Press play to listen to this article By JACK BLANCHARD PRESENTED BY EXXONMOBIL Send tips here | Subscribe for free | Listen to Playbook and view in your browser Good Thursday morning. PUTIN’S RUSSIA: The head of Russia’s GRU — the military intelligence agency behind the botched nerve agent attack on Sergei and Yulia Skripal — has died at the age of 62, Russia’s defense ministry announced this morning. General Igor Korobov, who reportedly faced heavy internal criticism over the failed operation, was said by Russian media to have suffered from a “long illness.” He had been in post since 2016. The BBC has more. His predecessor Igor Sergun also died suddenly while in post. DRIVING THE DAY ONE LAST TRIP: Theresa May will return to Brussels for last-gasp talks with Jean-Claude Juncker on Saturday as negotiations go down to the wire ahead of Sunday’s Brexit summit. In a statement following face-to-face talks with the European Commission … [Read more...] about POLITICO London Playbook, presented by ExxonMobil: One last trip — Numbers game continues — Boris’ bumper payout
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The Trump administration is pushing back on the decision by a federal judge in California to block asylum restrictions put in place to deal with caravans of migrants that have arrived on the US-Mexican border. “It is absurd that a set of advocacy groups can be found to have standing to sue to stop the entire federal government from acting so that illegal aliens can receive a government benefit to which they are not entitled,” the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said in a joint statement on Tuesday, hours after a federal judge in San Francisco issued a month-long injunction against the policy, saying it violated federal law. Responding to lawsuits by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and several immigrant advocacy groups, US District Judge Jon Tigar placed a restraining order on the policy that would have automatically denied asylum to migrants who entered the US illegally. Read more The president “may not rewrite … [Read more...] about Federal judge blocking asylum restrictions ‘absurd’ & will be appealed – DOJ
Alan Gomez USA TODAY Published 2:02 PM EST Nov 16, 2018 President Donald Trump has mobilized a historic surge of manpower and equipment to the southern border to respond to the migrant caravan, deploying thousands of active-duty military troops, hundreds of Border Patrol agents, and miles of concertina wire to prevent what Trump has described as a possible "invasion" of the country. But none of those efforts will change how quickly U.S. officials can process the thousands of migrants who are trying to legally present themselves at ports of entry to request asylum. Department of Homeland Security officials say their main focus is on preventing illegal border crossings, and do not plan on overhauling their operations to increase the number of asylum-seekers allowed to enter each day. “As we have said repeatedly, being a member of a caravan doesn’t give you any special rights to enter the country,” Department of Homeland Security spokesman Katie Waldman said … [Read more...] about Feds focuse on border security — not processing asylum applications
We all shop. Filling our trolleys or clicking on the screen of our laptops and smartphones. We all like the choice of channels and shopping places offered by today's retail. This is how we, as consumers, drive the changes in the retail sector. In response retail has become increasingly multi-channel. The value of online sales in the EU practically doubled between 2012 and 2017 reaching over €220bn, and e-commerce is still growing on average by 12 percent a year. Today over 3.6m retail companies in the EU provide almost 10 percent of EU jobs, and therefore stand for one of the most important sectors in the EU economy. But it is not easy for all businesses to seize the opportunities. Only one fifth of retail companies sell online. In order to unlock its innovation and growth potential, retailers from large to small need a supportive regulatory environment that allows both online and offline market players develop business models called for by consumers and thrive. The … [Read more...] about [Opinion] Is EU retail sector equipped for 21st century?
On 25 May, 1993, the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed a resolution establishing the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, which later became known as the Hague Tribunal. While presiding over that Security Council session, Russian diplomat Yuly Vorontsov said his country backed the tribunal "since we see it not as a court of law, not as a place to settle scores or take revenge, but as an instrument of justice meant to restore international legality, to restore the world community’s faith in the triumph of truth and reason.” At the time, one of the principal aims of reviving international criminal justice was to move from the focus of state responsibility — or collective guilt — in international law, to specific perpetrators and individual responsibility.Exactly 25 years later, the Netherlands and Australia, whose citizens made up a majority of those killed when a Malaysian Airlines Boeing was shot down in … [Read more...] about The Long Legal Path to Bringing Russia to Justice Over MH17 (Op-ed)