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SelonSelon lele rapportrapport annuelannuel sursur l'état dudu climatclimat ("State of thethe Climate"), unun documentdocument rendurendu publicpublic mardimardi auquelauquel ontont participéparticipé 450 scientifiquesscientifiques dudu mondemonde entier,entier, lesles émissionsémissions dede gazgaz àà effeteffet dede serre ontont atteintatteint desdes niveauxniveaux recordsrecords enen 2015.

LaLa communautécommunauté internationaleinternationale s'est engagéeengagée àà lala ConférenceConférence dede ParisParis sursur lele climat,climat, enen décembredécembre dernier,dernier, àà réduireréduire lesles émissionsémissions dede gazgaz àà effeteffet dede serre afinafin dede jugulerjuguler lele réchauffementréchauffement climatique.climatique.

D'après GlobalGlobal Footprint, enen 2030, si lesles émissionsémissions mondialesmondiales dede CO2 nene diminuentdiminuent pas,pas, l'humanité auraaura engloutienglouti sonson "budget"budget écologique"écologique" dèsdès lele 28 juin.juin.

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Israeli drugmaker Teva to pay Oklahoma $85 mn in opioid suit


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IsraeliIsraeli pharmaceuticalpharmaceutical giantgiant Teva agreedagreed onon SundaySunday toto paypay thethe USUS statestate ofof Oklahoma $85 millionmillion toto settlesettle aa lawsuitlawsuit accusingaccusing itit ofof fueling thethe state'sstate's opioid epidemic,epidemic, Oklahoma's attorneyattorney generalgeneral said.said.

TheThe announcementannouncement comescomes afterafter Purdue Pharma, makermaker ofof thethe opioid painkillerpainkiller OxyContin -- aa keykey driverdriver ofof thethe crisiscrisis responsibleresponsible forfor tenstens ofof thousandsthousands ofof deathsdeaths inin thethe UnitedUnited StatesStates -- reachedreached aa $270 millionmillion settlementsettlement withwith thethe statestate inin March.March.

AttorneyAttorney GeneralGeneral MikeMike HunterHunter saidsaid inin aa statementstatement thethe Teva settlementsettlement showsshows Oklahoma's "resolve"resolve toto holdhold thethe defendantsdefendants inin thisthis casecase accountableaccountable forfor thethe ongoingongoing opioid overdoseoverdose andand addictionaddiction epidemicepidemic thatthat continuescontinues toto claimclaim thousandsthousands ofof liveslives eacheach year."year."

TheThe moneymoney willwill bebe usedused byby thethe midwesternmidwestern statestate toto fightfight thethe opioid crisis,crisis, HunterHunter said,said, withwith anan announcementannouncement ofof howhow exactlyexactly itit willwill bebe spentspent mademade inin thethe future.future.

Meanwhile,Meanwhile, anotheranother pharmaceuticalpharmaceutical titan,titan, Johnson & Johnson, isis setset toto gogo onon trialtrial inin Oklahoma onon Tuesday,Tuesday, withwith thethe companycompany facingfacing similarsimilar accusationsaccusations thatthat itit aggressively promotedpromoted opioid painkillerspainkillers despitedespite knowingknowing thethe risksrisks ofof addiction.addiction.

OverdosesOverdoses fromfrom prescriptionprescription painkillerspainkillers andand heroinheroin -- aa last-resort illicitillicit drugdrug forfor opioid addictsaddicts -- explodedexploded overover thethe lastlast 20 years,years, accordingaccording toto thethe NationalNational InstituteInstitute onon DrugDrug Abuse.Abuse.

AlmostAlmost 400,000 peoplepeople havehave dieddied fromfrom anan overdoseoverdose involvinginvolving prescriptionprescription oror illicitillicit opioids, accordingaccording toto thethe CentersCenters forfor DiseaseDisease ControlControl andand Prevention (CDC).

PopPop iconicon PrincePrince andand rockerrocker TomTom PettyPetty werewere amongamong thethe high-profilehigh-profile victimsvictims ofof thethe epidemic.epidemic.

