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Philip Hammond and Liam Fox in post-Brexit deal call – BBC News

At-a-glance guide to Brexit negotiations Brexit: What is at stake in EU-UK talks? Hammond: Brexit talks must prioritise jobs Fox holds firm on opposing free movement Writing in the Sunday Telegraph, Mr Hammond and Mr Fox said the UK definitely will leave both the customs union and the single market when it exits the EU in March 2019. They said a “time-limited” transition period would “further our national interest and…

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Brawl breaks out after Middlesbrough-Sheffield game – BBC News

Cleveland Police Assistant Chief Constable Jason Harwin said the force would “absolutely not tolerate violence of this nature”. He added: “The vast majority of fans accept that football is a family game, watched by children, parents and grandparents. “It’s terrifying for children to witness such violence, or be innocently embroiled in it as their parents frantically try to keep them safe. “Unfortunately a small minority of people behave in a…

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Nigeria’s Buhari feels ‘ready to go home’ after treatment in UK – BBC News

He added that there had been a “tremendous improvement” in his health. Some protesters in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, have demanded the president’s resignation this week. Others called for more transparency about his condition. Related Topics Nigeria More From this publisher : HERE Recommended ProductsMarketTapp – Basic (Content Discovery and Data Credits) Content Kingpin Quick-Start Guide Affiliate Titan 2: ONE TIME Discount Start Profiting As An Affiliate – Now! Limited discount….

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Guam, Japan prepare for possible North Korea missile launch

Hagata, Guam (CNN)North Korean military figures are putting the final touches on a plan to fire four missiles into the waters around the US-territory of Guam, to be presented to leader Kim Jong Un within days. Recent days have seen a significant escalation of tensions in the region as preparations are put in place for a possible launch in Guam, Japan and South Korea. Trump and Xi speak about North…

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The remarkable history in your cereal bowl

(CNN)This morning, more than 350 million people devoured a bowl of Kellogg’s Corn Flakes. All told, more than 128 billion bowls of Corn Flakes are consumed each year. While perusing the cereal box, peering over the bowl and gripping a spoonful of the stuff, few of these sleepy diners know that two men created those famously crispy, golden flakes of corn. John Harvey Kellogg, one of America’s most famous physicians,…

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How close is Japanese knotweed getting to my home? – BBC News

How close is it to me? Five years ago, the Environment Agency commissioned a new app to track Japanese knotweed, using the crowd-sourcing principle. More than 20,000 people have now downloaded it, and their data has pin-pointed over 6,000 knotweed locations. Image caption The plant was first imported to the UK in the 19th century Dense thickets of green, purple-speckled, bamboo-like stems up to three meters tall Heart or shield-shaped…

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Venezuela calls Trump’s warning of possible military action a ‘crazy act’

(CNN)US President Donald Trump would not rule out the possibility of a military intervention in Venezuela, he told reporters Friday. “This is our neighbor,” he added. “You know, we are all over the world and we have troops all over the world in places that are very, very far away. Venezuela is not very far away and the people are suffering, and they are dying. We have many options for…

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Brutal talk is exactly what North Korea needs to hear

(CNN)The North Korea crisis is deadly serious and President Donald Trump is pursuing a dangerous path, escalating tensions with his “fire and fury” and “locked and loaded” comments. His unpredictable behavior is being met with predictable criticism from the left. Over decades, as the Cold War came to a close in 1989 and North Korea lost the security and economic support of the Soviet Union, the Kim regime has been…

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Memorial held for Minneapolis police shooting victim Justine Ruszczyk

(CNN)On the shores of a picturesque Minneapolis lake, family and friends of Justine Ruszczyk shared hugs and listened to music at a public memorial to remember the Australian woman fatally shot by police last month. The sound of two didgeridoos being played next to the Australian flag highlighted Ruszczyk’s heritage. Plans called for luminarias and a silent walk around the lake at the end of the memorial.

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Grooming gangs should get longer sentences ‘if abuse is racist’ – BBC News

Over the course of four trials, 20 young women gave evidence covering a period from 2011 to 2014. ‘Racial hostility’ However, some politicians have questioned why their offences were not seen as being racially aggravated in the courts. Mr Buckland said tougher prison sentences should be given when it was established that sexual abuse was racially aggravated. “The law does not discriminate,” he said. “When it talks about sentencing increases…

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Queen’s head: Artist whose initials are on new 1 coin – BBC News

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe man whose initials are on every new coin minted His initials are on every British coin minted since 2015, but who is the Jiu Jitsu enthusiast who designed the Queen’s head, despite never having met her? He is an artist whose most famous portrait has been reproduced billions of times, and you probably have one in your pocket right now. But…

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Trump warns North Korea against making ‘overt’ threats

(CNN)US President Donald Trump called the leader of China and spoke with the governor of Guam on Friday amid mounting tensions with North Korea. Trump also said he is considering “very strong” new sanctions against Pyongyang. Guam Gov. Eddie Baza Calvo, on the US territory in an area of the Pacific that North Korea has threatened to strike with missiles, said he spoke with Trump and chief of staff John…

