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20 Films from the 2020 Venice International Film Festival - Quick Recaps

Cate Blanchett, President of Jury - Image courtesy of La Biennale ASAC - Photo: Andre Avezzù   (Venice, Italy) Many people expressed concerned about the dangers of attending a film festival during a pandemic. For me, it was worth taking a chance. I have worked with La Biennale di Venezia for more than two decades, and trust the institution to do everything in its power to maintain high standards. Cinema is such a crucial art form that it was imperative to demonstrate how a film festiv...
Tags: Travel, Japan, Usa, Hollywood, Germany, Frances Mcdormand, Italy, Middle East, United Nations, Newcastle, Northern Ireland, Miami, Venice, Jim Broadbent, Andrew Garfield, Alex Gibney


Coronavirus: Devolved leaders urge PM to help aerospace sector

First ministers of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland call for a task force to help the industry.
Tags: News, Northern Ireland, Scotland Wales


European Championship qualifiers: Northern Ireland end winless run by trouncing Faroe Islands 6-0

Northern Ireland secure their first competitive win for five years by trouncing the Faroe Islands 6-0 in their European Championship qualifier.
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This Brexit government’s ignorance is steering us towards disaster | Jonathan Freedland

Clueless about the US, uninterested in Ireland, Boris Johnson and his team are crashing on to rocks they can’t even see There is so much this government doesn’t know. But two particular areas of ignorance exploded into view this week, allowing us to take a long, hard look at the cost they are inflicting on the country. Both are central to the Brexit project that remains this government’s defining mission – but only one of them is surprising.Start with the unexpected ignorance, which is of the US...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Angela Merkel, US, European Union, UK News, World news, Joe Biden, US news, United States, Ireland, Foreign Policy, Maine, Northern Ireland, Wisconsin, House Of Cards


Amal Clooney Quits U.K. Special Envoy Role Over Country’s Plans to Break International Law

Human rights lawyer Amal Clooney has resigned from her position as the U.K.’s special envoy on media freedom. Clooney’s decision is in protest against the U.K.’s intention to pass the Internal Market Bill that is designed to ensure barrier-free trade between the four U.K. nations of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland after the Brexit […]
Tags: News, Global, European Union, Northern Ireland, Amal Clooney, Clooney, England Scotland Wales


WW2 Spitfire performs NI flypasts over NI hospitals

NHS workers at several Northern Ireland hospitals were saluted with a flypast tribute on Friday.
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Brexit: consortium of companies led by Fujitsu wins £200m Irish Sea contract

Deal is the first concrete implementation of the special arrangements for Northern IrelandA £200m contract to implement Brexit checks on goods in the Irish Sea has been won by a consortium of companies led by Japanese company Fujistu.HMRC announced on Friday that a two-year contract for the new trader support service (TSS) has been awarded to a consortium led by the tech company and its partners, the Customs Clearance Consortium, an organisation run by customs expert Robert Hardy and the Institu...
Tags: Europe, Business, Japan, Politics, Hmrc, European Union, UK News, World news, Asia Pacific, Ireland, Foreign Policy, Northern Ireland, Boris Johnson, Brexit, Tss, Fujitsu


Brexit: Fujitsu-led consortium to aid firms with Irish Sea border

The consortium will help firms in Northern Ireland deal with the new Irish Sea border.
Tags: News, Northern Ireland, Fujitsu


Brexit: Trump envoy warns of risk of Ireland 'border by accident'

US politicians aligned in desire for Good Friday agreement to be preserved, says Mick MulvaneyDonald’s Trump special envoy to Northern Ireland has warned of the risk of creating a hard “border by accident” on the island of Ireland, as Boris Johnson’s newly drafted plan to rewrite the withdrawal agreement was rejected again by the EU.Mick Mulvaney, who was appointed by the US president in March, admitted to concerns about recent developments, including government legislation that could unilateral...
Tags: Europe, Politics, US, European Union, UK News, World news, US foreign policy, US news, Ireland, Foreign Policy, Northern Ireland, Boris Johnson, Northern Irish politics, Brussels, Brexit, Trump


