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Justice Department lifts charges off major Automakers in California
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Justice Department lifts charges off major Automakers in California

By Uttara Malhotra.

The United States Justice Department has let off major auto car makers and lifted charges they had earlier levied on them.  Ford Motor Co., Honda Motor Co., BMW, and Volkswagen had been accused of indulging in conduct that violated U.S. antitrust law.

The whole incident goes back to July 2019, when the automakers had entered an agreement with the California Air Resources Board on fuel efficiency standards. This state-based framework is known to be at odds with the Trump administration’s regulatory approach.

The resentment amongst the Californian leaders comes with Trump administration having moved to rescind Obama-era rules that were a good attempt to lower emissions. However, Californian leaders have been in logger heads with the Trump administration on this as well as other issues like health care, immigration and transportation.

The Trump administration has been going out of its way to undo all that had been done for the larger and long term good of the American population. Most of his decisions have favored one or the other lobby.

Environmental rules, especially climate policy are one such sensitive issue that is now on every country’s long term agenda. This has indeed been a burning issue at the center of the conflict between California and the White House.

In July 2019, the four companies had announced a deal to support standards set by the California Air Resources Board. For them, they felt, it was the best way to ensure the dispute didn’t lead to two sets of emissions standards in the U.S. This was not liked by the Justice Department, which then started questioning the companies of their intent and allegiance with the Californian leadership at large. Subpoenas were issued and the automakers one-by-one had responded to them, after which the air was cleared and the Justice Department has thus cleared them off any unlawful conduct. The issue still remains unresolved. If Trump comes back into power, he will ensure the emission rates are changed to suit the fossil fuel lobby to which he has promised allegiance and who maybe pumping a lot of money into his election campaign. For more news in america.

Following Brexit, Around 500,000 EU Nationals Remain to Apply for UK Citizenship
Europe

Following Brexit, Around 500,000 EU Nationals Remain to Apply for UK Citizenship

By Grace Young.

After Brexit, around 500,000 EU nationals in Britain, are waiting to apply for new immigration status as many would stay back in the UK, Reuters reported.

The administration is presenting the most significant purge of Britain’s border controls in decades, closing the priority provided to EU migrants over those from different nations in the wake of leaving the EU membership.

The UK government data point that 3 million EU citizens and their relatives have applied for “settled status,” a type of consent from the legislature to stay in Britain.

The figures indicate a vast number of applicants have applied for the plan, which was begun nationally in March a year ago, yet also, the test ahead for the administration is to guarantee all EU residents rightly apply.

Priti Patel, the interior minister, stated that she was satisfied with the response and encouraged EU members to invest similar energy into ensuring the status of British nationals living in their nations past Brexit.

Around 3.5 million estimated European citizens live in the United Kingdom, and they have the year’s end to apply for settled status.

However, legal counselors state numerous EU citizens legally residing in the nation could fall through the net and face losing their rights to benefits; for example, health care.

58% were conceded settled status in the new processed applications – a permanent right to stay – and pre-settled status was given to 41% people, which provides them with consent to stay temporarily and the opportunity to reapply serving five years.

The European parliament raised concerns a month ago that EU residents gambled discrimination following Brexit in seeking for work and home.

After UK’s Brexit, worries have increased concerning the future of its citizens as Brandon Lewis, the security minister, stated that EU nationals might face getting deported if they fail to apply for settled status, which is a major risk.

Article credit: The Reuters

The European Union is awaiting a new negotiation battle with Britain after Brexit
Europe

The European Union is awaiting a new negotiation battle with Britain after Brexit

By Amina Souafi.

On Monday began, the first phase of a diplomatic battle between Britain and the European Union, following the first formal departure from it, last Friday, after a 47-year membership, to regulate the form of their relationship after Brexit.

It is expected that the negotiations over the “red Tapes” of their future relationship, which is not yet determined, will witness great tension, amid British intransigence towards the conditions of the union.

And the two parties must agree on the new foundations of these relations, especially in the commercial aspect, the solid core of the talks. From the start, the two sides expressed very firm positions.

According to the excerpts of the speech, “There is no need for a free exchange agreement that includes accepting the rules of the European Union in the field of competition, aid, social security, the environment and other subjects.”

On Sunday, the European Union’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, imposed two conditions for a trade agreement, “an agreement on common rules” so that London does not turn into a competitor, and a settlement on the issue of ultra-sensitive fishing.

