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Source: | Human Rights Watch
On Sunday, President Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani resurfaced with new talking points on the Mueller investigation, calling it the most corrupt investigation he’s ever seen. The Morning Joe panel discusses.
Source: Joe: Rudy Giuliani made the president look foolish
The House of Commons unites in condemnation of Israel.
“We are dealing with the reality that this forceful eviction & demolition, this breach of international law, this hammerblow to the two state solution is taking place as we sit here today.
We are all frankly tired of wasting our breath asking what can be done to cajole or compel the Netenyahu government to start listening – because it is all just a waste of breath.
THE GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO RECOGNISE THE STATE OF PALESTINE IMMEDIATELY, WHILST THERE IS STILL A STATE LEFT TO RECOGNISE.”
Source: “The government needs to recognise the state of Palestine immediately, whilst there is still a state left to recognise.” | Nye Bevan News
In the lead-up to the upcoming NATO summit in Brussels, President Donald Trump has reportedly sent “sharply worded letters” to the leaders of several NATO allies, escalating his long-simmering feud with the military alliance.
The New York Times reported Monday that the letters, sent last month to leaders including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Prime Minister Charles Michel of Belgium, rebuked NATO allies for not spending enough on their own defense ― a criticism that Trump has repeatedly leveled against other alliance members.
The president also suggested in the letters that the U.S. would consider reducing its military commitment globally if its allies don’t ramp up spending, reported the Times.
In his letter to Merkel, Trump reportedly wrote: “There is growing frustration in the United States that some allies have not stepped up as promised. The United States continues to devote more resources to the defense of Europe when the Continent’s economy, including Germany’s, are doing well and security challenges abound. This is no longer sustainable for us.”
“It will … become increasingly difficult to justify to American citizens why some countries do not share NATO’s collective security burden while American soldiers continue to sacrifice their lives overseas or come home gravely wounded,” the letter continued.
Source: Trump Blasts NATO Allies For Spending Too Little On Their Own Defense: Report
Four people are reportedly dead following a shooting at a newspaper office in Annapolis, Maryland.
A further 20 people are said to have been injured after the gunman opened fire inside the Capital Gazette newsroom.
CBS News has reported that four people have died, but this has not been confirmed by authorities.
Anthony Messenger, who describes himself as an intern at the newspaper, posted on Twitter: “Active shooter 888 Bestgate please help us”
A suspect is understood to have been arrested after shots were fired.
Source: BREAKING Capital Gazette newspaper shooting: ‘Four dead after gunman opens fire in Annapolis office’ – Mirror Online
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The U.N. General Assembly condemned Israel on Wednesday for excessive use of force against Palestinian civilians and asked U.N. chief Antonio Guterres to recommend an “international protection mechanism” for occupied Palestinian territory.
Source: U.N. condemns excessive Israeli force against Palestinians : Reuters
A useful way to test the deal Donald Trump has reached with Kim Jong-un is to imagine what Trump himself would have said had it been Barack Obama rather than him who shook hands with the North Korean dictator. Trump and his echo chamber on Fox News and elsewhere would have poured buckets of derision on Obama for the piece of paper he signed with Kim, for the fawning praise he lavished on a brutal tyrant, and for the paltry non-concessions he got in return. He would have branded the agreement a “horrible deal” and condemned Obama as a sucker for signing it.
Look first at what Kim got from the encounter. Once ostracised as a pariah, Kim was treated as a world statesman on a par with the president of the United States, the two meeting on equal terms, right down to the equal numbers of flags behind them as they shook hands. The tyrant now has a showreel of images – including his walkabout in Singapore, where he was mobbed by what the BBC called “fans” seeking selfies – which will feature in propaganda videos for months, if not years.
Source: Trump really has achieved a historic breakthrough – for the Kim dynasty | Jonathan Freedland | Opinion | The Guardian
BRUSSELS has refused the help of the UK military after Brexit with British staff being told their current roles with the European Union will not continue after the UK leaves the bloc.
Currently, 13 British personnel have been assisting EU military staff as part of a secondment arrangement with Brussels, while another has been on loan to the crisis management and planning directorate of the European External Action Service
However they have now been told by Brussels will not have their roles with the EU automatically renewed after Brexit.
The Ministry of Defence said British secondments are now being considered by Brussels on a case-by-case basis in a bid to stop conflicts of interest in potentially sensitive areas.
But joint military missions could face issues after Brexit and a top British official urged negotiators to “find a way to keep the door open”.
Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach, the chief of the UK defence staff, told the Financial Times: “At times like this the military to military relationships matter more than ever.
Source: Brexit news: Brussels refuses UK military staff over ‘conflict of interest’ | UK | News | Express.co.uk