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Iran denies harassing U.S. warships in Gulf, warns of clashes

DUBAI Iran denied on Saturday U.S. accusations that its fast-attack boats were “harassing” warships at the mouth of the Gulf, and said Washington would be responsible for any…

U.S. confirms air strike in Mosul district where dozens were killed

MOSUL, Iraq The U.S military confirmed on Saturday that U.S. warplanes had hit an Islamic State-held area of the besieged Iraqi city of Mosul where residents and officials…

EU leaders renew fraying Union’s vows on 60th anniversary

ROME Europeans must contain their squabbling and carping about the EU if the Union is to survive, leaders warned on Saturday as they marked the 60th anniversary of…

France’s Macron ahead in polls, Fillon faces angry protesters

CAMBO-LES-BAINS/SAINT-DENIS-DE-LA-REUNION, France Francois Fillon’s aides used an umbrella to shield him from eggs thrown by protesters in south-west France on Saturday as the beleaguered conservative fell further behind…

Iraqi forces pause Mosul push over concern for civilian casualties

MOSUL, Iraq Iraqi government forces paused in their push to recapture western Mosul from Islamic State militants on Saturday because of the high rate of civilian casualties, a…

EU leaders renew fraying Union’s vows on 60th anniversary

ROME Europeans must contain their squabbling and carping about the EU if the Union is to survive, leaders warned on Saturday as they marked the 60th anniversary of…

Middle-aged London attacker was criminal who wasn’t seen as threat

BIRMINGHAM, England Before he killed four people in Britain’s deadliest attack since the 2005 London bombings, Khalid Masood was considered by intelligence officers to be a criminal who…

News

Hong Kong set to get new leader as anointed by Beijing

HONG KONG (AP) — A committee dominated by pro-Beijing elites is set to cast ballots…

Hong Kong choose new leader amid accusations of China meddling

By James Pomfret HONG KONG (Reuters) – A small electoral college chooses a new Hong…

Hong Kong choose new leader amid accusations of China meddling

By James Pomfret HONG KONG (Reuters) – A small electoral college chooses a new Hong…

French centre-right senators back Macron's presidential bid

PARIS (Reuters) – The frontrunner in France’s presidential election, Emmanuel Macron, received yet another boost…

Brazil tainted meat: Three key markets resume imports

Brazil won a major victory Saturday in the fight to restore credibility amid a tainted…

Uber suspends self-driving car program after Arizona crash

By Gina Cherelus (Reuters) – Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] suspended its pilot program for driverless…

US acknowledges its forces were behind airstrike on Mosul

BAGHDAD (AP) — An airstrike targeting Islamic State militants in the Iraqi city of Mosul…

Trump, after stinging defeat, promises a 'great' health plan

President Donald Trump sought Saturday to put a good face on his most stinging political…

Poles celebrate EU with march on bloc's 60th anniversary

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Thousands of Poles marched through Warsaw and other Polish cities Saturday,…

Trump vows 'great' plan to replace Obamacare

President Donald Trump on Saturday declared that Obamacare will fall apart and vowed to develop…

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Trump defiant after healthcare bill pulled before vote

Media captionIn his own words, Mr Trump explains his doomed effort to repeal Obamacare US President Donald Trump has suffered a major setback after his healthcare bill was…

US and UK laptop bans on some Middle East flights come into effect

US and UK laptop bans on some Middle East flights come into effect

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Kuwaiti activist Thamer Bourashed stows his laptop in hold baggage before boarding A ban on laptops and tablets in cabin baggage on flights…

Are DC’s girls really going missing?

Are DC’s girls really going missing?

Image copyright DC Police Department Image caption A recent missing person tweet from Metro Police Department’s twitter account The Washington, DC Metro Police Department’s Twitter feed suggests an…

Donald Trump’s US healthcare bill withdrawn

Media captionPaul Ryan: “I won’t sugar coat this. This is disappointing” US President Donald Trump has withdrawn his healthcare bill after it failed to gain enough support to…

Are DC’s girls really going missing?

Are DC’s girls really going missing?

Image copyright DC Police Department Image caption A recent missing person tweet from Metro Police Department’s twitter account The Washington, DC Metro Police Department’s Twitter feed suggests an…

Trump tastes failure as U.S. House healthcare bill collapses

WASHINGTON President Donald Trump suffered a stunning political setback on Friday in a Congress controlled by his own party when Republican leaders pulled legislation to overhaul the U.S.…

Donald Trump’s US healthcare bill withdrawn

Media captionPaul Ryan: “I won’t sugar coat this. This is disappointing” US President Donald Trump has withdrawn his healthcare bill after it failed to gain enough support to…

Are DC’s girls really going missing?

Are DC’s girls really going missing?

Image copyright DC Police Department Image caption A recent missing person tweet from Metro Police Department’s twitter account The Washington, DC Metro Police Department’s Twitter feed suggests an…

Donald Trump’s US healthcare bill withdrawn

Media captionPaul Ryan: “I won’t sugar coat this. This is disappointing” US President Donald Trump has withdrawn his healthcare bill after it failed to gain enough support to…

Politics

Douglas Carswell quitting UKIP to become independent MP for Clacton

Media captionDouglas Carswell: Why I won’t trigger a by-election UKIP’s Douglas Carswell is quitting the party to become an independent MP and says he is doing so…

Douglas Carswell quitting UKIP

Image copyright PA UKIP’s Douglas Carswell is quitting the party to become an independent MP for Clacton and says he is doing so “amicably”. Mr Carswell defected…

London attack: Parliament security under review

Image copyright PA Questions continue to be asked about whether Wednesday’s fatal terror attack in Parliament could have been prevented if more officers had been armed. Attention…

Fourth victim in Westminster attack named

Media captionThe police have appealed for people who knew Khalid Masood to come forward A 75-year-old man killed in the Westminster attack has been named by police…

Council elections attracted most voter fraud reports

Image copyright PA English council elections attracted the most electoral fraud reports last year, nearly twice as many as the EU referendum, UK police data shows. Of…

London attack: ‘Final’ photo of killed PC Keith Palmer emerges

Image copyright Staci Martin A “final” picture of PC Keith Palmer taken shortly before he was killed in the Westminster attack has emerged. The photo was taken…

All Sports

Exciting coaching opportunities at Kenilworth Rugby Club!

