Friday, January 21

Day: September 5, 2016

Is Keith Vaz a gifted self-publicist
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Is Keith Vaz a gifted self-publicist

    How better to investigate the impact of cocaine than by offering it to guests, and observing its effects on mind and body close-up? How on earth is the Home Affairs committee chair to acquaint himself with the ins and outs of male prostitution, if not by having affairs at home with male prostitutes? An old-fashioned sex’n’drugs scandal graces tabloid front pages this sabbath – and even without any rock’n’roll to complete the trinity, nostalgists will be thrilled about that. It’s lovely to be reminded of that more innocent age, before the demise of News of the World, when dainty treats of this kind were a Sunday breakfast table staple. The fact that this one stars Keith Vaz, the erstwhile Home Affairs committee chair, gives extra savour to the dish. He has somehow survived ...
PM May declines plight on immigration and NHS in UK
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

PM May declines plight on immigration and NHS in UK

    British Prime minister declines to commit to points-based system and extra £100m a week for health service as Japan and US warn of exit risks to Britain May’s comments on the way to Hangzhou in China were made before what turned out to be a trying start to the international summit. She had been hoping to pitch the UK as a global leader in free trade during her first major outing on the world stage. However, she was immediately confronted with warnings about the consequences of leaving the EU, as well as diplomatic tensions with the Chinese over their proposed investment in UK nuclear power. Theresa May has cast doubt on whether Brexit will lead either to a points-based immigration system or an extra £100m a week for the NHS – two central promises made by the successful cam...
North Korea Launches Missiles toward Japan
Asia, ENGLISH

North Korea Launches Missiles toward Japan

    The three missiles flew more than 600 miles and landed nearly 250 miles inside Japan's air defense zone, South Korean officials said. The White House quickly condemned the launches. North Korea fired off three missiles toward Japan on Monday in a show of force as President Obama met with world leaders at the G-20 summit in Hangzhou, China. "Today's reckless launches by North Korea pose threats to civil aviation and maritime commerce in the region," the White House said in a statement. "North Korea's continued development of its UN-proscribed nuclear and ballistic missile programs threatens the United States; our allies, Japan and the Republic of Korea; and our partners in the region." Pyongyang did not give any notice of the impending launch, Seoul's Joint Chiefs of Staff ...
The gay couple kick off public transport in London
ENGLISH, London

The gay couple kick off public transport in London

    A gay couple have alleged they were forced off a London bus after the driver shouted homophobic remarks at them. Theatre director Omar Okai, 51, and his partner said the incident occurred after an evening out in central London. Mr Okai said they were "shocked and disgusted" when the driver shouted an innuedo-laden remark to them after they boarded the bus using the rear entrance. They claim the driver said: "I bet you like it in the backdoor" during the alleged incident near Tottenham Court Road station. Mr Okai and his partner have filed a formal complaint with Transport for London (TfL) and the police, The Evening Standard reports. In a letter to TfL, he wrote: "I would like an explanation, not just an apology, as I will be taking it further. “This kind of behaviour is n...
Obama and Putin Agree to Keep Working on Syria at G-20 Summit meeting
America, ENGLISH

Obama and Putin Agree to Keep Working on Syria at G-20 Summit meeting

    President Obama sat down with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in China on Monday, in a meeting that covered a laundry list of hot-button issues, from cyber attacks on the U.S. to the civil war in Syria and ongoing hostilities in Ukraine. Addressing core issues on Syria and Ukraine, the two heads of state had a lengthy exchange of views, a senior administration official told ABC News. The official described the talks during the 90-minute sit-down as constructive. The pair discussed efforts to reduce violence, provide humanitarian assistance and combat terrorist groups like al Qaeda and the Islamic State in Syria. Negotiations focused on creating a window of calm to allow humanitarian assistance to reach populations in need. President Oba...