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  1. Thailand Live Sunday 18 Feb 2018

    Small earthquake hits Britain, strongest for 10 years Reuters LONDON (Reuters) - Britain was hit by its biggest earthquake in a decade on Saturday, the British Geological Survey (BGS) said on Saturday, with tremors felt across parts of Wales and southwest England but no notable damage reported. Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1025584-small-earthquake-hits-britain-strongest-for-10-years/
  2. Small earthquake hits Britain, strongest for 10 years Reuters LONDON (Reuters) - Britain was hit by its biggest earthquake in a decade on Saturday, the British Geological Survey (BGS) said on Saturday, with tremors felt across parts of Wales and southwest England but no notable damage reported. The BGS said the quake was of magnitude 4.4, with an epicenter 20 km (12.5 miles) north of the Welsh city of Swansea, adding that it was the biggest quake in the Britain since 2008. Earthquakes are not common in Britain and are rarely powerful. The 2008 quake in Market Rasen, north-east England, was magnitude 5.2 - 16 times more powerful than Saturday's quake. However, Saturday's earthquake in Wales was felt as far away as Carisbrooke Castle on the Isle of Wight, over 200 km (125 miles) away. Videos on social media showed people gathered outside Swansea University, which was holding an open day, after an apparent evacuation. "Thank you to everyone who attended our visit day. We hoped that you had a surprisingly ‘earth moving’ experience!" Swansea University said on Twitter. -- © Copyright Reuters 2018-02-18
  3. Thailand Live Sunday 18 Feb 2018

    U.S. calls for action to halt Iran's growing 'network of proxies' By Andrea Shalal and Sabine Siebold U.S. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster talks at the Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany, February 17, 2018. REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski MUNICH (Reuters) - U.S. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster called on Saturday for more forceful action to halt Iran's development of what he said was an increasingly powerful network of proxy armies in Lebanon, Syria, Yemen and Iraq. Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1025582-us-calls-for-action-to-halt-irans-growing-network-of-proxies/
  4. U.S. calls for action to halt Iran's growing 'network of proxies' By Andrea Shalal and Sabine Siebold U.S. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster talks at the Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany, February 17, 2018. REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski MUNICH (Reuters) - U.S. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster called on Saturday for more forceful action to halt Iran's development of what he said was an increasingly powerful network of proxy armies in Lebanon, Syria, Yemen and Iraq. McMaster accused Iran of escalating a campaign to increase its influence in the Middle East by building and arming "Hezbollah-style" proxy armies in Iraq, Syria and elsewhere as it has done in Lebanon. The goal was to weaken Arab governments and turn the proxy forces against those states if they pursued policies that ran counter to Tehran's interests, he said. "So the time is now, we think, to act against Iran," he told the Munich Security Conference, calling on U.S. allies to halt trade that was helping underwrite the expansion of Iran's Revolutionary Guards, the most powerful military and economic force in the Islamic Republic. The United States deems Lebanon's Hezbollah a terrorist organization. "What's particularly concerning is that this network of proxies is becoming more and more capable," he said. Iran has denied accusations that it meddles in the affairs of its Middle East neighbours and has dismissed suggestions it stop supporting groups such as Hezbollah. NUCLEAR DEAL McMaster also railed against the 2015 nuclear accord signed by Iran and six other countries, saying investments made by German firms and others were helping fund Iran's missile program and its other activities in the Middle East. Echoing President Donald Trump's view, he said it was time to address "serious flaws in the Iran deal and counter Iran's destabilising activities including its development and proliferation of missiles." Trump has been pushing for changes to the 2015 nuclear agreement under which Iran agreed to limit its nuclear activities in return for the lifting of many sanctions. Iran insists it is implementing the nuclear agreement and has warned Washington of consequences if the accord is scrapped. McMaster said those who invested in Iran were essentially funding activities by Iran's Revolutionary Guard. He said Iran's biggest trading partners were Russia and China, but also included Japan, South Korea and Germany. "As a matter of international security and moral conscience we must stop doing business with (Iran Revolutionary Guard) affiliated interests, encourage the development of a true commercial sector in Iran and pressure the regime to respect the rights of its people," he said. A senior Russian diplomat, Sergei Kislyak, said that Washington's efforts on the Iran nuclear deal would represent an "enormous blow" to non-proliferations efforts. "We want this treaty ... to continue," he said. "We hear more and more signals from Washington to the extent that they are considering revisiting the participation in the treaty. If that is going to happen, that would be an enormous blow to the collective effort to make sure that non-proliferation efforts survive." -- © Copyright Reuters 2018-02-18
