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U.S. warship in operation near disputed island in South China Sea

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. warship sailed near a disputed island in the South China Sea claimed by China, Taiwan and Vietnam on Sunday in an operation meant to challenge the competing claims of all three nations, a U.S. Defense Department official said.<p>The USS Stethem, a guided-missile …

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Churchill (2017)

Think Sunday, think 9 pm, think BBC 1. For that is where director Jonathan Teplitzky (The Railway Man) and first-time screenwriter Alex von …

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US military shoots down Iranian-made drone in southern Syria

BEIRUT (AP) — The U.S. military said it shot down an Iranian-made, armed drone in southern Syria on Tuesday, marking the third time this month that …

Syria

Syria conflict: Russia issues warning after US coalition downs jet

<b>Russia has warned the US-led coalition fighting in Syria that it will view its aircraft as targets, after a Syrian military plane was shot down.</b><p>The coalition said it had shot down the Syrian SU-22 after it bombed US-backed rebels in Raqqa province on Sunday.<p>Russia, Syria's main ally, said it was …

Angela Merkel's MEPs criticized for appeasing Hungary's Viktor Orban

The EU has offered all-round condemnation of Viktor Orban's increasingly authoritarian government. But some MEPs from Angela Merkel's conservative …

Brexit

FRINGE PREVIEW: The Harry and Chris Show 2 @edfringe

Given the tumultuous events which have dominated the headlines since slam poet Harry Baker and jazz musician Chris Read made their Edinburgh Fringe …

Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie

by Brian Campbell<p><b>Fleetwood Mac’s songwriting giants team up for comforting ear-candy on first album as a duo.</b><p>From the very first chords of opener …

The Queen's Speech will take place next WEDNESDAY as Theresa May looks to finalise deal with DUP for Ian Paisley's party to prop her up

• <b>DUP sources say talks making 'steady progress' but delayed by London flats fire</b>• <b><br>Party chief Arlene Foster has voiced hope deal done 'sooner rather</b> …

Trump Reverses Pieces of Obama-Era Engagement With Cuba

MIAMI — President Trump announced on Friday that he was reversing crucial pieces of what he called a “terrible and misguided deal” with Cuba and will reinstate travel and commercial restrictions eased by the Obama administration in an attempt to obtain additional concessions from the Cuban …

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UK Election

by Chris Burn<p>You wake with three questions in your head – a head that is spinning like a three-legged washing machine – where am I, what happened …

Nicola’s pledge • reviewsphere

by Paula Smith<p>There is a crucial question to be asked in amongst the debate and questioning relating to Thursdays general election. What is going to …

THEATRE REVIEW

A “bland” disappointment which sits there “like a pudding, wobbling gently”. Celia’s (Charlotte Ritchie’s) description of her bookish fiance Philip …

THEATRE REVIEW

In the balcony of the neon-lit The Club of the Unloved, a four-piece band by the name of Martin and the Misfits play a conveyor belt of …

THEATRE REVIEW

The five inmates in Tina Jay’s sexually-charged prison drama Held, adapted from two separate one act plays Dog City and Walking, the latter of which …

Shakespeare’s Drugs Habit

by Christopher Burn<p><b>Shocking news emerged in 2015 – sixteenth-century clay pipes containing tobacco and marijuana traces were dug up in the garden of</b> …

A Suicide Bomber in IRAQ

General election 2017: May to face Tory backbench critics

<b>Theresa May is likely to face questions about the Conservatives' election campaign when she meets the party's backbenchers later.</b><p>The 1922 committee is also expected to raise concerns about her leadership style, and press for more details on talks with the Democratic Unionists.<p>Mrs May hopes to …

Damien Green promoted in Cabinet reshuffle

<b>Damian Green has been appointed First Secretary of State as Theresa May reshuffles her Cabinet.</b><p>The job is effectively second-in-command to the prime minister.<p>Former Justice Secretary Liz Truss is now Chief Secretary to the Treasury, while David Gauke, previously Chief Secretary to the Treasury, has …

Kabul bomb: Angry protesters march in Afghan capital

<b>Police in the Afghan capital Kabul have fired shots into the air to hold back hundreds of protesters demanding the government step down in the wake of a devastating bomb attack.</b><p>Crowds rallied near the site of Wednesday's blast, chanting anti-government and anti-Taliban slogans.<p>Police in riot gear …

Pirates of the Caribbean

Undead-ghostly-zombified pirates are the flogged horse of this series, a franchise that appears to have no intention of stopping. The last entry, …

Trump pokes Germany again, saying it is 'very bad' for U.S. with trade deficit, military commitment – a day after Angela Merkel called for Europeans to take destiny 'into our own hands' due to an unreliable U.S.

• <b>President Trump on Tuesday fired off a tweet at Germany, faulting the U.S. ally for shirking military spending and for its 'MASSIVE' trade surplus</b> …

Transcendence in Caroline Doolin’s Fault Bound Bodies • reviewsphere

by Viktoria Mladenovski<p>The Project Arts Centre in Dublin hosted Caroline Doolin’s video installation <i>Fault Bound Bodies</i> from the 10th February to the …

Snatched (2017) • reviewsphere

Quite why Goldie Hawn chose to break her fifteen year absence from the big screen with Snatched is beyond me. And whatever she has had done to her …

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) • reviewsphere

I have to admit I was more excited about this film that I had been about any in recent history, something about the last movie just hit the spot so I …

THEATRE REVIEW

This delightful production directed by David Greig is a happy mix of the historical and the contemporary, that combines minimalist sets and costumes …

Manchaster Concert Carnage... • reviewsphere

by Paula Smith<p>Although not the first terror attack to hit our nation, the Manchester attack is particularly hard hitting because of the nature of the …

Colossal (2017) • reviewsphere

Never has the acronym WTF been more appropriate. To paraphrase a lyric from The Human League’s sole UK number one single Don’t You Want Me, Gloria …

Manchester bombing latest: Investigation making 'immense' progress as police 'get hold of 'large part of terror network'

Detectives have made "immense" progress in the investigation into the Manchester bombing and are confident they have arrested some "key players", Britain's top counter-terror officer has said.<p>Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley said police have made "significant" arrests and "finds" and have got …

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