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British PM Johnson urges Merkel to budge on Brexit
British PM Johnson urges Merkel to budge on BrexitPrime Minister Boris Johnson is set to tell German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday that unless she agrees to change the Brexit deal, Britain will leave the European Union on Oct. 31 without a deal. More than three years after the United Kingdom voted to leave the EU, it is still unclear on what terms - or indeed whether - the bloc's second largest economy will leave the club it joined in 1973. Johnson, a Brexiteer who won the premiership a month ago, is betting that the threat of 'no-deal' Brexit turmoil will convince Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron that the EU should do a last-minute divorce deal to suit his demands.
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 03:36:45 -0400
Johnson, Merkel to face off in first Brexit talks
News ImageBritish Prime Minister Boris Johnson visits Berlin on Wednesday to kick off a marathon of tense talks with key European and international leaders as the threat of a chaotic no-deal Brexit looms. On his first foreign visit since taking office, he will seek to convince German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and on Thursday French President Emmanuel Macron, to renegotiate elements of the UK's impending divorce from the European Union -- something the EU leaders have already ruled out. Then, at the weekend, all three will meet US President Donald Trump, a vocal supporter of Brexit and its champion Johnson, and the leaders of Canada, Italy and Japan at a G7 summit in the French seaside resort of Biarritz.
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 03:17:28 -0400
US says it's ready to resume nuclear talks with North Korea
News ImageThe United States is ready to restart nuclear negotiations with North Korea, a senior U.S. diplomat said Wednesday, a day after U.S. and South Korean militaries ended their regular drills that North Korea calls an invasion rehearsal. During the 10-day U.S.-South Korean training, largely computer-simulated war games, North Korea raised tensions with its own missile and other weapons tests.
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 03:00:46 -0400
Trump says Russia should be allowed back in G7
News ImageDonald Trump has said Russia should be allowed to re-join the G7 group of advanced industrialised countries.Vladimir Putins Russia was pushed out of the then-G8 in 2014 after it annexed Crimea from Ukraine.
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 02:41:53 -0400
UPDATE 1-Iranian news agency says Adrian Darya 1 tanker leased to Revolutionary Guards
News ImageIran's semi-official ILNA news agency said on Wednesday the tanker Adrian Darya 1, which was released after being detained in Gibraltar, is currently leased to the country's elite Revolutionary Guards. The United States has issued a warrant to seize the tanker on the grounds that it had links to the Revolutionary Guards C (IRGC), which it designates as a terrorist organisation. "It is worth noting that the Grace 1 vessel, renamed Adrian Darya after the seizure, is a Korean-made oil tanker owned by Russia which is currently leased to the Revolutionary Guards," ILNA said, without citing a source.
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 02:24:27 -0400
As warm welcome chills, Turkey clamps down on Syrians
News ImageMustafa, a 21-year-old Syrian in Turkey, was at the shoe factory in Istanbul where he worked making army boots when three policemen stormed in, asking if everyone had their papers. Within a day, Mustafa and a busload of other refugees would be driven to Turkey's southern border and forced to go back to their war-torn country. "They told us things like, 'Don't come back to Turkey' and 'Go liberate your country'.
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 02:06:51 -0400
Iranian news agency says Adrian Darya tanker leased to Revolutionary Guards
Iranian news agency says Adrian Darya tanker leased to Revolutionary GuardsIran's semi-official ILNA news agency said on Wednesday the tanker Adrian Darya tanker, which was released after being detained in Gibraltar, is currently leased to the country's elite Revolutionary Guards. The United States has issued a warrant to seize the tanker on the grounds that it had links to the Revolutionary Guards C (IRGC), which it designates as a terrorist organisation. "It is worth noting that the Grace 1 vessel, renamed Adrian Darya after the seizure, is a Korean-made oil tanker owned by Russia which is currently leased to the Revolutionary Guards," ILNA said, without citing a source.
