Monday, March 7, 2016

Oil at 2016 high above $40 per barrel after producer price support talk - Reuters

Oil at 2016 high above $40 per barrel after producer price support talk - Reuters

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Oil at 2016 high above $40 per barrel after producer price support talk
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NEW YORK Global oil markets jumped more than 5 percent on Monday, with Brent hitting a 2016 peak above $40 a barrel, after Ecuador said it was holding a meeting of Latin American crude producers as OPEC sought a higher anchor price for oil.
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El Salvador to investigate another ex-president

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El Salvador’s supreme court has ordered an investigation against former President Tony Saca for alleged illicit enrichment.















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White House To Report Death Tolls From Drones, Counterterrorism Strikes

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The Obama administration says it is preparing to release a report on how many people have been killed by U.S. drones and counterterrorism strikes outside of active war zones since 2009.

Hungary Says It Will Veto Anticipated E.U. Refugee Relocation Plan 

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(BRUSSELS) — Hungary says it will veto any plan to resettle asylum seekers directly from Turkey to E.U. countries in a setback for a European Union summit seeking a deal on how to deal with the migrant crisis.
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said earlier at Monday’s summit that he expects any deal to include new E.U. commitments to accept refugees from Turkey, rather than force them to take dangerous sea crossings to Greece.
But the spokesman for Prime Minister Viktor Orban says Hungary would veto any such EU commitment.

Hungary says it will veto plan to relocate asylum seekers directly from Turkey in EU summit setback 

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Hungary says it will veto plan to relocate asylum seekers directly from Turkey in EU summit setback.









Some US Conservative Groups Launch New Bid to Stop Trump

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Conservative and Republican groups in the United States are mounting acerbic new television advertising campaigns to try to block billionaire real estate mogul Donald Trump from capturing the party's 2016 presidential nomination. In all, several anti-Trump organizations say they plan to spend at least $10 million in the next week on the ads. Many of them are aimed at voters in the southeastern state of Florida and the Midwestern state of Illinois, two big states where Republicans are holding March 15 party nominating elections and political surveys show Trump with leads over his remaining three opponents. The ads characterize Trump as a liberal out of touch with the dominant conservative character of the Republican Party, a military draft dodger, and a tycoon with little empathy for the powerless who have stood in the path of his business empire. Club for Growth Action — a conservative, anti-tax organization — has one ad running in Florida, saying Trump "hides behind bankruptcy laws to duck paying his bills and kill American jobs. He even tried to kick an elderly widow out of her home through eminent domain. Real tough guy." Another group, American Future Fund, called Trump a draft dodger who has disparaged American prisoners-of-war captured by the North Vietnamese more than four decades ago and "hasn't served his country a day in his life. Donald Trump is a phony. Stop him now." Trump, a one-time television reality show host who has never held elective office, is the front-runner in the chase to win the party's presidential nomination, although his closest challenger, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, has edged closer to Trump in the delegate count after splitting contests with him in four states Saturday. GOP sees big risks with Trump Influential figures in the Republican Party — including its losing 2012 nominee, Mitt Romney — are trying to block Trump's unexpected, months-long surge to the top of the Republican field, fearing that he would lose November's national election to the leading Democratic candidate — former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton — and possibly imperil Republican control of Congress. In an odd twist of fortune for the party, not all anti-Trump activists are enamored with Cruz, a conservative agitator in the halls of Congress who at various times has aimed his barbs at both Republican and Democratic leaders. Cruz, however, has emerged as perhaps the best, last alternative to Trump, and the new ads have only one target: the 69-year-old Trump. "The momentum is shifting away from Donald Trump," said Club for Growth chief David McIntosh. "Overwhelming wins by Senator Ted Cruz in Kansas and Maine, and a delegate tie in Louisiana, showed that Republican voters don't want a big-government liberal like Donald Trump at the top of the [Republican] ticket. They know that Trump would cost Republicans the White House, the Senate majority and, ultimately, the Supreme Court." A Supreme Court vacancy exists because of the death last month of Justice Antonin Scalia, for 30 years a conservative stalwart on the country's highest court. U.S. President Barack Obama, a Democrat, is planning to name a replacement soon, but Republicans say they expect to block the nomination in hopes of leaving the choice to the next president. Numbers, hopes for upcoming contests So far, Republicans have been apportioning convention delegates based on the vote totals in the 20 states that have held nominating contests. Michigan, a large Midwestern state that votes Tuesday, will apportion its convention delegates based on the vote count there; but both Florida and the Midwestern state of Ohio have winner-take-all contests on March 15, even as Illinois splits its delegates the same day. Two other Republican presidential contenders, Florida Senator Marco Rubio and Ohio Governor John Kasich, say they expect to win their respective states, but political surveys show Trump with a substantial lead for the cache of 99 convention delegates in Florida and a small edge for Ohio's 66. Cruz says he plans to campaign in Florida in the coming days to try to upset both Trump and Rubio. Trump is calling for Rubio, who has won only two nominating contests so far, to drop out of the presidential campaign, a demand Rubio has rebuffed. Both Trump and Cruz say they want the race to be narrowed to a contest between just the two of them.

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Russia condemns 'unprecedented' US-South Korea war-games for pressuring Pyongyang - RT

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Russia condemns 'unprecedented' US-South Korea war-games for pressuring Pyongyang
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Russia has repeatedly publicly declared its opposition to such manifestations of military and political pressure on Pyongyang,” it added. However, the Foreign Ministry also condemned North Korea for its reaction to the drills, which “can't be ...
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Syrian Refugees Losing Hope After Years of War

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With the war in Syria underway now for five years, refugees who fled to neighboring Iraq see no future for themselves. VOA's Sharon Behn reports from Domiz, 60 kilometers from the Syrian border, where thousands of Syrian Kurds are living in cement huts, dreaming of escaping to Europe, regardless of the risks.

Enrique Pena Nieto, Mexican president: Donald Trump language like that of Hitler