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Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May arrives at a hotel on the eve of her Conservative party's annual conference on Oct 1, 2016.
Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May arrives at a hotel on the eve of her Conservative party's annual conference on Oct 1, 2016.PHOTO: AFP

PM vows to make Britain 'sovereign' in first Brexit detail

Prime Minister Theresa May will promise to make Britain “a sovereign and independent country” by repealing the act that took it into what is now the European Union next year, she told the Sunday Times newspaper.

In an interview, May, appointed after Britain’s vote in June to leave the EU, said she would not wait for an election in Germany next September before triggering Article 50 of the EU’s Lisbon Treaty to start formal divorce proceedings.

The former interior minister has been under pressure from EU officials, investors and members of her ruling Conservative Party to offer more detail on her plan for Britain’s exit, beyond her catchphrase “Brexit means Brexit”.

Speaking on the first day of her party’s annual conference, May will hope to put some of the criticism to rest by pledging to overturn the 1972 European Communities Act, the law that allowed the accession of Britain to the European Economic Community, which later became the European Union.


Boy, 6, shot at South Carolina school dies from wound

A six-year-old South Carolina boy wounded in a schoolyard shooting died, a coroner said, a day after a teenage suspect was charged with murdering his own father and wounding the boy, a teacher and another student.

The boy, Jacob Hall, was shot on Wednesday at Townville Elementary School in Townville, South Carolina after the 14-year-old suspect is alleged to have crashed his pickup truck into a fence around the school and opened fire.

Jacob had been on life support after a bullet ripped his femoral artery, causing blood loss that led to major brain injury.


Football: Milner sends Liverpool second, Chelsea back on track

James Milner's 84th-minute penalty earned Liverpool a gritty 2-1 victory at Swansea City that saw Jurgen Klopp's side climb to second place in the Premier League table.

Leroy Fer gave struggling Swansea an eighth-minute lead, but Roberto Firmino equalised early in the second half before Milner claimed the winner following a foul on Firmino by Angel Rangel.

Chelsea ended a three-game winless run with a 2-0 win at Hull City that provisionally lifted Antonio Conte's men to sixth, while a memorable Dimitri Payet goal earned West Ham United a 1-1 draw with Middlesbrough.


Football: Payet magic rescues spluttering West Ham


Dimitri Payet produced an early contender for goal of the season as the West Ham star's sublime strike salvaged a 1-1 draw against Middlesbrough.

Slaven Bilic's struggling side were in danger of a fifth successive Premier League defeat after Cristhian Stuani put Middlesbrough ahead early in the second half at the London Stadium.

But Payet finally showed a glimpse of last season's fine form to drag West Ham level with a superb individual effort that brought the France playmaker his first league goal this term.


Golf: Spaniards light up Hazeltine as Europe keep up surge

Sergio Garcia and Rafa Cabrera-Bello produced a remarkable Ryder Cup rally, typifying another fighting display by Europe as they won the foursomes to cut the deficit to the US to 6 1/2 – 5 1/2.

The two Spanish lionhearts, evoking memories of compatriots Seve Ballesteros and Jose Maria Olazabal, looked down and out when powerhouse American pair Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed were four up with six holes to play.

However, a couple of mistakes by Spieth and Reed and two late birdies from their opponents meant Garcia and rookie Cabrera-Bello scrambled a half-a-point that may turn out to be critical on Sunday evening as the US aim to avoid a fourth consecutive defeat in the biennial team event.