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In policy shift, Trump says U.S. recognizes Israel sovereignty of Golan Heights

By MATTHEW LEE and DEB RIECHMANN JERUSALEM — President Donald Trump said Thursday that it’s time for the United States to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the disputed Golan Heights, an announcement that signals a shift in U.S. policy and comes ahead of the Israeli prime minister’s planned visit next week to the White House. The administration has been considering recognizing Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan, which Israel captured from Syria in 1967. Last week, in its annual human rights r...
Tags: News, Washington, White House, Israel, Uncategorized, Jerusalem, Sport, World news, Iran, Syria, Soccer, United States, West Bank, Jesus, Hamas, State Department


Trump breaks with US policy to recognise Golan Heights as Israeli territory – latest news

Israel captured Golan Heights in 1967 after six-day warBridget McCain condemns Trump, 72, for being a ‘child’Sign up for the US briefing to get a fresh perspective 8.18pm GMT Former President Barack Obama will meet with freshman House Democrats next week.Politico reports that Obama will appear at a reception hosted by Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Monday night for the over sixty newly elected House Democrats. 8.10pm GMT Former FBI director James Comey about what he would like to see in the Mu...
Tags: Health, Obama, Congress, Politico, Israel, US, Barack Obama, World news, US news, Syria, Fbi, United States, US politics, House, Abortion, Nancy Pelosi


UK will change tack on UN motions criticising Israel, says Jeremy Hunt

Policy will be to vote against claims of rights abuses by Israel brought under special protocolThe UK will oppose motions criticising rights abuses in the West Bank and Gaza that are brought to the UN’s human rights council under a special procedure dedicated to Israel’s behaviour in the occupied territories, Jeremy Hunt has said.The move is likely to delight the Trump administration, which quit the human rights council in June last year, citing its approach to Israel. It also appears aimed at c...
Tags: Politics, UK, Human Rights, Israel, UK News, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Palestinian territories, Labour, Gaza, West Bank, United Nations, Un, Jeremy Hunt, Trump


Mississippi to sign anti-abortion law that could prompt Roe v Wade challenge – live

Restrictive bill will ban abortions after six-week markBridget McCain condemns Trump for being a ‘child’Sign up for the US briefing to get a fresh perspective 5.11pm GMT Congressional investigators are raising concerns after the revelation that Jared Kushner used both personal email and WhatsApp to conduct government business.Kushner’s lawyer Abbe Lovell confirmed to Elijah Cummings, the current chairman of the House Government Oversight Committee and Trey Gowdy, Cummings’s predecessor, that...
Tags: Health, Mississippi, Washington Post, White House, US, World news, US news, US politics, Abortion, Donald Trump, Jared, Trump, Elijah Cummings, McCain, Kushner, House Government Oversight Committee


Sacred giant turtle gets embalmed in Vietnam

Reptile is believed to be the last in a long line of large turtles in Hoàn KiếmA sacred giant turtle that died in Hanoi’s Hoàn Kiếm lake has been given a new lease on life by city authorities who have embalmed the beloved creature for posterity – and tourist visits.Hanoians were shocked by the death of the critically endangered Swinhoe softshell turtle in 2016, believing its passing was a sign of ominous times ahead. Continue reading...
Tags: Barack Obama, UK News, World news, Asia Pacific, Vietnam, Hanoi, Anthony Bourdain, Hoàn KiếmA


Shamima Begum family challenge Javid's citizenship decision

Relatives say it was unfair to remove UK citizenship when others who went to Isis territory were allowed backThe family of Shamima Begum has formally started court challenges against the home secretary, saying Sajid Javid’s decision to strip the teenager of her citizenship is unfair because hundreds of Britons who went to Islamic State territory have been allowed back.Begum fled her east London family for Syria in February 2015, aged 15, along with two school friends after reading terrorist prop...
Tags: Politics, UK, Isis, London, Law, Islamic State, UK News, World news, Syria, Immigration and asylum, Sajid Javid, Shamima Begum, Javid, Begum, Special Immigration Appeals Commission


