Australia assigns warship to enforce North Korean sanctions
"Despite the easing of tensions on the Korea Peninsula, Pyongyang continues with its nuclear weapons and ballistic weapons programs in defiance of ... United Nations Security Council resolutions," Hupfeld told reporters.
"The occasional deployment of ... maritime patrol aircraft and surface vessels to the region ... adds weight to Australia's ongoing economic and diplomatic pressure on North Korea and enhances the capacity of ongoing multinational enforcement efforts," he added.
He likened detecting illegal ship-to-ship transfers of goods from among the many legitimate transactions in the East China Sea to finding a needle in a haystack.
Hupfeld would not say whether the frigate HMAS Melbourne's role would be intercepting suspect cargo ships.
"I won't go into a great deal of depth on those aspects, that's very much an operational matter," Hupfeld said.
"An airplane flying over the top can't stop anything from occurring," he added.
The Sydney-based warship was currently in South Korea taking part in a fleet review, he said.
Trump has encouraged U.S. allies to maintain sanctions on North Korea until it denuclearizes as part of what his administration has termed a campaign of "maximum pressure" against leader Kim Jong Un's government.
October 12, 2018
Sources: ABC News
nk about money – and make various tax, investment and other personal-financial moves. Here are five questions to ask yourself as 2018 starts to wind down.</p><p>The Internal Revenue Service for months has been urging Americans to assess their tax situation, and for good reason. The tax-reform legislation that took effect in 2018 will change the numbers for a lot of people. For example, the proportion of households itemizing deductions is expected to drop from around 30 percent last year to 10 percent this year.</p><p>Workers have enjoyed the benefit of lower payroll withholding, boosting their take-home pay, but it still could mean a tax bill when it comes time to file returns early next year. The IRS provides a withholding calculator at irs.gov. There's still time to make modest paycheck-withholding changes for the rest of 2018, and the calculator might pinpoint the need for an estimated payment.</p><p>With itemized deductions less compelling (because the standard deduction has been increased), a lot of people won't benefit from a tax standpoint from making charitable donations, paying property taxes, incurring mortgage interest and so on. But some might find a "bunching" strategy helpful, essentially doubling up on certain elective costs such as charitable donations in one year and skipping or minimizing them the next. That could get you over the itemizing hump at least every other year.</p><p>If you have any interest in picking up part-time work, this is the year to do it. With the nation's jobless rate in September touching a 49-year low of 3.7 percent, many companies are aggressively seeking workers as the holiday shopping season approaches. Aside from the pay, part-time workers at some businesses can look forward to special employee discounts and other perks.</p><p>The National Retail Federation expects a shopping-sales uptick of at least 4.3 percent this holiday season, and the "help-wanted" signs aren't just hanging in stores.</p><p>"With the rise of online shopping, transport and warehousing companies are also looking for seasonal workers," said Andrew Challenger, a vice president at global-outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas.</p><p>He expects the season "will be a good time for workers who have had trouble finding employment or those who are discouraged or marginally attached to the labor force."</p><p>Target and UPS are among the companies that have announced plans to hire at least 100,000 seasonal workers nationally. Macy's, Kohl's, FedEx, JCPenney, Gap and others have announced hiring plans running into the tens of thousands.</p><p>If you work full-time, your employer probably provides a range of benefits. With the upcoming open-enrollment season, now is a good time to re-evaluate the options. Many businesses are healthier than they have been in years, yet they're also finding it hard to attract and retain staff. That could mean enhanced, or at least different, benefits.</p><p>In terms of medical costs, one key thing to do is evaluate how you spent health-care dollars over the past year. Maybe you are paying for services you don't need and don't visit the doctor as often as you think. Regarding 401(k)-retirement accounts, if available, try to save a bit more than last year. If your company offers matching funds, you should at least contribute enough to trigger this free money.</p><p>Keep an eye on possible new benefits, from wellness programs to pet insurance. Pay special attention to Health Savings Accounts if your company offers them. These accounts, linked to high-deductible health plans, provide tax incentives to save money to meet health outlays, and balances can be rolled over into retirement.</p><p>"HSAs have the potential to be a very powerful retirement-savings vehicle," said investment-firm Columbia Threadneedle in a commentary. "Many retirees face increased medical expenses during retirement, so the need for additional assets to pay these growing expenses becomes even more important."</p><p>Nine years into an economic recovery, many Americans are still struggling to make ends meet. That doesn't bode well for a holiday-shopping season when there might be more than the usual pressure to keep up with the Joneses. Besides, credit-card interest rates have been rising, which will make it more expensive to carry balances. The average card rate, 17.4 percent, is up from 16.7 percent a year ago, reports Bankrate.com.</p><p>If debt is a problem, make extra efforts to bring in more income this holiday season.</p><p>"Get a second job, drive for Uber and do what you have to do in order to pay off credit card debt for good," said Greg McBride, Bankrate's chief financial analyst. "The hard work and sacrifice will also act as a deterrent to running up debt again in the future.”</p><p>Among other tips, McBride suggests taking advantage of low-interest promotional periods when applying for a new card and using the time to accelerate debt payments. Also, he suggests paying for as many of your holiday gifts as you can with cash — and formulating a plan to repay debt.</p><p>One option would be first to pay down balances on cards with the highest interest rates. As an alternative, pay off cards with the smallest balances first, as that could provide a momentum boost that you're making progress.