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Britain to leave EU market as May sets ‘hard Brexit’ course

LONDON Britain will quit the EU single market when it leaves the European Union, Prime Minister Theresa May said on Tuesday in a decisive speech that set a…

Britain to leave EU single market as May sets course for ‘hard Brexit’

LONDON Britain will quit the EU single market when it leaves the European Union, Prime Minister Theresa May said on Tuesday, in a decisive speech that set a…

Britain will leave EU single market as May sets aim for ‘hard Brexit’

LONDON Britain will quit the European Union’s single market when it exits the bloc, Prime Minister Theresa May said on Tuesday, in a decisive speech that quashed speculation…

Russia says ready to talk to Trump about nuclear arms, Syria

MOSCOW Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday that Moscow was ready to talk to U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s new administration about nuclear weapons and Syria, saying…

Turkey says captures nightclub attacker who acted for Islamic State

ISTANBUL Turkish authorities have captured the gunman who killed 39 people in an Istanbul nightclub on New Year’s Day, an Uzbek national they said was trained in Afghanistan…

Bomb blast in Baghdad kills at least seven: police and medical sources

BAGHDAD A car bomb blast in southern Baghdad killed at least seven people and wounded 20 on Tuesday, police and medical sources said. The explosion hit the mostly…

Turkey says New Year’s nightclub attacker captured in Istanbul

ISTANBUL Turkish police have captured the gunman who killed 39 people in an Istanbul nightclub on New Year’s Day at a hideout in an outlying suburb of the…

News

HP Enterprise to buy cloud software company SimpliVity

(Reuters) – Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co (HPE.N) said on Tuesday it would buy privately held…

Obama cuts short Chelsea Manning’s prison sentence

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is commuting the prison sentence of Chelsea Manning, the…

Interior nominee Zinke disputes Trump on climate change

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump’s choice to head the Interior Department on Tuesday rejected the…

Obama commutes sentence of WikiLeaks source Chelsea Manning

US President Barack Obama commuted the sentence of Chelsea Manning, who is serving 35 years…

Trump to take office with dismal ratings — except on jobs

Donald Trump is poised to take office with the lowest approval ratings of any new…

The Latest: Top Senate Democrat has concerns about DeVos

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Congress (all times EST): 12:35 p.m. The top Democrat…

Putin says he doubts Trump met with Moscow prostitutes

By Denis Dyomkin MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday he doubted…

Two weeks into 2017, Mediterranean migrant deaths rise on last year

GENEVA (Reuters) – At least 219 migrants and refugees are believed to have drowned in…

Morgan Stanley’s profit doubles on bond-trading surge

By Olivia Oran and Sruthi Shankar (Reuters) – Wall Street bank Morgan Stanley’s profit doubled…

Ivory Coast gendarmes fire into the air in several cities

ABIDJAN (Reuters) – Gendarmes fired shots into the air inside their camps in the Ivory…

US News

Obama shows clemency to Manning, intelligence analyst behind leaks

WASHINGTON In one of his final acts before leaving office, President Barack Obama on Tuesday commuted the prison sentence of Chelsea Manning, the former U.S. military intelligence analyst…

Florida airport shooting suspect inspired by Islamic State: media

An Iraq war veteran accused of killing five people at a Florida airport told investigators he was inspired by Islamic State and previously chatted online with Islamist extremists,…

Obama commutes 209 prison sentences, issues 64 pardons

WASHINGTON President Barack Obama shortened the sentences of 209 prisoners and pardoned 64 individuals on Tuesday, the White House said. With his term in office set to end…

N.Y. designer charged with ex-U.N. chief’s relatives pleads not guilty

NEW YORK A New York fashion designer who calls himself the “curator of cool” pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to charges stemming from a U.S. bribery case that…

Obama commutes Chelsea Manning sentence

Obama commutes Chelsea Manning sentence

Image copyright AP Image caption Manning declared her new identity the day after sentencing President Barack Obama has commuted Chelsea Manning’s sentence for leaking documents to Wikileaks in…

Trump inauguration boycott escalates

Trump inauguration boycott escalates

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption More than 50 House Democrats are refusing to attend Friday’s inauguration ceremony A rising number of Democratic lawmakers have said they plan…

Pulse nightclub shooting: Wife of gunman ‘knew of attack’

Pulse nightclub shooting: Wife of gunman ‘knew of attack’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Salman told investigators that her husband was radicalised in the year leading up to the attack The widow of the man who killed…

Trump sued for defamation by former Apprentice Summer Zervos

Media captionSex accuser sues Trump for defamation A former Apprentice contestant who accuses US President-elect Donald Trump of sexual assault has filed a defamation lawsuit against him. Summer…

Trump inauguration boycott: Who is staying away?

