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Theresa May breaks down in tears announcing her 7 June resignation

Friday, May 24, 2019

Theresa May says she will step down as leader of the Conservative Party on Friday 7 June. After a meeting with Graham Brady, chairman of the powerful 1922 committee, on Friday morning, the Prime Minister emerged from Number 10 to appraise media of her plans to step down after Donald Trump’s state visit. “It’s in the best interests of the country,” she said. An increasingly emotional May said “it has…

US justice department announces 17 new charges against Julian Assange

Friday, May 24, 2019

The US Department of Justice (DoJ) has announced 17 new criminal charges against Julian Assange, including Espionage Act charges connected with publishing classified material. It said the WikiLeaks founder unlawfully published the names of classified sources and conspired and assisted ex-Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning in obtaining access to classified information. Assange, 47, is currently serving a jail sentence in the UK for breaching bail conditions and faces extradition. He…

Stoltenberg expresses NATO’s full readiness to react to Russian cyberattacks

Friday, May 24, 2019

NATO stood ready to respond to cyber attacks from Russia and other possible adversaries with all its capabilities, the Secretary General of the alliance has stated. French news agency AFP reports that during a visit to London on Thursday, May 23, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg’s warning came with the bloc’s members on alert for interference in European Parliament elections taking place this week. Western allies accuse Russia of trying…

Macron is responsible for Tripoli battle casualties

Thursday, May 23, 2019

French President Emmanuel Macron “is responsible” for the casualties in Libya, a fighter loyal to the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) told Euronews, condemning the French leader’s meeting with rebel general Khalifa Haftar. Macron received Haftar for a closed-door meeting in Paris on Wednesday as forces loyal to the strongman’s Libyan National Army (LNA) continue to wage an offensive to take the North African country’s capital, Tripoli, from the…

Pentagon plan could send up to 10,000 more troops to the Mideast

Thursday, May 23, 2019

The Pentagon on Thursday will present plans to the White House to send up to 10,000 more troops to the Middle East, in a move to beef up defenses against potential Iranian threats, U.S. officials said. The officials said no final decision has been made yet, and it’s not clear if the White House would approve sending all or just some of the requested forces. Officials said the move is…

European elections: sex and religion dominate campaigning in Poland

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Campaigning in Poland for the European elections has descended into a war of words over religion, sex and morality after a documentary on clerical abuse raised questions about the government’s ties to the Catholic church and the ruling party campaign sought to portray LGBT rights supporters as a threat to children. The release on YouTube earlier this month of the documentary, viewed more than 20m times and featuring several victims…

‘A Good Career, if I Satisfied Him.’ Ukraine Fights Sexual Abuse, and a War

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

On her first day of service as a commissioned officer of the Ukrainian military, Lt. Valeria Sikal reported for duty at her base and received an unusual order. She said the commander, Col. Viktor Ivaniv, ordered her to accompany him in his personal car for a trip to a summerhouse to meet a friend, who turned out to be a local police chief. The colonel then “ordered me to sit…

«Last chance» to pass Brexit deal met with skepticism in British parliament

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

In the United Kingdom, the latest offer by British Prime Minister Theresa May to pass the country’s withdrawal deal with the European Union has been criticised by influential groups in the British parliament. British public broadcaster BBC reports that on Tuesday, May 21, Theresa May presented a new plan aimed at ratifying the withdrawal agreement. It includes: A guarantee of a Parliament’s House of Commons vote on whether to hold…

Catalan separatist politicians take seats in Spanish parliament despite being jailed

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

In the Spanish parliament, five Catalan separatist politicians, who are tried for rebellion, have taken their seats in the Spanish parliament won in Spain’s general election. British public broadcaster BBC reports that on the event that took place on Tuesday, May 22, was a first in the Spanish parliament, where of the accused Catalan politicians four are lower-house MPs and one is a senator. The four MPs – Josep Rull,…

Stability as a Distinctive Feature of the Political Transformation in Kazakhstan

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Kazakhstan is now undergoing some significant political events related to the unexpected-for-many-people resignation of its President Nursultan Nazarbayev as well as holding of early elections on June 9 this year. Nursultan Nazarbayev, the first president of Kazakhstan, has initiated the so-called “soft transition of power” procedure for the purpose of implementing political and democratic reforms in the country. One must suppose that such a decision of the Kazakhstan’s leader is…