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world leaders condemn donald trump’s ‘muslim ban’


european leaders, the united nations and international groups have condemned us president donald trump’s measures against refugees and travellers from several muslim-majority countries. the chorus of criticism e as p port holders from arab countries were blocked on urday from p ing through customs at us airports and others were prevented from boarding us-bound planes. trump on friday…






silicon valley leaders target donald trump’s travel restrictions


leaders from across the technology industry criticized president donald trump’s temporary ban on foreign nationals from seven muslim-majority countries, ending weeks of cautious enga ent with the new president, whom many in silicon valley opposed. alphabet inc.’s google, apple inc., facebook inc., microsoft corp., uber technologies inc. and other companies expressed concern about the immigration order’s effect on their employees,...






the rise of 'fake' populism | usa


across the united states and europe, waves of people are rallying behind so-called populist leaders.but are these leaders "men and women of the people", or right-wing elitists masquerading under the guise of populism?in this week's reality check, we reveal how some of their backgrounds and positions put them closer to ‘fake’ populists than ordinary folk.follow upfront on twitter @ajupfront and facebook.source: al jazeera news






u.s. troops kill suspected al qaeda leaders in yemen, local officials say


san’a, yemen—u.s. forces launched a raid in central yemen on sunday, security and tribal officials said, landing troops off aircraft and killing three alleged senior al qaeda leaders in a battle that was the third such u.s. ground enga ent against the extremist group in yemen.the surprise dawn attack in bayda province killed abdul-raouf al-dhahab, sultan al-dhahab and seif al-nims, they said. the fighting lasted around 45...






french leader chides us populism, urges european unity


lisbon, portugal — french president francois hollande has urged europe to present a united front against populist movements which, he says, are being encouraged by political developments in the united states.hollande says that europe is facing is facing a moment of truth and must resist calls to deny climate change or bar access to refugees.hollande said urday on the sidelines of an informal meeting with six other eu leaders in lisbon, portugal that european union countries should stick to their principles and defend their interests.he said the eu has to be firm in its talks with u.s. president donald trump.this is a breaking news update. check back soon for further information. ap's earlier story is below.seven southern european leaders are holding a summit to emphasize their commitment t






mcconnell: we don't have religious tests in this country


european leaders oppose trump travel ban; far right applaudstribune news servicesthe leaders of britain and germany joined other american allies sunday in criticizing president donald trump's u.s. entry ban for people from some muslim-majority countries, even as far-right politicians on the continent celebrated the move. a spokesman for theresa may said the british prime minister...the leaders of britain and germany joined other american allies sunday in criticizing president donald trump's u.s. entry ban for people from some muslim-majority countries, even as far-right politicians on the continent celebrated the move. a spokesman for theresa may said the british prime minister... (tribune news services)






demonstrators rally against trump refugee ban in front of white house, at airpor


european leaders oppose trump travel ban; far right applaudstribune news servicesthe leaders of britain and germany joined other american allies sunday in criticizing president donald trump's u.s. entry ban for people from some muslim-majority countries, even as far-right politicians on the continent celebrated the move. a spokesman for theresa may said the british prime minister...the leaders of britain and germany joined other american allies sunday in criticizing president donald trump's u.s. entry ban for people from some muslim-majority countries, even as far-right politicians on the continent celebrated the move. a spokesman for theresa may said the british prime minister... (tribune news services)






priebus: lawful permanent residents aren't affected by trump's executive order '


european leaders oppose trump travel ban; far right applaudstribune news servicesthe leaders of britain and germany joined other american allies sunday in criticizing president donald trump's u.s. entry ban for people from some muslim-majority countries, even as far-right politicians on the continent celebrated the move. a spokesman for theresa may said the british prime minister...the leaders of britain and germany joined other american allies sunday in criticizing president donald trump's u.s. entry ban for people from some muslim-majority countries, even as far-right politicians on the continent celebrated the move. a spokesman for theresa may said the british prime minister... (tribune news services)






the latest: trump invites japanese leader to white house


washington — the latest on president donald trump (all times est):11:10 a.m.president donald trump has invited japanese prime minister shinzo abe (shin-zoh ah-bay) to a meeting in washington on feb. 10.white house spokesman sean spicer says on twitter that trump extended the invitation during a telephone conver ion with abe on urday.the white house says in a statement that trump affirmed the "ironclad u.s. commitment" to japan's security. the leaders pledged to consult and cooperate on the threat posed by a nuclear-ambitious north korea.they also discussed defense secretary jim mattis' upcoming visit to the region, including japan.it was the first several conver ions trump planned with world leaders on urday. the president is also expected to speak with the leaders of russia, germany, fran






