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Boris Johnson brands Theresa May’s Brexit plan ‘an absolute stinker’

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BORIS Johnson has described Theresa May’s Brexit plan as “an absolute stinker” and has warned it will turn off voters despite standing united with Cabinet ministers to back the proposals at Chequers. Simon Osborne Express But the Foreign Secretary told the Prime Minister she would struggle to convince concerned Brexit supporters that her proposals stack up to what they voted for in June 2016. Insiders say he used colourful language to describe Mrs May’s proposals during a marathon Brexit session ... Read More »

Dani Garavelli: We can mock Trump’s visit, but remember serious issues at stake

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Knockabout stunts to humiliate Donald Trump during his UK visit are great as long as we remember the serious issues at stake, writes Dani Garavelli Last week, on US Independence Day, Therese Okoumo staged the perfect protest against Donald Trump’s policy on separating immigrant children from their… The Scotsman The Congolese woman, who has lived in New York for at least a decade, scaled the base of the Statue of Liberty and proceeded to nestle in its green copper robes. ... Read More »

Foreign trade turnover of Penza region in four months equals 151 mln dollars

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The foreign trade turnover of the Penza region from January to April 2018 amounted to 150.6 million dollars, which is 11% higher than the result of the same period last year. PenzaNews This was reported by the press service of the regional Ministry of Economy with the reference to data from the Federal Customs Service of… The share of export equalled 45.2%, that of import – 54.8%. The export volume in four months amounted to 68.1 million dollars including that ... Read More »

Swedish activist granted Palestinian citizenship

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Palestinian resistance group Hamas condemns Israel for not allowing Benjamin Ladraa to enter Palestine World Bulletin Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas granted Palestinian citizenship Friday to Swedish activist Benjamin Ladraa, who has been walking from Sweden to Palestine to raise awareness on human rights violations. “This step is taken to appreciate Ladraa’s efforts and his position to support the Palestinian people,” Abbas said according to a report by the official Wafa news agency. Ladraa was barred by Israeli police from entering ... Read More »

Israeli intelligence firm targeted NGOs during Hungary’s election campaign

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - APRIL 08: Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban leaves from the polling station on April 8, 2018 in Budapest, Hungary. Hungarians are going to the polls in the Parliamentary election today. (Photo by Laszlo Balogh/Getty Images)

People working for Black Cube secretly taped meetings that were then cited by Prime Minister Victor Orbán. Lili Bayer Politico The Israeli private intelligence firm Black Cube was involved in a campaign to discredit NGOs ahead of Hungary’s April election, according to a former Black Cube employee and a person with knowledge of the company’s inner workings. Between December 2017 and March 2018, Hungarian NGOs and individuals connected to American-Hungarian businessman George Soros were contacted by agents using false identities who… Israeli intelligence ... Read More »

UK on brink of first hosepipe ban since 2012 as Britain sizzles in 33C heatwave

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BRITAIN is on the verge of a hosepipe ban with temperatures continuing to soar as the summer heatwave intensifies with forecasters predicting a prolonged dry spell. Simon Osborne Express Water companies are urging customers to voluntarily curb their use to prevent any potential compulsory restrictions. United Utilities, which serves the North West, said it “urgently needed help and support” from its three million customers to stop a ban from being imposed. The region has not had rain for three weeks, ... Read More »

Outspoken Aberdeen University academic arrested in Turkey for criticising the government

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An outspoken Aberdeen University academic has been arrested in Turkey for posting critical commentary online about the country’s leader. Kieran Beattie The Press and Journal Lawyer Hanifi Baris, who graduated from Aberdeen University’s Centre of Citizenship, Civil Society and Rule of Law with a PhD last year, was yesterday arrested by police in Istanbul for “posting items with criminal content on Facebook and Twitter accounts”. Mr Baris, who moved to Turkey after leaving Aberdeen last year to be with his ... Read More »

NATO Is Obsolete

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“Europe is prosperous and treats America like a patsy. Let it stand on its own.” Before the United States President Donald Trump attempts real diplomacy with Russian President Vladimir Putin at a summit in Helsinki on July 16, he’ll first be subjected to another summit. Christian Whiton The National Interest That first summit is a gathering of leaders of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). These leaders continually assure the United States they are America’s best allies, even as most ... Read More »