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Trump strikes dovish tone on N. Korea, Iran


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PresidentPresident Donald TrumpTrump MondayMonday hailedhailed aa "great"great respect"respect" betweenbetween thethe USUS andand nuclear-armed NorthNorth Korea, asas hehe alsoalso heldheld outout thethe possibilitypossibility ofof talkstalks withwith Iran, stressingstressing hehe diddid notnot wantwant "terrible"terrible things"things" toto happen.happen.

AheadAhead ofof summitsummit talkstalks withwith JapaneseJapanese PrimePrime MinisterMinister Shinzo Abe, TrumpTrump playedplayed downdown recentrecent belligerence fromfrom Pyongyang, whichwhich lastlast monthmonth firedfired short-rangeshort-range missilesmissiles thatthat raisedraised tensionstensions inin thethe region.region.

"I"I personallypersonally thinkthink thatthat lotslots ofof goodgood thingsthings willwill comecome withwith NorthNorth Korea, II feelfeel that.that. II maymay bebe right,right, II maymay bebe wrong,wrong, butbut II feelfeel that,"that," TrumpTrump toldtold reportersreporters atat Abe'sAbe's office.office.

"There's"There's aa goodgood respectrespect built,built, maybemaybe aa greatgreat respectrespect builtbuilt between...between... thethe UnitedUnited StatesStates andand NorthNorth Korea, butbut wewe willwill seesee whatwhat happens,"happens," addedadded thethe president,president, whosewhose failedfailed talkstalks withwith thethe North'sNorth's leaderleader Kim Jong UnUn inin Hanoi sparkedsparked aa freshfresh spikespike inin tensions.tensions.

HeHe notednoted thatthat whenwhen hehe camecame toto office,office, therethere waswas "testing"testing allall thethe time,time, nuclearnuclear testingtesting atat thethe highesthighest level,level, andand thatthat seemsseems toto havehave stopped".stopped".

OnOn Sunday,Sunday, TrumpTrump dismisseddismissed thethe recentrecent missilemissile teststests fromfrom thethe NorthNorth asas "some"some smallsmall weapons"weapons" andand appearedappeared toto undercutundercut hishis NationalNational SecuritySecurity AdvisorAdvisor John Bolton, whowho hadhad saidsaid thethe dayday beforebefore thatthat thethe launcheslaunches contravenedcontravened UNUN SecuritySecurity CouncilCouncil resolutions.resolutions.

TrumpTrump saidsaid thethe recentrecent teststests hadhad "disturbed"disturbed somesome ofof mymy people,people, andand others,others, butbut notnot me,"me," whichwhich waswas widely seenseen asas aa referencereference toto hishis hawkishhawkish advisor.advisor.

- 'Terrible'Terrible things'things' -

TrumpTrump alsoalso struckstruck aa relativelyrelatively dovishdovish tonetone onon Iran, amidamid mountingmounting tensionstensions withwith thethe historichistoric AmericanAmerican foe.foe.

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"I"I dodo believebelieve thatthat Iran wouldwould likelike toto talk,talk, andand ifif they'd likelike toto talk,talk, we'dwe'd likelike toto talktalk also,"also," TrumpTrump said.said.

"We'll"We'll seesee whatwhat happens,happens, butbut II knowknow forfor aa factfact thatthat thethe primeprime ministerminister (Abe) isis veryvery closeclose withwith thethe leadershipleadership ofof Iran... nobodynobody wantswants toto seesee terribleterrible thingsthings happen,happen, especiallyespecially me."me."

Abe isis reportedlyreportedly weighingweighing aa triptrip toto Tehran inin aa bidbid toto mediatemediate inin thethe MiddleMiddle EastEast crisiscrisis andand TrumpTrump appearedappeared toto givegive thethe greengreen light,light, sayingsaying "we'll"we'll seesee whatwhat happens,happens, thatthat wouldwould bebe fine".fine".