the latest: trump, putin are holding closely watched call


washington — the latest on president donald trump (all times est):12:15 p.m.the presidents are on the phone.white house press secretary sean spicer has tweeted that the scheduled call between president donald trump and russia's vladimir putin is underway.it's the first time the leaders have spoken since trump took office on jan. 20.trump has said he's open to cooperating with russia if it helps further american interests abroad.before the call, trump was noncommittal about whether he was considering lifting economic sanctions imposed on moscow by the obama administration.___11:10 a.m.president donald trump has invited japanese prime minister shinzo abe (shin-zoh ah-bay) to a meeting in washington on feb. 10.white house spokesman sean spicer says on twitter that trump extended the invitatio






trump has flurry of phone calls scheduled today with world leaders


president trump is planning phone calls today with five world leaders as he begins to shape his administration's foreign policy and establish key relationships. at 9 a.m pacific time, trump is expected to speak with russia president vladimir putin. trump said friday that having russia as an ally "would be an et."  but many in the u.s. and abroad have been alarmed by trump's unusually friendly references to putin, whose annexation of crimea in 2014 led to sanctions by the u.s. and others. trump's new restrictions on allowing refugees into the u.s. were likely at the top of the agenda during calls with german chancellor angela merkel and french president francois hollande. earlier urday, trump and japan's prime minister abe spoke about working together to confront the threat posed by no






trump and putin vow to cooperate in isil fight | isis news


us president donald trump and his russian counterpart have made a "significant start" in fixing their countries' relationship, while agreeing to cooperate in fighting the islamic state of iraq and the levant group, the white house said following an hour-long phone call.the two leaders' first conver ion since trump's inauguration covered topics ranging from cooperation in defeating isil "to efforts in working together to achieve more peace throughout the world including syria," the statement said.in separate remarks, putin's office said both leaders expressed readiness to cooperate "on a constructive, equitable and mutually beneficial basis".the kremlin statement said the conver ion also covered the "main aspects of the ukrainian crisis". us relations with russia were strained during presid






european leaders oppose trump travel ban, far right applauds


berlin — the leaders of britain and germany joined other american allies sunday in criticizing president donald trump's u.s. entry ban for people from some muslim-majority countries, even as far-right politicians on the continent celebrated the move.a spokesman for theresa may said the british prime minister does "not agree" with trump's order and will challenge the u.s. government if it has an adverse effect on british nationals. the official comment e after may refused to condemn the ban during a visit to turkey to meet with turkish leaders. she said in turkey the decision was a matter solely for the u.s.german chancellor angela merkel also regrets the travel ban."she is convinced that even the necessary, resolute fight against terrorism doesn't justify putting people of a particular ori






women's grand slam singles title leaders


women's grand slam singles title leadersmargaret smith court24serena williams23steffi graf22helen wills moody19chris evert18martina navratilova18billie jean king12serena vs. venus grand slam finals (serena leads 7-2)2001 u.s. openvenus, 6-2, 6-42002 french openserena, 7-5, 6-32002 wimbledonserena, 7-6 (4), 6-32002 u.s. openserena, 6-4, 6-32003 australian openserena, 7-6 (4), 3-6, 6-42003 wimbledonserena, 4-6, 6-4, 6-22008 wimbledonvenus, 7-5, 6-42009 wimbledonserena, 7-6 (3), 6-22017 australian openserena, 6-4, 6-4






european leaders oppose trump travel ban, far right applauds


berlin (ap) — the leaders of britain and germany joined other american allies sunday in criticizing president donald trump’s u.s. entry ban for people from some muslim-majority countries, even as far-right politicians on the continent celebrated the move.a spokesman for theresa may said the british prime minister does “not agree” with trump’s order and will challenge the u.s. government if it has an adverse effect on british nationals. the official comment e after may refused to condemn the ban during a visit to turkey to meet with turkish leaders. she said in turkey the decision was a matter solely for the u.s.german chancellor angela merkel also regrets the travel ban.“she is convinced that even the necessary, resolute fight against terrorism doesn’t justify putting people of a particula






