Vice president Biden meets Kiev leaders
Biden has met Ukraine's new leaders in a show of support for the pro-Western
government. Mr Biden told politicians at the parliament building in Kiev that
stood with Ukraine in the face of "humiliating threats". A phone conversation between the US secretary of state and Russia's foreign minister earlier led to both sides blaming the other over the crisis. Meanwhile, funerals are due to take place for three men shot on Sunday. The men were killed during a raid on a checkpoint manned by pro-Russian separatists near the town of Sloviansk in eastern Ukraine. The circumstances remain unclear. The local separatists said the attack was carried out by ultra-nationalist Right Sector militants. Kiev called it a "provocation" staged by Russian special forces.
South Korea ferry disaster
The captain and crew have been accused of abandoning passengers in the South Korea ferry disaster. Survivors and families of 287 people thought to be trapped inside sunken vessel voice anger at crew's response to accident. The captain, Lee Joon-seok, who is reportedly in his 60s, escaped from the 6,835-ton Sewol at about 9:30am on Wednesday, just 40 minutes after the vessel apparently ran aground and started to list severely. Survivors and the families of 287 people, most of them teenagers, who are thought to be trapped inside the sunken vessel directed their anger towards Lee, according to South Korean media reports, as rescue efforts continued in the dim hope that some of the missing passengers might still be alive.
Local officials said 287 people remained unaccounted for more than a day after the vessel, with 475 on board, quickly sank in what may be South Korea's worst ferry disaster for two decades. Nine people, including four 17-year-old high school pupils and a teacher, are known to have died, while 179 have been confirmed safe, including most of the 30 crew members, South Korean media said.
Train fare dodging hedge fund manager
A city executive is believed to have dodged paying £42,550 in train fares by exploiting a loophole which meant he only paid a third of the journey cost. The hedge fund manager from Stonegate, in East Sussex, who has not been named, had an Oyster Travelcard and regularly travelled to and from London. Southeastern said he commuted from Stonegate to London Bridge, where he caught another train to Cannon Street. His Oyster was only used at Cannon Street so he paid a maximum £7.20 fare.
The rural station at Stonegate has no ticket barriers, so the man was able to avoid "tapping in" with his Oyster card, and only "tapped out" through the barriers once he reached Cannon Street. He also managed to avoid ticket inspectors on the train, Southeastern said.
The then maximum fare of £7.20 was incurred when a passenger "tapped out" through a barrier without having "tapped in", a Southeastern spokesman said. The executive was eventually caught in November last year by a ticket inspector standing next to the barriers. He paid back the £42,550 in dodged fares, plus £450 in legal costs, within three days as part of an out-of-court settlement. Southeastern said it believed he had been dodging the fare for five years as his last annual season ticket from Stonegate expired in 2008 and within five days of being challenged he renewed his lapsed ticket.
The Ultimate Warrior has died aged 54
The former wrestler, whose birth name was James Brian Hellwig, had appeared at WrestleMania 30 and Monday Night Raw, just before his death on Tuesday 8/4/14 ."WWE is shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the passing of one of the most iconic WWE Superstars ever, The Ultimate Warrior," read a statement from the entertainment organisation."James Brian Hellwig is survived by his wife Dana and his two daughters." R.I.P James Brian Hellwig "The Ultimate Warrior" You will always be a WWE legend!!
Crooked cops linked to gangster who is the father to one of Stephen Lawrence's killers
Black teenager Stephen Lawrence (inset) was stabbed to death by a racist white gang in April 1993. Not until 2012 were two of his killers convicted, and then only after a campaign led by the newspapers to bring them to justice. Today, RICHARD PENDLEBURY and STEPHEN WRIGHT out further details of the suspected network of police corruption that dogged the Lawrence and Morgan murders, and reveal the first admission of wrongdoing by one of the bent coppers at its heart.
This is described in a major inquiry as institutional racism at the Met(as many people know the met police have had a bad reputation for racism).
Malaysia flight MH370 Chinese families demanding the truth
Relatives of Chinese passengers from the missing Malaysian plane have vented their anger at government officials, after arriving in Kuala Lumpur.Chanting "Tell us the truth", they said they wanted the Malaysian prime minister to apologise for what they regard as misleading statements.Ten planes and eight ships are looking for remains of the airliner in a vast area of the Indian Ocean.
UK BUDGET 2014
George Osborne has announced a radical shakeup of savings and pensions in a blatant attempt to stem Conservative defections to Ukip as he spurned big tax giveaways in favour of business-friendly measures in the penultimate budget before next year's general election.
Lib Dems boast they ignored Tory 'siren voices' on 40p rate to secure £100 tax cut days before 2015 election.
Income tax threshold to rise to £10,500 in April 2015, saving most £100, tax changes since 2010 mean basic ratepayers will be £800 better off But Osborne offers little respite for those dragged into paying 40p rate.
Crimea's parliament has declared independence from Ukraine and applies to join Russian
Crimea's parliament has formally declared independence from Ukraine and asked to join the Russian Federation.The government in Kiev has said it will not recognise the results. The US and EU say the vote was illegal and have vowed to impose sanctions on Moscow.The Crimean peninsula has been under the control of pro-Russia forces since late February. Moscow says the troops are pro-Russian self-defence forces and not under its direct control.
Ukraine's interim Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has called the vote "a circus performance" which had been backed up by "21,000 Russian troops, who with their guns are trying to prove the legality of the referendum".
The vote was boycotted by many among Crimea's minority Ukrainian and Tatar population, and the election process has been widely criticised. Meanwhile, the Ukrainian parliament in Kiev has formally approved the partial mobilisation of 40,000 reservists, in response to what it called the "war-time situation". Interim President Oleksandr Turchynov described the referendum as a "great farce" which "will never be recognised either by Ukraine or by the civilised world".According to the vote in Crimea's parliament on Monday, Ukrainian laws now no longer apply in the region and all state Ukrainian state property belongs to an independent Crimea.
Stephen Lawrence's mother demands tough action against police officers behind undercover smear op
Baroness Lawrence said she wants 'heads to roll' at the Met Police after a report revealed allegations of corruption and spying in her son's murder case. Her solicitor, Imran Khan, stressed thatnot a single officer had been held to account for any of the failings uncovered by the inquiries into the case - either for institutional racism uncovered by the Macpherson Inquiry or corruption.
Daily Telegraph describes the victim's mother, Baroness Doreen Lawrence, responding
in the House of Lords to confirmation the Metropolitan Police had planted
a spy in her family's "camp" to "smear" them."She
was dignity defined as she held her tears in check and spoke quietly of '21
years of struggle' to get to the truth about Scotland Yard's shameful behaviour
over her son Stephen's murder," the paper says.
The Daily Mail says the report exposed "two decades of shameful police lies" about the case, pointing out that corruption claims against one investigating officer were never brought to light at the time of the last public inquiry.
Oscar selfies breaks records
celebrity-filled selfie posted by Oscar host Ellen DeGeneres has become the
most retweeted image in Twitter's history even briefly crashing the service.
The photo includes, Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep, Kevin Spacey, Brad Pitt,
Julia Roberts, Bradley Cooper, and best supporting actress winner Lupita Nyong'o.
It took less than 40 minutes to beat the previous record for most tweeted
image - a photo of Michelle and Barack Obama, posted on his re-election in
2012. By the end of the Oscars ceremony, the celebrity selfie had been retweeted
more than two million times.
The Blade runner Oscar Pistorius trial
Oscar Pistorius the Blade Runner goes on trial in Pretoria today charged with the premeditated murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp , 29, on Valentine's Day, February 14 last year. The 27-year-old double amputee claims he believed there to be a dangerous intruder in his home when he shot through a bathroom door four times , killing his lover. He entered a plea of "not guilty", repeating his bail hearing assertions that he killed Reeva after tragically mistaking her for an intruder hiding in the toilet.
RBS Confirms £8.2bn Losses but pays out more than half a billion in bounuses
Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has reported a loss of £8.2bn for 2013 - its biggest since the year it was bailed out by the taxpayer. The bank (Royal Bank of Scotland) has defended plans to pay £588m in staff bonuses despite suffering an £8.24bn loss in 2013 as it slumped into the red for the sixth successive year.
Ghostbusters actor Harold Ramis dies at 69
Harold Ramis, known best for his portrayal of Egon Spengler in the Ghostbusters films and as the filmmaker behind several beloved comedies, has died at the age of 69. Ramis died due to complications stemming from autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, a rare disease that he began battling in 2010. The Chicago Tribune reports
that Ramis at one point had to relearn to walk as a result of the disease, which "involves swelling of the blood vessels." His health again took a turn for the worse
when he suffered a relapse of the vasculitis in 2011. Dan Aykroyd tweeted: "Deeply saddened to hear of the passing of my brilliant, gifted, funny friend, co-writer
/performer and teacher Harold Ramis".
R.I.P Harold Ramis you will deeply be missed!
Five disabled people lose there housing appeal to make the bed room tax unlawful
Five disabled social housing tenants have lost their Court of Appeal bid to have benefit cuts for those with spare bedrooms ruled unlawful. Judges said the court could not intervene in the government's "controversial" housing benefit changes - dubbed a "bedroom tax" by critics. Lawyers for the group had argued the regulations applying in England, Wales and Scotland failed to reflect the accommodation needs of disabled people. They said they planned to fight on.
Gravity dominated the Bafta awards, scooping six prizes, while 12 Years a Slave won the coveted best film honour. The space drama was named best British film and picked up other prizes for visual effects, cinematography, best sound and original music, while Alfonso Cuaron won best director. British star Chiwetel Ejiofor collected the best actor Bafta for his role as Solomon Northup in 12 Years a Slave.
Sally Bercow kissing a mystery man
Sally Bercow who was pictured drunkenly kissing mystery man has taken to Twitter to tell her followers 'It's fine to drink after some time out - some people can handle it'.Sally Bercow took to Twitter for several hours to talk about her tough week and slam reports that her husband is distraught about her drinking.The mother-of-three has spoken candidly about her battle with alcoholism, and told her 5,000 followers on the site on Saturday night she had been in denial about her drinking during the 1990s.
The extent of corruption in Europe is "breathtaking" and it costs the EU economy at least 120bn euros (£99bn) annually, the European Commission says. EU Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmstroem has presented a full report on the problem. She said the true cost of corruption was "probably much higher" than 120bn. Three-quarters of Europeans surveyed for the Commission study said that corruption was widespread, and more than half said the level had increased. "The extent of the problem in Europe is breathtaking, although Sweden is among the countries with the least problems," Ms Malmstroem wrote in Sweden's Goeteborgs-Posten daily. The cost to the EU economy is equivalent to the bloc's annual budget.
Justin Bieber charged with assaulting limo driver in Toronto
Justin Bieber has been charged with assaulting a limousine driver in Toronto last month. The Canadian popstar arrived at Toronto police station on Wednesday and is expected to be formally charged. Bieber's representatives declined to comment on the report. Bieber, 19, was charged with driving under the influence in Miami last week after Florida police caught him drag racing a rented Lamborghini. He told police he had taken prescription medicine, had been smoking marijuana and had consumed alcohol.
UK Economy on the Rise
Official figures to show UK economy grew by 1.9 per cent last year the fastest pace since the financial crisis struck seven years ago. In a speech to the Royal Economics Society at the Bank of England, Mr Cable said that the UK has finally turned the corner thanks to growing consumer confidence.
Justin Bieber bailed after arrest in Miami
Justin Bieber has been released from custody in Miami, following his arrest on Thursday. The 19-year-old posted bail of $2,500 (£1,500), after a brief court appearance, where he was accused of driving under the influence of alcohol, marijuana and prescription drugs. Police said the star had been racing in a lamborghini in Miami. He was also charged with resisting arrest and having an expired driving licence. (Everying ones hoping that he slows downs and calms himself).
The mother of Mikaeel Kular charged
The mother of three-year-old Mikaeel Kular is due to appear in court in connection with his death. Rosdeep Kular, 33, is expected to appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court later. She was detained by police investigating her son's disappearance on Friday night before being formally charged on Saturday.
Brussels says no to British threats to rewrite immigration rules
President of European parliament Martin Schulz says UK has 'no chance of curbing basic principle of free movement.
has started its fight against UK attempts to curb EU immigration as leaders
of the European parliament declared that rules on freedom of movement
were completely non-negotiable, and made clear that attempts to change them would be blocked. In the latest response to calls from UK politicians to unpick the
EU treaties and rewrite one of its founding principles, the European parliament's president, Martin Schulz, said that while he took UK demands for reform of
the EU "very seriously" there was no question of the parliament agreeing to reopen the rule-book on free movement.
Osborne's cuts to welfare a 'monumental mistake'
Clegg criticises George Osborne's Scandalous plans to fix the British economy
with deep cuts to the welfare budget, saying the chancellor is heaping the
burden on those with the "narrowest shoulders". Mr Clegg said: "The
Conservative party is now out on an ideological limb, almost unique in developed
economies, in saying we are
not going to ask people of very great wealth, very high incomes making any additional contributions to the tax system at all but only ask people with narrower shoulders to make further sacrifices to finish the job."
Happy News years Everybody!! Wow 2014 in style!!!!
Suicide bomber' bombs Russia's Volgograd train station
A suicide bomber attacked a train station in the southern Russian city of Volgograd that killed at least 13,officials suspect. It was a female suicide bomber who was thought to be responsible for the blast, Russia's anti-terrorism committee said.
Moscow is concerned militant groups could be ramping up violence in the run up to the the 2014 winter Olympic Games in the city of Sochi in six weeks. An Islamist insurgency in the North Caucasus region has led to many attacks there in recent years. Insurgents have also attacked big Russian towns.
Pre Christmas Storms
Thousands of homes are without power as rain and winds of up to 87mph blow across the country causing dangerous travel conditions. The heavy rain and strong winds are hitting western parts of the UK as Christmas travellers are warned of nationwide disruption all day.
Lee Rigby murder: Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale found guilty
Old Bailey jury finds pair guilty of fatally attacking soldier in street near Woolwich barracks in south London. Two men have been convicted of murdering a soldier in broad daylight near a military barracks in London, in the first al-Qaida-inspired attack to claim a life on British soil since 7 July 2005.
Adebolajo, 29, and Michael Adebowale, 22, murdered Lee Rigby, 25, as he returned
to the Woolwich barracks in south London, in May. They were convicted after
a trial at the Old Bailey in central London, which heard that the soldier
almost beheaded in the attack.
The jury took just over 90 minutes to reach its verdicts. Both men were found not guilty of the attempted murder of a police officer. Relatives of Rigby cried as the verdicts were given. Rigby's stepfather, Ian, wiped away tears and put his arm around the soldier's mother, Lyn, who was sobbing.
Mr Justice Sweeney, who ordered that the decisions be heard in silence, said he would pass sentence after a key appeal court ruling on the use of whole life terms in January.
Nelson Mandela buried at ancestral home
South Africa's first black president Nelson Mandela is buried at his ancestral home, after political and religious leaders pay tribute at his state funeral.
The funeral for the former South African president Nelson Mandela has taken place in Qunu, the village where he spent much of his childhood. The service included tributes from members of Mandela's family as well as world leaders. After the funeral ceremony, a smaller group of guests attended Mandela's private burial.
in Nelson Mandela memorial was a fake and a schizophrenic
mystery South African man who acted as a sign-language interpreter at Nelson
Mandelas memorial service was a fraud who simply made childish
hand gestures for hours as he stood on stage. Deaf groups say the man,
made no sense in any
language to those relying on him around the world. To make matters worst the man claims to be schizophrenic and the firm he was hire from has vanished.
Crowd cheers for Obama as he give a speech at Nelson Mandela Memorial
Barack Obama today hailed Nelson Mandela as the last great liberator of the 20th century.He told a vast crowd in Sowetothat Mandela was a giant of history who had lived a life like no other. Women take a group photo as they wait for theservice to start The US President told South Africa: The world thanks you for sharing Nelson Mandela with us.
Nelson Mandela has Died
Africa's first black president and anti-apartheid icon dies after battling
chronic lung infection for months. Former South African President Nelson Mandela
died peacefully at his Johannesburg home on Thursday after a prolonged
lung infection. He was 95.
rose from rural obscurity to challenge the might of white minority apartheid
government - a struggle that gave the 20th century one of its most respected
and loved figures. He was among the first to advocate armed resistance
to apartheid in 1960, but was quick to preach reconciliation and forgiveness when the country's white minority began easing its grip on power 30 years later.(RIP Nelson Mandela July 1918- December 2013) You will be greatly missed!!
Once again David Cameron proves to be an embarrassment to Great Britain in his vist to China
David Cameron is seen even more of a week Leader not only at home but also in China as they snubs UK as "not a big power". This is not the first time such snub has be said about Britain on his watch. Earlier on this year a Russian representive said that the country is a small island that no one pays attenion to.
Its not a secret that Cameron and his cohort have made many political mess ups.
a section taken from: http://www.shoutoutuk.org/2013/08/09/why-david-cameron-is-a-bad-prime-minister/
. "His government frequently changes its policies as soon as it senses
they are unpopular, such as over the pasty tax and
cuts to school sport. Of course this is due to the fact that David Cameron, like Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband doesnt really believe in anything. He, like Ed Miliband, simply wants to be Prime Minister". Strong leaders do what they think is right and risk losing the next election in order to enact those policies. Sometimes, however, voters credit them for their bravery and re-elect them.
a long time(even before he was Prime minster)alot of people sensed he was
detrimental to the country and you know what we were all right. 1) Under his
watch Uk triple dipped into ression while the US dipped once and slowly came
out of it
2)Under his watch England had the worst riots in modern history which spread like wild fire (even Prince Charles car was attacked). 3)Student fees were rised to a ridiculously high level(the higest in hitory) 4)Taxes were raised 5) Scotland want to leave the UK and will be having a vote on staying or leaving. In all my years i have never ever heard Scotland wanting to leave the UK until now(even in the bad times we have had in the past) we all stuck together. These are just a few examples of the disastrous policies steming from David Cameron and his party.
PM David Cameron is bad for our health
not waving, David Cameron has gone from TV spin doctor to Doctor of Spin
one who should be struck off for incompetence.The slick PR man who talked
his way into Downing Street has bitten off more than he can chew by threatening
to dismantle the NHS, our most cherished institution.Its amateur time
for the Prime Minister when he promises us a long list of supporters
and the measly five he produces have all voiced criticism of the Governments
sick plan. The truth is everyone who cares for patients, including the professional
bodies representing nurses and doctors, have serious reservations about what
would be a privatisation.
Those in favour are mainly profit-hungry private firms salivating over the killing theyd make including Tory donors anxious to cash in now Mr Cameron is in office.
Actor Paul Walker from the Fast & Furious movies dies in car crash
Actor Paul Walker from the Fast & Furious movies and his driver were involved in a fatal car crash. Paul Walker was in the passenger seat of a red Porsche Carrera GT sports car on his way to a charity event when the vehicle crashed into a lamp post and a tree. Representatives for Walker confirmed that he had died, aged 40, late on Saturday afternoon. He set up the Reach Out Worldwide charity in 2010 to help those affected by natural disasters, and starred in the upcoming drama film Hours, about Hurricane Katrina. It is due to be released on 13 December. Paul Walker RIP you will be missed!!
Dope fiend celebrity chef Nigella Lawson drug scandal
chef Nigella Lawson nick named 'Higella' by ex Charles Saatchi over claims
she sniffed cocaine every day for least ten years! The millionaire art dealer
also accused her of "poisoning" her daughter Cosima with drugs and
"trashing her life."Nigella Lawson's ex-husband Charles Saatchi
was "astounded" by the scale of her alleged drug-taking, a court
heard.He was said to be furious after finding her "guilty secret"
following claims that she had been snorting cocaine daily for a decade and
using cannabis and prescription pills. Its suggested that the drug allegations
the cause of the row in which Saatchi was pictured grabbing a Nigella by the throat and tweaking her nose at a Mayfair restaurant in June.At the time Saatchi dismissed the incident as a "playful tiff", but accepted a police caution for assault.
The couple divorced seven weeks later after 10 years of marriage.
Iran sanctions maybe lifted due to deal on Iran's nuclear enrichment program
A deal struck after lengthy negotiations in Geneva, Switzerland, commits Iran to curb its nuclear activities for six months in exchange for limited and gradual relief from some sanctions, including access to £2.5 billion ($4.2 billion) from oil sales.
The hard work starts now, John Kerry said in London. When you consider the diplomatic mountain the US and Iran have already scaled, you get a daunting sense of the challenge ahead. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius says some EU sanctions
on Iran could be lifted as early as next month, as part of a nuclear deal with world powers.
Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu called the agreement "an historic mistake", but David Cameron hailed the deal as an "important first step".
Three slave women found and rescued in London
A Man and woman both aged 67 were arrested in south London on suspicion of keeping three women as slaves for 30 years. The two pensioners who were bailed last night were also held on suspicion of immigration offences. Police say the same supects were arrested and were detained in the 1970.
Former chairman of the Co-op Bank Paul Flowers arrested over drugs allegations
former chairman of the Co-op Bank has been arrested in Merseyside in connection
with a "drugs supply investigation".Paul Flowers, 63, was filmed
allegedly handing over £300 for cocaine and discussing buying other
Following the revelations he was suspended from both the Methodist Church, where he was a minister in Bradford, and the Labour Party.
Google and Microsoft agree to block child porn
search engine companies Google and Microsoft have agreed measures to make
it harder to find child abuse images online. Now both companies have introduced
new algorithms that will prevent searches for child abuse imagery delivering
that could lead to such material. The Internet giants announced, ahead of a Downing Street summit today, that the new software is to be introduced that will automatically
block 100,000 search terms which lead to illegal content. But already experts have questioned what difference it will actually make.
Campaigners have warned that it will not stop paedophiles using the Internet, while technology experts emphasise that the depraved content will still be available on the web.
