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January 4, 2019 3:26 AM US House passes bill to END government shutdown

THE NEW Democratic-held US House has ignored the threat of a Donald Trump veto and approved a bill to end the partial government shutdown for several agencies with funding until September 30. The House vote on Thursday night was partly a political ploy by the Democrats to put pressure on Senate Republicans, who voted in the build-up to the partial government 134

December 31, 2018 3:43 PM New Year’s Day 2019: How much do London New Year fireworks cost?

NEW YEAR’S EVE is here, and London’s dazzling firework display is the centrepiece of celebrations in the UK, whether watched live or on TV from home or a pub. But how much do they cost? Final preparations are underway for the dazzling fireworks display in central London. About 70,000 fireworks will go off during the show, which will last just over 10 minutes 87

December 31, 2018 12:44 AM Why legalising gay sex in India is not a Western idea

The decriminalisation of gay sex was arguably the biggest news story of 2018 in India. So, it wasn't surprising when it became a hotly debated topic at one of the year-end parties I recently attended in Delhi. The common consensus was that the Supreme Court's decision to strike down a colonial-era law has pushed the country towards adopting Western ideals 84

December 21, 2018 5:41 PM Barcelona protests: Catalonians clash with police as they demand independence from Madrid

BARCELONA protesters clashed with Spanish police on Friday as they marched for Catalonia independence from Madrid ahead of Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez visit. Spanish demonstrators wearing high-viz vests replicated the Gilet-Jaunes protests which swept through France and Belgium earlier this month. Around 30 police officers were injured during the violent 124

December 19, 2018 6:03 PM Loch Ness Monster mystery SOLVED? Historian’s NEW photo APPROVED by sightings register

A GRAINY image of a bird-like creature with a four-foot long neck has led a top military historian to announce the mystery of the Loch Ness Monster has finally been solved. Ricky D Phillips was in the middle of conducting a tour of the famous Scottish loch when a beast with a long neck matching the description of the mystical creature emerged out of the freezing 81

December 18, 2018 7:37 PM Italy ULTIMATUM: 'Enough is enough!' Salvini's FINAL WARNING to Brussels over budget

MATTEO Salvini sent a stark warning to Brussels claiming to have done all he "had to" to meet the EU halfway on the controversial Italian budget plans expecting now Brussels to show some "common sense". Speaking on Rete4's Quarta Repubblica, Italy's Deputy Prime Minister warned "enough is enough" if Brussels asked the eurosceptic Government to make further 122

December 9, 2018 1:03 PM BREXIT COMPROMISE? Ireland ‘WILL listen’ to new border proposals

THE IRISH Government is willing to listen to new “proposals and suggestions” on Brexit from Theresa May if Parliament votes down the Prime Minister’s deal on Tuesday - but warned that "listen only means listen". Irish Taoiseach (prime minister) Leo Varadkar, who has supported Mrs May’s deal since she unveiled it in November, remains loyal to Theresa 59

December 5, 2018 4:23 AM Takeda gets shareholder approval for £46bn Shire takeover

Takeda Pharmaceutical has secured shareholder approval for a £46bn ($59bn) takeover of UK-listed drugmaker Shire, clearing the way for Japan's largest ever corporate acquisition. The deal, which needs to be approved by Shire's shareholders, will also saddle the Japanese firm with debt. It follows a long-running battle that saw Takeda make multiple offers 44

December 3, 2018 9:01 PM 'They can even send a SAINT over' Salvini HITS OUT at EU's bid to THWART key law reform

MATTEO Salvini lashed out against the European Union in the umpteenth warning to Brussels over a key law reform included in Italy's Budget plan already rejected by the European Commission. He said: “We’ll start from getting rid of the Fornero law which is now a reason for living to me. “I don’t know how many times I’ve been in this studio to say it is the wrongest 82

November 25, 2018 10:01 AM Juncker's attack on BREXITEERS: 'Feel sad imagining the lives of your GRANDCHILDREN'

JEAN-CLAUDE Juncker announced he would be “deeply sad” imagining his grandchildren’s lives if he were British, while also saying Brexit is a “wrong decision” made by British people. Jean-Claude Juncker lamented Brexit as a “moment of sadness”, adding he would be “deeply sad” if British. Speaking live from Brussels, Mr Juncker said: “I am very sad because 46