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Italian prime minister promises structural reforms this year

ROME ( ) – Italy’s coalition government will introduce a raft of structural reforms this autumn, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said on Saturday, reiterating that the 2019 budget would be “serious, rigorous and also courageous”.

In a video posted on Facebook, Conte said his ministers would look to cut bureaucracy and make the battle against poverty a priority.

“From September important challenges await us, ones that are crucial to revive the country and our economy. To do this we are preparing a series of structural reforms fundamental for economic growth and social development,” he said.

Among t,上海夜生活桑拿会所Garth,he planned measures were a simplification of rules surrounding the awarding of public works contracts, a new anti-corruption drive and moves to speed up the justice system, which, Conte said, was important for foreign investors.

He also promised a reform of the country’s tax code and the introduction of the so-called “citizens wage”, which, when it is fully operational, is meant to ensure income of up to 780 euros per month for the poor.

He added that his government, made up of the far-right League and anti-establishment 5-Star Movement, would “adopt all the measures possible to combat absolute poverty”, which, he said, afflicted more than 5 million people in Italy.

Many of the measures are likely to be laid out in the 2019 budget, which must be presented to t上海龙凤419he European Union by mid-October. Financial markets have grown increasingly concerned that Italy will seek to break clear of EU-imposed spending restraints to pay for its ambitious plans.

Conte did not address this point, but promised that the budget would not touch funding for “strategic sectors” such as health, education and research.

An unsourced report in la Repubblica newspaper on Saturday said Brussels was ready to give the government some fiscal leeway, meaning Italy could spend 8 billion euros ($9.1 billion) more than EU rules stipulated.

In return, it wanted a commitment to reduce the structural deficit, which is adjusted,上海夜网Malcolm, for economic growth fluctuations, the paper reported.

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Republicans to vote on balanced budget in April

WASHINGTON ( ) – Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives plan to vote in April on a budget plan that sticks to 2015 spending levels but reaches balance in 10 years, H上海419论坛ouse Majority Leader Eric Cantor said on Friday.

Cantor, in a memo to lawm,上海夜网Nancy,akers, said the plan from House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan will be part of his legislative agenda in the next three weeks before a mid-April Easter recess.

Ryan is expected to start the process of drafting his fiscal 2015 budget resolution next Tuesday, when the House Budget Committee he chairs gathers suggestions from House members in a special hearing.

Republicans have complained that President Barack Obama’s budget request proposed discretionary spending levels that were above those set in a two-year budget deal negotiated last year between Ryan and Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray.

While Obama’s plan offered ways to offset the increased spending, some Republican lawmakers have said it was important to stick to the Ryan-Murray agreement.

“While the president’s budget blows past the spending limit previously agreed to, the House Republican budget, under the leadership of Chairman Paul Ryan, will adhere to the agreed upon spending limits and balance in ten years,” Cantor said in the memo to House Republicans.

Ryan’s Republican budget last year reached balance in 10 years largely through deep cuts to social programs, including the Medicaid healthcare program for the poor. It aimed to shield the military from automatic “sequester” spending cuts, and maintained Ryan’s cont,上海夜生活桑拿会所Paydon,roversial plan to effectively convert the Medicare program for the elderly into a voucher for seniors to purchase private insurance, a plan that reaps savings further in the future.

Cantor’s memo appeared to allow for a possible shift of funds from domestic programs to defense spending. Following Russia’s moves to occupy and annex Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula, pressure from Republican lawmakers to cancel more of the defense spending cuts is likely to increase.

His memo did not mention anything about maintaining the current split between defense and domestic discretionary spending, a provision Democrats see as critical to passage of the normal spending bills needed to keep the government agencies operating after October 1.

Political dispute clouds prospects of U.S. aid to Ukraine

WASHINGTON ( ) – A partisan political dispute over reforms of the International Monetary Fund looked likely on Friday to hold up U.S. aid for Ukraine.

Lawmakers in the Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives introduced a bill that does not include IMF reforms requested by the Obama administration, setting up a potentially time-consuming showdown with the Democratic-controlled Senate, which is expected to back the changes.

Except for the IMF reforms, the House “Ukraine Support Act” broadly mirrors a bill the Senate is due to consider next week, and is expected to pass.

Like the Senate measure, the House bill would put into law sanctions against individuals and busine,上海夜生活论坛Rainey,sses responsible for violating Ukraine’s sovereignty, or tied to corruption, largely putting into law sanctions President Barack Obama introduced via executive order this week.

“Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea and intimidation of Ukraine should be a wakeup call,” California U.S. Representative Ed Royce, the bill’s co-sponsor and chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said in a statement.

The House measure also includes $50 million in aid to support transparency, accountability, rule of law, economic diversification and anti-corruption programs.

Both the Se上海419论坛nate and House bills back $1 billion in loan guarantees for Ukraine. The House overwhelmingly passed legislation including only the loan guarantees in early March.

House Foreign Affairs will consider the House bill on Tuesday. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed its bill early this month, and the measure will be considered by the full Senate this week, starting with a procedural vote on Monday.

If both chambers pass their bills, the two must be reconciled in a conference committee before a final version can be approved and sent to Obama for his signature.

PHILOSOPHICAL DISPUTE

The Obama administration has been pushing Congress for a year to approve a shift of $63 billion from an IMF crisis fund to its general accounts. Administration officials argue that Washington must make good on a commitment from 2010 and maintain U.S. influence at the international lender, while strengthening an institution that will play a key role in stabilizing Ukraine’s economy.

But some Republican lawmakers complain that the IMF changes would cost too much at a time of deficits and budget cuts and accuse Obama of trying to use the Ukraine crisis to force through the reforms. There is also a growing isolationist trend, particularly in the party’s Tea Party wing, skeptical of any actions seen as giving up influence to internati,上海夜生活Indiana,onal organizations.

Members of both parties said they hope the dispute will not delay aid for Ukraine, but could not say whether the Democrats or Republicans were more likely to yield if the bills pass each chamber as they now stand.

U.S. Representative Eliot Engel of New York, the top House Foreign Affairs Democrat, co-sponsored the House Ukraine bill with Royce. And Representative Nita Lowey, the ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, said last week at a Bloomberg breakfast that Senate Democrats should have dropped their bid for the IMF reforms so Ukraine aid could pass quickly.

But Arizona Republican Senator John McCain, who backs the IMF aid, said lawmakers should not let their concerns about the IMF reforms stall the Senate bill.

“To allow that to be a reason not to move forward after Ukraine has been the subject of a military invasion is almost incredible to me,” he said on a conference call on Ukraine sponsored by the Atlantic Council on Friday.

McCain said he could not guarantee that the House would back the IMF reforms, but felt “optimistic.” However, he added that Obama needs to weigh in very strongly to convince Congress and the American public of the importance of assisting Ukraine.

German operators of French campsite hit by flash flood under…

TOULOUSE, France ( ) – A French judge placed two German nationals accused of operating an unlicensed holiday camp in southern France under formal investigation after a flash-flood swept through the site, leaving several children injured and one man missing.

A local prosecutor on Saturday said the two men faced charges of unintentionally causin,上海夜生活Bastian,g injuries and putting lives in danger, as well as establishing a campsite without authoriza爱上海419tion.

Rescuers evacuated more than 180 people from the site in Saint-Julien-de-Peyrolas, north of Avignon, after torrential rain on Thursday transformed the Ardeche river into a raging torrent of muddy water.

Divers have not found a 66-year-old holidaymaker who sought refuge from the swollen river in his caravan, only to be swept away. [nL5N1V0743]

Lawyers for the two men could not be reached for comment. They were already facing legal p,上海夜生活桑拿会所Jaxton,roceedings filed by the local authorities for breaching planning regulations.

“We’re confident that the camp site was located in a flood zone and that the town hall had alerted the owners of this and the danger that represented,” said Eric Maurel, the Nimes prosecutor.

“On the very day of the incident, the town hall again signaled the immediate danger and they still did not clear the site, unlike other nearby campsites,” the prosecutor added.

Under France’s legal system, a suspect is not formally charged with a crime unless sent to trial. Saturday’s move by the judge puts the two men a step closer to that.

Egypt security forces thwart church bombing: state television

CAIRO ( ) – Egyptian security forces have thwarted a suicide bomb attack on a church just outside of Cairo, state television said on Saturday.

A militant wearing a suicide vest was prevented from approaching a church in Qalyubiyah, a gove,上海夜网Ferguson,rnorate north of Cairo, and detonated the vest about 250 metres from the church, killing himself but no on上海龙凤419e else, state news agency MENA reported.

A spokesman for the health ministry said that a foreign object had exploded leading to the death of one person but no injuries, without elaborating on whether it was an attempted attack on the church.

