UK City of Culture: Broken train scuppers MP's announcement

UK City of Culture: Broken train scuppers MP's announcement

Image copyrightTerry-Harris.com Image caption The London to Hull service broke down between Peterborough and GranthamThe arts minister has had to give up his role of announcing the next UK City of Culture after the train he was on was stranded for hours. John Glen MP was due to reveal Hull’s successor live on The One Show, but his train from London to the city broke down near Peterborough. Dozens of passengers were aboard the 09:48 service, with Hull Trains blaming a “catastrophic engine failure”. Phil Redmond, chair of the UK…

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Researchers find 'oldest ever eye' in fossil

Researchers find 'oldest ever eye' in fossil

Image copyrightGennadi Baranov Image caption Side view of the fossil’s right eyeAn “exceptional” 530-million-year-old fossil contains what could be the oldest eye ever discovered, according to scientists. The remains of the extinct sea creature include an early form of the eye seen in many of today’s animals, including crabs, bees and dragonflies. Scientists made the find while looking at the well-preserved trilobite fossil. These ancestors of spiders and crabs lived in seas during the Palaeozoic era, between 541-251 million years ago. They found the ancient creature had a primitive form…

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Terrorists have nowhere to hide, says defence secretary

Terrorists have nowhere to hide, says defence secretary

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionGavin Williamson: “We want to drive them out of Iraq and Syria”The UK will “bring destruction” to those who fight for so-called Islamic State, the defence secretary has said. Gavin Williamson said British armed forces were “making sure terrorists have nowhere to hide” across the globe. Speaking at the commissioning of the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth in Portsmouth, he said UK forces were driving IS out of Iraq and Syria. He earlier told the Daily Mail: “Quite simply, my view is…

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Ed Sheeran picks up MBE from Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace

Ed Sheeran picks up MBE from Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace

Image copyrightPA Image caption Ed Sheeran said he was thinking of his grandfather, who would have been “pretty proud”Ed Sheeran has picked up his MBE from Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace – and said he would be up for performing at the forthcoming royal wedding. The pop star was awarded his gong for services to music and charity. He was the most-streamed artist of 2017 and has supported various good causes. He said he hadn’t been asked to perform at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding. But asked by reporters…

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Boris Johnson rejects claims he had to back down from telling EU to 'go whistle' over 'Brexit bill' – Politics live

Boris Johnson rejects claims he had to back down from telling EU to 'go whistle' over 'Brexit bill' – Politics live

I think it is very important to understand that there are limits [to what the state can do.] In wartime soliders have immunity from prosecution for killing enemy combatants. But not in all circumstances. In wartime, if enemy soldiers have laid down their weapons and are fleeing or trying to surrender and their opponents kill them, that’s likely to be a war crime. And the situation is going to be no different in Syria and Iraq. So it simply will not be lawful in all circumstances to kill jihadis, as…

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