Tearful Murray announces retirement plans

Britain’s Andy Murray fears next week’s Australian Open could be his last tournament. The three-time Grand Slam winner, who is struggling to recover from hip surgery, was in tears as he spoke to journalists in Melbourne on Friday. Aussie Open could be my last – Murray Source: BBC

Andy Murray: Australian Open could be last tournament

Media playback is not supported on this device Australian Open 2019 Venue: Melbourne Park Dates: 14-27 January Coverage: Daily live commentaries on the BBC Sport website, listen to Tennis Breakfast daily from 07:00 GMT on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra and watch highlights on BBC TV and online from 19 January. Britain’s Andy Murray says he plans to retire after this year’s Wimbledon but fears next week’s Australian Open could be the final tournament of his career. The three-time Grand Slam winner, who is struggling to recover from hip…

Universal credit: Two-child benefit cap to be relaxed

Around 15,000 families with three or more children will not have their universal credit capped, the work and pensions secretary will say on Friday. A two-child limit on the benefit came into effect in April 2017 – but did not initially apply to claimants whose children were born before that date. This exemption was due to end next month, but Amber Rudd will say that it will instead continue. The Child Poverty Action Group said the decision was « fantastically good news ». However, the group is still calling for…

Trump visits border amid US shutdown wall row

US President Donald Trump has threatened again to declare a national emergency to fund a border wall without Congress’s approval. « I have the absolute right to declare a national emergency, » he told reporters as he headed to an event at the border. He also said Mexico would « indirectly » pay for the wall – contradicting an earlier campaign memo. The government has been in partial shutdown for 20 days, leaving about 800,000 federal employees without pay. President Trump refuses to sign legislation to fund and reopen the…

Andy Murray says Australian Open could be his last tournament

Media playback is not supported on this device Australian Open 2019 Venue: Melbourne Park Dates: 14-27 January Coverage: Daily live commentaries on the BBC Sport website, listen to Tennis Breakfast daily from 07:00 GMT on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra and watch highlights on BBC TV and online from 19 January. Britain’s Andy Murray says he plans to retire after this year’s Wimbledon but fears next week’s Australian Open could be the final tournament of his career. The three-time Grand Slam winner, who is struggling to recover from hip…

The lifesaving food 90% aren’t eating enough of

If I offered you a superfood that would make you live longer, would you be interested? Naturally it reduces the chances of debilitating heart attacks and strokes as well as life-long diseases such as type-2 diabetes. And it helps keep your weight, blood pressure and cholesterol levels down. I should mention it’s cheap and widely available in the supermarket. What is it? Fibre – it’s not the sexiest thing in the world but a major study has been investigating how much fibre we really need to be eating and found…

Question Time: Praise for Fiona Bruce’s first episode

Viewers have reacted warmly to Fiona Bruce’s first edition of Question Time. Thursday evening’s episode was the first to be broadcast since David Dimbleby’s departure last month. « It’s lovely to be here, » Bruce told the audience in Islington in North London as the show began. Brexit dominated more than half the programme, with the safety of London’s streets among the other issues raised by the audience after the stabbing of Jayden Moodie. The panel for Bruce’s first programme included Conservative MP James Cleverly, shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry…

Brexit: Theresa May calls union chiefs to seek support for deal

Theresa May has spoken to the leaders of two of the biggest unions in the UK as she continues to try to build support for her Brexit deal. The PM spoke to Unite’s Len McCluskey and the GMB’s Tim Roache by phone on Thursday in what her spokesman described as « constructive » calls. He said Mrs May was undertaking « widespread engagement » about the deal. Mr Roache said he was glad the PM had « finally picked up the phone » but that her deal was not «…

Murdered Jayden ‘not linked to gangs’

The family of London teenager Jayden Moodie say he was not linked to gangs and was « murdered in cold blood ». Jayden Moodie, 14, was stabbed to death by attackers who knocked him off a moped in Bickley Road on Tuesday in what police believe was a targeted attack. The teenager had moved from Nottingham to London with his mum six months ago for a « new start ». No arrests have been made over Jayden’s death, the Met Police has said. Speaking near to the scene where Jayden…

Jaguar Land Rover confirms 4,500 job cuts

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has confirmed it is cutting 4,500 jobs, with the substantial majority coming from its 40,000 strong UK workforce. Most will be in office roles as the company wants to simplify its management structure. The cuts come on top of last year’s 1,500 job losses. JLR is facing several challenges, including a slump in demand for diesel cars and a sales slowdown in China. The firm has also complained about uncertainty caused by Brexit. The firm, which is owned by Indian conglomerate Tata, made a £90m pre-tax…

