Monthly Archives: January 2015

New Jersey Governor heads to UK for trade, politics, soccer

Governor of New Jersey Chris Christie speaks at the Freedom Summit in Des MoinesBy Megan Davies and Hilary Russ NEW YORK (Reuters) – New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, a likely 2016 Republican presidential contender, will be promoting his state's life sciences industry in a trip to the United Kingdom starting Sunday, where he is also scheduled to meet the Prime Minister and catch an Arsenal match. The UK is the third largest trading partner for New Jersey after Canada and Mexico, and the trip will focus on pursuing new opportunities for growth between UK and New Jersey in the field of life sciences, Christie told reporters on Friday in embargoed remarks. "One of the main objectives for the trip is to focus on the opportunities that exist between the UK and New Jersey and our country as a whole," said Christie.

Italy’s lawmakers elect Sergio Mattarella as president

New Italian President Sergio Mattarella arrives at the Constitutional court building near the Quirinal Palace, the official residence of the President of the Italian Republic, in Rome, Jan. 31, 2015. Italian lawmakers elected Sergio Mattarella, a Constitutional Court justice widely considered to be above the political fray, as the nation's new president on the third day of voting Saturday. Mattarella's election as head of state was clinched when he amassed 505 votes — a simple majority. The 73-year-old former minister with center-left political roots went on to garner 665 votes from the 1,009 eligible electors. Known as a man of few words, Mattarella cemented that reputation with his first remarks to the nation. "My thoughts go, above all, to the difficulties and hopes of our fellow citizens. That's enough, he said, referring to the grim economic situation. Italy is mired in recession and unemployment has hovered about 13 percent nationally. Young Italians are increasingly seeking work abroad. (AP Photo/Alessandro Di Meo, Ansa) ITALY OUTROME (AP) — Sergio Mattarella, a Constitutional Court justice widely considered to be above the political fray, was elected Saturday as Italy's president in the third day of balloting by lawmakers, and quickly established as priorities both efforts to revive his country's moribund economy and to encourage unity in Europe's fight against a "new season of terror."

Greece offers olive branch as search for allies begins

Greek Finance Yanis Varoufakis will travel to Paris on Saturday, his office saysGreece sought to repair relations with its international creditors Saturday as the new anti-austerity government began a charm offensive in European capitals, even as Germany insisted it would not support any debt relief. Just hours before Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis headed to Paris to seek support for a renegotiation Greece's massive loans, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said he believed a deal could be reached with the EU and IMF. In its first meeting with creditors since it took office, the Greek government clashed with the head of the eurozone finance ministers on Friday over its plans to rethink its rescue package and to halve Greece's debt. Tsipras, who will himself visit Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and French President Francois Hollande next week, said Greece had no intention of reneging on its commitments to the European Union and International Monetary Fund.

South Africa riots raise worry about anti-foreign sentiment

In this photo taken Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, Somalian, Salat Abdullahi, talks with the Associated Press, in what is known as Little Mogadishu in Johannesburg. Abdullahi is living in temporary quarters after he was barricaded inside the shop that he worked and slept in, in Soweto, while looters threatened him from outside during unrest and looting in the township south west of Johannesburg. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African youths recently swept through an intersection in the heart of Soweto township, breaking into immigrant-owned shops and grabbing whatever they could — soda, a loaf of bread, sometimes even the shelves. Nearly 40 years ago, at the same intersection, young blacks marched to protest the white racist rulers of the time, drawing a bloody crackdown that shocked the world.