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As U.S. goes quiet on close naval patrols, China speaks out

HONG KONG/BEIJING (Reuters) – While the Pentagon plays down patrols close to Chinese-controlled reefs and islands in the South China Sea, Beijing is sounding the alarm about them,…

U.S., EU discordant notes on Jerusalem underline Mideast policy rift

JERUSALEM/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – In a fresh display of Western discord over Middle East peace efforts, the United States said on Monday its Israel embassy would move to Jerusalem…

Contrite pope apologises for sexual abuse comments that ‘wounded many’

Contrite pope apologises for sexual abuse comments that ‘wounded many’

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (Reuters) – Pope Francis, in an extremely rare act of self-criticism, apologised to victims of clerical sex abuse on Sunday, acknowledging he had “wounded…

South Korea’s Moon hopes inter-Korean thaw ‘opens door’ for nuclear talks with U.S.

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Monday a thaw in relations between the two Koreas ahead of next month’s Winter Olympics presented a “precious…

Turkey expects swift campaign against U.S.-backed Kurds in Syria

Turkey expects swift campaign against U.S.-backed Kurds in Syria

HASSA, Turkey (Reuters) – Turkey shelled targets in northwest Syria on Monday and said it would swiftly crush the U.S.-backed Kurdish YPG fighters who control the Afrin region…

Abbas wins EU backing for Palestinian capital in East Jerusalem

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union assured President Mahmoud Abbas it supported his ambition to have East Jerusalem as capital of a Palestinian state, in the bloc’s latest…

South Korea’s Moon hopes inter-Korean thaw ‘opens door’ for nuclear talks with U.S.

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Monday a thaw in relations between the two Koreas ahead of next month’s Winter Olympics presented a “precious…

News

US slaps ‘America First’ tariffs on washing machines and solar panels

US slaps ‘America First’ tariffs on washing machines and solar panels

Image copyright AFP Image caption China and South Korea reacted angrily to the move The…

Avalanche kills one in Japan ski resort after volcanic eruption

Avalanche kills one in Japan ski resort after volcanic eruption

Media captionA cloud of ash could be seen moving across the valley A Japanese soldier…

Trumpet legend Hugh Masekela dies

Trumpet legend Hugh Masekela dies

Image caption Masekela was given his first trumpet at the age of 14 Legendary jazz…

Alaska quake prompts tsunami alert

Alaska quake prompts tsunami alert

A tsunami alert has been issued after an 8.0-strength earthquake was recorded off the southern…

US shutdown ends as Congress passes bill

US shutdown ends as Congress passes bill

Media captionWhite House and Chuck Schumer trade barbs over shutdown The US government partial shutdown…

US shutdown to end as Senate strikes deal

US shutdown to end as Senate strikes deal

Media captionSenator Schumer: ‘Trump the deal maker sat on the sidelines’ The US government partial…

Pope Francis sorry for upsetting abuse victims

Pope Francis sorry for upsetting abuse victims

Image copyright EPA Image caption The Pope made the apology while flying back to Rome…

Amazon opens no-checkout supermarket

Amazon opens no-checkout supermarket

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Customers enter the store by scanning the Amazon Go app…

US announces new cargo screening for some Middle East flights

US announces new cargo screening for some Middle East flights

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Emirates – flying from Dubai – is just one…

Syria: Turkish ground troops enter Afrin enclave

Syria: Turkish ground troops enter Afrin enclave

Image copyright AFP Image caption Turkish tanks rolled across the border into Syria on Sunday…

US News

Government shutdown fizzles on spending, immigration deal in Congress

Government shutdown fizzles on spending, immigration deal in Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Congress voted on Monday to end a three-day U.S. government shutdown, approving another short-term funding bill as Democrats accepted promises from Republicans for a broad…

U.S. government shutdown fizzles out as Senate deal struck

U.S. government shutdown fizzles out as Senate deal struck

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. senators struck a deal on Monday to lift a three-day government shutdown as Democrats agreed to end the standoff in exchange for President Donald…

Pennsylvania court orders new congressional map due to gerrymandering

(Reuters) – Pennsylvania’s top court on Monday threw out the state’s congressional map, ruling that Republican legislators unlawfully sought partisan advantage, and gave them three weeks to rework…

