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Theresa May under pressure to break Brexit talks impasse

Theresa May is under increasing pressure from all sides to break the impasse in the Brexit talks. The DUP says there is “work to be done” if it is to agree to plans for the future of the border with Ireland. Irish PM Leo Varadkar said he was willing to consider new proposals and suggested the UK might put something forward later. Ambassadors of the 27 EU member states are understood to be “waiting for something from London”. On Monday, Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party – whose support the PM…

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Brexit: Theresa May under pressure to get DUP on side

Theresa May is under pressure to get an agreement from the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) on the status of the Irish border when the UK leaves the EU. The prime minister pulled out of a deal with Brussels that would have kick-started trade talks after meeting fierce resistance from the DUP. The party said it would not accept a deal which saw Northern Ireland treated differently from the rest of the UK. Mrs May will return to Brussels as early as Wednesday to try again. She is under pressure to…

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Barnsley 0-2 Leeds United: Samu Saiz and Ezgjan Alioski score to ease pressure on boss Thomas Christiansen

Leeds eased the pressure on boss Thomas Christiansen with a rare victory at Barnsley in the Sky Bet Championship, running out comfortable 2-0 winners. The Dane’s position had come under scrutiny after a run of eight defeats from 10 games, including a 4-1 thumping at Wolves in midweek, and a visit to Oakwell, where United have won just once in 20 years, would not have been the most appealing prospect. But they put in a performance for their boss and first-half goals from Samuel Saiz and Ezgjan Alioski wrapped up…

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Warrior woman: How Gwendoline Christie escaped the pressure to fit in

I arrive early at the LA hotel where I’m meeting Game of Thrones star Gwendoline Christie, and my first impression of the actor is formed in a millisecond when I bump into her in a hallway. Unusually and ethereally beautiful, towering above me, there’s no mistaking the 39-year-old who stars as the indomitable Brienne of Tarth in the must-watch TV series, and who is reprising her role as the villainous Captain Phasma in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. (She first played the kickass stormtrooper in the previous chapter, 2015’s The Force Awakens.) …

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Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe vows to stay on despite army pressure

Zimbabwe’s embattled leader Robert Mugabe has vowed to stay in power for several weeks, despite intensifying pressure on him to stand down. In a live TV address, Mr Mugabe said he would preside over the ruling party’s congress in December. The Zanu-PF earlier sacked him as party leader, and gave him less than 24 hours to resign as president or be impeached. His grip on power has weakened since the military intervened last week in a row over who should succeed him. A crisis was triggered after Mr Mugabe sacked…

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How to lower your blood pressure without medication

The new recommendations on blood pressure from the American Heart Association (AHA) will significantly increase the number of Americans diagnosed with hypertension, particularly in younger age groups. The number of adult women under 45 with the diagnosis will double, while the number of adult men under 45 will triple. The number of Americans that are recommended medical treatment will only increase slightly. The AHA recommends “lifestyle modification” as a first line treatment. However, it is not always clear to patients which lifestyle modifications are the most effective. The below descriptions…

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More than 103 million Americans will have high blood pressure under new guidelines

The American Heart Association has changed the definition of hypertension for the first time in 14 years, moving the number from the old standard of 140/90 to the newly revised 130/80. The change is outlined in the American Heart Association 2017 Hypertension Practice Guidelines, an extensive report by experts without relevant ties to the pharmaceutical industry. The changes are expected to drastically impact adult Americans: revising the hypertension threshold downward will increase the percent of U.S. adults living with high blood pressure from 32 percent to 46 percent — nearly…

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