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Cameron Refuses To Represent Britain In UN Climate Summit
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Cameron Refuses To Represent Britain In UN Climate Summit

Why would a former PM of Britain turn down a respectable and prestigious job to represent the country on a world forum? For reasons unknown the former British Prime Minister David Cameron has in fact rejected the offer to lead a major United Nations climate summit taking place in November this year.

Britain is said to play an extremely important role this time, when it was tasked with persuading major powers to agree more ambitious emissions cuts. The successor to the Paris Agreement, this summit would be a strategic one to discuss issues around global warming.

Strangely, Cameron would have been unofficially replacing former summit head Clare O’Neill who was sadly sacked last week by current PM Boris Johnson. O’Neill said Johnson had shown a lack of leadership and engagement over the summit.

However, Cameron suggested quite humbly that a serving member of the government office should be more appropriate for this role to play. He also hinted that he already had his plate full and would want to concentrate on just that.

Apparently, the former Conservative leader William Hague had also been approached for this role, but also sadly declined.

The meeting is going to see some new moves by Britain who is now treading new waters on its own, post its Brexit move.  Cameron has indicated that he has no intentions of jumping into mainstream politics right now, and on a position which has been termed to be ‘ministerial’ in nature in the near future. You can see more news about europe.

Macron Weary Of EC Expansion
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Macron Weary Of EC Expansion

The European Commission plans to add some more nations to its kitty, once it gets a majority vote from its member states. However, the French President has serious reservations and he has been extremely vocal about them. In fact, Mr. Emmanuel Macron had halted a process of additions in October 2019.

The Commission would like to persuade France to lift its objections before a Zagreb summit with the Balkan states in May 2020.

Macron has his own reasons and he is outspoken and bold about them. According to the French President, the European Commission has to be cautious and think it over before adding in any more nations to its kitty.

He feels the reasons of corruption and crime are reasons enough for the following nations to not be added to the list. Macron has spelled out the names as Serbia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Albania, Bosnia and North Macedonia.

Also, with this move, the French President had also given a proposal for member states to have more say into the enlargement of the commission. Macron had also proposed that funds for new members may come from existing funds for poor countries, of which EU is not convinced.

In this week, the EU Commission will try and accommodate most of the French requests, owing to the fact that France is considered as an important part of the EU Commission. Other countries, including the Netherlands and Denmark, have also been skeptical of expansion, but EU officials say if they can persuade France to lift its objections, those countries would probably not hold out.For more exclusive News From Europe

Terroristic attack in London
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Terroristic attack in London

A man who has recently been released from the prison for terrorist offenses, Sudesh Amman, was shot dead by British police after stabbing two people in southern London’s neighbourhood. Sudesh Amman, 20-year-old, had been in prison for distributing terrorism-related material after he stabbed several passers-by wearing a fake explosive vest, London Metropolitan Police said.

It is the second time in a few months that a convicted and recently released terrorist attacks people on the streets of the British capital. In November, a man was shot by police after he stabbed two people to death in central London.

Amman had been jailed for sharing terrorist material in 2018 and was released after a three-year prison sentence. British police continued to monitor him after exiting prison and incognito agents moved quickly to stop the attack yesterday in Streatham. “We are confident this is an isolated accident” said Metropolitan Police Deputy Commissioner Lucy D’Orsi, adding that none of the stabbed people suffered life-threatening injuries.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said yesterday that the country will review the rules that allow people convicted of terrorism to get out of prison early. The incident, the latest in a series of terrorist attacks in London in recent years, highlights the problems facing the country’s judicial system.

The question of how to monitor convicted terrorists who are reintegrated into society is an increasing problem for counter-terrorism police and security agencies in UK and across Europe. Last year Johnson said there were around 74 convicted terrorists who have been early release from prison. “Terrorists try to divide us and destroy our lifestyle. Here in London we will never let them be successful”, the mayor of London Sadiq Khan stated.

