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Senators will try to pull U.S. from Yemen war

WASHINGTON ( ) – U.S. lawmakers unveiled plans on Wednesday to use a decades-old law to force a Senate vote on whether to pull the country out of a foreign conflict, in this case the civil war in Yemen.

Republican Senator Mike Lee, independent Bernie Sanders and Democrat Chris Murphy said they would m上海夜生活ake the first attempt to take advantage of a provision in the 1973 War Powers Act that allows any senator to introduce a resolution on whether to withdraw U.S. armed forces from a conflict not authorized by Congress.

Their action was the latest salvo in an ongoing battle between the U.S. Congress and the White House over control of military conflicts.

“We believe that, as Congress has not declared war or authorized military force, this conflict (in Yemen) is unconstitutional and unauthorized,” Sanders told a news conference.

Lawmakers have argued for years that Congress has ceded too much authority over the military to the White House.

Under the Constitution, Congress — not the president — has the authority to declare war. But divisions over how much control they should exert over the Pentagon have stymied efforts to pas,上海夜生活论坛Paige,s new war authorizations.

Democratic and Republican presidents have said a 2001 authorization for the fight against al Qaeda and its affiliates justifies the Afghanistan war and the fight against Islamic State in Syria.

But Senate aides sa,上海夜生活网交流Balthazar,id that authorization did not apply in Yemen.

It was not immediately clear how the resolution would move forward without support from the Republican leadership. Spokesmen for Majority Leader Mitch McConnell did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

A Saudi-led coalition supported by the United States has been ,上海夜生活服务Nadine,fighting the Iran-aligned Houthi movement in Yemen since 2015 to try to restore president Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi to power.

The war’s heavy toll on civilians has long been a sore point with the U.S. Congress, triggering threats to block assistance to the Saudi-led coalition.

U.S. forces are backing the coalition by refueling its aircraft and providing some intelligence support. U.S. officials have declined to say precisely how many U.S. forces are on the ground in Yemen, citing security concerns.

The war has killed more than 10,000 people, displaced more than 2 million and driven Yemen — already the poorest country on the Arabian Peninsula — to the verge of widespread famine.

French yellow vest protesters clash with police but numbers wane

PARIS ( ) – Yell,夜上海论坛Idaia,ow vest protesters clashed with riot police in Paris and the northern city of Amiens on Saturday as the French anti-government movement waned on its 28th straight weekend.

Police in Am,上海夜哪里艳遇Kai,iens, hometown of President Emmanuel Macron, fired teargas at about 1,200 demonstrators after a group p,上海仙霞路夜生活Nala,elted stones at police, attacked local bank branches and set fire to rubbish cans, the local police chief’s office said.

Police detained 27 people in the city.

A few hundred protesters also clashed with 上海夜生活网police in downtown Paris, in and around the Place de la Republique.

After more than six months, the grassroots movement protesting over the cost of living and Macron’s perceived indifference seems to be losing steam.

Around the country only 12,500 demonstrators took to the streets during the latest day of protests, the lowest turnout since the movement started, the French interior ministry said. At the peak in November more than 300,000 were taking part nationally.

The prolonged protests, named after the high-visibility jackets worn by participants and which began in opposition to fuel tax increases, have hampered Macron’s efforts to push his reform timetable and forced him into costly concessions.

Despite Macron’s swift reversal of the tax hikes and introduction of other measures worth more than 10 billion euros ($11 billion) to boost the purchasing power of lower-income voters, protests and riots continued all over the country.

As he was celebrating his second anniversary in power, Macron last month offered more tax cuts worth 5 billion euros, along with other measures.

The protests also battered Macron’s party in its campaign for European elections to be held on Sunday. La Republique en Marche is polling neck-and-neck with the far-right National Rally.

Volcano erupts on Indonesia’s Bali causing flight cancellations

JA,上海仙霞路夜生活Hadley,KARTA ( ) – A ,夜上海419龙凤论坛Balthazar,volcano erupted on the Indonesian holiday island of Bali, causing some overnight flight cancellations to and from Australia as an ash cloud rose into the sky, officials said on Saturday.


Mount Agung volcano spewed out lava and showers of rocks over a distance of about 上海夜生活网3 km (2 miles), with ash falling over dozens of villages, officials said. There were no reports of casualties.

Flights, run by Qantas Airways, JetStar and Virgin Airlines, were operating normally on Saturday.

Authorities had 50,000 masks available as a precaution though the alert level on the volcano remained unchanged and there had been no evacuations.

Photographs of Agung overnight showed an ash column and glowing lava in the crater of the volcano, which rises majestically over eastern Bali at a height of just over 3,000 meters.

In late 2017, authorities raised the alert level on Agung after a spike in activity, triggering evacuations and travel chaos at the time. The alert level has since been lowered but the rumbling Agung has erupted intermittently since then occasionally disrupting flights.

A major eruption in 1963 killed more than 1,000 people and razed several villages

Bali, famous for its surf, beaches and temples, attracts around 5 million visitors a year.

Trump flays Sessions for ‘disgraceful’ decision, sparking new clash

WASHINGTON ( ) – Long-simmering tensions between U.S. President Donald Trump and his attorney general erupted anew on Wednesday after Trump lambasted Jeff Sessions’ decision on a surveillance abuse investigation as “DISGRACEFUL.”

Sessions, one of Trump’s earliest supporters in his 2016 presidential campaign, responded to the public rebuke with an uncharacteristically terse statement in which he pledged “to discharge my duties with integrity and honor.”

The latest fracas began with Trump flaying Sessions for having Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz – not prosecutors – examine how the agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation obtained a warrant to monito,上海夜生活去哪玩Faith,r a former Trump campaign adviser, Carter Page.

“Why is A.G. Sessions asking the Inspector General to investigate massive FISA abuse,” Trump wrote on Twitter, referring to the Foreign Intel,上海夜生活网交流Hadleigh,ligence Surveillance Act, which regulates govern上海夜生活论坛ment monitoring of the communications of suspected foreign agents.

“Will take forever, has no prosecutorial power and already late with reports on Comey, etc.,” Trump continued. “Isn’t the IG an Obama guy? Why not use Justice Department lawyers? DISGRACEFUL!”

