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Stories for May 15th 2017

  • Monday, May 15th 2017 - 20:19 UTC

    Venezuelans Mothers Day appeal to the military: lay down your weapons and help remove Maduro

    “I am appealing to Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez to open the doors of a sincere debate with the armed forces,” said Julio Borges

    Venezuela's opposition movement on Sunday called on the military to enter dialogue with other representative of society amid a wave of near daily protests that so far have left almost fifty people killed. After pledging loyalty to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro last year, the armed forces have effectively enforced a violent policy to curb opposition demonstrations.

  • Monday, May 15th 2017 - 11:11 UTC

    Macri begins official visit to China and attends development forum with 27 world leaders

    Argentina's presidential couple next to Xi Jinping and wife at the Great Palace of the People

    Argentine president Mauricio Macri, First Lady Juliana Awada, and members of the official delegation were received on Sunday by Chinese president Xi Jinping and his wife at the Great Palace of the People, where they were hosted together with 27 world leaders in the framework of the One Belt, One Road, OBOR, Beijing's ambitious international cooperation forum.

  • Monday, May 15th 2017 - 07:46 UTC

    EU prepared to block Brexit talks unless citizenship measures are “reasonable”

    Guy Verhofstadt indicated the parliament would be prepared to veto any final deal unless the measures on citizenship were acceptable.

    The European Parliament could seek to block talks on a UK-EU trade deal unless guarantees are put in place for the rights of citizens, the MEP in charge of the process has indicated. Guy Verhofstadt, the parliament’s chief Brexit negotiator, said MEPs would have to decide whether sufficient progress had been made on issues including EU citizens’ rights in the UK and those of British expatriates on the continent before talks on Britain’s future relationship with Brussels could proceed.

  • Monday, May 15th 2017 - 07:28 UTC

    Microsoft warns governments the latest global cyber-attack is a “wake-up call”

    The virus took control of users' files and demanded US$300 payments to restore access. The virus spread slowed over the weekend but it might only be brief

    The cyber-attack that has hit 150 countries since Friday should be treated by governments around the world as a “wake-up call”, Microsoft says. The computing giant said software vulnerabilities hoarded by governments had caused “widespread damage”.

  • Monday, May 15th 2017 - 07:01 UTC

    Merkel en route to a fourth term: her party unseats Social Democrats in key state election

    The SPD has run the state - Germany's most populous - for most of the post-war period. Party leader Martin Schulz said it was a “hard day”.

    Germany's Christian Democrats (CDU) have unseated the Social Democrats in a key state election, exit polls are indicating. Chancellor Angela Merkel's CDU is projected to win 34.5% of votes in North Rhine-Westphalia, compared with 30.5% for the Social Democrats (SPD). It was seen as a test for Mrs. Merkel ahead of September's general election.

  • Monday, May 15th 2017 - 06:46 UTC

    Sovereignty of the Falklands will not be undermined, pledges Labour shadow foreign secretary

    Asked whether she could envisage military action to protect the sovereignty of the Falklands, Thornberry had said simply: “Yes.”  (Pic ITV)

    UK Labour’s shadow foreign secretary, Emily Thornberry has accused Michael Fallon of talking “bollocks” after the defense secretary claimed she wanted to negotiate with Argentina over the future of the Falklands. In a spiky exchange on the BBC’s The Andrew Marr Show on Sunday, Thornberry hit back at Fallon, saying: “That is bollocks. It’s untrue,” and adding: “You can’t just make this stuff up.”

  • Monday, May 15th 2017 - 06:07 UTC

    President Macron vows a French renaissance, and travels to meet Merkel in Berlin

    The 39-year-old former investment banker and economy minister was inaugurated on Sunday in a ceremony at the Élysée

    Emmanuel Macron is beginning his first day as French president with two main tasks, picking a prime minster, a crucial appointment since he needs to make a good showing in next month's parliamentary elections to push through his planned economic reforms. The second is to travel to Germany to meet Chancellor Angela Merkel.