Atos quits & ministers considering cuts to ESA
Government has announced that the firm that carries out assessments for disability
claimants Atos is quitting its contract eight months early. Atos has been
under fire over the number of assessments it has made as well as waiting times.
Claimants undergo a Work Capability Assessment when applying for Employment
and Support Allowance, to see how their illness or disability affects their
ability to work.
The Department for Work and Pensions said last summer it had identified "significant quality failures" in the written reports produced by Atos following assessments.
Ministers are considering drastically cutting the main Employment and Support Allowance sickness benefit, internal documents seen by the BBC suggest. New claimants, judged to be capable of work with appropriate support, could be given just 50p more per week than people on job seekers allowance. Current recipients get almost £30 per week more. The Department for Work and Pensions said the ESA proposals were not government policy. The papers reveal that the government has also been forced to hire extra staff to clear the backlog on the benefit.
Nasa's rocket explodes just after lift-off
unmanned Nasa rocket carrying supplies and secret equipment to the International
Space Station has exploded seconds after lift-off from a commercial launch
pad in Virginia. The Orbital Sciences Corp Antares rocket exploded mid-air
just seven seconds after launch at 6.35pm local time on Tuesday. The cause
of the accident was not immediately known, however no injuries were reported.
The rocket was finaced by NASA but made by another company.
EU says UK should pay 1.7 Billion extra because of Britain growing economy
The UK has been told it must pay an extra £1.7bn towards the European Union's budget because the economy has performed better than expected in recent years.
David Cameron was today warned by Tory MPs he must reject an 'illegal' demand from Brussels for the UK to pay the extra £1.7billion because our economy is recovering faster than other member states. And also to add insult to injury, France will receive a £790million rebate because its economy is struggling. Mr Cameron will use the second day of a European Council Summit in Brussels in an attempt to challenge the fee, which represents almost a fifth of Britain's net contribution last year. Countries with additional sums to pay: United Kingdom £1,676m, Netherlands £506m, Italy £268m, Greece £70m, Cyprus £33m.
with rebates: France £801m, Germany £614m, Denmark £253m,
Poland £249m, Austria £232m.
Ukip leader Nigel Farage said: "The EU is like a thirsty vampire feasting on UK taxpayers' blood. We need to protect the innocent victims, who are us"s
Failing to screen & check foreign criminals coming into the UK is costing Britain in a major way
blind spot in the criminal justice system revealed in report disclosing a
catalogue of 'appalling' errors in Home Offices handling of foreign
criminals. Police are failing to check whether seven out of 10 foreign suspects
have criminal records in their native countries. The full extent of the problem,
which experts said was a major blind spot in the criminal justice system,
was revealed in a report disclosing a catalogue of appalling errors
in the Home Offices handling of foreign criminals.
The National Audit Office (NAO) report also revealed that at least 58 serious foreign criminals who pose a high risk to the public have absconded in Britain after being released from prison to await deportation. In all 760 foreign offenders living in the community have gone on the run and of those 395 have been fugitives for at least four years.
Arnis Zalkalns (the main suspect in Alice Gross murder) was a previous convicted murderer in his country of Latvia was not screen when entering the UK. This information did not even come to light when he was arrested for molesting a teenage girl in London five years before Alices disappearance.
Dealing with foreign criminals in Britain costs the taxpayer up to £1 billion a year, including £81 million in legal aid, £148 million in policing and £401 million in prison costs. Measures to keep foreign criminals out of Britain by turning them away at the border even if they are European Union citizens are not being used.
Remnants of Hurricane Gonzalo hits parts of UK
Rain and high winds are causing travel disruption, as the remnants of Hurricane Gonzalo reaches the UK. Gusts of more than 60mph have been recorded in north Wales and north-west England, and a Met Office wind warning is in place for much of the UK. Heathrow said about 10% of Tuesday's flights would be cancelled. Some ferry services are not operating, and there are speed restrictions on some roads. Forecasters said gales would move east across the UK.
Sierra Leone boy lost five memebers of his family to Ebola. Something needs to be done to save countless amount of lives! click here to read more and see the video.
A wonder drug which can have a 92% reduce risk of catching HIV
An HIV 'wonder drug' could be made available on the NHS, in what has been hailed as the most significant breakthrough against the virus in a generation. A landmark trial in England is to be sped up after interim analysis of the the drug Truvada found it to be 'highly protective against HIV'. Campaigners have urged the NHS to offer the medication which has been approved for use in the U.S. since 2012 to vulnerable groups as soon as possible.
Oscar Pistorius "a broken man"
Oscar Pistorius is "a broken man who has lost everything," a defense psychologist testified Monday as the double-amputee Olympian awaited sentencing for killing his girlfriend. The sprinter could receive anything from a suspended sentence and a fine or as many as 15 years in prison after being convicted last month of culpable homicide, or negligent killing. The sentencing hearing, in front of judge Thokozile Masipa, is expected to take up to one week.
UKIP's first elected MP
The UK Independence Party has gained its first elected MP, with Douglas Carswell taking the seat of Clacton by 12,404 votes. Mr Carswell, who defected from the Conservatives, knocked his old party - which enjoyed a 12,068 majority at the 2010 election - into second place. UKIP leader Nigel Farage said he had "shaken up British politics".
Four suspected Islamist terrorists arrested and their mastermind plot foiled
4 suspected Islamist terrorists being questioned following raids in London yesterday were involved in a significant plot. One of the suspects aged 21 was tasered during his arrest but was not injured and did not require medical treatment, Scotland Yard said. Police arrested the men two aged 20 and two aged 21 and were helped at one address by armed officers, although no shots were fired. It is understood at least one of the suspects is believed to have travelled to Syria. The Daily Mail today reported that fanatics returning from Syria were masterminding a beheading or gun attack. A Whitehall source said that officers believe the raids were an early disruption of what could have been a significant plot.
Vince Cable: Conservative Party want to make more obsessed cuts
Business Secretary Vince Cable has said the Conservative Party is "obsessed" with spending cuts, with many public services already "cut to the bone". Mr Cable said the Lib Dems could "categorically not go along with" Conservative proposals for £25bn of further spending cuts.
Prayers for Alan Henning
Prayers have been said at a church service in Salford for Alan Henning, who was killed by Islamic State after a video appearing to show the beheading of the British taxi driver was posted online by the militant group on Friday. Mr Henning, whose family said they were "numb with grief", was delivering aid when he was kidnapped in Syria in 2013.
The Rt Rev David Walker, the Bishop of Manchester, said there will be a later service in Mr Henning's home town would "mark Alan's life" and the good he did. Bishop Walker also invited people to come said "anybody of any faith or none" was welcome at the service, which would allow people to "simply to mark the day, to mark that Alan's life has been brought so tragically to an end".
UK Judges maybe able to vito Euro judges verdicts
may be able to vito verdicts by Euro judges if it does not agree with under
a plan to reinstate the primacy of the UK courts and Parliament.
But will this work or is this just another desperate empty promise made by the Tory party?
Police confirm Body found in river is Alice Gross
Scotland Yard confirmed that the body of the 14-year-old schoolgirl, who went missing on August 28, was the body they found on Tuesday at the River Brent in west London. The parents of Alice Gross said on Wednesday night they were completely devastated.Police in Zalkalnss native country, Latvia, are assisting their British colleagues. In 1998 he was convicted of murdering his wife and dumping her in a shallow grave. He served seven years in jail before coming to Britain, where he worked as a labourer.
DJ Neil Fox "Dr Fox" has been arrested by police investigating claims of sex offences
Dr Fox's arrest came after separate allegations were made by 2 women, the Metropolitan Police said. The 53-year-old was held in Soho, central London, at the studios of Magic FM, where he presents the breakfast show. He was later released on bail.
Changes to car tax disc which you need to know
Changes to the car tax come into effect from Wednesday 1 October. The main change is the death of the tax disc after some 93 years adorning the windscreens of Britain's motorists. But drivers will still be charged car tax or, to give it the proper name, vehicle excise duty. Tax discs are being discontinued because the DVLA now has a digital record of payments and so a paper tax disc is no longer necessary as proof. The number-plate recognition cameras which track each vehicle on the road and send an alert if they spot a motor with no record of having paid the duty.
FBI annoced they have identified 'Jihadi John' the ISIS executioner
The FBI has identified the ISIS executioner who appears in the beheading videos of US journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, and British aid worker John Haines. Agency director James Comey told reporters today that he knew who the militant was but would not be releasing his identity or nationality to the media.
America starts air strikes on ISIS
U.S. and five Arab countries launched dozens of air strikes against ISIS overnight in order to show the terror group that its attacks will not go unanswered, America's top military officer said today. Army General Martin Dempsey said the raids in northern Syria - which employed Tomahawk missiles, B1 bombers, F16, F18 and F22 strike fighters and drones - will have successfully proved to the radical Islamists that even strongholds such as the city of Raqqa do not represent a 'safe haven'. American air power was backed by 'participation or support' from Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, Jordan and the UAE - a coalition of nations that has agreed to assist with the destruction of ISIS. Prime Minister David Cameron will hold talks at the United Nations on what more Britain and other nations can do to support air strikes.
Alex Salmond resigns
Alex Salmond has announced he is to stand down as the leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP) and as Scotland's First Minister after losing the independence vote at the Scottish referendum. He confirmed that he will not accept nomination to be a candidate for leader at the Annual Conference in Perth in November. After the membership ballot, he will stand down as First Minister.Mr Salmond stressed he is not retiring completely from political life and will instead continue to offer to serve as MSP for Aberdeenshire East.
Scottish referendum: No win the vote, Scotland agrees to stay with the UK
Voters in Scotland have rejected independence in an historic referendum. With almost all votes counted, 55% of the electorate have voted against independence. The leader of the Better Together campaign Alastair Darling has said he was humbled.
Scottish referendum day
Today is the day when the people of Scotland will vote on whether the country should stay in the UK or become an independent nation. It is said to be very close with the yes and no vote almost neck and neck, the results will be broadcasted tomorrow friday 19th sept.
Final day before Scottish referendum
Both sides in the Scottish referendum campaign have held rallies as they make their final efforts to win over undecided voters. Polls were released by Opinium for the Daily Telegraph, another by ICM for the Scotsman and a third by Survation for the Daily Mail on Tuesday evening. With undecided voters excluded, they all suggested a lead for "No" of 52% to 48%.
The public to be charged to view London New Year's Eve fireworks
Visitors to Londons New Years Eve fireworks celebrations are to be charged for the first time, Mayor Boris Johnson announced today. The decision to issue tickets for the traditionally free event has sparked criticism, with City Hall opposition leaders calling it a scandal. But the mayor insisted the huge numbers attending had made the event untenable and ticketing was essential to slash crowd numbers. Revellers will be charged £10 to attend, with only 100,000 tickets being made available to the public after around half a million attended last year.
Burmese men held by Thailand police for British backpackers killing
Police in Thailand hold three Burmese men as they focus the hunt for the killers of British backpackers among migrant workers.
Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright resigns over Rotherham child abuse scandal
South Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright has resigned over the Rotherham child abuse scandal. He faced repeated calls to step down in the wake of a report which found at least 1,400 children were abused in the town from 1997 to 2013. He was the head of children's services in Rotherham between 2005 and 2010.
Happy Birthday Harry: Prince Harry turns 30 today
Prince Harry vowed to kickstart his 30th birthday celebrations today Monday 25th in keeping with his reputation as the Royal Familys party prince with a beer. The fourth in line to the throne told how he would share a drink with friends as his birthday coincided with the end of the successful Invictus Games for wounded servicemen.
The Queen tells the people of Scotland to think 'very carefully' about referendum vote
Queen has broken her silence about the potential break-up of the United Kingdom
by warning Scots to think very carefully about the future before
casting their votes in the independence referendum. The monarch made a hugely
significant intervention by stating she hoped Scots would consider closely
what their important votes would mean.
Buckingham Palace insiders insisted her remarks were politically neutral but on Sunday night they were being viewed as the clearest sign yet she hopes for a No vote on Thursday.
Terrorist group (IS) Kills a British hostage
The UK will take "whatever steps are necessary" to keep safe after a video showing the killing of hostage David Haines was issued by Islamic State militants, the prime minister has said. The PM also said the "menace" of IS had to be destroyed in a "calm, deliberate" way. In the video, IS also threatened to kill a second Briton, who has been named as Alan Henning, 47. Mr Henning, a married father-of-two from Salford, worked as a taxi driver and was a volunteer on an aid convoy.
Oscar Pistorius found guilty of culpable homicide
Oscar Pistorius has been found guilty of culpable homicide for the fatal shooting of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp and bailed ahead of sentencing. The guilty verdict on the manslaughter charge, a day after the judge Thokozile Masipa cleared him of murder, means Pistorius could receive anything from 15 years in prison to a suspended sentence, which would potentially allow the double amputee a chance to resurrect his sporting career. The court will resume for sentencing on 13 October.
