President Donald Trump is threatening to use the emergency authority granted by a powerful but obscure federal law to make good on his tweeted "order" to U.S. businesses to cut ties in China amid a spiraling trade war between the two nations.Read More »
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are approaching a significant crossroads in their married life. While their own relationship seems hunky-dory, the type of royal role they want to pursue appears increasingly confused: dutiful public servants or globe-trotting celebrity A-listers?
Follow the latest updates live from the Rugby World Cup warm-up clash between England and Ireland at Twickenham as the two Six Nations rivals take another step closer to Japan 2019.After two experimental games against Wales, England have gone full-strength against the Irish as George Ford, Owen Farrell and Manu Tuilagi line-up in a new-look midfield while Tom Curry and Sam Underhill finally get a run-out together in the back-row, two weeks later than planned. However, England have suffered an injury blow for the third week in succession as replacement Jonathan Joseph has been ruled out with 'muscle soreness', meaning Joe Marchant has been drafted in to take his place on the bench.
Donald Tusk said he would not cooperate on a no-deal Brexit. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/ReutersDonald Tusk has told Boris Johnson not to “go down in history as ‘Mr No Deal’”.Speaking at the G7 summit in Biarritz, where the pair will meet on Sunday, the European council president noted that Johnson would be the third British Tory leader with whom he has discussed Brexit, after David Cameron and Theresa May.Tusk said he was “willing to listen to ideas that are operational, realistic and acceptable to all EU member states, including Ireland, if and when the UK government is ready to [put them forward]. The one thing I will not cooperate on is no deal, and I still hope that Prime Minister Johnson will not like to go down in history as ‘Mr No Deal’.”Asked about the remarks on Saturday, Johnson reiterated his insistence that the EU27 remove the Irish backstop from the Brexit withdrawal agreement. “I will make it absolutely clear: I don’t want a no-deal Brexit, but I say to our friends in the EU, if they don’t want a no-deal Brexit, then we’ve got to get rid of the backstop from the treaty,” he said. Meeting regularly since 1976, the G7 is made up of seven countries: Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the US. Between them, the countries represent around half of the world’s GDP, and the group’s main purpose is to provide a forum for discussing world economic stability. The first meetings grew out of a series of summits to deal with the 1973 oil crisis.G7 summits take place annually, with the host nation rotating between the members. Summits are usually attended by leaders, finance ministers and central bank governors. As well as the seven nations, the meetings are also usually attended by leaders from the European Union, and representatives from international financial institutions including the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. As well as the high-profile summits, the finance ministers from the G7 also meet on a regular basis several times a year. Between 1998 and 2014 the grouping was known as the G8, and also included Russia among its members. However, Russia was expelled in 2014 following the annexation of Crimea. Martin BelamTusk also had strong criticism for Donald Trump, who arrived in Biarritz at lunchtime. Referring to the US president’s increasing use of tariffs in trade relations, he said trade wars would lead to recession. He took Trump to task for abandoning the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, and said US withdrawal had not brought about any positive effect.Tusk rebuked Trump for his repeated suggestions that Russia could be readmitted to a reconstituted G8. He said the reasons Moscow was disinvited, for the annexation of Crimea and military intervention in eastern Ukraine, were still valid. Tusk added that Russia had not followed the democratic trajectory expected after the cold war.Overall, Tusk cast the G7 summit in Biarritz as a last chance for unity in sombre times. “The last years have shown it’s increasingly difficult for all of us to find a common language. This may be the last moment to restore our political agreement.”He called for the defence of liberal democracy, the rule of law and human rights in the face of resurgent nationalism and the rise of authoritarianism.On the issue of the fires raging across the Amazon, Tusk pointed out that the EU’s Mercosur free trade agreement with Brazil and three other South American countries, which has yet to be ratified, included safeguards for the environment.He said: “It is hard to imagine a harmonious process of ratification by the European countries as long as the Brazilian government allows for the destruction of the green lungs of the planet.”Ireland and France have said they would not ratify the deal if the Brazilian president, Jair Bolsonaro, did not change his environmental policies.Tusk suggested there were signs Bolsonaro could be changing his mind about his policies affecting the Amazon, and said the EU stood ready to help combat the fires.