Body broker who sold diseased remains is convicted of fraud

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Detroit businessman who sold and leased donated body parts for two decades was convicted Monday of defrauding medical customers by selling them diseased human…

Five missing after Oklahoma oil and gas drilling site explosion

HOUSTON (Reuters) – Five workers were missing after a fiery explosion on Monday at an oil and gas drilling site in eastern Oklahoma, officials said. The fire continued…

Shutdown to end as Congress makes deal

Shutdown to end as Congress makes deal

Media captionWhite House and Chuck Schumer trade barbs over shutdown The US government partial shutdown is set to end after Senate Republicans and Democrats voted to approve a…

Larry Nassar: USA Gymnastics’ executive leadership resigns over abuse scandal

Larry Nassar: USA Gymnastics’ executive leadership resigns over abuse scandal

Olympic champion Aly Raisman was one of those who addressed the court at Nassar’s sentencing hearing The executive leadership of USA Gymnastics’ board of directors has resigned. It…

How US ‘get out of jail free’ cards work

How US ‘get out of jail free’ cards work

Image copyright NY Post Image caption The “Get Out of Jail Free” card issued by the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, a police union New York police are reportedly unhappy…

Lesbian couple sues for son’s US citizenship

Lesbian couple sues for son’s US citizenship

Image copyright Allison Hinman Photography Image caption Allison Blixt (R) and Stefania Zaccarri(L) with their sons, Lucas and Massi A same-sex couple is suing the US government alleging…

Australian News

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Politics

Boris Johnson to push for more cash for NHS

Image copyright PA Boris Johnson is expected to push for an extra £100m a week for the NHS in England at a cabinet meeting on Tuesday, the…

Defiant UKIP leader Henry Bolton aims to ‘drain the swamp’

Media captionHenry Bolton says he will not be quitting as UKIP leader, adding: “It is time to drain the swamp”. Henry Bolton has insisted he will not…

Lord Lawson: Civil servants want to ‘frustrate Brexit’

Image caption Lord Lawson of Blaby served as chancellor between 1983-89 Civil servants will “do their best to frustrate” Brexit, Lord Lawson has said in an interview…

Labour faces possible equality probe over BAME discount

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Jeremy Corbyn visited the East Midlands during last year’s election Equality watchdogs are looking at whether Labour broke the law by…

Defiant UKIP leader Henry Bolton aims to ‘drain the swamp’

Media captionHenry Bolton says he will not be quitting as UKIP leader, adding: “It is time to drain the swamp”. Henry Bolton has insisted he will not…

Army chief calls for investment to keep up with Russia

Image copyright MOD / Crown Copyright Image caption General Sir Nick Carter Britain’s armed forces risk falling behind Russia without more investment, the head of the Army…

All Sports

Ben Youngs pens new Leicester Tigers deal

(Photo: Getty Images) By Adam Ellis Leicester Tigers scrum-half Ben Youngs has signed a new deal to stay at Welford Road. The England international…

Gaffney challenges Northampton Saints to earn European cup spot

(Photo: Getty Images) By Neale Harvey REJUVENATED Northampton are targeting a top six finish after last week’s narrow victory over Gloucester. Alan Gaffney, right,…

Guscott column: Blackadder must beef up front five

By Jeremy Guscott TODD Blackadder has some big questions to answer at Bath after their stuttering performance against Scarlets compounded their recent inconsistency and…

Watch out Robshaw, Michael Rhodes is ‘best blindside in England’ says Saracens coach

By Neale Harvey Uncompromising flanker Michael Rhodes poses a huge threat to Chris Robshaw’s chances of making it to a third World Cup according…

Rugby Matters: Hartpury production line set for more Test success

By Brendan Gallagher In years gone by Loughborough College and St Luke’s of old have been the great ‘redbrick’ student rugby breeding grounds along…

‘Sort out season to end injury mayhem’ says Bath coach Toby Booth

(Photo: Getty Images) By Neale Harvey Bath coach Toby Booth has urged Premiership Rugby to come clean over season structure changes amid an injury…

All Sports

Is this the end of Rugby Union in Australia?

