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PM May says Britain will leave customs union, to offer Ireland backstop

PM May says Britain will leave customs union, to offer Ireland backstop

SOFIA (Reuters) – Prime Minister Theresa May said on Thursday Britain would leave the EU customs union after Brexit but a source said London was considering a backstop plan that would apply the bloc’s external tariffs beyond December 2020. FILE PHOTO: Union Flags and European Union flags fly near the Elizabeth Tower, housing the Big […]

Trump officials set for new round of China trade talks at White House

Trump officials set for new round of China trade talks at White House

Trump officials set for new round of China trade talks at White House  The Hill Navarro to Be Excluded From China Talks, Officials Say  Bloomberg Trump’s Trade Adviser Peter Navarro Reportedly Cursed Out Mnuchin in Heated Argument  Mediaite Full coverage Source link

Varanasi flyover collapse: Yogi says preliminary action taken; top updates

Varanasi flyover collapse: Yogi says preliminary action taken; top updates

Preliminary action had been taken against erring authorities responsible for the Varanasi flyover collapse that killed at least 15 people and critically injured 11 on Tuesday, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said this morning. Two pillars of an under-construction flyover in Varanasi’s Cantt area had collapsed the previous day, bringing down a huge […]

Afghan Forces Battle Taliban for Control of Western City, Farah

Afghan Forces Battle Taliban for Control of Western City, Farah

KABUL, Afghanistan — Taliban insurgents entered the capital of the western province of Farah on Tuesday, as the governor fled and Afghan security forces rushed in reinforcements, vowing to retake control, according to accounts from both government officials and insurgents. The city of 50,000, which is the capital of the province of the same name, […]

Italy's 5-star leader says needs more time to finalize government deal

Italy's 5-star leader says needs more time to finalize government deal

ROME (Reuters) – Italy’s 5-Star Movement has asked the president for “a few more days” to wrap up a government coalition deal with the far-right League, the head of the anti-establishment party, Luigi Di Maio, said on Monday. The two parties announced last Wednesday they were looking to forge a government more than nine weeks […]

Arms and influence: Trump's love affair with the Saudi regime

Arms and influence: Trump's love affair with the Saudi regime

This piece originally appeared on .It’s another Trump affair — this time without the allegations of sexual harassment (and worse), the charges and counter-charges, the lawsuits, and all the rest. So it hasn’t gotten the sort of headlines that Stormy Daniels has garnered, but when it comes to influence, American foreign policy, and issues of […]

Ireland's abortion referendum campaigns ramp up

Ireland's abortion referendum campaigns ramp up

Pro- and anti-abortion activists in Ireland are hitting the streets and social networks to mobilise a divided electorate with less than a fortnight to go until a referendum on the thorny issue. Voters decide on May 25 whether to remove the 1983 constitutional restriction on abortion — a highly sensitive issue in a traditionally devoutly […]

Najib Razak Is Barred From Leaving Malaysia Over Extradition Fears

Najib Razak Is Barred From Leaving Malaysia Over Extradition Fears

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Malaysia’s new prime minister, Mahathir Mohamad, on Saturday barred his predecessor, Najib Razak, and his wife from leaving the country as a leaked flight plan stirred suspicion that they were planning to flee. The travel ban increases the likelihood that Mr. Najib will be investigated on corruption accusations over the misappropriation […]

US Ambassador Will Not Work Full Time in New Jerusalem Embassy

US Ambassador Will Not Work Full Time in New Jerusalem Embassy

WASHINGTON — The United States Embassy in Jerusalem is set to open with great fanfare on Monday, but the American ambassador to Israel will not yet work permanently out of his new office there, administration officials said Friday, and instead will split his time between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. That solution might be practical, given […]

US, UAE crack down on network for smuggling funds to elite Iran group

US, UAE crack down on network for smuggling funds to elite Iran group

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States imposed sanctions on Thursday against six individuals and three companies it said were funneling millions of dollars to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard’s elite Quds Force, just days after President Donald Trump withdrew from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. FILE PHOTO: Steven Mnuchin, Secretary, U.S. Department of the Treasury speaks […]