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Day: November 21, 2017

Britain has become a zombie state: Philip Hammond cannot save it
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Britain has become a zombie state: Philip Hammond cannot save it

    Driverless cars are the chancellor’s vision. He promised to ride one but yesterday backed off: someone warned him driverlessness was a bad look on budget eve. If he is trying to mimic Harold Wilson’s 1964 white heat of technology, it may not be as popular. Few yet yearn for robots on the roads certainly not the million professional drivers fearful of joining the unemployed, even if Philip Hammond wrongly claimed on Sunday that the unemployed don’t exist. But it’s a faithful image nonetheless. There was never such a driverless cabinet, crashing daily as its members split and split again like Trotskyite groupuscules. You might think the great fault line between Brexiteers and remainers was enough. But no. Michael Gove and Boris Johnson’s astonishingly aggressive letter to th...
The Brexit campaign is being investigated after giving £625,000 to a fashion student days before the EU referendum
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

The Brexit campaign is being investigated after giving £625,000 to a fashion student days before the EU referendum

    Britain's election watchdog has re-opened an investigation into a controversial donation made by the Vote Leave campaign group during the final days of the Brexit referendum campaign. The Electoral Commission announced on Monday that it was probing whether a £625,000 ($827,000) gift to Darren Grimes, a 24-year-old fashion student, was in breach of strict election regulations. It is also investigating Vote Leave directly over claims that it breached the maximum spending limit during the referendum period. This is the second time the donation is being investigated. In a press release on Monday, the commission said it had decided to investigate again. Explaining the decision, it said: New information has come to light which, when considered alongside the information obtained ...
Suicide bomber kills at least 50 in Nigeria
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Suicide bomber kills at least 50 in Nigeria

    A suicide bomber killed at least 50 people at a mosque in northeastern Nigeria on Tuesday in the biggest mass killing this year in a region facing an insurgency by Islamist militant group Boko Haram. Abubakar Othman, a police spokesman in Adamawa state, said the death toll from the attack in the town of Mubi is 50 people, but there could be more as those seriously injured could add to the figure. Mubi is in Adamawa state where Boko Haram militants held territory in 2014, although the insurgents were pushed out of those areas by troops in early 2015. Boko Haram typically mounts suicide attacks in crowded public places such as mosques and markets. Tuesday's attack is the highest loss of life since 56 people were killed in the same state last December, when two schoolgirl sui...
Theresa May faces Tory backlash over plans to pay up to £40bn in Brexit divorce bill
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Theresa May faces Tory backlash over plans to pay up to £40bn in Brexit divorce bill

    Theresa May faced a backlash from Tory MPs Monday over plans to pay up to £40billion in a Brexit divorce bill. A host of senior Conservatives blasted plans to stump up a ransom to Brussels after a crunch private meeting of her Brexit War Cabinet. Theresa May is said to be raising the offer to Brussels in a bid to close a deal Mrs May triggered mounting opposition to a hefty divorce bill, amid claims she is set to offer another £20billion on top of what she has already signalled she is willing to pay. Voters would go bananas if the UK forked out £40billion, warned former minister Robert Halfon. He told the BBC: If we start saying that we’re going to give £40 to £50 billion to the EU, I think the public will go bananas, absolutely spare. I voted Remain because I believe in a...
Trump Says US Is Labeling North Korea a Sponsor of Terror
America, ENGLISH

Trump Says US Is Labeling North Korea a Sponsor of Terror

    U.S. President Donald Trump said he is designating North Korea a state sponsor of terrorism, subjecting the regime to additional sanctions and reinforcing its status as an international pariah. Speaking at the start of a cabinet meeting at the White House, Trump said the Treasury Department will announce additional measures Tuesday, describing the move against Kim Jong Un’s regime as a very large one. The step at least symbolically ratchets up the roiling standoff between the U.S. and North Korea over Pyongyang’s program to develop nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missiles that could hit the U.S. mainland. Trump returned last week from a five-nation tour of Asia in which the confrontation with North Korea figured prominently and the U.S. president pressed cou...