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Champion Hurdle: What time is the feature race at Cheltenham Festival TODAY?

Cheltenham Festival, one of the biggest events on the National Hunt calendar, will begin today. But what time is the Champion Hurdle on today? The 2019 Cheltenham Festival gets underway today. Visitors from around the world will descend on the Gloucestershire town for the four-day event, with millions more watching at home. Races at the Cheltenham Festival will take place every day until Friday, June 15.
By Anyron Copeman
Express.co.uk

Juventus vs Atletico Madrid TV channel: What channel is Champions League clash on today?

Juventus host Atletico Madrid tonight as they seek to overturn a first-leg defeat in the Champions League round of 16. What TV channel is the match on tonight? Serie A leaders Juventus suffered a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Atletico Madrid last month and now face the tough proposition of scoring at least twice against Diego Simeone’s men. Goals from Diego Godin and Jose Maria Gimenez secured the first leg victory at the Wanda Metropolitano.
By Anyron Copeman
Express.co.uk

Champion Hurdle: What time is the feature race at Cheltenham Festival TODAY?

Cheltenham Festival, one of the biggest events on the National Hunt calendar, will begin today. But what time is the Champion Hurdle on today? The 2019 Cheltenham Festival gets underway today. Visitors from around the world will descend on the Gloucestershire town for the four-day event, with millions more watching at home. Races at the Cheltenham Festival will take place every day until Friday, June 15.
By Anyron Copeman
Express.co.uk

PSL table and schedule 2019: Pakistan Super League points table, team news and fixtures

The Pakistan Super League returned to action this weekend, as sides aimed to confirm their spot in the playoffs ahead of a crucial final week. Express Sport has all the details on points tables, team news and the latest fixtures. Fourth-placed Karachi Kings stunned Quetta Gladiators, securing victory by a single run. A haul of 99 for Ahmed Shehzad was not enough for the leaders as they were defeated for only the third time this season.
By Anyron Copeman
Express.co.uk

Brexit update: What is happening with Brexit? Will Valentine's Day vote happen?

Prime Minister Theresa May’s embattled Brexit deal is due to go back to the House of Commons for a second ‘meaningful vote’, after the first was met with a resounding defeat. But with little evidence of any firm changes to the deal, it seems Mrs May must now play for time as the battle to resolve key issues rages on. And she suggested she might be willing to bypass Commons rules to do so. On Tuesday, Mrs May promised MPs a final, decisive vote on her deal - but not until she secures changes to
By Kate Whitfield
Express.co.uk

Brexit update: When is Brexit happening? What is happening with Brexit NOW?

In just 49 days, the two-year time limit on negotiations under Article 50 will expire. In January, MPs rejected the withdrawal deal negotiated with the EU after two gruelling years for Prime Minister Theresa May, forcing her back to Brussels to try get some concessions. The key issue was, and remains, the ‘backstop’ - the insurance policy to ensure no hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic. READ MORE: What is the Brexit Backstop? A really simple guide After the deal was rejected,
By Kate Whitfield
Express.co.uk

Brexit Plan C: What's next for Brexit as Theresa May SCRAMBLES to salvage a deal

Of the seven amendments voted on last night, just two passed. The first was a non-legally-binding rejection of a no-deal Brexit. The second was an amendment that called for the Irish border backstop to be replaced with "alternative arrangements to avoid a hard border”. However, these amendments don’t show any obvious path to clear the deadlock, despite parties on all sides of the House of Commons proclaiming their significance. Conservatives are eager to declare that the results show a clear ma
By Kate Whitfield
Express.co.uk

Brexit vote TODAY: What are MPs voting on today? What are the amendments?

Tonight’s Brexit vote, which will kick off at 7pm, is not actually on Theresa May’s Brexit deal. Instead, MPs will vote on the ‘plan B’ she put forward after the deal was rejected by an astonishing majority in the House of Commons. MPs will just vote to say they have “considered” the new plan. But what is more important are the amendments which will be voted on tonight, which could see the Brexit trajectory altered dramatically. MPs tabled 15 amendments, and Commons Speaker John Bercow picked w
By Kate Whitfield
Express.co.uk

Venezuela EXPLAINED: What has happened in Venezuela? Who is in power now?

