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Debate to begin on GOP health plan ... Is China giving special treatment to Trump businesses? ... Iceland to implement equal pay law

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 8, 2017 at 4:40 a.m.



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WASHINGTON (AP) — Two House committees plan today to take up the GOP plan to replace the Affordable Care Act. But GOP conservatives are worried about the cost of the overhaul, fearing the GOP would essentially be replacing one mandatory federal program with another. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says the Republican approach would mean "higher cost for less health care, plain and simple."

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. human rights chief says he's "dismayed" by U.S. President Donald Trump's attempts to "intimidate or undermine" journalists and judges, and is concerned about the impact of Trump's order banning U.S. entry to people of six mostly Muslim countries. Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein spoke today at a Human Rights Council session in Geneva.

SHANGHAI (AP) — China has granted preliminary approval for 38 new Trump trademarks, fueling conflict of interest concerns and questions about whether President Donald Trump is receiving special treatment from the Chinese government. The trademarks pave the way for branded spas, massage parlors, golf clubs, hotels and even private bodyguard and escort services across China.

STOCKHOLM (AP) — A Swedish appeals court has overturned a lower court's ruling and is ordering five Afghan teenagers convicted of the aggravated rape of an underage boy to be expelled from the country. The court says "the reasons for the expulsion outweigh those against." A lower court ruled in December that the teens couldn't be expelled because they are under 18 and because of the security situation in Afghanistan.

LONDON (AP) — Iceland says it will be the first country in the world to make employers prove they offer equal pay regardless of gender, ethnicity, sexuality or nationality. Sweden says it will introduce an Equal Pay Standard requiring all employers with more than 25 staff to ensure they give equal pay for work of equal value. Iceland wants to eradicate the gender pay gap by 2022.

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