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Where political comedy is no joke

(CNN)It’s the presidency that’s launched a thousand late-night comedy bits. Egypt Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef — sometimes referred to as the “Jon Stewart of Egypt” — was summoned to court in 2013 to face charges of insulting then-President Mohamed Morsi on his comedy show. Although the charges were dropped, Youssef later canceled his show under immense governmental pressure after Gen. Abdel Fattah el-Sisi took power in 2014. In November 2014,…

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Congressmen: Our bipartisan plan for health care

(CNN)People are sick of politics and politicians. They have had it with the finger-pointing and blame games while the world is engulfed in chaos. We’re freshman members of Congress from different political parties, but we know there is more that unites us than divides us. That’s why we’re part of the Problem Solvers Caucus: a group of more than 40 lawmakers, split evenly between Democrats and Republicans, committed to —…

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Firing Mueller would be a catastrophic mistake

(CNN)On October 20, 1973, President Richard Nixon executed the infamous “Saturday Night Massacre” in which Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox was fired and the special prosecutor’s office was shut down. President Trump said Thursday that he hasn’t given any thought to firing Robert Mueller, who is leading the Russia investigation that Trump has described as a “witch hunt.” Join us on Twitter and Facebook A firing of Mueller should lead…

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UK could face Islamist threat for decades, former MI5 chief warns – BBC News

But now, with the rise of the so-called Islamic State militant group, he said the threat was unlikely to end soon. Lord Evans said: “There’s no doubt that we are still facing a severe terrorist threat but I think its also important to put this in a slightly longer context because right the way back from the 1990s we have been experiencing difficulties from Islamist terrorists of one sort or…

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‘We could be gone tomorrow’: Life in North Korea’s crosshairs

Hagata, Guam (CNN)With rough, calloused hands, Guam local Marco Martinez steadily trims his fishing line. “If it does happen, OK, it happens, but I just try not to really think about it,” Martinez told CNN. Martinez was born and raised on this small island of 160,000 or so people. They’re used to living with intimidation from North Korea, including in 2013 when Pyongyang warned that the island was within its…

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Unscripted Trump takes on tough questions

Bridgewater, New Jersey (CNN)The President’s two unscripted appearances before the press here Thursday revealed a commander in chief with a well of pent up opinions looking for an escape. In Washington, the President has been loathe to engage in public with reporters. He departed the White House last week having held fewer solo news conferences than any of his recent predecessors.

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In McConnell spat, Trump banks on his base

Washington (CNN)The only surprise about President Donald Trump’s flare-up with Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell is that it took so long. Political logic? While Trump appears to be alienating one of the top Republicans he needs most in Washington by searing McConnell, there is some political logic behind his attacks. To begin with, the clash gels with the President’s political sweet spot, setting him up as the frustrated agent of…

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Rogue Charles Dickens apostrophe costs council – BBC News

Image copyright Ben Kendall/PA Image caption Tesco said it would brush up on its spelling and grammar after making two mistakes in a single pack of baby clothes last year Some 140 was spent on correcting 48 sheets, 95 on delivering additional leaflets, 295 on reprinting advertising boards, 332 on flyers and posters and 290 on a window vinyl.

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Labour criticises government hospital asset sales – BBC News

The NHS is asked to contribute as a major property owner. NHS property being included for sale includes hospital buildings and some ambulance stations. But Labour said hospitals were being stripped of their assets and forced into a “fire sale”. Shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth said: “This government’s refusal to fund the health service has seen standards of care for patients drop and NHS building and upgrade works pushed back….

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Widow shocked over husband’s ‘avoidable’ death – BBC News

Her lawyer from Leigh Day solicitors said it was one of the worst cases he had known in more than 30 years. Dr Peter Wheeler was the doctor of Diana, Princess of Wales, and was the man who identified her body after she died in a car crash 20 years ago. In his defence to Mrs Vavalidis’s civil claim, due to be heard at the High Court next year, Dr…

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Guam residents stoic in the face of North Korean missile threat

Hagatna, Guam (CNN)It’s the tiny island in the eye of a geopolitical storm. The country’s military leaders are finalizing a plan to present to Kim Jong Un in mid-August to fire four intermediate-range Hwasong-12 missiles over Japan to land less than 25 miles (40 kilometers) from the Guam, stated media reported Thursday. The tiny Pacific island, the largest in the Marianas group, is home to two significant US military bases….

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Trump’s ad-libbed North Korean missile crisis

(CNN)President Donald Trump effectively ad-libbed his way into a test of wills with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and an unpredictable cycle of escalation — largely due to both men’s propensity for white-hot rhetoric and a desire to project strong leadership. One day after Trump fired off a blistering and improvised warning to rain “fire and fury” over the communist state if it kept up its own threats, North…

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