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Storm Brian batters coastal towns
TENBY: Storm Brian battered towns in Ireland and along the western coast of England and Wales on Saturday, with gusts and high seas causing heavy damage to buildings. Less than a week after Tropical Storm Ophelia killed three people, Ireland’s weather office issued an warning that winds were likely to average 55 to 65 km per hour in western regions, with gusts topping 100 kph. In Tenby, a picturesque seaside town in Wales, waves
 
 
Public say Brexit is going badly: New poll
LONDON: The British public have delivered a damning verdict on the government’s Brexit strategy after a new poll revealed a huge majority think negotiations with Brussels are going badly. The exclusive BMG Research survey carried out before and during the European Council summit at which the Prime Minister won a small concession from EU leaders, shows more than three-quarters of people still think her strategy is failing.
   
Brexit deadlock talk ‘exaggerated’: Tusk
LONDON: Reports that Brexit talks between Britain and the EU are deadlocked have been “exaggerated,” the president of the European Council has said. Donald Tusk told reporters at the European Council summit in Brussels that there had been progress in talks, even though sufficient progress had not been reached to move to trade negotiations. But European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker stood by the urgent description of
 
 
UK long way off settling Brexit bill: Macron
LONDON: Work on settling Britain’s financial obligations to the EU when it leaves is not even halfway done, the French president has said. Emmanuel Macron said Britain was far from what was needed for settling its financial settlement - which is estimated to be at least £20 billion. “A lot is in the hands of Theresa May,” Macron said in a news conference at the end of a European Council summit in Brussels. “If, as Prime Minister
   
Cost of childcare rises more than wages
LONDON: The cost of childcare for young children has risen more than four times faster than wages since 2008, research shows. New analysis published by the Trades Union Congress (TUC) reveals that in England the average wages of those with a one-year-old child rose by 12 per cent in cash terms between 2008 and 2016, while their childcare costs shot up by 48 per cent in the same period. In some parts of the UK the cost of
 
 
Corbyn urged to condemn Lewis’ comments
LONDON: The Women and Equalities Minister has urged Jeremy Corbyn to condemn remarks made by Labour MP Clive Lewis. The Norwich South politician was caught on camera saying “Get on your knees b**** to an actor at an event organised by Momentum, alongside the Labour Party conference last month. The comments were said to have been made in jest but provoked widespread criticism from across the political spectrum. In a letter to the
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