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Cameron to meet Juncker at Chequers in EU renegotiation 'charm offensive'

David Cameron will launch a push to win support for changes to the EU next week by entertaining the European commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker, at Chequers before meetings with François Hollande and Angela Merkel.<p>The UK prime minister began his campaign for EU renegotiation at a summit in …

Europe

Cameron: Tough times for EU ahead of UK membership vote

RIGA, Latvia (AP) — British Prime Minister David Cameron set off Friday on a whirlwind campaign to change the way the European Union is run, warning of a rough road ahead to achieve the reform needed to keep his country from leaving.<p>Ever the halfhearted EU member, Britain now wants to cut back the …

Seasons May Tweak Genes That Trigger Some Chronic Diseases

The seasons appear to influence when certain genes are active, with those associated with inflammation being more active in the winter, according to new research released Tuesday.<p>A study involving more than 16,000 people found that the activity of about 4,000 of those genes appears to be affected …

Chronic Disease

Bangladeshi secularist blogger Ananta Bijoy Das hacked to death | DW | 12.05.2015

Machete wielders hacked blogger Ananta Bijoy Das to death in Bangladesh's northern city Sylhet on Tuesday.<p>"Attackers wearing masks hacked Ananta …

Dozens dead after another major earthquake centered in Nepal

<i>Have you been affected? Tell us your experiences</i> but stay safe<p><b>(CNN) —</b><p>Latest developments<p>• At least 65 people have died in Nepal from Tuesday's magnitude-7.3 earthquake there, the Nepali government said Wednesday. The number of people injured now stands at 1,926, said Nepali Home Ministry spokesman …

Natural Disasters

Britain celebrates the 70th anniversary of VE Day, in pictures - Telegraph

China's smartphone market reaching saturation as Apple takes top spot

A new smartphone market share report says that smartphone shipments in China fell 4.3 per cent in the first quarter compared with a year ago. Since 2011 China has been the world’s largest smartphone market and was in many ways a green field sector. Most people buying smartphones in China have, …

Selling

Victorious Cameron to brief party on EU strategy | Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - Buoyed by a surprisingly clear-cut election victory, British Prime Minister David Cameron will name his new cabinet on Monday and meet Conservative lawmakers keen to hear how he plans to claw back more powers from the European Union.<p>Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron speaks …

United Kingdom

Cheese: the secret to a longer life and faster metabolism?

Good news for fromage fiends: a new study suggests a link between cheese consumption and a longer, healthier life<p>It's the best news we've had all year: a study suggests that cheese consumption could be the key to a faster metabolism and reduced obesity.<p>Scientists at Aarhus University in Denmark …

Holistic Medicine

Northampton woman, 39, took her own life after ‘constant battle’ to receive disability benefit

A 39-year-old Northampton woman who was unable to work due to chronic back pain killed herself after the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) …

DWP

Iran bans magazine after 'white marriage' special

Zanan-e Emrouz runs foul of country’s sharia-based laws with issue about unmarried couples cohabiting<p>Iran’s judiciary has banned a magazine for encouraging cohabitation, according to an Iranian newspaper.<p>Sex outside marriage is crime under Iran’s sharia-based laws, punishable by flogging. In cases …

South Asia

Major Earthquake Devastates Nepal: Pictures

Flowers

Japan's post-Fukushima nuclear restart plans dealt a blow by court ruling

A court in Japan has dealt a blow to plans by the prime minister, Shinzo Abe, to relaunch nuclear power generation four years after the Fukushima meltdown by halting the restart of two reactors over safety concerns.<p>The country’s Nuclear Regulation Authority had approved the restart of the reactors …

Energy

The Neurological Pleasures of Fast Fashion

Research shows that the brain finds pleasure in the pursuit of inexpensive things, and high-street chains and online retailers sites alike are cashing in.<p>In wealthy countries around the world, clothes shopping has become a widespread pastime, a powerfully pleasurable and sometimes addictive …

10 unlikely trends Sarah Jessica Parker made chic – in pictures

Sarah Jessica Parker turns 50 today. A style pioneer, from faux fur to ath-leisure, we’ve trawled through SJP’s best looks to gauge her influence

Sex and the City

Scientists 'grow' replica of the Crown Jewels

Ingredients from common household items such as drain unblocker, sandpaper and antiseptic cream are used to reproduce the Imperial State Crown<p>Scientists have got their hands on part of the Crown Jewels, by making their own.<p>Leading physicists have grown a replica of the Imperial State Crown, a key …

Mystery drones flown over Paris for second night

Authorities remain unable to catch the operators or determine whether the illegal flyovers are malicious<p>Unidentified drones have flown over Paris for a second night in a row in the latest mystery appearance of unmanned aircraft over the French capital.<p>The latest sightings follow a series of drone …

France

How to make a million dollars on Etsy — buy from Alibaba and run your store like eBay

Online marketplace Etsy is known as a place to buy home-made items, clothing, artworks, and jewelry created by individuals or produced in limited runs by small businesses. But not everyone using the site ascribes to this folksy philosophy. Others, such as Alicia Shaffer, are using Etsy like eBay, …

Al-Jazeera producer hopes to be cleared in Egypt retrial

CAIRO (AP) — An Al-Jazeera English journalist who is getting to know his six-month-old son for the first time after spending more than a year in Egyptian prisons said Tuesday he was optimistic that a retrial beginning next week would exonerate him.<p>Baher Mohammed, 31, was initially sentenced to 10 …

Labour candidate: we face 'existential threat' from Ukip in south

A Labour candidate for parliament has said his party could be wiped from the map of MPs in parts of southern England such as Kent, unless it effectively battles the advance of Ukip, in comments obtained by the Guardian.<p>Brendan Chilton, who is standing in Ashford and is a campaign director of Labour …

UKIP

HSBC: Swiss bank searched as officials launch money-laundering inquiry

Investigation into suspected ‘aggravated money laundering’ comes after Belgium and France begin scrutinising tax affairs of Europe’s biggest bank<p>Pressure on HSBC mounted on Wednesday when prosecutors in Switzerland announced a money-laundering investigation into its Geneva-based private banking …

Corruption

Stars on the front row at New York Fashion Week

The best Valentine’s Day outfit ideas for your hot date

27 images<p>Valentine's Day is round the corner, so whether you're out with your other half or with your girlfriends, we've rounded up the best date …

Clothing

Bibby Sowray

Researcher claims 'minor image privacy bugs' present on WhatsApp Web

Popular messaging service WhatsApp, which recently made headlines for its testing of a voice calling feature, reportedly has a minor security issue …

Greek finance minister: ECB's decision to disqualify Greek bonds as collateral would not affect financial sector

Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis said the European Central Bank's (ECB) recent decision to lift the waiver on credit requirements for Greek …

BT to raise 1 billion pounds via a placing to fund EE deal

LONDON (Reuters) - BT has finalised a deal to buy mobile operator EE for 12.5 billion pounds ($19 billion) and now faces a contested approval process to seal its status as Britain’s dominant communications company.<p>The deal, bringing together BT’s more than 10 million retail customers and EE’s 24.5 …

Telecoms

MPs urge UK to take greater role in fight against Isis in Iraq and Syria

The UK can and should be playing a greater role in the fight against the Islamic State (Isis) in Iraq and Syria, according to a group of MPs.<p>But the …

Nick Clegg Could Be Prime Minister For Month After Election If David Cameron 'F**ked Off', Says Lib Dem Sir Nick Harvey

Nick Clegg could serve as prime minister for a month after the general election until a new coalition is formed, a senior Lib Dem MP has …