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Saudi Arabia: Repressive Site For Dakar Rally

Reading Time: 3 minutes As Amaury Sport Race Proceeds, Women Activists Sit in Prison Human Rights Watch (Paris) – The Amaury Sport Organisation should use its decision to move the Dakar Rally to Saudi Arabia to denounce the persecution of women’s rights advocates in the country, Human Rights Watch, MENA Rights Group, and 11 other international human rights organizations said Read More…

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Tehran Promised To Take Revenge On The United States

Reading Time: < 1 minute BY STEVE COWAN FN News According to Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, Washington’s actions are dangerous and lead to escalation. “An act of international terrorism by the United States aimed at killing General Suleimani — the most effective force fighting the Islamic State, al-Nusra, al-Qaeda, etc. — is extremely dangerous and is a stupid escalation,” Iranian Foreign Read More…

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Why Is Britain’s Free School Breakfast Program The Best In The World

Reading Time: 2 minutes Thousands of more children across the country will get a healthy and nutritious breakfast to set them up for the school day, thanks to an additional investment of up to £11.8 million by the government to support disadvantaged families. So far around 1,800 school breakfast clubs have been created or improved by the National School Read More…

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The US Confirmed That It Had Struck Targets In Baghdad

Reading Time: < 1 minute BY STEVE COWAN FN News The US confirmed that it had struck “two targets linked to Iran” in Baghdad, located near the international airport of the Iraqi capital. Free News reports with reference to the Reuters News Agency. Earlier, local media reported that the attack was allegedly subjected to military facilities of the Iraqi army and the Read More…

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The South Sudanese Have Less Thank 6 Weeks To Form A Transitional Government

Reading Time: < 1 minute With less than six weeks remaining to meet the extended deadline to form a Transitional Government of National Unity, South Sudan’s leaders have a clear duty to their citizens to deliver.  For the last fifty days, meetings between leaders of key parties and their public commitment to form a government of national unity by the Read More…

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In 2019, The World Finally Recognized The Challenge Of Climate Change

Reading Time: 3 minutes BY JOHN KESSLER  FN News Nothing is eternal. Less than ten thousand years ago, the Sahara was a lush and tropical area, with forests grouped around the largest freshwater lake on the planet. The lake disappeared in a few hundred years and today in its place there is nothing but dust. The climate has always Read More…

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As Killer Robots Loom, A Push To Keep Humans In Control Of Use Of Force

Reading Time: 3 minutes Mary Wareham Human Rights Watch In 2020, you should be watching for growing international rejection of “killer robots” – weapons that would kill without meaningful human control – and increasing calls for a new treaty to preemptively ban them. Allowing machines to select and target human prey without human intervention sounds like something out of Read More…

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Iraq Security Council Condemns US Airstrikes

Reading Time: < 1 minute The National Security Council held an emergency meeting in Baghdad to discuss the US airstrikes against Iraqi forces belonging to Popular Mobilization Units on the Iraqi-Syrian border and the repercussions of this attack. Following the meeting, the Council said in a statement: “The Iraqi Government condemns this act and considers it a violation of Iraq’s sovereignty. Read More…

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Ukraine Has Signed Contracts With The United States For The Supply Of The Second Batch Of Javelin

Reading Time: < 1 minute BY STEVE COWAN  FN News Ukraine has signed a contract with the United States to supply the second batch of anti-tank missile systems Javelin, said Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Petrenko. The press service of the military Department noted that Kyiv orders similar complexes of Ukrainian production, as well as electronic warfare and intelligence stations. According Read More…

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In France, Drivers Continue To Strike, Despite The Holidays

Reading Time: < 1 minute BY STEVE COWAN  In Ile-de-France, the movement of trains in the metro is still difficult. PARIS – About 40% of drivers of the National Society of Railways of France (SNCF) continue to strike against the pension reform, despite the Christmas holidays. The Agency France Presse regarding the company’s data reported this on Thursday. The SNCF Read More…

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Bart Simpson Meets The Real Life Realities Of Russian Society