Kenilworth Rugby Club, a warm, welcoming and traditional club in South Warwickshire with a justified reputation for playing open, attractive and flowing rugby are…

Nick Cain – the RFU should call off their plan for autumn showdown

The England team rescued and brought back to rude health by Eddie Jones is in danger of being sold down the river next season.…

Jeff Probyn: Eddie’s lionhearts must now dispel the myth of supermen

As this year’s Six Nations finishes with more of a fizz than a bang, with everything decided last week, have we learned anything that…

Peter Jackson: Unthinkable demise of Stade Francais after Mad Max’s razzmatazz    

When Max Guazzini bowed out six years ago, Stade Francais had good reason to feel as safe as the Central European Bank. After all…

Worcester rejuvenated after Gold makeover

Gary Gold has revealed he discovered a Worcester squad training poorly and unprepared for the physical intensity of the Premiership when he was parachuted…

EXCLUSIVE: Rotherham to appoint Andy Key as head coach

By JON NEWCOMBE Rotherham Titans have wasted no time in lining up a successor to Justin Burnell with former Leeds boss Andy Key wanted…

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

Brendan Gallagher’s Team of the Six Nations

15. Stuart Hogg (Scotland): One of few modern players with genuine x-factor. A try scorer and provider. Rob Kearney was in decent nick. 14.…

Shane Williams: Sorry, France, but this was not in spirit of the game!

What an effort by Wales. What a sham by France! Some might call it cheating, others will say what happened with the substitution of…

Nick Cain: Europe’s finest being sold down the river

Welcome to Northern Hemisphere rugby’s endless road. An 11 month season which purports to be all things to all men, but actually gives the…

Premiership must take control of Championship

Nottingham chairman Alistair Bow fears Championship rugby will continue its downward spiral unless Premiership Rugby are handed control of the league. Amid a backdrop…

Academy duo sign new Harlequins contract

Harlequins academy players Sam Aspland-Robinson and Calum Waters have committed to the club. Both players will remain in the Harlequins Academy under their new…

Mauger sacked as O’Connor returns

Matt O’Connor is to return to Leicester Tigers as head coach with the Australian set to take over from Aaron Mauger next month. O’Connor…

Sport UK

Crolla beaten by Linares in WBA title rematch

Linares beat Crolla to take the WBA lightweight belt in September Anthony Crolla failed in his bid to regain the WBA lightweight title as Jorge Linares retained…

Wiggins will ‘shock people’ when he has his say on ‘mystery package’

Sir Dave Brailsford and Sir Bradley Wiggins at the Giro d’Italia in 2013 Sir Bradley Wiggins says he will “shock a few people” when he has his…

‘Hard-to-manage Hamilton more mature & reflective ahead of new season’

Coverage of the Australian Grand Prix is on BBC Radio 5 live and the BBC Sport website Lewis Hamilton has one main target this year – to…

‘He has shown great maturity’ – Southgate on captain Hart & England’s need to be flexible

Media playback is not supported on this device Southgate wants ‘flexible’ England team Gareth Southgate says England must have the “flexibility” to adapt against different opponents ahead…

Wiggins will ‘shock people’ when he has his say on ‘mystery package’

Sir Dave Brailsford and Sir Bradley Wiggins at the Giro d’Italia in 2013 Sir Bradley Wiggins says he will “shock a few people” when he has his…

‘Hard-to-manage Hamilton more mature & reflective ahead of new season’

Coverage of the Australian Grand Prix is on BBC Radio 5 live and the BBC Sport website Lewis Hamilton has one main target this year – to…

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

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…

British Indian Ocean Territory

The British Indian Ocean Territory is a UK Overseas Territory. It is administered from London and there is no British diplomatic or consular representation there. The British…

Algeria

We are aware of reports of an attack in Constantine, Algeria. You should avoid the area, remain vigilant and follow advice of local authorities. The Foreign and…

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…

Health

Night-time loo trips ‘linked to salt in diet’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Not again… People who wake at night with an urge to go to the loo may need to cut back on…

British scientists in world-first TB breakthrough

Media captionBritish scientists claim major advance in TB treatment British scientists have made a world-first breakthrough in the diagnosis of tuberculosis. Researchers in Oxford and Birmingham say…

Discovery enables ‘mass produced blood’

Image copyright Getty Images Scientists say they have made a significant leap towards mass-producing red blood cells suitable for donation. Red blood cells can already be made…

Major pancreatic cancer study launched

Image copyright SPL A new pancreatic cancer project has been launched to find ways to speed up scientific discovery to improve the survival rates of patients. Cancer…

Drug ‘reverses’ ageing in animal tests

Image copyright Getty Images A drug that can reverse aspects of ageing has been successfully trialled in animals, say scientists. They have rejuvenated old mice to restore…

Risky operation removes parasitic twin from baby

Media captionSurgeons explain the challenges of the complex operation to separate Dominique from her parasitic twin A baby girl whose twin failed to develop properly and fused…