border from Turkey’s southeastern tip, which also borders Iran. The Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militant group is based in northern Iraq, notably in the Qandil region to the south of Hakurk.

“With this operation, the aim is to destroy the caves and shelters used by the terrorist organization and neutralize terrorists in the Hakurk region,” the ministry said.

Video published by the ministry showed helicopters landing commandos on mountainous terrain. It also shared photos showing shells fired by howitzers and soldiers perched on ridges, surveying hillsides with their rifles.

“The operation, with the support of our attack helicopters, is continuing as planned,” the statement said. The military frequently launches air strikes against PKK targets in northern Iraq but ground operations are less common,上海夜玩网论坛Quaid,.

Nine militants were “neutralized” so far in the operation, the ministry said later in the day, using a term to refer to deaths, injuries or captures.

It added that shelters and ammunition depots were also struck in air strikes in Qandil and Zap, an,上海夜生活网419Paisley,other nearby region.

The PKK launched an insurgency in mainly Kurdish southeast Turkey in 1984 and more than 40,000 people have been killed in the conflict. It is designated a terrorist group by Ankara, the European Union and United States.

There was no comment from the PKK on the operation.