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Exclusive: U.S. prepares high-seas crackdown on North Korea sanctions evaders – sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Trump administration and key Asian allies are preparing to expand interceptions of ships suspected of violating sanctions on North Korea, a plan that could…

U.S. ready to open Jerusalem embassy in May: State Department

U.S. ready to open Jerusalem embassy in May: State Department

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States said on Friday it will open its embassy to Israel in Jerusalem in May, a move from Tel Aviv that reverses decades…

U.S. imposes more North Korea sanctions, Trump warns of ‘phase two’

U.S. imposes more North Korea sanctions, Trump warns of ‘phase two’

WASHINGTON/SEOUL (Reuters) – The United States said on Friday it was imposing its largest package of sanctions to pressure North Korea to give up its nuclear missile program,…

Syria’s eastern Ghouta bombed again before U.N. ceasefire vote

Syria’s eastern Ghouta bombed again before U.N. ceasefire vote

BEIRUT/UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – A new wave of bombs struck Syria’s eastern Ghouta district on Friday, witnesses said, ahead of a U.N. Security Council vote to demand a…

U.S. Treasury head says new Russia sanctions expected within weeks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said on Friday the Trump administration is working on new sanctions against Russia for a range of activities, including meddling in…

U.S. expects to open Jerusalem embassy in May, officials say

U.S. expects to open Jerusalem embassy in May, officials say

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is expected to open its embassy to Israel in Jerusalem in May, a U.S. official told Reuters on Friday, a move from…

Palestinians angry at reports of early U.S. Embassy move to Jerusalem

West Bank, GAZA (Reuters) – Palestinians reacted on Friday with anger to reports that the United States will move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem within months.…

News

Donald Tusk: UK Brexit plans ‘pure illusion’

Donald Tusk: UK Brexit plans ‘pure illusion’

Media captionEC President Donald Tusk rejected any idea of the UK being able to join…

Syria war: UN Security Council truce vote delayed

Syria war: UN Security Council truce vote delayed

Media caption“At least in heaven there’s food”: The children caught up in Eastern Ghouta air…

‘Groped by Holy Mosque guard during Hajj’ in Mecca

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Donald Tusk: UK Brexit plans ‘pure illusion’

Donald Tusk: UK Brexit plans ‘pure illusion’

Media captionEC President Donald Tusk rejected any idea of the UK being able to join…

Trump: Florida school officer ‘didn’t have the courage’

Trump: Florida school officer ‘didn’t have the courage’

Media caption“He didn’t have the courage” An armed officer who stood outside a Florida school…

Bullish Trump jokes about hiding his bald spot

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Trump: Florida school officer ‘didn’t have the courage’

Trump: Florida school officer ‘didn’t have the courage’

Media caption“School sheriff didn’t have the courage” An armed officer who stood outside a Florida…

Armed teacher’s fear? ‘Missing and hitting a student’

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US to impose ‘largest ever’ N Korea sanctions

US to impose ‘largest ever’ N Korea sanctions

Image copyright Reuters The United States is imposing a fresh set of sanctions on North…

Doping whistleblower in Olympics warning

Doping whistleblower in Olympics warning

Media playback is not supported on this device Grigory Rodchenkov speaks to BBC sports editor…

US News

Trump-Russia: Manafort ‘paid European ex-politicians’

Trump-Russia: Manafort ‘paid European ex-politicians’

Image copyright EPA Image caption Mr Manafort insists he is innocent Ex-Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort secretly paid unnamed former senior European politicians to lobby for Ukraine’s previous…

Florida shooting: Firms abandon NRA amid consumer boycott

Florida shooting: Firms abandon NRA amid consumer boycott

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Activists are putting pressure on companies with ties to the NRA, a powerful gun lobby Several US companies have cut ties with…

Trump-Russia: Manafort ‘paid European ex-politicians’

Trump-Russia: Manafort ‘paid European ex-politicians’

Image copyright EPA Image caption Mr Manafort insists he is innocent Ex-Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort secretly paid unnamed former senior European politicians to lobby for Ukraine’s previous…