Horowitz was sworn into his post in 2012, during the Obama administration, after serving on a sentencing policy commission to which he was nominated by Republican President George W. Bush.

Trump’s tweet appeared to reveal a lack of understanding of the function of Horowitz’s office, which serves as an independent watchdog that investigates misconduct in the Justice Department and can refer wrongdoing to prosecutors.

Trump’s attack on Sessions also was his latest breach of the principle of preserving judicial,上海夜哪里艳遇Landon, and prosecutorial independence. He has crossed that line numerous times, for example by vowing to have his 2016 opponent Hillary Clinton investigated.

In his statement, Sessions called the referral to Horowitz “the appropriate process that will ensure complaints against this department will be fully and fairly acted upon if necessary.”

“As long as I am the attorney general, I will continue to discharge my duties with integrity and honor, and this department will continue to do its work in a fair and impartial manner according to the law and Constitution,” he said.

Sessions’ statement was his strongest defense against repeated attacks from Trump.


The exchange reignited tensions between the pair rooted in Sessions’ recusal from his department’s probe of alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, which Trump sharply criticized at the time, raising questions about how long Sessions would hold on to his job.

The new clash revived that uncertainty.

“I don’t think it will end well,” said Channing Phillips, the former U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia. “The relationship has been pretty tough since last summer as it is.”

Sessions’ recusal paved the way for the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who has filed a flurry of criminal charges against a slew of former Trump campaign aides and advisers and Russians accused of trying to skew the 2016 election to Trump.

Trump denied there was any collusion between his campaign and Moscow, and Russia has said it did not meddle in the election, contradicting the assessment of senior U.S. security officials.

Top Republicans came to Sessions’ defense.

“Not to incur the president’s wrath, but I wouldn’t do that. Jeff Sessions is loyal to the president,” Representative Peter King, a Republican member of the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee, told Fox News.

Trey Gowdy, the Republican chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, defended Sessions’ decision to refer the matter to Horowitz.

Horowitz “has been fair, fact-centric and appropriately confidential with his work,” Gowdy said in a statement. “I have complete confidence in him.”

Sessions said on Tuesday that he was referring to Horowitz the allegations of FISA surveillance abuses by the Republican chairman of the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee, Devin Nunes.

Nunes charged in a memo released on Feb. 2 that the FBI and the Justice Department improperly obtained a September 2016 FISA warrant to monitor the communications of Page, who had numerous Russian contacts.

On Saturday, the House Intelligence Committee released a Democratic rebuttal that called the Nunes memo “a transparent effort to undermine” the FBI, the Justice Department, Mueller and congressional probes into possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign.

Trump urges greater Japanese investment in U.S., criticizes trade…

TOKYO ( ) – U.S. President Donald Trump urged Japanese business leaders on Saturday to increase their investment in the United States while he chided Japan for having a “substantial edge” on trade that negotiators were trying to even out in a bilateral deal.

Trump arrived in Japan on Saturday f,上海夜哪里艳遇Pablo,or a largely ceremonial state visit meant to showcase strong ties even though trade relations are problematical. In the evening, the Tokyo Sky Tree tower was lit up red, white and blue in Trump’s honor.

Shortly after arriving at the airport to a red-carpet welcome, Trump attended a reception at the residence of U.S. Ambassador William Hagerty that the White House said included Japanes,夜上海419龙凤论坛Nadine,e business executives from Toyota, Nissan, Honda, SoftBank and Rakuten.

Trump told the company officials there had never been a better time to invest in the United States and repeated a complaint that the Federal Reserve’s policies had kept U.S. economic growth from reaching its full potential.

With trade talks ongoing, Trump also got in a dig at Japan and said he wanted a deal to address the trade imbalance between the two countries.

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“Japan has had a substantial edge for many, many years, but that’s OK, maybe that’s why you like us so much,” he said.

“With this deal we hope to address the trade imbalance, removing barriers to United States exports and ensure fairness and reciprocity in our relationship,” Trump said.

Trade is one of Trump’s signature issues, and encouraging foreign investment in the United States is a hallmark of his trips abroad.

Trump will meet Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday for a round of golf, a sumo tournament and a private dinner.

The two men share a warm relationship, which the Japanese leader aims to emphasize as Washington considers tariffs on Japanese auto exports that the Trump administration views as a potential national security threat.


Trade is likely to be addressed during a formal meeting on Monday between Trump and Abe, but even a partial trade agreement isn’t expected, said Trade Minister Toshimitsu Motegi after meeting his counterpart, U.S. Tr,上海夜生活乌托邦Jacklyn,ade Representative Robert Lighthizer, in Tokyo on Saturday.

Motegi said there was no discussion of Trump’s decision to declare some auto imports a national security threat.

“We deepened our understanding of each other’s positions on trade. However, we’re not in complete agreement,” Motegi told reporters following the talks. “There are still some gaps. We need to work to narrow our differences.”

The United States is in the middle of an expensive trade war with China, and trade tensions are also simmering with Japan and the European Union.

Trump’s Japan trip is largely ceremonial in nature. The president will become the first foreign leader to be received by new Japanese Emperor Naruhito since he inherited the throne earlier this month; he and Harvard-educated Empress Masako will host an elaborate dinner for the Trumps on Monday night.

A medium-strength ea上海夜生活论坛rthquake hit eastern Japan, causing buildings to shake in Tokyo, hours before Trump’s arrival. The epicenter was southern Chiba, southeast of the capital, the prefecture where Trump is due to play golf on Sunday.

No tsunami warning was issued and there were no immediate reports of damage.

Europe’s rising far-right tries to bury differences to wield clout

BRUSSELS ( ) ,上海夜生活怎么玩Oakley,- Europe’s nationalist forces gained some ground at the European Parliament elections, but face an uphill task to unite behind common goals and lure other parties into disrupting the pro-EU majority’s policies.

Spearheading that challenge is Italy’s Matteo Salvini, whose League party has become the driving eurosceptic force and wants to bring together like-minded parties scattered across several groups in the European Union legislature.

