Brexit: No 10 to push again for vote on Boris Johnson’s deal

Parliament must be given « a straight up-and-down vote » on the PM’s Brexit deal, No 10 says, after MPs delivered a major blow to his strategy on Saturday. Boris Johnson was forced by law to send a letter asking the EU asking for a new delay on Brexit, but did not sign it. The PM now wants MPs to say a clear « yes » or « no » to the deal on Monday, adding: « We cannot allow Parliament’s letter to lead to Parliament’s delay. » It will…

Court asked to consider if PM’s Brexit delay tactic is lawful

Scotland’s highest court is to consider whether Prime Minister Boris Johnson has fully complied with a law requiring him to ask for a Brexit delay. He sent an unsigned letter to Brussels asking for an extension along with a signed letter saying he believed a further delay would be a mistake. The Court of Session will be asked to decide whether this broke a promise not to « frustrate » the so-called Benn Act. The government maintains it has fulfilled its legal obligations. The court was originally asked earlier this…

I will ‘always’ protect my family, says Prince Harry

The Duke of Sussex has insisted he will « always » protect his family, adding that he « will not be bullied into playing a game that killed my mum ». Speaking in an ITV documentary, the duke said he did not want a « repeat of the past ». Meanwhile, the Duchess of Sussex said her British friends warned her not to marry the prince due to media scrutiny. The royal couple were interviewed by Tom Bradby during their tour of southern Africa in September. Prince Harry, 35, was…

Chile protests: Five dead after looters torch garment factory

Media playback is unsupported on your device Five people have died after a garment factory was set ablaze by looters near Chile’s capital Santiago amid a wave of protests. The military and police used tear gas and water cannon against demonstrators, and a night-time curfew was imposed in major cities. The unrest, sparked by a now suspended metro fare hike, has widened to reflect anger over living costs and inequality. President Sebastián Piñera has defended the government’s response. « I’m convinced that democracy not only has the right, it has…

Pound slips in early trading after delay on Brexit vote

The pound slipped against the dollar as commercial currency markets opened for the first time since MP’s backed a move to delay approval of the Brexit deal. Most big banks in London had called in extra staff, expecting volatile trading after the first Saturday sitting in the House of Commons for 37 years. But the pound’s reaction was muted as foreign markets opened for the week, slipping 0.6% against the dollar to $1.29 as trading started in Australia. Against the euro, the pound fell 0.2%. On Friday, the pound had…

At home of Mona Lisa, a retrospective on da Vinci’s life and work

PARIS (Reuters) – France’s Louvre museum, home to Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, is putting the final touches to one of the biggest ever exhibitions of the Italian master’s work with the presence of the world’s most expensive painting agonizingly unresolved. An infrared reflectography of the painting « Mona Lisa » by Leonardo da Vinci is pictured during a press visit of the « Leonardo da Vinci » exhibition to commemorate the 500-year anniversary of his death at the Louvre Museum in Paris, France, October 20, 2019. REUTERS/Benoit TessierThe Louvre…

Box Office: ‘Maleficent: Mistress of Evil’ dominates with soft $36 million

LOS ANGELES, (Variety.com) – Five years after Angelina Jolie’s “Maleficent” cast a spell over the box office, the villainous enchantress has returned to the top of domestic charts. Disney’s “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil,” a sequel to 2014’s fantasy adventure based on the “Sleeping Beauty” sorceress, debuted to $36 million from 2,790 North American theaters, nearly half of what the first movie made in its inaugural weekend ($69 million). FILE PHOTO: Actor Angelina Jolie poses as she attends the UK premiere of « Maleficent: Mistress of Evil » in London, Britain…

Brexit: Boris Johnson ‘has the numbers’ in Commons to pass deal

Media playback is unsupported on your device The government says it will push ahead with efforts to pass its Brexit deal, despite a major setback to its plans. Boris Johnson had to ask the EU for an extension to the UK’s 31 October exit date after MPs backed a move to delay approval of the deal on Saturday. But Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said he was confident enough MPs would back the deal next week, and Brexit would still happen by the deadline. No 10 says the PM sent «…

‘Abominable’ film axed in Malaysia after rebuffing order to cut China map

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – DreamWorks’ animated movie “Abominable” will not be released in Malaysia after its producers declined to meet a censor board requirement to cut a scene showing China’s “nine-dash line” in the South China Sea, the movie distributor said on Sunday. FILE PHOTO: Bikers go past an empty space where a promotional poster for the DreamWorks film « Abominable » stood before being taken down at a cinema in Hanoi, Vietnam October 14, 2019. REUTERS/KhamThe U-shaped line is used on Chinese maps to illustrate its territorial claims over…

Brexit: UK will leave EU this month, ministers insist

Media playback is unsupported on your device Ministers insist the UK will leave the EU by 31 October, despite a letter sent to Brussels asking for a delay. Boris Johnson sent the letter – unsigned – after a major setback in the Commons to his Brexit strategy. But the request was accompanied by a second letter, signed by the PM, saying he believed a delay would be a mistake. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said the PM had « proved the doubters wrong » by getting a new deal and he…

