Boris Johnson made it crystal clear on Saturday: he did not want to write to EU leaders requesting another Brexit extension.And they were crystal clear in telephone calls with him that day that they were far from thrilled to be asked.But UK law demanded the letter be sent. So now what?Don't expect any speedy EU action, for starters. On Saturday, French President Emmanuel Macron repeated his view that a new Brexit extension was not good for anyone.Boris Johnson literally spelling out his opposition to prolonging the Brexit process by writing a separate letter to Brussels to say so, makes it easier for his peers Mr Macron, Angela Merkel and others to drag their feet a little. Jubilant scenes at 'final say' Brexit protest Saturday's Brexit vote: What happens now? How would a delay work? They prefer first to look to the prime minister to make good on his promise to them that their newly-negotiated Brexit deal will *definitely* be passed by parliament.And time (relatively speaking, of … [Read more...] about Reluctant EU considers Brexit extension request
The IRA planned to knock out the power supply to the south east of England in the final years of its bombing campaign, a former insider has claimed.Details are revealed in the final episode of the BBC series Spotlight on the Troubles: A Secret History.Insiders describe a battle of wits between the IRA and British intelligence.When the British Government refused to admit Sinn Féin to peace talks in the mid-1990s, Canary Wharf was bombed.Two people were killed and damage was estimated at £150m in the attack in February 1996.In June of the same year, the IRA exploded what was reported as the largest bomb to be planted in Great Britain since World War Two.More than 200 people were injured in the blast in Manchester and significant damage to infrastructure caused. My brother, the bomb and our business Hunting for bombers behind Docklands explosion When the IRA bombed Manchester The final programme in the landmark BBC series, presented by Darragh MacIntyre, includes first-hand … [Read more...] about Spotlight reveals IRA plan to hit south east England’s power supply
Many young Bolivians heading to the polls on Sunday to vote in a general election have no memory of anyone but President Evo Morales leading the Andean nation. The indigenous politician is running for a fourth term in office and if he wins, he will be in power until 2025.His critics say he has ignored a referendum in which Bolivians voted to restrict presidents to two terms.And yet, opinion polls suggest he has a wide lead over his nearest rival. Who is in the running?Incumbent Evo Morales is again running for his Movement for Socialism (Mas) party. EPAEvo Morales13 years, 9 monthsin power38 yearsleading the coca growers' union54%of the votes won in 2005 election64%of the votes won in 2009 election61%of votes won in 2014 electionSource: BBC MonitoringRead our profile of Evo Morales: Fourteen years and countingMr Morales' main rival for the presidency is Carlos Mesa, who is running for the Civic Community (Comunidad Ciudadana) political alliance.ReutersCarlos Mesa19 monthsas president … [Read more...] about Bolivia elections: Will Evo Morales get a fourth term in office?
Athletes often have that one thing that fuels their determination to succeed and for women's marathon world record-holder Brigid Kosgei, it is her difficult childhood."When I think back to my humble beginnings and the challenges we went through growing up, I tell myself I cannot go back to that life and it pushes me to do well," the 25-year-old Kenyan athlete told the BBC.Four years since running her first marathon, which she won, Kosgei is now the fastest woman in history over the 26.2-mile (42.2km) distance. Last week in the US city of Chicago, she smashed the record set by Briton Paula Radcliffe in London 16 years ago, by a staggering 81 seconds.Her two hours 14 minutes and four seconds record was six months in the making - with her coach, Eric Kimaiyo, quietly planning the assault.Getty ImagesMy husband told me not to worry - he would take care of the children"In September, Kosgei opted not to honour an invitation to represent her country at the World Athletics Championships in … [Read more...] about Kenya’s Brigid Kosgei: School dropout, mother of twins and world record-holder
He and his model girlfriend Hana Cross called quits on their romance over the summer. And now Brooklyn Beckham is reportedly dating actress Phoebe Torrance, who is five years his senior. The aspiring photographer, 20, is said to have enjoyed a string of dates with the stunning brunette, 25, who is believed to have worked as his mum Victoria's lookalike in the past. Dating: Brooklyn Beckham is reportedly dating actress Phoebe Torrance, who is five years his senior following his Hana Cross split (pictured in 2018) According to reports, Brooklyn has been 'teased by his friends' over how similar Phoebe and his famous mother look. A source told The Sun: 'Bizarrely though, from a certain angle she does look terrifyingly like his mother, Victoria. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Brooklyn Beckham and Hana Cross risk awkward run-in as they... The X Factor: Celebrity EXCLUSIVE: The Islanders wow in... Downton Abbey star Imelda Staunton, … [Read more...] about Brooklyn Beckham, 20, is ‘dating actress Phoebe Torrance, 25, who used to work as his mother Victoria’s lookalike’ after Hana Cross split