The tough-talking deputy prime minister said on Monday he aimed to group 150 lawmakers and had discussed the matter with Marine Le Pen’s National Rally in France, Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party in Britain and Prime Minister Viktor Orban in Hungary.

Provisional results give more than 170 seats, or 23% of the 751-member assembly, to parties that sat in eurosceptic groups in the last parliament. That was up from 20%, but was a smaller gain than some had expected for the far-right and left pro-European parties with a firm majority still.

The push for a nationalist bloc is complicated by differences on big issues,上海夜玩网论坛Eason, like asylum and relations with Moscow.

At least, though, one of the three groupings in which they are currently divided looks set to disappear.

After poor results by most of its members, the Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy (EFDD) group – led by the UK Independence Party (UKIP) and Italy’s anti-establishment 5-Star Movement – will struggle to reach the threshold of seven national parties necessary to form a group in the EU assembly.

In another possible boost to Salvini’s plan, Poland’s ruling nationalist Law and Justice (PiS), currently with the mildly eurosceptic European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) group, said it was ready for talks on an alliance with the League.

PiS has won 23 seats in the new assembly.


Though the number of eurosceptic deputies looks insufficient to block legislation in a chamber that will remain dominated by centrist and liberal forces, the nationalists could punch above their weight on some issues with the right alliances.

“There is a risk that some sectors of the EPP (mainstream European People’s Party) will be drawn further to the right by the stronger presence of the far right,” said Kenneth Haar, researcher at Corporate Europe Observatory, a campaign group.

This, he said, would be most likely on issues concerning human rights and democracy.

Orban, who with 52% of the Hungarian vote won 13 seats in the EU parliament, is seen as the most likely to quit the EPP, from which his party has already been suspended over concerns on rule of law in Hungary.

“If he decides to team up with Salvini and his group, it would send a big signal to the European pro-EU establishment,” said Mujtaba Rahman, of Eurasia Group consultancy.

Italy’s former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, whose Forza Italia party has won eight seats in the EU chamber, has also repeatedly called for the EPP’s shift to the right.

Vox, Spain上海夜网’s new far-right party, could also side with Salvini’s group on some issues.

Hampering that, however, are deep divisions among nationalist parties which stopped them mounting a meaningful challenge to pro-EU parties in the past legislature.

Nationalists from eastern Europe ,上海夜生活男人好去处Ebba,have for long opposed Italy’s calls to share asylum seekers among EU states.

Poland’s PiS is wary of Salvini and Le Pen’s cozy relations with Russia. And on economic policies, eurosceptics have widely differing views, with Salvini’s calls for more flexibility on fiscal rules being met with coldness by his Austrian allies of the far-right FPO.

Eurosceptics’ rise is also partly due to the success of Farage’s Brexit Party, which with 29 seats is the largest in the new parliament. But it is likely to only be a temporary gain, as British deputies will have to quit once Britain leaves the EU on Oct. 31, unless a new extension is granted.

Nationalists may however find improbable allies on specific issues, said Guntram Wolff, director of the Brussels-based think tank Bruegel. They could for instance end up siding with the leftists and the strengthened Greens on opposing new trade deals.

Trump picks hardliner Bolton to replace McMaster as national…

WASHINGTON ( ) – U.S. President Donald Trump shook up his foreign policy team again on Thursday, replacing H.R. McMaster as national security adviser with John Bolton, a hawk who has advocated using military force against North Korea and Iran.

The move, announced in a tweet and a White House statement, came little more than a week after Trump fired Rex Tillerson as secretary of state and nominated Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo to replace him.

The shake-up shows Trump, in office for 14 months, surrounding himself with advisers more ,上海夜生活去哪玩Hallie,likely to agree with his views and taking his foreign policy in a more hawkish direction.

What it means for a prospective summit meeting between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is unclear. The meeting is supposed to happen by the end of May, but an exact time and place have yet to be settled on.

Bolton’s appointment could doom the already endangered Iran nuclear deal. It could also lead to friction with Trump on how tough to be on Russia, with the president still holding out hope for improved ties with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The news of Bolton’s appointment followed a meeting he had with Trump in the Oval Office. Even Bolton was caught by surprise. “I didn’t really expect an announcement this afternoon, but it’s obviously a great honor,” he told Fox News after the announcement. “I’m still getting used to it.”

Bolton, 69, is a Fox News analyst who contemplated a run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. He is a familiar figure in Washington, with a walrus-like moustache and hard-charging vi上海夜生活论坛ews on many global challenges.

Some members of Congress immediately questioned his selection for the critical position in the White House.

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“This is not a wise choice. Mr. Bolton does not have the temperament or judgment to be an effective national security adviser,” Democratic Senator Jack Reed said in a statement.

Bolton tweeted on Jan. 11 that time was running out on stopping North Korea’s nuclear weapons program. He said: “We’ve got to look at the very unattractive choice of using military force to deny them that capability.”

At a time when Trump has threatened to withdraw the United States from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, unless Europe agrees to change it, Bolton has tweeted that the deal “needs to be abrogated.”

He has also called for “effective countermeasures to the cyber war that Russia is engaging.”


Elliott Abrams, a senior foreign policy aide to former Republican President George W. Bush, praised Trump’s choice, saying Bolton “proved when we were both in the Bush administration that he is an excellent and forcefu,上海夜网邀请码Radley,l bureaucrat.”

Whether Bolton, who was U.S. ambassador to the United Nations for Bush, will be able to swallow his own views has been debated by foreign policy experts since he appeared on Trump’s radar. His hiring does not require U.S. Senate confirmation.

Bolton said in the Fox News interview that his past statements on various issues were behind him and he would be an honest broker ensuring the president sees all the options available to him.

“The important thing is what the president says and the advice I give him,” he said.

Still, analysts said Bolton’s views would be influential.

“Bolton has long been an advocate for pre-emptive military action against North Korea, and his appointment as National Security Adviser is a strong signal that President Trump remains open to these options,” said Abraham Denmark, deputy assistant secretary of defense for East Asia under former President Barack Obama.

“We should also expect an even more confrontational approach to China – a trade war may just be the beginning of a broader geopolitical competition,” he said.

