Tories aim to distract from Brexit with crime-focused Queen's speech

Heavier sentences for violent criminals among policies aimed at wooing Labour votersViolent and sexual criminals as well as foreign national offenders who return to the UK will face drastically heavier penalties under measures that will form the centrepiece of a Queen’s speech aimed at wresting the agenda away from the delicate Brexit negotiations.With just days to go before the deadline for Boris Johnson to clinch a last-ditch Brexit deal in Brussels, the Queen will on Monday set out his govern...
Tags: Politics, Law, Conservatives, Society, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Public services policy, House Of Lords, UK criminal justice, House Of Commons, Transport, Prisons and probation, Boris Johnson, Transport policy, Queen's Speech, Electoral reform

Lawmakers scoff as White House threatens Turkey with sanctions but won't 'activate' them

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Friday giving the Treasury Department "very significant new sanctions authorities" against Turkey, but the US doesn't have any immediate plans to use them, Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchin said Friday.

Brexit deal prospects look promising, says Nicky Morgan

Minister voices hopes of progress after talks between UK and Ireland over borderThe prospects of a Brexit deal with the EU appear to be “promising” after negotiations between Boris Johnson and Leo Varadkar over the Irish border, Nicky Morgan has said.A day after the British prime minister signalled the possibility of a U-turn on his plans, the culture secretary said the “mood music … seems positive, but clearly there are lots of details to be worked out.” Continue reading...
Tags: Brexit, Nicky Morgan, Ireland, Northern Ireland, European Union, Foreign policy, Politics, UK news

Can Anglo-German relations survive that disastrous London-Berlin phone call?

Such diplomatic breakdowns date back to Bismarck and beyond, but the latest spat may mean more than flagging sales of UK delicacies in Germany’s capitalOn a sunny afternoon in Berlin’s Bergmannkiez neighbourhood, workers are moving boxes of mince pies, chocolate oranges and Christmas puddings into a soon-to-open shop.For 24 years, Broken English used to be the German capital’s premier retailer of British delicacies and UK-themed souvenirs – until its owner threw in the towel at the start of this...
Tags: Politics, Germany, Angela Merkel, European Union, UK News, World news, Boris Johnson, Brexit

Donald Trump’s Twitch Channel Sadly Devoid of Video Games

“Worse than Hitler” US President Donald Trump has now gotten his own official Twitch channel on the popular video game live streaming platform. Twitch isn’t meant solely for video game streamers though, as it is populated with plenty of individuals who instead have regular chat streams, talk shows, and podcasts. However, the newly created channels […]
Tags: Politics, Usa, International, Anime, Livestream, Twitch, Trump

Barnier warns Brexit talks have been ‘difficult’ amid pessimism over deal

EU’s chief Brexit negotiator reportedly disappointed at lack of progress in negotiations, with extension looking probableMichel Barnier has warned EU ambassadors that the latest negotiations with Boris Johnson’s government have been “difficult”, with it appearing increasingly unlikely that agreement can be found by the time of an EU summit later this week.After a weekend of intensive talks in Brussels, the EU’s chief negotiator offered a downbeat assessment of the chances of settling the major d...
Tags: Europe, Politics, European Union, UK News, Jean-claude Juncker, Boris Johnson, Brexit, Michel Barnier

Elizabeth Warren Takes Swing at Facebook’s Political Ad Policy in Scathing Stunt

What better way to draw attention to Facebook's political ad policy and the damage it can cause than to lie in an advertisement about its founder? That's what Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) planned when an ad created by her presidential campaign went live Saturday, claiming Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg had endorsed Donald Trump for the...
Tags: Politics, Advertising

Exculpatory text relayed by Trump, Sondland to say

WASHINGTON — The U.S. ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland, intends to tell Congress this week that the content of a text message he wrote denying a quid pro quo with Ukraine was relayed to him directly by President Donald Trump in a phone call, according to a person familiar with his testimony. Sondland […]
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U.S. Ambassador to Testify That Quid Pro Quo Text Was Trump’s Message

Gordon Sondland is set to speak with House committees on Thursday
Tags: News, Congress, White House, Uncategorized, Onetime

Support grows for a new Brexit poll amid fears over Johnson’s plan

DUP raises doubts on customs union, while Labour says it will whip MPs to support a second referendumPro-remain MPs predicted on Saturday that they were gaining sufficient cross-party support to secure a second Brexit referendum as fresh doubts were raised over whether Boris Johnson can secure a deal with the EU that can pass through parliament. Related: No-deal Brexit will wreck Tories’ reputation as party of business, says Lidington Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, European Union, UK News, Foreign Policy, Labour, Boris Johnson, Brexit, Democratic Unionist party (DUP

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