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Japan's prime minister talks trade with EU leaders

Today 05:10 GMT

The leaders agreed to closer cooperation on security, the environment and trade and pledged to pursue long-awaited reforms to the World Trade Organization (WTO).

The Japanese prime minister's Western tour comes two months before Japan is scheduled to host a summit of the Group of 20 industrialized nations. On Friday, Abe is set to meet with US President Donald Trump, who has threatened to impose new tariffs on EU goods and is locked in an escalating trade war with China.

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Sri Lankan officials lower bombings death toll to 253; cite difficulty identifying victims

Today 05:09 GMT

Sri Lanka on Thursday lowered the death toll from the Easter suicide bombings by nearly one-third, to 253, as authorities hunted urgently for a least five more suspects and braced for the possibility of more attacks in the coming days.

READ MORE: Sri Lanka failed to heed warnings of bombings that killed 290 people, official says. Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said militants who may have explosives remain on the loose in the country and “may go out for a suicide attack.” “We have rounded up a lot of suspects, but there are still active people on the run,” Wickremesinghe said in an interview with The Associated Press.

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Iranian minister drops offer to free Zaghari-Ratcliffe in swap

Today 05:09 GMT

Hopes that Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe might be released from a Tehran jail as part of a prisoner swap have suffered a setback after the Iranian foreign minister appeared to retract the proposal and the UK foreign secretary said he could not be party to any deal that presumed she was guilty of spying.

The impasse appears to leave Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s plight as before: still waiting to see if the Iranian judiciary are prepared to grant her clemency or will instead make her serve her full five-year sentence.

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Criminal probe possible over Huawei leak

Today 05:09 GMT

The government "cannot exclude" a criminal investigation into leaks from a meeting about using Huawei technology for the UK's 5G network. Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright condemned the leaks from a National Security Council meeting to the Daily Telegraph, after ministers called for a "full and proper" investigation.

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Feds trying to ‘manage the problem’ with Indigenous people, rather than work on reconciliation: Wilson-Raybould

Today 02:25 GMT

Former justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould says she believes the federal Liberals have decided to “manage the problem” with Indigenous people rather than do the hard work of reconciliation.

WATCH: Jody Wilson-Raybould accuses Ottawa of trying to ‘manage’ relationships with indigenous people. The government appears to want to make incremental and limited shifts rather than transforming laws and policies to resolve injustices that have stood for generations, she said.

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Breakingviews - Cox: Emmanuel Macron is succumbing to shortcuts

Thursday 21:51 GMT

Instead, what piqued media interest was that both executives – Sébastien Proto of SocGen and Marguerite Bérard-Andrieu at BNP – were classmates of President Emmanuel Macron at École nationale d’administration (ENA), the finishing school for France’s managerial class.

Macron never promised to build a wall, like U.S. President Donald Trump, or institute a universal basic income, as Italian Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio did.

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UK condemns Saudi Arabia over 'repulsive' mass executions

Thursday 19:06 GMT

Britain has issued its sharpest condemnation of the direction of Saudi Arabian human rights policy, describing its mass executions as “repulsive” and “utterly unacceptable in the modern world”.

Despite the killings, the Saudis went ahead with a major investors conference in Riyadh, setting out a plan for its chairing of the G20 and for the Saudi capital market to be among the top 10 in the world by 2030.

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Theresa May survives attempt to allow early no-confidence vote

Thursday 19:06 GMT

Theresa May has survived an attempt to change Tory party rules to make it possible to oust her within weeks, but backbench MPs have demanded a “roadmap” for her departure, in a fresh blow to her authority.

The prime minister saw off a no-confidence vote at the end of last year and the party’s rules stipulate that a fresh challenge cannot be launched for 12 months after that date. Brady said the decision by the committee on Wednesday was the result of “two lengthy meetings and a good, full and constructive debate, in a friendly and collegiate way”.

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Picture emerges of well-to-do young bombers behind Sri Lankan carnage

Thursday 15:25 GMT

Details began to emerge in Sri Lanka on Wednesday of a band of nine, well-educated Islamist suicide bombers, including a woman, from well-to-do families who slaughtered 359 people in Easter Sunday bomb attacks.

Both the Sri Lankan government and the United States said the scale and sophistication of the coordinated bombings suggested the involvement of an external group such as Islamic State. The Islamist group released a video late on Tuesday through its AMAQ news agency, showing eight men, all but one with their faces covered, standing under a black Islamic State flag, declaring loyalty to its leader, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi.

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Scotland's First Minister calls for second independence referendum by 2021

Thursday 12:39 GMT

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said that her devolved government will take a first step towards holding an independence referendum by May 2021.

Scotland will take the first steps towards holding another referendum on independence from the United Kingdom, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said on Wednesday. Sturgeon added that the referendum should be held before May 2021, when the current Scottish parliamentary term ends.

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Sri Lanka attacker studied in UK, says minister, amid warning more bombers on loose

Thursday 02:24 GMT

One of the Sri Lanka bombers studied in the UK and Australia before carrying out the bombings, which may have been funded and inspired by Isis, the defence minister has said.

Eighteen suspects were arrested overnight, bringing the total number detained to 58, said police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara, but Sri Lanka’s prime minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, warned that several suspects armed with explosives were still loose.

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D’Oh Canada! Trudeau to make appearance on ‘The Simpsons’

Tuesday 15:25 GMT

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will be portrayed in Sunday’s Canadian-themed episode of “The Simpsons,” which is titled “D’Oh Canada.”

‘The Simpsons’ to pull episode featuring Michael Jackson’s voice, reports say. Meyer said he was contacted last September by a casting producer of “The Simpsons” who had noticed his impressions video. The segment was originally scheduled to air this coming September, “but I guess something happened, I’m not quite sure, and they bumped up the episode,” he said.

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Brexit Brief: May eyes up risky vote to enact withdrawal agreement

Thursday 08:59 GMT

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May is considering a risky new tactic to try to resolve the Brexit deadlock with a potentially critical parliamentary vote on key exit legislation next week.

In an attempt to get the Brexit agreement approved before the European Elections next month, the prime minister’s office has said it was ready to move the bill to implement May’s rejected withdrawal agreement forward, the Financial Times reported.

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Source: The Guradian

May should go today, says senior 1922 Committee member

Wednesday 06:04 GMT

A senior member of the 1922 Committee of Conservative backbenchers has called for Theresa May to step down immediately – suggesting the influential group could set a timetable for her departure.

This could pass a symbolic vote of no-confidence – though neither the 1922 Committee nor the NCC can force May to step down. Evans said the combined force of both the parliamentary party and the grassroots meant May should “accept the fact the call for her resignation now is growing into a clamour”.

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Source: The Guradian

Labour says Theresa May unwilling to offer key Brexit concessions

Wednesday 18:10 GMT

Labour has accused Theresa May of failing to offer any substantive changes to her Brexit deal in cross-party talks, as Downing Street’s hopes of a breakthrough in time to avoid taking part in European parliamentary elections waned.

Labour sources said the government team again appeared unwilling to countenance changes to the political declaration, which sets out the UK’s future relationship with the EU.


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