Murray beats Berdych to reach Australian Open final

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Andy Murray overcame a blistering start from Tomas Berdych to advance to his fourth Australian Open final with a 6-7(6) 6-0 6-3 7-5 victory on Thursday. Murray will meet either top seed Novak Djokovic or defending champion Stan Wawrinka, who play their semi-final on Friday, for the title. It is Murray's first grand slam final since he beat Djokovic at Wimbledon in 2013, and eighth of his career. He was disappointed to lose the first set but started to feel better and stick to his game and was more aggressive in the second set. Murray said in a courtside interview.

A number of UK airport flights have been suspended due to snow storm

Heavy snowfall has forced flights at Manchester Airport to be suspended as wintry weather disrupts travel across northern England. The airport said it hoped to resume services later and advised passengers to arrive as normal. Elsewhere, hazardous driving conditions have been reported and hundreds of schools have been closed across the North. Parts of Yorkshire, Derbyshire and the North East are the worst affected.

US forecast mistake

The US National Weather Service (NWS) has admitted its forecasts were wrong, after predicting a "potentially historic blizzard" would strike New York City.The city was largely spared as the storm piled deep snow on Connecticut and Massachusetts.

Apple has reported a net profit of $18 billions in its first quarter

Apple has reported a net profit of $18 billion (£11.8 billion) in its fiscal first quarter - the biggest quarterly profit ever made by a public company. Record iPhone sale boosted profit figures. The company's quarterly results smashed Wall Street expectations, with a 70 percent rise in China sales also being credited as a factor behind the huge surge, which saw revenue rise by 30 percent from $57.6 billion to $74.6 since last year.

Auschwitz survivors

About 300 Auschwitz survivors have gathered at the site of the former Nazi death camp to mark the 70th anniversary of its liberation.
On the eve of the landmark event, which draw several heads of state, a leading Jewish organisation was echoed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Hollywood mogul Steven Spielberg in highlighting violence against Jews in modern-day Europe.
Europe is "close to" a new exodus of Jews, European Jewish Congress chief Moshe Kantor warned at a Holocaust forum in the Czech capital Prague.

Recalling his experiences at Auschwitz, survivor Zigi Shipper said: "they told them (the prisoners) were going into the showers, but of course there were no showers. It was a building and they packed them into that building, closed the door and then they killed them - they gassed them It just breaks my heart...I just cannot cope with it."

Greece The far-left Syriza party forms anti-austerity coalition with a right-wing party

The far-left Syriza party, the winner of Greece's election, has formed an anti-austerity coalition with a right-wing party, the Greek Independents. The coalition will have a comfortable majority in the new parliament. In his victory speech the Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras?vowed Greece would abandon the "catastrophic austerity" measures imposed by European creditors. Greece leaves behinds catastrophic austerity, it leaves behind fear and authoritarianism, it leaves behind five years of humiliation and anguish," Mr Tsipras told thousands of supporters in Athens.

European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker congratulated Mr Tsipras while reminding him of the challenge of "ensuring fiscal responsibility".The European Commission stands ready to continue assisting Greece in achieving these goals," Mr Juncker said in a tweet.

The new anti-bailout government raises the prospect of a stand-off with European creditors, with Mr Tsipras promising to renegotiate the repayment terms of Greece's debt. Financial markets have reacted nervously to the result, fearing conflict with other eurozone governments that could put strain the currency bloc.

Saudi Kings Dies

The Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz has died, royal officials have announced, weeks after he was admitted to hospital. Abdullah, who had ruled since 2005 and was said to be aged about 90, had been suffering from a lung infection. His 79-year-old half-brother, Salman, has been confirmed as the new king. Within hours of his accession to the throne of the oil-rich kingdom, King Salman vowed to maintain the same policies as his predecessors. R.I.P Abdullah bin Abdulaziz.

Tributes to Anne Kirkbride

The cast of Coronation Street have led tributes to actress Anne Kirkbride, who played one of the soap's best-loved characters Deirdre Barlow for 42 years. At 60 she died peacefully, R.I.P Anne Kirkbride.

World's population may soon be own by the wealthiest 1%

The wealthiest 1% will soon own more than the rest of the world's population, according to a study by anti-poverty charity Oxfam.

The charity's research shows that the share of the world's wealth owned by the richest 1% increased from 44% in 2009 to 48% last year. On current trends, Oxfam says it expects the wealthiest 1% to own more than 50% of the world's wealth by 2016.
The research coincides with the start of the World Economic Forum in Davos. The annual gathering attracts top political and business leaders from around the world. Oxfam's executive director Winnie Byanyima, who will co-chair the Davos event, said she would use the charity's high-profile role at the forum to demand urgent action to narrow the gap between rich and poor.

