President Trump: ‘EU nations must take back captured Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) fighters’

President Trump: ‘EU nations must take back captured Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) fighters’

European nations must take back hundreds of Islamic State group fighters captured in Syria, US President Donald Trump has said, after a delay in announcing what he said would be the end of the “caliphate”.

Mr Trump shocked allies in December by declaring the pullout of roughly 2,000 US troops who had been assisting local forces in Syria against IS, whose sole remaining territory is half a square kilometre in eastern Syria.

The pending US pullout set off a countdown for governments whose citizens, having joined IS, were captured by the US-backed, Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

“The United States is asking Britain, France, Germany and other European allies to take back over 800 ISIS fighters that we captured in Syria and put them on trial,” Mr Trump said in a tweet, using another acronym for IS. Continue reading President Trump: ‘EU nations must take back captured Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) fighters’

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Holidaymakers left furious after airline cancels flights ‘due to Brexit impasse’

Holidaymakers left furious after airline cancels flights ‘due to Brexit impasse’

British holidaymakers have spoken out after a Romanian airline cancelled flights from Liverpool’s John Lennon Airport, reportedly due to uncertainty over Brexit.

Dozens of passengers expecting to fly to Rome and Alicante complained their flights with Blue Air had been cancelled on Wednesday night but tickets were still available to buy online.

A spokesman for John Lennon Airport said the “Brexit impasse” had left the carrier “unable to receive the necessary clarity” around its ability to operate flights between the UK and countries other than Romania.

While Blue Air will continue to operate flights between the two countries, services from the UK to any other country could be affected if the UK leaves the EU without a continuation of current EU legislation.

Blue Air flights between Luton and Turin are also expected to be affected.

The Department for Transport did not respond to requests for comment. Continue reading Holidaymakers left furious after airline cancels flights ‘due to Brexit impasse’

Venezuela crisis: Trump, Putin new Geo-political playground ?

Venezuela crisis: Trump, Putin new Geo-political playground ?

The crisis in Venezuela appears to be shaping up like a Cold War-style confrontation: The Kremlin is throwing its support behind embattled Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, while Washington backs Juan Guaido, the self-proclaimed interim president.

The story at first glance seems to have all the elements of a spy thriller. In recent days, rumors have swirled about Russian mercenaries, massive bullion shipments and murky assassination plots.
Maduro has cast himself as a latter-day Fidel Castro in this drama. In an interview with Russia’s state-owned news agency RIA-Novosti, Maduro hinted at a US-backed attempt on his life, saying, “Without a doubt, Donald Trump gave the order to kill me, told the Colombian government, the mafia of Colombia to kill me.” Continue reading Venezuela crisis: Trump, Putin new Geo-political playground ?

LONDON HEATHROW International Airport: World Class Travelling On A Shoestring

LONDON HEATHROW International Airport: World Class Travelling On A Shoestring

Heathrow Airport, also known as London Heathrow[2] (IATA: LHR, ICAO: EGLL), is a major international airport near London, United Kingdom. Heathrow is the second busiest airport in the world by international passenger traffic, as well as the busiest airport in Europe by passenger traffic, and the seventh busiest airport in the world by total passenger traffic. It is one of six international airports serving Greater London. In 2018, it handled a record 80.1 million passengers, a 2.7% increase from 2017 as well as 480,339 aircraft movements, a 4,715 increase from 2017.[1 Continue reading LONDON HEATHROW International Airport: World Class Travelling On A Shoestring

Editorial: ‘Time has come for the UK and EU to signal a Brexit delay’

Editorial: ‘Time has come for the UK and EU to signal a Brexit delay’

Men and women in business face many risks and hazards. Those who persist never lack the courage to tackle the big challenges. Often they can cope with adversity but sometimes they cannot avoid succumbing.

The one thing business people rightly abhor, and struggle most to cope with, is total uncertainty. And the current state of non-play on Brexit brings us vastly more of this total uncertainty. The situation, with 46 days left to B-Day on March 29, leaves us all with few clues at all about what is happening and where this will land.

Business people on the islands of Ireland and Britain, and beyond on mainland Europe, cannot even guess what is happening next with little more than six weeks left. This is a flagrant abuse of enterprising people and their beleaguered employees and can no longer be tolerated. Continue reading Editorial: ‘Time has come for the UK and EU to signal a Brexit delay’