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Theresa May accused of hypocrisy over Lords reform
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Theresa May accused of hypocrisy over Lords reform

    Theresa May has been accused of hypocrisy after appointing nine new Conservative peers to the House of Lords, including several ex-ministers, despite vowing to end the practice. The prime minister sent six former MPs three of whom sat in the cabinet  to the upper chamber, which flies in the face of her claims that senior politicians should not expect automatic ennoblement. Announcing the appointments on the eve of the Royal Wedding was branded frankly pathetic by critics, who called the prime minister cynical for seeking to sneak out the news when it would receive little attention. Controversial appointments on the Labour side include Martha Osamor, who has been embroiled in the party’s antisemitism scandal, and also the DUP’s William McCrea, a Presbyterian ministe...
Brexit is a synonym for keeping out foreigners
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Brexit is a synonym for keeping out foreigners

    As long as Brexit is a synonym for keeping out foreigners, there can be no hope for meaningful compromise with the rest of the EU. The Lords can inflict endless defeats on Theresa May. An entire dinosaur gallery of has-been politicians can clamber on rice sacks to issue grave warnings. All will be drowned out by this one guttural roar. Yet the anti-migrant arguments are a toxic alloy of barefaced lies and naked bigotry. None are new. But they were feverishly circulated in the days before the 2016 referendum. This time, crucially, migrants were made scapegoats for the misery caused by the government’s own drastic spending cuts – for a buckling NHS, a cash-starved school system and falling wages. The definitive guide to how that happened is a study from King’s Coll...
Prince Harry and Meghan Merkle became husband and wife: Crows go wild for Royal
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Prince Harry and Meghan Merkle became husband and wife: Crows go wild for Royal

    According to lip reader Tina Lannin, when the newly-wed couple stopped mid-way down the West Steps there was a moment of uncertainty over their first kiss as husband and wife. Meghan discreetly asked Harry: “Do we kiss?” To which Harry quietly replied: “Yeah”. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle kissed outside church today after emerging from their wedding as man and wife. The couple shared their touching 'balcony moment' after getting married in a beautiful ceremony at St George's Chapel, in Windsor. The newlyweds sealed their vows with a smooch as the cheering public waited outside for the happy couple. Church bells rang as the beaming bride and her new husband walked hand in hand. Gently tilting her head upwards, Meghan puckered up and smiled as Prince Harry plan...
Italian Populists Seal Agreement to Challenge EU Establishment
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Italian Populists Seal Agreement to Challenge EU Establishment

    Italy’s populist leaders sealed a coalition agreement that aims to ramp up spending on the poor and slash taxes in a direct challenge to the European Union establishment. After 10 days of negotiations, 31-year-old Five Star leader Luigi Di Maio said Friday that he’s settled the final issues with Matteo Salvini, 45, of the anti-immigrant League and their policy platform is ready for party members to vote on. The program, posted online, demands a review of EU budget rules, an end to economic sanctions on Russia and pledges to roll-back pension reforms that raised the retirement age. The program may cost as much as 126 billion euros ($149 billion) according to an estimate by former International Monetary Fund official Carlo Cottarelli based on an earlier draft. The p...
Chinese air force landed long range bombers for the first time
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Chinese air force landed long range bombers for the first time

    The Chinese air force has landed long-range bombers for the first time on an airport in the South China Sea, a state newspaper said Saturday, in a move likely to further fuel concerns about Beijing's expansive claims over the disputed region. The China Daily newspaper reported that the People's Liberation Army Air Force conducted takeoff and landing training with the H-6K bomber in the South China Sea. China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple disputes in the South China Sea over islands, coral reefs and lagoons in waters crucial for global commerce and rich in fish and potential oil and gas reserves. A statement from the Defense Ministry late Friday said the exercise was conducted on an island reef, but it did not specify when or where, saying only tha...