British PM Theresa May heading for Brussels for talks on future ties

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LONDON: Prime Minister Theresa May said Sunday she would return to Brussels this week to hammer out Britain’s future relationship with the EU – and overthrowing her would not help negotiations. After a tumultuous week in which the draft divorce deal agreed between London and the European Union was slammed in parliament, May said the proposed withdrawal accord would only be signed off if the future relationship deal was satisfactory. May said the week ahead would be “critical” in the Brexit talks. And while hardcore Brexiteers in her centre-right Conservative…

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Take a weight off: ‘Grand K’ kilo being retired

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50-plus nations in a historic vote to approve a ground-breaking overhaul to the international system of measurements. The so-called “Grand K” kilogram, a cylinder of polished platinum-iridium alloy that has been the world’s sole true kilo since 1889, is to be retired and will be replaced by a scientific formula to define the exact weight of a kilogram.

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Pushed to edge, May appeals directly to public on Brexit

LONDON: British Prime Minister Theresa May on Friday appealed directly to voters to back her Brexit plan as she braced for a potential leadership challenge from rivals within her party. May answered questions from callers on a radio phone-in, the day after she vowed to stay in office and see through Britain’s exit from the European Union. It was not an easy ride. One caller said May should resign and let a more staunchly pro-Brexit politician take over; another compared her to Neville Chamberlain, the 1930s PM who vainly tried…

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