US to expel every last Iranian boot from Syria – Pompeo

The US will work with allies to « expel every last Iranian boot » from Syria, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says. Mr Pompeo warned there would be no US reconstruction aid for areas controlled by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad until Iran and its proxies had left. He also criticised ex-President Barack Obama’s Middle East policy, saying he had made « dire misjudgements ». Mr Pompeo was speaking in Cairo three weeks after President Donald Trump said US troops were pulling out of Syria. The announcement had shocked US allies…

Gravesend nightclub attacker given 28-year sentence

Media playback is unsupported on your device A man who drove his car down a crowded alley and on to a nightclub dancefloor has been jailed for 28 years. Mohammed Abdul, 21, injured staff and revellers at Blake’s in Gravesend after being « humiliated » when he was thrown out by bouncers for being too drunk. He made threats to kill the door staff before returning in his Suzuki Vitara 10 minutes later. Abdul, of Deptford, south-east London, was convicted at Maidstone Crown Court of two counts of attempted murder.…

Brexit: Jeremy Corbyn demands election to ‘break deadlock’

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has stepped up calls for a general election « at the earliest opportunity » to « break the deadlock » over Brexit. In a speech, he said a new government would have a fresh mandate to negotiate a better withdrawal deal with the EU. He told Theresa May: « If you are so confident in your deal, call that election, and let the people decide. » The Conservatives said Labour did not have a plan for Brexit and were « playing politics ». Labour will vote…

Lady Gaga breaks her silence on R Kelly

Lady Gaga has apologised for working with embattled R&B star R Kelly, and vowed to remove their duet, Do What U Want, from streaming services. It comes after the broadcast of a new documentary about Kelly, which detailed allegations of sexual and physical abuse against women and underage girls, spanning several decades. Gaga called the stories « horrifying » and « indefensible », adding: « I stand behind these women 1000% ». Kelly has denied all the allegations. His lawyer also dismissed the documentary as « another round of stories…

M&S and Debenhams report falling Christmas sales

Debenhams has reported a sharp fall in sales during the crucial Christmas trading period. Debenhams said customers had been seeking discounts and left their shopping late. It said sales fell 5.7% in the 18 weeks to 5 January. Marks and Spencer also reported a fall in sales over Christmas, down 2.2%. Tesco said sales were up, as did John Lewis. But John Lewis warned that staff might not receive bonuses for the first time since 1953. Much of the focus is on Debenhams, which is closing 50 stores. The department…

Meghan made patron of National Theatre

The Duchess of Sussex has been made patron of the National Theatre as well as three other organisations. Meghan’s first sole royal patronages will also champion education, women’s employment and animal welfare. The Duchess, who is a former actress, has taken on honorary roles with Mayhew, Smart Works, and the Association of Commonwealth Universities, Kensington Palace said. A royal patronage can help promote the profile of good causes. Why do charities want a royal patron? The Duchess has already met with women who have benefited from Smart Works, a charity…

Yemen soldiers killed in Houthi drone attack on base

Media playback is unsupported on your device A drone attack on a Yemeni government base by the rebel Houthi movement has reportedly killed at least six soldiers and injured several senior officials. One video showed a drone exploding above a podium where the officials were watching a military parade. It is not clear if any other drones hit the base. Sky News Arabia said army chief of staff Gen Abdullah al-Nakhi was hurt. A Houthi-run TV channel said the rebels had targeted personnel from the Saudi-led coalition backing the government.…

Waltham Forest stabbing: Jayden Moodie murder police find car

A car believed to be involved in the murder of 14-year-old Jayden Moodie has been found by police in London. The teenager was struck by a vehicle while on his moped, and then stabbed to death in what police believe was a targeted attack. He was found wounded in Bickley Road, Waltham Forest, on Tuesday evening. The black Mercedes B Class was recovered in the Carlisle Road area of Leyton during the afternoon. No arrests have been made, the Met Police said. The teenager was knocked off the moped at…

Brexit: General election ‘answer to deadlock’

A general election is the most democratic way of breaking the Brexit deadlock, Jeremy Corbyn is to argue. The Labour leader will tell activists in Yorkshire that only a government with a « renewed mandate » will get public support for a withdrawal deal. His party will oppose Theresa May’s deal next week, and push for a vote of no confidence if it is rejected by MPs. The PM is considering trying to win over some Labour MPs to the deal by offering extra protection to workers. Mrs May, who…

Worst Christmas for retailers in a decade, says BRC

Retail sales were flat in December, as UK businesses experienced their worst Christmas in a decade, according to the British Retail Consortium (BRC). Total retail sales showed 0% year-on-year growth during the month, the worst December performance since 2008. The BRC said price cuts appeared not to have been enough to encourage shoppers. A separate report from Barclaycard said consumer spending grew 1.8% year-on-year in December, the lowest rate of growth seen since March 2016. Esme Harwood, director at Barclaycard, said: « Growth in consumer spending dropped to its lowest…

