Updated 6:17 am CST, Thursday, December 6, 2018 A demonstrator holds a placard reading " Join us" as they stand by toll gates on a motorway at Biarritz southwestern France, Wednesday, Dec.5, 2018. The concessions made by French president Emmanuel Macron's government in a bid to stop the huge and violent anti-government demonstrations seemed on Wednesday to have failed to convince protesters, with trade unions and disgruntled farmers now threatening to join the fray. less A demonstrator holds a placard reading " Join us" as they stand by toll gates on a motorway at Biarritz southwestern France, Wednesday, Dec.5, 2018. The concessions made by French president Emmanuel Macron's ... more Photo: Bob Edme, AP Photo: Bob Edme, AP Image 1 of / 3 Caption Close Image 1 of 3 A … [Read more...] about The Latest: Macron’s government may face no-confidence vote
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THE Democratic Unionist Party unexpectedly became kingmakers after the 2017 General Election, as their ten MPs keep a minority Tory government in power. Now Northern Ireland's largest party has an effective veto in Brexit talks as the issue of the Irish border becomes a key sticking point to a deal with Brussels. Here's the lowdown. Who are the Democratic Unionist Party? Founded by Protestant firebrand Ian Paisley, the Democratic Unionist Party was once a fringe party but is now the largest in Northern Ireland, with a narrow electoral edge over republicans Sinn Fein. Led by Arlene Foster, they are staunchly pro-union and pro-Brexit, making them a natural fit for a deal with the Tories. Their campaign manifesto included retaining the "triple lock" on pensions and cutting VAT for tourism businesses. The DUP also support a nuclear deterrent, which puts them at odds with anti-Trident Jeremy Corbyn. But the DUP have conservative views on issues such as gay marriage and abortion - … [Read more...] about Who are the DUP, who is their leader Arlene Foster and what’s the Democratic Unionist Party’s stance on the Irish border?
Why I decided to sell top Northern Ireland hotel that's hosted Bono, the Clintons and Ed Sheeran ... Patsy O'Kane on the emotionally charged decision to finally check out of the historic venue that helped put north west on tourist map BelfastTelegraph.co.uk A friend of the friend of pop stars, presidents, poets and peacemakers did a double-take as she caught sight of the newly retired hotelier Patsy O'Kane in an easy chair. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/life/travel/why-i-decided-to-sell-top-northern-ireland-hotel-thats-hosted-bono-the-clintons-and-ed-sheeran-patsy-okane-on-the-emotionally-charged-decision-to-finally-check-out-of-the-historic-venue-that-helped-put-north-west-on-tourist-map-37483459.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/incoming/article37484132.ece/767f7/AUTOCROP/h342/2910181-_Read-Only_.jpg Email A friend of the friend of pop stars, presidents, poets and peacemakers did a double-take as she caught sight of the newly retired hotelier Patsy O'Kane in an easy … [Read more...] about Why I decided to sell top Northern Ireland hotel that’s hosted Bono, the Clintons and Ed Sheeran … Patsy O’Kane on the emotionally charged decision to finally check out of the historic venue that helped put north west on tourist map
LUANDA/CHICAGO (Reuters) - Emiliano Cula starts to cry as his tiny fingers, curled into a tight fist, are stretched by a physical therapist to stimulate motor control. Ten month old Emiliano Cula, who has microcephaly, receives physiotherapy to try and stimulate control over his muscles in Luanda, Angola, September 6, 2018. REUTERS/Stephen Eisenhammer Born in a poor neighborhood of Angola’s capital Luanda, the 10-month old boy has microcephaly, a birth defect marked by a small head and serious developmental problems. He still can’t sit upright and has difficulty seeing and hearing. “They don’t know what caused it,” Cula’s mother Marie Boa says, sheltering under a blue umbrella from the summer rains. “The doctor said it might have been caused by a mosquito, but I don’t know if that’s true.” The 18-year-old does not know whether her first child will ever walk or talk. Cula is one of at least 72 babies … [Read more...] about Zika in Africa: Rare birth defect on the rise in Angola
THE issue of the Irish border has become one of the critical parts of the Brexit negotiations - with the EU and the UK at odds over how to handle the complex subject. Brussels has made it clear it will not accept custom checks on the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic, while Theresa May has ruled out any threat or breakup of the United Kingdom. Here's how the negotiations have played out. What is the Irish border problem? Currently the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic is open with no checks on goods or people. Ireland and the UK are in a "common travel area" of passport-free movement. And as they are both in the EU single market, there is no restriction on goods and no tariffs. Leaders in London, Belfast, Dublin and Brussels are keen to avoid a "hard border" after Brexit when the UK has vowed to leave the single market and customs union. This would mean border checks being reintroduced to monitor movement between jurisdictions operating under the two … [Read more...] about Will there be checks on the Irish border after Brexit, when is the EU deadline and what currently happens at the crossing?