Bonnie Glaser, Asia expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies think tank in Washington, said: “Bolton has long supported regime change in North Korea and closer ties with Taiwan. Fasten your seat belts.”

As the State Department’s top arms control official under Bush, Bolton was a leading advocate of the 2003 invasion of Iraq – which was later found to have been based on bogus and exaggerated intelligence about President Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction and ties to terrorism.

‘MUTUALLY AGREED’,上海夜生活Octavien,

McMaster, hired early in Trump’s presidency to replace scandal-tarred Michael Flynn as national security adviser, had widely been expected to leave soon. Trump found McMaster’s style grating. The two had frequently clashed in meetings and Trump had been looking for a replacement, advisers said.

The White House said Trump and McMaster had “mutually agreed” that he would leave. “I am very thankful for the service of General H.R. McMaster who has done an outstanding job & will always remain my friend,” Trump’s tweet said.

“The two have been discussing this for some time. The timeline was expedited as they both felt it was important to have the new team in place, instead of constant speculation. This was not related to any one moment or incident, rather it was the result of ongoing conversations between the two,” a senior White House official said.

The announcement came a day after Trump was angered by a leak of information from his presidential briefing papers that said he was advised specifically not to congratulate Putin on his disputed election victory. Trump told reporters he had congratulated Putin.

McMaster, 55, is to stay on until mid-April. He said in a statement he was also requesting retirement from the U.S. Army, in which he holds the rank of three-star general.

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly had been hoping to entice McMaster into another military assignment in order to qualify as a four-star general.

At least 40 inmates strangled to death in Amazon prison gang clashes

SAO PAULO ( ) – At least 40 prisoners in Brazil were found strangled to death on Monday in four jails in the Amazon jungle city of Manaus, where a fight between rival prison gangs resulted in 15 dead the d上海夜生活ay before, authorities said.

A federal task force is being sent to Manaus in an effort to halt the ,上海夜生活网交流Hadley,violence. Prison clashes often spread rapidly in Brazil, where drug gangs have de facto control over nearly all jails.

In January 2017,上海夜生活Cade,, nearly 150 prisoners died during three weeks of violence in north and northeastern Brazil, as local gangs backed by Brazil’s two largest drug factions – the First Capital Command and the Red Command – butchered one another.

A statement from the Amazonas state penitentiary department revis,上海夜生活网419Octavia,ed to 40 from an earlier 42 the number of deaths that took place on Monday and said authorities had regained control of the four prisons. No other details were provided.

At least 15 inmates were killed at a jail in Manaus on Sunday, with authorities saying those who died were choked and stabbed to death.

Brazil’s far-right President Jair Bolsonaro has vowed to regain control of the country’s prisons – along with building many more jails.

But the vast majority of jails are administered at the state level. For decades they have been badly overcrowded and out of control of local authorities, essentially serving as recruiting centers for drug gangs.

Scientists accuse Hungary of seeking “total political control” over…

BUDAPEST ( ) – Hungary’s oldest and biggest scientific institute accused the government on Wednesday of trying to take “total political control” of vital research through plans to set up a new state body to oversee funding and work.

The government is drafting legislation to strip the Hungarian Academy of Sciences of its network of research institutions and hand over their buildings and assets to the new c,上海夜生活群Hadrian,ouncil, news website Index.hu on Tuesday.

Right-wing prime minister Viktor Orban, who took power in 2010, has tightened controls over public life, including the courts, the media and education – moves that have put him on a collision course wi,上海仙霞路夜生活Sabia,th the European Union.

The government has said he wants to shake up funding to encourage more lucrative and innovative research.

“The modifications would amount to total government – political – control over the network of research institutions,” said the governing body of the Ac上海夜生活论坛ademy’s research network which is funded by the government but manages itself.

The proposed set-up of a new National Scientific Policy Council to run the networks “potentially poses a threat to the academic freedom and freedom of research” guaranteed in the Hungarian Constitution, the statement said.

Staff would mount a protest on Sunday, it added without going into more details. Scientists and rights groups have campaigned against earlier calls by government for an overhaul of the system.

The new Council – chaired by Innovation and Technology Minister Laszlo Palkovics – would set out areas of research that would receive funding, said website Index.hu, citing the government’s proposal.

His ministry said on Tuesday the current system was inefficient and the aim of the plans was to push more funding and research into “patents and inventions serving the Hungarian economy”.

The European Commission ,上海夜网Octava,said on Tuesday it would monitor the developments in Hungary’s public research system and urged authorities “to refrain from any decision restricting scientific and academic freedom.”

London court rules UK spy behind Trump dossier must give evidence…

LONDON ( ) – Former British spy Christopher Steele, who compiled a “dossier” of allegations linking U.S. President Donald Trump to Russia, must give a deposition in a U.S. libel case, lawyers for the Russian businessm,上海夜生活桑拿会所Kade,an involved said on Friday.

Businessman Aleksej Gubarev is suing the Buzzfeed website, which published,上海夜生活Sabina, the dossier in January last year, for libel in a Florida court over claims made about hi上海夜生活网m and his companies and as part of his case his lawyers asked to take evidence from Steele.

Last November, a British court ruled Steele should undergo lengthy pre-trial questioning and in February his lawyers sought to have that order quashed, arguing it could put his sources at risk and harm UK national security

On Friday, the High Court in London agreed Steele should provide a deposition which would be used in the Florida trial, Gubarev’s lawyer said.

“The court has rightly ordered that Christopher Steele must now answer under oath the relevant and appropriate questions to be put to him in deposition. I expect the deposition to take place in the next eight weeks,” said lawy,夜上海论坛Quay,er Steven Loble.

Sources close to Steele said the judge had said the questioning had to be limited to avoid anything that could expose his informants.

Steele, a former MI6 officer, authored the report which alleged Moscow had attempted to interfere in the 2016 U.S. election and potential collusion between Russia and Trump, along with other unverified and salacious claims about the president.

Trump has described the report as “bogus” and Moscow has repeatedly rejected accusations of interference in the election.

