Donald Trump says UK and US free to strike a ‘massive’ post-Brexit trade deal

Donald Trump has congratulated Boris Johnson on his “great win” in the General Election, and said the UK and US would be free to strike a “massive” new trade deal after Brexit. The American president said the agreement had the potential to be “far bigger and more lucrative” than any deal which could have been made with the European Union. The…

EU poised to reject accord between Turkey and Libya

European Union leaders meeting in Brussels for a second day on Friday are expected to issue a statement rejecting a Turkey-Libya maritime border deal as invalid and insisting that the pact interferes with the rights of other countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea. Arriving at the summit on Thursday, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis appeared confident that Greece’s EU peers will stand by the country in the face of Turkish provocations. “Europe is raising diplomatic walls against…

Tokyo being billed as ‘Recovery Olympics’ — but not for all

FUTABA, Japan (AP) — The torch relay for the Tokyo Olympics will kick off in Fukushima, the northern prefecture devastated almost nine years ago by an earthquake, tsunami and the subsequent meltdown of three nuclear reactors. They’ll also play Olympic baseball and softball next year in one part of Fukushima, allowing Tokyo organizers and the Japanese government to label these games the “Recovery Olympics.” The symbolism recalls the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, which showcased Japan’s reemergence just 19 years after World War II. But tens of thousands still haven’t recovered in Fukushima, displaced by nuclear radiation and unable to return to deserted places like Futaba. Time stopped in the town of…

President Ram Nath Kovind pays tribute to victims of 2001 Parliament attack

NEW DELHI: President Ram Nath Kovind and Union ministers on Friday paid tribute to those who lost their lives in the 2001 Parliament attack. Eighteen years ago on December 13, terrorists of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) attacked the Parliament complex and opened fire killing nine people. The victims included five Delhi police personnel, a woman central reserve police force (CRPF) trooper, two Parliament watch and ward staff and a gardener. A journalist who was injured died later. All five terrorists were shot…