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  • Brexit: May to make statement outside No 10 after no-confidence vote fails – Politics live
    by Mattha Busby (now), Andrew Sparrow, Matthew Weaver and Kate Lyons (earlier) on 16 Gennaio 2019 at 22:03

    Government defeats Labour’s no-confidence motion with 325 to 306 votes amid uncertainty over next stepsFull story: Theresa May’s government survives voteObsession, vanity or grit: what makes May tick?How did your MP vote?Extracts from Tom Watson’s damning speech on MayEvening summary 10.02pm GMTThe BBC’s news bulletin is in progress and the prime minister is expected to appear any moment.It is believed that Theresa May has held some talks with unspecified party leaders tonight. 9.56pm GMTMay’s statement is due in the next few minutes at 10pm. This will be her fourth public appearance during what must have been one of the most testing days in her political career.The podium is erected in front of Number 10 Downing Street. You can watch it live if you click on the video feed at the top of this blog. Or here: Continue reading... […]

  • Trump signs bill to ensure federal employees hit by shutdown get back pay – live
    by Ben Jacobs in Washington on 16 Gennaio 2019 at 21:45

    Legislation means federal employees will be paid eventually but have no means of covering bills in the meantimeSign up to the daily US morning briefing 9.45pm GMTTrump signed a bill today to guarantee pay for federal employees furloughed during the shutdown. The legislation means that they will paid eventually but have no means of covering bills in the meantime. It also doesn’t effect those on contracts with the government.The federal workers will be paid after the shutdown is over, but government contractors impacted by shutdown still without pay 9.28pm GMTPresident Donald Trump is now meeting with several Republican senators at the White House from across the ideological spectrum about the U.S. military presence in Syria.The president is holding a meeting on Syria right now with several senators, including Rand Paul, Marco Rubio and Joni Ernst. This was scheduled before the attack happened, an official said. Continue reading... […]

  • Top North Korean officials reportedly set for Washington visit
    by Reuters in Seoul on 16 Gennaio 2019 at 21:18

    Mike Pompeo and Kim Yong-chol are expected to meet on Friday to discuss a second summit, US and South Korean media reportedThree North Korean officials, including the top envoy involved in talks with the United States, are booked on a flight to Washington, South Korean media reported on Wednesday, suggesting possible movement toward a second summit between Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.US and South Korean media quoted sources as saying that the US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, and senior North Korean official Kim Yong-chol were expected to meet on Friday in the US capital to discuss the summit. Continue reading... […]

  • It’s now or never for May. Time to compromise on Brexit | Martin Kettle
    by Martin Kettle on 16 Gennaio 2019 at 20:52

    The prime minister has survived a vote of no confidence. Her fate now rests on how flexible she is prepared to beIt is said that the past is a foreign country. But after the Brexit referendum, it is the present, not the past, where we do things differently. No government in British history has taken such a Commons beating as Theresa May suffered on Tuesday. Yet, 24 hours later, the selfsame MPs who had thrown out her UK-EU Brexit deal by 432 votes to 202 now handed her premiership a fresh lifeline. The 118 Conservative MPs who voted her policy down on Tuesday backed her on Wednesday, as though it were the most natural thing in the world to do.By voting by 325 to 306 that they still had confidence in May’s government, the House of Commons turned the ordinary meaning of words on their head. But this wasn’t a vote of confidence in any normal sense. It was a suboptimal tribal choice between a government led by May and one led by Jeremy Corbyn. It was a knockabout partisan diversion from the main national issue, which now resumes. The loss leaves Corbyn with fewer defences against Labour’s second-vote campaigners. But the victory also finds May still wedded to her defeated Brexit policy, and settled in for another year in Downing Street. Continue reading... […]

  • Four Americans killed in Syria blast claimed by Isis
    by Martin Chulov, Middle East correspondent and Julian Borger in Washington on 16 Gennaio 2019 at 20:40

    Two US soldiers, a defence department civilian official and contractor were killed, US Central Command confirmsA suicide bombing claimed by the Islamic State has killed four Americans in north-eastern Syria, just weeks after Donald Trump said the terrorist group had been defeated and announced he was withdrawing American forces.The bomber struck on Wednesday inside a restaurant in the town of Manbij, where US troops had regularly gathered. As many as 16 people were killed in the attack, the most deadly to target American forces during their four year presence in Syria. Continue reading... […]

  • Iranian ambassador claims Free Nazanin campaign is 'unhelpful'
    by Patrick Wintour Diplomatic editor on 16 Gennaio 2019 at 20:02

    Intervention comes as backers say Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has ended her hunger strikeThe Iranian ambassador to the UK has told the husband of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe that his campaign to secure her release from a Tehran jail is reducing her chances of freedom.Speaking in response to the announcement by the Free Nazanin campaign that Zaghari-Ratcliffe had brought her three-day hunger strike to an end after prison authorities agreed she could receive medical treatment for a lump in her breast, the Iranian ambassador, Hamid Baeidinejad, claimed that she had already been given full access to the required facilities. Continue reading... […]

  • Steve Carell to star in Netflix comedy based on Trump's space force
    by Guardian staff on 16 Gennaio 2019 at 20:00

