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Netanyahu faces pressure in Europe amid Jerusalem protests

Netanyahu faces pressure in Europe amid Jerusalem protests

2017-12-11 08:25:35

Israel’s leader faces renewed pressure from Europe on Monday to reboot the Middle East’s moribund peace process following widespread criticism of the US decision to recognise Jerusalem as the Jewish state’s capital. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be in Brussels for an informal breakfast with EU foreign ministers who will urge him to “resume meaningful negotiations”, according to the bloc’s diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini. The talks come after French President Emmanuel Macron met Netanyahu in Paris on Sunday and called on him to freeze settlement building and to re-engage with Palestinians following widespread protests over the US move. Last week’s… continue reading


Netanyahu faces pressure in Europe amid Jerusalem protests

Netanyahu faces pressure in Europe amid Jerusalem protests

2017-12-11 08:23:43

Israel’s leader faces renewed pressure from Europe on Monday to reboot the Middle East’s moribund peace process following widespread criticism of the US decision to recognise Jerusalem as the Jewish state’s capital. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be in Brussels for an informal breakfast with EU foreign ministers who will urge him to “resume meaningful negotiations”, according to the bloc’s diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini. The talks come after French President Emmanuel Macron met Netanyahu in Paris on Sunday and called on him to freeze settlement building and to re-engage with Palestinians following widespread protests over the US move. Last week’s… continue reading


Trump, Putin agree ‘no military solution’ in Syria: Kremlin

Trump, Putin agree ‘no military solution’ in Syria: Kremlin

2017-11-11 11:48:35

US President Donald Trump and Russian leader Vladimir Putin agreed there was “no military solution” for the war in Syria, in a joint statement approved on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific summit, the Kremlin said Saturday. “The presidents agreed that the conflict in Syria has no military solution,” and confirmed their “determination to defeat ISIL”, the Kremlin website said, using an acronym for the Islamic State jihadist group. The two talked and shared a handshake at the summit in Vietnam’s Danang after several days of uncertainty over whether a meeting would take place. “The presidents confirmed their commitment to Syria’s… continue reading


British prime minister ‘will not tolerate’ lawmakers blocking Brexit

British prime minister ‘will not tolerate’ lawmakers blocking Brexit

2017-11-10 11:32:56

British Prime Minister Theresa May warned pro-EU MPs that she “will not tolerate” efforts to block Brexit through parliamentary manoeuvres, in a column in Friday’s Daily Telegraph. As Brexit talks resumed in Brussels, May sought to reimpose her authority over potential rebels following a chaotic week in which she lost two ministers in separate scandals. Crucial legislation to put existing EU regulations on the domestic statute book in a bid to avoid legal chaos after Brexit is currently working its way through parliament, with many amendments already lodged. “The EU Withdrawal Bill is the single most significant piece of legislation… continue reading


Trump claims ‘progress’ on global problem of North Korea

Trump claims ‘progress’ on global problem of North Korea

2017-11-07 11:46:01

North Korea poses a worldwide threat that requires worldwide action, President Donald Trump said in Seoul Today, but insisted “we are making a lot of progress” in reining in the rogue state. The US leader, standing alongside his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-In, reiterated he was prepared to use the full range of American military might in order to halt Pyongyang’s march towards becoming a full-fledged nuclear power. But he added: “It makes sense for North Korea to come to the table to make a deal that is good for the people of North Korea and the people of the… continue reading


Supreme Court considers fate of Liberia presidential runoff

Supreme Court considers fate of Liberia presidential runoff

2017-11-04 09:12:17

Liberia’s Supreme Court yesterday said it would decide on Monday whether a runoff vote for the presidency will go ahead, after hearing arguments from an opposition party and the electoral commission. Chief Justice Francis Korkpor said the court would issue a decision on Monday at 10am (1000 GMT) over whether the runoff between former international footballer George Weah and incumbent Vice-President Joseph Boakai would proceed. However, most observers agree the scheduled date of November 7 now looks near-impossible. Charles Brumskine, who came third in an October 10 election behind Weah and Boakai, is alleging “massive fraud and irregularities” marred the… continue reading


US sends supersonic bombers over South Korea

US sends supersonic bombers over South Korea

2017-11-03 08:45:57

US bombers overflew the Korean peninsula yesterday as part of an exercise with Japanese and South Korean warplanes, the US Air Force said, days before President Donald Trump arrives in the region for a trip set to be dominated by the nuclear-armed North. Tensions are high over Pyongyang’s ballistic missile and atomic programmes, which in recent months have seen it test ICBMs and carry out its sixth nuclear blast. Flights by supersonic B-1B Lancer bombers in the area always infuriate North Korea, which condemned the drill as “blackmail” early today. Two B-1B aircraft took off from Andersen Air Force Base… continue reading


Catalan Politicians Appear Before Spanish Court

Catalan Politicians Appear Before Spanish Court

2017-11-02 10:03:12

MADRID — Ousted Catalan government members and lawmakers began arriving at two Spanish courts in Madrid today to face possible charges of rebellion for having declared the region’s independence. Twenty regional politicians, including sacked regional government president Carles Puigdemont, were called to appear after the chief prosecutor demanded they be charged with rebellion, sedition and embezzlement following the Catalan parliament’s declaration of secession Oct. 27. Spain took the unprecedented step of seizing control of Catalonia following the declaration and later sacked the Cabinet, dissolved the regional Parliament and called fresh regional elections for Dec. 21. Ousted president declines Puigdemont, who… continue reading


Catalonia independence: Spain to take control of Catalan institutions

Catalonia independence: Spain to take control of Catalan institutions

2017-10-30 11:31:59

On Friday, Madrid stripped Catalonia of its autonomy and removed Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont from office. The temporary move will see as many as 150 of the region's ministers replaced. Some have vowed to continue to work. Mr Puigdemont and other Catalan officials may face criminal charges, a move likely to lead to huge protests. Spain's central government is set to take control of Catalan institutions with Spanish officials expected to be put in place in the region's ministries Today. Madrid has called for the Spanish constitutional court to revoke Catalonia's unilateral vote for independence. Mr Puigdemont and his vice-president… continue reading


Catalonia government dissolved after declaring independence from Spain

Catalonia government dissolved after declaring independence from Spain

2017-10-28 10:09:04

Spain dismissed Catalonia's president and Cabinet, and dissolved its Parliament on Friday hours after lawmakers in the autonomous region defied Madrid and voted to declare independence. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy called new elections and fired the Catalan police chief, as part of an unprecedented package of measures to seize control of the renegade administration in Barcelona. How Catalonia's independence crisis unfolded He said said the moves were needed to restore legality, after a political and constitutional crisis that has gripped the country for months. "In this moment, we need to be serene and careful, but we also need to… continue reading


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