Boko Haram north of Cameroon

In recent years the extremist fighters used the remote areas inside the far north of Cameroon as rear bases, but - as the insecurity deepened and the Cameroonian government sent elite soldiers to fight them - the jihadists have seen barracks, villages and their inhabitants as legitimate targets.

Kidnappings have happened in Cameroon before, including a group of Chinese engineers taken last year, as well as French tourists. It seems money was the motivation as multimillion dollar ransom payments were handed over Chad has experience fighting jihadists. It sent soldiers to help oust rebels from northern Mali in 2013. So far the regional fight against Boko Haram has been ineffectual..

Soldiers from Nigeria, Niger and Chad were supposed to be part of a multinational force based just outside Baga in Borno state. Cameroon was also due to join. But when Boko Haram fighters attacked there earlier this month, only Nigerians soldiers were present and they were soon outgunned.

Belgian terror cell were to carry out 'a second Paris' attack

A Belgian terror cell poised to carry out 'a second Paris' attack planned to abduct and behead a senior policeman or judge has been intercepted resulting two suspects being shot dead. Searches were also carried out overnight in the Brussels area. Thirteen suspects had been arrested, while two were arrested in France. Guns, munitions and explosives, as well as police uniforms and a large amount of money, were seized during the raids, prosecution spokesman Thierry Werts told reporters.

New Charlie Hebdo magazine sells out in Paris and sparks more controversy

The latest issue of Charlie Hebdo, produced one week after many of its editorial staff were murdered, reportedly 5 million prints were sold out across France within minutes. The cover shows a weeping Mohammed, holding a sign reading 'I am Charlie' with the words 'All is forgiven' above him. It is appearing on newsstands one week to the day after the assault in Paris by two masked gunmen that killed eight members of the Charlie Hebdo staff, including its editor and three other cartoonists, along with two police officers. They said they were wreaking vengeance for the magazine's blasphemous cartoons and jokes about figures sacred to Islam.The latest issue of Charlie Hebdo maintained the intentionally offensive tone that made the newspaper famous in France.

Fox News commentator apologise about Birmingham muslium comment

An American terrorism commentator has apologised for describing Birmingham as a "Muslim-only city" where non-Muslims "don't go in" during an interview on Fox News.
Non-Muslims do not go to the British city of Birmingham, which has become a “totally Muslim” city, it has been claimed. Speaking on US news channel Fox News, Steven Emerson – who claims to be a “terrorism expert” – also said that gangs of religious police in parts of London beat up people who are not wearing Islamic clothes.
Emerson later apologised for his comments, which he admitted were “totally in error” and offered to make a donation to Birmingham Children's Hospital.

The Paris hostage sieges has come to a dramatic end

The two Al Qaeda hostage sieges has come to a dramatic and furious end in France with police killing three gunmen - including two brothers suspected of the Charlie Hebdo terrorist Shooting. Two brothers suspected of the Charlie Hebdo magazine shootings were killed in an assault at a warehouse where they had held a hostage north of Paris.
In the second incident, anti-terror forces stormed a supermarket in eastern Paris where several hostages were being held by another gunman. Four hostages there were killed prior to the police assault, reports say. Another four hostages were seriously injured, but 15 were freed alive, the BBC's Christian Fraser in Paris reports.It is said that the hostage taker at the supermarket is to have links to the two Charlie Hebdo suspects.
The hostage taker in eastern Paris (Amedy Coulibaly, 32) targeted a Jewish supermarket, Hypercacher, near Porte de Vincennes. He had threatened to kill his captives if police attempted to capture the brothers, reports said. He was also suspected of being behind the shooting of a policewoman in the southern suburb of Montrouge on Thursday.

Charlie Hebdo terrorist hold up

French police have surrounded a building in a northern town where two Islamists suspected of the Charlie Hebdo massacre have taken a hostage. They have holed up a small printing business in Dammartin-en-Goele, 35km (22 miles) from Paris, the gunmen reportedly said they were prepared to die.
Shots were fired during a high-speed car chase earlier on Friday, the third day of the manhunt for the attackers. A shooting has been reported at a kosher business in the east of Paris. A gunman, believed to be the killer of a policewoman in Paris on Thursday, has taken a hostage at the store, a source told France's AFP news agency. Earlier, a police source linked the killing of the policewoman to the Charlie Hebdo attack, when 12 people were shot dead and 11 injured. The suspects, two brothers linked by intelligence officials to militant groups, shouted Islamist slogans during the shooting and then fled Paris in a hijacked car, heading north.

