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US: Tillerson calls for India ties to counter China

The US would "never have the same relationship with China, a non-democratic society," he added.

Maltese PM Offers 'Substantial' Reward for Information on Journalist's Murder

Malta’s Prime Minister Joseph Muscat is offering a “substantial” reward for information on Monday’s shocking murder of Maltese investigative journalist Daphne Galizia. “We will make sure our investigators have all the resources they need and all the foreign expertise necessary to get to the bottom of this,” Muscat told Reuters Wednesday. He said no expense will be spared to find the killers. The FBI and Dutch forensic experts are on Malta to help with the investigation. A bomb tore… Read Full Article

WASH Project in Cartago

Through our public health projects, Cross-Cultural Solutions has supported the campaign spearheaded by UNICEF to ensure that all children go to a school with water, sanitation and hygiene facilities. WASH in Schools (Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene) supports global efforts to realize the vision of a world where all children go to schools that provide a safe, healthy and comfortable environment where they can grow, learn and thrive. WASH in Schools improves attendance, health and cognitive… Read Full Article

China third quarter growth meets expectations at 6.8%

The world's second largest economy has taken steps to rein in debt and cool the housing market.

Brazil's President Temer escapes corruption charges in Congress committee

President Temer denies any wrongdoing, but he still faces a vote by all members of the lower house.

Australian Citizenship Overhaul Thwarted in Senate

After a more stringent citizenship bill failed in the Senate Wednesday, the Australian government says it will lower its standard for English language skills in a trade-off for other, tougher citizenship legislation.  Immigration and Border Protection Minister Peter Dutton said on Thursday the government is willing to lower its competency requirement for English language skills to modest, a designation of basic communication skills with many mistakes.  Language skills are not currently… Read Full Article

US Court OKs Undocumented Teen's Abortion

A federal judge has ordered the U.S. government to allow an undocumented teenager, who is in detention in south Texas, to have an abortion. Jane Doe, as she is known in court to protect her privacy, has been detained in a refugee shelter in Brownsville, Texas, since Sept. 11, when she was apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border. While Doe, 17, obtained required permission from a state judge to carry out the abortion, the Health and Human Services Department (HHS) has refused to grant her… Read Full Article

New Zealand Maverick Close to Choosing Governing Partner

New Zealanders expect to learn Thursday if their next prime minister will be 37-year-old liberal challenger Jacinda Ardern or 55-year-old conservative incumbent Bill English. The maverick leader of a small party that holds the balance of power said he would be making an announcement. New Zealand First leader Winston Peters, 72, is expected to declare which of the main parties he favors joining in a coalition. New Zealand First has been negotiating privately with Ardern’s Labour Party and… Read Full Article

Catalonia: Spain ultimatum looms over independence push

Madrid is set to impose direct rule unless Catalonia's leader abandons an independence bid.

Puerto Rico Still Struggling One Month After Hurricane Maria

One month after Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico, the basic necessities — food, water and power — are still in short supply on the island.  And the weather woes continue for the U.S. territory. The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for a large part of the island Wednesday, including San Juan and the vicinity. Puerto Rico has had steady rain all week, and the NWS warned that with the soil saturated, many rivers and streams could overflow their banks if the heavy rains… Read Full Article