British woman dies after poisoning by Soviet-era nerve agent
A British woman died on Sunday after she was poisoned by the same nerve agent that struck a former Russian spy in March and triggered a crisis in relations between Western capitals and Moscow.
Dawn Sturgess, 44, died after she was exposed to Novichok on June 30 in western England, just a few miles from where Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter were attacked with the same poison four months ago.
The death of Sturgess was being investigated as a murder, police said in a statement.
Prime Minister Theresa May said she was appalled and shocked by the death.
Police said they were investigating how Sturgess and a 45-year-old man, named by media as Charlie Rowley, came across an item contaminated with Novichok, which was developed by the Soviet military during the Cold War.
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Singer Justin Bieber engaged to model Hailey Baldwin
Pop singer Justin Bieber became engaged to model Hailey Baldwin over the weekend, according to U.S. media reports on Sunday.
The couple dated in 2016 but had broken up. Last month, they appeared together publicly, leading to speculation from fans that they had rekindled their romance, CNN reported.
The pair got engaged on Saturday during a trip to the Bahamas, E! News said.
Agents for Bieber, 24, and Baldwin, 21, did not immediately respond to requests for comments.
Bieber's parents put up social media posts that helped spark speculation about the pair.
A tweet posted by Baldwin's father, actor Stephen Baldwin, also seemed to allude to the engagement, saying: “Always pray 4 Gods will !! He is moving in the hearts of JB&HB,” according to CNN. The post is no longer on Baldwin's Twitter account.
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England beat Sweden to reach World Cup semis
England advanced to their first World Cup semi-final for 28 years after a 2-0 last-eight victory over a disappointing Sweden.
Headers by Harry Maguire and Dele Alli secured the victory.
Centre back Maguire connected with an Ashley Young corner to score his first international goal after 30 minutes as England had much the best of the first half.
Jordan Pickford made excellent saves to deny Marcus Berg, twice, and Viktor Claesson after the break but England generally looked the more dangerous side and were rewarded when Alli headed the second from a Jesse Lingard cross in the 59th minute.
England previously reached the semi-finals in 1966, when they went on to win the World Cup for the only time, and 1990 and will next face either Russia or Croatia, who meet later on Saturday.
Published: 07/07/2018 by Radio NewsHub
Police continue to examine Novichok poisoning
Police wearing protective suits entered a hostel in Salisbury as they continue to look at what happened
The counter-terrorism detectives stepped up their investigation into how two people were exposed to the nerve agent Novichok.
A team of 100 officers are working to discover how and where a 44-year-old woman and a 45-year-old man, both now critically ill, came across an item contaminated with Novichok, the same toxin used in an attack on Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter four months ago.
Britain has accused Russia of poisoning the Skripals with the nerve agent — developed by the Soviet military during the Cold War — at the former spy’s home in Salisbury, in what was the first known offensive use of such a chemical weapon on European soil since World War Two.
The Kremlin has denied any involvement and says Britain is trying to stoke up anti-Russian sentiment.
Published: 07/07/2018 by Radio NewsHub
North Korea and USA continue talks
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held a second day of talks in North Korea
This is as they attempt to agree details on how to dismantle the country’s nuclear programme, and both sides said they had things to “clarify” from the previous day.
After spending his first night in the North Korean capital in three visits so far this year, Pompeo left the government guest house where he spent the night to make a secure phone call and update U.S. President Donald Trump on the talks.
Pompeo then sat down again with Kim Yong Chol, the top North Korean party official and former spy agency chief with whom he played a key role in arranging the summit between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore on June 12.
Kim Yong Chol said at the start of the meeting the two had “very serious discussion on very important matters yesterday”. He joked that, as a result, Pompeo “might have not slept well last night” at the prestigious Paekhwawon, or 10..