12 people killed at the French satirical Charlie Hebdo magazine office

Gunmen have attacked the Paris office of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, killing 12 people and injuring seven in an apparent Islamist attack. At least two masked attackers opened fire with assault rifles in the office and exchanged shots with police in the street outside before escaping by car. According to the AFP news agency, the attackers shouted: "We have avenged the prophet." witnesses say the gunmen shouted out that they are connected to Al-Qaeda in Yemen.
“Somebody who was nearby on the roof and saw much of the incident said three policemen then arrived on a pushbike. "When they saw how armed these men were they left and then there was a kind of gunfight in the street.” He added: "Then the gunmen escaped and are currently on the run, being pursued. They moved towards the east of Paris. While fleeing they wounded a policeman and a passer-by was also hit.

President Francois Hollande said there was no doubt it had been a terrorist attack "of exceptional barbarity". A major police operation is under way in the Paris area to catch the killers.

Pauline Cafferkey condition stabilised

The condition of Pauline Cafferkey the Scottish nurse being treated for Ebola has stabilised, according to the Health Secretary. Jeremy Hunt said Pauline Cafferkey remains in a critical condition at London's Royal Free Hospital, where she receiving the "best possible care" in isolation.

“She said in Sierra Leone that she hoped her loved ones would be proud of her," he told MPs in the House of Commons."Well, she should know today the whole country is proud of her for her bravery and dedication to the service of others. “She stands, quite simply, for the very best of NHS values." His statement this afternoon came as Save the Children, which ran the treatment centre where she worked in Sierra Leone.

Nurse Pauline Cafferkey in critical condition

British nurse who was diagnosed with Ebola after returning from Sierra Leone is now in a critical condition, the London hospital treating her has said. The Royal Free Hospital said it was "sorry to announce that the condition of Pauline Cafferkey has gradually deteriorated over the past two days". Ms Cafferkey, from South Lanarkshire, was given an experimental anti-viral drug and blood from disease survivors.

New restrictions on Syrians refugees

New restrictions on Syrians entering Lebanon have come into effect, further slowing the flow of asylum seekers trying to escape the war. Previously, travel between the two countries was largely unrestricted, but now Syrians will have to obtain a visa.
Lebanon hosts more than a million Syrian refugees and this is the latest step to try to stem the influx. Millions of Syrians have been displaced by the civil war as rebel forces try to oust President Bashar al-Assad.

Prince Andrew and US lawyer Dershowitz accused of having sex with a minor

US lawyer Mr Dershowitz alleged to have had sex with a minor has denied the claims - and said allegations against Prince Andrew must also be "presumed" false. Alan Dershowitz said the woman making the claims "should not be believed". He and the Duke of York were named in documents filed in a Florida court over how prosecutors handled a case against financier Jeffrey Epstein. The woman alleges she was forced by Epstein to have sex with Prince Andrew - claims denied by Buckingham Palace. She says it happened when she was under age, and on three occasions - in London, New York and on a private Caribbean island owned by Epstein - between 1999 and 2002.

"Great Train robbery" new train fares seen as day light robbery and too expensive for the everyday person

Train fare rises due to start this friday. Its has been said that season tickets have risen by up to 2.5%, while the average fare of a rail ticket in Britain will increase by 2.2%.
The government said fares were crucial to funding rail modernisation. Meanwhile, commuters have faced rail delays in East Anglia, Wales and between London and Crewe.
The January 2015 increase means a record number of people will now pay £5,000-a-year or more for a season ticket into London and some will be paying close to £10,000.
New research has revealed that these prices are up by as much as £1,900 since 2010.
Rail bosses say today's rise is the lowest in years but it was again overshadowed by train delays across Britain as many returned to work. Unions protested outside certain railway stations today have demanded an end to fare rises.

Wishing you a happy 2015

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Sbtv owner Jamal Edwards on the Queen's Honours List

Jamal Edwards aged 24 is one of the youngest people on the Queen's New Year's Honours List. Edwards was just a teenager when he started his YouTube channel, and has gone on to help launch the careers of major stars like Ed Sheeran, Jessie J, Rita Ora and Emili Sande. Sbtv was founded in 2006 by Jamal Edwards who started up by filming rap freestyles cyphers which he would then upload to YouTube.
For the first three years Edwards acted alone to provide amateur footage regarding many British grime artists, such as Dizzee Rascal, Wiley, Chipmunk and Tinchy Stryder. As the channel began to attract more attention, it also began offering lifestyle interviews and event coverage, and a production team of ten people was then established. As time went on the company has cited its aim to become a more 'diverse youth lifestyle broadcaster,' incorporating more genres of music.