Trump-Russia: Manafort ‘paid European ex-politicians’

Trump-Russia: Manafort ‘paid European ex-politicians’

Image copyright EPA Image caption Mr Manafort insists he is innocent Ex-Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort secretly paid unnamed former senior European politicians to lobby for Ukraine’s previous…

Florida shooting: NRA-linked firms hit by consumer boycott

Florida shooting: NRA-linked firms hit by consumer boycott

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Activists are putting pressure on companies with ties to the NRA, a powerful gun lobby More than half a dozen US companies…

Florida governor proposes new gun sale limits after school shooting

PARKLAND, Fla. (Reuters) – Florida Governor Rick Scott urged state lawmakers on Friday to increase restrictions on buying guns and to strengthen school safety after a gunman killed…

Former Trump campaign aide pleads guilty in Russia probe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A former senior official in Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, Rick Gates, pleaded guilty on Friday to conspiracy against the United States and lying to…

Some U.S.companies cut ties with NRA under mounting pressure

NEW YORK (Reuters) – More than half a dozen U.S. companies have abruptly cut ties with the National Rifle Association as gun safety activists on Friday intensified calls…

Vehicle struck security barrier near White House: Secret Service

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A passenger vehicle struck a security barrier near the White House on Friday, but did not breach the White House complex, the U.S. Secret Service…

Australian News

Pauline Hanson’s ‘pain in her backside’

$20 million payout for blackouts

Tigerair chaos as Bali flights cancelled

‘Hang on, aren’t we all boat people?’

Politics

Donald Tusk: UK Brexit plans ‘pure illusion’

Media captionEC President Donald Tusk rejected any idea of the UK being able to join a “single market a la carte” The UK’s approach to the next…

Labour’s general secretary Iain McNicol resigns

Image copyright PA The general secretary of the Labour party, Iain McNicol, has stood down “to pursue new challenges” after serving for a “tumultuous seven years”. In…

‘We’re on our way,’ says 96-year-old expat votes campaigner

Image copyright bbc A 96-year-old war veteran is celebrating after his campaign to get the vote for all British expatriates moved a step closer to success. Harry…

Julian Assange: Ecuador says latest talks on release failed

Image copyright PA Ecuador says the country’s latest efforts to negotiate the departure of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange from its London embassy have failed. Foreign minister Maria…

Donald Tusk: UK Brexit plans ‘pure illusion’

Media captionEC President Donald Tusk rejected any idea of the UK being able to join a “single market a la carte” The UK’s approach to the next…

Labour’s general secretary Iain McNicol resigns

Image copyright PA The general secretary of the Labour party, Iain McNicol, has stood down “to pursue new challenges” after serving for a “tumultuous seven years”. In…

All Sports

The biggest rugby players ever – literally

While rugby doesn’t have the following of football, for example – both sports that are called this, on both sides of the Atlantic, routinely…

TEAMS: Round Three of the Six Nations

By Adam Ellis Round Three of the Six Nations 2018 takes us to Marseille, Dublin and Edinburgh with Ireland and England’s Grand Slams hopes…

Leicester move has taken Jonny May’s game ‘to new level’

(Photo: Getty Images) By Gary Fitzgerald JONNY May insists he has no regrets about becoming a Tiger, and that the ‘big change’ has boosted…

Jackson column: Alun Wyn’s magnificent week on and off the field

(Photo: Getty Images) By Peter Jackson One of the last things Alun-Wyn Jones did before heading towards Twickenham the weekend before last was to…

Allen: These England U20s boys will be Test ready

(Photo: Getty Images) By Neale Harvey England U20s coach Anthony Allen says today’s budding Red Rose stars are far better prepared for the pressure…

Guscott column: Farrell is just stratospheric, a class apart from the others

By Jeremy Guscott THIS Six Nations hasn’t overwhelmed us with sensational attacking play so far, whereas in the 2017 tournament at the outset we…

All Sports

Dream Team: Former Bath and England full-back Jon Callard

1. Jason Leonard – Anyone who plays 114 games for England is special. Great bloke who always put his body on the line and…

Can England take the Six Nations for a third consecutive year?

