The plans for the Irish border were also welcomed by political commentators, who said that the U.
was finally starting to take to lead on negotiations.
"It`s good quite frankly to see the U.
government being on the front foot for a change.
It`s done a lot of listening and now it`s starting to provide some answers," Andrew Hood, senior advisor at law firm Dechert and former legal adviser to May, told CNBC Wednesday.
Beat Wittmann, partner and chairman at Porta Advisors, agreed with Brokenshire that there is interest on both sides to find a peaceful solution to the issue of the Irish border.
"I think the EU and the U.
will be very innovative and the EU will be very accommodative to this situation," he said.
This could involve a combination of a "technological" solution and a special status deal, according to Simon French, chief economist at Panmure Gordon.
Though establishing such solutions in a timeframe of just over 18 months will be difficult he noted.
The response comes as the U.
faces wide-spread criticism for its apparent lack of direction in talks.
"The only bit where I`m optimistic is with the Northern Ireland situation," Nelson noted.
"I think the U.
government has not even started to understand the other issues.
Maria Sharapova is set to play in her first Grand Slam since her 15-month drugs ban after being given a wildcard for the US Open main draw.
Former world number one Sharapova, 30, returned to action in April but was denied a wildcard for the French Open.
The Russian five-time major winner was eligible for a place in Wimbledon qualifying through her world ranking, but missed the event with an injury.
The US Open will take place at Flushing Meadows from 28 August to 10 September.
"Her suspension under the terms of the tennis anti-doping program was completed and therefore was not one of the factors weighed in our wildcard selection process," The United States Tennis Association (USTA), which oversees the US Open, told BBC Sport.
"Consistent with past practice, a wildcard was provided to a past US champion who needed the wildcard for entry into the main draw.
"Previous US Open champions who have received US Open main draw wildcards include Martina Hingis, Lleyton Hewitt, Kim Cljisters and Juan Martin del Potro.
"Additionally, Sharapova has volunteered to speak to young tennis players at the USTA National Campus about the importance of the tennis anti-doping program and the personal responsibility each player has to comply with the program`s requirements.
" Sharapova returned to playing without a ranking in April and rose to 211 in the world after receiving wildcards in Stuttgart, Madrid and Rome.
She hoped to receive a wildcard for the French Open, but was denied one for both the main draw and qualifying rounds.
The 2006 US Open champion then elected to try to reach the Wimbledon main draw through qualifying, however she pulled out of the tournament having failed to recover from the muscle injury she sustained at the Italian Open the previous month.
She is currently suffering from a left forearm injury which forced her to pull out of this week`s Cincinnati Open.
She withdrew from the Stanford Bank of the West Classic earlier this month after suffering the injury in her first-round match.
In June 2016, Sharapova was punished with a two-year doping ban for testing positive for heart disease drug meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open.
It was reduced to 15 months following her appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Baltimore (AP) -- Confederate monuments in Baltimore were quietly removed and hauled away on trucks in darkness early Wednesday, days after a violent white nationalist rally in Virginia that was sparked by plans to take down a similar statue there.
Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh told The Baltimore Sun that crews began removing the city`s four Confederate monuments late Tuesday and finished around 5:30 a.
"It`s done," Pugh told the newspaper.
"They needed to come down.
My concern is for the safety and security of our people.
We moved as quickly as we could.
" Workers used cranes to lift the towering monument to Robert E.
Lee and Thomas J.
"Stonewall" Jackson onto a flatbed truck in the dark.
Pugh said Monday that she had contacted two contractors about removing the monuments, but declined to say when they would come down, saying she wanted to prevent the kind of violence seen in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Pugh said at the time that she wants the statues to be placed in Confederate cemeteries elsewhere in Maryland.
A commission appointed by the previous mayor recommended removing a monument to Marylander Roger B.
Taney, the Supreme Court justice who wrote the Dred Scott decision denying citizenship to African-Americans, as well as a statue of two Virginians — the Confederate generals Lee and Jackson.
Instead, former Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake put up signs calling them propaganda designed to falsify history and support racial intimidation.
Baltimore`s swift removal of the monuments comes days after what is believed to be the largest gathering of white supremacists in a decade — including neo-Nazis, skinheads and Ku Klux Klan members.
They descended on Charlottesville for a rally prompted by the city`s decision to remove a monument to Lee.
Violent clashes broke out between white nationalists and counterprotesters and a woman was killed when a car plowed into a crowd of people who were there to condemn the white nationalists.