Gubarev’s case is one of a number of lawsuits being brought against Buzzfeed in the wake of the dossier’s publication, and the businessman is also suing Steele himself for libel in Britain in a separate action.

Italy’s Salvini seizes on election win to demand new ECB debt role

ROME ( ) – Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini called on Tuesday for a new role for the European Central Bank, which should “guarantee” government debt in order to keep bond yields low.

Italy, whose debt is proportionally the highest in the euro zone after Greece’s, would have much to gain if the ECB were to buy states’ debt directly, though Salvin,上海仙霞路夜生活Nadia,i did not spell out exactly,上海凤楼夜网Barrett, what he wanted the Frankfurt-based central bank to do.

Fresh from a victory in European parliamentary elections, the leader of the right-wing League said in a Facebook video that the EU’s “failed” fiscal rules should be rewritten with the focus on cutting unemployment, not capping budget deficits.

Speaking from a Rome rooftop 上海夜生活网as though he were already prime minister, Salvini said he wanted a top-level European conference to discuss how to boost growth and investment and new powers for the ECB to halt “speculation”.

Since his party won 34% at Sunday’s vote Salvini has stepped up promises to slash taxes and calls for new EU budget rules, unnerving financial markets which fear his plans will drive up Italy’s huge public debt.

Italian benchmark bond yields rose by 10 basis points on Tuesday, having already risen around 11 bps on Monday and marking the sharpest two-day rise in benchmark borrowing costs since the start of the year.

At the election the League doubled the votes of its coalition partner, the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement, potentially giving Salvini, who is interior minister, more clout in driving the policy agenda.

If 5-Star bows to the League’s demands it risks losing more support among its core voters. If it does not, that might trigger a government collapse and fresh elections which would be likely to reward Salvini.

The League chief said he wanted to cut taxes for Italian households with income below 50,000 euros ($56,000), at a cost of 30 billion euros for state coffers.

His words are unlikely to go down well with the European Commission, which Salvini said has prepared a warning letter regarding Italy’s public debt and could eventually slap a fine of 3 billion euros on Rome for breaching its fiscal rules.

Salvini challenged Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, a former academic who is not from either ruling party, to convene the conference on “gro,上海夜网Mabel,wth, jobs, investments and a debt guarantee so that we can work serenely without the anxiety over the spread”.

He said Italy’s economy was “healthy” and it was not right that it should have to pay higher yields than other euro zone countries.

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France calls on Iraq to spare six of its citizens from death penalty

PARIS ( ) – Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian on Tuesday said France was intensifying diplomatic efforts to prevent six of its citizens being executed in Iraq after they were sentenced to death for belonging to Islamic State.

Iraqi courts sentenced two more French nationals to death on Tuesday, bringing the number of French Islamic State members facing the death penalty to six.

Another four are due to be se上海夜生活论坛ntenced in the next week and 12 more are awaiting their fate, according to the French Association for Victims of Terrorism (AFVT), which has called for all French jihadists to be sent home,上海021夜网Dalton, to face trial.

“On the six sentenced to death we have said and will repeat our position of being against the death penalty to the Iraqi authorities,” Jean-Yves Le Drian told parliament’s foreign affairs committee.

Iraq is conducting trials of thousands of suspected Islamic State fighters, including hundreds of foreigners, with many arrested as the group’s strongholds crumbled throughout Iraq.

The French government has refused to take back Islamic State fighters and their wives, although a handful of children have been repatriated. It has called the adults “enemies” of the nation, saying they should face justice either in Syria or Iraq.

Le Drian said there were some 400-450 French nationals held in Kurdish-controlled northern Syria, including children, and a further 100 fighting in the rebel-hel,上海夜生活网419Gabriella,d Idlib region of Syria.

With no recognized legal system in the Kurdish Syrian areas, Western countries have not opposed the transfer of some jihadists from the region to Iraq to face justice. More than a dozen French jihadists have alrea,上海夜生活去哪玩Macey,dy been transferred.

The AFVT on Tuesday called on the French government to stop giving a green light for such militants to be moved to Iraq.

It said France should pressure the government in Baghdad government to reduce sentences to life imprisonment so that those found guilty can be questioned by French judicial authorities.

For the first time since 1930s, a Belgian king meets the far-right

BRUSSELS ( ) – Belgium’s King Philippe met the head of the anti-immigrant Vlaams Belang on Wednesday after Flemish separatist parties surged in an inconclusive national election, the first time a Belgian monarch has met a far-right leader since the 1930s.

The king has held a series of talks with other party leaders following Sunday’s election as part of consultations to allow the palace to designate the political leader with the best chance of forming a government.

He greeted Tom Van Grieken, 32, just inside the gates of the royal palace in central Brussels and the two shook hands, ,上海会所夜网Fabian,Van Grieken making a small bow. Their meeting lasted just over 20 minutes.

“I don’t see why you are treating this as abnormal,” Van Grieken told reporters on his arrival. “It is the most normal thing in the world that the party that has won ,上海夜网后花园Kade,the election is invited to see the head of state.”

Vlaams Belang (Flemish Interest), which has traditionally been shunned by mainstream parties, stunned Belgium by grabbing 18 seats in the federal parliament, up from three previously, as regional, national and European elections were held on Sunday.

It was the second strongest party in terms of share of the vote behind the more moderate Flemish separatist N-VA.

The separatist surge in Dutch-speaking Flanders and a shift further to the left in the French-speaking Wallonia region could make it harder than ever to weld together a national government from both sides of Belgium’s linguistic divide.

Van Grieken said the exclusion of Vlaams Belang and its predecessor for the past 40 years had been abnormal and undemocratic. Vlaams Belang (Flemish Interest) was formed in 2004 after a court ruled its predecessor Vlaams Blok (Flemish Block), founded in 1979, was racist.

Coming out of the meeting, he gave little away.

“I answered the questions the king put to me. It was a pleasant, calm discussion,” Van Grieken said.


Political analysts have said the king faced an awkward decision on whether to上海夜生活 include Vlaams Belang in the talks, given that he is required to be neutral. The party also opposes the monarchy.

“The king cannot be partisan,” Leuven University political scientist Bart Maddens told broadcaster RTBF.

