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Johnson Is Cheered by Tories Amid Private Turmoil: Brexit Update

Yahoo News - Sat, 06/22/2019 - 10:25

 Brexit Update(Bloomberg) -- Follow @Brexit on Twitter, join our Facebook group and sign up to our Brexit Bulletin.Front-runner Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt are facing Conservative party members for the first time since making it to a two-man runoff to succeed U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May. Grass-roots Tories quizzed the two candidates on Saturday, kicking off a nationwide series of hustings, or political roadshows, before party members pick the winner in a postal ballot in July.Key Developments:When Conservative members of Parliament decided on the final two, Johnson won 160 votes, Hunt was second with 77 votes.Johnson faces question over altercation with girlfriend Carrie SymondsTory activists question candidates in Birmingham, EnglandA Brexit Deal Should be the Goal, Hunt Says (5:10 p.m.)Hunt says he’d focus on the so-called Irish border backstop during negotiations with the European Union. Talks are “not going to be easy” but “it’s not impossible either,” because a deal is in both sides’ interests, he tells the audience. He swipes at Johnson, saying “a responsible prime minister should aim for a deal.”Hunt Warns of Brexit Disaster With ‘Wrong Person’ (4:45 p.m.)Now it’s Hunt’s turn. He presents himself as a safer choice to negotiate with the European Union. “If we send the wrong person, catastrophe awaits,” he says. “If we send the wrong person, there will be no negotiation, no trust, possibly no deal and maybe no Brexit if Parliament stops it.” Earlier, Johnson said all a negotiator needs is “the right energy and the right commitment.’’Johnson on Getting Tory Unity: ‘Let’s See’ (4:30 p.m.)Asked if he could unite the divided Conservative Party, some of whose members of Parliament are threatening to bring down the government rather than back a no-deal Brexit, Johnson replied “Let’s see.” He predicted that when it came to a choice, Tory MPs would put the party first rather than risk losing an election.Johnson Restrains Criticism of Heathrow Runway (4:10 p.m.)Johnson waters down his opposition to a third runway at Heathrow airport, saying he doesn’t want to stand in the way of national infrastructure projects. While he once promised to lie down to stop the bulldozers, on Saturday he simply said he’s “concerned” whether noise and air-quality obligations would be met. Johnson said, if elected, he’d “review” the business case for a planned high-speed, north-south rail link in England, known as HS2.Johnson Contradicts BOE’s Carney on No-Deal Tariffs (4 p.m.)Johnson contradicts Bank of England Governor Mark Carney, who argued Friday the U.K. can’t avoid tariffs with the European Union if it leaves the bloc without an agreement. Johnson insists countries can act on a bilateral basis. He also says he’d “retain creative ambiguity” over the billions of pounds the U.K. owes the EU to help focus negotiators’ mind in Brexit talks.Johnson Declines to Offer Gove a Cabinet Job (3:50 p.m.)Asked if he would offer rival Michael Gove a Cabinet job if he becomes premier, Johnson declines to answer. Gove was beaten into third place by Hunt in the ballots by Tory members of Parliament. Johnson and Gove have had a difficult relationship since Gove pledged to back Johnson for leader in 2016, then changed his mind and ran himself, effectively ending Johnson’s chances.Johnson Dodges Repeatedly on His Domestic Life (3:50 p.m.)Johnson, questioned by journalist Iain Dale, was asked several times whether the police being called to his partner’s flat meant he was fit to become prime minister. Johnson dodges, saying: “Most people would rather judge my ambition and character by my program.” Dale was booed by Tory audience members, who shouted for him to move on.Johnson: U.K. Must Be Ready for No-Deal Brexit (3:35 p.m.)Johnson speaks first, arriving to whoops and cheers from supporters. He immediately launches into how he’ll deliver Britain’s exit from the European Union, saying “I am the right man to unleash on that project” and that the U.K. “must be prepared to come out on WTO terms.”Tories Plot Against a Possible Johnson-Led No-Deal BrexitMust read: When Boris Johnson Talks Brexit, MPs Hear What They Want to HearJohnson’s Backers Eye Early U.K. Election, Despite Brexit CrisisTo contact the reporter on this story: Kitty Donaldson in London at kdonaldson1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Tony Czuczka at aczuczka@bloomberg.net;Tim Ross at tross54@bloomberg.netFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


'The only one that matters is me': Trump backs Bolton amid Iran tensions

Yahoo News - Sat, 06/22/2019 - 10:18

 Trump backs Bolton amid Iran tensionsThere has been speculation in recent months that Trump is frustrated with Bolton.


Fear and frustration in Iran's capital after aborted US attack

Yahoo News - Sat, 06/22/2019 - 10:05

Fear and frustration in Iran's capital after aborted US attackFear of a potential war and frustration over biting sanctions are high in Iran's capital, after a last-minute decision by the US to pull back from attacking the Islamic Republic. On the surface, it was business as usual on Saturday in Tehran's bustling Karim Khan street, a hub for printing parts and materials. "We still don't know what's going to happen," said print shop manager Mehrad Farzanegan, less than 48 hours after Washington aborted a military operation against three Iranian targets in response to the Islamic Republic shooting down an unmanned US drone.


