‘Short window’ for NI deal

Update, 5pm local:

 

 

Midnight last night: NI talks set for failure ahead of deadline for agreement on power-sharing

 

 

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In Russia…

In Germany…

In Hong Kong..

In Chile..

In Brexit Britain…

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And finally, some bollocks from the Mail Online…

and there’s this…

Art of the Ordeal: GOP infighting kills move to repeal Obamacare

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So, amid the celebrations for the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, Britain’s divorce bill could be, well… as high as we thought.

so that’s ok then…

Trump ‘ready to walk away’ if GOP healthcare bill fails

As the measure faces a key vote on Friday, the President’s base – despite their tiresome vocal opposition to Obamacare during the campaign – seems happy enough for him to leave the Affordable Care Act intact, now that they’ve seen the alternative. Bizarrely, the strategy could work for him, since he seems out of other options.

But at the same time, his base appears to be eroding, to add to the President’s other woes. For Republicans, it’s still unclear whether that support might  be capable of being reconstituted – let alone fall into line behind the GOP.

It’s a fascinating situation, and maybe the first real “you bought it, you own it” moment of the Trump Presidency.

How embarrassed must you be to send a tweet like this, assuming you are capable of shame…?

Meanwhile, on Russia…

And there was a big interview with the President in Time magazine, on his approach to truth..

prez

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Finally, in Derry today…

Four dead after terror attack on the symbol of British democracy

Four people – including the attacker – were killed and more than 40 injured in a chaotic incident in Westminster, when a car rampaged along the pavement on Westminster Bridge before crashing into the railings outside the Houses of Parliament. The attacker stabbed a policeman at the entrance to the Palace before being shot by other members of the Metropolitan Police’s parliamentary protection section.

(note – reports late on Wednesday had put the death toll at five; this was revised down to four early on Thursday, no explanation as to why)

The latest from Reuters is here

The latest from the BBC is here

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Meanwhile…

and so the committee chairman, naturally, briefs the person under investigation? that’s not how any of this works…

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and to prove there are fucked up people everywhere…

Here at home, Derry remembers.

Death of Martin McGuinness marks end of an era in Northern Ireland

https://twitter.com/billclinton/status/844210258637676544

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Febrile politics both sides of the pond

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Can’t say I blame him, really…

Russia probe moves to new level

Update 4.00pm London time:

Earlier:

The House Intelligence Committee will hold its first public hearing on Monday into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Here’s five things to watch for.

Away from Russia, Senate confirmation hearings begin on Monday for President Trump’s Supreme Court pick, Neil Gorsuch.

Meanwhile…

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