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Champions League: Live updates as Ronaldo chases goal record
Justin Trudeau's Liberal Party wins Canada's general election
Tue, 22 Oct 2019 11:13:17 GMT
Election results show Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Liberal Party will return to power, but as a minority government after Monday's general election, according to CBC News and CTV News.
Netanyahu fails to form new government
Tue, 22 Oct 2019 00:41:45 GMT
For the second time this year, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has failed to form a government, opening the door for his main rival Benny Gantz to do so.
WaPo: Russia and Hungary helped sour Trump on Ukraine
Tue, 22 Oct 2019 00:38:52 GMT
President Donald Trump's urging of Ukraine's President to investigate rivals coincided Russian President Vladimir Putin ad Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban pushing a disparaging view of the country to Trump, according to the Washington Post.
Japanese emperor Naruhito proclaims enthronement
Tue, 22 Oct 2019 09:13:10 GMT
Africans face the most expensive internet charges in the world
Tue, 22 Oct 2019 10:31:48 GMT
Some users are paying more than a fifth of monthly earnings on 1GB of mobile broadband data.
There are more wealthy Chinese than Americans for the first time
Mon, 21 Oct 2019 15:00:26 GMT
For the first time, there are more rich Chinese than Americans in the top 10%.
Company turns waste plastic into fuel for hydrogen cars
Mon, 14 Oct 2019 12:28:11 GMT
Britain produces about 5 million metric tons of plastic waste every year, but less than a third of that is recycled. Roughly half ends up in landfills.
How technology is helping African farms to flourish
Fri, 18 Oct 2019 08:41:41 GMT
Crop-monitoring apps, drones and practical urban solutions are revolutionizing farming across the continent.
US cities are losing 36 million trees a year. Here's why it matters
Wed, 18 Sep 2019 16:44:32 GMT
If you're looking for a reason to care about tree loss, the nation's latest heat wave might be it. Trees can lower summer daytime temperatures by as much as 10 degrees Fahrenheit, according to a recent study.
Miami's Little Haiti wasn't a target for developers. Until the seas started to rise
Fri, 12 Jul 2019 15:14:00 GMT
How rich people could help save the planet from the climate crisis
Fri, 12 Jul 2019 09:20:40 GMT
Rich people don't just have bigger bank balances and more lavish lifestyles than the rest of us -- they also have bigger carbon footprints.
Will the Louvre display Leonardo's 'Salvator Mundi?'
Fri, 18 Oct 2019 11:07:46 GMT
The hotel that was built 32 years ago but never opened
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Vivid portraits shine light on Tahiti's 'third gender'
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Remember Madonna's cone bra?
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How did Kim Jong Un get his Mercedes-Benzes?
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Where does fake movie money come from?
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Italy's forbidden 'orgy island'
Tue, 30 Jul 2019 10:44:19 GMT
With emerald-green waters, blue skies and and a rugged empty landscape, Zannone has everything you'd expect from a near-deserted Italian island destination. It also has a reputation for something rather more unexpected:
Eat your way through Portugal
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Portuguese cuisine rarely travels well. The cooking of mainland Europe's westernmost country is deeply rooted in the freshest local ingredients.
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Boris Johnson Loses Vote on Fast-Track Brexit Legislation
Tue, 22 Oct 2019 15:40:42 -0400
Boris Johnson Loses Vote on Fast-Track Brexit Legislation(Bloomberg) -- Boris Johnson’s defining mission to take the U.K. out of the European Union in nine days’ time was derailed as members of Parliament dramatically blocked his plan to rush the Brexit deal into law.That left Brexit in limbo, with the EU now required to decide how long a delay -- if any -- to offer. The pound fell.But it wasn’t all bad news for the British leader. Some 15 minutes earlier, he had made history by winning a vote to endorse the broad principles of his Brexit agreement -- the first time any divorce accord has won the backing of the House of Commons.Taken together, the two votes put the U.K.’s withdrawal from the EU on course to be postponed again, potentially allowing time for an election to be held. The results also suggest that the chances of a no-deal Brexit are diminishing, now that Parliament has backed Johnson’s agreement in principle.After the votes, the prime minister’s office declined to rule out agreeing to a short delay beyond the Oct. 31 deadline and Johnson said: “One way or another, we will leave the EU with this deal, to which this House has just given its assent.”The House of Commons voted 322 to 308 against Johnson’s proposed fast-track timetable for the Withdrawal Agreement Bill -- the crucial piece of law to implement the deal he struck in Brussels last week.The defeat makes it now virtually impossible for Johnson to get his hard-won accord ratified in time to meet his Oct. 31 deadline for leaving, his defining goal since he took over as prime minister from Theresa May in July.Speaking afterward, Johnson said his draft Brexit law will now be paused.