These are some of the headlines we are tracking for you in this episode of On the News Line:
Sinn Fein in rises Northern Ireland
The Northern Irish Assembly in Stormont called snap elections following the collapse of the last government. The election came about due to the controversial signing of a Green Energy scheme by the DUP party leader and First Minister, Arlene Foster, which led to a financial disaster. Her renewable heat incentive programme cost the taxpayer 490,000,000 pounds, and led to the resignation of the Deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness from his post. With the results of the election in, there are now 3 weeks in which a First Minister and Deputy First Minister are to be elected. Failure to do so will lead to a second round of elections.
EU, US visa spat
Lawmakers at the European Parliament have approved a non-binding resolution which calls for imposing visa requirements on the US citizens seeking to travel to the European Union countries. The move came in response to the US failure in granting visa-free travel to citizens of 5 EU member nations; Namely Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Poland and Romania. The European lawmakers gave the European commission 2 months to implement the measure. Should the commission fail to do so, The MEPs warned of taking legal action in the European Court of Justice. They further criticized the Commission for its inaction saying the bloc’s executive body knew for 3 years that the US was not honoring a free travel deal with the EU.
Pentagon ups involvement in Yemen
US operations in Yemen, without the consent of the legal government in Sana'a, has increased dramatically. Some hawkish media in the US have claimed the operations are aimed at checking the expansion of al-Qaeda in Yemen. The US has carried out dozens of airstrikes against targets in the impoverished Arab nation over the past few days alone. The exact number of casualties from those attacks are unknown. The number of the attacks already exceeds the 5-year average since 2012. The US claims it has started the campaign in line with a new quote-preliminary plan to defeat both al-Qaeda and Daesh Takfiris in the Middle East and beyond.