Donald Tusk: EU will only back short Brexit delay if May's deal passes

Brussels expects UK government to ask for long extension if deal fails againFollow the day’s political developments – live updatesDonald Tusk has put a no-deal Brexit back in play by saying EU leaders will only agree a short Brexit delay if Theresa May’s deal is backed by the Commons next week.After belatedly receiving the prime minister’s formal request for an extension and speaking to her on the phone, the European council president admitted that success appeared “frail, even illusory”. Contin...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, France, Eu, European Union, UK News, World news, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Brussels, Article 50, Brexit, Emmanuel Macron, Donald Tusk


Pathetic, incoherent, chaotic: Europe's verdict on Brexit shambles

UK’s reputation for diplomacy, pragmatism and self-restraint has all but gone, say politicians and officials across EUWhen he started out as a young civil servant, said Alexander Graf Lambsdorff, a German MP from the liberal Free Democratic party, Britain was “always held up as a model of good diplomacy, of pragmatism and of self-restraint”.That was then. Now, with the UK’s scheduled exit barely a week away and still no clarity in sight, “No one would sign up to that view,” Lambsdorff said. “Now...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, European Union, UK News, World news, Britain, Foreign Policy, Brexit, Alexander Graf Lambsdorff, Lambsdorff


Home Office held 'illegal interview' with asylum seeker

Woman attended immigration centre in Sheffield and was met by Zimbabwean officialsConcerns have been raised that the Home Office acted illegally when it invited Zimbabwean government officials to interview an asylum seeker at an immigration centre.The Zimbabwean woman, who has been in the UK for more than 16 years and has an ongoing asylum claim, attended Vulcan House in Sheffield in December to find Zimbabwean officials waiting to speak to her. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, UK, Africa, UK News, World news, Immigration and asylum, Home Office, Sheffield, Zimbabwe, Vulcan House


Juncker raises prospect of emergency Brexit summit next week

European commission president says fresh meeting likely as May ‘doesn’t have agreement to anything’Follow the day’s political developments - live updatesJean-Claude Juncker has raised the prospect of an emergency summit of EU leaders next week to decide on a Brexit delay, blaming ongoing chaos in Theresa May’s cabinet.The European commission president said a letter from May requesting an extension to article 50, delaying the UK’s exit beyond 29 March, had not arrived overnight as expected. Conti...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, UK News, World news, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Jean-claude Juncker, Article 50, Brexit, Donald Tusk, Juncker, Claude Juncker


Trump praises Bolsonaro's use of 'fake news' in mutual show of admiration – latest news

Brazilian president met with Donald Trump at the White House Tuesday, and the two men reveled in their similaritiesSign up for the US briefing to get a fresh perspective 9.08pm GMT Hey all, Vivian Ho taking over for Ben Jacobs. In his lawsuit, California Congressman Devin Nunes claims to be a victim of Twitter trolls like “Devin Nunes’ Mom” and “Devin Nunes’ Cow,” but in taking legal action, he’s actually fallen victim to the Streisand Effect. Related: Goats, cows and Devin Nunes' mom: ho...
Tags: Republicans, California, White House, US, World news, US news, Democrats, US politics, Donald Trump, Trump, Michael Cohen, Ben Jacobs, Devin Nunes, Bolsonaro, Vivian Ho


No-deal ferry plans to protect NHS supplies to be triggered

Action to safeguard imports of medicines to begin this week despite likely Brexit delayNo-deal contingency plans to safeguard medicine imports are set to be triggered on Wednesday, despite the potential delay to Brexit, with approved suppliers told to book space on the government’s emergency ferry service.Although the prime minister is to request an extension to article 50 which would postpone Britain’s departure from the EU, Whitehall will enact plans to ensure the flow of critical supplies sho...
Tags: Health, Europe, Business, Politics, European Union, Society, UK News, World news, Infrastructure, Britain, Foreign Policy, NHS, Transport, Water transport, Transport policy, Article 50