TrumpTrump isis inin Japan asas thethe firstfirst foreignforeign leaderleader toto visitvisit thethe country'scountry's newlynewly enthronedenthroned EmperorEmperor Naruhito -- anan honourhonour Abe hopeshopes willwill helphelp charmcharm thethe USUS presidentpresident whenwhen itit comescomes toto thornythorny tradetrade talks.talks.

AndAnd whilewhile thethe USUS presidentpresident againagain lashedlashed outout atat whatwhat hehe calledcalled aa "tremendous"tremendous imbalance"imbalance" inin thethe tradetrade relationshiprelationship betweenbetween thethe world'sworld's toptop andand number-three economies,economies, hehe said: "I'm"I'm suresure thatthat willwill workwork outout overover aa periodperiod ofof time."time."

"I"I thinkthink wewe willwill bebe announcingannouncing somesome things,things, probablyprobably inin August,August, thatthat willwill bebe veryvery goodgood forfor bothboth countries."countries."

OnOn Sunday,Sunday, TrumpTrump hadhad alreadyalready takentaken aa softersofter note,note, sayingsaying thatthat "much""much" ofof thatthat dealdeal wouldwould waitwait untiluntil Abe facesfaces upperupper househouse electionselections likelylikely inin JulyJuly -- asas rumoursrumours swirlswirl thatthat thethe popularpopular primeprime ministerminister willwill combinecombine thatthat votevote withwith aa snapsnap generalgeneral election.election.

WithWith hishis tradetrade warwar againstagainst ChinaChina gettinggetting boggedbogged down,down, TrumpTrump won'twon't wantwant anotheranother disputedispute toto rockrock thethe boatboat forfor hishis closestclosest AsianAsian ally.ally.

TopTop JapaneseJapanese andand AmericanAmerican tradetrade negotiatorsnegotiators spentspent moremore thanthan twotwo hourshours lockedlocked inin talkstalks onon SaturdaySaturday nightnight butbut failedfailed toto achieveachieve aa breakthrough,breakthrough, althoughalthough thethe JapaneseJapanese sideside saidsaid therethere waswas moremore "understanding""understanding" betweenbetween thethe two.two.

- 'Great'Great honour'honour' -

MondayMonday markedmarked thethe startstart ofof thethe officialofficial programmeprogramme forfor thethe twotwo leadersleaders afterafter aa fun-filled weekendweekend ofof sumo,sumo, golfgolf andand mealsmeals out.out. TrumpTrump saidsaid onon SundaySunday hehe waswas havinghaving aa "great"great time"time" withwith hishis friendfriend andand closeclose allyally Abe.

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TrumpTrump saidsaid itit waswas aa "great"great honour"honour" toto bebe thethe firstfirst toto meetmeet Naruhito, whowho tooktook thethe ChrysanthemumChrysanthemum ThroneThrone onlyonly threethree weeksweeks ago,ago, afterafter hishis fatherfather steppedstepped downdown inin thethe firstfirst abdication inin twotwo centuries.centuries.

InIn thethe morning,morning, Trump,Trump, dresseddressed inin aa darkdark suitsuit andand redred tie,tie, reviewedreviewed thethe JapaneseJapanese honourhonour guardguard andand greetedgreeted dozensdozens ofof JapaneseJapanese andand visitingvisiting USUS officialsofficials asas aa militarymilitary bandband played.played.

Naruhito, wearingwearing aa lightlight blueblue tie,tie, andand hishis wifewife EmpressEmpress Masako, whowho waswas inin aa whitewhite hathat andand jacket,jacket, accompaniedaccompanied TrumpTrump andand hishis wifewife Melania, whowho worewore aa summerysummery whitewhite dressdress andand talltall redred highhigh heels.heels.

WalkingWalking togethertogether throughthrough thethe palace,palace, notablenotable forfor itsits elegant,elegant, restrainedrestrained decor,decor, thethe twotwo couplescouples thenthen satsat downdown forfor aa furtherfurther chatchat wherewhere officialofficial translatorstranslators foundfound themselvesthemselves withwith littlelittle toto dodo -- Naruhito havinghaving gonegone toto Oxford andand Masako graduatinggraduating fromfrom Harvard.

