British diplomats to pull out from EU decision-making meetings within days

Critics say No 10 move to quit blocs institutional structures leaves UK blindsided British diplomats will pull out from the EUs institutional structures of power in Brussels within days, under plans being drawn up by Downing Street. In an attempt to reinforce the message that the UK is leaving the EU by 31 October, do or die, the UK will stop attending the day-to-day meetings that inform the blocs decision-making. The move under discussion is said by UK officials to be in line with Boris Johnsons Original Article : HERE ;

Venezuelan activist urges Raab to back ICC Maduro torture case

Tamara Suj visits London to seek support for six countries pressing for investigation The UK foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, has been urged to draw on his experience as a former Foreign Office human rights lawyer to press the legal case that the Venezuelan government of Nicols Maduro has systematically tortured its people. The call was led by the prominent Venezuela human rights defender Tamara Suj who visited London to persuade the UK to join six non-European countries in pressuring the international criminal court (ICC) to pursue a case against the Venezuelan leadership. Raab worked as a lawyer for the FCO, including at the ICC in The Hague, from 2000 to 2006. In theory the case could end with Maduro arraigned …

Jane Austen’s Sanditon ‘sexed up’ in Andrew Davies adaptation

Screenwriter says he used all the material from Austens work in first half of first episode Jane Austen novels are not known for scenes of nude men jumping into the sea or secret sex acts between lovers in forests. But for the screenwriter Andrew Davies, who is transforming Austens final, incomplete novel, according to the BBC. I write something that I would like to watch and I suppose the sexing it up thing comes in fairly naturally. Andrew Davies. Photograph: Jonathan Hordle/Rex/Shutterstock If its not there I feel, well, thats a shame lets put some in. I like to write it and I like to watch it, previously described as being notable for its unprecedentedly forthright treatment of sexuality, and …

Two dead after being hit by train in south Wales

Network Rail faces questions after workers struck on tracks near Port Talbot Network Rail is facing demands for answers after two workers were killed by a train in south Wales. The transport secretary, Chris Grayling, said there would be an investigation into how the incident occurred on Wednesday morning near Port Talbot. A third person was treated for shock at the scene but uninjured. British Transport Police (BTP) said it was too early to confirm whether the section of railway between Pyle and Port Talbot was being treated as a crime scene, but confirmed forensics officers were in place. Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Police issue UK hot weather warning after three die in 24 hours

Public warned against cooling off in rivers and lakes, with warmest day still to come Police are telling people not to swim in open water after the deaths of three people in 24 hours as temperatures soar across the UK. A 12-year-old girl drowned in a river in Bury and two men died after being pulled from the sea off a beach in Torquay on Thursday. The girl was named as Shukri Yahya Abdi by her family, who described her as sweet and innocent, on Friday afternoon. It is believed that Abdi, who came to the UK as a refugee from Somalia about 12 months ago, got into difficulty while in the water with two other girls. Greater Manchester police …

Theresa May could yet give us the ultimate parting gift: a Brexit referendum | Polly Toynbee

The outgoing prime minister could say that too much is being decided by a tiny Tory electorate, says Guardian columnist Polly Toynbee The obscene sight of Tory leadership candidates wild tax cuts and eye-catching gimmicks from the same austerians who garrotted every public service. Theresa May is the biggest spender, spraying goodbye billions on schools, zero-carbon pledge, while Philip Hammonds Treasury declares it Mail on Sunday report on her has a ring of plausibility. She will keep her Commons seat, she voted for Rory Stewart and she privately vowed to thwart any attempt by Boris Johnson to take the UK out of the EU without a deal. (Never mind that her mantra was no deal is better than a bad …

‘Im such a big fan of the menstrual cycle! the women asking whether its possible to have a better period

Exhausted with doctors not taking periods seriously, a new wave of authors is asking whether menstruation can ever be tolerable even enjoyable A tiny drop of blood on our bathroom floor was what gave me away. My mother took it as a sign that, at the age of 15, my period had arrived. After popping out to the shops, she came to my room with sanitary pads and a bunch of flowers; the pads came with a brief lesson on how to use them while the gerberas were left behind without explanation, some unspoken symbolism for my blossoming womanhood. The truth was, I had had my period for two years. It had arrived without fanfare when I was 13, but, …

Welcome to the Departure Lounge. Destination: death

An innovative project backed by the Wellcome Trust aims to help people come to terms with their mortality Images of sandy beaches, sun-kissed swimming pools and azure blue skies gleam from the window and walls of what appears to be a new travel agent opening in a London shopping centre. But browsers may be surprised by the destination, for it is a journey every one of us will one day take: death. Look more closely at the posters and it becomes clear that the words are all about passing away (half of British adults prefer to avoid the word death, apparently). The Departure Lounge, in Lewisham, south London, is the brainchild of the the Death Caf phenomenon, the growth of …

David Lammy says comparing ERG to Nazis ‘not strong enough’

Labour MP defends comments likening group to Nazi party and white supremacists David Lammy has said comparing the hard Brexit European Research Group of Tory MPs to Nazis and proponents of South African apartheid was not strong enough, and suggested that the Brexit debate has allowed proponents of hard right views to flourish. The Labour MP, who is a vocal campaigner for a second EU referendum, was asked on the BBCs Andrew Marr Show whether a comparison he previously made to the election of Adolf Hitlers party in Germany and to South African white supremacists was appropriate. I would say that that wasnt strong enough. In 1938 there were allies who hatched a plan for Hitler to annex part of …

Brett Kavanaugh: backlash after US university hires justice to teach in UK

George Mason University selects justice accused of sexual assault for post at Runnymede, birthplace of modern democracy The US supreme court justice Magna Carta and called the birthplace of modern democracy to teach a course on the US constitution for an American university. But the appointment is sparking uproar among some students and they are demanding the school rescind its invitation. The judge, who faced a tempestuous and hugely divisive confirmed on 27 March and the Washington Post late supreme court justice who relished his position as a conservative bulwark on the court. Kavanaugh will be teaching the course with Jennifer Mascott, an assistant professor of law at George Mason who served as Kavanaughs clerk on the US court of …

The confusion around Russian meddling means theyre already winning | Gabriel Gatehouse

Among the legitimate questions is a swirl of speculation. Vladimir Putin and Vladislav Surkov have got in our heads, says Gabriel Gatehouse, a BBC foreign correspondent It is the fashion these days, in certain circles, to see the hand of Moscow behind all of the political turbulence of the present moment: Brexit, Trump, the rise of the European right. John McCain once even suggested that Vladislav Surkov, also known as Putins Rasputin (in the west) or the grey cardinal (in Russia). He rose from a background in the theatre and PR to become the architect of Putinism the undisputed master of Russias internal politics. At the height of his power, he represented a sort of Kremlin svengali, controlling most of …

‘Unusual activity’ at Russian embassy before novichok attack

UK intelligence investigated frantic comings and goings at time of Skripal poisonings Intelligence services investigated unusual activity at the Russian embassy in London in the days before and after the novichok poisoning, it has been reported. MI5, MI6 and GCHQ looked into frantic comings and goings at the building in Kensington in the days leading up to the poisoning of the former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, a source with knowledge of the investigation told the Press Association. The source was quoted as saying: The intelligence agencies have been investigating unusual and increased activity at the Russian embassy in Kensington in the days leading up to and after the attack on the Skripals. The lines of inquiry …