Dwayne Johnson overload cited as one of the main reasons for the action blockbuster’s surprise defeat by Hotel Transylvania 3
The Rock may not be box-office platinum after all. Skyscraper, the latest putative blockbuster vehicle for the actor also known as Dwayne Johnson, has unexpectedly flopped on its US release, with an estimated box-office first weekend total of $25.5m, well beaten by kiddie animation Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation.
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Donald Trump poses with Vladimir Putin for a photocall in Helsinki on Monday. The US president, who says: 'I really think the world wants to see us get along,' can be seen winking at the Russian president Continue reading...
Tory MPs have tabled amendments to Brexit legislation in a fresh challenge to the PM's authority.
Russia's Vladimir Putin told U.S. President Donald Trump at the start of their summit in Helsinki that it was time to talk about relations between Moscow and Washington.
U.S. President Donald Trump sat down with Vladimir Putin for a long-awaited summit on Monday saying he wanted good relations with Russia, after blaming Washington's own past "foolishness and stupidity" for the countries' hostile ties.
Government to spend £2bn to develop aircraft between now and 2025
The defence secretary, Gavin Williamson, has unveiled plans for a new RAF fighter jet, the Tempest, which is due to replace the Eurofighter Typhoon by 2035.
Speaking at the Farnborough airshow, Williamson unveiled a model of the sixth-generation fighter jet the Ministry of Defence (MoD) expects to emerge from its new combat air strategy, designed to maintain the UK’s status as a so-called “tier one” military power after Brexit. Continue reading...
Iran's top authority Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has criticised Saudi Arabia over its management of the haj pilgrimage and called for a fresh investigation into a 2015 crush that killed hundreds, Iranian state TV reported on Monday.
Government’s top climate adviser warns policymakers will be judged harshly by future generations if they don’t act now
The government’s official climate change adviser says politicians and policymakers are failing to rise to the challenge of a rapidly warming planet and will be judged harshly by future generations unless they act now.
Lord Deben, chair of the UK’s Climate Change Committee (CCC), said “anyone who read the news” could see mounting evidence of alarming trends – from melting polar ice to record heatwaves and rising sea levels. He called on politicians to “make the connections” between these events and act with more urgency. Continue reading...
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and U.S. President Donald Trump held a phone call on Monday and discussed the importance of implementing the joint roadmap in Syria's Manbij, Turkish presidency said in a statement.
Consecrated virgins say they are disappointed by Vatican’s new guidance
Christian women who have pledged lifelong virginity as “brides of Christ” have expressed shock at a Vatican document which suggests that literal virginity is not a prerequisite for their consecration.
The Vatican’s new instruction on consecrated virginity, Ecclesiae Sponsae Imago, was published earlier this month after requests from bishops who reported an increasing number of women being called to the vocation. Continue reading...
Families living on £1.50 a day or less tell of the hardships of life in the oil-rich nation, which now has the greatest concentration of extreme poverty
Nkechi John, 39, lives in a single room with her four children and husband, who is a welder. Their daily lives are fairly typical of people in poverty in Nigeria, which according to the Brookings Institution now has the world’s greatest number of extreme poor.
“Life is tough and everybody is complaining,” she says. “I used to sell akara [bean cake]. I could make around 1,000-1,200 naira [£2-£2.50] profit every day, but now I can’t even make 400 naira. People don’t have money to buy it because there are no jobs. Continue reading...
Signage at Southgate station in north London changed for 48 hours to honour England coach
A London Underground station has been temporarily renamed for Gareth Southgate after he led England to their best World Cup performance since 1990.
The England manager’s forename has been added to signage on the platforms, in the ticket hall and outside the Grade II-listed Southgate station, in Enfield, north London, which will remain Gareth Southgate station for 48 hours. Continue reading...
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday that getting along with Russia would be a "good thing, not a bad thing", in opening remarks in front of media before his closed-door summit with Russia's President Vladimir Putin.
Justine Greening’s suggestion fails to acknowledge that the current parliamentary deadlock is party political
• Justine Greening endorses second Brexit referendum
An eerie truth is starting to dawn. Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn agree on Brexit. They are both realists. They know Britain needs a customs union with the EU. Perhaps they should go off to a Welsh mountain together, and do a Trump/Putin? Either way, it is time for parliament to offer united support to Britain’s negotiators in Brussels, as it did to the leave decision on article 50.
On Sunday, May’s former education secretary, Justine Greening, added to her misery by calling her Chequers negotiating compromise a fudge. All compromises are that. In truth Chequers was a tactical way-station to the inevitable: a customs union. It was not ideal, but it was progress, and anything else is fantasy. Greening complains May’s union would leave Britain with “no say on shaping” EU trade rules. But that is what leave meant. In reality, Norway, the US, even China, have plenty of say on trade rules with the EU where it affects them. Trade on goods with the EU is a trivial aspect of Brexit. Continue reading...
About 200 protesters gathered at the main entrance to Iraq's Siba natural gas field on Monday, police sources said, following more than a week of unrest over poor services sweeping southern cities amid political uncertainty.
Britain will invest 2 billion pounds to 2025 to develop a fighter jet called Tempest that could be used with pilots or as a drone, its defence minister said on Monday, unveiling a life-sized model of the new stealthy warplane.
