Politics http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/23050/all en GLOBAL MARKETS-U.S. fiscal deal prompts rally in stocks, commodities http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130103/global-markets-us-fiscal-deal-prompts-rally-stocks-commodities <p>* Global shares jump after U.S. Congress passes budget deal * Dollar down, euro rises on increase in risk appetite * Oil jumps as commodities join rally in risky assets By Ryan Vlastelica NEW YORK, Jan 2 (Reuters) - Global stock surged while commodities rallied on Wednesday after U.S. legislators struck a deal to halt a round of automatic fiscal tightening that threatened to push the world's largest economy into recession. The deal reached on Tuesday to avert the "fiscal cliff" put off the immediate pain of income tax hikes for almost all U.S.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130103/global-markets-us-fiscal-deal-prompts-rally-stocks-commodities" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bond Business Company Location Economic history Economics Economy of the European Union Economy of the United States Euro Financial economics Foreign exchange market Futures contract Government debt Politics Quotation USD Yield curve Thomson Reuters Thu, 03 Jan 2013 15:49:34 +0000 5730978 at http://www.globalpost.com US STOCKS-Fed minutes short-circuit Wall St rally http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130103/us-stocks-fed-minutes-short-circuit-wall-st-rally <p>* Fed to continue asset buys as doubts grow * Investors eye congressional-White House battles ahead * Retailers post December sales * Positive jobs data has little impact * Indexes down: Dow 0.16 pct, S&amp;P 0.21 pct, Nasdaq 0.38 pct By Chuck Mikolajczak NEW YORK, Jan 3 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks dipped on Thursday after signs the Federal Reserve has growing concern about its highly stimulative monetary policy, giving investors reason to pull back after a two-day rally.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130103/us-stocks-fed-minutes-short-circuit-wall-st-rally" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Dow Jones & Company Dow Jones Industrial Average Economy of the United States Entertainment Environment Financial economics Futures contract Health Labor Law New York Stock Exchange Person Career Politics Quotation Stock market US Federal Reserve USD Thomson Reuters Fri, 04 Jan 2013 04:15:04 +0000 5731089 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 2-US: Time not right for Google executive's North Korea trip http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130103/update-2-us-time-not-right-google-executives-north-korea-trip <p>* Schmidt a top figure in U.S. technology industry * Purpose of trip unclear, but visit seen as private * Washington, allies trying to intensify U.N. sanctions By Arshad Mohammed WASHINGTON, Jan 3 (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department said on Thursday the time was not right for Google Inc Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt and former diplomat Bill Richardson to visit North Korea, which drew international criticism for a rocket launch last month.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130103/update-2-us-time-not-right-google-executives-north-korea-trip" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Bill Richardson Bill Richardson Department of State Diplomatic Relations Divided regions Eric Schmidt Eric Schmidt executive Google Inc Member states of the United Nations North Korea North Korea Person Career Person Location Person Travel Political geography Politics Private Quotation Republics South Korea Technology United Nations United Nations United States Victoria Nuland Thomson Reuters Fri, 04 Jan 2013 04:15:36 +0000 5731098 at http://www.globalpost.com Ghana leader appeals to rivals for unity before inauguration http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130104/ghana-leader-appeals-rivals-unity-inauguration <p>* Opposition seeking to overturn election results</p> <p>* President calls for "multi-partisan process"</p> <p>* Mahama says 2012 GDP growth 8.5 to 9 pct</p> <p>By Kwasi Kpodo</p> <p>ACCRA, Jan 4 (Reuters) - <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/internal/section-config/ghana">Ghana</a>'s president called for political unity on Friday, reaching out to rivals who are contesting his election due to suspicions of vote rigging.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130104/ghana-leader-appeals-rivals-unity-inauguration" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Candidate Position Ghana Ghana John Atta Mills John Dramani Mahama Person Career Person Party Politics Politics of Ghana Quotation Technology Vice Presidents of Ghana Thomson Reuters Fri, 04 Jan 2013 16:20:29 +0000 5731129 at http://www.globalpost.com U.S. Postal Service looks to new Congress for rescue http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130104/us-postal-service-looks-new-congress-rescue <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <p>* Postal Service says it loses $25 million each day</p> <p>* Outcome for legislation uncertain in new Congress</p> <p>By Elvina Nawaguna</p> <p>WASHINGTON, Jan 4 (Reuters) - The U.S. Congress that expired this week might have steered the nation away from the "fiscal cliff" of potentially devastating tax hikes and spending cuts, but it did not do much to save the U.S. Postal Service from its own fast-approaching cliff.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130104/us-postal-service-looks-new-congress-rescue" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Candidate Position Congress Government Internal Revenue Service John E. Potter Person Career Person Location Person Party Politics Quotation Tom Carper Trade unions in the United States United States United States Congress United States Postal Service United States Senate Thomson Reuters Fri, 04 Jan 2013 17:56:51 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5731152 at http://www.globalpost.com Budget battles threaten to limit Obama's second-term agenda http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130104/budget-battles-threaten-limit-obamas-second-term-agenda <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <p>* Fiscal fights may consume Washington, elbow out all else</p> <p>* Obama vows to push ahead with broader agenda</p> <p>* 'A high level of dysfunction' makes legislative wins hard</p> <p>By John Whitesides</p> <p>WASHINGTON, Jan 4 (Reuters) - After a brutal "fiscal cliff" battle, President Barack Obama's looming budget confrontation with Congress threatens to sharply curtail his second-term agenda and limit his ambitions on priorities such as immigration reform and gun control.