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Day: November 18, 2018

May delaying Brexit will cost UK £10bn
Featured, United Kingdom

May delaying Brexit will cost UK £10bn

    Theresa May’s hopes of securing her Brexit deal were dealt a new blow on Saturday night as the EU warned the UK would have to pay about £10bn more to Brussels to win extra time for a smooth exit. Ahead of what Downing Street said was a critical week for the prime minister, cabinet ministers also piled on the pressure by publicly insisting that she change the proposals. Pro-Brexit cabinet minister Andrea Leadsom said there was still more to be done to achieve the Brexit that 17.4 million people voted for. Leadsom is one of a team of cabinet ministers including environment secretary Michael Gove who want alterations to the deal, although Brussels insists it cannot be changed. These include reassurances that the so-called backstop that could keep Britain tied in a cus...
Saudi women protest to wear abaya by Islamic garment
Arab world, Featured

Saudi women protest to wear abaya by Islamic garment

    A traditional abaya is black and covers the entire body, leaving the head, feet and hands visible. Earlier this year, the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman stated that women in the country need not feel obliged to wear the abaya, as long as they dress in a decent and respectful manner. The laws are very clear and stipulated in the laws of sharia [Islamic law]: that women wear decent, respectful clothing, like men, Mr Salman said in an interview with CBS. This, however, does not particularly specify a black abaya or a black head cover. The decision is entirely left for women to decide what type of decent and respectful attire she chooses to wear. However, many women in the country have stated that they still feel required to wear the Islamic garment, which is ...
Shut down the federal government if Congress fails to give money build up wall US and Mexico
America, Featured

Shut down the federal government if Congress fails to give money build up wall US and Mexico

    President Trump suggested Saturday he was prepared to shut down the federal government next month if Congress fails to give him the money he wants to build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico. If I was ever going to do a shutdown over border security when you look at the caravan, when you look at the mess, when you look at the people coming in, the president said. ...This would be a very good time to do a shutdown. The president has asked lawmakers for $5 billion for new wall construction in fiscal 2019, but Democrats oppose the project and a bipartisan Senate compromise earlier this year included just $1.6 billion for it. During the 2016 campaign, Trump repeatedly promised voters that Mexico would pay for the roughly 2,000 mile barrier, which carries an estim...
43 people kill in Syria over US led airstrikes
Arab world, Featured

43 people kill in Syria over US led airstrikes

    The head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), Rami Abdurrahman, said homes were hit on Saturday in a village near the town of Hajin, near the Iraq border. He said at least 43 people died, including 17 children and 12 women, and that it was not clear if the men who died were militants or not. Sana, the Syrian state news agency, also reported the strikes. It said 40 people were killed in the area. Activist Omar Abou Leila monitors the conflict from Deir el Zour and confirmed the strikes too, but was unable to verify the death toll. However, he said IS fighters were stopping civilians from leaving the region, which resulted in the high number of civilian casualties. The US-led coalition and its local partners the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (S...
Virgin And EE Fined after overcharging
Featured, United Kingdom

Virgin And EE Fined after overcharging

    Ofcom has fined BT-owned EE £6.3 million and Liberty Global’s Virgin Media £7 million. Virgin Media and EE have been fined a combined total of £13.3 million by regulator Ofcom, for overcharging nearly 500,000 phone and broadband customers who wanted to leave their contracts early. Ofcom said both companies broke consumer protection rules by failing to make clear the charges customers would have to pay if they ended their contract early and levying “excessive” fees to leave. The watchdog’s investigation into early-exit charges found around 400,000 EE customers who ended their contracts early were over-billed, which saw customers overpaying up to £4.3 million. It added that almost 82,000 Virgin Media customers were overcharged a total of just under £2.8 million. ...