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Theresa May urges EU to retain trade terms for two years after Brexit (4 hours old)

UK prime minister says transition period needed before new "partnership" with EU, in Brexit speech.

Brexit: What did we learn from Theresa May's Florence speech? (9 hours old)

What did Theresa May's Florence speech tell us about her vision for Brexit?

UK's credit rating downgraded by Moody's (1 hour 8 minutes old)

Ratings agency cites concerns about the UK's public finances and economic uncertainty around Brexit.

Two million couples missing out on tax break, says HMRC (2 hours old)

Married couples - or those in civil partnerships - can claim a tax allowance worth £230 a year.

Uber London loses licence to operate (9 hours old)

Ride-hailing app Uber is "not fit and proper" to operate in London, the transport regulator says.

Russia: Trump and Kim are like 'children in a kindergarten' (2 hours old)

Russia's foreign minister says Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un are acting like fighting schoolchildren.

Puerto Rico dam failure "imminent" after Hurricane Maria (1 hour 12 minutes old)

More than 70,000 people who live near the dam are warned they face "a life-threatening situation".

McCain torpedoes Republican Obamacare repeal plan again (5 hours old)

The senator says he "cannot in good conscience" approve the plan, which is backed by President Trump.

Mystery of the 'Google' of 1865 (8 hours old)

The notebook contains a range of weird and wonderful recipes and tips, including advice for moustache care.

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg drops controversial stock plan (2 hours old)

The Facebook chief executive says he still plans to sell up to $12bn (£9bn) of stock to fund philanthropy.

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The Guardian

Theresa May asks EU for two-year Brexit transition period (7 hours old)

Speech calling for a pause to full exit until 2021 described as ‘constructive’ by Michel Barnier, the bloc’s chief negotiatorTheresa May proposed pausing a full Brexit until 2021 by asking EU countries to agree to a two-year transition period during which the UK would continue to enjoy unfettered access to the single market.The prime minister said the government would be prepared to accept EU rules in that time, including allowing EU citizens to live and work in Britain, submitting to European laws and continuing to pay into the EU budget. Continue reading...

John McCain says he can't vote for Republican plan to replace Obamacare (4 hours old)

Republican senator’s stance will make it increasingly difficult for party leaders to get the votes they need to eliminate the Affordable Care ActRead John McCain’s statement in fullJohn McCain said on Friday he could not “in good conscience” vote for the latest Republican proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), dealing a potentially fatal blow to the plan. Related: Republicans' new health bill would hit women hardest, experts say Continue reading...

Uber stripped of London licence due to lack of corporate responsibility (1 hour 14 minutes old)

US ride-hailing company will appeal ruling but the new chief executive admits it is the ‘cost of a bad reputation’Uber has been stripped of its London licence in a surprise move that dealt a serious blow to one of Silicon Valley’s fastest rising companies and sparked an outcry from a coalition of customers, government ministers and drivers at the ride-hailing company.The firm’s application for a new licence in London was rejected on the basis that the company is not a “fit and proper” private car hire operator. Continue reading...

Briton dies after boat capsizes during Hurricane Maria (4 hours old)

British Royal Navy helicopter rescued a woman and two children from vessel but fourth person is ‘missing, presumed dead’, according to US Coast Guard A British man has died after a boat capsized off Puerto Rico near the island of Vieques, as Hurricane Maria swept across the region.The US Coast Guard in Miami said a British Royal Navy helicopter hoisted a woman and two children from the overturned vessel on Thursday. Continue reading...

Iraqi teenager appears in court accused of Parsons Green bombing (8 hours old)

Ahmed Hassan, 18, an asylum seeker living in Surrey, charged with attempted murder and causing an explosionAn 18-year-old Iraqi orphan appeared in court on Friday accused of planting the bomb that half-exploded on a rush-hour London tube train, injuring 30 people.Ahmed Hassan, an asylum seeker living in Sunbury-on-Thames, Surrey, was charged with attempted murder and with causing an explosion in breach of the Explosive Substances Act. Continue reading...

Germany faces first far-right party in parliament since second world war (5 hours old)

Alternative für Deutschland could become main opposition group if Merkel keeps her coalition together, bringing raft of entitlements to populist partyGermany is bracing itself for a watershed moment in its postwar history, with an overtly nationalist party is set to emphatically enter the country’s parliament for the first time in almost six decades.Rightwing populist Alternative für Deutschland has strengthened its upward trajectory in the last week before the vote, with two polls published on Friday showing the party on third place. Continue reading...

