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Barnier says questions remain on the future of Britain post Brexit
Britain’s proposals on its future relationship with the European Union contain constructive elements according to the EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier
Barnier, who met new Brexit secretary Dominic Raab on Thursday, also reminded Britain there could be no progress on future relations until all elements of its exit were tied up – notably ensuring no hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland.

“As I told the ministers, there are several elements in this white paper that open the way to a constructive discussion regarding the political declaration on our future relationship”, Barnier told a news conference in Brussels following a meeting of EU ministers.

Barnier said Britain shared the EU’s desire for an ambitious trading relationship, a level playing field and a security partnership.

However, he added that he had put many questions to Britain, asking whether the proposals were workable and if the..

Investigation continues as Rowley is released from hospital
Charlie Rowley, one of two Britons poisoned with the nerve agent Novichok last month, was released from hospital yesterday.
Rowley, 45, and Dawn Sturgess, 44, fell ill after being exposed to the poison in southwest England, close to where Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were attacked with the same substance in March.

“I am pleased to confirm that earlier today, Charlie Rowley was discharged from hospital. Charlie has been through an appalling experience most of us could never imagine,” Lorna Wilkinson, Director of Nursing at Salisbury District Hospital, said in a statement.

Sturgess died earlier this month and her death is being treated as murder.

Britain blamed Russia for the poisoning of the Skripals. The Kremlin denied involvement and the incident sparked mass tit-for-tat diplomatic expulsions as relations between the countries soured.

Police say the source of the Novichok which kille..

US aides frustrated with timing of Trump meeting Putin
The U.S. President Donald Trump has defended his efforts to build a relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin
There is some frustration that the U.S. intelligence chief did not know about plans for a second summit and they hope that meeting will follow a more traditional pattern.

Since Monday’s summit and joint news conference in Helsinki, Trump and his aides have been trying to control the damage done when he stunned the world by siding with Putin over U.S. intelligence agencies on the question of Moscow’s meddling in the 2016 U.S. election.

The U.S. director of national intelligence Dan Coats, who on Monday immediately defended intelligence personnel on the election issue, expressed surprise at Trump’s invitation on Thursday to Putin to visit Washington in the autumn.

Coats was on camera while at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado when news broke of the invitation, clearly taking him aback. He advised again..

Ryanair pilots stage strike action causing some disruption
Passengers urged to check before travelling as pilots strike
Ryanair's Ireland-based pilots hold two 24-hour strikes as part of a long-running dispute over workplace rights.

The industrial action follows a ballot by the Irish Airline Pilots' Association, with the result of the vote announced on July 3.

Irish Ryanair pilots threatened strike action in December, but the strike was called off when Ryanair agreed to recognise pilots' unions.

This follows previous strike action held on July 12.

Experts reckon it might have a knock on affect on some UK and European flights too.

Published: 20/07/2018 by Radio NewsHub

May demands new EU Irish border backstop
Theresa May called on the European Union to strike a new deal to prevent a hard border in Northern Ireland and demanded Brussels quickly respond to her 'white paper' plan.
It's to avoid a damaging no-deal Brexit.

In a speech to politicians and business leaders in Belfast's docklands, May accepted a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic once Britain leaves the bloc would be “almost inconceivable”, but dismissed the EU's current plan as “unworkable.”

Instead, May said the EU must engage with her Brexit 'white paper' policy document released earlier this month, which proposes negotiating the closest possible links for trade in goods to protect businesses and to fulfil a commitment to avoid having infrastructure on the border.

It is “now for the EU to respond. Not simply to fall back onto previous positions which have already been proven unworkable. But to evolve their position in ..

Liverpool complete world-record goalkeeper fee
Liverpool have signed Brazil's Alisson from AS Roma for a world-record fee for a goalkeeper.
The Serie A side said Liverpool had agreed a deal worth up to 72.5 million euros ($84 million) for the 25-year-old, eclipsing the previous record of 53 million euros paid by Juventus for Gianluigi Buffon in 2001.

Alisson made 37 league appearances for Roma last season and helped the club reach the Champions League semi-finals, where they were knocked out by Liverpool.

He started all five games for Brazil at the World Cup in Russia where they bowed out in a quarter-final defeat by Belgium.

Published: 20/07/2018 by Radio NewsHub

Ryanair pilots stage strike action causing some disruption
Passengers urged to check before travelling as pilots strike
Ryanair's Ireland-based pilots hold two 24-hour strikes as part of a long-running dispute over workplace rights.

The industrial action follows a ballot by the Irish Airline Pilots' Association, with the result of the vote announced on July 3.

Irish Ryanair pilots threatened strike action in December, but the strike was called off when Ryanair agreed to recognise pilots' unions.

This follows previous strike action held on July 12.

Experts reckon it might have a knock on affect on some UK and European flights too.

Published: 20/07/2018 by Radio NewsHub

Trump invites Putin to the White House later this year
Donald Trump has invited Russian President Vladimir Putin to Washington this autumn, just days after he was criticised for his meeting with him in Helsinki
Four days after Trump stunned the world by siding with Putin in Helsinki over his intelligence agencies, the president asked national security adviser John Bolton to issue the invitation to the Russian leader, said White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders.

What happened at Monday's one-on-one between Trump and Putin with only interpreters present remained a mystery, even to top officials and U.S. lawmakers who said they had not been briefed.

Trump's director of national intelligence, Dan Coats, said in response to a question at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado: “Well, you're right, I don't know what happened at that meeting.”

The coveted invitation was sure to be seen as a victory by Putin, whose last official visit to the United States was in J..

Skripal Novichok poisoning suspects identified – reports
UK investigators believe they have identified the suspected perpetrators behind the Novichok nerve agent attack on the Skripals, the Press Association reported on Thursday.
Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were struck down with the poison in March. The Skripals subsequently recovered.

British police officers suspect several Russians were involved in the attempted murder of the Skripals and are looking for more than one suspect, the Press Association reported http://bit.ly/2L3QZGB.

Investigators have identified the suspected perpetrators through CCTV and have cross-checked the footage with records of people who entered the country around that time, it said.

In recent weeks, British counter-terrorism police have also been investigating the murder of a woman who died on July 8, just over a week after being exposed to Novichok near the city of Salisbury.

Published: 19/07/2018 by Radio NewsHu..

BA blames IT glitch on dozens of cancelled flights
British Airways says it has resolved an I.T. issue overnight which had led to cancelled flights at Europe's busiest airport Heathrow, and was trying to minimise any further disruption to its schedule.
A number of British Airways flights scheduled to leave on Thursday morning were listed as cancelled by Heathrow Airport's live departure board, after the I.T. issue had disrupted flights late on Wednesday.

“An issue with a supplier IT system was resolved overnight. We are doing everything we can to keep any knock on disruption to our services to a minimum,” British Airways said in an emailed statement.

The carrier, owned by IAG, suffered a massive computer system failure in May 2017, caused by a power supply issue near Heathrow, which stranded 75,000 customers over a busy holiday weekend.

Its chief executive said at the time it would take steps to ensure such an incident never happened again.

“We have apologised to ..


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