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Brexit: EU leaders agree Article 50 delay plan

Friday, March 22, 2019

EU leaders have agreed on a plan to delay the Article 50 process, postponing Brexit beyond 29 March. The UK will be offered a delay until 22 May, if MPs approve the withdrawal deal negotiated with the EU next week. If they do not, the EU will back a shorter delay until 12 April, allowing the UK time to get the deal through or to “indicate a way forward”. Mrs…

Trump says China trade deal ‘will probably happen’

Friday, March 22, 2019

U.S. President Donald Trump said trade negotiations with China were progressing and a final agreement “will probably happen,” adding that his call for tariffs to remain on Chinese imported good for some time did not mean talks were in trouble. Trump, in a television interview aired on Friday, also said he expected to keep a 25 percent tariff on the European automobile sector amid separate ongoing trade talks with the…

France to deploy military anti-terror force at Gilets Jaunes march

Friday, March 22, 2019

The French government is to deploy its military anti-terror force as reinforcement during Act 19 of Saturday’s Gilets Jaunes (Yellow Vests) protests, President Emmanuel Macron decided on Wednesday. “The president has requested emergency measures to toughen the security by the armed forces”, Benjamin Griveaux, the spokesperson for the French Elysee Palace, said on Wednesday. The yellow vests, he said, “are not protesters, but rioters”. Alongside the deployment of the French…

Germany urges sanctions on EU members flouting principles

Friday, March 22, 2019

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Thursday the European Union should cut funding and impose sanctions on members which pass laws that contravene core EU principles such having an independent judiciary and freedom of the press, Reuters reports. Maas told German broadcaster ZDF that countries like Romania, Hungary and Poland received more EU funding than they provided, so curtailing that could provide important leverage. “There are basic core principles…

Juan Guaido aide accused of being part of ‘terrorist cell’ by Venezuelan government

Friday, March 22, 2019

Canada’s Chrystia Freeland, Mike Pompeo of U.S. call for immediate release of Roberto Marrero. Venezuela’s interior minister said Thursday that authorities had arrested opposition leader Juan Guaido’s chief of staff for his involvement in an alleged “terrorist cell” that was planning attacks against high-level political figures. Interior Minister Nestor Reverol, during an appearance on state television, showed an image of two rifles, which he called evidence collected against Roberto Marrero. President…

Syria slams Trump, vows to recover Israeli-occupied Golan

Friday, March 22, 2019

Damascus condemned on Friday US President Donald Trump’s statement that it was time to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, vowing Syria would recover the area using “all available means.” Syria’s allies Russia and Iran also upbraided Trump for the comment he made on Thursday, which marks a dramatic shift in US policy over the status of a disputed area that was captured by Israel in the 1967 Middle…

Two US servicemembers killed in Afghanistan

Friday, March 22, 2019

Two U.S. servicemembers were killed while conducting an operation in Afghanistan on March 22, according to a statement from NATO’S Resolute Support mission. The names of the deceased are being withheld until 24 hours after next of kin are notified. The statement did not say where the operation was conducted. The deaths are the third and fourth for the U.S. military in Afghanistan this year. In January, Army Ranger Sgt. Cameron…

Trump’s acting defense secretary under ethics probe over Boeing ties

Thursday, March 21, 2019

An investigation has been launched to determine whether acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan violated ethics rules by promoting products made by his former employer, Boeing, while serving in his current role at the Pentagon, the Defense Department’s inspector general announced Wednesday. Shanahan, who worked at Boeing for more than 30 years prior to taking a job at the Pentagon, has faced accusations of being overly warm toward the company and…

US Air Force deploys B-52 bombers to Europe in message to Russia

Thursday, March 21, 2019

The US Air Force recently deployed six nuclear-capable B-52 bombers to Europe for “theater integration and flying training” exercises with regional allies and NATO partners — a move viewed as sending a strong message to Russia, which is celebrating the five-year anniversary of its military annexation of Crimea. A bomber task force of B-52 Stratofortresses, airmen and support equipment from the 2nd Bomb Wing based out of Barksdale Air Force…

Brexit extension: Theresa May won’t as for more than 50 days

Thursday, March 21, 2019

British Prime Minister Theresa May wants only a short Brexit term extension that will not exceed 50 days, as reported by The Guardian. The prime minister hopes that after a near three-month-long period after the previous deadline – 29 March – it will be possible to reach an agreement on the deal for Britain’s exit from the European Union. The Guardian was told by one of May’s associates in the…