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U.S. says it saw preparations for possible Syria chemical attack

WASHINGTON/MOSCOW A U.S. warning to Syria’s leadership against staging a chemical weapons attack was based on intelligence about what appeared to be active preparations at a Syrian airfield…

U.S. says it saw preparations for another Syrian chemical attack

WASHINGTON/MOSCOW The United States warned Syria’s leadership against staging a chemical weapons attack after Washington detected what appeared to be active preparations at a Syrian airfield used for…

Ransomware virus hits computer servers across the globe

MOSCOW/KIEV A ransomware attack hit computers across the world on Tuesday, taking out servers at Russia’s biggest oil company, disrupting operations at Ukrainian banks, and shutting down computers…

Scotland’s Sturgeon postpones second independence vote until after Brexit

EDINBURGH Scotland’s secessionist leader on Tuesday postponed plans for a second independence referendum until the terms of Britain’s exit from the European Union are clear. Scottish First Minister…

Iraqi forces seize more ground in Mosul from Islamic State, PM sees victory soon

MOSUL, Iraq Iraqi forces on Tuesday pushed towards the river side of Mosul’s Old City, their key target in the eight-month campaign to capture Islamic State’s de-facto capital,…

Ukrainian banks, electricity firm hit by fresh cyber attack

KIEV A number of Ukrainian banks and companies, including the state power distributor, were hit by a cyber attack on Tuesday that disrupted some operations, the Ukrainian central…

Russia brands U.S. warning to Syria over chemical weapons "unacceptable"

MOSCOW/WASHINGTON Russia denounced a U.S. warning that the Syrian leadership will pay a heavy price for any chemical weapons attack, and dismissed White House assertions that a strike…

News

Global ransomware attack causes turmoil

Global ransomware attack causes turmoil

Image copyright Screenshot Image caption Many reports suggest that screens around the world are getting…

Global ransomware attack causes chaos

Global ransomware attack causes chaos

Image copyright Screenshot Image caption Many reports suggest that screens around the world are getting…

Many firms hit by global cyber-attacks

Many firms hit by global cyber-attacks

Image copyright Screenshot Image caption Many reports suggest that screens around the world are getting…

Google hit with record EU fine over Shopping service

Google hit with record EU fine over Shopping service

Image copyright Google Image caption Google Shopping ads appear at the top of many search…

Syria war: Air strike on IS prison in Mayadin ‘kills dozens’

Syria war: Air strike on IS prison in Mayadin ‘kills dozens’

Almost 60 people have been killed in a suspected US-led coalition air strike on a…

Trump causes ‘major’ shift in global view of US: Pew

Trump causes ‘major’ shift in global view of US: Pew

Image caption Trump isn’t shy of sharing views on many countries – but what do…

World food security risks growing, Chatham House says

World food security risks growing, Chatham House says

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption The Suez Canal is one of 14 “chokepoints”…

US warns Syria over ‘potential’ plan for chemical attack

US warns Syria over ‘potential’ plan for chemical attack

Media captionAbo Rabeea says he is still suffering from the suspected chemical weapons strike in…

Trump causes ‘major’ shift in global view of US: Pew

Trump causes ‘major’ shift in global view of US: Pew

Image caption Trump isn’t shy of sharing views on many countries – but what do…

Queen Elizabeth to get $7.6m ‘pay rise’

Queen Elizabeth to get $7.6m ‘pay rise’

Image copyright EPA The Queen is to receive an 8% increase in income from public…

US News

Supreme Court’s recent unity faces looming test

WASHINGTON As the U.S. Supreme Court navigated a difficult period in which it was short one member for more than a year, justices from across the ideological spectrum…

Facing revolt on healthcare bill, Senate Republicans delay vote

WASHINGTON Facing a potentially disastrous defeat by members of his own party, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell decided on Tuesday to delay a vote on healthcare legislation…

University of Texas at Dallas orders evacuation after bomb threat

The University of Texas at Dallas ordered the evacuation of its campus on Tuesday after receiving a bomb threat, the school said in a statement. “All UTD faculty,…

