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FILE PHOTO: A placard reads, "deport AFD now", during nationwide protests against racism and plans of Germany's far-right Alternative for Germany (AFD) party to deport foreigners, in Bonn, Germany, January 21, 2024.

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Can Germany defund its own far-right?

Germany’s Federal Constitutional Court ruled Tuesday that the small far-right Die Heimat party may not receive funding from the federal government because of its anti-democratic and ethno-nationalist goals. Die Heimat isn’t a big player in German politics, but the Alternative für Deutschland is. And as AfD is drawing the support of about 23% of Germans, according to recent polls, centrist parties are eyeing the same pathway to box them out financially.

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U.S. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) arrives to deliver a statement on allegations surrounding U.S. President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden, as the House of Representatives returns from its summer break facing a looming deadline to avoid a government shutdown while spending talks continue on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., September 12, 2023.

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Will the House GOP’s Biden impeachment probe backfire?

After much back-and-forth in recent months, embattled House Speaker Kevin McCarthy has officially launched an impeachment inquiry against US President Joe Biden.

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US summer travel may be easier than you think, says Pete Buttigieg
US summer travel may be easier than you think, says Pete Buttigieg | GZERO World

US summer travel may be easier than you think, says Pete Buttigieg

Memorial Day weekend signals that the unofficial start of the summer travel season is upon us. And if last year’s travel woes were any indication (paging: Southwest Airlines), we can expect long lines at TSA, full planes stranded on the tarmac, and lots and lots of cancellations. But, according to US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, things are not as dire as they may seem.

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Key Japanese lawmaker says third extra budget may not be last

November 30, 2020 5:00 PM

The openness to more spending underscores concerns that rising waves of the virus could derail Japan's recovery.

Malaysia unveils largest budget to reverse first recession in a decade

November 07, 2020 5:00 AM

Malaysia will continue pump-priming its coronavirus-battered economy, with Budget 2021 unveiled yesterday being the nation's largest ever, in a bid to reverse its first recession in over a decade.

Covid-19 war chest being beefed up

November 07, 2020 5:00 AM

KUALA LUMPUR • Malaysia plans to boost its Covid-19 war chest by raising its ceiling by as much as RM20 billion to RM65 billion (S$21.2 billion), Finance Minister Tengku Zafrul Aziz said yesterday.

Malaysia's Opposition unimpressed by budget, says bipartisan demands not met

November 06, 2020 8:48 PM

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia's Opposition on Friday (Nov 6) said the federal budget tabled by the Muhyiddin Yassin administration lacked a clear direction for economic recovery post the coronavirus pandemic, as several bipartisan demands made by the opposition remained unfulfilled in the budget.

Malaysia allows pension fund withdrawals to help those who lost jobs

November 06, 2020 6:05 PM

PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - The Malaysian government has announced that members of pension fund Employees Provident Fund (EPF) can withdraw up to RM500 (S$164) a month, RM6,000 over 12 months.

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