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US Treasury Secretary Mnuchin watching Chinese yuan weakness for manipulation

“The United States is monitoring the recent weakness in China’s yuan currency and will review whether the currency has been manipulated, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told Reuters on Friday” writes unknown author for cnbc.com. Mnuchin said in an interview in Sao Paulo, Brazil, that the yuan’s weakness would be reviewed as part of the U.S. Treasury’s semi-annual report on currency manipulation.Mnuchin said the reason for applying the label on China is partly because the yuan had been rising or stable until earlier this year.Mnuchin’s comments raised the specter of designating…

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FEELING SICK? You Can Soon Ask Alexa For NHS-Approved Advice

“As part of that, Amazon will soon offer a NHS Choices Alexa skill that will allow anyone to ask their smart speaker a health-related question and in response get tailored advice” writes unknown author for huffingtonpost.com. Of the £487 million that has been promised it’s expected that around £412 million will be used on allowing patients greater access to health services at home. Source: huffingtonpost.com Share This:

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Senate moves to install VA nominee following reports of staff targeting by acting secretary

“The employees were not told why they were being moved, according to current and former VA staff members” reports washingtonpost.com. The personnel changes have been carried out by Peter O’Rourke, a former Trump campaign staff member who has been serving as VA’s acting secretary since May 30. Source: washingtonpost.com Share This:

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Disabled Benefits Claimants To Receive £150m In Back-Payments

“PA Wire/PA Images Work and Pensions secretary Esther McVey has announced that the claimants will be receiving back-payments totalling 150m” writes unknown author for huffingtonpost.com. The Work and Pensions secretary, Esther McVey, announced the Government would be ditching the policy, and would now repay claimants back to 2011.The government has made a U-turn by announcing it will pay back thousands of disability benefit claimants in full after about 70,000 people were underpaid.Campaigners said the move could increase the number of claimants receiving payments from 70,000 to 250,000, with some in line for…

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Interior Department watchdog investigating Ryan Zinke’s foundation after real estate deal

“It was also reported at the time that the transaction, pursued to build a commercial development, was a private deal unrelated to Halliburton” reports washingtonexaminer.com. When news first broke that Lesar was trying to buy real estate managed by Zinke’s Great Northern Veterans Peace Park Foundation in his hometown of Whitefish, Mont., Zinke’s spokeswoman Heather Swift said the secretary was no longer affiliated with the organization. Source: washingtonexaminer.com Share This:

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VA cleaning house of Trump haters: Report

“Trump allies at the Department of Veterans Affairs have begun an effort to oust or transfer officials at the agency who appear to be disloyal to President Trump, according to a new report” writes Ap Photo Jacquelyn for washingtonexaminer.com. The report comes as Trump’s nominee to lead the agency, Robert Wilkie, is awaiting full confirmation from the Senate. He served as acting secretary of the VA following David Shulkin’s removal, and as he awaits confirmation, has returned to his role as head of military personnel at the Defense Department. [Also…

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David Davis: Britain risks ‘giving up a real future’ over Brexit

“David Davis has warned that Britain risks “giving up a real future” over Brexit in his first intervention since quitting the Cabinet over Theresa May’s Chequer’s compromise” writes William Hague for telegraph.co.uk. The Brexit Secretary said that the EU is “slow and not very effective” and warned that Britain benefits the least from its current free trade with Brussels. The former Brexit Secretary urged MPs to back the customs bill and the trade bill this week, before arguing how business can operate… Source: telegraph.co.uk Share This:

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Mike Pompeo rejects EU appeal for exemptions in sanctions against Iran

“Mike Pompeo, the US Secretary of State, has rejected a high-level appeal from the EU for exemptions from sanctions against Iran, throwing into doubt billions of euros worth of trade” writes Tim Stanley for telegraph.co.uk. In a letter to the nations’ finance and foreign ministers, Mr Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin rejected the appeal, saying America wanted to exert “unprecedented financial pressure” on Tehran after President Donald Trump pulled out of the nuclear deal in May. Mr Pompeo added that the US will not ease the sanctions until it sees…

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Theresa May ready to cave in to hardliners’ demands

“Theresa May is preparing to cave in to hardline Brexiters over amendments to the customs bill rather than allow Jacob Rees-Mogg and colleagues to stage a show of parliamentary strength” writes Jessica Elgot for theguardian.com. Scott Mann, the MP for North Cornwall, became the latest Conservative MP to resign a government post over the Chequers deal on Monday, in a rolling protest from concerned backbenchers.As the prime minister tries to sell her Chequers deal on Brexit to the public and her own backbenchers, the European Research Group (ERG) of pro-Brexit…

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PHILADELPHIA — The U.S. homeland security secretary said on Saturday there are no signs that Russia is targeting this year’s midterm elections with the same “scale or scope” it targeted the 2016 presidential election.

“But coming amid fresh allegations into Russia’s attempts to sway the 2016 election, the sessions on election security have a higher level of urgency and interest” reports washingtonexaminer.com. Nielsen said her agency will help state and local election officials prepare their systems for cyberattacks from Russia or elsewhere.PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The U.S. homeland security secretary said on Saturday there are no signs that Russia is targeting this year’s midterm elections with the same “scale or scope” it targeted the 2016 presidential election.The election officials talked about technical details of blocking…

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