National Newswatch

Brexit: Macron tells PM renegotiating deal ‘not an option’

Aug 22 2019 — — Boris Johnson is to meet Emmanuel Macron shortly, hours after the French president insisted reopening Brexit negotiations was “not an option”. Mr Macron said: “We have to help the British deal with this internal democratic crisis but we mustn’t be hostage to it nor export it.” On Wednesday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the onus […]

Giuliani says he met with Ukrainian official to discuss Biden

Aug 22 2019 — — Rudy Giuliani said Wednesday that he had spoken with a Ukrainian official about Joe Biden’s possible role in that government’s dismissal of a prosecutor who investigated Biden’s son. The move shows the former New York mayor is making a renewed push for the country to investigate President Donald Trump’s political enemies. Giuliani, who serves as […]

American Jews ‘disloyal’ to their own people and Israel if they vote Democratic: Trump

Aug 21 2019 — President Donald Trump doubled down Wednesday on his controversial assertion that Jewish Americans who vote for a Democrat are “very, very disloyal to Israel and the Jewish people,” continuing his effort to make support for Israel a political wedge issue ahead of the 2020 election. The day before, while attacking Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib and […]

Record number of wildfires burning in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest: space agency

Aug 21 2019 — A record number of wildfires are burning away large areas of the Amazon rainforest in Brazil, according to the country’s space research agency. As of Wednesday, the National Institute for Space Research (INPE in Portuguese) revealed satellite data showing that a staggering 74,155 fires in Brazil have been sweeping across its forests. This represents an […]

Italy’s PM resigned — now the country needs billions to help avoid recession

Aug 21 2019 — Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte resigned Tuesday, citing that his Interior Minister Matteo Salvini created a political crisis that would plunge Italy into political and economical instability. His announcement to step down before the Senate was highlighted by sharp rebukes against Salvini, who was also the leader of far-right party the League. According to Conte, […]

Trump’s Phone Calls With Wayne LaPierre Reveal NRA’s Influence

Aug 20 2019 — Three days after a pair of mass shootings in Ohio and Texas that left 31 people dead, President Donald Trump was preoccupied with visions of a Rose Garden ceremony. His daughter and senior adviser, Ivanka Trump, had proposed the idea of a televised Rose Garden appearance as a way to nudge her father toward supporting […]

Trump says any Jew who votes Democratic is ‘disloyal’ or lacks knowledge

Aug 20 2019 — — Showing a fresh willingness to play politics along religious and racial lines, U.S. President Donald Trump said Tuesday that American Jewish people who vote for Democrats show “either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty.” Trump’s claim triggered a quick uproar from critics who said the president was trading in anti-Semitic stereotypes. It came […]

Trump says he’s considering payroll tax cut to boost economy

Aug 20 2019 — President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he’s considering a payroll tax cut as one of several possible ways to stimulate the economy — a comment that comes just a day after the White House dismissed reports that such a move was being considered. “Payroll tax is something that we think about, and a lot of […]

Brexit: Boris Johnson says ‘anti-democratic’ backstop must be scrapped

Aug 20 2019 — — Boris Johnson has told the EU the backstop plan for the Irish border must be scrapped because it is “unviable” and “anti-democratic”. In a letter to European Council President Donald Tusk, Mr Johnson said the backstop – which aims to avoid a hard border – risked undermining the Northern Irish peace process. If it were […]

Top Iranian official: We should never have signed Obama-era nuclear deal

Aug 20 2019 — A top Iranian official and close adviser to Iran’s supreme leader says his country should never have signed the international nuclear deal that has now been renounced by President Donald Trump. In an interview with Lester Holt of NBC News, the official, Ali Shamkhani, who rarely speaks to the Western press, said that there were […]