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Hawaii judge extends temporary restraining order against Trump's revised travel ban

HONOLULU — A federal judge in Hawaii decided Wednesday to extend his order blocking President Donald Trump's travel ban.<p>US District Judge Derrick Watson issued the longer-lasting hold on the ban just hours after hearing arguments.<p>Hawaii says the policy discriminates against Muslims and hurts the …

Immigration

Northern Ireland's first minister faces vote of no confidence

Motion censuring Arlene Foster over energy scheme allegations could force her to resign, triggering Stormont elections<p>A vote of no confidence will be held in the Northern Ireland assembly, which could force the region’s first minister to step down and trigger fresh elections to the devolved …

Trump supporters aggressively challenge Stein recount efforts in three states

Supporters of President-elect Donald Trump are moving aggressively to challenge Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein’s push for a recount in three states, filing legal challenges and criticizing the effort as quixotic and ill-conceived.<p>Trump and his backers have filed challenges the past …

Donald Trump

Trump picks retired Marine Gen. James Mattis for secretary of defense

President-elect Donald Trump said Thursday he has chosen retired Marine Gen. James N. Mattis, who has said that responding to “political Islam” is the major security issue facing the United States, to be secretary of defense.<p>“We are going to appoint Mad Dog Mattis as our secretary of defense,” …

U.S. Central Command

Is Trump’s new chief strategist a racist? Critics say so.

President-elect Donald Trump’s new chief strategist and senior counselor, Stephen K. Bannon, has been called a racist, an anti-Semite and a white nationalist. And that’s just since Sunday, when Trump announced that he would be giving Bannon, the former head of the far-right website Breitbart News, …

Donald Trump

Single Transferable Vote Explained

Up next in our Electoral Systems series is the Single Transferable vote.<p>Read the previous instalment, Alternative Vote Explained, if you haven't …

United Kingdom

Donald Trump declared winner in shock result

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Theresa May defends newspapers over attacks on article 50 judges

PM says journalists are free to complain about Brexit ruling, as Labour confirms it will not block article 50<p>Theresa May has come to the defence of the British newspapers that attacked three high court judges after they ruled that the government could not trigger article 50 without a vote in …

Abortion case: Supreme Court hears NI women 'second-class citizens'

<b>Women from Northern Ireland who seek abortion are "second-class citizens", the Supreme Court has been told.</b><p>On Wednesday, the court heard a legal challenge brought by a mother and daughter who want women from Northern Ireland to be allowed access to NHS-funded abortion care in England.<p>Women from …

Northern Ireland

Legacy inquests: Families launch legal bid over funding

<b>Lawyers for families of more than 30 people killed in some of the most controversial incidents of the Troubles have begun legal action against the Stormont Executive and the government.</b><p>It is a bid to force the release of funds for inquests into the deaths.<p>Northern Ireland's most senior judge has …

Ireland

Brexit court defeat for UK government

<b>Parliament must vote on whether the UK can start the process of leaving the EU, the High Court has ruled.</b><p>This means the government cannot trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty - beginning formal exit negotiations with the EU - on its own.<p>Theresa May says the referendum - and existing ministerial …

United Kingdom

Arlene Foster envisages 'technology border' between NI and Republic

<b>The first minister has said she believes technology could be used to control the border with the Republic of Ireland following Brexit.</b><p>Arlene Foster told the BBC's The World This Weekend that data could be "sent to the cloud and tracked".<p>"It's not beyond the boundaries of possibility that we deal …

United Kingdom

Education: Department seeks single transfer test by 2017

<b>The Department of Education (DE) has begun a formal process to find a common transfer test.</b><p>The BBC understands that the DE's aim is to have a common test in place by November 2017.<p>The DE have appointed Professor Peter Tymms, from the school of education at Durham University, to lead the …

Education

Brexit: Theresa May could trigger Brexit 'within weeks'

<b>Theresa May could trigger Brexit in weeks and some EU leaders could turn "vicious" in negotiations, the Irish prime minister has warned.</b><p>Taoiseach Enda Kenny was speaking before a meeting in Dublin to discuss the impact of Brexit for the island.<p>Representatives from business and farming …

