Theresa May Seeks Approval To Return To Brussels To Re-Negotiate Withdrawal Agreement; EU Officials Deny

New Delhi: British Prime Minister Theresa May sought parliamentary approval to return to Brussels to re-negotiate the withdrawal agreement, but EU officials insisted that it is not possible to re-open talks on the controversial ‘backstop’ for Ireland-Northern Ireland.

The House of Commons began a day-long debate on May’s Brexit Plan B after the agreement was voted down earlier this month. She promised to return to parliament with a revised agreement that will be put to vote, likely on February 14.

The House was due to vote on Tuesday evening on a series of amendments to the Plan B, on issues such as ruling out leaving the EU without an agreement, extending Article 50, and an alternative to the ‘backstop’ that has emerged as the main sticking point across parties.


Howard Schultz Says, He Is Considering Running Against Trump In 2020 As An Independent Candidate

New Delhi: Billionaire former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz said that he is looking into running against Donald Trump in 2020 as an independent presidential candidate. “I am seriously thinking of running for president,” Schultz told the CBS news show “60 Minutes” late Sunday.

The self-described “lifelong Democrat” said he “will run as a centrist independent outside of the two-party system.” According to Schultz, 65, “We’re living at a most fragile time.” Not only is Trump “not qualified to be the president,” but Republicans and Democrats “are consistently not doing what’s necessary on behalf of the American people and are engaged, every single day, in revenge politics.” Schultz grew up in a working class neighbourhood in New York City, but made his fortune when he moved to the northwestern state of Washington in the 1980s and built Starbucks into a global coffee shop behemoth.


Indian-Americans Foil Attempt To Disrupt Republic Day Celebrations At Indian Embassy In Washington

New Delhi: Indian-American students, professionals, businessmen and homemakers joined expatriates and officials to outnumber and outstay Sikh separatists who had made a failed attempt to disrupt the Republic Day celebrations at the Indian embassy in Washington.

Ambassador Harsh Shringla unfurled the Tricolour near the statue of Mahatma Gandhi outside the embassy, surrounded by a large turnout of Indian-Americans and expatriates.

People familiar with developments dismissed a claim by Sikhs For Justice (SFJ), which organised the protest, that its members had burnt an Indian flag outside the embassy as “completely false”. “The photos and videos of the celebrations show no such thing took place. The claim is intended to cover up their flop show,” said a person regarding the claim made on SFJ website.


UN System’s Chief Scientist Warns, Climate Change Has A Multitude Of Security Impacts

New Delhi: The UN system’s chief scientist on weather and climate warned that climate change has “a multitude of security impacts” and is increasingly regarded as a national security threat — with global warming records broken in 20 of the last 22 years.

The Maldives’ foreign minister, Abdulla Shahid, told a U.N. Security Council meeting on “the impacts of climate-related disasters on international peace and security” that there is no bigger security threat than climate change which endangers the Indian Ocean island nation’s very existence.

But the acting US ambassador, Jonathan Cohen, never even mentioned the words “climate change” or “security” in his council speech.

And Russia’s UN Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia objected strongly to discussing climate change in the Security Council, saying it is not a threat to international peace and security and should only be discussed in specific cases where it is a risk factor.

More than 80 of the 193 UN member states spoke at the day-long council meeting and virtually everyone except the United States agreed that climate change was happening.


World Economic Forum Characterized By Discord Over Issues Like Brexit And World Trade

New Delhi: While domestic woes sidelined major figures like US President Donald Trump, this year’s gathering of the global elites in the Swiss ski resort of Davos showcased divisions on pressing issues like trade and the environment.

In the end, a spunky 16-year-old Swedish climate activist all but stole the show.

The World Economic Forum, which wrapped up on January 25, was characterized by discord over momentous issues like Brexit and world trade. Many of the leaders closest to those questions — from Trump to Britain’s Theresa May and China’s Xi Jinping — did not show up as they had in past years...