France and Belgium to meet in the World Cup semi-final
Victories over Uruguay and Brazil saw these two sides book their place in the last four
Raphael Varane’s glancing header and a goalkeeping blunder that gifted Antoine Griezmann a soft goal gave France a 2-0 victory over Uruguay in the first World Cup quarter-final on Friday and set them up for a last-four tie with either Brazil or Belgium.
Soccer Football – World Cup – Quarter Final – Uruguay vs France – Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia – July 6, 2018 France's Antoine Griezmann with coach Didier Deschamps after being substituted REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
Uruguay went into the game without key striker Edinson Cavani, who was ruled out with a calf injury, with Cristhian Stuani drafted into the starting line-up.
The impact on their attack was noticeable. Without Cavani, who scored twice in the round of 16 win against Portugal, Uruguay’s moves forward lacked a focal point, and Luis Suarez found less space an..
May secures Brexit agreement with Cabinet
British Prime Minister Theresa May secured a cabinet agreement for her plans to leave the European Union
She has overcome rifts among her ministers to win support for “a business-friendly” proposal aimed at spurring stalled Brexit talks.
After an hours-long meeting at her Chequers country residence, May seemed to have persuaded the most vocal Brexit campaigners in the cabinet to back her plan to press for “a free trade area for goods” with the EU and maintain close trade ties.
The agreed proposal – which also says Britain’s large services sector will not have the current levels of access to EU markets – will not come soon enough for Brussels, which has been pressing May to come up with a detailed vision for future ties.
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But the hard-won compromise may yet fall flat with EU negotiators.
By also committing to ending free movement of people, the supremacy ..
Costello undergoes cancer surgery
Elvis Costello has announced he is cancelling the remainder of his European tour after revealing he had undergone surgery for cancer
Costello, 63, whose hits include “Oliver’s Army”, “Everyday I write the Book” and “Alison”, said he had been forced to call off the final six dates of his tour which included concerts in Croatia, Austria, Norway and Sweden on medical grounds.
“Six weeks ago my specialist called me and said, ‘You should start playing the Lotto’,” Costello aid in a statement. “He had rarely, if ever, seen such a small but very aggressive cancerous malignancy that could be defeated by a single surgery.”
He said he had been elated that the tour could go ahead but did not realize the demands that playing long performances on a nightly basis would have on him as he recovered from the treatment. His doctor had now advised him to take a break and rest.
“The spirit has been more than willing but I have to now accept that it is going to..
China says US in wrong for tariffs
The United States and China slapped tit-for-tat duties of each other’s imports.
Beijing have accused Washington of triggering the “largest-scale trade war” as the world’s two biggest economies sharply escalated their conflict.
Hours before Washington’s deadline for the tariffs to take effect, U.S. President Donald Trump upped the ante, warning that the United States may ultimately target over $500 billion worth of Chinese goods, or roughly the total amount of U.S. imports from China last year.
China’s commerce ministry, in a statement shortly after the U.S. deadline passed at 0401 GMT on Friday, said that it was forced to retaliate, meaning imported U.S. goods including cars, soybeans, and lobsters also faced 25 percent tariffs.
China’s soymeal futures fell more than 2 percent on Friday afternoon before recovering most of those losses, amid initial market confusion over whether Beijing had actually implemented the tariffs, which it later c..
Head of Airbus critical of divisions over Brexit
The head of Airbus have criticised divisions within the British government over its exit from the European Union
He also reiterated concerns over the threat to thousands of aerospace jobs in Britain.
Airbus Chief Executive Tom Enders told the European aerospace group’s annual media briefing that the British government has “no clue or at least (no) consensus on how to execute Brexit without severe harm”.
Branded posters are seen at Airbus' wing assembly plant at Broughton, near Chester, Britain, June 22, 2018. REUTERS/Phil Noble
Companies have become increasingly vocal about the risks of Brexit, hoping to have an impact on the outcome of crunch talks between British Prime Minister Theresa May and her senior ministers on Friday.
The PM hopes to settle differences in her fractious cabinet about Brexit at the meeting at her country residence Chequers, enabling her to unblock stalled talks with the European Union.