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Day: May 21, 2017

Free school lunches will be end by Theresa May: limited budget families to be hit
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Free school lunches will be end by Theresa May: limited budget families to be hit

    Almost one million children from poor backgrounds will lose the right to free school meals if lunch snatcher Theresa May pushes through cuts in the Conservative manifesto, an educational think tank has warned. The Prime Minister announced last week that universal free lunches for infants will be stopped if the Tories win the June 8 General Election, with free breakfasts on offer instead. The move will cost families around £440 a year for each child affected and is thought likely to save around £650 million a year, according to the research by the Education Policy Institute (EPI). In analysis conducted for The Observer, the EPI found that those losing hot lunches would include 100,000 from families living in relative poverty and 667,000 which it defined as coming from ordin...
Trump takes part in traditional Saudi sword dance
Arab world, ENGLISH

Trump takes part in traditional Saudi sword dance

    US President Donald Trump along with other male White House officials participated in a ceremonial sword dance in Saudi Arabia outside the Murabba Palace, the media reported. Trump arrived in Riyadh accompanied by First Lady Melania Trump on Saturday on a two-day trip, beginning his first foreign trip as President that includes visits to Israel, the Vatican City, Belgium and Italy where he is to take part in NATO and G7 summits. Trump’s daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner were also travelling as part of the presidential entourage. Video of the dance shows Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross dancing with swords perched on their shoulders as part of a line of men in traditional Saudi garb ahead of a state dinner, reports CNN. Trump, ...
Saudi Arabia to invest huge funds in US infrastructure
Arab world, ENGLISH

Saudi Arabia to invest huge funds in US infrastructure

    US asset management giant Blackstone and Saudi Arabia’s main sovereign wealth fund announced Saturday they are launching a US$40 billion investment vehicle to finance infrastructure renovation in the United States. The announcement comes as President Donald Trump, who has promised to invest US$1 trillion in a major infrastructure plan in the United States, visits Saudi Arabia during his first trip abroad. The Saudi Public Investment Fund [PIF] will contribute $20 billion to the new vehicle, while the remaining US$20 billion will be raised from other investors, Blackstone said in a statement without providing details on the timeframe. Ultimately, this new fund aims to invest US$100 billion in infrastructure projects, “principally” in the United States, according to the rele...
Brussels must pay its own Brexit bill of billions of pounds
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Brussels must pay its own Brexit bill of billions of pounds

    Britains's Prime Minister Theresa May gestures as she gives a speech at the launch of the Scottish manifesto on May 19, 2017 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Brussels must pay its own Brexit bill of billions of pounds for Britain's share of the European Investment Bank and other joint projects, Theresa May has indicated. The Prime Minister says in an interview with The Sunday Telegraph that money paid in the past by the UK must be taken into account in the final divorce bill. She insisted that the UK has financial rights that must be respected during discussions about payments as well as obligations to the body it is leaving. The intervention is a clear rejection of hardline EU countries who have argued that the UK should not get back its proportion of EU assets. Reports from Bruss...
Pippa Middleton marries James Matthews in Englefield
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Pippa Middleton marries James Matthews in Englefield

    Middleton in her Giles Deacon dress. Six years after being maid of honour for her older sister, Pippa Middleton is to marry James Matthews. Saturday’s ceremony was to be a little less grand in scale. While Kate and Prince William married in Westminster Abbey, the new couple were tying the knot at St Mark’s church in the village of Englefield, near Reading in Berkshire. Middleton arrived at the church shortly before midday, accompanied by her father, Michael, and wearing a bespoke Giles Deacon dress. Designed to create the impression of being seamless, the dress was teamed with a Stephen Jones veil, a Maidenhair Fern tiara, and Manolo Blahnik ivory satin shoes. There was plenty of royalty attending what was being called the society wedding of the year. The congregation incl...