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Day: July 11, 2017

Inquiry into NHS contaminated blood scandal that killed 2,400 people
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Inquiry into NHS contaminated blood scandal that killed 2,400 people

    Theresa May has announced an inquiry into the use of contaminated blood products in the NHS that killed thousands of people in the 1970s and 80s. At least 2,400 people throughout the UK are thought to have died after being given blood products infected with hepatitis C and HIV. The announcement from Jeremy Hunt follows a campaign from former Labour minister Andy Burnham and a joint letter calling for a public inquiry from the leaders of the six opposition parties. Earlier this week, Andy Burnham said he was prepared to go the police if the Government failed to act on the scandal. He said: I’ve got extensive evidence that’s been sent to me by many victims of serious crimes in my view falsification of medical records, people being tested for hepatitis C, HIV without their kn...
Dublin and Frankfurt are the main beneficiaries of Brexit so far
ENGLISH, Europe

Dublin and Frankfurt are the main beneficiaries of Brexit so far

    The Brexodus among financial service firms appears to be picking up pace – with Dublin and Frankfurt the main beneficiaries. According to EY’s Brexit tracker, some 59 of 222 companies being monitored are either reviewing their options or have started moving parts of their business out of the UK. That represents a significant increase on the 23 firms that had indicated similar intentions in March. Some 19 businesses have said they are moving or considering moving staff or operations to Dublin – just ahead of Frankfurt as a preferred base (18). Luxembourg, with 11, and Paris, with eight, come next in the Brexit moving story. Omar Ali, EY’s UK financial services leader, said: “The difference three months on from the triggering of Article 50 is that we are seeing major financi...
Theresa May’s majority is reduced further after she suspends MP Anne Marie Morris
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Theresa May’s majority is reduced further after she suspends MP Anne Marie Morris

    Theresa May has suspended a Eurosceptic Conservative MP who described leaving the EU without a deal as the “real n----r in the woodpile. The decision means that the Conservative party's working majority – which includes the backing from the Democratic Unionist Party - in the House of Commons falls to 12. Anne Marie Morris, the MP for Newton Abbott, in Devon, made the remark during a meeting of Eurosceptics in central London. The Prime Minister, who is holding onto a fragile Tory majority, acted three hours after the comments were published on the Huffington Post's website. Inconceivable for an MP using tht expression 2 be incognisant of its history, impact & complete unacceptability.So ashamed! #AnneMarieMorris She said: I was shocked to hear of these remarks, which ar...
Syria monitor says IS chief Abu Bakr al Baghdadi dead
Arab world, ENGLISH

Syria monitor says IS chief Abu Bakr al Baghdadi dead

    The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitor said Tuesday it had information from top Islamic State group leaders confirming the death of the jihadist organisation’s chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Top tier commanders from IS who are present in Deir Ezzor province have confirmed the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, emir of the Islamic State group, to the Observatory, director Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP. We learned of it today but we do not know when he died or how.
Hamburg taught the world that the U.S. no longer matters
ENGLISH, Europe

Hamburg taught the world that the U.S. no longer matters

    U.S. President Donald Trump waits for the beginning of the first working session on the first day of the G-20 summit in Hamburg, northern Germany, Friday, July 7, 2017. The leaders of the… Summits are rarely noteworthy. That’s not to say we don’t take note. There are always hundreds of journalists, and every speech and communiqué is widely reported around the world. But typically, the real substance of these meetings was worked out long ago, in email exchanges between diplomats and bureaucrats and in the occasional high-level meeting. The host nation scripts out every minute, all the official statements are agreed to in advance, and the press and participants know exactly what will happen and what will be announced before any of them even arrive. And, on the surface, the s...