Queen makes history with Sapphire Jubilee
The Queen has become the first British monarch to reach their Sapphire Jubilee, with royal gun salutes to mark the historic day.On February 6, the anniversary of the day she became Queen, Elizabeth II has reigned for 65 years.
Theresa May speach: England are leaving the EU and single market
May has said the UK "cannot possibly" remain within the European
single market, as staying in it would mean "not leaving the EU at all".
The PM promised to push for the "freest possible trade" with European countries and warned the EU that to try to "punish" the UK would be "an act of calamitous self-harm".for the countries of Europe and it would not be the act of a friend". She added: "I am equally clear that no deal for Britain is better than a bad deal for Britain."She also said Parliament would vote on the final deal that is agreed.The European Parliament's lead negotiator said there could be no "cherry-picking" by the UK in the talks. Mrs May used her much-anticipated speech to announce her priorities for Brexit negotiations, including maintaining the common travel area between the UK and Irish Republic and "control" of migration between the UK and the EU.
George Michael 53, dies of suspected heart failure
who shot to fame as the front man of Wham! in the 1980s, died peacefully
at his home on the 25th Dec in Oxfordshire, his publicist said.
His manager Michael Lippman said the cause of his death was heart failure, according to the Associated Press.
R.I.P George Michael..
Tunisian man 'identified as suspect in Berlin attack
police are hunting a Tunisian man over the Berlin market attack after finding
an identity document in the lorry, according to reports.
The document was found under the driver's seat of the vehicle that ploughed into crowds at the Christmas market on Monday evening, killing 12 people.
Der Spiegel and Allgemeine Zeitung reported that the document, apparently asylum office papers announcing a stay of deportation, was in the name of Anis A, born in 1992 in Tataouine, Tunisia.
The suspect was also known to have two aliases, according to the newspapers.
Bild said Anis A was known to police for bodily harm and is considered dangerous. Ralf Jaeger, interior minister for North Rhine-Westphalia, said the suspect - who arrived in Germany in July 2015 - had been in contact with
the network of a leading Islamist ideologist known as Abu Walaa.
He said the suspect, who went by a number of names, had an asylum application rejected, but declined to comment on whether he was on a watch list. (sky)
Around 150 police stormed the centre for migrants in the town of Emmerich, near the border with the Netherlands. ID papers discovered in the truck reveal the suspect had been given a temporary stay permit by the German authorities.
Fidel Castro dies at 90
90-year-old's death was at 10.29pm on Friday after a long battle with illness
was announced on state television by his brother and current President Raul
Castro. He said "the commander in chief of the Cuban Revolution"
would be cremated on Saturday, concluding: "Until the everlasting victory,
some Cubans described his loss as "a painful blow", others rejoiced, blaming the revolutionary leader for the deaths of innocent people and separating families.
Havana resident Mariela Alonso, a 45-year-old doctor, said: "There will be no one else like him. We will feel his physical absence."
In Miami, jubilant Cuban exiles and their descendants chanted "Cuba si! Castro no!" on Calle Ocho - 8th Street - against the backdrop of a carnival-like atmosphere of fireworks, salsa music and car horns.
Thousands of people cheered as others drummed pots with spoons, waved Cuban flags and danced, some spraying champagne into the air.
President Elect Trump
Trump has pledged to be the president to ‘Make America Great Again’
and now he’s got the chance to back up his words.
Day 4 of protests in the US against President-elect Donald Trump has turned violent in Portland, Oregon.Several thousand demonstrators gathered in the centre of the western city. Some smashed shop and car windows, threw firecrackers and set rubbish alight.Police declared a riot and arrested 29 people. Protests in other US cities were smaller than on Wednesday. Mr Trump earlier said in a tweet the demonstrations were unfair and had been incited by the media.
protesters, mainly young people, say a Trump presidency would create deep
divisions along racial and gender lines. DONALD Trump yesterday paved the
way for beefed-up trade ties with post-Brexit Britain as he held his first
talks with Theresa May.Reaffirming the importance of the two nations’
special relationship, the US President-elect, whose mother was Scottish,
told Mrs May the UK was a “very, very special place for me and for
In a telephone call before visiting the White House for handover talks with President Barack Obama, he said he would be honoured to welcome her to Washington as soon as possible to discuss a trade deal face-to-face.
Thai king death Nation mourns the loss of King Bhumibol Adulyadej
Thousands of Thai mourners are lining the streets of Bangkok, hoping to see the body of King Bhumibol Adulyadej as it it moved from a hospital to a temple in the Grand Palace.The world's longest-reigning monarch died on Thursday aged 88, sparking a national outpouring of grief. The government has declared a year-long official mourning period. Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn has been named as successor, but has asked for a delay in the process.
