Good afternoon! Here is another edition of our Daily News From Around the World blog posts. Today we cover AG William Barr’s resignation, Covid vaccinations, Brexit negotiations, charges of bribery against Israel’s prime minister, and Japanese rearmament. As always, the headlines are brought to us by Newseum:
The Washington Post, Published in Washington, DC
Attorney General William Barr has announced his resignation. The White House insists that Barr resigned of his own volition, though many have noted that there has been a great deal of tension between the President and the Attorney General after the latter disputed the former’s claims of widespread voter fraud.
President Trump and Attorney General Barr
The Los Angeles Times, Published in Los Angeles, CA
Five frontline healthcare workers were vaccinated at a press conference held by Governor Gavin Newsom; the first five Calfornians to be vaccinated since the Pfizer and BioNTech shots were approved. Optimism abounds after a grim year in which the coronavirus pandemic claimed the lives of 21,000 of the state’s citizens.
The Guardian, Published in London, UK
A “very narrow” pathway to a post-Brexit deal is possible, according to the European Union’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has conceded to the European Union’s demands to be able to take “unilateral measures” (tariffs) if and when divergences occur between British and European regulatory standards which would otherwise “distort trade and investment.” A Downing Street spokesman cautioned optimism, however, stating that, “Obviously, no deal is a possible outcome. Time is in very short supply and it has been for some time.”
EU Chief Brexit Negotiator Michel Barnier
Haaretz, Published in Tel Aviv, Israel
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been charged with bribery; allegedly trading “regulatory benefits” to a telecommunications conglomerate in exchange for favorable coverage from one of its news sites. The court has ordered the charge be amended to provide more detail, accusing prosecutors of “generalizations and lack of specificity” with regard to some of their evidence. The court also rejected Netanyahu’s claims that the indictment itself violated parliamentary immunity law.
The Japan Times, Published in Tokyo, Japan
The Japanese government has approved the construction of two destroyers equipped with Aegis missile interceptors. Questions over whether the Japanese military should have base strike capabilities and whether such a decision would violate the constitution has been put off for later. The approval of the ships is yet another move towards Japan’s steady rearmament.
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Michel Barnier, courtesy of Wikimedia
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