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No confidence motion: Gove and Watson ahead of vote

Theresa May’s government has narrowly survived a vote of no confidence amid division over its Brexit policy. Ahead of the vote, Deputy Labour leader Tom Watson wound up the debate on behalf of Labour saying she was a prime minister “with no authority and no plan B.” Meanwhile Environment Secretary, Michael Gove attacked Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, saying “he will not stand up for this country”. Live updates here Source link

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Tennis: Australian number four Kyrgios ‘in a good spot’ ahead of home Open

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Nick Kyrgios is in the unusual position of being Australia’s number four in the men’s draw at Melbourne Park this year but the 23-year-old thinks he has found at least some of the answers to the questions that have held back his career. Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 7, 2018. Australia’s Nick Kyrgios hits a shot during his third round match against Japan’s Kei Nishikori. REUTERS/Toby Melville Part of the reason for his lowly spot in the…

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Sharapova suffers injury blow ahead of Australian Open

FILE PICTURE: Sep 3, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Maria Sharapova of Russia walks off the court after losing to Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain in a fourth round match on day eight of the 2018 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports (Reuters) – Former world number one Maria Sharapova’s Australian Open preparations suffered a blow after a thigh injury forced her to retire from the Shenzhen Open quarter-final clash against Aryna Sabalenka on Friday. Sharapova struggled to…

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Nasa’s New Horizons: Excitement ahead of Ultima Thule flyby

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionAlan Stern: “It’s pure science and pure exploration” History will be made on Tuesday when Nasa’s New Horizons probe sweeps past the icy world known as Ultima Thule. Occurring some 6.5 billion km (4 billion miles) from Earth, the flyby will set a new record for the most distant ever exploration of a Solar System object by a spacecraft. New Horizons will gather a swathe of images and other data over the course of just a few hours leading up to and…

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Bangladesh elections: Security on high alert ahead of polls

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Sheikh Hasina has ruled Bangladesh as prime minister since 2009 Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is seeking her third consecutive term in a general election on Sunday, in which more than 100m people are expected to vote. Security forces are on high alert ahead of the poll, with some 600,000 security personnel deployed across the nation. More than a dozen people have been killed in clashes between supporters of rival political parties. Ms Hasina is expected to win, while her main rival is in jail…

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Cormier surrenders belt ahead of UFC 232

Daniel Cormier is beating Dana White to the punch. Set to be stripped of his UFC light heavyweight championship belt on Saturday night, Cormier instead relinquished the belt himself on Friday. According to ESPN’s Ariel Helwani, Cormier said he is giving the belt in the 205-pound division rather than wait for the outcome of the Jon Jones-Alexander Gustafsson fight at UFC 232 in Inglewood, Calif., on Saturday night. “Today I am going to relinquish the UFC light heavyweight title,” Cormier wrote in a statement. “I am not going to be…

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Murray still feeling hip pain ahead of Brisbane return

Britain’s Andy Murray during practice. Tennis – Wimbledon Preview – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 30, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls/File Photo (Reuters) – Andy Murray is still feeling the effects of a hip injury that forced a premature end to his 2018 activity, but the Briton hopes the pain will ease as he plays more matches in the lead-up to next month’s Australian Open. The former world number one returned to the ATP tour in June after having hip surgery at the start of the…

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Three Clemson players fail drug tests ahead of Cotton Bowl

Clemson coach Dabo Sweeney admitted some disappointing news during his Cotton Bowl news conference in Dallas on Monday: Three players — defensive lineman Dexter Lawrence, offensive lineman Zach Giella and tight end Braden Galloway — failed NCAA drug tests last week and could miss the Tigers’ College Football Playoff semifinal matchup against Notre Dame on Saturday. Dec 1, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; Clemson Tigers defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence (90) celebrates after a sack in the first quarter against the Pittsburgh Panthers in the ACC championship game at Bank of America…

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College football notebook: Alabama suspends three ahead of CFP semifinal

Alabama suspended sophomore starting left guard Deonte Brown and two reserves for Saturday’s College Football Playoff semifinal game against Oklahoma, the school announced Monday night. Dec 1, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; Clemson Tigers defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence (90) celebrates after a sack in the first quarter against the Pittsburgh Panthers in the ACC championship game at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports In a news release, coach Nick Saban cited “a violation of team rules and policies” as the reason for the suspensions of Brown, junior…

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RBS applies for German banking licence ahead of Brexit

Image copyright Getty Images Royal Bank of Scotland has applied for a German banking licence to help it retain clients in the European Union in the event of a no-deal Brexit. The move applies to all its subsidiaries, but would only affect NatWest, which trades across the bloc. RBS, which already has a Dutch licence, said it would allow it to continue operating freely across the EU. The state-owned bank is the latest financial services company to set up an EU hub in response to Brexit. Bank urges Brexit ‘contingency…

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