Today sbtv provide three main cores which are : Broadcasting, production and editorial services. Edwards - who is also an ambassador for the Prince's Trust - commented: "I'm honoured to be one of the youngest people awarded with an MBE on this years New Honours list. Never in a million years did I ever think I would receive such an accolade. For me this is about us the YOUTH, with so much negativity around us it's hard sometimes to stay positive and fight for your dreams."
The self-made millionaire added: "I am over the moon to be honoured for my contributions to music, honestly people anything is possible if you stay dedicated. I was forced to carve my own path, taking an untraditional route, part of a digital culture rewriting the rules & breaking down barriers. Growing up I've always had a passion for music, I'm privileged to be able to work with singers, rappers & MCs & talented people in general and be able to provide a platform for them to be heard."

Debris found from missing plane

MIndonesian officials have confirmed that bodies and debris found in the Java Sea off Borneo are from AirAsia flight QZ8501 that went missing on Sunday, a statement by AirAsia says.
AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandes said he was "devastated" by the news. President Joko Widodo told media he had instructed all search teams to focus on finding the passengers and crew.The Airbus A320-200, carrying 162 people from Surabaya in Indonesia to Singapore, disappeared on Sunday. The navy said 40 bodies have been recovered, though other officials have given much smaller figures.

Virgin Atlantic jet safely lands

A Virgin Atlantic passenger plane has landed safely at London's Gatwick Airport after discovering a problem with part of its main landing gear. The Virgin flight VS43 with 447 passengers and 15 crew was travelling from Gatwick to Las Vegas when it had to return. The Boeing 747 circled over southern England for several hours dumping fuel before making a bumpy but safe landing just before 16:00 GMT.

City Link to go into administration and makes 2,000 workers redundant

More than 2,000 City Link staff will face 2015 without a job, according to their union, which met the company’s administrators over the weekend. The RMT said the jobs will be cut by EY on Wednesday, New Year’s Eve. It follows a decision by City Link’s owners, Jon Moulton’s private equity group Better Capital, which bought it for £1 in April 2013, not to go ahead with a turnaround proposal.EY, which was told City Link would be put into administration on 22 December but not officially appointed until Christmas Eve, said yesterday that it was assessing the company and its existing order book. The administrator said: “This process will have a bearing on the number of employees retained and those that unfortunately face redundancy in the next few days.”

Also workers facing redundancy from the company have staged a demonstration outside a depot in North Lanarkshire.

AirAsia Indonesia flight QZ8501 going to Singapore has gone missing

An AirAsia Indonesia airliner flying from Indonesia to Singapore with 162 people on board has gone missing. Flight QZ8501 lost contact with air traffic control at 06:24 local time (23:24 GMT Saturday) over the Java Sea. The plane, an Airbus A320-200, disappeared midway into the flight of more than two hours from the city of Surabaya. No distress call was made. This is the third mysterious air tragedy to beset south-east Asian air travel this year. A search, which is focused on an area of the Java Sea near Belitung, an island off of the east coast of Sumatra, was set to resume at first lighton Monday, while some ships were continuing the hunt overnight.

Aparently a racial slur was use against Obama by North Korea news reports say

North Korea has compared President Barack Obama to a monkey and blamed the US for shutting down its internet amid the hacking row over the movie The Interview. There was no immediate reaction from the White House on Saturday. On Saturday, the North’s powerful National Defense Commission, which is led by Kim and is the country’s top governing body, said Obama was behind the release of The Interview. It described the movie as illegal, dishonest and reactionary.“Obama always goes reckless in words and deeds like a monkey in a tropical forest,” an unidentified spokesman at the commission’s policy department said in a statement carried by North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency.

Xbox & Playstation hack

Xbox and PlayStation internet services experienced severe problems on Christmas Day, preventing users acessing online gaming sites, amid claims of a cyber attack. A notorious group of hackers, Lizard Squad, which is known for its attacks on the video game industry, took credit but could not be reached for comment.Some security experts believe it is closely allied with Guardians of Peace, the group blamed for the attack on Sony provoking a diplomatic row between North Korea and the USA.

Seasonal Greetings!!

Hope everbody had a wonderful Christmas!!