Britain's Anthony Joshua will defend his WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight titles against Russian Alexander Povetkin at Wembley on Sept. 22, Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn announced on Monday.
The death toll from a suicide attack on an election rally in Pakistan's southwestern Baluchistan province on Friday spiked to 149, officials said, putting it among the deadliest attacks in the south Asian nation's history.
Trend will concern businesses who claim drop in immigration costs economy billions
The number of people moving to the UK from EU countries has plunged to its lowest level for four years in the wake of the Brexit vote, according to official figures.
Data from the Office for National Statistics released on Monday shows that net long-term migration to the UK from the EU was 101,000 in 2017, which is the lowest level since the year ending March 2013.
The figures show that the government remains a long way from meeting its “objective” to cut overall net migration to the tens of thousands. Continue reading...
Philippine soldiers arrested the wife of a top leader of a pro-Islamic State militant group, and killed a suspected bomber in separate raids in a southern city, the army said on Monday.
Syrian state media said on Sunday that Israeli rockets had struck a Syrian military position near Nairab airport on the outskirts of the city of Aleppo.
There are many strong reasons for transatlantic ties to be good, a spokesman for the German government said on Monday after U.S. President Donald Trump called the European Union a "foe" with regard to trade.
Airbus and Boeing announced more than $10 billion (7.54 billion pounds) of combined deals in the opening hours of the Farnborough Airshow on Monday, suggesting demand for new jets remains in rude health despite worries over trade tensions and Brexit.
Eight migrants including six children were found dead on Monday after suffocating from petrol fumes while packed into a lorry container on the west Libyan coast, authorities said.
Maher Taha, his wife and six children sit enjoying the breeze on beach in Gaza, doing their best to ignore the rubbish and raw sewage floating a few yards off shore.
Croatian President Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic has won many admirers for own performance at the World Cup final in Moscow, where she stood in driving rain at the closing ceremony, smiled and hugged every player from both teams.
There will be no second referendum on Brexit, a spokesman for Britain's Theresa May said on Monday, repeating the prime minister's belief that her plan for leaving the European Union was the only way to get a deal that meets the government's aims.
When teenager Kylian Mbappe netted France’s fourth goal in the World Cup final, thoughts turned to the possibility that the French could go on to emulate the dominant Brazilian teams led by their great striker Pele.
Commons seems likely to pass Brexit-related bills, but PM is not out of the woods yet
It is shaping up to be yet another big week for Theresa May on Brexit as she struggles to prop up her Chequers plan. In the next few days the focus will shift to two key Brexit-related bills. Continue reading...
Newspapers and TV stations hailed France's World Cup victory on Monday, while clean-up crews worked against the clock to tidy up after a crazy night's partying in Paris ahead of a victory parade down the Champs Elysees.
Lawyers for the U.S. government will return to a San Diego courtroom on Monday to update a judge about Trump administration plans for meeting a July 26 deadline to reunite as many as 2,500 immigrant children with their parents after separating them at the U.S.-Mexican border.
U.S. President Donald Trump blamed "U.S. foolishness and stupidity" for bad relations between Washington and Moscow, hours before he was to sit down to a one-on-one meeting with President Vladimir Putin.
Four miners were killed and six injured on Monday when the roof of a coal mine in western Georgia collapsed, the country's interior ministry said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin's plane landed in the Finnish capital Helsinki on Monday about a half hour behind schedule for his summit meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump.
When it became clear that President Donald Trump was seriously considering nominating Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, the conservative judge's former law clerks swung into action as among his most energetic public cheerleaders.
France's soccer coach will have a subway train station named after him to celebrate his World Cup win and poet Victor Hugo will have to share his memorial slot on Paris's transport map with the team's goalkeeper and captain.
President Donald Trump's nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court is now in the hands of the Senate, where the opposing forces are clear, except for a few senators who sometimes cross party boundaries, depending on the issues.
It’s a huge challenge for all involved, but where the EU has expertise and cohesion, Britain has confusion and disarray
Before British voters went to the polls in June 2016, the institutions of the European Union were dismissed as “sclerotic, over-centralised and undemocratic”. Those same EU institutions are now portrayed as running rings around British negotiators. Here we find another – among many – of Brexit’s paradoxes.
This state of affairs stems from popular misunderstanding in the UK, as well as elsewhere, of how EU institutions actually work. It also reflects the fact that Brexit is a challenge to which EU institutions are better suited than their British counterparts. The loss of two senior ministers just days after the cabinet agreed on a new negotiating position makes British political institutions’ deficiencies all too clear. Continue reading...
World Cup-winning squad will also have reception with French president following night of celebrations across country
The French football team will stage a World Cup victory parade in an open-top bus down Paris’s Champs-Élysées on Monday afternoon before a reception with the president, Emmanuel Macron, as commentators said the frenzied football celebrations marked a new kind of patriotism.
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In this new column, Jean Hannah Edelstein starts the complicated journey to conceive using in-vitro fertilization – and takes readers with her
Don’t make jokes, I say to E.
We pause outside the hospital classroom. It’s 9.30am on a sunny morning in Manhattan and we’re about to enter a roomful of people who are here for an introduction to IVF treatment.
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