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UK Parliament holds key vote on May's Brexit deal

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posted onJanuary 15, 2019

British lawmakers are preparing to vote on whether to back Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal on Tuesday which includes both the withdrawal agreement on the terms on which the UK leaves the EU and a political declaration for the future relationship.

May has called for politicians to back her deal or risk "letting the British people down" but parliament appeared set to reject the agreement with many of her own MPs expected to join opposition parties to vote against the deal.

Voting will start at about 19:00 GMT. If the deal is rejected by MPs, Mrs May has three sitting days to return to Parliament with a "Plan B". 

The United Kingdom is set to leave the European Union on March 29, 2019.

German airports hit by security staff strikes

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Airline passengers flying to, through or from Germany on Tuesday 15 January face chaos as 
airport security staff are going on strike. 

The strike action is set to take place at Frankfurt airport - Germany's largest - as well as Hamburg, Munich, Hanover, Bremen, Leipzig/Halle, Dresden and Erfurt airports, according to the Verdi union. 

Up to 220,000 passengers could be affected by delays or cancellations, reported DPA. 

Verdi and the trade union DBB Beamtenbund and Tarifunion are negotiating with employers 
 to improve the wages and working conditions of the 23,000 aviation security employees at German airports. 

Talks with employers are due to resume on Jan. 23. 

U.S., North Korea to hold talks this week-reports

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The United States and North Korea plan to hold high-level talks in Washington this week to discuss a second meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, according to South Korean media. 

State-run Yonhap news agency quoted an unidentified diplomatic source as saying U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and senior North Korean official Kim Yong Chol could meet this week. 

Pyongyang has not yet commented on the reports. However, Reuters on Tuesday quoted an unnamed official from the US State Department as saying, “We don’t have any meetings to announce.” 

The first summit between the two leaders was held in Singapore in July 2018. There, Trump and Kim broadly agreed to work toward the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula. 

With reporting by news agencies