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EU ‘cannot trust’ UK over Northern Ireland protocol, claims Ireland’s foreign minister

The UK Government was ‘essentially breaking the protocol’, says Simon Coveney – Reuters The EU is negotiating with a partner it “simply cannot trust”, Ireland’s foreign minister has said, after the UK unilaterally decided to extend the post-Brexit grace period by several months. Yesterday the Government announced the transitional light-touch checks across the Irish Sea … Read more

Cuomo addresses harassment claims, vows to stay in office

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo intends to remain in office in the face of sexual harassment allegations that have weakened his support and led to calls for his resignation, he said Wednesday. The Democratic governor, speaking somberly in his first public appearance since three women accused him of inappropriate touching and … Read more

UPDATE 1-Myanmar U.N. envoy, junta make rival claims to U.N. representation

(Updates with rival claim, U.N. comment) By Michelle Nichols NEW YORK, March 2 (Reuters) – Myanmar’s ambassador to the United Nations in New York has formally staked his claim as the country’s legitimate representative while the junta seeks to replace him in a dispute that will likely have to be settled by the world body’s … Read more

Conservative gathering to feature Trump’s false fraud claims

WASHINGTON (AP) — A gathering of conservatives this weekend in Florida will serve as an unabashed endorsement of former President Donald Trump’s desire to remain the leader of the Republican Party — and as a forum to fan his false claim that he lost the November election only because of widespread voter fraud. Matt Schlapp, … Read more

US jobless claims at 730K, still high but fewest in 3 months

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell sharply last week in a sign that layoffs may have eased, though applications for aid remain at a historically high level. Jobless claims declined by 111,000 from the previous week to a seasonally adjusted 730,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. It is the lowest … Read more

Trump repeats election claims in interviews, is unchallenged

NEW YORK (AP) — In the first television interviews of his post-presidency, Donald Trump repeated his false claims that the election was stolen from him 10 times — each instance unprompted and unchallenged. Trump emerged this week for interviews with Fox News Channel, Newsmax and One America News Network tied to the death of Rush … Read more

US jobless claims fall slightly to 793,000 with layoffs high

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell slightly last week to 793,000, evidence that job cuts remain high despite a substantial decline in new viral infections. Last week’s total declined from 812,000 the previous week, the Labor Department said Thursday. That figure was revised higher from the previously-reported figure of 779,000. … Read more

Trump can’t hang on to lawyers after false election claims

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump spent much of his career deploying high-powered lawyers to do his bidding. Now he is having trouble finding top-tier help when he might need it most. Since losing the November election to President Joe Biden, Trump has been hemorrhaging attorneys. Established firms backed away from his baseless claims of election … Read more