A memorial service for 32-year-old Heather Heyer is scheduled Wednesday morning at a downtown Charlottesville theater.
Greg Baranoski was walking his dog in Baltimore`s Mt.
Vernon neighborhood just after midnight on Wednesday morning when he saw a crane.
At first he thought it was having trouble making a particularly narrow turn, but quickly realized a crew was taking down the Taney statue.
He said he and about a dozen others looked on as the crew worked.
It took about 40 minutes, he said.
"It was the fastest thing I`ve ever seen the city do," he said.
"It was amazing, really amazing.
" Baranoski said that until recently, he admired the monuments as pieces of art even though he didn`t agree with "what they stood for.
" But he said in the past few days, he`s come to believe that the monuments should be removed.
"A lot of these monuments were placed here in the 19-teens and 20s, years after the Civil War, it was done to remind certain folks who is in power," he said.
"I was happy to see them go.
Having them out of sight is good for the city, and I hope the city makes plans to do something with the empty pedestals.
" Baranoski`s suggestion: Replace the Taney statue with one of Thurgood Marshall.
"It`d be super poetic to replace the statue of Chief Justice Taney with Justice Marshall," he said.
Far-right politics are coming out of the shadows on both sides of the Atlantic.
  In America, Donald Trump’s refusal once again to unequivocally condemn the white supremacists of Charlottesville during a combative press conference yesterday has sparked outrage, even among Republicans.
In Germany, the anti-immigration AfD party is running in third place in some polls before next month’s election.
And it’s just a few months since Marine Le Pen took 34 percent of the vote in France.
Of course, there are big differences between Nazi-saluting extremists in Virginia and Europe’s main far-right parties, which disavow violence and seek a democratic route to power.
It’s also true that none of these groups are going to be in government soon.
It’s a fringe-movement in the U.
, and Angela Merkel’s brand of pro-immigrant liberalism may well cruise to victory in Germany on Sept.
But the anger and discontent that fuels them are here to stay, a fact clearly recognized by Trump during the campaign and now in the Oval Office.
Ideas about immigration and identity that were once deemed outlandish are now being aired on the front pages in Europe and the U.
, with outcomes that are hard to predict.
  Expect more provocation and fury to come.
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Global Headlines Trump drags GOP onto dangerous ground | The president is facing growing condemnation from Republicans following his explosive and combative comments yesterday that equated neo-Nazis to counterprotesters in Charlottesville by saying there’s “blame on both sides” for the violence.
As Justin Sink and Margaret Talev explain, Trump’s remarks caught his own aides off guard and forced Republicans into a conversation about a topic they see no political benefit in speaking about: race.
Nafta overhaul | Sparks could fly when U.
, Canadian and Mexican envoys meet Wednesday to start reworking the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Trump has called it the worst trade pact in history, blamed it for millions of lost manufacturing jobs and vowed to fix it or rip it up.
As Greg Quinn and Eric Martin report, each country has a list of must-haves, some of which could be deal-breakers.
Israel’s UN bid | The Jewish state is fighting an uphill battle to win a spot on the United Nations Security Council next year.
Routinely denounced for its West Bank and East Jerusalem settlements, Israel won’t get much support from the 57 Organization of Islamic Cooperation countries.
Still, Premier Benjamin Netanyahu has toned down his criticism of what he says is anti-Israeli bias, and he has a powerful ally in Trump.
Merkel’s feel-good economy | Germany’s humming economy may be the main stumbling block to Social Democratic Party leader Martin Schulz’s bid to unseat the chancellor.
The country lacks the kind of discontent that fueled Trump, Brexit and Le Pen: The populist AfD is driven more by anti-immigration sentiment than economic anger.
That feel-good factor makes Schulz’s focus on inequality a hard sell.
  More China tension for India | A troop standoff along its disputed border with China isn’t India’s only worry: a weaker yuan is intensifying the inflow of cheap Chinese goods, threatening to blow out its biggest bilateral trade gap and hurt manufacturing.
India’s government must “reduce dependence on such frivolous Chinese imports,” says Soumya Kanti Ghosh, chief economic adviser at the State Bank of India.
Abe watches his back | While Japan’s opposition is wracked by infighting, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, whose popularity has dropped in recent months, still faces risks to his leadership — from within his own Liberal Democratic Party.
 As Isabel Reynolds explains, the LDP has half a dozen factions, some less loyal to Abe.