Two teenagers dead after Milton Keynes stabbing

Two 17-year-old boys have died after being stabbed in Milton Keynes. Emergency services were called to a property in Archford Croft, in the Emerson Valley area, just before midnight, Thames Valley Police said. One of the victims died at the scene, while the other died after being taken to hospital. Two men were hurt in the incident and have been taken to hospital with serious, but not life-threatening injuries. No arrests have been made. Officers remain at the scene, which is on a cul-de-sac in a housing estate. « Thames…

Wales beat France 20-19 to reach Rugby World Cup semi-finals in thriller

2019 Rugby World Cup quarter-final Wales (10) 20 Tries: Wainwright, Moriarty Cons: Biggar 2 Pens: Biggar 2 France (19) 19 Tries: Vahaamahina, Ollivon, Vakatawa Cons: Ntamack 2 A dramatic late Ross Moriarty try booked Wales a World Cup semi-final place at the expense of 14-man France as Warren Gatland’s side came from behind to win 20-19 in Oita. France lock Sebastien Vahaamahina was sent off after 48 minutes for a blatant elbow on Wales flanker Aaron Wainwright in a decisive moment. France were leading 19-10 at the time and Wales…

Spotlight reveals IRA plan to hit south east England’s power supply

The IRA planned to knock out the power supply to the south east of England in the final years of its bombing campaign, a former insider has claimed. Details are revealed in the final episode of the BBC series Spotlight on the Troubles: A Secret History. Insiders describe a battle of wits between the IRA and British intelligence. When the British Government refused to admit Sinn Féin to peace talks in the mid-1990s, Canary Wharf was bombed. Two people were killed and damage was estimated at £150m in the attack…

Trump abandons plan to host G7 summit at his Miami golf course after criticism

Media playback is unsupported on your device US President Donald Trump has abandoned plans to host next year’s G7 summit at one of his resorts in Florida after bipartisan criticism. In a series of late tweets, Mr Trump said he was reversing the idea because of « crazed and irrational hostility » by Democrats and the media. Critics said the plan was evidence of Mr Trump using the office for personal gain, which the White House denied. Mr Trump said the presidential retreat at Camp David could host the G7…

Sculptor transforms Rome’s dead trees into art

ROME (Reuters) – Andrea Gandini, a 22-year-old Roman sculptor, is making a growing name for himself by turning the Eternal City’s dead tree stumps into much-admired pieces of art. Gandini, who began his tree carvings around five years ago, chipped away at his 66th stump in the huge Villa Pamphili park on Friday. He has plenty of raw material to work with. Rome is known as one of the greenest cities in Europe, with its 313,000 trees filling its many parks and lining the streets in the city center. However,…

Brexit: PM to send letter to Brussels seeking further delay

Boris Johnson will send a letter to the EU by 00:00 BST to request a Brexit delay – but he will not sign it, according to a Downing Street source. The request will be accompanied by a second letter, signed by Mr Johnson, which will say he believes that a delay would be a mistake, the source said. The PM was required by law to ask the EU for an extension to the 31 October deadline after losing a Commons vote. It is expected Donald Tusk will now consult EU…

Brexit: PM sends letter to Brussels seeking further delay

Boris Johnson will send a letter to the EU by 00:00 BST to request a Brexit delay – but he will not sign it, according to a Downing Street source. The request will be accompanied by a second letter, signed by Mr Johnson, which will say he believes that a delay would be a mistake, the source said. The PM was required by law to ask the EU for an extension to the 31 October deadline after losing a Commons vote. It is expected Donald Tusk will now consult EU…

Brexit: Johnson vows to press on despite defeat over deal delay

Media playback is unsupported on your device Boris Johnson has said he will press on « undaunted » with his Brexit strategy despite MPs backing the principle of a further delay to the process. The PM vowed to introduce legislation needed to implement his « excellent » agreement in Parliament next week. But he will have to ask the EU for an extension beyond 31 October after MPs backed a motion designed to rule out a no-deal exit by 322 votes to 306. The EU said it was up to…

People’s Vote march: Jubilant scenes at ‘final say’ Brexit protest

Media playback is unsupported on your device Protesters reacted with jubilation as MPs backed a delay to Boris Johnson’s new Brexit deal. Supporters of the « People’s Vote » second referendum campaign marched on Westminster calling for a « final say » on the new deal. Protesters gathered outside Parliament as MPs sat on a Saturday for the first time in 37 years. Organisers said up to a million people attended, while police said it was « very busy ». Videos posted to social media showed the moment the vote…

Turkey’s Erdogan vows to ‘crush heads’ of Kurdish fighters

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says that Turkey will « crush the heads » of Kurdish fighters if they do not withdraw from a planned safe zone area in northern Syria. Turkey agreed on Thursday to suspend an offensive for five days to allow the Kurds to retreat from the area. But on Saturday both sides accused the other of violating the ceasefire. Ankara views the Kurdish forces as terrorist and wants to create a « safe zone » buffer inside Syria. Despite the temporary ceasefire, some sporadic violence has…