The South American country has been in a downward spiral for years, with political discontent, skyrocketing inflation, power cuts, and shortages of food and medicine. Since 2014, some three million Venezuelans have left the country in search of better conditions. But after a contentious general election in May 2018, things have begun to reach a boiling point. Most of the current anger and blame for the situation falls on President Maduro and his predecessor, the late President Hugo Chávez. The
By Kate Whitfield
Express.co.uk

Brexit martial law: What is martial law? What conditions needed for it to be enforced?

MPs are set to put the Prime Minister’s Brexit deal to a vote for the second time on Tuesday, January 29. The first vote, on January 15, was a colossal failure, with Mrs May’s deal losing by a historical 230 votes. If this vote fails again, fears of Brexit beginning on March 29 without a deal will be ever closer to becoming realised. Will your passport be valid after Brexit? New rules EXPLAINED Now, it has emerged Brexit planners are considering the possibility of enforcing martial law in the
By Kate Whitfield
Express.co.uk

Brexit passport news: Will your passport be valid after Brexit? New rules EXPLAINED

Brexit negotiations have hit one roadblock after another, and with the clock running down at an alarming rate, no deal is looking ever more likely. Military bases have begun stockpiling supplies, as have medical suppliers, retailers and wholesalers, amongst others. The truth is, if the UK leaves the EU on March 29, no one is really sure what could happen. To offset this, the government is making as much information public as possible, to allow citizens and businesses a chance to prepare if ther
By Kate Whitfield
Express.co.uk

No deal Brexit: Does no-deal Brexit mean HARD Irish Border? It’s ‘obvious’ says EU

Piling further pressure on the UK to resolve the issue of finding an acceptable deal, Jean-Claude Juncker’s chief spokesman told reporters a hard border was “pretty obvious” without an agreement. But with the so-called ‘Brexit backstop’ failing to garner support, a no-deal scenario is looking ever more likely. Theresa May is due to put her draft deal to MPs for a second vote on January 29, but support still seems scant after the first draft suffered a crushing defeat. Speaking to reporters in B
By Kate Whitfield
Express.co.uk

Brexit backstop: What is Belfast Agreement? How does Good Friday Agreement affect Brexit?

Referencing rumours of amending the Belfast Agreement in the House of Commons on Monday, Prime Minister Theresa May said: “I have never even considered doing so – and neither would I.” It is unclear where the rumours began, but they come amid a tumultuous time for Northern Ireland. First, there is the ongoing issue of the Irish border after Brexit, as well as the more recent news of a car bomb in Londonderry on Sunday, which may have been planted by a group who call themselves the New IRA. Nort
By Kate Whitfield
Express.co.uk

Zimbabwe crisis: Internet blackout continues as deadly fuel protests enter third day

Alarming reports of violent protests continue to pour in, despite the reported shutdown of internet communications. Protestors have been reported burning a police station, barricading roads and looting shops in Harare, Kadoma and Bulawayo. Government security forces responded with live ammunition, rubber bullets and tear gas, firing at crowds and into people’s homes, according to local press. On Wednesday, Human Rights Watch said five people had been killed and 25 seriously injured. Also on We
By Kate Whitfield
Express.co.uk

Brexit timeline: From the referendum to TODAY and what’s next - What on EARTH is going on?

