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Day: July 16, 2017

Trump faces a victory problem in Afghanistan
America, ENGLISH

Trump faces a victory problem in Afghanistan

    President Trump, due to unveil his new strategy for fighting the war in Afghanistan, faces what some aides are calling a victory problem how to define success in America’s longest war and sell the war-weary U.S. public on the possibility of sending a few thousand more troops into the nearly 16-year-old conflict. In recent days, White House officials have declined to say whether the new approach will roll out by mid-July in keeping with a timetable Defense Secretary Jim Mattis laid out weeks ago. And they won’t say what role the commander in chief might play in selling the plan, including a potentially open ended commitment, to Americans. We have a victory problem, a senior administration official recently told Yahoo News, speaking on condition of anonymity to describe inte...
City of London warns France is plotting to use Brexit to weaken UK’s booming financial sector
ENGLISH, Europe

City of London warns France is plotting to use Brexit to weaken UK’s booming financial sector

    France is plotting to use Brexit to weaken UK's booming financial sector France is plotting to exploit Brexit in a bid to weaken London’s booming financial sector, a senior City of London spokesman has claimed in a leaked memo. Former Home Office minister Jeremy Browne, who acts as the City of London's envoy on Brexit, said the French see the British as adversaries in the forthcoming negotiations over quitting the EU. In the memo, which was seen to the Mail on Sunday, Mr Browne said the French are open about their desire to disrupt and degrade the UK’s financial sector. He said his talks in Paris have been the worst I have had anywhere in the EU. Mr Browne, who met banking chiefs, senior politicians and diplomats, wrote: They are crystal clear about their underlying object...
Blair feels sorry for PM with sharks always circling
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Blair feels sorry for PM with sharks always circling

    Tony Blair has said he feels sorry for Theresa May as she is surrounded by people waiting to throw her off the ledge. The former prime minister said he believed Mrs May has the best interests of the country at heart, although reiterated he strongly disagrees with her about how to approach Brexit. Tony Blair said he feels sorry for Theresa May (Jonathan Brady/PA) Mr Blair, asked if he feels any sympathy for Mrs May, told Sophy Ridge on Sunday on Sky News: Yeah, I do, of course, because I know what it’s like to do the job. Mr Blair said he believed Mrs May has the best interests of the country at heart. Mr Blair said he believed Mrs May has the I think it’s a very unsatisfactory situation where you’ve got the Prime Minister surrounded by people who are just waiting for the m...
VP Pence walks high wire over Trump scandals
America, ENGLISH

VP Pence walks high wire over Trump scandals

    US President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence meet with South Korean President Moon Jae-in during a meeting on trade at the White House. Mike Pence is the loyal wingman, the ever-discreet figure who rises above the Washington fray. But as the Russia scandal encroaches ever further on Donald Trump's White House, the vice president is also walking a political tightrope. The 58-year-old former governor of Indiana is currently the man closest to the US presidency -- either as Trump's immediate successor should his term end prematurely, or as his heir apparent in 2020 or 2024 elections, depending on how many terms Trump serves. As the troubles of his boss grow deeper by the day, ensnared in a widening investigation into his campaign ties to Russia, experts say the...
Two killed in multi-vehicle pile up in M25 crash
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Two killed in multi-vehicle pile up in M25 crash

    The crash occurred at around 3.10 am on Saturday Highways England Two people have died in an early morning three-vehicle pile-up on the M25, police said. The driver and passenger of a black people carrier were killed in the collision with a lorry and a third vehicle at junction 12 at around 3.10am on Saturday. Those travelling in the HGV and the third vehicle managed to escape uninjured, Surrey Police said. The crash caused major disruption on the M25 in Surrey and led to a section of the ring road being closed for around seven hours. The four lanes, between junction 12 and 13, were not fully reopened until around 10.15am. Police and Highways England worked to recover the vehicles for investigation work. The next of kin of those killed have been informed, a police spokesma...