UK opposition Labour Party chides government over ferry contract

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s opposition Labour Party on Monday criticized the government for awarding a 14 million pound ($18 million) contract to a ferry company with no ships to provide backup freight cover in the event of a no-deal Brexit. Labour’s transport spokesman, Andy McDonald, said the transport ministry had failed to carry out proper checks on the company, Seaborne […]

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Russia may take actions to protect its vessels in Azov Sea: Kremlin

MOSCOW (Reuters) – The Kremlin said on Friday that it reserved the right to protect the interests of Russian vessels in the Azov Sea where tensions have been rising with Ukraine. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on a conference call that any actions would be in line with international maritime law and said the Kremlin was closely following the […]

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Brexit spells peril for UK Conservatives' future, says former minister

LONDON (Reuters) – Former minister Jo Johnson said that the future of Britain’s ruling Conservative Party would be in peril if Prime Minister Theresa May proceeded with Brexit, hours after Britain agreed the draft text for leaving the European Union. The former junior transport minister, who is the younger brother of former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, issued a searing critique […]

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Merkel ally poised to win center-right backing for EU's top job

HELSINKI (Reuters) – A reserved Bavarian who has modeled himself on Germany’s pragmatic chancellor is set to win the backing of Europe’s center-right parties on Thursday to stand in the race to become European Commission president, according to voting projections. German EU lawmaker Manfred Weber is vying against former Finnish prime minister Alexander Stubb to be endorsed as the European […]

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