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IMF downgrades world growth, warns of 'precarious' 2020
Global trade tensions, continued uncertainty and rising prospects for a no-deal Brexit are sapping the strength of the world economy, which faces a "precarious" 2020, the International Monetary Fund warned on Tuesday. Trade conflicts are undercutting investment and weakening manufacturing, and the IMF urged countries to avoid using tariffs to resolve their differences. "Global growth is sluggish and precarious, but it does not have to be this way, because some of this is self-inflicted," IMF chief economist Gita Gopinath told reporters.
France seeks European surveillance to secure Gulf traffic
France says it's working with its European partners on an observation mission to ensure maritime security in the Persian Gulf, where tensions have climbed with Iran's seizure last week of a U.K.-flagged oil tanker. Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian made no mention of a Europe-led "maritime protection mission" announced a day earlier by his British counterpart, Jeremy Hunt, offering instead what seems to be a softer version. France is working "at this moment on a European initiative" with Britain and Germany, he told lawmakers, without elaborating.
US citizens and Iranian relatives sue over travel ban
A group of American citizens and legal residents trying to bring Iranian spouses and other family to join them in the United States has filed a federal lawsuit saying they are being unfairly blocked by the travel ban. The families sued late Monday in federal court in Santa Ana, California, saying they have waited months for waivers to be able to be reunited, but the U.S. government hasn't issued them. The lawsuit says escalating tensions between the United States and Iran cause the families additional stress, and they fear they could be separated indefinitely.
US spars with key allies at UN over Mideast peace approach
The U.S. derided the viability of reaching "international consensus" on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict Tuesday, further distancing itself from the two-state solution preferred by most of the world and drawing rebukes from its European allies. President Donald Trump's Mideast negotiator, Jason Greenblatt, delivered the harsh assessment during a U.N. Security Council debate as the White House says it is preparing to unveil the political portion of its Mideast peace plan. Greenblatt dismissed the prospect of reaching global consensus on sensitive issues, including the fate of Palestinian refugees and the final status of contested Jerusalem.
US may have downed two Iranian drones last week: CENTCOM commander
A US warship may have brought down two Iranian drones in a stand-off in the Gulf last week that Iran has disputed, the commander of regional forces said Tuesday. "We are confident we brought down one drone, we may have brought down a second," General Kenneth McKenzie, the CENTCOM commander, told CBS news in an interview aboard the USS Boxer, the vessel at the center of the incident. Iran, which last month shot down a US Global Hawk drone that it said had ventured into its airspace, has denied that it lost any of its own unmanned aerial vehicles, after President Donald Trump announced that the USS Boxer had downed one.
Turkish banker released from US prison in sanctions case
A Turkish banker convicted of helping Iran evade economic sanctions has been released from a U.S. prison. An attorney for Mehmet Hakan Atilla said Tuesday he has been taken into U.S. immigration custody to await deportation. Atilla was convicted in 2018 in a scheme that allowed Iran to launder billions of dollars in oil proceeds through world markets.
'Different kind of guy' - Trump sees kindred spirit in Boris Johnson
In Boris Johnson, U.S. President Donald Trump may be getting the brash British prime minister he wanted after Trump made up his mind that Theresa May was a hapless leader for failing to deliver a credible Brexit deal. Trump appeared poised to quickly extend an invitation to Johnson to visit the White House once he takes over as prime minister on Wednesday after winning the Conservative Party leadership. Suddenly, the two provocateurs will be the caretakers of the "special relationship" between the United States and the United Kingdom that has stood the test of time and underpinned one of the strongest military and diplomatic alliances in the West.
