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At Pennsylvania Rally, Trump Can't Quite Figure Out What Great Britain Is

At Pennsylvania Rally, Trump Can't Quite Figure Out What Great Britain IsPresident Donald Trump took a moment during his political rally in Wilkes-



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Britain urges UAE not to press ahead with attack on Yemen's 'lifeline' port

Britain urges UAE not to press ahead with attack on Yemen's 'lifeline' portBritain has urged the UAE not to press ahead with an assault on Yemen’s main port following UN warnings that the attack could leave hundreds of thousands dead in a country already on the brink of famine.  UAE forces are poised to attack the port of Hodeidah as early as Tuesday as part of their campaign with Saudi Arabia to defeat the Houthi rebels who have seized much of north Yemen.  Around 70 per cent of Yemen’s imports, including the vast majority of its food, comes through Hodeidah and the port is described as the country’s “lifeline”. The UN said last week that up to 250,000 people could die if the port is attacked or besieged.     “We will continue to discourage any attack on Hodeidah port and will continue to use our influence to do so,” Alistair Burt, a foreign office minister, told the House of Commons.   The Department for International Development (Dfid) warned international aid groups on Saturday that diplomatic negotiations to avert the attack were failing.  “We are doing everything we can through diplomatic channels to discourage an assault on Hodeidah. However despite these actions, a military assault now looks imminent,” Dfid said in an email to aid groups.   At least eight million people in Yemen are on the verge of famine Credit: Mohammed Hamoud/Getty Images By Monday evening, diplomatic efforts to dissuade the UAE were still underway and British officials said they had not lost hope of averting the attack. “It could still be that a negotiated solution is found,” said Mr Burt.   The UK sells weapons to both the UAE and Saudi Arabia and provides logistical support for their military coalition in Yemen. Mr Burt resisted calls from opposition MPs to halt arms supplies or to ensure that UK weapons were not used in the Hodeidah attack.   Several aid agency figures said they believed that the attack was likely to begin on Tuesday, when international attention was focused on the summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un in Singapore.  The Saudi-led military coalition in Yemen, which includes the UAE, did not respond to a request for comment. Extremely concerned that life-saving organisations are not getting the security guarantees they need to work safely in #Yemen. All parties to the conflict must allow safe, rapid and unhindered humanitarian access to all parts of Yemen.— Alistair Burt (@AlistairBurtUK) June 10, 2018 UN officials believe the US will play the deciding role in whether or not the attack goes ahead and that the UAE would not move forward without a green light from the White House. “So far they have a blinking yellow light from the US,” one official said.  Mike Pompeo, the US secretary of state, said he was “closely following” the situation but did not call for the UAE to hold fire. “I have spoken with Emirati leaders and made clear our desire to address their security concerns while preserving the free flow of humanitarian aid and life-saving commercial imports,” he said.  The Houthi rebels took control of Hodeidah in 2014 and drove Yemeni government forces out. The Saudi-led military coalition alleges that the Houthis are using the port to smuggle weapons from Iran, including ballistic missiles which have been fired into Saudi Arabia.  As part of a compromise deal to avert an attack, the UN has offered to co-manage the port alongside the Houthis. The offer is intended to give the Saudi coalition confidence that Hodeidah is not being used for weapons smuggling.  Mike Pompeo said he was closely watching the developments in Yemen Credit: UPI / Barcroft Images Aid groups fear that the compromise will not satisfy the coalition and that the UAE will press ahead with the attack in the belief that if they take Hodeidah they can force the Houthis to surrender across Yemen.  Dr Mariam Aldogani, a field manager for Save the Children, said two medical facilities had closed already as UAE forces approach the southern edge of Hodeidah. “People are afraid. If they attack it will be a disaster,” she said. “There is no future. For more than three years we have been through war and it is enough.” Around 22 million people in Yemen are dependent on aid, with at least eight million on the verge of famine, according to the UN. A Saudi coalition airstrike hit a Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) cholera treatment centre in the northern town of Abs early on Monday morning, the aid group said. No one was injured. João Martins, MSF's head of mission Yemen, said the strike showed “complete disrespect for medical facilities and patients. Whether intentional or a result of negligence, it is totally unacceptable.”