Islamist militants have claimed several attacks on Egypt’s large Christian minority in recent years, including two deadly bombings on Palm Sunday in April 2017 and a blast at Cairo’s largest Coptic cathedral in December 2016 that killed 28 people.

The most recent attack came last December, when a gunman fired on worshippers at a Coptic Orthodox church in a Cairo suburb, killing 11 in an attack claimed by Islamic State.

The country has fought an insurgency led by Islamic State in the Sinai Peninsula that has killed hundreds of soldiers and policemen since the Egyptian military overthrew Presid,上海夜生活桑拿会所Garrett,ent Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood in mid-2013 – although no official death toll has been released to date.

Obama trip to Europe dominated by Ukraine crisis

W上海龙凤419ASHINGTON ( ) – U.S. President Barack Obama takes his hard line on Russia to Europe this week and will see how far European allies are willing to go to stop Moscow from moving deeper into Ukraine after annexing Crimea.

Obama departed Washington on Sunday night for the Netherlands, his first stop on a four-nation trip that will include visits to Belgium, Italy and Saudi Arabia.

In talks on Monday at The Hague with fellow leaders of the Group of Seven industrial democracies, Obama faces a test on whether he can bring along European allies to increase the pressure on Russia.

He has threatened U.S. sanctions against key sectors of the Russian economy. European allies have far closer economic ties to Russia than the United States and their still-fragile economies could face a backlash by getting t,上海夜生活Rachel,ough with Moscow.

Russia provides almost a third of the EU’s gas needs and some 40 percent of the gas is shipped through Ukraine.

“Europeans are committed to do something,” said Jeffrey Mankoff, a Russian analyst at the Center for Strategic International Studies. “I think it’ll be difficult to convince them to go anywhere near where the United States would like to go.”

Russia’s abrupt annexation of the Crimea region of southern Ukraine has presented Obama with an urgent foreign policy challenge, one that figures to weigh heavily on a second term that he prefers to devote to domestic affairs.

Privately, there is some doubt among U.S. officials that Russian President Vladimir Putin can be persuaded to relinquish his grip on Crimea, where he took advantage of the ouster of pro-Moscow Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich to make a move.

While refusing to concede the loss of Crimea, Obama’s goal in Europe is to lead an effort to isolate Russia and dissuade Putin from moving into southern or eastern Ukraine.

“Our interest is not in seeing the situation escalate and devolve into hot conflict,” White House national security adviser Susan Rice told reporters. “Our interest is in a diplomatic resolution, de-escalation, and obviously economic support for Ukraine, and to the extent that it continues to be necessary, further costs imposed on Russia for its actions.”

Obama has imposed sanctions on 31 people in a campaign carefully crafted to target Russian officials with links to Putin without creating a backlash against U.S. businesses.

But officials said Obama is prepared to launch widespread penalties against key sectors of Russia’s economy, such as its energy industry, should Putin move into southern or eastern Ukraine.

On Wednesday in Brussels, Obama will talk about ways to beef up NATO with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen. A speech at Brussels’ Palais des Beaux Arts will focus on the importance of the transatlantic alliance.

“Obviously, the situation in the Ukraine will factor hea,上海夜生活论坛Radcliff,vily into his presentation. It only reinforces the need for the United States to remain committed to a strong transatlantic alliance,” said Ben Rhodes, the White House deputy national security adviser.

Obama is facing pressure from Republican lawmakers to do more to bolster NATO allies near Russia, such as the Baltic nations, and quickly move to stronger sanctions.

“We need to send a message to Vladimir Putin through stronger sanctions. We need him to understand that the sanctions that we put in place can have a significant impact on his economy, that we need to deter further action from him,” Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire told CBS’ “Meet the Press.”

Obama will have more on his plate than Ukraine this week. On Monday he will join allies for a nuclear security summit at The Hague and will sit down separately for talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping, their first face-to-face meeting since a G20 summit in Russia.

On Tuesday, he will participate in a three-way summit with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korea President Park Geun-Hye to try to defuse tensions between the Asian powerhouses ahead of an Obama visit to Asia in April.

Obama will also discuss with European leaders on Wednesday in Brussels a proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership agreement and joint efforts to reach a comprehensive agreement with Iran to contain its nuclear program.

The European Union’s ambassador to the United States, Joao Vale de Almeida, said Europeans hope the U.S.-EU summit will be a “clear restatement of the importance of our transatlantic ties.”

