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Jeremy Corbyn aide quits ahead of two crucial by-elections over Labour's lack of direction

One of Jeremy Corbyn's closest allies is allegedly quitting ahead of two crucial by-elections amid concern about Labour's lack of direction.<p>Simon Fletcher, Mr Corbyn's campaigns chief, is reportedly leaving the party after a series of dire polls suggested that the Conservatives have taken a record …

New Line of Pokemon Mega Bloks Revealed

Featuring Pikachu, Charizard and other Kanto region creatures.<p>New Pokemon toys are on the way, as the popular creature-collecting franchise has …

Pokémon

GM and Lyft could deliver a self-driving fleet next year

GM and Lyft announced their self-driving joint venture over a year ago, and now <i>Reuters</i> is hearing 2018 could be a big year for the effort. While a clear set of nationwide rules on autonomous cars could probably help solidify any plans, the outlet claims their test fleet could include "thousands" of …

Jeremy Corbyn says Tories are 'making a mockery' of the honours system

Jeremy Corbyn has claimed the Conservatives are “making a mockery” of the honours system with “crony appointments” in the New Year Honours list.<p>The …

Google acquires 360-degree photography startup Digisfera to beef up Street View

Google has acquired Digisfera, a startup focused on panoramic images. Digisfera’s employees will be joining the Street View team at Google “to continue building great experiences using 360° photography.” Financial details of the deal were not revealed.<p><b>Update</b>: Google confirmed the acquisition of …

Panoramic Photography

PM Cameron, broadcasters agree to pre-election TV debate

LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister David Cameron said on Tuesday he had agreed with broadcasters to join a seven-way televised debate with other political leaders ahead of the May 7 election.<p>Months of bitter wrangling culminated earlier this month in Cameron being labelled a coward by rivals after …

Labour Party

13 things to know about the Apple Watch

Any last questions we had about the Apple Watch were answered Monday afternoon.<p>During an event in San Francisco, CEO Tim Cook and other executives announced key details about the Apple Watch, including when it will go on sale, where it will be available, and exactly how much it costs.<p>Here's what we …

Smartwatches

Labour would cut top level of university tuition fees to £6,000

Ed Miliband pledges to lower fees from £9,000 by curtailing pension tax reliefs if Labour is elected, arguing current system of student finance is broken<p>Ed Miliband is pledging to fund a planned cut in the maximum level of university tuition fees from £9,000 to £6,000 by potentially raising £2bn a …

Higher Education

'Jihadi John' from Islamic State beheading videos unmasked as Londoner

LONDON/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The masked “Jihadi John” killer who fronted Islamic State beheading videos has been identified as Mohammed Emwazi, a British computer programming graduate from a well-to-do London family who was known to the security services.<p>The black-clad militant brandishing a knife …

Terrorism

Britain goes to war against Isil

Bombing in Iraq is backed by 524 to 43 MPs after David Cameron said the “psychopathic terrorists” must be destroyed<p>Britain is poised to join the war against Isil after Parliament overwhelmingly backed air strikes targeting the terrorists in Iraq.<p>David Cameron said there was a “strong case” for …

Middle East

U.S. and Arab allies launch first strikes on militants in Syria

WASHINGTON/BEIRUT (Reuters) - The United States and its Arab allies bombed militant groups in Syria for the first time on Tuesday, killing scores of Islamic State fighters, members of a separate al Qaeda-linked group and opening a new front amid shifting Middle East alliances.<p>The attacks …

Prince Harry's Invictus Games open at London Olympic Park

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/uk/1107000/1107407_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1526729697_ec3e8c96f945d5c007bddb26f3b0e095<p><b>The Invictus Games for wounded servicemen and women have opened at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London.</b><p>The Games, organised by Prince Harry, will …

Prince Harry

Scottish independence: Britain is facing its greatest constitutional crisis in 300 years

If Alex Samond wins, neither David Cameron nor Ed Miliband will survive – and that’s only the start<p>More than two years have elapsed since David Cameron gave the green light to the Scottish referendum. At the time, it didn’t seem that big a deal, either to the Prime Minister or to anyone else. It …