</p><p>It's always smart to see if you are overpaying for mutual funds and the like. The exercise is a bit more compelling now that Fidelity Investments has launched two mutual funds with no shareholder-borne expenses – and no investment minimums, either. These could be great deals for a lot of people, especially those without large nest eggs. Since their debut in August, the two funds have attracted around $1.5 billion combined.</p><p>Conversely, there are reasons not to jump into the Fidelity Zero Total Market Index Fund and Fidelity Zero International Index funds. Both are stock-only funds that don't hold any bonds or cash. This means they're fairly aggressive and could get clobbered if the market retreats.</p><p>Also, the funds aren't necessarily all that less costly than those offered by rival firms such as Vanguard and Charles Schwab — and even some of Fidelity's other funds. Costs gradually have been declining throughout the fund industry. For example, the Schwab 1000 Index Fund charges 0.05 percent, or just 50 cents annually for each $1,000 invested. That's not fee-free, as with the Fidelity funds, but it's close.</p><p>The point is that expenses do matter – and fees are one thing investors can control by gravitating to cheaper alternatives. Costs have been dropping, as exemplified by the new Fidelity funds, so there's no reason not to seek out savings.</p>
next year as the company that makes them begins selling its wares in the City of Light.</p><p> London Electric Vehicle Co., which makes plug-in electric taxis that look like traditional black cabs, has put about 600 vehicles on the streets of London and has already expanded to Amsterdam, Berlin, Hamburg and Oslo.</p><p> The move into Paris comes as Mayor Anne Hidalgo aggressively works to improve air quality in the city.</p><p> CEO Chris Gubbey says London Electric Vehicle wants to provide "new options" for drivers and passengers given the pollution problem facing French cities.</p>
the Afghan capital, killing two civilians and injuring five Czech troops, Afghan officials and the Czech military said Thursday.</p><p> The attack, which took place late Wednesday in the district of Bagram in Parwan province, also wounded three Afghan civilians, said Wahida Shakar, spokeswoman for the provincial governor.</p><p> Bagram is about 40 kilometers (24 miles) from Kabul and is also the home of a sprawling U.S. military base</p><p> The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.</p><p> Of the five Czech soldiers, one was seriously injured when their vehicle overturned following the explosion. The soldier underwent surgery and the Czech military said he was not in life-threatening condition.</p><p> Earlier, NATO spokeswoman Sgt. 1st Class Debra Richardson had said three alliance service members were hurt in the bombing but didn't provide more details.</p><p> Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said an insurgent suicide bomber rammed his car into the NATO convoy.</p><p> A Taliban bombing in southern Helmand province killed a candidate running in the elections. The Taliban also attacked checkpoints in the northern Baghlan province, killing six policemen and wounding two others in a four-hour battle. Also, in eastern Maidan Wardak province, a suicide car bomber targeted a military vehicle, killing two Afghan army troops.</p><p> The Taliban have threatened the polls and warned teachers and students not to participate in the vote and not to allow schools to be used as polling centers. The insurgents said in a statement Wednesday that they will target Saturday's elections, which they view as illegitimate, but that they do not want to harm civilians.</p><p> In recent months, Afghan troops have come under near-daily attacks. NATO troops, which handed over security to Afghan forces at the end of 2014, mostly train and assist with air power. So far this year, eight U.S. soldiers and three other NATO service members have died in Afghanistan.</p><p> Associated Press writer Karel Janicek in Prague contributed to this report.</p>
friend of Jamal Khashoggi, the Washington Post columnist who disappeared after being seen entering a Saudi consulate in Istanbul more than two weeks ago, described to ABC News what he'd been told in briefings by Turkish security officials. </p><p> "I talked with some Turkish government and security officials and they said Jamal was killed. I didn't know what to do. I really couldn't answer. Then I called a few colleagues, again security officials, trying to have them verify it, saying 'Is this really true?'" Turan Kislakci said Wednesday. "They said, 'Yes, Turan, and let's tell you even beyond that, he was killed in a very barbaric way.' I was shocked. They not only kill him in the consulate, but also in a barbaric way." </p><p> Khashoggi, who has written critically about the Saudi government, reportedly told his fiancée to call two people if he ever got into trouble. One of those individuals was his close friend Kislakci. </p><p> Khashoggi, who had been living in the U.S., was visiting the consulate on Oct. 2 to file paperwork for his wedding. He has not been seen since. Turkish officials allege Khashoggi was killed, which the Saudis have fiercely denied. </p><p> Turkish officials say 15 Saudis flew to Istanbul for just hours surrounding Khashoggi's disappearance, and they reportedly claim to have audio recordings of Khashoggi being interrogated and murdered. </p><p> When Kislakci was asked by ABC News about repeated claims that there is proof that Khashoggi was killed and that an audio recording exists, he said that security officials said they had audio. </p><p> "They said, 'We have audio on this. We know all the details about what transpired.' They said, 'We were able to access this the first day, and we have various other evidence on this,'" he said. </p><p> He said the tapes reveal that when Khashoggi walked into the consulate, he was given a document to sign but refused. He then was killed. </p><p> "I still want to wish and hope that he is alive and so on," Kislakci told ABC News. "Unfortunately , this kind of news which related with his killing in a barbaric way is coming out." </p><p> Kislakci said he didn't want to know the gruesome detail but he said he believes much of what has been reported is correct. </p><p> Turkish authorities say that Khashoggi's body was then taken to the official residency of the Saudi consul general. It's about a mile from the consular building. Turkish forensic investigators are said to be combing through the grounds. </p><p> Turkish officials released to a Turkish newspaper images of 15 Saudis that they say traveled to Istanbul the day that Khashoggi went missing. The New York Times said that among the Saudis named is an autopsy expert. </p><p> The Times also reported that several of the suspects have ties to the Saudi crown prince. </p><p> Maher Abdulaziz Mutreb was allegedly in Istanbul the day Khashoggi went missing. Mutreb was seen in Boston within a few feet of the crown prince in March. A month later, both of the men were seen in Houston and later that month they were seen traveling together in Madrid. </p><p> He said that he expected to know who is at fault for Khashoggi’s alleged murder “by the end of the week.” </p><p> "With that being said, Saudi Arabia has been a very important ally of ours in the Middle East," Trump said. </p><p> Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Turkish President Erdogan and Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavusoglu Wednesday but refused to express any doubt or skepticism about the legitimacy of a Saudi investigation into Khashoggi’s disappearance. </p>
