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Theresa May writes for The Irish Times: Brexit, the border and Irish citizenship

“I am determined to deliver a good Brexit deal for the whole UK, and my first priority is protecting the unique and special relationship between UK and Ireland” Over the past 12 months, I've said many times that while the UK is leaving the EU, we are not leaving Europe. No one voted to end the special ties between the UK and Ireland or to undermine the unique arrangements between Ireland and Northern Ireland which have underpinned the peace process and have been in place well before our membership of the EU.

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Business leaders step down from White House council over Trump's comments of Virginia violent clashes

JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon, of the Strategy and Policy Forum, said he strongly disagreed with Trump's statements, “fanning divisiveness is not the answer”. President Trump has said he is scrapping two business councils after more bosses quit over his handling of violent clashes in Virginia. Business leaders left the White House manufacturing council after the backlash against how he reacted to the far-right rally last weekend.

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UK political system criticize Trump for not clearly condemning racism and fascist views

Trump has faced criticism for blaming both sides for the violence in Charlottesville. A woman was killed when a car hit people opposed to a far-right rally. United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May has said it is important to condemn far-right views "wherever we hear them" as she was asked about Donald Trump's response to clashes in the United States. The PM said: "I see no equivalence between those who propound fascist views and those who oppose them."

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Queen's Baton Relay of Commonwealth Games arrived in the Falkland Islands

The Falkland Islands were the 39th location on the baton's 388 day, 230 000 KM, 70+ leg journey.(Pic BFSAI) The Queen's Baton Relay of the Commonwealth Games has arrived in the Falkland Islands. The baton carries a message from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, the Head of the Commonwealth, and is travelling around the world prior to the beginning of the Commonwealth Games in April 2018. This tradition began in 1958. The baton visit was organised by the Falkland Islands Overseas Games Association (FIOGA)

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Cunard celebrates Queen Elizabeth 50th anniversary with Mediterranean cruise

Celebrations culminate on QE2 Day - 20 September 2017 - exactly 50 years since the ship was launched by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Luxury cruise brand Cunard, is honoring the 50th anniversary of its longest serving ocean liner, QE2, with a special voyage onboard the luxury cruise liner Queen Elizabeth. The 50th anniversary of this much-loved ship will be remembered as Queen Elizabeth sets sail from Southampton on Friday 8 September for a 17-night voyage. Departing guests will enjoy Venice's iconic canals, mythical Mount Etna in Sicily and Corfu's leafy beauty.

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Bill and Melinda Gates donate US$ 4.6bn to charity; since 1994 they have given US$ 35bn

Bill Gates' share in Microsoft is now just 1.3%. Prior to this, Mr Gates gave away US$ 16bn in Microsoft shares in 1999 and US$ 5.1bn in 2000. Bill Gates has given away US$4.6bn to charity in his largest donation since 2000. He remains the world's richest person, despite giving away 64 million shares in Microsoft. The shares are equivalent to 5% of his total fortune, currently estimated to be US$ 89.9bn.

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Calls for a Brexit minister in Welsh cabinet: “the biggest constitutional challenge of our time”

“More than 400 days after Wales voted to leave EU, Wales remains without a Brexit ministry, unlike counterparts in Scotland and Westminster” said RT Davies A Brexit minister should be appointed to put Wales' interests “at the centre” of negotiations, Welsh Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies has said. Mr Davies said the first minister could not handle the “biggest constitutional challenge of our time” alone and insisted the Welsh government should be reconfigured to give “strong and constructive representation” to UK ministers on EU negotiations.

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UK post-Brexit customs plan "is almost laughable" says Scottish First Minister Sturgeon

Ms Sturgeon posted an initial reaction to the customs union plan on Twitter, saying: “Seems UK gov is back to its daft 'have cake and eat it' approach to Brexit” First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon has dismissed the UK government's plans for a post-Brexit customs deal with the EU as a "daft 'have cake and eat it' approach". UK ministers have set out plans for an "ambitious new customs arrangement" with the EU after the UK leaves.

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