Trump backs Putin over election meddling denial at summit
U.S. President Donald Trump said after meeting Vladimir Putin he saw no reason to believe his own intelligence agencies rather than trust the Kremlin leader over election claims.
It was on the question of whether Russsia interfered to help him win the 2016 election.
On a day when he faced pressure from critics, allied countries and even his own staff to take a tough line, Trump said not a single critical word about Moscow on any of the issues that have brought relations between the two powers to the lowest ebb since the Cold War.
Instead, he denounced the “stupidity” of his own country's policy, especially the decision to investigate election interference.
Trump's performance is likely to create a political storm in the United States, where the White House has struggled for months to dispel a suggestion that Trump was unwilling to stand up to Putin.
His performance was denounced as “treasonous” by a former..
First UK vertical spaceport to be built in Scotland
Britain wants to build its first spaceport for launching satellites in Scotland, with the government kick-starting the project.
It's handed almost 30 million pounds in grants to companies including Lockheed Martin.
UK Business Minister Greg Clark said the new site at Sutherland on the northerly-most tip of mainland Scotland would provide facilities for vertically-launched space rockets and satellites to take off into orbit.
Under the plans announced on Monday, U.S. group Lockheed and its partners will receive 23.5 million pounds in grants from the UK Space Agency which will go towards establishing launch operations at Sutherland and developing a new system for deploying small satellites in Reading, southern England.
London-based Orbex has received 5.5 million pounds to build a new rocket launch from the site at Sutherland, which will help develop its orbital launch vehicle to deliver the small satellites into orbit.
Former UK minister calls for second vote on Brexit to end stalemate
Justine Greening, an ex-Education Secretary who quit the government in January, says May's negotiating strategy would neither please those who wanted a clean break with the EU nor those who opposed Brexit altogether.
“We'll be dragging Remain voters out of the EU for a deal that means still complying with many EU rules, but now with no say on shaping them,” Greening wrote in the Times newspaper.
“It's not what they want, and on top of that when they hear that Leave voters are unhappy, they ask, 'What's the point?'. For Leavers, this deal simply does not deliver the proper break from the European Union that they wanted.”
May has ruled out a rerun of the 2016 vote in which Britons voted 52-48 percent to leave the bloc.
Her Brexit negotiating strategy, which aims for a close relationship with the EU after Britain leaves the bloc in March 2019, was only agreed with her cabinet earl..
Downtown Abbey TV series to be turned into a movie
A movie is to be made of “Downton Abbey”, the award-winning television period drama about a British household in the early 20th century, and the original stars will reunite for the project.
Julian Fellowes, who created the show, has written the screenplay and will also produce the movie, production and distribution company Focus Features said on Friday.
Brian Percival, who directed the first and several other episodes, will reprise the role for the film, and production will start later this summer.
“When the television series drew to a close it was our dream to bring the millions of global fans a movie and now, after getting many stars aligned, we are shortly to go into production,” producer Gareth Neame said in a statement.
“Julian's script charms, thrills and entertains and in Brian Percival's hands we aim to deliver everything that one would hope for as Downton comes to the big screen”.
The show, which first a..
PM prepares for showdown with Brexit rebels
Theresa May will also seek to reassure aviation bosses that her under-fire Brexit plan won't disrupt their supply chains, and promise that the industry will flourish as Britain leaves the European Union.
May's words, to be delivered at the Farnborough Airshow south west of London, come at a crunch time for the prime minister as pro-Brexit lawmakers in her party threaten revolt over an EU exit strategy they say leaves Britain subject to Brussels' rule.
“We will take back control of our borders, our laws and our money. But we will do so in a way that is good for business and good for our future prosperity,” May will say, according to advance extracts of her speech.
Businesses have been getting increasingly frustrated about the lack of clarity over future trading relations less than nine months before Brexit day on March 29, 2019.
Airbus, Europe's biggest planemaker which employs around 15,000 people in Britain, w..
