Two French soldiers killed in Mali attack

File photo for a soldier of France’s Barkhane mission patrols in central Mali, in the border zone with Burkina Faso and Niger as a joint anti-militant force. (AFP)
Updated 21 February 2018
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Two French soldiers killed in Mali attack

PARIS: Two French soldiers were killed after their armored vehicle was hit by an explosive device in Mali, the French president’s office said on Wednesday. Another soldier was injured as a result of the explosion.
France has deployed around 4,000 French troops in the West Africa’s Sahel region as part of Operation Barkhane aimed at tackling Islamist militants in the region. (Reuters)


UK warns there will be no Brexit deal unless EU softens on Irish border

Updated 21 September 2018
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UK warns there will be no Brexit deal unless EU softens on Irish border

  • Britain is due to leave the EU on March 29, yet little is clear
  • Some rebels have vowed to vote against a possible Brexit deal

LONDON: Britain will leave the EU without a deal unless the bloc’s leaders soften their position on the Irish border, Transport Secretary Chris Grayling told the BBC.
EU leaders abruptly cautioned May on Thursday that unless she gave ground on trade and the Irish border by November they are ready to cope with Britain crashing out.
“At the moment what the European Union is asking in and around Northern Ireland is simply impossible for any UK government to accept. And actually, if they stick with that position, there will be no deal,” Grayling said.
“There’s tough language and actually a deal is done at the last. And I’m still confident that we will reach agreement,” he added.
Britain is due to leave the EU on March 29, yet little is clear: There is, so far, no divorce deal, rivals to May are circling and some rebels have vowed to vote against a possible Brexit deal.