Tamil protesters mobs David Cameron in Sri Lanka while he vists Tamil leaders
Cameron has been mobbed by many Tamil protesters in north Sri Lanka, who claim
relatives have been murdered by the state.In chaotic scenes, the Prime Minister's
convoy was surrounded by demonstrators trying to show him family pictures
and tell their stories of suffering in the country's 26-year civil war. The protesters were the relatives of "the disappeared"- those who have just vanished without explanation but whom, it is alleged, have been either captured or killed by the state.
Typhoon Haiyan claims 10,000 people in the Philippines
At least 10,000 people are thought to have died in the central Philippine province of Leyte after Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms ever to make landfall, lashed the area, swallowing coastal towns, a senior police official said early on Sunday morning. About 70-80% of the buildings in the area in the path of Haiyan in Leyte province was destroyed, said chief superintendentElmer Soria. "We had a meeting last night with the governor and the other officials. The governor said based on their estimate, 10,000 died," he said.
Rescue efforts are being hindered by damage to roads and airports. The storm has now made landfall in north Vietnam, near the Chinese border, but has weakened to a tropical storm.
Co-op Bank to make cut and close 50 branches as hedge funds broker rescue deal
The Co-operative Group on Monday sought to reassure customers of its troubled banking arm that its ethical approach could be maintained as it confirmed that activist hedge funds were taking a crucial role in the £1.5bn rescue of the bank. The loss-making bank indicated that a significant number of jobs were on the line as it announced a sweeping restructuring that will see the closure of around 50 branches from its 324 estate. It plans to move more customers to online banking and its network of corporate banking sectors is also to be rationalised. Even so, it warned that it would not make profits until 2015 at the earliest, and possibly not "for some years thereafter".
UK Newspapers loses fight against Press regulation
Newspaper publishers lose a High Court bid seeking an injunction to stop the approval of a new cross-party Royal Charter to regulate the press.
Newspaper groups have applied to the Court of Appeal after they failed in their bid to prevent press regulation being approved in a royal charter. A press regulation royal charter backed by both sides of Parliament, but criticised by many for allowing government to infringe on press freedom, was due to be submitted to the privy council for sealing by the Queen on Wed afternoon 30/10/13. However, the paper publishing industry was granted an emergency high court hearing for an injunction at 10:30 on Wednesday morning but this was refused by two judges.
Storm hits Britain
Gale force winds have been battering SE Britain. The winds has uprooted trees and has damaged properties blowing tiles from the roofs houses. Gusts of 93.15mph have already been recorded at the Needles on the Isle of Wight, according to the MeteoGroup.
Torrential rain is also forecast and there are a number of flood warnings in place.The storm is expected to bring severe disruption to transport, with chaos predicted at southern airports when the worst of the weather hits.
German officials set to travel to the U.S. over Angela Merkel's phone tapping
Senior German officials are set to travel to the U.S. 'shortly' for talks about allegations the NSA bugged Angela Merkel's phone. Government spokesman Georg Streiter says the heads of Germany's foreign and domestic intelligence agencies will participate in high-level discussions with the White House and National Security Agency. He did not give a specific date for the trip, saying it was being arranged on "relatively short notice".
Prince George Royal Christening
The Royal christening
Prince George has been christened at Chapel Royal at St James's Palace in London. The prince, third in line to the throne, was baptised by the Archbishop of Canterbury. The christening was private with a few guest, the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Harry gathered for the private ceremony of the future king and supreme governor of the Church of England.
Real McCoy star Felix Dexter has died at the age of 52
Felix Dexter died on friday 18th Oct of cancer at the age of 52. Peers showed their respect and talked of the 'sad news' over social networking sites.
Dexter, who was born in St Kitts in the West Indies and moved to the UK when he was seven, studied law before entering the stand-up circuit.
Later he featured in Have I Got News You and Grumpy Old Men, as well as Knowing Me Knowing You with Alan Partridge. As an actor, he had parts in Casualty and The Bill, and appeared in the West End alongside Christian Slater.
(R.I.P Felix Dexter you will be missed)
Mark Duggan was shot in the back
The driver of the Minicab give evidence at inquest and claims officer who opened fire 'lost his senses.
The cab driver at the centre of the Mark Duggan shooting said he did not see a gun flying through the air when Duggan was shot by police in Tottenham, north London.
The driver who was transporting Duggan when his cab was intercepted and halted by armed police, claimed there was no indication that the cars that sped up to him and forced him to pull over were police vehicles.
Granted anonymity, he gave evidence through an interpreter at the inquest into the fatal shooting of Duggan in August 2011, which sparked widespread rioting in England.
He said he feared he was being attacked when he was dragged out of his car like some kind of criminal.
lot of people got out of cars. They pointed guns towards my car. They had
rifles in their hands," he told the hearing at the Royal Courts of Justice.
He said Duggan got out of the car and started to run when a tall officer
shot him. "I saw him get hit in his back," he added. He described
the officer who fired the shots as very angry, like someone who had
lost his senses".
Police now believe that Madeleine McCann was snatched from her holiday apartment in a well-planned abduction
The three-year-old Madeleine McCann, who went missing in Portugal in 2007, was taken by kidnappers who would have carried out reconnaissance,they say. A new suspect being sought over the disappearance of Madeleine McCann was spotted carrying a child on the night she went missing. Detectives have released two e-fit images of the man based on the accounts of two separate witnesses. Both described seeing him in Praia da Luz, Portugal, on the evening of the three-year-old's disappearance on Thursday, May 3, 2007. He is said have been seen walking towards the sea carrying a child of a similar age to Madeleine. Their statements have been used to compose two e-fit images that will feature in a BBC Crimewatch appeal.
Savile in more Hospital Probes
may have carried out sex assaults at more hospitals and NHS premises than
previously thought, new evidence suggests.New
evidence has emerged of sexual abuse by Savile at more hospitals, the health
secretary has announced.
Savile had a bedroom at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, an office and living quarters at Broadmoor, and widespread access to Leeds General Infirmary. Mr Hunt said: "It is vital that the final NHS investigation report is thorough and complete and reflects all the evidence about Jimmy Savile's pattern of offending."
Libyan prime minister kidnapped by armed men
Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan has been seized by armed men from a hotel in the capital, Tripoli. Mr Zeidan was taken at dawn "by gunmen to an unknown place for unknown reasons" by a group thought to be from the Tripoli Revolutionaries Control Room and the Committee for Fighting Crime", said a statement on the government's website.
Two years after the revolt which overthrew Muammar Gaddafi, Libya's government has been struggling to contain rival tribal militias and Islamist militants who control parts of the country.
The Royal Mint made history, as the first British coins to commemorate a royal christening were unveiled
The special coins, celebrating the christening of Prince George of Cambridge, went into production in Llantrisant, Wales. Prices for limited issue coins in silver, gold and platinum start at £80 for a sterling silver five pound coin, with the gold Kilo coin costing £50,000. It is the first time that a royal christening has been marked with coins. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's son will be Christened on 23 October, just over three months after his birth.
US government begins shutdown after Congress failed midnight deadline
US government was forced to begin closing swaths of non-essential services
on tuesday morning after frantic rounds oflate night political sparring failed
to avert the first federal shutdown in nearly two decades. Government officials
told agencies to begin executing plans for a partial government shutdown as
to reach an agreement. The shutdown is expected to place 800,000 federal workers on furlough, close national parks and monuments and disrupt services such as food assistance and IRS audits. Services like benefit payments and national security
operations would go on as usual.
US Secretary of State John Kerry met Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif
In high level talks on Iran's nuclear program US Secretary of State John Kerry met Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif at the UN. Diplomats from Britain, China, Russia, France and Germany were also present at the talks.
GTA 5 Breaks records and takes £500m in 24 hours
Grand Theft Auto 5 breaks video game records both in terms of revenue generated and number of copies sold. In its first 24 hours on sale fans bought just under £500 million ($800m) worth of copies.
This more than recoups the reported £170 million spent creating and marketing the game and estimates suggests that it will generated more than £1bn global sales in its first year. The previous title in the series, GTA IV, has sold more than 25million copies since its 2008 release a figure GTA 5 is expected to exceed.
GTA 5 also eclipsed the previous record launch day of any entertainment property to date (including movies and music) Call of Duty: Black Ops. When it launched on 12 November, 2012, Black Ops managed to take in $500 million in 24 hours, overtaking the previous record holder Call of Duty: Modern Warfare ($400m).
Twelve people killed in a navy base shooting in Washington
A gunman who died after killing 12 people at a naval installation in Washington DC has been identified as a former Navy serviceman. A former Navy reservist killed at least 12 people on Monday in a mass shooting at a secure military facility that led the authorities to lock down part of the nations capital even after the gunman was killed in a hunt for two other armed men spotted by video cameras, officials said. But by Monday evening, the authorities said they believed the shooting was the act of a lone gunman, identified as Aaron Alexis, 34, who was working for a military subcontractor.
Four men sentenced to death in India for the rape and murder of a 23 year old woman
An Indian court has sentenced four men to death for the gang rape and murder of a student in the capital Delhi, a case which led to violent protests across India and new laws against rape. Mukesh Singh, Vinay Sharma, Akshay Thakur and Pawan Gupta were found guilty on all counts earlier this week. Cheers were heard from crowds crowd inside and outside the Delhi courthouse when lawyers rushed out to announce the sentence, which had been widely expected after Khanna found the four men guilty this week of cold-blooded rape and murder. The victim, who was raped for an hour and tortured with an iron rod on a moving bus, became a symbol of the dangers women face in a country where a rape is reported on average every 21 minutes and acid attacks and cases of molestation are common.
Barack Obama Calls off Congress vote if Syria agrees to abandon Chemical weapons
President Barack Obama has said he will put plans for a US military strike
against Syria on hold if the country agrees to place its chemical weapons
stockpile under international control. In a 15-minute address from a lectern
in the White House, Obama said he asked Congress to postpone votes on a Syria
military strike to pursue a diplomatic solution. Obama said he will work with
France, Britain, China and Russia on a United Nations resolution requiring
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to give up his Chemical weapons.Obama said
it was too early to tell whether this offer will succeed, but that he has
"a deeply held preference for peaceful solutions."
The threat of U.S. military action and talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin had led to some "encouraging signs.""The Russian government has indicated a willingness to join with the international community in pushing Assad to give up his chemical weapons,"Obama said."The Assad regime has now admitted that it has these weapons and even said they’d join the Chemical Weapons Convention, which prohibits their use." if it did come to a strike, any attack would be limited, Obama said."I will not put American boots on the ground in Syria," he said. "I will not pursue an open-ended action like Iraq or Afghanistan. I will not pursue a prolonged air campaign like Libya or Kosovo. This would be a targeted strike to achieve a clear objective, deterring the use of chemical weapons and degrading Assad’s capabilities.
Prince Andrew the Duke of York was challenged by armed officers in the grounds of Buckingham Palace
a case of mistaken identity, armed police pointed guns at Prince Andrew, Queen
Elizabeth II's son, and ordered him to put his hands up in the gardens of
Buckingham Palace, a media report said today. For a tense half a minute the
53-year-old son was in danger of being shot dead by officers paid to protect him and his family, the 'Daily Express' reported. Last night an internal inquiry was being carried out into the extraordinary incident, which took place last Wednesday, two days after a trespassing and burglary incident took place at Buckingham Palace.