Indian opposition leaders including former Congress president Rahul Gandhi were barred from leaving the airport on Saturday in Kashmir, where local authorities had warned that their visit could stoke heightened tension in the region. The Jammu and Kashmir government said late on Friday political leaders had been asked not to visit Srinagar as the administration works to restore order after weeks of protests against Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Aug. 5 decision to withdraw autonomy for the state.
Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto says new recruit Charles Leclerc’s rate of progress since his arrival has been a surprise for the Italian outfit.
President Jair Bolsonaro on Friday authorized the deployment of Brazil's armed forces to help combat fires raging in the Amazon rainforest, as a growing global outcry over the blazes sparks protests and threatens a huge trade deal. Plumes of thick smoke rose into the sky above dense forest in the northwestern state of Rondonia, where bright orange flames from various fires were visible for kilometers (miles), an AFP photographer reported."It's not normal and it's like this because of the smoke from the fires," said a hotel employee in the state capital Porto Velho, which was covered by a layer of smoke as fires burned near the city.The fires in the world's largest rainforest have sparked street protests around the planet and ignited a war of words between Bolsonaro and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, who has described the wildfires as an "international crisis" and vowed to block a trade agreement between the European Union and South American countries.The latest official figures show 76,720 forest fires were recorded in Brazil so far this year -- the highest number for any year since 2013 -- which experts blame on accelerating deforestation as land is cleared during the months-long dry season to make way for crops or grazing.More than half are in the Amazon.Around 700 new fires were ignited between Wednesday and Thursday, according to the National Institute for Space Research (INPE), fueling air contamination in cities including Sao Paulo, where thick smog turned day into night on Monday.After a late-night crisis meeting with members of his cabinet, Bolsonaro on Friday issued a decree permitting the deployment of armed forces to help extinguish fires and crack down on criminal activities in the region.Bolsonaro's decision came as demonstrations are held around the world over the fires in the Amazon forest, a region considered the "lungs of the planet" and seen as crucial to keeping climate change in check.Several thousand protesters marched in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, amid growing European pressure as well as offers to help put out the fires from US President Donald Trump and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson.In an escalating public row over the blazes, Macron on Friday accused Bolsonaro of lying to him on Brazil's stance on climate change.France will now block a trade deal between the European Union and the South American trade bloc Mercosur, which includes Brazil, a French presidential official said.Ireland also threatened to block the deal, and Finland said it would propose to EU countries that they stop importing Brazilian beef.Bolsonaro insisted that the fires should not be used as an excuse to punish Brazil."There are forest fires all over the world, and this cannot be used as a pretext for possible international sanctions," Bolsonaro said in brief remarks on television Friday evening.Macron had tweeted Thursday that the fires burning in the Amazon amount to an international crisis and should be discussed as a top priority when the G7 countries meet this weekend in France.Bolsonaro then blasted Macron as having a "colonialist mentality."Environmental specialists say the fires have accompanied a rapid rate of deforestation in the Amazon region, which in July quadrupled compared to the same month in 2018, according to INPE data, which Bolsonaro previously described as lies and prompted the sacking of the agency's head.Bolsonaro instead attributes the blazes to increased drought, and accuses environmental groups and NGOs of whipping up an "environmental psychosis" to harm Brazil's economic interests.Earlier in the week, Bolsonaro accused NGOs of starting the fires.Brazil's powerful agriculture sector -- a key supporter of Bolsonaro -- has expressed concerns over the president's rhetoric, fearing a boycott of their products in key markets.Thomaz Favaro of Control Risks consultancy, told AFP Bolsonaro's comments were "raising the risks of sanctions and retaliation, including against the EU-Mercosur deal.""Brazil has gone from being a global model of forest conservation to an international pariah," Robert Muggah, research director at the Igarape Institute, a think tank in Rio de Janeiro, told AFP.Bolsonaro had given "ammunition" to countries opposed to the EU-Mercosur deal, said Oliver Stuenkel, professor of international relations at Getulio Vargas Foundation.The mayor of Manaus, Brazil's largest city in the Amazon, told reporters Friday the rainforest was "fundamental for the world.""The entire world demands sensible, intelligent, appropriate governance for the Amazon at the risk of regrettable consequences for our country," Arthur Virgilio Neto said on the sidelines of a UN climate change workshop in the northeastern city of Salvador.Legendary tribal chief Raoni also called for international help to extinguish the fires.Neighboring Paraguay and Bolivia are also battling separate wildfires that have devastated large areas of their rainforests.The Bolivian government on Friday took delivery of a "supertanker" aircraft to help extinguish fires that have destroyed around 7,770 square kilometers (3,000 square miles) of the eastern province of Santa Cruz for the past month.(AFP)
When you grow up a mile and a half from your family’s cider orchard – helping to plant new trees in the chill of winter, building dens in the thickets while the pruning takes place, and clambering into 10,000-pint oak vats to hose them down after the pressing and fermenting season – apples take on a very special meaning.