rviews given by Chris Parker in the aftermath of the terror attack in May last year, in which 23 people died.</p><p>They claim to have exposed 'tells' that gave away Parker's guilt and how he lied about helping victims when in fact he had stolen phones and purses as they lay dying.</p><p>Chris Parker (pictured left in his mugshot and right, outside Manchester Crown Court) ransacked victim's bags in the aftermath of the Manchester Arena bombing in May 2017</p><p>Parker tells the interviewer he had 'ran back into the arena' to help victims as others ran away, but becomes visibly agitated as his friend unwittingly contradicts him.</p><p>The friend, a fellow homeless man, says 'he's got pictures', referencing the fact that Parker had taken photographs of the dead which he intended to try and sell. </p><p>Body language analyst Cliff Lansley explains how Parker's 'eyes are closing, his lips are tightening, his brows are coming down, his eyes are glaring and he's switching around to the right towards his colleague' in anger.</p><p>In another video, Parker is shown back on the streets following his supposed heroics and is interviewed about a £52,000 donation fund to help get him accommodation.</p><p>Parker reminds viewers that he is 'very homeless at the moment' as he reveals his impatience at not having the funds released to him.</p><p>He is also shown given a head shake and then an exaggerated nod while claiming he 'would do it again', revealing that he was lying before attempting to cover it up. </p><p>Parker tells the interviewer he had 'ran back into the arena' to help victims as others ran away, but becomes visibly agitated as his friend (shown left) unwittingly contradicts him</p><p>In another video, Parker is shown back on the streets following his supposed heroics and is struggles to contain his excitement about a £52,000 donation fund to help get him</p><p>Dawn Archer, professor of linguistics at Manchester Metropolitan University, explains: 'He points out "I'm not a hero". This is the truth.</p><p>'He is wrestling with the knowledge that he is now playing this role and he's showing that he's not comfortable.</p><p>'By being the hero he's going to get the funds and the funds become the focus of attention from this point on.'</p><p>The super recognisers team was first created in the aftermath of the 2011 riots, as certain officers showed an ability to spot suspects from different pieces of footage.</p><p>They have an uncanny ability to recognise faces, remembering people they have not seen for decades, who have substantially changed in appearance, and who they have only fleetingly encountered.</p><p>Super recognisers might assist with the matching of faces captured on CCTV footage, the comparison of faces to identification documents, or the scanning of crowds for known troublemakers, wanted perpetrators or even missing persons.</p><p>They may also help with victim identification, or deciding whether a person moving between borders is using a fraudulent identity or is even a missing child.</p><p>Popular tests assess participants' ability to recognise photographs of celebrities that were taken a long time before they became famous.</p><p>Mick Neville, retired detective chief inspector at Scotland Yard, explains how an elite unit knows as 'Super Recognisers' were used to inspect the CCTV from the attack. </p><p>He said: 'Super Recognisers don’t forget faces so they may well have seen Parker on the news broadcasts and seen it was him going to those people in the CCTV.'</p><p>Parker's lies will be revealed in a new TV documentary called Faking It: Tears of a Crime, airing on Friday at 10pm on Investigation Discovery.</p><p>The 33-year-old was jailed for four years earlier this year after he shamelessly ransacked victim's bags following the devastating bombing.</p><p>He admitted stealing a purse belonging to Pauline Healey, 64, whose 14-year-old granddaughter Sorrell Leczkowski was killed in the terror attack.</p><p>Parker also stone an iPhone from a 14-year-old girl who was badly injured in the atrocity and rejected calls from her worried family members.</p><p>A heartbreaking victim impact statement was read out in court today which was written by the mother of a girl whose phone was stolen by Parker.</p><p>She spoke of the frustration caused as people tried to ring her daughters phone to find out how she was.</p><p>Parker declined calls made to the phone and sent a message back saying: 'Sorry I can't speak right now.'</p><p>The court was shown CCTV footage showing the immediate aftermath of the bomb, in which Parker can be seen looking through bags and taking items from them.</p><p>Parker - who had been sleeping rough near the Arena - had originally described wrapping an injured girl in a T-shirt and cradled a dying woman in his arms.</p><p>Parker - who had been sleeping rough near the Arena - had originally described wrapping an injured girl in a T-shirt and cradled a dying woman in his arms</p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p>Your comment will be posted to MailOnline as usual.</p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p> We will automatically post your comment and a link to the news story to your Facebook timeline at the same time it is posted on MailOnline. 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s she could keep Britain lashed to the bloc for longer to ease the Irish border standoff.</p><p>Arriving for the second day of a fraught EU summit this morning, the PM admitted she is looking at options for any 'gap' between the end of the current mooted transition period in 2020 and a trade arrangements coming into effect.</p><p>But she insisted she did not 'expect' that there would be a gap and suggested it would last 'a matter of months' rather than the year suggested by the EU. </p><p>Mrs May is facing a furious backlash from Brexiteers and the DUP after the idea was floated in talks last night.</p><p>The idea means longer subject to EU rules without any say in writing them - and paying potentially another £15billion into the bloc's coffers. </p><p>It has already been roundly rejected by the DUP as a distraction tactic that would not help cope with the Irish border backstop issue. Tory Eurosceptic Nadine Dorries called for Mrs May to be kicked out and replaced as leader by David Davis, while usually loyal MP Nick Boles said she was 'losing the confidence' of the party.</p><p>As pressure mounted on the PM, Mr Davis penned a joint letter with Boris Johnson warning that the 'moment of truth' on Brexit is approaching. </p><p>'Brexit offers the prize of a better future, global free trade deals and political independence,' the letter to Mrs May said. </p><p>'But if these potential gains are sacrificed because of EU bullying and the Government's desperation to secure a deal, the British people will not forgive us.'</p><p>Arriving for the second day of a fraught EU summit this morning, the PM admitted she is looking at options for any 'gap' between the end of the current mooted transition period in 2020 and a trade arrangements coming into effect</p><p>Mrs May insisted she did not 'expect' that there would be a gap and suggested it would last 'a matter of months' rather than the year suggested by the EU</p><p>The premier is facing a furious backlash from Brexiteers and the DUP after the idea was floated in talks last night</p><p> The comments came after Mrs May's efforts to break the deadlock with a speech to counterparts last night fell flat.</p><p>Following the 15-minute address, leaders said the premier had offered 'nothing new' despite being urged to come forward with 'concrete proposals'.</p><p>In a sign of the rising tensions with the clocks ticking down to exit day, Michel Barnier warned that the two sides need 'much more time' to reach a divorce agreement.</p><p>A draft law published by France just hours before the gathering kicked off made clear Britons will need visas to visit the country if there is no agreement - and ex-pats will be classed as 'illegals'.</p><p>Meanwhile, German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned life will be 'different' for the UK outside the EU as she said her government is 'seriously' preparing for talks to fail.</p><p>Other EU leaders complained that the UK 'does not know what it wants'. </p><p>Speaking to reporters at the summit this morning, Mrs May said that the option of extending the transition had been floated as a way to bridge any gap between the end of 2020 and new trade arrangements.</p><p>The premier chatted to Spainish counterpart Pedro Sanchez (pictured left) as the summit continued today</p><p>Jean-Claude Juncker (left) was deep in conversation with Finland Prime Minister Juha Sipila (centre) and Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven (right)</p><p>After the summit meeting last night (clockwise around the table from back right) French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Belgian PM Charles Michel and Luxembourg PM Xavier Bettel went out for drinks at a bar in Brussels</p><p>The leaders gathered at the EU council's headquarters today for the second day of the summit</p><p>Mrs Merkel did not seem the worse for wear as she arrived at the summit for the second day today, kissing EU council chief Donald Tusk</p><p>The suggestion the transition period could be extended sparked renewed calls for Mrs May to be replaced as Tory leader</p><p>The PM insisted said that the UK had already put forward a proposal to avoid the need for either a hard border or a customs border down the Irish Sea.</p><p>And she added: 'A further idea that has emerged - and it is an idea at this stage - is to create an option to extend the implementation period for a matter of months - and it would only be for a matter of months. </p><p>'But the point is that this is not expected to be used, because we are working to ensure that we have that future relationship in place by the end of December 2020. </p><p>The concept of a 'backstop', to avoid a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic whatever the future trade relationship, was agreed by both sides in December last year.</p><p>But they have dramatically different idea on how the mechanism would work - which have given rise to two distinct sticking points. </p><p>Brussels says the only way of avoiding a hard border is for Northern Ireland to stay under its customs jurisdiction.</p><p>Under the model, the province would also follow single market rules to avoic the need for checks.</p><p>But Mrs May says that would be unacceptable as it would split up the UK.</p><p>Ministers are unanimous in opposing anything that splits the UK.</p><p>Critically, the premier's DUP allies - who prop her up in power - are adamant they will not allow it to happen. </p><p>The PM is trying to break the deadlock by proposing a new 'backstop' arrangement for the Irish border.</p><p>The blueprint could mean the whole UK staying in the EU customs union 'temporarily' and accepting regulatory checks between mainland Britain and Northern Ireland.</p><p>Brussels seems implacably opposed to having a hard 'end date' written into the deal.</p><p>As a result, the government is mooting a 'break clause' that would ensure the customs arrangement will end - without explictly stating when. </p><p>Some Cabinet ministers and Tory MPs fear that in reality this could keep the UK subject to Brussels rules indefinitely.</p><p>But they are thought to be holding off all-out mutiny until they see the final shape of the proposal. </p><p>'I'm clear that it is possible to do that and that is what we are working for, and in those circumstances there would be no need for any proposal of this sort and I'm clear that I expect the implementation period to end at the end of December 2020.' </p><p>Mrs May added: 'We are working with the European Union to deal with this issue of ensuring that if there is a gap between the end of the implementation period and the point at which the future relationship comes in - we don't expect a gap to exist, but if there is we want to ensure there's no hard border between Northern Ireland and Ireland.</p><p>'We have put forward a proposal as to how to deal with this. A further idea has now emerged. </p><p>'We of course are working to ensure not just that we are able to ensure no hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland, were such a gap in time to emerge, but to ensure that the implementation period comes to an end in December 2020, because we are able to put the future relationship into place at the end of the implementation period and ensure no hard border between Northern Ireland and Ireland.' </p><p>Mrs May was given about 15 minutes to make her pitch to counterparts in Brussels last night.</p><p>But she then had to leave while the other leaders feasted on a dinner of pan fried mushrooms and fillet of turbot cooked in wheat beer.</p><p>She stayed at the British ambassador's residence in the Belgian capital overnight, where she ate a fish supper, but will only be allowed to attend some of the proceedings on the second day of the summit.</p><p>In her address, Mrs May stressed that significant progress had been made in many areas of the negotiations and urged them to find a 'creative' way out of the current dilemma. </p><p>'We have shown we can do difficult deals together constructively,' the PM said. </p><p>'I remain confident of a good outcome.' And she told them: 'The last stage will need courage, trust and leadership on both sides.' </p><p>But European Parliament president Antonio Tajani said after the speech that despite demands for 'concrete proposals' she had not put forward 'anything substantially new in terms of content'. </p><p>Mr Tajani told reporters: 'I listened carefully to what May had to say... but I did not perceive anything substantially new in terms of content.'</p><p>He jibed that 'there is a readiness to reach agreement but there is no change in content'. </p><p>An EU source said the 27 leaders had decided not to call a special Brexit summit in November as 'not enough progress has been achieved'. </p><p>European Parliament president Antonio Tajani (pictured in Brussels today) said after Mrs May's speech that despite demands for 'concrete proposals' she had not put forward 'anything substantially new'</p><p>The body language between Mrs May and Jean-Claude Juncker (pictured right) has been closely watched during the gathering </p><p>Emmanuel Macron (pictured left with Mr Juncker today) has said he is still hopeful of a deal - but the French government yesterday published a draft law making clear Britons will need visas to visit the country if there is no agreement</p><p>The leaders also reaffirmed their 'full confidence' in Mr Barnier and refused to change his guidelines.</p><p>The original hope was that a deal might have been ready to sign off at this summit - but the chances of any real advances at the gathering in Brussels are now close to zero.</p><p>The main impasse is over EU demands for Northern Ireland to stay within its customs jurisdiction after Brexit. </p><p>Mrs May says she could never accept such a plan, but Brussels has rejected the UK's counterproposals.</p><p>The EU has floated making the transition period longer to try to sweeten the pill of an Irish border backstop.</p><p>The talks have hit a huge roadblock over the bloc's demands for Northern Ireland to stay within its customs jurisdiction after Brexit.</p><p>Mrs May says she could never accept such a plan, but Brussels has rejected her counter-proposals which would involve the whole UK staying in a customs union for a 'temporary' period.</p><p>In a bid to make its blueprint more palatable, the bloc is offering to extend a mooted transition period by a year to the end of 2021. </p><p>Currently Britain is due to quit EU rules on December 31, 2020 - almost two years after Brexit day itself on March 29, 2019.</p><p>The EU hopes to persuade Britain a long transition means the backstop will never kick in because a wider trade arrangement will have been sealed.</p><p>Mrs May has pointedly refused to rule out the prospect - although she insists it should only last for a 'matter of months'. </p><p>However, the idea does not seem to address the UK's fundamental objection that the backstop could kick in at some point - and the EU's version would effectively split the UK.</p><p>Mr Varadkar said last night that an extension 'couldn't be a substitute for the backstop'.</p><p>In a bid to make its blueprint more palatable, the bloc is offering to extend a mooted transition period by a year to the end of 2021. Currently Britain is due to quit EU rules on December 31, 2020 - almost two years after Brexit day itself on March 29, 2019.</p><p>The EU hopes to persuade Britain a long transition means the backstop will never kick in because a wider trade arrangement will have been sealed.</p><p>However, the idea does not seem to address the UK's fundamental objection that the backstop could kick in - and the EU's version would effectively split the UK.</p><p>Mr Varadkar said yesterday that an extension 'couldn't be a substitute for the backstop'.</p><p>The costs of the transition are also likely to be considerably higher than the UK's current net membership contribution of around £10billion. </p><p>The bloc's budget commissioner Gunther Oettinger said last week that he wants national rebates - worth around £5billion a year to the UK at present - to be scrapped after the end of 2020. </p><p>DUP MEP Diane Dodds said the tweak to the transition offered 'no reassurance' that the UK would not be split.</p><p>'All very well, but this doesn't do anything to actually change the backstop, as it would be in the legal text of the withdrawal agreement,' she said. </p><p>'Therefore it does not address any concerns, it offers no reassurance.'</p><p>Tory MP Nick Boles, who has been urging a close Norway-style relationship with the EU, said the idea was 'madness'.</p><p>'I'm afraid she is losing the confidence now of colleagues of all shades of opinion, people who have been supportive of her throughout this process,' he told BBC Radio 4's Today programme. </p><p>'They are close to despair at the state of this negotiation because there is a fear that both the government and the EU are trying to run out the clock, that they are trying to leave this so late that they can then credibly say that there's no alternative but a no deal Brexit. And most people agree that would be chaos. Now that is not an acceptable way for a leader of a government to behave.'</p><p>Ms Dorries said: 'If Theresa May is asking for a longer transition period, she is stalling. It's time to stand aside and let someone who can negotiate get on with it and deliver. I fully support DD as an interim leader.' </p><p>Ukip MEP Patrick O'Flynn said: 'Here we go. The woman who can't take decisions wants to leave her country in limbo for longer.'</p><p>Labour Brexiteer Kate Hoey said: 'If a backstop is such a good idea to sort the border issue why do we not go for a backstop around the entire British Isles then Irish Republic can be part of it too.' </p><p>Mr Johnson and Mr Davis signed a letter demanding a change of approach from the PM along with former ministers Priti Patel, Iain Duncan Smith and Owen Paterson, and leading Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg.</p><p>'Talk of either a UK or a Northern Irish backstop is inimical to our status as a sovereign nation state,' they wrote. </p><p>'Both are unnecessary: indeed they are a trap being set by the EU which it is vital we do not fall into.</p><p>Mr Macron (pictured today) has struck a notably softer term at this summit after leading a savage attack on the PM's Chequers plan at Salzburg </p><p>Irish PM Leo Varadkar (left) warned the leaders they could not risk a return to the Troubles. EU council president Donald Tusk (right) has been taking a hard line over the talks </p><p>'Using existing techniques and processes, with political co-operation, we can ensure that trade continues between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.</p><p>'The necessary procedures can all be implemented within the existing legal and operational frameworks of the EU and the UK.</p><p>'Rational and pragmatic approaches can ensure that trade across the border is maintained. There need be no threat to the Good Friday/Belfast agreement.'</p><p>Cabinet Office minister David Lidington today played down the prospect of Britain facing a multi-billion pound bill.</p><p>'That would be one of the things that would be teased out in the negotiations,' he said.</p><p>He added: 'The key point is that neither side wants to us to be in the position where the insurance policy is needed. </p><p>'There isn't a detailed proposal, this is an idea that has come up. One would need to flesh it out in the next few weeks.' </p><p>During the private summit meeting last night, Mr Varadkar showed EU leaders a copy of an Irish newspaper which featured the story of an IRA bombing of a border customs post.</p><p>The Taoiseach brought a copy of Monday's Irish Times edition to the summit dinner to emphasise how far Northern Ireland and Ireland had come. </p><p>A spokesman for Mr Varadkar said that he held up a hard copy of the newspaper to show 'how far we have come in 30 years, from violence to peace'. </p><p>Boris Johnson, left in the Commons this week, and David Davis, pictured right, have ramped up the pressure on Mrs May by demanding she ditches the idea of an Irish border backstop</p><p>The DUP dismissed the idea that a transition extension to smooth over the Irish border issue, pointing out that it would not stop the backstop having legal effect</p><p>As EU leaders stepped up their criticism of the UK yesterday, Lithuanian president Dalia Grybauskaitė told reporters she wanted the UK 'to decide finally what they want'. </p><p>'We very much want for Prime Minister May to come with a strong mandate, which we have not seen yet in the UK,' she said.</p><p>'We need very concrete understanding of what the UK really wants. To stay one leg in the continent and one leg in the UK is really not possible. </p><p>'Today we do not know what they want. They do not know themselves what they want. It is a problem.' </p><p>Slovakian premier Peter Pellegrini said: 'I think we will receive information that there is no deal and I think we should do the maximum to the last day to try to have an agreement. </p><p>'But the 27 should be prepared also for a no-deal result and I think maybe we will finish like that. </p><p>'My hope was that today we would have already some concrete solution on the table but it looks like there will not be a deal today.' </p><p>French President Emmanuel Macron said he came to Brussels with a message of both 'confidence and urgency'. </p><p>'Confidence because progress has been made and we see a collective will to move forwards, but we are not there yet and now it is time to decide,' he said. </p><p>'I believe there is urgency to reach a withdrawal agreement, which is indispensible, and to look forward to our future relationship.' </p><p>Mr Macron said: 'Lots of things have been done, but we must now accelerate the work. I have trust in Michel Barnier and his team who have done remarkable work.' </p><p>Mrs Merkel said she was determined to 'do everything' to get a deal. </p><p>Mr Barnier warned that 'much more time' was needed to try to strike an agreement. </p><p>'Brexit must be orderly, for everyone and for all the issues, including on the island of Island,' he said.</p><p>'So we need time, we need much time, much more time, and we will continue to work in the next weeks calmly and patiently, calmly and patiently.' </p><p>MPs have voiced anger after the government argued the Brexit divorce deal must be either accepted or rejected by MPs.</p><p>Remainers and Brexiteers have been plotting to try and sway the process their way by changing the final agreement.</p><p>But ministers have now suggested amendments to the final package will not be possible.</p><p>In a memo to a Commons committee, Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab said: 'Once the deal is presented to parliament, the procedure through which it is voted upon must allow for an unequivocal decision, and one which is clear to the British public.'</p><p>The government blueprint suggests the motion will be amendable.</p><p>But the amendments might only be taken if the main motion itself passes - reducing the scope of MPs to make meaningful changes.</p><p>The draft no-deal law published by the French government yesterday warns checks on goods at the borders could cause huge disruption.</p><p>The document says: 'In the event of withdrawal from the United Kingdom without agreement, British nationals who enjoy the right of free movement and free establishment throughout the European Union, as well as members of their family, will become nationals of third parties and will therefore in principle be subject to common law, that is to say to the requirement to present a visa to enter the French territory and to justify a residence permit to stay there.</p><p>'In case of withdrawal from the United Kingdom of the European Union without agreement, British nationals currently residing in France and their family members would be staying illegally.'</p><p>Meanwhile, Mrs Merkel delivered a speech at the German parliament stating for the first time that her government was preparing for no-deal.</p><p>'The chances of reaching in time a good and viable exit agreement is still there,' she said.</p><p>'At the same time, it is only fitting as a responsible and forward-thinking government leadership that we prepare for every scenario, that includes the possibility of Great Britain leaving the European Union without an agreement. We have begun in the government to prepare ourselves appropriately for this.'</p><p>But Mrs Merkel gave little indication that the EU was willing to give ground.</p><p>'In the negotiations with Great Britain on these and other issues it must always be clear, that, even if we want to avoid hardships at the end, there always needs to, and will be, a difference between having membership of the European Union and a partnership with the European Union as a third party,' she said. </p><p>Britain would stick to EU rules on goods by adopting a 'Common rulebook' with Brussels, but not in the services sector.</p><p>Theresa May says this would allow the UK to strike free trade deals globally, but the scope would be limited by commitments to the EU.</p><p>The blueprint should minimise the need for extra checks at the borders - protecting the 'just in time' systems used by the car industry to import and export parts.</p><p>The UK Parliament could choose to diverge from these EU rules over time.</p><p>But there is an admission that this would 'have consequences'.</p><p>Britain would set up something called a 'facilitated customs arrangement'.</p><p>This would see the UK effectively act as the EU's taxman - using British officials to collect customs which would then be paid on to the bloc. </p><p>The borders between the UK and EU will be treated as a 'combined customs territory'.</p><p>The UK would apply domestic tariffs and trade policies for goods intended for the UK, but charge EU tariffs and their equivalents for goods which will end up heading into the EU.</p><p>Mrs May says her plan will prevent a hard Irish border, and mean no divergence between Northern Ireland and mainland Britain.</p><p>There would be no need for extra border checks, as tariffs on goods would be the same.</p><p>Single market origin rules and regulations would also be sufficiently aligned to avoid infrastructure.</p><p>Britain would strike a Canada-style trade deal with the EU, meaning goods flow both ways without tariffs.</p><p>As it is a simple free trade deal, Britain would not be bound by most of the rules and red tape drawn up in Brussels.</p><p>The arrangement would be a relatively clean break from the EU - but would fall far short of full access to the single market.</p><p>Eurosceptics have suggested 'Canada plus' in key areas such as services and mutual recognition of standards.</p><p>The UK would have broad scope to strike free trade deals around the world.</p><p>Technology would be used to avoid extra customs checks on the borders.</p><p>As a result goods travelling into the UK from the EU and vice versa would be tracked and customs paid without extra checks.</p><p>The EU says the Canada model would mean border controls are required between Northern Ireland and the Republic to protect the single market and customs union.</p><p>It insists Northern Ireland must stay in the bloc's customs jurisdiction in order to prevent that.</p><p>Mrs May has signalled she agrees with the analysis - seemingly the reason she is reluctant to go down this route.</p><p>But Brexiteers point out that there is already a tax border between the UK and Ireland, and say technology and trusted trader schemes can avoid the need for more infrastructure. </p><p> The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline. </p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p>Your comment will be posted to MailOnline as usual.</p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p> We will automatically post your comment and a link to the news story to your Facebook timeline at the same time it is posted on MailOnline. 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t the car driven the wrong way down the M40 before a crash killed three people was involved in another smash just five days earlier.</p><p>Three people died after the Subaru Forester was seen towing a caravan south in the outside lane of the northbound M40 in Oxfordshire on Sunday.</p><p>The Subaru's driver and passenger, both in their 80s, died in the subsequent crash, along with a 32-year-old today named as Stuart Richards, from Stockport, Cheshire.</p><p>It emerged today that the Subaru had been involved in another crash five days earlier in nearby High Wycombe, prompting a police watchdog investigation.</p><p>Three people died in the horror crash near junction six of the M40 in Oxfordshire on Sunday</p><p>A spokesman for Thames Valley Police said today: 'We have made a mandatory referral to the IOPC in relation to the fatal collision, due to previous police contact.</p><p>'On 10 October this year in High Wycombe, a report of a damage-only road traffic collision involving the Subaru Forester was made to the Force.</p><p>'The IOPC will now make a decision as to whether they will carry out an investigation.'</p><p>Shocking dashcam footage from other vehicles on the motorway showed cars swerving out of the way as the Subaru and its caravan came careering down the motorway in the wrong direction.</p><p>It is believed to have travelled the wrong way between junctions seven and six - a distance of five miles - before the crash.</p><p>It then collided with a Ford Fiesta and a Ford Mordeo, which was being driven by Mr Richards.</p><p>The police spokesman added: 'The driver and a passenger of the Subaru, both aged in their eighties, died. They are yet to be formally identified at this time.'</p><p>Shocking footage shows cars swerving out of the way of the Suburu before the crash </p><p>Describing the moments before the accident, witness Sonia Thomson, from Staffordshire, said she was driving in the outside lane of the motorway when the realised the Subaru 'was just heading towards me'.</p><p>Ms Thomson, who works as cabin crew for British Airways, told the Press Association the car was 'going so fast' and 'it was almost past me in the blink of an eye'.</p><p>The crash happened shortly after her encounter with the car.</p><p>'Someone must have been looking after me because 10-20 seconds later and that could have been me,' she said.</p><p>Ms Thomson added that the incident 'doesn't make sense' as she believed someone who accidentally drove in the wrong direction on a motorway 'would get yourself to the hard shoulder and call for help'.</p><p>West Oxfordshire councillor Colin Dingwall told the Oxford Mail the car had been bearing 'foreign plates'.</p><p>He added: 'I've seen a lot of things in my 50 years on the road, but I've never seen a caravan coming the wrong way up the M40.'</p><p>The 4x4 driver (pictured) was seen towing the caravan on the wrong side of the M40 yesterday</p><p>Others who saw the chaos took to Twitter to describe what happened.</p><p>Liz Hindmarsh posted: 'My husband had to swerve into the middle lane otherwise he'd have been hit.'</p><p>Before news of the deaths was announced, Oliver Hayes wrote: 'We also had to swerve, seemed at least 70mph driving head on in our lane at junction 8... did not look accidental.