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Spain faces calls to release Catalan activists from jail

Oct 16, 2018

The Spanish government is facing calls from Catalan politicians and human rights groups to release jailed separatists, including two prominent pro-independence activists placed in pre-trial detention a year ago

Europe warns of revolt if Italy draft budget accepted

Oct 16, 2018

Italy's populist government is heading into a budget battle with the European Union after disregarding warnings to ease up on spending promises.

Portugal spending plan offers better times ahead of election

Oct 16, 2018

With a general election on the horizon, Portugal's government is promising a financial windfall after years of austerity

How DC unleashed fossil-fuel exports despite climate worries

Oct 16, 2018

On oil and gas exports, Trump administration took cues from Obama officials

North Carolina lawmakers approve $400M in Florence spending

Oct 16, 2018

North Carolina legislators are spending $400 million to help people and communities reeling from flooding left by Hurricane Florence and setting aside another $450 million for upcoming needs

Ending austerity in UK 'incompatible' with budget plan

Oct 15, 2018

A report says the British government will have to spend an extra 19 billion pounds ($25 billion) a year on public services by 2023 if it's to deliver on Prime Minister Theresa May's promise to end austerity.

US budget deficit hits highest level in 6 years

Oct 15, 2018

The federal budget deficit has surged to $779 billion in fiscal 2018

Students protest Italy's spending plans, burning effigies

Oct 13, 2018

Students across Italy demonstrated against the government's education funding plans, in the first widespread show of dissidence against the new populist government.

Higher rates: Sign of economic strength or a risk? Try both

Oct 11, 2018

Higher rates: Both a sign of US economic strength and potential risk to it

Social Security checks will grow in 2019 as inflation rises

Oct 11, 2018

Tens of millions of Social Security beneficiaries and other retirees can expect a 2.8 percent increase in benefits next year as inflation edges higher

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