Pakistan foreign minister says trust must be rebuilt with Afghanistan

Yahoo News - Sat, 06/22/2019 - 09:53

Pakistan foreign minister says trust must be rebuilt with AfghanistanPakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Saturday called for trust to be rebuilt between Islamabad and Kabul as Pakistan began a new initiative to bolster a faltering peace process aiming to end Afghanistan's lengthy civil war. Pakistan on Saturday hosted a conference to bring together more than 50 Afghan leaders, including politicians and tribal elders, but there were no representatives of the Afghan Taliban militants, who have been fighting for years to expel foreign forces and defeat the U.S.-backed government in Kabul. Relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan have been strained in recent years amid long-standing allegations by Kabul and Washington that Pakistan has been sheltering the Taliban militants since U.S.-led forces removed them from power in 2001, something Islamabad denies.


Woman falls asleep on flight and wakes up in pitch dark on locked and empty plane

Yahoo News - Sat, 06/22/2019 - 09:09

Woman falls asleep on flight and wakes up in pitch dark on locked and empty planeA woman has claimed she was left alone in a dark and locked plane after falling asleep on a flight.Tiffani Adams took a 90-minute Air Canada flight from Quebec to Toronto on 9 June.Ms Adams fell asleep during the journey but woke up to find the aircraft empty, cleared and parked in Toronto.She had somehow been left inside the dark plane, which appeared to have been locked for the night.“I fell asleep probably less than halfway through my short 1.5 hour flight,” she said, in a message posted on Air Canada’s Facebook page.“I wake up around midnight (few hours after flight landed) freezing cold still strapped in my seat in complete darkness (I’m talking pitch black).”Ms Adams described her ordeal as “terrifying” and said she thought she was having a bad dream.The stranded passenger called a friend but her phone died around a minute into the call. Ms Adams then attempted to charge the phone but found that the plane’s power had been switched off.“I can’t charge my phone to call for help I’m full on panicking [because] I want off this nightmare asap,” she said.“As someone with an anxiety disorder as is I can tell you how terrifying this was,” she wrote“I think I’m having a bad dream bc like seriously how is this happening!!?”Ms Adams said she found a torch in the plane’s cockpit and eventually made her way to the aircraft’s main door.She eventually opened the door, only to find herself around 50 ft above ground and unable to negotiate the drop beneath her.The passenger said she sat with her legs dangling out of the aircraft while sending out distress signals with her torch.Ms Adams said she was unable to tell how much time had passed before she saw a man driving a luggage cart, who passed the plane.She said she flagged the startled airport employee down, saying he was “in shock” to see her. “He [asked] how the heck they left me on the plane,” Ms Adams said, describing her rescue.“I’m wondering the same.”The man then accompanied Ms Adams to the airport building, where she was met by Air Canada representatives.Ms Adams said being forgotten on the plane had left her with recurring “night terrors”.She said she struggled to sleep and would wake “anxious and afraid [she was] locked up someplace dark”.An airline spokesperson confirmed the account and told The Independent that Air Canada was reviewing the incident and remained in contact with the passenger.


For Dems, there's no chickening out at Clyburn's fish fry

Yahoo News - Sat, 06/22/2019 - 09:08

For Dems, there's no chickening out at Clyburn's fish fryCrowds snaked out the lot of the amphitheater, waiting for a free meal and a chance to hear 21 Democrats make their presidential pitch. What could go wrong?


ICE confirms plans to arrest more than 2,040 undocumented family members in deportation raids beginning Sunday

Yahoo News - Sat, 06/22/2019 - 08:58

ICE confirms plans to arrest more than 2,040 undocumented family members in deportation raids beginning SundayImmigration and Customs Enforcement top official told ABC News on Friday that the agency plans to arrest more than 2,040 undocumented family members.


Iran summons Emirates' top envoy over US drone incident

Yahoo News - Sat, 06/22/2019 - 08:52

Iran summons Emirates' top envoy over US drone incidentIran summoned the United Arab Emirates' top envoy to Tehran to protest the neighboring Arab nation's decision to allow the U.S. to use a base there to launch a drone that Iran says entered its airspace, state media reported Saturday. Iran issued a "strong protest" to the UAE diplomat, saying Iran does not tolerate the facilitation of foreign forces that violate its territory, the report by the official IRNA news agency said. The shoot-down by elite Iranian Revolutionary Guard forces marked the first time the Islamic Republic directly attacked the American military amid mounting tensions over Tehran's unraveling nuclear deal with world powers.


Southeast Asian leaders throw weight behind China-led trade pact

Yahoo News - Sat, 06/22/2019 - 08:51

Southeast Asian leaders throw weight behind China-led trade pactSoutheast Asian leaders gathered in Bangkok on Saturday determined to drive forward the world's largest commercial pact, with the trade war between the US and China clouding the outlook for their export-led economies. Disputes in the flashpoint South China Sea and Myanmar's persecution of Rohingya Muslims are expected to be tussled over by leaders on Sunday, the final day of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit. The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) includes all 10 ASEAN economies, plus India, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand.


Utah Woman Tortured Puppy for Days to `Keep the Dog Quiet,` Police Say

Yahoo News - Sat, 06/22/2019 - 08:45

Utah Woman Tortured Puppy for Days to `Keep the Dog Quiet,` Police SayA puppy is in need of surgery and a woman is facing a felony charge for what she allegedly did to keep her dog quiet.


Saints QB Brees awarded $6M in diamond lawsuit

Yahoo News - Sat, 06/22/2019 - 08:39

Saints QB Brees awarded $6M in diamond lawsuitA jury awarded more than $6 million to Drew Brees in a lawsuit that claimed a San Diego County jeweler sold him overpriced diamonds. The New Orleans Saints quarterback was not in court in San Diego on Friday for the verdict, but Brees and his wife, Brittany, both testified during the two-week trial against La Jolla, Calif., jeweler Vahid Moradi. Moradi denied the allegations.


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