Pistorius cleared of murder charges
The judge in the Oscar Pistorius trial has cleared him of two types of murder charge. but the possibility of a manslaughter verdict remains.
Richard Kiel Passed away
Richard Kiel, most famous for his role as towering Bond villain Jaws, has
died aged 74 in California. The American actor, who starred in The Spy Who
Loved Me (1977) and Moonraker (1979), died in hospital in Fresno on Wednesday.
The hospital have not released the cause of death, citing client confidentiality.
Mr Kiel, who measured 7ft 2in, was born in Detroit and made in small screen debut in 1960.
was famously known as Jaws around the worlds from the James bond movies, Sir
Roger Moore said he was totally distraught to learn of his dear friend Richard
R.I.P Richard Kiel truely a special star, you will be missed God bless!!
Pistorius trial Judge delivers verdict
The Blade Runner fought to hold back the tears as he listened to Judge Thokozile Masipa give her verdict in Pretoria. The verdict of the 41-day-long murder trial, which has gripped South Africa and the wider world, could take several hours or even days to deliver as Judge Masipa goes through every detail of the trial. The Olympian faces one count of murder, two of illegally discharging a firearm which are unrelated to the death of Ms Steenkamp - and one of illegally possessing ammunition. Pistorius, 27, has pleaded not guilty to all charges. He admitted killing Ms Steenkamp, 29, but claims he mistakenly shot the model through a closed bathroom door - thinking she was an intruder. As South Africa trials do not use a jury, Judge Masipa will solely decide the athletes' verdict, with only the help of two assessors. She will go through the testimonies of each of the 37 witnesses who gave evidence at the six-month-long murder trial.
The Blade Runner fought to hold back the tears as he listened to Judge Thokozile Masipa give her verdict in Pretoria. The verdict of the 41-day-long murder trial, which has gripped South Africa and the wider world, could take several hours or even days to deliver as Judge Masipa goes through every detail of the trial. The Olympian faces one count of murder, two of illegally discharging a firearm which are unrelated to the death of Ms Steenkamp - and one of illegally possessing ammunition. Pistorius, 27, has pleaded not guilty to all charges. He admitted killing Ms Steenkamp, 29, but claims he mistakenly shot the model through a closed bathroom door - thinking she was an intruder. As South Africa trials do not use a jury, Judge Masipa will solely decide the athletes' verdict, with only the help of two assessors. She will go through the testimonies of each of the 37 witnesses who gave evidence at the six-month-long murder trial.
Royal baby number two Kate Middleton pregnant
Prince William says he and his wife Catherine are "thrilled" at the fact they are expecting their second child. The news was announced earlier than planned because, as with her first pregnancy, the duchess is suffering from very acute morning sickness and was unable to attend a public engagement.
Gordon Brown cross-party agreed deal
Gordon Brown has unveiled a cross-party deal on more powers for the Scottish Parliament in only two months as he sought to convince Labour voters that rejecting separation would quickly lead to a new Union. The former Prime Minister unveiled a fast-track timetable for nothing less than a modern form of Scottish Home Rule that would see talks start the day after the referendum and an agreement published by St Andrews Day on November 30. In a highly symbolic move that is expected to irritate Alex Salmond, who is an avid fan of Robert Burns, Mr Brown said that draft laws would be published on Burns Night on January 25 next year. They are expected to reach a deal on how much income tax to devolve. Mr Brown emphasised that the speed of the timetable, which has been agreed with the Tories and Liberal Democrats, meant that the Scottish Parliament would get extra powers far more quickly than if voters back leaving the United Kingdom. With opinion polls showing the referendum is on a knife edge, the prospect of independence today wiped billions of pounds off the value of some of Scotlands largest companies and the pound slumped to its lowest level against dollar since November.
Scottish independence: New poll claims 51% now back Yes campaign with just 11 days to go.
Campaigners in the battle for Scotland's future say the referendum result is too close to call with less than two weeks until the vote. The Yes camp claims to have the "big momentum" behind it, while opponents of independence insist they will win. It comes as one poll put Yes Scotland narrowly ahead for the first time. With just 11 days of campaigning left, both sides are stepping up their bids for the wavering voters who could yet sway the result.
R.I.P Joan Rivers the comedian passed away on Thursday
The comedian Joan Rivers, the brash comedian who enjoyed a five-decade career on stage and television, died Thursday, she was 81. Her daughter Melissa Rivers said she died at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, surrounded by family and close friends. The comedian stopped breathing during a procedure on her vocal chords at an outpatient clinic last Thursday.
IS militants want to over throw Putin because of Syria support
Moscow (AFP) - Islamic State militants have issued a threat to President Vladimir Putin, vowing to oust him and "liberate" the volatile North Caucasus over his support of the Syrian regime. The General Prosecutor's Office of Russia demanded that access to the address, which was posted on YouTube on Tuesday and features what jihadists say is a Russian-supplied fighter jet, be blocked. Putin is also loathed by Islamic extremists and terror groups for crushing attempts to set up an Islamic state in Chechnya, and in other mainly Muslim regions of southern Russia such as Dagestan. The Russian leader has long argued that the West has missed the danger of such extremist groups while criticising him for human rights abuses in his clampdown.
David Cameron outlines new anti-terror measures. Latest news: Steven Sotloff beheaded by Islamic State
Powers are needed to seize terrorist suspects' passports and stop British-born extremists from returning to the UK, David Cameron has said. Islamic militants released a video on Tuesday that purported to show the beheading of a second captive American journalist, Steven Sotloff, which ended with a chilling warning that a British hostage would be the next to die.
Independent Scotland would cost the people of Scotland £2.5billion 10 times more than Alex Salmond has claimed
independent Scotland would require start up costs of £2.5billion
ten times more than Alex Salmond has claimed according to an
expert report. The respected Centre for Business and Economic Research has
warned the costs of creating the tax and welfare systems, defence force and
a network of embassies would be vast.
And if Mr Salmond has to set up a new currency, as UK ministers have refused to let a separate Scotland use the pound, the cost could increase by another £2billion. Mr Salmond has refused to publish his own figures but has suggested that a £250million price tag less than the cost of the Scottish Parliament was reasonable.
Critics warned that the report paints a dire picture of the impact of separation on Scotlands finances and public spending. The report also warns that an independent Scotland would have to borrow £12billion a year, raise taxes or slash public spending to plug the gap in Mr Salmonds economic planso
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie get hitched
After their long romance and countless rumours of upcoming nuptials, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have finally made it official by marrying in a secret ceremony. The couple had tied the knot in France on Saturday. Although the details were kept quite it is known that the couple's children Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, Vivienne and Knox all had a hand in proceedings. Maddox and Pax are the eldest kids and walked their mother down the aisle, with two of their daughters Zahara and Vivienne pouring rose petals around the venue. Zahara and Vivienne threw petals and Shiloh and Knox took the role of ring bearers.
50 years of Notting Hill carnival
The Notting Hill Carnival Kicks off today Sunday 24th Aug, it also marks the 50 years anniversary. The event started to lift the spirits of West Indian immigrants has survived controversy and violence, but now the street party is also big business. More than one million people are expected to attend the two-day event in west London, featuring Caribbean culture, food, music and dance. Giant floats and dancers wearing colourful costumes will make their way from Westbourne Park Underground station to Ladbroke Grove. The main Carnival procession started at 10:00am.
Islamic State (IS) a big threat bigger than al qaeda
Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel said US air strikes had helped to break the Islamist advance in Iraq, but the militants could be expected to regroup. America's top general Martin Dempsey stressed that IS could not be defeated without attacking their base in Syria. It has emerged that a special US military mission tried but failed earlier this summer to rescue Mr Foley and other US hostages held in Syria.
St Louis police kill another young blackman
An African-American man was shot dead by St Louis police officers after they claimed the man was armed with a knife. A large crowd gathered behind police tape as news of the fatal shooting spread, raising their arms and chanting, 'hands up, don't shoot', a refrain which has become the war-cry for protesters on the streets of nearby Ferguson following the cop killing of Michael Brown. A St Louis police chief waded into the crowd on Tuesday to explain what had happened in an effort to calm tensions following the second police shooting in the city in ten days. The officers who shot the man were placed on administrative duty pending an investigation into the death.
Michael Brown was shot at least six times by police which made the streets of Ferguson turns into a streets of rage
Continue battles broke out between police and protesters in the Missouri suburb of Ferguson on Sunday evening as violence over the death of a black teenager entered its second week. The anger erupted as autopsy results emerged showing that Michael Brown, 18, had been shot six times with two bullets to the head. The latest violence erupted well before a midnight curfew amid reports that two people had been taken to hospital with gunshot wounds. The National Guard was deployed as the protests escalated.
A witness in the case told local media that Brown had raised his arms to police to show that he was unarmed before being killed.
Robin Williams suffered from Parkinson's disease
Robin Williams was suffering from the early stages of Parkinson's disease at the time of his death, his wife has said. Susan Schneider said her husband had been sober but "not yet ready to share publicly" his struggles with Parkinson's. She added that he had also been suffering from anxiety and depression.
Robin Williams died at aged 63
After the news broke that comedian and actor Robin Williams had been found dead at his California home, tributes began to pour in from friends,colleagues and people around world. President Obama has led the tributes to Robin Williams praising the Oscar winning actor's versatility, the president issued a touching statement, speaking volumes for the comedian and his huge impact on American culture throughout the past 35-years. RIP Robin Williams you were truly unique and will missed!
UK: Hurricane Bertha
Severe weather warnings have been issued for parts of Britain following the downpours which swept the country on Sunday. Forecasters predicted that up to two times the August average rainfall could arrive in 24 hours, delivered by the tail-end of Hurricane Bertha. The Environment Agency has issued six flood warnings, indicating flooding is expected, and 47 flood alerts across England and Wales, while the Scottish Environment Protection Agency has 12 flood alerts in place.
(IS) extremists deliver ultimatum to trapped Yazidis: 'Convert today - or die' and US launch new air strikes on militants in Iraq's conflicted areas.
Hundreds of terrified families belonging to the besieged Yazidi sect have reportedly been threatened with execution if they refuse to convert to Islam today, according to reports. The US military says it has carried out a third round of air strikes on Sunni Muslim militants to defend civilians in northern Iraq. It said jet fighters and drones had destroyed armoured vehicles that were firing on members of the Yazidi sect trapped by jihadists on Mount Sinjar. The US authorised the strikes last week to halt the lightning advance of Islamic State (IS) in Iraq.
British plane made its first humanitarian aid drop delivering aid to thousands of refugees stranded in northern Iraq as the US launches fresh strikes on militants. France's foreign minister has arrived in Iraq to discuss the crisis. Laurent Fabius, who landed in the capital Baghdad on Sunday morning, will also oversee the first delivery of French aid for displaced people in the Sinjar region.
The Borneo killers of two British students were high on Crystal Meth
The gang who killed two British medical students serving at a hospital in Borneo were high on Crystal Meth, a police report has revealed, as the men arrested admit committing the crime. Neil Dalton, 23, and Aidan Brunger, 22, who were in their fourth year studying medicine at Newcastle University, were stabbed to death while out celebrating the completion of a six-week stint at Sarawack General Hospital in Kuching.
Three of the four men arrested all tested positive for Methamphetamine, a powerful stimulant which is also known as Crystal Meth. The police report revealed one of the suspects had a previous conviction for drug dealing while another had been convicted of gang robbery. All suspects have admitted the crime.
Scottish independence tv debate
After independence debate both sides of the have insisted their side came out on top in the TV head to head between Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling.
Russian gang hacks over a billion usernames and passwords
A Russian group has hacked 1.2 billion usernames and passwords belonging to more than 500 million email addresses, according to Hold Security - a US firm specialising in discovering breaches. Hold Security described the hack as the "largest data breach known to date". It claimed the stolen information came from more than 420,000 websites, including "many leaders in virtually all industries across the world". "They didn't just target large companies; instead, they targeted every site that their victims visited," Hold Security said in its report.
Israel and Hamas three day cease fire
A cease-fire between Israel and Hamas meant to last at least three days and end nearly a month of fighting went into effect in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday morning. The truce came ahead of talks in Cairo aimed at brokering a deal that would prevent future cross-border violence. The temporary truce, agreed to by both sides, started at 8 a.m. (0500 GMT) and was to last for 72 hours during which Israel and Hamas are to hold indirect talks in the Egyptian capital.
Boris Johnson says Britain will be great and glorious outside the EU
Britain has "nothing to fear" from life outside the European Union if renegotiation fails, Mayor of London says, as he swipes at Cameron's missed migration targets. Tomorrow Mr Johnson will endorse a report by Gerard Lyons, his chief economic adviser, which has concluded that quitting the EU would be better for Britain than remaining on its current terms.