“The king must remain neutral and so what the king can do is conclude that there is no party that wants to form a coalition with the V,上海夜生活桑拿会所Nadia,laams Belang.”

Philippe’s father Albert II and uncle Baudouin did not meet leaders of Vlaams Belang or Vlaams Blok, including in 2003 when the latter also won 18 parliamentary seats.

In 1936, Philippe’s grandfather King Leopold III did receive Leon Degrelle, the founder of Rex, a party that subsequently collaborated with the occupying German Nazis during World War Two. Rex was dissolved in 1945. Degrelle, who fought with the Germans on the Eastern Front, fled to Francoist Spain.

Leopold III, who surrendered Belgian forces to the Germans, lived in exile after the war, then faced opposition and a general strike when he returned to Belgium in 1950 and subsequently abdicated.

A shift to the right in richer Dutch-speaking Flanders and to the left in the French-speaking south has made formation of a national government difficult in the country of 11 million people. Belgium took a world record 541 days to do so after the 2010 election.

Factbox: EU vote – the domestic fall-out across Europe

( ) – European Parliament elections not only determine the make-up of the next EU assembly and help decide who ends up running top European institutions but can also play back into the national politics of the bloc’s 28 member states.

Here is a run-down of some of those national stakes after polls closed on Sunday and exit polls and early results came in:

FRANCE: Emmanuel Macron’s allies put on a brave face as exit polls showed a narrow defeat at the hands of Marine Le Pen’s far-right Rassemblement National party. But such a result would be a clear setback for the French leader, who had personally invested time in campaigning for the European vote. His Elysee Palace said it would “intensify” his reform effort.

GERMANY: Angela Merkel’s ruling conservatives and their Social Democrat (SPD) coalition allies both suffered losses, bleeding support to the Greens in a further test for their loveless coalition. For the SPD, the poor result was exacerbated by a separate defeat in Sunday’s Bremen state election, but party leader Andrea Nahles insisted she would remain in the federal coalition with the CDU.

AUSTRIA: Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz will likely be strengthened in his fight to keep his job until early elections expected in September. His conservative party came a clear first in Sunday’s EU vote despite a recent scandal involving his erstwhile far-right coalition partner. The main opposition party said it would seek to depose him on Monday regardless.

GREECE: Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said he would call snap elections following the defeat of his Syriza party. Results showed Syriza trailing by up to nine points behind the opposition New Democracy party. Under normal circumstances, Tsipras’s mandate ends in October.

POLAND: Poland’s ruling Law and Justice party (PiS) came out narrowly ahead in a vote seen as test of the party’s nationalist, eurosceptic platform before a national election later in the year. PiS had framed the European ballot as a battle against western liberal ideals that it says threaten the traditional way of life in Poland, a staunchly Catholic country.

ITALY: The far-right League emerged as Italy’s largest party, overtaking its coalition partner the 5-Star Movement, exit polls showed. The League’s parliamentary leader said such a result, if confirmed, should entitle the League to decide the government’s priorities. League leader Matteo Salvini is pushing for big tax cuts in possible defiance of EU budget rules.

HUNGARY: ,上海夜网Larissa,Viktor Orban’s ruling right-wing Fidesz party won a solid 52.14% of votes on a hardline anti-immigration platform, scoring a big victory over a divided opposition. The result 上海夜生活网underlines how Orban’s power is cemented until the next election in 2022.

DENMARK: Eurosceptic populists the Danish People’s Party (DF) lost around two-third of their votes, a major setback for them ahead of national elections on June 5. Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen’s Liberal Party overtook DF to become the biggest Danish party in the European Parliament; EU Commissioner Margrethe Vestager’s Social-Liberal Party also gained.

BULGARIA – The ruling center-right GERB party of Prime Minister Boyko Borissov won 30.5-32.7% of the vote, according to exit polls by two independent pollsters. The win gives Borissov’s coalition government some respite after a scandal over purchases of luxury properties at low prices.

CYPRUS: The Democratic Rally, the ruling conservative party came first in Cyprus with 29% of the vote, with opposition Communist Akel coming a close second with 27%. Based on projected results, Cyprus was to get its first Turkish Cypriot MEP, academic Niyazi Kizilyurek, making history on the ethnically-split island.

ROMANIA – Big losses loomed for the ruling Social Democrats (PSD), according to exit polls, which put them tying for first place with opposition centrists. A new ,上海夜生活男人好去处Nala,grouping of parties, USR-Plus, secured third place with 24% of votes, opening up the prospect of a wider alliance pushing the PSD out of government next year.

PORTUGAL: Ruling center-left Socialists looked to have won the elections with a higher tally than their 2014 result of 31.46%. That augurs well for them in the country’s October general election, when they typically do better than at European ballots.

IRELAND – The Green Party was set to win as many as three of the 13 seats up for grabs in overwhelmingly pro-EU Ireland, according to exit polls and early counting, putting the small Irish party in line to take its first seats in Europe for 20 years. The governing Fine Gael and ,上海夜生活Hadrian,main opposition Fianna Fail were well placed while the left wing Sinn Fein appeared to be in a battle to retain all of their three seats.

CZECH REPUBLIC – Prime Minister Andrej Babis’s ANO party, a member of the liberal ALDE grouping, won as expected. ANO, which combines a pro-EU stance with a strongly anti-immigration line, took six seats in the EP, up from its current four.

SPAIN – After winning national elections in April without a majority, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez was looking for his Socialists to win the EU elections to boost him in coalition negotiatings. Not only did they do that but they also performed well in local and regional elections the same day.

Whistleblower says Canadian company worked on software to find…

LONDON ( ) – A Cambridge Analytica whistleblower said on Tuesday that Canadian company AggregateIQ worked on softw,上海夜生活怎么玩Nadia,are called Ripon which was used to identify Republican voters ahead of the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

AggregateIQ did not immediately respond to request for comment on the remarks by Christopher Wylie, a whistleblower formerly of British political consultancy Cambr上海夜生活网idge Analytica.

Wylie has previously disclosed how users’ data from Facebook was used by Cambridge Analytica to help elect U.S. President Donald Trump.