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Britain says it supports Israel's right to defend itself against Iran

Britain says it supports Israel's right to defend itself against IranBritain supports Israel’s right to defend itself against Iranian aggression, Prime Minister Theresa May told her Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu in a phone call on Thursday. Israel said it had attacked nearly all of Iran’s military infrastructure in Syria on Thursday after Iranian forces fired rockets at Israeli-held territory for the first time in the most extensive military exchange ever between the two adversaries. “The Prime Minister condemned the Iranian rocket attacks against Israeli forces, and said we strongly support Israel’s right to defend itself against Iranian aggression,” May’s office said in a statement.



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Senior North Korean espionage official 'may have fled to Britain after defecting'

Senior North Korean espionage official 'may have fled to Britain after defecting'North Korea has launched an international manhunt for one of its most senior counter-espionage officers, who disappeared in late February and is believed to have defected, possibly to Britain, according to a media report in South Korea.  The official has been identified as a Mr Kang, a colonel in his 50s with the Ministry of State Security and responsible for monitoring dissident and espionage efforts in Russia, China and south-east Asia. He disappeared from the Zhongpu International Hotel in the Chinese city of Shenyang on February 25, sources in China and North Korea told the Seoul-based DailyNK news website.  The hotel was previously known as the Chilbosan Hotel and was operated jointly by the North Korean and Chinese governments. The hotel has reportedly served as a key base for North Korean hackers operating in China.  The sources claim Mr Kang had been in charge of directing intelligence-gathering and ground operations, as well as overseeing the obtaining of data for North Korea’s nuclear programme by arranging covert exchanges between scientists.  Kim Jong-un | A history of executions – family, allies and rivals The report added that he is understood to have fled with a large amount of foreign currency and a “machine capable of printing American dollars”.  Mr Kang was considered to be among the elite of North Korean society because he is a direct descendant of Kang Pan-sok, a key figure in the regime’s history as a leader of the guerrilla campaign against the Japanese occupiers in the 1930s.  Given his lineage and his knowledge of North Korean espionage efforts, the sources claimed at least 10 of Pyongyang’s agents had been dispatched with orders directly from Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, to assassinate him before he can be granted asylum in Europe. In numbers | North Korean defectors “Despite presently being unable to locate Mr Kang, the search is still under way”, the DailyNK reported. “It is presumed that he has gone to France or Great Britain”.  Another source said Mr Kang had defected after members of Group 109 – charged with rooting out foreign media smuggled into North Korea – searched his son’s home and found documents that indicated he had secretly earned money while stationed overseas. Summoned to Pyongyang to explain himself, Mr Kang instead chose to flee.  His family, however, are still in North Korea because the authorities changed the rules permitting senior officials to be accompanied by their immediate family after Thae Yong-ho, his wife and two children defected from Pyongyang’s embassy in London in 2016. 



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Britain 'deeply concerned' by Palestinian president's Holocaust remarks

