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    Genes may partly decide which university you attend: Study

    Genes may partly decide which university you attend: Study


    The study, published in journal Scientific Reports, found that genetics accounted for 51% of the difference in whether young people chose to go to university and 57% of the difference in quality of the chosen university. The results were based on...

    The study, published in journal Scientific Reports, found that genetics accounted for 51% of the difference in whether young people chose to go to university and 57% of the difference in quality of the chosen university. The results were based on studying 3,000 pairs of twins from the UK as well as 3,000 genotyped individuals.
    Post-Brexit transition could be extended: Theresa May

    Post-Brexit transition could be extended: Theresa May


    At present the two sides say Britain will remain inside the EU single market, and subject to the bloc's regulations, from the day it leaves on March 29 until December 2020, to give time for new trade relations to be set...

    At present the two sides say Britain will remain inside the EU single market, and subject to the bloc's regulations, from the day it leaves on March 29 until December 2020, to give time for new trade relations to be set up.
    There's no God; no one directs our fate: Stephen Hawking in final book

    There's no God; no one directs our fate: Stephen Hawking in final book


    “For centuries, it was believed that disabled people like me were living under a curse that was inflicted by God. Well, I suppose it's possible that I've upset someone up there, but I prefer to think that everything can be explained another way, by the...

    “For centuries, it was believed that disabled people like me were living under a curse that was inflicted by God. Well, I suppose it's possible that I've upset someone up there, but I prefer to think that everything can be explained another way, by the laws of nature,” he wrote in the chapter titled “Is There a God?”
    Barnier offers to extend Brexit transition by a year: Diplomats

    Barnier offers to extend Brexit transition by a year: Diplomats


    The EU's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier has opened the possibility of extending the one-year transition period in an effort to unblock talks stalled on the thorny issue of the Irish border. The offer was revealed on the day British PM Theresa May...

    The EU's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier has opened the possibility of extending the one-year transition period in an effort to unblock talks stalled on the thorny issue of the Irish border. The offer was revealed on the day British PM Theresa May is to meet her 27 EU counterparts in Brussels to discuss the talks that are at an impasse.
    What's holding up Brexit talks? The Irish issue explained

    What's holding up Brexit talks? The Irish issue explained


    London believes frontier checks can be avoided through a new trade agreement with Brussels, but accepts the need for a fallback plan to address the issue until that deal is...

    London believes frontier checks can be avoided through a new trade agreement with Brussels, but accepts the need for a fallback plan to address the issue until that deal is agreed.
    Northern Irish author Anna Burns' 'Milkman' wins Man Booker Prize

    Northern Irish author Anna Burns' 'Milkman' wins Man Booker Prize


    Anna Burns is the first writer from Northern Ireland to win the 50,000-pound ($66,000) prize, which is open to English-language authors from around the world. The 56-year-old Belfast-born novelist said she was "stunned'' to have won. Burns said her books...

    Anna Burns is the first writer from Northern Ireland to win the 50,000-pound ($66,000) prize, which is open to English-language authors from around the world. The 56-year-old Belfast-born novelist said she was "stunned'' to have won. Burns said her books took a long time to complete, and she has often struggled financially since her first novel, "No Bones,'' was released in 2001.
    Theresa May confronts EU leaders amid Brexit crisis

    Theresa May confronts EU leaders amid Brexit crisis


    This week's summit in Brussels was billed as a "moment of truth" for negotiations on Britain's exit from the bloc -- but it seems the truth is that the two sides just cannot...

    This week's summit in Brussels was billed as a "moment of truth" for negotiations on Britain's exit from the bloc -- but it seems the truth is that the two sides just cannot agree.
    Robot's debut in UK parliament invites 'Maybot' mockery

    Robot's debut in UK parliament invites 'Maybot' mockery


    ​MPs on the education committee invited a robot named Pepper — a white female creation with an excruciatingly thin waist and a tablet computer stuck to her chest — to answer some basic questions. The robot's appearance prompted Twitter users to...