Prince Charles is called to public debate by designer Richard Rogers (8 hours old)

The designer says he knows of five developers who privately consulted prince over architects, fearing his oppositionRichard Rogers has challenged Prince Charles to engage in public debate over Britain’s built environment after claiming he knows of five developers who privately consulted him over their choice of architects because they fear his opposition.The Labour peer and designer of the Pompidou Centre reopened a simmering row over the heir to the throne’s interventions in architecture by alleging in a new book that the developers consulted the palace “to check what would be acceptable”. Ro[...]

Britain's credit rating downgraded over Brexit and state of public finances (3 hours old)

Moody’s knocks UK’s rating down again, from Aa1 to Aa2, after being the first major credit ratings agency to deprive UK of AAA rating following Brexit voteBritain’s credit rating has been downgraded a further notch, with Moody’s saying the government’s plans to fix the public finances had been knocked off course and Brexit would weigh on the economy. The ratings agency, which was the first major credit ratings agency to strip Britain of its top-notch AAA rating in 2016, said it had cut the rating to Aa2 from Aa1. Continue reading...

New Zealand election: voting begins as Ardern and English fight closest battle in years (4 hours old)

Jacinda Ardern’s revitalised Labour party is looking to upset prime minister Bill English’s plans for a fourth term for NationalFollow all the results on our live blog when polling closesVoting opens on Saturday for New Zealand’s most exciting general election in years, with New Zealanders asked to decide between the status quo of National or taking a punt on new Labour leader Jacinda Ardern. Related: New Zealand's general election: all you need to know Continue reading...

Head of G4S detention centre quits after abuse allegations (7 hours old)

Ben Saunders quits Brook House immigration centre after BBC screened footage showing apparent ill treatmentThe head of a G4S-run immigration removal centre, which was the subject of an undercover BBC Panorama investigation over allegations of bullying and abuse, has resigned with immediate effect.Ben Saunders, the director of Brook House immigration removal centre (IRC) near Gatwick airport, was placed on administrative leave earlier this month. Continue reading...

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BBC News - UK

Theresa May urges EU to retain trade terms for two years after Brexit (4 hours old)

UK prime minister says transition period needed before new "partnership" with EU, in Brexit speech.

Two million couples missing out on tax break, says HMRC (2 hours old)

Married couples - or those in civil partnerships - can claim a tax allowance worth £230 a year.

Parsons Green attack: Man in court charged with attempted murder (3 hours old)

Ahmed Hassan, 18, is accused of attempted murder over last Friday's bomb attack on a London Tube.

UK's credit rating downgraded by Moody's (1 hour 8 minutes old)

Ratings agency cites concerns about the UK's public finances and economic uncertainty around Brexit.

Uber London loses licence to operate (9 hours old)

Ride-hailing app Uber is "not fit and proper" to operate in London, the transport regulator says.

Southfields burned garden body: Two charged with murder (12 hours old)

A man and woman appear in court following the discovery of charred remains in Southfields.

G4S immigration centre boss Ben Saunders resigns (8 hours old)

The head of a G4S-run immigration removal centre which was the focus of a Panorama investigation resigns.

UK chip designer Imagination bought by Chinese firm (2 hours old)

UK tech firm Imagination, which has designed chips for iPhones, is being bought for £550m.

University Challenge student cleared of rape  (12 hours old)

Bartholomeo Joly de Lotbiniere, who appeared on University Challenge in 2015, is acquitted of rape.

Slough named as the 'best place' to work and live (16 hours old)

The town immortalised by 'The Office' is a "prime spot" for jobs and a good quality of life.

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World news | The Guardian

Puerto Rico evacuates 70,000 after dam fails in Hurricane Maria's wake (4 hours old)

National Weather Service says: ‘This is an extremely dangerous situation’Maria knocked out island’s power and several rivers hit record flood levelsOfficials are rushing to evacuate tens of thousands of people from their homes in western Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria inflicted structural damage on a dam and unleashed “extremely dangerous” flash floods.Some 70,000 residents in the municipalities of Isabela and Quebradillas were being evacuated by bus after a crack appeared in the nearly 90-year old Guajataca dam. Continue reading...