InIn thethe evening,evening, TrumpTrump andand Melania willwill bebe backback atat thethe palacepalace forfor aa banquet.banquet.

ThatThat willwill markmark thethe lavishlavish highhigh pointpoint inin aa Japan visitvisit ladenladen withwith feel-goodfeel-good momentsmoments aimedaimed atat celebratingcelebrating US-Japanese tiesties atat aa timetime ofof growinggrowing regionalregional uncertaintyuncertainty duedue toto USUS tradetrade policies,policies, aa risingrising ChinaChina andand nuclear-armed NorthNorth Korea.

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US Army Twitter question highlights toll of America's wars


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DaysDays aheadahead ofof anan annualannual holidayholiday whenwhen AmericansAmericans rememberremember thosethose whowho dieddied whilewhile servingserving inin thethe armedarmed forces,forces, thethe USUS Army'sArmy's TwitterTwitter accountaccount askedasked peoplepeople howhow theirtheir timetime inin thethe militarymilitary affectedaffected themthem andand receivedreceived anan outpouringoutpouring ofof grief.grief.

TheThe questionquestion drewdrew somesome 10,000 repliesreplies sincesince itit waswas postedposted latelate lastlast weekweek -- manymany ofof whichwhich werewere anonymousanonymous oror includedincluded detailsdetails thatthat couldcould notnot bebe independently confirmed,confirmed, butbut whichwhich paintpaint aa harrowingharrowing picturepicture ofof thethe tolltoll America's warswars havehave takentaken onon thosethose whowho foughtfought them.them.

"OEF, OIF ptsdptsd withwith chronicchronic pain,"pain," oneone TwitterTwitter useruser wrote,wrote, usingusing thethe USUS military'smilitary's acronymsacronyms forfor thethe warswars inin Afghanistan andand Iraq, andand thethe abbreviationabbreviation forfor Post-Traumatic StressStress Disorder.Disorder.

TheThe USUS launchedlaunched thethe warwar inin Afghanistan inin 2001 andand thethe Iraq warwar inin 2003. TheThe conflictsconflicts leftleft thousandsthousands ofof AmericanAmerican serviceservice membersmembers deaddead andand manymany moremore wounded.wounded. USUS troopstroops areare stillstill deployeddeployed inin bothboth countriescountries toto thisthis day.day.

"My"My daddad camecame backback fromfrom fightingfighting inin Iraq andand waswas abusive,abusive, constantly angry,angry, paranoid,paranoid, andand followingfollowing thatthat wentwent throughthrough aa lotlot ofof therapytherapy butbut hishis mentalmental andand physicalphysical healthhealth areare stillstill offoff andand hehe waswas definitelydefinitely changedchanged throughthrough allall hehe hadhad beenbeen through,"through," anotheranother useruser wrote.wrote.

"My"My sonson servedserved andand diddid oneone tourtour ofof OEF, hehe mademade itit back,back, re-enlisted, andand shotshot himselfhimself inin thethe head,"head," saidsaid another.another.

"The"The 'Combat'Combat Cocktail': PTSD,PTSD, severesevere depression,depression, anxiety.anxiety. Isolation.Isolation. SuicideSuicide attempts.attempts. NeverNever endingending rage.rage. ItIt costcost meme mymy relationshiprelationship withwith mymy eldesteldest sonson andand mymy grandson.grandson. ItIt costcost somesome ofof mymy menmen soso muchmuch more,"more," anotheranother TwitterTwitter useruser wrote.wrote.

"How"How diddid servingserving impactimpact me?me? AskAsk mymy family."family."

NotNot allall thethe repliesreplies werewere aboutabout thethe tolltoll takentaken byby combat.combat.

"I"I waswas forcedforced toto resignresign mymy commissioncommission whilewhile servingserving inin Kuwait duringduring thethe firstfirst GulfGulf WarWar becausebecause II amam gay.gay. II receivedreceived anan otherother thanthan honorablehonorable dischargedischarge despitedespite excellentexcellent performanceperformance reviews,"reviews," oneone manman wrote.wrote.