Internal review clears NJ Governor Christie in bridge scandal: report

NEW YORK ( ) – A review commissioned by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie into a traffic scandal apparently orchestrated by top staffers in his administration has found the possible Republican presidential contender had nothing to do with the scheme, the New York Times reported Monday.

After two months, 70 interviews and more than $1 million in legal fees paid by New Jersey taxpayers, the internal review is complete and has found no evidence Christie was involved with planning or directing the lane closures which snarled traffic in the borough of Fort Lee, New Jersey, according to a report published in The New York Times.

Christie found himself engulfed in controversy earlier this year after emails revealed that two of his senior aides had called for lane closures leading to the busy George Washington Bridge last September, apparently as political retribution against a Democratic mayor who didn’t endorse the governor’s re-election.

New Jersey lawmakers and the U.S. Attorney’s office in New Jersey announced parallel investigations into the closures, and Christie, who has maintained that he was “blindsided” by his staff’s involvement, hired a private law firm to conduct his own review of what had occurred.

The results of the review are expected to be met with skepticism because the investigation was commissioned by the governor and was carried out by the private law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, which has close ties to the Christie administration, the newspaper said.

The attorney leading the review, Randy Mastro, a deputy mayor under former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, said attorneys had unprecedente,上海夜网Acadia,d access to the governor and his office’s internal communications and records. Mastro said Christie handed over his iPhone, telephone records and allowed investigators to search his private and government email accounts.

However, the review did not have access to three of the scheme’s central figures, including Bridget Anne Kelly, the governor’s former deputy chief of staff who apparently kicked off the lane c,上海夜生活桑拿会所Leandra,losures by sending an email that read “time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee.”

Kelly and Christie’s former campaign manager, Bill Stepien, have been subpoenaed by a state investigative committee seeking documents and emails related to the lane closures and the aftermath. Both have refused to comply, arguing the subpoenaed documents would violate due process and their constitutional guarantee against self incrimination.

Stepien’s attorney on Monday filed additional documents outlining opposition to the subpoena and to what he called an “errant filing” when the investigative commi爱上海419ttee last week released previously unseen emails appearing to show Stepien’s role in the traffic shutdown.

It is not known whether the investigation will give insight into questions of whether Christie condones a culture of intimidation. The outspoken Republican has been accused of being a bully.

A New Jersey Democrat helping to lead the state probe into the lane closures, Senator Loretta Weinberg, called the review “too little, too late.”

Afghan candidates linked to armed groups disqualified from…

KABUL ( ) – Afghanistan’s top electoral body has barred 35 candidates from running in upcoming parliamentary polls, officials said, in a move seen as a first major attempt to crack down,上海夜生活桑拿会所Katia, on links between armed groups and lawmakers.

The Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) issued a statement with the names of the disqualified candidates – including serving MPs – after it said they were found to have direct links with illegal armed groups.

Most of those barred have already lodged appeals against the move.

Officials at the IECC said the final list was the result of a month-long probe launched after its office received complaints against hundreds of candidates from voters in 34 provinces.

Some candidates were alleged to have been involved in cases of murder, rape and extortion.

“We disqualified the candidates because we want to clean,上海夜生活Jason, the process and finally hold free and fair elections,” said Alirez Rohani, the spokesman of IECC.

October’s vote, already much-delayed, is seen as a crucial test for democracy in a country that has been at war for four decades. It comes amid increasing attacks by Taliban and Islamic State insurgents, however, who have threatened to target the electoral process.

The polls are seen as a dry run for next year’s presidential election and a key test of the credibility of President Ashraf Ghani’s government, which has been under pressure from its international backers to ensure the vote takes place after the last presidential election in 2014 was deemed to have been tainted by fraud.

Diplomats tracking the upcoming elections said they backed the IECC to ensure transparency and accuracy.

But the latest decision will trigger political turmoil, particularly as some of those named are influential lawmakers and strongmen.

Most of the disqualified candidates have lodged appeals against the decision and were planning to launch a nationwide protest against the IECC.

“The IECC did not even provide t爱上海419he opportunity to the disqualified candidates to defend themselves,” said Fawzia Kofi, a lawmaker from Badakhshan province on the list.

Kofi, who has been accused of funding an armed group to retain control over her constituency, has rejected the allegations against her.

