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Backstop hopes downplayed as Johnson meets Macron

Image copyrightReutersImage caption On Wednesday, Mr Macron (left) said reopening talks on the Irish border was “not an option” Boris Johnson is to meet Emmanuel Macron later, hours after the French president seemed to downplay hopes of solving the Irish b…

Microplastics pose ‘minimal health risk’

Image copyrightAFPImage caption Microplastics have been found in rivers, lakes, drinking water supplies and bottled water Microplastics in drinking water do not appear to pose a health risk at current levels, according to the World Health Organization (WHO…

Iraq paramilitary force blames US for mystery blasts

Image copyrightEPAImage caption An explosion on 12 August near Baghdad sent rockets shooting though the capital A powerful Iran-backed paramilitary force in Iraq has said it holds the US responsible for a series of blasts at its bases in recent weeks. Th…

Backstop alternative ‘possible within 30 days’

Media captionBoris Johnson: “We do need that backstop removed” German Chancellor Angela Merkel has suggested an alternative to the Irish border backstop – a key Brexit sticking point – could be found within 30 days. Speaking at a press conference alongside …

Elizabeth Warren meets her doppelganger

Image copyrightStephanie Oyen/ FacebookImage caption Stephanie Oyen (left) finaly met her doppleganger, US senator Elizabeth Warren A dead-ringer for Democratic star Elizabeth Warren got a taste of what it’s like to be a front-runner in the 2020 US preside…

US moves to abolish child migrant custody limits

Migrant families who cross the southern border of the US illegally could be detained indefinitely under a new regulation announced by the Trump administration. It replaces an agreement that set a limit on how long the government could hold migrant children i…

Denmark defiant on Greenland after Trump snub

Media captionWatch: Greenland wouldn’t be the first time the US bought territory Denmark’s prime minister, Mette Frederiksen, says she is “annoyed and surprised” after Donald Trump cancelled his visit over the future of Greenland. “Our preparations were we…

Sub dive reveals Titanic decay

Media captionThe wreck sits 3.8km (2.4 miles) down at the bottom of the Atlantic ocean The first people to dive down to the Titanic in nearly 15 years say some of the wreck is deteriorating rapidly. Over the course of five submersible dives, an internationa…

China confirms detention of UK consulate worker

Image copyrightFacebook A worker at the UK’s Hong Kong consulate has been detained at the border for allegedly violating the law, China has confirmed. Media reports on Tuesday said Simon Cheng, who is thought to be from Hong Kong, went missing on 8 August d…