Daily Archive: February 1, 2017

Feb
01

May’s Brexit starting gun, Japan’s robot chefs, a new Atlantis

Parliamentary approval signals start of EU exit process

Feb
01

Tough options as EU tackles Med migrant route

Picture released by the Italian police shows migrants hidden in a vehicle by human traffickersEU leaders meeting in Malta on Friday will face the challenge of how to work with a chaotic Libya and reluctant sub-Saharan African countries to prevent a feared upsurge of migrant smuggling to Europe. The migrants travelling via North Africa, the vast majority through Libya, come especially from sub-Saharan countries: 21 percent from Nigeria, 11 percent from Eritrea as well as seven percent each from Guinea, Ivory Coast and Gambia, according to the European Commission. In 2015, the EU launched “Operation Sophia”, a naval mission in international waters to crack down on smugglers.


Feb
01

For hardline West Bank settlers, Jared Kushner’s their man

FILE PHOTO: Ivanka Trump and husband Jared Kushner arrive at inauguration ceremonies swearing in Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States on the West front of the U.S. Capitol in WashingtonBy Maayan Lubell BET EL, West Bank (Reuters) – For many in the Israeli settlement of Bet El, deep in the occupied West Bank, Donald Trump's choice of Jared Kushner as his senior adviser on the Middle East is a sign of politics shifting in their favor. “He'll be fair, as opposed to Obama, whose policy leaned always towards the Arabs.” New U.S. President Trump says his son-in-law Kushner, 36, is capable of brokering the “ultimate deal” to deliver peace between Israelis and Palestinians.


Feb
01

US puts Iran ‘on notice’ after missile test, won’t elaborate

National Security Adviser Michael Flynn speaks during the daily news briefing at the White House, in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017. Flynn said the administration is putting Iran WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House issued a cryptic warning Wednesday that the U.S. will act against Iran unless it stops testing ballistic missiles and supporting Houthi rebels in Yemen, but declined to say what retaliatory actions the U.S. would pursue.


Feb
01

Foreign policy challenges pile up for Trump

No one is quite sure what the neophyte US President Donald Trump, seen February 1, 2017, knows about the world or what he will decide on any given issueDonald Trump's brief honeymoon from global affairs is over. After a week of relative calm and domestic preoccupations, actors from Russia to Iran are testing the new US president's mettle. On the face of it, a recent Iranian ballistic missile test and a Russian-backed incursion deeper into Ukraine appear to have little in common and less to do with the man in the Oval Office.


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