Setting out vision for future ties, May reveals Brexit plans
Theresa May will set out a blueprint on Thursday for what her government calls “a principled and practical Brexit”, putting at its core a plan for a free trade area for goods that has angered many in her party.
May is pressing on with her Brexit plan, shrugging off the resignations of two senior ministers and the anger of eurosceptic lawmakers in her Conservative Party who have accused her of betraying her pledge of a clean break with the EU.
Her government will publish a so-called white paper policy document on the future relationship, just over two years after Britons voted in a referendum to leave the European Union.
It will offer more detail on a position to try to move on with Brexit talks that have all but stalled. Britain is due to leave the EU next March, marking the biggest foreign and trading policy shift in almost half a century.
It will set out measures to ensure frictionless trade to protect “jobs and..
Too early to take positives for proud England boss Southgate
England coach Gareth Southgate said his team need to “suffer” their loss to Croatia in the World Cup semi-finals and understand the opportunity they passed up before pondering the positives from their remarkable campaign.
Southgate's team made a fine start to their quest to become the first England side to reach the final in 52 years but faded in the second half before going down 2-1 to the Croatians after extra time at the Luzhniki Stadium.
Given they arrived in Russia as rank outsiders, however, Southgate was invited to detail the positives from a campaign that appears to have repaired the strained relationship between England and its team.
“I think that's maybe something for a couple of days time, at the moment we all feel the pain of this defeat,” he told reporters.
“Did we expect to be in this position? I don't realistically think any of us did. But when you've got to this point and played..
Kylie Jenner to be youngest self-made billionaire
Reality TV star Kylie Jenner is on track to become the youngest self-made billionaire in the United States thanks to the booming cosmetics company she launched two years ago, Forbes magazine reported on Wednesday.
Jenner, 20, half-sister of Kim, Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian, debuted Kylie Cosmetics in 2016 with $29 lip kits containing matching lipstick and lip liner, and has since sold more than $630 million worth of makeup.
Forbes said it valued her company at nearly $800 million and that Jenner owns 100 percent of it.
Adding millions from TV programs, endorsements and after-tax dividends from her company, Forbes said Jenner was “conservatively” worth $900 million. Another year of growth would make her the youngest-self made billionaire ever, male or female, the magazine said.
Jenner first grabbed the spotlight as part of the “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” reality TV show with her mother and siblings. Forbes estimated t..
Federer dumped out of Wimbledon by Anderson
Defending Wimbledon title holder Roger Federer was knocked out of this year's championships by South African Kevin Anderson in the quarter-finals.
The Swiss eight-times champion and top seed was beaten 2-6 6-7(5) 7-5 6-4 13-11 by eighth-seeded Anderson before a stunned crowd packed into a tension-filled No. 1 Court.
Published: 11/07/2018 by Radio NewsHub
Britain prepares for Trump visit
Britain geared up for the arrival of Donald Trump just hours after the U.S. president waded into the Brexit crisis gripping Prime Minister Theresa May's government.
He portrayed the closest U.S. ally in Europe as a country in turmoil.
Trump lands in Britain on Thursday following a NATO meeting in Brussels where he chided Germany and other European nations for failing to contribute enough to defence spending.
His trip coincides with a tumultuous week for the British prime minister after two senior ministers resigned in protest at her plans for trade with the European Union after Britain leaves next March.
May appears to have seen off an immediate challenge to her leadership from malcontents within her Conservative Party but Trump's comments ahead of the trip – that Britain was “in somewhat turmoil” and that it was up to the people if she stayed in power – fanned the sense of political crisis.
Trump also said he might speak to form..
Police speak to surviving Novichok victim
Police ssay they have spoken to the man poisoned with a nerve agent as detectives sought to discover how he and his partner were exposed to Novichok.
Charlie Rowley, 45, and Dawn Sturgess, 44, fell ill after being exposed to the poison in southwest England, close to where Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were attacked with the same substance in March.
Sturgess, a mother of three, died on Sunday and her death is being treated as murder. However, the hospital treating Rowley said he was no longer in a critical condition and was now conscious.
“Officers from the investigation team have spoken briefly to Charlie and will be looking to further speak with him in the coming days as they continue to try and establish how he and Dawn came to be contaminated with the nerve agent,” London police said in a statement.
“Any contact officers have with Charlie will be done in close consultation with the hospital and his do..
Is football finally coming home for England boss Southgate
It's the unmistakeable refrain being sung, hummed and whistled wherever English football fans have gathered for the last couple of weeks, but for two decades “Three Lions” was the source of nothing but pain for England manager Gareth Southgate.
The infectious song, with its chorus “It's coming home, it's coming home, it's coming, football's coming home”, was written by pop star Ian Broadie and comedians David Baddiel and Frank Skinner ahead of England's hosting of Euro 96.
It became an instant hit and was belted out in pubs, night clubs, on the streets and in football stadiums throughout the tournament as an England team featuring centre back Southgate reached the semi-finals.
In the last four they met their 1990 World Cup semi-final nemesis Germany, who gatecrashed the hosts' party by winning a penalty shootout after England's sixth spot-kick – taken by Southgate – was saved.
British regulator to fine Facebook over data protection breaches
Britain's information regulator said on Wednesday she intends to fine Facebook for breaches of data protection law as her office investigates how millions of users' data was improperly accessed by consultancy Cambridge Analytica.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has faced questioning by U.S. and EU lawmakers over how Cambridge Analytica improperly got hold of the personal data of 87 million Facebook users from a researcher.
Updating on her investigation into the use of data analytics by political campaigns, Britain's Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham said she intended to fine Facebook 500,000 pounds ($663,850), a small figure for a company with a market value of $590 billion, but the maximum amount allowed.
Denham said that Facebook had broken the law by failing to safeguard people's information and had not been transparent about how data was harvested by others on its platform.
Murdoch's Fox agrees $32.5 billion bid for Sky
Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox said it had agreed a deal to buy Britain's Sky with an offer valuing the pay-TV group at $32.5 billion, trumping rival bidder Comcast.
Fox, which is expecting to get regulatory approval from Britain this week after striking an initial deal with Sky in December 2016, upped its offer to 14 pounds per share, from its earlier 10.75 pounds per share.
The price agreed, which represents an 82 percent premium to the price of Sky's shares in December 2016 before Fox's initial offer, is at a multiple of 21 times 2017 earnings per share, Fox said.
But Fox may still face further competition from U.S. cable giant Comcast which submitted its own bid for Sky in February, valuing the pan European group at 12.50 pounds per share. Sky's shares closed at 15.01 pounds on Tuesday, meaning shareholders may also not like the price.
Fox, which already owns 39 percent of Sky, said it had s..
Ronaldo completes move from Real Madrid to Juventus
Cristiano Ronaldo has signed for Italian champions Juventus from Real Madrid, the La Liga club said in a statement.
Ronaldo, who joined Real from Manchester United in 2008 for a then world record 80 million pounds is the Spanish club's all-time top scorer with 451 goals in all competitions and won two La Liga titles and four Champions League trophies with them.
“For Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo will always be one of its greatest symbols and a unique reference for the generations to come,” European champions Real said, adding that Ronaldo had asked to be transferred. “Real Madrid will always be his home”.
The transfer fee was not disclosed but Spanish media said Ronaldo had signed a four-year deal and had cost Juventus 105 million euros ($123.24 million).
The Portugal international scored two goals against Juventus in Real’s 4-1 win in the 2017 Champions League final and earlier this season struck a jaw-dropping bicy..