AnAn otherother thanthan honorablehonorable dischargedischarge isis thethe mostmost severesevere militarymilitary administrativeadministrative dismissal.dismissal. ItIt cancan followfollow aa formerformer soldiersoldier wellwell intointo civiliancivilian life,life, leavingleaving themthem ineligibleineligible forfor benefitsbenefits andand makingmaking itit difficultdifficult toto findfind work.work.

TheThe ArmyArmy thankedthanked thosethose whowho repliedreplied toto itsits officialofficial account,account, saying: "Your"Your storiesstories areare real,real, theythey matter,matter, andand theythey maymay helphelp othersothers inin similarsimilar situations."situations."

"As"As wewe honorhonor thosethose whowho paidpaid thethe ultimateultimate sacrificesacrifice thisthis weekendweekend byby rememberingremembering theirtheir service,service, wewe areare alsoalso mindfulmindful ofof thethe factfact thatthat wewe havehave toto taketake carecare ofof thosethose whowho camecame backback homehome withwith scarsscars wewe can'tcan't see."see."

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Haitians march against rape after students sexually assaulted


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MoreMore thanthan 1,000 Haitians tooktook toto thethe streetsstreets ofof thethe capitalcapital Port-au-Prince onon SundaySunday toto denouncedenounce sexualsexual violenceviolence inin thethe countrycountry afterafter twotwo studentsstudents werewere gang-raped thisthis week.week.

MarchersMarchers dresseddressed inin whitewhite walkedwalked toto thethe citycity centercenter fromfrom thethe universityuniversity wherewhere oneone ofof thethe recentrecent victimsvictims studied,studied, passingpassing thethe scenescene ofof thethe attackattack whilewhile screamingscreaming loudly toto imitateimitate thethe criescries ofof raperape victims.victims.

"Rape"Rape isis becomingbecoming aa formform ofof repressionrepression againstagainst womenwomen inin working-class neighborhoods andand inin universitiesuniversities acrossacross thethe country,"country," saidsaid feministfeminist activistactivist Pascale Solages.

ExplainingExplaining thethe march'smarch's sloganslogan #PaFeSilans, oror "do"do notnot bebe silent"silent" inin Creole,Creole, Solages said: "Victims"Victims keepkeep silentsilent becausebecause theythey feelfeel shameshame andand fear.fear. ButBut everyoneeveryone mustmust endend thisthis silence: witnesseswitnesses inin thethe communities,communities, families,families, nono mattermatter wherewhere thethe raperape isis committed,committed, silencesilence mustmust notnot bebe kept."kept."

ThereThere hashas beenbeen littlelittle studystudy ofof sexualsexual assaultassault inin Haiti, butbut inin 2017, thethe MinistryMinistry ofof HealthHealth releasedreleased aa surveysurvey sayingsaying oneone inin eighteight womenwomen reportreport experiencingexperiencing sexualsexual violenceviolence atat somesome pointpoint inin theirtheir lives.lives.

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Haiti isis dominateddominated byby aa patriarchalpatriarchal cultureculture andand followingfollowing thisthis week'sweek's attacks,attacks, severalseveral commentatorscommentators publicly questionedquestioned whetherwhether thethe womenwomen werewere responsibleresponsible forfor theirtheir rapesrapes becausebecause ofof whatwhat theythey werewere wearing.wearing.

"Absolutely"Absolutely nothingnothing cancan justifyjustify rape.rape. GirlsGirls areare freefree toto walkwalk outsideoutside atat anyany timetime theythey want,want, andand theythey cancan dressdress asas theythey want,"want," saidsaid Wilkenson Saint-Fleur, aa studentstudent whowho joinedjoined thethe march.march.

"We're"We're notnot livingliving inin aa jungle.jungle. TheThe authoritiesauthorities mustmust nownow upholduphold theirtheir responsibilitiesresponsibilities toto thethe publicpublic they've swornsworn toto protect,protect, otherwiseotherwise peoplepeople willwill taketake justicejustice intointo theirtheir ownown hands,hands, andand we'llwe'll fallfall intointo chaos,"chaos," hehe said.said.

