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Britain's budget deficit fell by much more than expected last month, helped by an unusually large credit from the European Union and the strongest value-added tax receipts on record. Tuesday's data will help finance minister Philip Hammond as he tries to cut public debt and prepare the world's sixth-biggest economy for any shocks as Britain leaves the EU. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson demanded 5 billion pounds more for the state-funded National Health Service, earning a rebuke from Prime Minister Theresa May.
The Duchess of Cambridge delighted pupils at a school in north London to launch a mental health website to help teachers do away with untrustworthy internet advice. Kate visited Roe Green Junior School in Brent to announce a pilot initiative for the Heads Together campaign. Mentally Healthy Schools, a new website, is designed to help teachers talk to children about issues ranging from bereavement to anxiety to eating disorders.
There seems to be confusion about the nature of the EU’s customs union. The biggest economic hazard facing UK firms when we leave the EU customs union is not charges on imports and exports but disruptive new inspections and the effective severing of vital corporate supply chains. According to a recent analysis by the Institute for Fiscal Studies, more than half of the UK’s imports from the EU are “intermediate” goods and services.
The actor Simon Shelton, who played Tinky Winky in the popular Teletubbies TV show, has died aged 52. Shelton, also known as Simon Barnes, was best known for playing Tinky Winky, the purple handbag carrying Teletubby in the BBC children's programme. A trained ballet dancer and father-of-three, he replaced Dave Thompson who was fired from the role of Tinky Winky in 1997 after a year.
A warning was issued for "widespread hazardous tsunami waves" following an 8.2 magnitude earthquake off the southeast coast of Alaska. The quake - among the strongest in US history - hit at a depth of 10km (6.2 miles) some 175 miles southeast of Kodiak Island at 00.31am local time (9.31am in the UK) on Tuesday, with waves of up to 32ft (10m) reported. Parts of Alaska and the west coast of Canada were issued with a tsunami warning, while a tsunami watch was put in place for the entire US west coast - with "hazardous waves" said to be possible within the first three hours of the earthquake.
The Cranberries star Dolores O'Riordan has been laid to rest alongside her father following her funeral mass in County Limerick. The singer's voice filled the Church of Saint Ailbe in her home town of Ballybricken as the service opened with Ave Maria, a cover she recorded with Luciano Pavarotti. O'Riordan's boyfriend and fellow DARK band member Ole Koretsky was among mourners at the service.
Manchester City will face Arsenal or Chelsea in the EFL Cup final after beating Bristol City on Tuesday night. Pep Guardiola named a strong starting XI at Ashton Gate and it paid off as goals from Leroy Sane and Sergio Aguero put the result to bed shortly after half-time of Tuesday's second leg. Marlon Pack and Aden Flint notched consolations, before Kevin De Bruyne's even later finisher, but City reached their sixth EFL Cup final, having triumphed on four of their previous five visits.
HONG KONG/BEIJING (Reuters) - While the Pentagon plays down patrols close to Chinese-controlled reefs and islands in the South China Sea, Beijing is sounding the alarm about them, seeking to justify what experts say will be an even greater presence in the disputed region. Chinese officials publicized the latest U.S. "freedom of navigation patrol", protesting the deployment last week of the destroyer USS Hopper to within 12 nautical miles of Scarborough Shoal, an atoll west of the Philippines which Beijing disputes with Manila. It was the second time in recent months that confirmation of a patrol came from Beijing, not Washington, which had previously announced or leaked details.
Unseeded Briton Kyle Edmund bludgeoned his way to a shock 6-4 3-6 6-3 6-4 victory over third seed Grigor Dimitrov to reach the Australian Open semi-finals on Tuesday. The South Africa-born 23-year-old, playing in his first grand slam quarter-final, showed no nerves as he blazed away with his fearsome forehand to subdue a jaded-looking Dimitrov. Edmund crunched 46 winners to Dimitrov's 32 on a packed Rod Laver Arena sprinkled with vocal fans of both players.
The chief commercial officer of easyJet has resigned little more than two months after losing out on the budget airline's top job. Sky News has learnt that Peter Duffy, who has been with the Luton-based carrier since 2011, is to leave the company. Mr Duffy was seen as a leading internal candidate to replace Carolyn McCall, who quit easyJet last summer to become the new chief executive of ITV (Frankfurt: A0BLQP - news) .
At least one person has been killed and 12 injured in an avalanche following a volcanic eruption near a ski resort in central Japan. Most of the injured were on the ski slopes, while some were hurt in a gondola where glass was broken apparently by a flying rock, said Makoto Shinohara, an official in Kusatsu town in Japan’s central Kantō region. The Japanese military said six soldiers who were among a group of about 30 people on ski training were buried by a nearby avalanche.
21st Century Fox announced plans to take over Sky in 2016. CMA said Tuesday the deal is "against the public interest" as it would give the Murdoch family too much control over UK media. LONDON — The UK's Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has raised concerns about Sky's planned takeover by 21st Century Fox, saying the deal would give media mogul Rupert Murdoch and his family too much control over the UK news media.
About 18 million people in North Korea – 70% of the population – are estimated to rely on government food aid. The deepening humanitarian emergency in North Korea is the least reported in the world, according to a study that measures media coverage of crises across the globe. While insults traded between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un dominated headlines, North Korea’s severe food shortages, estimated to have left two in five of its population undernourished, received little attention from the world’s news outlets, the report said.
DOHA/DUBAI (Reuters) - Qatar has sent out a request for proposals to banks to arrange an international bond issue, which would be Qatar's first appearance in the international debt markets since the beginning of a diplomatic crisis in the Gulf last year. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut diplomatic and transport ties with Doha on June 5 last year, accusing it of supporting terrorism. The government of Qatar issued its last international bond in 2016, raising $9 billion through the debt sale.