Van Morrison criticises 'fascist bullies' in anti-lockdown Covid songs

Songwriter uses new material to condemn UK government, celebrities and ‘Imperial College scientists’Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageVan Morrison has described the government as “fascist bullies disturbing our peace” in one of three new tracks he has written to protest against safety measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19.On No More Lockdown, Morrison sings: Continue reading...
Tags: Music, UK, Science, UK News, Culture, Infectious Diseases, Northern Ireland, Morrison, Van Morrison, Imperial College, Coronavirus outbreak


Trump's Northern Ireland envoy warns Boris Johnson not to create a hard border 'by accident'

Special Envoy for Northern Ireland Mick Mulvaney (left.) Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Mick Mulvaney became the first figure in the Trump administration to express concern over Boris Johnson's contentious plan for Northern Ireland. Trump's envoy to the province — formerly his acting chief of staff — urged the UK not to reinstate a hard border "by accident." Johnson's plan to break international law by disapplying parts of the UK's Brexit deal with the EU infuriated Brussels and has prompte...
Tags: Politics, Usa, UK, Congress, Washington, White House, US, International, Trends, Eu, Conservative, European Union, Joe Biden, Britain, Ireland, Republic Of Ireland


Britain backs down in Brexit 'food blockade' row

Britain backed down in the “food blockade” row with Brussels on Thursday and agreed to EU demands for further details on its food and animal health regime after Brexit. The news emerged as a Government policy paper set out details of the compromise Boris Johnson struck with Tory rebels over the Internal Market Bill. The compromise makes it more difficult to trigger provisions that would break the Withdrawal Agreement and international law. Boris Johnson had accused the EU of threatening to cut o...
Tags: UK, News, Eu, Britain, Theresa May, Northern Ireland, Boris Johnson, Brussels, SPS, Brexit, Customs Union, Bill The Bill, Michel Barnier, Internal Market Bill


Brexit: Boris Johnson makes fresh concession to Tory rebels

Parliament will be asked to override withdrawal agreement only if Northern Ireland protocol is undermined, says PMDowning Street has clarified that it would ask parliament to support using powers to override parts of the Brexit withdrawal agreement only if the EU undermines the “fundamental purpose” of the Northern Ireland protocol.Boris Johnson brokered a deal with Conservative rebels on Wednesday to see off a potential party revolt, agreeing to grant MPs a vote before invoking powers in the UK...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Foreign Policy, Northern Ireland, Boris Johnson, Parliament, Brexit


Joe Biden has been told to stop 'lecturing' the UK after he warned Boris Johnson not to break his Brexit deal with the EU

Getty Joe Biden has triggered a furious row in the UK after threatening to veto a transatlantic trade deal if Boris Johnson breaks his Brexit deal with the EU. Johnson has vowed to disapply the deal he signed with the EU with regard to trade and border provisions with Northern Ireland, and vowed to break international law in order to do so. Senior congressmen and women including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have warned Johnson that there will be no free trade deal with the US if he goes ahe...
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Joe Biden was told to stop 'lecturing' the UK after he warned Boris Johnson not to break his Brexit deal with the EU

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Joe Biden, the 2020 US Democratic presidential nominee. Getty Joe Biden triggered a row in the UK by threatening to veto a transatlantic trade deal if Prime Minister Boris Johnson breaks his Brexit deal with the European Union. Johnson has vowed to disapply the deal he signed with the EU over trade and border provisions with Northern Ireland — and to break international law in order to do so. Senior congressional lawmakers including House Speaker Nancy P...
Tags: Politics, Usa, UK, News, Congress, Washington, US, International, Trends, Eu, Joe Biden, Atlantic, Britain, Ireland, House, Republic Of Ireland


Biden says US trade deal hinges on UK 'respect' for Good Friday Agreement

The presidential candidate says peace in Northern Ireland cannot become a "casualty of Brexit".
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Angry Tory MPs reject Joe Biden's comments on UK-EU Brexit talks

Trade deal with US not possible if UK undermines Good Friday agreement, Democrats sayConservative MPs have reacted angrily to an intervention by Joe Biden, the US Democratic presidential candidate, in the UK Brexit talks, accusing him of ignorance of the Northern Ireland peace process.In a tweet on Wednesday Biden warned the UK there will be no US-UK free trade agreement if the Brexit talks end with the Good Friday agreement being undermined. He tweeted: “We can’t allow the Good Friday agreement...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, US, European Union, UK News, Joe Biden, US news, Democrats, Ireland, US politics, Foreign Policy, House Of Commons, Northern Ireland, Nancy Pelosi, Biden


