1 February 2019 News

United States, The European Union, Britain, Brexit, Football were the most important topics in the news of the Friday 1 February 2019, but also: India, Donald Trump, Australia, Japan, Music.

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Trump to pitch optimism, ‘greatness’ in State of Union : White House

US President Donald Trump's State of the Union speech will urge optimism, pulling back from Washington's current climate of strife, a top official...

West Indies fight back against England

West Indies fought through a tough second day of the second Test against England and rode their luck to edge ahead of their opponents at the...

El Chapo’s wife says drug kingpin is ‘excellent’ husband, father

Accused Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is an "excellent father, friend, brother, son and partner," his young wife said as his...

Brazil’s Bolsonaro faces political test as new Congress sits

Plans by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro to shake up Latin America's biggest economy with pro-business reforms and anti-crime measures are...

Du Plessis, Hendricks end Pakistan winning streak

Faf du Plessis and Reeza Hendricks shared a record partnership as South Africa ended a nine-match Pakistan T20 winning streak in the first international...

Far out from 2020, a deep Democratic bench takes shape

The crowded field of Democrats vying to challenge Donald Trump in 2020 -- already shaping up to be one of the largest and diverse ever -- has...

Asia Bibi’s lawyer seeking European passport

The Pakistani lawyer who secured the acquittal of a Christian woman facing the death sentence for blasphemy is himself seeking protection from...

Ugandan mother becomes first convicted of FGM in UK

A Ugandan woman became the first person ever to be found guilty of female genital mutilation (FGM) in Britain when she was convicted on Friday...

Ivory Coast’s Gbagbo freed by war crimes court

The International Criminal Court finally freed former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo on Friday after his shock acquittal last month on...

Democrat Cory Booker announces White House run

Democrat Cory Booker announced Friday he is running for US president, bringing a charismatic African-American voice to a crowded field jockeying...

Broad, Ali, help England peg back West Indies

England clawed their way back into contention with four wickets in the afternoon session with the West Indies seeking to build a substantial...

Guardiola not worried about Man City players’ social media use

Pep Guardiola is not concerned about the way his Manchester City players use social media, despite a post from Kyle Walker that appeared to mock...

IAG boss says ‘very confident’ of Brexit aviation deal

Willie Walsh, chief executive of British Airways owner IAG, said Friday that he was "very confident" that London and Brussels would reach a "comprehensive...

Pro-Brexit campaign fined for data breach

A British media watchdog on Friday fined a top pro-Brexit campaign and an insurance company headed by its donor for violating data protection...

US bolts Cold War missile treaty as Russia warns of arms race

The United States said Friday it would exit a landmark Cold War nuclear missile treaty due to purported violations by Russia, which has warned...

Britain outraged at EU’s Gibraltar ‘colony’ reference

Britain and Gibraltar reacted with fury to a European Council document published on Friday that described the British overseas territory as a...

EU states destroy suspect Polish beef as scare spreads

Several EU countries on Friday seized and destroyed suspect beef from a Polish slaughterhouse where allegedly sick cows were butchered, as French...

US says to withdraw from INF missile treaty with Russia

The United States said Friday it was withdrawing from the landmark Cold War INF missile treaty with Russia, saying Moscow was in violation.Ahead...

Cardiff struggled to sign players after Sala disappearance, says Warnock

Cardiff manager Neil Warnock says some players did not want to join the club in the January transfer window after the disappearance of the plane...

Young Bowie too ‘amateur’ for BBC : new documentary

A new documentary about the late British rock star David Bowie reveals judges at an early audition considered him "amateur-sounding" and "devoid...

Eurozone inflation falls to 1.4% in January : Eurostat

Inflation in the eurozone continued to fall in January, dropping to 1.4 percent from 1.6 percent in December, according to a preliminary estimate...

Trump ‘serious’ about Afghan withdrawal, Taliban says

US President Donald Trump is serious about getting out of Afghanistan, the Taliban told AFP Friday, outlining the "Islamic system" comprising...

Wary Dutch hire foreign vets for Brexit customs checks

The Netherlands is hiring around 100 mainly foreign veterinarians to check imported animals and food from Britain in its latest contingency plan...

Why were Premier League clubs so careful with their cash in January?

Premier League clubs were reluctant to plunge into the inflated January marketplace this season -- in stark contrast to last year, when they...

A third of UK firms mulling post-Brexit overseas moves : survey

Almost a third of British companies are considering moving or setting up overseas operations because of Brexit, according to a survey published...

