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EU chiefs push Theresa May to say clearly how much UK will pay in - divorce bill'

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:56:39 GMT

Theresa May has been urged by European Union leaders to spell out how much the UK will pay Brussels in a so-called divorce bill in order to secure progress on trade talks. The Prime Minister repeated her promise that the UK will "honour our commitments" to the European Union as it leaves the bloc but came under pressure to go further.

Iraqi forces have retaken the last IS-held town in the country

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 13:27:32 GMT

Iraqi forces backed by the US-led coalition have retaken the last town in the country held by the Islamic State group, more than three years after the militants stormed nearly a third of Iraqi territory, officials said. At dawn, Iraqi military units and local tribal fighters pushed into the western neighbourhoods of Rawah in western Anbar province, and after just five hours of fighting they retook the town, according to Brigadier General Yahya Rasool.

Zimbabwe military says progress in talks for Mugabe's exit

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 08:36:35 GMT

Soldiers sit on a military vehicle parked on a street in Harare, Zimbabwe, Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017. People across the country are starting another day of uncertainty amid quiet talks to resolve the country's political turmoil and the likely end of President Robert Mugabe's decades-long rule.

Workers inside the massive underground cemetery in Jerusalem

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 08:36:34 GMT

A beehive-like structure built deep underground in Jerusalem is providing an innovative solution for the holy city's chronic shortage of burial space. Tunnels stretching more than half mile in length beneath Jerusalem's main cemetery have been carefully excavated over the past two years to make room for some 22,000 graves - enough space to meet the city's needs for the next decade.

Sudan cutting trade and military ties to North Korea, says US

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 08:36:33 GMT

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Sudan is taking the step due to the "critical threat" posed by the North's nuclear programme. She said the United States welcomed the decision, which was announced after a visit to Khartoum by Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan.

Keystone pipeline leaks over 200K gallons of oil in South Dakota

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 04:05:54 GMT

TransCanada Corp.'s Keystone pipeline has been shut down after it leaked an estimated 210,000 gallons of oil in northeastern South Dakota, the company and state regulators reported Thursday. Crews shut down the pipeline Thursday morning and activated emergency response procedures after a drop in pressure was detected resulting from the leak south of a pump station in Marshall County, TransCanada said in a statement.

British judge with EU mission in Kosovo quits amid - serious allegations'

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 23:24:38 GMT

A European Union mission that monitors Kosovo's justice says a British judge who served with the initiative is under investigation for unspecified "serious allegations against him". The European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo, or EULEX, said a team overseen by the EU's highest court is investigating Malcolm Simmons.

Singer Sarah Connolly - nearly' cried after kind Prince Charles words

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 18:48:29 GMT

Dame Sarah Connolly from Stroud is made a Dame Commander of the British Empire by the Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.

Susan Deacon, pictured receiving her CBE in 2017, has been appionted...

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:04:42 GMT

Susan Deacon, pictured receiving her CBE in 2017, has been appionted as the new chair of the Scottish Police Authority Ms Deacon replaces Andrew Flanagan in the Scottish Police Authority role, and will be in post for four years. Mr Flanagan announced his intention to resign in June amid ongoing controversy over his conduct and wider issues surrounding transparency and governance at the organisation.

Australian Senate debates marriage equality after 'yes' vote

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 09:25:41 GMT

People gather to celebrate the result of a postal survey calling for gay marriage rights in Sydney A gay politician has started the Australian Parliament's debate on legal recognition for same-sex marriage with a speech in which he warned against winding back LGBT rights. Dean Smith, a senator with the ruling conservative Liberal Party, has introduced a bill that would limit who could legally refuse to take part in same-sex marriage to churches, religious ministers and a new class of religious celebrants.

Quake in South Korea left 1,500 homeless, dozens injured

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 04:53:12 GMT

Debris from a collapsed building is scattered in front of a shopping center after an earthquake in Pohang, South Korea, Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017. The earthquake shook South Korea's southeastern coastal region on Wednesday afternoon, but no casualties were immediately reported.

Zimbabwe military in control of capital with Robert Mugabe under house arrest

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 00:15:52 GMT

Zimbabwe's military is in control of the capital and the state broadcaster, while holding President Robert Mugabe and his wife under house arrest. In what appeared to be a coup against the 93-year-old Mugabe - the world's oldest head of state - the military was at pains to emphasise it had not staged a military takeover, but was instead starting a process to restore Zimbabwe's democracy.

UK must be clearer about financial obligations to EU, Merkel ally says

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 19:39:19 GMT

Britain must spell out which financial obligations to the EU it is prepared to honour if European leaders are to give the green light for the second phase of Brexit negotiations to begin next month, a key ally of German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said. Following talks in Downing Street with Theresa May, senior German MEP Manfred Weber said the UK did not have to put a figure on the so-called "divorce bill" ahead of the Brussels summit on December 14 and 15. However, he said that the British must make clear which of its outstanding financial obligations to the EU it was prepared to accept.

Artist's impression of the potentially habitable planet Ross 128b,...

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 19:39:18 GMT

A newly discovered planet orbiting a nearby star could be the closest world to Earth offering life a comfortable home. The Earth-sized planet, named Ross 128b, is just 11 light years away and thought to have a "mild" climate with temperatures ranging between an icy minus 60C and balmy 20C.

Video: Boris Johnson urges all sides in Zimbabwe to avoid violence

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 17:19:45 GMT

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Concern grows as explorer Benedict Allen goes missing in Papua New Guinea

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 15:01:18 GMT

The family of a British explorer who has gone missing on an expedition to reach a remote tribe in Papua New Guinea have spoken of their concerns for his safety. Benedict Allen was dropped by helicopter into the remote jungle three weeks ago and has not been heard of since.

Prince Harry has had blood taken for an HIV test before

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 15:01:17 GMT

Prince Harry has thrown his weight behind HIV Testing Week as he handed out self-testing kits at a pop-up clinic in London. He said the UK had "turned a corner" over public stigma around the illness and encouraged the knowledge that people with HIV could live "healthy, happy lives".