UK to suspend parliament next Tuesday for new policy programme
LONDON, Oct 2 (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will ask Queen Elizabeth to suspend, or prorogue, parliament from next Tuesday Oct. 8 until the following Monday when it will launch its new legislative agenda.
Last week, Britain’s Supreme Court ruled that a previous suspension of parliament by Johnson was unlawful, ordering parliament to reconvene. That suspension had been due to last five weeks.
Johnson’s office said the new scheduled suspension was the shortest time possible and would allow all the necessary logistical preparations for a State Opening of parliament to be undertaken.
Trump personally asked U.K.’s Boris Johnson for help discrediting Mueller report: Times of London
President Donald Trump personally asked U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson for help in discrediting the Mueller investigation, according to a Times of London report Wednesday. Trump asked Johnson for help during a congratulatory phone call on July 26, just two days after Johnson took office, the paper reported. Trump has been characterized as convinced that the origins of the investigation lie in the U.K. and has even accused British agencies of spying on him, which Government Communications Headquarters dismissed as "utterly ridiculous." Trump also contacted the leaders of Australia and Ukraine to ask for help for Attorney General William Barr in gathering evidence to undermine the investigation, which looked into ties between the Trump 2016 election campaign and Russia. Mueller, the special counsel, refused to fully clear Trump of wrongdoing when he released his report in April, saying he would have done so if the facts allowed him to, a move that led Trump to pursue his own probe attempting to show that the special-counsel inquiry had been politically motivated. Barr went to London after July 26 to attend a meeting of an intelligence-sharing alliance and told British officials of his suspicions about British agencies and their role in the Mueller probe. Australian, Ukrainian and Italian officials have confirmed calls from Trump, while Downing Street has declined to comment.
Trump says White House always cooperates with congressional subpoenas
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that the White House always cooperates with congressional subpoenas when asked about efforts by House Democrats to obtain testimony related to allegations Trump pressured Ukraine to investigate a political rival.
Speaking at a White House press conference with Finnish President Sauli Niinistö, Trump also said that he would work with congressional Democrats going forward.
Visa and Mastercard reportedly reconsider involvement in Facebook’s Libra
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A new report says partners in Facebook’s cryptocurrency-based payments network, Libra, are wavering in their support amid a backlash from U.S. and European officials.
The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday that Visa Inc.V, -2.62% , Mastercard Inc.MA, -2.61% and others that signed on to help build Libra are reconsidering their involvement. The newspaper cited people familiar with the matter who were granted anonymity.
Mastercard had no comment. FacebookFB, -0.57% and Visa did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment.
Facebook has faced regulatory pushback over Libra since unveiling it in June. The idea is to open online purchasing to millions of people who do not have access to bank accounts and reduce the cost of sending money across borders. But Facebook already faces scrutiny over its poor record on privacy.
Marshalls Launches First Online Store
Marshalls, one of the leading off-price retailers, has launched its e-commerce website, Marshalls.com.
Marshalls announced that its new website will have an “ever-changing, fresh mix of merchandise” similar to its famous in-store experience. Returns can also be made online or at its stores.
Marshalls is owned by TJX Companies (TJX), which also operates HomeGoods and T.J. Maxx.
“We are thrilled to introduce Marshalls.com, which allows customers to shop Marshalls anytime,” said Mark DeOliveira, Executive Vice President, TJX Digital US. “This site will feature a unique assortment of the brands and values that Marshalls is known for, and also offer customers the ability to shop through fun, interactive features and curations. We are excited for customers to experience the brand in this new way.”
Marshalls has added “Swipe to Shop” feature on its website that allows shoppers swipe left for something they don’t want to purchase and swipe right for something they want.
The new website also offers curated shops that feature the latest trends and must-haves, making it easy for shoppers to to discover crave-worthy merchandise. The site will launch with the Fall Style Shop, The Designer Shop and Made in Italy. Like the merchandise assortment, curated shops will also refresh frequently.
Iraq imposes curfew in three southern cities: police sources
HILLA, Iraq (Reuters) – Iraq has imposed a curfew in the southern cities of Nassiriya, Amara and Hilla, police sources told Reuters on Wednesday, as renewed anti-government protests turned violent and spread nationwide.
Protesters clashed with security forces and in some areas set fire to government and political party buildings. In Nassiriya, gun fights between protesters and security forces broke out and elite counter-terrorism troops deployed after police “lost control” of the situation, other police sources said.
Trump says he will likely bring litigation against some involved in Mueller probe
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he likely will bring lawsuits against some of the people involved in pushing the Mueller investigation into whether he colluded with Russia in the 2016 presidential campaign.