Brexit has made Britain’s problems worse, says Juncker

EU commission chief calls UKs departure a cycle of promises, promises not kept, and lies Brexit has worsened Britains problems, the outgoing head of the European commission has said in another parting shot at the UK government. Jean-Claude Juncker, who is standing down as head of the EU executive, delivered a typically blunt assessment in an interview with Germanys public broadcaster, ARD. Britain also has problems other than Brexit and these problems have got bigger with Brexit. They are trying to cover that up, but they just got bigger, he said. Juncker also described the UKs departure from the EU as a perpetual cycle of promises, promises not kept, and lies repeated over and over again, two days after he …

‘I’ve been shafted twice’: Stasi victims and their quest for compensation

Systematic degradation by state police resulting in lost careers and poor mental health has been hard to prove for many seeking recompense On a summers day in 1962, a year after the building of Stasi archives documents in which the German Democratic Republics secret police instructed five unofficial collaborators to target her in bars and nightclubs: It is well known, the file said, that Herrmann likes to dance and is happy for her dance partners to invite her to the bar afterwards. As Germany gears up to celebrate 30 years since the end of the Iron Curtain this Saturday, Herrmann is one of thousands of victims of the GDRs regime who have, until now, been denied access to support schemes …

Donald Trump Jr takes swipe at his ‘favorite Democrat’ Mitt Romney

Presidents eldest son hits back at criticism from Utah senator and says Rudy Giuliani is doing a good job Asked to name his favorite Democrat during a television interview, Donald Trump Jr promote his new book, Triggered: How the Left Thrives on Hate and Wants to Silence Us. The Guardian reporting that it revealed the author to be every bit as devoted to partisan trolling, childish insults and grudge-holding as his father in the Oval Office. On CBS, Trump Jr said he was not ruling out a run for office of his own, and said: After what I have been through for the last few years, I probably am entitled to hit back a little bit. Romney, the Republican nominee …

‘A couple of drinks with dinner’: Chicago police chief found asleep in his car

Eddie Johnson says incident related to medication but mayors comments differ from first official explanation The top police officer in Chicago told the mayor he had a couple of drinks with dinner before he fell asleep at a stop sign while driving home on Thursday, an incident the chief contends was related to a change in his blood pressure medication. Superintendent Eddie Johnson did not mention having anything to drink when he spoke to reporters on Thursday night and a department spokesman said then officers who responded to a 911 call reporting a man asleep in a car at a stop sign did not observe any signs of impairment. Mayor Lori Lightfoot told the Original Article : HERE ; The …

French couple can keep tilde in son’s name after court battle

The row over Fach or Fanch was settled after the parents two-year tussle with officials A two-year French legal battle over an orthographic squiggle has ended in victory for a couple granted the right to write their infant sons Breton first name as Fach instead of Fanch. The countrys highest court for criminal and civil cases threw out an appeal bid by the authorities of Rennes, the capital of the north-western Brittany region, must be written without the symbol on his birth certificate. That court ruled that the symbol was unrecognised by the French language, and said authorising the use of the tilde would amount to a breach of the will of our state of law to maintain the unity …

Shredded Trump documents and spy games: Ronan Farrow’s biggest scoops

Farrows new book Catch and Kill draws in many powerful figures in politics and media and offers shocking revelations Ronan Farrows book Farrow alleges. The shredding allegedly took place after the Wall Street Journal the Daily Beast disclosed, has hired lawyers on three continents to try to block publication of Farrows book. Weinstein, who is set to go on trial on criminal rape charges in January, has also denied any non-consensual sexual activity. Spy games Catch and Kill describes in gripping detail the lengths to which Weinstein and his lawyers went to keep tabs on Farrow. Through the long denial in which he has said the sexual encounter in Sochi, and the affair that ensued, was mutual and completely consensual. …

Out of space: Star Wars Resistance has gay characters, Disney says

Producers confirm that Orka and Flix in the animated childrens series are first queer couple in the franchise The animated childrens series Star Wars Resistance may not be the most popular thread of the long-running franchise, but its the first in the universe to harbour two gay characters. Disney producers confirmed on Monday what fans had already surmised, that two characters in the series, Orka and Flix voiced by Jim Rash and Bobby Moynihan respectively were a queer couple. Executive producers Athena Portillo, Justin Ridge, and Brandon Auman spoke to the podcast the 2017 live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast. Disney has made moves to include more rounded queer characters in its films, with Tessa Thompsons Valkyrie slated to …

Boris Johnson calls for ‘Trump deal’ to fix Iran nuclear standoff

PM says president could come up with better pact, in apparent shift from European position Boris Johnson has sided with Donald Trump in calling the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran a bad deal, while praising the US president as a very brilliant negotiator capable of achieving a better one. The prime ministers remarks, made in a NBC interview, marked a sharp change in UK rhetoric. British leaders, including Johnson, had until now upheld the 2015 accord between six major powers and Iran as a major diplomatic achievement. British officials insisted that the prime minister continued to support full compliance with that deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Programme of Action (JCPOA). However, Johnson had clearly come to the UN determined …