Quake hits southern china
A strong earthquake in southern China's Yunnan province toppled thousands of homes on Sunday, killing at least 175 people and injuring more than 1,400. Ma Liya, a resident of Zhaotong, told Xinhua that the streets there were like a "battlefield after bombardment." She added that her neighbor's house, a new two-story building, had toppled, and said the quake was far worse than one that struck the area in 2012 and killed 81 people.
EU non-UK cars owing millions of pounds worth of unpaid parking fines
Millions of pounds worth of unpaid parking fines have to be written off each year by councils unable to trace drivers of foreign vehicles, according to the Local Government Association (LGA). Some councils have had to rip up thousands of parking tickets with one local authority - Brighton & Hove Council - being owed more than £750,000. The LGA said the EU allows European vehicles to drive on UK roads for six months before having to register with the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) but the Government does not keep a record of the estimated three million entering the UK each year.
The LGA added that currently, the DVLA only records information about non-UK-registered vehicles when they are notified through offence reports provided by the police or from tip-offs from the public. This means foreign vehicles are able to disappear within the system by going unregistered. It added that this left town hall parking bosses facing an impossible task to chase down drivers for payments while laws in other countries mean British drivers parking illegally abroad can be tracked and chased for payments.
An RAC spokesman said: The millions of pounds being lost through unpaid parking fines are unfortunately just the tip of the iceberg when compared to the car tax that should be paid once a vehicle has been in the UK for more than six months.
Boris to penalised diesel drivers
Cars with diesel engines could soon incur new charges and higher taxes as part of efforts to lower air pollution levels in Britains towns and cities.
Drivers of diesel-powered vehicles will have to pay an extra £10 on top of the normal congestion zone charge to enter central London under proposals being drawn up by Boris Johnson, mayor of London. Mr Johnson is also urging the government to charge diesel car drivers more road tax. Labour wants to create national network of low emission zones, which would prevent older diesel vehicles entering many cities. Oxford has already introduced a low emission zone for buses and could expand this for other vehicles.
All of these initiatives are being driven by the need to meet tighter European regulations on clean air and avoid the threat of heavy fines for breaching them.
Ebola virus threat
The Ebola virus, which has killed more than 670 people in West Africa, poses a threat to the UK, said Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond. He said he would chair an emergency Cobra meeting on the issue later.
Mr Hammond said no Britons had been affected so far and there were no cases in the UK, but the government was viewing the outbreak very seriously. Earlier this month Public Health England issued an alert to UK doctors to be aware of Ebola's symptoms. Several West African airlines have now stopped flying to Liberia and Sierra Leone amid concerns about the spread of the disease to those countries from Guinea.
Tightened benefits rules for migrant to the UK
The UK is to cut the amount of time EU migrants without realistic job prospects can claim benefits for from six to three months.
arrivals will only be able to claim welfare for three months under plans designed
to head off criticism of immigration failures. David Cameron said the "magnetic
pull" of UK benefits needed addressing to attract people for the right
reasons. He cited other measures recently coming into force to tackle abuses
- such as new powers revoking the driving licences of those not entitled to
be in the country - as evidence that the government was building "an
immigration system that puts Britain first". "We will be reducing
that cut-off point to three months, saying very clearly you cannot
expect to come to Britain and get something for nothing."
The government has been steadily tightening the criteria for which EU migrants are eligible to claim benefits after coming under political pressure. In January, it announced that EU migrants would not be able to claim out-of-work benefits until three months after arriving in the UK and would only be eligible for jobseeker's allowance for six months unless they have genuine prospects of finding work. Mr Cameron will announce that this time limit - which also applies to child tax credit and child benefit - will be halved to three months from November."
Boko Haram kidnaps Cameroons deputy prime minister's wife
wife of Cameroon's vice-prime minister was kidnapped and at least three people
were killed in an attack by Boko Haram militants in the northern town of Kolofata
on Sunday, Cameroon officials said. A local religious leader, or lamido, named
Seini Boukar Lamine, who is also the town's mayor, was kidnapped in a separate
attack on his home. The Islamist militant group, has stepped up cross-border
incursions into Cameroon in recent weeks as the country has deployed troops
to the region, joining international efforts to combat the militants.
Haram have killed hundreds of people this year, mostly in north-eastern Nigeria,
although they have bombed places across the country. A bomb attack on a Catholic
church in northern Nigeria's main city of Kano killed five people and wounded
on Sunday, a senior police officer said. Churches have been a favourite target for the militants. The attacker threw the bomb at worshippers on their way out of the church, police commissioner Adenrele Shinaba said.r
Business as usual UK exporting arms to Russia
Still licences to export arms worth millions of pounds to Russia remain in place despite fears Moscow is arming rebels in Ukraine, MPs have said. Separatists are suspected of shooting down a Malaysia Airways plane, but a committee said licences for the sale of arms, including components for anti-aircraft guns, remained in force. No 10 said the UK had not sold arms to Russia's armed forces since March. MPs are seeking urgent clarification on the UK government's position. Prime Minister David Cameron has criticised other EU countries' arms deals with Moscow, and his spokesman has said the arms export licences still in place are for "non-military legitimate reasons".
The train carrying the remains of victims of the Malaysian airliner which crashed in Ukraine has arrived in the city of Kharkiv, outside rebel territory. The transfer of bodies from flight MH17 follows international pressure on pro-Russia rebels, amid accusations that the aircraft was shot down. Meanwhile international monitors say parts of the wreckage have been changed since they first saw it.
Pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine have also handed over two flight-data recorders from the downed MH17 plane to Malaysian experts. The handover came hours after the UN Security Council voted unanimously to demand immediate international access to the crash site.
Malaysia Airlines flight MH17: Dutch experts examine bodies
Three Dutch investigators have examined bodies from the crashed Malaysia Airlines passenger plane at a railway station in eastern Ukraine. All 298 passengers who were on board flight MH17 died. The US and other nations say there is growing evidence of Russian complicity in the crash on 17 July. The Dutch experts said the train may later leave the town of Torez, which is held by pro-Russian rebels.
Meanwhile, heavy fighting is reported in the main rebel-held city of Donetsk.
Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 plane crash
Boeing 777 aircraft was hit by a sophisticated surface-to-air missile over
territory near Donetsk held by pro-Russian rebels who the Ukrainian government
says are backed by the Kremlin. The Ukrainian authorities laid the blame for
attack on the rebels by denying any responsibility for the missile launch. Pictures from the scene showed a pall of smoke billowing into the sky near Donetsk, apparently from the stricken flight MH17. Witnesses say body parts are scattered over a distance of 15km, suggesting the plane broke up in mid-air.
What is said to be an intercepted conversation among rebels was published in Ukraine. It appears to show them gloating over the plane being downed, before realising - to their horror - that it was actually a civilian flight. The men are said to be loyal to Igor Strelkov a rebel commander who tweeted shortly before the missile strike: 'We warned you.'
600 suspected online paedophiles have been arrested
The National Crime Agency (NCA) said the 660 arrested included doctors, teachers, scout leaders, care workers, a grandfather and former police officers. More than 400 children have been protected as a result, the agency said. Arrests were made across the UK and the majority of those held had no previous contact with police. The NCA said 39 were of those arrested are registered sex offenders. Charges already brought range from possessing indecent images of children to serious sexual assault. The NCA stressed that none of those arrested is a serving or former MP or member of the Government.
William Hague will no longer be foreign secretary
William Hague has stood down as foreign secretary, but will stay in the cabinet as Leader of the Commons. At least 12 men will leave their posts in the significant reshuffle, including Ken Clarke who is standing down. Environment Secretary Owen Paterson is leaving the cabinet and is expected to be replaced by education minister Liz Truss. Philip Hammond has accepted the role of foreign secretary. Labour described the reshuffle as "the massacre of the moderates".
MI5 and police to monitor every phone call, text and email
David Cameron today insisted emergency legislation is needed to allow Britains spies to access data about the publics phone calls, texts and emails. The Prime Minister said new laws are needed to reinstate powers to 'help keep us safe from those who would harm UK citizens'. The laws - drawn up with backing from the Tories, Lib Dems and Labour - will be rushed through Parliament amid mounting concern about the threat posed to the UK by jihadists returning from fighting in Syria.
But the quetion everybody is thinking is what about privcy for decent people who live normal live and have nothing to do with radicalism and terrorism? Has privcy gone out the window in this mordern age?
Strikes are taking place across the UK in a series of disputes with the government over pay, pensions and cuts, with more than a million public sector workers expected to join the action. Firefighters, librarians, council and many school staff are among those taking part from several trade unions, with rallies taking place across the UK.
World cup 2014: Brazil Loses against Germany in a 7-1 crushing defeat
Cant believe what happened is it true?? but its true! Brazil suffered a sad and embarrassing World Cup defeat to Germany, scoring their sole goal in the remaining minutes of the 7 1 game.
Germany's 7-1 victory over Brazil in the World Cup semi-final sent shockwaves around the football world, but it was also a big deal on Twitter. The social network says that the match became its most discussed sports game ever, with 35.6m tweets.
Memorial of the 7/7 attacked was vandalised on anniversary
The stainless steel columns of the memorial in Hyde Park, central London, were daubed with red and black slogans overnight with the messages "4Innocent Muslims" "Blair Lied Thousands Died" and "J7 Truth".
Cellphones and other electronic devices my not be allowed on US airlines if they cant be turn on
The Transportation Security Administration will not allow cellphones or other electronic devices on U.S.-bound planes at some overseas airports if the devices are not charged up, as part of the increased scrutiny at certain airports, security agents may ask travelers to turn on their electronic devices at checkpoints and if they do not have power, the devices will not be allowed on planes.
Phone hacking trial: Andy Coulson jailed for 18 months
The disgraced former No 10 spin doctor Andy Coulson has been jailed for 18 months for plotting to hack phones while he was in charge of the News of the World. The 46-year-old was found guilty last week of conspiring to intercept voicemails at the now-defunct Sunday tabloid following an eight-month trial at the Old Bailey.
High alert as US and UK warns new aged bomb threats which can be undetected by airport security
Security is being tightened at airports with direct flights into the US - including some in the UK - in response to US warnings of a "credible threat". Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said the measures were being taken to keep the public safe. It comes amid US media reports that al-Qaeda affiliates in Syria and Yemen are developing bombs to smuggle on planes. A US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) official said the changes were a response to a "real time" and "credible" threat, but he could not comment on specific intelligence matters.
The move comes just ahead of America's Independence Day celebrations on July 4, a holiday which traditionally sparks a rise in air travel. It is believed extremist groups are preparing a new generation of explosives that could be carried undetected onto flights. A group of radical militants called Jabhat al-Nusra, who are based in Syria, are said to be working with an al-Qaeda offshoot in Yemen to design bombs. Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula were responsible for the 'underwear bomb', a thwarted plot to target a flight from the Netherlands to Detroit in 2009.
Israel hits Gaza with air strikes after Benjamin Netanyahu, blames Hamas for the of murder Israeli teens
Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, has sworn vengeance on Hamas after
accusing the Palestinian Islamist group of murdering three Israeli missing
teenagers whose bodies were found hidden in a field in the West Bank after
a massive manhunt.
Israeli warplanes hit 34 sites in early hours and Palestinian dies in West Bank clashes after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu statement, Hamas denies the killing of the teens.
EU Summit: Cameron failed to stop Juncker to become next president of the European Commission
David Cameron has lost the battle to prevent Jean-Claude Juncker becoming the next European Commission president. EU leaders meeting in Brussels have nominated former Luxembourg PM Jean-Claude Juncker as the next president of the European Commission. Mr Cameron said Mr Juncker was the "wrong person" for the job because of his support for closer integration.
David Cameron comments on Coulson conviction
A senior judge has rebuked David Cameron for commenting on the conviction of Andy Coulson while the phone-hacking trial was still going on. The prime minister apologised for employing Coulson as his director of communications. Mr Justice Saunders said his intervention was "unsatisfactory" and set a bad example to the media. The jury has been discharged after failing to reach verdicts on outstanding charges against Coulson.
Radicalised UK born Muslims in Syria
In Cardiff there is an ongoing problem with the radicalisation of young Muslims, said an academic who has studied the issue. Two men from the city have been identified taking part in what appears to be a Jihadist recruiting video, which was posted online last week. It is thought Reyaad Khan travelled to Syria with friend Nasser Muthana who also appears in the footage. The men are believed to be among 500 Britons fighting in the conflict in Syria.
Ed Miliband says Young jobless must train or lose benefits
Young unemployed people who refuse to take training courses to gain key skills could lose benefits under a Labour government, Ed Miliband says. Under the plan 18-21 year olds will only get Jobseeker's Allowance if they already have the skills to get a job. Other changes will see higher rates of Jobseekers' Allowance for people who have been in work for five years.
