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What the budget analysts say about GOP health care bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican bill to replace major portions of Barack Obama’s health care law would leave 24 million additional people uninsured over the next decade, according to projections from the Congressional Budget Office. A look at what the CBO said Monday about the House GOP plan that’s backed …

Rio is stuck with big bills and vacant venues after Olympics

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Rio de Janeiro pulled off last year’s Olympics, keeping crime at bay and fending off dire forecasts of corruption, environmental degradation, and cost overruns. Six months after South America’s first games, the flood gates have burst open. Rio organizers still owe creditors about $40 million. …

Seeking cash, Zimbabwe sells 35 elephants to China

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe’s wildlife agency said Thursday it has sold 35 elephants to China to ease overpopulation and raise funds for conservation, amid criticism from animal welfare activists that such sales are unethical. This once-prosperous country’s economy has fallen apart, and Zimbabwe’s government has said it needs to …

Rome mayor bans New Year’s fireworks

ROME (AP) — Rome’s mayor has banned New Year’s fireworks in the city, where many may already feel there’s little to celebrate given a bout of recent problems. City Hall said Thursday Mayor Virginia Raggi signed an ordinance banning the use of fireworks from Dec. 29 through Jan. 1 within …

Cambodia opposition ends boycott of parliament

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia’s opposition party ended a six-month boycott of the parliament Tuesday, saying it wants to ensure the national budget for 2017 is debated properly in the house. The Cambodia National Rescue Party had stopped attending parliamentary sessions after its members were stripped of their parliamentary …

Can mistake that ruined majestic Kashmir lake be fixed?

WULAR LAKE, India (AP) — Tucked within Kashmir’s Himalayan foothills sits a freshwater lake that was once among Asia’s largest. Long an inspiration to poets, beloved by kings, Wular Lake has been reduced in places to a fetid and stinking swamp. Just the sight of it makes Mohammed Subhan Dar …

Venezuela top court: President can bypass Congress on budget

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Critics of Venezuela’s socialist administration are denouncing as undemocratic a move to bypass Congress’ role in approving the country’s budget. The South American country’s top court ruled on Wednesday that it could approve President Nicolas Maduro’s budget instead of the opposition-controlled Congress. The court has systematically …