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130104/budget-battles-threaten-limit-obamas-second-term-agenda" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Barack Obama Barack Obama Barack Obama foreign policy Business Candidate Position Democratic Party Economic policy of Barack Obama Economy of the United States Entertainment Environment Government Health Joe Biden Labor Person Career Politics Presidency of Barack Obama Quotation Social Issues United States United States public debt Thomson Reuters Fri, 04 Jan 2013 19:31:20 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5731175 at http://www.globalpost.com Sudan, South Sudan agree once again to set up buffer zone http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130105/sudan-south-sudan-agree-once-again-set-buffer-zone <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <p>By Aaron Maasho</p> <p>ADDIS ABABA, Jan 5 (Reuters) - The presidents of Sudan and South Sudan agreed on Saturday to set up a demilitarised zone along their disputed border, a condition for restarting oil exports, an African Union mediator said on Saturday, without giving a time frame.</p> <p>Sudan's Omar Hassan al-Bashir and South Sudan's Salva Kiir had agreed in September to withdraw their armies from the border area, a move both say is necessary to allow oil to flow again from landlocked South Sudan through Sudan.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130105/sudan-south-sudan-agree-once-again-set-buffer-zone" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Abyei Africa African Union Business Dinka people Omar al-Bashir Person Career Politics Quotation Rebels Salva Kiir Mayardit Second Sudanese Civil War South Kordofan South Sudan–Sudan relations Sudan Sudan People's Liberation Army/Movement Thomson Reuters Sat, 05 Jan 2013 21:26:55 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5731259 at http://www.globalpost.com Syrians brush off Assad speech, fighting continues http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130107/syrians-brush-assad-speech-fighting-continues <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><body></body></p> <p>By Oliver Holmes</p> <p>BEIRUT, Jan 7 (Reuters) - Syrians said on Monday they<br /> expected only war after a speech by President Bashar al-Assad<br /> that was billed as a peace plan, and fighting resumed in the<br /> capital just a few miles from where he spoke.</p> <p>Hours after Assad addressed cheering loyalists at the<br /> Damascus Opera House on Sunday, clashes raged just a few miles<br /> away near the road to the city's international airport, the<br /> Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130107/syrians-brush-assad-speech-fighting-continues" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Armed Attack Asia Assad family Bashar al-Assad Bashar al-Assad Entertainment Fertile Crescent Golan Heights Hafez al-Assad Person Career Politics Quotation Syria Technology War Thomson Reuters Mon, 07 Jan 2013 14:08:18 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5731326 at http://www.globalpost.com Kuwait sentences second man to jail for insulting emir -lawyer http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130107/kuwait-sentences-second-man-jail-insulting-emir-lawyer <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><body></body></p> <p>DUBAI, Jan 7 (Reuters) - A Kuwaiti court sentenced a man to<br /> two years in prison on Monday for insulting the country's ruler<br /> on Twitter, his lawyer said, the second to be jailed for the<br /> offence in as many days.</p> <p>The U.S.-allied Gulf Arab state has clamped down in recent<br /> months on political activists who have been using social media<br /> websites to criticise the government and the ruling family.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130107/kuwait-sentences-second-man-jail-insulting-emir-lawyer" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Al-Sabah Arrest Asia Conviction Employment Relation House of Al-Sabah House of Sabah Kuwait Middle East Person Career Politics Quotation Religion Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah Sabah II Al-Sabah Technology Thomson Reuters Mon, 07 Jan 2013 14:08:37 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5731328 at http://www.globalpost.com South African farm workers to revive wine region strikes http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130107/south-african-farm-workers-revive-wine-region-strikes <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><body></body></p> <p>* Seeking minimum daily wage of $17.50 from $8</p> <p>* Last action left two dead after wave of mine strikes</p> <p>* Farm owners say power costs mean cannot afford higher<br /> wages</p> <p>By Wendell Roelf</p> <p>CAPE TOWN, Jan 7 (Reuters) - Thousands of South African farm<br /> workers will go on strike in the Western Cape wine region from<br /> Wednesday, reviving labour action for higher wages in which two<br /> workers were killed in clashes with police and vineyards were<br /> damaged.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130107/south-african-farm-workers-revive-wine-region-strikes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa African Regional Organisation of the International Trade Union Confederation Apartheid in South Africa Congress of South African Trade Unions Man Made Disaster Person Career Politics Politics of South Africa Quotation Racial segregation South Africa Trade union Trade unions in South Africa USD Thomson Reuters Mon, 07 Jan 2013 14:09:05 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5731335 at http://www.globalpost.com Reuters Health News Summary http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130107/reuters-health-news-summary <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><body></body></p> <p>Following is a summary of current health news briefs.