Pentagon denies US wants ‘cost + 50%’ from allies for bases Mar 15, 2019 0 1183 12345 Washington: Acting Pentagon chief Patrick Shanahan denied on Thursday reports that the United States has a “cost-plus-50 percent” formula for allies to pay for the US military presence on their soil.Earlier this week, Bloomberg reported that President Donald Trump is pushing the formula as a basis for Germany, Japan and other allies to compensate Washington for US troops based in their countries. But Shanahan told the Senate Armed Services Committee that such reports were “erroneous.” “We won’t do cost-plus-50 percent,” he said in a hearing. (AFP) POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES US House votes 420-0 to demand Mueller report be made public Mar 15, 2019 0 582 Democratic rising star Beto O’Rourke launches 2020 White House run Mar 15, 2019 0 532 Swedish student climate campaigner Greta nominated for Nobel Peace Prize Mar 15, 2019 0 401 MPs vote to delay Brexit, reject 2nd referendum DPA London British lawmakers voted on Thursday to ask the European Union for a delay to the country’s exit from the bloc, but rejected a plan to hold a second referendum on Brexit. Parliament’s elected main house, the .. EU reports drop in 2018 asylum applications Luxembourg: Some 580,800 first-time asylum seekers applied for protection in EU member states in 2018, 11 percent fewer than in 2017, the statistics agency Eurostat reported on Thursday. The 2018 total is slightly less .. School strikes for climate action planned in over 1,600 cities in 100 countries Stockholm: School strikes to call for action to tackle climate change are planned in more than 1,600 cities and towns in over 100 countries on Friday, organisers said. Swedish teen environmental campaigner Greta .. Diplomats walk out of UN meet in Venezuela protest Vienna: Diplomats on Thursday walked out of a UN convention on drugs addressed by Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza, saying his government was illegitimate and did not represent the country. Officials from .. France probes Boeing black boxes as jets grounded worldwide Paris: French investigators were examining the black boxes from the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft that crashed in Ethiopia on Thursday, as the ban on the model went worldwide after President Donald Trump added the US to .. Senate rebukes Trump, votes to end national emergency DPA Washington The US Senate voted on Thursday to terminate President Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration over the situation on the border with Mexico, with a number of Republicans joining the Democratic ..