What Neil Gorsuch's confirmation would mean for the US Supreme Court

Democrats have been targeting their questions towards Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch – aiming squarely at his independence. There is little surprise in that, with the US President having already taken aim at more than one federal judge over the blocking of his travel ban – original and revised – to a number of Muslim-majority countries. This is ...

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Contraceptive pill 'can protect against some cancer types for 30 years'

Women who have taken the contraceptive pill are protected from some types of cancer for as long as 30 years, according to new research. Those who have used the pill are less likely to have bowel cancer, endometrial cancer or ovarian cancer than women who had never taken it, a study at the University of Aberdeen found. Researchers also looked ...

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Nicola Sturgeon says Scotland's future 'should not be imposed'

Nicola Sturgeon has insisted that Scotland’s future should be decided by the people who live there rather than being “imposed upon us”. The first minister was speaking as she asked Holyrood to back her call for a second independence referendum. Ms Sturgeon wants a vote to be held in the autumn of next year or the spring of 2019. But ...

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Watson warns minister over George Osborne's editor role

Labour’s deputy leader has warned Digital Minister Matt Hancock to avoid any conflict of interests in his future dealings with ex-chancellor George Osborne, now Evening Standard editor. Tom Watson said Mr Osborne would be expected to seek to influence ministers on media policy in his new role, and urged Mr Hancock to excuse himself from any matters relating to the ...

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Toukiden 2 review – open world hunter

Toukiden 2 (PS4) – give a demon a hand As gamers wait to see how Monster Hunter will evolve beyond the 3DS, the PS4 plays host to the next best thing. Although the Nintendo Switch has enjoyed a successful launch its uphill battle towards success has only just begun. Not only does Nintendo have to prove that they have a ...

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Games Inbox: Mass Effect: Andromeda unfair criticism, NieR: Automata success, and Breath Of The Wild

Mass Effect: Andromeda – is the Internet being unfair? The morning Inbox wonders if Microsoft will have a rival to Zelda and Horizon Zero Dawn, as another reader shows off their Zelda cake. To join in with the discussions yourself email gamecentral@ukmetro.co.uk Massively disproportionate Nice to see some mature and varied letters on Mass Effect: Andromeda in Tuesday night’s Inbox; ...

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How facing Germany for England has been a haunting experience for Gareth Southgate

Germany have a habit of lulling England into a mood of false optimism. The national team have not lost on German soil since 1987, have won each of their last three games in the country and tend to fly home from the place convinced they are staring into a new dawn. Gareth Southgate sees the pitfalls, too. He has started ...

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Tory MPs tell Theresa May to stand firm against EU threat to take Britain to the International Court over £50bn Brexit 'divorce bill'

Furious Conservative MPs have urged Theresa May to stand firm against an EU threat to take Britain to the International Court of Justice to enforce a £50bn Brexit “divorce bill”. A draft plan – obtained by a Dutch newspaper – revealed the EU is readying for a long legal battle at The Hague if Britain tries to walk away without meeting ...

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Martin McGuinness: mourners gather in Sinn Fein stonghold of West Belfast for candlelit vigil

Mourners in Republican West Belfast have gathered for a candle lit vigil in memory of Martin McGuinness. At least a thousand people gathered in the Andersonstown area of the city to pay tribute to the politician, bringing West Belfast to a standstill as mourners overflowed into nearby streets and parks. The former IRA commander, who renounced violence and became one ...

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World abandoning coal in dramatic style raises hope of avoiding dangerous global warming, says report

As Donald Trump pledges to put coal miners back to work in the United States, the rest of the world appears to have suddenly started moving in the opposite direction, abandoning the dirtiest of fossil fuels after 10 years of expansion, according to a new analysis. Boom and Bust 2017, compiled by US environmental group the Sierra Club, Greenpeace and ...

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