Johnson Woos Tories With ‘Vintage Boris’ as Brexit Revolt Looms
(Bloomberg) -- Boris Johnson spent the hours after he was elected as Britain’s next prime minister telling Conservative members of Parliament what most of them wanted to hear: the U.K. will leave the European Union on Oct. 31, and there won’t be an early general election.It was a concerted effort to rally the troops before Johnson formally takes office after Theresa May resigns on Wednesday afternoon. Many Tory MPs fear their new leader will be forced to hold an election to try to break the parliamentary deadlock that destroyed May. Johnson, addressing them in a private meeting, assured them that wasn’t his intention.He also reiterated, to cheers, the key message from his leadership campaign: That he would deliver Brexit by the end of October, come what may. It remains hard to see how he can do that, and his supporters disagree about what constitutes a proper Brexit. But on Tuesday, few were arguing.His speech was “vintage Boris,” Nicky Morgan, who heads Parliament’s Treasury Select Committee, told reporters outside the meeting. Johnson made the party feel better about itself, she said.’Love-Bombing’That’s not true for everyone, though. So Johnson began the process of trying to win over those who have doubts. “The love-bombing starts now,” he told MPs, according to one person who was in the room.Three Cabinet members, including Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond, have said they don’t want to serve under him, citing his pledge to deliver Brexit with or without a deal. Other more junior ministers have also quit.Earlier, he acknowledged the concerns in his victory speech.“I know that there will be people around the place who will question the wisdom of your decision,” Johnson said. His answer was to appeal to their instinctive Conservative values -- owning a home, looking after family -- and away from the divisions over Brexit to bring the party together.The appointment of Mark Spencer as chief whip -- a key role in Johnson’s administration given his wafer-thin ruling majority in Parliament -- was welcomed by Tory lawmakers from both sides of the Brexit divide.Nicholas Soames, a pro-European and fierce critic of Johnson, called the appointment “a really excellent sane and wise choice” on Twitter, while Steve Baker, a prominent member of the pro-Brexit European Research Group, described him as a “very skillful and authoritative man.”Trump’s PraiseBut Johnson’s efforts to pitch himself as a centrist, unifying figure were somewhat undermined by the strong endorsement he received from Donald Trump. “He’s tough and he’s smart,” the U.S. president said in a speech in Washington. “They call him Britain Trump. They like me over there.”The main opposition Labour Party accused Johnson of being a friend of the rich, an attack that likely indicates the approach they will take against him. His appointment of Sky Ltd.’s Chief Executive Officer Andrew Griffith as senior business adviser showed Johnson’s intent, the party said. In recent weeks, Johnson has been using Griffith’s London townhouse as a base.“It’s blindingly obvious -- Boris Johnson and his government will act only in the interest of the wealthy elite,” Labour’s Jon Trickett said in a statement.Johnson’s first task is to appoint a Cabinet. More than anything he promises, that will show the sort of government he intends to lead. It will also be the moment when at least some of those who backed him -- hoping for promotion -- will be disappointed.On Tuesday, many Conservative MPs were content to have a leader who cheered them up.‘Coming Together’“It was such a relief to have some energy and enthusiasm in the room,” said the pro-Brexit Theresa Villiers. She contrasted it with the “rather painful exchanges” between Theresa May and Tory backbenchers in recent years.Health Secretary Matt Hancock, knocked out of the leadership contest in an earlier round of MP voting, said the cheering at Johnson’s speech was “the sound of the party coming back together.”The question is whether Johnson’s charm offensive will be enough over the coming weeks and months. Keith Simpson, who rebelled against the party whip for the first time in his career last week to try to stop a no-deal Brexit, left Johnson’s speech early and unimpressed.“I couldn’t stand any more,” he told reporters waiting outside. The speech was “very funny. There was a supermarket trolley, into which he chucked every policy. The circus has come to town.”To contact the reporters on this story: Robert Hutton in London at email@example.com;Thomas Penny in London at firstname.lastname@example.org;Alex Morales in London at email@example.comTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Tim Ross at firstname.lastname@example.org, Stuart Biggs, Emma Ross-ThomasFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
Former Israeli PM apologizes for killing of Arab protesters
Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak apologized Tuesday for the killing of 13 Arab protesters by Israeli police in 2000. Ehud Barak's statements on Israeli public radio addressed a point of friction between him and Israel's Arab minority. "There is no place for protesters to be killed by their country's security forces," said Barak, the leader of the newly formed Democratic Israel party.
UPDATE 1-IMF says Q1 global trade growth slowest since 2012, big downside risk
Global trade expanded by just 0.5% in the first quarter of 2019, marking the slowest year-on-year pace of growth since 2012 amid signs a more significant slowdown is possible, International Monetary Fund officials said on Tuesday. The IMF on Tuesday lowered its forecast for global growth this year and next, warning that more U.S.-China tariffs, auto tariffs or a disorderly Brexit could further slow growth, weaken investment and disrupt supply chains. IMF chief economist Gita Gopinath told reporters in Santiago, Chile, the global lender did not see signs of a recession, but did see "significant downside risks" for global growth going forward, including escalating trade wars.
