Labor unions win, drug companies lose in new trade deal

Here’s how the Trump administration managed to thread the needle to attain what could be one of the most bipartisan trade deals in history: How this deal is different from NAFTA. The deal overhauls the 25-year-old NAFTA by establishing new rules for the internet age and imposing higher costs on auto companies that have plants […]

Philip McKeon, who starred on TV’s ‘Alice’ as a child, dead at age 55

Philip McKeon, the former child actor who played young Tommy Hyatt on the 1976-85 CBS sitcom “Alice,” died Tuesday in Texas after a long illness. The elder brother of “Facts of Life” actress Nancy McKeon was 55. His death was announced by family spokesman Jeff Ballard. “We are all beyond heartbroken and devastated over Phil’s […]

Jim Smith, former Derby, Oxford and Portsmouth manager, dies aged 79

Jim Smith, one of the most popular and experienced managers in the recent history of English football, has died at the age of 79 after a long illness. A manager for almost 1,500 games across nine clubs and 39 years, Smith won promotions at Birmingham City, Oxford United, Colchester United and Derby County but also famously […]

Merriam-Webster: Non-binary pronoun ‘they’ is word of year

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Singer Sam Smith came out as non-binary this year, and confirmed that their pronouns are they/them Merriam-Webster has named “they” its word of the year. The US dictionary also recently added a new definition of “they”, reflecting its use as a singular personal pronoun for non-binary people. Searches for […]

U.S., Canada and Mexico reach agreement on free trade deal to replace NAFTA, clearing way for implementation

OTTAWA — An agreement has been reached on a North American free trade deal, with all three countries set to sign the agreement today. Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland will take part in a meeting and signing ceremony with U.S. trade czar Robert Lighthizer and their Mexican counterpart, Jesus Seade, in Mexico City this afternoon. […]

Out of the hat – VoxEurop (English)

Following the 9 December summit in Paris with President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Russian President Vladimir Putin, whose countries have been at war since Moscow’s annexation of Crimea in 2014, have agreed to exchange all respective prisoners by the end of the year, to disengage their soldiers […]

Brazilian president calls activist Greta Thunberg a ‘brat’

Jair Bolsonaro and Greta Thunberg (AP) Brazilian president calls activist Greta Thunberg a ‘brat’ Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has called young Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg a “brat” after she expressed concern about the killings of indigenous Brazilians in the Amazon. Email Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has called young Swedish environmental activist […]

Japanese island of Mageshima could become an unsinkable US aircraft carrier

Japan’s government announced this week that it’s buying Mageshima Island, an uninhabited outcrop 21 miles (34 kilometers) from the southernmost Japanese main island of Kyushu. The island, most of which is owned by a privately held Tokyo development company, is uninhabited and hosts two intersecting unpaved runways that were abandoned under a previous development project. […]

Helen McCourt: Release of killer Ian Simms to be reviewed

Image copyright PA Image caption Helen McCourt was murdered by Ian Simms in Billinge, Merseyside, in 1988 A decision to sanction the release of the man who murdered Helen McCourt is to be reviewed by the parole board. Ian Simms, 63, was jailed in 1989 for murdering Helen McCourt who disappeared in February 1988, aged […]

‘Adulting’ is hard. UC Berkeley has a class for that

Conner Wright is carrying a demanding course load in his final year as an English major at UC Berkeley: antebellum American literature, introduction to music therapy and a research seminar on William Shakespeare. The 20-year-old senior is immersed in the works of Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Herman Melville and Harriet Jacobs. But Wright, […]