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Source: DW

Italy strikes deal with EU over budget

Today 07:00 GMT

Italy's economy ministry announced on Tuesday that an informal agreement had been reached with the European Commission over its budget plan.

Italy's new government, comprised of the far-right Lega party and the anti-establishment Five Star Movement, had sought to implement sweeping budget measures that included cutting taxes and establishing universal income. With the proposal Italy was expected to breach EU budget deficit limits, risking punitive action from the bloc.

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Source: The Guradian

Brexit deal hinges on final bid to win over DUP, say senior Tories

Today 09:54 GMT

Theresa May will be within 20 votes of winning a parliamentary majority for her Brexit deal if she can gain assurances from the EU that will persuade the Democratic Unionist party to back her deal, senior ministers and Tory MPs believe.

Senior Eurosceptic Tories, including Jacob Rees-Mogg, have since said they intend to accept May’s victory and support the government in any no-confidence vote, though they maintain opposition to the withdrawal deal.

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Source: The Guradian

Ministers order full implementation of no-deal Brexit plans

Today 10:50 GMT

All government departments must fully implement their emergency no-deal Brexit contingency plans, cabinet ministers have agreed.

No 10 confirmed on Tuesday that cabinet ministers would “ramp up” no-deal planning, and that the departments would be expected to make it their main priority. Downing Street said it would send advice on preparing for no deal to all UK businesses and suggested they should begin implementing their own contingency plans as they saw fit.

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Source: The Guradian

Belgian PM Charles Michel resigns after no-confidence motion

Today 09:54 GMT

Belgium’s government of four years has fallen on the issue of migration after the country’s parliament rejected an appeal from prime minister, Charles Michel, for its support for a minority administration.

Michel was forced to offer his resignation to the King of the Belgians, Phillipe, after the Socialist party, with support from the Greens, proposed a vote of no confidence in his administration.

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Source: BBC

Immigration to focus on skills, not origin

Today 07:00 GMT

A skills-based immigration system will be introduced to "get control over our borders" when free movement from the EU ends, the home secretary will announce. It will focus on people's "talent and expertise... rather than where they come from", Sajid Javid will say later.

Setting out the paper, which the government says will give it full control over immigration for the first time in decades, Mr Javid will say that it offers employers access to the skills they need.

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Source: The Guradian

Fifty shades of g'day: MP sexting scandal turns Australians off beloved greeting

Today 07:00 GMT

This week, the nation’s most beloved piece of vernacular took an unexpected, cringeworthy hit when it became embroiled in a sex scandal involving a fruit conference in Hong Kong, a website for “sugar babies” and an assistant government minister. Andrew Broad, a married federal MP and assistant minister to the deputy prime minister, resigned from politics on Tuesday after it was revealed that he allegedly sent the beloved phrase “g’day mate”, in a sexually charged context, to a woman who claims she met him on a dating website.

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Source: The Guradian

Netanyahu’s son banned from Facebook over hate speech

Tuesday 02:25 GMT

The son of the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has been temporarily banned from Facebook after a series of anti-Muslim and anti-Palestinian posts the social network said broke its rules on hate speech.

A Facebook spokesperson said: “Yair Netanyahu posted several posts which included hate speech – this clearly violates our community standards. Due to that, this content was removed from our platform, as we would do for anyone posting similar content about any protected characteristic.

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Source: The Guradian

Theresa May intensifies warnings over risks of no-deal Brexit

Tuesday 20:56 GMT

Theresa May is to step up warnings about the risks of a no-deal Brexit after an acrimonious day at Westminster in which Jeremy Corbyn demanded that MPs hold a symbolic vote of confidence in her as prime minister.

When Dominic Raab was Brexit secretary, he tried repeatedly to discuss a “managed no deal” with his EU counterparts, but was given short shrift, Whitehall sources said.

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Source: The Guradian

Theresa May pushes forward £2bn no-deal Brexit preparations

Tuesday 05:09 GMT

Planning for a no-deal Brexit is expected to be ramped up this week with up to £2bn to be allocated to government departments after the cabinet signs off on the contingency plans at its weekly meeting on Tuesday.

Theresa May wants the increasingly serious no-deal preparations to dominate the Brexit discussion at cabinet, even though ministers worried about the stalled negotiations with Brussels are openly canvassing alternatives.

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Source: Reuters

Brexit: Chaotic exit, referendum or last-minute deal?

Tuesday 05:09 GMT

The United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union has been plunged into disarray by Prime Minister Theresa May’s failure to find a divorce deal the British parliament will approve.

Opponents of another referendum say it could bring disorder as it would be an affront to the 17.4 million voters who backed Brexit and it would not solve divisions. Brexit supporters would then demand a third, decisive referendum to resolve the question that has haunted the United Kingdom since it lost its empire: Should it go it alone or partner with the European project?

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Source: The Guradian

Jeremy Corbyn demands vote of no confidence in Theresa May

Tuesday 18:10 GMT

The Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, has demanded that the prime minister give MPs the opportunity to vote on whether or not they have confidence in her after she delayed the showdown on her Brexit deal to January.

While the government is not obliged to schedule a confidence vote before Christmas, the Labour leader said a refusal to do so would demonstrate that she was unable to command the confidence of the House of Commons.

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Source: The Guradian

Former Indian MP jailed for life over 1984 Sikh massacre

Tuesday 02:24 GMT

A senior member of India’s Congress party has been sentenced to life imprisonment for his role in the mass murder of Sikhs that followed the assassination of the prime minister Indira Gandhi in 1984.

“I apologise not only to the Sikh community but to the whole Indian nation, because what took place in 1984 is the negation of the concept of nationhood enshrined in our constitution.” While also expressing regret, the current Congress leader told an audience in London this year it was inaccurate to say his party was involved in the crimes.

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Source: Fox News

Hungary sees another day of anti-government protests

Monday 23:39 GMT

Gergely Gulyas, the prime minister's chief of staff, called Thursday night's participants Soros's "kept people" displaying "open anti-Christian hatred."

Thousands of protesters marched through Hungary's capital, Budapest, for a fourth day Sunday as part of demonstrations to protest new employment laws promoted by the country's right-wing government. Protesters chanted anti-government slogans amid sub-zero temperatures outside parliament as speakers denounced revised overtime rules that lawmakers approved Wednesday.

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Source: Global News

Nearly 200 nations agree on framework for Paris Climate Agreement

Sunday 22:43 GMT

Nearly 200 nations overcame political divisions on Saturday to agree on rules for implementing a landmark global climate deal, but critics say it is not ambitious enough to prevent the dangerous effects of global warming.

World leaders gather for ‘impossible’ task of finalizing Paris climate agreement. After two weeks of talks in the Polish city of Katowice, nations finally reached consensus on a more detailed framework for the 2015 Paris Agreement which aims to limit a rise in average world temperatures to “well below” two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels.

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Source: Reuters

Commentary: The torture of Theresa May

Monday 05:08 GMT

Earlier victims of public torture, who suffered much and are now all but forgotten – including Matteo Renzi, Italy’s former prime minister and leader of the center-left, and Mariano Rajoy, former prime minister of Spain.

Theresa May took UK politics’ top job after the long-running division on the EU, suppressed for decades, found an outlet through the 2016 referendum. Some argue it’s too soon or simply impractical to create such a state, and the more passionate argue it would be a kind of tyranny.


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