Glasgow bin lorry crash

Six people have been killed and eight others injured after an out-of-control bin lorry crashed into pedestrians in central Glasgow. The council vehicle then crashed into the Millennium Hotel, near Queen Street station in George Square, at 14:30.
A major investigation is now under way to establish the circumstances surrounding the crash. who has concerns about relatives or friends. Call 01786 289070 - for anyone who has concerns about relatives or friends. It has also urged people in the city centre to let relatives know they are safe and well.

Police are on warning avoid making inflammatory posts on social media after police men were killed

Police departments and union leaders around the country are warning the rank and file to wear bulletproof vests and avoid making inflammatory posts on social media in the days after a man ambushed two officers and shot them to death inside their patrol car. The slayings of Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu on Saturday afternoon in Brooklyn heightened fears about the safety of law enforcement officials nationwide, though authorities haven't said if they believe any threats are imminent. The gunman, 28-year-old Ismaaiyl Brinsley, had vowed in an Instagram post to put "wings on pigs" as retaliation for the slayings of black men at the hands of white police.Brinsley was black; the slain New York Police Department officers were Hispanic and Asian. Also in Florida a cop was shot dead and then ran over by the shooters car. The suspect, 23-year-old Marco Antonio Parilla Jr, crashed into a pole minutes after the shooting.

Kurdish forces broken the IS siege of Mount Sinjar

Kurdish forces in northern Iraq are claiming their biggest victory yet against Islamic State (IS) militants. They say they have broken the IS siege of Mount Sinjar, where thousands of Yazidis and other displaced Iraqis have been trapped since August.
IS controls a swathe of Iraq and Syria, where it has declared a caliphate. Meanwhile, the Pentagon's top officer says US air strikes have killed several high-ranking military leaders of IS in Iraq. The Kurdish offensive against IS forces besieging Mount Sinjar began early on Wednesday with the most intensive round of air strikes yet by US and coalition forces.

Hackers shut down new comdey movie about Kim Jong-un

Sony Pictures has cancelled the Christmas release of a film at the centre of a hacking scandal after terrorist threats to cinemagoers and a decision by major movie theatre groups to cancel screenings in the US. A group calling itself Guardians of Peace (GOP) published an online message on Tuesday warning cinemagoers to stay away from screenings of The Interview, starring Seth Rogen and James Franco, which depicts the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. The threats led five of biggest cinema chains in the US to drop the film. A federal investigation is also under way.
The decision to cancel the release marks the climax of a torrid month for Sony. GOP has also claimed responsibility for a huge hack on Sony’s computer systems in November, which led to the release of thousands of confidential documents revealing executive pay structure, corporate profits, unreleased films, personal email correspondence and employee social security numbers.

Pakistan Taliban gunmen have killed 130 people in a hostage stand-off

Taliban gunmen have killed 130 people, including at least 100 children, in a school attack in Peshawar, Pakistan. Nine men stormed the army-run school while around 500 children and teachers were believed to be inside, with many students taking exams at the time.At least 122 people are thought to have been injured in the siege. A local hospital said the dead and injured were aged from 10 to 20 years old. Teachers and pupils were held hostage by the Tehreek-e-Taliban gunmen before the army stormed the building in a bid to end a battle which raged for almost nine hours.

Hostage situation in Sydney

Updates in Sydney

Three people died including the Islamist gunman who was later named as Man Haron Monis, after commandos stormed a cafe in Sydney, Australia, to bring to an end a 16-hour siege. Local media have named those hostages who died as Lindt cafe manager Tori Johnson, 34 and lawyer Katrina Dawson, 38.
Four people were injured, including a policeman hit by shotgun pellets.

Gun shots and explosions has been heard as special forces storm the bulding medics have been called.

A Muslim extremist gunman is holding a number of hostages at a Lindt chocolates cafe in Sydney's Martin Place. It is unclear how many people are involved in the siege but people could be seen with their hands raised and pressed against the windows, with two forced to hold up a black Islamic State flag but 5 manage to escape. TV reports showed a man wearing a black headband with white text on it moving inside the cafe as terrified hostages faced the windows.The terrifying scene comes after recent terror arrests unveiled a plot to target innocent victims in Martin Place, the heart of the Sydney city centre and one of the busiest thoroughfares in Australia. Hundreds of armed police have now seal off an area of central Sydney also the man has been identified as an Iranian refugee who was on bail for a string of violent offences.

