Theresa May says she will return to Brussels with the intention of meeting European commission president Jean-Claude Juncker. There is a week to go before EU leaders meet to discuss the Brexit deal. Speaking on the Sky News show Sophy Ridge on Sunday, May said that as far as she knew, the requisite 48 letters challenging her leadership had not been received
PM says she thinks there are too few MPs pushing for a change of leader to trigger contest
Theresa May has said that as far as she knows there are not yet enough Conservative MPs moving against her to spark a leadership contest, and that replacing her would not help deliver Brexit.
The prime minister is facing open calls for her resignation from Brexiter MPs after she released a much-criticised draft agreement to leave the EU.
Amnesty International said it will lobby UN committee to pressure government as at least 60 women join class action lawsuit
Human rights groups are calling on Canada to end the coerced sterilization of indigenous women, as a growing number of victims seek to join a class action lawsuit against government and medical professionals.
A US border patrol agent, Lonnie Swartz, is on trial in Arizona for the manslaughter of José Antonio Elena Rodríguez, 16, who he shot and killed through slots in the steel fence
The day after the Day of the Dead, Taide Elena arranged flowers at her grandson’s grave in Nogales, Mexico.
The tightly packed graveyard was quiet, save a few Día de los Muertos latecomers, among them, a woman cleaning the neighboring grave. “Was yours the car accident next to the technical college?” the woman asked.
Emmanuel Macron was wrong to see love of country as chiefly a gentle sentiment
The phrase made the headlines, not least because it was seen as a rebuke to Donald Trump, who was also attending the ceremony. It caught the imagination, too, because it spoke to a contemporary dilemma: how to assuage the widespread sense that societies are becoming more incohesive without encouraging nationalist fervour.
Group aims to create jobs and reduce tensions on Greek island bearing brunt of migrant arrivals
An air of optimism hovers over the olive grove. Men from Africa, Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq are busy building a wooden structure that will serve as a new shelter. There is quiet concentration, banter and even a bit of laughter as they bang nails into the beams.
The scene is a far cry from the chaos of the adjacent refugee camp, a place so congested it has earned the Greek island of Lesbos the unenviable reputation of being home to the worst migrant facility in Europe. “When people live in a structured environment, they behave in a structured way,” says Adil Izemrane matter-of-factly.
Prime minister appears on Sophy Ridge On Sunday after former Brexit secretary Dominic Raab called on her not to be ‘bullied’ by the EU
Ridge says there is no chance this deal can get through parliament.
May says parliamentarians should think what it is about, that they need to deliver what people voted for.
Ridge asks about the fact that the UK can’t leave the backstop agreement unilaterally.
May says it is an insurance option, it is not the only option on the table. Which says that if the future relationship can’t be fully in place by the end of 2020 there is a reassurance of no hard border.
Gratitude is good for us. With this in mind, writer A.J. Jacobs determines to cast off his habitual grumpiness and track down and say thank you to everyone responsible for his daily brew…
It’s a Tuesday morning, and I’m in the presence of one of the most mind-boggling accomplishments in human history. This marvel I see before me is the result of thousands of human beings collaborating across dozens of countries. It took the combined labour of chemists, politicians, mechanics, biologists, miners, packagers, smugglers and goatherds. It required aeroplanes, boats, trucks and shoulders and hundreds of materials, including steel and bat guano. It has caused great joy, but also great poverty and oppression. It relied upon ancient wisdom and space-age technology, freezing temperatures and scorching heat, high mountains and deep water. It is my morning cup of coffee.
For most of my life, I rarely thought about my coffee, unless it spilled on my jacket. But the last few months have forced me to change that. A recent study showed that gratitude causes people to be more generous and kinder to strangers. Another study summarised in Scientific American finds that gratitude is the single best predictor of wellbeing and good relationships, beating 24 other impressive traits, such as hope, love and creativity. Earlier this year, in an attempt to battle my default mental state (generalised annoyance and impatience), I undertook a deceptively simple quest. I pledged to thank every single person who made my cup of coffee possible. I resolved to thank the barista, the farmer who grew the beans and all those in between.
Campaigners fear the loss of rare biodiversity if a £1bn bypass is approved by the Welsh assembly
The Gwent Levels is a low-lying patchwork of wetlands, divided by drainage ditches first dug by the Romans, that is so full of life that conservationists compare its diversity to the Amazon rainforest.
But this quiet corner of south-east Wales may soon disappear under concrete if the Labour-led Welsh government gives the go-ahead for a new 14-mile stretch of motorway to be carved through the ancient levels.
Peter Schlesinger rejects interpretation of work that has broken record for living artist
It has been interpreted as the depiction of a very particular moment in the romantic life of David Hockney. Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures), which sold for $90.3m (£70.3m) at auction in New York last week, shows his former lover and muse standing beside a pool – and a man who might be the painter’s new boyfriend swimming under water.
But Peter Schlesinger, Hockney’s ex-partner who was one of his students at the University of California, Los Angeles, has rejected the interpretation of the work that has now made the Yorkshire-born painter the world’s most highly valued living artist. He says it is not an “emotional” depiction – and is probably not even, in any meaningful sense, a portrait of him.