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Labour Day to bring 76 protests over in-work poverty and unemployment

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IMSERSO pensioners’ holiday chaos: cancellations, overbooking and last-minute changes

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Obama pushes for global trade deals in face of opposition

HANNOVER, Germany (AP) — President Barack Obama mounted a strong defense of international trade deals Sunday in the face of domestic and foreign opposition, saying it’s “indisputable” that such agreements strengthen the economy and make U.S. Continue reading

Obama says ‘deeply concerned’ about surge in Syria violence

By Roberta Rampton and Andreas Rinke HANOVER, Germany (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama said during a visit to Germany on Sunday that he was “deeply concerned” about a surge in violence in Syria, where government forces have stepped up bombing of rebel-held areas around the strategic city of Aleppo. Speaking after talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at a 17th century palace near the northern city of Hanover, Obama spoke of a “tragic humanitarian crisis” in Syria and said he continued to believe in a political solution to the fighting there. Continue reading

North Korea’s Kim hails ‘eye-opening’ submarine missile test

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un inspecting an underwater test-fire of a strategic submarine ballistic missile at an undisclosed location on April 23, 2016 (AFP Photo/KCNA) More Seoul (AFP) – North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un hailed a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) test as an “eye-opening success”, state media said Sunday, declaring Pyongyang has the ability to strike Seoul and the US whenever it pleases. Saturday’s launch came amid growing concern that Pyongyang is preparing a fifth nuclear test. But it was followed just hours later by a North Korean offer to impose a unilateral moratorium on nuclear testing if the United States suspends annual military drills with South Korea. Continue reading

Thousands of trade deal foes rally in Germany on Obama visit eve

Protesters against the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) wear masks of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and US President Barack Obama during a rally on the eve of Obama’s vist to Hannover, on April 23, 2016 (AFP Photo/John MacDougall) More Hanover (Germany) (AFP) – Tens of thousands of opponents of a proposed transatlantic trade deal poured onto German streets Saturday on the eve of a visit by US President Barack Obama. Continue reading

Mineral water firm apologises as 3,166 consumers suffer tummy bugs

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A look at marijuana laws around the US and the globe

By The Associated Press Marijuana is illegal for any reason under federal law, but states have boldly experimented with allowing its use anyway, starting with California 20 years ago. Some states have made the drug legal for medical purposes; others have removed jail sentences for carrying small amounts; and some let adults 21 and older use it for any reason. Here’s a look at where the states are on pot as well as legalization developments in other countries: ___ LEGAL FOR MEDICAL USE Eight states allow people with certain medical conditions to use marijuana, according to the Marijuana Policy Project, a pro-legalization group that tracks state pot laws. Continue reading

The Latest: Cruz says New York values is Trump’s term

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on campaign 2016 a day before New Yorkers vote in their state’s crucial primary (all times Eastern Daylight Time): 9:00 a.m. Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz says his controversial criticism of “New York values” was a comment that originated from his rival Donald Trump in an interview on partial birth abortion Continue reading

The Latest: 2 Syrian rockets hit Turkey, no casualties

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the Syrian civil war (all times local): 4:00 p.m. Continue reading