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US House Speaker Paul Ryan ‘to stand down’

Image copyright EPA US House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan will not run for re-election this year, US media report. Congress' most powerful lawmaker has told friends he will not stand for another term in his Wisconsin district this autumn, reports Axios. His exit would be a blow to the Republican party ahead of November's…

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Syria Fears Hit Stocks Before U.S. Inflation Data: Markets Wrap

Stock markets received yet another scare on Wednesday as tension between the U.S. and Russia ratcheted up, sending investors running for cover and overshadowing an easing of global protectionist rhetoric. The dollar drifted as traders also prepared for the latest U.S. inflation reading. What started as generally cautious trading quickly became risk-off after President Donald…

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In Caracas, Sick Humans Are Resorting to Dog Medicine

Pharmacy shelves are bare, and black-market prices are sky-high. People are turning to antibiotics for pets. Residents protest the lack of medicine in Caracas, on April 9, 2018. Photographer: Wilfredo Riera/Bloomberg By Editor’s Note: There are few places as chaotic or dangerous as Venezuela. “Life in Caracas” is a new series of short stories that…

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