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Brexit: Philip Hammond admits UK's planned withdrawal already hitting economic investment

Businesses are already pulling investment because of Brexit, the Chancellor has admitted – as he again urged Theresa May to agree a “transitional …

United Kingdom

The world looks on aghast at a once highly regarded country affirming this tragic folly with all the state pomp and pageantry it can muster<p>The pageantry can be depicted as splendid or ridiculous, according to taste. Black Rod, the arrival of Her Majesty’s crown in its own car; the cap of …

United Kingdom

With more beards than females and no ethnic minority members, the UK team negotiating our leaving the EU will not reap the benefits diversity brings<p>There is nothing shocking about the photos of the UK’s Brexit negotiating team. They are almost exactly as you would expect. Somehow, it is normal that …

United Kingdom

Pope’s UN Visit Highlights Vatican Diplomacy

NEW YORK — When Pope Francis speaks to the United Nations on Friday, the event will be a diplomatic high point for the pontiff, who has helped restore the Vatican’s role as an important player in global diplomacy.<p>He will speak at the opening of a United Nations summit at which leaders are set to …

Paul Gauguin's When Will You Marry? becomes most expensive artwork ever

Everyone has their price, so the saying goes, and it appears that almost $300m (£200m) was the right price for one Swiss art collector.<p>Rudolf Staechelin was the owner of the painting <i>Nafea Faa Ipoipo?</i> or When Will You Marry? by Paul Gauguin, but it is now thought to have become the most expensive …

Art

Uncovered: the dark side of Paul Gauguin – in pictures

Thought you knew everything about Paul Gauguin’s colourful, lush art? Think again. The new MoMA show Gauguin: Metamorphoses sidelines his picture-postcard paintings in favour of his relentlessly dark drawings and woodcuts – complete with Tahitian idols, evil spirits and horned beasts

UK new car sales hit 2m mark

Britons have bought more than 2m new cars so far this year, following an unexpectedly sharp jump in sales in October.<p>A total of 2.14m new cars have been registered in 2014 so far, the first time the two million mark has been passed in the month of October since 2007, before the financial crisis …

World on the brink of oil war as Opec bickers over price

Oil prices ended last week in freefall as the world’s largest group of producers from petro-states in the Middle East dithered over whether to cut output<p>A secretive group of the world’s most powerful oil ministers will soon gather in Vienna to take arguably one of the most important decisions that …

Oil

10 (More) Gorgeous Colorized Photos That Put History In A New Light

For the history buffs of the world, we imagine there are few experiences as fulfilling as poring over volume after volume of black-and-white photographs, hunting for that rare shot of a notable figure or iconic location.<p>As for the rest of us, we'll be trolling Reddit. Their ongoing thread of …

50 Years of Wildlife Photographer of the Year – in pictures

Natural History Museum’s new book released on Wednesday marks five decades of the WPY competition, celebrating the art of wildlife photography. Started in the 1960s, the 160 prize-winning and commended images represent 50 years of different times, styles and specialisms – showcasing some of the …

Ebola epidemic spread 'accelerating' as 1,000 deaths reported last month

Death toll from Ebola in West Africa hits 1,850, as global health experts meet in Geneva to discuss experimental treatments<p>The spread of the world's worst-ever Ebola epidemic has accelerated rapidly with close to 1,000 deaths in the last month alone, World Health Organisation (WHO) figures …

Disease

Two years later, a huge back door in iCloud is still wide open

Here we go again: The latest hacks to hit the headlines have everyone cringing at the thought of how shoddy our Internet security really is.<p>And yet the companies involved can’t seem to fix the problems at their roots.<p>Hackers break into a host of celebrities’ iCloud accounts and steal naked photos: …

The new Moto X could be the best Android phone ever made

Today, Motorola announced its second-generation Moto X, the successor to the company’s rebooted flagship smartphone that was unveiled just over a year ago. Yes, the phone will simply be called Moto X again — not X+1, as some rumors had suggested — and it’ll be available for the same $499 unlocked …

Google has poached an expert scientist to build a quantum computer

John Martinis and his team join the Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab<p>Google has hired a team of quantum computing experts from University of California Santa Barbara as part of a drive to design and build new quantum processors based on superconducting electronics. Noted physicist John Martinis …

Why Paris doesn't want a Scottish Yes

<b>Nothing unites different nations quite like mutual enemies. But the "Auld Alliance" between Scotland and France - both historic rivals of England - doesn't mean that the French government favours Scottish independence. Far from it.</b><p>There is a little corner of France that will be forever Scotland, …

