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Weekend Herald - - World - Op­po­si­tion to mi­gra­tion pact May’s Brexit move More Mueller rev­e­la­tions

Just days be­fore scores of coun­tries sign up to a land­mark United Na­tions mi­gra­tion pact, a num­ber of Euro­pean Union na­tions have be­gun join­ing the list of those not will­ing to en­dorse the agree­ment. The 34-page UN Global Com­pact for Safe, Or­derly and Reg­u­lar Mi­gra­tion is to be for­mally ap­proved in Mar­rakech, Mo­rocco, on De­cem­ber 10 and 11. The United States, un­der Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, pulled out a year ago. De­spite the pact’s non-bind­ing na­ture, Bul­garia sig­nalled this week that it will not sign the pact, as did Slo­vakia, whose For­eign Min­is­ter re­signed in protest at his Govern­ment’s stance. Mean­while, Bel­gium’s Govern­ment was tee­ter­ing on the brink of col­lapse, riven by coali­tion dif­fer­ences over the pact. Other EU coun­tries to turn their back on the doc­u­ment are Aus­tria, Hun­gary and Poland.

British Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May says she may give Par­lia­ment a greater role in im­ple­ment­ing her con­tro­ver­sial Brexit deal as she seeks to res­cue the agree­ment from a widely ex­pected de­feat. May’s ef­forts to win sup­port came as British news­pa­pers re­ported that the House of Com­mons could re­ject her di­vorce deal with the Euro­pean Union by more than 100 votes when they vote on it on Tues­day. Law­mak­ers opened a third day of de­bate on the agree­ment yes­ter­day. May’s com­ments fo­cused on the so­called back­stop, which could keep the UK in a cus­toms union with the EU if the two sides can’t agree on an­other way to pre­vent a hard bor­der be­tween North­ern Ire­land, which is part of the UK, and the Repub­lic of Ire­land, which is part of the EU. The pro­posal has sparked op­po­si­tion from all sides be­cause of con­cerns it would drive a wedge be­tween North­ern Ire­land and the rest of the UK while leav­ing the coun­try tied to the EU in­def­i­nitely.

Robert Mueller was set to re­veal more de­tails about his Rus­sia in­ves­ti­ga­tion to­day as he faces court dead­lines in the cases of two men who worked closely with US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump. The spe­cial coun­sel and fed­eral pros­e­cu­tors in New York will have to file sep­a­rate memos in court de­tail­ing the co-oper­a­tion of long­time Trump le­gal fixer Michael Co­hen, who has ad­mit­ted ly­ing to Congress and or­ches­trat­ing hush-money pay­ments to pro­tect Trump. And Mueller’s team will also be dis­clos­ing what they say for­mer Trump cam­paign chair­man Paul Manafort lied about when his plea deal fell apart last month. Co­hen and Manafort are among five for­mer Trump as­so­ci­ates whom pros­e­cu­tors have ac­cused of ly­ing ei­ther to fed­eral in­ves­ti­ga­tors or to Congress.

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