Trump praises Bolsonaro's use of 'fake news' in mutual show of admiration – live

Brazilian president met with Donald Trump at the White House Tuesday, and the two men reveled in their similaritiesSign up for the US briefing to get a fresh perspective 8.06pm GMT A new national poll of the 2020 presidential primary shows Joe Biden maintaining a healthy lead.The poll conducted by SSRS for CNN has Joe Biden at 28%, Bernie Sanders at 20%, Kamala Harris at 12% and Beto O’Rourke at 11%. 7.48pm GMT Longshot 2020 Democratic candidate Andrew Yang has come out against circumcis...
Tags: Republicans, White House, US, World news, Joe Biden, US news, Cnn, Democrats, Donald Trump, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, Trump, Michael Cohen, Yang, Daily Beast, Andrew Yang


Trump welcomes Brazil's far-right president Jair Bolsonaro to White House – live

Brazilian president arrives to meet with US president Donald TrumpSign up for the US briefing to get a fresh perspective 5.06pm GMT A controversial bill in Florida, which could undo parts of a landmark referendum that restored voting rights to millions of former felons, made its first advances in the state legislature on Tuesday.Florida has for decades enforced some of America’s hardest felony disenfranchisement laws, blocking around 1.5 million people from voting due to prior offenses. In N...
Tags: Florida, Republicans, White House, US, America, World news, US news, Democrats, Brazil, North Carolina, Donald Trump, Trump, Jim Jordan, Michael Cohen, Mark Meadows, Jair Bolsonaro


Jair Bolsonaro backs Trump's border wall ahead of White House meeting

Brazil president endorses hardline US immigration policy‘Vast majority of … immigrants do not have good intentions’Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro has endorsed Donald Trump’s immigration agenda on the eve of their first meeting at the White House, saying he supports a wall on the US-Mexico border and that most immigrants to the United States wish to do harm.Bolsonaro, a far-right congressman who rode to the presidency with a brash, anti-establishment campaign modeled on Trump’s 2016 run, has p...
Tags: White House, Americas, US, World news, US news, United States, Brazil, US immigration, Donald Trump, Trump, Jair Bolsonaro, Bolsonaro


Bolsonaro backs Trump's border wall ahead of White House meeting

Brazil president endorses hardline US immigration policy, saying ‘Vast majority of … immigrants do not have good intentions’Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro has endorsed Donald Trump’s immigration agenda on the eve of their first meeting at the White House, saying he supports a wall on the US-Mexico border and that most immigrants to the United States wish to do harm.Bolsonaro, a far-right congressman who rode to the presidency with a brash, anti-establishment campaign modeled on Trump’s 2016 r...
Tags: White House, Americas, US, World news, US news, United States, Brazil, US immigration, Donald Trump, Trump, Jair Bolsonaro, Bolsonaro


Rod Rosenstein postpones resignation from justice department – live

No 2 official at DoJ to stay in his post ‘a little longer’Trump attacks Kellyanne Conway’s husband as ‘loser’Sign up for the US briefing to get a fresh perspective 3.12pm GMT The Trump administration is preparing to stonewall congressional Democrats in their efforts to exercise oversight over the administration. Politico reports:In their early response to an onslaught of Democratic requests, Trump officials are breaking from norms set by previous administrations of both parties, according to...
Tags: Republicans, Congress, California, White House, US, Barack Obama, World news, US news, Democrats, Capitol Hill, House Intelligence Committee, Donald Trump, Trump, Michael Cohen, Devin Nunes, Nunes


Michael Cohen FBI raid documents released – live updates

Partially redacted search warrants materials releasedTrump attacks Kellyanne Conway’s husband as ‘loser’ 1.18pm GMT President Donald Trump attacked George Conway, the husband of top White House aide Kellyanne Conway, as a “total loser” on Twitter this morning.A total loser! https://t.co/vm3Vv2f9jfCongratulations! You just guaranteed that millions of more people are going to learn about narcissistic personality disorder and malignant narcissism! Great job! https://t.co/Dk9bI3sBs7Okay, so they...
Tags: Republicans, White House, World news, US news, Democrats, Manhattan, Donald Trump, Cohen, Michael Cohen, Mueller, Robert Mueller, Kellyanne Conway, George Conway


Ten days to Brexit: what happens if the UK does not leave on 29 March?

