Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Saturday 16 Mar 2019

New Zealand mosque attacks suspect appears in court

The main suspect in the mosque shootings that killed 49 people in New Zealand has appeared in court on a single murder charge. Brenton Tarrant, 28, stood in the dock in a white prison shirt and handcuffs. Further charges are expected to be made against him. In east London, hours after the New Zealand atrocity, a man was reportedly attacked with a hammer and a batten outside a mosque.

North Korea says it is close to giving up on US talks

North Korea is close to giving up on discussions with the US and may resume testing of its nuclear weapons, a senior Pyongyang official has announced. Choe Son-hui, the deputy foreign minister, said: “We have no intention to yield to the US demands in any form, nor are we willing to engage in negotiations of this kind”. She said that the US had missed “a golden opportunity” to overcome differences.

Long Brexit delay would require election of British MEPs

There can be no long Brexit delay without an election of British MEPs, according to a leaked legal paper. Ambassadors have been told that any delay beyond March 29 requires Britain to have taken part in European parliamentary elections. The 27 heads of state and government are to discuss and decide on the UK’s expected extension request at an EU summit next Thursday.

Middle-class parents deploy FOI requests over Oxbridge rejections

Parents are using freedom of information requests to find out why Oxbridge colleges have rejected their children. With Oxford and Cambridge under pressure to accept more teenagers from poorer families, some better-off parents are concerned that fewer middle-class school-leavers are being offered places. A source said freedom of information has become “another weapon” for the parents.

Italian magistrates probe bunga bunga party woman’s death

Magistrates in Italy have opened an …read more

Source:: The Week – All news


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