Kim Kardashian robbed at gun point in Paris Kanye hires extra security for Kim
Kardashian reportedly feared she was going to be raped during Sunday night's
terrifying robbery. The 35-year-old mum was bound, gagged and put in a bathtub
during the nighttime raid on her Paris apartment.According to US reports,
the reality star was laying in bed with her robe on when she heard loud
footsteps making their way up the stairs of the two-storey home.
TMZ reports that she saw one masked man and another dressed in a police hat through a sliding glass door and immediately tried calling longtime bodyguard Pascal Duvier.
Duvier was looking after Kourtney Kardashian and Kendall Jenner at a Paris club at the time. However, before the call went through, one of the robber's snatched the phone away from her.They then bound her hands with cuffs and duct tape.One of the men is said to have grabbed her by the ankles - which is the moment a terrified Kim reportedly told police she was about to be raped.
They then duct taped her ankles and put her in the bath. At that point, she pleaded with them not to kill her because she is a mum, and told them they could take whatever they wanted.
According to the website, the robbers only spoke French but said they kept saying "ring, ring", referring to her brand new diamond ring gifted to her by Kanye. When Kim continued to cry and plead, they then taped her mouth shut.
One of the star's friends - stylist Simone Harouche - was also asleep in the apartment and when she heard the noise she locked herself in the bathroom and called Pascal.He reportedly arrived at the apartment two minutes after the robbers left. Kim's spokesperson said she was left "badly shaken but physically unharmed" by the ordeal.
Update: Kanye West ‘hires team of Kim Kardashian lookalikes’ and spends £6m boosting security after Kim’s £8.5m robbery.
Shimon Peres funeral
leaders have hailed the vision of the late Israeli leader, Shimon Peres,
as he is laid to rest three days after he died at the age of 93.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described him as "a great man of the world", as he led the eulogies.US President Barack Obama said the presence of Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas at the funeral was a reminder of the "unfinished business of peace".Mr Abbas was among dozens of foreign dignitaries attending in Jerusalem. Shimon Peres was the last of the generation of politicians who founded Israel in 1948 to leave the public stage. But even though his life of public service stretched over 70 years, it is not difficult to pick out the highlight. In 1993 he was one of the group of politicians including Bill Clinton, Yasser Arafat and Yitzhak Rabin who signed the Oslo Accords - Israel's first peace deal with the Palestinians.
New york bomer supect
York officials are looking for Ahmad Khan Rahami, a naturalised US citizen
who was born in Afghanistan for questioning over Saturday's blast in the
Chelsea area of Manhattan.The bomb injured 29 people and another unexploded
device was found nearby. Early on Monday, a backpack containing up to five
devices exploded in Elizabeth, New Jersey, when a bomb disposal robot tried
to deactivate it. New York's governor said there were "commonalities"
between the bombs. The 28-year-old suspect's last known address was in Elizabeth.
FBI officials were searching a residence in the New Jersey city on Monday.
Update!! New York bombings suspect Ahmad Rahami in custody after shooting police officer in Linden, New Jersey - US media*
Keith Vaz male rent boys scandal: Keith Vaz steps down
Labour MP Keith Vaz has stepped down as chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee. It follows newspaper claims he paid for the services of two male sex workers. He said: "It is in the best interest of the Home Affairs Select Committee that its important work can be conducted without any distractions whatsoever.Vaz attended his final home affairs select committee in the Grimond Room on Tuesday.
Gene Wilder dies at 83
Willy Wonka star Gene Wilder has died, aged 83.The Hollywood actor, known for roles in comedy classics such as Young Frankenstein and Blazing Saddles, has been hailed a "comic genius" and one of the "great talents" of his generation.Wilder's nephew said he died earlier this month in Stamford, Connecticut, having suffered from Alzheimer's disease, the Associated Press reported. His friend Mel Brooks, who directed The Producers, the classic comedy in which Wilder starred, said on Twitter: "Gene Wilder - One of the truly great talents of our time. He blessed every film we did with his magic & he blessed me with his friendship." Stephen Fry tweeted: "Farewell #GeneWilder, comic genius. Thank you for all those happy, happy hours."
R.I.P Gene Wilder you will be remembered as a true talent who brought joy kids big and small all around the world!
