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Day: November 20, 2017

German coalition talks collapse as FDP walks out
ENGLISH, Europe

German coalition talks collapse as FDP walks out

    High-stakes talks to form a new German government collapsed Sunday as the pro-business FDP party walked out, plunging Europe's biggest economy into a political crisis and potentially precipitating the end of Chancellor Angela Merkel's career. After more than a month of gruelling negotiations, Christian Lindner, leader of the Free Democratic Party said there was no basis of trust to forge a government with Merkel's conservative alliance CDU-CSU and ecologist Greens. It is better not to govern than to govern badly, said Lindner, adding that we cannot and will not answer for the spirit of the exploratory papers. The talks, which turned increasingly acrimonious, had stumbled on issues including the divisive matter of immigration. Merkel's liberal refugee policy that let in mor...
Queen Elisabeth’s 70th wedding anniversary
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Queen Elisabeth’s 70th wedding anniversary

    Theirs was a love match. When the then Princess Elizabeth wed Philip Mountbatten 70 years ago today, no degree of formality, royal protocol or decorum could conceal that she did so for the most romantic of reasons. Their regard for one another is evident in those early photographs, her eyes gazing into his; two people on the threshold of a lifetime of service, during which their marriage would be tested like few others are. Yet despite the extraordinary nature of their existence, living out their years in the full glare of public scrutiny, their union has endured. And to tease out the secret to its success, we must look first to what brought the pair together: their love, an ever-fixed mark, that looks on tempests and is never shaken, as Shakespeare put it in Sonnet 116. I...
Voters Will Go Bananas At £40bn Brexit Divorce Bill: Warns Tory MP
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Voters Will Go Bananas At £40bn Brexit Divorce Bill: Warns Tory MP

    The public will go bananas if the government agrees to pay the European Union a £40bn divorce bill, a senior Tory MP has warned. Robert Halfon, a former vice-chairman of the Conservative Party, said voters would not understand such a large sum of money being handed over to Brussels. The EU has demanded the UK agrees to settle its financial commitments before Brexit negotiations can move on to any future trade relationship. According to The Financial Times, May is prepared to increase her initial bid of £2bn to €38bn. However that sum is still short of the £53bn demanded by Brussels. Theresa May will meet with key Cabinet ministers who oversee Brexit talks on Monday morning to discuss the so-called ‘Brexit bill’. Halfon told BBC Radio 4′s Westminster Hour on Sunday evening:...
Trump lashes out at freed basketball players: I should have left them in jail
America, ENGLISH

Trump lashes out at freed basketball players: I should have left them in jail

    Days after claiming credit for ensuring that three UCLA college basketball players were released after being arrested for shoplifting in China, Donald Trump tweeted that I should have left them in jail The US president lashed out at LaVar Ball, the father of one of the arrested players, for questioning how instrumental the president was in resolving the incident. Asked on ESPN Friday about Trump’s role in getting his son and two other players home, Ball said, Who What was he over there for? Don’t tell me nothing. Everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me out, Ball said. In response to an American father being unaccepting of what I did for his son, Trump tweeted that he should have left the three college students in jail in China. Trump had previously tweeted that h...
The Meaning of Robert Mugabe’s Stunning Non Resignation
Africa world, ENGLISH

The Meaning of Robert Mugabe’s Stunning Non Resignation

    Despite mounting calls for his resignation, Robert Mugabe has vowed to stay on as president of Zimbabwe, further extending his nearly four-decade reign in office. The next 48 hours will be crucial, as Mugabe could be impeached when parliament reconvenes on Tuesday. The unfolding political drama in Zimbabwe remains muddled at best and follows a stunning series of events, including a de facto military coup last week and a historic mass demonstration in Harare on Saturday, in which jubilant citizens marched hand-in-hand with the same military officials who had long abused their rights with impunity. On Sunday, the momentum towards Mugabe’s probable ouster picked up steam when the ruling ZANU-PF party voted to expel longtime stalwarts, including Mugabe and his wife Grac...