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Lebanon to cut ministers' pay in bid to ease protester rage
Mon, 21 Oct 2019 09:11:38 -0400 - Lebanon's cabinet is expected to halve ministers' wages on Monday among other reforms in a bid to ease an economic crisis and defuse the biggest protests against the ruling elite in decades.
Lebanon approves 2020 budget with 0.6% deficit: Hariri
Mon, 21 Oct 2019 09:11:38 -0400 - Lebanon's government approved a 2020 budget envisaging a deficit of 0.6% of gross domestic product, with banks set to participate in the deficit-reduction through an amount of 5.1 trillion Lebanese pounds ($3.4 billion), Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri said on Monday.
British PM pushes for Brexit deal vote after being forced to seek delay
Mon, 21 Oct 2019 09:06:23 -0400 - Prime Minister Boris Johnson will again try to put his Brexit deal to a vote in parliament on Monday after he was forced by his opponents to send a letter to Brussels seeking a delay to Britain's departure from the European Union.
Negative rates forever? Central bankers look for an exit
Mon, 21 Oct 2019 09:04:46 -0400 - The world's most powerful policymakers are struggling to alleviate the pain of a slowing global economy with few levers left to pull and growing concern that one of them, negative interest rates, already is creating problems of its own.
U.S. mulls leaving some troops in Syria to guard oil: Pentagon
Mon, 21 Oct 2019 08:59:51 -0400 - The Pentagon is considering keeping some U.S. troops near oilfields in northeastern Syria alongside Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to help deny oil to Islamic State militants, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Monday.
Some U.S. troops may stay in Syria: Pentagon chief
Mon, 21 Oct 2019 08:59:51 -0400 - The United States is considering keeping some troops in northeastern Syria to stop oil falling into the hands of Islamic State or others but no decision has yet been made, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said.
U.S. troops cross into Iraq from Syria
Mon, 21 Oct 2019 08:56:41 -0400 - United States troops have crossed into Iraq from Syria through the Sahela border crossing in the northern province of Dohuk, Reuters witnesses said on Monday.
Lebanon government agrees reforms, debating last point related to power sector: presidency
Mon, 21 Oct 2019 08:54:56 -0400 - Lebanon's cabinet is discussing the last point related to the power sector in a list of reforms after agreeing all the others, the president's office said on Monday.
Lebanon cabinet approves reform package, 2020 budget - official
Mon, 21 Oct 2019 08:54:45 -0400 - The Lebanese cabinet approved a package of reforms and a state budget for 2020 at a meeting on Monday, said an official who declined to be named.
Drug companies reach settlement as opioid trial set to begin
Mon, 21 Oct 2019 08:53:27 -0400 - Four drug companies reached a last-minute legal settlement over their role in the opioid addiction epidemic, a source said on Monday, just as a nine-week trial was scheduled to start in Cleveland.
Ex-CEOs to plead guilty to roles in U.S. college admissions scandal
Mon, 21 Oct 2019 08:51:04 -0400 - Three wealthy parents including the former chief executives of bond manager Pimco and specialty finance lender Hercules Capital Inc will appear in court on Monday to plead guilty to participating in a vast U.S. college admissions cheating and fraud scheme.
'If anyone can do it, it's him': how Boris won a Brexit deal
Mon, 21 Oct 2019 08:45:17 -0400 - By Anthony Deutsch, Gabriela Baczynska, Padraic Halpin and Elizabeth Piper
No-deal Brexit risk still remains, UK Brexit minister Barclay says
Mon, 21 Oct 2019 08:44:52 -0400 - There is still a risk that Britain leaves the European Union without a deal at the end of October, Brexit minister Steve Barclay said on Monday.
Teva, three U.S. drug distributors reach opioid settlement - source
Mon, 21 Oct 2019 08:35:39 -0400 - Drug maker Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Inc and the three biggest U.S. drug distributors reached a settlement on Monday to avoid a trial over their role in the opioid addiction crisis, a source said on Monday.
Factbox: Billion-dollar lawsuits accuse drugmakers, distributors of fueling U.S. opioid crisis
Mon, 21 Oct 2019 08:24:09 -0400 - On Monday, two Ohio counties will face off in a U.S. courtroom with five companies they accuse of fueling the nationwide opioid epidemic. The counties are seeking billions of dollars to cover the cost of addiction treatment programs, healthcare and other services.
Factbox: The U.S. opioid epidemic by the numbers
Mon, 21 Oct 2019 08:24:09 -0400 - Opioid deaths in the United States have soared over the last two decades, driving a wave of litigation against drugmakers and distributors.
Pentagon chief in Afghanistan as U.S. looks to kickstart Taliban talks
Mon, 21 Oct 2019 08:24:02 -0400 - U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper arrived in Afghanistan on Sunday in a bid to bring talks with the Taliban back on track after President Donald Trump abruptly broke off negotiations last month seeking to end the United States' longest war.
U.S. House speaker Pelosi makes unannounced visit to Afghanistan
Mon, 21 Oct 2019 08:24:02 -0400 - U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other senior members of Congress made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan on Sunday, her office said.
Timeline: Key moments leading up to Johnson's Brexit deal
Mon, 21 Oct 2019 07:52:57 -0400 - UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson sealed a new Brexit deal with the European Union on Oct. 17, paving the way for Britain to leave the bloc at the end of the month, if Britain's parliament approves it.
Scottish court delays decision on whether UK PM Johnson obeyed law
Mon, 21 Oct 2019 07:46:20 -0400 - Scotland's top court has delayed a ruling on whether British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has fully obeyed a law which demanded he request a delay to Brexit.

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