Boris Johnson has said America is the UK's "closest and most important ally" - and that "won't change" under a new president.
Boris Johnson has said America is the UK's "closest and most important ally" - and that "won't change" under a new president.
Peering down from their balconies at the luxury Waikiki hotel, more than a thousand migrants gaze out towards the sea that carried them on their desperate journey fleeing Africa. Their rickety fishing boats lie piled up on docksides waiting to be scrapped. Smashed hulls still bob in the water, a reminder of the eight lives claimed this week off Lanzarote as hundreds more migrants reached Spain’s Canary Islands. The survivors’ safety in hotel accommodation amid the sprawling resorts of southern Gran Canaria is testament to local islanders’ proud benevolence. But generosity is running thin as tempers fray amid a growing crisis that has split Canarian leaders from their mainland colleagues, and reopened old wounds in Europe's hopeless attempt to control migration. The Canary Islands has seen arrivals increase tenfold in a year to around 20,000 by late November. Plans are now afoot to build one of Europe's largest migrant camps, housing 7,000 across three islands. Around 6,000 are currently living in 15 hotel complexes after a deal was struck between hoteliers and the Spanish government.
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A 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers is being eroded and efforts to revive the pact face a new challenge with the killing of Tehran's top nuclear scientist. The accord's restrictions on Iran's atomic work had one objective: to extend the "breakout time" for Tehran to produce enough fissile material for a bomb, if it decided to make one, to at least a year from about two to three months. Iran maintains that it has never sought nuclear weapons and never would.
A Brexit breakthrough on fishing could be close, with the EU set to formally recognise British sovereignty over UK waters, The Telegraph can reveal. Brussels has also accepted a British proposal for a transition period on fishing rights after January 1, but there is no agreement on how long it should last or how it should work. A fishing transition period would give Britain time to build up its fleet to catch its increased quota and EU fishermen more time to adapt to a smaller share of the fish in UK waters. Senior Government figures believe that tentative compromise is a prelude for the EU to cave to other British demands on fishing in the coming week of intensified negotiations in London. France, whose fishermen stand to lose most, heaped pressure on Michel Barnier, the Eu's chief negotiator, to stand firm. Clement Beaune, the French Europe Minister, said there would be no trade deal "without respecting European fishing interests". Mr Barnier warned that there were "significant" differences between the two sides on fishing, the "level playing field" guarantees and the deal's enforcement. He arrived in London on Friday, a week after a member of his team tested positive for coronavirus.
A new Anglo-French deal to prevent Channel migrant crossings was signed tonight, as France agreed to double police beach patrols but continued to resist taking back arrivals. The four-point plan which includes a major expansion of surveillance by drones and CCTV along the 100 miles of France’s northern coastline aims to catch migrants before they leave French soil. It follows a seven-fold increase in the number of migrants crossing the Channel this year with a record 8,500 reaching UK shores since January. The bilateral agreement signed by Home Secretary Priti Patel and her counterpart Gérald Darmanin came as the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier arrived in London to restart Brexit talks which have been deadlocked by Anglo-French disputes over fishing rights. Although sources insisted there was no linkage between migrants and fishing rights, they pointed to the deal as evidence of the two countries’ willingness to work together post-Brexit. "We accept this is a shared problem and recognise we can only solve it by working together," said a Government source. Under the agreement, gendarme patrols will double from December 1 supplemented by extra surveillance technology - including drones, radar equipment, optronic binoculars and fixed cameras - to help search the coastline quicker and deploy more police in the right place at the right time. The increase in police operations is backed by a French pledge to disperse more migrants from the north of France to accommodation centres inland where they could apply for asylum in France or other EU countries. Border security at ports in northern and western France will be increased to prevent smugglers shifting their illegal trafficking into lorries and other freight as the French attempt to choke off the sea routes. The agreement builds on the joint cooperation that has already seen the proportion of crossings intercepted and prevented rise from 41 per cent in 2019 to 60 per cent in recent weeks. On Friday, the French caught 20 migrants attempting to reach England. A joint intelligence cell (JIC) opened in July has helped secure around 140 arrests and prevent about 1,100 crossings, according to the Home Office. The French, however, are still resisting British pleas to take back migrants caught anywhere in the Channel or on UK soil, or to mount operations at sea to intercept and return the illegal small boats to France, which the UK believes would be legal under maritime law. Ms Patel is also looking to renegotiate the Dublin agreement under which EU countries take back migrants if they are proved to have passed through them and introduce a crackdown on asylum claims to counter late and repeat human rights claims against deportation. The Home Secretary said: "Today’s agreement is a significant moment for our two countries, stepping up our joint action to tackle illegal migration. Thanks to more police patrols on French beaches and enhanced intelligence sharing between our security and law enforcement agencies, we are already seeing fewer migrants leaving French beaches. “The actions we have agreed jointly today goes further, doubling the number of police officers on the ground in France, increasing surveillance and introducing new cutting edge technology, representing a further step forward in our shared mission to make channel crossings completely unviable. “On top of these new operational plans, we will introduce a new asylum system that is firm and fair, and I will bring forward new legislation next year to deliver on that commitment.”
