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Swedish government proposes tightening immigration laws

Sweden’s government has proposed making the country’s tougher immigration laws permanent to limit the intake of refugees. According to the…

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What do Russians really think of Putin and Navalny? | Government News

As Vladimir Putin’s most outspoken domestic critic, Alexey Navalny, who is currently serving a two-year-and-eight-month sentence in a Russian prison…

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Africa

MLB moves All-Star Game in response to voting restrictions | American Voter News

Georgia last week strengthened ID requirements for absentee ballots, shortened early voting periods for runoffs and made it a crime…

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Latin America

World Bank urges Lebanon to ‘help itself so we can help it’ | Food News

Lebanon’s annual inflation rate reached a record high and food prices soared by around 400 percent in December, highlighting the dramatic…

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Latin America

A pretty penny: Cost of Biden infrastructure plan may not matter | Government News

US President Joe Biden has unveiled another significant spending proposal and there is the predictable blowback from Republicans on how…

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Middle East

US weekly jobless claims fall to pandemic-era low | Coronavirus pandemic News

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell sharply last week to 684,00 from 781,000 the week before. The number…

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Europe

California attempts to revive a bill that ‘microstamps’ handguns | Government News

Gun control advocates are making a new attempt to force the gun industry to comply with California’s unique law requiring…

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Middle East

‘Highly volatile’: Powell’s not-so-cryptic warning on Bitcoin | Business and Economy News

The US Federal Reserve chairman warned that Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies were ‘not really useful as a store of value’…

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Europe

Tax the rich: Will Biden make good on his campaign promise? | Business and Economy News

President Joe Biden’s economic team at the White House is determined to make good on his campaign pledge to raise…

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Europe

Inside Myanmar’s Crackdown

With the death toll rising in Myanmar, 101 East is on the front lines as protesters fight back after a…

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Middle East

Facebook asks US federal court to dismiss antitrust cases | Government News

In lawsuits filed in December, the US Federal Trade Commission and individual states asked the court to force Facebook to…

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Asia

Lula’s political comeback adds to investors’ worries in Brazil | Corruption News

Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was thrust back into Brazil’s political scene after a judge tossed out criminal convictions against…

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Middle East

Americans can get $1,400 COVID cheques in days, tax experts say | Business and Economy News

With plenty of practice sending coronavirus relief payments to Americans, the US federal government should be able to launch the…

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Africa

Paraguay’s president asks all ministers to resign after protests | Coronavirus pandemic News

Mario Abdo Benitez is expected to announce changes to his cabinet after citizens protest handling of COVID-19 pandemic. Paraguayan President…

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Asia

US Senate poised for voting marathon over $1.9T stimulus bill | Business and Economy News

The United States Senate steered on Friday towards a voting marathon on Democrats’ $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill after enduring…

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Latin America

US debt projected to balloon to more than double GDP by 2051 | Debt News

The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office warned that by 2051, the United States’ debt will skyrocket to 202 percent of its…

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Africa

They came in plainclothes with guns: ‘Abducted’ by Uganda’s army | Government News

Music was everywhere in Kampala and when Denis Matovu was growing up he loved it all, his family says. The…

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Europe

Claude Joseph: Is Haiti’s democracy at risk?

The Haitian foreign minister discusses his country’s ongoing political crisis. Aj Europe

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Asia

Canada will stick with $79bn stimulus despite debt fears: Source | Business and Economy News

‘The greater crime would be not to do enough,’ a senior Canadian government official told Reuters news agency. Canada’s stimulus…

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Latin America

US senators mull tax hike for firms without $15 minimum wage | Business and Economy News

Two Senate committee chiefs are looking at ways to raise taxes on companies paying workers less than $15 an hour,…

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Asia

Yellen backs new allocation of IMF’s currency to aid in recovery | Government News

The global economy is at risk of a ‘dangerous and permanent divergence’, the secretary of the US Treasury warned G20…

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Latin America

US CEOs, including Trump supporters, push for Biden’s $1.9T plan | Business and Economy News

Business executives from multiple industries sent a letter to US Congressional leaders on Wednesday urging them to pass Biden’s COVID-19…

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Asia

US economy will need support for ‘some time’, Fed’s Powell warns | Banks News

Recovery for the world’s largest economy remains ‘uneven and far from complete’, the Fed’s Jerome Powell tells Congress. The United…

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Africa

US bipartisan bill could empower news outlets to take on Big Tech | Government News

An antitrust bill would allow smaller news outlets to negotiate collectively with Facebook and Google, Reuters reports. Members of the…

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