Theresa May’s Brexit plan was dealt another major blow at a meeting with EU leaders on Thursday night in a disastrous turn of events that resulted in them scrapping written commitments to help her pass her deal through parliament. After arriving in Brussels with promises to help the prime minister, European leaders were left amazed when she turned up without any developed requests or ideas. The 27 heads of state and government subsequently decided to delete lines from their council conclusions saying the EU “stands ready to examine whether any further assurance can be provided” and that “the backstop does not represent a desirable outcome for the union”.
The young royals today released their Christmas card photos. William and Kate showed off their family in theirs, released by Kensington Palace on the same day Harry and Meghan revealed their card. The Cambridge’s family snap was taken in the Autumn at Anmer Hall their country home on the Queen’s Sandringham estate in Norfolk, where the royals traditionally spend a family Christmas.
The TV presenter posted a photo of her and her three children, Harry, nine, Belle, seven and Chester, four, in front of the Sydney Opera House, shortly after arriving back in the UK. “Australia… you are beautiful and brilliant! This feels like a dream ago,” she captioned the Instagram post. Co-presenter Donnelly raised fans’ hopes that Willoughby will return to the jungle in 2019 when he gave his friend a special farewell gift at the end of the I’m A Celebrity Coming Out show.
Photographer Geoff Green captured timelapse footage of lightning in Kimberley, Australia, on the night of December 13. Green told Storyful the storm caused blackouts and uprooted trees in Kununurra. “We’re here in the tropics have been experiencing desert-like temperatures now for many days on end, but now the storms are a lot more intense,” said Green. Credit: Geoff Green via Storyful
The former Labour leader will use a speech in central London on Friday morning to reiterate his support for another referendum.
Imagine the joy of turning to David “Brexit will be a walk in the park” Davis, live on TV, and saying: “Some people might think you ARE the joke about Brexit.” Last night David Dimbleby showed why he has been able to choose his own abdication date. How appropriate he was given a the standing ovation from a panel that as well as Davis, featured Jo Brand, Nicky Morgan, Angela Rayner and Caroline Lucas. • David Dimbleby goes out at the top of his game, as quick as ever.
Theresa May is set to return to the UK from a crunch EU summit empty-handed following a major setback to her Brexit plans in Brussels last night.
Up to 39 million people will be affected by the visa waiver rule annually. The European commission has confirmed that British citizens will have to pay to visit mainland Europe as soon as the EU’s free movement laws no longer apply. A spokeswoman for Jean-Claude Juncker, the commission’s president, said visitors from post-Brexit Britain would have to fill out an online form and pay €7 (£6) for a visa waiver, which would be valid for three years.
Theresa May’s waning authority has taken another knock after she suffered an embarrassing rebuff at the EU summit in Brussels. To help her survive the confidence vote among Tory MPs on Wednesday, she promised to seek legally binding EU assurances that the proposed backstop to prevent a hard Irish border would be temporary and time-limited. The summit has been a presentational disaster for a tense-looking May, who angrily confronted Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, for telling the media she was “nebulous” in her demands.
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A former Chinese automotive official suspected of corruption has returned home from New Zealand to 'surrender' to the authorities, the official Xinhua news agency said on Friday, as Beijing steps up efforts to repatriate fugitives. China's highly-publicised "sky-net" operation to return corruption suspects who fled overseas is a crucial plank of President Xi Jinping's sweeping campaign to eradicate graft. Some Western nations have been reluctant to return suspects, or sign extradition treaties with China, viewing its legal system as opaque, in addition to concerns over rights abuses and a lack of due process.
James Harden had 50 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists, scoring 11 points during a big fourth-quarter run to lead the Houston Rockets to a 126-111 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night. LeBron James finished with 29 points for the Lakers, who had won their previous two games. Houston's lead was three after Kyle Kuzma's soaring dunk, but Harden was fouled on a 3-pointer and made all three free throws to make it 112-106.
The survey of 2,007 UK adults commissioned by the Civil Aviation Authority also suggested drones are among the gadgets most commonly broken.
Sir Paul McCartney’s London mansion has been targeted by thieves. Police are investigating after the former Beatle’s house, in St John’s Wood, north-west London, was broken into. Scotland Yard confirmed they were called to a property on December 7 and found signs of forced entry.
CBS reached a $9.5 million confidential settlement last year with actress Eliza Dushku after on-set sexual comments from Michael Weatherly, star of the network's show "Bull," made her uncomfortable when she was a recurring character on the show. CBS confirmed the mediated settlement to The Associated Press Thursday, saying it reflected the projected amount Dushku, who was written off the show, would have received for future work. The New York Times says the settlement remerged during the current sexual misconduct investigation of ousted CEO Leslie Moonves.
After Jihad Dib became principal of Punchbowl Boys High in Sydney’s south-west, he was widely celebrated for helping to transform a once-notoriously unruly public school into a source of pride for students and the local community. “‘Sir, are we really that bad?’” Dib recalled his students, who overwhelmingly came from low socioeconomic, non-English speaking backgrounds, asking him. “‘You told us we were a good school, and this is saying we’re one of the worst schools’,” Dib recalled.
While Texas led the nation in the number of inmates executed in 2018, the use of capital punishment in the state continues to decline, according to a new report. The Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty said in its year-end review report the drop can be attributed, in part, to prosecutors and the public continuing to turn away from the death penalty. "The death penalty landscape in Texas has changed significantly over the last 20 years," said Kristin Houlé, the coalition's executive director.
All of this means that you need a super powerful vacuum cleaner designed to scrape fur from everywhere that it clings to from carpets to cushions and pick up all that extra pet created dirt too. With a 45-minute run-time, this bagless, cordless vacuum cleaner has exceptional suction, meaning it swoops up hairs that cling on to carpets and upholstery and picks up dirt in the gaps between wall and skirting. The headlight on the brush head is very useful for seeing into dark spaces and as it can go almost flat you can swing the vacuum head deep under furniture and take it along the tops of wardrobes.
Train timekeeping on London’s major rail routes is getting worse despite the millions of pounds spent. Statistics published today show that for the last month only 70 per cent of services ran on time, meaning more than 500 trains late, on South Western Trains (SWR) including routes into mainline Waterloo Station.