By David Brunnstrom and Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The new U.S. administration of President Donald Trump vowed on Monday that the United States would prevent China from taking over territory in international waters in the South China Sea, something Chinese state media has warned would require Washington to "wage war." The comments at a briefing from White House spokesman Sean Spicer signalled a sharp departure from years of cautious U.S. handling of China's assertive pursuit of territory claims in Asia, just days after Trump took office on Friday. "The U.S. is going to make sure that we protect our interests there," Spicer said when asked if Trump agreed with comments by his Secretary of State nominee, Rex Tillerson, on Jan. 11 that China should not be allowed access to islands it has built in the contested South China Sea.
Gorden Kaye - the star of long-running World War II sitcom Allo Allo! - has died, aged 75. Kaye starred as Rene Artois in all 84 episodes of the BBC series, which ran between 1982 and 1992, and returned for a one-off special in 2007. Kaye's cafe owner and reluctant resistance figure became a much-loved comedy character.
One of the Islamic extremists who murdered solider Lee Rigby in 2013 is pressing ahead with a £20,000 compensation claim after finding a lawyer to take on his case. Michael Adebolajo, 32, had his teeth knocked out after a scuffle with guards who were trying to escort him to his cell at HMP Belmarsh, south east London, in July 2013. In May 2013, Adebolajo, with Michael Adebowale, murdered Fusilier Rigby, 25, near the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich.
Novak Djokovic's recent slump hit a new low in the Australian Open after he lost in five sets to 117th-ranked Denis Isotomin in the second round. The loss was Djokovic's earliest exit in a major since 2008 and considered, by some, the "most shocking loss" of his career. For Djokovic, who lost the world No. 1 ranking in November, it raises more questions about why he is suddenly struggling.
By Jemima Kelly LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's pound surged to its highest in five weeks on Monday as investors priced in a defeat for the government in its appeal against a ruling that forces it to consult parliament before formally triggering EU exit talks in March. British Prime Minister Theresa May will learn at 0930 GMT on Tuesday whether judges have upheld a High Court decision in November that her government must get parliamentary approval before triggering Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, the formal means of exiting the bloc. Expectations of a government loss - spreadbetter Betfair shows a 90 percent probability that the Supreme Court will endorse the earlier ruling - drove sterling to $1.2495 on Monday, its highest against the dollar since Dec. 19.
The board of Sainsbury's reprimanded its chairman David Tyler for using an employee of the British supermarket and a supplier to help revamp his country house, it said on Monday. Tyler, who has been chairman of Sainsbury's since 2009, was given a warning letter by the company's board and made a 5,000 pound ($6,200) contribution to charity as recompense for the staff member's time. The case, first reported by The Guardian, related to Tyler's use of a Sainsbury's staffer and a supplier to help with the development and installation of an underfloor heating system at his barn conversion in East Sussex, southern England.
Lloyds Banking Group is working with law enforcement agencies to trace who may be behind a cyber attack that caused intermittent outages for customers of its personal banking websites almost two weeks ago, according to a source familiar with the incident. Britain's largest mortgage lender was hit by a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack on Jan. 11, which carried on for two days, according to the source. DDoS attacks have become common tools for cyber criminals trying to cripple businesses and organisations with significant online activities.
BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet is expected to approve a measure on Wednesday to close a tax loophole used by foreign companies operating in Germany, according to legislation drafted by finance ministry and viewed by Reuters on Monday. The legislation, which would still need approval by the German parliament, is expected to take effect from 2018 and result in 30 million euros in additional income for German federal, state and local governments, according to the draft. ...
Powerful weekend storms roared through the southeastern United States, killing 18 people as violent weather left a trail of destruction, authorities said.
Malfunctions happen, but the timing was unfortunate for Downing Street and so, it seems, they decided to bury the news of this failed test. Trident missile tests in 2000, 2005, 2009 and 2012 were all publicised. While it is sensible that the whereabouts and operational details of a nation's nuclear deterrent remain secret, there are rare times when it is worth showing off, or at least speaking publicly, about the capability.
A dozen bodies -- including seven that were headless and mutilated -- were discovered over the weekend in western Mexico's seaside resort of Manzanillo, apparent victims of the country's epidemic of drug violence, local officials said.
The New England Patriots are two wins away from what would be their fifth Super Bowl title in 16 years. For Patriots owner Robert Kraft, however, winning another championship would bring his Super Bowl ring collection only to four, thanks to one of the strangest mishaps in NFL history. In 2005, Kraft was on a business trip to Russia and visited Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Samsung has blamed faulty batteries for the fires that led to last year's humiliating recall of its Galaxy Note 7 device. The batteries had been suspected as the cause but Samsung said on Monday that this had been confirmed by internal and independent investigations. South Korea-based Samsung recalled 2.5 million Note 7s in September after several exploded or caught fire.
The shooting of a police officer in Northern Ireland has fuelled fears that dissident republican terrorists could seek to take advantage of the political crisis. The community policeman sustained two gunshot wounds to his arm and underwent emergency surgery in the Royal Victoria Hospital, where his condition is described as stable. Democratic Unionist William Humphrey, a member of the Northern Ireland Assembly, lives just yards from the scene of the shooting.
President Trump has signed an executive order to withdraw the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The agreement was designed to bring down tariffs and trade barriers between America and a number of Pacific Rim nations including Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Malaysia and Chile (Stuttgart: 704599.SG - news) . Mr Trump described his action on TPP as a "great thing for the American worker".
The head of GCHQ, Robert Hannigan, has announced he is to quit for personal reasons. Mr Hannigan, who has been in charge at the Cheltenham-based intelligence unit since 2014, informed Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson of his decision. In a letter to Mr Johnson he said: "After a good deal of thought, I have decided that this is the right time to move on and to allow someone else to lead GCHQ through its next phase.
Theresa May has taken her Cabinet to the birthplace of the industrial revolution to launch a new strategy for British industry for the 21st century. The Prime Minister and her ministers met in the northwest of England as the Government pledged to boost economic growth that benefits the whole of the UK. As well as unveiling a new industrial strategy, the Government also announced £556m for the Northern Powerhouse to help create jobs, support businesses and encourage growth.