  5. Thailand Live Sunday 18 Feb 2018

    Lukaku double sends Man United into FA Cup quarter-finals By Neil Robinson Soccer Football - FA Cup Fifth Round - Huddersfield Town vs Manchester United - John Smith’s Stadium, Huddersfield, Britain - February 17, 2018 Manchester United's Romelu Lukaku scores their first goal REUTERS/Andrew Yates LONDON (Reuters) - Romelu Lukaku extended his impressive FA Cup scoring record by netting twice in Manchester United's 2-0 win at Huddersfield Town to earn Jose Mourinho's side a quarter-final tie at home to Brighton & Hove Albion. Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1025581-lukaku-double-sends-man-united-into-fa-cup-quarter-finals/
  6. Lukaku double sends Man United into FA Cup quarter-finals By Neil Robinson Soccer Football - FA Cup Fifth Round - Huddersfield Town vs Manchester United - John Smith’s Stadium, Huddersfield, Britain - February 17, 2018 Manchester United's Romelu Lukaku scores their first goal REUTERS/Andrew Yates LONDON (Reuters) - Romelu Lukaku extended his impressive FA Cup scoring record by netting twice in Manchester United's 2-0 win at Huddersfield Town to earn Jose Mourinho's side a quarter-final tie at home to Brighton & Hove Albion. The Belgian has scored in each of the three rounds United have played of this year's competition and now has 11 goals from his past 10 FA Cup appearances and 21 in all competitions this season. Lukaku's first came after three minutes, and the striker scored again in the second half after United mounted a quick counter-attack against a side who beat them at the John Smith's Stadium in the Premier League last October. Saturday's fifth-round late kickoff also featured English football's latest video-assisted referee (VAR) decision when United's Juan Mata had a goal disallowed after being ruled fractionally offside before the interval. "Yes, the decision went in our favour but this VAR for me kills the emotion of the game," said Huddersfield manager David Wagner. "This is why I don't like it but I am not the person who makes the decision." United's midfielder Paul Pogba missed the game due to illness. West Bromwich Albion's tumultuous week took a final turn for the worse as they were knocked out by Southampton, whose 2-1 victory at the Hawthorns secured the visitors a quarter-final berth for the first time since 2005. Defeat always seemed likely for West Brom, who are bottom of the Premier League and sacked their chairman and chief-executive on Tuesday. They then had four senior players interviewed by Spanish police over the alleged theft of a taxi from outside a fast-food restaurant in Barcelona. Two of those involved in the incident, Jonny Evans and Gareth Barry, both started against Southampton after issuing a public apology, although Evans was stripped of the captaincy by Albion manager Alan Pardew. "I felt I needed to make a little bit of a statement about the events," Pardew said. "I was far from happy over them." Evans could do nothing to stop Southampton taking the lead through Wesley Hoedt on 11 minutes, with Dusan Tadic adding the second after the interval. Salomon Rondon quickly countered for West Brom but Southampton held on to record their second win at Albion in two weeks and earn a quarter-final at either Wigan Athletic or Manchester City, who play on Monday. DEBUT GOALS END COVENTRY DREAM Brighton's Jurgen Locadia scored on his debut in the 3-1 win over Coventry City who, after knocking out Stoke City in the third round, failed in their attempt to make FA Cup history by becoming the first fourth-tier side to beat two top-flight teams in the same season. There was never much chance of that with Brighton's record signing Locadia scoring with his first shot on target after 15 minutes and Leicester City loanee Leonardo Ulloa, who is in his second spell with the Seagulls, rounding off the win after Connor Goldson netted his first goal in almost two years. Jonson Clarke-Harris scored Coventry's consolation. The last time Brighton were a top-flight team they reached the FA Cup final in 1983, when they lost to Manchester United, their opponents in next month's quarter-final. At Hillsborough, both managers bemoaned the replay after second-tier Sheffield Wednesday and Swansea City shared a goalless draw, with Swansea's Carlos Carvalhal suggesting everyone would have been happy to play on to penalties. "It's a score nobody wants. I also believe (that's the case) for Sheffield Wednesday - the same one more game. Maybe in the future we can think that if the managers and referee agree after the first game we can go to penalties and we can finish the game today," said Carvalhal who was given a warm reception on his return to the club he managed for two and a half years. The replay is Swansea's third in succession as they continue to juggle cup commitments with a Premier League survival battle that has become more difficult after impressive defender Alfie Mawson injured himself before kickoff and was subsequently seen wearing a knee brace. The winner of the replay will host Rochdale or Tottenham Hotspur, who play on Sunday. Leicester City will be home to Chelsea in the remaining quarter-final. All games will be played between March 16 and 19. -- © Copyright Reuters 2018-02-18
