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January 7, 2019 3:04 PM Italy warns Juncker over migrant ships near Malta

The Work and Pensions Minister of Italy reiterated co-Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini's message Italian ports will be shut for any more migrant ships travelling from Africa via the Mediterranean Sea. He claimed the two ships currently waiting to be accepted by a European member state should dock in Malta where the migrants can be seen from the coast 111

December 22, 2018 8:33 PM Malta airlifts newborn and mother from migrant ship

Malta has airlifted a newborn and his mother from a Spanish migrant rescue ship and rejected accusations that it had refused food to more than 300 other migrants on board. The baby was born three days earlier on a beach in Libya and his life was in danger, the Proactiva charity said. Proactiva's boat was refused entry to Malta and Italy, while France 74

December 19, 2018 4:36 PM 'It takes two to tango!' Juncker sends UK Brexit warning after EU announces no-deal plans

EU boss Jean-Claude Juncker has warned Britain to avoid a hard Brexit that would be an “absolute catastrophe” for Brussels. The European Commission President announced Brussels’ powerful executive are working to restrict the potential damage of Britain leaving without a deal. According to European Union proposals today, Britain leaving without a deal would 75

November 29, 2018 6:03 AM Brexit: UK economy not ready for no deal, Mark Carney says

Large parts of the British economy are not ready for a no-deal Brexit, Bank of England governor Mark Carney has said. Fewer than half of businesses have initiated contingency plans, Mr Carney told BBC Radio 4's Today programme. He said the UK would need a transition period to adapt to whatever form of departure from the EU Parliament chose. Mr Carney 46

November 25, 2018 2:44 PM Ukraine claims Russia 'rammed our tugboat' off Crimea

Ukraine has accused Russia of ramming one of its boats off the coast of the annexed Crimea, amid rising tensions. The "openly aggressive actions" occurred as three of its vessels sailed from the Black Sea port of Odessa to Mariupol in the Sea of Azov, Kiev said. Ukraine's Yana Kapu tug suffered damage to its engine, guard rail and outer shell, the Ukrainian 45

October 25, 2018 9:15 AM WARNING for EU: Raab makes NO DEAL threat if Barnier 'deliberately refuses' to BUDGE

BREXIT Secretary Dominic Raab delivered a huge warning to the European Union that a Brexit no deal remains likely if Brussels adopt a “deliberately intransigent” approach to negotiations. Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab attacked the European Union over its approach to negotiations warning no deal could become a reality. At the Brussels summit last week EU leaders 32

September 3, 2018 5:44 AM China's Xi pledges $60 billion in financing for Africa

China's Xi pledges $60 billion in financing for Africa BEIJING (AP) - Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday pledged $60 billion in financing for projects in Africa in the form of assistance, investment and loans, as China furthers efforts to link the continent's economic prospects to its own. Speaking to a gathering of African leaders in Beijing, Xi said the figure 50

August 11, 2018 8:18 PM 'UNACCEPTABLE' French FURY over EU plan to EXCLUDE French ports in post-Brexit trade route

FRANCE is on collision course with the European Commission after it excluded French ports as part of its plans for a new shipping route linking Ireland with the bloc post-Brexit. French Transport Minister Elisabeth Borne blasted the move, which could prevent France from accessing billions of euros in an EU grant, as "not acceptable". In a strongly-worded 85

August 8, 2018 6:50 AM New customs proposal to stop Kent rail network standstill after Brexit

New customs areas for railways would stop Kent's rail network coming to a standstill post Brexit, according to a report by rail chiefs. It is claimed the UK would secure £1.7 billion of economic benefits each year under proposals outlined by the Rail Delivery Group, a body which includes leaders from all the country's passenger and freight train companies 42

August 3, 2018 10:23 AM Pair of Bolton MPs call for £100 billion funding to support new high-speed railway plans

It comes as part of a move to begin work on Northern Powerhouse Rail, also known as High Speed 3 or Crossrail North, which would build on connections made by HS2 once the railway line is completed. Bolton MPs Sir David Crausby and Yasmin Qureshi have both put their names to the plans, amid long-term complaints about the government's lack of effort to improve 45