TheThe rectorrector ofof Quisqueya University,University, wherewhere oneone ofof thethe victimsvictims studied,studied, walkedwalked alongsidealongside hishis studentsstudents andand encouragedencouraged themthem toto demanddemand justice.justice.

"Violence"Violence isis becomingbecoming aa culturalcultural phenomenonphenomenon andand societysociety isis beginningbeginning toto toleratetolerate violenceviolence againstagainst women,"women," saidsaid Jacky Lumarque."We mustmust saysay no."no."

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Britain's Brexit Party triumphs in EU vote


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Anti-EU populistpopulist Nigel Farage's Brexit PartyParty triumphedtriumphed onon SundaySunday andand thethe rulingruling ConservativesConservatives enduredendured aa historichistoric blowblow inin EuropeanEuropean ParliamentParliament electionselections inin whichwhich Britain waswas nevernever meantmeant toto vote.vote.

TheThe pro-EU LiberalLiberal DemocratsDemocrats andand thethe GreensGreens capitalised onon theirtheir demandsdemands forfor secondsecond Brexit votevote andand mademade majormajor gainsgains inin anan electionelection dominateddominated byby debatesdebates overover Britain's placeplace inin Europe.

TheThe pollpoll waswas heldheld againstagainst thethe backdropbackdrop ofof politicalpolitical disarraydisarray inin thethe UKUK thatthat sawsaw PrimePrime MinisterMinister Theresa MayMay announceannounce herher resignationresignation afterafter failingfailing toto deliverdeliver Brexit onon time.time.

Farage hailedhailed thethe resultresult andand demandeddemanded forfor hishis Brexit PartyParty toto bebe includedincluded inin aa newnew roundround ofof negotiationsnegotiations withwith Brussels.

TheThe originaloriginal 2016 Brexit campaigncampaign figureheadfigurehead warnedwarned thatthat failurefailure toto leaveleave thethe EUEU onon OctoberOctober 31 -- thethe latestlatest Brexit deadlinedeadline -- wouldwould seesee hishis partyparty replicatereplicate itsits victoryvictory inin aa generalgeneral election.election.

"We"We areare gettinggetting readyready forfor it,"it," Farage warnedwarned inin Southampton asas ballotsballots werewere beingbeing countedcounted hishis thethe SouthSouth EastEast region.region.

Britain votedvoted toto leaveleave thethe EUEU byby aa 52-48 percentpercent marginmargin inin aa seismicseismic 2016 nationalnational poll.poll.

ItIt waswas supposedsupposed toto havehave leftleft thethe EUEU onon MarchMarch 29 butbut gotgot heldheld upup byby parliamentaryparliamentary deadlockdeadlock andand deepdeep divisionsdivisions overover strategystrategy inin May'sMay's government.government.

Farage's newly-formed groupgroup capitalised onon thethe angeranger ofof Brexit votersvoters inin dramaticdramatic style.style.

ResultsResults withwith 90 percentpercent ofof thethe votevote thethe countcount showedshowed thethe Brexit PartyParty winningwinning withwith 31.6 percent.percent.

May'sMay's bickeringbickering ConservativeConservative PartyParty -- nownow inin thethe throesthroes ofof aa leadershipleadership contestcontest involvinginvolving muchmuch ofof herher currentcurrent cabinetcabinet -- diddid asas poorlypoorly asas manymany ofof itsits leadersleaders hadhad feared.feared.

TheThe partialpartial resultsresults showedshowed themthem onon 9.1 percentpercent andand trailingtrailing inin fifthfifth placeplace behindbehind thethe GreensGreens inin fourthfourth onon 12.1 andand doubledouble thethe 2014 EUEU electionelection outcome.outcome.

Vince Cable'sCable's pro-EU LiberalLiberal DemocratsDemocrats surgedsurged toto 20.3 percentpercent fromfrom 6.7 percentpercent inin 2014 andand werewere wellwell aheadahead ofof thethe 14.1 percentpercent ofof thethe mainmain oppositionopposition partyparty LabourLabour PartyParty ofof socialistsocialist Jeremy Corbyn.

