On Thursday, a leading Chinese state-run newspaper announced the unthinkable: Beijing must prepare for “a direct military clash” over self-ruled Taiwan after a mid-level U.S. official arrived in Taipei on Tuesday, angering senior officials in Beijing. The atmosphere in Beijing started to get heated when Alex Wong, US deputy assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs, arrived in Taipei on Tuesday. Wong became the first senior State Department official of the Trump administration to visit Taiwan since Washington approved the Taiwan Travel Act, which has already roiled ties and brought new pressures to Sino-US relations (refers to international relations between the U.S and China). Interesting enough, with trade war tensions escalating between Beijing and Washington, the pivot by the Trump administration over Taiwan has made the situation much worse. Local media reports cited Wong as stating the United States’ commitment to Taiwan has never been stronger, and that Washington will get international organizations to strengthen ties with Taipei. “Taiwan can no longer be excluded unjustly from international fora. Taiwan has much to share with the world,” Wong said at a reception attended by Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen, a member of the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party. “I can assure you, the United States government and the United States private sector will do their part to ensure Taiwan’s stellar international example shines brightly,” he added. In response, the senior editor of the Global Times declared China had to “strike back” against “Washington’s implementation of the Taiwan Travel Act.” “We must strike back against Washington’s implementation of the Taiwan Travel Act. First, Beijing should not invite senior officials of the US Department of State and Defense who visit Taiwan, to the mainland during their terms. For instance, Wong should not be invited to the mainland until he no longer occupies the post. Senior Taiwan officials who visit the US and meet publicly with high-level US officials should be treated alike. This won’t make the mainland suffer diplomatically. After all, Beijing and Washington have various channels to communicate.” The editor then said, China can pressure the US in other areas of bilateral cooperation: for example, the Korean Peninsula issue and Iran nuclear issue. China can also set itself against the US in international organizations such as the UN. In addition, China needs to move fast to establish diplomatic ties with allies of Taiwan to further squeeze the island’s space in the international community.” At the end of the piece, the editor dropped the mother of all bombshells, “Mainland [China] must prepare itself for a direct military clash in the Taiwan Straits.” The mainland must also prepare itself for a direct military clash in the Taiwan Straits. It needs to make clear that escalation of US-Taiwan official exchanges will bring serious consequences to Taiwan. This newspaper has suggested that the mainland can send military planes and warships across the Taiwan Straits middle line. This can be implemented gradually depending on the cross-Straits situation. Preventing the Taiwan independence movement and promoting unification through peaceful ways can be costly, perhaps costing more than the short-term loss brought about by forceful unification. It’s a misunderstanding to think that peaceful unification will be a harmonious and happy process. The Taiwan authority will only turn around when left with no choice. Sticks matter more than flowers on the path to peaceful reunification. China Uncensored provides us with the knowledge that the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has already made the preparations to invade Taiwan by 2020. Earlier this week, the New Straits Times reported that China sailed its aircraft carrier through the Taiwan Strait, in response to Wong’s Taipei trip. Taiwan said Wednesday it had scrambled jets and sent ships to track a Chinese aircraft carrier which passed through the Taiwan Strait as Beijing’s leader gave the island a fierce warning against separatism. The Liaoning and accompanying vessels entered Taiwan’s air defence zone on Tuesday, the same day Chinese President Xi Jinping delivered a blistering nationalistic speech – warning against what he called any attempts to split China. While the Global Times says China should prepare for military action against Taiwan, it is becoming increasingly obvious that the Trump administration coupled with military–industrial complex is preparing for the next great war in the East. This time around, perhaps, we have gained an important clue that war with China starts with Taiwan.