Many people injured in one of UK's biggest car crash pile up
Sixty people have been injured as more than 130 vehicles were involved in a series of crashes in thick fog on the Sheppey crossing in Kent. Eight of those hurt in the collisions, which took place at about 07:15 BST, have serious injuries.Ambulance crews said 35 casualties needed hospital treatment in what were described as "horrendous scenes". A witness said visibility had been very poor at the time of the crash but drivers were approaching the crossing with no lights. People at the scene described a mass of tangled cars, lorries, and a car transporter. Some reports said the crash went on for 10 minutes as cars continuously collided with each other.
London's Notting Hill Carnival
largest street party erupted into a full blaze of colour for a second day
as hundreds of thousands lined the roadsto watch the Notting Hill Carnival.
Performers wearing a vivid array of stunning costumes paraded through the streets under glorious Bank Holiday sunshine - with temperatures reaching up to 26C (78.8F) hit the capital .Hundreds of thousands of people descended on the west London
streets as they are turned into a Caribbean party of dance, music, floats and food.
David Miranda taking legal action over seized data
David Miranda was held at Heathrow for nine hours on Sunday and is taking legal action to prevent the police from examining the seized electronic items. He was held at the airport under the Terrorism Act and the Home Office has tried to defend the detention, saying police must act if they think someone has "stolen information that would help terrorism".
William and Kate have left St Mary's Hospital to Kensington Palace with their new baby
The Royal Couple have left the Hospital to Kensington Palace it has been also said the Queen paid a vist to meet her new great-grandson aswell as Prince Harry and Pippa Middleton.
Barack Obama Gives a powerful speech on racial profiling and how Trayvon Martin could of been him 35 years ago
Barack Obama has said that "Trayvon Martin could have been me, 35 years
ago", in his first comments on the case since last week's verdict.
In an unexpected press call, Mr Obama said very few black men in the US had not experienced racial profiling. Mr Obama said the pain that African-Americans felt around the case came from the fact that they viewed it through "a set of experiences and a history that doesn't go away".He said African Americans were also keenly aware of racial disparities in the application of criminal laws. "That all contributes to a sense that if a white male teen was involved in the same kind of scenario, both the outcome and the aftermath might have been different," Mr Obama said. "When Trayvon Martin was first shot, I said that this could have been my son. Another way of saying that is Trayvon Martin could have been me, 35 years ago."He shared his experiences of being racially profiled in the past, such as being followed while out shopping. He also expressed how its not uncommon for African-Americans to get in an elevator and a woman to clutch her purse nervously and holding her breath until she has a chance to get off. And this seems to me to be a problem which effects alot of black people in UK which which includes countless times police stop & search and wrongfully detaining innocent blackmen due to racial profiling.
The Murder George Zimmerman was found not not guilty and protest have been taken place from the East to West Coast of America
George Zimmerman, the Florida neighbourhood watchman who shot dead an unarmed black 17-year-old male last year, was found not guilty over the weekend. Protests have taken place across the US after neighbourhood watch volunteer, George Zimmerman, was cleared of murdering an unarmed black teenager. And the question on every ones mouths was why? Was he justified in stalking trayvon after the police told him not to? and how do we know he never produced the gun to intimidate Trayvon Martin and Trayvon was fighting for his life against an armed stalker in the dark on that tragic night?
The Gunman George Zimmerman awaits trial verdict for the killing of Trayvon Martin
The trial of George Zimmerman the man who shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin enters its final phase.Closing arguments have begun in the trial of George Zimmerman, 29, who is charged with the second-degree murder of Trayvon Martin in February 2012. Earlier in the trial the jury heard from both the defendant's parents, who testified that screams heard in the background of an emergency call were those of Mr Zimmerman.But Martin's mother told the court she was "absolutely" certain it was her son crying for help. Prosecutors had said during opening statements that Mr Zimmerman shot Martin "because he wanted to", after profiling the teenager.
Murray wins the Wimbledon title and makes history to be the first british man to win in 77 years
Andy Murray won his first Wimbledon title and ended Britain's 77-year wait for a men's champion with a hard-fought victory over world number one Novak Djokovic.The 26-year-old player, who held his trophy aloft and kissed it, said: "That was one of the toughest moments.I don't know how I came through the final three points, I'm so glad to do it. I have played Novak many times and when everyone finishes playing, he will go down as one of the fighters".
Police 'smear' campaign targeted Stephen Lawrence's friends and family
The guardian news paper has recently stated how the Police spied on Steven Lawrence's friends and family. An under cover police man who infiltrated protest groups has revealed how he was involved in an operation to spy on and attempt to "smear" the family of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence, the friend who witnessed his fatal stabbing and campaigners angry at the failure to bring his killers to justice. Peter Francis, a former undercover police officer turned whistleblower, said his superiors wanted him to find "dirt" that could be used against members of the Lawrence family, in the period shortly after Lawrence's racist murder in April 1993. He also said senior officers deliberately chose to withhold his role spying on the Lawrence campaign from Sir William Macpherson, who headed a public inquiry to examine the police investigation into the death.
2013 G8 summit: Barack Obama arrives in Northern Ireland to join the rest
of the G8 leaders
such as David Cameron and Vladimir Putin
President Barack Obama arrived in Belfast amid the biggest security operation
ever mounted in Northern Ireland for the G8 summit.
The president spoke to 2,000 students in Belfast ahead of the G8 summit "Youre the first generation in this land to inherit
more than just the hardened attitudes and bitter prejudices of the past. You now live in a thoroughly modern Northern Ireland."
His young audience has been described as "the generation of peace" - people born after the ceasefires.
is the word on every one lips, as talks between US President Obama and Russian
President Vladimir Putin
looks slightly awkward with both leaders now offering military support to opposing sides in the civil war in Syria.
David Cameron Said: "What we can try and do here at the G8 is have further pressure for the peace conference and the transition that is needed to bring this conflict to an end."
US and UK Government's surveillance phones and the internet
spy chief James Clapper has defended government surveillance programmes after
revelations of phone records being collected and internet servers being tapped.
And in the UK, Britains Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ)
has been given information gathered in the US-run PRISM system, which grants
spy agency a direct line to data stored on the servers of Google, Facebook, Apple, Yahoo and five other tech giants. Documents obtained by the Guardian revealed that the GCHQ has had access to PRISM since at least June 2010,having generated 197 intelligence reports from it last year. Access to the information has allowed the British
electronic eavesdropping and security agency to bypass the formal legal process required to obtain such information from a non-UK-based company.
Throughout PRISMs seven-year existence, operatives at the NSA and FBI have collected email, video and voice chat, videos, photos, voice-over-IP (Skype) chats, file transfers and social networking details, with the ostensible purpose of thwarting terror attacks.
In a statement to the Guardian, the GCHQ insisted it "takes its obligations under the law very seriously."Apple, Google, Yahoo, Microsoft and Facebook have all publically disavowed knowledge of PRISM or any cooperation with the program.
GCHQ was further provided access to so-called telephony metadata
culled from the telephone records of
millions of US customers of Verizon one of the largest telecommunication companies in the United States current
and former US intelligence officials familiar with the operation told the Daily Beast.
EU arms embargo ends on Syria rebels
Union foreign ministers have said they will not renew an arms embargo on the
due to expire on Saturday. The decision came after lengthy talks among divided ministers in Brussels.Russia said it would "directly harm" the prospects of an international peace conference on Syria. Moscow, which has been trying with the US to organise the conference for next month, was disappointed with the EU move.
More Suspects found in the machete attack on British soldier
Two more suspects have been arrested in the murder of the British Soldier in Woolwich south London. The British soldier was killed by two men who wielded machetes and knives in broad daylight in front of shocked on lookers. They were later shot by police and taken to hospital where they are said to be in stable condition and under 24 hour supervision.
Mid west Tornadoes
A string of tornados have ripped through Oklahoma killing more than 90 people(at least 20 were children) and injuring many.
Problems within the Tory party over staying in the EU
David Cameron has express himself towards senior Conservatives who want to leave the European Union, accusing them of "throwing in the towel".
The Tory party has been having difference within their party and with David Cameron over staying in the EU for a while now as some want an in or out Referendum (Seventy MPs have now backed calls for a vote on an EU referendum on Wednesday).They have signed an amendment to the motion welcoming the Queen's Speech, in which they express "regret" about the absence of legislation paving the way for a referendum on the UK's membership of the EU. But it seems that the Commons amendment is highly unlikely to be passed, because Labour, the Lib Dems and many Conservatives will vote against it or abstain.
common knowlegde that a considerable amount of people (including many EU residents
who came to the UK in 2003 and earlier) have express there urgency for Britian
to leave the EU.
Boston bomber caught
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev who was one of the two men suspected of the bomb attacks has be caught and is in custody after being found hiding in a boat in a homeowner's backyard.
Boston bombers Suspects shoot-out
U.S police officers got into a gun battle with two men who are main supects into the Boston bombings. Two brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev were said to have a small arsenal of weapons which includes pipe bombs, grenades and improvised explosive devices.
Bomb Explosion in Boston
bombs were detonated in Boston during the Marathon on sunday 15th which killed
at least 3 people and left many people injured. No individual or terrorist
groups has claimed to detonating the bombs but President Obama said 'Make
no mistake, we will get to the bottom of this.'
And 'All American people stand with the people of Boston.' The FBI said it was leading a 'potential terrorism investigation' by the city's joint terrorism taskforce into the two bomb explosions.
Samsung's New S4 phone
launched the new S4 phone in New york on thursday the 14th of March and has
raised the heat on the Sumsung vs iphone
Pistorius granted bail
The Blade Runner Oscar Pistorius has been granted bail, after a week in custody facing the charged of the murder of his girlfriend.
Meteor in Russia
After the meteor hit Russia President Putin has ordered a big operation to help the people who were injured, thankfully there were no serious Injuries.
President Obama public inaugurated
President Barack Obama is to be publically sworn in for his second term today Monday 21th January 2013.
Many parts of Engand has been snowed in and the snowy weather may last till the end of the week!
New Years Resolutions
2013 is here and every body is making new years resolutions there is a good feel factor in the air! Fresh new start and fresh new beginnings :)
Merry Christmas and happy New Years
MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!! FROM ALL OF US WE ARE WISHING YOU ALL HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!
Kate Middleton Pregnancy
Kate Middleton is pregnant and the question on every body's lips is, will it be a boy or a girl?
With the new windows tablets, ultrabooks and ipad mini being released which will be number 1 must have buy for christmas and where does this leave the samsungs galaxy in the new age of tablet tech?
Palestine has been upgraded with new UN status
has been voted as a non-Member observer state.
The assembly voted 138-9 in favour, with 41 nations abstaining.
Call of Duty Black Ops 2
Call of Duty Black Ops 2 has just been release and has broken worldwide sales. The game even had people lining up outside video game stores for hours just to purchase the item.
2012 US Presidential Election Results
President Obama has won the 2012 USA presidential election and secured 4 more years in the White House!!
US Election 2012
The 2012 USA election is moments away! Its has been all over the news World wide and has been the talk of the town Obama vs Romney who will win??
Playstation3 has released Its new slimmer models
Sony has released two cheaper slim versions of the PS3, one is flexing a 500gb hard drive and the other has a 12gb flash drive memory both are in stores now.
