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British PM May to fire starting gun on Brexit

LONDON Prime Minister Theresa May will file formal Brexit divorce papers on Wednesday, pitching the United Kingdom into the unknown and triggering years of uncertain negotiations that will…

French ex-PM Valls says will vote for Macron in election

PARIS Former French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said on Wednesday he would vote for Emmanuel Macron in the presidential election, the biggest Socialist party name to date to…

Exclusive: Malaysia inspects North Korean coal ship for possible U.N. sanctions breach

KUALA LUMPUR Malaysia briefly prevented a North Korean ship carrying coal from entering its port in Penang because of a suspected breach of United Nations sanctions, a port…

Syria deal to evacuate Shi’ites and Sunnis from towns: source, Observatory

BEIRUT The Shi’ite populations of two pro-Syrian government towns are to be evacuated in exchange for the evacuation of Sunni rebels and their families from two opposition-held towns…

U.S. sees probable role in Mosul blast, probe under way

MOSUL, Iraq/WASHINGTON The senior U.S. commander in Iraq acknowledged on Tuesday that the U.S.-led coalition probably had a role in an explosion in Mosul believed to have killed…

China calls for explanation after Paris police fatally shoot Chinese man

PARIS/BEIJING French police said on Tuesday they opened an inquiry after a Chinese man was shot dead by police at his Paris home, triggering rioting in the French…

Arab leaders seek common ground at summit on Palestinian state

Dead Sea, JORDAN Divided Arab leaders arriving in Jordan for a summit on Wednesday are seeking common ground to reaffirm their commitment to a Palestinian state, a longstanding…

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AP Top Extended Financial Headlines at 6:09 a.m. EDT

Britain is set to formally file for divorce from the European Union, ending a 44-year…

The Latest: Malta: UK must be left worse off after Brexit

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 11:05 a.m. The European Union…

The Latest: Jordan says no peace without Palestinian state

DEAD SEA, Jordan (AP) — The Latest on the Arab summit being held in Jordan…

A scramble at Cisco exposes uncomfortable truths about U.S. cyber defense

By Joseph Menn SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – When WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange disclosed earlier this…

UK set to file for EU divorce, triggering 2 years to Brexit

LONDON (AP) — Britain is set to formally file for divorce from the European Union,…

AP Top Extended Financial Headlines at 2:05 a.m. EDT

Britain is set to formally file for divorce from the European Union, ending a 44-year…

BP to sell more refineries and sharpen focus on retail outlets

By Ron Bousso and Dmitry Zhdannikov LONDON (Reuters) – BP plans to sell more refineries…

Wizards beat Lakers 119-108 to clinch division title

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Water pooled on a table in the middle of the noisy…

UK PM signs letter that will trigger Brexit

UK PM signs letter that will trigger Brexit

Image copyright PA Image caption Theresa May signs the letter to the EU confirming the…

As time dwindles, another 'bathroom bill' fix effort fizzles

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Efforts among North Carolina leaders to take the state’s “bathroom bill”…

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California immigration forum highlights state’s red-blue divide

SACRAMENTO, Calif. Supporters and critics of President Donald Trump’s deportation policy packed a gymnasium in California’s heartland on Tuesday, trading jeers and ridicule during a raucous town hall…

Police union warns Trump ‘sanctuary city’ cuts could risk safety

WASHINGTON Leaders of the largest police union in the United States have warned President Donald Trump that he could endanger public safety if he follows through with cuts…

Trump tells lawmakers he expects deal ‘very quickly’ on healthcare

WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump told a group of senators on Tuesday that he expected lawmakers would be able to reach a deal on healthcare, without offering specifics…

California immigration forum highlights state’s red-blue divide

SACRAMENTO, Calif. Supporters and critics of President Donald Trump’s deportation policy packed a gymnasium in California’s heartland on Tuesday, trading jeers and ridicule during a raucous town hall…

Police union warns Trump ‘sanctuary city’ cuts could risk safety

WASHINGTON Leaders of the largest police union in the United States have warned President Donald Trump that he could endanger public safety if he follows through with cuts…

Trump tells lawmakers he expects deal ‘very quickly’ on healthcare

WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump told a group of senators on Tuesday that he expected lawmakers would be able to reach a deal on healthcare, without offering specifics…

Three storm chasers killed in car crash in northwest Texas: media

Three storm chasers were killed on Tuesday in a car wreck in northwest Texas as an intense tornado-packed storm front rolled through the state, local media reported. Weather…

California immigration town hall highlights state’s red-blue divide

SACRAMENTO, Calif. Supporters and critics of President Donald Trump’s tough stance on illegal immigration packed a gymnasium in California’s heartland on Tuesday for a boisterous town hall meeting…

Police union warns Trump ‘sanctuary city’ cuts could risk safety

WASHINGTON Leaders of the largest police union in the United States have warned President Donald Trump that he could endanger public safety if he follows through with cuts…