Trump falsely claims 'I can do whatever I want' because of Article 2, as he says people in the UK love him
Donald Trump told a group of conservative students in America that Boris Johnson, the next prime minister of the UK, will be “Britain's Trump.”“We have a really good man who’s going to be the prime minister of the UK now, Boris Johnson,” Mr Trump said to the audience at Turning Point USA's Teen Student Action Summit in Washington DC. “He’s tough, and he’s smart,” the president continued. “They say ‘Britain's Trump,’ they call him Britain's Trump, and that’s a good thing. They like me over there. That’s what they wanted. That’s what they need. “He’ll get it done,” he added, appearing to refer to Brexit, which the new leader has just a few months to finalise. “Boris is good. He’s gonna do a good job.”After praising the next prime minister, Mr Trump attempted to shout out Nigel Farage, who was, per the president, in the audience. “Where’s Nigel?” he said, placing a hand above his eyes. “He’s here some place. I saw him. I said ‘what is he doing here!’ He’s a little older than most of you. I’ll tell you what, he got 32 per cent of the vote from nowhere, over in UK. Thank you Nigel. He did a great job. I know he’s going to work well with Boris.”Turning Point opened the president’s speech with a video recalling his election in 2016, beginning from doubt and ending with his victory. Led by right-wing organiser Charlie Kirk, the group is meant to "educate students about the importance of fiscal responsibility, free markets, and limited government.”Mr Trump used his lengthy speech to disperse lies about his tariffs, saying they’re bringing in “billions” of dollars, insult representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez with another riff about her two-part last name, and assert that he has unlimited power.“I have an Article 2 where I have the right to do whatever I want as president,” he said to applause, referring to the part of the US Constitution that gives him executive - but not unlimited - power. “But I don’t even talk about that.” As is common with his speeches, he also referenced the number of federal judges he’s appointed while in office. According to him, the current total is 124.
Boris Johnson Hires Sky Executive as Adviser to Woo Business
(Bloomberg) -- Britain’s incoming Prime Minister Boris Johnson hired pay-TV broadcaster Sky Ltd.’s Chief Operating Officer Andrew Griffith as his senior business adviser, giving him the job of improving the government’s relations with U.K. companies.Griffith will start on Wednesday, as soon as Johnson officially replaces Theresa May, according to an internal Sky memo seen by Bloomberg. A 20-year veteran of the company, Griffith most recently helped handle its $39 billion takeover by Comcast Corp.Johnson is looking to bolster his credentials with Britain’s business community, which is concerned about the potential damage of a no-deal Brexit and was stung when he reportedly said “F*** business” after being prodded on the Brexit needs of U.K. employers.In recent weeks Johnson has been using Griffith’s London townhouse as a base as he prepares to enter No. 10 Downing Street, the prime minister’s official residence. Griffith, who is also a board member of food delivery firm Just Eat Plc, has previous ties with the Conservative Party, unsuccessfully standing for parliament in both 2001 and 2005.The appointment was first reported by the Financial Times.To contact the reporter on this story: Joe Mayes in London at email@example.comTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Rebecca Penty at firstname.lastname@example.org, John BowkerFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
US finally gets a new Pentagon chief as Senate confirms Esper
The US Senate on Tuesday confirmed former soldier Mark Esper as secretary of defense, filling America's longest-ever Pentagon leadership vacuum as Washington faces mounting tensions with Iran and struggles to end its long war in Afghanistan. President Donald Trump's second Defense Department chief will take over nearly seven months after the shock departure of Jim Mattis, the deeply respected career US Marine who broke with Trump over policy towards the Middle East and Afghanistan.
