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Brexit could place 'huge burden' on UK Parliament


European Council President Donald Tusk said on Monday he would present the other 27 EU states with draft Brexit negotiating guidelines within 48 hours from the moment Britain formally triggers its exit from the bloc. Later this week, EU leaders will gather in Rome to mark the 60th anniversary of the Treaties of Rome, which established the European Economic Community - the initial forerunner to the EU. Read More »

Sterling falls as United Kingdom sets date for Brexit talks trigger


The committee's chairman, Sir Bill Cash, summed up the mood among many Brexit-backing Tories when he said: "We really don't owe anything to the European Union". It has been confirmed that Theresa May will trigger Article 50 next Wednesday. "We said it would be by the end of March and thought it would be helpful to say when it will happen". Read More »

Uber President Jeff Jones Is Leaving After Six Months


It seems as if Uber has stepped into a whirlpool of problems and lows since the beginning of this year. Troubled ride sharing service Uber lost its president, a former executive from Target (NYSE: TGT). McClendon insisted the move was planned for several months and was unrelated to Jones's departure. A number of influential figures within Uber have left the company - that doesn't include CEO Travis Kalanick, who apparently has a "zero chance" of stepping down when the company brings in ... Read More »

CO2 emissions flat for third straight year as GDP grows


The report, undertaken in partnership with the International Renewable Energy Agency, said the move to reduce global greenhouse gases could hold "significant consequences for the energy industry" if companies fail to adapt their portfolios in the wake of the Paris Agreement. Read More »

Germany must set exact climate goals soon after election: Merkel


In any event, trade is a tense subject since it is a proxy for globalization, interconnectedness and worldwide exchange under a rules-based order. "This is one of the most important moments early in the Trump presidency", carrying major ramifications for Trump's relations with Europe and Russia's ambitions, said Nicholas Burns, a Harvard professor and former USA undersecretary of state. Read More »

Top senators: No evidence Trump Tower bugged by Obama


Leaders from the House and Senate Intelligence Committees asked the Justice Department for evidence after Trump called for a congressional inquiry into his as-yet-unproven wiretapping claims. "He used to say-'If you want it bad, you get it bad.' And they seem to have gotten it bad", McDonough said. The panel will hold its first public hearing on a widespread investigation into Russian meddling in the USA presidential election a year ago. Read More »

Germany rejects Trump claim: 'There is no debt account at NATO'


Since the start of his campaign, Trump has urged Berlin and other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members to accelerate efforts to meet a 2 percent defense spending target. Among the items he quoted from was a transcript of a recent appearance by Fox News analyst Andrew Napolitano on the network, in which Napolitano suggested GCHQ , the British electronic intelligence agency, had helped with the alleged tapping. Read More »

US Expected to Boycott UN Council Over Anti-Israel Agenda


In a statement made today (Monday), the US State Department expressed its vehement opposition to the UNHRC's session entitled "Human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories", also known as Agenda Item Seven. Trump administration officials said the increased pressure on the part of a larger effort by U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley to significantly reform the global organization and root out those who use it as a platform to push anti-Israel initiatives. Read More »

Theresa May is embarking on a United Kingdom tour to galvanise Brexit support


The ratings firm had predicted in 2014 that an independent Scotland could be handed a credit rating of Baa, just one notch above sub-investment grade. However, with May not rebuking previous statements that Article 50 would be triggered last week, it has fuelled speculation that she has been affected by sentiments coming out of Holyrood. Read More »

FBI confirms investigation of alleged Russian links to Donald Trump campaign


The FBI is investigating Russian attempts to interfere in the 2016 election, including potential links with the Trump campaign, FBI Director James Comey said Monday. Comey's statements don't indicate what the Federal Bureau of Investigation knows about the Trump-Russia connection; nor do they explicitly say that the Trump campaign had any direct connections to Russia. Read More »

Fani Kayode Describes Customs Boss As Stubborn, Arrogant Monkey


The ongoing face-off between the Customs boss and the Senate has been well publicized recently and this has caused Gen. Jemibewon to speak out. Under the doctrine of estoppel by conduct the Nigeria Customs Service can not be permitted to deny the payment of what was charged and collected as appropriate duties from vehicle owners several years ago. Read More »

Rhino horns worth $7m found in suitcase at Bangkok airport


Thai Customs officers discovered the horns, weighing nearly 50 kilograms (110 pounds), inside hard-shelled luggage bags originating from Addis Ababa. "It's the biggest confiscation of rhino horns in 5 to 10 years ", said Somkiat Soontornpitakkool, director of Thailand's Wild Fauna and Flora Protection division. Read More »

Trump, Merkel to hold joint press conference


Speaking from the White House podium press secretary Sean Spicer quoted at length from a Fox News report , which alleged Obama had used GCHQ to dodge United States legal restrictions on monitoring USA citizens. "He really is making a fool of his Cabinet and his people, because they have to defend something that is so indefensible, unsubstantiated, and just a stunt to deflect attention from some of the nasty stuff that is going on under his leadership". Read More »

Ex-UK ambassador to United States calls Trump's wiretap claims 'damaging'

Westmacott also referred to Trump's " famous reluctance to admit mistakes ". Last week the United States faced an global crisis with the United Kingdom for White House press secretary Sean Spicer's claim that British Government Communications Headquarters, known as the GCHQ, had been asked by President Barack Obama to spy on then-candidate Donald Trump. Read More »

