BIARRITZ, France (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday offered an olive branch to China after days of intense feuding over trade and opened the door to diplomacy on Iran, easing tension on the last day of a strained G7 summit.
The U.S. and Britain will work out a “very big trade deal” once the U.K. has left the European Union, President Trump said Sunday morning in France, where Trump and other leaders have gathered for the G-7 summit.
The president also praised new British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Brexit during their working breakfast on the second day of the summit.
“He needs no advice. He’s the right man for the job,” Trump said.
The Associated Press reported that about 400 anti-capitalist protestors gathered to block roads in the town in southwest France. The crowd was largely peaceful, though some demonstrators threw rocks at police.
Police responded with warning shots and then used the water cannon and tear gas, according to the AP.
Thousands of protestors marched peacefully from the same area to the Spanish border earlier Saturday to demand further action against climate change and economic inequality.
President Trump is in Biarritz, France, for the annual meeting with the six other world leaders of the G-7. The event often attracts protesters who come to demonstrate on an array of topics.
Former Chancellor Philip Hammond has accused the PM of trying to wreck the chance of a new Brexit deal, by making demands the EU could never accept.
In a Times article, Mr Hammond said a no-deal Brexit would be “a betrayal” of the 2016 referendum result.
He told the BBC he was “confident” that Parliament “has the means” to express its opposition to a no-deal exit.
A No 10 source said the UK would leave on 31 October despite Mr Hammond’s “best efforts to the contrary”.
In his first speech to Parliament since becoming British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson promised that he would lead the United Kingdom out of the European Union by the October 31st deadline even if there was no Brexit deal reached.
The British government is in transition on Wednesday, with Prime Minister Theresa May stepping down and Boris Johnson taking her place. Here’s how the day is unfolding:
●Johnson has formally become prime minister following an audience with the queen and has delivered his first speech at Downing Street.
●He will now begin to form his cabinet.
Boris Johnson has been elected new Conservative leader in a ballot of party members and will become the next UK prime minister. He beat Jeremy Hunt in a poll of Tory members, winning 92,153 votes to Mr Hunt’s 46,656. The former London Mayor takes over from Theresa May on Wednesday.
Addressing military personnel a day before the Bastille Day parade, Macron said the new military doctrine setting up a space command would strengthen protection of French satellites. He said the investment involved had yet to determined.
France just imposed a 3% tax on the French revenues of Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon. But these companies are not going to be any less profitable because of the tax. If Google, Apple, Facebook or Amazon sells-off because of the new French digital tax, get ready to buy.
As with all corporate taxes, there is a widespread misunderstanding as to who actually pays the tax. Since in order to stay in business, customers have to cover all of a company’s costs — including taxes — it is customers who ultimately pay the taxes.
Suzanne Eaton, who went missing more than a week ago after going on a run, died of suffocation, police confirmed to the BBC.
They say they are investigating the case as a criminal act.
The 59-year-old molecular biologist from the world-renowned Max Planck Institute in Germany had been attending a conference on the island.
She was found on rough and rocky terrain inside the abandoned bunker about 10km (six miles) away from where she was last seen, according to police in the port city of Chania, where the conference was being held.
She was reported missing on 2 July and a large search effort was launched.
Six days later, her body was discovered by two locals exploring the bunker, which is a system of manmade caves used by the Nazis during the occupation of Crete in World War Two.
Ambassador Kim Darroch — in documents leaked in recent days — slammed the Trump administration as “diplomatically clumsy and inept,” and said he doubted it would become “substantially more normal.”
In a resignation letter on Wednesday, Darroch said “the current situation is making it impossible for me to carry out my role as I would like.”
The volcano is a popular travel destination; tourists often climb to the 924-metre summit to look at the crater which routinely spews small pieces of molten rock into the sky. It was unclear if anyone was near the crater at the time of the blast.
Tourists, terrified when ash started rising high into the sky, threw themselves into the sea, ANSA said.
Carmelo Saia, a tourist, told Euronews that he was at the beach in Lipari, an island close to Stromboli, on holiday with his girlfriend when the volcano erupted.
“We were having lunch and all of a sudden we saw everybody turning their heads in the same direction. We saw a big cloud rising up in the sky and immediately understood it was an eruption from Stromboli. Some people panicked and left the beach but we stayed as the situation seems under control.”
“We saw the explosion from the hotel. There was a loud roar,” Michela Favorito, who works in a hotel on the island, told Reuters. “We plugged our ears and after this a cloud of ash swept over us. The whole sky is full of ash, a fairly large cloud,” he said.
Witnesses shared their experiences of the eruption on Twitter.
Stromboli is a small island in the Mediterranean Sea, off the north coast of Sicily, and is a popular tourist destination. ANSA also reported that the volcano was spewing out red hot rocks, and new lava spouts are creeping down the volcano onto the island.
According to an Aeolian island travel website, Stromboli has been erupting since records began. The Romans called it the “Lighthouse of the Mediterranean”. Locals refer to the volcano as “iddu”, a dialect word meaning “him”.
The island was the setting for a 1950 movie starring Ingrid Bergman and, with other islands in the Aeolian archipelago, and has become a favourite location in recent decades for holiday homes for the rich and famous.