Johnson Rules Out Election After Leadership Win: Brexit Update
(Bloomberg) -- Boris Johnson addressed Conservative members of Parliament after he was elected their leader and ruled out an early general election. He is preparing to take over as U.K. prime minister on Wednesday and is facing a new civil war inside the party over Brexit.Must read: How Boris Johnson Plans to Deliver Brexit in 100 DaysKey Developments:Trump tweets his congratulations, EU leaders reactRory Stewart joins Hammond and Gauke in indicating he will resignJohnson has just over 3 months to deliver Brexit, deal or no-dealJohnson is selecting his Cabinet; current deputy leader of the House of Commons Mark Spencer will be his chief whipGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel says she’s looking forward to working well with JohnsonThe pound fell for a third day as Johnson’s landslide victory revived Brexit anxietyJohnson’s EU Adviser Is Former Diplomat: BBC (5:30 p.m.)Johnson has appointed David Frost, a former ambassador and Europe Director at the Foreign Office, as his EU adviser, the BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg reports.The role, known also as EU sherpa, is a key one for Brexit talks.Frost also worked for Johnson when he was foreign secretary, and is CEO of the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry.Johnson Appoints Sky Exec as Business Adviser (5:15 p.m.)Boris Johnson has appointed Sky’s Chief Operating Officer Andrew Griffith as his senior business adviser, according to an internal Sky memo seen by Bloomberg.Griffith worked at Sky for over 20 years and most recently helped handle its acquisition by Comcast. Johnson has been using Griffith’s London townhouse in recent weeks as he prepares to enter No. 10.Johnson Enthusiasm May Sway MPs: Villiers (5 p.m.)Theresa Villiers, a former Cabinet minister and an early backer of Johnson, said he’s injected enthusiasm back into the parliamentary Conservative Party, which may help shift the math in the House of Commons.“It was such a relief to have some energy and enthusiasm in the room,’’ Villiers said, contrasting it with the “rather painful exchanges” between Theresa May and Tory backbenchers in recent years.“I’m not naive, I know that the divisions are still there, there’s still going to be difficult parliamentary maths, but I really think there is a lot of support for him and I think opinion has shifted decisively within the Conservative Parliamentary Party,” Villiers said. “There is an acceptance that we promised to leave on March 29 and we didn’t. We got punished in the European elections. We have to stick to this Oct. 31 deadline.”Labour to Call Vote at ‘Appropriate Time’ (4:45 p.m.)Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn told the BBC the main opposition party will call for a no-confidence vote in Boris Johnson’s government at the “appropriate time,” without giving details.“It will be an interesting surprise for all of you,” Corbyn said. “We will do a motion of no confidence at the time of our choosing.”Earlier, Labour Brexit spokesman Keir Starmer (see 2:45 p.m.) indicated the party won’t propose a confidence motion before Parliament begins its summer recess on Thursday, saying the current focus is on building a coalition of lawmakers to block Johnson from pursuing a no-deal Brexit.MPs Say Johnson’s Bringing Party Together (4:35 p.m.)Matt Hancock, who was knocked out of the leadership contest in voting among Parliamentarians said Johnson’s speech “left everyone feeling good and positive and cheerful.” The cheering was “the sound of the party coming back together,” he told reporters.Former party leader Iain Duncan Smith said Johnson will face trouble from rank-and-file lawmakers but he will “deal with it by leading.” Johnson “lifted the room, made everyone feel part of the team,” Duncan Smith told the BBC.Johnson Rules Out Early Election (4:30 p.m.)Boris Johnson ruled out an early general election, according to three MPs who were in the room for an address to the Parliamentary Conservative Party on Tuesday afternoon.During the leadership campaign, Johnson’s rival Jeremy Hunt warned that if Johnson stuck to his deadline of delivering the divorce from the EU by Oct. 31 it risked triggering an election.“He said he didn’t want an early election,” Nicky Morgan, chairwoman of the Treasury Select Committee told reporters outside the meeting. She said the speech had been “vintage Boris” and that he makes the party feel better about itself.Not all Tories were impressed (4:25 p.m.)While there were cheers for Johnson in the room, one unimpressed Tory MP walked out before he finished. Keith Simpson, who rebelled against the party whip for the first time in his career last week in order to stop a no-deal Brexit, told reporters outside: “I couldn’t stand any more.”Simpson said Johnson’s speech was “very funny. There was a supermarket trolley, into which he chucked every policy. The circus has come to town.”Tory Cheers Greet Johnson at 1922 Committee (4 p.m.)Boris Johnson is addressing the Conservative Party’s 1922 Committee of rank-and-file members of Parliament. As expected, he also got a lively reception with loud cheers and banging of desks -- just as his vanquished rival Jeremy Hunt did moments before.Hunt Gets Raucous Reception From Tories (3:55 p.m.)The Conservative Party’s 1922 Committee of rank-and-file members of Parliament is meeting in Westminster, and Boris Johnson is due to speak shortly. His vanquished opponent Jeremy Hunt just got a raucous reception as he went in, with MPs cheering and banging desks.Merkel Looking Forward to Working With Johnson (3:50 p.m.)Chancellor Angela Merkel congratulated Boris Johnson on his victory and is looking forward to working well with him, Ulrike Demmer, a deputy German government spokeswoman, said in a Tweet.