Brazil’s President Rousseff ousted from office by Senate
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Brazil’s President Rousseff ousted from office by Senate

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Brazil’s Senate on Wednesday voted to remove President Dilma Rousseff from office, the culmination of a yearlong fight that paralyzed Latin America’s largest nation and exposed deep rifts among its people on everything from race relations to social spending. While Rousseff’s ouster was widely expected, the decision was a key chapter … Continue reading

Health / Politics

WHY IT MATTERS: The Role of Government

WASHINGTON (AP) — THE ISSUE: It’s the Goldilocks conundrum of American politics: Is the federal government too big, too small or just right? Few think it’s just right. Ever since the first Americans bucked their colonial overlords in Britain, America has been wrestling with the delicate balance between a government that creates opportunity and one … Continue reading

Former PM Brown urges Labour supporters to vote ‘in’ on EU
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Former PM Brown urges Labour supporters to vote ‘in’ on EU

LONDON (AP) — Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown made an impassioned call Monday, June 13, 2016 for Labour Party supporters to vote to stay in the European Union, amid nervousness in the “remain” camp that it is losing momentum ahead of next week’s referendum. Brown, who governed from 2007 to 2010, said Britain should … Continue reading

High court rules against Puerto Rico in debt case
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High court rules against Puerto Rico in debt case

WASHINGTON (AP) — Puerto Rico can’t use a local law to restructure the debt of its financially ailing public utilities as it tries to overcome a decade-long economic crisis, the Supreme Court ruled Monday. The 5-2 ruling said that federal bankruptcy law bars Puerto Rico from enacting its own law to restructure about $20 billion … Continue reading

UN envoy to Syria to consult Security Council on peace talks
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UN envoy to Syria to consult Security Council on peace talks

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. special envoy for Syria said he will speak to the U.N. Security Council later on Thursday, May 26,2016 and after that, announce plans for the resumption of stalled peace talks between the government and the opposition. Speaking to reporters in Geneva, Staffan de Mistura said he will ask the council for … Continue reading

No clothes? No beach. Court rules against Spanish naturists
Health / Latin America & the Caribbean

No clothes? No beach. Court rules against Spanish naturists

MADRID (AP) — Nudists have lost a seven-year legal battle for access to a popular tourist resort beach on Spain’s southwestern tip. The Supreme Court rejected an appeal by the Spanish Federation of Naturism against local government legislation prohibiting nudists to use beaches within the historic port city of Cadiz. The federation had argued that … Continue reading

UN hears major differences on global approach to drug use
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UN hears major differences on global approach to drug use

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Jamaica defended its decriminalization of possession of small amounts of marijuana. Iran said it seized 620 tons of different types of drugs last year and is helping protect the world from “the evils of addiction.” Cuba opposed the legalization of drugs or declaring them harmless. The first U.N. General Assembly special … Continue reading

Libya’s Tripoli-based government says will ‘cease duties’
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Libya’s Tripoli-based government says will ‘cease duties’

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — One of Libya’s rival governments resigned on Tuesday, a step that helps efforts by a new, U.N.-brokered unity government to assert itself in the capitol, Tripoli, despite opposition from some local militias. In a statement, the Tripoli-based National Salvation Government said it would “cease duties” as executive authority, and therefore absolve … Continue reading

Libya’s UN-sponsored government says ready to take power
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Libya’s UN-sponsored government says ready to take power

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Libya’s U.N.-sponsored unity government was gearing up to assume power on Sunday March 12, although major concerns remained over its chances of successfully setting up shop in Tripoli, where some of its security officials were briefly detained and several militias have openly threatened it. In a statement late Saturday, the Government … Continue reading

Apple, FBI stake out conflicting positions before Congress
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Apple, FBI stake out conflicting positions before Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government calls it a “vicious guard dog” that hurts national security. Apple says it’s critical to protecting consumer privacy against increasingly sophisticated hackers. As the debate over built-in iPhone encryption has deadlocked in the courts, law enforcement and the world’s second-largest cellphone maker agreed on one point Tuesday: It’s now … Continue reading