  7. Thailand Live Sunday 18 Feb 2018

    May wins backing for EU security pact, timing unclear By Thomas Escritt and Robin Emmott Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May talks at the Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany, February 17, 2018. REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski MUNICH (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May made her case on Saturday for a new security treaty with the EU from next year, winning support from EU and U.S. officials who agreed the issue was too important to risk getting subsumed in broader Brexit negotiations. Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1025580-may-wins-backing-for-eu-security-pact-timing-unclear/
  8. May wins backing for EU security pact, timing unclear By Thomas Escritt and Robin Emmott Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May talks at the Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany, February 17, 2018. REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski MUNICH (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May made her case on Saturday for a new security treaty with the EU from next year, winning support from EU and U.S. officials who agreed the issue was too important to risk getting subsumed in broader Brexit negotiations. In a speech to Western leaders and officials in Munich, May promised that London would continue to lead military missions and share intelligence if Brussels agreed to a pact "effective from 2019", the year Britain is due to leave the bloc. May's government is using a series of speeches to set out its vision for Britain outside the European Union. But the loudest applause during her appearance came when the event's organiser, German diplomat Wolfgang Ischinger, said: "Things would be so much easier if you stayed." But May was adamant: "We are leaving the EU and there is no question of a second referendum or going back, and I think that's important," she told the Munich Security Conference. "The partnership that we need to create is one that offers UK and EU way to combine our efforts to greatest effect where this is in our shared interest," May said of her security plan. Britain is one of the top three users of data from European Union police agency Europol. But as it leaves the EU, there is a risk that it will be shut out of this cooperation, becoming more vulnerable to Islamist militants, officials say. Jean-Claude Juncker, the EU's chief executive, welcomed a "security alliance" with Britain, adding that the issue should be separated from the rest of the Brexit debate. Britain, along with France, is Europe's biggest military power and leads two European Union military missions while sending troops to Estonia under a NATO flag. With a host of issues still unresolved and infighting over Brexit dividing May's government just over a year before Britain is due to leave, security is one of London's biggest bargaining chips as it seeks a new deal with Brussels. Britain's home secretary last year told the EU it could "take our information with us" if it left the bloc without a deal on security. May emphasised she was committed to European security, warned against competition between Britain and the rest of Europe and said that both sides should do "whatever is most practical and pragmatic in ensuring our collective security." Juncker said security should not be conflated with "other questions relating to Brexit," also quashing any British hopes that a security treaty might be a way into a free-trade deal. "I wouldn't like to put security policy considerations with trade policy considerations in one hat. I understand why some would like to do that, but we don't want to," he said. VEILED THREAT? NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg also welcomed close security cooperation between Britain and the EU after Brexit, while Stoltenberg's predecessor at the alliance, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, told Reuters May's was a strong speech. "I think that is what we should aim for, but any treaty is very time-consuming. The timeline is unrealistic," Fogh Rasmussen said. A senior U.S. official said: "We know the goal, but I don't know if this is the right vehicle." But May's call to set aside "rigid institutional structures" to enable a quick agreement