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December 6, 2018 10:04 AM It's my deal, no deal or no Brexit at all: UK PM May

LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May said on Thursday that British lawmakers faced a choice ahead of a vote on her Brexit deal: approving her deal or facing an exit with no deal or even the reversal of Brexit. May said she was speaking to lawmakers about giving parliament a bigger role in whether the Northern Irish backstop arrangement would 100

December 6, 2018 7:36 AM Northern Irish DUP says would not topple UK government in confidence vote

LONDON (Reuters) - The Northern Irish party that props up Theresa May’s Conservative government would not vote to topple her in a confidence vote even if she loses a key vote on her Brexit deal next week, DUP lawmaker Sammy Wilson said. “We would certainly not vote to topple the government because we would have no reason to do so,” he told BBC radio 91

December 4, 2018 4:05 AM Cambodia eases pressure on opposition, media after EU sanctions threat

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - Cambodia’s parliament is reviewing a five-year ban on more than 100 members of the main opposition party, which could allow them to return to politics, following threats by the European Union to deny duty-free trading access to the Southeast Asian nation. The EU last month began a formal procedure to strip Cambodia of its “Everything 102

December 3, 2018 11:39 AM KDP nominates Nechirvan and Masrour Barzani for Iraqi Kurdistan's top posts

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq’s Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) said on Monday it had nominated current premier Nechirvan Barzani to succeed his uncle Masoud Barzani as president of Iraqi Kurdistan, and Masoud Barzani’s son Masrour as premier of the regional government. With 45 of 111 seats, the KDP is the biggest party in the Kurdish assembly after September’s 89

December 1, 2018 8:13 PM Overturning Napoleon-era rights, France bans smacking kids

PARIS (Reuters) - Members of the French parliament voted in favor of a ban on parents smacking their children, falling into line with the majority of European Union member states, although there will be no punishment for breaking the law. The civil code will be updated to state that parental authority must be exercised without violence and that parents 81

November 30, 2018 12:34 PM EU's Tusk says no deal or no Brexit if UK parliament rejects deal

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Britain’s choice would be to leave the European Union without a deal or abandon Brexit altogether if its parliament rejects an agreement between the EU and Prime Minister Theresa May, European Council President Donald Tusk said on Friday. “A few days before the vote in the House of Commons, it is becoming more and more clear 73

November 30, 2018 7:16 AM Sri Lanka parliament halts ministers' salaries to hinder disputed PM

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka’s parliament on Friday voted to halt payment of ministers’ salaries and travel expenses, but it remained unclear how the move would impact the disputed government of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa whose ministers boycotted the vote. The South Asian island has been locked in political gridlock for over a month since President 89

November 29, 2018 3:31 PM The Quick Read on Donald Trump’s Swipe at Theresa May's Brexit Deal

It’s easy to dismiss Donald Trump’s opinion on May’s Brexit deal as just another flippant, off-hand comment by the U.S. president without much thought behind it. But the reality is that Trump’s assessment of May’s Brexit deal, regardless of how he arrived at it, echoes the sentiments of most Britons—this is a subpar deal for the U.K., which by extension 83

November 27, 2018 10:19 AM Swiss aim for EU treaty deal only in 2019 as talks stall

ZURICH (Reuters) - The Swiss government aims to clinch a deal with the European Union on a new treaty governing relations in 2019, it said on Tuesday, again pushing back the timetable for an accord that both sides had intended to conclude this year. Prospects for a treaty setting out Switzerland’s ties to its biggest trading partner faded last month 88

November 27, 2018 5:42 AM Fractured Australian government sets stage for May election with early budget

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Tuesday his government will deliver its annual budget early as it prepares for an election due by May, but suffered an immediate setback when one of his MPs said she was quitting his party. Morrison said his conservative Liberal-National coalition government would deliver Australia’s 85