NATO chief asks Russia to pull back troops

NATO Secretary General has told the Kremlin to pull back Russian troops from Ukraine and to stop supporting rebels in eastern Ukraine, as leaders from the trans-atlantic military alliance meet in the UK.<p>"We call on Russia to pull back its troops from Ukraine and to stop the flow of arms, fighters …

ISIS Kills Second American Hostage Steven Sotloff - NBC News

Islamic State (ISIS)

'He was one of the greats of cinema': Actor and film director Richard Attenborough has died five days short of his 91st birthday

• <b>British actor died at lunchtime yesterday, five days before 91st birthday</b>• <b><br>He was one of Britain's leading actors, before becoming successful</b> …

Jurassic Park

Bank holiday weather set to be cold and damp in southern Britain

Met Office issues yellow weather warning for southern parts of the UK on Monday, with rest of UK expected to be cold but bright<p>Heavy rain and wind will roll in across southern Britain on Monday, spoiling the last long weekend of the year, forecaster say.<p>The Met Office has issued a sweeping yellow …

British National Tests Positive for Ebola in Sierra Leone

LONDON/FREETOWN - A British national living in Sierra Leone has tested positive for Ebola, the first Briton to fall victim to the deadly disease that has spread across West Africa, the Department of Health said. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that the current Ebola epidemic - the …

Disease

Climate Change Could Happen Slower for the Next Decade, Study Says

Temperatures have risen more slowly in the past decade than in the previous 50 years and will continue to rise at a somewhat slower rate in the next …

Sturridge's streak, Van Gaal laid bare & Aguero tops scoring charts - Opta's Weekend in Numbers

From Manchester United's disastrous start to the campaign to Southampton's replacement for Adam Lallana - all the best stats from the opening round of Premier League fixtures<p>By Duncan Alexander<p><b>VAN GAAL HAS IT ALL TO DO</b><p>So the International Champions Cup isn't quite the barometer some people thought …

Women's Rugby World Cup: England win 'surreal' - Gary Street

England's 21-9 victory over Canada in the Women's Rugby World Cup final felt "surreal" and a "bit like a dream", said head coach Gary Street.

Rugby World Cup

Obama: Iraq forces retake Mosul Dam from militants

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi and Kurdish forces recaptured Iraq's largest dam from Islamic militants Monday following dozens of U.S. airstrikes, President …

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Publishing

Britain ready to supply Kurds with arms

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain would consider “positively” any request for arms from the Kurds to help them battle Sunni militants who have seized much of Iraq, a spokeswoman for the prime minister said.<p>Members of the Kurdish security forces take part during an intensive security deployment after …

Sky News - First For Breaking News From The UK And Around The World

Top Stories<p>The Latest News from the UK and Around the World | Sky News<p>The Britons were visiting Virunga National Park when they were ambushed by men …

National Parks

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Head teachers' unions and academies team up to establish new league table

After years of objecting to school league tables, headteachers' unions are to establish a rival league table promising to offer more information for parents and downplay recent Department for Education rule changes.<p>The Association of School and College Leaders and the National Association of Head …

Iraq: RAF Tornado jets set for surveillance mission

<b>The UK has carried out a third round of aid drops to help thousands of people fleeing Islamist militants in Iraq.</b><p>Meanwhile RAF Tornado jets are due to carry out surveillance operations to support aid deliveries, while four UK Chinook helicopters are expected to arrive in Cyprus on Wednesday …

Middle East

Robin Williams, Hollywood’s Grand Jester, Is Dead at 63

The larger-than-life Oscar-winning comedian was found dead at his home of an apparent suicide. A remembrance of the zany, ad-libbing actor who made …

Supermoon: Your pictures

<b>Stargazers have been taking images of the spectacular 'supermoon' overnight. The phenomenon means the moon - which is classified as a 'perigee moon' by astronomers - appears bigger and brighter than usual because of its proximity to the earth. Some were lucky enough to also see the Perseid meteor</b> …

Astronomy