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Government to re-nationalise East Coast mainline
The British government is renationalising the rail route between London and Edinburgh, taking back the line from private operator Stagecoach.
It's after the company over-estimated the profits it could make on the route.

It is the third time since 2007 that the 393-mile (632 km) route has been returned to government hands, highlighting the difficulties for private companies of accurately bidding to run services on the privatised train network.

Stagecoach said on Wednesday that the government had scrapped the contract, three months after Transport Minister Chris Grayling said he was considering taking back control of the line which it has run since 2015.

Passenger and freight rail services in Britain were privatised in the 1990s, when routes were grouped into franchises and operators bid to run services for a set number of years.

Those companies have run the lines on a for-profit basis, but the government has been forced ..

Southgate turns to youth for Russia World Cup campaign
England manager Gareth Southgate named a youthful 23-man World Cup squad with several notable absentees.
Experienced goalkeeper Joe Hart was left out of the squad for Russia, as was Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere who between them have been capped more than 100 times.

Everton's Jordan Pickford, one of three keepers selected, is expected to start in goal in England's opening match against Tunisia on June 18.

Liverpool's uncapped 19-year-old right back Trent Alexander-Arnold is the youngest member of the squad after being given a surprise call-up, while Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek, on loan at Crystal Palace, is also included.

Southgate opted to name his final 23-man squad rather than a larger provisional one, as is usually the case, although he has put five players on a standby list.

England play friendlies against Nigeria and Costa Rica on June 2 and June 7 before leaving for Russia five days l..

Carillion bosses' criticised over collapse of the company
Bosses of the collapsed construction firm Carillion should face an inquiry into their fitness to serve as directors after they masked the company's financial ill-health with accounting tricks before its failure, according to MPs
Carillion, which employed 43,000 people to provide services in defence, education, health and transport, collapsed in January, becoming the largest construction bankruptcy in British history. It left creditors and the firm's pensioners facing steep losses and put thousands of jobs at risk.

The executives were more concerned with protecting bonuses than finding problems at the firm and presided over a “rotten corporate culture” that led to its costly demise, an investigation by two parliamentary committees found.

The failure of Carillion was a story of “recklessness, hubris and greed” and could happen again, a 101-page report by the Work and Pensions committee and the Business, E..

Everton sack manager Allardyce after just six months in charge
Everton have sacked manager Sam Allardyce on Wednesday after a six-month reign
His spelll at the club saw the former England national team boss steer the Merseyside club to eighth place in the Premier League.

Allardyce, who replaced sacked Dutch manager Ronald Koeman in November with the club 13th and five points above the relegation zone, still had a year to run on his contract.

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North Korea may 'reconsider' meeting with US President
North Korea threw next month's unprecedented summit between Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump into doubt, threatening weeks of diplomatic progress by saying it may reconsider if Washington insists on unilateral denuclearisation.
The North's official KCNA news agency said earlier on Wednesday Pyongyang had called off high-level talks with Seoul in the first sign of trouble in what had been warming ties.

Citing first vice minister of foreign affairs Kim Kye Gwan, KCNA later said the fate of the U.S.-North Korea summit, as well as bilateral relations, “would be clear” if Washington spoke of a “Libya-style” denuclearisation for the North.

“If the U.S. is trying to drive us into a corner to force our unilateral nuclear abandonment, we will no longer be interested in such dialogue and cannot but reconsider our proceeding to the DPRK-U.S. summit,” Kim Kye Gwan said, referring to the North's of..

Carillion bosses' “personal greed” to blame for collapse – MPs
Bosses of the collapsed construction firm Carillion should face an inquiry into their fitness to serve as directors after they masked the company's financial ill-health with accounting tricks before its failure, according to MPs
Carillion, which employed 43,000 people to provide services in defence, education, health and transport, collapsed in January, becoming the largest construction bankruptcy in British history. It left creditors and the firm's pensioners facing steep losses and put thousands of jobs at risk.

The executives were more concerned with protecting bonuses than finding problems at the firm and presided over a “rotten corporate culture” that led to its costly demise, an investigation by two parliamentary committees found.

The failure of Carillion was a story of “recklessness, hubris and greed” and could happen again, a 101-page report by the Work and Pensions committee and the Busine..

Meghan Markle's father won't attend wedding due to heart surgery – reports
The father of American actress Meghan Markle says he could not attend his daughter's wedding to Britain's Prince Harry on Saturday because he needed a heart procedure.
Thomas Markle, who lives in Mexico, was quoted as telling Los Angeles-based celebrity website TMZ.com that he was scheduled to undergo a heart repair and blockage clearance procedure early on Wednesday morning.

Markle, 73, was due to walk his daughter down the aisle in front of 600 guests including all the senior British royals and a smattering of celebrities. Markle threw the wedding plans into confusion earlier this week when he said he would not attend the May 19 nuptials because he did not want to embarrass his daughter or the royal family after reports he had staged pictures with a paparazzi photographer for a fee. He also said he had been hospitalized after suffering a heart attack a week ago.

Harry, 33, Queen ..

Buttler earns England Test recall
Jos Buttler was handed a surprise England recall on Tuesday as new national selector Ed Smith announced his squad for the first test against Pakistan at Lord's.
Buttler returns to the squad for the first time since December 2016 after a series of impressive knocks in the Indian Premier League, including a record-equalling fifth consecutive half-century for the Rajasthan Royals on Sunday.

Somerset spinner Dom Bess has been called up for the first time, after his team mate Jack Leach broke his left thumb in the nets last week.

Bess has played 16 first-class matches, impressing with both bat and ball, and Smith said the 20-year-old had made a fine start to his career.

“With Jack Leach missing out due to injury, the selection panel wanted to invest opportunity in a young spin bowler,” Smith said in a statement on the England and Wales Cricket Board website.

“Dom's strong form, character and all-round abilities presented a compelling ..

Buttler earns England Test recall
Jos Buttler was handed a surprise England recall on Tuesday as new national selector Ed Smith announced his squad for the first test against Pakistan at Lord's.
Buttler returns to the squad for the first time since December 2016 after a series of impressive knocks in the Indian Premier League, including a record-equalling fifth consecutive half-century for the Rajasthan Royals on Sunday.

Somerset spinner Dom Bess has been called up for the first time, after his team mate Jack Leach broke his left thumb in the nets last week.

Bess has played 16 first-class matches, impressing with both bat and ball, and Smith said the 20-year-old had made a fine start to his career.

“With Jack Leach missing out due to injury, the selection panel wanted to invest opportunity in a young spin bowler,” Smith said in a statement on the England and Wales Cricket Board website.

“Dom's strong form, character and all-round abilities presented a compelling ..

Wage growth allows Sterling to rally
Sterling edged up against the dollar after data showed UK employment jumped although wage growth has yet to rise sharply.
It's development analysts said was unlikely to alter the immediate outlook for Bank of England interest rate rises.

Traders watched Tuesday's unemployment and wages data for signs of whether inflation is feeding through to higher wage growth, a likely prerequisite to an interest rate hike.

The data showed annual growth in earnings, excluding bonuses, edged up to 2.9 percent in the three months to March, as anticipated in a Reuters poll, after a 2.8 percent rise in February.

The BoE held interest rates steady last week and cut its growth projections because of weak economic data, sending sterling to a four-month low against the dollar.

Market expectations of a rate raise in August are currently close to 50 percent compared with nearly 60 percent at the start of last week.

“We think the BoE will need to see ..


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