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Day: January 20, 2017

First direct train service from China to the UK arrives in London
ENGLISH, London

First direct train service from China to the UK arrives in London

    The first ever direct freight train service from China to the UK has arrived in London after an epic 17-day journey. The East Wind service departed Yiwu City in China’s Zhejiang Province on 3 January and crossed ten countries on its 7,456-mile trip, before pulling into Barking rail terminal in East London on Wednesday afternoon. It crossed China, Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland, Germany, Belgium and France before finally reaching Britain. The train, which is operated by Yiwu Timex Industrial Investments, arrived carrying 34 containers packed with £4 million worth of clothes and other goods and was greeted by a group of officials and local residents. The Chinese and British governments hope the new route will increase trade between the two countries. Transporting goods ...
Trump hours away from world’s most powerful job
America, ENGLISH

Trump hours away from world’s most powerful job

    US President-elect Donald Trump and his family take part in a Make America Great Again welcome concert in Washington today. Donald John Trump, a billionaire with no experience of government or the military, will be sworn in as America's 45th President and commander-in-chief later today. The businessman, who became well known to millions of Americans as the star of his reality TV series The Apprentice, steps up to his new job at the age of 70 - breaking Ronald Reagan's record as the oldest man to assume the Presidency. On Thursday, the trappings of high office were already evident. He dispensed with his familiar personal jet and its Trump branding, and he arrived in Washington DC aboard a US military plane. Mr Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence later laid a wreath at...
Billionaire warns about Theresa May
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Billionaire warns about Theresa May

    It’s tough to be gloomier than billionaire George Soros right now. America has elected a would-be dictator as president, the European Union is disintegrating, U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May won’t last long as her nation prepares to secede from the EU, and China is poised to become an even more repressive society, the investor told Bloomberg Television’s Francine Lacqua from the World Economic Forum in Davos. It is unlikely that Prime Minister May is actually going to remain in power, Soros said. She has a divided cabinet and base and Britons are in denial about the economic impact of Brexit, he said. On Tuesday May, who took office in July after the U.K. voted to leave the EU, set out her strategy for a clean break from the 28-nation trade bloc and pitched the nation as o...
Second World War bomb found in River Thames: Towed away for safe disposal
ENGLISH, London

Second World War bomb found in River Thames: Towed away for safe disposal

    A suspected unexploded Second World War bomb found in the River Thames near the Houses of Parliament is being towed away for safe disposal, police said. The operation by the Royal Navy and Metropolitan Police to recover the bomb led to disruption in central London on Thursday. The Waterloo and Westminster bridges were forced to shut for several hours, Westminster underground station closed and river traffic halted after the device was dredged up near the Victoria Embankment. A Port of London Authority spokesman told the BBC that the suspected bomb measured around 2 ft by 1 ft (60cm x 30cm). A police cordon remained in place into the early hours of Friday morning as the device was removed. Large crowds of tourists and passers-by gathered at the police tape with some calmly ...
Jeremy Corbyn force Labour MPs to vote remain Brexit
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Jeremy Corbyn force Labour MPs to vote remain Brexit

    Labour is in chaos over Brexit as Jeremy Corbyn appeared to back down after telling MPs they would be forced to vote in favour of triggering Article 50. The party descended deeper into a row over how to respond to the Prime Minister’s speech on leaving the EU after the Labour leader warned that all MPs would be expected to back the Government instead of taking a stand against leaving the EU. But the decision came as one of Mr Corbyn’s most senior shadow cabinet allies publicly warned he will not vote for Article 50, while a further group of his most senior team threatened to do the same. And just hours after suggesting MPs will be subjected to a three-line whip on the vote, meaning they would have no choice but to back Mrs May, aides close to the leader said no decision on...
Inauguration day in White House: World braces as Trump takes power
America, ENGLISH

Inauguration day in White House: World braces as Trump takes power

    With fireworks heralding his big moment, Donald Trump swept into Washington Thursday on the eve of his presidential inauguration and pledged to unify a nation sorely divided and clamoring for change. The capital braced for an onslaught of crowds and demonstrators with all the attendant hoopla and hand-wringing. It's a movement like we've never seen anywhere in the world, the president-elect declared at a celebratory evening concert Thursday night with the majestic Lincoln Memorial for a backdrop. To the unwavering supporters who were with him from the start, he promised: You're not forgotten any more. You're not forgotten any more. I'll see you tomorrow, he called out, and then fireworks exploded into the evening sky. Trump began taking on more trappings of the presi...