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No trade talks but May wins gesture, warm words at EU summit

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – EU leaders shunned Theresa May’s summit plea to negotiate a post-Brexit trade deal on Friday but sweetened the pill for the fragile British prime minister…

Having nuclear weapons ‘matter of life and death’ for North Korea: RIA

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Pyongyang does not plan to hold any talks with Washington about its nuclear program, a senior North Korean diplomat said on Friday, saying that possessing…

Iraqi forces complete takeover of Kirkuk province after clashing with Kurds

BAGHDAD/KIRKUK, Iraq (Reuters) – Iraqi forces took control on Friday of the last district in the oil-rich province of Kirkuk still in the hands of Kurdish Peshmerga fighters…

Spain plans new elections in Catalonia to end independence bid: opposition

MADRID (Reuters) – The Spanish government has secured opposition support for dissolving Catalonia’s parliament and holding new elections there in January in its bid to defuse the regional…

Spain plans to force Catalonia into January elections: opposition

MADRID (Reuters) – The Spanish government has secured opposition support to dissolve Catalonia’s parliament and hold new elections there in January in an effort to defuse the regional…

Moscow seeks support for Russia-Chinese roadmap on North Korea

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov urged world powers on Friday to get behind a joint Russian-Chinese roadmap for settling the crisis over North Korea’s weapons…

Amid South Korea freeze, China says cultural exchanges take the temperature

BEIJING (Reuters) – Cultural exchanges between countries need to consider the “temperature” of popular opinion and how people feel about each other, a senior Chinese official said on…

News

Brexit: Talk of deadlock is exaggerated, says Donald Tusk

Brexit: Talk of deadlock is exaggerated, says Donald Tusk

Image copyright AFP Reports of deadlock over Brexit negotiations may have been exaggerated, European Council…

Obama and Bush decry deep US divisions without naming Trump

Obama and Bush decry deep US divisions without naming Trump

Image copyright Getty Images/Reuters Image caption Neither Barack Obama nor George W Bush mentioned President…

Top aide defends Trump over widow remarks

Top aide defends Trump over widow remarks

Media captionKelly defends Trump’s call to widow The White House chief of staff has launched…

Catalan crisis: EU leaders rule out involvement in crisis

Catalan crisis: EU leaders rule out involvement in crisis

Image copyright EPA Image caption Spain’s PM Mariano Rajoy is with other EU leaders –…

Catalonia crisis: Spain moves to suspend autonomy

Catalonia crisis: Spain moves to suspend autonomy

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption There are fears that the latest moves could lead…

Afghan army base destroyed by Taliban suicide bombers

Afghan army base destroyed by Taliban suicide bombers

Image copyright EPA Image caption Afghan army soldiers search people at a checkpoint after the…

UK offers more assurances to EU citizens

UK offers more assurances to EU citizens

Image copyright AFP Image caption Theresa May says the future of British and EU nationals…

Rohingya killed ‘house by house’

As thousands of Rohingya refugees continue to pour into Bangladesh, Clive Myrie reports on the…

Trump was insensitive in call to widow – soldier’s mother

Trump was insensitive in call to widow – soldier’s mother

Media captionCongresswoman Frederica Wilson: “How insensitive can you be?” The mother of a US soldier…

Catalonia: Spain ultimatum looms over independence push

Catalonia: Spain ultimatum looms over independence push

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Tough choices: How will Carles Puigdemont (L)) answer Mariano Rajoy’s…

US News

Protesters to white nationalist speaker at University of Florida: ‘Go home Nazis’

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (Reuters) – Protesters shouted “Go home Nazis” as a white nationalist gave a speech on Thursday at the University of Florida, where hundreds of police set…

Fate of New Hampshire Indonesians goes before U.S. judge in Boston

BOSTON (Reuters) – The case of 47 Indonesian Christians, who fled violence in that country two decades ago and now live illegally in New Hampshire, heads to Boston…