</p> <p>Competition affects who gets a liver transplant: study<br /> 2013-01-07T015437Z_1_BRE906019_RTROPTC_0_US-LIVER-COMPETITION.X<br /> ML () -</p> <p>Analysis: Obama may turn Medicare reform into wider health<br /> debate</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130107/reuters-health-news-summary" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Education Flu pandemic in the United States Government Health Health care in the United States Healthcare reform in the United States Influenza A virus subtype H1N1 Labor Medicare Person Career Politics Social Issues Technology United States National Health Care Act Thomson Reuters Mon, 07 Jan 2013 14:09:31 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5731340 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 2-IMF official in Egypt as currency crisis bites http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130107/update-2-imf-official-egypt-currency-crisis-bites <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><body></body></p> <p>* IMF official to discuss $4.8 bln loan</p> <p>* HSBC sees IMF visit as positive</p> <p>* Parliamentary vote looms in coming months</p> <p>* Qatari PM due in Cairo on Tuesday for talks</p> <p>By Tom Perry and Yasmine Saleh</p> <p>CAIRO, Jan 7 (Reuters) - A senior IMF official met Egypt's<br /> government on Monday to discuss a vital $4.8 billion loan as the<br /> Islamist-led state battles to contain a currency crisis set off<br /> by political turmoil that is depleting its foreign reserves.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130107/update-2-imf-official-egypt-currency-crisis-bites" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Arab world Business Disaster Egypt Hosni Mubarak International development International economics International Monetary Fund International Monetary Fund International relations Person Career Person Communication Politics Pound sterling Quotation Technology Thomson Reuters Mon, 07 Jan 2013 14:09:26 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5731338 at http://www.globalpost.com Spanish regions angry at "provocative" defence minister speech http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130107/spanish-regions-angry-at-provocative-defence-minister-speech <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><body></body></p> <p>By Clare Kane</p> <p>MADRID, Jan 7 (Reuters) - Two Spanish regions with strong<br /> independence movements reacted angrily on Monday to a speech by<br /> the country's defence minister that said the military was<br /> prepared and calm in the face of "absurd provocations".</p> <p>Defence Minister Pedro Morenes made the comments at Spain's<br /> annual Epiphany military parade on Sunday, provoking reaction<br /> from politicians in Catalonia, where leaders are moving towards<br /> a referendum on independence from Spain, and the Basque Country.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130107/spanish-regions-angry-at-provocative-defence-minister-speech" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Autonomous communities of Spain Basque conflict Basque nationalism Basque politics Batasuna Catalonia ETA Europe Francoist Spain Person Career Politics Politics of Spain Quotation Spain Thomson Reuters Mon, 07 Jan 2013 17:21:49 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5731376 at http://www.globalpost.com Ghana opposition boycotts president's inauguration http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130107/ghana-opposition-boycotts-presidents-inauguration <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><body></body></p> <p>* Opposition accused Mahama of rigging poll</p> <p>* Observers said voting was free and fair</p> <p>* Mahama promises unity, development</p> <p>By Kwasi Kpodo</p> <p>ACCRA, Jan 7 (Reuters) - Ghana's opposition boycotted the<br /> inauguration of President John Dramani Mahama on Monday,<br /> ignoring his appeals to end a dispute over last month's election<br /> in the West African state seen as a model democracy in the<br /> coup-prone region.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130107/ghana-opposition-boycotts-presidents-inauguration" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Diplomatic Relations Ghana Ghanaian presidential election Hospitality John Atta Mills John Dramani Mahama John Kufuor Law MPs elected in the Ghanaian parliamentary election Nana Akufo-Addo New Patriotic Party Person Career Person Party Political Relationship Politics Politics of Ghana President Quotation Technology Vice Presidents of Ghana Thomson Reuters Mon, 07 Jan 2013 19:58:10 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5731391 at http://www.globalpost.com Berlin mayor quits as airport chairman after further delay http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130107/berlin-mayor-quits-airport-chairman-after-further-delay <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><body></body></p> <p>BERLIN, Jan 7 (Reuters) - Berlin mayor Klaus Wowereit said<br /> on Monday he was stepping down as supervisory board chairman of<br /> Berlin's new international airport following another<br /> postponement of the opening date for the city's flagship<br /> project.</p> <p>Wowereit, 59, a senior member of Germany's main opposition<br /> Social Democrats (SPD), has faced criticism for the repeated<br /> delays in opening the 4.3-billion euro ($5.6 billion) Willy<br /> Brandt International Airport.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130107/berlin-mayor-quits-airport-chairman-after-further-delay" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Berlin CDATA City-states Government Inner German border Klaus Wowereit Person Attributes Person Career Politics Politics of Germany Quotation Social Democratic Party of Germany Thomson Reuters Mon, 07 Jan 2013 19:58:12 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5731392 at http://www.globalpost.com