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  • president Oct 28, 2019

    EU Delays Brexit to Jan. 31; Johnson Election Bid Fails

    Britain got Brexit breathing space but no clarity on Monday when the European Union granted a three-month delay to the U.K.’s departure from the bloc. British politicians immediately began using the extra time to do what they have done for more than three years — bicker about Brexit.

  • Daniel Macht Oct 25, 2019

    UK's Johnson Seeks Dec. 12 Election to Break Brexit Impasse

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has finally abandoned his promise of an October Brexit and pinned his hopes on a December election. Two days after lawmakers stymied Johnson’s latest attempt to pass his European Union divorce deal, he said Thursday that the only way to break Britain’s Brexit impasse was a general election. Johnson said he would ask lawmakers to...

  • European Union Oct 23, 2019

    Brexit in Limbo: Boris Johnson Wins 1 Vote, Loses Another

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson won one vote and lost another in Parliament on Tuesday, a result that inches him closer to his goal of leading Britain out of the European Union — but effectively guarantees it won’t happen on the scheduled date of Oct. 31. The good news for the prime minister was that lawmakers — for the first...

  • Donald Trump Oct 23, 2019

    Russia, Turkey Seal Power in Northeast Syria With Accord

    Russia and Turkey reached an agreement Tuesday that would cement their power in Syria, deploying their forces across nearly its entire northeastern border to fill the void left by President Donald Trump’s abrupt withdrawal of U.S. forces. The accord caps a dramatic and swift transformation of the Syrian map unleashed by Trump’s decision two weeks ago to remove the American...

  • Donald Trump Oct 22, 2019

    Iraq Says American Troops Leaving Syria Cannot Stay in Iraq

    U.S. troops leaving Syria and heading to neighboring Iraq do not have permission to stay in the country, Iraq’s military said Tuesday as American forces continued to pull out of northern Syria after Turkey’s invasion of the border region. The statement appears to contradict U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper, who has said that under the current plan, all U.S. troops...

  • Donald Trump Oct 22, 2019

    Syrian Kurds Pelt Withdrawing US Troops With Potatoes

    Residents of a Kurdish-dominated Syrian city have pelted U.S. troops with potatoes as they drove through, apparently on their way out from Syria. Angry Qamishli residents hurled potatoes, shouting “No America” and “America liar,” in English.

  • European Union Oct 20, 2019

    Boris Johnson Faces Frenzied Week as Brexit Deadline Nears

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson faces a frenzied week of activity in Parliament, and possibly in the courts, as he tries to woo rebellious lawmakers in time to meet the Oct. 31 Brexit deadline. Johnson has vowed to avoid needing yet another extension to that deadline, even though he has formally asked — in distinctly unenthused tones — for a...

  • European Union Oct 12, 2019

    Brexit Negotiators Set to Work Through the Weekend

    British and European Union negotiators plan to work through the weekend to see if they can agree a Brexit deal in time for next week’s summit of EU leaders. The EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, approved an intensification of the discussions after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Irish counterpart, Leo Varadkar, said they could see a “pathway” forward...

  • Donald Trump Sep 22, 2019

    Boris Johnson Heads to UN, Urging World to See Beyond Brexit

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson headed for the United Nations in New York on Sunday to argue that post-Brexit Britain will be a dynamic world power taking the lead on tackling climate change and an unstable Middle East. But he and his country face some big hurdles. He is struggling to strike a withdrawal agreement with a skeptical European Union, and...

  • Commissioner Jul 25, 2019

    Showdown Looms as New British PM Boris Johnson Wants to Redo Brexit Deal

    Boris Johnson took over as Britain’s prime minister Wednesday, vowing to break the impasse that defeated his predecessor by leading the country out of the European Union and silencing “the doubters, the doomsters, the gloomsters” who believe it can’t be done. But the brash Brexit champion faces the same problems that flummoxed Theresa May during her three years in office:...

