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Day: May 25, 2018

UK threatens to EU about Galileo satellite
Europe, Featured

UK threatens to EU about Galileo satellite

    The UK has confirmed it could pursue its own satellite navigation system and reopen negotiations over the £39bn Brexit divorce bill if it is excluded from the EU's Galileo project. The Department for Exiting the EU (DExEU) has included the threats in a document setting out the government's view on Brussels' insistence the UK cannot remain a full member of the Galileo system. Originating in 1999, the Galileo project aims to establish a European rival to the US global positioning system (GPS) for satellite navigation. It is due for completion in 2020, when it will include 24 satellites and six spare satellites. The Galileo satellite navigation system The UK wants to remain part of the multi-billion pound project after Brexit, which it has already invested large sum...
Putin concerns about Yulia Skripal statement
Featured, United Kingdom

Putin concerns about Yulia Skripal statement

    Vladimir Putin says he has concerns about whether Yulia Skripal was forced to make a statement on Wednesday. Dmitry Peskov, who speaks on behalf of the Russian president, said the Kremlin did not know whether the poisoned daughter of a Russian ex-spy made her statement under pressure or independently. Yulia Skripal said in her video and written statement she felt lucky to have survived after being a victim of a nerve agent attack and that she would one day like to return home to Russia. From a secret location in London and with a red scar visible on her neck, she described her sense of shock at the use of the nerve agent. Mr Peskov, in a news conference called with reporters on Thursday, said there was a long list of questions that remained unanswered about Yulia ...
The world reacts to Trump canceling the US-North Korea summit
America, Featured

The world reacts to Trump canceling the US-North Korea summit

    US president Donald Trump called off a planned summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that was set to take place in Singapore on June 12. Leaders around the world reacted mostly with dismay, though Trump found support among his allies. In a long letter, North Korea’s vice foreign minister Kim Kye Gwan called Trump’s announcement not consistent with the desire of humankind for peace and stability in the world. French president Emmanuel Macron and Russian president Vladimir Putin, speaking at a meeting in Saint Petersburg, both expressed regret that the meeting had been called off. A spokeswoman for British prime minister Theresa May said, We are disappointed that the meeting will no longer go ahead as planned. We need to see an agreement that can bring about th...
Britain chasing a fantasy  and warned about Brexit
Europe, Featured

Britain chasing a fantasy and warned about Brexit

    The EU has accused the British government of chasing a fantasy and warned that it will not negotiate under threat, after a fraught week of Brexit talks in Brussels that have raised serious concerns about the future of the negotiations. The whole approach of the UK government to the discussions was castigated by a senior EU official involved, who further warned that the bloc would not be forced into positions that were against its interests. The UK’s suggestion that it would seek to recover more than €1bn of contributions to the Galileo satellite project unless the European commission lifted a block on British firms being involved received a particularly strident response, with an implicit threat that such posturing could unravel the discussions. The EU doesn’t nego...
Prince William will visit Irsael and Palestinian in territories weeks
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Prince William will visit Irsael and Palestinian in territories weeks

    Prince William is set to visit Israel and the Palestinian territories next month despite heightened tensions and outbreaks of violence in the region. The Duke of Cambridge’s trip, which was announced on Friday, will mark the first ever official tour of the areas made by a member of the Royal Family on behalf of the government. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said it would be an historic visit, the first of its kind and said the prince would bewelcomed with great affection. William trip will go ahead in the aftermath of the bloodshed on the Gaza border in recent weeks, the worst outbreak of fighting since 2014. Some 58 Palestinians were killed and 2,400 injured by Israeli troops in violent clashes over the Donald Trump’s decision to move the US embassy to...