May seeks survival deal with DUP

British Prime Minister Theresa May is seeking a deal with a small Northern Irish party she needs to stay in power after a disastrous election that destroyed her authority days before Brexit talks start.

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British media reported on Sunday moves were afoot within May’s Conservative Party to dislodge her, while opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who exceeded expectations in Thursday’s vote, insisted she could be ousted and he could replace her.

“Theresa May is a dead woman walking. It’s just how long she’s going to remain on death row,” former Conservative finance minister George Osborne, who was sacked by May when she became prime minister last year, told the BBC.

The Conservatives won 318 House of Commons seats in Thursday’s election, eight short of an outright majority. Labour, the main opposition party, won 262.

May’s only hope of forming a government is to win support from Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party, which won 10 seats.

She is seeking a so-called confidence and supply deal, which would involve the DUP supporting the Conservatives on key votes but not joining a formal coalition.

Her Downing Street office initially announced on Saturday that the “principles of an outline agreement” had been agreed with the DUP, only for the smaller party to contradict that account hours later.

Downing Street backtracked, saying she had “discussed finalising” a deal in the coming week. DUP leader Arlene Foster told Sky News she would meet May at Downing Street on Tuesday.

The political turmoil comes with Britain due to start negotiating on June 19 the terms of its exit from the European Union in talks of unprecedented complexity that are supposed to wrap up by the end of March 2019, when Britain actually leaves.

That timeline now looks even more ambitious than before, not least because May’s electoral debacle has emboldened those within her own party who object to her “hard Brexit” approach of leaving the European single market and customs union.

“The new cabinet obviously will meet early next week, our view of Brexit I don’t think has changed,” Defence Secretary Michael Fallon told the BBC, adding he believed the government would be able to muster parliamentary support for its Brexit plans.

But there were early signs that without a parliamentary majority, a weakened May could not count on all her party’s MPs to support her approach.

“I don’t think she does have a majority in the House of Commons for leaving the single market,” said Anna Soubry, a Conservative member of parliament who campaigned ahead of last year’s referendum for Britain to stay in the EU.

With media asking questions about whether May could remain at Downing Street after her electoral humiliation, ministers said now was not the time for the further uncertainty a party leadership contest would bring.

“This is not the time for sharks to be circling. This is the time for us to come together as a party,” culture minister Karen Bradley told Sky News.

But Soubry said May’s time in the top job would be limited.

Meanwhile, a buoyant Corbyn was insisting he saw a route for Labour to form a government, although it was not clear how he would command the support of a majority of parliament given the electoral arithmetic.

“I can still be prime minister. This is still on,” he told the Sunday Mirror.

India bowl out South Africa for 191

India set up a victory target of only 192 to reach the Champions Trophy semi-finals after rolling South Africa in 45 overs at The Oval.

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Surprising defeats in their last outings meant this heavyweight match, instead of deciding first and second in Group B as predicted, would eliminate top-ranked South Africa or defending champion India in the first round.

South Africa was expected to be left behind after producing an even worse innings than the 219 they scored against Pakistan on Wednesday.

Both captains preached calm for the decider, but it was South Africa who failed to show it. Its innings, built slowly by openers Quinton de Kock (53) and Hashim Amla (35), unravelled with consecutive run outs in near-perfect conditions in south London, and skipper AB de Villiers was the first culprit.

De Villiers, under more pressure after scoring 4 and 0 in the Trophy, picked the lengths easily and looked comfortable in making 16 off 12 balls but when Faf du Plessis guided a Ravindra Jadeja delivery to point, Hardik Pandya was fast on the ball and accurate on the throw and de Villiers was caught well short despite diving.

David Miller came in and lasted only three balls after he was run out in a comical mix-up.

Du Plessis cut Ravichandran Ashwin to third man, set off, hesitated, set off again then changed his mind again and dived back. He made it to his crease a fraction before Miller, who was sent back to the dressing room by the TV umpire.

The fourth and fifth run outs by India in this tournament sent a shiver through the South Africans that they couldn’t shake off.

Du Plessis was eventually bowled by Pandya for 36, Chris Morris was out for 4, and JP Duminy was left as the last specialist batsman with 13 overs left. He couldn’t rally the tail. The last four wickets went for 13 runs, and the innings finished, aptly, on a run out.

Jadeja took 1-39 from his 10 overs, conceding no boundaries, and Ashwin, playing his first one-day international since January because of the left-handers in South Africa’s lineup, took 1-43.

Medical trailblazers make Queen’s honours

Australian scientist Professor Peter Malcolm Colman loves watching the beauty and complexity of cells under the microscope, so much so, he’s dedicated his life to medical research.

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His passion and keen eye was key to the development of the flu-fighting drug Relenza – hailed by some as “one of the greatest developments of the 20th century”.

For the Adelaide-born structural biologist, determining the structure of the influenza virus neuraminidase was also one of the “greatest moments” in his life.

“We were really able to watch the virus in the test tube. So a special and lucky moment in my career, ” Prof Colman told AAP.

