News Headlines - 03 June 2019

Tory leadership candidates with little backing could be 'culled' to speed process up

Any Conservative leadership contender who fails to win the backing of more than 10 MPs next week could be “culled” after the first round of voting under plans to be discussed by backbenchers on Tuesday.
The senior Tory MPs who run the party’s 1922 committee of backbench MPs will discuss how to whittle down the 13 MPs who have declared they will stand to a short list of two MPs to be put to the party's grassroots membership.
Under a proposed timetable to accelerate the process, discussed by officers on Monday, four rounds of voting among Tory MPs are planned with the final two candidates selected by Thursday June 20.

President meets Queen at Buckingham Palace after Sadiq Khan row

Protesters have denounced Donald Trump as “frightening and dangerous” and claimed his state visit is “an invitation for his ideology to be imported” to the UK, during a dramatic first day of the US president's second state visit to the country.
During a state banquet at Buckingham Palace, Queen Elizabeth II greeted the president, and reminded those in attendance of the "close and longstanding friendship" between their two countries - and appeared to rebuke Mr Trump's so-called America-first ideology that has threatened once close alliances and shaken the international community.

Mexico rejects idea to keep Central American asylum seekers

Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said Monday that his country would reject a proposed solution to the immigration and tariff stand-off with the U.S. that would involve it keeping Central American asylum seekers.
The proposal, which has not been formally made by the U.S., would involve Mexico being designated a "safe third country" for the immigrants, meaning that refugees passing through Mexico to the U.S. would first have to claim asylum in Mexico. The U.S. has a similar agreement with Canada.

Italy: Conte threatens to quit unless government solves spat | DW

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on Monday said he would step down from his post unless the ruling 5-Star Movement and League parties started to take responsibility for running the country... The split intensified after the League won 34% of the vote in the European parliamentary elections last month, pulling ahead of the 5-Star movement and adding to speculation that Salvini and the League could ditch coalition partners.

Algeria's constitutional council cancels presidential election | Al Jazeera

Algeria's constitutional council has said it will be impossible for it to hold elections to choose a successor to ousted President Abdelaziz Bouteflika early next month as planned after the only two candidates were rejected.
The council said in a statement on Sunday that it rejected "the candidates' applications" and subsequently declared "the impossibility of holding presidential elections on July 4".
It did not set a new date for the presidential election, asking interim President Abdelkader Bensalah to organise a vote at a later date, state television said.







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