on security was less well received. "What she meant was not specified and sounded like a veiled threat," said EU lawmaker Marietje Schaake, a Dutch centrist. One senior EU official in Munich said that May would need to submit a formal negotiating paper to detail her ideas and then allow EU and British negotiators to move forward. But the EU official said May's proposal was essentially not new and could only come after Britain and the EU had agreed a divorce settlement. "The European Union also wants a new security arrangement with Britain, but it can't be done before we agree on other issues," the official said. While the status of the Irish border and citizens rights were broadly settled in December, EU negotiators say they are now waiting for Britain to say what kind of future trade relationship it wants. Agreement on that front would allow EU leaders to endorse the plan at a Brussels summit on March 22-23 and move on to a special transition arrangement ending in December 2020. -- © Copyright Reuters 2018-02-18
  9. Thailand Live Sunday 18 Feb 2018

    Oxfam sex abuse criticism disproportionate, chief executive says By Alistair Smout An Oxfam sign is seen on a kiosk that was used to distribute water in Corail, a camp for displaced people of the 2010 earthquake, on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, February 13, 2018. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares LONDON (Reuters) - Oxfam's chief executive said criticism of the charity following a sex abuse scandal had been disproportionate, according to comments published on Saturday. Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1025579-oxfam-sex-abuse-criticism-disproportionate-chief-executive-says/
  10. Oxfam sex abuse criticism disproportionate, chief executive says By Alistair Smout An Oxfam sign is seen on a kiosk that was used to distribute water in Corail, a camp for displaced people of the 2010 earthquake, on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, February 13, 2018. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares LONDON (Reuters) - Oxfam's chief executive said criticism of the charity following a sex abuse scandal had been disproportionate, according to comments published on Saturday. In an interview with British daily the Guardian, Mark Goldring again apologised over allegations of sexual abuse by Oxfam staff in Haiti, which broke last week and have shaken the whole aid sector. "(But) the intensity and ferocity of the attacks makes you wonder, what did we do? We murdered babies in their cots?," he was quoted as saying. "Certainly the scale and intensity of the attacks feels out of proportion to the level of culpability." UK-based Oxfam, one of the world's biggest disaster relief charities, has neither confirmed nor denied the Haiti allegations but has said an internal investigation in 2011 confirmed unspecified sexual misconduct occurred. It has also agreed not to bid for any new state funding until Britain's government is satisfied the charity meets appropriate ethical standards, development minister Penny Mordaunt said on Friday. "Anything we say is being manipulated... We've been savaged," Goldring also told the Guardian, which ran a full-page ad from the charity saying sorry for the "appalling behaviour that happened in our name". The CEO's comments drew rebukes on Twitter, including from former interior minister Jacqui Smith, who posted: "Dear Mark Goldring. You're not the victim here." Haiti's president told Reuters on Friday that sexual misconduct by Oxfam staff was only the tip of an "iceberg" and called for investigations into Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) and other aid organisations that came to the country after a devastating earthquake in 2010. Doctors Without Borders said on Wednesday it had dealt with 24 cases of sexual harassment or abuse among its 40,000 staff last year, and dismissed 19 people as a result. Britain has said it will deny cash to aid organisations that fail to come clean on abuse. But Prime Minister Theresa May said it would continue to meet its legal obligation to spend 0.7 percent of economic output on international development. She made the comment in a speech in Munich on Saturday, in which did not directly address the allegations against Oxfam and other charities. -- © Copyright Reuters 2018-02-18
  11. Thailand Live Sunday 18 Feb 2018

    Britain's anti-EU party UKIP votes to sack leader Bolton By Alistair Smout FILE PHOTO: Britain's UKIP leader Henry Bolton joins protesters from 'Justice for Northern Ireland Veterans' as they demonstrate in Horse Guards Parade in Westminster in London, Britain, February 3, 2018. REUTERS/Simon Dawson/File Photo LONDON (Reuters) - British eurosceptic party UKIP was thrown into turmoil again on Saturday when its members removed leader Henry Bolton after less than five months in charge following criticism of his leadership and a scandal about racist comments made by his lover. Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1025578-britains-anti-eu-party-ukip-votes-to-sack-leader-bolton/