New York City subway train derails, 34 injured

NEW YORK A New York City subway train derailed in upper Manhattan on Tuesday, causing minor injuries to 34 people and forcing the evacuation of passengers from dark,…

Republicans delay Senate healthcare vote

Republicans delay Senate healthcare vote

US Senate Republicans have delayed a vote on their healthcare bill until after next week’s 4 July holiday. The announcement by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell deals a…

Trump causes ‘major’ shift in global view of US: Pew

Trump causes ‘major’ shift in global view of US: Pew

Image caption Trump isn’t shy of sharing views on many countries – but what do they think of him? Donald Trump’s presidency has had a “major impact on…

Pence to join Senate Republican leaders in healthcare push

WASHINGTON Republican leaders in the U.S. Senate pushed on Tuesday to gather enough support to pass a healthcare bill, but got little help from a report saying the…

Yale University sues Connecticut over gender-neutral bathrooms

BOSTON Yale University has sued the state of Connecticut over rules it says limit the number of gender-neutral bathrooms it can designate on campus, the latest skirmish in…

U.S. high court throws out rulings barring religious school subsidies

WASHINGTON The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday threw out a lower court ruling prohibiting the use of public funds to pay for children to attend private religious schools,…

Politics

Nicola Sturgeon puts Scottish independence referendum bill on hold

Media captionMs Sturgeon said legislation for a second referendum would not now be introduced until at least the autumn of next year Nicola Sturgeon has put her…

David Davis blames ‘badly designed’ campaign for Tory losses

Image copyright PA Brexit Secretary David Davis has blamed the Tories’ general election losses on a “badly designed” campaign and Theresa May’s social care “U-turn”. Mr Davis…

UK defence secretary threatens military strikes against hackers

Image copyright PA The UK could carry out military strikes in response to cyber attacks, the UK defence secretary has said. Sir Michael Fallon told the Chatham…

Lib Dems: Davey rules himself out of leadership race

Former cabinet minister Sir Ed Davey has ruled himself out of the race to be the next Liberal Democrat leader. The ex-energy secretary said he had taken…

Nicola Sturgeon to ‘reset’ independence referendum plan

Media captionNicola Sturgeon Nicola Sturgeon has said she is to “reset” her plans for a second referendum on Scottish independence. The first minister had called for an…

Scottish independence: Nicola Sturgeon to make indyref2 statement

Image copyright PA Image caption Ms Sturgeon will make a statement in the Scottish Parliament Nicola Sturgeon is to make an announcement later today on the “way…

All Sports

HIGHLIGHTS: Lions and Hurricanes share spoils in Wellington

The British and Irish Lions were forced to concede a 31-31 draw to the Hurricanes in Wellington letting the Super Rugby champions in for…

WATCH: The Lions tries agains the Hurricanes

The British and Irish Lions scored three tries in their 31-31 draw against the Hurricanes in Wellington today. Tommy Seymour opened the scoring in…

FULL-TIME: Yellow Lions forced to settle for draw in Wellington

A late yellow card to Iain Henderson cost the British and Irish Lions in Wellington this morning as they were forced to concede a…

Young Gun: Marcus Street – England U20s prop

Marcus Street is still only 18 and making his Exeter and U20s debut by February already made for a successful season – so to…

Get creative with Lions cocktail recipes from Slingsby Gin!

Slingsby’s head mixologist, Alex, has created some limited edition cocktails using the Lions Limited 2017 Players Edition Gin, which pay homage to the 2017…

Room 101: Rob Louw – Rotherham lock

1. Internet buffering Losing internet connection when you’re out and about is immensely frustrating. This is more of a problem back home in South…

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

Read fit to captain All Blacks against Lions

All Blacks captain Kieran Read has overcome a thumb injury and will face the British and Irish Lions in the first Test in Auckland.…

O’Mahony to lead Lions against All Blacks

Peter O’Mahony will captain the British & Irish Lions against New Zealand in the first Test in Auckland on Saturday. Ireland flanker O’Mahony, who…

