Stormont power-sharing talks going down to the wire – BBC News

June 28, 2017

Sticking points as Stormont deadline looms Tory-DUP deal: What you need to know How will the 1bn be spent? How will deal affect Stormont talks? On Tuesday, secretary of State James Brokenshire said there had been “intensive engagement” but warned that time for a deal was running short, stressing that the deadline was set down in law. The parties have until 16:00 BST on Thursday to restore the executive or Northern Ireland faces the prospect of a return of direct rule from …

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Theresa May’s DUP-Tory deal criticised as ‘shabby and reckless’ – BBC News

June 27, 2017

… Tories have been cutting budgets and services, but suddenly they have found a magic money tree to help them stay in power,” he said. Labour said the deal was “shabby and reckless” and would undermine the trust in the impartiality of the UK government which was vital to the implementation of the Good Friday Agreement. Shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry said: “For the government to be putting such an agreement in jeopardy just to prop up this dismal prime minister is …

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China landslide: Desperate search for survivors continues

June 25, 2017

(CNN)Thousands of rescuers are searching through rubble to find 109 people missing after a landslide devastated their village in Sichuan province, southwestern China. The missing range from an 80-year-old man to a girl aged just two and a half, according to a list released by Aba Prefecture’s government, state-run Xinhua news agency reported. …

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House Russia probe digs into voter roll hacks with former DHS secretary

June 21, 2017

(CNN)House investigators will examine on Wednesday Russia’s attempts to hack into state elections systems with former Department of Homeland Security secretary Jeh Johnson before the House intelligence committee. The coordinated hacking effort from Russian-aligned hackers has received minimal attention in the congressional probes into Russia’s interference in the election. President Donald Trump and his supporters have regularly noted that no votes were ever changed by Russian …

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Ossoff’s liberalism just wasn’t right for Georgia district

June 21, 2017

(CNN)The Georgia special election was the Democrats’ best chance so far this year to flip a House seat and score a victory for the anti-Trump resistance. Jon Ossoff’s defeat is a major blow to well-funded liberal momentum and activism, to which GOP voters in the South responded, “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn.” More than $50 million was spent in the special election to replace Republican Tom Price, who resigned earlier this year to become secretary of …

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Warmbier death raises pressure on White House

June 21, 2017

… secretary of Defense under President Obama between 2011 and 2013, noted that “we have sanctions in place,” adding that “they could be enforced in a more vigorous way by ourselves as well as the Chinese.” Panetta said that in the wake of Warmbier’s death, the Trump administration’s options include demanding an explanation from China, diplomatic protests, and increased sanctions. “This is not acceptable and the Chinese government needs to find out …

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News Daily: Van hits crowd near mosque – BBC News

June 19, 2017

Hello. Here’s your morning briefing: Brexit talks get under way Almost a year after the UK voted to leave the European Union, Brexit talks are finally starting. Brexit secretary David Davis has promised a “deal like no other in history”, with subjects of early negotiations including the status of expats, the UK’s “divorce bill” and the Northern Ireland border. Things get started at about 11:00 BST. Grenfell Tower tragedy ‘preventable’ …

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Britain’s ‘longest-married’ couple celebrate anniversary – BBC News

June 18, 2017

Image copyright Peter Rhys Williams Image caption Ken and Margaret Harris celebrated their oak anniversary at their Powys nursing home But after spending a month in hospital, Mr Harris was given the all clear to leave and was found a room in the same care home as his wife in the Brecon Beacons. “Ken went to war and Margaret stayed home working as a doctor’s secretary but he always had her photo in his wallet,” added Mrs Harris. “When Ken went into hospital he …

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Why we still really need to see Donald Trump’s tax returns

June 17, 2017

… financial statements w/ FEC. They are great!” He has repeated that line whenever he has been asked about his income tax returns since that time. Treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin said in April that “the president has released plenty of information and has given more financial disclosure than anybody else,” adding: “I think the American population has plenty of information on his taxes.” That isn’t accurate. But you can bet that Trump’s decision to …

