Trump says he would consult with China’s Xi before speaking to Taiwan

April 28, 2017

… policy on China and Taiwan. Washington officially acknowledges Taiwan being part of China and the People’s Republic’s status as the sole legitimate government of China, a stance that forms the basis of Chinese diplomacy and policy-making and determines Sino-US relations. Beijing lodged an official complaint after the call. And in Communist party newspapers, the reaction was harsh. “No matter what the reasons are behind Trump’s outrageous remarks, it appears inevitable …


BBC News Daily: 25 April 2017 – BBC News

April 26, 2017

Hello. Here’s your morning briefing: Labour promises ‘new plan’ for Brexit Le Pen quits as National Front leader Nastase comment racist, says Williams A day after achieving a place in the final run-off for the French presidency, Marine Le Pen has announced she’s resigning as leader of the far-right National Front party – at least temporarily. Centrist Emmanuel Macron is favourite to succeed Francois Hollande, but Ms Le Pen said she could and would win – …


French presidential candidate Macron targeted by hackers, cyber firm says

April 25, 2017

… accidentally compromising their email accounts. For example, a fake domain called was set up on April 12. Macron’s party is “En Marche!” Replay More Videos … MUST WATCH A French official told CNN that French intelligence services are warning campaigns to take steps to prevent being targeted by hackers. Macron, a centrist candidate, won the first round of the French Presidential election Sunday, taking home 24.01% of the vote. He will …


Will Trump follow his heart or his head on French election?

April 24, 2017

Washington (CNN)Sunday’s French election result sets up a battle between the heart and the head of the Trump White House. In the latest blow to establishment party politics in the Western world, two outsider candidates — centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen — advanced from a crowded field to a run-off for the Elysee Palace on May 7. Le Pen has risen on the same populist politics, rooted in anger over immigration policies, globalization and middle class …


Head to head: How Le Pen and Macron compare

April 24, 2017

(CNN)The French electorate gave the country’s political establishment a wake-up call Sunday as it voted for two outsider presidential candidates: one who has never held elected office and the other the leader of France’s far-right party. Fed up of the parties that have dominated French politics for decades, voters opted for the two politicians that promised the biggest shakeup — Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron, early results indicated. They will face each other in a runoff …


Win or lose, Marine Le Pen is a nightmare for the EU

April 24, 2017

(CNN)France goes to the polls Sunday to vote in the first round of its presidential elections. The campaign has been dogged throughout by scandals, gaffes and surprises. Le Pen’s National Front party has a long history of euroskepticism and promotes a number of policies that are anathema to the high-minded principles behind the European project. In recent years, Le Pen has attempted to soften both her image and the position of her party on the matter of France’s future in the …


The seats that could decide the election – BBC News

April 23, 2017

… could work. Other pro-Remain constituencies in their sights include Kingston and Surbiton and, outside of London, Bath and Cambridge – the latter held by Labour. Dunbartonshire East also voted for Remain but here they must challenge the SNP, another strongly pro-EU party. Nevertheless, the Lib Dems will think they have a chance. Jo Swinson was ousted there in 2015 when the SNP’s vote surged by 30%. She’s standing again and won’t need much of that back to recapture the …


The beginner’s guide to the French elections

April 20, 2017

… National Front party and the frontrunner in the first round of voting. She’s also controversial, mainly because of her party’s history of xenophobia and anti-Semitism. She’s tried to soften the party’s image — to middling success. In April, for instance, she said France was not responsible for the wartime roundup of Jews who were sent to Nazi death camps. That didn’t go over well. What she wants: She wants France out of both the EU and NATO. She wants to …


British and Irish Lions tour 2017: All you need to know

April 19, 2017

(CNN)Four nations, one rugby team. One goal — to win a Test series against the mighty All Blacks of New Zealand. The 2017 British and Irish Lions tour is approaching, one of the most anticipated events in world rugby. It happens every four years, and the privileged players to be selected for this summer’s party are set to be announced Wednesday. Replay More Videos … MUST WATCH Replay More Videos … MUST WATCH …


Turkey’s shell-shocked opposition struggles to find a way forward

April 18, 2017

Ankara, Turkey (CNN)Turkish citizens who did not want to give more powers to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had a very hard Monday. There was quiet discontent in Ankara, as if its pockets of opposition had been zipped tight. Duysen Talas, a 28-year-old born in the capital, Ankara, was slouched over in a chair of the pro-Kurdish opposition party Peoples’ Democratic party (HDP) headquarters. Talas, like many of the country’s 24 million “No” voters, woke up in a …


In Ankara, celebrations for Erdogan mask a Turkish schism

April 17, 2017

… Erdogan’s name. Turkish flags created a sea of blurry red as convoys of cars moved through the city’s streets, honking in support of the referendum result. An ocean of supporters braved the pouring rain as Prime Minister Binali Yldrm first delivered a message from the ruling Justice and Development party’s (AKP) headquarters in an effort to placate nearly half of the country who voted “No” to constitutional reforms that will give Erdogan unprecedented amounts of …


Trump’s saber-rattling is North Korea’s propaganda dream come true

April 13, 2017

… opposition Democratic party and frontrunner to be the country’s next President, said on Facebook that there “should never be a pre-emptive strike without South Korean consent.” “Neighboring countries are taking advantage of the absence of a president in South Korea to try to exclude us and handle issues on the Korean Peninsula according to their own understanding,” Moon said. The country’s former President, Park Geun-hye, was impeached after a corruption …


CNN 10 – April 7, 2017

April 7, 2017

… on the global ski map and has athletes who are hoping to become their country’s first Winter Olympians in 2018? 6. Thermochromic ink, for which new uses are appearing in the fashion industry, is able to do what? 7. What two-word term is used to describe a controversial rule change in the U.S. Senate that allows a majority party to overcome a filibuster with a simple majority vote? 8. What two countries have the largest economies on Earth, accounting for 40 percent of the world’s …


The only 4 things you need to know about Trump and Russia

April 1, 2017

… Four years out from the American election cycle that would eventually pit Clinton against the Republican businessman Donald Trump, the US-Russian relationship turned toxic. Hacks! Here’s what the US intelligence community says actually happened During the campaign, hackers stole emails from the Democratic National Committee and the personal account of Clinton campaign chairman, John Podesta. The messages were then published by WikiLeaks. The DNC emails revealed that party leaders had …


Peter Taylor: How has terror changed in 50 years? – BBC News

March 31, 2017

… “Det” (for Detachment), left the IRA in no doubt that the “Brits” were not going to allow the IRA to win. Between 1983 and 1992 the SAS and the Det shot dead 35 IRA suspects. I remember doing an interview with one “Det” operator, a young woman, who described the celebrations back at base after the killing of IRA volunteer, William Price in 1984. To some of the team, the permanent removal of an IRA man from the battlefield was cause for a party. “They …