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Putin removes critical voices from his rights council

Russian President Vladimir Putin has removed several opposition figures from his human rights council, a decree published Monday showed, with critics saying the move robs the advisory body of its legitimacy. The 50-member body, which has spoken out ag…

Far-Right death threat to German politician

Police in Germany are investigating suspected far-Right death threats against a senior politician from Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrat party (CDU) ahead of regional elections this weekend. The threats are being taken seriously in the wake of this mo…

US defence secretary in Saudi Arabia on unannounced visit

US Secretary of Defence Mark Esper arrived Monday in Saudi Arabia, state television said, days after the Pentagon said it was bolstering its forces in the kingdom amid tensions with Iran. Al-Ekhbariyah television gave no details on the previously unan…

Congo's Ebola outbreak, now concentrated in a gold mining area, remains a global emergency: WHO

The World Health Organization says the ongoing Ebola outbreak in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo continues to pose an international emergency as the deadly virus emerges in a remote gold mining area. The global health arm of the United Na…

Dozens of elephants die in Zimbabwe drought

At least 55 elephants have died in a month in Zimbabwe due to a lack of food and water, its wildlife agency said Monday, as the country faces one of the worst droughts in its history. More than five million rural Zimbabweans — nearly a third of the …

Russian accounts targeted U.S. voters on Instagram ahead of 2020 election -Facebook

LONDON/WASHINGTON, Oct 21 (Reuters) – A network of Instagram accounts operated from Russia has targeted Americans with divisive political messages ahead of next year’s presidential election and posed as local people in U.S. states including Virginia an…

The Latest: Trump says Israel, Jordan want troops in Syria

President Donald Trump says he still wants to get all U.S. troops out of Syria, but Israel and Jordan have asked him to keep some in Syria. Just last week, Trump said the roughly 1,000 American troops in northeastern Syria will go home, leaving about …

UK's Corbyn mocks PM Johnson for sending Brexit delay letter

UK's Corbyn mocks PM Johnson for sending Brexit delay letterThe leader of Britain’s opposition Labour Party mocked Prime Minister Boris Johnson for sending a letter to ask for a Brexit delay after saying “over and over again” that he would never do it. Jeremy Corbyn told the House of Commons that Johnson’s request had been handled with “posturing and attempts to distract” but said the letter had now been sent.

UK PM Johnson is disappointed Brexit vote will not go ahead on Monday – spokesman

UK PM Johnson is disappointed Brexit vote will not go ahead on Monday - spokesmanPrime Minister Boris Johnson is disappointed the parliament will not allow a vote on his Brexit deal on Monday, his spokesman said, describing the speaker’s move as one that denied the chance to deliver on the will of the British people. Earlier, parliamentary speaker John Bercow said he could not allow another ‘yes or no’ vote on Johnson’s deal to leave the European Union as it was a repeat of the question posed to lawmakers on Saturday.

UK can still get Brexit deal approved this month – parliament speaker

UK can still get Brexit deal approved this month - parliament speakerThe British government still has the opportunity to get its Brexit deal through parliament in time to leave the European Union at the end of October, the speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow said on Monday. Earlier Bercow ruled the government could not hold a ‘yes or no’ vote on Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal on Monday but could instead pursue the route of getting the legislation required for Brexit through parliament. “Nothing in what I have said in any way impinges upon the opportunity for the government to secure approval of its deal and the passage of the appropriate legislation by the end of the month.

U.K. Parliament won't vote on Boris Johnson's Brexit deal today like he wanted

U.K. Parliament won't vote on Boris Johnson's Brexit deal today like he wantedThe Brexit clock is ticking for U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and he just hit another momentary snag.With 10 days remaining until the Oct. 31 deadline, House of Commons Speaker John Bercow denied Johnson’s attempt to put the Brexit deal he brokered with the European Union up for a “meaningful vote” Monday. Bercow said the motion was the same as the one that was debated Saturday before Parliament passed an amendment requiring Johnson to ask for an extension from the EU before voting on his deal, which he did begrudgingly.Bercow said debating the motion again would “be repetitive and disorderly,” citing a parliamentary rule from 1604 which prohibits the government from repeatedly asking Parliament to vote on the exact same motion. The speaker did say he was not preventing a vote on Johnson’s legislation at a later date, but added that MPs must see the legislation, which is being introduced for a first reading Monday, first. Once they’ve gone through that, MPs will vote on whether to back it tomorrow.> “Nothing in what I have said, in any way impinges upon the opportunity for the government to secure approval of its deal” – John Bercow says it’s “not for the Speaker to interfere” and makes “no apology” for his decision > > Latest Brexit updates: https://t.co/3zdhRbANWj pic.twitter.com/SuxnYb9Kp5> > — BBC Politics (@BBCPolitics) October 21, 2019Bercow received some pushback for his decision from Conservatives, and a spokesperson for Johnson said the government was “disappointed,” but several other MPs respected the conclusion. Read more at The Financial Times and The Guardian.

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