Canada to donate Ebola vaccine to WHO

<b>Canada says it will donate up to 1,000 doses of an experimental Ebola vaccine to help battle the disease's outbreak in West Africa.</b><p>It comes after the World Health Organization said it was ethical to use untested drugs on Ebola patients.<p>However, experts say supplies of both the vaccine and the …

Islamic State target Iraqi and Kurdish troops

Fighters from the Islamic State have killed at least 23 Iraqi soldiers and members of allied Shia fighters in a flashpoint area in the south of Baghdad, Iraqi sources said.<p>Islamic State fighters, firing salvos of mortar rounds, began attacking the town of Jurf al-Sakhr late on Friday, killing 11 …

Tower of London Is Being Flooded With 886,246 Poppies

A special exhibit salutes fallen soldiers.<p><b>In honor of British and Colonial military lives lost during World War I,</b> the Tower of London's long-dry moat is being filled with ceramic poppies. 8,86,246 of them, to be exact. Volunteers began planting the flowers, created by artist Paul Cummins, a few …

Israeli Iron Dome firms 'infiltrated by Chinese hackers'

<b>The BBC has seen evidence that appears to confirm hackers stole several secret military documents from two government-owned Israeli companies that developed the Iron Dome missile defence system.</b><p>The breaches were first publicised by security blogger Brian Krebs on Monday.<p>The companies denied their …

Intellectual Property

Hacking Trial Victory Doesn't Mean Rupert Murdoch's Troubles Are Over

The acquittal of Rebekah Brooks and five co-defendants at Britain’s epic phone hacking trial this week was an important victory for Rupert Murdoch. …

Balloons could power space tourism by 2016

Richard Branson is investing in a plane that'll take tourists to the edge of space, but who needs that when you've got balloons? A company in Arizona is working on a high-altitude craft that'll use a huge balloon to gently carry passengers voyagers to the edges of the atmosphere. It's already …

Monty Python Ministry of Silly Walks gets its own mobile game

As Monty Python prepare for what may be their last-ever live stage shows in July, one of their most iconic sketches has been reborn as a mobile game.<p>Monty Python's The Ministry of Silly Walks is the work of developer Boondoggle Studios, which has released it for Android, iPhone and iPad. Python …

Britain to consider east-west high-speed rail link - Osborne | Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain will consider building an east-west high-speed railway between cities in northern England to help boost economic growth outside London, finance minister George Osborne will say on Monday.<p>Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne addresses delegates at the …

Harley-Davidson invites public to test electric motorbike

<b>Iconic motorbike manufacturer Harley-Davidson has revealed its first electric motorcycle.</b><p>The bike will not go on general sale, instead the firm will select customers from the US to ride it and provide feedback<p>The bike - dubbed Project LiveWire - will travel down the US's Route 66 visiting more than …

Will people let Dropcam see into their homes when it’s owned by Google?

Nest, which makes internet-connected smart devices for the home, has bought Dropcam, which makes cameras that monitor the home, for $555 million. Nest was itself acquired by Google back in January for $3.2 billion.<p>“Eventually, the plan is for us to work together to reinvent products that will help …

China sends four oil rigs to South China Sea amid regional tensions | Reuters

BEIJING/HONG KONG (Reuters) - China has sent four more oil rigs into the South China Sea in a sign that Beijing is stepping up its exploration for oil and gas in the tense region, less than two months after it positioned a giant drilling platform in waters claimed by Vietnam.<p>A Chinese Coast Guard …

How mapping the human proteome reveals new insights into our bodies

Researchers recently announced that they had created an inventory of all the proteins in the human body – proteins that are encoded by the genome. We ask expert Professor Kathryn Lilley from the Cambridge Centre for Proteomics to shed light on this "human proteome".<p><b>What exactly is the human</b> …

The Week in Spandex - Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Doctor Strange, Batman v Superman, Aquaman, DC TV and more

<b>Our weekly round up of all the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Age of Ultron,</b> …

With Amazon Fire's Six Cameras, Smartphones Are Evolving Into More Perfect Spying Devices

Amazon announced this week that it’s launching its very own smartphone called Fire. It will have six cameras. Six. That’s to make it easier to do a 3D-scan of the world around you and buy the things you see. It out-innovates Apple's incredible decision to put two cameras on a phone to make selfies …

The Škoda Yeti gets rally ready

Škoda contributed the Yeti Extreme to last month's VW Group Wörthersee event, which also saw the introduction of the GTI Roadster Vision Gran …