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Hunt says UK and US can’t agree over Iran nuclear deal

Hunt says UK and US can’t agree over Iran nuclear deal

World
By Sharon Marris, news reporter Jeremy Hunt has said the UK and the US are in disagreement over the nuclear deal with Iran. The foreign secretary, who is in Brussels to seek support from France and Germany on the issue, said he is looking to give "Iran a way out of this". The three countries fear the Iran nuclear deal is close to collapse after the US pulled out last year and reimposed sanctions which have antagonised the Iranians.Mr Hunt said the UK and US "have a different view as to how we keep the region denuclearised"."We have very open channels of communication on that," he said. "I spoke to the Secretary of State Mike Pompeo yesterday, as well as foreign minister Zarif in Iran the day before." ...
Hunt v Johnson: The business view

Hunt v Johnson: The business view

Business
The race to replace Theresa May as prime minister is now into its final stages as Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt go head-to-head for the Conservative leadership.The party's members will now choose the winner, but what do business owners in a safe Tory seat want to hear from the next occupant of 10 Downing Street?The leafy town of Knutsford in Cheshire is in the constituency of Tatton, which has elected a Conservative member of Parliament in every election but one since it was created in 1983. Former Work & Pensions Secretary Esther McVey is the current MP. Former MPs include ex-chancellor George Osborne.Its town centre is full of independent companies, surrounded by farmland. With the M6 motorway passing close by, there are also several business parks ...
Bug hunt: Volunteers needed to spot insect’s ‘spittle’

Bug hunt: Volunteers needed to spot insect’s ‘spittle’

Science
Media playback is unsupported on your device Ever seen a blob of foam on a plant and wondered how it got there?The frothy spittle, sometimes called cuckoo spit, is actually a telltale sign that an insect known as the spittlebug is feeding on a plant.Scientists are calling for thousands of volunteers to help record sightings of spittle and spittlebugs across the UK.The information will be used to map the distribution of the insect, in a pre-emptive strike against a deadly plant disease.Xylella has struck several EU countries, blighting olive groves in southern Italy. The UK is clear of the disease but is on high alert. There are a huge number of plants the Xylella bacterium could affec...
Risk of accidental US-Iran war, Hunt warns

Risk of accidental US-Iran war, Hunt warns

World
By Sunita Patel-Carstairs, news reporter Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has told Sky News there is a risk the US and Iran could end up at war unintentionally.It comes after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo cancelled the Moscow leg of his trip to Russia to discuss Iran's latest nuclear threat with Mr Hunt and his European counterparts in Brussels instead. Speaking as he arrived for the talks, Mr Hunt told Sky's Michelle Clifford: "We are very worried about the risk of a conflict happening by accident with an escalation that is unintended on either side. Image: Jeremy Hunt and Mike Pompeo discussed Iranian tensions last week "What we need is a period of calm to make sure that everyone understands what the o...
Gravitational waves hunt now in overdrive

Gravitational waves hunt now in overdrive

Science
Media playback is unsupported on your device Scientists working to detect gravitational waves switched on their instruments for a third time at the beginning of April and immediately began to register events that could be interpreted as cosmic collisions. All five trigger events still need confirmation. The BBC's Roland Pease examines how telescopes worldwide are helping.The alert on Mansi Kasliwal's phone went off at two in the morning. Shrugging off the sleep, she squinted at the message. It was from LIGO, the Nobel Prize-winning scientific collaboration that operates gravitational wave detectors. A far-off violent event had sent ripples in space-time through the Universe, to be picked up by LIGO's sensor in Louisiana, and it looked from the...