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Theresa May under pressure as Britain's Queen Elizabeth sets out priorities

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II formally opens parliament Wednesday with a speech outlining the legislative goals of Prime Minister Theresa May's government. "Putting ourselves at the service of millions of ordinary working people for whom we will work every day in the national interest", she concluded. May is promising a government "that consults and listens". Read More »

Handel defeats Ossoff in most expensive House race in history

That would mean upwards of three dozen Republican House seats in danger, with Democrats needing only 24 pickups to reclaim the chamber for the first time since 2010. His travel ban has stalled in federal courts and his efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act have hit several bumps as a bill slowly makes its way through Congress . Read More »

Ohio city makes plans for North Korea-held student's funeral

North Korea has shown no interest in giving up nuclear weapons development, and Kim has increased the share of military activities in the first half of 2017, according to a Yonhap news analysis. Geng said China has played a "positive constructive" role regarding North Korea because it is a responsible member of the global community, and "not because of any pressure from other countries". Read More »

Conservative manifesto gutted as key election pledges fail to make Queen's Speech


Of 27 Bills and draft bills unveiled in her first Queen's Speech , eight are devoted to the complex process of withdrawal from the EU, including a Repeal Bill to overturn the 1972 Act which took Britain into the European Economic Community and separate Bills on customs, trade, immigration, fisheries, agriculture, nuclear safeguards and the global sanctions regime. Read More »

Queen's Speech unveils Brexit-heavy agenda at troubled time

May's invitation, extended with days of Trump taking office, had been sharply criticized by all parties. "The party has long campaigned for defence spending to be set at 2% of GDP, and increased budgets for the army, navy and air force have been raised in the discussions with Number 10". Read More »

Queen's Speech presents PM May's bills to take Britain out of EU


May has resisted calls to resign and is hoping for the support of the DUP's 10 MPs to boost her tally of 317 seats in the 650-seat parliament, but a deal has proved elusive so far. Another official said it was omitted because no date had been set. For instance, rather than specifically mentioning the " Great Repeal Bill ", the Queen announced that "a bill will be introduced to repeal the European Communities Act and provide certainty for individuals and business". Read More »

House Democrat Calls Ossoff Loss a 'Wake-up Call' for Party

Republican Handel beat Democrat Ossoff to win a high-stakes, high-cost Georgia race that Hollywood tried passionately to sway left on Tuesday night. After Tuesday's win, Handel thanked Trump at her victory rally. That did not stop Trump from weighing in on Twitter , urging voters to support Handel before the election and celebrating her victory afterward. Read More »

Qatar Says Will Not Negotiate Until 'Blockade' Lifted

The level of exposure for businesses from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain has been negatively impacted alongside that of Qatari businesses in the current crisis. Sheikh Mohammed said Qatar would rely on other states if the boycott continued, including Saudi Arabia's arch regional foe Iran . "Why they didn't submit their demands yet? And we are not going to negotiate on our own affairs", he said. Read More »

Trump takes jab at Democrats after special election loss

Handel defeated Ossoff in Fulton and Cobb counties. The Republican ended up taking home 52 percent of the vote. Handel's tough race, combined with closer-than-usual GOP House victories in Kansas, Montana and SC, suggests Trump will dominate the coming election cycle, forcing Republicans to make peace with him, for better or worse. Read More »

'Day of Rage' planned in protest at Queen's Speech


The demonstration , started by Movement For Justice By Any Means Necessary (MFJ), was billed as a day of action for the victims of the inferno. Where and when is it? London Socialist Party is hosting a Facebook event called "May Must Go!" The " Day of Rage " march, which is taking place on the hottest day of the year so far in London, is a display of political discontent following the fire last week that claimed the lives of almost 80 people and comes as community members lay blame at ... Read More »

The Queen's Speech 2017

She added that as a permanent member of the United Nations security council, the UK is committed to spending 0.7% of national income on worldwide development. Amongst the policies now cut from the speech include the axing of free school meals for four-to-seven-year-olds, the so-called " Dementia Tax ", the scrapping of the triple lock pension scheme and another Parliamentary vote on the fox hunting ban. Read More »