Iraq's biggest oil refinery been invaded by Sunni militants
The Iraqi army says it has driven off Islamist-led militants attacking the country's biggest oil refinery amid reports that most of it is in militant hands. An official told Reuters the militants had occupied 75% of the Baiji refinery, 210km (130 miles) north of Baghdad.
275 US troops will be sent to Iraq to protect American embassy
President Obama announced on Monday evening that US ground troops 'equipped for combat' are being sent to Iraq Obama said that their only purpose will be to protect U.S. personnel and the embassy in Baghdad and not to join in the fierce fighting raging outside the Iraqi capital. The president did tell Congress, however, that American military personnel in Baghdad will be 'equipped for combat. The move comes as jihadists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) battle Iraqi security forces for control of a strategic northern town, and Washington weighs possible drone strikes against the militants. The ISIS fighters have taken control of a swath of territory north of Baghdad in a drive towards the Iraqi capital launched a week ago.
Iraq conflict: US may have talks with Iran
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered an aircraft carrier moved into the Gulf on Saturday, readying it in case.
Washington is considering direct talks with Iran on the security situation in Iraq. The move comes as US President Barack Obama weighs up options on action to take in Iraq. Meanwhile, the US condemned as "horrifying" photos posted online by Sunni militants that appear to show fighters massacring Iraqi soldiers. In the scenes, the soldiers are shown being led away and lying in trenches before and after their "execution". The Iraqi military said the pictures were real, but their authenticity has not been independently confirmed.U.S.
Islamist insurgents have attacked the Iraqi city of Tikrit after the second city, Mosul, was earlier overrun. Officials say militants are now in control of some parts of Tikrit - Saddam Hussein's hometown which lies just 150km (95 miles) north of Baghdad. Iraqi PM Nouri Maliki has vowed to fight back against the jihadists and punish those in the security forces who have deserted. The insurgents who attacked Mosul are from the ISIS group. It is not confirmed who is attacking Tikrit but one report said there was also fighting further south in Samarra. ISIS - the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, which is also known as ISIL - is an offshoot of al-Qaeda.
100 days to go untill the Scotland independency vote
The battle for hearts and minds in the independence debate is heading into the final straight with just 100 days left until Scotland goes to the polls. Both sides have pledged to up their game as we move towards the big date - September 18 - while claiming the momentum is firmly with their camp.
French President Francois Hollande has led the D-Day 70th anniversary tributes by remembering those who died on a day that "changed the world". He attended a service near Bayeux with US President Barack Obama, who said the US commitment to liberty was "written in blood" on French beaches. The Queen laid a wreath at a ceremony nearby.A 21-gun salute and a flypast will form part of proceedings at Friday's ceremony, which will be attended by UK Prime Minister David Cameron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Mr Putin will be at the ceremony with Prince Charles, who reportedly criticised the Russian president while speaking to a woman during a tour in Canada. Ukraine's President-elect Petro Poroshenko is expected to attend, amid tensions between his country and Russia.
Canada shootings: Man arrested
Canadian police have arrested a man suspected of killing three police officers and wounding two others in Moncton, New Brunswick. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in New Brunswick said Justin Bourque was arrested without incident just after midnight in Moncton. News of the arrest came after a huge manhunt went into its second night.
Canada shooting: Gunman still at large
A manhunt is under way in the Canadian city of Moncton after a gunman shot dead three members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and left two others injured.
G7 Saction talks on Russia over Ukraine issue
Leaders of the G7 industrial nations meeting in Brussels say they are prepared to impose further sanctions on Russia over its actions in Ukraine. A joint statement condemned Moscow for its "continuing violation" of Ukraine's sovereignty.
The Queen speech June 2014
legislative programme for the final year of the coalition Government has been
announced by the Queen's which includes: A bill implementing reforms to annuities
* A separate bill to allow employees to pay into collective pension funds
* A new state-funded childcare subsidy worth up to £2,000 a year * A Social Action, Responsibility and Heroism bill * A Curbs on "excessive redundancy payments" for highly-paid public servants * Tougher penalties for employers who fail to pay the
minimum wage and a crackdown on the abuse of zero hours contracts * Plans for a 5p charge for plastic bags in England as announced at last year's Lib Dem conference * Giving voters the power to trigger by-elections where MPs have committed
serious wrong-doing * Modern Slavery Bill with tougher penalties for human trafficking.
Madeleine McCann Police seal off scrubland
UK Met Police are in Portugal to investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann have sealed off an area of scrubland in the Algarve where they are expected to begin digging shortly. A stretch of land in the Praia da Luz resort has been taped off ahead of what police said would be a substantial stage of activity, holiday makers and local businesses claim that it can affect their daily activities.
British officers are thought to have identified a number of search areas, including one outside the resort, and have reportedly been surveying the region from the air. Once the area has been mapped out they are expected to use ground penetrating radar to look for anomalies such as disturbed earth beneath the surface.
US soldier freed
The only US soldier to be held captive in Afghanistan has been freed, after nearly five years as a prisoner of the Taliban. Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, aged 28, was handed over in exchange for the release of five Afghan detainees, held at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.
Bergdahl, who is said to be in good health, was so grateful for his release that he reportedly broke down in tears while being airlifted away from the Taliban.
Maya Angelou has passed away at the age 86
US author, poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou has died at the age of 86. The first volume of her bestselling autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, reflected her difficult experiences in an era defined by racial segregation. She died at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina on Wednesday, she was 86. Her son, Guy B Johnson, confirmed the news in a statement. He said: "Her family is extremely grateful that her ascension was not belabored by a loss of acuity or comprehension.
"She lived a life as a teacher, activist, artist and human being. She was a warrior for equality, tolerance and peace. The family is appreciative of the time we had with her and we know that she is looking down upon us with love. "Johnson said Angelou "passed quietly in her home" sometime before 8am on Wednesday.
Maya Angelou was kind, sweet, inspiring, strong and a very good hearted Lady.
R.I.P Maya Angelou Its sad to let you go, you will always be remembered and greatly missed!!
French police rounding up and ejecting migrants from Calais camps
Police in the northern French city of Calais are removing about 800 migrants from Asia, the Middle East and Africa who are occupying camps near the port. The authorities say the evictions are needed to deal with an outbreak of scabies in the camps, where numbers have swelled in recent months. The migrants have been trying to get to Britain, and say they have nowhere else to go after the camps are destroyed. Police moved into the site after a deadline for people to leave expired. Several busloads of police in riot gear arrived at the camps early on Wednesday.
Elliot Rodger committed a murdering killing spree and then was found dead inside his black BMW by a gunshot after a shootout with police
Rodger, the son of The Hunger Games assistant director Peter Rodger, stabbed three male room-mates to death at his apartment before killing three more people and wounding seven in a drive-by shooting spree in Isla Vista. He was found dead inside his black BMW by a gunshot after a shootout with police. Hours earlier Rodger had filmed a chilling 10 minute video in the car, which he posted on YouTube, describing his planned "slaughter" of female students after being rejected. He said he would kill women because he was still a virgin and being jealous of certain men.
Elections 2014: Ukip shakes up Labour and Tories and are now seens as "serious players"
MUkips political earthquake has taken the Conservatives and Labour by storm, with Nigel Farages party taking dozens of seats from Britains main parties. Mr Farages party has taken dozens of council seats from the Tories and Labour, dominating the south and making serious inroads in Labours northern heartlands. With over a third of councils having declared, Ukip had gained nearly a hundred seats - already exceeding expectations of around 82 wins. Despite its gains, the party does not yet control any local authorities. Labour is also making gains with Tories and Lib Dems both losing councillors.Turnout looks set to be about 36%. Most results in 161 English councils are still to come. Euro election results are due on Sunday. Eleven councils in Northern Ireland are also up for grabs.
So far 82 councils declared, Labour has gained 149 seats, UKIP has gained 92 seats, the Lib Dems have lost 127 and the Conservatives have lost 126. Labour has gained Hammersmith and Fulham, Croydon and Amber Valley from the Conservatives, and the Conservatives have gained Kingston upon Thames from the Lib Dems. Essex has voted strongly for UKIP - and the party has also increased its share of the vote in the north.But indications are it is faring worse in London.
European and council election voting is today
Millions of people are voting in the European election and local council polls in England and Northern Ireland on Thursday. It is the final big test of public opinion before 2015's general election.
All 73 UK seats in the European Parliament - the EU's only directly elected body - are up for grabs, along with 4,216 seats on local councils, nearly half of them in London. Polling stations are open for voting between 7:00am and 10:00pm
Abu Hamza found guilty of terrorism charges
Abu Hamza al-Masri, the radical Islamist cleric notorious for hate-filled sermons, was facing life in a top-security US prison on Monday after being convicted of all charges after a five-week terrorism trial in New York. was an imam at the Finsbury Park mosque in north London in the 1990s, was found guilty by a jury in a Manhattan federal court near the scene of the 9/11 terror attacks on the World Trade Center.
The jury of eight men and four women took just 11 hours over two days to reach their verdict on the complex case.
Hamza was accused of being a terrorist of global reach, and was charged with providing material support to terrorist organizations by enabling hostage-takers in the Yemen kidnapping to speak on a satellite phone, by sending men to establish an al-Qaida training camp in Bly, Oregon, and by sending at least one man to training camps in Afghanistan. He will serve in a "supermax" high security prison. Home Secretary Theresa May will now attempt to strip him of his British citizenship. The trial took place just a few streets from the site of the attacks on the World Trade Center" which Hamza gloated was a 'towering day in history'.
Jason Beattie, political editor of the Daily Mirror, said Mrs May "must be mightily relieved" because if he had been found not guilty, Abu Hamza might have returned to the UK.
Jay Z, Beyonce and Solange working through their differences
In an statement on Thursday, the trio said they have worked through their differences and moved on since the video emerged this week showing Solange hiting and kicking Jay Z as Beyonce looked on. "As a result of the public release of the elevator security footage from Monday, May 5th, there has been a great deal of speculation about what triggered the unfortunate incident. But the most important thing is that our family has worked through it," the statement said. "Jay and Solange each assume their share of responsibility for what has occurred. They both acknowledge their role in this private matter that has played out in the public. They both have apologized to each other and we have moved forward as a united family."
It was the first comment the performers had made since the website TMZ posted the 3-minute video on Monday.
A picture has been released of Ben Affleck as Batman
The first photo of Ben Affleck in character as Batman (standing next to the batmobile) has been revealed by director Zack Snyder.
Jay-Z & Solange Knowles in elevator fight
A video has just been leaked of Solange Knowles attacking Jay-Z in a hotel elevator after the Met ball event. The video was published online on Monday by the California-based news outlet TMZ. The video apparently shows Solange Knowles lashing out at Jay Z while his wife, Beyoncé, stands by. There were no reported injuries. Click here to view the video
Dr Dre's beats head phone technology may be brought by Apple
Apple is closing in on a deal to buy headphone manufacturer Beats (Beats by dre) Electronics for $3.2bn (£1.88bn), it has been reported. It would be the California company's largest ever acquisition. The deal could be announced as early as next week and would include Beats' streaming music service and its audio equipment business. Beats has developed a strong brand since its launch by rapper Dr Dre and music producer Jimmy Iovine in 2008. Beats Electronics received $500m (£295m) investment from Carlyle Group last September, valuing the company at more than $1bn.
Nigeria calls for help to find the 200 missing schoolgirls that Boko Haram have abducted & tends to sell
Over 200 girls were taken from a school in the northern state of Borno on 14th April 2014
The US says it considers the abduction of more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls by Islamist militants "an outrage" and is offering help to try to rescue them.White House spokesman Jay Carney said President Barack Obama was being briefed as his national security team was monitoring developments. Earlier, a video emerged of the leader of the Boko Haram group saying the militants intended to sell the girls.
Donald Sterling banned for making racist remarks
Donald Sterling the owner of the American basketball team the LA Clippers, who has been banned from the sport for life after making racist remarks may have to sell the team. The Billionaire caused a huge controversy since his comments in a private telephone conversation. Its has cause outrage regarding race issuses in the NBA. There has been many celebrities who have spoken out against his Stupid and ignorant coments ranging from Charles barkley to Snoop dogg, even the USA Present Obama made a comment.
He now has to sell the team and it has been said that Oprah Winfrey or Magic Johnson may be interested in owning the LA Clippers.
Commuters were caught up in travel chaos this morning as London Underground workers went on strike in protest at plans to close Tube ticket offices. Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport Union walked out for 48 hours at 9pm last night, while disruption is also set to continue next week. Passengers have been told services will start later and finish earlier during this week's strike, which will be followed by a three-day stoppage from 9pm next Monday.
union defended its action, saying the planned closure of ticket offices will
cost hundreds of job losses and threaten safety. London Underground, however,
that staff would be better employed on station concourses as only 3 per cent of tickets are bought at ticket offices.
