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Day: July 3, 2019

Merkel’s health intensifies debate over her succession
Europe, Featured

Merkel’s health intensifies debate over her succession

    After a second episode in which Ms. Merkel, Germany’s chancellor, trembled uncontrollably in public last week, she headed to the airport, took a 12-hour flight to Japan, held 10 bilateral meetings and four group sessions with world leaders, including President Trump, then flew back to Europe for a record-breaking 20-hour negotiation with her European counterparts in Brussels. The last several days have been a reminder of Ms. Merkel’s storied stamina, proven in countless crisis summits during her 14 years in office. But they also reinforce the mystery of what exactly is going on with the health of the woman who has been the rock of European politics at a time when the authority of both her party and her country appear to be declining. When Angela Merkel trembles, th...
Dubai princess in UK in fear of life
Featured, London

Dubai princess in UK in fear of life

    Princess Haya, a wife of the ruler of Dubai, is believed to have fled the UAE for London after discovering disturbing facts about the mysterious return of one of his daughters who tried to escape. Princess Haya Bint al-Hussein, the British-educated and Jordanian-born sixth wife of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, initially travelled to Germany to seek asylum but is now understood to be staying in her £85m townhouse in Kensington Palace Gardens. Until now it was not known why she fled, with the only clue a poem posted by billionaire Sheikh Mohammed, 69, on Instagram accusing an unidentified woman of treachery and betrayal. However, Princess Haya, is thought to have become aware of worrying details involving her step-daughter Princess Latifa, according to the B...
China hits out at Hunt for basking in Britain’s faded glory
Featured, United Kingdom

China hits out at Hunt for basking in Britain’s faded glory

    China on Wednesday said it lodged an official protest with London after British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt warned Beijing of serious consequences if it breaches the Hong Kong handover agreement. He seems to be fantasising in the faded glory of British colonialism and in the bad habit of gesticulating while looking down on other countries affairs, foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said at a regular briefing. Mr Hunt had said that Hong Kong authorities should not use an outbreak of vandalism in the legislative chambers by protesters on Monday night as a pretext for repression. He said the authorities need to understand the root causes of what happened, which is a deep-seated concern by people in Hong Kong that their basic freedoms are under attack. Mr Geng s...