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Brexit: Irish government hopes no-deal plan ‘sits on shelf’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionSimon Coveney said he hoped the legislation “proves redundant” The Irish deputy prime minister has said he hopes that major legislation his government has prepared to manage a no-deal Brexit will never be used. Simon Coveney unveiled the wide-ranging bill on Friday, bringing together work by nine government departments. He said a “disorderly” Brexit would be a “lose, lose, lose” for the UK, the EU and the Republic of Ireland. The aim of the proposed new laws is to ensure a smooth…

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Huawei plan to fix British security fears due in H1 this year: executive

LONDON (Reuters) – Huawei will present a plan to address British security concerns about its equipment by the end of the first half of this year, a senior company executive said on Thursday, following criticism the Chinese firm has not moved fast enough to fix the issues. FILE PHOTO: Ryan Ding, the chief of Huawei’s carrier business group, holds a Tiangang 5G base station chipset during a product presentation in Beijing, China, January 24, 2019. REUTERS/Thomas Peter/File Photo British intelligence officials said on Wednesday they had not yet seen a…

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News Daily: Corbyn warned of resignations and Trump threatened over wall plan

If you want to get this briefing by email, sign-up here Image copyright PA More Labour MPs ‘thinking hard’ about future He’s seven MPs down, following the resignation from the Labour Party of a group of parliamentarians unhappy with his leadership. But could Jeremy Corbyn be in for more bad news? At a Labour MPs’ meeting described as “tense”, Corbyn critic Ian Austin said he and others would have to “think hard” about their futures unless the party fixed what he called its anti-Semitism problem. Chuka Umunna, Luciana Berger, Chris…

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Gene-edited animal plan to relieve poverty in Africa

Image copyright BBC News Image caption Prof Djikeng’s thinking was moulded by his childhood experiences A researcher in Edinburgh is leading efforts to develop gene-edited farm animals for poor farmers in Africa. Prof Appolinaire Djikeng is developing cows, pigs and chickens that are resistant to diseases and more productive. Among them are cattle that have been gene edited to be heat-resistant. Details of the project were given at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Washington DC. Prof Djikeng is the director of the Centre for Tropical…

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Amazon cancels New York City campus plan

Image copyright EPA Image caption Long Island City, where Amazon was planning expansion, is one of the fastest growing areas in New York Amazon has said it will not build a new headquarters in New York, citing fierce opposition from state and local politicians. The dramatic turnabout comes just months after the firm named New York City one of two sites selected for major expansion over the next decades. City and state leaders had agreed to provide about $3bn (£2.3bn) in incentives to secure that investment. Those subsidies had prompted…

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Thorpe Park opposes homes plan over fears of noise complaints

Image copyright Google Image caption Screaming from rides could prompt complaints from neighbours, the park fears A theme park is objecting to plans to build new retirement homes nearby because it fears residents may complain of screams from people on the rides. Thorpe Park bosses say they are considering legal action over a planning application for a retirement home complex next to the park. They say the development could be “detrimental” to the park’s business. A planning application for the development of a neighbouring Grade II listed building has been…

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Most English local authorities ‘plan to raise council tax’

Image caption Refuse collecting and other council services are among those under pressure Almost all councils in England plan to increase council tax and many will be cutting services, research suggests. Three-quarters of local authorities are set to increase tax by more than 2.5% from April, the Local Government Information Unit (LGiU) said. It comes as almost a third of councils said they were planning to cut spending on adult social care, and a quarter expect to reduce children’s care. The Local Government Association (LGA) said councils have “little choice”.…

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Brexit: No-deal plan for Channel Tunnel operations

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The Channel Tunnel – or Eurotunnel – connects Calais in France with Folkestone in the UK Trains will be permitted to use the Channel Tunnel for three months if the UK leaves the EU without a deal, under a proposed European Commission law. The planned legislation, published on Tuesday, will give the UK and France time to renegotiate the terms under which the railway service operates. The law must be agreed by the European Parliament and EU member states. Britain leaving the EU with no…

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Brexit: Labour plan can get majority, says John McDonnell

Image copyright AFP Labour’s plan for a permanent customs union with the EU after Brexit can secure a Commons majority, the shadow chancellor has told the BBC. John McDonnell said it was a “very traditional British compromise” to avoid a “catastrophic” no-deal Brexit. “We believe that this is a deal that could fly within Parliament,” he said. Jeremy Corbyn’s letter setting out Labour’s demands for supporting a Brexit deal was welcomed by some EU figures and Tory MPs. Downing Street is expected to reply to Mr Corbyn’s letter later on…

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Six Nations 2019: Joe Schmidt insists Ireland game plan is ‘very varied’

Joe Schmidt says his Ireland side must focus on Scotland – not chasing the championship Six Nations: Scotland v Ireland Venue: Murrayfield Date: Saturday, 9 February Kick-off: 14:15 GMT Coverage: Watch on BBC One; listen on BBC Radio Ulster & 5 live sports extra; live text commentary on the BBC Sport website & app Joe Schmidt has insisted his Ireland team’s method is not predictable and one-dimensional despite the chastening Six Nations home loss to England. The Irish were accused of lacking a Plan B last weekend as England overwhelmed…

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