Two Indian fighter pilots die in Mirage crash

Two Indian Air Force pilots were killed Friday when their French-built Mirage 2000 aircraft crashed minutes after take-off.The single-engine...

Trump says talks on wall are a ‘waste of time’

US President Donald Trump said talks with lawmakers on building his proposed Mexico border wall are pointless and suggested he will declare a...

Premier League January transfer spending plummets

Premier League spending in the January transfer window fell for the first time since 2012, with clubs paying a total of £180 million ($235 million)...

Big Burns, Head centuries put Australia in control against Sri Lanka

Joe Burns and Travis Head plundered Australia's first centuries of the home summer Friday in a stirring fightback as they ruthlessly exposed...

Indian election budget helps farmers, middle class and ‘mother cow’

India's government unveiled on Friday a raft of budget sweeteners for farmers, the middle class and also cows, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi...

India announces $10.5 billion farmer income scheme ahead of elections

India's government announced Friday a $10.5-billion scheme to help crisis-hit farmers, seeking to boost support ahead of a tough re-election...

Hong Kong seizes record eight tonnes of pangolin scales

A record eight tonnes of pangolin scales found in a container from Nigeria was unveiled by Hong Kong officials Friday, underscoring the city's...

Marauding leopard causes panic in Indian city

A leopard caused panic in the Indian city of Jalandhar as it went on the prowl for several hours attacking inhabitants before it was tranquilised.Four...

Religious fest a gift from the gods for India’s Modi

India's Hindu mega-festival Kumbh Mela is in full flow, with millions bathing in sacred rivers. With elections in sight, Prime Minister Narendra...

Afghan women fear cost of peace will be their freedom

It is naive to think the Taliban have changed their stance on women's rights, says Kabul restaurateur Laila Haidari, who like many educated Afghan...

Hip-hop turns 40 — and its parents are beaming with pride

Forty years ago, hip-hop was little known outside its birthplace, New York -- until the Sugarhill Gang decided to record their rhymes, launching...

Industry can prevent West’s social strife : metal tycoon Gupta

An "industrial renaissance" in countries like Australia, Britain and the United States can help tame the political forces dividing Western societies,...

Game over for gamers? UK studios count Brexit costs

Could it possibly be game over for the bright minds behind "Grand Theft Auto" and other global gaming hits?UK developers have been quietly churning...

Bring home the bacon : the Taiwanese woman living with four pet pigs

Every year is the Year of the Pig in Jenny Tsai's ninth-floor apartment in Taiwan's Taichung City which she shares with one fellow human and...

Facebook at 15 : a titan with grown-up woes

Fifteen years after its founding, Facebook has made strides toward Mark Zuckerberg's goal of connecting the world. But it has also made some...

Plane skids off runway, closing parts of Tokyo’s Narita

A Japan Airlines plane from New Delhi skidded off a snow-bound runway at Narita Airport on Friday, officials told AFP, briefly closing part of...

Super Bowl sets stage for controversy-plagued halftime show

The US Super Bowl halftime show, one of pop music's most visible gigs, this year went from highly coveted to largely unwanted, leaving the NFL...

Schmidt and Jones bid to teach other Six Nations lesson

Joe Schmidt and Eddie Jones have followed similar career paths from teaching to becoming two of the most highly-regarded coaches in world rugby,...

Azpilicueta hopes ‘angry’ inquest can spark faltering Chelsea

Cesar Azpilicueta hopes Maurizio Sarri's decision to hold a lengthy inquest after Chelsea's humiliating defeat at Bournemouth can reignite their...

Bielsa guides Leeds out of the wilderness

After decades in the wilderness, Leeds United are chasing a long-awaited return to the Premier League thanks to the eccentric genius of Marcelo...

Man City, Liverpool look for fresh impetus after Premier League stumbles

Manchester City have another chance to ratchet up the pressure on Premier League leaders Liverpool this weekend as both teams seek to recover...

Big Burns, Head centuries put Australia in control against Sri Lanka

Joe Burns and Travis Head plundered Australia's first centuries of the home summer Friday in a stirring fightback as they ruthlessly exposed...

Japan’s labour shortage hits 45-year high

There were 161 jobs for every 100 jobseekers on average last year in Japan, the highest ratio since 1973, highlighting the labour shortage in...

January was Australia’s hottest month ever : govt

Australia suffered its hottest month ever in January, when widespread heatwaves exacerbated an already devastating drought, fuelled bushfires...

US seeks full account of N.Korea weapons, offers ties

A US negotiator called Thursday on North Korea to provide a detailed account of its weapons to seal a peace deal, saying President Donald Trump...