- January 1, 1973: UK joins the EU (or what it was back then, called the European Economic Community) - June 5, 1975: First EU referendum - 67 percent of UK public vote for Britain to be part of the EU. - June 23, 2016: Another referendum is held - 52 percent of the UK public vote to leave the EU.
By Kate Whitfield
Express.co.uk

Midterm elections 2018: How does the US political system work? Senate, House explained

After a fierce campaign season, US citizens headed to the polls on November 7 to elect new members of the two branches of Congress - the Senate and the House of Representatives. Results saw the Democrats take the House of Representatives (referred to as the House), pushing the Republicans out of control. While the Republicans, the party backing President Donald Trump, held control of the Senate. Ushering in the end of a Republican-dominated Congress, these midterm elections will lead to an inter
By Kate Whitfield
Express.co.uk

South Africa farm seizures: Trump's tweet was 'ignorant and unhelpful'

Mr Trump said he had asked Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to “closely study the South Africa land and farm seizures and expropriations and the large scale killing of farmers.” He added: “‘South African Government is now seizing land from white farmers’” quoting Fox News. The tweet followed a six-minute segment on Fox News about proposed land reforms in the country. South African government officials responded by accusing the US President of seeking to sow division, and told Mr Trump he was “misi
By Kate Whitfield
Express.co.uk

South Africa farm seizures EXPLAINED - The truth about land reform and farm murders

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa told hundreds of Afrikaners in June that land reforms don’t need to be seen as a threat, or “as a reason to pack up and go ... The future of the Afrikaner is intrinsically linked to the prosperity of the country as a whole”. But after news of the reforms led to international reports of white farmers being murdered, Australian home affairs minister Peter Dutton said white South African farmers who wanted to migrate to Australia “deserve special attention” a
By Kate Whitfield
Express.co.uk

You won’t believe what this baby did while still in the womb - moment caught by ultrasound

A baby has prepared her parents for parenthood in a hilarious way before she is even born by giving them a rude sign during her ultrasound scan. The “sassy” unborn baby showed her parents they had their work cut out for them when she flipped her middle finger. The hilarious moment was captured when the little baby, named Elora, was just 20 weeks okay. Her mother Jennifer Parks couldn’t believe it, and said the baby is showing she has “attitude.”
By Christina Wood
Express.co.uk

The trans–Europe Express: A whistle-stop tour of Budapest, Prague and Berlin by train

Welcome to Budapest, split by the Danube into two districts, Buda and Pest, and we’re staying in the Old Jewish Quarter on the Pest side, very much the city’s cultural heart and entertainment hub, and home to one of the area’s prime attractions. The New York Cafe in the Boscolo Hotel was where the early 20th century Budapest intelligentsia would hatch revolutionary ideas over a slice of Esterházy torte. Today the only uprising here may be over the time you could have to wait to secure a table un
By Jools Stone
Express.co.uk

Osaka: Japan's second city is full of secrets, ancient rituals and adventure

It's the second time she's told me this and it's no more convincing but it temporarily distracts me from the fact that I'm about to get naked with a group of strange men. It's all about experiencing the authentic bathing ritual at "onsen", hot spring baths which are a key draw for many in Japan's Mie Prefecture, in the eastern part of the Kii-hanto Peninsula. Our onsen at Hotel Kumano Club is an open-air affair. We have the place to ourselves so we bob about in the warm mineral waters while the
By Jools Stone
Express.co.uk

Brexit backstop explained: A really simple guide to this complicated topic

The very need for a backstop - intended to prevent a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic - was one of the first things both the EU and UK agreed was essential in the Brexit negotiations. But after negotiations faltered time and again over the details of the backstop, the complexity of the issue became ever more evident. But even after a deal was reached, the backstop still posed the biggest threat to Theresa May and her ability to get the deal passed through UK Parliament, as i
By Kate Whitfield
Express.co.uk

NO DEAL BREXIT EXPLAINED: What could a no-deal Brexit REALLY mean for you and me?

Over the past weeks, Express.co.uk has delved into this topic, looking at areas that will really impact the life of the British public if, at 11pm on March 29, 2019, we leave the EU without a deal. What could happen to the NHS? What could happen to travel? What could happen to the taxes we pay? What could happen to food prices? These are just some of the topics covered in the 'NO DEAL BREXIT EXPLAINED' series, intended to cut through the political-speak and provide some clarity without agenda. A
By Kate Whitfield
Express.co.uk