“Our nations should continue to be linked by a close friendship in the future,” Demmer cited Merkel as saying.Johnson Chooses Mark Spencer as Chief Whip (3:45 p.m.)Boris Johnson has chosen Mark Spencer -- currently deputy leader of the House of Commons -- to be his chief whip, according to a person familiar with the matter. It was earlier reported by Sky News.The role will be hugely important (see 2:10 p.m.) in Johnson’s administration, given the wafer-thin majority with which he will have to govern.DUP’s Foster Calls Johnson, Will Review Support (3:15 p.m.)Democratic Unionist Party Leader Arlene Foster said she’s spoken with Johnson to congratulate him and discuss their shared objectives to implement Brexit and restore devolution to Northern Ireland.In a statement, she said the confidence-and-supply agreement between her party and the Tories remains in place, but will be reviewed “over the coming weeks.” That review "will explore the policy priorities of both parties for the next Parliamentary session," she said.Foster’s support is crucial for Johnson, because the ruling Conservative Party relies on the DUP’s 10 members of Parliament for its majority in the House of Commons. The DUP’s opposition to the Brexit deal struck by Theresa May was influential in persuading Tory rebels to vote against the agreement three times, ultimately bringing about her downfall.Varadkar Anticipates Johnson ‘Engagement’ (2:55 p.m.)Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar congratulated Johnson on his election win but, in a hint of the issues ahead, added he is looking forward to “an early engagement” on Brexit and other matters.Finding a solution to avoiding a hard border between the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland is seen as key to whether the U.K. Leaves the EU with a deal or not. So far, the Irish government has maintained the EU position that the withdrawal agreement will not be changed.Starmer Hints Labour Will Wait for Confidence Vote (2:45 p.m.)Keir Starmer, Brexit spokesman for the main opposition Labour Party, said the question of whether to call for a vote of no confidence in the government is an issue for leader Jeremy Corbyn. He stressed that the party’s focus is on building the coalition of lawmakers in Parliament to block Johnson from pursuing a no-deal divorce from the EU.The best timing for a confidence vote is when there’s a chance to win it, Starmer told Sky News. That’s a fairly strong indication that Labour won’t propose a no-confidence motion before Parliament’s recess begins on Thursday.Earlier, Corbyn repeated his call for a general election and said in a series of tweets that a no-deal split “would mean job cuts, higher prices in the shops, and risk our NHS being sold off to US corporations in a sweetheart deal with Donald Trump.”French President, New EU Chief Weigh In (2:40 p.m.)“I am happy to get to work with him as quickly as possible, not just on European issues such as Brexit, but on the daily international issues on which we closely coordinate with the British and the Germans, such as the situation in Iran,” Emmanuel Macron says. He salutes the work of outgoing premier Theresa May, saying she was “loyal.”Incoming EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen says: “There are many issues to tackle together, we have challenging times ahead of us. We have the duty to deliver something good for the people in Europe and the United Kingdom.”Johnson’s Chief Whip is Mystery Man (2:10 p.m.)The incoming premier is planning to speak to Tory MPs in Parliament in a private meeting at around 4 p.m. and is working on who he’ll appoint to his first Cabinet, a person familiar with the matter said.Only one MP has been told he’ll have a Cabinet job so far -- Johnson’s chief whip, who is helping him choose ministers. It will be a man, but beyond that, the identity of Johnson’s party enforcer remains a secret.It also isn’t yet clear whether Johnson’s partner, Carrie Symonds, will move in to the premier’s official Downing Street apartment with him.Iran Doesn’t Seek Confrontation: Foreign Minister (1:40 p.m.)“Iran does not seek confrontation. But we have 1500 miles of Persian Gulf coastline. These are our waters & we will protect them,” Javad Zarif says in a tweet in which he also congratulated Johnson.Tensions have escalated between the two countries after the Royal Navy seized an Iranian oil tanker in Gibraltar earlier this month, saying it carried contraband cargo. Iran retaliated by holding a British tanker on Friday near the Strait of Hormuz, through which about 40% of the world’s seaborne oil travels.Hammond’s Message to Johnson: Get a Brexit Deal (1:35 p.m.)Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond has delivered a message to Johnson: get a deal on Brexit.The in-between-the lines message is that Hammond won’t support Johnson if he pursues a no-deal Brexit. Hammond said on Sunday that he’d quit Wednesday if Johnson wins, and he’s an implacable opponent of no-deal departure, having rebelled against party orders last week in a vote on a provision that makes one less likely.Stewart Signals He’ll Quit Cabinet (1:20 p.m.)International development Secretary Rory Stewart on Tuesday reiterated his long-stated intention to resign in the event of Boris Johnson winning the leadership contest. The cabinet minister posted a tweet that congratulated the victorious candidate before saying it’s been an honor to serve in various ministerial roles and concluding with the comment: “Backbench tomorrow serving Cumbria.”It’s not his actual formal resignation, but rather an indication that