trump and putin vow to cooperate in isil fight | isis news


us president donald trump and his russian counterpart have made a "significant start" in fixing their countries' relationship, while agreeing to cooperate in fighting the islamic state of iraq and the levant group, the white house said following an hour-long phone call.the two leaders' first conver ion since trump's inauguration covered topics ranging from cooperation in defeating isil "to efforts in working together to achieve more peace throughout the world including syria," the statement said.in separate remarks, putin's office said both leaders expressed readiness to cooperate "on a constructive, equitable and mutually beneficial basis".the kremlin statement said the conver ion also covered the "main aspects of the ukrainian crisis". us relations with russia were strained during presid






trump and putin vow to cooperate in isil fight | isis news


us president donald trump and his russian counterpart have made a "significant start" in fixing their countries' relationship, while agreeing to cooperate in fighting the islamic state of iraq and the levant group, the white house said following an hour-long phone call.the two leaders' first conver ion since trump's inauguration covered topics ranging from cooperation in defeating isil "to efforts in working together to achieve more peace throughout the world including syria," the statement said.in separate remarks, putin's office said both leaders expressed readiness to cooperate "on a constructive, equitable and mutually beneficial basis".the kremlin statement said the conver ion also covered the "main aspects of the ukrainian crisis". us relations with russia were strained during presid






european leaders oppose trump travel ban, far right applauds


berlin (ap) — the leaders of britain and germany joined other american allies sunday in criticizing president donald trump’s u.s. entry ban for people from some muslim-majority countries, even as far-right politicians on the continent celebrated the move.british prime minister theresa may does “not agree” with trump’s order and will challenge the u.s. government if it has an adverse effect on british nationals, a spokesman said. the official comment e after may refused to condemn the ban during a visit to turkey to meet with turkish leaders. she said in turkey that the decision was a matter solely for the u.s.german chancellor angela merkel also regrets the travel ban.“she is convinced that even the necessary, resolute fight against terrorism doesn’t justify putting people of a particular






trump immigration policy changes put some on edge


chicago immigration reform advocates and muslim leaders denounced president donald trump's executive order to temporarily block refugees coming to the u.s. while the government reviews screening processes, calling it an effective ban on muslims in america.in issuing the order friday, which calls... (manya brachear pashman and angie leventis lourgos)






the latest: us soldier killed in raid on al-qaida in yemen


sanaa, yemen — the latest on a u.s. raid targeting al-qaida militants in yemen (all times local):4 p.m.the u.s. military says a service member has been killed and three others wounded in raid in yemen targeting a local al-qaida affiliate.u.s. central command said in a statement sunday that another service member was injured in a "hard landing" in a nearby location.it says the aircraft was unable to fly afterward and "was then intentionally destroyed in place."it says 14 fighters from al-qaida in the arabian peninsula were killed in the ault and that u.s. service members captured "information that will likely provide insight into the planning of future terror plots."yemeni security and tribal officials say the ault in central bayda province killed three senior al-qaida leaders.___12:20 p.m.






john mccain says president trump's travel ban will "give isis some more propagan


sen. john mccain on sunday criticized president donald trump’s ban on immigrants from seven muslim-majority countries, saying it has been a “confused process” that will only give the terror group isis “more propaganda.”“the good news is that it’s only got to do with a pause,” he told cbs’ “face the nation. “the bad news is that obviously this process and these conclusions were not vetted.”mccain said that it’s important to understand the “ramifications of this kind of action,” which has been roundly criticized by foreign leaders.“the effect will probably in some areas give isis some more propaganda,” he said, adding that he is particularly concerned about the effect the ban will have on iraqis -- whose troops are fighting side-by-side with american forces in the battle to retake mosul.he a






trump blocks muslim refugees, america loses a part of itself


chicago immigration reform advocates and muslim leaders denounced president donald trump's executive order to temporarily block refugees coming to the u.s. while the government reviews screening processes, calling it an effective ban on muslims in america.in issuing the order friday, which calls... (manya brachear pashman and angie leventis lourgos)






french leader chides us populism, urges european unity


lisbon, portugal — french president francois hollande on urday urged europe to present a united front against populist movements which, he said, are being encouraged by political developments in the united states."europe is facing a moment of truth," hollande said. "the issue is populism. what we are hearing from the u.s. encourages populism and even extremism. they are saying that europe should not take immigrants, shouldn't stay together, not believe in climate change."european union countries should stick to their principles and defend their interests — and stand firm in talks with u.s. president donald trump, hollande said."europe should be true to itself. it should guide itself according to its values, its principles, and its interests," hollande said on the sidelines of an informal m






advocacy groups condemn u.s. suspension of refugee program


president donald trump’s order to temporarily suspend the u.s. refugee program and nationals from several majority-muslim countries, as well as to indefinitely ban the entry of syrian refugees, drew fierce condemnation from civil-rights organizations and leaders of faith-based groups charged with absorbing refugees.groups that support curbing immigration applauded the order, highlighting that it made good on the president’s paign...