Speed limit could increase in roadworks area on motorways
Drivers could be allowed to travel at increased speed through motorway roadworks depending on what day of the week they are travelling, under new plans from Highways England.
Acting on feedback from road users, Highways England is working hard to reduce drivers’ frustration with roadworks.
Following earlier trials to increase the speed limit through roadworks from 50mph to 55mph or even 60mph, the company is going to test if varying speed limits could safely be operated within a set of roadworks without increasing the risks to either drivers or road workers.
For example the speed could be increased to 60mph on a Sunday if there is less activity taking place, and then brought back down to 50mph when road workers are working within a few feet of passing traffic.
It is also exploring if different speed limits could operate within one set of roadworks. This could mean people commute to work on one carriageway at 50mph as..
France overpower Croatia 4-2 to win World Cup
France overwhelmed Croatia 4-2 in the World Cup final at Moscow's Luzhniki stadium on Sunday to lift the trophy for the second time in 20 years.
The French, playing their third World Cup final, were made to sweat initially and were lucky to go ahead when Croatia striker Mario Mandzukic headed an Antoine Griezmann free kick into his own net in the 18th minute, the first own goal in a World Cup final.
Ivan Perisic levelled with a powerful shot 10 minutes later but the Croatia midfielder was then penalised for handball following a VAR review and Griezmann stepped up coolly to convert the 38th-minute penalty and put France 2-1 up.
Croatia fought hard for an hour but gradually ran out of steam after playing extra time in their three previous matches, and goals from Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe gave France a three-goal cushion.
Mandzukic pounced on a mistake by France keeper Hugo Lloris to cut the deficit in the 69th minute, maki..
Djokovic beats Anderson to win fourth Wimbledon title
Novak Djokovic was back to his brutal best as he beat South African eighth seed Kevin Anderson 6-2 6-2 7-6(3) to win the Wimbledon men's singles title for the fourth time on Sunday.
The Serb was back roaring into the skies in triumph as he captured a 13th Grand Slam title to end a 25-month barren run at the slams.
After being kept on court for almost 11 hours during his last two wins over defending champion Roger Federer and John Isner, fatigue finally caught up with Anderson on Sunday as he failed in his bid to become the first South African man to win the Wimbledon title.
Djokovic had also spent more than five hours to subdue Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals but he relied on his supreme levels of fitness to outlast Anderson, with the South African netting a service return on match point.
Published: 15/07/2018 by Radio NewsHub
May calls for MPs to back her over Brexit or risk it not happening
Theresa May has warned her divided party that there may be “no Brexit at all” if they wrecked her plan to forge a close relationship with the European Union.
“My message to the country this weekend is simple: we need to keep our eyes on the prize,” May wrote on Facebook. “If we don’t, we risk ending up with no Brexit at all.”
Linking the fate of Brexit to her own survival in such an explicit way indicates just how precarious May's position remains after her government was thrust into crisis and U.S. President Donald Trump publicly criticised her Brexit strategy.
With less than nine months to go before the United Kingdom is due to leave the EU on March 29, 2019, the country, the political elite and business leaders are still deeply divided over whether Brexit should take place and, if so, how.
May doesn't yet have a Brexit deal with the EU so the British government has stepped up planning for a so c..
Trump accused of breaking royal protocol
Donald Trump has been accused of breaching royal protocol by publicly disclosing the details of a conversation he had with the Queen.
When asked in an interview with Piers Morgan if he discussed Brexit with the monarch when they met for tea at Windsor Castle Trump said:
“I did. She said it's a very – and she's right – it's a very complex problem, I think nobody had any idea how complex that was going to be… Everyone thought it was going to be 'Oh it's simple, we join or don't join, or let's see what happens.'”
Speaking of the 92-year-old Queen, Trump was quoted as saying: “She is an incredible woman, she is so sharp, she is so beautiful, when I say beautiful – inside and out. That is a beautiful woman.”
Asked if Trump felt the queen had liked him, he said: “Well I don't want to speak for her, but I can tell you I liked her. So usually that helps. But I liked her a lot.”
“Just very elega..