Protest at a high-end shopping centre in London for Eric Garner

Two peaceful protests were held in west London on Wednesday evening, one inside the high-end Westfield shopping mall and one outside. An estimated 600 people gathered at Westfield in Shepherd's Bush for the "die-in" demonstration. The protest was in solidarity with rallies in the US prompted by the death of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man who died at the hands of New York police in July. More than 70 protesters were arrested.

Two witnesses to Mike Brown shooting have been murdered

DeAndre Joshua, 20, was murdered on the same night of the Saint Louis Grand Jury announcement. DeAndre was shot in the head, and then a flammable liquid poured on him and set afire inside his vehicle. Also the body of Shawn Gray was found Wednesday afternoon in River Des Peres, these suspious murders are believed that the police are targeting all witnesses who advocated or testified on behalf of slain teen Michael Brown. However, it has not been fully confirmed yet if Shawn Gray testified for Brown (even though something fishy and Putrid is definitely happening behind the scenes).

Prince William & Kate end thier US trip at a luxurious university funding raiser event and vist the 9/11 Memorial

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge rounded off their whirlwind trip to the United States at a swanky scholarship fundraising event in aid of the university where they met and fell in love. Speaking at St Andrews 600th Anniversary Dinner, William recalled the time he spent at the university alongside the former Kate Middleton.
He also joked saying "It's often said by the undergraduates of St Andrews that you leave the university in either one of two states – either married or an alcoholic,".

Prince William and Kate Middleton paid their respects at one of New York City's most sombre sites, the National September 11 Memorial.

Northern UK 'Weather bomb' storm

High winds and huge waves are affecting north-western parts of the UK as bad weather hits power supplies and travel. The "weather bomb" storm has brought hundreds of lightning strikes, temporarily cutting power to across the Western Isles, affecting 17,000 homes. The Met Office has warned parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland to "be prepared" as the rapidly developing storm threatens gusts of up to 80mph.

Royal couple Duchess of Cambridge link up with Jay-Z, Beyonce and LeBron James

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have attended a basketball game in New York They met star player LeBron James aswell as Jay-Z and Beyonce at the Barclays Center, where the Cleveland Cavaliers took on the Brooklyn Nets. And outside about 200 people demonstrated nearby against incidents of police violence against Eric Garner. In a show of solidarity with the protesters, James warmed up in a T-shirt that read “I Can’t Breathe”, Garner’s final words before he died. Chicago basketball star Derrick Rose wore the shirt before a game on Saturday. The next day James said he wanted one. Nets guard Jarrett Jack fulfilled that request on Monday, handing out the T-shirts to players on both teams, which they wore during the warm-up.

Shrien Dewani has been cleared of honeymoon murder

A judge has dismissed the case against Shrien Dewani, who was accused of arranging the murder of his wife Anni in South Africa. Judge Jeanette Traverso said the evidence presented by the prosecution fell "far below the threshold" of what a reasonable court could convict on. She said the evidence of the prosecution's main witness, taxi driver Zola Tongo, was "riddled with contradictions" and "highly debatable". Mr Dewani will now be released.

US hostage Luke Somers and SA Pierre Korkie killed in rescue attempt

UK-born US journalist Luke Somers and South African teacher Pierre Korkie have been killed by al-Qaeda militants in Yemen during a failed rescue bid.
Saturday's operation was carried out by joint US and Yemeni special forces in the southern Shabwa region. US President Barack Obama condemned Mr Somers's death as a "barbaric murder". They were being held by militants from al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), regarded by the US as one of the deadliest offshoots of al-Qaeda.

Darren Wilson facing Federal Charges

Barack Obama filed federal civil rights charges against officer Darren Wilson moments after a Missouri grand jury found “no probable cause to indict” the officer in the shooting death of Ferguson teenager Michael Brown.
Obama’s sixteen-count indictment cites “multiple, unwarranted civil rights violations resulting from harsh and excessive police tactics leading to the death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown, Jr.”

“I have done what the Missouri judicial system and even my own Justice Department failed to do in order to right this wrong,” said Obama, shortly after St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch announced the grand jury’s decision. McCulloch made a 25-minute statement debunking several exaggerated social media accounts of last August’s incident, while defending the use of deadly force by police, appealing for calm and taking questions from a small group of local media.

Pedophile doctor Myles Bradbury jailed

A pedophile doctor who abused young cancer patients has been sentenced to 22 years in jail. Myles Bradbury, 41, of Herringswell in Suffolk, admitted abusing 18 children in his care at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge, between 2009 and 2013. Bradbury has admitted 25 offences, including sexual assault, voyeurism and possessing more than 16,000 indecent images. The judge told him his offences were a "gross and grotesque breach of trust". The Paedophile doctor also used a secret pen camera to record his victims. All of his victims suffered from leukaemia, haemophilia or other serious conditions. Some have since died.

