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Anti-Brexit protesters mass in British capital for rally

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LONDON: Hundreds of thousands of pro-Europeans from across Britain were expected to march through London on Saturday calling for another referendum on EU membership with the country mired in political paralysis over Brexit.

Opponents of Britain’s departure from the European Union will gather near Hyde Park from noon (1200 GMT) before converging on Westminster in what organisers are calling the “Put it to the people march”.

Speakers including Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, London Mayor Sadiq Khan and opposition Labour deputy leader Tom Watson will then address the crowds at a mass rally outside parliament.

“Brexit is a complete and utter mess,” Khan said on the eve of the event.

“I’ll be marching on Saturday with people from every part of our country — from every walk of life — to demand that the British people get the final say.”

The protest — set to be one of the largest in the capital in decades — comes after EU leaders this week granted a delay to Brexit, prompting Prime Minister Theresa May to make a renewed bid to win MPs’ backing for her divorce deal.

However she faces daunting odds with lawmakers deadlocked for months over how to implement the 2016 referendum vote to leave, reflecting bitter divisions nationwide.

If she succeeds, Britain — which was staring at a cliff-edge deadline of March 29 for leaving the EU — will depart on May 22 under the terms of the withdrawal agreement the prime minister struck with Brussels last year.

But if lawmakers defeat the accord again, as expected, London must outline a new plan or face a no-deal Brexit as early as April 12 — unless it decides to request another extension and hold European Parliament elections in May.

Any further delay would likely prompt further calls for another referendum as the only way out of the impasse.

 

 

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Cricket: South Africa World Cup squad

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JOHANNESBURG: South Africa on Thursday named the following squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup in England and Wales:
Faf du Plessis (capt), Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock (wkt), JP Duminy, Imran Tahir, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Dale Steyn, Rassie van der Dussen.

 

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No Pak soldier or citizen died in Balakot airstrike: Sushma Swaraj

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AHMADABAD: Indian External Affairs Minister and BJP leader Sushma Swaraj Thursday said no Pakistani soldier or citizen died in the air strike carried out by the Indian Air Force across the border in response to the Pulwama terror attack in February.

“When we carried out air strike across the border after the Pulwama terror attack, we had told the international community that we took that step in self-defence only.

“We had told the international community that the armed forces were instructed not to harm any Pakistani citizen or its soldier during the strike,” she said.

“The Army was told to target only the terror camps of the Jaish-e-Mohammed, which had taken the responsibility for the Pulwama attack.

“And, our Army did the same without harming any Pakistani citizen or soldier,” said Ms Swaraj.

 

 

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N.Korea’s Kim to meet Putin in Russia in late April: Kremlin

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MOSCOW: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will visit Russia in late April for his first meeting with President Vladimir Putin, Moscow said Thursday.

“Following an invitation from Vladimir Putin… Kim Jong Un will visit Russia in the second half of April,” the Kremlin said in a statement on its website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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