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Poland’s FM heads to White House Polish-US talks

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Poland’s foreign minister is set to met US President Donald Trump’s security advisor at the White House on Thursday for talks about military partnership and bilateral ties. Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz said he would also talk to John Bolton about US military presence in Poland and international politics since a meeting between Trump and Russian president Vladimir Putin. “I think the time has come to think about how to…

Bomb detonated close to US embassy in China

Thursday, July 26, 2018

An explosive device was detonated close to the US embassy in Beijing, US officials have confirmed. Apart from the bomber, there were no other injuries reported and officials say police responded immediately. Video and images posted on social media show smoke rising from the vicinity of the embassy in the heart of the Chinese capital with crowds gathering. State media outlet Global Times tweeted local residents heard a “thunder-like bang”…

US and EU agree to work towards lower trade barriers

Thursday, July 26, 2018

The US has agreed to work towards lowering trade barriers with the European Union, Donald Trump said on Wednesday after a meeting with European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker. The two agreed to launch a “new phase” in relations and work towards zero tariffs, the US president said. They also agreed to increase trade in services and agriculture, including greater US soy bean exports to the EU. The agreements come amid…

Turkey’s Erdogan says will discuss Idlib, Deraa with Russia’s Putin

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday he will discuss with Russian President Vladimir Putin ways to protect Syrians from potential attack in the northern province of Idlib, the largest remaining Syrian rebel-held enclave. Syrian’s government and allied forces backed by Russia and Iran have swiftly recaptured other rebel strongholds in the southwest and vowed to push on and recover all of the country. Speaking to reporters in Ankara before…

Russia threatens counter-measures if Finland and Sweden join NATO

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Tuesday that Russia would react if Finland and Sweden joined Nato. In his speech at the Defence Ministry, he said more Nato planes in eastern Europe and hybrid threat centres in Finland, Estonia, Poland, Germany and France were evidence of deeper defence co-operation. Finland’s defence policy has been founded on the idea of keeping the ‘Nato option’ open, without formally applying to join…

Pakistan election: 31 dead in bomb attack as voting continues

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

A bomb attack has left at least 31 people dead and more than 30 injured as Pakistanis vote Wednesday amid heavy security in a fiercely contested general election. The explosion took place on the outskirts of Quetta, Balochistan province’s capital. The cause of the blast was unknown, said the city’s superintendent of police Quetta, Naseeb Ullah. Shopkeeper Akber Khan, who witnessed the attack, said he had already cast his vote…

EU leadership in Washington to convince U.S. not to impose auto tariffs

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Head of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker has a meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump in Washington on Wednesday, July 25, as the European Union’s leadership seeks to find a way out of a trade dispute between the EU and the U.S. French news agency AFP reported on July 25 that Juncker’s aim to convince U.S. President Donald Trump not to impose auto tariffs, which would hit Germany’s dominant carmakers…

Spain picks up over 400 migrants in Mediterranean in one day

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Spanish sea rescuers have stated that they had picked up over 400 migrants from the Mediterranean in one day as they had been on the way to Spanish mainland. French news agency AFP reported on Wednesday, July 25, that the Spanish Maritime Safety Agency stated on Twitter that it had picked up a total of 484 people in 30 makeshift vessels in the Strait of Gibraltar and Alboran Sea, which…

Take fright on Brexit: even the civil service head is telling us to panic

By Polly Toynbee on Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Stockpiling food. Civil unrest. After the latest warnings on a no-deal with the EU we must hope to God this is a phoney war. Has any government earned a worse end-of-term report? As they depart today, Theresa May’s shambolic crew leaves Westminster sinking in the debris of their serial disasters. Department after department confronts failures that would all make daily headlines, were they not hidden by looming Brexit Armageddon. Shameful conduct by the chief whip…

Shooting attack in Canada claims lives

Monday, July 23, 2018

A shooting attack has taken place in Toronto, Canada, with two people having been killed died and 13 others injured. British news portal The Guardian reported on Monday, July 23, that police confirmed that one of those killed was a woman and the other was the shooter, who died after an exchange of gunfire with police. «We are looking at all possible motives … and not closing any doors,» Toronto…