Top stories 

John Henry Newman: Second miracle approved as sainthood looms

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption John Henry Newman, who was born in 1801, was ordained as a priest in 1847 after converting to Catholicism Cardinal John Henry Newman is closer to being canonised after a second miracle in his name was confirmed by the Pope. Two authenticated miracles are required before sainthood and Newman, who was already attributed with curing a man’s spinal disease, is now said to have healed a woman’s unstoppable bleeding. The Birmingham Oratory announced Pope Francis’ decree with “great joy”. Newman, born in the city…

Read More
Top stories 

US shutdown: Parties in fresh talks as next deadline looms

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionNick Kwek toured the border dividing the US state of Arizona and Mexico’s Sonora Democratic and Republican negotiators are due to meet on Monday to try to reach a deal on border security and avoid another government shutdown. They remain divided on the detention of undocumented immigrants and on funding for President Donald Trump’s promised border wall with Mexico. Mr Trump accused Democrats of a making a “brand new demand” that was “crazy”. Congress has until Friday to pass legislation before the…

Read More
Technology 

As Indian election looms, Facebook steps up fact-checks

MUMBAI (Reuters) – Facebook Inc is expanding its fact-checking network in India to curb the spread of misinformation as the world’s largest democracy prepares for a general election that must be held by May, the U.S.-based social media giant said on Monday. FILE PHOTO: Silhouettes of laptop users are seen next to a screen projection of Facebook logo in this picture illustration taken March 28, 2018. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration “We are committed to fighting the spread of false news on Facebook, especially ahead of the 2019 General Election campaign season,” Manish…

Read More
Top stories 

US government shutdown looms over border wall row

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionTrump: “Any measure that funds the government must include border security” A partial US government shutdown is now all but assured after US lawmakers failed to break a budget impasse. Mr Trump, who has to sign off any deal, is insisting $5.7bn (£4.5bn) in government funding be included to help build his long-promised US border wall. Despite last-minute talks, lawmakers began to adjourn on Friday evening. Without a new agreement in place, funding for about a quarter of all US federal agencies…

Read More
Technology 

Group of EU states reject compromise on digital tax as deadline looms

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – A group of European Union countries rejected on Friday a new compromise plan for the introduction of an EU-wide tax on digital revenues of large companies, diplomats said, making it increasingly difficult to meet a year-end deadline for a deal. The Google app logo is seen on a smartphone in this picture illustration taken September 15, 2017. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration Under a proposal from the EU’s executive Commission in March, EU states would charge a 3 percent levy on the digital turnover of large firms that are accused…

Read More
Technology 

Smart meter fitting slows as deadline looms

Image copyright Getty Images The rate at which smart meters are being fitted in British homes has fallen, new figures show just days after the government insisted a tough installation target would be hit. Every home in Britain is supposed to have a smart meter – which avoids the need for customer readings – by 2020. Government figures reveal that fewer were installed in the third quarter of the year than the previous quarter. A host of organisations have said the 2020 deadline will be missed. Last week, the National…

Read More
Top stories 

Armageddon looms in World Chess Championship final

Image copyright EPA Image caption A clash of kings: Carlsen, right, has been defending his title from Caruana Two chess grandmasters have spent November locked in stalemate, with the world chess championship up for grabs. After 12 games and 12 draws, American Fabiano Caruana is seeking to take the title from Norwegian Magnus Carlsen. After drawing their final match in London on Monday, they head to a series of fast-paced tie-breakers, culminating in a game type known as “Armageddon”. If he wins, Caruana will be the first US world champion…

Read More
Top stories 

Brexit: Ministers told ‘judgement day’ looms for decision

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Theresa May returning to Downing Street on Monday Ministers have been told “judgement day is coming” over Brexit as the UK and EU strive for a deal within 48 hours. Officials are trying to hammer out an agreement on the terms of the UK’s exit by Wednesday to enable EU leaders to agree it by the end of the month. Downing Street said talks had gone on through the night but “substantial issues” still remained to be resolved. Amid growing pressure on the PM, one…

Read More
Sports 

Alpine skiing: Vonn eyes Stenmark feat as retirement looms

FILE PHOTO: Pyeongchang, South Korea – February 21, 2018 – Bronze medallist Lindsey Vonn of the U.S. celebrates with the Italian flag during the flower ceremony. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger (Reuters) – Champion skier Lindsey Vonn has set her sights on breaking Ingemar Stenmark’s all-time mark for World Cup victories even as her career winds down to a close. The 34-year-old Vonn, who holds the women’s mark for Cup victories at 82, is closing in on the ultimate record of Stenmark’s 86 as she competes in the final season of her career.…

Read More
Technology 

Trump signs order to set U.S. spectrum strategy as 5G race looms

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday signed a presidential memorandum directing the Commerce Department to develop a long-term comprehensive national spectrum strategy to prepare for the introduction of next-generation 5G wireless networks. FILE PHOTO – U.S. President Donald Trump gestures prior to departing on a trip to Wisconsin from the White House in Washington, U.S., October 24, 2018. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton Trump is also creating a White House Spectrum Strategy Task Force and wants federal agencies to report on government spectrum needs and review how spectrum can be…

Read More