Sean Hannity’s sheriff friend faces mounting ethics allegations

Carmine Marceno faces questions over whether he is qualified, unusual political payments and relationship with crime victim Carmine Marceno was a rising Republican star in Florida a year ago, having leveraged his crime-fighting prowess, celebrity friendships and knack for self-promotion to secure the job of Lee county sheriff. Sean Hannity told viewers of his primetime Fox News show that Marceno was a dear friend. On Marcenos recommendation, Hannity was made an honorary deputy of the county and given a gold star badge. Rick Scott, then Floridas governor, travelled to speak at Marcenos swearing-in, having selected him for the role. I dont think theres anybody in the state that is going to do a better job than Carmine, Scott, now a …

Canadian couple missing for weeks died in car crash close to their home

Police had widened search for James Evans, 23, and Easha Rayel, 36, until discovery of car hidden in ditch on highway For two long, devastating weeks, the families of a missing Canadian couple clung to every lead, desperately hoping that the smallest shred of evidence could help explain the sudden disappearance of their loved ones. James Evans, 23, and Easha Rayel, 36, were last seen travelling together near their home on Vancouver Island on Canadas west coast. But on Sunday, after weeks of waiting and a series of cold tips, families were told that Evans and Rayel had never left the island. Instead, the couple had died in a car accident along a busy highway, and their vehicle was obscured …

Indian transgender couple tie knot in landmark ‘rainbow wedding’

Bride and groom, who both underwent sex reassignment, comes as lower house of parliament votes to enshrine transgender rights An Indian transgender couple who both underwent sex re-assignment have tied the knot in a traditional Bengali ceremony, in what is believed to be the states first rainbow wedding. Surrounded by family and friends, the bride, Tista Das, 38, and groom, Dipan Chakravarthy, 40, took part in rituals in Kolkata, the capital of West Bengal state. We are feeling awesome actually. We are out of the gender box and we love to be an exception and we think this is a strong bond between us, Tista Das said. Its a bond of love. Its a bond of liberty also, she said. …

Iran refuses to end breach of nuclear deal until it gets ‘full rights’

Tehran meets French envoy as Rouhani warns UK of repercussions over oil tanker seizure Iran has told Europe it will not reverse its decision to increase uranium enrichment beyond the limits set by the seizure of an oil tanker bound for Syria off the coast of Gibraltar last week. The ship remains in British possession. Shamkhanis warning suggests the three European powers France, Germany and the UK face an uphill struggle to keep the nuclear deal alive. Shamkhani said the Iranian strategy was unchangeable, and claimed European countries had shown a lack of will to keep their side of the bargain. The two-day visit by the French envoy to Tehran, Emmanuel Bonne, was seen as probably the last attempt to …

Swinging 60s surrealist Penny Slinger: ‘Collectors thought I came with the art’

She made psychic dolls houses, erotic wedding cakes and full-frontal collages. But the world wasnt ready for her powerful personal visions. Is Lady Picasso about to get her dues? Penelope Slinger has never done anything by halves. She remembers drawing her first really accomplished picture in 1952, when she was four and a half. It was of her parents completely naked. They were terribly proud but too embarrassed to show their friends. Then, when she was nine, she was expelled from her Surrey convent school for waving a sanitary towel out of a bus window. A child psychologist informed her parents that she wasnt mad, she was simply an artist, and they should do what they could to support her. …

Bolsonaro tight-lipped as minister faces calls to resign over Lula scandal

Srgio Moro, who jailed Bolsonaros top rival, Lula, before Brazil election, accused of totally inappropriate links with prosecutors Brazils justice minister is facing growing calls to resign after a series of politically explosive leaks that some observers believe could have a profound effect on Brazilian politics and the administration of the far-right president, the historic Car Wash anti-corruption investigation. He controversially took his job last year after helping jail Bolsonaros key election rival, former president Luiz Incio Lula da Silva, and has been widely tipped as a future president himself. But Moros political future was thrown into doubt on Sunday after the Intercept began publishing a series of exposs based on what it called its Secret Brazil Archive reports which …

Trump brushes off North Korea’s launch of ‘some small weapons’

President says recent missile tests bother some people, but not him, and praises regime for calling Joe Biden a fool of low IQ Donald Trump has dismissed concerns about North Koreas recent missile tests, calling them small weapons, a day after his national security adviser said there was no doubt the launches violated UN security council resolutions. The US president UN resolutions prohibited the launch of any ballistic missiles and urged Kim Jong-un to return to denuclearisation talks. Despite scant progress from two summits with the North Korean leader, Trump has made much of his personal relationship with Kim, saying last year that he Nobodys happy about it. US officials had previously expressed optimism that Trump would meet Kim for …

May averts Tory mutiny by agreeing to set her exit date after Brexit bill vote

1922 Committee agrees to let PM wait until after vote on withdrawal agreement bill in early June Theresa May has agreed to set a timetable for her departure as prime minister in the first week of June, leading MPs to believe she will trigger a leadership contest before the summer. Sir Graham Brady, the chair of the 1922 Committee of backbenchers, said she would agree a timetable for the election of a new leader after her Brexit legislation returned to parliament saying he would of course go for it when there is a vacancy but there is a wide field of up to 20 candidates. May met the 1922 committees executive on Thursday, which represents Tory backbenchers, after mutinous MPs …