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Trump baffles Sweden with crime comment, says it was based on TV report

STOCKHOLM/WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. A day after falsely suggesting there was an immigration-related security incident in Sweden, President Donald Trump said on Sunday his comment was based on…

Iraq launches offensive on last Islamic State stronghold in Mosul

BAGHDAD/SOUTH OF MOSUL, Iraq U.S.-backed Iraqi forces on Sunday launched a ground offensive to dislodge Islamic State militants from their remaining stronghold in Mosul, in the western part…

Iraqi forces advance toward Mosul airport in push to capture city

BAGHDAD, SOUTH OF MOSUL, Iraq U.S.-backed Iraqi forces began moving on Sunday toward Mosul’s airport, the first target of a ground offensive to capture the western side of…

Four North Korean suspects fled Malaysia after airport murder: police

KUALA LUMPUR Four North Korean suspects in the murder of the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un fled Malaysia on the day he was attacked…

China says understands South Korean need for security, still opposes missiles

BEIJING China understands South Korea’s need to protect its security but Seoul still needs to respect Beijing’s concerns about the deployment of an advanced U.S. anti-missile system, Chinese…

Syrian government forces press attack on Damascus outskirts: monitors, medic

BEIRUT Syrian government forces fired rockets at a rebel-held area on Damascus’s outskirts on Sunday, pressing an attack that began the day before and has killed up to…

West Mosul residents told battle is imminent as Iraqi forces begin moving

BAGHDAD Iraqi planes dropped millions of leaflets on the western side of Mosul warning residents that the battle to dislodge Islamic State is imminent as troops began moving…

News

Exit polls see Ecuador leftist ahead, runoff unclear

By Alexandra Ulmer and Alexandra Valencia QUITO (Reuters) – Ecuadorean exit polls put ruling party…

Exit polls see Ecuador leftist ahead, runoff unclear

By Alexandra Ulmer and Alexandra Valencia QUITO (Reuters) – Ecuadorean exit polls put ruling party…

Scientists hold rally in Boston to protest threat to science

BOSTON (AP) — Hundreds of scientists, environmental advocates and their supporters held a rally in…

Trump refers to non-existent Sweden terror incident

Bowling Green, Atlanta and now… Sweden? US President Donald Trump was speaking to supporters on…

Trump steps up security aide search, focuses on health care

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump on Sunday was stepping up his…

Iraq launches assault on IS-held west Mosul

Iraqi forces seized 10 villages from the Islamic State group Sunday, launching a daunting operation…

Maltese stage protest against proposed Internet news law

VALLETTA (Reuters) – Several thousands people took to the streets of the capital of Malta…

Islamic State posts video of man it says was Egypt church bomber

By Ali Abdelaty CAIRO (Reuters) – Islamic State published a video on Sunday threatening Egyptian…

Mosul assault: Iraq troops make headway against IS

Mosul assault: Iraq troops make headway against IS

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Iraqi forces bombarded IS positions ahead of the advance Iraqi…

North Korea murdered Kim Jong-nam, says South Korea

North Korea murdered Kim Jong-nam, says South Korea

Image copyright AP Image caption Kim Jong-nam, the North Korean leader’s half-brother, was killed by…

US News

Flood worries in Northern California after deadly storm hits south

Large parts of Northern California were placed on a flood advisory on Sunday ahead of a storm system expected to bring heavy rain, wind and snow to the…

Trump holds interviews for security adviser to replace Flynn

Trump holds interviews for security adviser to replace Flynn

Image copyright AP Image caption Donald Trump is searching for a replacement for Michael Flynn US President Donald Trump is interviewing candidates for the position of national security…

California ‘bombogenesis’ storm pushes north

California ‘bombogenesis’ storm pushes north

Image copyright AP Image caption Vehicles trying to negotiate flooded Interstate 5 in Williams, north California, where more rain is expected A fierce storm, dubbed “bombogenesis” or “weather…