After stealing the keys to the family's Volkswagen Golf in the early hours of Friday morning, the child, from Soest, in northwestern Germany, drove 31 miles (50km) to the city of Dortmund, police in the city said. "Red traffic lights and traffic laws in general did not seem to interest the driver," police said in a statement, quoting a motorist who spotted the youngster. Police said the boy, who has experience driving bumper cars and go-karts, will now be given psychological counselling.
A pro-Beijing resident got into a heated row with masked Hong Kong protesters outside an Apple Store in the Kwun Tong area of Kowloon on Saturday. Footage showed a tense scene with the lone Beijing supporter filming the protesters as he appeared to criticise their movement. Kwun Tong is the latest area of Hong Kong to be hit by anti-Extradition Bill protests.
An employee of the British consulate in Hong Kong who was detained in China's border city of Shenzhen amid accusations of outside interference in pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong was released on Saturday, Chinese police said. Simon Cheng was detained for 15 days for violating public security management regulations, police in Shenzhen's Luohu district said on their Twitter-like Weibo account.
A Chinese survey vessel on Saturday extended its activities to an area closer to Vietnam's coastline, ship tracking data showed, after the United States and Australia expressed concern about China's actions in the disputed waterways. The Haiyang Dizhi 8 vessel first entered Vietnam's exclusive economic zone (EEZ) early last month where it began a weeks-long seismic survey, triggering a tense standoff between military and coastguard vessels from Vietnam and China. The Chinese vessel continued to survey Vietnam's EEZ on Saturday under escort from at least four ships and was around 102 kilometres (63 miles) southeast of Vietnam's Phu Quy island and 185 kilometres (115 miles) from the beaches of the southern city of Phan Thiet, according to data from Marine Traffic, a website that tracks vessel movements.
Shoppers were left "terrified" when a bare-chested man smashed a supermarket window with a bicycle after a fracas with a security guard.Dramatic video footage shows customers cowering inside the Tesco Metro store in Portobello Road in Notting Hill, west London.A witness said violence erupted at around 9pm on Friday after three drunk men entered the shop and had a scuffle with a security guard.Tesco staff closed the door before one of the men, who was not wearing a top, began to attack the glass."Everybody was terrified because there were people, especially the ladies, who could not understand if it was just one person," the witness said."When they closed the door all the people in the back of the store who were shopping moved to the front."They couldn't realise if it was one guy or a gang, so they were basically terrified. All the staff were telling them to stay away. There was a moment of panic."Scotland Yard said officers attended the scene after reports of a man causing criminal damage."It was reported that a man was using a bicycle to smash the glass door at the front of the store," the force said."A man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of affray. He has been taken into custody. Enquiries continue."
It might appear that with two female prime ministers under our belt the UK hasgot it cracked when it comes to women in politics
Comedian Dara O Briain's plea to find his son's lost teddy bear has unexpectedly raised more than £25,000 for a cancer charity. It started when the TV presenter asked his Twitter followers for help finding his three-year-old son's "scruffy monkey" earlier this month. A kind fan offered to send a replica of the toy, suggesting that in exchange the comedian could share a fundraising page for his wife, who had recently died of bowel cancer.
British Airways pilots have voted to strike on three days in September, causing chaos for passengers.
A video appearing to show a Tesla driver asleep while his vehicle drove on auto-pilot has prompted criticism online.The footage, posted on Twitter by US journalist Clint Olivier and filmed by his wife Alisha, was filmed on Los Angeles‘ busy interstate 5 last Saturday morning.