  • Commissioner Jul 24, 2019

    Now British PM, Brash Boris Johnson Faces Brexit Conundrum

    Boris Johnson took over as Britain’s prime minister Wednesday, vowing to break the impasse that defeated his predecessor by leading the country out of the European Union and silencing “the doubters, the doomsters, the gloomsters” who believe it can’t be done. But the brash Brexit champion faces the same problems that flummoxed Theresa May during her three years in office:...

  • European Union Apr 6, 2019

    What Next? Some Scenarios for UK as Brexit Crisis Unfolds

    Crunch time is coming for British politicians and European Union leaders, who are scrambling to find a way to way to make Brexit work. Britain is set to leave the EU on April 12 without an agreement in place unless a plan is reached or a further extension is granted. British politicians are deeply divided over a solution and EU...

  • president Apr 5, 2019

    UK's May Asks the EU to Delay Brexit Until June 30

    British Prime Minister Theresa May on Friday again sought to delay Brexit until June 30 to avoid a chaotic withdrawal from the European Union in one week, although a key leader of the bloc suggested an even longer pause in the difficult divorce proceedings. The question over timing is vital because Britain is set to leave the EU without a...

  • leader Apr 2, 2019

    UK Parliament Rejects Alternatives to May's Brexit Deal

    Lawmakers seeking a way out of the country’s Brexit morass on Monday rejected four alternatives to the government’s unpopular European Union divorce deal that would have softened or even halted Britain’s departure. With just 12 days until the U.K. must come up with a new plan or crash out of the bloc in chaos, the House of Commons threw out...

  • leader Mar 31, 2019

    Brexit Creates Power Vacuum at Heart of Britain's Government

    Britain’s Parliament is deadlocked over plans to leave the European Union. The country’s ruling Conservative Party is fractured by an undeclared leadership contest. Opposition parties are baying for an early general election. A power vacuum has paralyzed the heart of Britain’s government, dismaying both the European Union and the British public. In the next two weeks, British Prime Minister Theresa...

  • leader Mar 31, 2019

    Britain Faces Calls for Unity Govt Amid Brexit Impasse

    The U.K. may be forced to create a national unity government to end the impasse over Britain leaving the European Union, as Prime Minister Theresa May clings to the Brexit divorce agreement that Parliament has rejected three times, a senior Conservative suggested Saturday. Former Education Secretary Nicky Morgan’s comments came a day after the House of Commons rebuffed the prime...

  • leader Mar 31, 2019

    Britain Faces Calls for Unity Govt Amid Brexit Impasse

    The U.K. may be forced to create a national unity government to end the impasse over Britain leaving the European Union, as Prime Minister Theresa May clings to the Brexit divorce agreement that Parliament has rejected three times, a senior Conservative suggested Saturday. Former Education Secretary Nicky Morgan’s comments came a day after the House of Commons rebuffed the prime...

  • Europe Mar 30, 2019

    May Explores Idea of Bringing Brexit Deal Back for 4th Vote

    Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal may not be dead after all — even though lawmakers voted to reject it for a third time Friday — the day Britain had long been scheduled to leave the European Union. The U.K. now faces a deadline of April 12 to present the EU with a new plan, or crash out of the...

  • Europe Mar 30, 2019

    May Explores Idea of Bringing Brexit Deal Back for 4th Vote

    Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal may not be dead after all — even though lawmakers voted to reject it for a third time Friday — the day Britain had long been scheduled to leave the European Union. The U.K. now faces a deadline of April 12 to present the EU with a new plan, or crash out of the...

  • leader Mar 29, 2019

    UK Faces New Brexit Crisis After Lawmakers Reject May's Deal

    British lawmakers on Friday rejected the government’s Brexit deal for a third time, leaving the U.K. facing the stark prospect of a chaotic departure from the European Union in just two weeks, with political leaders in turmoil and the country ill-prepared for the shock. It’s either that, or a long delay to the country’s exit from the EU. The alternatives...

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