An extension now looks likely – how long will Brexit be delayed for and can it be stopped altogether?Today’s latest political developments - live updatesIt is 10 days before the UK is scheduled to leave the European Union. Currently we do not know when, or if, Brexit will take place; if it does happen then under what, if any deal; or even, after John Bercow’s ruling, whether the government can put its plan again to MPs if it wants to do so. So what could happen next? Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, European Union, UK News, World news, Foreign Policy, John Bercow, Article 50, Brexit


EU ministers baffled and frustrated by latest Brexit chaos

Ministers bemused at Bercow’s decision and warn no deal inevitable if UK can’t decide on next move Today’s latest political developments - live updatesThe latest chaos in Westminster prompted complaints of exhaustion from Berlin and some gentle mockery by the French as EU ministers gathered to discuss a potential delay to Brexit.As ministers arrived in Brussels to hold their talks, it was clear that the decision by the speaker, John Bercow, to effectively block a third vote on Theresa May’s deal...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, France, Germany, Berlin, Eu, European Union, UK News, World news, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, John Bercow, Bercow, Romania, Brussels


How public transport actually turns a profit in Hong Kong

The Hong Kong MTR’s ‘rail plus property’ model keep fares cheap and makes the company completely self-sustaining. Could loss-making metro systems in other cities learn lessons?“Once we build the railway, the value of land rises and we capture the increase in value,” says Jacob Kam, managing director and soon-to-be chief executive, of Hong Kong’s Mass Transit Railway (MTR) Corporation. Related: Hong Kong faces commuter chaos after rare train collision Continue reading...
Tags: Hong Kong, Politics, World news, Cities, Asia Pacific, City transport, Rail transport, Hong Kong MTR, Jacob Kam, Mass Transit Railway MTR Corporation Related


Exit Brussels? The UK civil servants under a fog of uncertainty

A dwindling band will stay at the EU for years, but many fear their influence will fadeWhatever happens regarding the UK’s future relationship with Europe, the British are not leaving the EU’s institutions. A dwindling band of UK civil servants will continue working for the bloc for many years to come.But since 24 June 2016, nothing has been the same for this small group. Tears were shed on that overcast morning in Brussels by British and non-British officials alike. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, UK News, World news, Civil Service, Foreign Policy, Belgium, Brussels, Brexit


Hundreds of Scottish police on standby for Brexit fallout

Plans include 360 extra officers ready to step in if civil unrest or logistical issues arisePolice in Scotland will be ready to respond to any emergencies during an “unprecedented set of circumstances” after Brexit, a senior officer has said, with hundreds of officers ready to step in should protests or logistical issues arise.Assistant chief constable Steve Johnson, Police Scotland’s EU exit tactical commander, said the force would be prepared to handle a range of potential challenges presented...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Scotland, Police, Eu, European Union, UK News, World news, Foreign Policy, Scottish politics, Brexit, Steve Johnson


'Systemic Islamophobia' fuels terror attacks, say Muslim leaders

Letter to Guardian calls for action on ‘bigotry’ as Lady Warsi demands more security funds for UK mosques• Letter: anti-Muslim bigotry must not go uncheckedMuslim leaders from around the world have accused the mainstream media, politicians and academics of contributing to the conditions fuelling terrorist violence against their community such as Friday’s attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand, which claimed 50 lives.More than 350 leading Islamic figures from countries including the UK, US and Sout...
Tags: Politics, UK, Police, Religion, Communities, Society, UK News, World news, Public finance, South Africa, Islam, UK security and counter-terrorism, The far right, Counter-terrorism policy, Hate Crime, Islamophobia