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 01:19:41 -0400
Boris Johnson Needs Something From Everyone at the G-7
News Image(Bloomberg) -- Boris Johnson wants something from everyone at the Group of Seven meeting in Biarritz, France this weekend. Hes hoping the half of the room thats in the European Union willgive him a better exit deal, and the half that isnt will offer him free-trade deals.The U.K. leaders international debutwill follow visits to German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Wednesday and French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris on Thursday. With Brexit looming large, the tone of those meetings will affect hisinteractions at G-7,notably with U.S. President Donald Trump, who cut an isolated figure at last years gathering andsees an ally in Johnson.As the gap between the EU and the U.S. yawns wider than it has for decades, the big question is where a post-Brexit Britain will land. Johnson seeks closeness with both and couldpotentiallytip the balance on key issues from Iran toChinas Huawei Technologies Co.Its a unique position that Trump could seekto exploit. AsJonathan Eyal, international director at the Royal United Services Institute in London, put it: Trumpwill be the president who will not try to heal European divisions but rather try to explore and see how much wider they can be prised.With that in mind, here isa rundown of the key relationships.The U.S.The U.K.loves to boast about the special relationship itenjoys with the U.S. After Brexit, itll take on a new importance because a trade deal with the worlds biggest economy was touted as one of the great prizes of leaving the EU.Johnson needs to forge a close relationship with Trump. But not too close.If he wants to fight and win a general election quite soon, if hes seen as Trumps poodle, that wont help him, said Centre for European Reform Director Charles Grant.The early signs are good. Johnson has spoken at least four times by phone with Trump since becoming premier, most recently on Monday. Hes going to do a fantastic job, Trump told reporters in the Oval Office on Tuesday. We have a great relationship. And in a further overture, Trump made clear how much he dislikes the EU: I hate to say this to you, dealing with the European Union is very difficult. They drive a hard bargain.The U.S. leader has pledged to move rapidly to a trade deal with Britain yet earlier this monthNational Security Adviser John Bolton said that with the U.K. so focused on Brexit for now, the administration isnt pushing for anything on these broad and complex questions such as Iran and Huawei.But opposition Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn has identified the rapprochement with Trump as a weakness. He described Johnsons strategy as a Trump-deal Brexit that would open up the countrys belovedNational Health Service to takeover by U.S. private corporations.The presidents description of the prime minister last month as Britain Trump wasnt viewed as helpful by Johnsons office.The EU ThreeJohnson will meet Merkel and Macron just before the G-7. He needs them onside if hes to persuade the EU to reopen the deal that his predecessorTheresa Maynegotiated. Unfortunately, he doesnt have much goodwill there: During the Brexit campaign, he compared the blocs goals with those of Adolf Hitler.The risk for Merkel and Macron is that if they push back too much, theyll drive Johnson toward Trump on issues such as Iran and the reach of Chinas telecoms giant, where they want to retain European unity. Britain already brokewith its EU allies to join a U.S.-led initiative to protect shipping in the Persian Gulf which European nations had spurned. That followed concernin Merkels administration that EU unity over Iran was under strain.Italy, for its part, has its own grievances with Germany and France, from EU-inflicted austerity to open borders. Prime MinisterGiuseppe Contehas just resignedand waitingin the wings to seizepower is anti-immigration hardlinerMatteo Salvini: hes the countrys most popular politician, a euro-skepticand keen to be Trumps closest ally in Europe.Japan andCanadaIf Brexit is to appear a success, Johnson needs to strike trade deals not just with the U.S., but also with large economies such as Japan and Canada. Both have agreements with the EU, and have refused to roll them over for Britain after Brexit, while they await the outcome of the divorce.How can you do a trade deal with Britain when you dont know what its relationship with the EU is going to be? said Grant at the CER. That is so important for any trade relationship they would want from us.Johnson has to tread carefully in particular with Japanese PremierShinzo Abe, whose administration has spoken out about its anxieties around Brexit and the sort of no-deal departure that Johnson insists is on the table.In June, Foreign MinisterTaro Konowarned that some companies are already starting to move their operations to other places in Europe.Japanese companies including the Honda Motor Co. and Nissan Motor Co. established factories in Britain precisely because of the access to EU markets.Despite his stance on Brexit and his mowing down a schoolboy at a rugby event in Tokyo a few years back, theres goodwill toward Johnson in Japan. If you search online for Johnsons name in Japanese, the first video is of him drinking peach juice from Fukushima and proclaiming it deliciousthe sort of gesture that goes down well in Japan.That just leaves Canada, just the sort of former member of the British Empire that Brexiteers held up as future partners after Brexit. Its trade deal with the bloc has also frequently been cited as a model for Britains future relationship with the EU, with Johnson himself repeatedly calling for a SuperCanada deal.This is ironic, as the British government has so far struggled to get any kind of Canadian trade agreement at all.\--With assistance from Isabel Reynolds and Jordan Fabian.To contact the author of this story: Alex Morales in London at amorales2@bloomberg.netTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Tim Ross at tross54@bloomberg.net, Robert HuttonFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com2019 Bloomberg L.P.
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 00:00:08 -0400
Pompeo urges fresh thinking on Mideast, warns Iran
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Tue, 20 Aug 2019 23:18:48 -0400
Hong Kong Protests Enter Crucial Period Before Chinas Big Anniversary
News Image(Bloomberg) -- For all the tumult Hong Kong has seen since pro-democracy protests erupted in early June, the countdown to a crucial anniversary for China on Oct. 1 makes the next six weeks particularly sensitive.The 70th anniversary of the Peoples Republic of China, the name used by Communist Party leaders after they forced Chiang Kai-sheks regime to retreat to Taiwan, will feature a military parade through Beijing personally inspected by President Xi Jinping. That has raised some fears that Xi will seek to get Hong Kong under control by then to avoid any violence that steals headlines.Much may depend on what happens in the first week of September, when students who have been driving the demonstrations are set to return to universities and high schools. While some analysts see the start of the school year sapping support for the protests, student groups are planning strikes to keep up momentum in the push against Beijings increased control of Hong Kong.We have a lot of class strikes planned in September by both secondary school and university students, said Sunny Cheung, a 23-year-old student and a member of the Hong Kong Higher Institutions International Affairs Delegation, which represents 12 major schools including the University of Hong Kong. We will have vast support.Golden WindowThe heightened stakes have added pressure on Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam to orchestrate a resolution without more violence or potential fatalities that could inflame tensions -- and possibly prompt Xi to mobilize the Peoples Liberation Army to maintain control. The peaceful protest on Sunday followed weeks of clashes marked by volleys of tear gas and has provided an opening for both sides to seek common ground.The next 10 days is a golden window, Michael Tien, a pro-establishment lawmaker and businessman, told Bloomberg Television on Tuesday. If Hong Kong wants to avoid any central government intervention during the month of September, this is a perfect time for Carrie Lam to think about addressing some of the five demands.While China has turned up the pressure on businesses and government officials to try and subdue the protests, sending in forces to quell an uprising is still seen as a last resort. Part of Beijings strategy is focusing on the economic damage to Hong Kong in a bid to undermine support for the students, according to Willy Lam, adjunct professor at the Center for China Studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.At least before the National Day, China will not resort to armed force to defuse the Hong Kong protests, Lam said. Any movement of that kind will only cast a shadow on the anniversary itself.On Tuesday, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who authored the 1992 law that granted special trading privileges to Hong Kong, wrote in the Wall Street Journal that the Senate will reconsider that special relationship, among other steps, if Hong Kongs autonomy is eroded.Olive BranchThe protesters have said they wont leave the streets until Lam completely withdraws a bill allowing extraditions to China, opens an independent inquiry into police violence, releases those arrested, stops calling protesters rioters and allows citizens to pick their leaders. Beijing has so far refused to yield and has backed the police to punish protesters who break the law.Lam on Tuesday offered a bit of an olive branch to protesters, offering to establish a platform for dialogue, investigate complaints against police and institute a wide-ranging fact-finding study into the root causes of the conflict. While the move falls short of protester demands, and was quickly rejected by the main group leading the demonstrations, it showed a willingness to at least consider steps that go halfway.Protesters are planning several more actions over the next few weeks that will show whether they can build upon Sundays peaceful rally. Demonstrators are divided between moderates and more extreme groups that have brandished iron poles and thrown Molotov cocktails at police officers who have in turn used tear gas, batons and bean-bag rounds.Rare MomentOpposition lawmaker Fernando Cheung, who has often been at the scene of flash-points trying to defuse tensions, said the government would be wrong to think the protests would subside in September when students go back to school. Still, he saw the relative pause in hostilities as a key chance to come up with a solution before things get worse.This is a rare moment that the more militant side of the protesters have agreed to exercise restraint, Cheung said. But if there is no response -- or if this is the response -- it basically means there is no end to this. And the chaotic situation will continue. There could be more escalation, and it wont be pretty.(Updates with op-ed in eighth paragraph. An earlier version corrected the name of the organization in the fourth paragraph.)To contact the reporters on this story: Iain Marlow in Hong Kong at imarlow1@bloomberg.net;Sheryl Tian Tong Lee in Hong Kong at slee1905@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Brendan Scott at bscott66@bloomberg.net, Daniel Ten Kate, Chris KayFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com2019 Bloomberg L.P.
Tue, 20 Aug 2019 23:13:48 -0400
CORRECTED-UPDATE 2-Australia says it will join U.S.-led defence effort in Strait of Hormuz
CORRECTED-UPDATE 2-Australia says it will join U.S.-led defence effort in Strait of HormuzAustralia will join the United States in a coalition of countries protecting oil tankers and cargo ships from threats posed by Iran in the Strait of Hormuz, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Wednesday. Global commodity trading has been rocked in recent months after a series of attacks on international merchant vessels, which the United States has blamed on Iran, and the seizure of a British tanker.