U.S. Open at Winged Foot: Thursday and Friday Tee Times and Tournament Notes

By USGA MAMARONECK, N.Y. – The United States Golf Association (USGA) announced tee times for the first two rounds of the 2020 U.S. Open Championship, Thursday (Sept. 17) and Friday (Sept. 18), at 7,477-yard, par-70 Winged Foot Golf Club (West Course), in Mamaroneck, N.Y. The U.S. Open is a 72-hole, stroke-play competition. A field of 144 players will play 18 holes of stroke play on Sept. 17 and 18, after which the field will be reduced to the low 60 scores and ties. Those players making the...
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Biden and Pelosi warn UK over risking Good Friday agreement

Leading Democrats tell UK foreign secretary that Northern Ireland peace deal cannot be casualty of BrexitJoe Biden on Wednesday joined the clamour of Democrats warning Boris Johnson not to let the Northern Ireland Good Friday agreement become a casualty of his Brexit talks.The foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, is in Washington trying to repair relations with pro-Irish Democrats amid concerns that the UK’s attempt to leave the EU on its own terms will undermine the Good Friday peace agreement. Con...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Washington, Eu, European Union, UK News, World news, Joe Biden, US news, Ireland, Foreign Policy, Northern Ireland, Boris Johnson, Nancy Pelosi, US Congress


Biden says US trade deal hinges on UK 'respect' for Good Friday Agreement

The presidential candidate says peace in Northern Ireland cannot become a "casualty of Brexit".
Tags: UK, News, US, Northern Ireland, Biden


‘Wildfire’ Review: Well-Acted Northern Ireland-Set Familial Drama Doesn’t Pay Off Emotionally

There are troubles of the familial kind at the center of “Wildfire,” writer-director Cathy Brady’s gloomy debut feature set in a border town of Northern Ireland. Then there are “The Troubles,” the decades-long conflict between the region’s unionists and nationalists, the aftermath of which gives Brady’s straightforward and overstretched story its faint backdrop. Throughout, the […]
Tags: Reviews, Festivals, Northern Ireland, Wildfire, Toronto Film Festival, Brady, Cathy Brady


The Guardian view on Boris Johnson, Brexit and the law: wilful incompetence | Editorial

The prime minister believes that provoking chaos will get him a better deal in EU negotiations. He is wrongTo outside observers of Boris Johnson’s government, it can be difficult to tell the difference between partisan provocation and rank incompetence. Both generate an aura of chaos. It does not help that members of Mr Johnson’s own cabinet also struggle to understand what is going on.On a question as vital as the UK’s willingness to observe international law, there is confusion at the highest ...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Law, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, House Of Lords, Foreign Policy, Northern Ireland, Boris Johnson, Johnson, Brexit, Robert Buckland, Brandon Lewis, Boris Johnson Brexit


UK coronavirus live: Boris Johnson admits there is not enough testing capacity; 3,991 new cases recorded

PM says testing capacity will be 500,000 per day by end of October; close to 4,000 lab-confirmed new cases reported in UKTameside hospital Covid deaths are ‘canary in the mineSouth Wales outbreak blamed on trip to Doncaster racesRayner rebukes Johnson over ‘collapsing’ test systemGlobal coronavirus updates – liveSee all our coronavirus coverage 5.30pm BST 5.28pm BST Scotland’s children’s commissioner has called for “clear and direct communication to children and families” from the Scott...
Tags: Politics, UK, Education, Wales, Scotland, UK News, Northern Ireland, Schools, Boris Johnson, Pmqs, Johnson, Brexit, Angela Rayner, Coronavirus outbreak


UK coronavirus live: PM admits there is not enough testing capacity but warns second lockdown would be 'disastrous'

