EU says UK backstop position unrealistic

The European Commission has deplored the fact that a letter from British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to European Council President Donald Tusk “does not provide legal operational solutions to prevent the return of a hard border on the island of Ireland.”

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Johnson Brexit letter offers no alternatives to Irish backstop: EU | AFP

The EU gives a chilly response to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s letter demanding the scrapping of the Irish border backstop plan to achieve a Brexit deal, saying he had offered no workable alternative. SOUNDBITE

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Matthew Bourne supports emerging British dance talent

The principal cast of Tony Award-winning choreographer Matthew Bourne’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ talk about the experience of performing with new dancers every two weeks. (Aug. 19)

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Veterans mark 50th anniversary of British army’s N. Ireland mission | AFP

Veterans mark the 50th anniversary of the British army’s deployment to Northern Ireland. The Northern Ireland Veterans Association is holding an anniversary memorial event in the city of Lisburn, southwest of Belfast, with hundreds of ex-service personnel attending, including those from the Parachute Regiment and the Royal Engineers. IMAGES

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Gibraltar releases Iran supertanker that US sought

Gibraltar allows a detained Iranian supertanker to leave the British overseas territory after a last-minute U.S. attempt to seize the vessel, potentially defusing tensions between London and Tehran. (Aug. 15)

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Lawyers arrive at Gibraltar Supreme Court for Iranian oil tanker ruling | AFP

Lawyers arrive at Gibraltar Supreme Court for a decision on whether an Iranian oil tanker seized last month near the tiny British territory can be held longer amid speculation that it might soon be released. The decision has been adjourned until 14:00 GMT. IMAGES

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Today in History for August 14th

Highlights of this day in history: Truman announces Japan’s surrender in World War II; Blackout hits Northeast U.S., Canada; FDR signs Social Security; British troops arrive in N. Ireland; A strike in Cold War Poland; Steve Martin born. (Aug. 14)

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Remains of UK student who fell from Madagascar plane arrive in capital | AFP

The remains of a British student, who apparently jumped from a plane in Madagascar after opening the aircraft door in mid-air, are transferred to a hospital of the capital Antananarivo. IMAGES

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