the latest: trump praises us service members in yemen raids


sanaa, yemen — the latest on a u.s. raid targeting al-qaida militants in yemen (all times local):9:20 p.m.president donald trump says americans are saddened by the news that a u.s. service member was killed and three others were wounded in a raid in yemen targeting an al-qaida affiliate.trump says in a statement that "brave u.s. forces were instrumental in killing" an estimated 14 militants and capturing "important intelligence that will ist the u.s. in preventing terrorism against its citizens and people around the world.___4 p.m.the u.s. military says a service member has been killed and three others wounded in raid in yemen targeting a local al-qaida affiliate.u.s. central command said in a statement sunday that another service member was injured in a "hard landing" in a nearby location






yemen officials: u.s. makes surprise raid, killing alleged al qaeda leaders


sanaa, yemen -- u.s. forces launched a raid in central yemen on sunday, security and tribal officials said, landing troops off of aircraft and killing three alleged senior al qaeda leaders in a battle that was the third such u.s. ground enga ent against the extremist group in yemen.cbs news national security correspondent david martin confirms the raid took place and there may be one american casualty.   the surprise dawn attack in bayda province killed abdul-raouf al-dhahab, sultan al-dhahab, and seif al-nims, they said. the al-dhahab family is considered an ally of al qaeda, which security forces say is concentrated in bayda province. a third family member, tarek al-dhahab, was killed in a previous u.s. drone strike years ago. it was not immediately clear whether the family members were






hamas and israel: can they do a deal? | palestine


in this week's upfront, mehdi hasan speaks to hamas senior leader and spokesman osama hamdan, who discusses the new palestinian unity government and how hamas will "very soon" be releasing a new charter.in the reality check, we examine the rising tide of populism and the elitist conservatives who have hijacked it.and in a discussion on the european union, we are joined by former belgian prime minister guy verhofstadt, who is now the lead eu parliament negotiator on brexit.headliner - hamas: palestinians 'will not abandon jerusalem'in mid-january, rival palestinian groups hamas and fatah announced the creation of a new unity government. but can the two groups, who have reconciled before only to fall out again, make it work this time?"in politics, no one can say that 'i'm sure 100 percent',






officials say trump, putin avoided topic of sanctions


washington — officials say the thorny matter of u.s.-imposed sanctions on russia didn't come up during president donald trump's first phone call with russian president vladimir putin, which suggests that the more difficult obstacles to warmer relations between their nations can wait.statements from the white house and the kremlin described the conver ion urday in positive terms, the same tone used in white house accounts of other calls trump made to world leaders. only later did a white house official, responding to a question, acknowledge that sanctions were not among the topics the two leaders discussed.in the first week of his presidency, trump has been noncommittal on lifting sanctions imposed by his predecessor, barack obama, in response to u.s. findings of interference by russia in t






european leaders oppose trump travel ban; far right applauds


the leaders of britain and germany joined other american allies sunday in criticizing president donald trump's u.s. entry ban for people from some muslim-majority countries, even as far-right politicians on the continent celebrated the move. a spokesman for theresa may said the british prime minister does "not agree" with trump's order and will challenge the u.s. government if it has an adverse effect on british nationals. the official comment e after may refused to condemn the ban during a visit to turkey to meet with turkish leaders. she said in turkey the decision was a matter solely for the u.s. german chancellor angela merkel also regrets the travel ban. "she is convinced that even the necessary, resolute fight against terrorism doesn't justify putting people of a particular origin or






trump talks with putin, foreign leaders in round of phone calls


amid roiling global tensions over a recent executive order halting the u.s. refugee program and travel from certain muslim countries, president trump engaged in a series of phone calls with world leaders urday, including russian president vladimir putin, german chancellor angela merkel and japanese prime minister shinzo abe. gathered with several members of his senior staff around his desk, the president spoke with putin around noon urday, the first known phone conver ion mr. trump has had with the russian leader since his inauguration last week.according to a white house readout of the call, the “positive” conver ion lasted approximately one hour and discussed topics ranging from “mutual cooperation in defeating isis” to efforts in syria. “both president trump and president putin are hope