Germany faces first far-right party in parliament since second world war (5 hours old)

Alternative für Deutschland could become main opposition group if Merkel keeps her coalition together, bringing raft of entitlements to populist partyGermany is bracing itself for a watershed moment in its postwar history, with an overtly nationalist party is set to emphatically enter the country’s parliament for the first time in almost six decades.Rightwing populist Alternative für Deutschland has strengthened its upward trajectory in the last week before the vote, with two polls published on Friday showing the party on third place. Continue reading...

New Zealand election: voting begins as Ardern and English fight closest battle in years (4 hours old)

Jacinda Ardern’s revitalised Labour party is looking to upset prime minister Bill English’s plans for a fourth term for NationalFollow all the results on our live blog when polling closesVoting opens on Saturday for New Zealand’s most exciting general election in years, with New Zealanders asked to decide between the status quo of National or taking a punt on new Labour leader Jacinda Ardern. Related: New Zealand's general election: all you need to know Continue reading...

Macron takes a page from Trump to change France's labour laws (10 hours old)

French president signs set of controversial executive orders in the style of US leader during televised ceremony in Élysée Palace The French president, Emmanuel Macron, has signed a controversial set of executive orders making sweeping changes to France’s complex labour laws at a highly stage-managed ceremony in the style of the US president, Donald Trump. The defiant signing ceremony – televised live from Macron’s desk in the Élysée Palace on Friday – appears to be part of the president’s drive to present himself as a reformer prepared to push through changes. Continue reading...

John McCain says he can't vote for Republican plan to replace Obamacare (4 hours old)

Republican senator’s stance will make it increasingly difficult for party leaders to get the votes they need to eliminate the Affordable Care ActRead John McCain’s statement in fullJohn McCain said on Friday he could not “in good conscience” vote for the latest Republican proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), dealing a potentially fatal blow to the plan. Related: Republicans' new health bill would hit women hardest, experts say Continue reading...

Brazil's army returns to Rio favela amid clashes between gangs and police (4 hours old)

Army heads to Rocinha favela in Rio de Janeiro after schools, businesses and a major road closed during fighting between drug gang members and policeAfter almost a week of intense gun battles between rival drug gangsters and the police, Brazil’s army has been deployed to encircle the sprawling Rocinha favela in Rio de Janeiro. A spokesperson for military command said on Friday that airspace over the neighbourhood had been closed, and local media showed images of soldiers arriving in the community. Continue reading...

Japan braces as North Korea threatens hydrogen bomb test in Pacific (13 hours old)

Kim Jong-un warns ‘deranged’ Trump he will ‘pay dearly’ for North Korea threatsTrump says Kim ‘who is obviously a madman’ will be ‘tested like never before’Japan must brace itself for the possible launch of a nuclear-armed North Korean missile over its territory if the regime carries out a threat to test a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific Ocean, Japan’s defence minister has said.The warning followed an extraordinary exchange of insults between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un in response to the US president’s threat at the UN general assembly to “totally destroy” North Korea if Washington was forced t[...]

Kalashnikov statue altered after sculptor's monumental error (5 hours old)

Tribute to famous Russian rifle creator unveiled in Moscow mistakenly depicted German second world war gun insteadWorkers have removed part of a new monument to Mikhail Kalashnikov, the inventor of the Soviet Union’s AK-47 assault rifle, after eagle-eyed Russians noticed that it mistakenly depicted a German second world war weapon. Related: 30ft-high statue of Mikhail Kalashnikov unveiled in Moscow Continue reading...

Catalan leader accuses Spanish government of Franco-style crackdown (8 hours old)

Carles Puigdemont says flooding region with police to stop looming referendum is a massive, undemocratic overreactionCatalonia’s president has accused the Spanish government of a massive and profoundly undemocratic overreaction to its bid for independence, saying the state’s efforts to stop the looming referendum exceed the security measures used at the height of Eta’s terror campaign.Speaking to the Guardian at the end of a turbulent week that has seen 14 senior Catalan officials arrested, almost 10m ballot papers seized and thousands more police ordered to the region, Carles Puigdemont said [...]

Syrian opposition activist and her journalist daughter murdered in Turkey (9 hours old)

60-year-old Orouba Barakat and 22-year-old daughter Halla were found overnight in their apartment in Istanbul’s Uskudar neighbourhoodA Syrian opposition activist and her journalist daughter have been found murdered in their apartment in Istanbul, the Istanbul police department said on Friday. The bodies of 60-year-old Orouba Barakat and her 22-year-old daughter Halla were found overnight in their apartment in Istanbul’s Uskudar neighbourhood in the Asian side of the city. Continue reading...

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