Apples iphone 5 smashes sales as it sold 5 million units its first weekend three days after its launch!! Sales figures are set to grow exponentially in the next coming weeks.
Olympic Victory Parade
The public will get a chance to see and cheer on the athletes of the London 2012 Olympic games today (10th september) at the Victory Parade. It will start from 1.25pm at in Mansion House, London but viewers can also see it in Trafalgar Square on the big screen.
Paralympic closing ceremony
The London paralympic games has been an amazing event to watch and ends in a marvalous visual display.
The Paralympic games has started and truly has inspired a generation!! Click this link for more info on the games.
Europes biggest Street party kicks off with a blast!!
Olympic closing ceremony
The Olympic games ends in a spectacular finish! You can watch the ceremony on this link.
Olympic SuperSaturday( The British Olympic Gold Rush! )
"The Golden Six" Wows the crowd as Britain cleans up the Gold in the Olympic games on Saturday! The 4th Auguest will be a joyous day to remember and will go down in history, especially three of the medals which were won within one hour! We have Nickname the three as: "Grafter"Greg Rutherford, "Magical" Mo Farah and Jess "finesse" Ennis.
The London 2012 games has started in a magnificent display in Stratford at the Olympic Stadium click this link to see.
One more day to go to the biggest event in the world!!! Click here to find out more about the big day which commences on: 27/7/12.
Queen's Diamond Jubilee tour comes to an end
The Queen 's has ended her grand diamond jubilee tour in a vist to the Isle of Wight.
The Olympic torch has finally arrive in London and Hackney enjoys a street party.
2012 Wimbledon Tennis Championships will commence from the 25th of june to 8th july the details are on the official website . You can also buy tickets here to go to Wimbledon and watch the tennis games live.
The Olympic games are almost amongst us! Click here for the Official Website to watch the torch relay and to see the count down to the big day.
The Queens Jubliee celebrations starts from The 2nd -5th of June. There will be lots of events and street parties check out this link here for more details.
Russia orders military exercise on Ukraine border after operation on separatists
Russia has announced new military exercises in Russia's south and west in reaction to the mounting unrest in eastern Ukraine. Ukrainian troops have moved against pro-Russia militants in eastern Ukraine, killing at least two in clashes at checkpoints.
Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said Moscow had been "forced to react" after Ukrainian commandos moved on the separatist stronghold of Sloviansk. President Vladimir Putin had earlier warned Ukraine of "consequences". Pro-Russian separatists are occupying key buildings in a dozen eastern towns, defying the central government.
The Boxer Hurricane Carter has passed away
imprisoned US boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, whose racially tinged
wrongful murder conviction made him a symbol of injustice and a pop culture
died on Sunday at the age of 76. Carter, who was convicted twice and imprisoned for 19 years before he was exonerated in 1985, died on Sunday at his home in Toronto,
the Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted (AIDWYC) confirmed. From 1993 to 2005, Carter served as the executive director of the Canadian organization, which
said it was "deeply saddened" by the death of "a truly courageous man who fought tirelessly to free others who had suffered the same fate."US and Canadian media reported that Carter had been battling prostate cancer.
R.I.P Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, so strong you fought the good fight and fought to the end, you will be missed!!
Happy Easter everybody!!
Wishing all of you a Happy Easter!!
Food banks see 'shocking' rise in number of users dispite govenment stating that unemployment is down and wage rises are matching inflation
down and after nearly six years of falling wages, rises in weekly earnings
have finally caught up with inflation but the number of adults and children
using food banks has exceeded 900,000 for the first time according to new research. The Trussell Trust said that 913,000 people received at least three-days' emergency
help over the past twelve months.
(The Trussell Trust also said they now had more than 400 food banks across the UK with a further two opening every week).
Researchers claimed the 162 per cent jump in people seeking assistance is due to rising living costs combined with low pay and problems over welfare payments.
Bones from a human skeleton found after workmen dug up a driveway on ancient Saxon burial site
Human bones have been discovered buried under a suburban driveway, police have said. The skeletal remains, including what are believed to be part of a skull and femur, were found by workmen on a job in Purley, near Croydon in south London,the Metropolitan Police said. They made the find in Riddlesdown Road yesterday and after they were confirmed as being human the bones were sent to anthropologists to determine how old they are.
Man dies after compeating in London 2014 Marathon
A man who collapsed at the finish line of the London Marathon has died, organisers say. The 42-year-old received medical attention immediately after completing Sunday's race but died in hospital. A Virgin Money spokeswoman said:"The organisers of the Virgin Money London Marathon would like to express their sincere condolences to the family and friends of the deceased.
About 36,000 people took part in the event - the 34th London Marathon. Wilson Kipsang from Kenya won the event in a new course record,while Kenya's Edna Kiplagat won the women's elite race.
Double Olympic champion Mo Farah, who was running his first competitive marathon, finished in eighth place.
pro-Russian activists have attacked another official building in east Ukraine, ignoring a deadline to leave or face eviction by Ukrainian forces.
Ukraine's interim president hit out at "aggression" from Russia, but signalled support for a national referendum.
Co-op Bank Apologises and reports of £1.3bn losses
The Co-operative Bank has confirmed it made a loss of £1.3bn for 2013. The losses, in line with expectations, come after the bank's failed bid to buy 632 branches from Lloyds Bank last year. The deal collapsed after the discovery of a £1.5bn black hole in the Co-op Bank's balance sheet. Parent company the Co-operative Group lost control of the bank to US hedge funds that led a bank rescue in December.
Peaches Geldof dies at 25
Peaches Geldof, daughter of musician Bob Geldof and the late Paula Yates, died at the age of 25 - leaving a husband and two sons. Gone too soon, RIP Peaches Geldof you will be missed!!
Saharan red dust on cars across the UK
Britons woke up this to find their homes and cars covered in dust from the Sahara Desert. Unusual atmospheric conditions have blown up a sandstorm from Africa - and a thin layer of dust was seen in areas of southern England including Cornwall and Greater London.
Thousands of people queued for only 40 jobs at Aldi
More than 1,000 Job seekers queued for three hours to interview for just 40 jobs at supermarket chain Aldi. Interviews for the stock and store assistant positions were scheduled to start at 1pm, but jobseekers started queuing at 10am. By noon around 1,500 people had joined to wait for a mini interview and the chance to hand in their CV. The interviews, held at Aldi in Bridgnorth in Shropshire on Friday, had to be started 20 minutes early because of the demand.
A teenager, who took 1,500th place in the queue, said: "I knew it started at 1pm so I wanted to get here early, but I didn't expect there to be that many people.
239 missing Malaysian Airlines Families
of 239 missing Malaysian Airlines passengers anxiously await news on debris
found 1,500 miles off the coast of Perth.Relatives of passengers are huddled
at a hotel awaiting news they said they did not want to comment until there
was more solid information. Paramedics entered hotel's ballroom which has
become a meeting point. Father of passenger: 'Nothing is definite. My son
is still alive'Could take up to 48 hours for the ships to reach the search
Mo Farah 'feeling good' after New York half-marathon collapse
Olympic champion Mo Farah admitted he had been "seeing stars" before collapsing shortly after crossing the finishing line in an incident-packed New York City half-marathon on Sunday.Farah recovered from a painful fall in the 28th minute of the race to finish second to Kenya's Geoffrey Mutai, but then passed out in the finishing area before being taken away in a wheelchair."I do remember sort of passing out," Farah told reporters at a post-race press conference.
Australia leads southern efforts for the search of the missing plane
will take control of the "southern vector" search for the missing
Malaysian plane, its PM says, as a multinational effort continues. Malaysian
officials say the plane
was intentionally diverted and could have flown on either a northern or southern arc from its last known position. More than 20 nations have been asked to help search
for flight MH370, and evaluate radar and satellite data. There has also been scrutiny of the last communication from the plane.
Bob Crow, leader of the RMT, dies
Bob Crow, who led the tube and railway workers union since 2002 and oversaw a series of strikes over pay and conditions, has died aged 52. In a brief statement, the RMT said: "It is with the deepest regret that RMT has to confirm that our general secretary Bob Crow sadly passed away in the early hours of this morning." Early reports suggest that he died at Whipps Cross hospital in Leytonstone, east London, after suffering an aneurysm and a heart attack.
Ukraine Crimea vote 'will not be recognised'
interim prime minister has warned the Crimean parliament "no-one in the
civilised world" will recognise its referendum on joining Russia. Arseniy
Yatsenyuk and others in the Kiev government have called the vote "unconstitutional"
and "illegitimate". But the referendum has the support of the Russian
parliament. The speaker of the upper house said if the Crimean people vote
on 16 March to join Russia then they would "unquestionably back this
choice". The decision by Crimean MPs to seek to join the Russian Federation
comes amid international tensions over the presence of pro-Russian troops
in the southern Ukrainian peninsula.
Ukraine crisis dubbed as'the Worst crisis in Europe in the 21st Century
Hague,said that the current situation in Ukraine is the "biggest crisis
in Europe in the 21st Century" and warned that "the world cannot
this to happen". Speaking to the BBC Radio 4 Today programme, Mr Hague said that further diplomatic measures could be taken against Russia in the coming days. "If Russia continues on this course we have to be clear this is not an acceptable way to conduct international relations," he said. "As President Obama and the Prime Minister have said, there will be significant costs to that. That is something that Russia have to recognise."
He added: "Russia has certainly taken operational control of the Crimea...they have in effect taken control of the Crimea."China and Russia are in broad agreement on the situation in Ukraine, the Russian foreign ministry has claimed.
Sergei Lavrov, the foreign minister, and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi discussed the situation and noted "broadly coinciding points of view of Russia and China over the situation that has developed in the country and around it," the ministry said in a statement.
The top diplomats "agreed to continue close contacts on this topic," the statement said. Russia appeared keen to stress that it has a major international ally on its military intervention in Ukraine after the other members of the G8 on Sunday released a statement condemning Russia for violating international law and suspending their participation in a G8 summit set to be held in Sochi in June. (China is not a member of the G8).
Angela Merkel will disappoint Britain on EU reform but pleads with Britain to remain in the EU
Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, has warned David Cameron and other Conservatives that she will not pave the way for "a fundamental reform" of the EU in response to British demands for change. In a speech to both Houses of Parliament, Mrs Merkel warned that while she will work to help keep Britain in the EU, there are limits to how far Germany will go in changing EU rules.
warning of "disappointment" may come as a blow to Mr Cameron, but
Mrs Merkel did hint at some backing for British attempts to change controversial
EU freedom of
Michael Adebolajo Jailed for life and Michael Adebowale for 45 years
Adebolajo, 29, was given a whole-life term, while Michael Adebowale, 22, was
jailed for life with a minimum of 45 years - meaning he could be back on the
streets by the age of 67. The British-born extremists mowed down Fusilier Rigby in a car before hacking him to death in the street in front of horrified onlookers
near Woolwich Barracks in south-east London in May last year. They were not present to hear their own sentences after a scuffle broke out in the dock with guards. After Adebolajo and Adebowale shouted Allahu akbar'and declared that you (Britain) and America will never be safe, they were taken down to cells in the courtroom. Police sitting with the family of Fusilier Rigby in court stood in front of the dock to prevent them from seeing the distressing scenes.
