Trump administration to restore partial funding to World Health Organization: Fox News

(Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration is set to restore partial funding to the World Health Organization, Fox News reported late on Friday, citing a draft letter. The Trump administration will “agree to pay up to what China pays in assessed contributions” to the WHO, Fox News reported, quoting from the letter. Trump suspended U.S. contributions to the WHO […]

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Senate Intelligence panel sets Tuesday vote on Ratcliffe nomination for spy chief

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee has scheduled a vote for next Tuesday to confirm President Donald Trump’s nominee John Ratcliffe to the post of Director of National Intelligence, two Congressional sources told Reuters. The sources said that committee members are expected to move forward with a “party line” vote in which the committee’s majority Republicans all vote […]

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Calgary city council to debate bylaw banning conversion therapy

Calgary’s community services committee voted unanimously Thursday night to approve the conversion therapy ban bylaw, meaning the final decision will now be put to city council. Conversion therapy aims to change a person’s sexual orientation through counselling, behaviour modification or religious teachings. Over 1,000 presentations were submitted to the city online and 121 people spoke during the committee meeting, which […]

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U.S. Senator Burr steps aside as committee chair as FBI probes stock trades

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senator Richard Burr will step aside as chairman of the powerful Senate Intelligence Committee, after the FBI seized his mobile telephone in a major escalation of a probe of his stock trades before the downturn caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Burr contacted him on Thursday morning to inform him […]

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U.S. Senate votes to extend government surveillance tools

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate comfortably approved a 2-1/2-year extension of parts of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) on Thursday, two months after the divisive provisions allowing government data collection expired. The Senate backed the reauthorization by 80-16, far more than the 60 votes needed for passage. The measure must be approved, however, by the House of Representatives […]

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25% increase in Denver budget shortfall leads to mandatory furloughs

In a month, the financial shortfall projected for Denver from the coronavirus pandemic increased more than 25% to a total of $226 million, and drastic steps like employee furloughs are needed to make up the difference, city officials announced Thursday. The majority of the city’s about 12,000 employees must take eight unpaid furlough days by the end of the year, […]

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Texas appeals court upholds ruling that expands voting by mail during pandemic

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – A Texas appeals court on Thursday upheld a lower court ruling that temporarily expanded mail-in balloting for any voters who fear for their health because of the coronavirus pandemic. The 14th Court of Appeals ruled in a split 2-1 decision that it would let stand a lower court’s decision that fear of contracting the coronavirus made […]

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