21 June 2018


Former Russian spy gravely ill in ‘suspicious’ UK incident

KONFRONTASI-A former Russian spy has reportedly fallen critically ill in the UK after exposure to an “unknown substance,” British media say.

Police confirmed Monday that they had found an old man and a young girl unconscious near a shopping mall in Salisbury, about 90 miles (145 kilometers) west of London on Sunday afternoon.

The pair was then announced by the UK media to be convicted Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter. The 66-year-old has an address in Salisbury.

UK PM Theresa May faces rebellion by her own party

KONFRONTASI-British Prime Minister Theresa May faced a rebellion by her own MPs on Wednesday over parliament's role in authorizing a final Brexit deal, threatening a damaging defeat at home even as she makes progress in Brussels.

Members of May's Conservative party are demanding that an explicit legal guarantee be included in the landmark EU (Withdrawal) Bill to ensure MPs get a vote before any deal is signed.

UK police arrest another man over London train bomb attack

KONFRONTASI-British police have apprehended another man in connection with the bomb attack on a crowded London Underground train during the morning rush hour on September 15, bringing the number of people under arrest to four.

The 20-year-old man was arrested in the Welsh capital Cardiff on Monday by counter-terrorism officers.  

The man is being held under the Terrorism Act and questioned at a London police station but the police has not charged or identified him yet.

British government declines to publish review on funding of extremism

Britain's Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, arrives in Downing Street for a cabinet meeting, in central London, Britain June 20, 2017.[reuters]

KONFRONTASI-The British government said on Wednesday it would not publish in full its report on the sources of funding of Islamist extremism in Britain, prompting opposition charges it was trying to protect its ally Saudi Arabia.

British PM May calls for early election to strengthen Brexit hand

KONFRONTASI-British Prime Minister Theresa May called on Tuesday for an early election on June 8, saying she needed to strengthen her hand in divorce talks with the European Union by shoring up support for her Brexit plan.

Standing outside her Downing Street office, May said she had been reluctant about asking parliament to back her move to bring forward the election from 2020, but decided it was necessary to win support for her ruling Conservative Party's efforts to press ahead with Britain's departure from the EU.

Two British universities halt pro-Palestinian events

KONFRONTASI - Two British universities have been accused of undermining freedom of speech after cancelling an annual pro-Palestinian event aimed at raising awareness about human rights violations in the occupied territories.

The accusation was leveled on Monday after the University of Exeter and the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) announced the cancellation of a pro-Palestinian student-run event called Israel Apartheid Week.

Brits set to stage massive protest against Trump’s Muslim ban

KONFRONTASI - Thousands of British citizens are preparing to stage a massive rally in London to protest US President Donald Trump’s immigration bans.

More than 25,000 people have so far said yes to author and journalist Owen Jones’ call for an “emergency demo” on Monday evening, in solidarity with people who have been banished from entering the US upon Trump’s order.

Fallout from British EU vote alarms Asia, deepens party conflicts

KONFRONTASI-Turmoil unleashed by Britain's vote to leave the European Union heightened anxiety in Asia on Sunday, with China, Japan and South Korea all fretting over the risk to world financial stability a few hours before markets reopen.

China's finance minister said fallout from Thursday's referendum "will cast a shadow over the global economy" while a senior official in Tokyo warned of the danger of "speculative, violent moves" in currencies.

Brexit: Britain votes to leave EU in historic divorce

KONFRONTASI-Britain has voted to leave the European Union in a referendum, with the result throwing into question the fate of the 28-nation bloc and Prime Minister David Cameron announcing that he will step down by October.

The official results were announced on Friday with the Leave campaign receiving 52 percent in Thursday's historic referendum.

Cameron, who had backed the campaign to remain in the EU, said the British people made "a very clear decision to take a different path.

British PM condemns massacre in Pakistan’s Peshawar

KONFRONTASI-British Prime Minister David Cameron has condemned a pro-Taliban-led massacre in Pakistan’s north western city of Peshawar.

David Cameron described the incident as “a dark day for humanity”. He slammed those who carry out act of terrorism in the name of Islam, saying extremism has nothing to do with Islam.