Saturday, July 2

Day: July 24, 2016

Labour MP accuses Corbyn aides of entering her office without permission
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Labour MP accuses Corbyn aides of entering her office without permission

    A Labour MP has accused aides to Jeremy Corbyn and shadow chancellor John McDonnell of entering her House of Commons office without permission. Seema Malhotra said the action constituted a "breach of parliamentary privilege" and has lodged a formal complaint with Commons Speaker John Bercow. In a statement to The Observer, Ms Malhotra – who quit the shadow cabinet last month in protest at Mr Corbyn's leadership and is now backing the challenger Owen Smith – said her staff felt "harassed, intimidated and insecure" as a result of what had happened. A spokesman for Mr Corbyn played down the incident and said that claims of intimidation were "untrue". The latest extraordinary twist comes against repeated claims that critics of the Labour leader – particularly women MPs – have ...
EU considers migration emergency brake for UK for up to seven years
ENGLISH, Europe

EU considers migration emergency brake for UK for up to seven years

    Plans to allow the United Kingdom an exemption from EU rules on freedom of movement for up to seven years while retaining access to the single market are being considered in European capitals as part of a potential deal on Brexit. Senior British and EU sources have confirmed that despite strong initial resistance from French president François Hollande in talks with prime minister Theresa May last week, the idea of an emergency brake on the free movement of people that would go far further than the one David Cameron negotiated before the Brexit referendum is being examined. If such an agreement were struck, and a strict time limit imposed, diplomats believe it could go a long way towards addressing concerns of the British people over immigration from EU states, while allow...
Turkish Prime Minister: State of emergency will not be extended unless there will be a need to do so
ENGLISH, Europe

Turkish Prime Minister: State of emergency will not be extended unless there will be a need to do so

    A few hours after the Turkish President ordered that more than a thousand private schools in the country be shut down, the Turkish Prime Minister announced that the government is not planning to extend the state of emergency beyond the three months period that has been decided upon. Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım said last night (Saturday) that the government is not planning to extend the state of emergency beyond the three months period that has been decided upon, unless it is forced to do so. On Wednesday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan declared a state of emergency, which allows him to enact laws without the support of the parliament and deny rights and freedoms if necessary. “Our goal is not to extend the state of emergency but if there will be a need t...
Graft money used in militancy, says ACC chairman
Bangladesh, ENGLISH

Graft money used in militancy, says ACC chairman

    Fund raised through corruption is used in militancy, Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Chairman Iqbal Mahmud said today. No one will remain safe if terrorism and militancy cannot be curbed, the anti-graft body chairman told journalists at a view-exchange meeting at his office. About corruption in banking sector, the ACC chairman said the anti-graft body will take measures against private banks if evidence of graft and financial irregularities are found against them. “We will leave no stone unturned to stop corruption in the banking sector,” Mahmud said. The anti-graft watchdog will hold talks with the central bank over corruption both in private and public banks, he said. The ACC has given maximum priority to the private banks to fight corruption in the country’s banking se...
Kuwait swelters in record-breaking 54C heat: the highest temperature ever recorded on earth
Arab world, ENGLISH

Kuwait swelters in record-breaking 54C heat: the highest temperature ever recorded on earth

    If you're feeling flustered by the mini-heathwave over parts of the UK and Europe at the moment, then you'll want to avoid the Middle East right now. On Thursday a blistering temperature of 54C (129.3F) was recorded in Kuwait, firmly putting our hot spell into context. It is the highest temperature ever recorded in the eastern hemisphere and almost certainly the highest temperature ever recorded on earth. A weather station in Mitribah, a remote featureless area of north-west Kuwait, took the temperature last week during an intense heatwave that continues in parts of the Middle East. The mercury in neighbouring Iraq on the same day soared to 53.9C (129F) in the ancient city of Basra. If verified by the World Meteorological Organisation, they will almost certainly be the two...