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Theresa May says Brexit deal 'cannot mean membership of single market'

Britain will pull out of the single market when it leaves the European Union, Theresa May said today - finally ending months of uncertainty and …

BHS owners consider closing 52 struggling stores

Retail Acquistions, the new owners of department store chain, draw up list of BHS stores that could be closed<p>The new owners of BHS have drawn up a list of 52 underperforming stores that they could close, sell off or downsize<p>Retail Acquisitions has appointed property agents Jackson Criss and Charles …

David Cameron maintains high approval rating, despite Labour’s poll lead

David Cameron,Ed Miliband,Nigel Farage,Labour,Conservatives,UK Independence party (Ukip),General election 2015,Politics,UK news<p>Latest Opinium/Observer poll shows the prime minister’s voter approval rating at 41%, while Ed Miliband achieves just 23% approval<p>David Cameron’s personal polling is at its …

30-car pile-up on M40 leaves at least one person dead

Separate crashes on the M40 in Oxfordshire and M1 in Bedfordshire leave at least four people dead<p>Four people, including three men travelling in the same car, were killed in motorway crashes as families took to the roads for the half term break.<p>The two fatal crashes happened within an hour of each …

Ed Miliband needs a shrink, says Alastair Campbell

Former Labour spin doctor Alastair Campbell has said that all politicians need the services of a psychological counsellor<p>Every politician in Britain should be seeking psychological help, according to Alastair Campbell.<p>The former Downing Street spin doctor said consulting mental health professionals …

ISIS 'Plans More Burnings' As 17 Orange-Clad Captives Seen In Cages

Harrowing pictures have emerged which appear to show captured Kurdish fighters paraded in cages by Islamic State militants through the streets of …

Flawless 100-carat diamond goes on display in London

The largest ever 'perfect' diamond believed to be worth as much as £16 million has arrived in London ahead of its spring auction in New York<p>The largest "perfect" diamond ever to be auctioned touched down in <b>London</b> ahead of its predicted £16 million sale in <b>New York</b> this spring.<p>Considered to be …

Here's what the world would look like if countries were as big as their population sizes

Because they portray our world in only two dimensions, continents and countries become skewed, as does our perception of how big they truly are.<p>And that doesn't even factor in how many people actually live in these places.<p>Inspired by a similar 10-year-old map by cartographer Paul Breding that …

Geography

China is marching into uncharted territory and that should scare you

China's inflation figures just hit a five-year low . Price growth is falling for consumers, and companies producing goods are already recording sharp deflation.<p>Why does it matter? One simple reason: debt.<p>China's debts as a proportion of GDP climbed to <b>245%</b> in 2014 from <b>144%</b> in 2007. That debt is …

Economics

ISIS May Be Gone, But Life Has Yet To Return To Normal In Northern Iraq

The graffiti in Snuny — an Iraqi city at the base of Mount Sinjar that Kurdish peshmerga fighters recently regained control of — provides a kind of shorthand for its recent history.<p>There's black graffiti on some buildings, proclaiming "This is the Islamic State." It's been scribbled out.<p>Over it, …

ISIS Hurls Gay Men Off Buildings, Stones Them: Analysts

ISIS has released images that appear to show gay men being hurled off buildings and then stoned to death, part of the militants' self-professed mission to crack down on "sexual deviance."<p>The horrific execution tactic is the latest in a string of brutal punishment methods applied by ISIS under its …

Italy stunned by baby's death in ambulance after 'hospitals turned her away'

Italy is in shock. A young mother is in mourning.<p>And public health services are under scrutiny after a newborn baby with breathing difficulties died – reportedly turned away from at least three hospitals on Sicily because of lack of space.<p>Running out of options, the ambulance carrying little Nicole …

Spy agencies fund climate research in hunt for weather weapon, scientist fears

US expert Alan Robock raises concern over who would control climate-altering technologies if research is paid for by intelligence agencies<p>A senior US scientist has expressed concern that the intelligence services are funding climate change research to learn if new technologies could be used as …

ISIS closing in? Terror group seizes Iraqi town 5 miles from Marine base

Islamic State has reportedly seized al-Baghdadi, in Iraq’s Anbar Province, 5 miles from an air base staffed by U.S. Marines, as the terror group continues its push beyond its bases in Syria and Iraq in an attempt to establish militant affiliates in other countries.<p>Hundreds of Islamic State fighters …

A detailed look at the Middle East that might have been

In 1919, President Woodrow Wilson dispatched a theologian named Henry King and a plumbing-parts magnate named Charles Crane to sort out the Middle East.<p>Amid the collapse of the Ottoman Empire following World War I, the region's political future was uncertain, and the two men seemed to provide the …

