Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Friday 4 Oct 2019
EU gives Johnson a week to improve deal
EU chiefs have set an 11 October cut-off date for Boris Johnson to present an improved version of his plans for Brexit – or will refuse to discuss the proposals at a crucial EU summit on 17 October. According to The Times, the new deadline means the prime minister is “highly unlikely” to reach an agreement before 31 October, when the UK is due to quit the bloc.
Trump-Ukraine row: messages show demands
Newly published text messages sent by US and Ukrainian diplomats in July show the White House made it clear to Ukraine that a state visit to meet Donald Trump would only happen if the European nations president agreed to investigate the family of Democrat Joe Biden. Trump is already facing an impeachment inquiry over the claims that he asked Ukraine to dig up dirt on his rival.
Paralysed man walks using exoskeleton suit
A French man left paralysed from the neck down following an accident has walked using a mechanical suit controlled by his brain waves. The 30-year-old former optician, named only as Thibault, used a system of sensors implanted near his brain to send messages to move all four of his paralysed limbs of the exoskeleton, which was attached to a ceiling harness to help him balance.
Extinction Rebellion plan to shut down central London
Climate change campaigners have vowed to bring parts of central London to a standstill over a period of two weeks starting from 7 October. The Extinction Rebellion group hopes to bring 20,000 protesters onto the streets, blockading Smithfield meat market and shutting roads around Westminster. It says the mass protest will be five times bigger than that in the English capital in April.
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe sending daughter home from Iran
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, the British-Iranian mother held in a Tehran jail on spying charges for more than three years, has made the difficult decision to send her daughter home to London to begin schooling – even though it means the childs weekly visits to see her will cease. It is feared Zaghari-Ratcliffe is being used as collateral over a decades-old £400m debt that the UK owes Iran.
Jennifer Arcuri ready to talk about Boris Johnson
A lawyer claiming to represent Jennifer Arcuri says the US businesswoman is ready to talk about her friendship with Boris Johnson, The Times reports. The British PM is accused of improperly using his influence to channel public funds to Arcuri when he was mayor of London. Lawyer Michael Walsh told the newspaper that Arcuri would talk for around £180,000 per interview and was “hot right now”.
John Lewis seeks discounts from its landlords
Retailer John Lewis has warned some of its landlords that it will withhold 20% of service charges this quarter, in an attempt to cut costs. The highly unusual move illustrates the pressure that high-street stores are under in the UK – but could lead to legal action by property owners. The John Lewis PartnershRead More – Source