Donald Tusk enrages pro-Brexit MPs
Speaking at a press conference with Irish Prime Minister, Leo Varadkar, European Council President Donald Tusk said that there was a ‘a special place in hell’ for ‘those who promoted Brexit without even a sketch of a plan of how to carry it out safely.’
I’ve been wondering what that special place in hell looks like, for those who promoted #Brexit, without even a sketch of a plan how to carry it out safely.
— Donald Tusk (@eucopresident) February 6, 2019
MPs who support the United Kingdom’s exit from the European bloc reacted with anger to Mr Tusk’s comments, accusing him of ‘arrogance.’
Former UKIP leader, Nigel Farage, tweeted at Mr Tusk, ‘After Brexit we will be free of unelected, arrogant bullies like you and run our own country. Sounds more like heaven to me.’
Sinn Fein President Mary Lou McDonald backed Mr Tusk, arguing that a hard-line Brexit stance was both ‘intemperate’ and ‘untenable’.
“Ive been wondering what the special place in hell looks like for those who promoted #Brexit without a sketch of a plan of what it would look like” @donaldtusk sitting on the fence as ever … ! #TellingItAsItIs
— Anna Soubry MP (@Anna_Soubry) February 6, 2019
A statement from Downing Street questioned whether Mr Tusk ‘considers the use of that kind of language helpful’.
‘United Arab Emirates arming Yemen militias’ claims Amnesty International
New claims from human rights charity Amnesty International, released Wednesday, allege that armoured vehicles, mortars and machine guns are being illegally diverted to militia and other groups accused of war crimes.
The United Arab Emirates is accused of distributing weapons and other equipment to the Yemeni government for use in its war against Houthi rebels as part of a broader Saudi-led coalition.
— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) February 6, 2019
Patrick Wilcken, Amnesty International’s arms control researcher said: ‘Only a handful of countries have done the right thing and stopped the conveyor belt of arms to the Yemen’s devastating conflict.’
The conflict in Yemen has escalated since 2015 when the Houthis seized control of large parts of the west, forcing President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi to flee the country.
Eight killed in China amid New Year celebrations
A man wielding a knife in rural northwest China killed eight people and wounded seven more during the country’s Lunar New Year celebrations.
The local public security bureau said the attacker, a 49 year-old man named Guo had been drinking, and suspected his wife of infidelity.
— The Straits Times (@STcom) February 6, 2019
‘According to Guo’s initial confession, he suspected his wife of engaging in illicit sexual relations,’ the report said. ‘Hatred festered in his heart and he deliberately sought revenge.’
The victims are yet to be identified.
Last year during the Lunar New Year celebrations a villager in Shaanxi Province in China killed three of his neighbors, blaming them for his mother’s death 20 years prior.
Australian Open finalist details knife attack in court
On Wednesday, Australian Open finalist Petra Kvitova, gave new testimony at the trial of a man who is accused of attacking her at her home in Czech Republic.
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) February 6, 2019
Ms Kvitova’s tendons, fingers and nerves were badly damaged, resulting more than four hours of reparative surgery.
The two-time Wimbledon Grand Slam Singles winner was able to return to the tennis court five months after the attack.
The suspect, Radim Zondra, faces six months in prison if found guilty.
Speaking to the Associated Press, Ms Kvitova’s spokesperson said she was pleased to put the incident behind her.