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Party members join EU in rejecting May’s Brexit plan

While Prime Minister Theresa May is doggedly defending her Brexit plan, delegates at her party´s annual conference have joined the EU in writing it off — and suggest her own time in office is limited. Conservative party members queued for two hours on Sunday to see leading Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg denounce May´s "Chequers plan" for close economic ties with the EU, one of half a dozen events he is addressing in Birmingham. Across town, several Tory Eurosceptic MPs joined former UK Independence Party (UKIP) leader Nigel…

Pompeo ‘disturbed’ by EU payment plan for Iran business

NEW YORK: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo denounced Tuesday a European Union plan to set up a way to preserve business with Iran and avoid renewed American sanctions. Addressing the United Against Nuclear Iran pressure group being held near the annual UN General Assembly, Pompeo said he was "disturbed and, indeed, deeply disappointed" by Monday's announcement from remaining members of an international nuclear deal. "This is one of the most counterproductive measures imaginable for regional peace and security," Pompeo…

EU says clock is running out on summer-winter time change

BERLIN: The European Union said on Friday it would propose a legal change that would end the ritual of switching between summer and winter time, leaving it up to governments across the bloc to agree on whether to permanently use summer time or winter time. The proposal comes after a survey found 84 percent of 4.6 million citizens across the EU’s 28 member states opposed changing the clocks ahead in the summer or back in the winter or just opposed switching either way. In response, the EU’s chief executive, Jean-Claude…

US official says EU aid for Iran sends ‘wrong message’

WASHINGTON: The top US envoy on Iran criticized a European Union decision to give $20.7 million in aid to Tehran on Friday, saying it sent “the wrong message at the wrong time,” and he urged Brussels to help Washington end the Iranian threat to global stability. “Foreign aid from European taxpayers perpetuates the regime’s ability to neglect the needs of its people and stifles meaningful policy changes,” Brian Hook, the US special representative for Iran, said in a statement. “The Iranian people face very real economic…

EU leaders agree on migration after late-night summit

BRUSSELS: European Union leaders reached an agreement on migration after almost 10 hours of chaotic talks in Brussels over the sensitive issue threatening their union and zone of free travel, as well as German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government. “EU28 leaders have agreed on (summit) conclusions, including on migration,” the chairman of the talks, Donald Tusk, said. Italy has earlier blocked any agreement at the summit - which was also about trade and security, among other things - unless EU peers meet its demands…

Joanne Wagner appointed as US Consul General in Karachi

KARACHI: Joanne Wagne, United States Senior Foreign Service career member on Friday took charge of position as the United States Consul General in Karachi. Recently, she served in Washington DC with the Board of Examiners, helping to select the next generation of US diplomats. Previously, she was the US Assistance Coordinator in Kyiv, Ukraine, where she was responsible for coordinating US Government support activities with the Ukrainian Government and other donors. Her credentials include a long list of achievements…

Pakistan briefs P-5, EU on RAW agent issue

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has briefed the P-5 and the European Union about the arrest of an on-duty officer of Indian covert agency RAW from Balochistan and his involvement in subversive activities inside Pakistan, said the Foreign Office (FO) on Thursday.