Gov't shutdown, health bill rescue at stake in Congress WASHINGTON (AP) - Bipartisan bargainers are making progress toward a budget deal to prevent a partial federal shutdown this weekend, a major hurdle overcome when President Donald Trump signaled he would put off his demand that the measure include money to build his border wall with Mexico. Republicans are also vetting proposed changes to their beleaguered health care bill that they hope will attract enough votes to finally push it through the House. Both efforts come with Congress back from a two-week break just days before Trump's 100th day in office, an unofficial measuring stick of a new president's effectiveness. With little to show in legislative victories so far, the Trump administration would love to claim achievements on Capitol Hill by that day - this Saturday.
Voices from around the world consider Trump's first 100 days It was the most stunning political victory of the 21st century, one that brought shocked concern in many parts of the world and cheers in others. One uncontroversial certainty was that it would cause reverberations around the globe. Donald Trump campaigned on an "America First" platform, but has found himself as president drawn into thorny geopolitical complexities aplenty in the first 100 days of his administration. Relations with Russia plummeted to "an all-time low," as Trump himself described it, in the wake of the U.S. missile strikes on the Syrian government's airfield in response to a deadly chemical attack. The administration's Syria policy and how to handle President Bashar Assad seesawed.
10 Things to Know for Today Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. PROGRESS MADE TO AVERT GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN A major hurdle is overcome when Trump signals he would put off his demand that the measure include money to build his border wall with Mexico. 2. ARKANSAS PERFORMS DOUBLE EXECUTION After going nearly 12 years without executing an inmate, the state now has executed three in a few days - including two in one night. 3. HOW GLOBE VIEWS TRUMP'S PRESIDENCY 100 DAYS IN People from Pyongyang, Damascus, Tehran, Mogadishu, Moscow, Tel Aviv, the West Bank, Berlin and Mexico City weigh in as the U.S.
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Arkansas denies man gulped for air during 1 of 2 executions VARNER, Ark. (AP) - After going nearly 12 years without executing an inmate, Arkansas now has executed three in a few days - including two in one night. Jack Jones and Marcel Williams received lethal injections on the same gurney Monday night, just about three hours apart. It was the first double execution in the United States since 2000. While Jones, 52, was executed on schedule, shortly after 7 p.m., attorneys for Williams, 46, convinced a federal judge minutes later to briefly delay his execution over concerns about how the earlier one was carried out. They claimed Jones "was moving his lips and gulping for air," an account the state's attorney general denied, but the judge lifted her stay about an hour later and Williams was pronounced dead at 10:33 p.m.
Seoul: North Korea holds drill to mark military anniversary PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) - South Korea's military said Tuesday that North Korea held major live-fire drills in an area around its eastern coastal town of Wonsan as it marked the anniversary of the founding of its military. The exercise took place as a U.S. guided-missile submarine arrived in South Korea and envoys from the United States, Japan and South Korea met in Tokyo to discuss the growing threat posed by North Korea's nuclear weapons and missiles program. Experts thought North Korea might conduct a nuclear test or a ballistic missile launch to mark the anniversary, but as of Tuesday evening neither had occurred.
Pope tells Egypt ahead of visit he comes as peace messenger VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis has told the Egyptian people he is coming to Cairo this week as a friend and a "messenger of peace." In a videotaped message in Italian released by the Vatican on Tuesday, Francis says he hopes the pilgrimage will be "an embrace of consolation and of encouragement to all Christians in the Middle East." Twin bombings of Coptic Christian churches in Egypt on Palm Sunday killed 44 people. Francis departs for Cairo on Friday and returns on Saturday. He wished the "dear people of Egypt" peace and said he was coming "with a joyful and grateful heart." Francis expressed hope that his trip to the majority Muslim nation might also "offer a valid contribution to interreligious dialogue with the Islamic world, and to ecumenical dialogue with the venerated and beloved Coptic Orthodox Church." Egypt's Copts, the Middle East's largest Christian community, have long reported suffering discrimination as well as outright attacks.
Overcoming Opioids: Special schools help teens stay clean INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - When Logan Snyder got hooked on pills after a prescription to treat pain from a kidney stone, she joined the millions already swept up in the nation's grim wave of addiction to opioid painkillers. She was just 14. Youth is a drawback when it comes to kicking drugs. Only half of U.S. treatment centers accept teenagers and even fewer offer teen-focused groups or programs. After treatment, adolescents find little structured support. They're outnumbered by adults at self-help meetings. Sober youth drop-in centers are rare. Returning to school means resisting offers to get high with old friends. But Snyder is lucky: Her slide ended when her father got her into a residential drug treatment program.
Ivanka Trump in Berlin to talk women's economic empowerment BERLIN (AP) - Ivanka Trump is joining Chancellor Angela Merkel and others in Berlin on Tuesday for talks on encouraging women's economic empowerment on her first international outing as a White House adviser. The one-day visit, at the invitation of the chancellor, gives Merkel and other officials face-to-face access with the influential daughter of President Donald Trump at a time when world leaders are still trying to discern where his policies will lead. Trump and Merkel are part of a panel discussion Tuesday at the W20 Summit, a women-focused effort within the Group of 20 countries, entitled "Inspiring women: Scaling up women's entrepreneurship." Other participants include IMF director Christine Lagarde, Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland and the Netherlands' Queen Maxima.
Smugglers become a lifeline for the starving in South Sudan WANYJOK, South Sudan (AP) - Sadiq Mohammed climbs into the cab of a truck that looks more like a nightclub than a smuggler's perch. Red and yellow tassels dangle from the ceiling, while tapestry drapes much of the windshield. He switches on the electric fan above his head and nestles into the front seat, which he's fitted with a more comfortable lawn chair. The Sudanese trader-turned-smuggler says life is good. With both civil war and famine raging in South Sudan, "I have more business now than before." After crossing from Sudan into this small South Sudan town, the 38-year-old father of two unpacks his shipment of food before trying to relax from his three-day journey.
Tough court on immigration serves as model for Trump plans DEL RIO, Texas (AP) - One by one, the Mexican men stood in the jury box, shackles rattling as they fidgeted slightly and pleaded guilty to crossing the U.S. border illegally. They had come for better jobs, many to earn more money to help raise their children, their defense lawyer told a federal magistrate in a quiet west Texas courtroom about 3 miles (5 kilometers) north of the Mexican border. The magistrate, Collis White, warned that a guilty plea would mean jail time and they couldn't return to the United States legally for years. Speaking in Spanish, each of the 15 men said they understood and took their chances.