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04 January 2017 8:04 AM Jones backs Hartley to continue as England captain

London - England coach Eddie Jones has backed Dylan Hartley to continue as captain for the Six Nations Championship though the hooker would not have played for almost two months by the start of the tournament. Hartley was banned for six weeks in December for striking an opponent playing for his club Northampton but Jones believes it was nothing more than a technical 23

04 January 2017 7:45 AM A hard Brexit looms large

Brussels - The chances that the UK will make a disruptive break from its biggest market have grown with the resignation of the British envoy to the European Union, an experienced Brussels insider who was reviled by leading Brexit supporters. Ivan Rogers quit as Britain’s permanent representative to the 28-nation EU urging officials working for the UK in Brussels 27

04 January 2017 5:01 AM WATCH: Tom Hardy reading this bedtime story will transport you to dreamland!

Cape Town – Who can say no to a good old bedtime story, especially when it’s being read by Tom Hardy! The Mad Max actor lent his dreamy voice to British TV Network CBeebies for their nightly Bedtime Story segment on Saturday night. Reading You Must Bring a Hat by Simon Philip and Kate Hindley, Tom and his adorable dog Woody brought life, colour and their 25

04 January 2017 3:39 AM Eyewitness News — Basement club Hull sack boss Phelan

LONDON – Relegation strugglers Hull City sacked Mike Phelan as manager on Tuesday less than three months after appointing him on a permanent basis. The club issued a statement confirming Phelan’s departure after he oversaw a run of nine games without a win that plunged them to the bottom of the Premier League. “The club can announce this evening that it has parted 28

03 January 2017 10:12 PM Hull sack manager Phelan

Relegation strugglers Hull City sacked manager Mike Phelan on Tuesday with the club bottom of the table and without a win in nine Premier League games. "The club can announce this evening that it has parted company with Head Coach Mike Phelan," Hull said in a statement. "The search for a replacement has begun and an announcement will be made in due course 23

03 January 2017 6:48 PM British EU envoy quits before start of Brexit talks

London - Britain's ambassador to the European Union has resigned three months before the expected start of Brexit talks, the government said on Tuesday, drawing a mixed reaction from pro-EU and eurosceptic politicians. "Sir Ivan Rogers has resigned a few months early as UK permanent representative to the European Union," it said in a statement. It said Rogers 27

03 January 2017 9:24 AM Wiggins signs up for ski jump TV show

London - Newly retired Olympic cycling champion Bradley Wiggins will swap the velodrome for the ski jump ramp in British television show The Jump, the programme makers announced on Tuesday. Wiggins, 36, follows in the footsteps of fellow British sporting greats Steve Redgrave (rowing), Beth Tweddle (gymnastics) and Rebecca Adlington (swimming), all of whom pulled 24

01 January 2017 5:32 AM Eyewitness News — UN Security Council welcomes Syria truce, rebels warn they could abandon it

BEIRUT – The United Nations Security Council on Saturday welcomed a ceasefire in the Syrian civil war, but rebel groups threatened to abandon the two-day-old truce if violations persisted. A resolution welcoming the ceasefire, the third truce this year seeking to end nearly six years of war, was adopted unanimously by the 15-member Council, meeting in New York. The deal, brokered 33

31 December 2016 5:49 PM Russia seeks UN backing for Syria truce

Beirut - A ceasefire held across most of Syria for the second day on Saturday despite sporadic clashes near Damascus as Russia pushed for a UN resolution on the truce it brokered. Moscow says it wants the United Nations to be involved in peace talks between Damascus and rebels in Kazakhstan in January, although the UN is negotiating separately for an to end the war. Rebel 30

30 December 2016 4:13 PM Eyewitness News — Clashes, air raids tarnish Russia and Turkey's Syria truce

BEIRUT - Clashes, shelling and air raids in western Syria marred a Russian- and Turkish-backed ceasefire that aims to end nearly six years of war and lead to peace talks between rebels and a government emboldened by recent battlefield success. Russian President Vladimir Putin, a key ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, announced the ceasefire on Thursday 31