Trump inauguration boycott: Who is staying away?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption More than 50 House Democrats are refusing to attend Friday’s inauguration ceremony A rising number of Democratic lawmakers have said they plan…

Politics

Brexit: UK to leave single market, says Theresa May

Media captionTheresa May confirmed that the final deal would be put to the vote in Parliament Theresa May has said the UK “cannot possibly” remain within the…

Brexit at-a-glance: What we learned from Theresa May

Image copyright PA Image caption Ambassadors from other EU countries were invited to hear Theresa May’s speech With her Brexit speech, Theresa May has for the first…

Brexit: UK to leave single market, says May

Image copyright PA Theresa May has said the UK “cannot possibly” remain within the European single market, as staying in it would mean “not leaving the EU…

NI election: PM and Taoiseach urge respect during vote

Image copyright PA/Getty Image caption Theresa May and Enda Kenny discussed Stormont’s political crisis on the phone on Monday night The UK and Irish prime ministers have…

Holyrood to debate Brexit after Theresa May speech

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Theresa May is expected to give the first real indication of her Brexit negotiation strategy in a speech later MSPs are to…

Wales Bill vote by assembly members on devolution

Image caption AMs have been warned by UK ministers that the bill will fall if they do not back it Assembly members are due to vote on…

All Sports

My Life in Rugby: Ralph Keyes – former Munster and Ireland fly-half

To be top points scorer at the 1991 World Cup (with 68) is something I’m immensely proud of to this day, particularly as our…

Calum Clark heads to Saracens

As first revealed by Neil Fissler in The Rugby Paper on December 27, Saracens have signed Calum Clark ahead of next season. Clark will…

Worcester confirm signing of Ethan Waller

As revealed by Neil Fissler last week, Worcester have secured the signing of Northampton loosehead Ethan Waller ahead of next season. Waller, 24 has…

Thomas Young in Wales Six Nations squad

Thomas Young is in line to make his Test debut after being name in Wales’ 36-man squad for the Six Nations. The Wasps openside…

‘If Thomas was English he’d be in their squad’

Wales are being urged to reinforce their Six Nations squad by picking the revelation of the English Premiership – Wasps flanker Thomas Young. The…

RFU under fire for failing England Saxons

England’s failure to extend their Saxons programme could have a catastrophic effect on player development, warns former RFU performance coach Jon Callard. Callard, a…

Ezspk opinion

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

Sale player investigated after leaking team tactics

Sale have made a complaint to the Rugby Football Union after information was allegedly leaked to opponents Bristol on New Year’s Day. Bristol fought…

Leicester to bring in French Test centre

Leicester are believed to have signed France international Maxime Mermoz with immediate effect. The centre is expected to arrive at Welford Road this week as…

Tuilagi off to Toulon

Toulon have signed Alesana Tuilagi on a short-term deal as injury cover to Vincent Clerc. The former Leicester and Newcastle wing has moved to…

Dream Team: James Horwill – Harlequins lock

1. James Slipper – My old Reds and Wallabies mate is a prop who used to be a fly-half. And in case that wasn’t…

Collier and Evans add to Quins injury woes

Will Collier and Nick Evans are both out of action for several weeks for Harlequins after picking up injuries in the 29-26 victory over…

Young Gun: Declan Sinclair – Tonbridge School lock

Given he was barely a year old when John Eales won his second World Cup, it is no surprise Declan Sinclair had to google…

Sport UK

Lock Jones succeeds Warburton as Wales captain

Alun Wyn Jones won his first cap on the tour of Argentina in 2006 Lock Alun Wyn Jones has taken over from Sam Warburton as Wales captain…