People’s Vote march: Tens of thousands in ‘final say’ Brexit protest

Media playback is unsupported on your device Tens of thousands of people are marching through central London to call for a « final say » vote on Boris Johnson’s new Brexit deal. Supporters of the « People’s Vote » campaign say they want to check that the UK is happy to leave the EU under the terms negotiated by the PM. Protesters are outside Parliament as MPs debate the new deal in the Commons. There were jubilant scenes from attendees as an amendment to the PM’s deal was passed by…

MPs back Brexit deal delay

UK PM Boris Johnson says he will put bill on deal to leave EU to MPs next week, in attempt to avoid delay This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version. You can receive Breaking News on a smartphone or tablet via the PCF News App. You can also follow @PCFBreaking on Twitter to get the latest alerts. Source: The Guardian

All Blacks rout Ireland to set up England semi-final

Rugby World Cup quarter-final: Ireland v New Zealand New Zealand: (22) 46 Tries: A Smith 2, B Barrett, Taylor, Todd, Bridge, J Barrett Cons: Mo’unga 4 Pen: Mo’unga Ireland: (0) 14 Try: Henshaw, penalty try Con: Carbery New Zealand will meet England in the World Cup semi-finals after condemning Ireland to a seventh quarter-final exit with a 46-14 hammering in Tokyo. Two tries from Aaron Smith and one by Beauden Barrett helped the All Blacks to a 22-0 lead at half-time. The holders scored further tries through Codie Taylor, Matt…

Cambridge University don readmitted after sexual harassment

A Cambridge academic who was found to have sexually harassed 10 students has been readmitted to his college less than two years after it was announced he had been permanently removed. In 2017, Dr Peter Hutchinson was banned from Trinity Hall and from contacting students. Trinity Hall now says the decision to remove him had « not been agreed with Dr Hutchinson and was incorrect ». One ex-student who had complained said the reversal was « a slap in the face ». Dr Hutchinson quit teaching modern and medieval languages…

England beat Australia 40-16 to make Rugby World Cup semi-finals

2019 Rugby World Cup quarter-final England: (17) 40 Tries: May 2, Sinckler, Watson Pens: Farrell 4 Cons: Farrell 4 Australia: (9) 16 Tries: Koroibete Pens: Lealiifano 3 Cons: Lealiifano England are into the World Cup semi-finals for the first time in 12 years as they ruthlessly dispatched old rivals Australia. Two first-half tries in four minutes from Jonny May on his 50th cap helped establish a 17-9 half-time lead before a sensational score from Marika Koroibete brought the Wallabies to within a point. But prop Kyle Sinckler smashed through from…

Brexit: Commons set for knife-edge votes on deal

MPs are debating the PM’s Brexit deal, amid uncertainty about whether the decisive vote on it will go ahead. The PM is trying to convince MPs to support the agreement he secured with the EU, in Parliament’s first Saturday session in 37 years. Mr Johnson told MPs « now is the time to get this thing done », saying any delay beyond 31 October would be « corrosive ». But MPs will debate a proposal that could delay Brexit again until all the necessary UK legislation is passed. Commons Speaker…

Chile protests: Unrest in Santiago over metro fare increase

A state of emergency has been declared in the Chilean capital, Santiago, after protests sparked by increased metro ticket prices turned violent. Protesters – many of them high school and university students – jumped turnstiles, attacked several underground stations, started fires and blocked traffic, leaving widespread damage across the city and thousands of commuters without transport. Television pictures showed protesters throwing stones, attacking police vehicles and burning at least one bus. Anti-riot police used tear gas and batons against some protesters, who have been demonstrating for days against the increase.…

Carney: Brexit deal ‘positive’ for UK economy

Media playback is unsupported on your device The governor of the Bank of England has told the PCF that the new Brexit deal struck by the government is « welcome » and a « net economic positive ». Mark Carney said the deal « takes away the tail risk of a disorderly Brexit ». However the governor warned that the deal might not boost the economy to the same extent as the deal put forward by Boris Johnson’s predecessor, Theresa May. Mr Johnson’s deal is due to be voted on…

Brexit: MPs set for knife-edge vote on Boris Johnson’s deal

Parliament will sit on a Saturday for the first time in 37 years to vote on Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal. The PM has been trying to convince MPs to support the agreement he secured with the EU, ahead of what is expected to be a knife-edge vote in the Commons. His former DUP allies and opposition parties plan to vote against it. But at least nine Labour MPs are expected to rebel and the PM is hoping to be backed by some of the Tory MPs he sacked for opposing…

Primary schools give free food to hungry families

The biggest primary school academy trust in England is to give food to parents to prevent « family hunger ». The Reach2 trust is going to put « community fridges » in its schools to provide food for families who otherwise would not be able to afford it. The project is being launched in five schools in the east of England, with the aim of expanding to all of the trust’s 60 primary schools. Trust chief Sir Steve Lancashire says it’s « heartbreaking » that it is needed. « We…