Saturday, 26 May 2018

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Early elections set to be called in Northern Ireland

Arlene Foster (R) and Martin McGuinness, First and Deputy First Ministers of Northern Ireland, speak to journalists as they leave Number 10 Downing Street in London. File Photo BRITAIN’s Northern Ireland minister is set to call an early election in the province on Monday, a week after the resignation of ...

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CIA chief warns Trump to watch his words

WASHINGTON: The outgoing CIA director has called Donald Trump’s comments about the US intelligence community “outrageous” and suggested the president-elect’s attitude toward Russia reflected an incomplete understanding of the country’s intentions. CIA chief John Brennan parting rebuke came amid escalating tensions between the president-elect and the intelligence community following a ...

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EU to vote on declaring robots to be ‘electronic persons‘

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PARIS: MEPs have voted to propose granting legal status to robots, categorising them as “electronic persons” and warning that new legislation is needed to focus on how the machines can be held responsible for their “acts or omissions”. The draft report, tabled by Mady Delvaux-Stehres, a socialist MEP from Luxembourg, states ...

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Anti-Trump protesters head to Washington

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WASHINGTON: Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to attend Donald Trump’s inauguration, but hundreds of thousands of protesters are also expected in Washington next week to vent their frustration over his election win. Demonstrations are scheduled across the United States, but the focal point of anti-Trump ire will be in the ...

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British GREAT Debate final held in Islamabad

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ISLAMABAD: The British High Commission’s GREAT Debate competition final was held in Islamabad on Saturday. The judging panel included British Deputy High Commissioner Mr. Patrick Moody, Head of British Council Pakistan Ms. Rosemary Hilhorst, BBC producer and Chevening scholar Ms. Nazish Zafar and senior BBC producer Mr. Philip Palmer. The event ...

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Where exactly does Britain’s £12.2bn foreign aid go?

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LONDON: Britain is a significant contributor to helping developing countries. In 2015, for the third year running, the government met its commitment to spend 0.7 per cent of gross national income on foreign aid, with the official budget rising to £12.2bn. However, it has become a politically divisive issue, with ...

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EU law ‘will continue to apply in UK during transition deal’

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LONDON: EU law will apply in Britain after Brexit as an essential part of any transition deal, Malta’s prime minister has said. Joseph Muscat, whose country has just taken over the EU’s rotating presidency, also said it was “quite obvious” the City of London could be in line for a ...

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London Mayor Sadiq Khan – Britain heading for ‘muddled Brexit’

LONDON: London Mayor Sadiq Khan will say on Thursday that urgent action is needed to prevent Britain slipping towards a “muddled Brexit”, arguing that the capital needs more control over its economic policy to cope with leaving the European Union. Khan, a member of the opposition Labour Party, was elected ...

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