Aliya Zaripova Le vice-ministre russe de la défense Iouri Borisov a déclaré que dans le cadre de la modernisation des missiles-bombardier Tu-160 la portée du passage serait augmenté à 10%, ce qui permettra l'avion de voler un millier de kilomètres plus loin. À Samara il a visité l’entreprise « Kuznetsov », qui est parmi les leaders dans la Russie sur le développement, la production, le soutien technique à l'exploitation et à la réparation des aéronefs à turbine de gaz, des moteurs à propergol liquide, des turbines de gaz pour l'utilisation des terres dans l'industrie du gaz et du secteur énergétique. L'entreprise répare les moteurs existants et crée une nouvelle version du moteur NK-32 pour le porte-avions supersonique stratégique bombardier-missile Tu-160M2. Le vaisseau amiral de la flotte sous-marine américaine, le sous-marin Hartford est coincé dans la glace. L'incident s'est produit la semaine dernière, mais n’a gagné la popularité large que maintenant. Pendant les exercices le sous-marin était supposé d’élaborer des "frappes conditionnelles contre la Russie". Cependant, il n'a pas pu faire surface pour le lancement de missiles, ayant pris une captivité de glace. Les images ont été diffusées sur Internet et sont rapidement devenues populaires. Dans les réseaux sociaux, il y a beaucoup de plaisanteries sur le fait que la Russie maintenant utilise la glace arctique à des fins défensives. Pendant ces dernières 24 heures les forces ukrainiennes ont violé le régime du cessez-le-feu quatre fois en tirant sur les territoires de la première ligne de la République 27 munitions différentes. Au cours des frappes, l’adversaire a utilisé des mortiers et des véhicules blindés. Gorlovka et le village Sakhanka au sud de la République ont subi les coups de feu. A la veille d'une grande guerre commerciale, l’administration de la Maison Blanche a fait une déclaration, qui dit que les tarifs spécifiques sur l’importation est suspendu pour l'Argentine, l'Australie, le Brésil, le Canada, le Mexique, l'Union européenne et la Corée du Sud jusqu’au premier mai. L'acier venant de la Russie, de l’Inde et du Costa Rica sera soumis à des droits de douane. (Il est à noter que rien est dit au sujet de l'Ukraine). Se référant à l’information de l'agence ANNA NEWS, plus tôt le leader américain Donald Trump a signé un règlement sur l'introduction des droits à l'importation sur l'acier et de l'aluminium de 25% et de 10% respectivement. Le décret entre en vigueur aujourd'hui. Le vote sur le choix des noms pour les trois types de nouvelles armes sur le site du Ministère de la Défense s'est terminé. Le 1er mars l’existence de telles armes a été déclaré par le président russe Vladimir Poutine. Le complexe laser de combat a été nommé "Peresvet", le véhicule sous-marin sans pilote - "Poséidon", un nouveau missile de croisière - "Burevestnik". Une action inhabituelle a attiré l'attention de près de huit millions de personnes. Dans la banlieue de Damas Harasz l'évacuation des militaires de l'opposition syrienne a commencé, à travers le couloir dans la direction de la province d'Idlib. Rappelons que l'accord sur le retrait en toute sécurité des combattants du groupe "Ahrar al-Sham" de Harasta a été atteint plus tôt avec la médiation du Centre russe pour la réconciliation des parties en conflit. La sécurité des insurgés tout le long de la route est assurée par la police syrienne, sous le contrôle du Centre pour la réconciliation des parties en conflit et le Croissant-Rouge. _________________________________________________ Более подробно на сайте http://anna-news.info Помочь материально: http://anna-news.info/помощь-агентству-anna-news/ Мы в соцсетях: Вконтакте https://vk.com/anna_news Facebooke https://www.facebook.com/newsanna/ Twitter https://twitter.com/annanews_info Instagram https://www.instagram.com/anna_news.info/
President Donald Trump grudgingly signed a $1.3 trillion federal spending measure Friday and averted a midnight government shutdown — but only after undercutting his own negotiators and setting off a mini-panic ...
The governors of Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia agreed to extend a 2015 agreement to cooperate on developing shale oil and gas resources in their states through Dec. 31, 2021. Their Mar. 21 action continues an effort to show the Appalachian basin’s shared goal to assure the gas will attract manufacturers to the region instead of simply being exported.
I HAD BEEN ASSURED HIS WAS “A REMARKABLY SCANDAL-FREE ADMINISTRATION”: Obama Regs on For-Profit Coll…
I HAD BEEN ASSURED HIS WAS “A REMARKABLY SCANDAL-FREE ADMINISTRATION”: Obama Regs on For-Profit Colleges, Finance, Railroads, and Airlines All Profited His Best Friend. Tyler O’Neil is on this story like no one else I know of.
The ticking time bombs of bridges and roads that are on the verge of failure will surprise you.