he, like Justice Secretary David Gauke and Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond, intends to resign before Johnson takes the reins from Theresa May on Wednesday afternoon.Trump Wastes No Time Congratulating Johnson (12:29 p.m.)Donald Trump was quick to congratulate Johnson. The U.S. president has been highly critical of Theresa May, calling her Brexit strategy “ a disaster.”Tory MP Morgan Says Confidence Vote Unlikely (9 a.m.)Conservative MP Nicky Morgan said there’s unlikely to be a confidence motion against the government this week in Parliament, adding that MPs should give the new prime minister time to establish a Cabinet and lay out policies. The situation will become more unpredictable in September, she said.She told Bloomberg TV that while a no-deal Brexit would be a “highly undesirable outcome,” the Oct. 31 deadline should not be pushed again because businesses want the issue resolved.Morgan also called for the next prime minister to include members of the so-called One Nation caucus of moderate Tories in his Cabinet, citing Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd and Health Secretary Matt Hancock.“Boris talks about unifying the party and that’s absolutely right,” Morgan said. “We have got to heal the divisions in the country, too, so he’s got to make sure there’s a spread of people around his table.”Unhappy Tories Could Back New Brexit Vote: Swinson (Earlier)Support in Parliament for a second Brexit referendum could get a boost from Tories unhappy with Boris Johnson and his apparent willingness to take the U.K. out of the European Union without a deal if he becomes prime minister, according to Jo Swinson, the new leader of the pro-EU Liberal Democrats.“There’s a chance there’ll now be more Conservative MPs, including some people who are currently or soon to be not in government, who can back a People’s Vote as a way out of this absolute Brexit mess,” Swinson told BBC radio. Parliament rejected a second Brexit referendum in a vote in March.Confidence Vote ‘Such a Risk’ for Tories, Gauke Says (Earlier)Justice Secretary David Gauke, who has said he’ll resign if Boris Johnson becomes prime minister, said his Conservative Party colleagues would be wary of bringing down the administration in a confidence vote because it risks bringing the Labour Party to power.“It may well end up with a Jeremy Corbyn government,” Gauke said on BBC radio on Tuesday. “The idea that there will be some sort of national government that gets formed, I don’t think anyone can say that whatsoever.”Gauke’s comments reflect the debate in Westminster about far Tory rebels would go to block a government attempt to pursue a no-deal Brexit. While Gauke, Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond and former Foreign Office minister Alan Duncan have said they’ll do everything they can to prevent it, the justice secretary’s remarks indicate there may be a line they won’t cross.Earlier:Next U.K. Prime Minister Faces Crises at Home and AbroadBrexit Bulletin: Already in DoubtU.K. Lawmakers Plan Scottish Suit to Block Parliament SuspensionIran Exposes Boris Johnson’s Brexit Bombast: Therese Raphael\--With assistance from Stuart Biggs, Robert Hutton, Thomas Penny, Peter Flanagan, Caroline Alexander and Emma Ross-Thomas.To contact the reporters on this story: Joe Mayes in London at email@example.com;Alex Morales in London at firstname.lastname@example.org;Tim Ross in London at email@example.comTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Tim Ross at firstname.lastname@example.org, Stuart Biggs, Thomas PennyFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
Boris Johnson wins race to become Britain's next PM
Boris Johnson won the race to become Britain's next prime minister on Tuesday, heading straight into a confrontation over Brexit with Brussels and parliament, as well as a tense diplomatic stand-off with Iran. The former London mayor easily beat his rival, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, in a vote of grassroots members of the governing Conservative Party.
World reacts to Britain's PM to-be Johnson
Britain's main allies congratulated Boris Johnson on Tuesday after he won a party leadership vote that will see him become Britain's next prime minister, but the EU warned of challenging times ahead over Brexit. Trump has declared himself a big fan of Johnson.
Iran warns new British PM it will 'protect' Gulf waters
Iran warned Britain's next prime minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday that it will "protect" waters of the oil-rich Gulf, amid a standoff between the two countries over the seizure of tankers. In the face of rising hostilities with the United States, Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps on Friday impounded a tanker sailing under the flag of US ally Britain. The seizure of the Stena Impero has been seen as a tit-for-tat move after British authorities detained an Iranian tanker on July 4 in the Mediterranean on suspicion it was shipping oil to Syria in breach of EU sanctions.
U.S. charges Chinese nationals with sanctions violations related to North Korea
The U.S. Department of Justice said on Tuesday that four Chinese nationals and a Chinese company have been charged with conspiring to evade sanctions related to North Korea by trying to conceal financial transactions on behalf of North Korean entities linked to weapons of mass destruction. In a statement, the Justice Department said an indictment by a federal grand jury in Newark, New Jersey charged Ma Xiaohong, her company Dandong Hongxiang Industrial Development Co, and three of its officials with sanctions violations, conspiracy to defraud the United States, and conspiracy to launder money.
