Right now, it's unclear how long the partial shutdown of the U.S. federal government will continue. The shutdown began at midnight Friday after President Donald Trump rejected a congressional budget compromise, and Trump has suggested that it could last a "very long" time unless he gets funding for his border wall. To those outside the United States, it's often a difficult battle to understand -- few other nations have comparable crises in reaction to domestic funding disputes. But even if the shutdown is a distinctly American phenomenon, its effect will be felt internationally in three big ways. 1. People The U.S. government employs thousands of people around the world -- people who work at U.S. embassies may be the most obvious examples. Generally, the people whose work is most vital to national security and the safety of human life are considered "excepted" and are required to work through the shutdown, instead of being put on unpaid furlough. They will be given back pay once a … [Read more...] about 3 ways the U.S. government shutdown affects world
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Friday there was a good chance the Senate would not approve his demand for $5 billion toward funding his long-demanded border wall and that there probably would be a partial U.S. government shutdown at midnight.Lawmakers scrambled to find an 11th-hour solution to avert the potential shutdown, meeting with Vice President Mike Pence and senior White House officials. Negotiators in the Senate were discussing legislation that would include $1.6 billion in border security money and retaining assistance for areas hit by natural disasters that was added by the House of Representatives, according to a Republican Senate aide.Before meeting with Senate Republicans at the White House, Trump wrote on Twitter that "Democrats now own the shutdown," despite having said last week that he would be "proud" to close the federal government over the issue of border security and "I'll be the one to shut it down." 40 PHOTOS Photos of the week: 12/14 - … [Read more...] about U.S. government shutdown looms as lawmakers seek last-minute compromise
By John Woolfolk | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: December 21, 2018 at 1:03 pm | UPDATED: December 21, 2018 at 1:04 pm Once again the U.S. government is lurching toward a partial shutdown over a funding stalemate as Democrats and Republicans in Congress feud over border policy. Unless they reach an agreement, Uncle Sam will run out of money for several major services at 9 p.m. Friday. First things first: The post office will continue to ship those last-minute gifts and the Transportation Security Administration will continue to screen travelers at the nation’s airports. But access to Alcatraz Island and other National Parks could be at risk, and if the shutdown carries on, everything from tax refunds to issuing of passports could be delayed. It would mark the third shutdown this year, after a three-day closure in January followed by a brief, early-morning lapse in February that ended before dawn when the President signed a $400 billion … [Read more...] about So the U.S. government might shut down: What’s that mean for me?
By Nina ChestneyLONDON (Reuters) - Protesters disturbed a U.S.-sponsored event promoting fossil fuels on the sidelines of U.N. climate change talks on Monday.gi The event called "U.S. innovative technologies spur economic dynamism", touting the benefits of burning fossil fuels more efficiently, infuriated campaigners and many government delegations who want the talks to focus on moving away from coal, oil and gas.Some 100 protestors in the audience at the event seized a microphone and interrupted opening remarks by Wells Griffith, the man President Donald Trump appointed as senior director for energy at the National Security Council.They waved banners and chanted: "keep it in the ground"."I'm 19 years old and I'm pissed," shouted Vic Barrett, a plaintiff in the "Juliana vs U.S." lawsuit filed in 2015 by 21 young people against the government for allowing activities that harm the climate. "I am currently suing my government for perpetuating the global climate change crisis ... Young … [Read more...] about Protestors disrupt U.S. fossil fuel event at climate talks
World International Affairs The heads of Russia, Iran and Turkey met in Tehran Friday in the latest attempt to find a solution to Syria's seven-year civil war, where they all have competing interests ahead of a major potential upcoming offensive. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani argued that their ally, the Syrian government, should press forward with a plan to forcefully retake Idlib, the final province under the control of an Islamist-led insurgency. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned that such a campaign could produce a humanitarian disaster, echoing Western concerns, and has called for a ceasefire between the military and rebels, some of which were backed by Ankara. Following their meeting, the three leaders adopted a joint statement that did not explicitly lay out the next steps for Idlib, but they "took up the situation in Idlib de-escalation area and decided to address it in line" … [Read more...] about What’s Next for Syria? Russia Is Ready to Fight, Iran Wants U.S. Out and Turkey Says No to New Battle