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Google blocks Huawei from using its apps

Google has reportedly blocked Chinese communications company Huawei from using apps on its phones.

The Verge has reported that Google has cut off Huawei's Android licence, meaning it will no longer be able to use apps like Maps and Gmail and will not have access to security updates.

Existing customers will be able to update their phones and apps, but will not be able to update to a newer version of the Android operating system if one becomes available.

Android said it had taken steps to comply with recent US government actions. That is thought to be a reference to Donald Trump's executive order banning foreign technology and services deemed to pose a risk to national security.


May braces herself to try to save Brexit deal... again

Theresa May is set to begin discussions with senior ministers on her proposed "new bold offer" to MPs in a final bid to get her Brexit deal through Parliament.

However there is widespread scepticism at Westminster that it will fare any better than her three previous failed attempts, with Jeremy Corbyn saying he had not yet seen anything new to persuade him to support it.

It looks likely to be another torrid week for the Prime Minister with the Conservatives braced for a hammering at the hands of the Brexit Party in the European elections on Thursday.

One weekend poll put them in fifth place behind the Greens.

Javid to use new powers to block travel to final battleground in Syria

British nationals could be banned from travelling to the last remaining rebel enclave in Syria under new counter-terror laws, Home Secretary Sajid Javid will warn today.

In a speech to senior security figures, Mr Javid will say he is considering whether Britons should be prevented from seeking to enter Idlib in north-west Syria.

Idlib is surrounded by Syrian government forces and is home to an estimated 3 million civilians living in increasingly desperate conditions.

Flouting a ban could lead to a 10-year prison sentence.


Conservative coalition to win majority in Australia

Australian prime minister Scott Morrison looks set to form a majority government.

There had been predictions his conservative coalition would fall short of the 76 seats needed and may have to rule in the minority.

However, with 84 per cent of the votes counted it was on course for 77 seats. The opposition Labor Party is forecast to win 68 seats.


Duchess of Cambridge exhibit to feature at Chelsea Flower Show

Gardens focusing on health, well-being and the power of nature, including an exhibit designed by the Duchess of Cambridge, feature at this year's Chelsea Flower Show.

The Royal Horticultural Society's world famous flower show opens its doors again this week, with around 168,000 visitors expected to tour the 28 gardens, the great pavilion and shopping stands.

Members of the royal family and celebrities will get the first sight of the show today before it opens to members of the public on Tuesday.


Game of Thrones ends - but one million fans left unsatisfied

A petition demanding a remake of Game Of Thrones series eight with “competent writers" gathered a million signatures ahead of the show's finale.

The final episode was screened earlier this morning, with a repeat tonight at 9pm for the less dedicated.

Some fans have claimed the writers have failed to produce a final series in keeping with previous seasons because they have not had novels from creator George RR Martin to use as source material.

However, following this morning’s screening, there has also been an outpouring of tributes to the iconic show.



On this day…

1506: Christopher Columbus, Genoese explorer, died in Valladolid, Spain.

1840: York Minster was badly damaged by fire.

1867: The foundation stone of the Royal Albert Hall was laid.

1903: Kew Bridge over the River Thames was opened by Edward VII. Its real name is Edward VII Bridge.

1932: Amelia Earhart became the first woman to make a solo air crossing of the Atlantic.

1956: America dropped its first hydrogen bomb over Bikini Atoll in the Pacific.

1991: In the USSR, the government passed a new law allowing Soviet citizens to leave the country of their own free will.