*** Health secretary Jeremy Hunt is in line for a big pay day.
It's understood he's about to make around 15 million pounds for selling an education business he set up in the 1990s. ***
Donald Trump says he wants a 'quick' trade deal with the UK after it leaves the EU.
The US president-elect says Britain was right to leave, and that Brexit will be a 'great thing'. ***
*** Andy Murray's into the second round of the Australian Open tennis.
He's beaten Ukraine's Ilya Marchenko in straight sets. ***
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says his players need to hang in the Premier League title race over the next few weeks. ***
England's cricketers need victory in both remaining one-day internationals if they're to win their series in India. ***
*** One lane closed and heavy traffic due to accident on M53 Northbound between J5 A41 New Chester Road and J4 A5137 Brimstage Road. ***
Queueing traffic due to earlier accident on M62 Westbound between J27 A62 Gelderd Road and J26 A638. Lanes two and three (of three) was closed until 07:17 when a rolling road block was put in place to move the vehicles to the hard shoulder. Traffic was released at 07:22.. All lanes have been re-opened. *** | |
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Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has left for Switzerland to attend World Economic Forum's annual meeting.
He is visiting Davos at the invitation of the Executive Chairman of the Forum Prof. Klaus Schwab.
Apart from addressing the forum, the Prime Minister will hold a number of bilateral meetings with heads of states and governments as well as business leaders.
Meanwhile ..... The Supreme Court has resumed the hearing of Panama Papers case.
A five-member larger bench headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa is hearing the case.
Prime Minister's counsel Makhdoom Ali Khan is submitting his arguments.
A Turkish cargo plane flying from Hong Kong has crashed in Kyrgyzstan, killing at least 32 people, most of them on the ground, say officials.
The Boeing 747 TC-MCL aircraft crashed amid fog into homes near Manas airport, about 25km (15 miles) north of the capital, Bishkek.
At least 15 buildings were destroyed and a number of children were reported to be among the dead.
Flight TK6491 was to have stopped at Manas en route to Istanbul in Turkey.
At least six women have died after getting caught in a stampede at a Hindu festival on the River Ganges.
The women were killed as people rushed onto a jetty as they returned from the two-day harvest festival in Gangasagar, West Bengal, a state minister said.
Another 10 people were injured, and rescue workers were searching the water for others who may have fallen in.
The disaster came less than a day after a boat overturned hundreds of miles upstream, leaving at least 24 dead.
That accident happened on Saturday evening as people were ferrying back after watching kite-flying celebrations to mark the festival near Patna, Bihar state's capital.
Turkey's parliament has given preliminary approval to a new constitution which will increase the powers of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
There will be a second round of voting later this week and, if approved, a referendum will follow.
Critics claim it amounts to a power grab by Mr Erdogan.
But the president says the changed system will resemble those in France and the United States.
The new constitution will allow the president to appoint and dismiss ministers, and it will abolish the post of prime minister for the first time in Turkey's history.
Instead there will be at least one vice-president.
The bill's final articles were passed late on Sunday, with the governing AK Party (AKP) gaining the three-fifths majority it needed.