close Video Pompeo meets with Saudi King, price over Khashoggi case Secretary of state visits Saudi Arabia to discuss the disappearance of the Washington Post journalist; Rich Edson reports from the State Department on the talks. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Saudi Arabia’s leadership on Tuesday and said he stressed the need for a comprehensive investigation into the disappearance of activist Jamal Khashoggi. Pompeo met with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir, who “strongly denied any knowledge of what took place in their consulate in Istanbul,” according to a news release issued by the State Department. Khashoggi vanished two weeks ago during a visit to the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. Turkish officials said they fear Khashoggi was killed and dismembered inside the consulate. The Saudis have called the allegations “baseless," but multiple media outlets reported … [Read more...] about Pompeo meets with Saudi leaders following Khashoggi’s disappearance
LONDON — Global business leaders are reassessing their ties with Saudi Arabia, stoking pressure on the Gulf kingdom to explain what happened to a dissident writer who disappeared after visiting its consulate in Istanbul.British billionaire Richard Branson on Friday suspended business links with Saudi Arabia, and Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said he might not attend a major investment conference in the country this month amid reports that Jamal Khashoggi may have been killed at the Saudi consulate in Turkey's capital."What has reportedly happened in Turkey around the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, if proved true, would clearly change the ability of any of us in the West to do business with the Saudi government," Branson said in a statement.Branson, founder of Virgin Group, says he will suspend his directorships in two tourism projects in Saudi Arabia while an investigation takes place. He also is putting on hold discussions about a proposed Saudi investment in space … [Read more...] about Will global business leaders follow Richard Branson and boycott Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi disappearance?
Wakefield Council leader Peter Box has refused to answer questions about his future at a public Q & A session on Monday. Coun Box, who has led the local authority since 1998, has faced calls from within his own Labour group to stand down after Ofsted rated Wakefield's children's services inadequate.He survived a vote of 'no confidence' at a party meeting in September, but four councillors then resigned from senior positions in protest at his leadership.Sources within the Labour group say they remain intent on calling for Coun Box to stand down, despite chief whip Coun Richard Forster insisting that the majority of councillors support the leader.Following a Cabinet meeting at Ossett Town Hall on Monday morning, members of the public were allowed to ask Coun Box and other senior councillors questions.Asked whether or not he still commanded support within his own group and how long he intended to remain in charge, Coun Box simply responded: "Next question".On Thursday evening, members … [Read more...] about “Next question”: Peter Box ducks query over future as council leader
News / UK and world by Press Association September 21, 2018, 1:25 pm FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter Ukip leader Gerard Batten has warned Remain-supporting MPs the party is “coming for you” as he insisted the eurosceptic party had to become “an electoral threat once again”. He addressed the party conference after clashing with former leader Nigel Farage, who warned it faced “total and utter marginalisation” if it moves to the far-right extremes of politics. As the conference kicked off in Birmingham, Mr Farage said he was “really upset” by the prospect of figures such as English Defence League founder Tommy Robinson being admitted into Ukip. But Mr Batten hit back before taking to the stage, saying his predecessor should be “a little bit more careful about criticising me” when he had himself shared platforms with right-wing German party Alternative fur Deutschland. In … [Read more...] about We’re coming for you, Ukip leader tells Remain MPs after far-right row
There will be no repeat of the chaos of last year when the first signs of serious snow and ice hit the borough according to council leaders. Following the introduction of a formal winter gritting policy, residents up and down the steep-sided borough were up in arms when many routes which used to be gritted were no longer being treated.Through the winter, one of the worst for snow and ice in recent years, the policy was effectively reversed and councillors on Calderdale Council’s Place Scrutiny Board were pleased to hear that planning for the coming months will see routes that have traditionally been gritted continue to be treated.Senior officers were on hand to outline how the service will work to members.The detailed report includes a full list of roads which will be salted, the hierarchy of treatment (the resilient network, primary, secondary and tertiary networks, salt bins and salt piles, non-treatment roads and unadopted roads, plus footways), assessment criteria and a … [Read more...] about There will be no repeat of winter chaos vow council leaders