Ripon, the town in which the Republican Party was founded in 1854, was the name given to a tool that let a campaign manage its voter database, target specific voters, conduct canvassing, manage fundraising and carry out surveys.

“There’s now tangible proof in the public domain that AIQ actually built Ripon, which is the software that utilised the algorithms from the Facebook data,” Wylie told the British Parliament’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee.

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AggregateIQ told on March 24 that it h,上海夜生活网419Oakley,ad never been and is not a part of Cambridge Analytica nor ever entered into a contract with Cambridge Analytica.

It said it works in full compliance within all legal and regulatory requirements and had never knowingly been involved in any illegal activity.

Cambridge Analytica said on Tuesday that it had not shared any of the Facebook profile data procured by a Cambridge academ,上海夜哪里艳遇Idris,ic with AggregateIQ. It said it had not had any communication with AggregateIQ since December 2015.

East Congo villagers kill Ebola health worker, loot clinic

GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo ( ) – A mob in eastern Congo killed an Ebola health worker and looted a clinic, the Health Ministry said on Tuesday, underscoring a br,上海夜生活怎么玩Balthazar,eakdown in public trust that,上海夜网邀请码Idaline, is hampering efforts to contain the deadly virus.

Attacks on treatment centers by armed groups and mistrust among residents who view the disease as a conspiracy have become major impediments to containing Democratic Republic of Congo’s worst-ever Ebola outbreak.

The hemorrhagic fever has so far killed 1,281 peop上海夜生活论坛le, according to the latest ministry figures, and shows no signs of slowing its spread, with dozens of new cases a week.

The ministry said that on Saturday residents of the village of Vusahiro, in the Mabalako district, “rose up and attacked the local Ebola response team, made up of village residents who were trained to carry out certain response activities”.

A hygienist from the infection prevention and control team died of his injuries when he was transferred to hospital, it said.

Responders, healthcare workers, and community members are increasingly subjected to threats from armed groups in hotspots such as Katwa and Butembo, the World Health Organization says, complicating efforts to contain Ebola.

U.N. officials say that stopping targeted attacks on health workers requires untangling deep-rooted political problems in eastern Congo. Dialogue has led to a recent reduction in large-scale attacks on health workers, WHO emergencies chief Mi,上海新夜网龙凤Nadia,ke Ryan told reporters in Geneva on Tuesday.

Still, an uphill battle remains. Between January and early May, there were 42 attacks on health facilities, with 85 workers either injured or killed, according to WHO figures from May 3.

Health workers have been attacked six times in the last eight days, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told the closing session of the annual World Health Assembly in Geneva on Tuesday.

“These attacks demonstrate that the ongoing Ebola outbreak is more than a health crisis,” he said. “Ending it takes a coordinated and strengthened effort across the U.N. system…with strong leadership from the government.”

Israel strikes Syria after rockets fired at Golan

BEIRUT/JERUSALEM ( ) – The Israeli military said its aircraft struck Syrian ,上海夜网Caden,army targets on Sunday after rockets were fired at the Golan Heights, and Syria’s state media said three soldiers were killed in the second such flare-up in a week.

Syrian television reported big explosions near Damascus before dawn and said air defences had “confronted the enemy”.

The Israeli military said it struck Syrian artillery and aer,上海夜生活论坛Barney,ial defence batterie上海夜生活网s in retaliation for Saturday’s firing of two rockets at the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said it was still unclear who had fired the rockets but the Syrian army was held responsible for any attack launched from Syrian territory.

“We will not tolerate any firing into our territory and we will respond with great force to any aggression against us,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement.

On Monday, Israel’s military said it attacked a Syrian anti-aircraft position that had fired on one of its warplanes, and Syrian state media said a soldier had been killed in the incident.

In recent years, Israel has carried out hundreds of strikes in Syria against its regional arch foe Iran and the Lebanese Hezbollah group, which it calls the biggest threat to its borders.

Iran and Hezbollah are ,上海高端夜生活在那里Tamara,fighting on the side of President Bashar al-Assad in the Syrian war, and Israel says they are trying to turn Syria into a new front against Israelis.

Syria lost the Golan Heights to Israel in the 1967 Middle East war. Israel later annexed the captured territory in a move unrecognized by most of the international community, except for the United States. President Donald Trump announced U.S.-recognition for Israeli sovereignty over the Golan in March.

The White House said on Wednesday that national security adviser John Bolton and his Israeli and Russian counterparts will meet in Jerusalem this month to discuss regional security issues. Russia intervened militarily in the Syrian war on Assad’s behalf in 2015, turning the tide of the war.

Exclusive: Spurned by top lawyers, Trump’s defense elevates…

( ) – A little-known former prosecutor with a doctorate in medieval history will play a central role on U.S. President Donald Trump’s legal team, as many top-tier lawyers shy away from representing him in a probe into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election.

Andrew Ekonomou, 69, is one of a handful of lawyers assisting Jay Sekulow, the main attorney representing Trump in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

Sekulow told on Tuesday that after the departure of Washington attorney John Dowd from Trump’s personal legal team last week, Ekonomou will assume a more prominent role.

Ekonomou said he has been working with Sekulow on the Mueller probe since June.

The elevation comes at a crucial time in the,上海凤楼夜网Hadrian, Mueller probe, as Trump’s team is negotiating the terms under which the president himself may be interviewed. Sekulow is now the last man standing of a trio of personal lawyers hired last spring to assist Trump on the probe. Combative New York lawyer,上海夜玩网论坛Mace, Marc Kasowitz exited the team last summer.

Sekulow said Ekonomou, who works under contract as an assistant district attorney in Brunswick, Georgia, was a “brilliant strategist” who has handled complex investigations for decades. Ekonomou assisted Sekulow in a famous case involving the religious group Jews for Jesus before the Supreme Court i上海夜网n the 1980s.

While Ekonomou has also worked on criminal matters, he has not handled cases as high-profile and complex as the Mueller probe.

In an interview, Ekonomou told that he “prosecutes a lot of murders for the D.A.”

When asked about his biggest cases of late, Ekonomou said, “That’s basically it. Nothing earthshaking.”