Reading Time: < 1 minute Pop artist Alexei Semyonov just released his arthouse remake of America’s favourite cartoon family. In an effort to make it more interesting and realistic they scraped the jokes, feel-good atmosphere, and added a liberal dose of violence, drugs, & petty crime. That means seeing Bart stealing mobile phones, Lisa being surrounded by police as she Read More…

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United Kingdon Commits £35 Million For Violence Reduction Units

Reading Time: 2 minutes Police and crime commissioners will receive an additional £35 million to continue funding specialist teams to tackle violent crime in their area. Eighteen police and crime commissioners (PCCs) will receive an additional £35 million to continue funding specialist teams to tackle violent crime in their area, the Home Secretary has announced today (29 December 2019). Read More…

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Thousands Of Young People Gather In Poland To Hear The Popes Message

Reading Time: 2 minutes The Taizé Community is sponsoring the 42nd European Meeting of Young People, which is taking place in Wrocław, Poland. By Vatican News Thousands of young people are currently converging on the Polish city of Wrocław for the 42nd European Meeting of Young People, sponsored by the Taizé Community, which is taking place from 28 December 2019 Read More…

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Can You Give Me 50 Cent’s Phone Number? 2019’s Most Unusual Requests From Brits Abroad

Reading Time: 2 minutes As 2019 draws to a close, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) has released details of some of the oddest requests, demands and enquiries it has received from Brits abroad this year and highlighted what it can and can’t help with when British people run into trouble abroad. Of the 330,000 calls taken by the Read More…

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150 Asylum Seekers On The Verge Of Being Homeless

Reading Time: < 1 minute Nearly 150 asylum seekers facing imminent homelessness in Glasgow will be given urgent, intensive advocacy support from local organizations. The Scottish Government will provide a £252,000 funding package to organizations to help ensure asylum seekers have access to legal professionals and other services. Last year, the Scottish Government provided £150,000 of emergency funding to strengthen Read More…

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Typhoon Phanfone Rakes Havoc On The Philippines, 16 Dead And Counting

Reading Time: < 1 minute Pope Francis Sends Thoughts And Prayers To Victims Of Deadly Philippines Typhoon After reciting the St Stephen’s Day Angelus, Pope Francis appealed for the people of the Philippines, victims of Christmas Day Typhoon Phanfone which killed at least 13 people. “I join in the suffering that has struck the dear people of the Philippines due Read More…

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Mexico Protests The Police Presence At Its Embassy And Residence In Bolivia

Reading Time: < 1 minute The Mexican government denounces the harassment of both its embassy and official residence and expresses its appreciation for the gestures of solidarity made by various countries and representatives of international organizations during this concerning time.  It again calls on the international community to continue condemning the intimidation to which the Mexican embassy and official residence Read More…

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Diplomats To Receive Electric Jaguars On Visits To The UK

Reading Time: 2 minutes The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is to replace diplomats’ cars with all-electric or hybrid Jaguar I Pace models as part of a wider FCO effort to reduce carbon footprint. Foreign Office to replace diplomats’ cars with all-electric or hybrid models FCO aiming to become the “greenest diplomatic service in the world” Change is part Read More…

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Drill Baby Drill, Guyana Sits On Large Oil Reserves

Reading Time: < 1 minute United States oil company ExxonMobil and its partners Hess International and CNOOC International have made their 15th oil discovery, at the Mako-1 Well southeast of the Liza field in the Stabroek Block Guyana. “This discovery by ExxonMobil and its partners comes on the heels of the start of oil production. The Cooperative Republic of Guyana Read More…

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The Six Keys To European Sovereignty.