1,000 protesters outside U.S. embassy in London to support Michael Brown

More than 1,000 people protested outside the U.S. embassy in London last night, with some holding 'jail racist cops' placards, following the decision not to prosecute the American officer who shot dead black teenager Michael Brown. The demonstration, outside the embassy in Grosvenor Square, central London, saw people condemn the grand jury decision not to indict Darren Wilson for shooting unarmed Mr Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

Australia batsman Phillip Hughes passes away

Sad news just came in that the Australia cricketer Phillip Hughes died in hospital, two days after being hit on the neck by a ball during a match in Sydney. R.I.P Phillip Hughes.

Lewis Hamilton wins the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

The best man did win, Hamilton’s 11th win of the season made him only the fourth multiple British world champion, after greats Graham Hill, Jim Clark and Jackie Stewart, and prompted rival Fernando Alonso to remark: “The best man won.” The sentiment was widely echoed, but not with more meaning than from Hamilton’s old boss Ron Dennis. Team mate Rosberg has been the faster qualifier this year, but Hamilton had won 10 races to Rosberg’s five.
Hamilton paid tribute to his father, Anthony, girlfriend Nicole Scherzinger and brother Nicholas, who all surprised him by arriving at the last minute to cheer him on.

NHS volunteers to fight Ebola

After nine days of intensive Ministry of Defence training, the healthcare professionals are the first to be deployed by the UK government. The team will spend five weeks in Sierra Leone working at Ebola treatment centres, returning three days after Christmas.

Barack Obama on US immigration overhaul

Millions of immigrants living illegally in the US will be allowed to apply for work permits under a major shake-up unveiled by President Barack Obama. They include immigrants who have been in the US for five years and have children staying legally in the US. About four million people are expected to benefit from a reform package forced through using executive orders, which allow Mr Obama to bypass Congress. Republicans were angered about the move.

Israeli worshippers die in Jerusalem synagogue shooting

Four Israelis were killed and several injured as two men armed with a pistol and meat cleavers attacked a West Jerusalem synagogue. Israel's PM Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed a harsh response. He ordered the homes of the attackers to be destroyed and called for the people of Israel to stand together in the face of a "wave of terror". Jerusalem has seen weeks of unrest, partly fuelled by tension over a disputed holy site.

British medical student 'in Jihadi beheading video

UK medical student Nasser Muthana was suspected of being in an Islamic State killing squad that murdered 17 hostages.

The video was on YouTube showed the decapitated body of Peter Kassig, a 26-year-old American aid worker. The father of Nasser Muthana said the 20-year-old appeared to be among 16 jihadists who were filmed beheading Syrian soldiers in the desert. Ahmed Muthana said: ‘I cannot be certain but it looks like my son. He must fear Allah now for killing people. How can he expect to face Allah if he is killing human beings? Mr Kassig, also known as Peter, was captured last year. His family, who live in the US state of Indiana, said they were awaiting confirmation of the reports about their "treasured son".
Mr Kassig's murder is a sign of frustration that IS militants are unable to hit back at the coalition air strikes that have driven them off key sites like the Mosul and Haditha dams, and prevented them from seizing the town of Kobane.

UK to Stop British jihadists returning

British jihadists who travel abroad to fight could have their passport confiscated by the police and be prevented from returning under new powers outlined by the Prime Minster. David Cameron said the special exclusion orders - which could last for two years or more - would bar suspected fighters from entering the UK unless they agreed to strict controls. Officials would also have the power to stop would-be jihadists leaving the UK. Critics have questioned the legality of the measures, while Labour said more should be done to stop radicalisation. Mr Cameron, who is in Australia for the G20 summit, announced the plans in a speech to the country's parliament in Canberra.

Isis to make its own currency, the Islamic dinar

Islamic State says its leader has ordered that the organisation start minting gold, silver and copper coins for its own currency, the Islamic dinar. A website affiliated with the militant group said late on Thursday that its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, had instructed his followers to start minting the coins to “change the tyrannical monetary system” modelled on western economies that had “enslaved Muslims”. The posting says the order was approved by the group’s shura council, an advisory board. After seizing large swaths of Iraqi and Syrian territory this year, Isis proclaimed a caliphate, or Islamic empire, on lands under its control.

Harry Roberts has been released from prison

Mr Roberts, now 78, was jailed for life for murdering three police officers in Shepherd's Bush, west London, in 1966. Roberts was released from Littlehey Prison in Cambridgeshire on Tuesday.

