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Day: July 9, 2019

Hunt slams Trump over diplomatic row
Featured, United Kingdom

Hunt slams Trump over diplomatic row

    Foreign Secretary and Conservative Leadership Candidate Jeremy Hunt has hit out at President Trump, calling him "disrespectful" towards the Prime Minister and the UK. Tweeting, Mr Hunt said: "@realDonaldTrump friends speak frankly so I will: these comments are disrespectful and wrong to our Prime Minister and my country. "Your diplomats give their private opinions to @SecPompeo and so do ours! You said the UK/US alliance was the greatest in history and I agree..." He added: "But allies need to treat each other with respect as @theresa_may has always done with you. "Ambassadors are appointed by the UK government and if I become PM our Ambassador stays." It comes as Mr Trump called Sir Darroch, the UK's US ambassador "wacky" and a "pompous fool" on social media on ...
May accused of blocking Johnson’s Brexit plans
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May accused of blocking Johnson’s Brexit plans

    A government insider has accused Downing Street of allowing the creation of elephant traps for the next prime minister on Brexit. The accusation came as MPs prepared to vote on an amendment tabled by former attorney general Dominic Grieve which would effectively block Tory leadership frontrunner Boris Johnson from suspending parliament to force a no-deal Brexit through. The insider said that No 10 could have stopped the vote - along with a failed cross-party attempt last month to seize control of the parliamentary agenda in order to prevent the UK leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement on 31 October if its focus was fully on giving Theresa May’s successor the best chance of delivering Brexit. This would effectively force the Commons to be sitting in the run-...
Dubai’s ruler scraps Scottish estate plan amid divorce row
Arab world, Featured

Dubai’s ruler scraps Scottish estate plan amid divorce row

    The billionaire ruler of Dubai has withdrawn controversial plans for developing a nine-bedroom lodge at his Highland retreat amid a divorce battle with his youngest wife. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum dropped the scheme to expand Inverinate Estate in the Scottish Highlands while reports flooded in that his wife fled Dubai and is hiding in London with their children. He had submitted plans for a two-storey, nine-bedroom building designed to accommodate family and friends at his home in Wester Ross but he faced opposition from locals. The Highland residence already boasts helipads and a 14-bedroom holiday home, next door to a 16-bedroom luxury hunting lodge with pool and gym. Architects working for the sheikh say his family's trips to the area have been limi...