Reading Time: 2 minutes Europe is faced with the great challenges in uncertain times with the UK set to exit the European Union, such as defence and security, great migrations, development, climate change, the digital revolution and regulation of a globalized economy, have European countries found means to defend their interests and values, and to guarantee and adapt their Read More…

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Scotland Warns UK Government Imposing An Australian-style Immigration System

Reading Time: 2 minutes Calls for tailored migration policies to support Scottish repopulation. The introduction of any Australian-style points-based immigration system in the UK must recognize Scotland’s unique needs, the Scottish Government has said. The call comes in the Scottish Government’s official response to a call for evidence from the UK Government’s Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) which is evaluating Read More…

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50 Year Civil War Comes To An End In The Philippines

Reading Time: < 1 minute The Philippine Government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) have agreed to a temporary ceasefire. The ceasefire is to be in effect from 23 December to 7 January. The parties are also in agreement to try to resume peace talks. ‘We are hopeful that the ceasefire and talks just before Christmas will Read More…

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Global warming: severe Consequences For Africa

Reading Time: 4 minutes United Nations BY: DAN SHEPARD Record global greenhouse gas emissions are putting the world on a path toward unacceptable warming, with serious implications for development prospects in Africa. “Limiting warming to 1.5° C is possible within the laws of chemistry and physics, but doing so would require unprecedented changes,” said Jim Skea, cochair of the Intergovernmental Read More…

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Finland Sets Strict Climate Plan In Accordance With Paris Climate Agreement

Reading Time: 2 minutes Finland submitted its integrated National Energy and Climate Plan (NECP) to the European Commission on 20 December 2019. The Regulation on the Governance of the Energy Union requires that all Member States submit their plans to the Commission by the end of 2019. The Commission will assess the Member States’ plans in early 2020, and Read More…

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Norway Aims To Exceed Paris Agreement On Climate Change

Reading Time: 2 minutes To inform the EU countries, the European Commission and the ESA, the Norwegian Government is presenting a status plan on Norway’s climate policy. The status plan deals with emissions under the Effort Sharing Regulation (the non-ETS sector) as well as from forests and the land use sector (LULUCF). It describes existing Norwegian measures and instruments, Read More…

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Big Brands: We Will Always Chose Profits Firsts. Child Labourers Are An Important Part Of Our Business

Reading Time: < 1 minute Human Rights Watch Surge in Garment Industry Transparency Clothing and footwear brands and retailers have dramatically increased their disclosure of information about their supply chains in the past three years, a coalition of unions, human rights groups, and labor rights advocates said in a joint report released today. In 2016, the coalition created the Transparency Read More…

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Prime Minister Visits British Troops In Estonia For Christmas

Reading Time: 2 minutes Prime Minister Boris Johnson will travel to Estonia to celebrate Christmas with British troops stationed there. Prime Minister Boris Johnson travels to Estonia today (Saturday 21 December) to celebrate Christmas with British troops stationed there. The visit is a chance for the Prime Minister to personally thank servicemen and women for their service and make Read More…

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Queen’s Speech Raises Fears Over ‘No Deal’ Brexit

Reading Time: < 1 minute Proposed UK legislation makes damaging exit more likely. UK Government legislation puts the prospect of a damaging ‘no deal’ Brexit more firmly back on the table, the Scottish Government has warned. The Queen’s Speech made clear the UK Government intends to bring forward legislation to ensure there can be no extension to the implementation period Read More…

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Norway Decriminalizes Illegal Drug Offense

Reading Time: < 1 minute In March 2018, the government appointed a committee to prepare the implementation of the government’s drug reform, where responsibility for society’s response to the use and possession of illegal drugs for personal use is transferred from the justice sector to the health service. State Attorney Runar Torgersen has led the committee. On December 19, he Read More…

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US-Led Airstrikes Increase Civilian Body Count

Reading Time: < 1 minute Human Rights Watch Warring parties in the Syrian conflict continue to disregard human rights and humanitarian law protections. Over 400,000 have died since 2011. The Syrian government, with the support of its allies, raced to secure territories, using prohibited chemical weapons, unlawful indiscriminate attacks, and withholding humanitarian aid, while anti-government groups indiscriminately attacked government-held areas and prevented civilians fleeing.  Both groups carried out Read More…

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No Justice For 2018 Yumbi Massacres

Reading Time: 12 minutes Over 500 People Killed in Ethnic Attacks Human Rights Watch (Kinshasa) – Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo have not brought to justice those responsible for the massacres of ethnic Banunu in Yumbi territory one year ago. On December 16 and 17, 2018, hundreds of ethnic Batende assailants killed at least 535 people and wounded 111 Read More…