Venezuela: widespread blackouts could be new normal, experts warn
Country struggled to restore power after massive blackout on Monday left millions without powerThe lights went out in most of Caracas on Monday. Photograph: Yuri Cortéz/AFP/Getty ImagesWidespread electricity outages could become the new normal in Venezuela, experts have warned, as the country struggled to restore power after a massive blackout that left millions without power or access to the internet.The energy minister, Freddy Brito, said on Tuesday morning that power had been restored in Caracas and at least five states after the outage which the government blamed on an “electromagnetic attack” at hydroelectric dams in the south of the country. About 80% of Venezuela’s grid is served by hydropower.But energy analysts were deeply suspicious of government claims, arguing instead that years of corruption and mismanagement have eroded Venezuela’s energy capacity.“This blackout is the result of negligent mis-operation of the power grid,” said José Aguilar, a Venezuelan energy and risk consultant based in the US. “These will keep happening and it will get worse before it gets better.”Other analysts express similar incredulity. “It’s hard to believe that it was an electromagnetic attack, when you’ve seen years of theft and corruption in the energy sector,” said Geoff Ramsey, an analyst at the Washington Office on Latin America. “This blackout shows government doesn’t have the tools to return to normalcy.”Some supporters of Nicolás Maduro have claimed that US sanctions aimed at Venezuela’s oil industry have hampered his government’s ability to keep the lights on, but many of those sanctions target individuals accused corruption.A wave of nationwide blackouts struck Venezuela in March helped drive support for Juan Guaidó, the opposition leader who is heading a movement to unseat Maduro.Since taking office in 2013, Maduro has overseen a political and economic crisis without parallel in Latin America’s recent history. Hyperinflation could reach 10m% this year, according to the International Monetary Fund, while shortages in foodstuffs and medicines are commonplace. More than 4 million people have fled the country, according the the United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR.Guaidó swore himself in as president in January, but although he counts on the backing of the US and dozens of other western states, he has been unable to force Maduro from power, and public support for his campaign has run into headwinds.“Popular sentiment goes against politicians that cannot resolve the country’s problems,” said Dimitris Pantoulas, an analyst. “That goes for the whole political class.”Guaidó is set to hold a rally on Tuesday morning in Caracas, where he is likely to address the blackouts.“They tried to hide the tragedy by rationing supplies across the country, but their failure is evident,” Guaidó tweeted on Monday night. “They destroyed the system and they don’t have answers.”
Who blinks first? Boris Johnson's risky Brexit bet
London (AFP) - Britain's incoming prime minister Boris Johnson has bet big on a risky Brexit strategy that he hopes will take the UK out of the EU on favourable terms.
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Joelinton: Newcastle sign Brazilian striker from Hoffenheim
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Maxim Dadashev dies after boxing injuries sustained against Subriel Matias
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'You're a loser, I'm a winner' - ugly scenes as GB's Duncan Scott refuses to share podium with Sun Yang
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Tour de France 2019: Ewan wins stage 16 as Alaphilippe keeps lead over Thomas
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Seattle Mariners fan takes great baseball catch with child on his lap
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T20 Blast: Spectator catches Dawid Malan six for Middlesex against Surrey
A spectator in the second tier at The Oval takes a fine catch as Dawid Malan hits a huge six for Middlesex in their T20 Blast match against Surrey.
Virgil van Dijk: Should Liverpool defender win Ballon d'Or?
Could Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk win this year's Ballon d'Or? Should he? Who are his rivals?
Joe Root: England must 'ride wave' of World Cup triumph
Captain Joe Root says England must 'ride the wave' of their World Cup triumph on their return to Test cricket at Lord's this week.
Callum Hudson-Odoi agrees five-year deal to stay at Chelsea
England winger Callum Hudson-Odoi agrees a five-year deal worth more than £100,000 a week to stay at Chelsea.
World Aquatics Championships: Duncan Scott wins 200m freestyle bronze as Sun Yang takes gold
Britain's Duncan Scott wins bronze in the 200m freestyle at the World Championships and refuses to share the podium with China's gold medallist Sun Yang.
Women's Ashes: Uncapped Mady Villiers in England T20 squad
Mady Villiers of Essex wins her first call-up to the England squad for the T20 matches in the Women's Ashes.
Adam Peaty wins 100m breaststroke gold at World Swimming Championships
Britain's Adam Peaty wins gold in the 100m breaststroke final in 57.14 seconds with compatriot James Wilby taking silver.