Behind Britain’s Loneliness Problem: People Share Why They Feel Isolated

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‘Loneliness is one of the major causes of misery in our society.’ In Britain, more than nine million people are thought to often or always feel lonely, with the elderly and the young seemingly most affected. Natasha Hinde HuffPost Earlier this month, Childline reported a 14% rise in the number of childrencontacting the charity about loneliness, the vast majority of whom were girls. Meanwhile, at the opposite end of the age spectrum, one in nine older peoplehave contact with friends or family ... Read More »

Toxic Salisbury

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This week in the British media, disturbing reports appeared of a man and a woman hospitalized in Salisbury Hospital in the UK with symptoms of poisoning by an unknown substance. Editor ISF The victims were found unconscious in a private house near Salisbury. Incredibly, once again reference was made to “Novichok”. In this situation, it will not be easy for neither Theresa May nor Boris Johnson to explain their previous high-profile statements. Interestingly, once more no explanation based on concrete ... Read More »

Europe’s copyright fight is just getting started

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EU lawmakers will have a month to re-craft complicated digital rules with a massive impact on the future of the internet. Joanna Plucinska Politico Europe’s war over internet copyright rules isn’t over. It’s just entering a new — and potentially more brutal — phase. The European Parliament voted Thursday to take the EU’s proposed overhaul of online copyright rules back to the drawing board, reopening talks on a controversial law that affects media, creative industries and internet giants. If Europe’s copyright rules ... Read More »

Iran tells EU to implement guarantees before US sanctions return

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Remaining signatories of nuclear deal meet in Vienna as France doubts economic package implementation before November. AlJazeera Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has called on European powers to implement economic measures to protect the 2015 nuclear deal before US sanctions against Tehran snap back between… Zarif made the statement on Friday after meeting in Vienna with foreign ministers from countries that are still signatories to the multinational deal following the US’ unilateral withdrawal in May. “Now we need to enter ... Read More »

France has no reason to bar lesbians from IVF, top court advises

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PARIS (Reuters) – There are no legal reasons not to give single women and lesbian couples access to medically-assisted reproduction, the top state advisory body on judicial matters will tell the French government, Le Figaro reported on… Reuters Staff President Emmanuel Macron’s government said last year it wanted to change the law which currently restricts to heterosexual couples treatments such as in vitro fertilization (IVF) that are widely available to all women in countries such as Britain, Belgium and… France ... Read More »

Polish Supreme Court’s top judge to defy ’purge’

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Poland’s Supreme Court chief justice has vowed to show up at work on Wednesday in defiance of a retirement law pushed through by the right-wing government but criticised by the EU as… WARSAW – Agence France-Presse Hurriyet The European Union on Monday launched legal action against Poland due to the reform, the latest salvo in a bitter battle over sweeping judicial changes introduced by the ruling Law and… According to Amnesty International, judges in Poland are “experiencing political pressure” in connection with the PiS judicial reforms ... Read More »

Patriotic Mobilisation in Russia

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The Kremlin is fostering a culture of military-tinged patriotism, partly to rally support for armed interventions abroad. ICG The sentiment springs from pride in Russia’s past as a global power and desire to reclaim that status. Its possible co-optation by far-right nationalists, however, should worry Moscow. What’s new? In recent years, the Kremlin has pursued a policy of patriotic mobilisation – encouraging national pride, commemorating past military victories and promoting a vision of Russia as a reborn global power. While ... Read More »

The Guardian view on regulating elections: democracy needs a tougher defence

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The campaign for Brexit now looks dishonest and discredited. Its dodgy legacy casts a shadow over Theresa May’s government Editorial A healthy democracy has many mechanisms to hold politicians to account, but none as mighty as the ballot box. The government that fails to fulfil its promises can be expelled from power. This contract between electorate and elected is one reason why many democrats are suspicious of referendums. The danger is that they elevate a one-off verdict above the normal ... Read More »