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Illinois House approves proposal for minimum wage hike to $15 per hour

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Also, Hon. Toby Okechukwu posited that the best way to prevent incessant strikes and protests by workers is to amend the act and make all the necessary adjustments to increase the national minimum wage. Now it is only available to employees at companies with more than 50 people, but proposed legislation would ensure all employees in the province get 10 days per year, two of them paid. Read More »

Champions Trophy 2017 gets a super cool Google Doodle

England , who beat South Africa 2-1 in their three-much One-Day International series just prior to this tournament, look to be in fine nick, though their batting had imploded against the Proteas in the last match of the series. "We'll try to live up to those expectations", Azhar added. The victor of both semi-finals will play the final at The Oval in London on 18th June . Read More »

Trump to interview Pistole for FBI director

No official date has been set for Comey's testimony, but CNN reports that the final details are being worked out for Comey to appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee , which is investigating possible Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Read More »

Trump Praises Troops as White House Grapples With Kushner Report

Trump has not directly addressed the allegations of the secret line to Moscow, but took to Twitter after his return to Washington to dismiss White House leaks as "fabricated lies" and "fake news". Although the White House communications director is a much less recognizable figure than Spicer, they are usually major players - defining how the West Wing communicates and shaping the media agenda. Read More »

Trump reviews option to move US embassy to Jerusalem

Trump promised throughout the 2016 campaign that he would move the USA embassy to Jerusalem , an action the Israeli government has long advocated. But Trump has since asked Israel to restrain settlement construction and is pushing for the two sides to resume peace talks. Read More »

Kabul Bombing Kills At Least 90, Wounds 400

Afghan Interior Ministry spokespeople reportedly said a water tanker laden with explosives was detonated during the morning rush hour on a busy street in Kabul right outside the fortified Green Zone, an area walled off where North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces and a number of embassies are situated. Read More »

White House communications director Mike Dubke quits

Axios reported that he offered to stay until end of the president's first overseas trip as US leader. Mike tendered his resignation just before the president's historic worldwide trip and offered to remain on board until a transition is concluded. Read More »

Kabul bomb: 90 people killed, 400 wounded in Afghanistan

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The suicide truck bomb hit a highly secure diplomatic area of Kabul killing scores of. The British embassy said all its staff were accounted for. The target of the attack - which officials said was a suicide vehicle bombing - was not immediately known but Ismail Kawasi , spokesman of the public health ministry, said most of the casualties were civilians. Read More »

China vows to stick to climate deal before Trump announcement

But European officials insisted that the deal would remain on track. Also on the agenda is an EU-China investment accord that has been under negotiation since 2013 and that is largely seen as a dry run for a full trade deal. Many had hoped that President Xi Jinping's fervent defence of globalisation at the World Economic Forum in January would signal a new open trade era for China. Read More »

Putin: Russian meddling "fiction" invented by Democrats

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During the interview , other issues were debated such as the alleged Russian interference in the U.S. and French elections, another accusation launched by Western nations. "Any use of chemical weapons would result in reprisals and an immediate riposte, at least where France is concerned", Macron said, standing next to Putin in the Versailles palace outside of Paris . Read More »

David Bossie: White House Operating With a 'Spartan Crowd'

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Politico quoted Dubke as saying that Trump accepted it immediately, and he offered to stay until the end of Trump's foreign trip. President Donald Trump's former deputy campaign manager David Bossie said Tuesday the White House has a "Spartan crowd", and he would not confirm if he's being added as part of a planned " war room " being set up to fight growing questions concerning Russian Federation and the president's campaign. Read More »

Dozens Killed in Blast Near Foreign Embassies in Kabul

It was not immediately clear what the target was. The victims appear mainly to have been Afghan civilians, but German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said that employees of the German Embassy were wounded in the attack and that one Afghan security guard was killed. Read More »

Leaving climate deal likely wouldn't add United States jobs

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Word of Trump's expected decision comes a day after the president met with Scott Pruitt , the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. formally entered the deal in September 2016, with President Barack Obama declaring it the "single-best chance that we have to deal with a problem that could end up transforming this planet in a way that makes it very hard for us to deal with all the other challenges that we may face". Read More »

Dutch minister says "bitter disappointment" if U.S. quit Paris agreement

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Aims of the Paris agreement include keeping the average global increase in temperature to below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and mitigating against the impacts of climate change. The U.S.is the second biggest emitter of greenhouse gases and without Washington's commitment, the world will likely miss already tough targets on curbing emissions. Read More »

Trump to declare climate decision 'very soon'

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But state Rep. Ralph Watts, a Republican from Adel, supports Trump , saying the climate accord will kill jobs in the coal, oil and electric industries. "There's no doubt that regulations have costs, but they are not the primary driver of employment", says Michael Greenstone, an economist at the University of Chicago. Read More »

Julian Assange rape charges dropped by Swedish authorities

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Sweden's director of public prosecutions, Marianne Ny, said charges were dropped because authorities need to formally notify Assange of the suspicions against him, the Guardian reports . Meanwhile, the woman who had filed the original complaint against Assange for rape has slammed the prosecutor's decision to end the investigation. United States prosecutors believe they have found a way to charge him for his involvement in the leaking of secret documents and diplomatic cables in 2010 . Read More »

Trump to announce decision on Paris Accord on Thursday amid exit reports

In a time when the United States is still pussyfooting with the idea, China is slowly taking centre-stage. Musk indicated that he had been trying to persuade Trump to remain part of the climate agreement . Four of the Congress members who signed the resolution spoke against Trump's reported decision on Wednesday. U.S. President Donald Trump awaits the arrival of Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc at the White House in Washington D.C., the United States, on May 31, 2017. Read More »

Evacuations as cyclone approaches Bangladesh

All flights from Chittagong's Shah Amanat International Airport were cancelled from Tuesday morning to this afternoon. Disaster management authorities have moved almost 300,000 people to cyclone shelters. As the cyclone advanced on Bangladesh, local authorities increased the maritime threat to its highest level and ordered all fishing vessels to remain at port. Read More »

Goldman Sachs' Purchase of Venezuelan "Hunger Bonds" Incites Protests

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The investment has caused a political uproar in Venezuela, where opposition forces have taken to the streets to protest the autocratic rule of the nation's unpopular president, Nicolás Maduro. In April, Maduro's administration announced the country would withdraw from the OAS, accusing its chief, Luis Almagro, of joining in a US -led a campaign to undermine Venezuelan sovereignty. Read More »

President Trump's Son-in-Law Pushes Back Report Alleging Back-Channel with Russia

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The stench of greed, dishonesty, and illegality is growing around Jared Kushner , the president's son in law and top adviser ("As White House defends Kushner, experts question his back-channel move", May 28). "Whenever you see the words "sources say" in the fake news media, and they don't mention names". As long as Trump maintains control of his Twitter account, he will remain his own communications director. Read More »

May could lose majority in June 8 election

Betting that she would win a strong majority, May called the snap election to strengthen her position at home as she embarked on complicated Brexit negotiations with 27 other members of the European Union. During the 1992 general election campaign they all pointed to a hung parliament; yet on the day the Conservatives under John Major won, albeit only with a small majority. Read More »

Leaving climate deal likely wouldn't add U.S. jobs

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Rising sea levels could swamp low-lying cities and farmland. Musk, who also founded SpaceX , is on Trump's manufacturing jobs council, his strategic and policy forum , and his infrastructure council. The European Union and China are working on a joint declaration reaffirming their commitment to climate and energy policy and the implementation of the Paris agreement, according to an EU official with knowledge of the plans. Read More »