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Jean-Claude Juncker: EU must close 'gap between East and West' - Dotemirates
12/09/2018

Jean-Claude Juncker: EU must close 'gap between East and West'

DW: Mr. Juncker, in your speech on Wednesday you talked about how powerful and influential Europe can be when it speaks with one voice. But at the same time we have this rift, for example, between Hungary, Poland and other states, that's growing deeper and deeper. How are you planning on resolving this contradiction? Jean-Claude Juncker: By talking to people. Everyone agrees with me in saying almost with pathos: We've got to move closer together. Sometimes, the differences can be monumental. We can't allow this. But I'm very much against widening this gap between East and West further. There are...


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23/03/2019

May faces mammoth task to unite MPs behind Brexit deal

British Prime Minister Theresa May returned on Friday to her mammoth struggle of persuading a deeply divided parliament to back her Brexit deal after an EU summit granted her more time but little to help change minds in London. After a bruising day in Brussels, May secured a two-week reprieve to try to get the deal she negotiated in November through parliament at a third attempt or face a potentially chaotic departure from the European Union on April 12. But while the Brexit deadline has moved - from an original March 29 deadline - parliament has not. In fact, incensed...

Mozambique cyclone death toll climbs to 417: Government

Beira: The death toll in Mozambique has climbed to 417 after a cyclone devastated swathes of the southern African country, flooding thousands of square kilometres (miles), the government said Saturday. Cyclone Idai smashed into the coast of central Mozambique on Friday last week, unleashing hurricane-force winds and rains that flooded the hinterland and drenched eastern Zimbabwe. "At this time 417 deaths have been recorded," Lands and Environment Minister Celso Correia told reporters in the port city of Beira. The new numbers take the combined death toll of the two neighbouring countries to 676. Nearly 90,000 Mozambicans have been moved into...
23/03/2019

Rival rallies grip Bangkok as election crunch time looms

BANGKOK — Parties for and against Thailand’s junta rallied across Bangkok on Friday, as election fever grips the country ahead of the first poll in eight years.The boisterous final push before the March 24 showdown was infused with rarely seen levels of excitement and backlit by symbolism from afar, with the family of ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra holding a politically star-studded wedding in Hong Kong the same night.The generals who seized power in 2014 are hoping to hold on through the ballot box with the help of military-appointed senators who can vote for prime minister, and coup leader Prayut Chan-O-Cha made...

23/03/2019

Pakistan talks of peace as it displays its military power

By Saad SayeedISLAMABAD — Pakistan wants peace with India and they should focus on health and education, the Pakistani president said on Saturday during a parade to show off its military might following a tense standoff between the nuclear-armed neighbors.Conflict between the rivals erupted last month following a suicide bomb attack claimed by a Pakistan-based militant group in the Indian party of the disputed and divided Kashmir region that killed 40 paramilitary police.“We do not believe in war and want to solve problems through dialogue,” President Arif Alvi said in his Pakistani Republic Day speech.“Instead of war we should focus...
23/03/2019

New Zealand Reopens Mosques That Were Attacked; Many "March For Love"

Christchurch: Smelling of fresh paint, the two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch where a gunman killed 50 worshippers last week reopened their doors on Saturday, with many survivors among the first to walk in and pray for those who died.At the Al Noor mosque, where more than 40 of the victims were killed by a suspected white supremacist, prayers resumed with armed police on site, but no graphic reminders of the mass shooting, New Zealand's worst.Aden Diriye, who lost his 3-year-old son, Mucad Ibrahim, in the attack, came back to the mosque with his friends."I am very...
23/03/2019

Burj Khalifa Lit Up With Photo Of New Zealand PM In A Headscarf

Dubai: Dubai has projected the image of New Zealand premier Jacinda Ardern onto its iconic Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest skyscraper, in thanks for her response to last week's mosque shootings.Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum praised PM Ardern's "support to the Muslim community" after a white supremacist gunman attacked two mosques on March 15, killing 50 people."Thank you PM @jacindaardern and New Zealand for your sincere empathy and support that has won the respect of 1.5 billion Muslims after the terrorist attack that shook the Muslim community around the world," he wrote on Twitter.A photo from Dubai's Public...