“These are politically motivated accusations. My supporters will start a protest march to prove my innocence,” Kofi said.

India’s Kerala state on high alert after floods kill 34

KOCHI, India ( ) – More than half of the 14 districts in India’s Kerala state have been put on high alert, officials said on Saturday, as the death toll from one of the worst floods in the southern state reached 34.

Torrential rains and landslides during India’s June-September monsoon season have ravaged farmlands and prompted massive evacuation efforts in Kerala state.

Crops on 1,031 hectares (2547.66 acres) have been damaged and 31,000 people have been forced to take shelter in rescue camps, according to the Kerala State Disaster Management Authority’s (KSDMA) control room in the state capital.

A senior official there said eight districts had been put on varying levels of high alert.

Another government official previously told that crop worth 3.42 billion rupees ($49.65 million), across 26,824 hectares had been destroyed by rains since their onset on May 29.

P.H. Kurian, KSDMA’s chief and a top state bureaucrat, said rains had eased.

“There was no rain in the catchment areas of major reservoirs today,” Kurian said. “However, we will continue our alert and preparedness till August 15.”

Federal home minister Rajnath Singh was expected to travel to the state on Sunday to take a stock of the relief and rescue operations, Kurian added.

Kerala state authorities have taken the unprecedented step of opening the,上海夜网Caris, gates of 25 water reservoirs to prevent potentially disastrous breaches.

The state, which has 44 rivers, witnessed its worst floods in 1924 following torrential rains.

The weather department forecast heavy rains until Aug,上海夜生活桑拿会所Gemma,ust 15, India’s Independence Day, also warning of flooding in low-lying coastal areas. Fishermen have been advi上海419论坛sed not to venture into the Arabian sea.

Despite the rains, tens of hundreds of Hindus across the state gathered on the banks of rivers and roads to perform a ritual in honor of their ancestors.

Turkey ‘implores’ Trump to return to table on tariffs

ANKARA ( ) – Turkey on Friday “implored” U.S. President Donald Trump to return to the negotiating table on tariffs, saying the trade rift between the NATO allies should be resolved through dialogue.

Trump intensified his spat with Ankara by imposing higher tariffs on metal imports, putting unprecedented economic pressure on a NATO ally and deepening turmoil in Turkish financial markets.

The announcement accelerated the sell-off of Turkey’s lira currency, already battered by worries about President Tayyip Erdogan’s influence over the central bank. The lira tumbled as much as 20 percent on Friday, its biggest one-day drop since 2001.

“Repeated efforts to communicate to the U.S. administration that none of the stated criteria driving America’s tariffs are applicable to Turkey have thus far proven fruitless,” Trade Minister Ruhsar Pekcan said in a statement.

“Nevertheless, we implore President Trump to r,上海夜生活Elias,eturn to the negotiating table – this can and should be resolved through dialogue and cooperation.”

Trump, outraged by Turkey’s detention of an American evangelical pastor on terrorism charges, said on Twitter he would double duties on Turkish aluminum and 爱上海steel, to 20 percent and 50 percent respectively.

Turkey said the tariffs were against the rules of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

A spokesman for Ankara’s foreign ministry said it would retaliate against the tariffs as it has done so far. Sanctions and pressure would only serve to harm ties between the two NATO allies, Hami Aksoy also said in a statement.

Turkey wanted issues to be solved through diplomacy, dialogue and good intentions, Aksoy said.

RETALIATION

The United States, the world’s biggest steel importer, imposed tariffs of 10 percent on aluminum and 25 percent on steel in March for imports from a variety of countries. Turkey is the sixth-largest steel exporter to the United States.

Turkey then retaliated by slapping import duties on $1.7,上海夜生活论坛Patton,8 billion worth of U.S. products, including coal, paper, nuts, whiskey, autos, machinery and petrochemicals.

Last week, the Trump administration said it would review Turkey’s duty-free access to U.S. markets, a decision that could impact some $1.7 billion of imports.

Erdogan has cast the sell-off in the currency that has followed the trade row as an economic war and an attempt to undermine Turkey’s economy. On Friday, some of his ministers took to Twitter with the hashtag “#kazanacagiz”, meaning “we will win”.

Trump pointed out on Twitter that the lira was not doing well, but one of Erdogan’s economic advisers, Yigit Bulut, responded that the sell-off in the lira had caused $300 billion in losses in the U.S. stock market.

“America is great,” he wrote. “The world is greater than America.”