Some are even headed by senior party lawmakers who may yet contest Abe for the party leadership in a September 2018 vote.
Barack Obama’s response to the deadly violence in Charlottesville just broke a Twitter record.
The former U.
president’s Aug.
13 tweet quoting Nelson Mandela became the most “liked” post in the history of the social-media platform.
According to Twitter, it officially broke the record Tuesday at 10:07 p.
ET, surpassing pop star Ariana Grande’s post after the terrorist attack at her concert in Manchester.
— With assistance by Alan Crawford, Sarah Muller, and Vivianne Rodrigues.
Ralph Battels figured it out when one of his patients woke up and tried to punch him in the face.
A single shot of naloxone often really isn’t enough to do the trick anymore.
Addicts in the Colorado town where he’s an emergency room doctor are downing such incredibly powerful opioids that the overdose-reversal agent may have to be applied two or three times -- or more -- to revive them and calm their sometimes violent highs.
The budget at Pagosa Springs Medical Center is taking an unanticipated hit, another victim of a raging national epidemic.
“It’s a problem that frankly we should be able to control,” Battels said.
“But it’s a big challenge.
It’s everywhere.
” Hospitals and emergency-services agencies across the U.
are confronting higher bills for the chemical compound that can block the effects of painkillers and heroin, as super-strong synthetic opioids like fentanyl and carfentanil grow increasingly popular.
Not only are more doses of the remedy often required, prices for some brands of naxolone have been ticking up.
“You try and balance product cost and care -- and that creates obvious problems,” said Nilay Shah, a consultant in the Division of Health Care Policy and Research at the Mayo Clinic and one of the authors of a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine that warned escalating costs threaten efforts to save lives.
The number of naloxone recipients getting multiple doses has grown more than 25 percent since 2012, according to research published in May by the National Association of EMS Physicians.
Some medical centers have increased their routine doses just to be safe, with Danbury Hospital in Connecticut, for example, now giving four-milligram rather than two-milligram applications of Adapt Pharma Inc.
’s Narcan as a matter of course.
Some can’t keep up: St.
Vincent Hospital in Leadville, Colorado, recently ran out and had to borrow supplies from a nearby facility.
Legally Bound It all adds up to a drain on health-care resources.
In Florida, the Manatee County Emergency Medical Services department gave 432 applications of Narcan in June compared to just nine in the same month four years ago, with a 650 percent cost increase to $109,650.
“We have noticed an ebb and flow of different synthetics, some requiring multiple doses to bring patients around,” said Paul DiCicco, the department’s chief.
The synthesized opioids, often manufactured illegally and available over the internet, can be dozens of times stronger than heroin.
EMS crews save money by stocking the cheapest naloxone available and buying low-cost nasal dispensers instead of purchasing the medication in pre-filled injectors.
But they’re legally, and ethically, bound to try to save lives no matter the cost.
“There’s no way not to respond to a 911 call,” said Brent Myers, president of the National Association of EMS Physicians.
“And once there, there’s no way not provide a life-saving treatment.
” A city councilman in Middletown, Ohio, proposed doing just that earlier this year -- with a baseball-style strike-out rule where emergency response personnel wouldn’t be dispatched to someone overdosing for a third time.
Nine Doses “We need to put a fear about overdosing in Middletown,” the councilman, Dan Picard, told his colleagues when he made his suggestion, which he quickly withdrew upon realizing the legal hurdles it faced.
There are about 50,000 people in Middletown, and there have been around 600 overdoses so far there this year, more than in all of 2016.
And because the opiates are getting so much stronger, it can take up to nine doses of naloxone to revive a person, according to a report prepared by the city manager.
President Donald Trump has backed a recommendation in a report from the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis and said the epidemic is a national emergency.
Declaring an emergency, the report said, will allow Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price to negotiate reduced pricing for government-issued naloxone.
The federal government and many cities and states have moved to make naloxone, first approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 1971, more easily available.
It can be purchased over the counter in about 40 states.
Annual sales of all brands went from $21.
3 million in 2011 to $81.
9 million in 2015, according to QuintilesIMS Holdings Inc.
, which tracks drug sales.
The brand that has gotten the most attention and criticism is Evzio from Kaleo Inc.
, an injectible that’s made for personal use and not widely used by hospitals or EMS crews.
The two-dose package list price went from $690 in 2014 to $4,500 last year, according to research published in December in The New England Journal of Medicine.