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Iraqi detainees in Michigan fear deportation

June 16, 2017

… shouldn’t amount to a death sentence for anyone.” ICE has arrested 199 Iraqi nationals since May, 114 of them from Detroit last weekend, according to ICE press secretary Gillian Christensen. Iraq recently agreed to accept deportees in exchange for being removed from the countries listed in President Donald Trump’s travel ban. That agreement triggered a shift in the focus of ICE raids, Christensen said in a statement. Many detainees have criminal records “The vast …

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Theresa May: 10 reasons why the PM blew her majority – BBC News

June 14, 2017

… children were being axed, when in fact the plan was to end the free lunches for all infants, which benefits the better-off. 6) Not reacting to the Labour surge Image copyright Getty Images People knew very little about Theresa May before the campaign started – she had been home secretary for a long time but had not courted publicity like some of her cabinet colleagues. An introvert, by Westminster standards, who does not like talking about her private feelings, she tended to come …

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Dennis Rodman hopes to do ‘something pretty positive’ in North Korea

June 13, 2017

… for removing a political sign. Kim Sang Duk, also known as Tony Kim, a university professor, was detained in Pyongyang in 2017 and accused of attempting to overthrow the government. Kim Hak-song, a native Korean born in China (Jin Xue Song is the Chinese version of his name) and professor working at the same university as Tony Kim was detained May 6 on suspicion of “hostile acts” against the regime. Madeleine Albright, the US secretary of State under President Bill Clinton, …

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General election 2017: May to face Tory backbench critics – BBC News

June 13, 2017

… government. The meeting comes after she finalised her cabinet, with Michael Gove returning as environment secretary. Mr Gove, a former Cabinet minister and leadership rival to Mrs May before she became Conservative leader, was sacked by the PM in her reshuffle in July last year. ‘Diminished authority’ Johnson: MPs should get a grip After speculation in the Sunday newspapers that he was mounting a leadership challenge, Mr Johnson has called for Tory MPs to back Mrs May. …

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Election results 2017: May to finalise cabinet amid DUP talks – BBC News

June 10, 2017

A number of high-profile government figures have already confirmed they are keeping their jobs in the wake of an election that saw the Tories lose 13 seats. Live updates and rolling coverage Who are the DUP? Can a Conservative and DUP pact work? Q&A: What is a hung parliament? How do minority governments work? Philip Hammond will stay as chancellor, Boris Johnson will remain as foreign secretary and Amber Rudd – narrowly re-elected as an MP after a recount – will continue …

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Gulf rift: Qatar ‘not ready to surrender’

June 9, 2017

… sending workers Gulf crisis: What you need to know Gulf rift could complicate US goals Food, fuel: How Qatar may suffer Qatari citizens have been told they have 14 days from Tuesday to leave Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE, and those countries banned their own citizens from entering Qatar. Etihad, Emirates, Fly Dubai and Gulf Air have halted all flights in and out of Doha, the Qatari capital. In a statement, UN secretary-General Antnio Guterres said he was deeply concerned about the …

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General election: Sadiq Khan warns of ‘unsustainable’ police cuts – BBC News

June 6, 2017

… argument”. The BBC’s assistant political editor Norman Smith said he expected there to be a remorseless focus on the issue of security in the final 48 hours of the election campaign before Thursday’s poll despite attempts by the Conservatives to focus on Brexit. Labour has accused Theresa May of “letting austerity damage her ability to keep us safe” by allowing total police officer numbers to fall by nearly 19,000 while she was home secretary. ‘Deeply …

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London attack: PM’s condemnation of tech firms criticised – BBC News

June 5, 2017

Mrs May said: “We cannot allow this ideology the safe space it needs to breed. “Yet that is precisely what the internet, and the big companies… provide.” Culture secretary Karen Bradley said social media companies had successfully taken action against indecent images of children. “We now need to see the same response in terms of extremism and radicalisation. We know it can be done and we know the internet companies want to do it,” she told the BBC. …