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Indian On The Verge Of A Civil War

Reading Time: 3 minutes Citizenship Bill Discriminates Against Muslims (New York) – The Indian government’s proposed law to grant citizenship based on religion violates India’s international legal obligations, Human Rights Watch said today. The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 protects only the rights of non-Muslim irregular immigrants from the neighboring Muslim-majority countries of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Pakistan. The bill passed the lower house of Read More…

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The Pope Abolishes The Pontifical Secret In Cases Of Sexual Abuse

Reading Time: 2 minutes Pope Francis is now making testimony collected in canonical processes available to legal authorities. Two documents are destined to make a lasting mark: Pope Francis has abolished the pontifical secret in the case of sexual violence and the abuse of minors committed by members of the clergy. He has also decided to change the norm Read More…

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UN Anti-Corruption Conference In Abu Dhabi Seeks Ways To Combat Corruption

Reading Time: < 1 minute The Conference of the States Parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption will be held in Abu Dhabi on 16–20 December 2019. Finland’s representative at the conference is Malin Brännkärr, State Secretary to the Minister of Justice. In connection with the conference, Finland will organise, together with Belgium, an on-site special event with the Read More…

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Bipartisan Delegation Conclude First Day Commemorating 75th Anniversary Of Battle Of The Bulge

Reading Time: < 1 minute Bastogne, Belgium – Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the following statement concluding the first day of the bipartisan Congressional Delegation marking the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge: “On Saturday, upon our arrival, the US delegation had the esteemed privilege of honouring World War II heroes first at luncheon in their honour, next at the annual Read More…

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Scottish Government £340 Million Bailout For Farmers In Anticipation Of Brexit

Reading Time: < 1 minute Leaving The European Union Will Be A Disaster For Scottish Farmers Loans have been offered to hill and upland farmers and crofters to provide them with financial support and certainty in the New Year. Under the national Less Favoured Areas Support Loan Scheme (LFASS) 2019, eligible farmers and crofters will be offered up to 95% Read More…

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Sanna Marin At The Age of 34 Appointed Finlands Youngest Prime Minister

Reading Time: < 1 minute The Finnish Parliament has elected Sanna Marin as the 76th Prime Minister of independent Finland. Next, the President of the Republic Sauli Niinistö will accept the resignation of Antti Rinne’s Government ministers and appoint the new ministers. Finland’s last incumbent prime minister was Antti Rinne of the Social Democratic Party until he resigned on 3 December 2019. On 8 Read More…

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Jean-Yves Le Drian, France Minister For Europe And Foreign Affairs To Champion Human Rights In Brussels Sumit

Reading Time: < 1 minute Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, will take part in the Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels on December 9. This will be the first Foreign Affairs Council to be chaired by Josep Borrell in his capacity as the new High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. Relations between Read More…

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Top Ranking Iranian Envoy Arrives In Afghanistan For Peace Talks

Reading Time: < 1 minute President Ashraf Ghani in a meeting with Mohammad Ebrahim Taherian, the special envoy of the Islamic Republic of Iran for Afghanistan, discussed efforts to expand mutual relations as well as Afghan peace process, today morning at the Presidential Palace. President Ghani said the Government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan puts any effort in place to Read More…

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Hungry Filippino Man Beheads Woman And Eats Her Brains With Rice

Reading Time: < 1 minute Source: PerthNow WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT A man has reportedly been arrested in the Philippines for beheading a woman and eating her brain with rice — because he was hungry. The Daily Tribune has reported that the woman’s corpse was found in the Misamis Oriental province of Northern Mindanao with her head cut off and both hands Read More…

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Monkeypox Case Confirmed In England

Reading Time: 2 minutes Public Health England (PHE) confirm an individual has been diagnosed with monkeypox in England. Monkeypox is a rare viral infection that does not spread easily between people and the risk to the general public in England is very low. It is usually a self-limiting illness and most people recover within a few weeks. However, severe Read More…

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Nato Alliance Or Freeloaders? Who Are The Countries Not Pulling Their Weight?