The Open 2019: Rory McIlroy, Tony Finau & Lee Westwood feature in best shots of tournament
Watch a collection of the best shots from The 2019 Open Championship, featuring champion Shane Lowry, runner-up Tommy Fleetwood and a superb hole-in-one from Emiliano Grillo.
Mack Horton: Swimmer refuses to join rival Sun Yang on podium
Australian swimmer Mack Horton refuses to share the podium with Chinese rival Sun Yang, years after accusing him of being a "drug cheat".
The Open 2019: Shane Lowry wins The Open by six shots ending 15-under
Shane Lowry wins The Open ending his tournament with a round of 72 to end 15-under and beat Tommy Fleetwood into second by six shots at Royal Portrush.
The Open 2019: Five key holes that gave Shane Lowry victory at Royal Portrush
Watch the key moments in the battle between Ireland's Shane Lowry and England's Tommy Fleetwood in the final round of The Open at Royal Portrush, which led to Lowry winning his first major.
Women's U19 European Championship: England's Ebony Salmon scores winning goal against Belgium
Watch Ebony Salmon's first-half strike against Belgium as England end their Women's European Under-19 Championship campaign with a 1-0 win.
'Incredible' Adam Peaty smashes breaststroke world record with sub-57 time
Great Britain's Adam Peaty becomes the first man to swim under 57 seconds for the 100m breaststroke as he wins his semi-final at the World Championships in South Korea.
'What a contest' - Epic final quarter seals World Cup for Silver Ferns
Watch highlights from the epic final quarter that sealed the New Zealand Silver Ferns victory against 11-time champions Australia to win the 2019 Netball World Cup in Liverpool.
BBC Americas News
US expands powers to deport migrants without going to court
Under the rule, officers will be able to immediately deport more migrants without going to court.
Hate crimes drop in Canada for first time in years
Anti-crime campaigners advise scepticism since most hate crimes are not reported to police.
Robert Mueller hearings: What questions might he face?
The former FBI director faces questions from Congress about his report on the Trump campaign and Russia.
Why Justin Trudeau is fighting over milk
Justin Trudeau opponent slams the PM for new food guide that says milk not essential for health.
Former Ohio judge dragged from courtroom after jail sentence
An Ohio courtroom descended into chaos as a former judge was sentenced to six months in jail.
Grocery worker found in shop where he worked after 10-year search
Police say the man died after becoming trapped behind a freezer in the supermarket where he worked.
Massive protests held in Puerto Rico after governor refuses to step down
Hundreds of thousands of protesters join in a strike demanding Ricardo Rosselló's resignation.
Flash floods as severe storms hit New York area
Hundreds of thousands of people lost power after storms dumped up to 3in (7.6cm) of rainfall.
Salmon trapped in Canada landslide to be airlifted to safety
The fish have been unable to swim upstream due to a rockfall in Fraser River, British Columbia.
Ex-US Senator Al Franken regrets resigning over sexual misconduct claims
Seven of the more than 30 Democrats who called on Mr Franken to step down now say they regret it.
Iran says it arrested CIA spies and sentenced some to death
Iran says it has arrested 17 spies who worked for the CIA - a claim the US categorically denies.
Mental health days: How teens changed the law in Oregon
Four teenagers in Oregon successfully campaign for mental health days to be recognised by state law.
Actor David Hedison, who appeared in two James Bond films, dies at 92
The US actor played 007's CIA ally Felix Leiter in Live and Let Die and Licence to Kill.
Boris Johnson: Do Americans recognise UK's new prime minister?
Boris Johnson will be the UK's new Prime Minister. He reminds some Americans of a certain US politician.
Comic Con: Overcoming anxiety at an event with 130,000 people
A San Diego Comic Con fan describes overcoming anxiety to enjoy the event with 130,000 other people
Robert Morgenthau: New York prosecutor who battled the mafia
During four decades in power, the legendary lawyer targeted the mob and white collar criminals.
What's the best way to stay awake in meetings?
Most of us have experienced meeting-induced drowsiness - here are six tips to beating it.
JS Ondara: The Kenyan rising star singing about life in Trump's America
Rising singer talks Bob Dylan, touring with Neil Young and America's intolerance of immigrants.
'I kept my multimillion dollar business secret'
Young entrepreneur Marcin Kleczynski secretly ran his business Malwarebytes from his college dormitory.
Richard Oland: A millionaire, a murder and a mystery killer
When he was found in a pool of blood, Richard Oland was worth tens of millions of dollars. But who killed him and why?