20 Questions: Beno Obano – Bath loosehead

Enjoyed your breakthrough season? I wouldn’t call it a breakthrough season but it’s the beginning of something good hopefully. I enjoyed some game time…

All Black centre joins Harlequins

All Black Francis Saili will leave Munster this summer to join Harlequins. The 26-year-old centre spent the last two seasons in Ireland after three…

‘Unexpected’ Sale move for James O’Connor

Despite denying having spoken to the player a few weeks back, Sale have confirmed the signing of James O’Connor on a three-year deal. On…

Bath snap up Bristol lock

Bath have announced the signing of Bristol lock James Phillips ahead of the upcoming season. Phillips arrives at Bath having made nearly 100 appearances…

Sport UK

England lose Euro U21 semi-final to Germany on penalties

Germany last won the European Under-21 Championship in 2009, when they beat England 4-0 in the final England were denied a place in the European Under-21 Championship…

England women thrash Pakistan with record World Cup total – report & highlights

Media playback is not supported on this device Sciver’s brilliant century sets up England win England bounced back from their opening defeat by India to make their…

Gatland did not want to ‘devalue’ Lions shirt by bringing on replacements

Media playback is not supported on this device Henderson and Lawes give Gatland ‘food for thought’ The controversy over the British and Irish Lions call-ups influenced the…

World Cup 2018 and 2022: Fifa releases bid ‘corruption’ report

Qatar was awarded the 2022 World Cup in 2010, with Russia given the 2018 tournament Football’s world governing body Fifa has released its full report into alleged…

Gatland did not want to ‘devalue’ Lions shirt by bringing on replacements

Media playback is not supported on this device Henderson and Lawes give Gatland ‘food for thought’ The controversy over the British and Irish Lions call-ups influenced the…

Fifa releases World Cup bid ‘corruption’ report

Qatar was awarded the 2022 World Cup in 2010, with Russia given the 2018 tournament Football’s world governing body Fifa has released its full report into alleged…

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

Norway

Norway has extended the temporary border controls on its internal Schengen border until 11 November 2017. These border controls take place at ports with ferry traffic from…

Central African Republic

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to the Central African Republic (CAR). British nationals who remain or visit against our advice should be…

Togo

Terrorist attacks in Togo can’t be ruled out. Attacks could be indiscriminate. You should be vigilant, especially in places visited by foreigners. See Terrorism. If you’re abroad…

Sierra Leone

If you travel outside the Freetown peninsula, try to complete your travel during the hours of daylight, inform your employers of your whereabouts and make sure they…

Falkland Islands

The Falklands Islands are a British Overseas Territory. The Governor of the Falklands provides formal British diplomatic representation on the Islands and the local authorities deal with…

Trinidad and Tobago

Over 30,000 British nationals visit Trinidad and Tobago every year. Most visits are trouble-free. There are high levels of violent crime in Trinidad, including murder, especially in…

Health

Charlie Gard parents lose European court appeal

Judges at the European Court of Human Rights have rejected a plea from the parents of terminally-ill baby Charlie Gard to intervene in his case. Chris Gard…

Senate healthcare bill leaves 22m more without cover, CBO says

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A number of Republican senators have expressed reservations about the party’s plan Some 22 million Americans could lose their health insurance…

Suntans on children ‘are not healthy’

Image copyright kotangens/getty A suntan is a sign of skin damage, not glowing health, NHS England and the Met Office are reminding parents in Britain just days…

Yemen faces world’s worst cholera outbreak – UN

Image copyright EPA Image caption No part of Yemen has been spared from the cholera outbreak, the UN says Yemen is now facing the worst cholera outbreak…

Yemen faces world’s worst cholera outbreak – UN

Image copyright EPA Image caption No part of Yemen has been spared from the cholera outbreak, the UN says Yemen is now facing the worst cholera outbreak…

Yemen faces world’s worst cholera outbreak – UN

Image copyright EPA Image caption No part of Yemen has been spared from the cholera outbreak, the UN says Yemen is now facing the worst cholera outbreak…