A similar attack also in Belgium. A woman in Ghent attacked two people with a knife in the street. The woman was then shot in the hand by the police who opened fire to stop her. The victims have been transferred to the hospital; according to local authorities they are in good conditions.To read more News From Europe

EU Top Diplomat To Discuss Way Out With Iran
Middle East & Africa

EU Top Diplomat To Discuss Way Out With Iran

Top EU diplomat Josep Borrell has plans to visit Iran according to confirmed news from Tehran and Brussels. This will be his first visit since taking office where he aims to reduce rising tensions over the Islamic republic’s nuclear programme.

On his two day trip, Borrell will be meeting up with all top level Iranian officials. This includes President Hassan Rouhani, Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and parliamentary speaker Ali Larijani. Borrell intends to de-escalate the tension that has been mounting between the US and Iran, after the US retracted itself from the 2015 Nuclear Deal. His visit also aims to come out with a viable political solution.

Washington took to imposing sanctions over Tehran something that has crippled the latter’s economy.  It has been the EU sentiment that Borrell’s visit will convey, of that of ‘preservation’ of the nuclear deal  known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, and to discuss cooperation between the EU and Iran.

The nuclear deal was landmark movement by then president of US, Barack Obama, under which Iran had received partial reprieve from crippling international sanctions. In return, Tehran had agreed to drastically reduce its nuclear activities and to submit to a tailor-made inspection regime by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Donald Trump has undone everything good that had been done by his predecessor, pushing Iran to move to take drastic measures in order to retaliate to the mounting economical pressure brought forth by the US. All participating nations in the 2015 Nuclear deal are against any kind of violent outcome. This includes France, Germany, Britain, China, and Russia as well, though Moscow is known to dance to its own tune. Watch more news about Middle East Latest news, Latest news on africa .

It’s official: Britain is no longer part of the European Union
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It’s official: Britain is no longer part of the European Union

Britain is no longer part of the European Union; the Brexit enters into force with its transition period which will last until the end of the year. In London thousands of people followed the countdown projected on a giant screen and on the facade of Downing Street for the historic moment. 12 chimes were also played.

 “Tonight, we leave the EU: for many people it is a moment of wonderful hope”. So, Boris Johnson, opened his speech to the nation on the night that marked the historic divorce in London, not without however remembering how many others feel a sense of anxiety and bewilderment instead. And as “a third group, perhaps the largest”, is above all relieved of the end of “political struggle” over Brexit.

All sentiments that Premier Tory claims to “understand”, now committing his government to “bring the country together to move forward” together. “The European Union, despite all its strengths and admirable qualities, has evolved in the last 50 years towards a direction that is no longer suitable” for the United Kingdom, added Boris Johnson, defining the choice healthy and democratic to restore sovereignty of the country on issues such as “immigration control”, trade, legislation.

A choice that the people confirmed not once, but twice: in the 2016 referendum and in the December elections. Brexit offers Britain the chance of a real renewal and change, with more equal opportunities and infrastructure investments that have not been seen since the Victorian era. Premier Tory evokes “a resounding success”, speaks of a Kingdom that is “European and global” at the same time and “a new beginning” also marked by relations of “friendly cooperation between an energetic Britain and the EU”.

Insisting on the “dawn of a new era”, he then relaunched the promise to fight crime, to improve public health and education, to modernize the country’s technologies. In addition to leveraging the renewed “independence” to take a leading role in foreign policy on climate change or human rights.

Then the final message: “I know we will succeed, however many obstacles there may be on the road. We have obeyed the will of the people. Now it is time to unleash the full potential of this splendid country, to make life better in every corner of our United Kingdom. ” London’s farewell opens a new era for the EU, now forced to redefine a common project, to avoid further divorces and regain the trust of public opinion. For more exclusive News From Europe

Deal of the century. Palestinian Authority cuts relationship with USA, protests in Amman
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Deal of the century. Palestinian Authority cuts relationship with USA, protests in Amman

The Palestinian Authority decided to cut the relationship with the American administration against the background of its policy towards Palestine, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said today.

According to the Palestinian News Agency (WFA), Abbas’s statement came during his participation in the emergency meeting of Arab foreign ministers today at the headquarters of the Arab League to discuss the developments of the Palestinian issue, against the background of the US administration’s peace plan, which was announced recently by US President Donald Trump as the “Deal of the Century”.

