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US healthcare: Senate ‘skinny repeal’ bill fails

US healthcare: Senate ‘skinny repeal’ bill fails 28 July 2017 From the section US & Canada Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Arizona senator John McCain was among three Republicans to vote against the repeal The latest attempt to repeal the Obama-era healthcare act has failed after a dramatic night in the US Senate. At least three Republicans – John McCain, Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski – voted against the bill, which needed a simple majority to pass. It was voted down by 51 votes to 49. The so-called “skinny” repeal, which would have scaled back some of the...

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Japan defence minister once tipped to be first female PM resigns

Japan defence minister once tipped to be first female PM resigns 28 July 2017 From the section Asia Image copyright AFP The woman once seen as on track to becoming Japan’s first female prime minister has resigned as defence minister. Tomomi Inada, a close ally of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, stepped down over an alleged cover-up of documents on a controversial peacekeeping deployment. She was seen as an Abe protégé, sharing his staunchly nationalist views. Her resignation comes as the prime minister sees a sharp plunge in public support over alleged cronyism. The 58-year-old Mrs Inada had already been...

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Pakistan braces for Panama Papers verdict on PM Nawaz Sharif

Pakistan braces for Panama Papers verdict on PM Nawaz Sharif 28 July 2017 From the section Asia Image copyright AFP Pakistan is bracing itself for a landmark court verdict that could see Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif forced to resign over corruption allegations. It follows an investigation into his family’s wealth after the 2015 Panama Papers dump linked Mr Sharif’s children to offshore companies. Mr Sharif denies any wrongdoing, but the case has exposed a divided nation. The Supreme Court will decide if the case is to be dismissed, sent to trial or if he should simply be disqualified. No...

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