Thursday, March 30, 2017

World News Briefs -- March 30, 2017

BBC: Brexit: UK sets out plans to replace all EU laws

Thousands of EU laws on everything from workers' rights to the environment are to be transferred into UK law as the country gears up for Brexit.

Brexit Secretary David Davis said the Great Repeal Bill would allow the UK Parliament and Welsh, Scottish and Northern Ireland administrations to scrap, amend and improve laws.

It would also end the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice.

But Labour warned it was being done without proper Parliamentary scrutiny.

It comes a day after Prime Minister Theresa May triggered Article 50, starting the process which will officially take Britain out of the EU in March 2019.

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Iraqi forces in Mosul see deadliest urban combat since World War II. Mosul shows difficulty of removing militants from urban area.

UN chief in Iraq backs fight against Islamic State group.

Rush hour on Mosul's 'displacement highway'.

Turkey announces end to military operation in Syria. Turkey 'ends' Euphrates Shield campaign in Syria. Turkey ends 'Euphrates Shield' operation in Syria.

UN: Number of Syrian refugees passes five million. UN calls for action as Syrian refugee numbers exceed 5 million.

Assad’s fate ‘to be decided by Syrian people,’ says Tillerson.

Iran denies meddling in Arab world.

Rattled by Donald Trump's ambiguous policies, Arab leaders renew calls for Palestinian statehood.

Thousands commemorate Palestinian 'Land Day'.

Netanyahu vows to move ahead on new settlement plan.


North Korea condemns U.S. senators for 'offending' Kim Jong Un.

Kim Jong-nam: Malaysia releases body of slain half-brother of Kim Jong-un, diplomatic spat ends.

Russia, Iran urge dialogue between Afghanistan, Taliban.

Philippines' Duterte threatens press over critical coverage.

Cambodian opposition figure sentenced again.

Veils and 'abnormal' beards banned as China attempts to combat religious extremism in Xinjiang. China's Xinjiang cracks down on Muslim practices in 'anti-extremist' push.

Trump to meet China's Xi in Florida next week.


Boko Haram faction seeks grassroots support in NE Nigeria.

Libya asks EU for ships and radars to stop migrants: sources.

Aide to warlord Kony surrenders as US pulls from mission.

Ethiopia extends state of emergency by four months.

US demands cuts to UN's DRC troop deployment.

UN to scale back DR Congo peacekeeping force.

Exclusive: South Africa's Zuma considers stepping down early in deal to oust Gordhan.

South African opposition parties aim at President Jacob Zuma.


Putin wants to meet Trump before July's G20 summit.

West ignoring Putin's actions, says dissident Vladimir Kara-Murza.

Russia opposes THAAD defense system in Korea.

Putin says Western criticism of Russia's handling of protests political.

Poland shuts down Ukraine consulates following Lutsk grenade attack.

Brexit: No talks with the UK before clear withdrawal terms, says France.

EU could BREAK UP the US: Juncker in jaw-dropping threat to Trump over support for Brexit.


Senators voice alarm over Russian election interference. Russia draws senators' focus in hearing on election meddling.

US senators McCain and Graham: We won't back short-term government funding bill.

Venezuela Supreme Court takes over legislative powers from National Assembly. Venezuela high court to take over National Assembly duties.

Leftist gains edge ahead of tense Ecuador presidential vote.

Brazil ex-speaker Eduardo Cunha jailed for 15 years.

El Salvador becomes first country to ban metals mining.

10 bodies found in mass grave in Mexico.


Top general: ISIS ‘extraordinarily savvy’ in cyber.

Pentagon picks national security lawyer to run Guantanamo war court.

Canadian airport employees showed signs of radicalization, visited ISIS websites – report.


US move to relax privacy rules for internet service providers could trigger European pushback.

Toshiba shareholders angry as chip unit sale approved.

UK's Brexit poses trade headache.

Air traffic booming around the world.

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