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Malaysia says still to establish what killed North Korean

KUALA LUMPUR Malaysian authorities said on Tuesday they had still to establish what was used to kill the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, and…

Suicide bombers in Pakistan kill five in attack on court

PESHAWAR, Pakistan Suicide bombers attacked a court complex in Pakistan on Tuesday, killing five people and wounding 20, police officials said, the latest incident in a new surge…

French far-right’s Le Pen refuses to wear headscarf to meet Lebanon’s Grand Mufti

BEIRUT Marine Le Pen, presidential candidate for France’s far-right National Front party, canceled a meeting on Tuesday with Lebanon’s Grand Mufti after refusing to wear a headscarf for…

China opposes U.S. naval patrols in South China Sea

BEIJING China said on Tuesday it opposed action by other countries under the pretext of freedom of navigation that undermined its sovereignty, after a U.S. aircraft carrier strike…

Five die as light plane crashes into mall in Australia

SYDNEY Five people were killed on Tuesday when a small plane crashed in to the roof of a shopping mall after taking off from an airfield outside Melbourne,…

UK defends Trump state visit offer despite protest

LONDON The British government on Monday defended its decision to offer U.S. President Donald Trump a lavish state visit and an audience with the queen this year, defying…

Trump’s defense chief: ‘We’re not in Iraq to seize anybody’s oil’

BAGHDAD The U.S. military is “not in Iraq to seize anybody’s oil”, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said, distancing himself from remarks by President Donald Trump, as he held talks…

News

Most Asia markets up as rally presses ahead

Asian markets mostly extended their rally Tuesday with Tokyo boosted by a jump in the…

Telefonica to sell up to 40 percent of Telxius to KKR for 1.3 billion euros

MADRID (Reuters) – Spain’s Telefonica (TEF.MC) said on Tuesday it had agreed to sell up…

Attack, explosion near court in Pakistan; casualties feared

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani officials say an attack, followed by an explosion has hit…

Brazil graft scandal to mushroom abroad, prosecutor says

A vast corruption scheme that started in Brazil but morphed into a giant international scandal…

Trump taps military strategist as national security adviser

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump has tapped Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster,…

Merkel's conservative moves ahead of SPD in latest poll by INSA

BERLIN (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) and their Christian Social…

Ecuador leftist leads presidential vote but may face runoff

By Alexandra Ulmer and Alexandra Valencia QUITO (Reuters) – Ecuador’s leftist government candidate Lenin Moreno…

Russia's UN envoy dies 'unexpectedly'

Russia’s envoy to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin, died suddenly on Monday, the foreign ministry…

Trump’s weekends in Florida include work and golf

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — For the past three weekends, President Donald Trump has…

Pence reassures Europe, demands NATO funds

US Vice President Mike Pence told nervous Europeans Monday that Donald Trump will remain committed…

US News

Anti-Trump rallies crop up again on ‘Not My President’s Day’

NEW YORK/CHICAGO Renewed protests against U.S. President Donald Trump flared on the Presidents Day holiday on Monday, with grassroots activists vowing to take to the streets in dozens…

Outspoken general named Trump’s top security adviser

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla./WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday named Lieutenant General Herbert Raymond McMaster as his new national security adviser, choosing a military officer known for…

Passengers walk through JFK checkpoint without being screened: NBC

Eleven passengers walked through a security checkpoint without being screened before apparently boarding planes at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York on Monday, national media reported.…

Jewish centers report bomb threats across United States

MILWAUKEE Several Jewish community centers (JCC) across the United States were evacuated for a time on Monday after receiving bomb threats, the latest wave of threatened attacks against…

Outspoken general named Trump’s top security adviser

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla./WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday named Lieutenant General Herbert Raymond McMaster as his new national security adviser, choosing a military officer known for…

U.S. conservatives cancel invitation for firebrand commentator

NEW YORK A leading U.S. conservative conference rescinded its invitation to provocative commentator Milo Yiannopoulos and a publisher canceled his book deal on Monday after old internet videos…

General known for sharp questions will be Trump’s new top security adviser

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla./WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday named Lieutenant General Herbert Raymond McMaster as his new national security adviser, choosing a military officer known for…

Anti-Trump rallies crop up again on ‘Not My President’s Day’

