Theresa May has been British prime minister since June. (Pool photo via EPA) British Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday called for an early snap election. (Unlike in the U.S. system, the United Kingdom’s parliamentary system enables the ruling party to call for elections before the end of a term) The call comes as a surprise, as May came to power less than a year ago, saying then she would not call an early election. But calling early elections is not uncommon in Britain. On Wednes...
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, center, and teammates Eli Harold, left, and Eric Reid kneel during the national anthem before a game against the Dallas Cowboys at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Oct. 2. (John G. Mabanglo/European Pressphoto Agency) In 2016, Colin Kaepernick, then the quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers, was heavily criticized for kneeling instead of standing during the national anthem. The protest was on behalf of the Black Lives M...
The White House has expressed hope of a meeting between Pope Francis and President Donald Trump when the latter visits Europe next month. “Obviously, we’d be honored to have an audience with His Holiness,” White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters at Wednesday’s press briefing, the Wall Street Journal reports. Trump’s European itinerary will incorporate a NATO summit in Brussels and the G-7 Summit in Sicily, according to statements issued by the White ...
(WASHINGTON) — U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday accused Iran of ‘alarming ongoing provocations’ to destabilize countries in the Middle East as the Trump administration launched a review of its policy towards Tehran. Tillerson told reporters the review, which he announced on Tuesday, would not only look at Tehran’s compliance with a 2015 nuclear deal but also its behavior in the region which he said undermined U.S. interests in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Le...
Exxon Mobil xom on Wednesday declined to comment on a media report that it is seeking permission from the U.S. government to drill in several areas of the Black Sea banned by U.S. sanctions on Russia. The Wall Street Journal reported that Exxon had in recent months applied to the U.S. Treasury Department for a waiver to drill with Russian oil producer Rosneft. Any such request is likely to draw attention because Exxon‘s former chief executive, Rex Ti...
Poland’s government is pursuing immigration reforms that would see asylum seekers kept in fenced-off border camps where they would be housed in shipping containers in the event of a major influx. Politico reports that the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party aims to “prevent efforts to illegally move to Western Europe” if a new migrant crisis erupts. Interior Minister Mariusz Błaszczak told Polish radio the country needs to “be ready” to prevent what it calls i...
Confidence among Japanese manufacturers has risen for an eighth straight month to a level not seen since before the 2008 global financial crisis, a Reuters survey found, reflecting output and export gains led by overseas economic recovery. The Reuters’ monthly poll--which tracks the Bank of Japan’s key quarterly tankan--also showed confidence at service-sector firms hit a three-month high, a sign that the effects of an export-led economic recovery are spreading--albeit gradually. The...
(PARIS) — Far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen vowed on Wednesday to end the fear of terrorism in France and stamp out the “poison” of Islamic radicals, holding her final rally in the southern port city of Marseille, where police arrested two men a day earlier on suspicion of plotting an attack around this weekend’s vote. Independent centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron, who was at the top of a recent poll, reached out to the Muslim community for solutions. With...
Given Donald Trump’s predilection for bombast, it’s hard to know what to make of the tongue-lashing he gave Canadian dairy farmers earlier this week in Wisconsin. In calling the North American Free Trade Agreement “very, very bad” and in need of “very big changes,” he singled out our dairy industry as the source of “some very unfair things” that have happened to U.S. farmers. He vowed to “call Canada” (on the red phone, presumably) “to get the solution and not just the answ...
An artist’s impression shows a super-Earth passing across the disk of the faint red star known as LHS 1140. (CfA Illustration / M. Weiss) It’s not the closest potentially habitable planet, but astronomers say a world 40 percent wider than Earth could be one of the best places to target in the search for life beyond our solar system. “This is the most exciting exoplanet I’ve seen in the past decade. We could hardly hope for a better target to perform one of the biggest qu...
In under 25 years, the amount of junk big enough to destroy a spacecraft has more than doubled, according to scientists who met at the seventh European Conference on Space Debris in Germany this week. The post Experts discuss the exponentially worsening space debris problem appeared first on Digital Trends.
BMW and Mercedes-Benz have been at each other’s throats for decades now, with each brand’s respective sports cars trying to take the other down on both the road and the track. Alfa Romeo is sort of the outlier nowadays, as it’s new Giulia Quadrifoglio being the newest entry into a segment dominated by the BMW M3 and Mercedes-AMG C63 S. So what happens when you put the three cars together on both the road and track? Australian publication Car Advice recently put these three toge...
During the past week, tensions surrounding North Korea's nuclear weapons programme appear to have increased the prospect of war on the Korean peninsula. Such fears are heightened by the fact that the precise details of the Trump administration’s policy towards North Korea are still something of a mystery. On the one hand, officials have claimed that Obama’s policy of “strategic patience" that assumed sanctions would force Pyongyang to voluntarily drop its nuclear programme, has...
France goes to the polls for two rounds of presidential elections on April 23 and May 7, a historically unpredictable contest thanks to its insurgent political outsiders and slew of scandals. At stake is the future of the European Union, as well as France’s labor, immigration and economic policies. The first round of voting in April will see 11 candidates battle it out. Unless someone wins more than half of the ballots, the two most successful candidates will battle for the presidency in...
(LONDON) — British lawmakers have voted by a resounding 522 to 13 to back Prime Minister Theresa May’s call for a national election on June 8. The result easily surpasses the two-thirds majority of the 650 lawmakers needed to trigger an early vote. There were also a number of abstentions. May says holding an election in June, rather than as scheduled in 2020, will give the country “certainty and stability” as it negotiates its departure from the European Union. May is ho...
But is it locally spawned?DOING business across Canada is not for the impatient. Its ten provinces and three territories see themselves as quasi-countries. They set standards and write laws with little regard for what their neighbours are doing. In Ontario petrol must be at least 5% ethanol; Manitoba insists on an 8.5% blend. Each province has its own ideas of how much grain dust people can be exposed to, and what sort of packages coffee creamer should come in. Ontario requires that toilets at c...
FinanceFeeds - FinanceFeeds has been monitoring closely the legal changes that are set to affect Poland’s investment firms, as the Polish Financial Supervision Authority (PFSA, or KNF) is seeking to enhance investor protection and tackle the activities of unregulated companies. Today, the KNF posted an update on its website regarding the legal amendments. The announcement says that the changes will take effect as of April 29, 2017. The biggest change concerns the Act on Trading in Financ...
Morgan Stanley reported a 74% jump in quarterly profit on Wednesday, topping analysts’ estimates, as revenue from bond trading nearly doubled following interest rate hikes by the Federal Reserve. The bank’s results stood in sharp contrast to those of chief rival Goldman Sachs gs , the only lender among the big Wall Street banks to have reported a drop in trading revenue. Bond trading remained strong across Wall Street during the quarter as inves...
SYDNEY/WELLINGTON — Australia and New Zealand dairy industry leaders said on Wednesday they would support moves by the United States to draw the World Trade Organization into a trade dispute with Canada, after President Donald Trump said existing rules were unfair. Canada’s dairy farmers and processors, including Saputo Inc and Parmalat Canada, struck a pricing agreement in 2016 that industry groups in Australia, New Zealand, the European Union, Mexico and the United States say would pri...
Turks have voted to give their president sweeping new executive powers. Supporters of the constitutional change—President Recep Tayyip Erdogan chief among them—argue that the country needs a presidential system (rather than a parliamentary one) to respond quickly to threats at home and abroad. Opponents of the constitutional amendments argue that they’re nothing more than a power grab by Erdogan. The results leave the country sharply divided. A little more than 51 percent of ...