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Trump Issues New Warning to US Companies Moving Jobs Overseas
Sunday, December 4, 2016
U.S. President-elect Donald Trump sternly warned American businesses again Sunday that if they move their operations overseas they would face a 35 percent tax if they then try to sell their products back in the United States. In a series of Twitter comments, Trump said he plans to "substantially reduce" taxes and regulations on businesses. But he said that any company that "fires its employees, builds a new factory or plant" in another country "and then thinks it... (Full Story)
Trump Team Downplays Taiwan Phone Call
Sunday, December 4, 2016
Washington is watching the latest signals from Donald Trump as to whether the president-elect intends to reposition America’s diplomatic posture in Asia. VOA’s Michael Bowman reports, Trump surprised many at home and abroad Friday by announcing he had spoken with the President Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan, with which the United States has had to formal diplomatic ties since 1979. (Full Story)
Monitors Report Dozens Killed in Syrian Airstrikes
Sunday, December 4, 2016
Syrian monitors say at least 21 people, including several children, were killed Sunday in airstrikes southwest of Aleppo, as Russia-backed Syrian forces press a region-wide offensive against rebels seeking to topple the Damascus government. The tally of wounded was not clear late Sunday, but monitors from the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the death toll likely will rise as rescue workers probe the wreckage at a marketplace in the the Idlib provincial town of Kafr Nabl, about... (Full Story)
Trump Expands Search for Top Diplomat
Sunday, December 4, 2016
President-elect Donald Trump has widened his search for a secretary of state after high-profile meetings with four top candidates failed to yield a decision last week. "It is true that he's broadened the search, and the secretary of state is an incredibly important position for any president," Trump aide Kellyanne Conway told reporters at Trump Tower in New York Sunday. She said "a very full slate of meetings" was set to begin Monday to fill the remaining Cabinet... (Full Story)
Far Right’s Hofer Defeated in Austria Election
Sunday, December 4, 2016
Austria’s anti-immigrant candidate, Norbert Hofer, has failed in his bid to become the country’s first far right leader since World War Two, in an election seen as a test for the strength of populist movements in Europe.   Hofer’s campaign said the former aeronautical engineer, who campaigned on an anti-immigrant, Euroskeptic platform, conceded defeat to his environmentalist opponent, Alexander Van Der Bellen, who ran as an independent.   “The bottom line is it did not quite... (Full Story)
Trump Team Downplays Taiwan Phone Call
Sunday, December 4, 2016
Donald Trump’s team downplayed the significance of the president-elect’s telephone conversation with President Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan, with which the United States has had to formal diplomatic ties since 1979. “This was a courtesy call,” said Vice President-elect Mike Pence Sunday on ABC’s This Week program. “It’s a little mystifying to me that President Obama can reach out to a murdering dictator in Cuba in the last year and be hailed as a hero for doing it, and President-elect Donald... (Full Story)
December 4, 2016
Sunday, December 4, 2016
A look at the best news photos from around the world. (Full Story)
Fidel Castro: Dictator, Revolutionary Remembered
Sunday, December 4, 2016
Former Cuban President Fidel Castro is dead at the age of 90. His communist government survived a U.S.-backed invasion of Cuban exiles, a superpower missile crisis, assassination plots and decades of U.S. economic sanctions. But Castro lived long enough to see Washington announce the re-establishment of full diplomatic relations with Havana and the subsequent visit by a U.S. president to the island in March 2016. VOA's Bill Rodgers has this profile of the man. (Full Story)
Italians Vote in Referendum on Reform - and Renzi
Sunday, December 4, 2016
Italians are voting Sunday in a referendum on constitutional reform that could gauge anti-European Union sentiment in the country. Polls opened at 7 a.m. local time (0600 UTC) and are set to close 16 hours later (2200 UTC). About 51 million Italians are eligible to vote, and full results are expected in the early hours of Monday. Voters will decide whether to approve a proposal by pro-EU Prime Minister Matteo Renzi to increase his powers so he can push through economic reforms that... (Full Story)
Castro's Remains Buried in Private Ceremony in Cuba
Sunday, December 4, 2016
The remains of former Cuban leader Fidel Castro were buried in eastern Cuba early Sunday morning after nine days of nationally-mandated mourning across the island. The ceremony at Santa Ifigenia Cemetery in Santiago de Cuba was made private at last minute, barring journalists from around the world from witnessing the service."   Casto, a polarizing leader who was celebrated by some Cubans as a champion of the poor and harshly criticized by others as a tyrant who wrecked the... (Full Story)
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