M6 delays after people found in lorry

A lorry driver is being questioned after 27 suspected migrants were found in the back of a vehicle stopped by police on the M6. Part of the motorway was closed from about 16:00 GMT – causing lengthy tailbacks – as police searched vehicles near Keele services. Staffordshire Police said a man had been arrested at the scene. It is understood those on board were medically assessed and transferred to immigration officials for interview. The motorway was initially closed in both directions between junctions 15 and 16 amid reports of large-scale…

MPs want hunger minister role introduced

A group of MPs wants the government to introduce a Minister for Hunger to respond to a growth in food insecurity in the UK – especially among children. The Environmental Audit Committee says 19% of children under 15 in the UK live with adults who struggle to buy food – figures among the worst in Europe. It says ministers have failed to recognise and respond to the problem. The government says the number of children living in workless households is at a record low. But MPs say the number of…

Carmaker Rolls-Royce urges UK’s May to avoid a hard Brexit

LONDON (Reuters) – Carmaker Rolls-Royce called on the British government to avoid a disorderly Brexit and said it was building up some stock, expanding warehouse capacity and training suppliers for customs changes in case Britain leaves the EU without a deal. FILE PHOTO: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Chief Executive Officer, Torsten Mueller-Oetvoes, gestures as he is interviewed in a Rolls-Royce showroom in Singapore October 8, 2013. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne/File PhotoBritain, the world’s fifth largest economy, is due to leave the globe’s biggest trading bloc in under 80 days but a Brexit agreement…

China says trade talks with U.S. set foundation to resolve concerns

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China’s commerce ministry said on Thursday trade talks with the United States this week were extensive and detailed, and established a foundation for the resolution of each others’ concerns. FILE PHOTO: Shipping containers are seen at a port in Shanghai, China July 10, 2018. REUTERS/Aly SongThe two sides “held extensive, deep and thorough exchanges on trade and structural issues of common concern, which promoted mutual understanding and established a foundation for the resolution of each others’ concerns”, it said. Both parties agreed to continue to maintain close…

Skydance hires ousted Disney animation head John Lasseter

(Reuters) – U.S. film production company Skydance Media on Wednesday named Walt Disney Co’s (DIS.N) former animation head and co-founder of Pixar, John Lasseter, as head of its animation division. FILE PHOTO: John Lasseter, Chief Creative Officer of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, speaks during the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan, U.S., January 8, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermidLasseter, regarded as a modern day Walt Disney because of his creativity and commercial success, left Disney late last year. His exit followed a six-month leave of absence after what…

Brexit: Conservative MPs’ anger at Speaker John Bercow ruling

Conservatives have reacted with anger at the decision by Commons Speaker John Bercow to allow MPs to vote on getting a bigger say on Brexit. The MPs claim Mr Bercow broke Commons rules and ignored the advice of his own clerks. The row erupted ahead of five days of debate on Theresa May’s Brexit deal. Mr Bercow said he had made an « honest judgement » after consulting his clerks « and if people want to vote against the amendment they can ». MPs, including Commons leader Andrea Leadsom, challenged…

Trump demands funding to end border ‘crisis’ in US TV address

US President Donald Trump has demanded funding for his long-promised US-Mexico border wall to halt « a growing humanitarian and security crisis ». But in his first TV address to the nation from the Oval Office, Mr Trump did not declare a national emergency to bypass Congress and build the barrier. In a televised rebuttal, Democratic leaders accused the president of holding the American people hostage. Both sides are trying to gain an edge amid an 18-day government shutdown. In an eight-minute address on Tuesday night carried live by all…

Heathrow airport drone investigated by police and military

The military is helping police after sightings of a drone temporarily halted flights at Heathrow airport on Tuesday. Scotland Yard said a « full criminal investigation » had been launched into the incident – and that officers were among those to see the drone. Departures from the west London airport were suspended for about an hour. It comes after thousands of passengers were caught up in disruption at Gatwick Airport last month following reports of drone sightings. Heathrow airport, which is also working with the Met Police, said it was…

Trump demands funding for border ‘barrier’ in US TV address

US President Donald Trump has demanded funding for his long-promised US-Mexico border wall to halt « a growing humanitarian and security crisis ». But in his first TV address to the nation from the Oval Office, Mr Trump did not declare a national emergency to bypass Congress and build the barrier. Democratic leaders were delivering a televised rebuttal to the Republican president’s remarks afterwards. Both sides are trying to gain an edge amid an 18-day government shutdown. Source: BBC

Brexit: 20 Tory rebels inflict no-deal defeat on government

Senior Conservatives have signalled they are not prepared to support a no-deal Brexit as they inflicted a defeat on the government in Parliament. MPs backed an amendment to the Finance Bill, which would limit the scope for tax changes following a no deal unless authorised by MPs, by 303 to 296 votes. Twenty Tories rebelled and, while its practical effect will be limited, Labour said it was an « important step ». But Brexiteers said the UK would leave the EU on 29 March, come what may. Before the vote,…