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North Korea test-fires ballistic missile in defiance of world pressure

SEOUL/UNITED NATIONS North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile on Saturday, South Korea’s and U.S. militaries said, defying intense pressure from the United States and the reclusive state’s main…

Exclusive: Trump says ‘major, major’ conflict with North Korea possible, but seeks diplomacy

WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday a major conflict with North Korea is possible in the standoff over its nuclear and missile programs, but he would…

Exclusive: Trump says ‘major, major’ conflict with North Korea possible, but seeks diplomacy

WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday a major conflict with North Korea is possible in the standoff over its nuclear and missile programs, but he would…

U.S. says time to act on North Korea, China says not up to Beijing alone

UNITED NATIONS U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned on Friday that failure to curb North Korea’s nuclear and missile development could lead to ‘catastrophic consequences,’ while China…

Furore over Holocaust comments hits Le Pen’s election bid

PARIS Marine Le Pen’s bid to defy the odds and win the French presidency risked a setback on Friday when the man named interim head of her National…

Friendly fire may have killed U.S. troops in Afghanistan: Pentagon

WASHINGTON Two U.S. special forces troops killed in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday may have been struck by friendly fire in an operation targeting the emir of Islamic State…

Secretary of State Tillerson urges U.N. to act ‘before North Korea does’

WASHINGTON U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Friday the threat of an attack by Pyongyang against Japan and South Korea is real and urged the U.N.…

News

Fyre Festival attendee gives account of experience, clears up 'untrue' rich kid reports

Fyre Festival attendee gives account of experience, clears up 'untrue' rich kid reports

A person who attended Fyre Festival, the event which descended into chaos amid reports that…

Everyone's making fun of Paul Nuttall after he announced where he would be standing for MP

Ukip leader Paul Nuttall will stand in the General Election as a candidate in Boston…

Islamic State kills senior Afghan Taliban official in Pakistan – militants

PESHAWAR (Reuters) – Islamic State killed a senior Afghan Taliban official in the northwestern Pakistani…

Could UKIP leader Paul Nuttall win Boston, the most pro-Brexit part of the country?

Paul Nuttall has announced that he will stand in the constituency of Boston and Skegness…

Brexit: EU-27 agree negotiating stance

Brexit: EU-27 agree negotiating stance

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The leaders of the 27 remaining European Union countries…

North Korea crisis: North in another ‘failed’ missile launch

North Korea crisis: North in another ‘failed’ missile launch

Image copyright EPA Image caption There have been a number of missile tests by North…

North Korea crisis: North in another ‘failed’ missile launch

North Korea crisis: North in another ‘failed’ missile launch

Image copyright EPA Image caption There have been a number of missile tests by North…

Brexit: EU holds summit without UK to formalise strategy

Brexit: EU holds summit without UK to formalise strategy

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Tusk received official notice of the UK’s intention to…

Turkish authorities block Wikipedia without giving reason

Turkish authorities block Wikipedia without giving reason

Image copyright Getty Images/PeterMacdiarmid Image caption Turkish people awoke to find all access to Wikipedia…

Ryan Lochte competes in age-group meet during suspension

RIVERSIDE, California (AP) — Ryan Lochte is competing in the pool for the first time…

US News

25 years after Los Angeles riots, progress and distrust live side by side

LOS ANGELES Twenty-five years after deadly riots erupted in Los Angeles when four white police officers were acquitted in the videotaped beating of black motorist Rodney King, an…

Trump executive order aims to allow Arctic drilling

Trump executive order aims to allow Arctic drilling

Image copyright EPA Donald Trump has signed an executive order aimed at reducing restrictions on oil drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic in order to “unleash American energy”.…

Trump pledges fealty to NRA gun lobby

ATLANTA President Donald Trump pledged to uphold Americans’ right to possess guns on Friday in a speech that he used to revisit some 2016 election campaign themes from…

U.S. NSA stops some warrantless surveillance of American messages

WASHINGTON The U.S. National Security Agency has halted a form of surveillance that allowed it to collect without a warrant the digital communications of Americans that mentioned a…

Exclusive: ‘If there’s a shutdown, there’s a shutdown,’ Trump says

WASHINGTON President Donald Trump downplayed the severity of a potential government shutdown on Thursday, just two days shy of a deadline for Congress to reach a spending deal…

Coughing, convulsing and calls for probe after Arkansas execution

A lawyer for an executed Arkansas death row inmate asked the state on Friday to investigate why his client coughed and convulsed on a death chamber gurney, saying…