Notting Hill Carnival 50th birthday this bank holiday
Carnival sunshine for many this Bank Holiday Monday. Notting Hill Carnival bands are taking to the roads of west London for the second day of what is thought to be Europe's largest street music festival. Up to 60 bands in colourful costumes are taking part in the Grand Finale street parade. This Carnival is a special one, for it celebrites its 50th birthday.
Team GB back after best Olympic Games wins
GB has arrived back in the UK from Rio following their best Olympic Games
for more than 100 years. Great Britain won a historic 67 medals in Brazil
- including 27 golds -amounting to their best ever away Games and most successful
Olympics in over 100 years.
The team finished the Games in second place in the medals table, second only to the United States and one place ahead of China.Shortly before 10am on Tuesday they landed back at Heathrow Airport following a long-haul flight.
Among Team GB's standout performers at the Games were Max Whitlock, Britain's first gymnast to win an Olympic medal, and Mo Farah, who secured back-to-back 5,000m and 10,000m golds.
Usain Bolt wins Gold in the 100m run for the third time
Usain Bolt claimed a record third 100m title while tennis player Andy Murray won Britain's fifth Rio gold medal on GB's best day at an overseas Olympics. Bolt, 29, ran 9.81 seconds to beat Justin Gatlin to gold and follow up his titles at Beijing 2008 and London 2012.
NHS trust is Under new law to charge health tourists
trust will have to charge foreign patients “upfront” unless
they can prove they are eligible for non-urgent care, Jeremy Hunt has announced.
The Health Secretary said the law would be changed from April to ensure that overseas patients made a “fair contribution” to healthcare they received.
The move means anyone flying to the UK for non-urgent treatment such as a hip operation or cataract removal could now be turned away unless they agree to pay the NHS bill.A handful of hospitals have introduced upfront charges for overseas patients already, with requirements to provide a passport and utility bill, to help officials establish entitlement.
MEP Helga Stevens EU politicians will veto Brexit deal if UK 'better off leaving than remaining'
Helga Stevens told a European Parliament Presidential debate her “red
line” would be “if it’s better of the UK to leave than
The European Conservatives and Reformists Group’s Presidential candidate said the deal needs to be one which “benefits both of us”.
She told the debate, organised by Politico: “If it’s better for the UK to leave than stay in, then that’s my red line.
“My belief is what we need to do is a fair deal which benefits both of us. The UK will still exist, still be part of Europe so we need to make an effort to make sure there’s a win-win situation.”
Actress Carrie Fisher Dies at aged 60
Wars actress Carrie Fisher has died at the age of 60, four days after suffering
a heart attack on a flight to Los Angeles.
The American star, best known for her role as Princess Leia in the films, died in hospital where she had been receiving treatment after becoming unwell on the flight from London.
The actress and author had been on a tour to promote her new book, The Princess Diarist, in the UK, and had also been shooting the third season of the sitcom Catastrophe.She suffered a heart attack as she travelled back to the US just before Christmas. Doctors and nurses on board the aircraft performed CPR and paramedics met the flight at Los Angeles international airport.
Fisher made her film debut opposite Warren Beatty in the 1975 hit Shampoo, and was also an author who detailed her struggled with drug addiction and mental illness in several best-selling books.
She also had roles in films including Austin Powers, The Blues Brothers and When Harry Met Sally.R.I.P Carrie Fisher.
Russian ambassador to Turkey killed
Russian ambassador to Turkey, Andrey Karlov, was shot and killed while attending
an art exhibit in Turkey’s capital city of Ankara. The shooting was
caught on dramatic, graphic video. The shooter was also killed. Karlov
had been ambassador since July 2013. He was 62 years old.Russia's intelligence services are to develop extra security measures for its embassies following the killing of its ambassador to Turkey.
Andrei Karlov was shot dead as he gave a speech on Monday in Ankara. The gunman, Mevlut Mert Altintas, 22, an Ankara policeman, was apparently protesting at Russia's involvement in Syria's Aleppo. He was later shot dead.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the attack was aimed at hurting ties with Russia.
Germany needs post-Brexit EU trade deal with Britain
Germany needs a "comprehensive" new trade EU deal with the UK after Brexit to minimise the potential fallout for its own economy, a leading politician has warned. Ilse Aigner, the Bavarian economy minister, said that Brexit poses a "high risk" to the economy and argued that the UK is one of the "most important trading partners for Bavaria", one of Germany's most prosperous states.
New Zealand earthquake
aftershocks have roiled New Zealand following a 7.5-magnitude earthquake
that killed two people. The South Island has seen hundreds of tremors, including
a 6.3-magnitude quake, after the initial one struck after midnight on Monday.