TheThe LabourLabour leaderleader hashas beenbeen deeply ambiguousambiguous onon Brexit forfor muchmuch ofof thethe pastpast year.year.

- 'Get'Get offoff thethe fence'fence' -

TheThe ConservativesConservatives knewknew theythey werewere facingfacing aa drubbingdrubbing andand barelybarely botheredbothered toto campaign.campaign.

ButBut LabourLabour waswas alsoalso punishedpunished forfor refusingrefusing toto spellspell outout whetherwhether itit stillstill wantedwanted Britain toto bebe inin oror outout ofof thethe EU.EU.

LabourLabour lostlost toto thethe LiberalLiberal DemocratsDemocrats inin thethe boroughborough ofof Islington inin London thatthat Corbyn representsrepresents inin thethe UKUK parliament.parliament.

AndAnd thethe ConservativesConservatives werewere beatenbeaten byby thethe Brexit PartyParty andand thethe LiberalLiberal DemocratsDemocrats inin May'sMay's Windsor andand Maidenhead constituencyconstituency inin England's SouthSouth East.East.

LabourLabour alsoalso collectedcollected lessless thanthan halfhalf thethe votesvotes ofof thethe surgingsurging Brexit PartyParty inin Wales, wherewhere thethe partyparty hadhad lostlost justjust onceonce sincesince 1918.

"This"This issueissue willwill havehave toto gogo backback toto thethe people,people, whetherwhether throughthrough aa generalgeneral electionelection oror aa publicpublic vote,"vote," Corbyn saidsaid inin aa statement.statement.

"Labour"Labour willwill bringbring ourour divideddivided countrycountry togethertogether soso wewe cancan endend austerityausterity andand tackletackle inequality,"inequality," hehe said.said.

NeitherNeither partyparty hadhad aa clearclear EuropeanEuropean electionelection campaigncampaign platformplatform -- unlikeunlike Farage's callcall forfor aa splitsplit fromfrom thethe EUEU atat anyany costcost andand thethe LiberalLiberal Democrats'Democrats' openopen desiredesire toto stopstop thethe processprocess inin itsits tracks.tracks.

"There"There isis aa clearclear lessonlesson forfor LabourLabour inin tonight'stonight's results: getget offoff thethe fence,"fence," LiberalLiberal DemocratsDemocrats leaderleader Vince CableCable saidsaid inin aa statementstatement

"In"In tryingtrying toto pleaseplease everybodyeverybody theythey havehave pleasedpleased nobody."nobody."

- 'Hard'Hard Brexit' -

TheThe ConservativesConservatives mustmust nownow decidedecide whatwhat theythey intendintend toto dodo aboutabout thethe long-sufferinglong-suffering EUEU withdrawalwithdrawal dealdeal MayMay reachedreached withwith Brussels lastlast year.year.

ParliamentParliament rejectedrejected thethe pactpact threethree timestimes andand waswas onon coursecourse toto dodo soso againagain beforebefore MayMay quit.quit.

TheThe EUEU refusesrefuses toto re-open itsits texttext andand ConservativeConservative leadershipleadership favouritesfavourites suchsuch asas Boris Johnson wantwant Britain toto leaveleave withwith oror withoutwithout aa dealdeal whenwhen thethe twice-delayed departuredeparture datedate arrivesarrives onon OctoberOctober 31.

"No"No oneone sensiblesensible wouldwould aimaim exclusivelyexclusively forfor aa no-deal outcome,"outcome," Johnson wrotewrote inin Monday'sMonday's editionedition ofof hishis weeklyweekly columncolumn inin TheThe DailyDaily Telegraph.Telegraph.

"No"No oneone responsibleresponsible wouldwould taketake no-deal offoff thethe table."table."

SomeSome analystsanalysts thinkthink thethe resultsresults willwill forceforce thethe otherother UKUK leadershipleadership hopefulshopefuls toto adoptadopt thethe samesame toughtough line.line.

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