NEW YORK/CHICAGO Renewed protests against U.S. President Donald Trump flared on the Presidents Day holiday on Monday, with grassroots activists vowing to take to the streets in dozens…

Refugee claimants from U.S. strain Canada’s border resources

HEMMINGFORD, Quebec Canadian police said on Monday they have bolstered their presence at the Quebec border and border authorities have created a temporary refugee center to process a…

Politics

Brexit: Peers begin second day of debate on Article 50

Image copyright HoL Image caption Theresa May, top, fourth from left, was among those watching the debate Debate on the government’s Brexit bill has resumed in the…

Philip Hammond ‘listening’ to business rates concerns

Image copyright Getty Images Chancellor Philip Hammond has told Conservative MPs he is “listening” to their concerns about an imminent re-evaluation of business rates. Ministers are under…

Donald Trump: MPs clash over UK state visit

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The prime minister announced the state visit during a trip to Washington to meet the US president MPs have clashed over whether…

What future for E numbers after Brexit?

Image copyright Getty Images Thinking about E numbers might stir up images of hyperactive children guzzling fluorescent soft drinks. But have you ever wondered what the E…

Philip Hammond ‘listening’ to business rates concerns

Image copyright Getty Images The Chancellor Philip Hammond has told Conservative MPs he is “listening” to their concerns about an imminent re-evaluation of business rates. Rates are…

Respect Brexit decision, peers urged

Image copyright HoL Image caption Theresa May, top, fourth from left, was among those watching the debate The House of Lords has been urged to “respect” voters’…

All Sports

Dream Team: Declan Cusack – Doncaster fly-half

1. Luke Cowan-Dickie – I only played with him a few times down at Plymouth Albion and he was still a loosehead. Very aggressive…

Young Gun: Nick Isiekwe – England U20s lock

Nick Isiekwe wants to play at the highest level and he only needs to look at Saracens teammate Maro Itoje to know dreams can…

Nick Cain: Crooked feeds are making a mockery of our game

These days TV commentators are clearly under orders from broadcasters not to mention them, but our readers say that crooked scrum feeds remain one…

Jeff Probyn: Let’s hope it’s not referees who decide this Six Nations

The one thing we didn’t need has already happened and we have only just started what should be a contest between teams. In two…

Room 101: Jimmy Rea – Bishop’s Stortford wing

1. People who leave gates open I’ve got an organic arable and non-organic beef farm on the Essex/Herts border and it drives me mad…

CONFIRMED: Newcastle bring in Maxime Mermoz

As revealed in the Fissler Files on January 22, Newcastle have added title-winning credentials and proven international experience with the signing of French centre…

Ezspk opinion

Loss making social media and insane investment.

Loss making social media and insane investment. My message to investors and advertisers in social media companies like Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat is: Don’t waste your money. The…

The monster that is the World Wide Web.

The monster that is the World Wide Web. In one hundred years or so Tim Berners- Lee, who at present is lauded as the ’inventor’ of the…

Brexit, the big decision. Written in March 2016

A European ‘Brexit’ (The UK leaving the European Union)  In the run up to the 2015 election, it was impossible to follow the political campaigns of all…

All Sports

Six Nations: Where Should You Go For the Best Experience?

There’s an incredible problem for fans when it comes to the Six Nations – just which matches do you buy tickets for? Most of…

Shane Williams: Why I worry for Wales in Edinburgh showpiece

Wales usually expect to win in Scotland, but I think this month’s trip to Murrayfield could be the toughest game of the Six Nations…

Peter Jackson: Eddie Jones finds redemption in Welsh Colditz

Eddie Jones had taken a long time to reacquaint himself with Cardiff since the Wallabies gave him the last rites for losing in rugby’s…

Brendan Gallagher: Joost was a joy to watch and an utter nightmare to play against

Rarely, if ever, have the sporting gods given so abundantly before retracting their favours so suddenly and without sentiment. To see Joost van der…

Bryan Redpath: Coaches are now under soccer-style pressure

Yorkshire Carnegie head coach Bryan Redpath has revealed why a combination of declining job security and doubts over the future structure of English professional…

20 Questions: Laurence May – Cornish Pirates fly-half

Big game against London Scottish? It is but we’re preparing it like any other game really. The weather forecast is giving downpours of rain…

Sport UK

IPL auction ‘another slap in Test cricket’s face’, says Pietersen

Stokes has described his fee as a “a life-changing amount of money” Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen says Monday’s auction for the Indian Premier League Twenty20 competition…

