Guess who's the only British person on Time's person of the year shortlist

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Nigel Farage, the former leader of the Ukip party and prominent Leave campaigner in the Brexit referendum in June, has been shortlisted for Time magazine's person of the year award. Farage is one of the 11 contenders named by the U.S. publication alongside U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Beyoncé and Russian President Vladimir Putin. "As head of the U.K. Independence Party, Farage was a face of the successful campaign for Britain to leave the European Union, positioning the referendum as the start of a global populist wave against the political establishment," the magazine said. The other contenders are U.S. Olympic gymnast Simone Biles, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, residents of Flint, Michigan, who blew the whistle on lead-poisoned water and Russia's CRISPR scientists, who have developed technology that can edit DNA. Last year's winner was German Chancellor Angela Merkel.


Foreign leaders to attend Ali's funeral

BBC News

The President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and King Abdullah of Jordan are among the dignitaries scheduled to speak at Muhammad Ali's funeral on Friday, a family spokesman says. Thousands of people are expected to join the funeral in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. Former US President Bill Clinton and actor Billy Crystal are also set to speak. Ali died last Friday at the age of 74 in hospital in Phoenix, Arizona. A spokesman said his death was from "septic shock due to unspecified natural causes".


Obama will not attend Ali memorial

BBC News

US President Barack Obama will not attend a memorial to the late boxer Muhammad Ali on Friday, the White House says. Ali died last Friday at the age of 74 in hospital in Phoenix, Arizona. World leaders will be among thousands attending Friday's procession and memorial service in Louisville, Kentucky, where Ali was born. The White House said Mr Obama and his wife Michelle will be at daughter Malia's high school graduation. They will send a letter to the Ali family with White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, who knew Ali. Bob Gunnell, a spokesman for the Ali family, said Mr Obama and Ali's widow Lonnie had spoken by telephone.


U.S. opens new military front in Syria, launching cruise missiles against Assad's forces

Los Angeles Times

The Pentagon launches Tomahawk cruise missiles at a Syrian air base in retaliation for a poison gas attack Trump is in Florida for a high-stakes meeting with China's president Rep. Devin Nunes steps aside from Russia probe amid ethics investigation Neil M. Gorsuch is set to be confirmed for the Supreme Court, but will the fight break the Senate? President Trump removes controversial advisor Stephen K. Bannon from the National Security Council Trump's charm offensive: Can his force of personality break through to China's president? Trump is in Florida for a high-stakes meeting with China's president Neil M. Gorsuch is set to be confirmed for the Supreme Court, but will the fight break the Senate? President Trump removes controversial advisor Stephen K. Bannon from the National Security Council U.S. opens new military front in Syria, launching cruise missiles against Assad's forces The Pentagon launched more than 50 Tomahawk cruise missiles at a Syrian air base late Thursday in retaliation for a gruesome poison gas attack this week that U.S. officials said was carried out by President Bashar Assad's forces. Trump authorized the attack after he was briefed by Defense Secretary James N. Mattis in Palm Beach, Fla., where the president is hosting visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping.


U.S. opens new military front in Syria, launching cruise missiles against Assad's forces

Los Angeles Times

The Pentagon launches Tomahawk cruise missiles at a Syrian air base in retaliation for a poison gas attack Trump is in Florida for a high-stakes meeting with China's president Rep. Devin Nunes steps aside from Russia probe amid ethics investigation Neil M. Gorsuch is set to be confirmed for the Supreme Court, but will the fight break the Senate? President Trump removes controversial advisor Stephen K. Bannon from the National Security Council Trump's charm offensive: Can his force of personality break through to China's president? Trump is in Florida for a high-stakes meeting with China's president Neil M. Gorsuch is set to be confirmed for the Supreme Court, but will the fight break the Senate? President Trump removes controversial advisor Stephen K. Bannon from the National Security Council U.S. opens new military front in Syria, launching cruise missiles against Assad's forces The Pentagon launched more than 50 Tomahawk cruise missiles at a Syrian air base late Thursday in retaliation for a gruesome poison gas attack this week that U.S. officials said was carried out by President Bashar Assad's forces. Trump authorized the attack after he was briefed by Defense Secretary James N. Mattis in Palm Beach, Fla., where the president is hosting visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping.