Theresa May’s post-Brexit customs plan for EU is ‘completely cretinous’, Jacob Rees-Mogg says

Theresa May’s preferred plan for a post-Brexit customs deal with the EU is “completely cretinous”, Jacob Rees-Mogg has said. The arch-Eurosceptic branded the proposal for a customs partnership – under which Britain would collect EU import tariffs on behalf of Brussels – “a betrayal of common sense”. The attack came as Mr Rees-Mogg, a rising favourite of Tory members to succeed Ms May, described her approach to the Brexit negotiations as “enigmatic”. He also claimed the House of Lords against further revolts over Brexit, saying: “I think their lordships are…

Is a military coup possible in Iran? | Hassan Rouhani

Since the beginning of the year, Iran has witnessed persistent protests. In January, massive demonstrations against the government spread to more than 80 cities in 29 provinces in which at least in 21 people were killed. In early February, dozens of women were arrested for taking off their head scarves and protesting against mandatory veiling in Tehran. Later the same month, police clashed with members of the Gonabadi Sufi order, which led to five deaths, according to Gonabadi activists, and hundreds arrested. In late March, Arabs staged protests in Khuzestan province after a…

N.L. town hears pitch for rainbow crosswalk again after rejection sparks province-wide debate

A students group has made another pitch to a Newfoundland town council to allow a rainbow crosswalk to be painted in their small community after councillors initially rejected the idea, sparking a province-wide debate over the issue. Three teenagers from Indian River High School’s Gender-Sexuality Alliance made presentations to Springdale town council on Monday evening, hoping to convince councillors to reverse an earlier decision against the proposal. READ MORE: Canadian celebrities roast Newfoundland town council for rejecting rainbow crosswalk Christina Pelley, one of the group’s teacher sponsors, said council made no…

Al Jazeera wins Peabody for The Cut documentary | News

Al Jazeera Media Network has been named as one of the recipients of the 77th annual Peabody Awards for its documentary The Cut, which explores the dangerous and painful practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) in many countries around the world. Journalist Fatma Naib explored the subject of FGM – the partial or total removal of the external female genitalia – which is also known as “cutting”. The practice is most prevalent in Africa, the Middle East and Asia, but it also happens in Europe, the United States and Latin…

Romney Failed to Win at Utah Convention, but Few Believe He’s Doomed

“It would be a mistake to say that what happened in the convention was about Donald Trump,” said Jason Perry, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah. “This was about other factors,” he went on. “Delegates do not like power being taken away from them.” Mr. Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, who moved to Utah after serving as governor of Massachusetts, remains popular among this state’s heavily Mormon Republican electorate, and he is expected to cruise to victory in the primary and general elections.…

Italian court rules Iuventa rescue vessel will remain impounded | Italy News

Rome – Italy’s Supreme Court has rejected an appeal against the seizure of an NGO rescue ship, the Iuventa, impounded in August 2017 following an investigation initiated by the Italian authorities into NGOs in the Mediterranean. Evidence collected as part of that investigation led to the pre-emptive seizure of the vessel – the only one operated by the small German non-profit Jugend Rettet (“youth rescue”) – under accusations of abetting illegal migration and collusion with smugglers. The Iuventa has been held in the port of Trapani since a judge in the…

Nicaragua: Protesters demand Ortega’s resignation | Nicaragua News

Tens of thousands of protesters have taken to the streets in the capital of Nicaragua demanding the resignation of President Daniel Ortega after days of demonstrations in which nearly 30 were killed. The demonstrators marched in Managua on Monday evening, a day after Ortega backed down on controversial pension reforms that sparked the deadly protests.  Protests broke out on Wednesday, two days after the Nicaraguan government approved a resolution that would increase contributions by workers and employers into the Nicaraguan Institute for Social Security (INSS), while reducing payouts by five percent.  Police…

Brexit: UK holding up talks with lack of clarity, Michel Barnier says

Talks on the future relationship between the EU and UK after Brexit are being held back because the UK side lacks “clarity” about what it wants, the bloc’s chief negotiator has suggested. Discussions on the future relationship began last week after months of insistence from the UK but Michel Barnier said in a speech in Germany that final progress could only be made after more work was done by the British government. In a speech to German business leaders in Hannover he called on the UK to “confirm” or “adapt”…

Kuwait: Not resolving GCC crisis is destructive to region | Kuwait News

Kuwait’s deputy foreign minister said the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member-states were determined to resolve the ongoing crisis in the Gulf because not doing so would be destructive to the region, the official KUNA news agency reported on Tuesday. Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled al-Jarallah who met Qatar’s foreign minister, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, on Tuesday discussed the “means of solving the crisis.” “Everybody realises the longer this division the deeper the wound will be in the Gulf body,” he said. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Egypt cut diplomatic…

Jimmy Carter Knows What North Korea Wants

You were the president during the Cold War. Who’s the greater threat: the Soviet Union then, or Russia now? I think the Soviet Union then was more of a threat. Both Brezhnev and I, when in office, faced the immediate prospect of conflagration that would deteriorate into a nuclear exchange. You helped broker one of the only Middle East peace deals that has actually worked — the agreement between Egypt and Israel. Do you think Jared Kushner has a shot at finishing the job in the Middle East? I don’t…