Friendly fire inquiry after US soldiers die battling IS

Friendly fire inquiry after US soldiers die battling IS

Image copyright US Army Image caption Sgt Joshua Rodgers (L) and Sgt Cameron Thomas were killed in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan Two US Army Rangers killed in Afghanistan this…

Executed Arkansas man ‘convulsed and groaned’

Executed Arkansas man ‘convulsed and groaned’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Kenneth Williams’ lawyers said he was intellectually disabled Lawyers for a US death row inmate are calling for an inquiry after witnesses…

Exclusive: ‘If there’s a shutdown, there’s a shutdown,’ Trump says

WASHINGTON President Donald Trump downplayed the severity of a potential government shutdown on Thursday, just two days shy of a deadline for Congress to reach a spending deal…

Politics

Theresa May visits Scotland in election campaign

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Theresa May spoke at a campaign rally in rural Aberdeenshire Theresa May is making her first campaign visit to Scotland ahead…

Brexit: EU-27 agree ‘firm’ negotiating stance

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The leaders of the 27 remaining European Union countries gathered in Brussels European Union leaders have unanimously agreed the negotiating guidelines…

General election 2017: UKIP leader Paul Nuttall to stand in Boston and Skegness

Image copyright PA Image caption Mr Nuttall said it was an “honour” to stand in the constituency UKIP leader Paul Nuttall is to stand in Boston and…

Isle of Wight MP steps down after ‘gay danger remark’

Image caption Andrew Turner had said on 18 April he would be seeking re-election An MP is standing down after reportedly telling students that homosexuality was “wrong”…

Theresa May set for Scottish visit in election campaign

Image copyright AFP Image caption Theresa May is expected to ask Scots to vote for her to “strengthen the Union” Theresa May is to make her first…

EU holds summit without UK to formalise Brexit strategy

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Tusk received official notice of the UK’s intention to leave the EU at the end of March European Union countries are…

All Sports

Young Gun: Rory McMichael – Scotland U18s centre

The journey to professional rugby can be a treacherous one for youngsters trying to break through, but Rory McMichael will take it to new…

England to tour Argentina in June

England have played well in recent international tournaments, but as everyone knows, it’s easy to get the team ‘up for it’ at a World…

Jeff Probyn: New batch can be Eddie’s game changers for RWC

Well that’s it, speculation over finally and a squad picked that really didn’t surprise anybody other than the odd few omissions. For those not…

Shane Williams: This can be when North becomes a true great

We could see some of the best rugby ever to be played on this Lions tour. That might sound as if I’m going over…

Billy and I can mix it up in back row says Faletau

Taulupe Faletau insists he will have no qualms switching to flanker for the Lions if it means starting alongside his cousin and No.8 rival,…

Room 101: Isaac Green – Hull Ionians scrum-half

1. Slow walkers This kills me. There’s nothing worse than being stuck behind slow walkers in town, taking up the whole width of the…

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

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…

Sport UK

Joshua v Klitschko – who wins? Do the pundits agree? Who gets your vote?

Media playback is not supported on this device Joshua & Klitschko face off ahead of heavyweight boxing showdown So much hype, so much on the line, so…

Russian GP: Ferrari dominate final practice

Listen to qualifying for the Russian Grand Prix on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, BBC Sport website and mobile app Ferrari dominated final practice at the…

Joshua v Klitschko – who wins? Do the pundits agree?

Media playback is not supported on this device Joshua & Klitschko face off ahead of heavyweight boxing showdown So much hype, so much on the line, so…

‘If Klitschko is concentrating 100%, Joshua does not have a chance’

Media playback is not supported on this device Joshua & Klitschko face off ahead of heavyweight boxing showdown IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua believes he will take…

‘If Klitschko is concentrating 100%, Joshua does not have a chance’

Media playback is not supported on this device Joshua & Klitschko face off ahead of heavyweight boxing showdown IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua believes he will take…

Newcastle beat Cardiff to keep title hopes alive

Isaac Hayden’s second goal of the season sealed Newcastle United’s win at Cardiff City Newcastle United kept intact their slim hopes of winning the Championship title with…

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

Smartphone ‘orders’ body to treat diabetes

Image copyright J SHAO Scientists have used a smartphone to control the activity of the living cells inside an animal. The fusion of biology and technology was…

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.…

Smartphone ‘orders’ body to treat diabetes

Image copyright J SHAO Scientists have used a smartphone to control the activity of the living cells inside an animal. The fusion of biology and technology was…

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…