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Brexit: Senior Tory suggests vote could be delayed

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionNewsnight: Sir Graham Brady ‘would welcome’ Brexit vote being deferred A senior Tory MP says he would welcome a delay in next week’s Commons Brexit vote, if it would help address concerns over the controversial backstop. But Tory backbench chairman Sir Graham Brady said getting “clarity” on the issue was more important than “timing”. It comes after reports that Theresa May was being urged to postpone the vote, which she is widely expected to lose. Dismissing those reports, a No 10 spokesman…

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George Bush Senior dies at the age of 94

Image copyright Reuters Image caption George HW Bush in 2012 Former US President George HW Bush has died at the age of 94, his son George W Bush has announced. George Bush Sr, as he was known, passed away on Friday evening, a statement said on behalf of the family. He was a World War Two aviator and Texan oil tycoon before entering politics in 1964 as a Republican. This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest…

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Golf: Langer becomes first player to win four times in his 60s on senior circuit

CARY, North Carolina (Reuters) – Bernhard Langer became the first player to win four times in his 60s on the Champions Tour when he ran away with the SAS Championship by six strokes on Sunday. FILE PHOTO: Bernhard Langer of Germany hits on the 17th fairway during first round play of the 2018 Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, U.S., April 5, 2018. REUTERS/Brian Snyder/File Photo Langer, who turned 61 in August, recorded his 38th victory on the 50-and-over circuit. The German shot a…

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Senior judges could get pay rise of up to £60,000

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption High Court judges could receive an additional £60,000-a-year Senior judges in England and Wales could be set for pay rises of up to 32% if recommendations made by the Senior Salaries Review Body are accepted. The move aims to address low morale among judges and to compensate them for changes to their pension scheme. The recommendations would see a High Court judge receive an additional £60,000 a year. Crown Court judges would receive a 22% increase – taking them to £165,00 – and district…

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NHS England’s most senior GP resigns over anonymous online posts

Image copyright PA England’s most senior GP has resigned after admitting he posted anonymous comments on an online medical forum. Dr Arvind Madan, director of primary care at NHS England, is thought to have posted with the name “Devil’sAdvocate”. It comes after a group of more than 8,000 GPs called for Dr Madan’s resignation, after comments he made about the closure of smaller practices. In a statement, he said he had wanted to “provoke a more balanced discussion about contentious issues”. The magazine Pulse reported on Wednesday that Dr Madan…

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Golf: Jimenez wins Senior Open, joining Seve as a winner at St. Andrews

(Reuters) – ‘The Mechanic’ leaked oil in the home straight but Miguel Angel Jimenez held on to win the Senior British Open by one stroke from Bernhard Langer at St. Andrews on Sunday. Jimenez sank a clutch 10-foot par putt at the famous par-four 17th road hole before securing victory with a tap-in par at the last, the same hole where his late Spanish countryman Seve Ballesteros clinched the 1984 British Open. “It’s a place where everybody wants to win,” said Jimenez. “It’s a place where Seve won his second…

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Nancy Sinatra Senior, Frank’s first wife, dies aged 101

Image copyright AFP Image caption Nancy Sinatra Senior “passed away peacefully”, her daughter said Nancy Sinatra senior, the first of Frank Sinatra’s four wives and mother of his three children, has died aged 101. Her daughter Nancy Junior said that she had “passed away peacefully”. “She was a blessing and the light of my life. Godspeed, Momma. Thank you for everything,” she wrote. Nancy Sinatra Senior was born Nancy Barbato in 1917 and met Frank in 1934 at the New Jersey holiday resort of Long Branch. Skip Twitter post by…

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Senior Met Police officer investigated over honours

A senior Scotland Yard officer is being investigated for allegedly breaking rules about honours nominations. Temporary Chief Superintendent Parm Sandhu has been served with a “gross misconduct” investigation notice, meaning she could potentially face a serious disciplinary charge. In some cases, such a charge can lead to dismissal. The officer, who’s been placed on restricted duties, has declined to comment on the allegation. Two other Metropolitan Police officers are also under investigation. BBC News understands the inquiry is focusing on whether Ms Sandhu encouraged colleagues to support her nomination for…

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Billy Caldwell: Senior MP urges reform over medical cannabis

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionCharlotte Caldwell said the medication ordeal had been ‘horrific and cruel’ A senior MP leading an all-party group looking at medical cannabis has called the existing laws “bizarre and cruel”. Sir Mike Penning MP has called for “fundamental reform” of the system. “Medical cannabis is a health issue, not a misuse of drugs issue,” Sir Mike said in a statement. “It’s about patients and relieving suffering.” It follows the Home Secretary’s decision to grant 12-year-old Billy Caldwell temporary access to cannabis oil…

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Apple poaches senior self-driving engineer from Waymo

(Reuters) – Apple Inc has hired a senior self-driving car engineer from Alphabet Inc’s Waymo unit, Apple said on Friday, a sign that the iPhone maker maintains autonomous vehicle ambitions. FILE PHOTO: Jaime Waydo, Lead Systems Engineer on Google’s Self-Driving Car project, speaks to the media during a preview of Google’s prototype autonomous vehicles in Mountain View, California September 29, 2015. REUTERS/Elijah Nouvelage/File Photo Apple hired Jaime Waydo, previously a systems engineer at Waymo, Apple said, confirming a report by tech news website The Information. “We wish Jaime well in…

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