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LONDON: Two former British prime ministers have warned the country’s current leader, Boris Johnson, against cuts in foreign aid spending

David Cameron and Tony Blair urged Johnson not to commit to a proposal to cut the UK’s international development budget by 2% by £ 15bn ($ 20bn, € 17bn)

The UK has offered cuts to pay for the costs of the coronaviruses, but Cameron and Blair have warned the move would jeopardize Britain’s ‘soft power’ status in the world, the Daily Telegraph reported

The two former prime ministers also warned Johnson risked undermining Britain’s G7 presidency before it begins next year

Blair praised the impact of UK spending abroad over the past decades which he said was « literally measured in millions of lives. »

« This has been a great achievement for British soft power. It’s not about charity It’s about enlightened self-interest, » he said

« I hope the Prime Minister will keep his manifest promise, maintain British leadership and save lives, » he added

Blair, former Prime Minister of the UK’s center-left Labor Party, ruled his country from 1997 to 2007 He urged Britain to meet a UN target of 07% of foreign aid spending in 2005

Cameron, of Johnson’s own center-right Conservative Party, served on the board from 2010 to 2016 and kept the overseas spending pledge made by his predecessor in 2013

General Lord David Richards, British Chief of Defense until 2013, said it was in the UK’s best interest « to be as generous as possible », adding that spending ‘aid was’ much cheaper than fighting wars »

Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak is due to address UK spending on Wednesday as part of full spending review

The UK has already slashed its foreign aid budget by £ 2 9 billion for the remainder of 2020 to avoid exceeding the 0 7% target

VESOUL, FRANCE: A French court on Saturday sentenced Jonathann Daval to 25 years in prison for killing his wife and then burning her body, in a case that shocked the country
The 36-year-old Frenchman was unmoved as he read the verdict He turned to look at the members of his own family who were present
Previously he had said « Sorry, sorry » on the bench, looking at his wife’s parents.
Daval eventually confessed to beating his wife to death and burning her body in the woods after initially reporting her missing
Alexia Daval’s charred remains were found hidden under branches near their town of Gray-la-Ville in eastern France in October 2017
Daval first said Alexia, a 29-year-old bank worker, jogged and never returned
Alexia’s father Jean-Pierre Fouillot put an arm around his wife Isabelle’s shoulders during the court ruling
A few minutes later, the mother, Isabelle Fouillot, went out to talk to journalists, as she had done throughout the trial
« It’s a very good decision, exactly what I was hoping for, at the height of our suffering It will allow us to turn a page, » she said

Defense lawyer Ornella Spatafora quickly indicated there would be no appeal against the conviction
Outside the courthouse, dozens of people were pressed against the barriers, blocking access
Prosecutors called for a life sentence calling the 2017 murder a « near-perfect spousal crime »
After his wife’s death, Duval had made a distraught figure, appearing in tears at a press conference with his in-laws and leading one of the many events held across the country in his memory.
Three months later, prosecutors said the computer tech confessed to the murder – admitting he beat his wife in a heated argument, slamming her face against a concrete wall and strangling her
He initially denied setting his body on fire, but eventually admitted that too, in June of last year
Daval changed his story several times, at one point withdrawing his confession, blaming his brother-in-law and finally admitting it all again
When the judge asked him on Monday if he would admit to « being the only person implicated in the death » of his wife, Daval replied « yes », sounding on the verge of tears.
The crime shocked France deeply and nearly 10,000 people took to the couple’s quiet town for a silent march in his memory
Murder shed light on scourge of violence against women at height of global #MeToo campaign against sexual abuse and harassment of women
On Monday, French authorities said 125,840 women were victims of domestic violence in 2019 146 others were murdered by their partner or ex-partner – 25 more than the previous year

Tony Blair, David Cameron, Boris Johnson, Aid, UK Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak

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