LONDON (Reuters) - Chelsea will face a much tougher game on Sunday than their straightforward 3-0 win in August over Burnley because of the latter's remarkable home form, manager Antonio Conte said on Friday.
Olympic venues used during Rio 2016 last summer lie in disrepair with extensive damage, just six months after the end of the Games. The famous old football stadium the Maracanã has been unused for months with its pitch currently unfit for play and many of its seats ripped out. Swimming and aquatics venues have been abandoned meanwhile as the gold course is struggling to survive Continue reading...
ROME (Reuters) - Italy on Friday adopted measures to accelerate the asylum process, easing pressure on shelters and speeding deportations of those whose appeals are rejected.
(Reuters) - Manager Juergen Klopp has denied that Liverpool are suffering from fatigue after last weekend's setback at Hull City, and urged fans to get behind the team when Tottenham Hotspur visit Anfield in the Premier League on Saturday.
GENEVA (Reuters) - A United Nations report on establishing a database of companies with business interests in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank is set to be delayed until later this year, diplomats and activists said on Friday.
LONDON (Reuters) - Ever since "little" Bournemouth, with their stadium capacity of under 11,500, reached the top tier of English football for the first time two years ago, they have had to cope with the psychological challenge of facing the biggest clubs in the land.
Scotland Yard officers had stopped 44-year-old man from Hertfordshire under schedule 7 of Terrorism Act as he left plane
A man from Hertfordshire has been arrested at Gatwick airport as he arrived from Iraq on suspicion of plotting terrorist acts.
Scotland Yard’s counter-terrorism unit stopped the 44-year-old under the controversial schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act as he left the plane. Continue reading...
Constrained by government and with a lack of funding, local authorities are becoming developers to tackle the homes crisis
In Hackney, east London, a pair of luxury apartment towers are fast rising above Shoreditch Park, soon to boast multi-million pound penthouses designed by Sir David Chipperfield. It’s not an unusual sight in the capital – except for the fact that the project was the council’s idea, as a canny means of paying for the regeneration of the estate next door.
It is what the borough’s head of regeneration, Karen Barke, describes as an “unapologetically commercial approach, but with a social purpose” – part of Hackney’s plan to build around 3,000 homes over the next seven years, half of which will be for private sale, to cross-subsidise the construction of more affordable housing. Continue reading...
LONDON (Reuters) - British Airways cabin crew members working for the carrier's mixed fleet are to hold four more days of strikes, starting on Feb. 17, the trade union Unite said on Friday.
The Association of Convenience Stores estimates losses totalling about £131m in England, Scotland and Wales.
The Archbishop of Canterbury has stepped up his criticism of the government's decision to close a child migrant scheme.
Few immigrant communities feel as home as the Iraqi-Americans of Phoenix in Arizona.
KINSHASA (Reuters) - Democratic Republic of Congo's army on Friday killed at least 56 members of the Kamwina Nsapu militia in the centre of the country who were seeking to avenge the death of their leader, an opposition politician and an activist from the area told Reuters.
GENEVA (Reuters) - More than 400 migrant deaths have been recorded so far in 2017, including on the Mediterranean crossings to Europe from North Africa and the route into the United States from Mexico, the International Organization for Migration said on Friday.
LONDON (Reuters) - Sunderland, bottom of the Premier League, hope to take advantage of opponents whose minds appear to be elsewhere when they take on League Cup finalists Southampton on Saturday.
The job title really is an accurate description of what the council wants in a new employee.
Peer criticises decision to axe scheme he fought to set up and says local authorities are still willing to accept more children
Lord Dubs, who led the fight to secure sanctuary in the UK for refugee children which resulted in the amendment in his name, has issued a direct appeal to the home secretary to reinstate the measure.
Dubs said the decision to axe the policy must be reversed to take in more children stranded in Europe. “The secretary of state’s announcement is a very bad letdown for some very vulnerable children in France, Greece and Italy,” he said. “Before this announcement was made they had a little bit of hope.” Continue reading...
LONDON (Reuters) - Jose Mourinho added a new word to his vocabulary this week and, once he learnt what it meant, agreed with Manchester United's executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward that there would be no great transfer "churn" in the close season.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump called on "Israel to be reasonable with respect to peace", spelling out in his own words his administration's stance that new settlements on Palestinian land may not be helpful in an interview with an Israeli newspaper.
VILNIUS (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump has expressed support for an undivided Ukraine in a letter to Lithuania's president, using language similar to his predecessor Barack Obama that is likely to be welcomed by Kiev and NATO allies.
(Reuters) - Wendy Holdener and Michele Gisin took gold and silver for host nation Switzerland in the ladies Alpine combined event at the World Championships in St. Moritz, while compatriot Lara Gut suffered a knee injury and had to be airlifted to hospital.
