Detroit director Kathryn Bigelow urges race talks

Detroit director Kathryn Bigelow urges race talks

Media playback is unsupported on your device The Oscar-winning director of a new film about the 1967 Detroit riots says talking about race in the US is “more vital than ever”. Kathryn Bigelow was speaking as Detroit is released in the wake of the violent clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia. She said she wanted to meet racism “head-on”, adding: “To do nothing is not an option”. John Boyega, who stars in the film, said: “We all…

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Charlie Gard parents hold private talks about his end of life care

Charlie Gard parents hold private talks about his end of life care

The parents of terminally-ill Charlie Gard have agreed he should spend his final days in a hospice. Connie Yates and Chris Gard originally asked to be allowed to take their son home to die, after ending their legal case on Monday to seek therapy abroad. For practical reasons, Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) said a hospice was the most appropriate place for him. His parents and the hospital have until 12:00 BST on Thursday to…

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Brexit talks resume: Get down to business, David Davis urges

Brexit talks resume: Get down to business, David Davis urges

Brexit Secretary David Davis has called on both sides in the negotiations on the UK’s departure from the European Union to “get down to business”. Mr Davis is in Brussels for a second round of formal talks on Brexit. He said his priority was to “lift the uncertainty” for EU citizens living in the UK and Britons living in the EU. The EU says there must be substantial progress on this – and on a…

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Trump hints at climate deal shift in Paris talks

Trump hints at climate deal shift in Paris talks

French President Emmanuel Macron said he “respected” Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris climate accord but that France would remain committed. “On climate we know what our differences are,” Mr Macron said in Paris on Thursday, adding that it was important to move forward. Speaking alongside Mr Macron, Mr Trump then hinted that the US could shift its position but failed to elaborate. “Something could happen with respect to the Paris accord,”…

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G20: Trump hails talks as 'success' despite divisions

G20: Trump hails talks as 'success' despite divisions

US President Donald Trump has declared the G20 summit in Germany a “wonderful success”, despite his country’s isolated position on climate change. In a joint statement, the leaders of 18 nations and the EU recognised the US decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement. However, they also said other G20 members remained committed to the “irreversible” accord. Deadlock over the issue had held up the last day of talks in Hamburg. A final agreement…

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Brexit talks 'to focus on withdrawal first'

Brexit talks 'to focus on withdrawal first'

Formal Brexit negotiations will first focus on issues to do with the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, as part of a sequenced approach to talks, the European Commission has said. The BBC has been told by EU sources that the talks will follow the EU’s preferred pattern of exit negotiations first, with the future relations between the two sides at a later date. The UK’s Department for Exiting the EU said it still held the…

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Theresa May to hold talks with DUP leaders on government deal

Theresa May to hold talks with DUP leaders on government deal

Theresa May is set to meet the leader of the Democratic Unionist Party in Downing Street as she seeks a deal to enable the Conservatives to govern. The prime minister will host Arlene Foster to thrash out the terms of the DUP’s backing for her minority government. Mrs May says they will have no veto on key policies. Mrs Foster says her party has the national interest at heart. MPs are returning to Westminster on…

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Trump holds first face-to-face talks with Pope Francis

Trump holds first face-to-face talks with Pope Francis

Media playback is unsupported on your device US President Donald Trump has met Pope Francis at the Vatican for a short private audience on the third leg of his overseas trip. He arrived for the meeting along with his wife Melania, daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner. The meeting was keenly awaited as the two men have already clashed at a distance on issues including migration and climate change. Mr Trump is meeting Italy’s president…

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