Posts published in Day: September 1, 2018

Trump threatens to pull US out of World Trade Organisation ‘if they don’t shape up’

Saturday, September 1, 2018

President Donald Trump said he would pull out of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) if it does not treat the US better, continuing his criticism of a cornerstone of the international trading system. “If they don’t shape up, I would withdraw from the WTO,” Trump said on Thursday in an interview with Bloomberg News at the White House. A US withdrawal from the WTO potentially would be far more significant for the…

Vytis decorating the Belgian Armed Forces convoy

Saturday, September 1, 2018

This Wednesday, on 29 August, three military equipment convoys of Belgian and Luxembourg Armed Forces decorated with Lithuanian insignia Vytis and NATO flags are going to conduct movement from Klaipėda sea port to the NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battle Group’s home station in Rukla by main land roads: Klaipėda – Kaunas – Jonava. These forces are new rotations of Belgian and Luxembourg servicemen assigned to the battle group in Lithuania. The…

Iran moves missiles to Iraq in warning to enemies

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Iran has given ballistic missiles to Shi’ite proxies in Iraq and is developing the capacity to build more there to deter attacks on its interests in the Middle East and to give it the means to hit regional foes, Iranian, Iraqi and Western sources said. Any sign that Iran is preparing a more aggressive missile policy in Iraq will exacerbate tensions between Tehran and Washington, already heightened by U.S. President…

One million Syrian children in Idlib at risk if assault mounted: UNICEF

Saturday, September 1, 2018

More than a million Syrian children are at risk in the event of a government military assault on the rebel-held province of Idlib, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Friday. Manuel Fontaine, UNICEF director of emergency programs, said that the agency has drawn up contingency plans including providing clean water and nutritional supplies to some of the estimated 450,000 to 700,000 people who could flee an attack. An…

Clock changes: EU backs ending daylight saving time

Saturday, September 1, 2018

The EU Commission is proposing to end the practice of adjusting clocks by an hour in spring and autumn after a survey found most Europeans opposed it. Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said millions “believe that in future, summer time should be year-round, and that’s what will happen”. The Commission’s proposal requires support from the 28 national governments and MEPs to become law. In the EU clocks switch between winter and…

US monitoring Russian ‘harassment’ of shipping near Ukraine

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Russia has delayed the transit of hundreds of commercial ships near a key Ukrainian port, a move that some analysts say amounts to a de facto blockade in an increasingly volatile region. “Russia’s actions to impede maritime transit are further examples of its ongoing campaign to undermine and destabilize Ukraine, as well as its disregard for international norms,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement Thursday. Since April,…

Belgium, Germany take over NATO air mission in Baltics

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Belgian and German fighter pilots are now responsible for patrolling over the Baltics as part of a regular NATO rotation focused on protecting alliance airspace. The Belgian air force F-16 pilots began their mission leading NATO’s air-policing effort Friday, taking over for Portugal. They will operate out of a base in Siauliai, Lithuania. The German fighters, who began their leg of the mission at Amari Air Base in Estonia on…