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By now, I'm no stranger to all things K-beauty. From "glass" skin to "cream" skin, there is no end to the Korean beauty and skin-care secrets I'm willing to try. So when I read about the moisturizing trend called "slugging," I had to see what all the excitement was about. For anyone unfamiliar, slugging is a technique that originated in Korea. Unlike those 10-step K-beauty routines that took the beauty world by storm years ago, slugging only requires one product and one step. Every night, after your skin care, you apply a thin layer of Vaseline or petroleum-based balm all over your face to lock in moisture and seal in your skin-care products. Then, the next morning, you wash it off with your regular cleanser and enjoy your newly hydrated, glowing skin. As a person with oily skin and occasional breakouts, I was skeptical about slugging at first. But my lightweight moisturizer simply wasn't cutting it – the colder fall weather was making my skin dry and dull. My skin-care routine is pretty pared down to begin with, so I figured adding one extra step wouldn't be too much of a challenge. I bought myself some Vaseline, slathered it on, and hoped for the best. Keep reading to see my results - plus, what a dermatologist has to say about the trend in case you want to try it, too.
The windows of a Seattle Starbucks were left shattered after a group of protesters marched past the building on November 27.Seattle Police reported vandalism to the coffee shop, as well as graffiti on an Amazon van as a group of around 50 black-clad people marched in the city’s University District.Police said they made three arrests on the night in the Capitol Hill area. Credit: Independent Media PDX via Storyful
The European Union is behaving "like the bully who steals your lunch every day and expects the UK to be grateful for a few crumbs he hands back" over the Brexit talks, the leader of Scotland's fishermen has said. Elspeth MacDonald, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen Association, said the EU had to "wake up and smell the fish" after its negotiators offered to give the UK fish "of which we now the legal owner". The fishermen spoke out as Michel Barnier, the EU's chief negotiator, started fresh talks about a Brexit trade deal in London with his UK counterpart Lord Frost. That came after well-sourced reports in Brussels that Mr Barnier told member states the EU had offered to return between 15 per cent and 18 per cent of fish stocks caught by EU fleets in British waters. The tortured talks about a EU/UK Brexit trade deal are set to come to a conclusion within the next week with either a trade deal or both sides walking away. Writing for The Telegraph, Ms MacDonald attacked the EU's stance and its "paltry" offer on fisheries to the UK. She said : "Let's cut to the chase. The EU is playing a dangerous game over fishing and it is them who would get hurt most." "If trade is in balance, access to waters is not. They rely on fishing in our rich waters much more than we do in theirs. When it comes to access, there is a gross imbalance on how the fish are shared. "The threat of making the UK pay a ransom for merely acting in a way that the EU itself acts in its relations with other countries or Coastal States is the wrong way round. "They say that if we don't give them what they want, the lion’s share of the quotas in our waters and unlimited access to catch it, then we can forget about selling them our fish. No. They are at it. And they’ve got it wrong."
The SNP invited Scots to contrast Nicola Sturgeon's style of leadership with that of Boris Johnson on Saturday as the party battled to contain growing discontent within its ranks over a stifling of debate on independence. On the morning that party's online conference got underway, Joanna Cherry, the Edinburgh MP, launched an extraordinary attack over shutting down dissent, warning of an unhealthy leadership "cult" being built around the First Minister. Many delegates had been hoping to discuss tactics for securing another independence referendum, with Mr Johnson insisting that he will not allow one to take place under any circumstances. Opinion polls suggest the SNP is on course to claim a mandate for a new vote at next year's Holyrood elections and support for independence is at a record high. However, members were instead presented with an anodyne agenda of largely non-controversial motions, in a tightly-controlled event that offered little opportunity for them to register disagreement or put forward alternative suggestions. Iain Lawson, a former SNP office bearer, raised concern that results of votes were not being made clear to members, claiming many had voted against the report setting rules for the event online, and branded it a 'politburo conference'. Topics discussed on Saturday included reaffirming support for the party's long-standing policy of free tuition fees and peatland.
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