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.
Stafford fireworks explosion
Two people are in hospital and 53-year-old man arrested following the blast at a fireworks supplier in Stafford. Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service are using a drone to search nearby woods for a missing person. One man, who is in his 60s has a back injury and was suffering from smoke inhalation. Another man his 40s suffered serious burns. Two women, one in her 40s, the other in her 50s, were assessed for smoke inhalation and discharged at scene.
40 years since Muhammad Ali won the Rumble in the Jungle
It is 40 years to the day since Muhammad Ali soared to a higher altitude than any sportsman in history but, even now, his 'Rumble in the Jungle with George Foreman retains its capacity both to mesmerise and surprise. Never was this more gloriously evident than at 4.23am on the morning of Oct 30, 1974, when he landed the straight right-hand punch that knocked out Foreman in Kinshasa, Zaire. In the words of the novelist Thomas Hauser, it was a moment that inspired more global joy than any athletic achievement in history.
Asylum back log & migrants rushing to UK for benifits
Home Office has "failed to deal" with the UK's backlog of asylum
cases, with 29,000 applications dating back at least seven years still waiting
to be resolved, MPs have warned. The Public Accounts Committee said 11,000
of those applicants had not even received an initial decision on whether they
could remain in the country. Contact was lost with 50,000 people refused the
right to stay, it added. The government said it was "addressing the backlogs
inherited" in 2010.
During Prime Minister's Questions, Labour leader Ed Miliband told David Cameron to "apologise" for his record on immigration, adding: "You're not making it right. You're making it worse."
has struggled in recent months with increasing numbers of migrants arriving
and trying to get to the UK. The Major of Calais Natacha Bouchart said there
were "aspirational" reasons for migrants to want to come to the
UK (big exaple was the benifits system). Natacha Bouchart added that the fences
placed around UK border controls set up in the city "make everybody laugh
.These people are ready and prepared to die to come to England," she
told the Home Affairs Committee (not to mention how Calais was suffering problems
from "a lot of mafia and traffickers). UKIP said it had sympathy with
Ms Bouchart at having to deal with the disturbances in Calais but the UK needed
to send a message that "its streets are not paved with gold".
the problem she highlights is not one of the British welfare system, but of the way in which it can be misused.
"Welfare in the UK should be there for our own citizens, who have paid in, or whose family have paid in. It is not something for anybody turning up at our borders to be able to access." Currently migrants have to wait three months before claiming Jobseeker's Allowance and can only receive it for six months. Home Secretary Theresa May scrapped the UK Border Agency and assumed direct executive responsibility for its Border Force enforcement arm. She also took control of UK Visas and Immigration and Immigration Enforcement, new bodies created as part of the Whitehall restructuring.
Lloyds Bank branch closures & 9,000 job losses
Lloyds Banking Group has confirmed 9,000 job losses and the net closure of 150 branches over the next three years. The latest job losses - representing about 10% of its workforce - come on top of 43,000 cuts made since 2008. The bank said it would concentrate on urban branch closures first and has abandoned its pledge to keep open "the last branch in town".
The South Africa football captain Senzo Meyiwa killed by burglars
The captain and goalkeeper of South Africa's national football team has been shot dead while trying to protect his pop star girlfriend from intruders, officials said. Senzo Meyiwa, 27, was killed in a suspected robbery at actress and singer Kelly Khumalo's home in the Vosloorus township near Johannesburg at around 8pm local time on Sunday.
A doctor in New york city has testing positive for Ebola
doctor who worked in West Africa with Ebola patients was in an isolation unit
in New York City on Friday after testing positive for the virus, becoming
the fourth person diagnosed with the disease in the United States and the
first in its largest city. Dr. Craig Spencer, 33, was placed in a quarantined
unit at Bellevue Hospital on Thursday, six days after returning from Guinea,
renewing public jitters about transmission of the disease and rattling financial
NEW YORK (Reuters)
Canada will not be intimidated by Ottawa shooting
Canadian prime minister reassures the people that they will not be intimidated by the Ottawa shooting of a soldier at war memorial he also vowed a tough and uncompromising response to that brazen gun attack on the national parliament that left a soldier dead and a nation in shock. It was the second time in two days that the countrys security forces had confronted an attack on the streets: on Monday a man described by authorities as having been radicalised ran down a soldier with his car in Quebec.
Father of IS hostage dies
The father of an Islamic State hostage has died, days after making an emotional plea for his son to be released, his family said. Paul Cantlie, 80, died "from complications following pneumonia", according to a family statement. He recorded an impassioned video message for his son John's captors earlier this month, calling on them to give the hostage up.
Oscar Pistorius sentenced to 5 years
African athlete Oscar Pistorius has been sentenced to 5 years in Jail for
culpable homicide after a seven-month trial in the North Gauteng High Court
for the death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp and will begin serving time
He was driven to Pretoria's Kgosi Mampuru prison where he is expected to be housed in the hospital wing.
Lynda Bellingham passed away
broadcaster and actor Lynda Bellingham has died within a month of revealing
she had stopped her chemotherapy for cancer. Her agent, Sue Latimer, said
the 66-year-old who was best known for her role as the mother in long-running
Oxo advertisements died in her husbands arms on Sunday.
She had been suffering cancer of the colon since July 2013.
Last month, Bellingham revealed she had weeks to live after deciding to end her chemotherapy; the cancer had spread to her lungs and liver. Before her death, Bellingham recorded a farewell interview on the ITV show Loose Women, on which she had appeared as a panellist. Asked how she wanted to be remembered, she said: Just [as] an honest person.
R.I.P Lynda Bellingham such a warm person, you will not be forgotten..
New UK dog laws
and local authorities will be able to demand that owners take action to prevent
a dog attack or risk fine of up to £20,000. If a complaint has been
made about a dog to the council or police, its owners could be ordered to
do any or all of the following:
Attend dog training classes ,Muzzle the dog or require it to be on a lead in public ,Require the dog to be microchipped and/or neutered ,Repair fencing to prevent the dog leaving the property. A new manual will guide police forces and local authorities in the use of their new legal powers to prevent dog attacks.
It is aimed at dealing with dog-related incidents that are brought to the attention of the police in England and Wales.
UK Airports start Ebola checks
Screening for signs of the deadly Ebola virus have begin at London Heathrow airport today, after the Health Secretary said the UK could expect to see a handful of cases within the coming months. Monitoring & screening will include temperature checks and a questionnaire for travellers to fill out, which Mr Hunt said would ensure nine out of ten passengers travelling to the UK from affected regions on tickets booked directly to the UK are checked.
Health workers Strikes
more than 400,000 health workers, including nurses, midwives and paramedics
took strike action and members of the armed forces were drafted to fill in.
They walked out over pay issues. In England Workers from seven trade unions
took part from 07:00 to 11:00 BST, In Northern Ireland the walkout is by two
unions from 11:00 to 15:00 BST.
The strike is being followed by four-days of work-to-rule from Tuesday.
Experts fear Ebola virus could spread through the air
the death toll from Ebola reaches 3,800, experts are warning that the virus
could mutate and become airborne, meaning that it could be caught by breathing
it in. The public is being told by health officials that the virus that causes
Ebola cannot be transmitted through the air and can only be spread through
direct contact with bodily fluids blood, sweat, vomit, feces, urine,
saliva or semen of an infected
person who is showing symptoms. However, several leading Ebola researchers claim that the virus mutating and spreading through the air should not be ruled out (dailymail).
Geoffrey Holder passed away
Geoffrey Holder, the 6ft 6ins actor best known for playing Bond villain Baron Samedi in Live and Let Die, has died at the age of 84 from complications relating to pneumonia. Born in Port of Spain in Trinidad and Tobago, Geoffrey had a varied career as an actor, dancer, choreographer and painter, but it was his portrayal of the voodoo henchman of Mr Big/Kananga - complete with top-hat and half-painted face - that shot him to fame. According to a family spokesman, he died on Sunday in New York, He is survived by his wife, Carmen de Lavallade, and their son Leo. R.I.P Geoffrey Holder a multi talented individual.
Spanish nurses suppected to of caught Ebola outside of west Africa
professionals in Madrid have blamed substandard equipment and a failure to
follow protocol for the first case of Ebola to be contracted outside west
Africa. Health authorities announced on Monday that a Spanish nurse at Madrids
Carlos III hospital who treated a patient repatriated from Sierra Leone had
twice tested positive for Ebola.
Her husband had also been admitted to hospital and was in isolation, and a second nurse from the same team that treated both repatriated Ebola victims was also being tested. In this case, the nurse contacted the authorities on Monday complaining of a fever. She was in isolation in the Carlos III Hospital while authorities waited for the test results, a spokesperson for the Madrid regional government said.
Staff at the hospital told El País that the protective suits they were given did not meet World Health Organisation (WHO) standards, which specify that suits must be impermeable and include breathing apparatus. Staff also pointed to latex gloves secured with adhesive tape as an example of how the suits were not impermeable.
Police my have found a body which may belong to Arnis Zalkalns
Detectives hunting for the prime suspect in the murder of Alice Gross found the body of a man in dense woodland close to where the teenager disappeared more than a month ago. The badly decomposed body is thought to be Latvian labourer Arnis Zalkalns.Police said further searches were to look for any further evidence and they were not searching for anything in particular.
Wonga may have to write off some of its customers debts
Payday lender Wonga says it is writing off £220m of debts for 330,000 customers after putting in place new affordability checks. The company, which has faced criticism for its high interest rates and debt collection tactics, made the changes after discussions with regulators. Customers in arrears whose loans would not have been made under the new checks will have their debts written off. A further 45,000 customers in arrears will not have to pay interest on loans.
Hong Kong protesters want want full democracy
China's state media have strongly backed Hong Kong Chief Executive CY Leung, praising his performance while condemning protests as "chaos". The support in Communist Party paper People's Daily comes as student activists threaten to occupy government buildings if Mr Leung does not resign. Police and government have again called on protesters to disperse. The protesters are angry at China's plan to vet candidates for polls in 2017, saying they want full democracy.
Alice Gross disappearance now turn to a murder case
The missing teenager Alice Gross has now turn into a murdercase as an unnamed body has now been found in the River Brent. Detectives say significant efforts were made to conceal the body, which was discovered on Tuesday night. Alice's family have been informed. Formal identification is yet to take place and a post-mortem examination is due to be held later, police said. Convicted murderer Arnis Zalkalns, 41, from Latvia, remains the main suspect. There is a film footage of him cycling along the Grand Union Canal 15 minutes after Alice had walked along it, on 28 August. It is the last known sighting of the 14-year-old girl. *Note* Mr Zalkalns has been missing from his Ealing home since 3 September, there are supision that he may have returned to Latvia or even another country..
Osborne announces 2-year benefit freeze
Working-age benefits will be frozen for two years from April 2016. This follows a 1% cap on increases that was announced in 2012. Working-age benefits currently covered by the 1% cap will be covered, and housing benefit will also be covered. The full list includes: jobseekers allowance, tax credits, universal credit, child benefit, income support, the work-related activity component of employment and support allowance and the local housing allowance rates in housing benefit. Some minor benefits, like maternity pay, paternity pay, sickness pay and adoption pay wont be covered.
Hong Kong Riot
Thousands of pro-democracy protesters are blocking Hong Kong's streets, shutting down the territory's business hub and ignoring appeals to leave. Crowds remained on the streets overnight after a day that saw riot police deploy tear gas and batons in a bid to disperse them. On Monday, the Hong Kong government said riot police were being withdrawn as people had "mostly calmed down". But some banks and schools were closed, and there was transport chaos. Protesters - a mix of students and supporters of the Occupy Central pro-democracy movement - are angry at Beijing's plans to vet candidates for Hong Kong's 2017 leadership elections. They want a free choice of candidates when they cast their ballots for the chief executive - something Beijing says is out of the question.
Boko Haram leader Mohammed Bashir has been killed and over 130 members apprehended by Nigeria's military
than 130 members of the Boko Haram terrorist group have surrendered to Nigeria's
military. Mohammed Bashir, a man who had posed as the groups leader
Abubakar Shekau in numerous videos, was also been killed in clashes, the military
said on Wednesday. This was confirmed by Defence spokesman Major-General Chris
Olukolade Also in recent news one of hundreds of schoolgirls kidnapped by
a brutal Nigerian terrorist group has been found wandering in the bush in
a remote region of the country, police said on Friday.
362 Phones 4u stores to close down costing 2,400 jobs
More than 2,400 Phones 4u staff are to lose their jobs after plans to wind up the stricken mobile phone retailer were announced on Monday night. Administrator PWC said that 362 of the retailers stores will close, immediately costing 1,697 staff their jobs. Another 720 people have been retained in the short term to assist with the closure programme, the accountants added, but will then be made redundant.