Co-op to report worst results in history
The Co-op Group's losses for 2013 are expected to be greater than £2bn, by far the worst in its history, when they are announced on 26 March. Euan Sutherland, will tell members of the Co-op's regional boards on Saturday that its substantial farming operation, which includes 15 farms, will be sold.
Facebook buys Whatsapp
has bought messaging app WhatsApp in a deal worth a total of $19bn (£11.4bn)
in cash and shares. WhatsApp has more than 450 million monthly users and is
popular with people looking to avoid text messaging charges. When announcing
the deal, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg described WhatsApp's services as
"incredibly valuable".WhatsApp allows users to send messages over
internet connections, avoiding text messaging fees. The company claims it
is currently registering one million
new users a day. It makes money by charging users a subscription fee of $1 per year, although it offers a free model as well.
buy out deal includes $4bn in cash and approximately $12bn-worth of Facebook
shares, plus an additional $3bn in stock to WhatsApp's founders and employees
at a later date.
Updates from Ukraine: Oleksandr Turchynov voted in as interim president
Turchynov takes charge following the dismissal of President Viktor Yanukovych on Saturday. Mr Turchynov told MPs they had until Tuesday to form a new unity government. Parliament also voted to seize Mr Yanukovych's luxury estate near Kiev, which protesters entered on Saturday.
The whereabouts of Mr Yanukovych, who described parliament's decision to vote him out as a coup, remain unclear.
Thousands of opposition supporters remain in Independence Square. Opposition leader Vitaly Klitschko: "Protesters should stay in square." Late on Saturday, former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, freed from detention in the eastern city of Kharkiv after a vote in parliament, urged opposition supporters in Independence Square to continue protesting. Her release was one of the conditions of the EU-Ukraine trade pact that President Yanukovych rejected last year - triggering the protests that led to the current crisis.
At least 22 people have died in renewed clashes between protesters and police in central Kiev after a truce agreed on Wednesday broke down, eyewitnesses say.Witnesses reported live rounds, petrol bombs and water cannon at the main protest site, Independence Square. A meeting between EU foreign ministers and President Viktor Yanukovych is now under way, officials say, contradicting earlier reports that the ministers had flown out without seeing him (The EU will discuss sanctions later).
Scottish independence: 'Yes' vote means leaving the £ pound
George Osborne has categorically ruled out any future UK government joining a currency union with an independent Scotland, leaving Alex Salmond's plans to share the pound in tatters. The Chancellor used a speech in Edinburgh to say: "If Scotland walks away from the UK, it walks away from the pound."Mr Osborne said that Ed Balls, the shadow chancellor, and Danny Alexander, the chief secretary to the Treasry, both agreed a currency union could not work. Mr Osborne said that means whatever the makeup of a future UK Government, the answer to Mr Salmond's desire to formally keep the pound after independence would be no.
Parliament had spoken to ban smoking in car
The UK government will make it a criminal offence to smoke in cars in England when children are passengers is whats beening said. MPs voted in favour of an amendment to the Children and Families Bill, which empowers, but does not compel, ministers to bring in a ban in England. The vote - passed by 376 votes to 107 - also gave the Welsh government the power to bring in a ban in Wales. Welsh ministers must now decide if they want to make smoking in cars carrying children illegal in Wales.
UK floods: Experts say there maybe more flood expected
More severe weather is expected to hit flood-stricken parts of the UK later, as the prime minister continues a tour of the worst-affected areas.Fourteen severe flood warnings are in place in Berkshire and Surrey, while two remain in Somerset. The Met Office has issued four yellow warnings - meaning "be aware" - for rain, ice and snow for parts of the UK.
London Underground tube strike continues
Thousands of Tube passengers have endured delays because of strike action over planned job cuts and ticket office closures. The first of two planned 48-hour strikes by the RMT and TSSA unions means there is a limited Tube service until Friday morning. Unions have said they will take part in talks on Friday aimed at resolving the dispute. But London Underground urged them to meet earlier and suspend the strike. Transport for London (TfL) said nine of the 11 lines were running and nearly 75% of stations were open. Word of advise to commuters is to take care and take adequate precautions in the build up of traffic and over filled busses due to the strikes.
Philip Seymour Hoffman found dead of suspected heroin overdose
Oscar winning actor, 46, found dead in his Manhattan apartment according to law enforcement officials According to law enforcement, the American actor and father of three was found on the bathroom floor of apartment 4D in his $10,000 a month West Village apartment Sunday morning wearing only shorts and t-shirt with a hypodermic needle sticking out of his left arm surrounded by empty bags of heroin.
Tributes are pouring in following his passing, Robert De Niro was among many fellow actors expressing their sorrow, describing him as "a wonderful actor".
Jude Law tells Old bailey about media getting an unhealthy amount of information about his life
Actor Jude Law has told the phone-hacking trial at the Old Bailey that the media seemed to have "an unhealthy amount of information" about his life.He also said photographers would turn up at places where he had secretly arranged to take his children. The News of the World paid a relative to leak information, jurors also heard. Former News of the World editors Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson are on trial accused of conspiring to hack mobile phones, charges they deny. There are seven defendants in total, with some of them facing allegations of illegal payments to public officials and, separately, allegations of attempts to hide potential evidence. All seven deny the charges against them.
George Osborne warns UK may leave EU if there is no reform
George Osborne warns UK may leave EU if there is no reform Chancellor suggests if the UK was unable to secure support for reform from all EU states, it was ready to press ahead with a smaller group of like-minded countries under what he termed ''enhanced co-operation''The chancellor said it was essential to "protect the collective interests of non-eurozone member states" while the rest of the EU forged stronger links. Without such reform, the UK might "face a choice between joining the euro or leaving" the EU, he said. The 28-member group also had to do more to ensure economic competitiveness with rivals like India and China, he added. Labour said David Cameron's "weakness" regarding his party was preventing reform, while the UK Independence Party said the prime minister had repeatedly "caved in" to Brussels The chancellor said it was essential to "protect the collective interests of non-eurozone member states" while the rest of the EU forged stronger links. Without such reform, the UK might "face a choice between joining the euro or leaving" the EU, he said.The 28-member group also had to do more to ensure economic competitiveness with rivals like India and China, he added. Labour said David Cameron's "weakness" regarding his party was preventing reform, while the UK Independence Party said the prime minister had repeatedly "caved in" to Brussels.
Francois Hollande affair
Francois Hollande has admitted that he is going through a "painful time" in his personal life as he faces allegations of an affair with a French actress. The French president was speaking for the first time since the publication of tabloid photographs in a French gossip magazine said to show him spending a night with Julie Gayet. Mr Hollande declined an opportunity to confirm whether his partner Valerie Trierweiler was still the first lady of France, when asked directly by a journalist. He said: "Each of us on our personal lives can go through difficult periods and that's our case ... this is a painful time. "But private matters should be dealt with privately and this is neither the time nor the place to do so."He said that he would clarify the situation before a visit to the US in February.
Bill Roache trial told of sex assault at Coronation Street studios
Woman alleges she was led to men's toilets and forced to perform sex act during studio visit at age of 14 A woman has told a jury how the Coronation Street actor Bill Roache sexually assaulted her in the men's toilet at the soap opera's studios in 1965. The alleged victim, now 63, is one of five women who accuse Roache of sex crimes in the 1960s and early 70s. She told Preston crown court on Wednesday that she met the actor when she visited the Granada Studios set in Manchester as a 14-year-old in 1965. After forcing her to masturbate him, Roache asked for her address and wrote her a letter asking her to write back "when you start school again".
Mark Duggan vigil
About 100 people have gathered outside Tottenham Police Station to take part in a vigil for Mark Duggan.
for justice) The
Duggan family's wish for the vigil to be held in a "dignified and peaceful
manner". Following the jury's conclusion, Ms Duggan said on Thursday:
"We will have to fight this and go through the struggle peacefully to
"We will want answers. So it is like the struggle will go on, peacefully."
Mark Duggan verdict 'fury
The inquest verdict that Mark Duggan, whose shooting by police in August 2011 sparked riots across England, was killed lawfully dominates the morning's papers.
The jury said the father-of-six was lawfully shot by a police marksman, who stopped the taxi in which he was travelling in north London, in August 2011, by an 8-2 majority. The 29-year-old was being followed by officers who believed he planned to pick up a gun from another man, Kevin Hutchinson-Foster, and then move on to Broadwater Farm, also in Tottenham. Today jurors at the Royal Courts of Justice concluded that he had been lawfully killed by police. They decided that he did have a gun but it was not in his hand when he was shot. There were emotional outbursts at the court when the conclusion was given, with Mr Duggan's brother shouting after the jurors as they left court, saying "f**k them".Other supporters shouted "murderers" while another was heard to say "A black life ain't worth nothing."
James Avery from the show The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air has passed away
James Avery, who played Uncle Phil on the 90s hit series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, died on New Years Eve in Glendale, California at the age of 68. RIP James Avery you will be deeply missed!!
Electricity company to compensate for Christmas storm power-cut
UK Power Networks said their hearts go out to customers who have been hit by power cuts and pledged to increase payouts as a goodwill gesture. Matt Rudling, director of customer services, said: This is such a difficult time of year for people to be without power and so many families have also been flooded out of their homes. The company, which owns electricity lines and cables in London, the south-east and east of England, said that last night 1,132 properties in Kent,more than 225 in Surrey and nearly 400 in Sussex were still without power. A spokesman for UK Power Networks added: As a gesture of goodwill UK Power Networks has decided to boost the industry standard payment from £27 to £75 for customers who are without power for 48-60 hours including Christmas Day, and additional payments will be made to any customers off supply for longer up to a maximum of £432.
British Airways Plane Crashes In Johannesburg
A British Airways plane has crashed into a building at Johannesburg Airport in South Africa. The aircraft, carrying 182 passengers, sliced its wing through the building while taxiing on the runway, BA confirmed. the airline said (via twitter): "One of our aircraft was damaged whilst taxiing at JNB airport. All 182 passengers disembarked safely with no injuries onboard."
The Great Train Robber Ronnie Biggs dies at 84
Ronnie Biggs became infamous after going on the run from police, all over the world, for more than 30 years after him and his gang robbed and stole millions of pounds in train heist.
Nelson Mandela lies in state in Pretoria
Mandela body will lie in state for three days. His coffin, draped in the South
African flag, was taken in procession from a hospital mortuary to the Union
Buildings, where family members, politicians and members of the public paid
GP Failings Exposed As Maggots Found In Surgery
have uncovered a catalogue of failings at GP surgeries - including one with
rooms so dirty it had maggots on the floor. The Care Quality Commission (CQC)
health regulator carried out inspections at 1,000 practices across England,
and found examples of "very poor care" that put patients at risk.
Tulisa cocaine charge
Tulisa Contostavlos was charged with involvement in supplying Class A drugs. She was caught giving cocaine to an undercover reporter. She denies the offence.
