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China welcomes U.S. saying it’s open to talks on North Korea

BEIJING/SEOUL China on Thursday welcomed an apparently softer tone by the United States on the North Korean nuclear and missile crisis but stressed its opposition to a U.S.…

Exclusive: Taiwan president says phone call with Trump can take place again

TAIPEI Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen said a direct phone call with U.S. President Donald Trump could take place again and urged the self-ruled island’s political rival China to…

Israel strikes Iran-supplied arms depot near Damascus airport: sources

AMMAN/BEIRUT Syrian rebel and intelligence sources said Israel struck an arms supply hub on Thursday operated by the Lebanese Hezbollah group near Damascus airport where weapons from Tehran…

Macron slower off mark than Le Pen in last French election lap: poll

PARIS Far-right leader Marine Le Pen has made a more impressive start than favorite Emmanuel Macron to the last lap of the French presidential election, a poll showed…

South Korea, U.S. warn of punishment for North Korea; U.S. stresses sanctions

SEOUL/WASHINGTON South Korea and the United States agreed on Thursday on “swift punitive measures” against North Korea in the event of more provocation, although the United States signaled…

Multiple strikes hit Damascus airport base used by Iranian-backed forces: Syrian rebel sources

AMMAN Multiple dawn strikes hit an ammunition depot complex near Damascus airport used by Iranian-backed forces supplied via an air corridor between the Syrian capital and Tehran, said…

Macron campaign for French presidency off to slower start than Le Pen: poll

PARIS Fewer French voters believe centrist Emmanuel Macron got off to a good start in the last lap of France’s presidential election than far right leader Marine Le…

News

Russia says Israeli strikes on Syria are unacceptable, urges restraint

MOSCOW (Reuters) – The Kremlin strongly criticised Israeli air strikes on targets inside Syria on…

Israel strikes arms depot near Damascus airport – sources

By Suleiman Al-Khalidi and Angus McDowall AMMAN/BEIRUT (Reuters) – Israel struck an arms supply hub…

Police say fired single shot in Berlin hospital, injuring one

BERLIN (Reuters) – A single shot was fired by a police officer in a Berlin…

'Xenophobic' German soldier, student suspected of planning attack

BERLIN (Reuters) – German police have arrested an army officer whom they described as having…

North Korea: US vows sanctions and will activate Thaad system ‘within days’

North Korea: US vows sanctions and will activate Thaad system ‘within days’

Image copyright AFP Image caption North Korea has been releasing photos of mass live-fire exercises…

Syria war: ‘Israeli strike’ hits military site near Damascus airport

Syria war: ‘Israeli strike’ hits military site near Damascus airport

Image copyright AFP Image caption A photo taken from a rebel-held town showed what appeared…

Couple die holding hands after 69 years of marriage

Couple die holding hands after 69 years of marriage

A couple who were married for 69 years died holding hands. Teresa Vatkin, 89, succumbed…

Qatar denies trying to pay ransom money to free hostages in Iraq

DOHA/BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Qatar has denied trying to pay ransom money this month to secure…

Croatia's PM orders ministers from coalition partner to step down

By Igor Ilic ZAGREB (Reuters) – Croatia’s Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic on Thursday ordered three…

Levy shoots 63 to take 1-stroke lead at China Open

BEIJING (AP) — Alexander Levy shot a 9-under 63 on Thursday to take a one-stroke…

US News

Arkansas plans fourth execution in about a week

Arkansas plans to end its series of April executions by putting to death on Thursday an inmate convicted of murdering a cheerleader and who escaped from prison and…

Trump’s plan to slash business taxes seen as ‘guidepost’ by congressional Republicans

WASHINGTON President Donald Trump unveiled a one-page plan on Wednesday proposing deep U.S. tax cuts, many for businesses, that would make the federal deficit balloon if enacted, drawing…

Berkeley braces for unrest despite Ann Coulter cancelation

BERKELEY, Calif. Police at the University of California at Berkeley braced for potential clashes between militant left-wing and right-wing activists on Thursday, despite conservative commentator Ann Coulter dropping…

