It is becoming clearer by the day that the Government is not ready for Brexit. On Friday a report from the Northern Ireland Affairs select committee said there was “no evidence” that technology would be ready to manage the Irish border after Brexit.
Rogue bosses who gamble with staff pensions to be handed prison sentences under Government plans
The expulsion of 23 British diplomats in retaliation for the same number of Russian embassy staff thrown out of Britain has been wholly expected in the current confrontation. The foreign ministry in Moscow said: “Due to the unregulated status of the British Council in the Russian Federation it will be dissolved, it will be terminated” without offering any further explanation. Regional offices of the British Council in Russia outside Moscow were shut down in January 2008, during another diplomatic impasse and have not been allowed to reopen.
Those left in the FA Cup this season are just one game from a trip to Wembley, with Tottenham first into the hat for the last four.
A trio of British industrial titans are pushing for a management overhaul at Sheffield Forgemasters, a private manufacturer which has a vital role in the UK's nuclear submarine programme. Sky News has learnt that BAE Systems (LSE: BA.L - news) , Babcock International (LSE: BAB.L - news) and Rolls-Royce Holdings are engineering the search for a successor to Graham Honeyman, Forgemasters' chief executive and majority shareholder. A number of candidates, including at least one former BAE Systems executive, are understood to have been identified for the role.
While no one would rank it among the greatest of Professor Stephen Hawking’s achievements, he plainly had a unique impact on Richard Branson, founder of, among other things, Virgin Galactic, a space tourism company. “I heard Stephen say in a radio interview,” Sir Richard wrote in a tribute, “that his ultimate ambition was to fly into space, but he thought no one would take him. This one-of-a-kind impulse presumably occurred before “Stephen”, who revered the NHS and campaigned against its privatisation, could have guessed that Branson’s Virgin Care would one day extract £328,000 in compensation from NHS funds.
Czech Foreign Minister Martin Stropnicky on Saturday denied Moscow's accusation that the nerve toxin used against a former Russian double agent and his daughter in southern England came from the Czech Republic. Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told the Rossiya 24 TV channel on Saturday that the most likely source of the Novichok nerve agent was Britain itself or the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Sweden or the United States. Russia expelled 23 British diplomats on Saturday in a retaliatory move against London, which has accused the Kremlin of orchestrating the nerve toxin attack and has ordered the expulsion of the same number of Russian diplomats.
A Catalan separatist fugitive living in Scotland after fleeing rebellion charges in Spain has criticised European leaders’ silence over the imprisonment of the region’s pro-independence politicians. Clara Ponsati, an ex-minister in the Catalan government, claimed her former colleagues were being used as “hostages” by Madrid to “blackmail” the movement ”into surrender”. Catalonia has been without a government and under direct Spanish rule for five months, with key pro-independence leaders either in self-imposed exile or in prison awaiting trials following an independence referendum considered by Madrid to be illegal.
Call Of Duty: WWII players can enjoy lots of new content this weekend, including the free Shipment 1944 map and double XP rewards for playing the Leprechaun Moshpit playlist. Shipment 1944 was first revealed alongside the game’s 1.11 update, and the double-XP date was previously published in the Shamrock & Awe event schedule.
Today is St Patrick’s Day – a day where once a year, parts of the world are painted green, white and orange. Although the blatant capitalising of exaggerated Irish stereotypes is predictable, it’s still nice to embrace a day of Irishness. There is often a considerable reluctance to engage with what are seen as the complexities of Irish and Northern Irish politics and social issues.
DETROIT (AP) — Air bags in some Hyundai and Kia cars failed to inflate in crashes and four people are dead. Now the U.S. government's road safety agency wants to know why.
Crooks are impersonating top personalities in Monaco, including even Prince Albert II, to scam money from high-flying victims, according to reports Saturday in the Mediterranean principality.
The bodies of 14 people have been recovered after a suspected migrant smuggling boat sank off a Greek island in the eastern Aegean. It is believed at least four others are missing and a major search and rescue operation is under way off the island of Agathonisi, south of Samos. Initially, the bodies of four children, one man and a woman were recovered and eight more bodies were found shortly afterwards near Agathonisi.
Ten people died when a small plane crashed into a house north of the Philippine capital on Saturday, aviation and police officials said. The Piper 23 Apache single-engined aircraft, operated by Lite Air Express, had just taken off from a small airport nearby, said Eric Apolonio, spokesman for the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP). "All plane occupants died in the aircraft accident with collateral damage to a house with five occupants who also perished," Apolonio said.
An engineer left a voicemail warning of cracks in a pedestrian bridge just two days before it collapsed in Miami it emerged, as police declared the rubble a homicide scene. The voicemail left on a landline was not picked up by a Florida Department of Transportation employee until Friday because they were out of the office on an assignment, the agency said in an email. Denney Pate, of FIGG Bridge Group, said on the message the cracks would need repairing, “but from a safety perspective we don’t see that there’s any issue there, so we’re not concerned about it from that perspective”, according to a transcript released on Friday.
Mauritius President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, who has been embroiled in a financial scandal, resigned on Saturday, her lawyer said, just days after she refused to stand down.
United Airlines accidentally put a dog on the wrong flight in its third mix-up involving pets this week. Flight attendants on a plane from Newark, New Jersey, to St Louis, Missouri discovered a dog in the hold which should not have been there mid-flight. The pilot then diverted the entire flight to Ohio to drop off the dog and every passenger on board received compensation for the inconvenience.
NEW YORK (AP) — R&B singer SZA (SIZZ-ah) didn't let a torn ligament in her foot slow her down at a concert for her feverish fans in New York City.
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Gaza's Hamas rulers have shut the offices of a Qatari-Palestinian cellular provider in connection with its investigation into an explosion that targeted the visiting Palestinian prime minister.
Fiona Phillips, pictured with Emonn Holmes in 2001, says she also had to fight for maternity pay after being told by bosses that ‘viewers don’t like pregnant woman on TV’. The former GMTV presenter Fiona Phillips has revealed that she was paid considerably less than her co-host Eamonn Holmes. The pair formed one of Britain’s most memorable breakfast TV partnerships between 1996 and 2005, when Holmes departed for Sky News.
LONDON (AP) — Britain's information commissioner is investigating whether Facebook data was "illegally acquired and used," after the social network suspended Cambridge Analytica, a firm that worked for U.S. President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign.
Albanian police arrested 39 people on Saturday including four police officers on charges of having smuggled some 1,000 Albanians to Britain, the United States and Canada, and are looking for a dozen others, including two Bulgarians. Since Albania embraced democracy in 1990, many Albanians have chosen to migrate for a better life, even paying hefty sums to smugglers. Now they can travel freely in and out of the European Union's Schengen zone, but still need visas for Britain and North America.
Prime Minister Theresa May on Saturday reacted to Russia's expulsion of 23 British diplomats during a speech to party members in London. She reiterated that it was Russia which had been in "flagrant breach" of international law and the Chemical Weapons Convention. "There is no alternative conclusion other than that the Russian state was culpable," for the attempted murder of former Russian spy and his daughter in Salisbury on 4 March, the prime minister added. .