Reading Time: < 1 minute NATO collects defence expenditure data from Allies on a regular basis and presents aggregates and subsets of this information. Each Ally’s Ministry of Defence reports current and estimated future defence expenditure according to an agreed definition of defence expenditure. The amounts represent payments by a national government actually made, or to be made, during the Read More…

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Angola Foreign Affairs Minister Appointed United Nations Permanent Advisory Committee President

Reading Time: < 1 minute The country, which takes over the presidency in the first half of next year, replacing the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), has as one of its main challenges the fight against illicit exploitation of resources, which has contributed to the continuation of conflicts. Moreover, this is an issue that has received the attention of the Angolan Read More…

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A Leg, A Limb, A Life. 60 Million People Endangered By Landmines

Reading Time: 2 minutes ‘Under the Norwegian presidency, the new and ambitious Oslo Action Plan is being adopted to step up action against landmines. The Action Plan is an important step towards the goal of a mine-free world by 2025,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide. This week, Norway is hosting the Oslo Review Conference of the Mine Ban Read More…

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Child Labourers Needed, Must Be Atleast Five Years Old For Employment

Reading Time: 3 minutes With over 152 million reported cases of child labour worldwide, Minister of Social Protection, Hon. Amna Ally today said no country can achieve or sustain prosperity on the backs of children. Guyana, the minister said, is keenly working towards the elimination of child labour by 2025; an objective of the National Action Plan’s National Child Read More…

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UK Signs £1bn Trade Deal With Central America

Reading Time: 5 minutes The UK government has signed a trade and political continuity agreement with Central America. Trade between the UK and Central America was worth The UK government has signed a trade and political continuity agreement with Central America. Trade between the UK and Central America was worth £1bn in 2018. Agreement ensures British businesses and consumers Read More…

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British Embassy Enacts Charter To Protect Citizens Visting Tunisia

Reading Time: 2 minutes Today the British Embassy in Tunisia announced a UK/Tunisia Sustainable Tourism Charter in Hammamet, one of the most popular tourism resorts for British visitors to Tunisia. The Charter has been developed in partnership with the Municipality of Hammamet, the Ministry of Tourism, ABTA, TUI, ANGED and the Federation of Tunisian Hoteliers. It was signed in Tunisia Read More…

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Pan-Democracy Party Wins 17 Out Of 18 Districts In Hong Kong Election

Reading Time: < 1 minute Echoes of anti-establishment of nearly two hundred days of street protests sent shock waves through the polling stations across Hong Kong on Sunday, as a Tsunami of voters rebuffed pro-Beijing candidates by casting ballots in support of the pan-democrats. Elections officials estimate 71% of eligible citizens voted for change which amounts to approximately 3 million Read More…

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Minister Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne’s To Represent France At The G20 Sumit In Japan

Reading Time: < 1 minute Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, Minister of State attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, is taking part in the G20 Meeting of Foreign Affairs Ministers in Nagoya, Japan, from November 22-23; the meeting will focus on international trade and global governance, the Sustainable Development Goals and Africa. The minister of state will reaffirm France’s commitment Read More…

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Lord Ahmad to represent UK at G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, November 2019

Reading Time: < 1 minute Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon will represent the United Kingdom at the G20 Foreign Ministers’ meeting in Nagoya, Japan this weekend (Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd November). The meeting will be an opportunity for G20 partners to address critical global challenges. The summit also represents the conclusion of Japan’s Presidency of the G20, before handing Read More…

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Hill Hodgepodge: Pelosi Draws From Democrats, GOP And Trump For Drug Plan

Reading Time: 5 minutes By Emmarie Huetteman House Democratic leaders on Thursday unveiled an aggressive plan to lower drug prices through negotiations between federal health officials and the makers of some of the most expensive drugs. Speaker Nancy Pelosi ushered the proposal through months of closed-door meetings primarily with other Democrats and experts on drug pricing. But she and other Democratic leaders Read More…