Asylum-seekers fleeing U.S. may find cold comfort in Canada’s courts

TORONTO/WINNIPEG, Manitoba Migrants who applied for asylum in the United States but then fled north, fearing they would be swept up in President Donald Trump’s immigration crackdown, may…

Trump’s plan to slash business taxes seen as ‘guidepost’ by congressional Republicans

WASHINGTON President Donald Trump unveiled a one-page plan on Wednesday proposing deep U.S. tax cuts, many for businesses, that would make the federal deficit balloon if enacted, drawing…

100 days: America in a time of Trump

100 days: America in a time of Trump

Image copyright Chris Kindred Presidential elections are always something of a national Rorschach test. The reaction to candidates, like the perception of inkblots, helps to divulge the nation’s…

U.S. chief justice alarmed at Trump administration immigration case stance

WASHINGTON U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts took issue on Wednesday with the Trump administration’s stance in an immigration case, saying it could make it too easy for the…

Trump seeks to shrink federal role in education with new order

WASHINGTON President Donald Trump on Wednesday ordered Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to review the U.S. government’s role in school policy, which supporters cheered as the first step in…

Florida Senate apologizes for abuse, deaths at reform school

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. The Florida Senate formally apologized on Wednesday to victims who suffered brutality, sexual abuse and even death after being sent as boys to a reform…

Politics

Johnson: Difficult to say ‘no’ to Syria strike

Media captionForeign Secretary Boris Johnson tells Today the UK could help the US respond to a chemical attack in Syria Boris Johnson says it would be very…

General election 2017: Labour pledges to build 1m new homes

Image copyright PA Labour has pledged to build a million new homes over five years, if its wins power at the general election. Party leader Jeremy Corbyn…

Johnson: Difficult to say ‘no’ to Syria strike

Media captionForeign Secretary Boris Johnson tells Today the UK could help the US respond to a chemical attack in Syria Boris Johnson says it would be very…

General election 2017: Labour councils ‘build more homes’

Image copyright PA Labour-led councils build more homes than Conservative-led councils, the shadow housing secretary John Healey has said, as he promised to take “big steps” to…

Brexit: Chancellor Merkel warns UK on scope of talks with EU

Image copyright Reuters Image caption German MPs frequently applauded Ms Merkel’s points about Brexit German Chancellor Angela Merkel says some British people have “illusions” about discussing the…

General election 2017: Labour leader a ‘mugwump’, says Johnson

Image copyright PA, AFP Boris Johnson has used his first intervention in the election campaign to mount the Conservatives’ most personal attack yet on Jeremy Corbyn. Writing…

All Sports

2013 Lion retires

Ian Evans has been forced to retire from professional rugby on medical advice following a knee injury. In a career that has spanned 15…

Brendan Gallagher: Scots unlucky that Twickenham defeat was not considered a blip

My heart sunk a little for the Scots on Wednesday when John Spencer read out the 41- strong Lions squad and there were just…

Peter Jackson: Sorry Scots, but Gatland has gone for power again

Scotland now has exactly as many Lions as the sum total of Conservative and Labour Members of Parliament – two. Even in a winning…

Lozowski is ready to state case for England

Alex Lozowski has declared himself ready to stake a claim for England’s coveted No.10 jersey on the back of a stellar first season at…

20 Questions: Steve Hill – Richmond DoR

How about that for a first season in the Championship? The boys were desperate to prove they deserved to be in this league regardless…

Gary Gold to become Warriors’ permanent DoR

Gary Gold will become the Worcester’s permanent director of rugby after signing a new contract to remain at Sixways until at least the summer…

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

Ellis Genge agrees new Tigers contract

Genge, 22, arrived at Tigers during the closing months of 2015/16, initially on loan before making the move from Bristol permanent at the start…

Quins scrum-half to retire

Harlequins scrum-half Karl Dickson will retire from rugby at the end of the current season. Joining Harlequins in 2009 from Bedford Blues, Dickson has…

