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Source: Global News

U.K. posed to unveil post-Brexit immigration system with 100 days until divorce

Today 12:41 GMT

With 100 days until Britain leaves the European Union, the government was publishing long-awaited plans Wednesday for a post-Brexit immigration system that will end free movement of EU citizens to the U.K.. Home Secretary Sajid Javid said the proposals – Britain’s biggest immigration changes in more than 40 years – would create a “skills-based immigration system built around the talent and expertise people can bring, rather than where they come from.”

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Source: CTV

'Core problem remains': Critics pan federal plan to help Alberta's oil and gas sector

Today 12:40 GMT

Critics say the federal government’s plan to help Alberta deal with a crisis in the energy sector largely by providing up to $1.6 billion in loans and export development assistance won’t address the root causes of the problem.

“Our focus is to make sure that Alberta’s oil and gas sector remains a source of well-paying jobs for middle-class Canadians,” Sohi said. Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi and International Trade Diversification Minister Jim Carr were in Edmonton Tuesday morning to announce the funding: $1 billion in commercial loans available through Export Development Canada and $500 million in commercial loans through the Business Development Bank of Canada.

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Source: Fox News

Nikki Haley slams ‘hopelessly biased’ UN, in parting shot at anti-Israel sentiment

Today 12:40 GMT

President Trump will nominated State Department Spokeswoman and former Fox News host Heather Nauert to succeed Haley in 2019.

Haley, who leaves her post in January, has made a point of using her remarks to talk about other issues, particularly Iranian aggression in the region. But in her final address to the monthly meeting, she broke with that tradition and ripped into the body’s anti-Israel bias, mentioning in particular the General Assembly vote this month where the body failed to adopt a U.S. resolution condemning Hamas.

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Source: The Guradian

Ministers order full implementation of no-deal Brexit plans

Today 12:41 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: Common Domain

Boeing Faces Escalating Feud With Lion Air Over Plane Crash

Today 12:41 GMT

Boeing Co. BA 3.77% is facing unusually public criticism from a major customer, Lion Air, as the two try to minimize fallout from a fatal crash.

It is unclear how feasible that action would be but it is a stark turnaround from 2011 when he called the plane “the future of Lion Air,” at an event in Bali attended by then-President Obama. When investigators released an interim report about a month after the crash, Boeing drew attention to possible maintenance deficiencies at the Indonesian budget carrier, noting the report indicates maintenance performed in the days before the fatal flight failed to fix problems with the jet.

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Source: CTV

$1.6B relief plan for Alberta amid oil sector woes

Today 09:54 GMT

The federal government will send an additional $1.6 billion to Alberta in an attempt to help the province recover from an oil glut.

“For the long-term success and growth of the oil sector, nothing is more important than building the pipeline capacity to expand to other, non-U.S., global markets,” he said.

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Source: BBC

Has Google suspended China search plan?

Today 09:54 GMT

Using a tool called BeaconTower to check if users' search queries on Beijing-based website 265.com would fall foul of China's censors, Google engineers came up with a list of thousands of banned websites, including the BBC and Wikipedia, which could then be purged from the Dragonfly search engine.

Citing internal Google documents and inside sources, the Intercept says Project Dragonfly began in the spring of 2017 and accelerated in December after Google's chief executive, Sundar Pichai, met a Chinese government official,. An Android app with versions called Maotai and Longfei were developed and could be launched within nine months if Chinese government approved, it says.

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Source: The Guradian

Hungary’s opposition plans more protests after ‘slave law’ passes

Today 09:54 GMT

Hungary’s beleaguered political opposition has vowed to keep up the pressure on the country’s far-right prime minister Viktor Orbán, after a week of protests that saw thousands come onto the streets of Budapest on several evenings, and four MPs roughed up by security guards after attempting to get their demands across on state television.

The protests were triggered by a so-called “slave law” passed amid chaotic scenes of protest in the Hungarian parliament last Wednesday, which allows employers to force employees to work overtime, and allows them to delay payment for up to three years.

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Source: The Guradian

Pompeii will evacuate people to Sardinia by boat if Vesuvius erupts

Today 04:15 GMT

Almost 2,000 years after the most notorious volcanic eruption in human history, authorities in Pompeii have discussed a new evacuation plan in case Mount Vesuvius erupts again.

Under the plan, which was discussed after a recent increase in seismic activity, people living in and around the town on the Italian coast would be evacuated to Sardinia by boat. Experts from the country’s civil protection agency and the municipality of Pompeii stressed there was no need to panic, and that the measures, agreed on Monday, were part of standard emergency planning for environmental disasters.

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Source: BBC

Energy plans may cut £45 a year from bills

Today 09:55 GMT

Energy regulator Ofgem is proposing to cut consumers' bills by £45 a year from 2021, largely by reducing the rate of returns to investors.

Ofgem's plans for revising the energy system would also help customers benefit from new technology such as electric vehicles and renewables. An Ofgem spokesman told the BBC: "In essence, we are basically reducing the amount of money firms can earn for transporting electricity and gas to your home."

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Source: BBC

Waste plan floats bottle deposit scheme

Tuesday 02:25 GMT

Today’s plans build on the Autumn Budget, which announced a world-leading tax on plastic packaging with less than 30% recycled content - subject to consultation.

She, and others, worry that major retailers will persuade the government during its consultation phase to exclude large drinks bottles from the deposit return scheme. The British Retail Consortium says most of the problem with beach litter is “on-the-go” containers, not one litre bottles from supermarkets.

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Source: DW

Japan plans first aircraft carriers since World War II

Today 09:55 GMT

Japan is planning to have aircraft carriers for the first time since World War Two, under new defense guidelines approved by its cabinet on Tuesday.

Japan plans to buy 42 F-35B short take-off and vertical landing jets from the US, which could be used on the new carriers, as well as 105 F-35A fighters, which take off from land. The refitted ships and new warplanes would "increase operational flexibility" for Japan's military as China increases its naval presence in southern waters around remote Japanese islands, according to an official.

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Source: DW

Climate change threatens Germany's Christmas trees

Today 07:00 GMT

Drought killed around a million trees in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia last summer, putting pressure on Christmas tree farmers.

The pictured installation by Ulrich Vogl and Evi Wiedermann named Weihnachtsverspannungen (Christmas Tensions), shows the merging of cultural traditions.

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Source: The Guradian

Japan beefs up defences amid concerns over China's military might

Today 04:14 GMT

Japan will bolster air and sea defences amid “strong concern” about growing Chinese air and naval activity in the region, according to newly released defence guidelines.

Japan is wary of China’s rising defence spending and its construction of military facilities in the South China Sea.

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Source: BBC

Energy giants abandon merger plan

Tuesday 05:09 GMT

Energy firm SSE has scrapped its plan to merge its retail business with rival Npower, blaming "very challenging market conditions".

The merger would have seen SSE's household energy division, SSE Energy Services, combined with the retail operations of Npower, which is owned by Germany's Innogy,. However, in a statement, SSE said it had decided the tie-up was no longer "in the best interests of customers, employees or shareholders".


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