White House believes up to 100 Dem votes may be needed on debt ceiling deal

White House aides privately estimate they may need to deliver as many as 100 Democratic votes to ensure an eventual debt limit deal can pass the narrowly divided House, two people familiar with the matter told POLITICO. The informal projection is driven by lingering doubts among Biden officials over House Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s ability to … Read more

Beating victim was ‘compliant’ before cop hit him, former Fall River officer testifies

FALL RIVER — David Lafrance, the alleged victim in the case against former Fall River police officer Michael Pessoa, was verbally belligerent and threatened to assault officers responding to a dispute at his apartment in February 2019, but physically cooperating before Pessoa struck him, another officer told a jury Tuesday. Sean Aguiar was the second former police … Read more

German police conduct searches in investigation of climate activists

BERLIN (AP) — Authorities raided 15 properties across Germany on Wednesday and seized assets in an investigation into the financing of protests by the Last Generation climate activist group, prosecutors said. Munich prosecutors said they were investigating seven people, ranging in age from 22 to 38, on suspicion of forming or supporting a criminal organization. … Read more

Greek party leaders to meet for coalition talks, open way for new elections

ATHENS (Reuters) – Greek parties that made it to the parliament after last weekend’s inconclusive elections are expected to meet on Wednesday in a last-ditch effort to form a coalition government. But the process is not expected to succeed as the top three parties have already rejected separate mandates to form a coalition, opening the … Read more

Unloved Dividend Stocks Are Now Worth a Nibble

Text size *** ONE-TIME USE *** The Microsoft-backed ChatGPT logo displayed on a smartphone in Washington, DC, on March 15, 2023. Oliver Douliery/AFP/Getty Images The stampede into artificial intelligence, the market’s newest new thing, has left dividend stocks looking stodgy and unloved. They’re also becoming bargains. The promise of AI and its ability to reduce … Read more

Boris Johnson’s police referral came completely from civil servants, claims minister

Boris Johnson, the former prime minister, is pictured yesterday during a meeting with Greg Abbott, the governor of Texas, in Austin, Texas – Jordan Vonderhaar/Bloomberg Ministers played absolutely no role in handing over new partygate information about Boris Johnson to the police, the Justice Secretary said after allies of the former premier claimed he was … Read more

Al Gore’s Firm Says Buying Alibaba Stock Was a ‘Mistake’

Text size Generation Investment, which is chaired by former Vice President Al Gore, exited its stake in Chinese online giant Alibaba. Ian Forsyth/Getty Images Al Gore’s investment firm recently made major changes in its investment portfolio. Generation Investment Management, which former Vice President Gore co-founded, sold its entire investment in Chinese online giant Alibaba Group … Read more

Suicide bomber hits checkpoint in northwest Pakistan, killing 4 in second attack in as many days

Miran Shah, Pakistan (AP) — A suicide bomber targeted a security checkpoint in northwestern Pakistan on Wednesday, killing two soldiers, a policeman and a civilian, security officials said. It was the second attack to hit Pakistan in as many days. The bombing happened in North Waziristan, a district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province that borders Afghanistan … Read more

South Korea says technical problems occur ahead of homegrown rocket launch

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea’s science ministry said technical problems had occurred during preparations for the third flight of its homegrown space rocket ahead of liftoff on Wednesday, and local media reported the launch would be rescheduled. South Korea is aspiring to be a key player in space technology, competing with its Asian neighbours. Media … Read more