Update (9:00 am ET): In a tweet that's bound to infuriate Congressional leaders on both sides of the aisle, President Trump is now threatening to veto the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill, saying he's dissatisfied with its immigration and border-security provisions. Trump said he's disappointed by the fact that DACA recipients were abandoned by the bill, and he's also dissatisfied with the paltry funding for border security. DACA was abandoned by the Democrats. Very unfair to them! Would have been tied to desperately needed Wall. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 23, 2018 I am considering a VETO of the Omnibus Spending Bill based on the fact that the 800,000 plus DACA recipients have been totally abandoned by the Democrats (not even mentioned in Bill) and the BORDER WALL, which is desperately needed for our National Defense, is not fully funded. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 23, 2018 As we pointed out earlier, no piece of legislation can be considered passed during the Trump era until the president affixes his signature to the bill. If the president doesn't sign a spending bill by midnight, the federal government will shut down at 12:01 am Saturday. Markets initial reaction, unsurprisingly, was a modest downside shift... * * * Despite Rand Paul and a handful of other conservative Senators's best efforts to kill it, the upper chamber easily passed the long-awaited $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill early Friday morning - sending a bill that would lock in federal funding for the rest of the fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30, to President Trump's desk. The final 65-32 vote resulted from a week of all-night bargaining sessions and repeated delays before the text of the 2,000+ page bill was released Wednesday morning. Paul and other conservatives complained that the budget would've been adamantly rejected by Republicans if Obama was still in the White House. Republicans touted an $80 billion increase in military spending - which Trump touted as the largest increase in military spending ever - while Democrats highlighted an additional $63 billion in domestic spending, per Bloomberg. Senator John Kennedy, a Louisiana Republican who opposed the bill, also hinted that he too might try to force a shutdown by delaying the vote after criticizing the vote's "price tag". "It sucks," Kennedy said of the spending measure. "No thought whatsoever to adding over a trillion dollars in debt." In a move that infuriated his fellow Senators, Sen. Jim Risch of Idaho almost sunk the bill after learning that it included language to name an Idaho forest for Cecil Andrus, the former Democratic governor and Carter administration Interior Secretary who died last year. Andrus and Risch were longtime political rivals, per the Wall Street Journal. The unceasing squabbling over the bill frustrated many lawmakers, including Bob Corker, who loudly complained about the repeated delays to the vote, per Politico. "This is ridiculous. This is juvenile," fumed Sen. Bob Corker, who asked McConnell for an explanation of why the chamber was in at midnight. "What has occurred over the last 11 hours that keeps us here voting on a bill that we all know is going to pass?" The $1.6 billion funding for border security is far less than the Trump administration had demanded. Less than half of that money will be used to build about 33 miles of fencing and levees along Texas' border with Mexico. The White House had initially demanded $25 billion. meanwhile, Democrats won several major concession - particularly regarding immigration enforcement inside the US. The bill provides for minimal increases in funding for enforcement officers. Democrats and Republicans also struck a compromise on control, rolling in the bipartisan "Fix NICS" legislation that will bolster reporting by federal agencies to the database for gun-buyer background checks. It also explicitly allows the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to research the causes of gun violence. The bill also includes $21 billion for infrastructure projects and an additional $4 billion to combat opioid addiction. One of the biggest obstacles to reaching the agreement was the status of funding for a Hudson River tunnel between New York and New Jersey. Advocates, mainly Democrats and Republicans representing the two states, argued it is one of the most important infrastructure projects in the U.S. But Trump has insisted on removing money for the project, known as Gateway, from the spending plan. In a decision that is sure to anger commuters in a region that comprises one-fifth of the country's GDP, Trump successfully killed funding for the "Gateway" project - that is, the construction of a new tunnel underneath the Hudson River that connects New York City and New Jersey. Democratic leader Chuck Schumer - who represents New York - assured angry voters that the two states would be able to access funding equal to about half of the $900 million initially requested through Amtrak and grants that don't require approval from the Department of Transportation. Another $75 million was allocated to train teachers and school officials to respond to attacks. It will also pay for metal detectors and other equipment, while creating anonymous systems for reporting possible threats to schools. Funding to combat Russian interference in the upcoming midterm elections was included in the spending package, as was $600 million to build a rural broadband network, per WSJ. As conservatives railed against the budget bill, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell described the bill as "legislation that neither side sees as perfect, but which contains a host of significant victories and important achievements on behalf of the American people." Among them, he said, are a 15% increase in military spending and funding to combat an opioid epidemic as well as a down payment toward Mr. Trump’s border wall. The National Institutes of Health and Head Start - a popular child-care program - also received more spending. The deal is the first installment of an informal two-year spending agreement worked out between McConnell, Schumer and Trump that will lift federal spending above curbs set in 2011. President Trump's budget director Mick Mulvaney assured reporters that the president will sign the bill - and he has all day to do so. But while the odds that the bill will be signed into law are extremely high, conservative lawmakers are still trying to convince Trump to reject it, forcing a shutdown that would grant them more leverage in trying to force concessions from both moderate Republicans and Democrats.
