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Day: June 1, 2018

Trump’s tariffs should bring back to reality in post Brexit trade deals
America, Featured

Trump’s tariffs should bring back to reality in post Brexit trade deals

    Trump has strengthened the case for a customs union with the EU. There is safety in the numbers of a market with 500 million consumers at a time of global turmoil in trade When Theresa May rushed to Washington in January last year, desperate to be the first foreign leader to meet the newly-elected Donald Trump, she wanted the much trumpeted special relationship to deliver a special trade deal potentially, the biggest the UK could land after Brexit. At the time, it seemed like mission accomplished. Trump promised deeper commercial ties between the two countries, and later a very big, very powerful trade deal very very quickly. May allies said this vindicated her strategy of getting close to the president, and offering him an early state visit to the UK. But wiser h...
Italy’s new populist govet reacts furiously to Juncker suggesting
Europe, Featured

Italy’s new populist govet reacts furiously to Juncker suggesting

    Italy’s new populist government has reacted furiously to suggestions by the president of the European Commission that the south of the country is corrupt and feckless. The row erupted between Brussels and the new coalition government before it was even inaugurated an event due to take place later on Friday. As the new administration was in the process of being formed on Thursday, Jean-Claude Juncker was asked about the economic situation in Italy, which has the second highest debt per capita in the EU after Greece. I’m in deep love with Italy. Bella Italia. But I can no longer accept that everything that is wrong in southern Italy is explained by the fact the EU, the European Commission won’t do enough, he said in a question and answer session in Brussels. Italian...
Vogue Arabia Criticised For Saudi Princess Driving
Arab world, Featured

Vogue Arabia Criticised For Saudi Princess Driving

    Vogue Arabia’s June cover featuring Saudi Arabia Princess Hayfa in the driver’s seat of a red convertible has prompted a passionate debate following the arrest of women’s rights activists. The image is a nod to the legal reform happening from 24 June in Saudi Arabia, which will allow women to drive without having a guardian in the car with them. In our country, there are some conservatives who fear change. For many, it’s all they have known, Princess Hayfa, daughter of the late King Abdullah, told Vogue Arabia. Personally, I support these changes with great enthusiasm. The cover caused much conversation on Twitter, with some appreciating the prominence given to progress. However others said they were disappointed that Vogue’s celebration of trailblazing women focu...
Police investigating the poisoning of spy Sergei Skripal obstruction and pursue suspects in Russia
Featured, United Kingdom

Police investigating the poisoning of spy Sergei Skripal obstruction and pursue suspects in Russia

    A former counter terror detective says police investigating the poisoning of spy Sergei Skripal must be prepared for obstruction if they pursue suspects in Russia. Brian Tarpey accused Russian authorities of playing games with him and colleagues when they went to Moscow to interview a witness to the fatal poisoning of ex-KGB officer Alexander Litvinenko in London. The Russians said that far from being the killer, he himself was a victim who was poisoned by Litvinenko. To this day, I still don't know if we interviewed the man we thought he was. Businessman Kovtun and another Russian Andrey Lugovoy, both former KGB officers, were later named in a UK public inquiry as Litvinenko's killers. Monday will mark three months since the nerve agent poisoning of former double...
Melania declares her health and marriage after not appearing in public
America, Featured

Melania declares her health and marriage after not appearing in public

    After three weeks out of the public eye, Melania Trump has put to rest speculation about her health and marriage. The first lady, who is recovering from medical treatment for a kidney condition, took to Twitter to say she was feeling great and is at the White House. Ms Trump is yet to make a public appearance, leaving some sceptics still wondering about her condition. The first lady's tweet landed while her husband was participating in a White House event that seemed tailor-made for a first lady, as famous athletes joined Donald Trump and his daughter and senior adviser, Ivanka Trump, on the South Lawn to promote youth sports and fitness. I see the media is working overtime speculating where I am & what I'm doing, Ms Trump said on Twitter. "Rest assured, I'm h...