“Let me be clear: our policy remains that we should not delay, that we should leave the EU on Oct. 31 and that is what I will say to the EU and I will report back to the House,” Johnson told the Commons. He promised to step up contingency planning for a no-deal Brexit, and to consult with EU leaders and tell them he doesn’t want another delay. European Council President Donald Tusk said the bloc will never choose to push Britain out with no deal. “I am consulting EU leaders on how to respond to the British request for an Art. 50 extension,” Tusk tweeted on Tuesday. “We should be ready for every scenario. But I made clear to PM @BorisJohnson: a no-deal Brexit will never be our decision.”Earlier, MPs had voted to endorse the broad thrust of Johnson’s deal by 329 votes to 299, a margin that relied on the votes of 19 members of the main opposition Labour Party. But they refused to be rushed into signing it into law.Johnson’s opponents argued that they needed more time to scrutinize the historic exit deal than the three days of debate he had proposed for the bill to pass all its stages in the Commons.Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn offered to work with Johnson to come up with a better timetable to help Parliament improve the deal.Speaking before voting began, Johnson said if Parliament and the EU imposed a delay to the end of Jan. 31 -- which is now possible -- he would have little option but to ditch the bill entirely and press for a snap general election, potentially before Christmas.Johnson told MPs that if the motion proposing a fast-track timetable is voted down, “we will have to go forward to a general election.” That result of that election contest is likely to be impossible to predict in such a volatile political atmosphere. \--With assistance from Greg Ritchie.To contact the reporters on this story: Tim Ross in London at;Robert Hutton in London at;Alex Morales in London at amorales2@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Flavia Krause-Jackson at, Edward Evans, Alex MoralesFor more articles like this, please visit us at©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
The Latest: Putin calls Assad, who voices support for deal
Tue, 22 Oct 2019 15:36:29 -0400
The Latest: Putin calls Assad, who voices support for dealRussian President Vladimir Putin has called Syrian President Bashar Assad to inform him about the provisions of a deal he struck with Turkey. The Kremlin said Putin emphasized in Tuesday's call that the agreement should help restore Syria's territorial integrity. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Assad voiced support for the agreement and said that Syrian border guards were ready to deploy to the border with Turkey along with Russian troops in line with the agreement.
Brexit delay looms after UK MPs demand more time to debate deal
Tue, 22 Oct 2019 15:25:51 -0400
Brexit delay looms after UK MPs demand more time to debate dealBritish MPs gave their initial approval Tuesday to legislation enacting Prime Minister Boris Johnson's EU divorce deal -- but rejected his plan to rush it through parliament, opening the door for yet another Brexit delay. Johnson immediately announced he would pause the process of trying to ratify the text he struck with European Union leaders last week, and said the EU should consider Britain's request for a delay beyond October 31. Responding to the vote, European Commission spokeswoman Mina Andreeva said European Council president Donald Tusk was consulting EU leaders about a possible postponement.
Russia, Turkey seal power in northeast Syria with accord
Tue, 22 Oct 2019 15:23:27 -0400
Russia, Turkey seal power in northeast Syria with accordRussia and Turkey announced an agreement Tuesday to jointly patrol almost the entire northeastern Syrian border after the withdrawal of Kurdish fighters, cementing the two countries' power in Syria in the wake of President Donald Trump's abrupt withdrawal of U.S. forces. The announcement came as Kurdish fighters completed their pullout from a section of the Syrian-Turkish border as required by a U.S.-brokered cease-fire that was set to expire Tuesday night. Together the arrangements transform the map of northeast Syria, leaving Turkey in sole control over one section in the middle of the border, while Turkey, Russia and the Syrian government will have hands in the rest.
EXPLAINER-What next for Brexit after UK parliament rejects Johnson's timetable?
Tue, 22 Oct 2019 15:13:46 -0400
EXPLAINER-What next for Brexit after UK parliament rejects Johnson's timetable?The British parliament rejected Prime Minister Boris Johnson's attempt to fast-track a Brexit law through parliament, making a delay beyond the Oct. 31 exit date almost inevitable, and casting the entire EU divorce into doubt. After agreeing a last-minute Brexit deal with the EU last week, Johnson was trying to pass the domestic law needed to enact it. The defeat leaves Johnson with no clear way to deliver his Brexit deal on time.