Politics

Article 50: May signs letter that will trigger Brexit

Image copyright PA Image caption Theresa May signs the letter to the EU confirming the UK’s departure Theresa May has signed the letter that will formally begin…

Scottish Parliament backs referendum call

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Ms Sturgeon will outline next month how she will respond if the UK government continues to block a referendum Nicola Sturgeon’s…

Stormont talks: Westminster to ‘consider all options’ after Easter

Media captionJames Brokenshire said he intends to bring legislation on Northern Ireland to Westminster after the Easter recess The UK government will “consider all options” after Easter,…

Brexit: Theresa May eyes ‘special partnership’ with EU

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The prime minister says the UK wants to remain friends and partners with the EU Theresa May has said the UK is…

Unions criticise 1% pay rise for public sector workers

Image copyright Science Photo Library Unions say millions of public sector workers are being “taken for granted” after being given a 1% pay rise. NHS staff, doctors,…

Stormont talks: Westminster to ‘consider all options’ after Easter

Media captionJames Brokenshire said he intends to bring legislation on Northern Ireland to Westminster after the Easter recess The UK government will “consider all options” after Easter,…

All Sports

20 Questions: Steve Boden – Yorkshire Carnegie coach

How has your week been up in Leeds? We had a good training with a lot of players coming back to fitness which is…

Jeremy Guscott: O’Mahony had a hunger England never showed

There are as many questions after the Six Nations as there were before it in terms of selection for the 2017 Lions. England retained…

Solomona eligible for England and the Lions

Sale Sharks flying winger Denny Solomona is now eligible to play for England after receiving notification from the RFU. Being English-qualified also puts the…

Twickenham rout ‘will cost Scots their Lions places’

Former Scotland lock Jim Hamilton fears his countrymen’s 62-21 Six Nations thrashing by England has dashed any hope of significant Lions representation this summer.…

Heem banned for two weeks for challenge on Le Roux

Bryce Heem has received a two-week ban for his challenge in the air on Willie le Roux on Sunday. The Worcester wing took out…

REVEALED: Champions Cup semi-final venues

BT Murrayfield in Edinburgh, Dublin’s Aviva Stadium and Franklin’s Gardens in Northampton, as well as three French stadiums – the Allianz Riviera Stadium in…

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

Lions ban clubs from using their branding

The Lions are not making friends among the broader rugby community as their commercial team prevent other clubs from ‘unofficial’ use of the Lions…

Bath sign Welsh fly-half

Bath have secured the signing of fly-half Josh Lewis from Ebbw Vale ahead of next season. The 25-year-old’s form in Ebbw Vale’s 2013 SWALEC…

My Life in Rugby: Scott Hamilton – former All Blacks and Leicetser wing

The main reason I made the All Blacks team in 2006 was because I was in such a great Crusaders team. The Blues and…

Dream Team: Topsy Ojo – London Irish wing

1. Clarke Dermody – It can’t be bad when your prop has hands like a centre as well as being able to scrummage. He…

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.…

Sport UK

Kante’s journey from small & humble boy to being one of the world’s best midfielders

N’Golo Kante’s route to the top has not been easy or straightforward, but he has always had a quiet and steely determination Listen to Creating N’Golo Kante…

Controversial cross-code Sale wing Solomona commits to England

Denny Solomona scored 42 tries for Castleford in 2016 before he joined Sale Sale Sharks winger Denny Solomona has declared himself available for England after completing his…

Merthyr rugby players ‘burnt by Pontypridd 3G pitch’

Image copyright Lee Jarvis A Welsh rugby coach has posted photographs on social media of burns his players received playing on an artificial pitch. Merthyr RFC coach…

Swiss skier claims world first quad cork 1800

Andri Ragettli completed five rotations while dipping his head under his body four times. He was reported to have covered 35 metres over the Suzuki Nine Royals…

Two wrongs made right – video ref contributes to Spain win

German referee Felix Zwayer disallowed a France goal, and awarded one for Spain, after consulting with a video assistant referee Video technology was used to correct two…

Iceland beat Republic in Dublin friendly

Robbie Brady captained the Republic in Seamus Coleman’s absence The Republic of Ireland’s 15-game unbeaten run at the Aviva Stadium ended as their under-strength side were beaten…

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

Meningitis outbreak kills at least 140 in Nigeria

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Vaccination can prevent meningitis An outbreak of meningitis in several states of Nigeria has killed at least 140 people, officials say.…

Measles outbreak across Europe

Image copyright SPL Measles is spreading across Europe wherever immunisation coverage has dropped, the World Health Organization is warning. The largest outbreaks are being seen in Italy…

How Tetris therapy could help patients

Image copyright Getty Images Tetris is a relatively basic yet compelling video game. The aim is to line up falling blocks so they fit together in horizontal…

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…

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…

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…