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Trump unshackled: President defends Charlottesville response at raucous rally

23 Aug

PHOENIX (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump revved up supporters on Tuesday with a defense of his response to a white supremacist-organized rally in Virginia and a promise to shut down the U.S. government if necessary to build a wall along the border with Mexico. Under fire for saying “both sides” were to blame for […]

Brexit: UK must keep ‘half an eye’ on European Court of Justice rulings

23 Aug

Media captionWhy the fuss about the European Court of Justice? The UK will have to keep “half an eye” on the rulings of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) after Brexit, a government minister has said. Critics have accused the prime minister of a “climbdown” on her promise the UK would take back control of […]

Labour MP says ‘merit’ in women-only train carriages

23 Aug

Image copyright Getty Images Women-only train carriages could combat the rise in sexual offences on public transport, a Labour MP has said. Shadow fire minister Chris Williamson said it would be “worth consulting” on the policy after such crimes doubled in the past five years. However, Labour colleagues have criticised the move as “normalising attacks”. […]

Government denies climbdown over EU court

23 Aug

A Government blueprint on how the UK will treat rulings by the court will say its “direct jurisdiction” will end when Britain leaves the EU. That appears to fall short of the Prime Minister’s pledge in her Lancaster House speech on Brexit in January and will anger hardline Tory Brexiteers. The Government says it is […]

North demands fair deal from Govt on transport

23 Aug

The transport summit comes after Transport Secretary Chris Grayling caused anger by supporting the new ¬£30bn Crossrail 2 scheme in London and the South East, days after a series of rail projects in Wales, the Midlands and the North were axed or downgraded. Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham, who is due to speak at the […]

Trump defends Charlottesville response, lashes out at critics at combative rally

23 Aug

In the face of swirling controversies and political infighting, and after a formal address Monday in which he expressed hope the country would find the inspiration to “unify” and “heal,” President Donald Trump struck a hostile and defiant tone for the bulk of a campaign rally in Arizona Tuesday evening. Trump railed against his critics […]

White House rules out Trump pardon of Sheriff Joe Arpaio at rally

23 Aug

President Donald Trump did not issue a pardon of controversial Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio during a campaign rally in Phoenix on Tuesday evening. The White House had said the pardon would not come on Tuesday afternoon, but that didn’t stop Trump from bringing up Arpaio’s name during the rally. Trump asked the crowd if Arpaio […]

Blunt instrument? What a list of banned articles says about China’s censors

23 Aug

SHANGHAI: An old review of an academic monograph on agrarian revolutionaries in 1930s China is hardly a political third rail in Beijing today, even by the increasingly sensitive standards of the ruling Communist Party. That such a piece appeared on a list of some 300 scholarly works that Cambridge University Press (CUP) said last week […]

Guam ‘all calm’ despite North Korea threats: Officials

23 Aug

TOKYO: Guam’s number two politician on Wednesday (Aug 23) rolled out the welcome mat to tourists, promising his sun-kissed tropical island is safe – despite North Korea’s threat to launch missiles toward the Pacific US territory. Lieutenant Governor Raymond Tenorio made the comments in Tokyo where he was joined by Guam’s tourism boss Jon Nathan […]

Boy, 14, arrested in Saudi for ‘improper public behaviour’ by dancing to Macarena in street

23 Aug

Mecca ¬†police said the unnamed boy also disrupted traffic. It was unclear if he was going to be formally charged. In a 45-second video clip, shared widely on social media, the boy stops halfway across the road and starts the well-known dance routine. The footage was first posted last year, but his arrest was reported […]