French woman’s jog along Canadian beach gets her arrested by US border agents. Tuesday’s Breakfast Briefing.
Heathrow to get third runway
British MPs approved construction of a third runway at London’s Heathrow airport, reported the BBC, CNN and New York Times. Heathrow is Europe’s busiest airport and the plan could make it the world’s largest in passenger capacity. The government said it would create 100,000 more jobs in the UK. Environmentalists and London’s mayor were opposed, citing environmental concerns. The expansion had been debated since 2015.
Harley-Davidson to invest outside US
The US motorcycle manufacturer Harley-Davidson said it would move more production outside of the US to avoid new EU tariffs, said the Financial Times. The company did not indicate where it would expand outside the US, but it already has plants in Australia, Brazil, India and Thailand, noted the BBC. Donald Trump tweeted that Harley-Davidson should “be patient!” during the current transatlantic trade dispute.
UK signs on to French-led European defence pact
France, Germany, the UK and six other European countries will start a defence alliance outside the EU and Nato, called Permanent Structured Cooperation (Pesco), reported Reuters.
EU to tighten borders but not redistribute refugees
European leaders are expected to agree to boost external border protection and set up migration centres outside of the EU during a summit later this week, said Reuters. “But”, according to the news agency, “a draft of their statement showed no agreement on distributing asylum seekers around the bloc, a measure strongly opposed by eastern European countries.”
Jog from Canada to US lands French woman in jail
A French woman visiting Canada was detained by the US Border Patrol for two weeks after she jogged along the beach from the Canadian province of British Columbia into the US state of Washington, according to the CBC. Cedella Roman, 19, said that she hadn’t seen any warning signs and crossed the border accidently. US Customs and Border Protection wouldn’t comment to the CBC on her specific case, but said people traveling near international borders should generally “maintain awareness of their surroundings and their location at all times”.
Firm to take passenger space flight bookings next year
Blue Origin, the space flight firm owned by Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, will start selling tickets for its New Shepard suborbital vehicle in 2019, according to Space News.