The Palestinian President pointed out that “We refused to receive the deal from the first moment of its announcement” stressing his decision to sever the relationship with the American administration against the background of its policy towards Palestine.

“Netanyahu does not believe in peace, and during his mandate there has been no progress in the peace process”. Abbas continued reaffirm that “The Balfour Declaration is a British-American promise in every sense of the word”.

President Donald Trump announced his administration’s ‘Vision for Peace, Prosperity and a Brighter Future’ at the White House on Tuesday, which would legalize Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Israel also would be allowed to annex around 30 per cent of the West Bank.

In response, the UN underlined its longstanding commitment to realizing a two-State solution, with Israelis and Palestinians “living side by side in peace and security, within recognized borders, on the basis of the pre-1967 lines.”

However, what the US plan offers is “a one and half state solution”, according to Michael Lynk, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territory.

“This is not a recipe for a just and durable peace but rather endorses the creation of a 21st century Bantustan in the Middle East”, he said, referring to the homelands established for black South Africans during the apartheid era.

Protests are expected in many Arab countries in support of Palestinians. Thousands of Jordanians demonstrated Friday against the US President Donald Trump’s plan and the Israeli flag was burned in Amman amid chants of “Death to Israel”.

About three thousand people participated in a demonstration that started from Al-Husseini Mosque in the center of Jordan capital, amid a heavy security presence, and the demonstrators carried banners saying “Jordan rejects the deal of the century” and “The deal of the century is toppled,” in addition to Jordanian and Palestinian flags.If you want to read more news Middle East Latest news, Latest news on africa

Boris Johnson declares Brexit will steer UK to national renewal
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Boris Johnson declares Brexit will steer UK to national renewal

Finally, Britain has exited the European Union; a new chapter is marked in the nation’s history and starting another new which is viewed by some with confidence and others with anxiety.

On Friday, Boris Johnson conceded that “there are many… who feel a sense of tension and misfortune” however guaranteed it would realize the revival of the UK’s “power of autonomous thought and development.”

EU pioneers looked to utilize the UK’s takeoff as a sign for other people, demanding that Britain’s choice would show that “strength doesn’t lie in isolation,” The Guardian reported.

Johnson released a video message, saying it would introduce “genuine national change and revision.”

Johnson didn’t specify “Brexit,” which Downing Street has extracted from government reciprocations, promising instead to “increase hope and opportunity in everywhere in the UK.”

However, that celebratory state of mind was not coordinated in Europe, where French President Emmanuel Macron cautioned that Brexit was a “warning sign” of immense significant importance, emphasizing his position of 2016. Talking in Paris, Macron referenced the characterizing idea of the British decision to walk out on 47 years of partnership. “There is a long history between Britain and France, which is made of opportunity, sacrifices, freedom, and wars, I won’t forget that,” he included.

Ursula von der Leyen, the European commission president, stated: “We need to have the ideal association with the United Kingdom, yet it won’t be as good as when we were together as members. Our experience has guided us that strength doesn’t lie in isolation; however, in our remarkable union. She included, “It is clear Europe will shield its interests in a decided way. Just the ones who know rules of the internal market can profit by it,” The Guardian reported.

However, the British government was determined to regard the minute as an opportunity to be a forward vision and positive of the nation’s future. In Boris Johnson’s video announcement, Johnson maintained Brexit would mark in history as a moment of “national renewal,” after which the UK could become “a big European power, and genuinely global in our reach and aspirations.”

“In our discretion, in our battle against environmental change, in our crusades for human rights or free commerce, we will rediscover muscles that we have not utilized for quite a long time. The strength of independent thinking and action,” he added.

10 Downing Street has clarified to UK businesses that they ought to get ready to confront new processes at the edge with the EU27, as the administration holds the right to change from EU rules. To watch more articles News From Europe

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Mike Pompeo expects to better relations with Ukraine amid Trump’s impeachment trial
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Mike Pompeo expects to better relations with Ukraine amid Trump’s impeachment trial

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will land in Kyiv, where he proposes to dismiss opinions that there are policy differences between President Donald Trump, the State Department, Congress, and the intelligence with regards to Ukraine. The trip comes after a fiery interview with NPR—in which Pompeo was quoted as stating, “Do you think Americans bother about Ukraine?”— and amid Trump’s impeachment hearing in the Senate, which straightforwardly includes Ukraine.

