Category Archives: Middle East

Factbox: UK PM May's Brexit next steps: Nothing has changed, or new approach?

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Factbox: UK PM May's Brexit next steps: Nothing has changed, or new approach?

Prime Minister Theresa May has outlined a collaborative approach to finding a new Brexit deal after her agreement was crushed by parliament on Tuesday in the biggest defeat for a British government in modern times. Before meetings can begin, May has to first defeat an attempt to topple her government, in the form of a no- confidence vote brought forward by opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. Immediately after Tuesday’s 432 to 202 defeat was announced, May stood up in parliament and said: “I will then hold meetings with my colleagues, our confidence and supply partner the Democratic …read more

EPA Nominee Wheeler Defends Rollbacks While Pressed on Climate

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Wheeler, a former energy lobbyist who has served as acting administrator for six months, did not mention global warming in his opening remarks to the Environment and Public Works Committee, instead touting agency deregulatory efforts he said would spare businesses some $1.8 billion in compliance costs. “How does it happen that the nominee to be head of the Environmental Protection Agency does not mention the words climate change at a time when the scientific community thinks climate change is the greatest environmental crisis facing the planet?” asked Senator Bernie Sanders, an independent from Vermont who caucuses with Democrats.

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Kenya's deadly hotel attack: A timeline of how it occurred

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Kenya's deadly hotel attack: A timeline of how it occurred

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — It began with cars exploding and several armed young men, wrapped in ammunition belts, sauntering onto the scene. It was declared over nearly 20 hours later with at least 14 people killed, 700 people evacuated and the Islamic extremist attackers “eliminated.” Overnight, scores of frightened people hid in washrooms, offices and elsewhere as gunfire popped and security forces hunted the gunmen. Here’s a rough timeline of what occurred in the deadly attack on a luxury hotel complex in Kenya’s capital.

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Enes Kanter: Turkey 'seeking arrest' of New York Knicks player

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Turkish prosecutors are seeking the arrest and extradition of New York Knicks enter Enes Kanter, accusing him pf being a member of an “armed terrorist group”. Mr Kanter is accused of ties to Fethullah Gulen, who Turkish authorities allege is behind the failed coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in 2016, the Daily Sabah reported. Mr Gulen has repeatedly denied any involved in the failed coup.

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Pelosi tells Trump to postpone State of the Union over record-long government shutdown

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The speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, has asked Donald Trump to postpone his annual State of the Union address amid a government shutdown now into its 26th day. The move could deny the president the grandeur of the annual platform, which he is likely to use to criticise Ms Pelosi and Democrats over the shutdown. Democrats have said they will not sanction $5.7bn (£4.4bn) funding for Mr Trump’s proposed border wall which the president has made a central demand for reopening the government.

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