New rights to control your personal data included in Queen's Speech

Theresa May has torn up much of the Conservative manifesto to deliver a legislative timetable for the next two years dominated by preparations for Brexit. Meanwhile Sinn Fein says Ms May is prioritising what it calls a "self-serving negotiation with the DUP over the Stormont talks". Of 27 Bills and draft bills unveiled in her first Queen's Speech , eight are devoted to the complex process of withdrawal from the EU, including a Repeal Bill to overturn the 1972 Act which took Britain into ... Read More »

Soros Says Britain Nearing Tipping Point, May Reverse Brexit

With or without a deal, Britain will be out of the European Union on March 30, 2019. Asked if the European Union had made any concession to the UK, Barnier said: "The UK has chose to leave the EU". A year after Britons shocked the continent by voting on June 23 to cut loose from their main export market, new debate within Prime Minister Theresa May's Cabinet on precisely what kind of trading relationship to pursue has perplexed European Union leaders, who warn time is tight to agree ... Read More »

Trump lawyer: 'There is no investigation'


In a statement, Gorelick says that after the appointment of the special counsel , she advised Kushner "to obtain the independent advice of a lawyer with appropriate experience as to whether he should continue with us". Sekulow sidestepped Cuomo's charge, returning to his claim that the president's reasons for firing Comey could not be investigated given that the Federal Bureau of Investigation director serves at the pleasure of the president. Read More »

UK Confirms It Will Leave EU Single Market Upon Brexit

Britain's $US2.5 trillion ($3.3 trillion) economy has shown resilience since last year's referendum although sterling fell 25 cents against the U.S. dollar in the hours immediately after the shock vote. Prime Minister Theresa May said she will work with "humility and resolve" and see Brexit through as she presses ahead with the queen's speech Wednesday despite failing to secure a deal with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP). Read More »

OH city makes plans for North Korea-held student's funeral

Last week, the release of a detained United States tourist in what initially seemed a gesture of goodwill by Pyongyang turned sour when it was revealed that 22-year-old Otto Warmbier had been in a coma for some time. Doctors said he returned with severe brain damage, but it wasn't clear how that occurred. In another tweet, he also condemned the brutality of the North Korean regime, Reuters reported. Read More »

Suspected Boko Haram militants kill two in police ambush in northeast Nigeria


In a previous report by, 7 persons were killed after five suspected female bombers attacked Kofa Community near Dalori in Borno. Two people were killed. One of the travellers, Idris Abdullahi, who witnessed the incident, said: "The terrorists attacked the convoy from the rear after the military escort had passed around Dalwa". Read More »

Australia suspends airstrikes in Syria after United States downed jet


USA -backed forces recently pushed into Raqqa, the northern Syrian city that served as the group's de facto capital. Russia's defense ministry says it will treat USA -led coalition planes in Syria , west of the Euphrates River, as targets after the US military shot down a Syrian Air Force jet on Sunday. Read More »

Queen unveils govt agenda in scaled-down Parliament opening


House of Commons proceedings were kicked off soon after the Queens speech , with a minutes silence in memory of victims of terror attacks in London and Manchester earlier in the year and the Grenfell Tower fire last week. Brexit is widely expected to be at the forefront of the Queen's Speech today, when the Queen will deliver an address covering a two-year parliamentary period instead of the usual one as the United Kingdom negotiates to leave the European Union. Read More »

Gen. Sharif can't be recalled from Saudi Arabia: Aziz


Adviser to PM on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz has said Pakistan will not take any sides in the recent stand-off between Saudi Arabia and Qatar . Pakistan's Defence Minister Khawaja Asif had told Geo News in April that the government has given Gen Sharif a "No Objection Certificate" to lead the military alliance. Read More »

Indigenous Communities in Canada Finally on Google Maps

The centre will hold its annual National Aboriginal Day celebration on Wednesday at 10507-98 Ave. beginning at 5 p.m. with a proclamation by the City of Grande Prairie. Blackstock said the 2017 federal budget offered nothing more. "Nothing in there despite three legal orders for the government of Canada to comply and make sure that this generation of First Nations children isn't unnecessarily removed from their families because of Canada's inequitable funding", Blackstock said. Read More »

Trump seizes on Republican victory in Georgia to push agenda

Republican Karen Handel won Georgia's closely watched Congressional election. The Georgia special election was the most expensive congressional race in US history. Handel herself claimed victory around 10:40 pm. "Fantastic job, we are all very proud of you!" he posted Tuesday night. The race is reported to cost up to $50 million according to Politico . Read More »