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August 16, 2017 5:31 AM News Daily: Irish border plan and Trump on Charlottesville

The government has published its second position paper on Brexit negotiations - this time setting out its stall on how it proposes to manage the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland, which will become a border between the UK and the EU after 2019. It also rules out the idea of a customs border in the Irish Sea, saying it would be unviable 7

August 15, 2017 6:53 PM Families of the 22 Manchester bomb victims are to each receive £250,000 from money donated by the public

The families of the 22 people killed in the Manchester Arena bombing are set to each receive £250,000 from money donated by the public. Those bereaved have already been able to claim £70,000 from the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund, set up in the wake of the attack at the Ariana Grande concert on May 22. The charity's trustees have now announced they will be eligible 7

August 14, 2017 10:30 AM 'Jeremy Corbyn said the SAME' Emma Barnett rips into Labour peer during heated Brexit row

EMMA BARNETT took a massive swipe at a Labour peer during a heated discussion over access to European markets after Brexit. Baroness Angela Smith criticised Theresa May and the Conservatives for promising to pull Britain out of the single market and customs union after Brexit. BBC host Emma Barnett quickly snapped back at the leader of the opposition 8

August 14, 2017 8:27 AM Iran's leader names conservative cleric to arbitration body

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iran's state TV says the country's supreme leader has appointed a conservative cleric to head a council tasked with mediating disputes between government bodies. Monday's report says Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei appointed Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi as the new chief of the arbitration body - known as the Expediency 2

August 14, 2017 7:20 AM Sri Lanka cricket board clears first Pakistan tour since 2009 attack

Sri Lanka's cricket board has approved a tour to Pakistan, eight years after a deadly militant attack against the team brought top international games there to a standstill, officials said Monday. Sri Lanka Cricket chief Thilanga Sumathipala said after a security assessment, the team had been cleared to play three Twenty20 internationals including "at least 3

August 14, 2017 6:30 AM Will Scotland become first country to end 'period poverty'?

Some young women have been resorting to using socks and toilet roll during their period because they cannot afford sanitary care. Labour MSP Monica Lennon wants to introduce a universal system of free provision of sanitary products across Scotland, leading the way in eradicating so-called "period poverty". Ms Lennon is launching a consultation on a members' 5

August 13, 2017 11:36 AM Where your 5p plastic bag charge goes (clue, it’s not to charity)

CHARITIES barely see any of the £105m spent on 5p plastic bags by shoppers, despite the government promising proceeds would go to good causes, it was revealed today. Just 24 percent of shoppers’ total spend - £25m - on carrier bags has actually made its way to named charities, latest Government figures have revealed. Many retailers have admitted keeping 12

August 12, 2017 11:10 AM North Korea claims nearly 3.5 million volunteer for People's Army as tensions with U.S. rise

SEOUL, Aug 12 (Reuters) - North Korea said on Saturday that nearly 3.5 million workers, party members and soldiers volunteered to join or rejoin its army to resist new U.N. sanctions and to fight against the United States in the current geopolitical tension between Pyongyang and Washington. Rodong Sinmun, North Korea's official newspaper, said the volunteers 3

August 12, 2017 6:00 AM US-NKorea talking behind the scenes for months

WASHINGTON (AP) - Beyond the bluster, the Trump administration has been quietly engaged in back channel diplomacy with North Korea for several months, addressing Americans imprisoned in the communist country and deteriorating relations between the longtime foes, The Associated Press has learned. It had been known the two sides had discussions to secure 11

August 11, 2017 5:43 PM Southwark tower blocks residents told of collapse risk

Ledbury Towers' gas supply is cut off as inspectors find cracks in the walls could leave the blocks vulnerable to collapse. Following concerns raised by residents in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower disaster, inspectors found cracks in the walls at Ledbury Towers, south London, left the blocks vulnerable if a gas explosion occurred 16