‘Sutton players will go down in history’ – highlights & reaction

Media playback is not supported on this device Highlights: Sutton Utd 0-2 Arsenal Sutton United’s players will “go down in history” despite missing out on a place…

‘Too little attention’ to athlete welfare, says UK Sport as cycling prepares for report

Liz Nicholl says there “probably hasn’t been enough attention” paid to athlete welfare There is “no excuse” for failures to look after athlete welfare, UK Sport chief…

Edmund wins after another opponent defaults

Edmund is making his debut at the Delray Beach Open British number three Kyle Edmund went through at the Delray Beach Open as Adrian Mannarino became the…

‘Sutton players will go down in history’ – highlights & reaction

Media playback is not supported on this device Highlights: Sutton Utd 0-2 Arsenal Sutton United’s players will “go down in history” despite missing out on a place…

Newcastle beat struggling Villa to go top

Yoan Gouffran’s seventh goal of the season gave Newcastle a half-time lead Newcastle United scored a goal in each half to beat Aston Villa and go a…

Sport US

Water pollution in Rio ahead of the Olympic Games

Just days ahead of the Olympic Games the waterways of Rio de Janeiro are as filthy as ever, contaminated with raw human sewage teeming with dangerous viruses…

The Most Stylish Players in the 2016 NBA Finals

This evening is the seventh and final game of the NBA Finals, where the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers will face off once again for the…

How That Pro Cyclist Hid a Motor in Her Bike

From Popular Mechanics At the Cyclocross World Championships earlier this month, Belgian cyclist Femke Van den Driessche had her bike confiscated by the UCI-the governing body of…

Millions Will Watch the Super Bowl — But Is the Football Generation Ending?

One NFL player after another — from former Raiders quarterback Ken Stabler, 69, who died in July 2015, to 27-year-old Giants safety Tyler Sash, who died two…

Wade to miss third straight game for Bulls

Chicago (AFP) – Chicago Bulls shooting guard Dwyane Wade will miss his third consecutive NBA game Thursday against the Boston Celtics, this time with an illness after…

Time to shake up golf, head of European Tour says

By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Professional golf has long consisted of 72-hole tournaments played over four days – something that will have to change if the…

Travel Advice

Dominican Republic

For information and advice about the risks associated with Zika virus, visit the National Travel Health Network and Centre website. The hurricane season in the Dominican Republic…

Malawi

From 1 October 2015 British visitors need a visa to enter Malawi. Details of the application process can be found on the website of the Malawian High…

South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands is a British Overseas Territory. There is no formal British diplomatic representation. The Office of the Commissioner of South Georgia…

Kuwait

Attacks in Kuwait are very likely. You should be vigilant at all times, particularly in crowded places popular with foreign nationals, and take additional security precautions. See…

United Arab Emirates

The British Embassy has received reports that some travellers are being redirected to other border crossing points when trying to use the Hatta crossing to cross the…

Australia

Over 670,000 British nationals visit Australia every year. Most visits are trouble-free. Australia is a vast country. You should plan journeys carefully, particularly if you’re travelling to…

Health

Risky treatment can stop multiple sclerosis for years

Image copyright Thinkstock A multiple sclerosis treatment being tested in patients can stop the disease for at least five years, say doctors. The risky therapy involves wiping…

Face transplant recipient overwhelmed by result

Image copyright AP Image caption The surgery took 56 hours and involved a medical team of 60 On 16 June last year, Andy Sandness was wheeled into…

Bill Gates ‘hopeful’ for global pandemic response plan

Bill Gates says he is hopeful that President Trump’s administration will take the necessary steps to be able to respond to a global pandemic or act of…

Drug manufacture ‘major development’

Image caption The new method sees sesquiterpenes extracted using tubes instead of flasks Researchers in Cardiff have developed a new “highly-efficient” method of making disease-fighting compounds, including…

Vitamin D pills ‘could stop colds or flu’

Image copyright Thinkstock Vitamin D supplements could spare more than three million people from colds or flu in the UK each year, researchers claim. The sunshine vitamin…

Outlook for extremely premature babies ‘improving’

Image copyright SPL Image caption The study looked at babies born between 22 and 24 weeks More babies born extremely prematurely are surviving without neurological problems, according…