Man City’s Toure rejects £430,000-a-week offer from China

Yaya Toure has made 12 appearances for Manchester City this season, scoring four goals Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has turned down a £430,000-a-week offer from China.…

Fu beats Trump in final-frame decider – highlights & report

Media playback is not supported on this device Masters 2017: Marco Fu beats Judd Trump in final-frame decider Marco Fu beat Judd Trump 6-5 in a thrilling…

Konta, Edmund & Watson all advance in Australian Open

Johanna Konta reached the Australian Open semi-finals last year, and went on to reach the world’s top 10 Johanna Konta, Heather Watson and Kyle Edmund all won…

Serena starts record bid with easy Australian Open win

Serena Williams last won the Australian Open in 2015 Six-time Australian Open champion Serena Williams progressed to the second round with a straight-set win over Swiss teenager…

Eight sports to appeal against Tokyo 2020 funding decision

Chris Langridge and Marcus Ellis of Great Britain won badminton bronze at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Eight sports will challenge UK Sport’s funding decisions for the…

Sport US

Triple-double machine Westbrook a one-man wrecking crew

By Jahmal Corner LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Russell Westbrook is either on the verge of history or overkill this NBA season while on pace for one of…

Disabled pups get ruff for TV’s annual Puppy Bowl

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Three disabled dogs are joining America’s annual Puppy Bowl this year, bringing a special kind of ruffness to the celebration intended as an…

Supreme Court asks Trump team for New Jersey sports betting views

By Andrew Chung WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday delayed a decision on whether to consider Governor Chris Christie’s bid to bring sports betting…

Spieth looking forward to ‘tough competition’ in 2017

TOKYO (Reuters) – American Jordan Spieth faces “very tough competition” to return to the top of the world golf rankings this year, he said on Tuesday. The…

Golf-Spieth looking forward to "tough competition" in 2017

TOKYO, Jan 17 (Reuters) – American Jordan Spieth faces “very tough competition” to return to the top of the world golf rankings this year, he said on…

Morgan Stanley’s profit doubles as bond-trading revenue surges

(Reuters) – Wall Street bank Morgan Stanley’s profit doubled in the last quarter of the year, far exceeding expectations, as trading activity surged following the U.S. presidential…

Travel Advice

Iceland

Iceland is volcanically and seismically active. Weather conditions can also be severe and change rapidly. You should monitor the Safe Travel Website, Icelandic Road and Coastal Administration…

Nauru

There’s no British Embassy or Consulate in Nauru. If you need consular assistance, you should contact the British High Commission in Honiaria, Solomon Islands Most visits to…

Liechtenstein

There is no resident British diplomatic mission in the Principality of Liechtenstein. If you need consular assistance, you should contact the British Embassy in Berne. British nationals…

French Guiana

French Guiana is a French Overseas Territory. There is no formal British diplomatic or representation. For urgent consular assistance, you should contact the Honorary British Consul. See Consular…

Mali

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to: the provinces of Tombouctou, Kidal, Gao and Mopti parts of the provinces of Kayes, Koulikoro and…

Palau

There is no British diplomatic representation in Palau. If you need consular assistance, you should contact the British Embassy in Manila. Most visits to Palau are trouble-free.…

Health

Eating disorders can strike in mid-life

Image copyright Julie Spinks Eating disorders, including anorexia and bulimia, affect a small but substantial number of women in their 40s and 50s, UK research suggests. The…

Artificial intelligence predicts when heart will fail

Image copyright MRC LMS Image caption The software creates a virtual heart to predict the risk of death Artificial intelligence can predict when patients with a heart…

Bug resistant to all antibiotics kills woman

Image copyright SPL A superbug that could not be treated with 26 different antibiotics has killed a woman in the US, officials report. The 70-year-old from Nevada…

Urine test reveals what you really eat

Image copyright AP A urine test that can reveal how healthy your meals are has been developed by UK scientists. They think it could be used to…

Brain activity ‘key in stress link to heart disease’

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Researchers say they have identified how stress can lead to inflamed arteries The effect of constant stress on a deep-lying…

Vaccine sceptic Robert F Kennedy Jr says Trump asked him to lead safety study

Image copyright EPA Image caption Mr Kennedy has questioned whether vaccines cause autism, a claim that has been widely debunked by medical professionals Robert F Kennedy Jr,…