the latest: security chief's high hopes for trump-putin call


washington — the latest on president donald trump (all times est):6 a.m.russia's security chief says he has high hopes for urday's scheduled telephone call between russian president vladimir putin and president donald trump.nikolai patrushev — secretary of russia's security council — is quoted by russia's interfax news agency as saying, "everything will be positive."the leaders' call will be their first official contact since trump was sworn in as president.the kremlin has welcomed trump's promises to mend ties with moscow. those ties have been strained by the ukrainian crisis, the war in syria and allegations of russian meddling in the u.s. elections.trump has been noncommittal about the fate of u.s. economic penalties against russia.






on a busy urday, trump to call world leaders and sign more orders


president trump in the oval office on jan. 23, 2017.(p o: nicholas kamm, nicholas kamm, afp/getty images)washington — urday is a full working day in the white house, with president trump scheduled to make a round of phone calls to world leaders and sign more executive orders.the day caps off a dizzying nine-day stretch in which the new president appeared to be in perpetual motion, signing 15 executive actions, speaking to 11 world leaders, visiting three federal agencies and, on friday, hosting british prime minister theresa may.on tap for urday: japanese prime minister shinzō abe. german chancellor angela merkel, russian president vladimir putin., french president françois hollande and australian prime minister malcolm turnbull.most watched will be the call with putin, whose interference






on a busy urday, trump to call world leaders and sign more orders


president trump in the oval office on jan. 23, 2017.(p o: nicholas kamm, nicholas kamm, afp/getty images)washington — urday is a full working day in the white house, with president trump scheduled to make a round of phone calls to world leaders and sign more executive orders.the day caps off a dizzying nine-day stretch in which the new president appeared to be in perpetual motion, signing 15 executive actions, speaking to 11 world leaders, visiting three federal agencies and, on friday, hosting british prime minister theresa may.on tap for urday: japanese prime minister shinzō abe. german chancellor angela merkel, russian president vladimir putin., french president françois hollande and australian prime minister malcolm turnbull.most watched will be the call with putin, whose interference






u.s. service member killed, 3 wounded in yemen raid targeting al qaeda leaders


captioncurves, craftsmanship and cl | 2017 grand national roadster show in pomonathirteen custom cars will compete for the “america's most beautiful roadster” award, vying for a 9-foot-tall trophy and $10,000 in prize money. (gina ferazzi / los angeles times)thirteen custom cars will compete for the “america's most beautiful roadster” award, vying for a 9-foot-tall trophy and $10,000 in prize money. (gina ferazzi / los angeles times)






officials say trump, putin avoided topic of sanctions


washington (ap) — officials say the thorny matter of u.s.-imposed sanctions on russia didn’t come up during president donald trump’s first phone call with russian president vladimir putin, which suggests that the more difficult obstacles to warmer relations between their nations can wait.statements from the white house and the kremlin described the conver ion urday in positive terms, the same tone used in white house accounts of other calls trump made to world leaders. only later did a white house official, responding to a question, acknowledge that sanctions were not among the topics the two leaders discussed.in the first week of his presidency, trump has been noncommittal on lifting sanctions imposed by his predecessor, barack obama, in response to u.s. findings of interference by russia






yemeni officials say us raid with troops kills 3 al-qaida


sanaa, yemen — yemeni security and tribal officials say the u.s. has launched a raid in central yemen, landing troops off of aircraft and killing three alleged senior al-qaida leaders in a battle on the ground.they say the sunday attack at dawn in bayda province killed abdul-raouf al-dhahab, sultan al-dhahab, and seif al-nims. the al-dhahab family is considered an ally of al-qaida, which security forces say is concentrated in bayda province. a third family member, tarek al-dhahab, was killed in a previous u.s. drone strike years ago.they say the fighting lasted around 45 minutes and that the u.s. troops killed or wounded some two dozen men, including some saudis present at the site.the officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief journalists.






