1. PEACE TALKS WITH TALIBAN ARE NOW ‘DEAD’ – TRUMP
Two days after canceling a secret meeting with Taliban and Afghan leaders President Donald Trump declared Monday that peace talks with the Taliban are now “dead,”
Aiming to end America’s longest war, he said no point in resuming a nearly yearlong effort to reach a political settlement with the Taliban, whose protection of al-Qaida extremists in Afghanistan prompted the U.S. to invade after the 9/11 attacks.
It is unclear whether Trump will go ahead with its plans to cut U.S. troops and how the collapse of his talks will play out in deeply divided Afghanistan.
2. JOHNSON SUSPENDS UK PARLIAMENT AFTER LATEST BREXIT DEFEAT
The simmering showdown between Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Britain’s Parliament over Brexit came to a head as lawmakers delivered three defeats to the government’s plans for leaving the European Union.
Parliament enacted a law to block a no-deal Brexit next month, ordered the government to release private communications about its Brexit plans and rejected Johnson’s call for a snap election to break the political deadlock.
Many lawmakers fear a no-deal Brexit would be economically devastating, and are determined to stop Johnson from making it happen at the end of October.
Parliament was then suspended at the government’s request until Oct. 14.
3. BRITISH AIRWAYS GROUNDS NEARLY ALL FLIGHTS AS PILOTS STRIKE
Meanwhile, British Airways has canceled almost all its flights for 48 hours, affecting as many as 195,000 travelers, due to a strike by pilots over pay.
The U.K.’s flagship carrier said in a statement Monday that it had no way of predicting how many (pilots) would come to work or which aircraft they are qualified to fly.
As a result, the carrier had no option but to cancel nearly 100% of its flights for the duration of the strike. London’s Heathrow Airport was most affected by the work stoppage as it is the airline’s hub and is used for many of the company’s long-haul international flights.