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Senate slaps new sanctions on Russia; Putin vows retaliation

Senate slaps new sanctions on Russia; Putin vows retaliation

WASHINGTON/SAVONLINNA, Finland (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate voted nearly unanimously on Thursday to slap new sanctions on Russia despite President Donald Trump’s objections to the legislation, which has…

U.S. says Iran rocket test breaches U.N. resolution

DUBAI/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Iran successfully tested a rocket that can deliver satellites into orbit, state television reported on Thursday, an action the United States said breaches a U.N.…

Clashes kill five as Venezuelans protest vote for new congress

CARACAS/BARINAS, Venezuela (Reuters) – Clashes between Venezuelan security forces and demonstrators have killed five people during the latest opposition-led strike to protest against an election on Sunday critics…

Thousands of worshippers surge into Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque, 113 injured

Thousands of worshippers surge into Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque, 113 injured

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Thousands of Muslim worshippers surged into Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque on Thursday and at least 113 were hurt in scuffles with police after Israel lifted security…

Trump could seek ‘tougher’ Russia sanctions: White House aide

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump could veto pending legislation that would slap new sanctions on Russia in order to push for a tougher deal than the…

Exclusive: Russia used Facebook to try to spy on Macron campaign – sources

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Russian intelligence agents attempted to spy on President Emmanuel Macron’s election campaign earlier this year by creating phony Facebook personas, according to a U.S.…

Putin signs Syria base deal, cementing Russia’s presence there for half a century

MOSCOW (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin has signed a law ratifying a deal with the Syrian government allowing Russia to keep its air base in Syria for almost…

News

Russia sanctions: Trump’s hand forced by Senate vote

Russia sanctions: Trump’s hand forced by Senate vote

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption President Trump has said he wants to mend relations…

Venezuela crisis: Bans on protests that ‘disturb’ election

Venezuela crisis: Bans on protests that ‘disturb’ election

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The government is outlawing protests from this Friday until Tuesday…

Scaramucci in vulgar tirade against White House colleague Priebus

Scaramucci in vulgar tirade against White House colleague Priebus

Media captionEmily Maitlis talks Trump, Russia… and chicken with Anthony Scaramucci The new communications director…

Boy Scouts apologise for Trump’s speech

Boy Scouts apologise for Trump’s speech

Media captionDonald Trump delivered a speech to remember to the Boy Scouts of America The…

No US transgender policy change ‘for now’

No US transgender policy change ‘for now’

Media captionRiley Dosh wanted to defend her country and the rights of those who disagree…

Venezuela crisis: Bans on protests that ‘disturb’ election

Venezuela crisis: Bans on protests that ‘disturb’ election

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The government is outlawing protests from this Friday until Tuesday…

Boy Scouts apologise for Trump’s speech

Boy Scouts apologise for Trump’s speech

Media captionDonald Trump delivered a speech to remember to the Boy Scouts of America The…

Yemen conflict: A nation’s agony as cholera and hunger spread

Yemen conflict: A nation’s agony as cholera and hunger spread

Image caption Ahmad weighs half what he should at 10 months old – acute malnutrition…

Transgender ban: No policy change for now, says top general

Transgender ban: No policy change for now, says top general

Media captionRiley Dosh wanted to defend her country and the rights of those who disagree…

Palestinians return to holy site after Israel security reversal

Palestinians return to holy site after Israel security reversal

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Muslims celebrated as they re-entered the site Palestinians have returned…

US News

Boy Scouts of America apologizes for Trump’s ‘political rhetoric’

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The head of the Boy Scouts of America apologized to members of the youth organization on Thursday for the “political rhetoric that was inserted”…

Russia sanctions: Trump’s hand forced by Senate vote

Russia sanctions: Trump’s hand forced by Senate vote

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption President Trump has said he wants to mend relations with Russia The United States Senate has voted 98-2 to impose new sanctions…

Sessions says Trump criticism ‘hurtful’