United Kingdom

Exclusive: leaked recording shows what Theresa May really thinks about Brexit

Secret audio of Goldman Sachs talk in May shows she feared businesses would leave and wanted the UK to take a lead in Europe<p>Theresa May privately warned that companies would leave the UK if the country voted for Brexit during a secret audience with investment bankers a month before the EU …

The Battle of Hastings

How many fought at Hastings? How large was William’s fleet? Why was William’s ship called ‘Mora’? How many perished on the battlefield?On the 5th of …

Ancient History

Theresa May to tell EU's other leaders 'there will be no second referendum'

Prime minister will be allowed to speak on the matter at the end of European council meeting, but allocation signals low priority on agenda<p>Theresa May is to warn her 27 fellow European Union leaders over a working dinner in Brussels that Britain’s decision to leave is irreversible and there can be …

Donald Trump refuses to say whether he'll accept election results

<b>(CNN) —</b> Donald Trump on Wednesday refused to say he would accept the result of the presidential election if he loses to Hillary Clinton, raising the possibility of an extraordinary departure from principles that have underpinned American democracy for more than two centuries.<p>"I will look at it at …

Government

MLAs vote against a motion calling for NI to be granted special status within the EU

<b>Stormont's assembly members have voted against a motion calling for Northern Ireland to be granted special status within the European Union.</b><p>The motion, brought by the SDLP, was defeated by a single vote with 46 MLAs supporting it and 47 against.<p>The SDLP had argued for NI to be given legal …

United Kingdom

Why do people dislike Hillary Clinton? The story goes far back

A sense of untrustworthiness has haunted the Democrat this election, but the roots of hostility against her are much deeper<p>There is – and perhaps there always will be – a dedicated group of people who don’t know Hillary Clinton personally, but nonetheless hate her.<p>Whether they are truly a “vast …

Commons vote to ratify Brexit deal likely, says No 10

<b>Downing Street has said it is "very likely" MPs will be able to vote on the final Brexit agreement reached between the UK and the European Union.</b><p>Number 10 confirmed the comment by a government lawyer in the High Court represented the "government's view".<p>The vote would take place after negotiations …

United Kingdom

Legal challenge to British government's right to trigger EU divorce begins

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s vote in a June referendum to leave the European Union had no constitutional substance, according to lawyers leading a bid to force the government to seek parliamentary approval before formally starting the Brexit process.<p>“It was an advisory referendum, no more than …

United Kingdom

Trump campaign rocked by wave of new sexual harassment allegations

A series of women have come forward with claims about the Republican, while footage emerges of inappropriate remarks about a young girl<p>A wave of claims about Donald Trump’s alleged sexual transgressions and inappropriate behaviour – in one case with a young girl – has emerged, threatening the …

Trump declares war on GOP, says ‘the shackles have been taken off’

Donald Trump declared war on the Republican establishment Tuesday, lashing out at House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (Wis.), Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) and other GOP elected officials as his supporters geared up to join the fight amid extraordinary turmoil within the party just four weeks before Election Day.<p>…

Republicans

Getting the opposition act together

Anyone who says that one MLA of 108 can’t make a difference should look to ex-Independent John McCallister and his success in creating the …

United Kingdom

Obama, using his executive authority, lifts trade sanctions on Burma

President Obama issued an executive order Friday lifting long-standing U.S. trade sanctions against Burma, saying in a formal notification that the regime's pattern of using repressive tactics “has been significantly altered by Burma's substantial advances to promote democracy” over the past</i> …

Asia Pacific

Roman bullets tell story of 1,800-year-old attack on Scottish fort

A bloody assault by Roman legions on a hill fort in Scotland around 1,800 years ago is being pieced together using the remains of Roman missile weapons that were used in the attack.<p>The excavations at Burnswark Hill, in the Dumfries region of southwest Scotland, have unearthed the largest cache of …

Archaeology

Brexit latest: Northern Ireland legal challenge may force MPs to vote on Brexit

Northern Ireland's High Court is to begin hearing a legal challenge on Tuesday against British plans to leave the European Union without a vote in …

Theresa May consigns Cameron to history in populist speech

PM condemned by Jeremy Corbyn for ‘fanning the flames of xenophobia’ and blaming foreigners for her party’s failures<p>Theresa May has signalled that she will use the Brexit vote as a mandate to break decisively with David Cameron’s brand of Conservatism, pledging to intervene on behalf of working …