    The actor will take the lead in a series he has co-created, following those tasked by the president to develop the space-based initiativeSteve Carell is set to head up a new comedy series for Netflix based on Donald Trump’s space force initiative. Related: Schitt's Creek: the funniest sitcom you're (probably) not watching Continue reading... […]

  • Kirsten Gillibrand kicks off presidential campaign at New York diner
    by Erin Durkin in New York on 16 Gennaio 2019 at 19:54

    Democrat said she wants to ‘take on’ Trump because he is ‘ripping apart the fabric’ of the US at her first campaign stopThe Democratic senator Kirsten Gillibrand kicked off her campaign for president of the United States on Wednesday, saying she wants to take on Donald Trump because he is “ripping apart the fabric of this country”. Related: Kirsten Gillibrand: New York Democrat will run for president in 2020 Continue reading... […]

  • Andrew Wheeler: Trump's EPA pick says climate change 'not the greatest crisis'
    by Emily Holden in Washington on 16 Gennaio 2019 at 19:44

    The former coal lobbyist took over the EPA when his predecessor Scott Pruitt resigned after months of controversyA former coal lobbyist Donald Trump has nominated to run the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday touted rolling back pollution standards and declined to identify climate change as a crisis requiring unprecedented action from the US.Andrew Wheeler, the deputy administrator who took over when his predecessor Scott Pruitt resigned after months of controversy, said in his confirmation hearing that he is carrying out the president’s “regulatory reform agenda”. Wheeler called the US the “gold standard for environmental progress”. Continue reading... […]

  • Six in 10 wild coffee species endangered by habitat loss
    by Fiona Harvey Environment correspondent on 16 Gennaio 2019 at 19:00

    Kew scientists’ analysis of 124 wild species shows 60% facing possible extinction, risking viability of commercial stock Wild coffee species are under threat, with 60% of them facing possible extinction, including Arabica, the original of the world’s most popular form of coffee, researchers say.Most coffee species are found in the forests of Africa and Madagascar. They are threatened by climate change and the loss of natural habitat, as well as by the spread of diseases and pests. Continue reading... […]

  • Industry alliance sets out $1bn to tackle oceans' plastic waste
    by Fiona Harvey Environment correspondent on 16 Gennaio 2019 at 18:55

    Greenpeace sceptical about corporate polluters as alliance launched to reduce wasteThe scourge of plastic waste in the world’s oceans is the target of a new global alliance of businesses which says it will try to reduce the amount of plastic waste produced and improve recycling.The Alliance to End Plastic Waste, launched on Wednesday, includes companies producing consumer goods and plastic, as well as waste management and recycling firms. Among more than 25 companies joining the effort are household names such as Procter & Gamble, Shell, BASF and ExxonMobil. Continue reading... […]

  • Karen Pence: VP's wife to teach at school that bans LGBT students
    by Sam Wolfson on 16 Gennaio 2019 at 18:20

    Second lady joins Immanuel Christian school where students and teachers who condone homosexuality are not welcomeKaren Pence, the second lady of the United States, has started a job at a school that bans LGBT pupils and staff.Pence, who is married to the vice-president, Mike Pence, will be teaching art twice a week at Immanuel Christian, an elementary school in northern Virginia. Continue reading... […]

  • Sherrilyn Kenyon accuses husband of 'Shakespearean plot' to poison her
    by Alison Flood on 16 Gennaio 2019 at 17:59

    In an explosive lawsuit, author of bestselling Dark-Hunter novels accuses her husband and two others of attempting to destroy her careerBestselling urban fantasy novelist Sherrilyn Kenyon has filed a lawsuit against her husband that accuses him of poisoning her for financial gain, as well as attempting to destroy her career and reputation, in what she described as a “Shakespearean plot against her”.Kenyon, author of the chart-topping Dark-Hunter series, is suing Lawrence R Kenyon II, as well as two individuals employed by the Kenyons, for up to $20m (£15.5m). Continue reading... […]

  • Move aside, Gillette: four products to rile men who like their masculinity toxic
    by Max Benwell on 16 Gennaio 2019 at 17:55

    Following the razor brand’s viral ad criticising toxic masculinity, expect a new wave of woke marketing in 2019Gillette’s new advert has sharply divided the internet with its critique of toxic masculinity, after suggesting that men in 2019 could be doing better in some areas. The campaign has been met with outrage in some quarters and triggered a meltdown among so-called men’s rights activists, a typically sensitive bunch. Related: Gillette #MeToo ad on 'toxic masculinity' gets praise – and abuse Continue reading... […]

  • Marcelo Bielsa admits Leeds have spied on every opponent this season
    by Louise Taylor on 16 Gennaio 2019 at 17:41

    • Manager says it is not illegal but not necessarily right• Bielsa insists he had no bad intentions or wish to cheatMarcelo Bielsa has admitted Leeds United have spied on all their opponents this season but remains adamant no specific rules were broken and believes he is guilty of stupidity rather than cheating.“I observed all the rivals we played against and watched the training sessions of all opponents,” said the Leeds manager in the course of an extraordinary, unscheduled, press conference cum coaching masterclass at the club’s training headquarters near Wetherby. Continue reading... […]

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