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Day: February 14, 2017

Government shoots down petition 1.85m signed to cancel Trump visit to London
ENGLISH, London

Government shoots down petition 1.85m signed to cancel Trump visit to London

    Demonstrators march to Downing Street in a protest against US President Donald Trump's travel ban. The Government has insisted that US President Donald Trump should be extended the full courtesy of a state visit to Britain later this year in response to a 1.85-million strong petition against it. In a statement, the Foreign Office said the Government “recognises the strong views expressed by the many signatories of this petition, but does not support this petition”. Support for the call to downgrade Mr Trump’s visit because it would be “embarrassing” for the Queen snowballed after he imposed a travel ban on nationals from seven mainly Muslim countries. The Government was compelled to reply to the petition because it garnered more than 10,000 signatures. MPs will debate it i...
NASA warns that asteroid larger than the Empire State Building could smash into Earth
ENGLISH, Technology

NASA warns that asteroid larger than the Empire State Building could smash into Earth

    The asteroid, labelled 2015 BN509 by NASA, flew past the Earth last week at close to 44,000mph. At its closest point, it was 14 times the distance between the Earth and the moon. The asteroid measures roughly 200m (660ft) wide and 400m (1,310ft) long. But the American space agency has labelled it potentially hazardous and warned that it could one day strike the Earth. It was captured on film by the Arecibo Observatory, a giant radio telescope, during its flyby of the Earth. The skyscraper-sized chunk of rock can be clearly seen tumbling through the blackness of space. Dr Edgard Rivera-Valentín, a planetary scientist with the Universities Space Research Association who studies data from The Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, told Business Insider: The peanut shape comes fr...
Britain’s most notorious prisoner Charles Bronson proposes to ex-Coronation Street actress girlfriend for Valentine’s Day
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Britain’s most notorious prisoner Charles Bronson proposes to ex-Coronation Street actress girlfriend for Valentine’s Day

    The 64-year-old twice-married robber had planned to pop the question today after ordering a ring be delivered to lover Paula Williamson’s house. He had then hoped to serenade her in a romantic telephone call from inside jail. But he decided to bring forward his proposal forward because he wanted to go down on one knee when Paula visited HMP Wakefield. Ex-Corrie actress Paula, 36, said before the meeting: We are so in love. I’ve had relationships with both men and women in the past but none of them come close to my love for Charlie. He’s so eccentric, but so am I. It’s a perfect match. Armed robber Bronson has been behind bars for 41 years, and all but four of them in solitary confinement, after repeatedly having his sentence increased for attacking prison staff and taking ...
Gambia to rejoin the Commonwealth within months: Boris Johnson announces ahead of trip
ENGLISH, London

Gambia to rejoin the Commonwealth within months: Boris Johnson announces ahead of trip

    Gambia is to rejoin the Commonwealth, Boris Johnson will announce on Tuesday as he declares that Britain’s influence is growing in the wake of the Brexit vote. The country’s new president a former Argos security guard is expected to fulfil a campaign promise to return Gambia to the group with months. Gambia will become just the fourth country to return to the Commonwealth after leaving it, following South Africa, Pakistan and Fiji. Mr Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, heralded the return as he set off for a two-day visit to Gambia and Ghana. I am very pleased that Gambia wants to rejoin the Commonwealth and we will ensure this happens in the coming months, Mr Johnson said. The strength of our partnerships show that Global Britain is growing in influence and activity around t...
Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn resigns
America, ENGLISH

Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn resigns

    President Donald Trump's embattled national security adviser Michael Flynn resigned late Monday night, following reports that he had misled Vice President Mike Pence and other officials about his contacts with Russia. His departure upends Trump's senior team after less than one month in office. In a resignation letter, Flynn said he held numerous calls with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. during the transition and gave "incomplete information" about those discussions to Vice President Mike Pence. The vice president, apparently relying on information from Flynn, initially said the national security adviser had not discussed sanctions with the Russian envoy, though Flynn later conceded the issue may have come up. Trump named retired Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg as the acting na...