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Philip Hammond and Liam Fox in post-Brexit deal call – BBC News

At-a-glance guide to Brexit negotiations Brexit: What is at stake in EU-UK talks? Hammond: Brexit talks must prioritise jobs Fox holds firm on opposing free movement Writing in the Sunday Telegraph, Mr Hammond and Mr Fox said the UK definitely will leave both the customs union and the single market when it exits the EU in March 2019. They said a “time-limited” transition period would “further our national interest and…

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Nigeria’s Buhari feels ‘ready to go home’ after treatment in UK – BBC News

He added that there had been a “tremendous improvement” in his health. Some protesters in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, have demanded the president’s resignation this week. Others called for more transparency about his condition. Related Topics Nigeria More From this publisher : HERE Recommended ProductsReady Made Gooses This course teaches you how you can have your own golden goose that lays golden eggs.Beats N’ Bytes Hip Hop Pack 500 Premium Music…

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Guam, Japan prepare for possible North Korea missile launch

Hagata, Guam (CNN)North Korean military figures are putting the final touches on a plan to fire four missiles into the waters around the US-territory of Guam, to be presented to leader Kim Jong Un within days. Recent days have seen a significant escalation of tensions in the region as preparations are put in place for a possible launch in Guam, Japan and South Korea. Trump and Xi speak about North…

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Trump’s faith advisers condemn white supremacists

(CNN)As thousands of white nationalist and “alt-right” protesters descended on Charlottesville, Virginia, for the “Unite the Right” rally Saturday and clashed with counterprotesters, voices from both sides of the aisle were raised to condemn the gathering. And while Trump failedto single out white supremacists and “alt-right” groups at the center of Saturday’s violence in Charlottesville, the ministers who spoke out in statements were not so reticent.

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Memorial held for Minneapolis police shooting victim Justine Ruszczyk

(CNN)On the shores of a picturesque Minneapolis lake, family and friends of Justine Ruszczyk shared hugs and listened to music at a public memorial to remember the Australian woman fatally shot by police last month. The sound of two didgeridoos being played next to the Australian flag highlighted Ruszczyk’s heritage. Plans called for luminarias and a silent walk around the lake at the end of the memorial.

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Who’s really upping the ante on North Korea

(CNN)It is worth considering the degree to which public discourse — and President Trump’s contribution to it — have driven us to a potentially dangerous level of heightened tensions on the Korean peninsula. Mr. Trump was asked later that day for his take on the article. That’s when we got “fire and fury” and the nasty little exchange of threats and challenges between Bedminster, New Jersey, where Trump is taking…

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Panetta: North Korea ‘most serious crisis’ involving nukes since Cuba

Washington (CNN)Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warned of the gravity of the situation between the US and North Korea, saying, “we’re dealing with probably the most serious crisis involving a potential nuclear war since the Cuban Missile Crisis.” “If he utters one threat in the form of an overt threat … or if he does anything with respect to Guam, or any place else that is an American territory or…

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Motorcyclist recovering after driving off a 250-foot cliff

(CNN)Motorcyclist Matthew Murray was driving through the Santa Monica Mountains in Calabasas, California, when he lost control of his motorcycle. “I tried to walk to my motorcycle to get my phone and call 911,” Murray said. “But I couldn’t walk downhill, so I just turned around and halfway up the hill I went into shock.” Murray was able to climb up the cliff with a broken back and flag a…

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Grooming gangs should get longer sentences ‘if abuse is racist’ – BBC News

Over the course of four trials, 20 young women gave evidence covering a period from 2011 to 2014. ‘Racial hostility’ However, some politicians have questioned why their offences were not seen as being racially aggravated in the courts. Mr Buckland said tougher prison sentences should be given when it was established that sexual abuse was racially aggravated. “The law does not discriminate,” he said. “When it talks about sentencing increases…

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Queen’s head: Artist whose initials are on new 1 coin – BBC News

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe man whose initials are on every new coin minted His initials are on every British coin minted since 2015, but who is the Jiu Jitsu enthusiast who designed the Queen’s head, despite never having met her? He is an artist whose most famous portrait has been reproduced billions of times, and you probably have one in your pocket right now. But…

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Trump warns North Korea against making ‘overt’ threats

(CNN)US President Donald Trump called the leader of China and spoke with the governor of Guam on Friday amid mounting tensions with North Korea. Trump also said he is considering “very strong” new sanctions against Pyongyang. Guam Gov. Eddie Baza Calvo, on the US territory in an area of the Pacific that North Korea has threatened to strike with missiles, said he spoke with Trump and chief of staff John…

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Torch-bearing white nationalists march ahead of alt-right rally