Trial wraps up for pharmacist in deadly U.S. meningitis outbreak

BOSTON (Reuters) – Closing arguments are set for Friday in the trial of a Massachusetts pharmacist accused of murder and fraud for his role in a 2012 fungal…

Short on staff: Nursing crisis strains U.S. hospitals

MORGANTOWN, West Virginia (Reuters) – A shortage of nurses at U.S. hospitals hit West Virginia’s Charleston Area Medical Center at the worst possible time. The non-profit healthcare system…

Protesters to white nationalist speaker at University of Florida: ‘Go home Nazis’

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (Reuters) – Protesters shouted “Go home Nazis” as a white nationalist gave a speech on Thursday at the University of Florida, where hundreds of police set…

Exclusive: Tech companies to lobby for immigrant ‘Dreamers’ to remain in U.S.

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Nearly two dozen major companies in technology and other industries are planning to launch a coalition to demand legislation that would allow young, illegal…

Protesters to white nationalist speaker at University of Florida: ‘Go home Nazis’

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (Reuters) – Protesters shouted “Go home Nazis” as a white nationalist gave a speech on Thursday at the University of Florida, where hundreds of police set…

Exclusive: Tech companies to lobby for immigrant ‘Dreamers’ to remain in U.S.

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Nearly two dozen major companies in technology and other industries are planning to launch a coalition to demand legislation that would allow young, illegal…

White House says rollback of Obamacare must be part of short-term fix

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A senior White House aide said on Thursday that U.S. President Donald Trump would demand steps toward repealing Obamacare in any healthcare legislation, comments that…

Politics

Brexit: EU leaders pave way for future trade talks

Image copyright AFP Image caption German Chancellor Angela Merkel said there were “encouraging” signs of progress EU leaders have agreed to start preparing for trade talks with…

Ian Lavery MP received £165,000 from trade union

Image copyright Shutterstock MP Ian Lavery received £165,000 from the 10-member trade union he ran. We have learned this from the trade union regulator which has now…

Plaid: ‘£30m needed for Brexit shock’

Image copyright Plaid Cymru Image caption Simon Thomas said after the co-operation deal with Labour ended Plaid Cymru can have a “new start” Plaid Cymru cannot “out-Corbyn”…

Don’t ignore MPs’ universal credit vote, Sir Edward Leigh warns

Image copyright PA A senior Conservative MP has criticised the government’s response to a Commons vote against its welfare plans. The Tories did not contest Wednesday night’s…

Brexit: Theresa May urges new dynamic in Brexit talks

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mrs May addressed her fellow EU leaders at a working dinner on Thursday Theresa May has urged EU leaders to create a…

Brexit: EU leaders seek Brexit talks progress

Media captionTheresa May: I want ‘urgency’ on citizens’ deal Angela Merkel has said there are “encouraging” signs of progress in Brexit negotiations and suggested trade talks could…

All Sports

TEAMS: Australia v New Zealand

By Adam Ellis Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium will host the final trans-Tasman Test of 2017 between Australia and New Zealand, with the All Blacks victorious…

Ambitious Olly Woodburn stating his case for Test call

(Photo: Getty Images) By Neale Harvey Exeter speedster Olly Woodburn is ready to back up Philippe Saint-Andre’s fervent assertion that it is time the…

Italy helps restore careers of stricken half-back talents

By Brendan Gallagher ITALIAN rugby can be proud of the part it has played in the rehabilitation – physically and mentally – of not…

David Barnes column: It’s got to be Sarries for the Cup, says Yachvili

(Photo: Michael Steele / Getty Images) By David Barnes The name of Dimitri Yachvili is one that provoked apprehension, if not fear, in the…

Lozowski signs two-year extension with Saracens

(Photo: David Rogers / Getty Images) By Adam Ellis Saracens fly-half Alex Lozowski has signed a new contract with the reigning Champions Cup holders…

Greig Laidlaw ruled out of autumn Tests with fractured ankle

By Adam Ellis Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw will miss matches against Samoa, New Zealand and Australia this autumn after Clermont Auvergne confirmed he had…