ISIS posts new video of their British hostage
British Isis hostage John Cantlie has appeared in a new video posted by the militants, warning the U.S and its allies that military intervention against them will create 'a new Vietnam'. He was forced to criticise military build-up against terror group.
David Cameron needs to go
Cameron was today warned that he faces a Tory rebellion on Friday following
the Scottish referendum result, regardless of whether it is a Yes or No outcome.
As the final day of campaigning got under way in Scotland, several backbenchers
said privately that there will be pressure on the Prime Minister to resign
if Scotland vote for independence.
One, Andrew Rosindell, broke cover last night, telling the Financial Times: If it goes wrong, however, the Prime Minister will have to decide what the honourable thing is to do. Another MP warned privately: If the referendum goes for independence, the Prime Minister will have to resign.But even if there is a No vote, senior MPs are planning a delegation to protest against the Prime Minister.
Phones 4U goes into administration 5,600 jobs at risk
The Phones 4U company announced the shock news after phone company EE pulled the plug on its agreement to supply it with phones and contracts. Staff at the companys 550 stores will learn today whether the administrators will allow the business to reopen (or not) for trading.
Barack Obama authorises airstrikes in Syria to take out (IS) terrorist group
Barack Obama authorises airstrikes in Syria to take out (IS) terrorist group Mr Obama reassured Americans that the US "will hunt down terrorists who threaten our country, wherever they are" authorising "a systematic campaign of airstrikes" against IS fighters. IS have now forcefully seized almost one third of Iraq and Syria and installed a self-appointed caliphate a chief civil and religious ruler in areas under the group's control. Two recent video messages sent by the terror group have shown the brutal murder of American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff alongside a threat to a British hostage.
Mental health issues needs to be made more of a priority
Mental health needs to be more of a priority, with targets for waiting times and more protection for funding, says England's chief medical officer. Dame Sally Davies said there were signs funding was being cut at a time when the cost to the economy was rising. Her annual report said mental illness led to the loss of 70 million working days last year - up 24% since 2009.As well as calling for greater emphasis on mental illness in the NHS, she also said employers could play a role too. She recommended they allowed people with mental health problems the option of flexible working to keep them in employment and maintaining regular contact during sickness leave.
Hit and run In Harlesden
A man is fighting for his life following a hit-and-run during a street fight in Harlesden on saturday. The victim, in his 20s, was hit by a car during the brawl outside a fast food shop in the High Street at around 3.40am. The driver is believed to have sped away after. The victim suffered multiple injuries and is in a critical condition in hospital. Surrounding streets have been condoned off while police carry out an investigation. Three men have been arrested and are in police custody.
Migrants try to rush the ferry after breaking into port of Calais
NP&O is demanding urgent action by the French authorities to improve security in the port of Calais and prevent a repeat of the break-in last night which saw hundreds of migrants trying to storm onto ferries bound for Britain. The ferry company questioned whether more could have been done more to prevent the mass security breach, claiming it was an extraordinary coincidence that so many migrants were able to get past guards on the same day the mayor of Calais threatened to blockade the port unless Britain did more to help deal with the spiralling migrant population. Ships in the port had to lock their doors, raise the ramps and even use fire hoses to prevent a group of about 100 migrants trying to force their way onto vessels on Wednesday afternoon.
Ashya King's parents realeased from Jail
King and her husband Brett were freed from custody in Madrid on Tuesday after
efforts to extradite the couple to the UK were abandoned. Speaking after her
release, she said: "All I could do was just cry and pray." It has
emerged that five-year-old Ashya, who has a brain tumour, can receive treatment
at the Proton Therapy Center in Prague.
Brett King claimed that Southampton General Hospital knew he planned to take the five-year-old abroad yet he and his wife Naghmeh were hunted across Europe by police and 'treated like terrorists'. They were freed from a notorious Madrid jail last night after a humiliating climbdown by British authorities over their arrest for child neglect. A judge ordered the immediate release of the couple after the European arrest warrant against them was dropped - following a sustained campaign of outrage over their treatment. Mr King said: 'They are going to kill him in England or turn him into a vegetable. I would happily spend years in jail to stop my son getting treatment that would kill him or leave him disabled.
Celebrities hacked nude pictures are being investigated
The apparent leak of hundreds of naked photos purportedly belonging to more than 100 high-profile singers, actors and celebrities has raised questions of the safety and security of digital services. On Sunday night, images of 101 high-profile stars, including Jennifer Lawrence, Ariana Grande, Victoria Justice, Kate Upton, Kim Kardashian, Rihanna, Kirsten Dunst and Selena Gomez, were posted on 4chan, an online image sharing forum, in an apparent hacking leak linked to the Apple iCloud service.Ms Lawrence, who stars in The Hunger Games films, has requested an investigation after a hacker apparently obtained photographs, with graphic content, from the mobile phones of numerous celebrities.
Avoid Calais, lorry drivers have been told in fear from knife-wielding immigrants trying to come to the UK
drivers are being ordered to avoid Calais because of confrontations with knife-wielding
illegal immigrants who are trying to get to Britain. Cross-Channel haulage
firms are advising drivers to use other ports including Cherbourg,
Boulogne and Dunkirk to transport goods to the UK to prevent migrants
clambering into their vehicles.
Up to 2,000 foreigners have massed at Calais in a desperate bid to reach our shores where they will be able to claim benefits if they fail to find jobs. The growing problem has led to calls for a new Sangatte-style refugee camp a successor to the notorious Red Cross centre closed in 2002 that was used by 60,000 people as a springboard for illegal entry to the UK.
Angry truckers have told of desperate migrants armed with knives, iron bars and other weapons who leap on to UK-bound ferries. At the weekend police launched a hunt for an Iraqi Kurd people-smuggler who pointed a pump-action shotgun at them as they arrested 15 illegal immigrants who were attempting to stow away in the back of a wagon parked in Calais.
Ashya King found in Malaga
Police have rejected criticism of their search for a five-year-old boy with a brain tumour removed from a UK hospital by his parents against medical advice. Ashya King was found in Malaga on Saturday and his parents arrested, following an international search. His father Brett King defended his actions in a video posted on YouTube, saying there had been a "ridiculous chase". Hampshire Police said medical advice was that Ashya was in "grave danger".
Police commissioner quits over Rotherham child sex scandal
Deputy South Yorkshire police and crime commissioner has resigned over the
Rotherman child sex scandal - and called for her embattled boss Shaun Wright
to do the same. Tracey Cheetham said she believed 'it would have been the
right thing' for Mr Wright - former head of Children's Services in the town
- to step down in the wake of the Rotherham report, which found 1,400 children
sexually exploited between 1997 and 2013.
Russian troops Captured in Ukraine say they entered by accident
A group of Russian soldiers captured in eastern Ukraine crossed the border "by accident", Russian military sources are quoted as saying.
Ten Russian paratroopers who were captured in Ukraine on Monday crossed the border "accidentally" during a routine frontier patrol, Russia's Ministry of Defence said on Tuesday. Ukraine's Security Service, the SBU, said on Monday that the men were captured near the village of Dzerkalne, about 25 miles southeast of the rebels' besieged stronghold, the city of Donetsk. Russia has previously vigorously denied that its troops have crossed into Ukraine, despite repeated accusations from the Ukrainian and Western governments that it is providing men and material to the pro-Russian rebels fighting in the area.
UK Police new code of conduct for stop and search
Police forces across the country have signed up to a new voluntary code of conduct that will place limits on the stop and search powers used by officers. Home Secretary Theresa May has said the powers were being misused, which she warned could be 'hugely damaging to the relationship between the police and the public.' All 43 police forces in England and Wales have now agreed to sign up to the scheme, which places limits on the use of controversial 'Section 60' stops. The changes have been brought in after Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) found that 27 per cent of stop and searches did not contain reasonable grounds for suspicion, meaning more than 250,000 of the one million searches conducted last year could have been illegal.In addition, black and minority ethnic (BME) members of the public were up to six times more likely to be searched than white people.
Forces signed up to the scheme will agree to more limits on blanket Section 60 stops, which allow officers to stop people on the anticipation of serious violence without suspicion a person is carrying weapons, while better records will be kept of each instance and published online.
results show the number of test papers marked a C has increased this summer
but English graded dropped sharply and examiners warned of "volatility"
in many schools. Exam officials revealed that 68.8%. A "significant minority"
had not received their predicted results, he said, with schools with many
disadvantaged students having been "hit the hardest".
"The volume of change has made year on year comparisons in GCSE results increasingly meaningless. It is almost apples and oranges," said Mr Lightman.
US journalist James Foley beheaded by Islamist IS'
Islamic State insurgents have posted a video apparently showing the beheading of US journalist James Foley. The jihadist militant group said the killing was revenge for US air strikes against its fighters in Iraq. Intelligence agencies are trying to identify masked killer, who has a British accent. Foley's mother Diane said on Facebook she was proud of her son: "He gave his life trying to expose the world to the suffering of the Syrian people." Foley, 40, has reported extensively across the Middle East, working for the US publication GlobalPost and other media outlets including French news agency AFP.
John Kerry, Clinton spied on by Germany
Germany's foreign intelligence agency eavesdropped on calls made by US Secretary of State John Kerry and his predecessor Hillary Clinton, German magazine Der Spiegel has reported. The weekly magazine reported that the agency, known by its German acronym BND, tapped a satellite phone conversation Mr Kerry made in 2013 as part of its surveillance of telecommunications in the Middle East. The agency also recorded a conversation between Ms Clinton and former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan a year earlier, Der Spiegel claimed.
Sir Cliff Richard Berkshire home has been searched by the police in sex abuse claim
were seen taking a number of items from the property in Sunningdale, Berkshire,
for further investigation. A police spokesman said the allegation involved
a boy under 16 and dated from the 1980s in the South Yorkshire area. No arrests
have been made and there are reports that the 73-year-old entertainer is currently
at his home in the Algarve in Portugal. Sir Cliff today released a statement
calling the allegations 'completely false'. The investigation is not connected to Operation Yewtree and police said officers from that operation - set up by the Metropolitan Police to investigate hundreds of allegations in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal - had been notified.
Man sectioned over Airport bomb hoax
A man has been sectioned under the Mental Health Act after a bomb hoax resulted in an RAF jet escorting a passenger plane to Manchester Airport.
World War 1 lights out vigil
A candle-lit vigil at Westminster Abbey and a "lights out" event have concluded a day of ceremonies marking 100 years since Britain entered World War One. People were invited to turn off their lights for an hour until 23:00 BST, the time war was declared in 1914.
Israeli strikes UN school in Rafah
least 10 people have been killed in a strike near a UN-run school housing
Palestinians displaced by the Gaza conflict, medics say. The attack hit the
entrance of the facility in Rafah, where thousands of Palestinians are said
to be sheltering.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon described the attack as a "moral outrage and a criminal act". The Israeli military has not commented but has been carrying out renewed strikes in Gaza. Israeli media reports say most troops have left Gaza, though there is no official order to end the operation.
Sierra Leone's mountain biking champion vanished from Commonwealth Games
Sierra Leone's mountain biking champion has disappeared from the Commonwealth Games, days after his sick teammate was tested for the Ebola virus, his team has revealed. Mohamed Tholley was due to compete in the time trial event in Glasgow today (Thurs) and the road race on Saturday, but never turned up at the start line (Sierra Leone team believe he may have absconded over fears about the deadly disease). Last week his roommate and teammate Moses Sesay was taken to a Scottish hospital with a fever and was tested for Ebola, but was given the all-clear after being quarantined for four days.
Israel bombing UN run school
Israel has attacked a UN-run school housing refugees in Gaza despite warnings that civilians were there, the UN has said.
UN spokesman Chris Gunness said "the world stands disgraced" by the attack, in which 15 died and dozens were hurt. The Israeli military said an initial inquiry suggested soldiers responded to mortar fire. The military says it is now holding a partial, four-hour humanitarian ceasefire. 1,200 Palestinians and 55 Israelis(53 soldiers 2 civilians) have been killed in the conflict. Most of the Palestinian deaths have been civilians.
Israel's bombing of the children of Gaza
is manily populated with young children 17 years of age and younger (quarter
of a million are around 10). These are predominantly the people who are being
seriously hurt or killed. The bombing has been so intense that some have even
hit hospitals where they are over stretched with the injured children.
Click here for Jon Snow - returning from Gaza.
Air Algerie AH5017 plain crash
Algerian aircraft carrying 110 passengers and six crew crashed in northern Africa early on Thursday with the apparent death of all on board the third airliner disaster in a week.
The French President, Francois Hollande says There are no survivors from the Air Algerie AH5017 passenger jet that crashed in Mali.