Boris Loses Control as Parliament Rejects Brexit Exit Plan
Tue, 22 Oct 2019 15:07:36 -0400
Boris Loses Control as Parliament Rejects Brexit Exit PlanREUTERSLONDON—Boris Johnson’s “do or die” pledge to take Britain out of the European Union by Oct. 31 was quashed by Parliament on Tuesday night, handing the initiative to the EU to trigger a British election.Johnson said he would call for a general election if British lawmakers refused to allow him to rush through his deal and the EU proposed a new extension of three months or more. Under a law passed in Westminster last month, Johnson is not allowed to negotiate to shorten whatever extension the EU chooses. Rather than seek to compromise with opponents who want proper time to scrutinize the Brexit deal, Johnson responded to the 322 to 308 vote defeat on fast-tracking it by halting the passage of his deal altogether while Britain waits to see what extension the EU will grant. “We will pause this legislation,” he said, a phrase that sounded innocuous but could well trigger an epic new election showdown between the forces of Remain and Leave. A snap vote could take place before Christmas. Johnson had earlier won a vote on his deal—the first time his government has won a single significant vote in the Commons. That was a major step towards securing Brexit, as Parliament has always refused to back any formal arrangement that would result in leaving the EU.The next phase of the legislation’s progress is where things become more difficult, however, as lawmakers are able to amend the bill in order to clarify sections or—as No. 10 fears—introduce so-called wrecking amendments that would collapse the bill entirely.Just last week, Johnson had secured a compromise deal that many thought was impossible in Brussels, but that came at a serious cost. The EU had sworn they would not re-open the Withdrawal Agreement that had been negotiated with Theresa May, but then Johnson did what he said he would never do and he caved on one of his key red lines. He signed up to a version of the deal that May had rejected, which would effectively create a customs border in the Irish Sea between Northern Ireland and the mainland. That concession led to a breakthrough in Europe but it meant the Democratic Unionist Party, which had been propping up the Conservative government, fled from the deal. It was lawmakers who made the most aggressive speeches attacking the prime minister during a contentious debate in the House of Commons. Sammy Wilson of the DUP said he felt they had been betrayed by the Conservatives. “I nearly choked when the prime minister said it,” he said on Tuesday.Wilson and his nine DUP colleagues voted against Johnson’s expedited deal. Wilson was particularly aggravated that Johnson had been unfamiliar with the precise details of the deal he had agreed that would govern Northern Ireland’s relationship with the rest of Britain. There were doubts about exactly how familiar Johnson was with the customs rules that he was attempting to rush through Parliament.Jill Rutter, an independent former civil servant who worked at the Treasury and No. 10, said: “I don’t think Johnson understands what he has agreed for Northern Ireland…”Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
Taliban say new intra-Afghan peace talks to be held in China
Tue, 22 Oct 2019 15:05:36 -0400
Taliban say new intra-Afghan peace talks to be held in ChinaA fresh round of intra-Afghan peace talks will be held in China next week, Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen said Tuesday, raising hopes for renewed negotiations, even as violence surges in Afghanistan's 18-year war. The talks planned for Oct. 28 and 29 will be the first meeting between Taliban and prominent Afghans from Kabul since a July round of talks held in Doha, the capital of the Middle Eastern State of Qatar, where the Taliban maintain a political office. On Monday, the U.S. State Department said its peace envoy, Zalmay Khalilzad, started a fresh round of talks with European, NATO and U.N. allies about ending the war.
1 Brexit deal passes Parliament but another critical timing vote fails
Tue, 22 Oct 2019 15:03:00 -0400
1 Brexit deal passes Parliament but another critical timing vote failsA proposed deal that could lead to the United Kingdom leaving the European Union (EU) passed a critical vote in Parliament on Tuesday, but was followed by another vote that failed, suggesting it might not meet the required deadline for Brexit to happen. The lengthy document details a package of laws required to be put in place to help allow the U.K.'s retreat from the EU to happen. The agreement is upwards of 110 pages long and details the deal reached between the EU and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson last week.
UK parliament to resume Queen's Speech debate on Wednesday - government
Tue, 22 Oct 2019 15:01:17 -0400
UK parliament to resume Queen's Speech debate on Wednesday - governmentBritain's parliament will resume its debate on the government's legislative programme on Wednesday, the leader of the House of Commons Jacob Rees-Mogg said, after lawmakers rejected the timetable for a law to ratify its Brexit deal. The government had hoped to pass the Brexit legislation through the lower house of parliament by the end of Thursday, but lawmakers rejected that by 322 votes to 308, with many saying it was not enough time to scrutinise the bill. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he would pause the legislation while waiting for the European Union to decide on a request to delay Brexit.
157 dead in Iraq protests: new official toll
Tue, 22 Oct 2019 14:57:26 -0400
157 dead in Iraq protests: new official tollThe death toll from week-long anti-government protests that erupted in Baghdad and southern Iraq at the start of October totalled 157, an official inquiry announced Tuesday, ahead of further demonstrations. It also said commanders from across the security forces had been dismissed in the wake of the violence, including from the army, police, anti-terror, anti-riot, anti-crime, intelligence and national security units. The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq, in a report of its own, said that "serious human rights violations and abuses have been committed" and excessive force used against demonstrators.
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