All Sports

Simon Zebo unsure on future at Munster

(Photo: David Rogers / Getty Images) By Adam Ellis Munster back Simon Zebo admits he is no clearer to deciding where his future lies…

Williams column: Time for Warren Gatland to blood new Dragons

By Shane Williams NOW IS the time for Wales to roll the selection dice. Warren Gatland will name his squad for the November Tests…

Cain column: ‘Teflon Rob’ could have done so much more

By Nick Cain ROB Andrew’s reputation as the Teflon man of English rugby may have taken a knock when he was sacked as the…

Guscott column: Let’s play Farrell at 10 with Te’o power outside him

By Jeremy Guscott OWEN Farrell plays fly-half for Saracens – which is where he will be for the big all- English European Cup clash…

Francois Louw cited for alleged contact with eye area in Treviso win

By Adam Ellis Francois Louw will attend a disciplinary hearing on Wednesday after he was alleged to have made contact with the eye area…

Francois Louw cited for alleged eye-gouge in Treviso win

By Adam Ellis Francois Louw will attend a disciplinary hearing on Wednesday after he was alleged to have made contact with the eye area…

Sport UK

Everton ban child-carrying fan over Goodison incident

Everton captain Ashley Williams sparked the melee in the second half of the game Everton have banned the child-carrying supporter involved in a confrontation with a Lyon…

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte dismisses rumours of unrest over training schedule

Antonio Conte was appointed Chelsea boss in April 2016 Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte has dismissed suggestions of disgruntlement at the club over his training methods. Reports…

Marriage proposals & comparing shoes with the PM – life as World Cup winners

England’s women visited Downing Street at the end of August Even when you have won the World Cup in the most-watched game of women’s cricket of all…

‘This is never going to end’ – Raiders edge out Chiefs in amazing finish

I-Marathon October Challenge Source Article from http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/american-football/41693717…

Everton ban child-carrying supporter over Goodison incident

Everton captain Ashley Williams sparked the melee in the second-half of the game Everton have banned the child-carrying supporter involved in a confrontation with a Lyon player…

O’Sullivan lets spectator take shot after she runs around table

Ronnie O’Sullivan is a five-time world champion Ronnie O’Sullivan let a spectator who evaded security and ran around the table take his last shot as he won…

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…

Travel Advice

Ecuador

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel within the 20km exclusion zone along the border with Colombia except for the official border crossing town…

Sri Lanka

You need a visa to enter Sri Lanka. You can get a short stay visa online. See Visas Most visits to Sri Lanka are trouble-free. However, you…

Senegal

Terrorists are likely to try to carry out attacks in Senegal. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places visited by foreigners. See Terrorism On 18 October 2017…

Comoros

If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission. Crime levels are low, but you…

São Tomé and Principe

There is no British Embassy in Sao Tome and Principe. If you need consular assistance, you should contact the British Embassy in Luanda, Angola. Most visits to…

Ireland

There will be no change to the rights and status of EU nationals living in the UK, nor UK nationals living in the EU, while the UK…

Health

Pollution linked to one in six deaths

Image copyright Getty Images Pollution has been linked to nine million deaths worldwide in 2015, a report in The Lancet has found. Almost all of these deaths…

‘Handful of changes’ make cancer

Image copyright SPL British scientists have worked out how many changes it takes to transform a healthy cell into a cancer. The team, at the Wellcome Trust…

Novelty contact lenses ‘can cause sight loss’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption They may make you look creepy, but there are risks, experts say Eye experts are warning of the risks of wearing…

‘Handful of changes’ make cancer

Image copyright SPL British scientists have worked out how many changes it takes to transform a healthy cell into a cancer. The team, at the Wellcome Trust…

Novelty contact lenses ‘can cause sight loss’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption They may make you look creepy, but there are risks, experts say Eye experts are warning of the risks of wearing…

‘Handful of changes’ make cancer

Image copyright SPL British scientists have worked out how many changes it takes to transform a healthy cell into a cancer. The team, at the Wellcome Trust…