May will scrap third vote on Brexit deal unless it has ‘realistic’ chance

If deal does not pass this week, May will ask EU for long delay to article 50All the day’s political developments - live updatesTheresa May will pull the third vote on her Brexit deal if it has no “realistic prospect” of success and will move on to asking Brussels for a long delay to article 50 on Thursday, Downing Street has said.No 10 suggested the prime minister still wanted parliament to have another vote on her deal on Tuesday or Wednesday, but it would go ahead only if she believed the Dem...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Eu, European Union, UK News, World news, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Brussels, Article 50, Brexit, Democratic Unionist party


UK Muslim leaders seek funding for mosque security

Christchurch attack prompts call for government support equal to that pledged for Jewish communities Muslim leaders have called on the government to provide funding for mosque security in the wake of the New Zealand shootings.Harun Khan, the secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, will be writing to the prime minister raising the “palpable sense of fear” felt by Muslim communities after the attack in Christchurch which claimed 50 lives, and warning of the risk of copycat attacks in t...
Tags: Politics, UK, Police, Religion, Communities, Society, UK News, World news, Public finance, Britain, Islam, New Zealand, UK security and counter-terrorism, Muslim, The far right, Counter-terrorism policy


Brexit fears dampen spring property revival as asking prices fall

UK’s average asking price 0.8% lower than a year ago, says RightmoveBrexit anxiety has all but killed the traditional spring property revival, pushing down asking prices across the UK by 0.8% in the year to March, according to property website Rightmove.Inner London saw the sharpest falls, followed by boroughs across the rest of the capital and surrounding counties, as separate reports showed that Brexit uncertainty was also damaging UK exports and the broader economy. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Business, Real Estate, Politics, UK, London, House Prices, European Union, UK News, World news, Housing Market, Foreign Policy, Rightmove, Brexit


Mosque attacks and the narrative of exclusion | Letters

Guardian readers respond to the Christchurch shootingsJonathan Freedland (We must confront the right’s hate preachers, 16 March) is right to castigate Viktor Orbán, Matteo Salvini and Donald Trump for their anti-Islamic rhetoric. But we must not omit the part played by British politicians in deliberately adopting language that promotes hatred of religious and racial groups. Boris Johnson’s “letterboxes”, David Cameron’s “swarm” of migrants, Theresa May’s “Go home” posters, Sajid Javid’s “asylum ...
Tags: Europe, Politics, US, David Cameron, World news, US news, Australian immigration and asylum, Immigration and asylum, Asia Pacific, Theresa May, Islam, New Zealand, Boris Johnson, Sajid Javid, Donald Trump, Christchurch


Pete Buttigieg to Fox: 'Ideological spectrum has never been less relevant'

If successful, Democrat would be first openly gay presidentShortest Way Home: Pete Buttigieg as president in waitingPete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, who is exploring a White House run, gave an interview to Fox News Sunday, a potentially ideologically incongruous step for a 37-year-old Democrat who likes to joke he appeals to “white Episcopalian gay veteran” voters. Related: Too much, too young? Mayor could become the first millennial president Continue reading...
Tags: White House, World news, US news, Fox, Democrats, US politics, Fox News, South Bend Indiana, Buttigieg, Pete Buttigieg, US elections 2020


Dutch PM compares Theresa May to Monty Python limbless knight

Mark Rutte says he admires her resilience and blames political posturing for Brexit impasseTheresa May is like the knight in Monty Python and the Holy Grail who loses his arms and legs in a duel and calls it a draw, the Dutch prime minister has said.Mark Rutte, who appeared visibly irritated last week at the failure of MPs to pass the Brexit deal, admitted feeling “angry” at the impasse in Westminster. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Politics, European Union, UK News, World news, Theresa May, Netherlands, Monty Python, Article 50, Brexit, Mark Rutte



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