</p><p>'Called the police who said they'd had multiple calls by that time. Scary stuff hope no fatalities but looked inevitable the way they were driving.'</p><p>Speaking earlier this week: Senior investigating officer Sergeant Beth Walton, from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit of Thames Valley Police, said: 'We are in the early stages of the investigation, in which sadly three people died, and our thoughts are with their families.</p><p>'We are in the process of contacting witnesses who provided a report to us and are grateful for their support.</p><p>'I would ask anyone who has footage not to share it and to remove it from social media out of respect for the families and friends of the people who died.'</p><p> The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline. </p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p>Your comment will be posted to MailOnline as usual.</p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p> We will automatically post your comment and a link to the news story to your Facebook timeline at the same time it is posted on MailOnline. To do this we will link your MailOnline account with your Facebook account. We’ll ask you to confirm this for your first post to Facebook.</p><p>Part of the Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday & Metro Media Group</p>
y nearly 20 years ago, I believed so firmly that everyone in the United States should have health coverage that I put “Health Care for all of U.S.” on bumper stickers. Two decades later, we're not a lot closer to that goal.</p><p>While the Affordable Care Act helped millions of Americans gain health care coverage, the law has done little to control health care costs, and many Americans still can’t afford to buy insurance. As a result, many Americans are now calling for a dramatically different approach — “Medicare for All.” In fact, in our Texas Medical Center poll of 5,000 people throughout America this year, 59% of respondents supported the concept.</p><p>Many “Medicare for All” plans would create a national single-payer health care system in which the federal government becomes the only entity paying for health care.That would effectively eliminate private health insurance as we know it. Insurers and employers would be prohibited from offering most forms of health care coverage.</p><p>The term “single-payer” is often used interchangeably with universal health care or publicly funded health care, but there’s an important distinction. Under a single-payer system, private health insurance plays a tiny role. Only one major country in the world, Canada, uses a true single-payer health care system.</p><p>What the country really needs, however, isn’t a single-payer system. Instead, we should enact what I call a “single safety net.” This technique would be similar to our public school system, in which parents can either enroll their children in “free” public schools or choose a private school if they have the resources.</p><p>Under a “single safety net,” basic, government-funded health care is available to every American — with no holes in the net. The program could either be a single national program or have state variations. States would be required to pay a certain amount, but above that, could perhaps decide the level of funding that would determine what is covered, such as expensive drugs. The single safety net would not compete with private insurers.</p><p>Bernie Sanders: Trump lies about 'Medicare for All' and he's made health care worse</p><p>Medicaid expansion is popular. Democrats should build on it in midterms and beyond.</p><p>Rather, those who want additional coverage would be free to buy it. For example, employers could offer funding for additional “private” insurance that might provide most advanced drugs and access to certain hospitals. It is likely that the current tax exclusion for employer contributions would no longer be available.</p><p>This public and private system is the case in virtually all other countries. For example, the United Kingdom (which enjoys better health outcomes and longer life expectancy than the United States) is often erroneously described as a single-payer system. But more than 10 percent of the population there uses private health insurance to get appointments more quickly or to get access to a greater variety of covered drugs.</p><p>In the United States, where we value capitalism and competition and where the insurance lobby wields great power, the idea of eliminating private insurance is simply a nonstarter.</p><p>Instead of denying Americans choices, let’s give them more. Let’s let the federal government provide basic health coverage while allowing access to expanded coverage for those who want it and can afford it. Those who want additional private insurance, would foot the bill for the high administrative expenses associated with private plans. The general public would not.</p><p>If we want all Americans to have insurance coverage, everyone will need a safety net. But we don’t need to destroy the private insurance system. Of course this cannot happen overnight, but we could start with state experimentation. Congress could make small appropriations to states to try innovative health care solutions. This is the best way to get going soon.</p><p>Let’s give Americans what they want, similar to what virtually all other developed countries already provide — “Health Care for all of U.S.”</p>
im Mattis and his Chinese counterpart (all times local):</p><p> U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has met on the sidelines of an Asian security conference in Singapore with his Chinese counterpart, Gen. Wei Fenghe.</p><p> The face-to-face talks between the defense chiefs on Thursday lasted 90 minutes but produced no new agreements. But U.S. officials say they sense relations with the Chinese military may be stabilizing after a rocky few months.</p><p> China did not immediately comment to U.S. media outlets after the meeting.</p><p> Pentagon officials say they sense that relations with the Chinese military may be stabilizing after a few rocky months.</p><p> Defense Secretary Jim Mattis was meeting Thursday with his Chinese counterpart, Wei Fenghe, on the sidelines of an Asian defense ministers conference.</p><p> Just weeks ago, Mattis had planned to travel to Beijing for talks with Wei, but that fell through when the Chinese made it known that Wei would be unavailable -- one of several signs that tension in the overall U.S.-China relationship was spilling over into the military arena.</p><p> Wei and Mattis were in Singapore this week for an Association of Southeast Asian Nations conference.</p>