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Russia condemns Trump's threats to withdraw from Iran nuclear deal

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Russia's foreign minister has condemned Donald Trump's threats to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal, arguing that the United States' reckless actions are destabilising the Middle East, Ukraine and the Korean peninsula. Speaking at an annual press briefing, Sergei Lavrov said Russia, Europe and China had warned the United States of the “harmfulness of such a step, of its unpredictable consequences”. “We will keep trying to make the United States acknowledge reality. And the reality is that Iran is fulfilling all its obligations” under the nuclear deal, he said.  On Friday, Mr Trump waived US sanctions on Iran for another 60 days, leaving in place the nuclear deal signed by Barack Obama. But he said it would be the last time he would waive them and said Europe and America must must “fix the deal's disastrous flaws, or the United States will withdraw”. At the same time, he raised pressure on Iran by announcing separate sanctions against 14 Iranian individuals and companies for human rights abuses. Mr Lavrov called these new sanctions an “attack” on Iran, a longstanding Russian ally, and said Mr Trump's actions were “deplorable”. Donald Trump speaks at the White House last week Credit: Evan Vucci/AP Photo The foreign minister also argued that the collapse of the Iran deal could discourage North Korea from engaging in talks about its own nuclear weapons programme. Healso  castigated military exercises held by the United States, South Korea and Japan last month. “The US is almost openly talking about the inevitability of military action (on the Korean peninsula) even though everyone recognizes the disastrous consequences of such a path,” he said. Russia and China weren't invited to North Korea talks in Vancouver this week, he sniffed, calling the US-Canadian initiative “harmful”.  Meanwhile, North and South Korean officials met on Monday to discuss plans for the recently agreed participation of the North in the Pyeongchang Olympics next month. Mr Lavrov devoted much of the two-and-a-half-hour press conference to the evils of US “exceptionalism” and its failure to “listen to the opinions of other centres of world politics”.  Mr Lavrov meets Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Moscow last week Credit: Russian Foreign Ministry Press Office/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images Although the foreign minister was photographed last spring laughing with Mr Trump and Sergei Kislyak, the ambassador at the centre of the collusion investigation, relations have only grown more strained since then. Russia's ban from the Pyeongchang games and the new US sanctions expected in 2018 showed the “fear of honest competition,” Mr Lavrov said. Washington was, along with the Kiev government, prolonging the conflict in eastern Ukraine, as well as undermining the peace process in Syria, he argued. Mr Lavrov blamed rebels for an uptick in violence outside Damascus that has killed least 85 civilians since the start of the year and claimed all Russian-Syrian military operations there were retaliatory. Batting away the lone question from a US news outlet about whether he regretted Mr Trump's election win, the long-serving diplomat dwelled on queries from friendlier countries. One particularly desperate journalist even waved a flashing traffic wand light in the air, but was not called upon. A journalist waves a flashing traffic wand light in a futile attempt to ask a question of Mr Lavrov Credit: Valery Sharifulin/TASS via Getty Images  

Leader of Britain's UKIP splits with girlfriend after "appalling" Markle comments

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The leader of Britain's anti-European Union UKIP Party said he had split with his new girlfriend after a newspaper published derogatory comments she made about Prince Harry's fiancee Meghan Markle and black people. Henry Bolton, 54, who became the ailing UK Independence Party's fourth leader in a year when he was elected last September, said he had ended his relationship with model Jo Marney after the "appalling" text messages she sent to a friend were published. Marney, 25, who began dating Bolton just after Christmas, had described U.S. actress Markle, whose father is white and mother is African-American, as a "dumb little commoner" and said "her seed with (sic) taint our royal family", according to the texts printed in the Mail on Sunday newspaper.


India police investigate brutal rape, murder of two teenagers

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Indian police said Monday they were investigating the gang rape and murder of two teenage girls whose mutilated bodies were found just hours apart in a state bordering New Delhi. The brutality of the crimes in Haryana, a deeply conservative state in northern India, has created shockwaves even in a region with a grim record of violence against women. Police are pursuing a group of men suspected of raping and murdering a 15-year-old girl from Kurukshetra district whose badly disfigured body was found dumped in a stream on Friday.


'This yacht is bigger than my apartment!'

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Yachts may be out of reach for most of us, but sales are rising - the UK industry is worth £3.1bn.

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UK Charts: GTA V is back at No.1 226 weeks after it first came out

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Is there anyone left that doesn't own Grand Theft Auto V? The game was first released on Xbox 360 and PS3 in 2013. It then received a PS4 and Xbox One version 12 months later. It has only dropped out of the Top Ten UK boxed charts 34 times since then, spending 192 weeks within the Top Ten. And now, 226 weeks since it first arrived on the scene, GTA V is back at No.1.

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US allies from Korean War meet on North Korean nuke threat

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson huddles Tuesday with nations that fought on America’s side in the Korean War, looking to tighten the economic noose around North Korea over its nuclear weapons even as hopes rise for diplomacy. The 20-nation gathering on Canada’s western coast comes days after a mistaken missile [...]


Leader of Britain's UKIP faces calls to quit over girlfriend's remarks

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The leader of Britain's eurosceptic UK Independence Party faced calls on Sunday to stand down after a newspaper published racist messages sent by his girlfriend about Prince Harry's fiancee Meghan Markle. Last year, Henry Bolton was the fourth leader in a year to be appointed to the helm of UKIP, a party which helped bring about a Brexit vote. The Mail on Sunday published a series of messages sent by Jo Marney to a friend in which she made offensive comments about Markle and black people.


British woman 'killed in murder-suicide' in Sydney

Added: 15.01.2018 23:17 | 0 views | 0 comments

Police in Australia are investigating  a suspected murder-suicide in which an English woman in her 20s was allegedly killed by her partner, a man in his 20s. The bodies were reportedly discovered by the couple’s landlord in an apartment above a Persian restaurant on King Street in Newtown, a bustling road in the inner west of Sydney. “At this stage we suspect it is a possible murder-suicide,” New South Wales Police Inspector Geoff Olsen told Sydney’s Daily Telegraph. Police have appealed for information about the crime. “Investigators are still trying to piece together the last moments of those involved,” a police spokesman told The Telegraph. The bodies were found inside their small apartment at about 5.30pm on Friday. Officials from the British embassy have been in contact with the woman's family. A Foreign Office spokesman said: "We are providing consular assistance to the family of a British national who has died in New South Wales, Australia, and our staff are in contact with the New South Wales police." The woman was planning to leave Australia, according to a report in The Daily Mail. The nationality and identify of the man have not been released, although he is understood to not be from the UK. Tenants of the Persian restaurant below, and of an adjoining Japanese restaurant, said they did not know the pair. Police would not confirm the identities or nationalities of the pair. The deaths are being investigated by officers from the local Newtown command and from the state’s homicide squad.


Brexit vote may be reversed, says British campaigner Farage

Added: 15.01.2018 23:17 | 0 views | 0 comments

Brexit campaigner Nigel Farage said on Sunday he was increasingly concerned that a vote for Britain to leave the European Union could be overturned by a powerful group of the bloc's supporters. In an interview with Britain's Observer newspaper, Farage, former head of the euroskeptic UK Independence Party, said a well-organized and funded group of campaigners that wants to remain in the EU was drowning out those who want to leave.


Tennis: Raonic slumps to early exit at Melbourne Park

Added: 15.01.2018 23:05 | 0 views | 0 comments

Former world number three Milos Raonic was sent tumbling out of the Australian Open first round by Lukas Lacko on Tuesday, the Canadian's earliest grand slam exit since the 2011 French Open.

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