SpaceX successfully launches rocket after Saturday setback

Media captionThe SpaceX rocket was launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida Private rocket firm SpaceX has successfully launched a rocket carrying a cargo ship for the…

Trump administration drafts plan to raise asylum bar, speed deportations

WASHINGTON The Department of Homeland Security has prepared new guidance for immigration agents aimed at speeding up deportations by denying asylum claims earlier in the process. The new…

Biggest storm in five years thrashes Southern California

LOS ANGELES Southern California cleaned up on Saturday after its biggest storm in years unleashed a wave of rain and snow that killed at least three people and…

New U.S. travel ban to spare green card holders: Trump official

MUNICH A new version of a Trump administration travel ban will not stop green card residency holders or travelers already on planes from entering the United States, U.S.…

Back on the campaign trail already, Trump touts promises kept

MELBOURNE, Fla. President Donald Trump, after a rocky first month in office, returned to the campaign trail on Saturday to deliver another attack on the media and tout…

Trump says he’ll decide on national security adviser in next few days

MELBOURNE, Fla. President Donald Trump will interview four candidates for the position of U.S. national security adviser on Sunday and expects to make a decision in the coming…

Politics

Brexit: Mandelson urges Lords not to ‘throw in towel’

Media captionMandelson urges Lords to show ‘a bit of courage’ over Brexit Former Labour minister Lord Mandelson has urged peers not to “throw in the towel” when…

Brexit: Mandelson urges Lords not to ‘throw in towel’

Media captionMandelson urges Lords to show ‘a bit of courage’ over Brexit Former Labour minister Lord Mandelson has urged peers not to “throw in the towel” when…

Brexit: Mandelson urges Lords not to ‘throw in towel’

Image caption The peer said the public weren’t aware of the terms of Brexit when they voted Former Labour minister Lord Mandelson has urged peers not to…

Brexit: Mandelson urges Lords not to ‘throw in towel’

Image caption The peer said the public weren’t aware of the terms of Brexit when they voted Former Labour minister Lord Mandelson has urged peers not to…

Business rates: Sainsbury’s boss urges ‘fundamental reform’

Image copyright Getty Images Sainsbury’s chief executive has called for “fundamental reforms” to business rates amid concerns hikes could spark a raft of High Street store closures.…

Prison officers in 31 jails set for pay rises of up to £5,000

Image copyright PA Thousands of prison officers at 31 jails in London and south-east England are to get pay rises of between £3,000 and £5,000, as part…

All Sports

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…

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…

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

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…

Scotland captain Laidlaw out of Six Nations

Scotland have been dealt a huge blow to their Six Nations hopes with the news that captain Greig Laidlaw will miss the remainder of…

Sport UK

Lincoln to play Sutton or Arsenal in FA Cup, Chelsea host Man Utd

Media playback is not supported on this device How Lincoln City became FA Cup legends Lincoln City will play Sutton or Arsenal in the FA Cup quarter-finals…

Ibrahimovic fires Man Utd into last eight – highlights & report

Media playback is not supported on this device Highlights: Blackburn 1-2 Man Utd Zlatan Ibrahimovic came off the bench to score the winner as holders Manchester United…

Burgess hat-trick as Wigan win World Club Challenge

Joe Burgess has scored at least one try in both of his World Club Challenge appearances for Wigan Joe Burgess scored a hat-trick of tries as Wigan…

Solomona treble downs Premiership leaders Wasps

Former rugby league winger Denny Solomona scored a hat-trick in the first half for Sale A hat-trick from Denny Solomona pushed Sale to victory in a high-scoring…

Watch: Kane fires Spurs ahead at Fulham

American Football Source Article from http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/39021504…

Lincoln achieve ‘miracle’ & Lions stun Foxes – but what is the greatest FA Cup shock?

Media playback is not supported on this device How Lincoln City became FA Cup legends Lincoln achieved a “football miracle” as they knocked out Burnley on 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

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…

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…