The epicentre is northeast of Christchurch, near the town of Kaikoura which
has been cut off by landslides. A large river dammed up by a landslide also
breached its banks, sending a "large wall of water" downstream.
Residents around the Clarence River - one of the largest on South Island - were being urged to move immediately to higher ground.
A school girl in Oxford UK was abducted and Sexually attacked
A teenage girl walking to school was abducted by two men and subjected to a serious sexual assault. The girl, who was wearing a school uniform, was grabbed near Marston Ferry Road and Banbury Road in Oxford at 08:25 BST on Wednesday.She was driven away by two white men in a silver car and found more than three hours later about a mile away, knocking on doors and seeking help. Police warned children walking to school to stay in groups.The girl was found at midday by officers on Cavendish Drive after she knocked on doors in the area.Police forensics teams have been examining the street for evidence. Update: Thames Valley police appeal for witnesses who may have seen two white men and silver car in which attack took place. The victim left her house and walked along the Banbury Road, towards the junction of Marston Ferry Lane. Shortly after that she was abducted and attacked.
Zianna Oliphant made a tearful plea to her city
Almost too small to reach the microphone, 9-year-old Zianna Oliphant stepped to the podium Monday at the Charlotte City Council meeting.A week had passed since the fatal police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott — a period marked by anger and unrest in North Carolina’s largest city. Zianna had come to discuss race relations. More specifically, the young girl wanted to talk to city leaders and police about being black.
Theresa May migration crisis Speach
Theresa May will criticise the West's response to the migration crisis when she addresses world leaders later.At a UN summit in New York, she will call for a greater distinction between refugees and people trying to enter a country for economic reasons.The PM will also say refugees should claim asylum in the first safe country they reach and stress that nations have a right to control their borders.The UN says a record number of people have been displaced by conflict.
Anjem Choudary jailed for support for IS
Hate preacher Anjem Choudary has been jailed for five and a half years for drumming up support for so-called Islamic State (IS). His supporters in the public gallery of the Old Bailey courtroom shouted 'Allahu Akbar' as Choudary was sentenced.The British-born 49-year-old backed the terrorist group in a series of talks posted on YouTube, and recognised a caliphate - a symbolic Islamic state - had been created under an IS leader after it was announced In June 2014. Mohammed Mizanur Rahman, 33, was jailed for the same period for inviting support for IS between June 29, 2014 and March 6, 2015.
HRT increase Cancer risk
replacement therapy can triple the risk of breast cancer, the biggest ever
study has found, following more than a decade of controversy.
Last year the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (Nice) changed guidance to encourage more doctors to prescribe HRT claiming too many menopausal women had been left suffering in silence.HRT is used to treat uncomfortable symptoms of the menopause – such as hot flushes, migraines, disrupted sleep, mood changes and depression – by topping up the decreased levels of hormones produced by the body.
But doctors were reluctant to prescribe it after a study in 2002 suggested it could raise the risk of cancer, a claim later widely disputed.Now new findings by the Institute of Cancer Research and Breast Cancer Now suggest the original risk had actually been underestimated. A study of 100,000 women over 40 years found those who took the combined oestrogen and progestogen pill for around five years were 2.7 times more likely to develop cancer compared to women who took nothing, or only the oestrogen pill. The risk rose to 3.3 times for women who took the drugs for 15 years or more. Around 14 in 1,000 women in their 50s are expected to develop breast cancer, but that rises to 34 in 1000 for women taking the combined pill, the study suggests.
Former Aston Villa star Dalian Atkinson Tasered to Death by Police
Atkinson dies after being Tasered by Telford police Former footballer Dalian
Atkinson has died after being shot with a Taser by police at his father's
house.Police said the weapon was deployed at about 01:30 BST in Telford,
Shropshire after officers were called to a report of concern for a man's
safety. A neighbour described seeing the former Aston Villa star, 48, being
Tasered after "stumbling towards" police. Mr Atkinson went into
cardiac arrest on his way to hospital, where he was pronounced dead at about
03:00. Paula Quinn, who lives in a first-floor flat near the Atkinson property
in Trench, said: "They were shouting and kicking so much all I could
hear were the boots hitting him.
"And then the officer who released the Taser stepped back while the other officer still continued to kick and then I could hear him shout to the other officer that was still kicking, 'Back off, back off, back off.'"And then the officer with the Taser asked the gentleman to put his hands behind his back and did so probably two or three times and reactivated the Taser another four or five times after that."
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