(CNN)Alt-right activists held torches and marched late Friday through the University of Virginia campus in Charlottesville. The march came hours before a Saturday rally that police anticipate will attract as many as 2,000 to 6,000 people, in an event that could be the “largest hate-gathering of it’s kind in decades in the United States,” as described by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

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Firing Mueller would be a catastrophic mistake

(CNN)On October 20, 1973, President Richard Nixon executed the infamous “Saturday Night Massacre” in which Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox was fired and the special prosecutor’s office was shut down. President Trump said Thursday that he hasn’t given any thought to firing Robert Mueller, who is leading the Russia investigation that Trump has described as a “witch hunt.” Join us on Twitter and Facebook A firing of Mueller should lead…

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The last resort: How a US strike on North Korea could play out

Washington (CNN)It’s the no-win situation that can only be imagined by US military officials tasked with preparing for a worst-case scenario — conducting a preemptive strike on North Korea. Such an operation would consist of a swift and multi-dimensional attack, as the fight would be defined by the first minute of combat, according to Jerry Hendrix, a retired Navy captain and senior fellow at the Center for New American Security….

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Chinese mother tries to mail her baby to an orphanage

Beijing (CNN)A 24-year-old woman is under police investigation in Fuzhou, China after she attempted to mail her newborn baby to an orphanage wrapped in plastic bags. Luo placed the baby girl inside several black plastic bags Wednesday and then refused to let a courier inspect the contents of her package when he arrived to pick it up, local media reported. China’s abandoned children Police try to save newborn wedged in…

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‘We could be gone tomorrow’: Life in North Korea’s crosshairs

Hagata, Guam (CNN)With rough, calloused hands, Guam local Marco Martinez steadily trims his fishing line. “If it does happen, OK, it happens, but I just try not to really think about it,” Martinez told CNN. Martinez was born and raised on this small island of 160,000 or so people. They’re used to living with intimidation from North Korea, including in 2013 when Pyongyang warned that the island was within its…

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In McConnell spat, Trump banks on his base

Washington (CNN)The only surprise about President Donald Trump’s flare-up with Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell is that it took so long. Political logic? While Trump appears to be alienating one of the top Republicans he needs most in Washington by searing McConnell, there is some political logic behind his attacks. To begin with, the clash gels with the President’s political sweet spot, setting him up as the frustrated agent of…

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Get ready for a more militant and ‘woke’ NAACP

(CNN) The NAACP has described itself as the “oldest and boldest” civil rights group in America, but it may soon tack on another word to its billing: “woke.” But something changed when a local NAACP official recently found a way to catapult the group back into the national spotlight. He issued a travel advisory for the state of Missouri, urging “extreme CAUTION” for any person of color traveling there. The…

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Netanyahu strikes defiant tone amid probes

Tel Aviv, Israel (CNN)Hundreds of Israelis welcomed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to a Likud Party rally in Tel Aviv where he delivered a defiant speech Wednesday night. “You can see both the left and the media,” Netanyahu told the crowd who responded with boos. “They are enlisting now in an obsessive and unprecedented hunt against me and my family with a goal to carry out a government coup. Their objective…

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‘Sex and the City’ star could run for NY governor

(CNN)“Sex and the City” star Cynthia Nixon appears to be considering a run for governor of New York. On the “Today” show on Tuesday, she said she was being encouraged to throw her hat in the ring, but declined to say whether she would do so. Nixon has been a longtime political advocate, particularly on education issues, and served on Mayor Bill de Blasio’s advisory board for the Mayor’s Fund…

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Unarmed Russian Air Force jet overflies the Pentagon, Capitol, CIA

(CNN)An unarmed Russian Air Force aircraft overflew the US Capitol, the Pentagon, Central Intelligence Agency and Joint Base Andrews at low altitude on Wednesday as part of a longstanding treaty that allows the militaries of the United States and Russia to observe the other from the air, according to two people familiar with the flight. What do Russians think about Trump? Putin: Anti-Russia hysteria growing in US

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Guam residents stoic in the face of North Korean missile threat

Hagatna, Guam (CNN)It’s the tiny island in the eye of a geopolitical storm. The country’s military leaders are finalizing a plan to present to Kim Jong Un in mid-August to fire four intermediate-range Hwasong-12 missiles over Japan to land less than 25 miles (40 kilometers) from the Guam, stated media reported Thursday. The tiny Pacific island, the largest in the Marianas group, is home to two significant US military bases….

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Guam under threat: Can the US shoot down North Korean missiles?

(CNN)The United States is likely to “seriously consider” shooting down any North Korean missiles tests aimed at the waters around the US territory of Guam, but experts warn the technology isn’t guaranteed to work. Adam Mount, senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, told CNN the US military could use its THAAD defense system or Aegis destroyers to stop any North Korean projectiles. THAAD, or the Terminal High Altitude…

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