Telephone glitch delayed hundreds in UK Airports
An air traffic control telephone glitch which delayed hundreds of flights and left passengers stranded is expected to continue into the evening.Thousands of passengers faced cancellations and long waits after the National Air Traffic Service (Nats) internal phone system broke down. Disruption of Sunday's flights is "inevitable", Nats said, even if the problem is rectified later. Affected airports include Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Cardiff and Glasgow.
Nigella Lawson in Court
Lawson accuses ex-husband of threatening to destroy her as she gives evidence in trial of former personal assistants.
Nigella claimed Charles Saatchi threatened to destroy Nigella Lawson and menaced her with allegations of drug use as their marriage disintegrated, the 53-year-old TV chef told a jury at Isleworth crown court on Wednesday.
Glasgow helicopter crash eight people died and 'Multiple injuries'at Clutha pub
police helicopter crashed into a busy pub on the banks of the River Clyde
in Glasgow. It happened at The Clutha in Stockwell Street at 22:25 on Friday.
Police in Scotland say there were three people on board the helicopter - two
a civilian pilot.
Eight people are confirmed dead from the accident and its feared that the death toll could rise when emergency services raise the wrecked aircraft from the shell of the Clutha bar but police were not discounting the possibility that some people inside could still be alive, insisting that a rescue operation was still under way, although the chances appeared slim.
50th anniversary of John F Kennedy's assassination
All around the world people are remembering and showing respect for John F Kennedy 50th anniversary it was a singularly dark turning point in the nation's history, one that many still remember vividly.
Fierce Tornadoes hit US Midwest
Powerful tornadoes with winds of up to 111km/h have swept through the US Midwest, destroying buildings and overturning vehicles in the states of Illinois,Indiana and Kentucky.At least six people were killed, all in Illinois, and it is feared that several hundred people may have been injured in the fast-moving storms. A number of people are feared trapped inside buildings. Forecasters said people in 10 states had been at risk and hailstones the size of tennis balls have been reported.
Portsmouth shipyard closes and BAE cuts 1,775 jobs
Systems is to cut 1,775 jobs at its yards in Scotland and England and end
shipbuilding altogether at Portsmouth.In addition, the firm will end an 800-year-old
tradition of shipbuilding at Portsmouth with 940 jobs to go there by the second
half of 2014, reducing the 1,200 workforce to just 260.A further 835 are going
to go at Scotstoun and Govan
shipyards in Glasgow, Rosyth, and Filton, near Bristol. Gerald Vernon-Jackson, leader of Portsmouth Council, said: "I condemn the decision to shut down the last remaining
shipyard in England with the capability to build advanced surface warships.
"This decision is bad for Portsmouth, with the loss of many highly skilled jobs, but it's also bad for the defence of the UK and for the Royal Navy.
Russell Brand gives a heated but passionate interview on why he does not vote
Click here to see the Russell Brands interview with BBC's Jeremy Paxman.
Tornado in Hampshire
Homes have been damaged by a tornado on Hayling Island in Hampshire. Heavy rain and wind hit the island at around 8am Sunday morning, causing roof damage to almost 100 houses. Eyewitness Marcus Hunt said: "My wife and I watched a swirl of sea water and rain come across the sea and hit land in front of our house on Hayling seafront.
"The sky was extremely black and there were lots of squalls and then the tornado whipped up. It must have been 30ft to 40ft across. We saw it pick lots of spray and shingle off the beach."
US Government re-opens
The US Congress has passed a bill to reopen the government and raise the federal debt limit, with hours to spare before the nation risked default.
CU.S. House of Representatives Wednesday night approved a deal to raise the debt ceiling and reopen the federal government, clearing final hurdle of the legislation in the Congress. The House voted 285-144 in favor of the bill, which funds the government through Jan. 15 and raises the debt ceiling until Feb.7. The Senate overwhelmingly approved the deal earlier Wednesday night. Speaking shortly after the Senate vote, U.S. President Barack Obama said he would sign the bill as soon as it comes to his desk and the process of reopening government would then begin "immediately."
The bill ended weeks of tension and stalemate between the two parties which lurched the federal government into the first partial shutdown in 17 years and pushed the country to the brink of a historic default.
The Congress defused the risks one day before the deadline set by the U.S. Treasury. The short-term bill provided a temporary fix to the fiscal issues but would not resolve the fundamental divide between Democrats and Republicans. It also raised the possibility of another battle early next year when the government runs out of funds and Treasury's borrowing authority ends again.
UK European immigration out of control
An EU study has found 600,000 unemployed migrants are living in Britain - a 42 per cent rise (The number of EU migrants coming to Britain without a job increased by 73 per cent in the three years to 2011)
More than 600,000 unemployed European Union migrants are living in Britain at a cost of £1.5 billion to the NHS alone, according to an EU report. The authoritative study, obtained by The Sunday Telegraph, shows the number of jobless European migrants coming to Britain has risen dramatically in the past five years, intensifying demands for the Government to renegotiate EU membership. Opponents of the EU seized on the figures to suggest Britain could not afford to allow European migrants to come here at will while continuing to provide a universal benefits system. Here are a few details of 291-page report, to be published this week by the European commissioner in charge of employment and welfare:
The number of non-active EU migrants in Britain has risen by 42
per cent between 2006 and 2012
611,779 non-active EU migrants were living in Britain last year, up from 431,687 just six years ago. The total is equivalent to the population of Glasgow
The number of EU migrants coming to Britain without a job increased by 73 per cent in the three years to 2011.
David Cameron states under 25 will not be allowed to claim benefits under his party
Under-25s would not be able to claim benefits under all-Conservative government, says David Cameron which was later backed byNick Clegg. This controversial statment made by Cameron has not gone down too well with alot of people in the UK were jobs have become more scarce and tution fee's ridiculously high.
Nigeria adds more security to school after deadly attack
in Nigeria say there was no security protection at an agricultural college
where up to 50 students were shot dead as they slept on Sunday. Students were
killed by suspected Islamist gunmen [Boko Haram] in their dormitory in Yobe
north-eastern Nigeria. Boko Haram is a terrorist group fighting to overthrow Nigeria's government to create an Islamic state, and has launched a number of attacks on schools.
The United States and Russia in agreement
The United States and Russia agreed a draft UN Security Council resolution on destroying Syria's chemical weapons, breaking a prolonged deadlock over the country's conflict.The 15-member council held its first talks on the text late thursday and a vote could be held on friday, diplomats said.If agreed, the resolution would be the first passed by the panel on Syria since the conflict (which the UN says has killed more than 100,000 people) started in March 2011.
Kenyan mall terrorists defeated
Four days after al Shabaab gunmen invaded the busy Westgate shopping centre, Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta announced that 11 suspects are in custody and five of the attackers are dead. Mr Kenyatta has declared the end of a bloody siege by Islamist militants at Nairobi's Westgate shopping centre. He said in a TV address to the nation that Kenya has "shamed and defeated our attackers" but the "losses are immense".
Kenyan shopping mall hostage situation
News just in!!
There has been more fire and more gun battles in the Westgate shopping mall as security forces engague the terriorists.
(We have just recived this picture from our Kenyan correspondents showing the smoking coming from fire inside the mall)
Al-Shabaab, the Al-Qaeda-linked Islamist group took dozens of people hostage, among them foreigners, after seizing the Westgate shopping mall in the Kenyan capital Nairobi on Saturday, killing at least 68 people (3 of whom were british).
The national police said the Attackers of Westgate shopping mall have been isolated and pinned down in a room by security forces in the ongoing operation.
Syria will hand over its chemical weapons, says Bashar al-Assad
Bashar al-Assad has said he is committed to a plan to destroy his country's chemical weapons but warned it could take about a year. Mr al-Assad had also made a comment on how he would place Syria's chemical weapons under international control in line with a proposal from Russia.
George Zimmerman violent domestic disturbance
George Zimmerman, the man acquitted in the shooting and murdering of Trayvon Martin, was questioned by the police on Monday after his wife, Shellie, reported that he had punched her father, smashed her ipad and threatened them with a gun. Mr Zimmerman who shot dead a teenager, who was unarmed and walking at night toward his father's house has been said to been feeling invincible after his acquittal of the murder trial.
John Kerry arrives in London for talks of Syria
American secretary of state John Kerry arrived in Britain last night to have talks about Syria. The US secretary of state has warned that if there was no armed intervention Syria would use its chemical weapons again Kerry said that the Syrian crisis requires a political solution.
is no military solution. But a resolution to this can only come about if all
parties are prepared to come together to negotiate. "If one party believes he can rub out one group of people with weapons which have been banned for years he will never come to negotiate". Their meeting comes as the US tries to gather support or military strikes.
Nelson Mandela spends first night at home
Mandela has spent his first night in almost three months at his home in Johannesburg
after being discharged from
hospital in Pretoria.
David Cameron loses Commons vote on Military Action in Syria
MPs have voted to reject possible UK military action against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government to deter the use of chemical weapons. The vote was narrowly rejected by 272 votes to 285. David Cameron immediately said: "I strongly believe in the need for a tough response to the use of chemical weapons but I also believe in respecting the will of this House of Commons."It is clear to me the British Parliament does not want to see British military action. I get that and the Government will act accordingly."
Criss in Syria
Wests threatened bomb attack against Syria brought tensions to a head
today as UN inspectors were shot at hunting for signs of a chemical weapons
attack. PM David Cameron faced flak from MPs at home and internationally from
Bashar al Assads regime and its allies over any decision to take military
action. And there were signs of panic in Israel as people bought gas masks
fearing they might become reprisal targets for Syria following a bombardment
led by the US. After getting the go-ahead to move in, UN experts came under
fire looking for evidence of sarin nerve agent, which killed
1,400 people, hundreds of them children in the Damascus suburb of Mouadamiya last week.
A UN statement said the lead vehicle was deliberately shot at multiple times by unidentified gunmen in a buffer zone between rebel and government territory.The 4x4 was forced back to the UNs hotel in central Damascus and the attack delayed the experts work, meaning they could only visit six of 12 sites on their itinerary.
US warships are in the Middle East, but no orders for deployment have been given.
Owners of killer dogs could face life in prison
owners of dogs that attack and kill someone could face life in prison under
new proposals for England and Wales.The current maximum prison sentence for
allowing a dog that kills or injures someone to be dangerously out of control
is two years. The government has proposed a number of sentencing options for
a fatal dog attack - from seven years to life. But the RSPCA said more needed
to be done.
Since 2005 16 people have been killed by dangerous dogs in the UK, including 14-year-old Jade Anderson, who was attacked by four dogs - two bull mastiffs and two Staffordshire bull terriers.The government warned earlier this year it would introduce new measures to tackle out-of-control dogs by changing the law to ensure irresponsible owners can be prosecuted, regardless of where the dog attacks.
The Royal baby
messages are flooding in from around the world to mark the birth of the Duke
and Duchess of Cambridge's son. Prince William said the couple "could
not be happier" following the birth of the boy, who weighed 8lb 6oz.
people are waiting outside the St Mary's hospital in Paddington aswell as Buckingham palace to catch a glimpse of William and Kate's new baby boy.
