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Day: February 11, 2017

Article 50 rebels let off the hook by Corbyn
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Article 50 rebels let off the hook by Corbyn

    Labour MPs who rebelled against Jeremy Corbyn’s three line whip and opposed the Government’s Brexit bill in a Commons vote this week will receive a formal warning from the party but can remain in their shadow cabinet posts, it has emerged. Labour sources said the chief whip met with Mr Corbyn to discuss disciplinary issues arising from the Article 50 Bill. It is understood the chief whip will be taking action in the form of a formal warning to all Labour MPs who broke the whip. They will also be under strict instructions to comply with the whip in the future, the source said. But the rebels, some of whom are whips themselves, will be able to keep their jobs. When Mr Corbyn was asked earlier in the week if he intended to fire 13 members of his own team who rebelled against ...
Edward Snowden claims report Russia may gift him to Trump proves he is not a spy
America, ENGLISH

Edward Snowden claims report Russia may gift him to Trump proves he is not a spy

    Whistleblower Edward Snowden has seized on a report that Russia is considering sending him back to the US as a gift to Donald Trump, saying that the story vindicates him of charges that he is a spy. Finally: irrefutable evidence that I never cooperated with Russian intel, he said on Twitter. No country trades away spies, as the rest would fear they’re next. Snowden was responding to a report by NBC which stated that US intelligence had collected information that Russia wanted to hand Snowden over in order to curry favor with Trump, who has said that the former NSA contractor is a traitor and a spy who deserves to be executed. The report based on two sources in the intelligence community said the intelligence had been gathered since Trump’s inauguration. The Guardian was un...
Trump loses temper to Putin
ENGLISH, Europe

Trump loses temper to Putin

    Donald Trump has told Vladimir Putin he does not want to renew a 2010 arms control treaty that limits the number of strategic nuclear weapons the US and Russia can deploy. Trump angrily denounced the New Start Treaty in a 28 January phone call to the Russian leader, according to sources briefed on the call. Reuters, which first reported Trump’s remarks, said the new US president also had to pause the hour long call to ask what the New Start Treaty was. The White House spokesman, Sean Spicer, confirmed that the call was paused but said it was because the president wanted to solicit the views of his aides. It wasn’t like he didn’t know what was being said, Spicer said. He wanted an opinion on something. He did not give any further details, describing the hour-long conversati...
Canada court acquits SNC-Lavalin execs of Padma bridge bribery charges
Bangladesh, ENGLISH

Canada court acquits SNC-Lavalin execs of Padma bridge bribery charges

    Three men, including two former executives with Canada-based engineering giant SNC Lavalin, have been acquitted of bribery in a massive corruption case involving the building of Padma bridge. Lawyers appeared in front of Superior Court Justice Ian Nordheimer in Toronto on Friday, where Kevin Wallace and Ramesh Shah, former vice-presidents at SNC Lavalin, and Bangladeshi national Zulfiquar Bhuiyan pleaded not guilty to bribery, reports f3nws.com. The Crown the legal embodiment of executive, legislative, and judicial governance announced it would not be calling any evidence, and asked Nordheimer to order acquittals. The case revolved around an alleged bribery scheme related to a $2.9-billion development project in Bangladesh. As part of that project to build the Padma Bridge...
Case filed: 2 held over Sylhet stone quarry deaths
Bangladesh, ENGLISH

Case filed: 2 held over Sylhet stone quarry deaths

    A murder case has been filed over Friday’s death of three stone quarry workers in Bichanakandi area of Gowainghat upazila of Sylhet. Police filed the case against five stone traders with Gowainghat Police station on Friday night, reports UNB. The accused are Basir Miah, a resident of Bichanakandi, Azad Miah, Kamal Hossain, Jahid Miah, hailing from Chittagong and Raju miah alias Jahid Hasan, hailing from Laxmipur. Meanwhile, police arrested Jahid Miah, and Raju Miah, said Delwar Hossain, officer-in-charge of the police station. The three stone quarry workers were killed when part of a hillock collapsed on them while lifting stones from Bichanakandi in Gowainghat upazila early Friday. After the incident, the bodies were taken away from the spot to hush up the incident. Later...