Britain 'deeply concerned' by Palestinian president's Holocaust remarksBritain said on Thursday that recent remarks by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on the Holocaust were "deeply concerning" and unhelpful to peace in the region. Israel has accused Mr Abbas of anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial after the Palestinian leader suggested in a speech that historic persecution of European Jews had been caused by their conduct. "Palestinian President Abbas’s comments at the Palestinian National Congress were deeply concerning. Any attempt to justify or explain away any element of the Holocaust is unacceptable," Britain's Middle-East minister Alistair Burt said in a statement. "President Abbas has shown a commitment to non-violence and a two-state solution. But his recent rhetoric does not serve the interests of the Palestinian people and is deeply unhelpful to the cause of peace." Mr Abbas said in his speech that Jews living in Europe had suffered massacres "every 10 to 15 years in some country since the 11th century and until the Holocaust". Citing books written by various authors, Mr Abbas argued: "They say hatred against Jews was not because of their religion, it was because of their social profession. So the Jewish issue that had spread against the Jews across Europe was not because of their religion, it was because of usury and banks." Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas waves in Ramallah on Tuesday Credit: REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday accused Mr Abbas of anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial. Jewish groups and diplomats also condemned Mr Abbas' comments, made in a speech on Monday to the Palestinian National Council, that Jews had suffered historically not because of their religion but because they had served as bankers and money lenders. "It would appear that, once a Holocaust denier, always a Holocaust denier," Mr Netanyahu said on Twitter. "I call upon the international community to condemn the grave anti-Semitism of Abu Mazen (Abbas), which should have long since passed from this world." On Thursday, the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) parliament was preparing to hand its authority over to a smaller council in a move seen as a concentration of power in the hands of President Mahmoud Abbas's loyalists. The Palestinian National Council agreed Thursday to grant the 115-member Central Council authority to assume the political body's powers, such as appointing a successor to the 83-year-old Palestinian leader and resolving the decade-long rift with the rival Hamas party ruling Gaza. Abbas aide Ahmad Majdalani says the move will "make it easier for the PLO to handle political developments, and to fill any vacuum in PLO positions." The Palestinian National Council, which met this week for the first time in over two decades, was set to formally announce the measure Thursday evening. 



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Britain, France and Germany agree on support for Iran nuclear deal

Britain, France and Germany agree on support for Iran nuclear dealBritain, France and Germany have agreed that the nuclear deal that U.S. President Donald Trump has threatened to scrap remains the best way of stopping Tehran getting nuclear weapons, British Prime Minister Theresa May’s office said on Sunday. May had phone calls with French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel where they agreed the deal may need to be broadened to cover areas such as ballistic missiles, what happens when the deal expires, and what they consider Iran’s destabilizing regional activity, a statement said. “They committed to continue working closely together and with the U.S. on how to tackle the range of challenges that Iran poses – including those issues that a new deal might cover,” the statement said.



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'My gladiator lay down his shield': Toddler Alfie Evans dies in Britain

'My gladiator lay down his shield': Toddler Alfie Evans dies in BritainAlfie Evans, the 23-month-old British toddler whose grave illness drew international attention, died early on Saturday, his family said. Alfie had a rare, degenerative disease and had been in a semi-vegetative state for more than a year. After a series of court cases, doctors at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool removed his life support on Monday, against his parents wishes.



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Britain spy case: Watchdog rejects Russia nerve agent claim

Britain spy case: Watchdog rejects Russia nerve agent claimTHE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The head of the global chemical watchdog agency on Wednesday rejected Russian claims that traces of a second nerve agent were discovered in the English city where former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter were poisoned.



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Britain says Russia spied on Skripals before poisoning

Britain says Russia spied on Skripals before poisoningRussian intelligence was spying on former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia for at least five years before they were poisoned in a nerve agent attack, Britain’s National Security Adviser Mark Sedwill said in a letter to NATO on Friday. Sedwill also said that Russia has tested means of delivering chemical agents “including by application to door handles”, pointing out that the highest concentration of the chemical found after the attack was on Skripal’s front door handle. “We have information indicating Russian intelligence service interest in the Skripals, dating back at least as far as 2013, when email accounts belonging to Yulia Skripal were targeted by GRU cyber specialists,” Sedwill wrote in the letter, referring to Russia’s foreign military intelligence agency.



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Russia says Britain helped fake Syria chemical attack

Russia says Britain helped fake Syria chemical attackRussia’s Defence Ministry said on Friday that Britain was involved faking a suspected chemical weapons attack in the Syrian town of Douma. Britain and its allies accuse Damascus of carrying out the suspected attack on Douma and are considering military action against Syria in response. Syria and its main ally Russia deny a chemical attack took place.



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