For the past 20 years at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research in Melbourne, Prof Colman has been investigating cell death in the hope of finding a cure for cancer.

In recognition of his service to medical research, the Adelaide-born structural biologist has on Monday been made a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC).

The former chief of the Biomolecular Engineering department at the CSIRO, Prof Colman says he’s both surprised and honoured “and very grateful” to those who put his name forward.

He’s also pleased the value of science has been recognised through his award.

“At a time when science is a little bit under threat that can only be a good thing, even if a small thing,” Professor Colman said.

Just as humble, Sydney doctor Professor Gordian Ward Fulde has been appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for his service to emergency medicine.

The Director of Emergency Medicine at St Vincent’s Hospital since 1984, Prof Fulde says he’s elated to be recognised, although can’t figure out “why me”.

A big supporter of Sydney’s lockout laws, he’s also been recognised for his campaigning to reduce alcohol-related violence across the city.

As the son of doctor parents, Professor Fulde always wanted to be a surgeon and says being able to help people in pain and often at the brink of death is what has kept him in the role for more than 30 years.

“I can’t think of much else that would be more rewarding,” he said.

Fed-up Cameron puts Giants on AFL notice

A frustrated Leon Cameron says he’s not afraid to swing the axe after Greater Western Sydney’s shock one-point loss to Carlton.

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The Blues led at every break of Sunday’s clash at Etihad Stadium, fell behind early in the final quarter and then bounced back to claim a 10.11 (71) to 9.16 (70) victory.

Cameron’s men finished well ahead in clearances and inside-50s but were woeful in front of goal, with Toby Greene – who booted four behinds in the final term to finish with 0.5 – the worst culprit.

It was just the third loss of the season for the Giants, who remain second on the ladder and trail Adelaide only on percentage.

But it could be the last straw for a number of under-performing players, with the likes of Nick Haynes, Rory Lobb and Jacob Hopper set to return from injury after next week’s bye.

“People say that we’ll get some players back after the bye … but that’s irrelevant to me,” Cameron said.

“It’s absolutely irrelevant because the 22 that roll out each week should play with a certain amount of energy to be in the game.

“You could argue we were in the game because we only lost by one point but there’s not enough players that are going the distance at our footy club at the moment.

“If they don’t want to go the distance then what’s going to happen is they’ll be replaced.”

The Giants had looked to be nearing their best form after impressive wins over Richmond, West Coast and Essendon.

But while stars Dylan Shiel, Josh Kelly and Callan Ward were typically excellent in the midfield, Cameron said his side had been out-performed on the defensive end by the disciplined Blues.

“We’ve got some issues and we’ve got to fix them up,” he said.

“We’ve played some brave footy at times, we’ve played some okay footy at times but we’ve played some footy that actually is disappointing.

“Right now, if you put a percentage on it, we’re only going the distance 75 per cent. We need to find that little bit extra … or we’re not going to be a part of some real deep action at the end of the year.”

Co-captain Phil Davis struggled through much of Sunday’s game after rolling his ankle but Cameron said he expected the key defender to make a speedy recovery.

De Villiers defiant as South Africa choke again

The Proteas have won only one global one-day title, the inaugural Champions Trophy in 1998, and the world’s top-ranked team crumbled under pressure at The Oval in a straight shootout for a semi-final place.

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“I can take us to win a World Cup, I believe,” De Villiers told a news conference. “I’m a good captain and I can take this team forward.

“There’s more than enough talent and we’ve just got to get it right when it matters most.”

South Africa lost a 1999 World Cup semi-final against Australia when they needed one run to win from the last four balls and were eliminated in the group stage on home soil in 2003 after misunderstanding the Duckworth-Lewis scoring system.

The loss to India was another major disappointment because South Africa started well and moved smoothly to 116 for one after being put in to bat before three batsmen were run out and they were dismissed for 191 in the 45th over.

De Villiers, the world’s top-ranked one-day batsman who scored only 20 runs in three innings in the tournament, is focused on the 2019 World Cup.

“Not a lot of people believe that but I think that (winning a tournament) is not that far away,” the 33-year-old said.

“It is very difficult to sell it on this kind of performance but that is what I believe in. We are very close as a unit and we have just got to make it work when in matters the most.”

South Africa coach Russell Domingo admitted the pressure on the side would continue to grow.

“There’s always going be questions until we do get it right,” he said. “The longer it takes to get over that the harder it will be.”

India, who cruised to their target with 12 overs to spare, joined England and Bangladesh in the last four and will know their semi-final opponents after the final Group B game between Sri Lanka and Pakistan on Monday.

Their captain Virat Kohli played down the significance of South Africa’s reputation for under-performing in big games.

“To me, their batsmen looked pretty confident,” he said. “If you get two run-outs quickly, then the mindset totally changes.

“Getting their big hitters early was a bonus. We asked our bowlers to make them play difficult shots.”

(Editing by Ed Osmond; Editing by Ken Ferris)