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Italy budget: Rome rejects European Commission demands

Italy budget: Rome rejects European Commission demands

World
The Italian government has defied the European Commission by sticking to its big-spending budget plan.Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini said a deficit target of 2.4% and a growth forecast of 1.5% were unchanged.The Commission, worried by the impact of high spending on Italy's high levels of debt, had told Rome to revise the budget or face possible fines.It had set Tuesday as a deadline to Italy's governing populist parties to respond to its objections.The Commission's warning to Italy, the eurozone's third-biggest economy, is an unprecedented move with regard to an European Union member state. It will now decide whether to begin disciplinary measures against the Rome government. Italian government bond yields rose sharply earl...
North Korea: US is making 'gangster-like' demands on denuclearisation

North Korea: US is making 'gangster-like' demands on denuclearisation

World
North Korea has accused the US of using "gangster-like" tactics to push it towards nuclear disarmament after a fresh round of high-level talks. It branded the US attitude at the meeting as "extremely troubling".The statement, by an unnamed foreign ministry official, gave a starkly different account from one provided by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo just hours before.He had said progress was made during his two-day visit to Pyongyang.It is the first time he has visited North Korea since a summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un in Singapore.The leader's meeting ended with a promise from Mr Kim to work towards denuclearisation, but details on how this will be achieved remain thin.A key aim of Mr Pompeo during his visit was ...
N Korea: 'One-sided' demands threaten summit

N Korea: 'One-sided' demands threaten summit

World
North Korea has said it has no interest in meeting the US if their summit is based on "one-sided" demands to give up nuclear weapons. First vice foreign minister Kim Kye Gwan said that if the US "corners us and unilaterally demands we give up nuclear weapons we will no longer have an interest in talks and will have to reconsider whether we will accept the upcoming DPRK-US summit".The US-North Korea summit, a historic meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un, is scheduled for 12 June in Singapore.But it now looks to be under threat, with North Korea apparently losing its patience.On Tuesday night, the North announced it was scrapping high-level talks with South Korea, blaming the South's military drills with the US, which began a few days ago.T...
Shipping faces demands to cut CO2

Shipping faces demands to cut CO2

Science
A battle is under way to force the global shipping industry to play its part in tackling climate change. A meeting of the International Maritime Organisation in London next week will face demands for shipping to radically reduce its CO2 emissions.If shipping doesn't clean up, it could contribute almost a fifth of the global total of CO2 by 2050.A group of nations led by Brazil, Saudi Arabia, India, Panama and Argentina is resisting CO2 targets for shipping.Their submission to the meeting says capping ships' overall emissions would restrict world trade. It might also force goods on to less efficient forms of transport.This argument is dismissed by other countries which believe shipping could actually benefit from a shift towards cleaner technology.The UK's Shipping Minister Nusrat Ghani tol...
Congress demands action from VA on allegations of doctors with revoked licenses

Congress demands action from VA on allegations of doctors with revoked licenses

Business
Jan. 3 (UPI) -- More than two dozen members of Congress sent a letter to the Department of Veterans Affairs before the Christmas break demanding the agency take swift action on allegations it has illegally hired doctors with revoked medical licenses.The letter, made public on Tuesday, was signed by 31 members of Congress and sent to the VA following reports that the VA has hired health care providers with revoked licenses for at least 15 years."We need to ensure our nation's veterans receive the highest quality care from the best providers possible," Rep. Walter B. Jones, R-N.C., said in a statement. "For the VA to be illegally hiring doctors who failed to meet that standard in their previous jobs is very troubling and absolutely unacceptable."In the letter, members of Congress ask for inf...