October 13, 2019

Review Category : People

Exit poll: Polish ruling conservatives win election

Exit poll: Polish ruling conservatives win electionAn exit poll indicated that Poland's conservative ruling party Law and Justice won the most votes in Sunday's general election. The exit poll conducted by the research firm Ipsos projects that Law and Justice won 43.6% of the votes. The party has governed Poland since 2015 and is popular for its social conservatism and generous social spending.


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UPDATE 1-Russia takes part in talks between Syria and Kurdish-led SDF

UPDATE 1-Russia takes part in talks between Syria and Kurdish-led SDFBEIRUT/QAMISHLI, Syria, Oct 13 (Reuters) - The Syrian government and the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have been holding negotiations with Russian participation, a Syrian Kurdish politician said on Sunday, expressing hope for a deal that would halt a Turkish attack. Ahmed Suleiman, a senior member of the Kurdish Democratic Progressive Party in Syria, said the talks were being held at Russia's Hmeimim airbase in Latakia, although a source close to the Syrian government said they were taking place in Damascus.


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EU Seeks to Halt U.S. Tariffs Over Airbus Aid in Last-Gasp Plea

EU Seeks to Halt U.S. Tariffs Over Airbus Aid in Last-Gasp Plea(Bloomberg) -- The European Union made a last-ditch appeal to the U.S. to refrain from triggering retaliatory tariffs over illegal subsidies to Airbus SE, warning of economic harm to both sides and repeating a call for a negotiated solution.European Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom told her U.S. counterpart, Robert Lighthizer, that his plan to hit $7.5 billion of EU goods ranging from planes to whiskey with duties would compel the EU to apply countermeasures in a parallel lawsuit over market-distorting aid to Boeing Co. U.S. levies would make a negotiated settlement harder to reach, she said.“I strongly believe that imposing additional tariffs in two aircraft cases is not a solution,” Malmstrom said in an Oct. 11 letter to Lighthizer seen by Bloomberg News. “It would only inflict damage on businesses and put at risk jobs on both sides of the Atlantic, harm global trade and the broader aviation industry at a sensitive time.”The World Trade Organization is due to give final approval for U.S. retaliation in the Airbus case on Monday, allowing tariffs to kick in as planned on Friday.The trans-Atlantic dispute over aircraft aid risks fraying a trade truce struck between the U.S. and EU in July 2018. At the time, both sides pledged to try to scale back commercial barriers and avoid a repeat of tit-for-tat tariffs that began with President Donald Trump’s duties on European steel and aluminum on U.S. national-security grounds.The WTO cases over subsidies to Airbus and Boeing are 15 years old. Because of the calendar, the U.S. is entitled to strike first and the EU would follow suit sometime in 2020.Malmstrom gave no sign in her letter to Lighthizer that an idea floated in some EU circles for quicker European retaliation is gaining ground. The idea weighed was to hit back by invoking an unrelated, older WTO case against a now-defunct U.S. tax break given to companies, including Boeing, via subsidiaries known as foreign sales corporations.Instead, Malmstrom said the EU’s planned countermeasures of $12 billion would be applied “when the time comes on the parallel Boeing case.”Aside from causing economic harm, hastier European retaliation could undermine the EU’s claim to be working to uphold the WTO system that Trump’s protectionism is shaking.“We are ready to negotiate a settlement for both the Airbus and the Boeing case addressing remaining compliance obligations on both sides, putting these cases behind us,” Malmstrom said.To contact the reporter on this story: Jonathan Stearns in Brussels at jstearns2@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Ben Sills at bsills@bloomberg.net, Tony Czuczka, Linus ChuaFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


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Pentagon chief vows to cooperate with impeachment probe

Pentagon chief vows to cooperate with impeachment probeUS Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Sunday the Pentagon would cooperate with the congressional impeachment inquiry -- in an apparent break with President Donald Trump's policy to thwart the probe. Esper said his department would try to comply with a subpoena from House Democrats seeking records relating to the withholding of US military aid to Ukraine. "We will do everything we can to cooperate with the Congress," Esper said on CBS's Face The Nation.