Mo Farah withdraws from the Glasgow Commonwealth Games
Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah has withdrawn from the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow after failing to recover from a recent illness. Farah, 31, won the 5,000m and 10,000m at London 2012 and was set to run both distances in Scotland. However, he has decided to stay at his training camp to be fit for August's European Championships in Zurich.
MH17 plane crash victims bodies being sent home
The first planes carrying victims' bodies from crashed flight MH17 have left Ukraine for the Netherlands, where experts will begin to identify them. The black box from the air craft will be handed to British experts to examine.
Israel begins Gaza ground offensive
The Israeli military has begun a ground offensive against Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip, stepping up its 11-day-old military operation.
Israel and Gaza have reached a ceasefire deal
A ceasefire deal has been reached to end fighting between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza. The deal was due to take effect on Friday at 06:00 local time (03:00 GMT). Hamas, which controls Gaza, has denied a deal has been reached at talks in Egypt, but that efforts are continuing.
Some 227 Palestinians have died in Israeli air strikes since the current crisis began on 8 July. One Israeli has been killed by mortar fire from Gaza.
Israel warns Gaza before they commence air strikes
Israel warns thousands of Palestinians in Gaza to evacuate as it resumes air strikes amid continuing militant rocket fire directed at Israel.
Israel drops leaflets over Gaza ordering tens of thousands of Palestinians to leave their homes 'for your own safety'. Shortly after 8am evacuation deadline passed, Israel shelled Hamas militant targets in north and east of the region.
Israel accepts Egypt proposal to end conflict in Gaza
Israel has accepted an Egyptian truce proposal for the conflict with Gaza.
Israel has accepted an Egyptian proposal for a cease-fire, but Hamas' military wing rejecting the gesture outright saying it is a "surrender", there may be little hope of seeing an end to the near constant exchange of fire that has so far killed more than 190 Palestinians in Gaza. The Israeli Security Cabinet met early Tuesday morning and reached a decision to halt aerial strikes beginning at 9 a.m. (2 a.m. ET).
World Cup 2014: Germany wins the world Cup defeats Argentina
Germany defeats Argentina 1-0 and wins the world Cup for the forth time.
NICE (National Institute of Health and Care Excellence) weight loss surgery to combat diabetes
The new draft guidelines from the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) aim to reduce debilitating complications, which are a huge drain on NHS resources. Diabetes UK estimates 850,000 people could be eligible for surgery, but NICE expects it to be tens of thousands.
Type 2 diabetes is closely linked to lifestyle and obesity. The inability to control blood sugar levels can result in blindness, amputations and nerve damage. A mounting body of evidence suggests a gastric bypass improves symptoms in around 60% of patients.
World Cup 2014: Netherlands lost against Argentina by penalties
Netherlands lost against Argentina by penalties shoot outs which means Argentina will play against Germany on sunday for the finals at the Maracana. The match was a hard fought battle which niether side scored a goal which evently went to penalties were Argentina won.
Politicians child sex abuse investigation
Mark Sedwill is to face questions from the Commons Home Affairs Select Committee about how his department lost or destroyed 114 files that could shed light on alleged abuse in the 1980s. The government has already announced two reviews into claims of abuse. At least 20 public figures have been accused of abuse spanning "decades". Mr Sedwill's appearance comes 24 hours after Home Secretary Theresa May announced the launch of a wide-ranging, Hillsborough-style inquiry into historical child sex abuse claims "to consider whether public bodies and other non-state institutions have taken seriously their duty of care to protect children".
Mrs May also appointed the head of the NSPCC, Peter Wanless, to focus on concerns the Home Office failed to act on allegations of child sex abuse contained in a dossier handed over in the 1980s by former Tory MP Geoffrey Dickens.
Tour de France 2014: London
The final English leg of the Tour de France starts later with nearly 200 cyclists racing along the 96-mile (155km) route from Cambridge to London. 12:15 BST: Cambridge. Riders leave Parker's Piece for a tour of the city, 12:25 BST: Trumpington. Race begins as riders reach the A1309 12:42 BST: Essex. Peleton crosses the border through the Chesterfords, 14:06 BST: Riders reach Chelmsford, 14:43 BST: Epping Forest, 14:55 BST: London stage begins at Woodford ,15:04 BST: Walthamstow, 15:11 BST: Lead riders expected at the Olympic Park ,15:42 BST: Stage three ends at The Mall.
63 abducted women, girls escape from Boko Haram
Sixty-three women and girls kidnapped by Boko Haram last month in Nigeria escaped from their captors and have returned to their burnt village, a security source and a local vigilante fighting the militant group said.
Tour de France 2014
Kicks off in Yorkshire. Unfortunately Mark Cavendish crashed out of the Tour de France after he dislocated his shoulder and suffered ligament damage in a crash near the end of stage one in Yorkshire.
Rolf Harris sent to Jail
Rolf harris has been sentanced to serve a jail term of 5 years and 9 month. "You have no-one to blame but yourself," Judge Mr Justice Sweeney told Harris, before passing sentence at London's Southwark Crown Court. He told Harris he "took advantage of the trust placed in you because of your celebrity status", and treated one victim "like a toy". Harris, 84, was convicted of 12 indecent assault charges on Monday. Victim statements were read in court ahead of sentencing, with one woman saying the abuse destroyed her "childhood innocence". Prosecutors, meanwhile, said Harris would not stand trial over allegations he downloaded sexual images of children.
Rolf Harris found guilty of Sex offenses
veteran entertainer and artist Rolf Harris is facing prison after being found
guilty of indecent assault following a trial in which he was portrayed as
a "Jekyll and Hyde" character who used his celebrity status to grope
and abuse young women and girls.
Following a dramatic six-week hearing, the jury at Southwark crown court convicted Harris of 12 counts of indecent assault, from 12 initial charges dating over nearly two decades from 1968. The judge, Mr Justice Sweeney, said the entertainer would be sentenced on Friday, pending medical reports, and warned Harris a jail term was "uppermost in the court's mind". Harris will remain on unconditional bail until Friday. And now more women have also accused him of indecent assault and are looking for compensation.
Nicolas Sarkozy is held over influence claims
French ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy has been detained for questioning over alleged influence peddling at Nanterre, near Paris. Its followed by arrests of Sarkozy's lawyer and two magistrates who are under investigation for allegedly using their influence to obtain information about legal cases against him.
Detectives are trying to establish whether the former leader promised a top-level job in Monaco to a magistrate in return for letting him know whether corruption allegations against him would go to court. Sarkozy denies any wrong-doing. Police were listening to Sarkozy's calls as part of a separate investigation into claims he accepted illegal donations from the former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi for his 2007 presidential election campaign. When he discovered his phone was tapped, Sarkozy allegedly obtained another phone under the pseudonym Paul Bismuth, to talk to his lawyer. In the taped conversations, detectives allegedly heard information that Herzog had been tipped off by a magistrate about a legal decision over yet another police investigation into whether or not Sarkozy also accepted illegal campaign funds from France's richest woman, Liliane Bettencourt.
Bobby Womack passed away aged 70
singer Bobby Womack died aged 70. He was a legendary Soul singer who worked
with musicians from Sam Cooke to Damon Albarn has died after career spanning
nearly six decades. The cause of death was not announced, but he had suffered
from cancer and Alzheimer's disease and battled with drug addiction. Many
have been sending tributes to singer from Peter Gabriel to Ronnie Wood who
said his friend would be "greatly missed".
R.I.P Bobby Womack, remarkable and never forgotton!
Luis Suárez banned for four months for World cup biting
Fifa has banned Uruguays Luis Suárez from all football-related activities for four months for biting Italys Giorgio Chiellini, ruling the striker out of the rest of the World Cup and the start of the domestic season although not a potential move to Barcelona. The Liverpool player will not be able to play or train for his club or country for four months after Fifas disciplinary committee handed down the hefty sanction, which will be appealed against and has provoked dismay from Uruguay and a guarded response from Anfield. The biting incident, the third in which Suárez has been involved in his career, has also led Fifas disciplinary committee to prevent the player from entering any football stadium during the ban.
Wonga ordered to pay out 2.6m due to sending letters from non-existent companies
FCA orders payday lender to compensate 45,000 customers after it sent threatening letters from non-existent companies.
The payday lender, Wonga, has been ordered to pay more than £2.6m compensation after it was found to have sent threatening letters to customers from non-existent law firms. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) said Wonga had been guilty of "unfair and misleading debt collection practices" after it emerged the lender had created fake law firms.
Three al-Jazeera journalists Jailed
In Egypt 3 al-Jazeera journalists accused of supporting the Muslim Brotherhood have been jailed for seven years in Egypt. A court in Cairo convicted Peter Greste, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed of spreading false news and supporting the now banned Islamist group. The trio had denied the charges. Eleven defendants tried in absentia, including three foreign journalists, received 10-year sentences.
Spy enforcement cameras are banned
The sneaky, scandalous and money grabbing spy CCTV cameras mounted on enforcement vehicles will be made a thing of the past in the UK. The Government will make it illegal from the Autumn, this is to ending the plague of parking tickets by post from Councils. This effort is to stop over-zealous enforcement, ministers will announce. Drivers will be encouraged to appeal against more parking tickets, with the introduction of a 25 per cent discount for those who try to overturn a fine but fail. Ministers are trying to ease the policing of parking, as they believe it often makes driving to shops too difficult and forces people to go out of town or online. Hundreds of thousands of drivers are caught by cameras each year. The ban on CCTV, both fixed cameras and so-called Orwellian spy cars, will become law through the Deregulation Bill this autumn.
World Cup 2014: England are out
England have been knocked out of the World Cup after Costa Rica win 1-0 over Italy.
World Cup 2014: England losses to Uruguay
England losses the football match to Uruguay 2-1 and many blame Gerrard for assisting Suarez in scoring the goal. Steven Gerrard admitted Englands defeat to Uruguay had left him at his lowest point and he hinted that he would announce his international retirement once World Cup elimination is confirmed.
Ian Wright house was robbed and his wife held at knife point
Ex footballer Ian Wright rushes home from the World Cup after learning his wife was held a knifepoint in their home while his daughters slept in another room. Nancy Hallam has been left very shaken up after being threatened with a blade while four thieves ransacked his property in Willesden north-west London . Her ITV football pundit husband boarded a flight home from the World Cup in Brazil last night after hearing of the attack. He is expected to arrive home in the afternoon today and will head straight from the airport to join his family, his agent revealed.
A Bomb blast was set off in Northern Nigeria as viewers watch the World Cup
At least 21 people have been killed in a bomb blast in northern Nigeria as they were watching a World Cup match, a hospital source has told the BBC. Witnesses in Damaturu, in Yobe state, say a suicide bomber in a tricycle taxi detonated explosives as people watched Brazil's match against Mexico on TV. At least 27 people are said to have been seriously injured. Public screenings of the World Cup in some parts of Nigeria have been banned because of threats by Boko Haram.
Kenya attacks: Al-Shabab raid villages near Mpeketoni
At least 15 people have been killed in a new attack by Islamist militants near Kenya's coastal town of Mpeketoni, local police say. They say the gunmen raided two villages overnight. Somalia's al-Shabab group said it had carried out the attack, telling Reuters that its "operations in Kenya will continue". Approximately 48 people died after the al-Qaeda-linked group attacked hotels and a police station in the town on Sunday.
World Cup England 1 - Italy 2
England lost their first game against Italy 2-1. Even though England did not win they put up a very good fight against Italy and even came close to scoring winning goals a few times.
World Cup 2014: England vs Italy
The England vs Italy match is today at the Amazonia Arena, Manaus Saturday June 14 2014, kick-off starts 23:00 (BST)
The world cup 2014
The world cup kicks off in a spectacular way with stars like Pitbull and Jennifer Lopez who were joined by Brazilian pop star Cláudia Leitte for their performance of the official Fifa World Cup song "We Are One (Ole Ola)".
30,000 passports delayed
Around 30,000 passport applications have been delayed, the Prime Minister has admitted. David Cameron told the House of Commons that HM Passport Office had received 300,000 more applications than normal and 10 per cent of those had been delayed It means tens of thousands of people risk missing their holidays or business appointments. Trade unions claim the figure is closer to 500,000. People are anxious. They want to get their passports. They want to go on holiday, Mr Cameron told Prime Ministers Questions.
Actor Comedian Rik Mayall has died
Comedian and actor Rik Mayall has died at home in London at the age of 56, today.
Mayall played the obnoxious, poetry-writing anarchist Rick in The Young Ones alongside his friend Adrian Edmondson before the duo later went on to star in their sitcom Bottom. The pair known as The Dangerous Brothers because of their propensity for hitting each other over the head found fame after meeting at Manchester University. Even when they were in The Young Ones in the early 80s it was still very much the Rik and Ade show. But after Riks accident in 1998 they worked on their own projects. In recent weeks, Mr Mayall had been working on a Dutch film in Portugal. Last year, he appeared in an episode of the gentle BBC comedy-drama Jonathan Creek. He has been a front-runner to play Jonathan originally but as he said I was tragically unavailable so the part went to Alan Davies. Instead he played Detective Inspector Gideon Pryke in the shows 1998 Christmas Special the first job he took on after his accident. R.I.P Rik Mayall very funny, very talented man.
