Russian senator elected president of world’s oldest international assembly as 3 new members join

The world’s oldest international body of lawmakers – the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) – has accepted Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Vanuatu as new members, and elected Russian Upper House chair Valentina Matviyenko as the president of its 137th assembly. The addition of three new member nations brings the total number of countries in the Union to 176. The 137th assembly of the ...

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Over 40 percent of citizens expect situation in Russia to become worse

Published time: 16 Oct, 2017 11:34 According to a recent public opinion poll conducted by state-run VTSIOM, Russians have become slightly more optimistic, though the largest number of respondents expects the situation in the country to get worse. According to the poll, which was released on Monday, 41 percent of Russians think that “the worst times are still ahead,” 31 ...

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International youth festival raises issues of social justice and sovereignty of nations

Thousands of young people have arrived to take part in the 19th World Festival of Youth and Students – an international event with roots in the post-WWII world that continues to carry the message of every nation’s right to determine its own path of development. Origins of the event The first international youth festival was organized in 1947 by the ...

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Trump denies he reached DACA deal with Democrats

President Trump denied he struck a deal with Democrats on immigration reform, just hours after congressional leaders declared victory in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) fight. “No deal was made last night on DACA. Massive border security would have to be agreed to in exchange for consent. Would be subject to vote,” Trump tweeted Thursday. Senate Minority Leader ...

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Ethics office allows anonymous donations to staffers' legal funds

The U.S. Office of Government Ethics has reverted to an internal policy allowing lobbyists to make anonymous donations to White House staffers’ legal defense funds. The move could potentially help members of the Trump administration pay for attorneys as the Russia investigations continue. During the Clinton presidency, a 1993 OGE document authorized the anonymous donations before the ethics office advised ...

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Mnuchin requested a government jet for his honeymoon: report

That’s plane outrageous. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin requested a government jet for his honeymoon to Scotland, France and Italy last month, sources said. Mnuchin, who married the Scottish-born actress Louise Linton in a ceremony officiated by Vice President Michael Pence in June, submitted a written request for his honeymoon in August, sources told ABC. Mnuchin submitted a written request for ...

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Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi make DACA deal with Trump at W.H.

Pass the duck sauce, and hold the wall. The top House and Senate Democrats announced an immigration reform package Wednesday that will protect Dreamers and provide border security, following a dinner meeting with President Trump in the White House at which they had Chinese food. The agreement does not include funding for Trump’s long-promised wall along the U.S.-Mexican border. It ...

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Sean Spicer passes blame on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'

Sean Spicer isn’t used to cheers. The former White House press secretary joined Jimmy Kimmel Wednesday night and said the applause from the audience was a welcome relief — but insisted that people have thanked him for his service. Spicer left his position at the White House in July after Anthony Scaramucci was named communications director, but stayed with the ...

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Weiner's lawyers argue client is ill in bid for probation

Disgraced ex-pol Anthony Weiner should get probation for sexting a 15-year-old because he’s sick but not a sexual predator, his lawyers argued late Wednesday. Weiner, who on May 19 pleaded guilty to transmitting obscene material to a minor, is set to be sentenced on Sept. 25. Weiner’s wife, Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin, filed for divorce the day of his ...

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Sen. Scott gives Trump history lesson over Charlottesville

President Trump on Wednesday received a history lesson that put his inflammatory reaction to violence at a white nationalist rally in perspective, according to Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) Scott, the Senate’s lone black Republican, sat down with Trump a month after saying the President’s “moral authority” was “compromised.” Trump faced intense bipartisan backlash after blaming “many sides” for the violence ...

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