Italy became the first major Western power to endorse China's "Belt and Road" infrastructure project (BRI) on Saturday, as the country looks for ways to revive its struggling economy. Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte shook hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping at a signing ceremony after a three-day trip for the Chinese leader. Chinese and Italian firms also signed some 10 other deals in the energy, steel and gas pipeline sectors worth around €5 billion according to Italian media. However, the deal has irked Brussels and some pro-EU figures like French President Emmanuel Macron who see it as helping one of the bloc's key economic rivals. What is the 'Belt and Road' plan? The Belt and Road initiative is the centrepiece of China's foreign policy strategy and was incorporated into the ruling Communist Party Constitution in 2017, showing Xi's desire of making China a global leader. As the first G7 country to have signed the plan, the two countries signed up to more … [Read more...] about China’s Belt and Road plan: Why did Italy sign it and why is Brussels worried?
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Antonia Noori Farzan, The Washington Post Published 5:47 am PST, Friday, March 8, 2019 "This is a sham cover vote designed to avoid dealing with a rogue member," declared Rep. Chip Roy of Texas, one of the nearly two dozen Republican members of the House who voted no. "This is a sham cover vote designed to avoid dealing with a rogue member," declared Rep. Chip Roy of Texas, one of the nearly two dozen Republican members of the House who voted no. Photo: Dustin Safranek, DUSTIN SAFRANEK Photo: Dustin Safranek, DUSTIN SAFRANEK Image 1 of / 5 Caption Close Image 1 of 5 "This is a sham cover vote designed to avoid dealing with a rogue member," declared Rep. Chip Roy of Texas, one of the nearly two dozen Republican members of the House who voted no. "This is a sham cover vote … [Read more...] about ‘This is a sham’: Why did 23 Republicans vote against condemning hatred and bigotry?
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Sport / Blether with Brown by John Brown December 17, 2018, 10:45 am FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Sport newsletter The photo on October 27 of the Dundee Rockets ice hockey team from 1981 provoked comment from several quarters. One reader was intrigued by the team’s jerseys. “Why did that Rockets team have ‘Rangers’ emblazoned across the front of their jerseys,” he asked. I contacted my former colleague Steve Taylor. Steve has retired from his full-time position on the Tele sportsdesk but has now taken up new duties as the paper’s ice hockey correspondent. In my opinion it’s a good appointment as, apart from his wife, family and steak pie, ice hockey is his first love. Steve quickly responded with a reply from George Reid’s son, Mark. George was in the team photo published and Mark said: “Rockets supremo Tom Stewart was friendly with the great Rod Gilbert from the New York Rangers … [Read more...] about Blether: Why did Dundee team have ‘Rangers’ on their jerseys?
Nørrebrogade in Copenhagen. File photo: Ida Guldbæk Arentsen/Ritzau Scanpix The Local Denmark’s editor Michael Barrett is hoping to become a Danish citizen. For most prospective new nationals of the Scandinavian country, that means passing a citizenship test. I pedalled hard as I cycled along Nørrebrogade, a busy main road in Copenhagen’s Nørrebro neighbourhood, in chilly weather on Wednesday afternoon. I was a few minutes late for the recommended arrival time of 12:15pm at Nørrebrohallen, a sports centre and one of 53 locations across the country where the citizenship test was to be taken simultaneously from 1pm. 4,537 people had registered for the test nationwide, according to figures from the Ministry of Immigration and Integration. There was no need to get too out of breath, as when I arrived there was still a large queue of people waiting to register and hand over their mobile phones for safekeeping before entering the exam hall. … [Read more...] about I took the Danish citizenship test today. What was it like, and why did I do it?