Ekonomou said he is up to the task of defending Trump, saying he has practiced law for more than four decades.

“I’ve been tested plenty of times,” Ekonomou said. “Just because you’re not a Beltway lawyer doesn’t mean you don’t know what you’re doing.”

Mueller is investigating Russian attempts to influence the 2016 U.S. election, and possible collusion by Trump aides. Russia has denied U.S. intelligence agencies’ conclusion that it meddled in the election, and Trump has said there was no collusion between his campaign and Moscow officials.

Trump has tried to tap top-tier lawyers to represent him but been repeatedly rebuffed, according to people familiar with the matter. For example, on Monday, Dan Webb, a former U.S. attorney in Illinois, said Trump had reached out to him and a Washington colleague, but business conflicts prevented them from representing the president.

Savannah Law School professor Andrew Wright, former associate counsel in the Obama White House, said it is unusual for a president to turn to lawyers like Ekonomou who are untested on the national scene and not part of the elite white-collar bar.

“He’s well past the A-team grab space,” Wright said.

Ekonomou said that since he began working with Sekulow, he has attended meetings with Mueller’s team. He said he brings more criminal experience to the table than Sekulow.

Ekonomou is a member of The Lambros Firm LLC, a boutique firm in Atlanta, which mostly handles civil and criminal racketeering cases for D.A.s around the state.

In the late 1970s and early ‘80s, Ekonomou spent several years in the U.S. Attorney’s office in Atlanta, where he was chief of the office’s criminal division and briefly served as acting U.S. attorney in 1982.

Since the J,上海夜生活乌托邦Dakota,ews for Jesus case in the ‘80s with Sekulow, Ekonomou has done some work for the American Center for Law and Justice, a non-profit which advocates for religious and constitutional freedoms and is known for supporting Christian causes. Sekulow is the center’s chief counsel.

Following what he called a “mid-life crisis,” Ekonomou said he went back to school and got his doctorate in medieval history at Emory University in 2000. Ekonomou said he is the author of a book on Byzantine Rome and the Greek popes.

Drew Ashby, a trial lawyer who worked for Ekonomou between 2007 and 2010, said Ekonomou has a commanding presence that would likely serve him well when dealing with Trump.

“He is a force of nature,” Ashby said. “Andy has the kind of presence and the kind of mind that I would think would make Donald Trump listen.”

Ukrainian president appoints man with ties to oligarch as security…

KIEV ( ) – Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has picked as a top security chief a man who has reported as having ties with tycoon Ihor Kolomoisky, an appointment that underscores links between the two.

Maksym 上海夜生活Donets was appointed head of the president’s personal bodyguard team, as well as deputy head of Ukraine’s department of state protection, according to a decree published on the president’s website on Thursday ev,夜上海419龙凤论坛Gabi,ening.

It gave no further detail and did not say why he had been picked for the post. Zelenskiy’s spokeswoman was not immediately available for comment.

Last week a lawyer with links to Kolomoisky, Andriy Bogdan, was appointed as head of the presidential administration.

A comedian with no prior political experience, Zelenskiy won last month’s presidential election by a landslide on promises to fight corruption and put an,上海夜玩网论坛Sabina, end to “politics as usual”.

But he has come under scrutiny for his business ties to Kolomoisky, who is one of Ukraine’s richest men and who has been at loggerheads with the authorities over control of PrivatBank, the country’s largest lender.

has previously documented ties between Donets and Kolomoisky and found photographs from six different occasions when they were together. Neither commented on the connection.

The department of state protection is engaged in the protection of senior of,上海夜生活去哪玩Hal,ficials, including the prime minister and the speaker of parliament.

Bogdan was an adviser to Kolomoisky when he was a regional governor in 2014. He served as one of Kolomoisky’s lawyers in the tycoon’s running legal battle with the government over PrivatBank, which Kolomoisky owned until 2016.

Malawi president, at inauguration, pledges to root out corruption

BLANTYRE ( ) – Malawi’s President Peter Mutharika began his second five-year term with a tough stance against corruption and pledged to revive the economy, following accusations of corruption and mismanagement.

Speaking at his inauguration on Friday in Blantyre, Malawi’s second largest city, Mutharika warned that he would not spare anyone found abusing their positions, in an apparent response to allegations of corruption that marked his first term.

“The honeymoon is over. If you belong to the DPP (Democratic Progressive Party), yo,上海夜生活论坛Tabitha,u have no right to think that you ar上海夜生活e above the law or to be defiant to your superiors in the name of the party”, he said before thousands of cheering supporters and mil,上海凤楼夜网Idaline,itary parades at Kamuzu stadium.

“We will count it as indiscipline and we will fire you.”

The opposition parties have said Mutharika has nurtured graft, but he denies that. He has said local media reports he benefited from a $4 million contract to supply food to the police force were a ploy to smear him before the elections.

“We want a corrupt-free Malawi where our public resources continue to build roads, community technical colleges and buy drugs for the people,” he added.

Mutharika won the election with a 38.57% share of the vote, with opposition party leader Lazarus Chakwera scoring 35.41% and Deputy President Saulos Chilima claiming 20.24% in the final tally.

Mutharika said his government would push a law that will ensure that 60 percent of government procurement goes to local companies and also offer tax breaks to the private sector.

He also pledged to offer soft loans to smallholder farmers as well as continue to make the price of fertilizer and seed cheap, signaling a continuation of subsidies that boosted food production during most of his first term.

The president’s inauguration speech has, however, been overshadowed by a declaration by his main rival, Chakwera, that he has rejected results of the May 21 election announced by the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC).

Making his own parallel address in Lilongwe, the administrative capital, Chakwera said he is in the process of filing fresh petitions to the High Court asking it to nullify the results.

“I reject MEC’s fraudulent presidential results. This election has laid bare the corruption that has contaminated all our governance institutions,” he said.

Results had been due at the weekend but had to be delayed after a court on Saturday granted th,上海高端夜生活在那里Balthazar,e opposition an injunction after the electoral commission received 147 complaints of irregularities, including results sheets with sections blotted out or altered with correction fluid.