Armistice Day tributes

Tributes have been paid to servicemen and women who died in conflicts since the start of World War One. In London the final symbolic ceramic poppy was planted in the art installation at the Tower of London. Services were held in military bases, churches and schools, and a two-minute silence was observed at 11:00 GMT.
Remembrance ceremonies also took place at Westminster Abbey, the Cenotaph and Trafalgar Square in London.

MISSING SCHOOLGIRL Reneisha Brown is "safe and well", a police spokesman has confirmed

The 14-year-old from Wood Green, north London, was reported missing last Saturday (Nov 1) after she failed to arrive at Edmonton Green Leisure Centre where she took gymnastics. The news will be welcomed by the public - including celebrities such as rapper Kano and Gone Too Far actress Shanika Warren Markland - who helped spread awareness of her disappearance on social media and calling for her safe return. (The voice online).

EU referendum will not damage economy

David Cameron has rejected claims an EU referendum will damage the UK economy, criticising those who argue the UK should stay in the EU "come what may". The prime minister told business leaders that the UK was securing more inward investment than the whole of the EU despite his 2017 referendum pledge. He also said he would push for tighter immigration controls despite business concerns over UK skills shortages. Fear mongering by the deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg saying that the UK would have "no future" outside the European Union.

Anonymous protesters in Central London

Thousands of anti-capitalist activists - including Russell Brand - have taken to the streets of central London to protest against "political oppression". Things slightly turned as barricades were thrown at officers outside the Houses of Parliament while fireworks were let off in Trafalgar Square and graffiti was daubed on police vans.

Remember remember the 5th of November Bonfire night!

The skies around the England and the rest of the UK will be lit up with fireworks as Bonfire Night gets underway tonight. Be sure to take due care whether your doing fire works at home or going to an event.

America's midterm elections

America goes to the polls but this race will be different. This isn't a presidential year – this is a mid-term year and it is extraordinary to have this many essentially tied races. It said that the republicains may win the senate even though they caused the financial melt down and secondly almost made America default which would of resulted in shut down.

Virgin Galatic crash upadate: "Descent system deployed early"

Air safety chief Christopher Hart said the "feathering" device, designed to slow the craft on re-entry, activated without a command from the pilots. But he said it was too soon to confirm any possible cause of the crash. Media reports had focused on the fuel tanks and the engine, but Mr Hart said both were found intact.
Sir Richard Branson accused a "handful of British newspapers" of publishing "wild accusations" over the crash. Richard Branson also meantion that him and his son were planing to fly in february.

Atos quits & ministers considering cuts to ESA

The 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

An 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.

Countries 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

Major blind spot in the criminal justice system revealed in report disclosing a catalogue of 'appalling' errors in Home Office’s 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 Office’s 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 Alice’s 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.

Ebola crisis

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

Judges 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 Zalkalns’s 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 London’s New Year’s 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 Family’s “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

The 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

Actor 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.

He 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 Kiel's passing.
R.I.P Richard Kiel truely a special star, you will be missed God bless!!

Oscar 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 Scotland’s 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

An 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 Scotland’s 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 Salmond’s 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 Britain’s 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.

New 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

The 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.

Boko 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 eight
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".

MH17 updates

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

The 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 the
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 Britain’s spies to access data about the public’s 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

The 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.

Iraq crisis

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.

D-Day anniversary

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

The 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"

MUkip’s “political earthquake” has taken the Conservatives and Labour by storm, with Nigel Farage’s party taking dozens of seats from Britain’s main parties. Mr Farage’s party has taken dozens of council seats from the Tories and Labour, dominating the south and making serious inroads in Labour’s 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.

Tube strike

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.

The union defended its action, saying the planned closure of ticket offices will cost hundreds of job losses and threaten safety. London Underground, however, maintains
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

Joe 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 the US
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.


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.

The 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

A 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.

Eu Corruption

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.

Brussels 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'

Nick 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.

Michael 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 was
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.

Interpreter in Nelson Mandela memorial was a fake and a schizophrenic

A mystery South African man who acted as a sign-language interpreter at Nelson Mandela’s 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

South 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.

Mandela 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.

Heres a section taken from: . "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 doesn’t 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.

For 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

Daily Mirror

DROWNING 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.It’s 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 Government’s 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 they’d 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

Celebrity 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 was
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

The 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 illegal drugs.
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

Leading 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 results
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

David 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.”

"A 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

Savile 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

The 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 Congress failed
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 nation’s 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