To make matters more difficult, these negotiations will take place at a very rapid pace because Johnson refuses to extend the transition period in which the British will continue to apply European rules, which are supposed to extend for three years.

However, negotiations are supposed to take place during this period, which ends on December 31.

Today, Michel Barnier will unveil the terms of negotiation and define the priorities and redlines of the European Union.

Barnier knows the details of the file because he had previously negotiated the Brexit Agreement on ways to get Britain out of the Union for more than two years.

Member states will endorse their negotiating mission at the end of February, because negotiations will not officially begin until early next March.

The negotiations will mainly deal with economic partnership, especially the free trade agreement, security issues and planned judicial measures to resolve disputes.

For Europeans, access to the European single market, which includes about 440 million consumers, will be conditional on respecting health, environmental, social and tax standards, as well as standards to respect state aid to companies.

And this market is very important for London because the European Union remains its first trading partner.

The Europeans want to conduct negotiations in parallel on all issues in order to reduce the risk of divisions that could benefit the British.

One of the most sensitive issues during the negotiation process will be the fishing file that the two sides promised to reach agreement on before July 1st.

Fishermen from several member countries, such as France and Denmark, depend on British waters, which also account for 30% of the work of French fishermen.

Johnson, for his part, stressed that “regaining control” of this fishing waters is of great importance and promised “a wonderful new national fishing policy.”

Hunting could be a barter currency during these talks, for example for British financial services, which are so essential to London’s financial district, to reach the continent.

Paris warned that France would “be very vigilant” on the issue.

A first outcome of the talks will be published at the end of June, which could allow an assessment of the risks of “failure to reach agreement”, a specter still haunting the talks, raising fears of catastrophic consequences.Read more news from europe.

Bloomberg decides to increase its Spending post Iowa Confusion
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Bloomberg decides to increase its Spending post Iowa Confusion

By Uttara Malhotra.

Michael Bloomberg is in seventh heaven as he is making the most of a building up confusion surrounding the Iowa caucus. He has now decided to double its spending on advertisements and ramping up its organizing.

It has been confirmed that he will be pooling in double of his $300 million campaign advertisement spend. This is will help Bloomberg target existing areas of campaigning along with focus on new markets, according to a campaign aide. Mr. Bloomberg has now asked his advisers for the new round of spending after the Iowa Democratic Party failed to announce the results of the first nominating contest Monday night.

According to advertising tracker Kantar/CMAG, the media tycoon has already skipped the first four states. He is known to have spent $254 million on television and radio across the U.S. and at least $47 million on Facebook and Google ads since entering the race in late November 2019. His strategy was to focus on states that would be voting in March 2020.

Right now, all the six states which pushed Trump to win the 2016 election, Bloomberg has employed more than 450 staffers.  The Bloomberg campaign has also announced he robust manpower it has employed to meet its ambition. Even if he does not win the election, Bloomberg has said it will keep the employment of everyone safe. Currently, the team comprises more than 2,100 staff members on payroll, with 1,700 scattered across 40 states and territories and 400 in the campaign’s headquarters in New York City. To read all the latest news in america.

Biden Lags Behind In Mid Campaign Results
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Biden Lags Behind In Mid Campaign Results

By Uttara Malhotra.

Donors and voters are moving away from Joe Biden. There is no escaping this reality. This could be seen in Iowa and New Hampshire. Despite his robust campaigning, the results have not come out the way he had expected. Some are saying there is probably a flaw in the party’s election system.

Biden’s advisors now have to deal with the damp results. Biden was seen to be on fourth position in Monday’s what is being called a ‘chaotic’ caucuses based on the results that were calculated half way.

Results were partially released a day later. His advisors are compelled to feel that the campaign from the beginning had “considerable flaws” becoming the responsibility of the state Democratic Party and evidently showing a flaw in the reporting system. His campaign’s general counsel urged the state party on Monday night to withhold any official results until campaigns had received “full explanations” on “methods of quality control.”

It is now confirmed that Biden in trailing Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. His advisors had warned him not to bank on the New Hampshire votes, because they have a background of supporting candidates from New England. Apparently, three contenders this time hail from New England itself.

Biden had started to feel a ray of hope when the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers promised their support to Biden. A strong union of 775,000 members has endorsed his campaign, giving him more labor support ahead of the New Hampshire vote. The ripple effect can come down to other states as well. This includes Nevada and South Carolina as well. Further, But poor showings at the start of the calendar could give his rivals an opening with black voters while the party’s centrist voters may consider billionaire former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has poured more than $300 million into his campaign and focused on states beginning in March. For more news in america.

