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US politician votes for measure condemning his own racist comments Steve King had said in an interview he did not know why terms like ‘white nationalist’ and ‘white supremacist’ were offensive. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP) A Republican congressman whose startling views on white supremacy hit the headlines voted in favour of a resolution to condemn his own comments. Steve King, a nine-term Iowa congressman,...
Subtitle error during no-confidence vote sees Michael Gove rule out Batman as PM Viewers using subtitles saw the Environment Secretary say we must not allow Batman to be our Prime Minister. (screengrab/BBC News) A subtitle error during a broadcast of the vote of no confidence against the Prime Minister saw Michael Gove rule out Batman as Prime Minister. As the Environment Secretary was...
Concern over soaring visitor numbers on Skellig Michael New figures show 16,792 visitors landed in 2018, far above the UNESCO-recommended 11,100... Skellig Michael, seen in an aerial photograph this winter. The island, with a monastic settlement dating from 588AD, is a major location in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Photo:Valerie O’Sullivan The Office of Public Works would have to cut access to...

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Don't trust average numbers in your startup - they're a bad metric Startup diary 'In a SaaS business you live or die by this equation' Stock image Can you predict the success of a company based on a single mathematical equation? Considering how complex the factors are that determine success, you'd have to think it would be a pretty complex equation. Isaac Asimov, the...
Fly on a Tuesday - and seven other ways to save money on your holidays January is the most popular time to book breaks. Follow these tips for the best deals on flights and packages... Relaxing on a beach. How can you save money on holidays? PA Photo/thinkstockphotos.A family snorkelling on hols. PA Photo/thinkstockphotos. Now puritanical January is underway, it's easy to...
Trade tension: EU's large surpluses make it vulnerable if Trump does a deal with China THE BIG PICTURE With the world set for its slowest economic growth since the financial crisis, the European Union will start to look more vulnerable once again due to its heavy dependence on trade. Data released yesterday showed the size of the EU's current account surpluses and...
Four US victims killed in deadly Isil attack US Vice President Mike Pence. Photo: Carlos Barria/Reuters Four American servicemen were killed in an Isil suicide bombing in Syria yesterday, calling into question Donald Trump's decision to withdraw troops before the Islamist group had been defeated. A suicide bomber detonated an explosive vest outside a restaurant in the flashpoint northern city of Manbij,...
Persimmon lifts profit expectations on robust UK housing market The housebuilder said it is also mindful of economic uncertainty related to Brexit. Persimmon has raised its outlook (Mike Egerton/PA) Housebuilder Persimmon has hiked full-year profit expectations thanks to increased production of homes and a robust housing market in the UK. The Charles Church owner said it is also mindful of “market cycle risks and...
Former Mexico president 'took $100m drug bribe from cartel' - trial hears   Former Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto. Photo: AP Accused Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman once paid a $100 million bribe to former Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, an ex-Guzman associate testified on Tuesday that he previously told U.S. authorities. Alex Cifuentes, who has described himself as Guzman's onetime...
Petrol prices plunge but the taxman takes 64pc A litre of petrol is now 132.9c countrywide, the lowest price it has been since August 2017. Photo: PA Car fuel prices have dropped to their lowest level in almost 18 months, according to an AA Ireland survey. The drop is due to a global fall in the cost of crude oil as a...

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