After a bruising and sometimes scrappy victory over Wales at Twickenham, the Six Nations title – and the Grand Slam – are still in…

Sale Sharks twins will peak for England, says Dave Seymour

(Photo: Getty Images) By Jon Newcombe NEWLY-RETIRED Sale flanker Dave Seymour has backed Ben Curry to join his identical twin brother Tom as a…

Jackson column: Wigan still leaving their mark on rugby union

By Peter Jackson Wigan won the Rugby League Challenge Cup final at Wembley for the eighth time in a row on Saturday April 29,…

The magnificent seven rugby clubs in the county of Gwent

Abertillery (Founded 1883): Early rugby hotbed, the town boasted five separate rugby teams before they amalgamated to form the one club in 1901. In…

Time I pulled my weight admits 22-stone Will Skelton

By Neale Harvey Giant Saracens lock Will Skelton has vowed to turn up the power after admitting his contribution over the first half of…

Sport UK

Morgan wins bronze in big air for GB’s record fifth medal of 2018 Winter Olympics

Media playback is not supported on this device Winter Olympics: GB’s Billy Morgan seals historic big air bronze Billy Morgan won bronze in the men’s snowboarding big…

Winter Olympics: GB’s Billy Morgan seals historic big air bronze

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Ledecka becomes first woman to win gold in two sports at a Winter Games

Media playback is not supported on this device Ledecka claims double gold with snowboard slalom victory Ester Ledecka became the first woman to claim gold medals in…

Old rivalries and a ‘grudge match’ – Saturday’s Six Nations preview

Media playback is not supported on this device Six Nations 2018: Scotland v England England will not be put off by Scottish “mind games” in their 136th…

Morgan wins bronze in big air for GB’s record fifth medal of 2018 Winter Olympics

Media playback is not supported on this device GB’s Morgan seals big air bronze after ‘very precious’ third run Billy Morgan won bronze in the men’s snowboard…

Winter Olympics: GB’s Billy Morgan seals big air bronze

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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

Tuvalu

Cyclone season is normally between November and April but cyclones can occur throughout the year. Severe weather may result in flooding, landslides, and the disruption of essential…

Guinea

Local elections took place on 4 February 2018. Outbreaks of violence, including some fatalities, have occurred and continue across the country. There is risk of road closures…

Hungary

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…

Fiji

UK health authorities have classified Fiji as having a risk of Zika virus transmission. For more information and advice, visit the National Travel Health Network and Centre…

Tonga

Cyclone season is normally between November and April but cyclones can occur throughout the year. Severe weather may result in flooding, landslides, and disruption to essential services…

Brazil

Levels of crime including violent crime are high, particularly in major cities. You should be particularly vigilant before and during the festive and Carnival periods. Bank card…

Health

Sipping acidic fruit teas can wear away teeth, says study

Media captionThe truth about fruit tea Sipping acidic drinks such as fruit teas and flavoured water can wear away teeth and damage the enamel, an investigation by…

Mini-tumours’ created to battle cancer

Image copyright ICR Image caption The mini-tumours can be used to predict if a patient will respond to therapy Scientists have been able to predict how cancer…

Anti-depressants: Major study finds they work

Image copyright Getty Images Scientists say they have settled one of medicine’s biggest debates after a huge study found that anti-depressants work. The study, which analysed data…

India doctors remove world’s ‘largest brain tumour’

Image caption Mr Pal lost his vision because of the tumour Doctors in India who have removed a 1.8kg (2.2lbs) brain tumour from a 31-year-old man say…

Red wine compound ‘could help tooth decay and gum disease fight’

Image copyright Getty Images Red wine has previously been linked to a range of supposed health benefits, from helping the heart to lowering the risk of diabetes.…

FaceTime chat ‘saves woman’s life’

Image copyright Opokua Kwapong Image caption Opokua Kwapong says FaceTime saved her life A woman who had a stroke while on a FaceTime video call with her…