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Hours after the resignation of John Dowd, President Trump's lead attorney handling the special counsel investigation, Trump said he "would like to" testify in Robert Mueller's ongoing probe - a move panned by some, including Fox's Judge Napolitano, as a bad move. The President's 180 comes after the White House legal team had reportedly been considering ways that President Trump might be able to testify - including giving written answers - with Trump's attorneys reportedly having been split on the terms of such a deal, reported the Wall Street Journal earlier this month. But that's not Trump's style... After bringing on former federal prosecutor Joe diGenova on Monday - a former Special Counsel himself who went after both the Teamsters and former NY Governor Elliot Spitzer, Trump is reportedly taking the gloves off according to Vanity Fair's Gabriel Sherman. Earlier this month, Mueller crossed one of Trump’s stated “red lines” when he subpoenaed Trump Organization business records. According to four Republicans in regular contact with the White House, the move spurred Trump to lose patience with his team of feuding lawyers. “Trump hit the roof,” one source said. Today, Trump’s personal lawyer John Dowd resigned under pressure from Trump. diGenova - who said in January that the Obama administration engaged in a "brazen plot to exonerate Hillary Clinton" and "frame an incoming president with a false Russian conspiracy," is married to Victoria Toensing - who, as we've mentioned, is a former Reagan Justice Department official and former chief counsel of the Senate Intelligence Committee. “She’s a killer,” one Republican who knows the couple told Sherman. Toensing also happens to represent FBI whistleblower William D. Campbell - who claims to have gathered evidence of a Russian "uranium dominance strategy" which included millions of dollars routed to a Clinton charity. Campbell testified before three Congressional committees in February. The Campbell connection makes it all the more interesting since Trump is reportedly considering adding Toensing to his legal team. In other words, Trump would be teaming up with two veteran bulldog D.C. attorneys - one of whom ostensibly has evidence in the Uranium One scandal. As Sherman points out in Vanity Fair, "The hiring of Toensing would be a sign that Trump wants to flip the script and investigate his investigators. Appearing on Fox News, Toensing has called for a second special prosecutor to investigate Mueller, the logic being that he was F.B.I. director at the time that the Uranium One acquisition was approved." Following Mueller's subpoena of the Trump organization, Trump has been fuming. Last weekend, Trump encouraged John Dowd to call for an end to the Russia probe, according to Sherman. "On Sunday, Trump blasted Mueller as partisan, tweeting: “Why does the Mueller team have 13 hardened Democrats, some big Crooked Hillary supporters, and Zero Republicans?”" And with the hire of Joe diGenova - it's obvious that Trump is bringing out the big guns for a direct confrontation with Mueller, after souring on his legal team's more diplomatic strategy: Trump’s new offensive is a sign that he’s unilaterally abandoning the go-along, get-along strategy advocated by Dowd and Ty Cobb, the White House lawyer overseeing the response to Mueller. Cobb’s standing with Trump has been falling for months, after Cobb made the now-infamous prediction that the Russia probe would be over by Thanksgiving 2017. Dowd assured Trump that he had a “great relationship with Mueller” and could manage him, according to sources. That obviously hasn’t happened. “Trump just wants something to change and nothing was changing,” the outside adviser said. The genial and mustachioed Cobb has always been somewhat of an odd fit for Trump, whose mental picture of a lawyer is Roy Cohn, his early mentor. Sources said Trump reluctantly conceded to allow Cobb to play good cop. “Trump is looking at this saying, I did it your way for months, now I’m fucking doing it my way,” a former West Wing official said. (The White House did not respond to a request for comment.) -Vanity Fair diGenova was reportedly recommended to Trump by Dave Bossie and Jeanine Piro - both of whom are outside advisors to Trump. That said, Fox News Senior Judicial Analyst Judge Napolitano thinks Dowd's resignation and the decision to put Trump in front of Mueller's team would be a "disaster" for the President. Dowd resignation - Not good news for the President https://t.co/U7slpWAyHP — Judge Napolitano (@Judgenap) March 22, 2018 "It's very, very easy to trip somebody up when you have all the documents, you have all the testimony, you have all the prior witnesses and you're asking somebody questions that you know the answers to and that they don't," Napolitano said on "America's Newsroom" in late February. Of Dowd's resignation, Judge Napolitano said: [email protected] on John Dowd's resignation: "This is the most important member of the [legal] team who viewed every document that was surrendered to Bob Mueller." pic.twitter.com/OhO6vxitQP — FOX Business (@FoxBusiness) March 22, 2018 Sherman also reports that Trump is considering bringing back controversial attorney Marc Kasowitz onto his defense team. “They’re talking a lot,” one Republican briefed on the conversations said. (Kasowitz did not respond to a request for comment.) Bringing back Kasowitz would be a sign of how rattled Trump is by the looming prospect of being interviewed by Mueller. Last July, Trump sidelined Kasowitz after it was revealed he struggled with alcoholism and told a stranger to “watch your back, bitch” in an e-mail. (Kasowitz has denied reports of alcohol abuse.) Sources also said Kasowitz’s return would be a signal that Trump is willing to put his own survival ahead of his family. -VF Kasowitz had reportedly told Trump that Jared Kushner needed to leave the White House. With the departure of John Dowd and the addition of diGenova and Toensing - combined with Trump's desire to testify in the Mueller probe, this could go either really well for President Trump - or it could be his downfall. Either way, it promises to entertain.