Tue, 20 Aug 2019 21:36:06 -0400
PRESS DIGEST- British Business - Aug 21
PRESS DIGEST- British Business - Aug 21The following are the top stories on the business pages of British newspapers. - Prime Minister Boris Johnson will tell German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday that parliament cannot stop Britain leaving the European Union without a deal on Oct. 31. - The Hong Kong investor buying Greene King is under pressure to provide further assurances that it will not cut jobs.
Tue, 20 Aug 2019 20:55:14 -0400
Australia to join U.S.-led defence effort in Strait of Hormuz
News ImageAustralia has agreed to a request from the United States to join a coalition of countries protecting oil tankers and cargo ships from threats posed by Iran in the Straits of Hormuz, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Wednesday. "This destabilising behaviour is a threat to Australia's interests in the region," Morrison told a news conference. "The government has decided that it is in Australia's national interest to work with our international partners to contribute.
Tue, 20 Aug 2019 20:54:53 -0400
These are the Strangest SR-71 Spy Plane Missions Ever
News ImageRussian and Chinese trawlers patrolled the seas near the base at Okinawa and carefully monitored all U.S. flights. Because of the nature of this particular mission, it was decided that the flight occur with a higher than normal load of 65,000 pounds of fuel, and under radio silence.The following stories appear in John Altson book The Black Line.Four Concurrent Emergencies on LandingBecause SR-71 air refueling was both difficult and dangerous, Blackbird pilot Lieutenant Colonel Bredette (BC) Thomas welcomed an assignment that did not require refueling. It should have been easy A 45-minute flight over North Korea then back to Okinawa. It was his first tour in Okinawa and he had been an SR-71 pilot for about one year.Russian and Chinese trawlers patrolled the seas near the base at Okinawa and carefully monitored all U.S. flights. Because of the nature of this particular mission, it was decided that the flight occur with a higher than normal load of 65,000 pounds of fuel, and under radio silence.This article by Dario Leone originally appeared on The Aviation Geek Club in 2018.BC encountered an engine inlet problem resulting in a series of uncontrollable unstarts and had to abort the mission, returning to Okinawa after just twenty minutes and still with 15,000 pounds of fuel. This was just the beginning of BCs problems. Because he returned to Okinawa much earlier than expected, the crew responsible for maintaining the hangar did not have time to clean up the fuel slick on the hangars floor.An SR-71 always lands with an eleven-degree nose-high attitude, deploys a drag parachute, and then eases the nose down for a smooth landing. On this particular landing, however, the nose went down, and the plane started to vacillate left and right and knock out the right generator. Further compounding these difficulties, and because BCs arrival was way ahead of schedule, the crews did not have time to clear away the arresting cable on the runway. BC tried to slow down but could not; he crossed over the arresting cable and blew out two of the right tires.The normal recovery procedure was to go into the hangar with the engines running and then cut them off. He got into the hangar at three MPH and, because of the oil slick, could not stop the plane. He tried the brakes, to no avail. BC had two seconds to maneuver the airplane and decide whether or not to cut off the engines. He forced a strong right turn and the aircraft came to a halt, unharmed.Colonel Frank Stampfs most interesting storySR-71 RSO (Reconnaissance Systems Officer) Colonel Frank Stampfs most interesting story took place flying out of Okinawa. Frank and his pilot Gil Bertelson had just completed their compulsory ten to twelve months of crew training and were slated to fly their first night operational mission over the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ); it was a bow-tie (double loop) mission over the Korean peninsula, scheduled to make several passes over the DMZ.They were on the east side of the peninsula, cruising at Mach 3 on a completely moonless and black night. Gil guided the airplane into a 33-degree bank to the right when they spotted what appeared to be thousands of lights below. This was most unusual because the Korean peninsula was normally pitch black. The navigation systems appeared to be working well, but the lights were a complete mystery and a bit unnerving to a new crew flying very close to some not-so-friendly territory.They successfully completed the mission, landed the aircraft, got debriefed by the Intel Officers, and found out that what they seen were huge numbers of small Korean fishing vessels thousands of sampans with their lanterns lit that gave the appearance of a spread-out city . something they were NOT supposed to be seeing at that particular moment in time!Frank was known among his SR-71 squadron mates for the saying You havent been lost till youve been lost at Mach 3! Additionally, he came up with this corollary to the quote: .because for every minute that you dont know where you are, youre 35 miles further away from where you think youre supposed to be!The Black Line is available to order here.This article by Dario Leone originally appeared on The Aviation Geek Club in 2018.Image: Lockheed-Martin.
Tue, 20 Aug 2019 20:00:00 -0400
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