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British orphans missing in northern Syria after mass escape of Islamic State families

British orphans missing in northern Syria after mass escape of Islamic State familiesThree British Islamic State orphans have gone missing in northern Syria after the camp they were in was shelled by Turkish forces. Ten-year-old Amira, her sister Hiba, eight, and brother Hamza, around the same age as Hiba, were discovered in the Kurdish-run Ain Issa camp by a BBC reporting team last week.  But they vanished on Sunday after hundreds of women linked the caliphate fled the camp in what Kurdish-led forces described as a mass escape facilitated by Turkish forces.   They had been living with 21 other orphans at the camp since they were evacuated from the wreckage of Baghouz, Isil's last redoubt, in March. The three siblings, whose surname is unknown, emerged from Isil's last stand bearing physical and emotional scars but still able to speak some English. Their parents, older brother, and two other sisters were killed in the battle.  Their parents, who have not been identified, brought the family to Isil's so-called Capilphate in Syria five years ago.  In an interview with the BBC, Amira, who still has traces of a London accent and is able to write, painstakingly wrote out the place she once called home: "LaNDN uKeH" -- London, UK. Describing her pre-war life, she said: “I go to the park, I go to grand-mum’s house, I go to the fun fair." The family entered Syria around five years ago, travelling to Aleppo, on to Raqqa and then down the Euphrates river valley, ending up in Baghouz.   Human rights watchdogs have heaped pressure on the international community, particularly Western countries, to repatriate their citizens from Syria. Few have done so, and the UK has revoked the citizenship of high-profile militants and Isil supporters, including Shamima Begum.   The case for orphans is more complex, and both France and the Netherlands have permitted the return of child nationals whose parents took them to Syria to join the terror group, but died there.  In the hours after the Ain Issa camp was overrun, aid agency Save the Children made a plea with countries to repatriate their citizens, particularly children, before it was too late.  By Sunday afternoon, Amira, Hiba and Hamza were gone.


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Bernie Sanders differentiates himself from Warren, says he's the only candidate willing to stand up to corporate elite

Bernie Sanders differentiates himself from Warren, says he's the only candidate willing to stand up to corporate eliteIt looks like Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is beginning to distance himself from his good friend Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) policy-wise.The two Democratic presidential candidates have always gotten along well and are generally ideological allies, especially relative to many of their primary competitors. But Sanders was pretty clear in an interview that aired on Sunday's edition of ABC's This Week that Warren has a ways to go before she's at the same point on the political spectrum. Sanders praised Warren's tenure as a senator and reaffirmed their friendship, but he said "there are differences" in their platforms, namely the fact that Warren has maintained she is a capitalist "through her bones." He said the country doesn't need more regulation, but rather a "political revolution" and he believes he's the only candidate who will stand up to the corporate elite in the U.S. and say "enough." He said thar Warren would speak for herself on the matter, but, for the moment, Sanders, who considers himself a democratic socialist, thinks her adherence to capitalism is reason enough to separate them.> Sen. Bernie Sanders tells @jonkarl that Sen. Elizabeth Warren is a "very, very good senator," but "there are differences between Elizabeth and myself." > > "Elizabeth, I think, as you know, has said that she is a capitalist through her bones. I'm not." https://t.co/MAEIw7EoHO pic.twitter.com/HLHFGgmubs> > -- This Week (@ThisWeekABC) October 13, 2019The initial analysis Sanders' comments seems to be that Sanders recognizes he's falling behind Warren in the race, and understands he focusing on where they differ might be his best chance at getting back in contention. > .@rickklein says Bernie Sanders drawing a contrast with Warren is "an unmistakeable message" that he recognizes "the growing consensus in the Democratic Party that is buttressed by polls that says Elizabeth Warren is going to be the candidate to beat" https://t.co/9Q62slshzO pic.twitter.com/WzVrS41SCE> > -- Deena Zeina Zaru ‍ (@Deena_Zaru) October 13, 2019


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Saudi Arabia opens tourist visas to U.S., European visa holders

Saudi Arabia opens tourist visas to U.S., European visa holdersTourist visas for Saudi Arabia are now available online and on arrival to holidaymakers who already hold a visa from the United States, Britain or the EU's Schengen zone, expanding eligibility beyond an initial list of 49 countries. The conservative Muslim kingdom, relatively closed off for decades, launched a new visa regime last month for nationals from countries in Europe, North America and much of Asia to boost foreign tourism and diversify the economy away from oil. Executive regulations published over the weekend stipulate that people from other countries who have a tourist or commercial visa from the United States, Britain or European Union nations can follow the same process, rather than applying at a Saudi overseas mission with additional documentation.


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