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In perhaps the most Orwellian statement of the day, the head of South Africa’s radical Marxist opposition party - who declared his party was "cutting the throat of whiteness" - called Australia a "racist country" for offering fleeing white farmers a refuge. As we have detailed previously, last month, South Africa’s parliament voted in favour of a motion, brought by the EFF and supported by the ruling African National Congress, to begin the process of expropriating white-owned land without compensation. As Simon Black noted, this is likely to end badly. That’s exactly what Zimbabwe did. Seeking to correct similar colonial and Apartheid-era injustices in his country, Zimbabwe’s president Robert Mugabe initiated a land redistribution program in 1999-2000. Thousands of white-owned farms were confiscated by the government, and the farmers were forced out. Bear in mind that Zimbabwe used to be known as the breadbasket of southern Africa. Zimbabwe’s world-class farmers were major food exporters to the rest of the region. But within a few years of Mugabe’s land distribution, food production plummeted. Without its professional, experienced farmers, the nation went from being an agricultural export powerhouse to having to rely on handouts from the United Nations’ World Food Programme. Hyperinflation and a multi-decade depression followed. If there’s an economic model in the world that you DON’T want to follow, it’s Zimbabwe. And you’d think that the politicians in neighboring South Africa would know that. They had a front-row seat to the effects of Mugabe’s land redistribution, not to mention they had to absorb millions of starving Zimbabwean refugees who came across their borders. Yet this is precisely the policy that they want to adopt. The problem is - a 2017 government audit found white people owned 72 per cent of farmland in South Africa. According to the 2011 census, there are about 4.6 million white people in South Africa, accounting for 8.9 per cent of the population. And as Australia's News.com reports, the racially charged issue of land rights and farm murders has been the subject of fierce debate in the country and internationally. According to civil rights group Afriforum, which represents around 200,000 white farmers largely from the Afrikaner minority, 82 people were killed in a record 423 attacks on farms last year. In 2018 so far, there have already been 109 attacks and more than 15 murders. Afriforum says it is forced to compile its own numbers because the South African government — which denies the attacks are racially motivated or that white farmers are killed in disproportionate numbers — stopped releasing farm murder statistics in 2008. “Our rural areas are trapped in a crime war,” Afriforum head of safety Ian Cameron said in a statement, adding that torture with irons, blowtorches, melted plastic and boiling water often continued for hours during the attacks. “Although the South African government denies that a violence crisis is staring rural areas in the face, the numbers prove that excessive violence plague these areas. Government cannot deny the facts — our people are being mowed down.” Which is why, earlier this month, Australian Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton floated the idea of fast-tracked humanitarian visas for white South African farmers, saying they faced "horrific circumstances" and needed help from a "civilised country." “We’re looking at ways we can help people to migrate to Australia if they’re finding themselves in that situation.” And despite the facts of savage attacks on white farmers, this statement outraged South Africa's government who claimed "the threat did not exist" and accused Mr Dutton of being an "out and out racist." But today the rhetoric heated up further as Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema, who recently declared his party was “cutting the throat of whiteness”, denied white farmers were being killed, telling a packed crowd that "we don't know violence, we know negotiations." Malema, who was convicted of hate speech in 2011 for singing the apartheid-era revolutionary song Shoot the Boer, Kill the Farmer and in 2016 told supporters he was “not calling for the slaughter of white people‚ at least for now”, said farmers should “leave quietly”. “We’re too busy,” he said. “Don’t make noise, because you will irritate us. Go to Australia. It is only racists who went to Australia when Mandela got out of prison. It is only racists who went to Australia when 1994 came. It is the racists again who are going back to Australia.” But he said they would be “poor in Australia”. “They are rich here because they are exploiting black people. There is no black person to be exploited in Australia, they are going to be poor. “They will come back here with their tail between their legs. We will hire them because we will be the owners of their farms when they come back to South Africa. As to what we are going to do with the land, it’s our business, it’s none of your business. “We want Africa back. Africa belongs to our people. “We are saying that which our people were killed for ... has not been achieved, and therefore we will continue with that struggle. When we say so, they say we are racist, they say we want to kill white people. Why would we kill white people? “Our mothers and fathers are not murderers. The white settlers found them here, they killed them, they forcefully removed them, yet our people kept on saying: ‘Let’s talk.’ “Today we say: ‘Let’s talk like our parents kept on saying to you. Let’s talk about how we are going to expropriate land without compensation.’ Then when we say so, they say we want to kill them.” The Transvaal Agricultural Union of South Africa (TAU SA), a commercial farmers union in the region, warned the country is in danger of traveling the same path as Zimbabwe, which “plunged into famine after a government-sanctioned purge of white farmers in the 2000s,” said the Russian Times. “Where in the world has expropriation without compensation coupled to the waste of agricultural land, resulted in foreign confidence, economic growth and increased food production?” Meintjes said, via Australia’s news.com.au. “If Mr Ramaphosa is set on creating an untenable situation, he should actively create circumstances which will promote famine. His promise to expropriate land without compensation sows the seed for revolution. Expropriation without compensation is theft.” Freedom Front Plus leader Pieter Groenewald warned, “If you continue on this course, I can assure you there is going to be unforeseen consequences that is not in the interest of South Africa.” The Coming Civil War in South Africa explained:
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Gabriel Sherman, Vanity FairFor the better part of the last month, Donald Trump has been winging it. His standoff with his chief of staff, John Kelly, appears to be resolved for the time being, with Trump having decided to return to the seat-of-the-pants decision-making that he believes won him the presidency. That doesn’t mean he has fully given up the idea of firing Kelly, though. One outside adviser to the White House said Trump has recently mulled the concept of creating a new West Wing structure without a chief of staff, one that would instead have four co-equal principals reporting directly to him. Trump...
Aliya Zaripova Londres tente de convaincre les partenaires européens d’expulser des diplomates russes - rapportent des médias occidentaux. Selon Bloomberg, se référant à ses sources, la Premier-ministre britannique Teresa May voudrait s'assurer que les pays de l'UE accusent Moscou d'être impliqués dans l'empoisonnement de Sergei Skripal et de sa fille. Selon ses données, pour atteindre cet objectif, la Grande-Bretagne partagerait des renseignements secrets avec ses alliés, rapporte RIA Novosti. Mme May discuterait cette question jeudi au sommet de l'UE, elle espère également convaincre les partenaires de l'Union européenne de la nécessité de renforcer la critique des autorités russes. À partir de 2019 le gouvernement russe pourrait interdire le transport du pétrole, du gaz et du charbon extraits dans l'Arctique russe par la route maritime du Nord à bord de navires étrangers. Selon le gouvernement, de telles mesures permettraient d'assurer le chargement du super chantier naval « Zvezda », que Rosneft construit en Extrême-Orient. Le document a continué l'initiative sur l'utilisation obligatoire du drapeau russe et des navires de fabrication russe sur la route maritime du Nord. Le Comité réglementaire de la Verkhovna Rada d'Ukraine a approuvé à l'unanimité l'intention du Procureur général du pays, Youri Loutsenko, de priver Nadezhda Savchenko de son immunité diplomatique en vue de son maintien en détention et de son arrestation. Rappelons que Loutsenko a déclaré que Savchenko envisageait de commettre une attaque terroriste contre la haute direction de l'Ukraine dans le bâtiment du parlement ukrainien, en utilisant des armes fournies à cet effet de la Russie. L'ambassade de Russie aux Etats-Unis a exigé que Washington fournisse des preuves des "actions illégales" de la Russie dans le cas de l'empoisonnement de l'ancien officier du GRU, Sergueï Skripal, en Grande-Bretagne. "Nous recommandons fortement que Washington fournisse des preuves de ces" actions illégales "de la Russie, si elles sont disponibles, cela peut être fait rapidement, ou ils peuvent confesser leur absence et s'excuser auprès de nous, c'est comme ça que les gens honnêtes agissent ". Les unités kurdes de YPG dans la région occupée d'Afrine, dans le nord-ouest de la Syrie, se sont passés aux méthodes de guérilla. Selon l'agence ANF, au cours de l'un des raids, ils ont détruit 18 militaires et d'opposition turcs. La milice a mené ses attaques dans la zone des villes de Jinders et de Bulbul, qui ont été capturées pendant l'opération « Le rameau d’olivier ». En particulier, près du village de Shirava, une voiture blindée turque a été renversée et son équipage de cinq personnes a été abattu. En France, mercredi soir, des accusations officielles ont été portées contre l'ex-président du pays Nicolas Sarkozy. Il est accusé de violations dans le financement de la campagne électorale de 2007, notamment en dissimulant le soutien financier de la Libye. Jusqu’à la fin de l'examen de cette affaire, Nicolas Sarkozy restera en liberté, sous contrôle judiciaire. L'enquête sur l'ex-président de la France a débuté par le parquet de Paris au printemps 2013, mais Sarkozy est lui-même interrogé sur cette affaire pour la première fois. ___________________________________________________________ Более подробно на сайте http://anna-news.info Помочь материально: http://anna-news.info/помощь-агентству-anna-news/ Мы в соцсетях: Вконтакте https://vk.com/anna_news Facebooke https://www.facebook.com/newsanna/ Twitter https://twitter.com/annanews_info Instagram https://www.instagram.com/anna_news.info/
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - With large protests for stricter gun laws planned nationwide on Saturday, the U.S. Congress is expected to approve a massive spending bill this week with grants to help schools prevent gun violence, improvements to background checks and an assurance that a key government agency can conduct related research.