The Unite union announces more industrial action in a continuing BA pay dispute.
(Reuters Health) – Kids who don’t smoke but are around adults who use electronic cigarettes may start to think regular smoking is okay, a recent study suggests.
Councillor who wrote comment about MP Diane Abbott says "people will take offence about everything."
Home secretary Amber Rudd has announced that the government is to end the Dubs amendment, which sought to provide refuge for unaccompanied children arriving in the UK. The amendment was added to an anti-illegal immigration bill introduced by David Cameron’s government by Lord Alf Dubs, who entered the UK as a six-year-old refugee on Sir Nicholas Winton’s Kindertransport trains after fleeing Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia
Stopping the Dubs scheme for child refugees is shameful and heartless Continue reading...
LONDON (Reuters) - Over $60 million dollars' worth of cocaine in brightly colored holdalls has washed up on two beaches in eastern England, investigators said on Friday as they appealed for the public to keep a lookout for any more.
ANKARA (Reuters) - Iran said on Friday it had smashed a terrorist cell linked to Islamic State near Tehran that it said had wanted to "sabotage" rallies on Friday to mark the anniversary of the country's 1979 Islamic Revolution that toppled the U.S.-backed Shah.
On the Blackbird Leys estate outside Oxford, most people voted leave. They now know their future is being decided without them
As we observe parliament struggling to make itself heard against an over-mighty executive, it is clear that the British people themselves have still not been given the time and space necessary to think about the kind of country we want after the referendum decision.
Related: Clive Lewis quits shadow cabinet as article 50 bill clears House of Commons - as it happened Continue reading...
LONDON (Reuters) - Over $60 million dollars' (£48.1 million) worth of cocaine in brightly coloured holdalls has washed up on two beaches in eastern England, investigators said on Friday as they appealed for the public to keep a lookout for any more.
One of your correspondents (Letters, 9 February) entirely misrepresents Labour’s position on the rights of EU nationals in the UK.
For months Labour has been calling for the government to unilaterally grant residency rights for the 3 million EU citizens already in the UK – as the Guardian has reported (Keir Starmer: UK should guarantee EU citizens’ rights before talks begin, theguardian.com, 30 November). Continue reading...
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The European Union's foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, said on Friday she was reassured during meetings with the Trump administration that the United States was committed to the full implementation of the Iran nuclear deal.
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's economy likely expanded by 0.7 percent in the three months to January, quickening slightly from the fourth quarter, the National Institute of Economic and Social Research said on Friday.
MPs have recommended the closure of a £60m probe into allegations against Iraq war veterans, calling it an "unmitigated failure".
A suspected shoplifter has died after glass bottles police said he was concealing smashed during an altercation with a security guard.
To supporters, the intervention on Donald Trump’s UK visit was bold and brave; to critics it was the latest step too far
To say that John Bercow divides opinion at Westminster seems altogether inadequate. This week Bercow found himself in the eye of the biggest political storm of the many that have marred his eight years in the Speaker’s chair of the House of Commons. Or, rather, in this case he very deliberately placed himself there.
On Monday afternoon Bercow stood up in parliament and, for two and a half minutes, explained to MPs why he would oppose any proposal to invite Donald Trump to address parliament during the US president’s planned state visit later this year. It was an explosive act. The Speaker, whose office is historically impartial, distant and above controversy, was plunging into the political fray to take sides on a challenge to Britain’s most important international relationship. Continue reading...
The 44-year-old man was arrested after arriving at Gatwick on a flight from Iraq.
• Newspaper barred from Anfield and club’s Melwood training ground
• Decision based on notorious coverage immediately after 1989 disaster
Liverpool Football Club have banned the Sun from its Anfield stadium and Melwood training ground over the newspaper’s notorious coverage of the Hillsborough disaster, in which 96 Liverpool supporters were unlawfully killed.
The Sun will not be permitted to report on the club’s matches from Anfield and be given no access to interview players or the manager, Jürgen Klopp. The decision is understood to have been taken by Liverpool’s Boston-based owners, led by the financier John Henry, after club executives had discussions with families whose relatives were killed at Hillsborough at the 1989 FA Cup semi final. Continue reading...
A bomb disposal team attended Newbury Racecourse when builders identified the fire extinguisher as "suspicious".
National Crime Agency hails seizure ‘major blow’ to organised crime as drug found near Great Yarmouth and Caister
Cocaine with a street value of up to £50m has washed up on two Norfolk beaches, the National Crime Agency has said.
NCA officers were initially called to Hopton beach near Great Yarmouth after a member of the public discovered a number of holdalls packed full of the class A drug. Continue reading...