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December 31, 2018 9:59 AM Brisbane International: Britain's Harriet Dart wins to reach second round

British number four Harriet Dart came from behind to beat Australian wildcard Priscilla Hon and reach the second round of the Brisbane International. The 22-year-old, who progressed from the qualifying rounds, won 1-6 6-3 6-4. Dart will play Latvian eighth seed Anastasija Sevastova or Australia's Daria Gavrilova next. "I'm really pleased to get the win. Priscilla 76

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 76

December 31, 2018 12:39 AM Philip Hammond 'HOLDS BACK' vital Brexit funding in catastrophic blow for UK

SENIOR cabinet officials have accused the Chancellor, Philip Hammond, of stopping the necessary funding required to prepare the UK for Brexit. The Housing Secretary, James Brokenshire, has complained to the Treasury, saying his department has only received half of what was required to prepare local councils for Brexit. Mr Brokenshire's department only received 92

December 30, 2018 6:36 AM Calls to rid bacon and ham of processing nitrites

Leading scientists and a cross-party group of politicians are calling for chemicals called nitrites to be removed from processed meats like bacon. Cancer specialists and politicians are among those backing the campaign to take out nitrites. They say nitrite-free alternatives are safer and should be more widely used. The British Meat Processors Association 83

December 28, 2018 4:23 PM Birthday cake for Nazanin locked in an Iranian prison

IMPRISONED Iranian charity worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe marked her 40th birthday with a slice of cake with her four-year-old daughter. Mr Hunt pressed his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Zarif, about the case in September when they met in New York on the fringes of the UN general assembly. The month before, Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe was granted a threeday 115

December 28, 2018 10:35 AM Diane Abbott admits she would INCREASE boat patrols to assist migrants coming from Calais

LABOUR's Diane Abbott claimed boat patrols may have to be increased to assist migrants crossing the French border from Calais to come to the UK on dangerous boat journeys. The Shadow Home Secretary told BBC Radio 4 Today Programme she would consider increasing boat patrols in British waters to assist migrants once they have the right to go through the asylum 90

December 25, 2018 7:45 AM Abbas Edalat: British professor returns to UK after detention in Iran

A British-Iranian academic who was arrested and detained in Iran on security charges has returned to the UK, the Foreign Office has confirmed. Prof Abbas Edalat, who works at Imperial College London, was detained in Tehran in April. The Campaign Against Sanctions and Military Intervention in Iran said he was released last week. British-Iranian charity 95

December 25, 2018 12:01 AM Russian ship held in UK harbour for investigation

A HUGE Russian ship has been detained in a British harbour to investigate a breach in its fuel tank, following its treacherous rescue mission. The 16,000-tonne cargo ship, named Kuzma Minin, was being redirected by tug boats to a sheltered spot in Falmouth Harbour, Cornwall yesterday as a "precautionary measure", while inspectors probe a breach in its fuel tank. The vessel 79

December 24, 2018 7:33 PM Gibraltar chief FURIOUS at plan for JOINT rule between Spain and UK ‘WE WILL NOT BEND!’

GIBRALTAR’S leader Fabian Picardo has slammed the proposal for joint rule between Spain and the UK as “unrealistic”. Spain’s prime minister Pedro Sanchez has said Madrid will revive its bid for shared sovereignty over Gibraltar once the UK has left the European Union. Mr Sanchez has claimed that Spain’s position over Gibraltar, which has been a British 103

December 24, 2018 1:22 PM Biggest idiot drivers on Britain's roads REVEALED – if you drive a German car, take note

BRITAIN's worst drivers have been revealed in a shocking list of car brands whose owners racked up the highest number of traffic offences. "What is more worrying is the large number of these cars on the road right now. “According to data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, BMW, Mercedes and Audi all feature among the top ten most popular 83