Tuesday, February 20

Day: March 18, 2017

Secret code words that will be used when the Queen dies
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Secret code words that will be used when the Queen dies

    When the Queen dies a highly detailed plan of how the nation will be told and what happens in the next days and hours will swing into action. It includes a special codeword for the Queen and a detailed plan with everything from her undertakers name to the number of pall bearers and the length of gunfire salute in her honour. Her last hours are likely to be overseen by her senior doctor, gastroenterologist Professor Huw Thomas, who will control access to her room and help decide what information should be made public. According to a report, when she dies it will be Sir Christopher Geidt, the Queen’s private secretary, who will spread the news, first contacting the prime minister. The Queen will be known by the codeword London Bridge and civil servants will say London Bridge...
Gordon Brown intervenes with third option for Scots
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Gordon Brown intervenes with third option for Scots

    Gordon Brown will propose a third option of giving Scotland vast new powers in exchange for remaining in the UK. During a speech in Fife the former PM will suggest giving Holyrood the authority to sign treaties with other European countries and set VAT. He will also call for EU powers to be repatriated to the Scottish Parliament, Welsh Assembly and the regions not Westminster. Gordon Brown That would give Scots control after Brexit of the £800m they currently contribute to the EU. As Nicola Sturgeon prepares to ramp up her rhetoric at the SNP spring conference, Mr Brown will outline a compromise he believes suits everyone. He will say: With these proposed new powers let us send a message today and I will fight for this in the weeks and months ahead that from now on the deb...
Trump appears to ignore Merkel request for handshake
America, ENGLISH

Trump appears to ignore Merkel request for handshake

    President Trump on Friday appeared to ignore German Chancellor Angela Merkel's proposal that they shake hands for photographers while meeting in the Oval Office. As members of the press gathered to take photos and video of the two world leaders, Merkel could be heard leaning toward Trump and asking, Do you want to have a handshake? Trump did not shake Merkel's hand, in what some on social media characterized as a rejection of Merkel's request. Trump continued to look straight at the cameras. The Hill Trump appears to ignore Merkel request for handshake But the room was loud, and the president may not have heard Merkel. Trump did shake hands with her when they first entered the White House. Trump has become known for his aggressive handshake style, and a video of him yankin...
Dhaka-Moscow approve spent nuclear fuel draft deal
Bangladesh, ENGLISH

Dhaka-Moscow approve spent nuclear fuel draft deal

    Bangladesh and Russia have approved a draft of agreement on spent fuel management for Rooppur nuclear power plant recently. Both the countries have agreed to prepare the final documents for formal signing of the much-talked deal soon, according to a release issued by ROSATOM on Saturday, reports BSS. A Russian delegation comprising Nikolay Spassky, Deputy CEO of State Atomic Energy Corporation ROSATOM and Alexey Ferapontov, Deputy Head of the Federal Environmental, Industrial and Nuclear Supervision Service of Russia (Rostekhnadzor) visited in the capital. The delegate discussed various issues related to Rooppur NPP construction with Bangladesh including preparation of the intergovernmental agreement on spent fuel management for the Rooppur nuclear power plant. After detai...
Paris Orly airport shooting: Attacker was radicalised Muslim man known to French intelligence services
ENGLISH, Europe

Paris Orly airport shooting: Attacker was radicalised Muslim man known to French intelligence services

    A police source says the man shot dead after stealing a soldier's gun at Paris Orly Airport was a radicalised Muslim known to security services. The suspect is believed to have shot a police officer earlier in the day at a checkpoint in northern Paris. The first shooting came at around 7am local time (6am GMT) in Stains, when a man was stopped by police at a security checkpoint. It turned bad and the individual shot at the officers before fleeing, a police source told Reuters This same man a radicalised Muslim known to intelligence services and the justice system then took a Famas (assault weapon) from a soldier at Orly's southern terminal ..before being shot dead by a soldier. The car stopped in Stainswas a Renault Clio, which was later abandoned for a Citroen Picasso fou...