Middle East

Scorpion on a plane: flight attendants kill arachnid after it stings passenger

• Not clear how scorpion got on plane but flight originated in Mexico<br>• Woman gets off Alaska Airlines flight and refuses additional medical treatment<p>A scorpion stung a woman on the hand just before her flight from Los Angeles to Portland took off.<p>Flight 567 was taxiing on the runway Saturday night when …

Flying

Only 40% of the global population live in free countries

Among war, terrorism, brutal dictatorships and other drops in democratic standards, the state of freedom worsened in nearly every part of the world …

One of Poland's leading presidential candidates just vowed for better ties with Russia

Magdalena Ogorek told a convention of the Democratic Left Alliance that Poland cannot afford to continue being described as "enemy No. 1" in the Russian media.<p>Poland's center-right government, which includes communist-era dissidents, has been one of Europe's most vocal critics of Putin's actions in …

Communist Party

Rome may sell Square Colosseum to Fendi as city faces cash crisis

Built under orders of Benito Mussolini, structure could become home of fashion house as state-owned property business struggles with money<p>A cash shortage in Rome could see the city’s fascist-era Square Colosseum sold to the fashion house Fendi, despite calls in the Italian capital to keep the …

Italy

UK: Tower of London poppies artist Paul Cummins 'received death threats'

The artist who created the Tower of London poppy exhibition received death threats, it has been revealed.<p>The installation titled Blood Swept Lands …

New particle in physics may be found this year

The Large Hadron Collider, built by the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), has undergone major upgrades this year will begin its second, three-year run.<p>CERN says that after a two-year break for upgrades, the LHC will be twice as powerful this time.<p>The collider is already credited …

Physics

Copenhagen Shooting Update: Omar El-Hussein Identified As Terror Attacks Suspect Killed By Police

Police in Denmark have not yet confirmed the identity of the man killed in a shootout Sunday morning, but Omar El-Hussein, 22, fits a description …

Amidst Scandal and Crisis, a Way Forward For Resource Governance in Latin America

Countries like Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru are among the resource-rich economies in Latin America that have made inroads their extractive sectors, particularly regarding transparency in revenues. Others, like Venezuela, that are embroiled in major economic crises illustrate the extent to which …

Carnival parades begin at Rio's Sambadrome, despite deluge

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The show went on Sunday at the world's most-celebrated Carnival parades, despite a tropical deluge that soaked thousands of …

Brazil

Motorist caught driving 128mph in a 30mph zone in UK's 'worst ever' speeding case

The driver was caught on camera as he shot along London Road, East Grinstead in West Sussex<p>A motorist has been caught driving at a staggering 128mph in a 30mph zone, in what has been described as “worst ever” case of speeding in the UK.<p>The driver was caught on camera as he shot along London Road, …

Kayla Mueller's boyfriend describes efforts to free her from ISIS captors

Kayla Mueller stood before her boyfriend in a Syrian detention cell, faced with a question that could have secured her freedom from Islamic State militants.<p>"Why are you telling them you are not my wife?" Omar Alkhani asked Mueller before she broke down in tears.<p>"I don't know," she said.<p>Alkhani had …

Both sides say Ukraine truce largely in force

Ukraine's government and pro-Russia rebels have said that a ceasefire that began at midnight local time (22:00 GMT) is holding but that there have been some violations.<p>The ceasefire is seen as a first step in a peace plan aimed at ending 10 months of conflict in eastern Ukraine.<p>Within two hours …

MI5 accused of covering up sexual abuse at boys’ home

Court case to address alleged cover-up of British state involvement at the Kincora children’s home in Northern Ireland<p>MI5 is facing allegations it was complicit in the sexual abuse of children, the high court in Northern Ireland will hear on Tuesday.<p>Victims of the abuse are taking legal action to …

The world's tallest tower block goes on sale

Luxury apartments in India's Lodha tower - the world's tallest residential skyscraper - go on sale in London starting at £1.4m<p>Fancy living on the 117th floor, overlooking the Arabian Sea, in a penthouse designed by Giorgio Armani and with your very own cricket pitch?<p>Luxury apartments in the world's …

A newly built 27,000-square-foot chateau is on sale in Houston, Texas for $43 million

The newly built monumental mansion is reminiscent of Versailles with hand-painted decorations, period-inspired molding, and its lavishly gilted details.<p>It has eight bedrooms, seven full bathrooms and four half baths, a library, three different kitchens, and a fitness center. There's also has a …

Dining Rooms