News / UK and world by Press Association May 23, 2018, 11:34 am FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter When rail services in Wales are taken over by Keolis/Amey, the number of foreign countries with a stake in running Britain’s railway network will rise from seven to eight.Spain will join a list that includes fellow European nations Germany, France, Italy and the Netherlands, plus Hong Kong, Canada and Japan.Amey is a subsidiary of Spanish company Ferrovial.[pa_oembed = 7b08895d77fe8dde8727d6bd0a456106]Keolis is owned jointly by French state rail operator SNCF and a Canadian investment fund, and already has stakes in the Govia Thameslink and Southeastern franchises.Once Keolis/Amey begins running services in Wales – due to happen in October 2018 – some 57% of all passenger journeys on Britain’s rail network will be on services owned by foreign-based companies or governments.Germany will account for the biggest … [Read more...] about How many foreign countries run Britain’s railways?
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POLITICS 05/11/2018 11:30 pm ET The special counsel is looking at contributors tied to Russia, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates, ABC News says. By Mary Papenfuss Special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating contributions to Donald Trump’s massive inauguration fund from donors with ties to foreign countries, sources have told ABC News. Trump amassed a record $107 million in contributions to his inaugural committee. Previous presidents had kept donations low in an effort to avoid the appearance of selling presidential access — or favors. As much as $45 million to the committee came from companies, some of which have served to shield the identities of the individual donors behind them. Following an investigation last year by HuffPost, the committee also admitted that it had made numerous errors in a list of donors it filed with the Federal Election Commission. Mueller’s team has talked to witnesses about millions of … [Read more...] about Mueller Reportedly Investigating Foreign-Linked Donors To Trump’s Inauguration Fund
World China Espionage Mass Surveillance China has launched a new website that allows citizens to report people they suspect of being foreign spies or seperatists. The Ministry of State Security reporting platform even offers rewards to citizens who report those who are trying to “overthrow the socialist system,” the South China Morning Post reported. Accessible in both English and Mandarin, the website—www.12339.gov.cn—was launched on Sunday (April 15) as part of China's National Security Education Day. The new website details an exhaustive list of offences that can be reported, including collusion with foreign countries, plotting to “dismember the state,” and “fomenting subversion of state power” through “rumor, libel or other ways.” Recommended Slideshows 51 In Pictures: The 50 Most Powerful Military Forces in the World 44 In Pictures: Every U.S. President Ranked From Best to Worst 37 Who Will Be Invited … [Read more...] about China Launches Foreign Spy Reporting Website, Offers Rewards for Tip-Offs
DETROIT - Americans spent nearly $96 billion last year on cellphones and computers imported from China, far more than on any other items. But you won't find them on the list of Chinese-made products the Trump administration is threatening with tariffs. And China spends about $1 billion a year importing animal hides from the U.S. to make shoes, car interiors and furniture upholstery. But China didn't include those on its own list of threatened tariffs. In their escalating conflict over trade, what the U.S. and China are leaving off their tariff lists tells as much as what's on them. The U.S. would put tariffs on flat-screen TVs, for example, but not on clothes. China threatens tariffs on U.S. whiskey but not beer. The omissions indicate how far both countries might be willing to go, or what they could use as future bargaining chips. The threats intensified last week, when the Trump administration released its list of imports from China worth $50 billion on which it would impose … [Read more...] about Notable U.S., China goods missing from tariff lists
Gabriel is set to be the first German visitor to the Trump administration, as well as the first foreign guest for new US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. The Vice Chancellor arrives in Washington on Thursday to be greeted by Tillerson and Vice President Mike Pence. A meeting with Trump, however, has not been scheduled. “I hope to have a direct and personal exchange, as well as to offer friendship and trust to Washington,” Gabriel said ahead of the meeting. “We want to explain to our American partners our way of looking at things, our interests and values, as well as to find a good, open and friendly dialogue." But Gabriel has also been quite open about his thoughts on the new President. Here's a look at what he has shared. ‘The US will have to build better cars' In an interview with German and British media days before he took office, Trump complained that there were too many German cars on US streets, and not enough American cars on German streets. To … [Read more...] about 5 times Germany’s new foreign minister has had a go at Trump