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Election 2017: 10 things we’ve learned over seven weeks – BBC News

June 5, 2017

… May denies social care U-turn Whiff of panic in May’s social care response 2) Numbers are important – and so are names Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionJeremy Corbyn struggles over childcare cost on Woman’s Hour For any politician who has a live broadcast interview, preparation – and knowledge of your party’s policies – is essential. Two gaffes stand out. Shadow home secretary Diane Abbott mixed-up her numbers in an interview …

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Election 2017: Five key things about the Question Time special – BBC News

June 4, 2017

… get off lightly either, with the first question from the audience on why the British public should trust him to negotiate Brexit. Image copyright Getty Images Home secretary Amber Rudd repeatedly accused Mr Corbyn of having a “magic money tree” during the seven-way debate on Wednesday, and Mrs May took up the baton, repeating the mantra on a number of occasions. “There isn’t a magic money tree that we can shake that suddenly provides for everything that people …

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Fresh bid to oust Unite union boss Len McCluskey – BBC News

June 2, 2017

Mr Coyne says he was the victim of repeated harassment and interference by union employees loyal to Mr McCluskey. Unite employees repeatedly breached guidelines that meant they should have been neutral in the contest to be general secretary, he said. He told the Today Programme on BBC Radio 4: “The full weight of the union machine was used against me and as this is not North Korea, we are a democratic country and it’s a democratic organisation, then I have the opportunity to …

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Manchester attack: Victoria railway station reopens – BBC News

May 30, 2017

… station will reopen will be greatly welcomed by the community of Manchester.” Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham and Transport secretary Chris Grayling were among those to lay wreaths at the station as it reopened. Image copyright GMP Image caption Police are asking for anyone who saw Abedi with the case between 18 and 22 May to get in touch Det Ch Supt Russ Jackson, from the North West Counter Terrorism Unit, said: “I want to stress that this is a different item than the …

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Man shot in front of young son was loyalist Colin Horner – BBC News

… Pacemaker Image caption Police and paramedics the scene of Sunday afternoon’s shooting Northern Ireland secretary James Brokenshire said the Bangor community would be “deeply shocked” by this murder. “To shoot someone in a busy supermarket car park in sight of children and shoppers shows a brutality and recklessness that will not be tolerated,” he said. “The PSNI are doing all they can to bring to justice anyone involved.” Related Topics James …

May 29, 2017
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Manchester Arena attack: 22 dead and 59 hurt – BBC News

… She tweeted: “broken. from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don’t have words.” Home secretary Amber Rudd said it was “a barbaric attack, deliberately targeting some of the most vulnerable”. The prime minister is to chair a meeting of the government’s emergency Cobra committee at around 09:00. Flags are flying at half mast in Downing Street and political parties have suspended general election campaigning. Media playback is unsupported on your …

May 24, 2017
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Manchester Arena blast: Election campaigning suspended – BBC News

… attack,” he said. UKIP leader Paul Nuttall said his thoughts and prayers were with those affected. Tuesday’s Cobra meeting will be attended by senior ministers and intelligence officials. Home secretary Amber Rudd said the attack had “deliberately targeted some of the most vulnerable in our country”. She praised the emergency services for their response to the incident. Union flags are being lowered to half mast in Downing Street as a mark of respect. More From this …

May 23, 2017
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Parties ‘were close to Brexit agreement’, says Foster – BBC News

… :link, .bbc-news-vj-iframe-wrapper :visited { text-decoration: underline; } .bbc-news-vj-iframe-wrapper :focus { outline: thin dotted invert; } .bbc-news-vj-iframe-wrapper a { font-size: 1em; } .bbc-news-vj-iframe-wrapper iframe { -webkit-overflow-scrolling: touch; /* Allow scroll when using VoiceOver */ } secretary of State James Brokenshire extended the talks deadline until 29 June. At the time he said some progress had been made, but that there were still a number of outstanding issues. The …

May 23, 2017
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