Sessions says Trump criticism ‘hurtful’

Image copyright Reuters US Attorney General Jeff Sessions has said Donald Trump’s recent criticism of him is “hurtful”, but that the president is a “strong leader”. Mr Trump…

Boy Scouts of America apologizes for Trump’s ‘political rhetoric’

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The head of the Boy Scouts of America apologized to members of the youth organization on Thursday for the “political rhetoric that was inserted”…

Top U.S. general says no changes yet to transgender policy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States’ top general told the military on Thursday there had been no change yet to Pentagon policy on transgender personnel, after President Donald…

New York Governor Cuomo calls on private sector to help fix subways

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Thursday called on the private sector to help improve New York City’s aging subway system, saying business and…

U.S. Justice Department says anti-bias law does not protect gay workers

(Reuters) – The Trump administration told a U.S. appeals court that federal law does not ban discrimination against gay employees, a sharp reversal of the position former President…

California deputy attorney general charged with child porn

(Reuters) – A California deputy attorney general has been charged with possessing child pornography at his San Diego County home following a months-long investigation, according to court records…

Trump’s transgender military ban ‘not worked out yet’

Trump’s transgender military ban ‘not worked out yet’

Media captionRiley Dosh wanted to defend her country and the rights of those who disagree with her The White House has not yet decided how it will implement…

Politics

Brexit: UK-EU freedom of movement ‘to end in March 2019’

Media captionAmber Rudd on ‘implementation phase’ Free movement of people between the EU and UK will end in March 2019, UK government ministers have said. From that…

Brexit: UK-EU freedom of movement ‘to end in March 2019’

Media captionAmber Rudd on ‘implementation phase’ Free movement of people between the EU and UK will end in March 2019, UK government ministers have said. From that…

Brexit: UK-EU freedom of movement ‘to end in March 2019’

Media captionAmber Rudd on ‘implementation phase’ Free movement of people between the EU and UK will end in March 2019, UK government ministers have said. From that…

Brexit: David Davis plays down trade talks delay claims

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Brexit Secretary David Davis urges both sides to demonstrate a flexible approach Brexit Secretary David Davis is confident negotiations will continue as…

Green backlash against ‘progressive alliance’

Image copyright PA Left-leaning parties worked together to cut Theresa May’s majority at the general election – was it a one-off or is the “progressive alliance” here…

Patrick O’Flynn quits UKIP front bench over party’s direction

Image caption Patrick O’Flynn was a political journalist on the Daily Express A leading member of UKIP has resigned from the party’s front bench for the second…

All Sports

Jeff Probyn: Baa-baas ‘Test’ would solve the Lions tour conundrum

Sometimes you have to ask why people ask questions when something has already been decided upon and accepted by all. I had a meeting…

Shane Williams: Leigh needs future sorted double fast

I really feel for Leigh Halfpenny. What a situation he’s in. To be without a club at this stage isn’t ideal at all with…

Gary Gold: Boks reborn with Venter working for the defence

The fact that the All Blacks drew the three-match series with the British and Irish Lions would have been of concern to them. Hence…

Why Peter Stringer is rugby’s answer to Roger Federer

Gary Gold says Irish scrum-half Peter Stringer is rugby’s equivalent to Wimbledon champ Roger Federer – inspirational proof that age is no barrier to…

Longbottom returns to Saracens with unfinished business

Returning Saracens prop Kieran Longbottom insists his England ambitions remain alive after fully recovering from a foot injury that was so severe he doubted…

Super Rugby lock on his way to Premiership champions

Premiership champions Exeter Chiefs have bolstered their squad ahead of the new season with the acquisition of South African lock Wilhelm van der Sluys.…

All Sports

Jeremy Guscott: Liam’s electric but he must sharpen focus at Saracens

Liam Williams’ move to Saracens from the Scarlets is one of this summer’s biggest transfers, and one of the big talking points is what…