Northampton announces new chief executive appointment

Northampton Saints have appointed Mark Darbon as the club’s new chief executive. Darbon arrives at Franklin’s Gardens in late July with a wealth of…

My Life in Rugby: Gary Powell – former Gloucester prop

After countless hours playing Jonah Lomu Rugby on the PlayStation at Llandovery College it was surreal to suddenly find myself sat alongside some of…

Dream Team: Alex Crockett – former Bath centre

1. David Flatman – He would get you six or nine points per game just by talking to the referee and could talk his…

Richards: RFU must bring in Championship age cap

London Scottish head coach Peter Richards reckons the Championship is failing English player development and says squad age limits are the answer. Richards, who…

Sport UK

‘Cheater’ Sharapova should not play tennis again – Bouchard

Media playback is not supported on this device ‘Cheater’ Maria Sharapova should not be allowed to play again – Eugenie Bouchard “Cheat” Maria Sharapova should not have…

Ex-Newcastle winger Marveaux arrested in tax fraud investigation

HMRC officers raided Newcastle and West Ham’s stadiums on Wednesday as part of the investigation Former Newcastle winger Sylvain Marveaux is one of four people arrested in…

Barton’s 18-month ban is harsh – Dyche

Barton rejoined Burnley in January until the end of the season Burnley manager Sean Dyche says Joey Barton’s 18-month ban for breaching betting rules is “harsh”. The…

‘Shield’ device could be dangerous in wet conditions – Kevin Magnussen

The proposed shield will be at a shallower angle than the aeroscreen trialled by Red Bull last season Plans for a transparent ‘shield’ device to protect drivers’…

‘Cheater’ Sharapova should not play tennis again – Bouchard

Media playback is not supported on this device ‘Cheater’ Maria Sharapova should not be allowed to play again – Eugenie Bouchard “Cheat” Maria Sharapova should not have…

‘Cheater’ Sharapova should not play tennis again – Bouchard

Media playback is not supported on this device ‘Cheater’ Maria Sharapova should not be allowed to play again – Eugenie Bouchard “Cheat” Maria Sharapova should not have…

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

El Salvador

UK health authorities have classified El Salvador as having a risk of Zika virus transmission. For more information and advice, visit the website of the National Travel…

Western Sahara

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to: areas of Western Sahara within 30km north/west of the Berm areas of Western Sahara south/east of…

Djibouti

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to the border with Eritrea. See Local travel There is a general threat from terrorism. Attacks can’t…

Montenegro

Most visits to Montenegro are trouble-free. There is an underlying threat from terrorism. See Terrorism You must register with local police within 24 hours of your arrival…

Syria

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to Syria. British nationals in Syria should leave now by any practical means. The FCO is not…

Slovenia

Information and advice for British nationals travelling and living in Europe, following the result of the EU referendum. Immigration controls may temporarily be in place at some…

Health

Postpartum haemorrhage: Cheap lifesaver ‘cuts deaths by a third’

Media captionSevere bleeding after childbirth is the leading cause of maternal death worldwide A cheap drug has been shown to stop women bleeding to death, in a…

‘Exciting’ blood test spots cancer a year early

Image copyright Getty Images Doctors have spotted cancer coming back up to a year before normal scans in an “exciting” discovery. The UK team was able to…

Air pollution: ‘Heart disease link found’

Image copyright PA Extremely small particles of pollution have the potential to evade the lungs’ protective filter system and end up deep in the body, scientists suggest.…

Premature lambs kept alive in ‘plastic bag’ womb

Image copyright Partridge, E. A. et al. / Nature Communications Image caption The premature lambs matured and grew a wool Scientists have been able to keep premature…

Postpartum haemorrhage: Cheap lifesaver ‘cuts deaths by a third’

Media captionSevere bleeding after childbirth is the leading cause of maternal death worldwide A cheap drug has been shown to stop women bleeding to death, in a…

‘Exciting’ blood test spots cancer a year early

Image copyright Getty Images Doctors have spotted cancer coming back up to a year before normal scans in an “exciting” discovery. The UK team was able to…