Month: February 2019

EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier says UK ‘decision is more important than extra time’

The European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier on Thursday repeated a call for a decision from London on its withdrawal deal, rather than seeking to delay the exit date.“Today, we need above all a decision, it’s more important than extra time,” Barnier told a news conference in Vienna, adding that the Brexit process stood…

US President Donald Trump claims his former lawyer Michael Cohen ‘lied’, but was right about ‘no collusion’ with Russia

President Donald Trump sought again to discredit Michael Cohen Thursday after his former long-time lawyer’s bombshell congressional testimony in which he called Trump a racist and a con man.“He lied a lot,” Trump told a press conference in Vietnam after his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.Trump insisted Cohen’s testimony Wednesday had provided no…

Path to peace in Afghanistan: US and the Taliban pause negotiations in Doha following three days of ‘solid’ talks

The US and the Taliban have paused negotiations in Doha, with the diplomatic push aimed at ending the war in Afghanistan set to restart over the weekend following “solid” talks between the adversaries.The latest meetings follow marathon talks last month that saw the US and the Taliban walk away with a “draft framework” focused on…

Trump-Kim summit 2019: Xi could be ‘more helpful’, says US president

As talks between the United States and North Korea ended on Thursday with little to show for the effort, US President Donald Trump said his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping could have been “more helpful” in encouraging Pyongyang to give up its pursuit of nuclear weapons – even as he acknowledged Beijing’s support.“China has been very…

UN aviation agency ICAO was ‘hacked by Chinese group’ and tried conceal it, report claims

The Montreal-based United Nations aviation agency concealed for months a hack of its computers and allowed malware to spread throughout the airline industry, Canada’s public broadcaster reported.The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) had in November 2016 been the victim of the “most serious cyberattack in its history,” Radio-Canada said.Internal documents obtained by the broadcaster revealed…

Fight between drivers led to fiery train crash in Cairo that killed 25

A fight between two train drivers unleashed a speeding, unmanned locomotive that slammed into a barrier and exploded in the Egyptian capital’s main railway station Wednesday, killing at least 25 people, authorities said.Railway officials said the single railcar collided head-on with the buffer stop, causing a huge explosion and fire. At least 47 people were…

Hong Kong budget explainer: sweeteners, subsidies – and who stands to benefit from what

Hong Kong finance chief Paul Chan Mo-po unveiled the 2019-20 budget on Wednesday amid slower economic growth and a smaller fiscal surplus. Chan offered the usual tax breaks to salary earners and businesses as well as rate waivers for property owners and subsidies for students – but the sweeteners he dished out this year were…

Watch Chinese children singing praise for ‘Huawei the Beautiful’ in viral music video

China rallied around Huawei Technologies after the United States launched an onslaught against its national champion, but public support for the company has never been quite as, well, cute, as this before.A music video featuring a group of kids performing a song called Huawei the Beautiful went viral on Chinese social media Wednesday.The video was…

British PM Theresa May promises Brexit could be delayed, as MPs back her new strategy – and EU warns of new conditions

British MPs agreed Wednesday to give Prime Minister Theresa May more time to work on her EU withdrawal deal after she promised they could delay Brexit if necessary, but European leaders warned that any postponement would come with conditions.MPs voted by 502 to 20 to endorse May’s plan, a radical shift in strategy made only…

British PM Theresa May promises Brexit could be delayed, as MPs back her new strategy – and EU warns of new conditions

British MPs agreed Wednesday to give Prime Minister Theresa May more time to work on her EU withdrawal deal after she promised they could delay Brexit if necessary, but European leaders warned that any postponement would come with conditions.MPs voted by 502 to 20 to endorse May’s plan, a radical shift in strategy made only…