Dalai Lama to open three-day global Buddhist meet


The 81-year-old Dalai Lama inaugurated an worldwide seminar on Buddhism on March 17 in Rajgir in Bihar's Nalanda district, about 100 km from the capital Patna. To yet another question about China-Korea trade relations in the backdrop of deployment of THAAD missile defence system in Republic of Korea, she said, "We support normal business exchanges between China and South Korean". Read More »

Who were Fox analyst's sources on Obama claim? Consultant explains his side


German chancellor Angela Merkel may be the most powerful woman on earth, but she still sometimes has trouble getting heard by a man. Footage of the two seemed to confirm the icy relationship. And neither side tried to make small talk about Trump's own background. Also, German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen on Sunday rejected Mr. Read More »

British PM Theresa May Will Trigger Brexit Talks on March 29

March 29 - May will write to European Council President Donald Tusk to trigger the withdrawal process. March 25 - The other 27 European Union leaders meet in Rome to mark 60 years since the bloc's founding treaty. May has rejected that suggestion, saying "now is not the time" for another referendum on Scottish independence. Last week, Tusk said the European Union would not be "intimidated" by threats from Britain that it would prefer to walk away from Brexit talks if it did not get ... Read More »

Brexit process set for March 29


We are ready to begin negotiations. This meets the UK's longstanding commitment to trigger Article 50 by the end of March 2017. According to BBC News, 10 Downing Street officially announced May's intention to write and submit a formal letter to the European Union announcing her invoking of Article 50. Read More »

Downing Street dismisses early election speculation


Speculation that Mrs May could cut and run has been fuelled by reports that Conservative Central Office is recruiting staff at a time when it might have been expected to scale down operations. Chancellor Philip Hammond making an embarrassing U-turn over his now aborted plan to hike National Insurance Contributions (NICs) for self-employed workers and Nicola Sturgeon's surprise call for a second Scottish independence referendum between autumn 2018 and spring 2019. Read More »

Hardline Hindu priest becomes UP chief minister


Four women also made their place in the Council.Outgoing Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav of Samajwadi Party and former CM of UP and Uttarakhand ND Tiwari were also present in the function. Behind the rhetoric of development lies the BJP's (and Sangh Parivar's) deeper core agenda of cultural nationalism, which they believe, is gathering more momentum in the country. Read More »

Did VIP culture come to an end in Uttar Pradesh and Punjab?


But they want him to steer away from anything that would hurt India's secular credentials - something that Modi has done by emphasizing that his main agenda is "development for all". "The good governance of the Modi government and in BJP-ruled states attracted people to the party". Moreover, in view of Lok Sabha election in 2019, BJP can not afford to take any wrong decision, said some party insiders when asked about the delay in declaring the CM's name. Read More »

White House Faces Another Potential Security Scare


A report by CNN citing two law enforcement officials said that the driver claimed to have an explosive device in the vehicle. On Saturday, a Secret Service spokesperson had simply said they had detained a man and that his vehicle was "declared suspicious". Read More »

No evidence of collusion between Trump campaign, Russia: Intelligence Committee chief

If that had occurred, he said, he would "absolutely" have been told that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had sought and received a court-ordered warrant to tap under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). The British government strongly denied it. The California Republican also said there was "no evidence of collusion" between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign. Read More »

Article 50 Trigger Date March 29, Downing Street Confirms

The PM's spokesman announced this morning that May will make a statement to the House of Commons on the same day to notify MPs she has begun Brexit talks. The move comes nine months after Britain voted 51.9 per cent to 48.1 per cent in favour of Brexit in a referendum on June 23, 2016. A spokesman for May confirmed that she will formally start the Brexit process on March 29 by triggering Article 50. Read More »

Corruption main priority of our government: UP CM Adityanath


Results on March 11 showed that it captured 312 out of 403 seats in the state assembly. One of his first tasks may be to fulfil an election manifesto pledge and close slaughter-houses that are mostly operated by Muslims. The other is Dinesh Sharma, now mayor of Lucknow , the capital of UP. Taking a dig at the Opposition, he said they are not able to digest the massive mandate given to the BJP. Read More »

Angel Merkel asks for a handshake, this is what Donald Trump did


Trump also sought to justify press secretary Sean Spicer's attempt to implicate the British spy agency GCHQ in the nonexistent wiretapping. "Recent allegations made by media commentator Judge Andrew Napolitano about GCHQ being asked to conduct "wiretapping" against the then president-elect are nonsense". Read More »

CCTV footage emerges of Danielle McLaughlin's final moments


It was a tragic ending for a woman who posted to Facebook that she was "very grateful and the luckiest person I know". Her mother, Andrea Brannigan, said that the young woman will be "sadly missed by us all". He told the Sun: "The absolute horror of this girl's murder has stunned the community". "We feel for her mother in particular and her siblings". Police said the victim knew Bhagat from her previous visits to Goa, during which she befriended several locals, including her alleged ... Read More »

Britain to trigger Brexit process on March 29, gov't says

When May triggers article 50 will begin a two-year negotiating period in which the British government and the European Union hope to agree on the terms of Britain's exit and reach a separate deal on the shape of their future relationship, most importantly on the terms of trade between the two. Read More »