Japan finance minister to skip G20 amid parliamentary wrangling over suspected scandal

Japan finance minister to skip G20 amid parliamentary wrangling over suspected scandal

[ad_1] TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso will not attend the Group of 20 finance leaders’ meeting in Buenos Aires next week due to parliamentary wrangling over altered documents in a suspected favoritism scandal, a ruling party source told Reuters. FILE PHOTO – Japan’s Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Taro Aso speaks […]

Russian spy: White House backs UK decision to expel diplomats

Russian spy: White House backs UK decision to expel diplomats

Media captionTheresa May announces the expulsion of 23 Russian diplomats from the UK The White House says it “stands in solidarity” with “its closest ally” the UK and supports its decision to expel 23 Russian diplomats. PM Theresa May said the diplomats would be expelled after Moscow refused to explain how a Russian-made nerve agent […]

UK to build new £48m chemical weapons defence centre

UK to build new £48m chemical weapons defence centre

Image copyright Getty Images The UK is to build a new chemical weapons “defence centre” to protect itself from what it says is the growing threat from Russia and North Korea. Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson is to announce the £48m facility will be located at the government’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory. Scientists at Porton […]

MPs warn of ‘poisonous air’ emergency costing £20bn a year

MPs warn of ‘poisonous air’ emergency costing £20bn a year

Image copyright PA Image caption The automotive industry says a £220m clear air fund is already in operation MPs have demanded an end to the UK’s “poisonous air” in an unprecedented report from four Commons committees. The Environment, Health, Transport and Environmental Audit committees want a new Clean Air Act, and a clean air fund […]

Brexit: David Davis ‘can live’ with shorter EU transition

Brexit: David Davis ‘can live’ with shorter EU transition

Image copyright Getty Images David Davis said he can “live with” a transition period of under two years if that helps to secure an early deal. The Brexit secretary said the EU and UK will establish a joint committee during the transition period to guarantee a “duty of good faith” by both sides. He said […]

MPs call for unpaid shifts to be illegal

MPs call for unpaid shifts to be illegal

Media captionMeghan Wright from Edinburgh says trial shifts took advantage of her Some MPs and lawyers have called for a blanket ban on unpaid shift work. Companies can currently invite prospective employees to do trial shifts with the carrot of a job at the end. But there has been a six-fold increase over three years […]

Labour vows to close ‘North-South divide’ in public spending

Labour vows to close ‘North-South divide’ in public spending

Image copyright ALAMY Labour has vowed to “close the gap” between spending in the north and south of England and end the “bias” it says there has been in transport investment. Shadow chancellor John McDonnell said in a speech that London and the South East have disproportionately benefited from projects such as Crossrail. He said […]

Merkel welcomes May’s ambition for a strong Europe

Merkel welcomes May’s ambition for a strong Europe

Image copyright ANDREAS SOLARO German chancellor Angela Merkel has welcomed Theresa May’s remarks that Britain wants to see a strong Europe – even as it prepares to quit the EU. The prime minister told EU leaders she wanted to build a “strong partnership” with the EU and pledged the UK would be a “good friend […]

Brexit: Fresh legal challenge blocked by High Court

Brexit: Fresh legal challenge blocked by High Court

Image copyright AFP Image caption The campaigners have vowed to continue the fight A fresh legal challenge to Brexit has been blocked by the High Court. A group of campaigners who want Britain to stay in the EU single market argued that Parliament must approve the UK’s exit from the European Economic Area. But the […]

Northern Powerhouse report: Schools need urgent attention

Northern Powerhouse report: Schools need urgent attention

Image caption Closing the North-South attainment divide is key to success, says the report “Urgent attention” must be given to improving education in the North of England, says George Osborne’s Northern Powerhouse Partnership think tank. In its first report since being set up last year, the think tank identifies what needs to be done to […]

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