Monday, July 15

Day: March 31, 2017

EU won’t pursue harsh divorce settlement because Brexit is punitive enough
ENGLISH, Europe

EU won’t pursue harsh divorce settlement because Brexit is punitive enough

    Donald Tusk says the EU won't pursue a punitive divorce settlement with the UK because Brexit is punitive enough. The European Council President said the UK will have to wait to start negotiating a trade deal until after the divorce deal has made sufficient progress. And he said the idea Theresa May sought to use international terror security as a bargaining chip in the negotiations must be a misunderstanding. In draft negotiation guidelines issued to the 27 remaining member states today, Mr Tusk announced a phased approach to negotiations. He spoke firmly in a press conference in Valetta, Malta, insisting parallel negotiations will not happen. He said: We treat [the principles announced today] as fundamental and will stand by them. And he said reciprocal, enforceable guar...
Angry Trump tells Freedom Caucus to get on the team after healthcare failure
America, ENGLISH

Angry Trump tells Freedom Caucus to get on the team after healthcare failure

    Donald Trump Donald Trump has issued an ultimatum to the hard right of the Republican party, warning them to get on the team or face consequences at the ballot box. The US president tweeted on Thursday: The Freedom Caucus will hurt the entire Republican agenda if they don’t get on the team, & fast. We must fight them, & Dems, in 2018! In a disastrous setback to his agenda, Trump’s bid to repeal and replace Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law crumbled last week after he failed to convince a number of House members, including most of the Freedom Caucus, to support it. Trump initially blamed Democrats for not backing the new bill, but he has since shifted his focus to take swipes at the Freedom Caucus. His tweet carried the implied threat that he will support chal...
American Airlines pilot dies after medical episode on flight
America, ENGLISH

American Airlines pilot dies after medical episode on flight

    An American Airlines pilot died after having a medical episode just before landing in Albuquerque. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/2oBo8K5) that the captain declared a medical emergency on flight 1353 a couple of minutes before landing at Albuquerque International Sunport on Wednesday evening. A spokesman for the airline tells the newspaper that the captain landed the flight from Dallas-Fort Worth without incident. The plane taxied normally to a gate and was met by paramedics. American Airlines first officer William Mike Grubbs was pronounced dead. There was no immediate word on a cause of death. In 2015, an American Airlines pilot died on a flight from Phoenix to Boston.
Former Trump adviser Mike Flynn tells FBI he is willing to be interviewed on President’s possible links to Russia
ENGLISH, Europe

Former Trump adviser Mike Flynn tells FBI he is willing to be interviewed on President’s possible links to Russia

    Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn Donald Trump's former national security adviser Mike Flynn has told officials he is willing to be interviewed in an ongoing probe into possible links between the President's team and Russia, according to a US newspaper report. Mr Flynn, who was fired for failing to disclose talks with Russia's ambassador about US sanctions on Moscow, has also informed the House and Senate intelligence committees that he will cooperate with the investigation into the Trump campaign's potential ties to the Kremlin. The report in The Wall Street Journal cited unnamed officials with knowledge of the matter. It said Mr Flynn had agreed to be interviewed in return for the promise of immunity from prosecution. His lawyer reportedly made the offer to ...
UK takes back the right to deport as Britain repeals powers from EU
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

UK takes back the right to deport as Britain repeals powers from EU

    Prime Minister Theresa May speaks in the House of Commons Britain has begun to take back control from Brussels as David Davis announced that the first EU law to be scrapped after Brexit will be a charter that helps criminals avoid deportation. Revealing details of the forthcoming Great Repeal Bill, Mr Davis told MPs that the controversial EU Charter of Fundamental Rights will be dropped on the day Britain leaves Europe. MPs cheered in the House of Commons as the Brexit Secretary told them Britain would be regaining the sovereignty it last enjoyed in 1972. He said: “A strong, independent country needs control of its own laws. That process starts now.” A day after Theresa May began the Brexit process by invoking Article 50, European leaders entrenched their positions on thei...