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London Bridge: Families Mourn Victims At Vigil

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London Bridge: Families Mourn Victims At Vigil

Britain is holding a vigil today, Monday, in honor of the two persons that were killed in London Bridge knife attack last week.

Twenty-five-year-old Jack Merritt, and twenty-three-year-old Saskia Jones were killed on Friday when Usman Khan went on a rampage stabbing people with kitchen knives at London Bridge.  Bystanders confronted and subdued khan, who was wearing a fake suicide vest.  He was then shot dead by British police.

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The dead, injured, emergency services and members of the public who tackled khan will be honored at the vigil that will hold in Guildhall Yard in the heart of the city of London.

British politicians who would face off in a snap election in just under two weeks were quick to point fingers and apportion blame for the early release of Usman Khan after being sentenced in 2012 for terrorism and being declared a danger to the public.

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Prime minister Boris Johnson deplored the fact Khan was out on the streets on early release.  He calls it absolutely repulsive and promises action.

Opposition labor party leader, Jeremy Corbin, says convicted terrorists should not necessarily have to serve their full prison terms.

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Both dead men were involved in the Cambridge University learning together program to help educate and rehabilitate prisoners.  Khan was attending a learning together event when he started his stabbing attack.

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Israel Will Hold Unprecedented Third Election In A Year

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Israel Will Hold Unprecedented Third Election In A Year

Israel will hold a record third straight election in just under a year, after no party was able to form a government by the deadline set to do so.  That triggered another election within three months.  The two main parties had earlier agreed on March 2 as the date for the new election.

Even as Israelis are deeply divided over the fate of prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who was recently indicted on three counts of corruption, there is little indication the third election will be any more decisive than the first two.

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Neither Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud party, nor the centrist blue and white party, led by the prime minister’s main rival, former military chief Benny Gantz, won enough seats in parliament for a governing majority in the previous two contests.

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In response to his recent indictment on corruption charges, Netanyahu has denied any wrongdoing.  He is under no legal obligation to resign as a result of the indictment.  While in office, he can ask the legislature to grant him immunity from prosecution.

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As caretaker premier, Netanyahu would remain in the post until a new government is formed – a process that could stretch for months past a march ballot, as a coalition-building is likely to be tortuous just like the previous two attempts.

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Britain Votes To Decide The Fate Of Brexit, Again

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Britain Votes To Decide The Fate Of Brexit, Again

The British public is back to the polls today in the third general elections in five years.  At stake is the Brexit mess that ended Theresa May’s tenure as prime minister.

Current prime minister, Boris Johnson says he is the one who will finally honor the will of the British people as expressed in the 2016 Brexit referendum to leave the European Union.

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His opposition challenger, Jeremy Corbyn is promising to call for a second referendum on Brexit in which he believes Brits will change their mind and stay in the EU.

The Conservatives have an edge and are expected to win.  If the conservative should win a majority in parliament, the country would be poised to leave the EU at the end of January.  But if neither party has a majority, and labor party has more seats, then Corbyn would form a minority government, one that would bring forth a second Brexit referendum.

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If none of these permutations happen, and a smaller party had a stronger showing than expected, then the country may crash out of the EU without an agreement.

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Polls close at 10 PM London time.

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US, Mexico And Canada Sign Revised Trade Deal To Replace NAFTA

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US, Mexico And Canada Sign Revised Trade Deal To Replace NAFTA

As Articles of Impeachment were being unveiled against president Trump, he was also being handed a win by the same house that is impeaching him.

The house is voting into law the new U.S., Canada and Mexico trade pact the president had negotiated to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement.

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It took months of negotiations for house democrats to bring the new North American Trade pact to a vote.  The new provisions would strengthen the trade deal’s protections for workers.

The signing ceremony in Mexico City launched what may be the final approval effort for Donald Trump’s three-year quest to revamp the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement, NAFTA, a deal he has blamed for the loss of millions of US manufacturing jobs.

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The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, USMCA, was signed more than a year ago to replace NAFTA, but democrats controlling the U.S. House of Representatives insisted on major changes to labor and environmental enforcement before bringing it to a vote.

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