Pompeo’s visit—which was postponed amid increased strains with Iran and his strategy tone is presumed to be hard. He will probably accentuate US support for Ukraine in its combat with Russian separatists in the east, FP revealed.

Pompeo is programmed to meet Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, as well as the Defense Minister Andriy Zagorodnyuk and Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko, on Friday.

Before traveling to Kyiv today, the secretary of state was reserved for meeting British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Pompeo will probably ask Johnson on the issue of security and the Chinese firm Huawei. Pompeo will furthermore visit Kazakhstan, Belarus, and Uzbekistan following Ukraine.

On Friday, Pompeo is scheduled to meet President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, as he looks forward to putting a definite turn on relations between the two nations amid Donald Trump’s Impeachment trial is in progress.

It is in Kyiv where the spotlight will concentrate most solidly on Pompeo and mostly on his endeavors to fix the harm done in the course of recent years, The Guardian reported.

The talks are probably going to cover Ukraine’s contention with Russia, bilateral relations, gas, and the United State’s sanctions on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, trade possibilities in Ukraine.See more news about News of America Today

Article Credit: Foreign Policy and The Guardian

Netanyahu to Putin: “The American peace plan is a unique opportunity”
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Netanyahu to Putin: “The American peace plan is a unique opportunity”

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu assured Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday that the US plan, presented as “the deal of the century”, which the Palestinians rejected, is a “unique opportunity” to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

At the beginning of the bilateral talks with Netanyahu in Kremlin, the Russian President made no mention of the plan revealed by US President Donald Trump on Tuesday, while Russia is one of the historical mediators of this conflict.

“You are the first president with who I talk about the plan presented by Donald Trump”, Netanyahu told Putin, adding: “I think we have a unique opportunity here and I want to talk to you about it, and of course I can hear your opinion”.

Russia has not yet commented in detail on Trump’s proposal, but has said it appears to be in contrast with United Nations Security Council resolutions. Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman later said that the ministry had “just begun studying” the document, consisting of 181 pages, while Palestinians already rejected the text.

“The decision about a long-term and just peace must be in the hands of the Palestinians and the Israelis themselves, because it relates to their future”, spokeswoman Maria Zakharova reaffirmed to reporters.

Moscow also calls for a direct Israeli – Palestinian dialogue to reach a mutually acceptable compromise. The plan offers many concessions to the Israeli occupation State and gives it the right to annex settlements in the occupied West Bank, particularly in the Jordan Valley.

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America Sanctions and Waives Off Together
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America Sanctions and Waives Off Together

The United States has yet again imposed sanctions on Iran’s nuclear entity as per the Treasury Department. However, it has been stated that the US will not interfere in Russian, Chinese and European firms continuing to work at Iranian nuclear sites. This might make it harder for that country to develop a nuclear weapon.

Further, the US will now issue waivers to sanctions that that initially barred non-US firms from dealing with the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran. According to the same sources, the waivers’ renewal will allow nonproliferation work to continue for 60 days. This will be done at the Arak heavy-water research reactor, the Bushehr nuclear power plant, the Tehran Research Reactor and other nuclear cooperation initiatives.

Waivers have had to be given in order to prevent non-proliferation, a decision that has come after a debate between the US Treasury and State Department. In November 2019, Washington had terminated the sanctions waiver related to Iran’s Fordow nuclear plant after Tehran resumed uranium enrichment at the underground site. The US retracted itself from the 2015 Nuclear Deal completely misbalancing world economy. Under the 2015 deal that was a great peace keeping effort made by Barac Obama, it was joint agreement between Iran and six world powers. These include Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States. Under the agreement, Tehran promised to limit its nuclear program in return for the lifting of economic sanctions that had crippled its economy. However, Trump’s retracement has left the rest of the partners in an extremely tough spot.

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