how foreign leaders are reacting to trump's travel ban


after president trump signed an executive order pausing travel to the u.s. for refugees and citizens of seven majority muslim countries, world leaders are pushing back on the white house directives, with at least one affected nation suggesting it could even retaliate with its own ban on americans.iranian president h an rouhani criticized mr. trump urday after the executive orders started taking effect, saying that it was “not the time to build walls between nations.” “they have forgotten that the berlin wall collapsed many years ago,” rouhani said in a speech carried live on iranian state television. “even if there are walls between nations, they must be removed.” javad zarif, iran’s foreign minister, had harsher words for what he termed on twitter a “#muslimban.” he charged that mr. trump






how foreign leaders are reacting to trump's travel ban


after president trump signed an executive order pausing travel to the u.s. for refugees and citizens of seven majority muslim countries, world leaders are pushing back on the white house directives, with at least one affected nation suggesting it could even retaliate with its own ban on americans.iranian president h an rouhani criticized mr. trump urday after the executive orders started taking effect, saying that it was “not the time to build walls between nations.” “they have forgotten that the berlin wall collapsed many years ago,” rouhani said in a speech carried live on iranian state television. “even if there are walls between nations, they must be removed.” javad zarif, iran’s foreign minister, had harsher words for what he termed on twitter a “#muslimban.” he charged that mr. trump






knights of malta: pope writes to stress order's sovereignty


rome — the knights of malta say pope francis has written to their leaders stressing the sovereignty of the ancient catholic lay order, following a condom scandal linked to the order's charitable work.the order's sovereign council in rome on urday accepted the resignation of grand master fra' matthew festing, who had sacked the order's foreign minister, albrecht von boeselager. the minister was removed as grand chancellor following revelations that condoms were distributed in myanmar under his watch.the vatican intervened on the minister's behalf. on urday, the council s ped the disciplinary measures against von boeselager, who resumes his post. the knights say francis in his letter friday stressed the order's sovereignty.until festing's successor is elected, fra' ludwig hoffmann von rumers






trump talks with putin, foreign leaders in round of phone calls


amid roiling global tensions over a recent executive order halting the u.s. refugee program and travel from certain muslim countries, president trump engaged in a series of phone calls with world leaders urday, including russian president vladimir putin, german chancellor angela merkel and japanese prime minister shinzo abe. gathered with several members of his senior staff around his desk, the president spoke with putin around noon urday, the first known phone conver ion mr. trump has had with the russian leader since his inauguration last week.vice president mike pence, chief of staff reince priebus, chief white house strategist steve bannon and national security adviser michael flynn were in the oval office during the call. rex tillerson, mr. trump’s pick for secretary of state who rema






trump and putin make counter-terror top priority in first call


image copyrightgetty imagesimage caption mr trump - flanked by his vice president and senior aides - speaks to president putin from the oval office donald trump held a series of phone calls with world leaders on urday - including one with vladimir putin.the kremlin said both sides had agreed to make fighting "international terrorism" - including so-called islamic state and "other terrorist groups" in syria - a top priority.the white house said the call was a "significant start" to improving a relationship "in need of repair".mr trump also spoke with leaders from japan, germany, france and australia.in a statement in english, the kremlin provided more details of the first official call between the two leaders since mr trump took office.it said it was a "positive and constructive" conver ion






trump and putin make counter-terror top priority in first call


image copyrightgetty imagesimage caption mr trump - flanked by his vice president and senior aides - speaks to president putin from the oval office donald trump held a series of phone calls with world leaders on urday - including one with vladimir putin.the kremlin said both sides had agreed to make fighting "international terrorism" - including so-called islamic state and "other terrorist groups" in syria - a top priority.the white house said the call was a "significant start" to improving a relationship "in need of repair".mr trump also spoke with leaders from japan, germany, france and australia.in a statement in english, the kremlin provided more details of the first official call between the two leaders since mr trump took office.it said it was a "positive and constructive" conver ion






with insurance help done, legislature's road gets harder


st. paul, minn. — fresh off clearing the legislative session's first big hurdle by approving financial relief for minnesota residents facing m ive health insurance premium hikes, the state's leaders say it bodes well for the rest of the year. but far harder tasks await them on the rest of 2017's to-do list.there's still the broader debate over how to restructure minnesota's fragile health insurance market, with gov. mark dayton and republicans starting from very different positions. another year of debate looms over how to fund billions of dollars in needed infrastructure repairs. and then there are fights over tax relief, dayton's push for more early education funding and the remainder of a $40 billion-plus dollar budget left to settle.on paper, the power structure at the capitol is a rep






