Tax hikes loom as US House nears vote on pair of spending bills
08 November 2021 | 8:14 am
With the US House of Representatives moving towards a vote on a $1.75 trillion social spending and climate package, the country could see a string of new tax hikes. Also, eco-friendly fashion designers hope to change a sector known for a heavy carbon footprint and enthusiasts of NFTs (non-fungible tokens) meet up in New York City.
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Angela Merkel took a rare foray into partisan campaigning in parliament in a session just weeks ahead of national elections. Merkel not only lauded her own government's record, but also took aim at the poll leader.
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Germany’s top court decided in 2019 that adults who have legal guardians should no longer be barred from taking part in elections. Now many of them will do so for the first time.
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Libyan lawmakers are split over the unity government, but also over the question of whether the latest no-confidence vote was valid. The row raises questions about a UN-backed election.
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Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system is on course for a $1-billion cash injection from the United States, after a bill was approved in the US House of Representatives.
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Swiss same-sex couples have won the right to marry after voters overwhelmingly backed its legalization in a referendum. The vote was brought about by conservative politicians opposed to LGBTQ+ marriages.
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Germany's CDU-CSU alliance should be relegated to the opposition benches, Olaf Scholz, who led his Social Democratic Party to a narrow election win over the conservatives, says.
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