Nick Cain: Without doubt, Ford’s found fresh gears since Bath exit

Welcome to the new, improved, Ford. In this case, however, the model is called George rather than describing the latest product off the car…

Peter Jackson: How Leigh Halfpenny went from hero to zero offers in less than six months

Six months ago Leigh Halfpenny found himself under a veritable bombardment of offers on an ever-escalating scale over his next move. They came raining…

Saili eyes silverware after turning his back on All Blacks

Gifted centre Francis Saili believes his unique brand of passing skills, embellished by gainline-busting, off-loading qualities reminiscent of Sonny Bill Williams can help fire…

Lydon plots route to Ireland, via Ealing

Peter Lydon still dreams of playing Test rugby for Ireland and he believes switching from London Scottish to Ealing Trailfinders will help him in…

Bath and Canterbury to donate £10,000 worth of kit to local clubs

Bath and Canterbury are donating up to £10,000 to 10 grassroots clubs in the Somerset, Dorset and Wiltshire area throughout the 2017-18 season. Grassroots…

Sport UK

England win to set up France quarter-final at Euro 2017

England will next play France, a team they have not beaten since 1974 and their conquerors in the past three major tournaments England will face France in…

Cook defies South Africa on rain-shortened day

Media playback is not supported on this device Root out after De Kock takes ‘unbelievable’ catch Alastair Cook’s battling 82 held England together on a rain-affected first…

Pressure led me to self-harm – ex-Olympic bobsleigher

Media playback is not supported on this device Intense pressure led me to self-harm, says ex-bobsleigher Wilson A British Winter Olympic athlete has told how she self-harmed…

World Swimming Championships: Litchfield, Scott & Davies miss out on medals

Max Litchfield (far right) missed out on a podium finish in the 200m individual medley Three British swimmers missed out on medals by a combined 1.04 seconds…

Yarmouth: Winner Mandarin Princess was actually stablemate Millie’s Kiss

The result officially stands for betting purposes, but some bookmakers will pay out on the horses finishing first and second. British horse racing’s governing body is to…

BBC to broadcast US PGA golf live across TV, radio and online

American Jimmy Walker won his first major with a one-shot victory at the 2016 US PGA Championship BBC Sport will broadcast live coverage of the US PGA…

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

Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea held elections in late June and early July 2017. Votes are being counted and there’s an increased chance of civil unrest around the country…

Bahrain

The Bahrain authorities have announced the suspension of diplomatic relations with Qatar. All air and sea points of entry between Bahrain and Qatar will be closed in…

Jordan

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all but essential travel to within 3km of the entire Syrian border, and to within 6km of the Syrian…

Malta

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…

India

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel in the immediate vicinity of the border with Pakistan, other than at Wagah. The FCO advise against…

Greece

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

Should you finish a course of antibiotics?

Image copyright Getty Images It is time to reconsider the widespread advice that people should always complete an entire course of antibiotics, experts in the BMJ say.…

Sperm count drop ‘could make humans extinct’

Image copyright JUERGEN BERGER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY Humans could become extinct if sperm counts in men continue to fall at current rates, a doctor has warned. Researchers assessing…

Charlie Gard parents hold private talks about his end of life care

Image copyright Featureworld Image caption A specialist doctor has volunteered to give Charlie end of life care in a hospice The parents of terminally-ill Charlie Gard have…

Antibody helps keep man’s HIV at bay for 10 months

Image copyright Science Photo Library An experimental therapy has held back one man’s HIV infection for 10 months, doctors have reported. He was one of 18 people…

Antibody helps keep man’s HIV at bay for 10 months

Image copyright Science Photo Library An experimental therapy has held back one man’s HIV infection for 10 months, doctors have reported. He was one of 18 people…

Sperm count drop ‘could make humans extinct’

Image copyright JUERGEN BERGER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY Humans could become extinct if sperm counts in men continue to fall at current rates, a doctor has warned. Researchers assessing…