PM says testing capacity will be 500,000 per day by end of October but warns of financial consequences of a new lockdown; Rhondda Valley outbreak linked to trip to Doncaster racesTameside hospital Covid deaths are ‘canary in the mineRayner rebukes Johnson over ‘collapsing’ test systemFamilies having to ‘hack’ system to get coronavirus testGlobal coronavirus updates – liveSee all our coronavirus coverage 4.30pm BST Sir Bill Cash, the Conservative chair of the European scrutiny committee, goes...
Tags: Politics, UK, Education, Eu, UK News, Northern Ireland, Schools, Boris Johnson, Pmqs, Johnson, Bill Cash, Brexit, Rhondda valley, Angela Rayner, Coronavirus outbreak


UK coronavirus live: Boris Johnson to give evidence to Commons liaison committee; fresh restrictions in Wales

PM to face questions on Covid-19 and Brexit; Rhondda Valley outbreak linked to Doncaster races; patients urged not to go to A&E for testsTameside hospital Covid deaths are ‘canary in the mineRayner rebukes Johnson over ‘collapsing’ test systemFamilies having to ‘hack’ system to get coronavirus testGlobal coronavirus updates – liveSee all our coronavirus coverage 3.29pm BST Boris Johnson will start giving evidence to the Commons liaison committee in the next few minutes. It’s a committee made...
Tags: Politics, UK, Education, Wales, Serco, UK News, Greater Manchester, Northern Ireland, Schools, Boris Johnson, Andy Burnham, Doncaster, Pmqs, Johnson, Brexit, Burnham


A group of senior congressmen have told Boris Johnson to scrap his Brexit plans or abandon hopes of a trade deal with the US

Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y. Carolyn Kaster/AP Images Boris Johnson is under growing pressure from the US to drop his Brexit plans. The UK government has announced that it intends to give itself the power to break the deal it signed with the EU last year. Last week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said there was "absolutely no chance" of a UK-US free trade deal if the UK prime minister went ahead with the plan, which has outraged Brussels and MPs in London. Now four senior congressmen have urged Jo...
Tags: Politics, UK, London, Congress, Washington, US, International, Trends, Eu, United States, Theresa May, House, House Of Commons, Republic Of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Boris Johnson


'Alternative to Irish backstop' consultant in line for £200m contract

Exclusive: Shanker Singham was one of key experts involved in non-government Alternative Arrangements CommissionA consultant who had a leading role in the campaign for an alternative to Theresa May’s Irish border “backstop” is in the running for all or part of a £200m government contract related to the post-Brexit checks down the Irish Sea.Shanker Singham, one of the main proponents of the so-called “alternative arrangements” for the Irish border, is understood to have teamed up with the customs...
Tags: Europe, Politics, European Union, UK News, Ireland, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Northern Ireland, Deloitte, Brexit, Fujitsu, Robert Hardy, Shanker Singham, Irish Sea Shanker Singham, Trader Support Service TSS


UK coronavirus live: Rhondda Valley outbreak linked to Doncaster Races; patients urged not to go to A&E for tests

Fresh restrictions in south Wales after cluster of new cases; Bolton hospital boss says 100 people turned up to ask for Covid testsRayner rebukes Johnson over ‘collapsing’ test systemFamilies having to ‘hack’ system to get coronavirus testOne coughing child – and three fruitless trips to the same test centreGlobal coronavirus updates – liveSee all our coronavirus coverage 2.27pm BST 2.25pm BST Every household in Middlesbrough will be given free masks with information leaflets as the ele...
Tags: Politics, UK, Education, Wales, UK News, Northern Ireland, Schools, Boris Johnson, Pmqs, Johnson, Bolton, Middlesbrough, Brexit, Rhondda valley, Angela Rayner, PA Media


Euro 2020: Bosnia-Northern Ireland play-off semi-final switched to Sarajevo

The Euro 2020 play-off semi-final between Bosnia-Herzegovina and Northern Ireland is moved to Sarajevo because of the poor condition of the pitch in Zenica.
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UK coronavirus live: Angela Rayner attacks Boris Johnson at PMQs over testing and care homes

News updates: Labour leader out of self-isolation but not in time for PMQs; testing shortage could lead to ‘lockdown by default’, says teaching union headSchoolchildren should be next in line for Covid tests, says BucklandFamilies having to ‘hack’ system to get coronavirus testOne coughing child – and three fruitless trips to the same test centreGlobal coronavirus updates – liveSee all our coronavirus coverage 12.29pm BST Joy Morrissey (Con) asks if the PM agrees the internal market bill wil...
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