Wednesday, May 22, 2019

World News Briefs -- May 22, 2019

The Guardian: May faces crunch meeting as support for Brexit deal slips away

Scottish secretary said to be concerned by PM’s promise of a vote on second referendum

The Scottish secretary, David Mundell, has demanded a meeting with Theresa May on Wednesday afternoon, amid concerns that cabinet support for her “new Brexit deal” is falling away.

Mundell, who does not have a reputation as a cabinet rebel, was said by allies to have been irked by the prime minister’s promise of a vote on a second referendum.

May repeated on Wednesday in the House of Commons that she was not supporting a referendum, merely allowing MPs to vote on one during the passage of the Brexit bill.

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US says there are signs Syria may be using chemical weapons, warns of quick response. US investigating possible Assad chemical attack in Syria.

Missiles fired at Russian Khmeimim airbase in Syria amid massive militant offensive – MoD.

Syria regime-jihadist clashes kill 44: monitor.

Iranian lawmaker says his country doesn’t want war with US.

Bill to stop Netanyahu corruption indictment reaches Knesset.

Saudi Arabia, UAE will participate in peace plan workshop.

Saudi Arabia to execute three scholars after Ramadan: Report.


Prabowo Subianto's loss in Indonesia's election sparks deadly protests in Jakarta. 6 dead, 200 injured in Indonesia election protests.

Indian soldier killed, 7 wounded in explosion near India-Pakistan border.

India set to count votes after marathon general elections.

North Korea says "biggest issue" in U.S. ties is impounded ship.

North Korea calls Joe Biden a 'Philistine' in latest invective.

Philippines: President Duterte's allies dominate Senate race.

Philippines' Duterte orders rubbish sent back to Canada.


Economic warfare plays out as Libyans battle for capital.

Violent clashes rage south of Libya's Tripoli.

Suicide car bomb kills at least 9 in Somalia’s capital.

Egypt says security forces kill 16 militants in Sinai.

Zimbabwe increases fuel prices as economic crisis deepens.

Gabon President Ali Bongo sacks vice president, forestry minister.

Dreams of Comoros oil boom hang on seismic survey.


Resignation calls grow as UK PM May's final Brexit gambit bombs.

Theresa May under pressure to resign over latest Brexit plan.

Europe holds "most important" EU vote.

Divided Britain heads to the polls for EU elections it was not meant to hold.

Austria's Kurz appoints technocrats after FPÖ leaves cabinet.

Poland’s Kaczynski says Le Pen’s party ‘linked to Moscow’.

British Steel collapses but will trade in administration.


Pelosi tries to tamp down impeachment fervor among Democrats.

Justice Department to turn over some Mueller documents. House panel, Justice Dept end standoff over Mueller documents.

Donald Trump hosts Pacific leaders in historic White House meeting amid US-China tensions.

Mnuchin says more U.S. tariffs on China at least a month away.

Russian bombers, fighters intercepted off Alaska: US military.

Argentina: Fernández in court for first corruption trial.

Canada lawmakers in China to press for detainees' release.


‘American Taliban’ John Walker Lindh to be released.

Officials dispute Mike Pompeo's claim that Iran is collaborating with Al Qaeda.

US commander confirms: al Qaeda operating ‘across’ Afghanistan.


UK, Japan mobile operators suspend Huawei 5G phone launches.

China's big three airlines seek 737 MAX payouts from Boeing: reports.

Tariffs prompt US firms to rethink China business: survey.

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