MEXICO CITY | US pledges $10.6B aid for Central America, southern Mexico

MEXICO CITY — The United States pledged $5.8 billion in aid Tuesday for strengthening government and economic development in Central America, and another $4.8 billion in development aid for southern Mexico. The U.S aid aims to promote better security conditions and job opportunities as part of a regional plan to allow Central Americans and Mexicans … Continue reading MEXICO CITY | US pledges $10.6B aid for Central America, southern Mexico

SANAA, Yemen | Truce brings hope for Yemen, but peace could prove elusive

SANAA, Yemen— A cease-fire on Tuesday halted months of heavy fighting in Yemen’s port city of Hodeida, raising hopes that the latest U.N.-led peace efforts can end the civil war and alleviate the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. But the truce in the Red Sea city remains fragile, and it’s unclear if the Saudi-backed government and … Continue reading SANAA, Yemen | Truce brings hope for Yemen, but peace could prove elusive

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia | Saudi spending to hit record high as oil prices resume slide

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Saudi Arabia’s expenditures will hit a record-high in 2019, with plans to increase state spending by 7 percent to reach $295 billion, even as declining oil prices have forced the kingdom to adopt austerity measures. King Salman announced the figures on Tuesday, saying the government expects revenue to increase by more … Continue reading RIYADH, Saudi Arabia | Saudi spending to hit record high as oil prices resume slide

Trump’s safety panel seeks to revoke school discipline rules

President Donald Trump’s school safety commission on Tuesday proposed a rollback of an Obama-era policy that was meant to curb racial disparities in school discipline but that critics say left schools afraid to take action against potentially dangerous students. The panel, led by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, made the recommendation in a report that lays … Continue reading Trump’s safety panel seeks to revoke school discipline rules

PHOENIX | McSally appointed to McCain’s Senate seat after losing race

PHOENIX — Arizona’s governor on Tuesday appointed U.S. Rep. Martha McSally to replace Sen. Jon Kyl in the seat that belonged to the late John McCain, sending the GOP congresswoman back to Washington just a month after she lost a tight race for the state’s other spot in the Senate. McSally, a former air force … Continue reading PHOENIX | McSally appointed to McCain’s Senate seat after losing race

MADISON, W.Va. | To understand life expectancy fall, start in West Virginia

MADISON, W.Va. — If you want to understand why U.S. life expectancy is declining, West Virginia is a good place to start. The state is a bellwether of bad health, portending major problems years before they became severe nationally. “It seems that the worst outcomes happen here first,” said Dr. Michael Brumage, a West Virginia … Continue reading MADISON, W.Va. | To understand life expectancy fall, start in West Virginia

HONOLULU | Used to bucking establishment, Gabbard eyes White House run

HONOLULU— One of Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s duties when she deployed to Iraq with the Hawaii Army National Guard in 2005 was to scan a list of U.S. combat casualties for names of her unit’s soldiers. Her job as a brigade surgeon operations specialist was to make sure these soldiers got the care they needed. This … Continue reading HONOLULU | Used to bucking establishment, Gabbard eyes White House run