european leaders oppose trump travel ban; far right applauds


trump travel ban protestseugene garcia / eparosalie gurna, 9, joins hundreds of protesters denouncing the travel ban from muslim-majority countries enacted by president trump outside of the international terminal at los angeles international airport in los angeles, california on jan. 28, 2017.rosalie gurna, 9, joins hundreds of protesters denouncing the travel ban from muslim-majority countries enacted by president trump outside of the international terminal at los angeles international airport in los angeles, california on jan. 28, 2017. (eugene garcia / epa)






gop lawmakers worry about aca minefield


philadelphia – republican lawmakers aired sharp concerns about their ­party's quick push to repeal the affordable care act at a closed-door meeting thursday, according to a recording of the session obtained by the washington post.the recording reveals a gop that appears to be filled with doubts about how to make good on a long-standing promise to get rid of obamacare without explicit guidance from president donald trump or his administration. the thorny issues lawmakers g ple with on the tape — including who may end up either losing coverage or paying more under a revamped system — highlight the financial and political challenges that flow from upending the current law.senators and house members expressed a range of concerns about the task ahead: how to prepare a replacement plan that can






alphabet’s long bets start looking better: it’s the daily crunch


every monday, wednesday and friday our daily guided tour of the biggest tech stories from the past 24 hours will appear here on techcrunch.com. to get the daily crunch in your inbox every day of the week, sign up here.alphabet’s ‘other bets’ start looking like better bets, microsoft ascends to the clouds and trump enlists more titans of tech. all that and more in the daily crunch for january 27, 2017. and if you’re a billionaire prepper, middle earth apparently looks like a pretty good escape route.1. alphabet’s letters beyond g are starting to make moneyalphabet formed to make sure that it could treat google and its other businesses with the individual care and accountability that each merits, and now its other bets are starting to pay off. during its most recent quarter, it revealed big






silicon valley execs speak out against immigration ban


technology executives are speaking out against president trump’s executive order on immigration, highlighting how the ban hurts their businesses. leaders of companies that include google, microsoft, apple, facebook, uber, lyft, airbnb, dropbox and twitter denounced it over the weekend. "apple would not exist without immigration, let alone thrive and innovate the way we do,” said apple chief executive tim cook in a memo to employees. “in my conver ions with officials here in washington this week, i’ve made it clear that apple believes deeply in the importance of immigration — both to our company and to our nation’s future.” general electric co. chief executive jeff immelt said sunday that businesses with global operations must balance working with the new administration while also suppor






silicon valley execs speak out against immigration ban


technology executives are speaking out against president trump’s executive order on immigration, highlighting how the ban hurts their businesses. leaders of companies that include google, microsoft, apple, facebook, uber, lyft, airbnb, dropbox and twitter denounced it over the weekend. "apple would not exist without immigration, let alone thrive and innovate the way we do,” said apple chief executive tim cook in a memo to employees. “in my conver ions with officials here in washington this week, i’ve made it clear that apple believes deeply in the importance of immigration — both to our company and to our nation’s future.” general electric co. chief executive jeff immelt said sunday that businesses with global operations must balance working with the new administration while also suppor






newsgrid - al jazeera's interactive news hour


live every day at 15:00 gmt, newsgrid, al jazeera's first interactive news bulletin, gives you the opportunity to engage with the world's news stories on and off the grid. main topic on sunday, january 29: - thousands protested at us airports on urday against president donald trump's executive order on immigration. the measure bans the entry of syrian refugees to the united states until further notice. it also suspends the us refugee programme for 120 days and limits entry of those from seven muslim-majority countries for at least 90 days. a number of us politicians, technology company executives and international leaders have also come out against the measure. we take a closer look at the executive order and hear from those affected.  how to get involved in the conver ion? - connect with






koch network launches effort to scuttle gop tax plan that would help pay for bor


billionaire industrialist charles koch is launching a paign to sink a border tax under consideration by republican leaders in congress, a move that could complicate the lawmakers’ efforts to find a way to pay for president donald trump’s proposed wall on the u.s. border with mexico.americans for prosperity, a conservative political advocacy group founded by charles koch and his brother david, plans to use its network of wealthy political donors and activists to kill the proposal, which aims to raise $1.2 trillion over 10 years on goods coming into the united states, according to officials from the group, which gathered this weekend for a conference.republican house of representatives speaker paul ryan is pushing the tax as part of a broader overhaul of the u.s. tax code.the white house has