Congressional negotiators reach deal on $1.3 trillion spending bill ahead of Friday government shutdown deadline
Congressional negotiators are expected to release a final bill later Wednesday.
In a surprising announcement, the Bank of England kept its rates as expected at 0.50%, however instead of a unanimous 9-0 vote as had been expected, the vote was 7-2 with McCafferty and Saunders dissenting - preferring to increase Bank Rate by 25 basis points now - citing slack being largely used up and accelerating wage growth, presenting risks to inflation in the medium term. The others, however, agreed that an “ongoing tightening of monetary policy over the forecast period would be appropriate”. MPC vote by a majority of 7-2 to maintain #BankRate at 0.5% pic.twitter.com/XQohXbQRa0 — Bank of England (@bankofengland) March 22, 2018 On the QE side, there were no surprises with the Committee voting unanimously to maintain the stock of sterling non-financial investment-grade corporate bond purchases and UK government bond purchases unchanged. With today's statement, the BOE set the stage for a second interest rate rise at its next meeting in May - which has been fully priced in by the market - saying that pay growth was picking up and inflation was likely to remain above its 2% target for too long. A quick scan through the Monetary Policy Committee's reveals that the BOE removed the line from the February release that "were the economy to evolve broadly in line with the February inflation report projections, monetary policy would need to be tightened somewhat earlier and by a somewhat greater extent over the forecast than anticipated at the time of the November report, in order to return inflation sustainably to target." The MPC also maintained the language that any rate rises to come “were likely to be at a gradual pace and to a limited extent”, which has previously assured financial markets not to expect more than 2 rate hikes in 2018. Some other observations, courtesy of RanSquawk: Brexit: Maintains view on Brexit that was stated in the February release by stating ‘Developments regarding the UK’s withdrawal from the EU – and in particular the reaction of households, businesses and asset prices to them – remain the most significant influence on, and source of uncertainty about, the economic outlook’. Although did acknowledge that since the previous meeting, a draft withdrawal agreement between the UK and EU had been agreed ahead of the EU council meeting on March 23rd. Data: Overall has been broadly consistent with the MPC’s view set out in the QIR Inflation: Inflation is expected to ease further in the short term but remain above the 2% target. Growth: Prospects for global growth remain strong. Q4 GDP was revised lower to 0.4% with components suggesting less rotation towards net trade and business investment than anticipated in February, albeit could be subject to revision. Activity indicators suggest underlying Q1 2018 growth is similar to that of Q4 2017. Wages: Pay growth continued to pick up. The firming of short-term measures of wage growth in recent quarters and a range of survey indicators suggests pay growth will rise further in response to the tightening labour market; providing increasing confidence that growth will pick-up at target consistent rates. Slack: Maintains view on slack that was stated in the February release by stating that the steady absorption of slack has reduced the degree which it is appropriate for the MPC to accommodate an extended period of inflation above the target. Commenting on the statement, Scotiabank economist Alan Clarke said "it looks like May is all but a done deal" adding that the "only thing that will make it slightly tricky is if I’m right on CPI next month,” says Clarke, who sees consumer price inflation slowing to 2.4% y/y. However, he adds, "higher wages sufficiently offset that." In immediate knee-jerk reaction, Cable spiked above 1.42 on the hawkish vote split, moving from 1.4160 to 1.4220; gains, however, were pared back with GBP then quickly sliding back to around 1.4150, below the pre-announcement level. Gilts, meanwhile, fell in an immediate reaction, moving from 121-30 to 121-04, before making its way back to 121-30 again. 10y gilt yield pares drop to -3bps to 1.49%, with the 2y eventually stabilizing at 0.93% after falling as much as 5bps earlier in the day. Ultimately, the statement means that the next hike is likely to take place in May, as previously expected, and thus no incremental information was revealed today. To be sure, after the BOE announcement, the MPC-dated Sonia shows odds of a 25bps May hike at 89%, little changed from before the meeting.