Johnson expressed support for the “deal of the century”
Middle East & Africa

Johnson expressed support for the “deal of the century”

By Julia Dzekish.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson expressed support for US President Donald Trump’s Middle East settlement plan, emphasizing the importance of a two-state solution and the unacceptability of annexation of Palestinian territories.  This is stated in a communiqué circulated by the office of the head of the British government following a telephone conversation on Thursday with Johnson and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

“They discussed United States proposals for peace between Israel and Palestine, and the prime minister reaffirmed his support for US efforts. He also clearly outlined a long-standing position in the UK on the importance of a two-state solution and our rejection of the unilateral annexation of territory.” – says the communique.

The leaders also discussed relations between the two countries in the light of the British withdrawal from the EU on January 31, including in the field of trade.

On January 28, Trump, together with Netanyahu, announced in Washington the key provisions of the so-called deal of the century – a plan for a Palestinian-Israeli peaceful settlement based on mutual recognition of the two states.  Washington suggests inextricably linking Palestinian territory, consisting of the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, with high-speed transport links, and recognizing only part of East Jerusalem as the capital of the Arab state (according to Netanyahu, we are talking about the Jerusalem suburb of Abu Dis).  At the same time, the owner of the White House called all of Jerusalem “the indivisible capital” of Israel and announced the US intention to recognize Jewish settlements as Israeli territory. you can see more news middle east latest news.

Brexit strengthens the influence of France and Germany in the EU
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Brexit strengthens the influence of France and Germany in the EU

By Julia Dzekish.

Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union changed the balance of power in the European community, strengthening the influence of France and Germany and depriving the closest allies of London of their previous political weight in the adoption or blocking of legislative initiatives.

 “Countries like the Netherlands are used to hiding behind the back of the UK, hoping that it will loudly represent Dutch interests. It would be better if another member state threatened to veto it,” said Agatha Gostyńska-Jakubowska, representative of the Center for European Reform Research  .

 It is noted that countries such as Sweden, Denmark, Australia and the Netherlands against the backdrop of Brexit have joined forces to require Brussels not to inflate the EU budget.  “That’s what we’ve been doing for the last three years: we’ve talked with other 26 countries and found out where we can have similar views,” a diplomatic source said. for more news about europe.

Majority Vote Prevents Trump From Being Impeached
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Majority Vote Prevents Trump From Being Impeached

By Uttara Malhotra.

The Senate has finally acquitted President Donald Trump of the two articles of impeachment levied on Trump by the Democrats. It is now confirmed that the majority of a two-third vote was not there in order to remove him from his seat of power. Votes were largely along party lines.

Donald Trump had been accused of using his power seat to meet his personal agenda by influencing the Ukrainian President and about getting Joe Biden and his son investigated.

Further, Trump has also been accused earlier of possibly using Russian influence to shifting the voting influence to his side in the 2016.

Previous statements to the media by the Republicans confirmed that the party could not but acquit Trump else it would hurt the party in the long run. During the trial, Democrats repeatedly focused on the point that Trump had gone too far in cheating in the coming election by trying to damage a potential opponent. They were referring to Joe Biden. Republicans then had to create a protective net of words in which they claimed that the Democrats were improperly inflating missteps into impeachable offenses and trying to overturn the results of the 2016 election.

Democrats continued to say that the democracy has been failed by the president, while Trump has been happily boasting of how the economy has risen from the ashes, only because of his efforts. However, the finer print shows that Trump’s presence has disrupted the whole fabric of America’s relations with countries worldwide.

The first article of impeachment was abuse of power. All 47 Democratic-aligned senators and Mr. Romney voted to convict, falling short of the 67 needed to remove the president from office. On the obstruction of Congress article, the vote also failed, with all Democrats and no Republicans finding the president guilty.

Surprisingly, Romney voted out of the simple awakening of his conscience making him the first in the history of the party to do so. Two hours before the acquittal vote he marked in a floor speech that he had decided to vote to convict the president on the first article and said, “The president is guilty of an appalling abuse of public trust.”

Attacks on the Utah senator were planned as soon as he changed his stance. Those who can see the larger picture have admitted in various media polls that Mr. Trump abused his power and obstructed Congress. However, some 49% of respondents said he should be allowed to finish his term, compared with 46% who said he should be removed. see more news in america.

