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Brexit deal is 95% complete, says May
LONDON: British Prime Minister Theresa May was seeking to scotch a growing rebellion against her Brexit plans on Monday, urging lawmakers to back her and saying a divorce deal with the European Union is 95 per cent complete. May’s office said she planned to tell the House of Commons that “the vast majority” of issues are settled, including the status of Gibraltar, Britain’s territory at the tip of the Iberian Peninsula.
 
 
Self-driving taxis to be launched in London by 2021
LONDON: Self-driving taxis will be made available in London by 2021, according to plans unveiled by Addison Lee. The taxi company announced it has formed an alliance with Oxbotica, a business that specialises in self-driving software. They will be working together to create digital maps of more than 250,000 miles of public roads in and around the capital, pinpointing the position of every kerb, road sign and traffic light in
   
Eye disorder ‘may have helped’ Da Vinci’s art
LONDON: A common eye disorder may help explain Leonardo Da Vinci’s talent for three-dimensional representation and the sense of perspective in his mountain landscapes, according to research published in an academic journal. The study looked at two sculptures, two oil paintings and two drawings by the Renaissance master which it said showed “a consistent exotropic strabismus angle of -10.3 degrees.” Exotropic strabismus is a form
 
 
Pregnant Meghan trims Australia schedule
SYDNEY: The pregnant wife of Britain’s Prince Harry, Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, will cut back her busy schedule as the royal couple enter the last week-and-a-half of their tour to Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific. Meghan curtailed her activities after attending the opening ceremony for the Invictus Games on Saturday night at Sydney’s Opera House. A thunderstorm delayed the opening for more than an hour but did not
   
Air traveller’s racist rant prompts police probe
LONDON: British police are investigating after footage of a man shouting racist abuse at an elderly black woman on a Ryanair flight went viral over the weekend, with the airline facing criticism over how it dealt with the incident. The unidentified man insulted her after complaining that she had inconvenienced him as he tried to reach his seat aboard. “Don’t talk to me in a f*******g foreign language you stupid ugly cow,” the man
 
 
Car wash scheme to help tackle abuse, slavery
LONDON: A government scheme to tackle labour abuses and modern slavery at Britain’s hand car washes was announced on Monday, following concerns that Eastern European workers are being exploited and enslaved at thousands of unregulated sites across the country. The Responsible Car Wash Scheme will recognise businesses that operate legally, hire and treat their employees fairly, and protect the environment, according to police,
   
Meghan back after break, joins Harry to greet excited Australian fans
FRASER ISLAND: Meghan, the pregnant wife of Britain’s Prince Harry, emerged from her break from official duties on Monday to greet excited fans on the stunning World Heritage-listed Fraser Island during the royal couple’s Australian tour. The Duchess of Sussex skipped most of the day’s events on the island off Queensland state, after a packed tour that has seen the pair travel to Sydney, Melbourne and the regional town of Dubbo
 
 
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