Three (Trojan) schools placed in special measures by Ofsted
It has been confirmed that three schools are being investigating in the wake of allegations of a "Trojan Horse" takeover plot by hard-line Muslims have been declared failing and placed in special measures. Ofsted will publish 21 reports on schools later today. Park View trust in Birmingham said it was "extremely disappointed" that three of the schools inspected as part of the "Trojan Horse" investigations were graded as inadequate and put into special measures.
Justin bieber new racism row
Justin Bieber was plunged into a new racism row today after a video clip emerged of him allegedly changing the lyrics of a song to joke about killing a n****r and joining the Ku Klux Klan. The popstar was reportedly caught on camera changing the lyrics of his song One Less Lonely Girl to sing one less lonely n****r - and joking about joining white supremacist group the Ku Klux Klan. Click here to see the video
Taliban release a video
The Taliban release a video showing the moment US soldier Bowe Bergdahl was handed to US forces in eastern Afghanistan.
Justin Bieber racist joke & apology but is it enough for the insensitivity he has caused?
Sun, shows the Canadian singer hanging out with friends and makes a joke:
"Why are black people afraid of chainsaws?"
Guessing the punchline, someone off camera says: "Don't even say it. Don't say it."
But Bieber continues, in full knowledge that there is a camera filming him: "Run n****r, n*@*#r, n****r, n*@*#r, n****r."
And after this video was relased Justin Bieber made an apology on twitter. Even after his apology many people still felt hurt due to the singers iggorant and insensitive comments.
Carl Froch wins the boxing match against George Groves in the 8th round
Carl Froch defeated George Groves at Wembley Stadium with a right hook to the jaw in the eighth round last night. The champion threw his arms upwards as he celebrated his victory. Froch 36, the hard man from Nottingham, had retained his IBF and WBA supermiddleweight world titles. At the end of the fight he proposed to his girl friend Rachael Cordingley.
He has proven at the age of 36 he still throw them thangs with the rest of them.
Thumbs up for Stephen as thousands attend the inspirational young mans vigil
Thousands of people gathered with a thumbs up salute for Stephen Sutton vigil, ahead of the funeral of the inspirational youngster. Mourners dressed in bright colours - particularly yellow - to celebrate 19-year-old's life. Within a day more than 18,000 tweets have been posted while a vigil for the teenager, who raised over £4 million for the Teenage Cancer Trust, is being held at Lichfield Cathedral.
One Direction's Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson smoking what seems to look like a weed spilff
A video appearing to show One Direction members Louis Tomlinson and Zayn Malik smoking a "joint"(spilff) in the back of a car has emerged online. The five-minute video appears to be filmed by Tomlinson, who is heard saying, "So here we are, leaving Peru. Joint lit. Happy days!" He then moves the camera to show a police on a motorbike driving past. "He's having a look," he says. "He's thinking, 'I'm sure I can smell an illegal substance in there'. And he's hit the nail on the head."
European election results 2014 Ukip victory in the UK
Nigel Farage said his "dream has become a reality" after Ukip topped the European polls in England and Wales, leaving the party with 23 MEPs. Meanwhile, David Cameron said a "deep disillusionment" with the EU led to Ukip's victory. Mr Farage told an event in Westminster today that Ukip would have "an honest conversation with the British public about the cost-of-living-crisis" - an area that has been a focus for Mr Miliband and Labour. Nigel Farage promised Ukip's manifesto would address the rising cost of living for ordinary households. He also admitted that his party's hefty manifesto for the 2010 election may have been a mistake, saying: "I do feel that the manifesto as it was in 2010, 486 pages of it, was perhaps not the right way to approach politics."
UK Immigration issue 2015
Farage commented on how Immigration will be an even bigger issue in 2015. He has insisted Ukip was right to focus on immigration in the European Parliament election as the issue will only get bigger ahead of the 2015 general election. The Ukip leader said "deflation" in the Eurozone would mean a rise in the number of EU migrants seeking to come to Britain.
Street Fighter assassin's fist May 23rd debut
The much anticipated street fighter assassin's fist debut today on Machinima.com check out the web site : www.streetfighteraf.com for more details.
Debris found in Atlantic search for missing British yachtsmen of the "Cheeki Rafiki"
Debris has been spotted in the Atlantic near where the yacht carrying four British sailors is believed to have capsized. The captain of a catamaran taking part in the search for the Cheeki Rafiki said he spotted a plank of wood and a plastic board and had passed the details of the location on to the US Coast Guard.
Prince Charles compared Putin to Hitler
A former Polish war refugee who met Prince Charles in Canada has said he likened some Nazi actions in Europe to those of Russia's Vladimir Putin. Marienne Ferguson was speaking after meeting Prince Charles at a Nova Scotia immigration museum where she works. As they discussed Hitler's takeover of countries, the prince "said something to the effect of 'it's not unlike what Putin is doing,'" she recalled. Clarence House said it would not comment on a private conversation.
The prince is due to meet the Russian president for D-Day anniversary celebrations in France next month.
USA states that theres no evidence that Russian forces leaving Ukraine borders
U.S. said there was as yet no evidence that Russian forces in regions bordering Ukraine have started a withdrawal. We have not seen any withdrawal activity as of 2:45 this afternoon, and were watching as best we can constantly, Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby told reporters at a briefing.
Vladimir Putin has ordered troops near Ukraine's border to withdraw
in the Rostov, Belgorod and Bryansk regions should return to their permanent
bases, a statement said from the Kremlin. Correspondents say the removal of
some 40,000 Russian troops near the Ukrainian border could help de-escalate
the Ukraine crisis.
Holiday makers flown back due to terrorist threats in Mombasa
Hundreds of UK tourists are being evacuated from parts of the Kenyan coast, after the Foreign Office warned of a "high threat" from terrorists. Tour operators Thomson and First Choice cancelled all flights to Mombasa until October and said some 400 holidaymakers would be flown back as a precaution.
Charity Fund-Raiser Stephen Sutton Dies
Teenager Stephen Sutton, who raised more than £3m for charity after his bucket list went viral on the internet, has died after losing his cancer battle. Writing on his Facebook page, his mother wrote:
heart is bursting with pride but breaking with pain for my
courageous, selfless, inspirational son who passed away peacefully in his sleep in the early hours of this morning, Wednesday 14th May. "The ongoing support and outpouring of love for Stephen will help greatly at this difficult time, in the same way as it helped Stephen throughout his journey. "We all know he will never be forgotten, his spirit will live on, in all that he achieved and shared with so many.
R.I.P Stephen Sutton you touched the hearts of many!!
Prince William hosts dinner at Windsor Castle
The Prince William held a glamorous dinner party where the stars were shining bright. Prince William played host to a glittering array of celebrities at Windsor Castle yesterday. When the Queen gave him permission to use her 900-year-old royal fortress for a gala dinner to celebrate the work of The Royal Marsden, one of his late mother Princess Diana's favourite hospitals, the Duke of Cambridge certainly did not spare the glitter.
He compiled a guest list which included Kate Moss, Helena Bonham Carter, Cate Blanchett, Benedict Cumberbatch and Cara Delevingne.
Ukraine crisis updates
On Monday, pro-Russia activists in the east declared a separate state with a view to joining Russia, after holding votes on self-rule on Sunday. Kiev, the US and EU say the referendums in Donetsk and Luhansk were illegal.German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has said Ukraine's May presidential vote will be "crucial" in bringing the country out of its crisis.
Nigeria state governor may know where the 200 kidnapped girls are and Boko Haram release a new video
The governor of Nigeria's Borno state says he has information on the whereabouts of about 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by Islamist group Boko Haram. Governor Kashim Shettima said he had passed reports of the sightings of the girls to the military for verification. Mr Shettima added that he did not think the girls had been taken across the border to Chad or Cameroon. And a new video issued by Boko Haram has just emerged to show some of the 200 + schoolgirls missing in Nigeria and the terrorist group claims to only release them if some terrorist members are relased from prison.
New concerns over new tax powers
Plans to allow the tax authority to settle unpaid demands by taking money from people's bank accounts have been criticised by a group of MPs. The Treasury Committee says it is very concerned because tax officials have a history of making mistakes. Chancellor George Osborne unveiled the plan at this year's Budget.
Barclays plans to cut 19,000 jobs
Barclays is to cut 19,000 jobs by 2016, with more than 9,000 to go in the UK, the bank has said. As part of a new strategy, the investment part of the bank will lose about 7,000 jobs by the end of 2016. Barclays' investment bank has been hit by a slowdown in the demand for government and company debt. Barclays will also set up a "bad bank" which will eventually sell or run down £115bn of non-core operations. These include £90bn of investment bank assets and all of its European retail banking operations, amounting to £16bn of assets.
The Skullcracker found and arrested
The "Skullcracker" is back in custody after absconding from prison for a third time, only to be recaptured hours after allegedly holding up a building society. The fugitive prisoner had been at large since failing to return to HMP Standford Hill open prison, on the Isle of Sheppey, Kent, on Saturday evening after being granted a temporary release. The arrest was made in Bow, east london. Since his escape he has been suspected in being involed in another stick up robbery on a Chelsea Building Society branch in Sunbury-on-Thames, Surrey, (it has been said a quantity of cash" was taken by a man with a handgun).
A violent bank robber as known as "The Skull Cracker" has been spotted in West London
Michael Wheatley aka "Skull Cracker" is an armed robber who got he name by violently pistol whipping his victims. The bank robber has recently absconded when he was allowed out of an open prison, and has been seen in London police say. Officers were called to an address in Twickenham, south-west London just before 20:00 BST on Monday afterreports of a sighting of the absconder. He was not found by officers searching the area, Kent Police said.
(In 2002, Wheatley, 55, was given 13 life sentences for a string of brutal raids on banks and building societies).
Kent Police said he failed to return to HMP Standford Hill open prison on the Isle of Sheppey. Police have advised the public not to approach Wheatley, who is originally from Limehouse in east London but has links across south-east England.
Jobseekers being forced into zero-hours
The Un-employed who refuse to take the controversial zero-hour contracts could face losing their benefits for up to three years, according to a report. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) confirmed that sanctions could be imposed on people who turn down an offer of work even if it came with no guarantee of a full-time wage. People on zero-hours contracts are essentially on-call, working when and if required. Critics say they can be exploited by unscrupulous employers to reward or punish employees.
Bob Hoskins has passed away
British actor Bob Hoskins who was best known for roles in The Long Good Friday and Who Framed Roger Rabbit, has died of pneumonia on Tuesday at 71, two years after being diagnosed with Parkinsons disease.
RIP Bob Hoskins.
15-year-old boy charged with Anne Maguire murder
A 15-year-old boy has been charged with the murder of teacher Ann Maguire who was stabbed to death in front of around 30 pupils. The Crown Prosecution Service has concluded that there is sufficient evidence to charge the 15-year-old with the murder after he was arrested and interviewed under caution by police.
Anne Maguire stabbing
The fatal stabbing of a teacher in front of her pupils has prompted condolence messages from different parts around the world.Anne Maguire, 61, was killed at Corpus Christi Catholic College in Leeds on Monday. She had taught at the school for 40 years, after starting her career there as a student teacher.Tribute messages and flowers to Mrs Maguire are at the school gates and pupils are attending a Mass for her. A 15-year-old pupil is being questioned by detectives about the attack, while the school is open as normal.
Tornadoes tearing parts of southern USA
Destructive Tornadoes have been tearing through southern Usa.Six deaths were reported in Alabama and seven in Mississippi after tornadoes struck on Monday evening,although not all these fatalities were confirmed. Several tornadoes flattened buildings, overturned vehicles and brought down utility lines on a second consecutive night of devastation. At least 16 people died in Arkansas, Iowa and Oklahoma on Sunday night.
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!
Nigerian Onyemaranwanneya Womans Associationy Annual Dinner Dance, Saturday 21st June 2014
Tottenham Green Leisure Centre 1 philips Lane, London N15 4JA. Come down to the events and enjoy the festivities which includes dinner, cultural dance and many more!
12th June 14, Trafalgar Square 12:00pm to 7:00pm
A free event in a carnival style atmosphere with live music, DJs, dance lessons, short films, drumming, capoeira and more, climaxing with samba. You can get in the World Cup mood in the football zone where the whole family can enjoy games and a range of fun activities, including an inflatable football pitch and a photo-op with life-sized images of the Brazilian team.
Have some fun and check out the games section
The Business section Is now available
The business section on this site is now up and running, feel free to check it out (more updates will soon be available).
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