‘Politicians for sale’: Far-right leaders face funding scandals ahead of EU vote

Date created : 20/05/2019 – 14:44 Several of the populists hoping to mount a challenge in EU elections have found themselves beset by allegations of foreign influence, with Austria’s far-right vice-chancellor resigning in disgrace after appearing to seek Russian backing. ADVERTISING Read more As up to 400 million Europeans prepare to vote for the EU... Read More

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  • Ukraine’s President Zelenskiy calls early elections in inaugural speech

    Date created : 20/05/2019 – 11:55Latest update : 20/05/2019 – 11:55 Volodymyr Zelenskiy was sworn in as Ukraine’s new president on Monday and immediately disbanded parliament, calling early elections in a bid to secure more seats in a legislature dominated by supporters of his predecessor. ADVERTISING Read more Ukrainian TV star Volodymyr Zelenskiy was sworn... Read More
  • Indonesian court sentences Frenchman to death for drug smuggling

    Date created : 20/05/2019 – 10:41 An Indonesian court Monday sentenced Frenchman Felix Dorfin to death for drug smuggling, in a surprise verdict after prosecutors asked for a 20-year jail term. ADVERTISING Read more Dorfin, 35, was arrested in September carrying the suitcase filled with about three kilograms (6.6 pounds) including ecstasy and amphetamines at... Read More

MPs to debate immunity for Northern Ireland veterans

A petition calling for soldiers who served in Northern Ireland to be immune from prosecution will be debated by MPs amid reports No 10 has vetoed calls for legislation to protect veterans. Several Tory MPs are expected to urge an end to what they say are “abhorrent” proceedings against elderly veterans. The petition says criminal... Read More

Brexit: New UK PM will not alter withdrawal deal – Coveney

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Coveney suggested many British politicians do not understand the complexity of NI politics Ireland’s deputy prime minister has ruled out any renegotiation of the Brexit withdrawal deal if Theresa May is replaced as UK prime minister. Speaking on RTÉ, Tánaiste Simon Coveney said “the personality might change but the... Read More

Brexit: Nicola Sturgeon says SNP ‘most consistent’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionNicola Sturgeon: “The SNP has been clear and straight with people: We want to keep Scotland in the EU” SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon has said her party has been the most consistent anti-Brexit voice during the European election campaign. Labour’s Scottish deputy leader Lesley Laird said a... Read More

Brexit: Theresa May plans ‘bold offer’ to get support for deal

Image copyright Getty Images Theresa May says she intends to make a “bold offer” to MPs in a final attempt to get them to approve her Brexit deal in the next few weeks. Extra protections for workers are expected to be among the proposals, with Mrs May trying to win over the support of some... Read More

Greenpeace activists inside boxes block BP headquarters

Image copyright Greenpeace Image caption The activists are calling on BP to end exploration for oil and gas Climate activists inside five large containers have blocked the entrances to BP’s head office in central London. The Greenpeace protesters used cranes to transport the heavy boxes into place at St James’s Square in the early hours... Read More

Thomas Cook reassures holidaymakers after shares plunge

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Thomas Cook is trying to sell its fleet of planes Troubled travel firm Thomas Cook has been reassuring customers who contacted the firm with concerns about holiday trips, after its share price crashed. Its share price fell sharply at the end of last week, and it dropped a further 16%... Read More

Royal Mail to launch parcel postboxes

Image copyright Royal Mail Royal Mail has announced plans for the UK’s first-ever parcel postboxes. The company said 1,400 of the new postboxes would be installed across the country in more than 30 locations over a six-month period, starting in August. Locations will include Aberdeen, Belfast, Birmingham, Cardiff and Leeds. Customers will be able to... Read More

Ryanair cautious on outlook as air fares fall

Image copyright EPA Ryanair’s profits fell by nearly a third last year to €1bn (£880m) as fuel costs rose and fares fell. Europe’s biggest discount airline added that profits might be lower this year, as fares could fall by up to 2%. Chief executive Michael O’Leary said “artificially low prices” and “attritional fare wars” could... Read More