    ​MPs on the education committee invited a robot named Pepper — a white female creation with an excruciatingly thin waist and a tablet computer stuck to her chest — to answer some basic questions. The robot's appearance prompted Twitter users to seize the chance to heap more mockery on Theresa May.
    UK PM Theresa May rallies ministers on eve of Brexit summit

    UK PM Theresa May rallies ministers on eve of Brexit summit


    Negotiations on Britain's withdrawal from the European Union have stalled ahead of the summit, which had been billed as the deadline for a draft deal before Brexit day on March...

    Negotiations on Britain's withdrawal from the European Union have stalled ahead of the summit, which had been billed as the deadline for a draft deal before Brexit day on March 29.
    Brexit clouds on horizon for Holyhead's lifeline port

    Brexit clouds on horizon for Holyhead's lifeline port


    Just 117 kms from the Irish capital Dublin, the Holyhead port's future will depend on how any Brexit deal affects two borders — the one between EU member state Ireland and Britain and the one between Northern Ireland and mainland Britain. The concern...

    Just 117 kms from the Irish capital Dublin, the Holyhead port's future will depend on how any Brexit deal affects two borders — the one between EU member state Ireland and Britain and the one between Northern Ireland and mainland Britain. The concern is that companies will start finding alternative trade routes for goods travelling between Ireland and continental Europe to avoid Britain after Brexit.
    UK-EU Brexit deal hamstrung by Irish border issue

    UK-EU Brexit deal hamstrung by Irish border issue


    A flurry of diplomatic meetings over the weekend had raised hopes for a Brexit agreement, but they were derailed by the issue that has dogged the talks for months - how to ensure that no hard border is created between the EU's Ireland and Britain's...

    A flurry of diplomatic meetings over the weekend had raised hopes for a Brexit agreement, but they were derailed by the issue that has dogged the talks for months - how to ensure that no hard border is created between the EU's Ireland and Britain's Northern Ireland once Brexit happens on March 29.
    Brexit deal achievable, no compromise on UK integrity: Theresa May

    Brexit deal achievable, no compromise on UK integrity: Theresa May


    British Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday insisted a Brexit deal was "still achievable" despite differences with the EU, but warned against any attempt to "trap" the UK in a permanent Customs Unions. "We cannot agree to anything that threatens the...

    British Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday insisted a Brexit deal was "still achievable" despite differences with the EU, but warned against any attempt to "trap" the UK in a permanent Customs Unions. "We cannot agree to anything that threatens the integrity of our United Kingdom," May said, commenting on the Irish border issue.
    Ireland insists Theresa May keep pledge on Brexit border

    Ireland insists Theresa May keep pledge on Brexit border


    Ireland insists British Prime Minister Theresa May makes good on commitments to provide a "backstop" plan to ensure Brexit does not create a disruptive hard border with Northern Ireland, Ireland's Foreign Minister said on...

    Ireland insists British Prime Minister Theresa May makes good on commitments to provide a "backstop" plan to ensure Brexit does not create a disruptive hard border with Northern Ireland, Ireland's Foreign Minister said on Monday.
    Prince Harry, Meghan expecting child in spring

    Prince Harry, Meghan expecting child in spring


    Kensington Palace says the couple has "appreciated all of the support they have received from people around the world since their wedding in May and are delighted to be able to share this happy news with the public." The announcement comes as Harry and...

    Kensington Palace says the couple has "appreciated all of the support they have received from people around the world since their wedding in May and are delighted to be able to share this happy news with the public." The announcement comes as Harry and Markle arrived in Sydney at the start of a 16-day visit to Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand.
    British royals arrive on landmark trip Down Under

    British royals arrive on landmark trip Down Under


    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex made a low-key arrival to a wet and wintery Australia after a weekend spent celebrating the marriage of their relative Princess Eugenie and following an overnight commercial flight with...

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex made a low-key arrival to a wet and wintery Australia after a weekend spent celebrating the marriage of their relative Princess Eugenie and following an overnight commercial flight with Qantas.
    May's team must force change in Brexit policy, says former minister

    May's team must force change in Brexit policy, says former minister


    In an article in the Sunday Times newspaper, Davis again pressed May to abandon her proposal for leaving the European Union, saying the bloc "has rejected it. The public does not like it. Parliament will not vote for...

    In an article in the Sunday Times newspaper, Davis again pressed May to abandon her proposal for leaving the European Union, saying the bloc "has rejected it. The public does not like it. Parliament will not vote for it".