Kaleo said it did that to generate more revenue to expand its patient-assistance program, which covers insured individuals’ co-payments and most costs for low-income people.
Manufacturers such as Amphastar Pharmaceuticals Inc.
and Hospira Inc.
offer discounts and rebates and negotiate with hospitals and others, so that few buyers actually pay the list price, with out-of-pocket costs for people with insurance usually much less.
Many companies, including Kaleo, donate batches of their products to public-health, emergency-services and nonprofit agencies.
The epidemic has reached critical proportions, said Gail D’Onofrio, chair of the emergency medicine department at the Yale School of Medicine.
With overdose rates up and opioids more powerful, “it’s a perfect storm.
Melbourne is still the most liveable city in the world: EIU    7 Hours Ago | 02:39 Sydney, Australia also dropped from seventh to 11th place in the past two years.
"There have been more episodes in Sydney of suspected events [of terrorism], and general unease towards the topic," said Scuratti on Sydney`s downgraded position.
In comparison, Melbourne was able to retain its position at the top of the index for the seventh consecutive year, in part because people did not perceive it as under a high terrorism threat, he added.
According to Scuratti, the biggest surprise in this year`s ratings was Singapore, a wealthy Southeast Asian city state which leaped 17 places to finish at number 35.
That expectation-beating performance was largely due to improvements in education, Scuratti said.
Singapore displayed "very good performance in its education indicators," said Scuratti.
"The indicators show that Singaporeans are very good at math, science and reading.
" Several other Asian countries also outperformed, relative to other locations.
Of the 12 cities that saw living standards improve, six were based in Asia, according to the EIU statement.
This year`s overall global improvement, despite small, suggests that living standards are finally stabilizing, the EIU statement said.
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone — The death toll from massive mudslides in Sierra Leone`s capital was certain to rise Tuesday as bodies washed up on a beach and workers searched for an untold number of people buried in their homes.
The Red Cross estimated that 600 people were still missing.
Authorities have said more than 300 people were killed in and around Freetown on Monday following heavy rains.
Many were trapped under tons of mud as they slept.
The Connaught Hospital mortuary in central Freetown was overwhelmed on Tuesday with more than 300 bodies, many spread on the floor.
"The magnitude of the destruction as a result of the disaster is such that the number of victims in the community who may not come out alive may likely exceed the number of dead bodies already recovered," said Charles Mambu, a civil society activist and resident of one affected area, Mount Sugar Loaf.
In a sign of hope, he said, "two bodies were brought out alive from the debris last evening.
" Government spokesman Cornelius Deveaux said rescue operations began early Tuesday to remove people still believed to be buried in the rubble.
Heavy equipment was deployed to dig into the piles of red mud.
Deveaux said definitive death figures were unknown "as the mortuary is overwhelmed with corpses — men, women and children.
" More: At least 200 dead in Sierra Leone mudslide Many bodies were in a horrible state, missing arms, heads or legs, Deveaux said, adding that proper burials will be vital in keeping disease at bay.
"Contingency plans are being put in place to mitigate the outbreak of disease like cholera," he told a local radio station, FM 98.
Sulaiman Parker, the environmental protection officer in the Freetown City Council, said bodies will be buried in the next 48 hours.
Some rescue workers and volunteers dug overnight through the mud and debris with their bare hands in a desperate search for missing relatives.
Military personnel have been deployed to help with the operation in the impoverished West African nation.
"I have never seen anything like it," said Abdul Nasir, program coordinator for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
"A river of mud came out of nowhere and swallowed entire communities, just wiped them away.
We are racing against time, more flooding and the risk of disease to help these affected communities survive and cope with their loss.
"An estimated 9,000 people have been affected, Nasir told The Associated Press.
The Sierra Leone National Broadcasting Corp.
showed people carrying the dead to the morgue in rice sacks.
Many of the impoverished areas of Sierra Leone`s capital are close to sea level and have poor drainage systems, exacerbating flooding during the rainy season.
Freetown also is plagued by unregulated building of large residential houses in hilltop areas.
Thousands of makeshift settlements in and around the capital were severely affected.
"The government has been warning people not to construct houses in these areas.
When they do this, there are risks," Nasir said.
"People don`t follow the standard construction rules, and that is another reason that many of these houses have been affected.
"Deforestation for firewood and charcoal is one of the leading factors of worsening flooding and mudslides.
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