Libyan Parliament: These are our conditions for participating in the Geneva Dialogue
Geopolitics

Libyan Parliament: These are our conditions for participating in the Geneva Dialogue

By Amina Souafi.

In conjunction with the holding of meetings of the Libyan Dialogue Committee in Geneva under the auspices of the UN envoy, Ghassan Salameh, the Libyan parliament listed a number of conditions that must be met for its participation in the Geneva meeting.

He also stressed that his representatives in the Geneva Dialogue are chosen by him and under the dome of Parliament, stressing the need to clearly define the tasks of the Dialogue Committees, the duration of time and the mechanisms of their work.

In addition, the Libyan parliament demanded that no government will be approved unless approved by it and that the number of its representatives will not be equal to the number of representatives of the advisory council.

This position came hours after the UN envoy announced that “there is a real will to start negotiations” between the two warring parties with their intention to meet for talks in Geneva with the aim of achieving a permanent ceasefire in the country.

Salama also said in a press conference from Geneva today that he asked the Security Council to pass a resolution reaffirming the existing arms embargo and agreeing to measures to ensure adherence to it.

He explained that the talks between the two parties, which did not meet face-to-face in Geneva on Monday, aimed to “bridge gaps in views on how to organize a sustainable, permanent ceasefire on the ground.” He added, “We started yesterday to discuss a long list of points on our agenda, ranging from working to transform the armistice to a more coherent one and reduce the violations of the parties to it, as well as turning that armistice into a real agreement on a permanent ceasefire.”

The Geneva talks include five senior soldiers from the Libyan National Army and five forces allied to the reconciliation government.

It is noteworthy that the fighting on the ground continued recently despite the call for a truce launched by Russia and Turkey starting from January 12 and an international summit on Libya held in Berlin on January 19 with the aim of curbing international intervention. watch more news about Geopolitics news and updates.

Boris Johnson calls major nations to pledge for 2050 net-zero emission
Europe

Boris Johnson calls major nations to pledge for 2050 net-zero emission

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is calling nations around the world to join the UK in swearing to accomplish net-zero carbon emission by 2050 as a feature of the administration of the UN’s climate talks this year.

Johnson’s invitation came as he drove the UK’s plans to host crunch UN environment discussions in Glasgow this November. The talks, recognized as COP 26, are planned for putting the world on track to satisfy the Paris agreement of 2015, as present emissions promises are lacking to fight off perilous degrees of global warming, The Guardian reported.

Around 80 countries in the world are committed to such an objective, yet most are small economies with small greenhouse gas yields. The EU is the largest bloc on the precarious edge of joining to net-zero; however, major economies, including the US, China, and India, show little indication of doing it.

The UK is about to face a massive diplomatic test to make COP 26 successful, as the last round of discussions ended in accusations last December in Madrid: nations failed to concede on any key agendas’.

“Facilitating COP 26 is a big opportunity for the UK and countries all over the world to join in the fight against climate change,” Johnson told dignitaries, organizations, and campaigners. “As we set out our plans for the 2050 net-zero objectives this year, we ask others to accompany us in swearing for net-zero emissions. 2020 need be the year we reverse the situation on a dangerous atmospheric deviation – it will be the year when we pick a greener and cleaner tomorrow for all.”

As a feature of the COP 26 push, Boris Johnson is presenting an objective to eliminate diesel and petroleum vehicles by 2035. He additionally featured the £2bn that the legislature has consented to spend on meeting the net-zero targets. Around £1bn to begin electric vehicles, £26m for carbon captures innovation, £222m for a study about nuclear fusion. According to the Guardian, Alasdair Roxburgh, of Friends of the Earth, stated, however, ministerial guarantees were not enough. “If the administration is honest about the scale and desperation of the issue, then we will hear more about distinct moves taken and not just pledges,” she included.

Amidst the bushfires seething in Australia and dangerous flooding in Indonesia, the atmosphere emergency is as of now guaranteeing lives, wrecking homes, and endangering wildlife. However, we can fight the exceedingly awful effects of climate breakdown if we come together now, and the UK government has the chance to set the bar high.”

The COP 26, the principal aim is for wealthy nations to finance the world to cut carbon in developing countries. However, talks on climate investment steered in last year’s meeting. Almost no advancement made on the issue since the Paris agreement was endorsed.

“The UK government can also help in backing the poor nations, who are fighting environmental change and major calamities,” added Roxburgh. Read more news about europe.

Article Credit: The Guardian

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