  12. Britain's anti-EU party UKIP votes to sack leader Bolton By Alistair Smout FILE PHOTO: Britain's UKIP leader Henry Bolton joins protesters from 'Justice for Northern Ireland Veterans' as they demonstrate in Horse Guards Parade in Westminster in London, Britain, February 3, 2018. REUTERS/Simon Dawson/File Photo LONDON (Reuters) - British eurosceptic party UKIP was thrown into turmoil again on Saturday when its members removed leader Henry Bolton after less than five months in charge following criticism of his leadership and a scandal about racist comments made by his lover. The anti-EU United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) was an influential force in bringing about a referendum on Britain's membership of the European Union in 2016, but has struggled to maintain its relevance since the country voted to leave the European Union. Former army officer Bolton, 54, was not widely known outside the party when he became UKIP's fourth leader in a year in September. Backed by former UKIP leader Nigel Farage to turn the party's fortunes around, Bolton was instead humbled by party members, when 63 percent of 1,378 ballots cast at an Extraordinary General Meeting were for his removal. "I'm slightly disappointed... It's not a great feeling," Bolton told Sky News, but he did not rule out running for leader again. "I'm not finished in politics, it's just one of those bumps in the road." SHACKLED TO A CORPSE Bolton publicly fell out with the party's national executive committee, which had tried to remove him after his 25-year-old lover, Jo Marney, made offensive comments about Prince Harry’s fiancée Meghan Markle in text messages to a friend. Ex-leader Farage, who is still a regular fixture on TV and radio in Britain, continued to back Bolton after the scandal. Under Farage, UKIP won nearly 4 million votes, or a 12.6 percent share of ballots cast, in the 2015 election on its anti-EU platform. UKIP's success was a factor in influencing then-Prime Minister David Cameron to hold the Brexit referendum. But the party has seen its poll ratings slide since then, and has struggled to move out of Farage's shadow since the referendum. Neil Hamilton, UKIP's leader in Wales, told Sky that Farage had been "shackling himself to a corpse" in supporting Bolton. Outgoing party chairman Paul Oakden said a new leadership election would happen within 90 days. Gerard Batten, a member of the European Parliament for London and the party's former Brexit spokesman, was made interim leader. "We've had many crises in UKIP, and I think this one today was about whether we have a future or not," he told party delegates. "I believe that you have made the best decision that you could in the circumstances." -- © Copyright Reuters 2018-02-18
  13. Thailand Live Sunday 18 Feb 2018

    Russia's Lavrov says reports on U.S. election interference 'just blather' Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov talks at the Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany, February 17, 2018. REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski MUNICH (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov declined to comment on Saturday on U.S. indictments of 13 Russians and three Russian companies in what Washington sees as a criminal and espionage conspiracy to tamper with the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1025577-russias-lavrov-says-reports-on-us-election-interference-just-blather/
  14. Russia's Lavrov says reports on U.S. election interference 'just blather' Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov talks at the Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany, February 17, 2018. REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski MUNICH (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov declined to comment on Saturday on U.S. indictments of 13 Russians and three Russian companies in what Washington sees as a criminal and espionage conspiracy to tamper with the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Russia has repeatedly denied any effort to influence the U.S. election. Lavrov echoed that tone, telling participants at the annual Munich Security Conference that even U.S. Vice President Michael Pence and others had raised questions about the U.S. investigation. "So until we see the facts, everything else is just blather," he said. -- © Copyright Reuters 2018-02-18
  15. Thailand Live Sunday 18 Feb 2018

    Pope renews commission on sexual abuse, Vatican promises victims more say By Philip Pullella Pope Francis leads the Angelus prayer in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican February 4, 2018. REUTERS/Max Rossi VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis renewed a commission on clergy sexual abuse on Saturday, confirming a U.S. cardinal as its head, as the Vatican promised to give victims a greater say in its work. Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1025576-pope-renews-commission-on-sexual-abuse-vatican-promises-victims-more-say/
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