Hong Kong celebrates Bruce Lee's life and legacy
world knows him as Bruce Lee, the cool and cocksure Chinese-American martial
artist who unexpectedly burst into global cinematic consciousness in the early
Starting on Saturday, Hong Kong will mark the 40th anniversary of Lee's death by opening a five-year exhibition at the Heritage Museum celebrating the achievements of the city's biggest star.
Nelson Mandela turns 95!
oNelson Mandela spent his 95th birthday in hospital in Pretoria, as events take place around the world and in South Africa in his honour. They say he has made a slight progress. Godspeed!
Actor Cory Monteith has died and test have been taken to find out whats was the cause
Cory Monteith, who played Finn Hudson in Glee died in a Vancouver hotel room on Saturday. He was 31Cory Monteith, who played Finn Hudson in Glee died in a Vancouver hotel room on Saturday. He was 31. Monteith's body was discovered by staffmembers at the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel after he missed his checkout time. Police said the cause of death was not immediately apparent, but they ruled out foul play. The B.C. Coroners Service has completed both an autopsy and toxicology tests on 31-year-old Glee star. Barbara McLintock(Coroner) said toxicology samples will be sent to a provincial lab for testing.
Abu Qatada deported from UK to stand trial in Jordan
cleric Abu Qatada is being held in a high security jail near the Jordanian
capital Amman, after being deported from the UK.Abu Qatada was first arrested
in the UK over alleged terror connections in 2001 and has fought deportation
since 2005.The Palestinian-Jordanian cleric's deportation was finally able
to proceed after the UK and Jordan signed a treaty agreeing that evidence
obtained through torture would not be used against him Home Secretary Theresa
May said she was glad that the
government's determination to remove him had been "vindicated"."This dangerous man has now been removed from our shores to face the courts in his own country," she said.She added that she wanted to streamline such deportation processes in future."We must ensure that delays like this do not last for so long in future and that the system is reformed to make it faster."
"The home secretary's legal advisers will have questions to answer as to why they didn't conceive of this scheme earlier which would have prevented a cost to the taxpayer of £1.7m."
Mohamed Morsi ousted in Egypt
is facing the most critical phase of its post-revolutionary life after Egypt's
army ousted the country's elected president, Mohamed Morsi, and scheduled
Army chief Gen Abdul Fattah al-Sisi announced the move on Wednesday, in what Mr Morsi said was a military coup.Gen Sisi said Mr Morsi, Egypt's first freely elected leader, had "failed to meet the demands of the people". The upheaval comes after days of mass rallies against the Islamist president.Protesters accused Mr Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood of pursuing an Islamist agenda for the country and of failing totackle Egypt's economic problems. US President Barack Obama has said he is "deeply concerned" by the latest turn of events and called for a swift return to civilian rule.
Egypt awaits army statement after deadline passes
are a reports that Egyptian officials have placed an international travel
ban on Mr Morsi and other senior members of the Muslim Brotherhood.When the
deadline set by the army passed, cheers echoed in Cairo's Tahrir Square, where
tens of thousands of protesters had gathered.
The army had earlier held meetings with political and religious leaders to discuss the crisis.But the ruling Freedom and Justice party - the political arm of Mr Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood - stayed away from these talks.Mr Morsi's opponents say he and the Muslim Brotherhood are pushing an Islamist agenda onto Egypt, and that he shouldstand down.
Tenion in Egypt as army deadline for President Morsi comes even closer
are high in Egypt as an army deadline for President Mohammed Morsi to resolve
deadly unrest approaches. Clashes broke out at rival protests across the country
overnight, with at least 16 pro-Morsi protesters killed at a demonstration
at Cairo University.Senior army officials are in crisis talks, after saying
they would shed their blood to defend Egypt against "any terrorist, radical
or fool".Mr Morsi insists he is Egypt's legitimate leader and will not
resign.In a defiant televised speech on Tuesday evening, he too said he would
give his life to defend constitutional legitimacy,
and blamed the unrest on corruption and remnants of the ousted regime of Hosni Mubarak.The army has given a deadline of about 16:30 local time (14:30 GMT) on Wednesday for the crisis to be dealt with.
Nelson Mandela remains in hospital in critical condition
Jacob Zuma says doctors are doing everything to ensure that Nelson Mandela
is comfortable. On Sunday, the presidency announced that Mr Mandela had become
critical, after Mr Zuma visited him in hospital.
We all pray for him.
James Gandolfini better know as Tony Soprano from the show Sopranos has died
Sopranos Star best known for his role as the mob boss (Tony Soprano) in The Sopranos, has died of Heart Attack in Italy at the age of 51. The New Jersey-born star had been in Italy to attend the Taormina film festival in Sicily.
won three Emmy awards for his role as Tony Soprano, a mafia boss juggling
his criminal career and family life.
He will be missed!
Duke of Edinburgh leaves hospital
Prince Philip,who is 92 walked out of the private London Clinic where he had been recovering since his admission on 6 June.
South Africa prays for Nelson Mandela who's in hospital
Africa pray for Nelson Mandela as his condition on Saturday was described
as "serious but
Nelson Mandela, who is 94 had been ill for some days and It is the third time this year he has been admitted to hospital.We all pray and hope he recovers.
Miguel jumps and lands on a fan at the 2013 Billboard Awards
It Has been the talk of the town all over the entertainment sector on how Miguel was soaring through the air and landed on some unfortunate fans at the awards show. As a result many online picture and video edits of the event have been posted. Heres one youtube video we came across. Thanks God everybody was ok and Miguel made it up to one of the fans by bringing her back stage and saying to an interviewer: "Well, I think it's kind of clear what happened, but I'm very happy to bring my new friend, Khyati, we just met. Unfortunately we did not meet under the best circumstances, but I think we're okay.
Boko Haram crisis in Northern Nigeria: militants killed in air raid
least 30 militants have been killed during air raids on their training camps
in north-eastern Nigeria,
States of emergency were declared this week in three north-eastern states hit by Boko Haram's Islamist insurgency.
Chris 'Mac Daddy' Kelly from the group Kris Kross has died
Fans all over the world are mourning the loss of Chris 'Mac Daddy' Kelly from the group Kris Kross who recently pass away. A post-mortem examination is due to be carried out to establish an official cause of death. It was just earlier this year, Kris Kross performed together to celebrate the anniversary of Durpri's label, So So Def.
The London Marathon success
London Marathon was seen a success due to no security threats. At the start
there was 30 seconds of silence in honour of the Boston bombings' victims.
Texas fertilizer plant explosion
12 bodies have been recovered after the explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant.
Margaret Thatcher laid to rest
Margaret Thatcher is being laid to rest following a procession through central London and a service at St. Paul's Cathedral.
North Korea has decleared "state of war" on South Korea
A government statement was broadcasted on a North Korean TV channel declaring it is entering a 'state of war' with South Korea. The South Korean defence ministry swiftly replies saying the threats are "unacceptable" which can harm the peace.
Nelson Mandela in Hospital
Nelson Mandela is in hospital but is said to be making steady progress,responding positively and is in high spirits.
Banks have reopened in Cyprus
After almost two weeks banks have finally reopened in Cyprus but with strict restrictions.
Queen Elizabeth in hospital
Queen Elizabeth is in hospital with a stomach bug. The queen is being assessed at the King Edward VIIs Hospital in London, after experiencing symptoms of gastroenteritis.
Oscar Pistorius Cries in court
The Blade Runner Oscar Pistorius was arrested for shooting his girl friend. As his defence fight against a premeditated murder charge Oscar Pistorius breaks down in tears as he stands in court saying he is not a murder.
Africa Cup of Nations
Nigeria defeat Burkina Faso 1-0 and win the 2013 African cup of nations
Mali wins against Ghana 3-1 for third place
Africa Cup of Nations
Nigeria and Burkina Faso make it to the finals and will face off on Sunday 10 Feb 2013 18:00 and Mali vs Ghana will kick off on Saturday 9 Feb 2013 18:00
Lance Armstrong speaks on Oprah Winfrey's Network
Lance Armstrong has confessed to Oprah Winfrey about taking performance enhancing drugs and is sorry for doping he also states that he would like to perform again in the sport.
London's New years fireworks display
London will be starting off 2013 in style with an amazing firework display at the London Eye and barges on the Thames, click here for details.
Jacintha Saldanha has been laid to rest in India
Jacintha Saldanha was the nurse for Kate Middleton while she was in hospital has been laid to rest in her home town of India. The nurse allegedly committed suicide after two Aussie radio stars gave her a hoax call pretending to be the Queen and Prince Charles. Friends and family paid their respects to the 46-year-old mum-of-two during a ceremony at her home town of Shirva.
Andrew Flintoff boxing debut
Former England cricketer Andrew Flintoff wins his first boxing bout against Richard Dawson.
Lance Armstrong Anti-Doping Scandal
Lance Amstrong will be stripped of his 7 tour de France titles and will be givin a life time ban due to the anti-doping scandal.
Apple vs Austin Martin
In the UK Apple has been voted the cooliest brand in surveys knocking Austin martin from the top spot.
Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony
The Paraympic Opening Ceremony wows the crowd! We were there and heres a few pictures from the night:
Get ready everyone the Paralympics will begin on Aug 29th 2012!!
"Magical" Mo Farah and Usain Bolt both double gold medals winners together doing each others signiture pose (Mo doing the Lightening Strike and Bolt doing the Mo-Bot). Mo Farah won the 10000m and 5000m meter run and Usain bolt won the 100 and 200m.
10 August 2012 U.S.A breaks world record and wins gold in the women's 4x100m relay! Tianna Madison, Allyson Felix, Bianca Knight and Carmelita Jeter flew round the track in a amazing 40.82 seconds to break the record of 41.37 previouly held by East Germany back in 1985.
Andy Murray wins the gold medal mens tennis against Roger Federer just 28 days after losing against Federer in the Wimbledon Finals. Serena Williams win gold in the womens tennis and again with her sister Venus Williams for the womens Doubles.
England has been Knocked out of the Olympic Football by South Korea in Pentalty Shoot-out.
The Olympic Games is in full swing. There is alot of electricity and excitement in the air in the city of London!
The much anticipated Olympic Football kicks off today!
Amir Khan losing to WBC light welterweight champion Danny Garcia in Las vegas.
David Haye defeats Dereck Chisora in the fifth round of an explosive match!
Wimbledon 2012 News
Roger Federer wins the mens tennis finals against Andy Murray. A good game was played by both men!
Serena wins her fifth Wimbledon Women singles title against Agnieszka Radwanska. Andy Murray vs Roger Federer will be on sunday 8th, July.
England's Euro 2012 dreams has been vanquished
England has been knocked out of the euro 2012 tournament by Italy via penalty shoots outs.
Its all going down now England defeats Ukraine 1-0 and will proceed to play against Italy on Sunday 24th June!
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Come and learn Forro!!
:: WEEKLY LESSONS
Every Sunday @ Guanabara: free lessons from 07:30 pm - Guanabara - Parker Street WC2B 5PW, London
Every Monday @ Freud, Oxford: from 07:30 pm - £5 - Freud, 119 Walton St, Oxford OX2 6AH
Every Wednesday @ Etrusco: from 07:00 pm - £5 - Etrusco - Basement/ 1 Hurdwick Place NW1 2JE ( Next to Mornington Crescent Tube) London