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The House of Representatives passed on party lines Wednesday evening a bill designed to let very sick patients request access to experimental medicines without government oversight. The passage of the bill, known as right-to-try, is a big victory for the small libertarian think tank that crafted the proposal — and for a White House that has vigorously campaigned for the law. And it comes one week after Republicans failed to pass a similar measure through an expedited process that needed two-thirds support from the chamber.The bill passed by a vote of 267-149 with 35 Democrats in favor and two Republicans against. It now heads to the Senate, which passed a slightly different version of the legislation last summer. With a final law all but assured, health policy advocates who have vigorously opposed the idea are now looking toward the broader anti-regulatory health agenda being pushed by the Goldwater Institute. Arizona-based Goldwater has a handful of other ideas that could dramatically weaken the authority of the FDA to oversee the safety and effectiveness of medicines and has already made progress getting one of those ideas — giving drug companies more freedom to market their products — on state lawmakers' agenda. Goldwater spearheaded passage of a law in Arizona's legislature last year that allows companies to promote non-FDA-approved uses of their products to doctors without fear of repercussions by state officials. It helped get similar bills introduced in Colorado and Missouri's legislative sessions this year and expects other states to follow suit soon.Some are concerned that Goldwater could be emboldened by the right-to-try success.“I think this is the first step, for sure. Tear down as many regulations as possible, take away all oversight, and let it be the Wild West of medicine,” said Andrew McFadyen, executive director of the rare disease patient group Issac Foundation and a member of New York University’s working group on compassionate use and pre-approval access. “Republicans know this doesn’t give access to patients. But they opened the door to Koch brothers and Goldwater to rip apart the FDA, and then other government bodies after that,” McFadyen added. The victory also highlights the success of Goldwater’s strategy of pushing legislation state-by-state — 38 states have approved — and using that momentum to take it to the national level, said Christopher Robertson, an expert on health law and bioethics at the University of Arizona. It’s “easy for them to bend the ear of local politicians,” Robertson said, and “even if the state legislation is completely ineffectual it does present one symbolic victory after the next.” Moreover, the average state legislator doesn’t need to understand the intricacies of FDA law, making it easier for Goldwater to sway state lawmakers. Besides drug marketing, Robertson said pushing to get more medicines available over the counter, without a doctor’s prescription, is also on the libertarian group's agenda. Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell’s office declined to provide any guidance on if and when the Senate might consider the House proposal, but the chamber is expected to eventually pass the House bill.The Senate cleared its version of right-to-try over the summer on unanimous consent. But it stalled in the House due to concerns from patient advocacy groups, bioethicists, drug companies and President Donald Trump’s own FDA commissioner, Scott Gottlieb. After months of deliberation, the House released an updated version last week with tweaks designed to make it safer for patients and encourage more drug companies to participate — but Democrats continued to oppose the bill, arguing it wouldn’t help more patients to get access to experimental medicines and could cause them harm.With the GOP attempting to pass it under an expedited process requiring a two-thirds vote, Democrats sank the bill last week, knowing full well that it would pass easily when brought back under regular procedures requiring a simple majority for passage. Trump, who called for swift passage of the bill during the State of the Union in January, called out Democrats for stalling the legislation at a speech Monday in New Hampshire. “It is hope. It's incredible. They've been talking about this for years and years and years. We're going to get it approved. So important,” Trump said. But Democrats continued to push back against the law Wednesday. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.), ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said right-to-try doesn’t address the true barrier facing patients requesting experimental drugs — resistance from drug companies — and thus offers patients little more than "false hope."“The fact is when a patient is denied access to an experiential treatment, it is because a company has said no, not the FDA. So let's be clear about what this legislation is. It's an attempt to undermine the authority of the expert public health agencies charged with reviewing drugs to ensure their safety and efficacy,” Pallone said during House debate of the bill. Pallone’s argument got a boost from four former FDA commissioners who served under Republican and Democratic presidents. Margaret Hamburg, Robert Califf, Mark McClellan and Andrew von Eschenbach issued a statement earlier this week saying “there is no evidence” that either the House or Senate right-to-try bills “would meaningfully improve access for patients, but both would remove the FDA from the process and create a dangerous precedent that would erode protections for vulnerable patients,” Ultimately, Republicans' messaging won the day.“It’s not false hope; It is hope. Support of this bill is compassionate. Support of this bill is fair,“ said Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.), one of the original sponsors of the House legislation.