With the recent news that Rugby Australia struck a deal to guarantee the same base pay for men and women’s sevens and Super Rugby starters, things…

Eddie Jones signs contract extension as England head coach

(Photo: Getty Images) By Adam Ellis The RFU have signed Eddie Jones to a contract extension which will see the Australian continue as head…

Senior Munster stars show public support for team-mate who served steroid doping ban

(Photo: Getty Images) By Adam Ellis Peter O’Mahony and Conor Murray have echoed coach Johann van Graan by saying Munster team-mate Gerbrandt Grobler should…

Barclay continues as Scotland captain despite Laidlaw’s inclusion for Six Nations

(Photo: Getty Images) By Adam Ellis John Barclay will lead Scotland through their Six Nations campaign after Gregor Townsend replaced Greig Laidlaw as captain.…

Gatland hands Worcester wing Josh Adams Six Nations call-up

(Photo: Getty Images) By Adam Ellis Warren Gatland has named his Wales squad for the Six Nations and has included two uncapped players in…

FREE Rugby Turf Workshop next month!

A free to attend workshop on Rugby Turf is taking place at Royal Holloway University of London Sports Centre on 8 February 2018. Insightful…

Sport UK

Stokes will not join England squad before court date

Stokes has not featured for England since September’s win over the West Indies All-rounder Ben Stokes says he will delay his departure to join the England squad…

Sanchez joins Man Utd from Arsenal in swap deal with Mkhitaryan

Henrikh Mkhitaryan joins Arsenal, with Alexis Sanchez moving in the opposite direction Manchester United have signed Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal, in a swap deal with midfielder Henrikh…

Northern Ireland boss O’Neill turns down Scotland manager job

Michael O’Neill was at Sunday’s Scottish Cup meeting of Hearts and one of his former clubs, Hibernian Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill has turned down the chance…

Tributes after ‘national hero’ Armfield dies aged 82

Jimmy Armfield played 43 times for England, 15 as captain Former England captain Jimmy Armfield has been described as “a national hero”, after his death aged 82.…

I expected reception like Ennis at Sochi Games – Yarnold

Lizzy Yarnold took gold in Sochi in 2014 with a winning margin of 0.97 seconds When Lizzy Yarnold stepped on to the ice for her first skeleton…

Northern Ireland boss O’Neill turns down Scotland manager job

Michael O’Neill was at Sunday’s Scottish Cup meeting of Hearts and one of his former clubs, Hibernian Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill has turned down the chance…

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

Réunion

Réunion is a French Overseas Territory. There is no formal British diplomatic representation on the island. If you need consular assistance you should contact the British Embassy…

Mauritius

Tropical Cyclone Berguitta is forecast to bring hazardous sea and weather conditions to Mauritius from around 17 January 2018. You should monitor the progress of approaching storms…

El Salvador

On Friday 8 September 2017 there was an earthquake of magnitude 8.2 off the coast of Chiapas, Mexico. If you’re in the area, you should follow the…

South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands is a British Overseas Territory. There is no formal British diplomatic representation. The Office of the Commissioner of South Georgia…

Timor-Leste

Parliamentary elections were held in East Timor on 22 July 2017. Localised violence associated with campaign rallies has occurred in Dili. Further violence is possible. You should…

Djibouti

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to the border with Eritrea. See Local travel Terrorists are likely to try to carry out attacks…

Health

Embarrassment makes women avoid smear tests, charity says

Image copyright Lauren Bennie Image caption Lauren Bennie said she put off having her smear test until the age of 30 Young women are avoiding getting smear…

Brazil declares yellow fever emergency in Minas Gerais

Image copyright EPA Image caption Vaccination programmes are being rolled out across southern Brazil to deal with the outbreak. Brazil’s south-eastern state of Minas Gerais has declared…

Chemistry ‘Van Gogh’ could help with cancer

Image copyright ICR Image caption RNA polymerase III surrounding DNA “Incredible” images of DNA in action have been captured by scientists who will use them to design…

Angelina Jolie gene testing for all?

Image copyright Getty Images Testing all women for the “Angelina Jolie gene”, even if not considered at risk, would prevent cancers, save lives and is cost effective,…

Employers urged to ‘normalise’ menopause in the workplace

Media captionWhat’s the menopause really like? Employers need to do more to “normalise conversations” about the menopause in the workplace, say experts. The comments came after a…

Man ruptures throat by stifling a sneeze

Image copyright Getty Images Stifling a sneeze by clamping your nose and mouth shut can cause serious physical damage, doctors are warning. Medics in Leicester treated a…