US backs proposed $6.5 bn sale of 32 F-35 Lockheed jets to Poland Sep 12, 2019 0 627 12345 REUTERSWASHINGTONThe US State Department said on Wednesday it had approved a proposed sale of 32 Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jets worth $6.5 billion to Poland.In April, the Pentagon told Congress it was considering selling the jets to the European nation, a NATO member, as well as Greece, Romania, Spain and Singapore.The sale would boost Poland’s contributions to NATO and reduce the country’s dependence on Russian equipment, a State Department official said in a statement. During the Cold War, Poland, which shares borders with Russia and fellow NATO member Germany, belonged to the Soviet-led Warsaw Pact.The approval of the sale comes days after US Vice President Mike Pence visited Poland, a key ally in the region, to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the start of World War Two.Under President Donald Trump, the United States has rolled out a “Buy American” plan that relaxed restrictions on sales and encouraged US officials to take a bigger role in increasing business overseas for the American weapons industry. However, the US began the process in April to remove Turkey from the multinational F-35 programme after Ankara said it would proceed in purchasing a Russian S-400 missile defence system that NATO officials say is not compatible with the F-35.Congress was notified of the State Department’s approval on Tuesday, a State Department official said. RELATED ARTICLES Climate change activists on trial in Paris for stealing Macron portraits Sep 12, 2019 0 337 Embattled Trudeau launches federal election campaigning in Canada Sep 12, 2019 0 1481 Brexit in chaos after court rules PM’s suspension of parliament was unlawful Sep 12, 2019 0 241 Poland suspends parliament’s session until just after election on October 13 WARSAW: Poland’s parliament will be suspended at the close of business on Wednesday until after an election on October 13, its speaker said, prompting opposition lawmakers to accuse the right-wing government of .. Greece to sell 30% Athens airport stake AFP Athens Greece will seek a buyer for a 30-percent stake in Athens International Airport, the finance minister said on Wednesday, amid a privatisation push by the country’s new conservative government. “We will .. Britain intercepts 21 migrants in English Channel London: British authorities on Wednesday intercepted two small boats in the English Channel carrying 21 migrants, one of whom required hospital treatment, the latest in a spate of attempted crossings. The operation .. UK to let foreign students stay two years after graduation post-Brexit London: Britain’s government on Wednesday announced new post-Brexit immigration plans that will allow international students to work in the country for two years after graduating. Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom .. German Chancellor Merkel still sees ‘every chance’ of orderly Brexit BERLIN: German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday that Britain could still leave the European Union with a deal but if that proved not to be the case then Berlin was prepared for a disorderly Brexit. “We still have .. Climate activists hope to bring US capital to standstill on Sept 23 WASHINGTON: Environmental groups, including Extinction Rebellion, said on Wednesday they plan to shut down traffic in Washington, DC, on September 23 and bring daily life to a standstill to demand action by US .. Portugal condemns ‘dictatorship museum’ proposal LISBON: Portugal’s parliament voted on Wednesday to condemn a plan by the hometown of the late dictator Antonio Oliveira Salazar to open a museum dedicated to his New State regime after complaints from former political .. Trump looking at five ‘highly qualified’ people to replace security adviser Bolton REUTERS WASHINGTON US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he was considering five “very highly qualified” people to replace John Bolton as his national security adviser. Speaking to reporters at the White House, ..