Friday, July 21, 2017

Despacito in Malaysia

Malaysia has banned state broadcasters from playing the hit single Despacito following complaints about the song's "steamy" lyrics, officials say.

UK, EU and Brexit Talks

The UK and EU are still at odds over citizens' rights and the amount the UK will pay to leave the bloc, at the end of the second week of Brexit talks.

Drought in North Korea

North Korea is facing severe food shortages after being hit by its worst drought since 2001, a report from the United Nations says.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Trump and Putin

US President Donald Trump and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin had another, previously undisclosed conversation at this month's G20, the White House has confirmed.

Plastic Planet

US scientists have calculated the total amount of plastic ever made and put the number at 8.3 billion tonnes.
It is an astonishing mass of material that has essentially been created only in the last 65 years or so.
The 8.3 billion tonnes is as heavy as 25,000 Empire State Buildings in New York, or a billion elephants.

State Pension Age in UK

Six million men and women will have to wait a year longer than they expected to get their state pension, the government has announced.
The rise in the pension age to 68 will now be phased in between 2037 and 2039, rather than from 2044 as was originally proposed.
Those affected are currently between the ages of 39 and 47.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

New Jane Austen Note

The new plastic £10 note has been unveiled by Bank of England governor Mark Carney at Winchester Cathedral.


Flash flooding has seen torrents of water sweep through a Cornish village.
Residents in Coverack, on the Lizard Peninsula, have reported roads being blocked and hailstones the size of 50 pence pieces smashing windows.

Steve Whitmire

The Muppets Studio have said they fired Steve Whitmire, who had voiced Kermit the Frog for 27 years, for "unacceptable business conduct".

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

South Korea's Proposed Talks

South Korea has proposed holding military talks with the North, after weeks of heightened tension following Pyongyang's long-range missile test.

Giant Iceberg

The giant iceberg known as A-68 that was produced in the Antarctic last week continues to drift seaward.

George and Charlotte in Poland and Germany

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their two children have arrived in Warsaw for the start of their visit to Poland and Germany.

Monday, July 17, 2017


It is one of the simplest shoes on the planet: a piece of plastic, roughly the outline of your foot, with a crude strap holding the sole to your toes.
Yet Brazil's Havaianas brand took the humble flip-flop to new heights. The company behind them was sold earlier this week for $1bn ($850m). Selling about 200 million pairs every year, it had produced a domestic and international phenomenon.

The Royals of Disney

As proof that you can be a princess when you grow up, the voices behind 10 of Disney's cartoon princesses have gathered at a US event for fans.
The women have voiced heroines spanning nearly three decades of films, from The Little Mermaid (1989) to 2016's Moana.
Snow White and Cinderella were absent, but Disney claimed it was the largest gathering of its "royals" in one place.

Chancellor and Pay Cap

Public sector workers get a 10% "premium" over their private sector counterparts, Philip Hammond said as he warned ministers against leaking cabinet talks on the pay cap.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Global Logistic Properties

A firm that rents warehouses to online retailer including Amazon and Alibaba is to be sold for $11.7bn (£9bn).
The buyout of Singapore-based Global Logistic Properties (GLP) by a China-led consortium will be one of Asia's biggest ever private equity deals.

Michele O'Neill

A relatively peaceful marching season bodes well to create the right atmosphere for political talks aimed at restoring power sharing in Northern Ireland, Michele O'Neill has said.

Blair and Free Movement

Some EU leaders may be prepared to compromise on the free movement of people to help Britain stay in the single market, Tony Blair has said.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Beach Photos of Prince Harry

A complaint by Prince Harry over photos of him on a beach in Jamaica published by Mail Online has been upheld by the independent press watchdog.

Trump in Paris

From "Paris is not Paris" to praising the "very, very peaceful" city, President Trump left his tough talk behind during a press conference in the French capital.

Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill, known as the repeal bill, will convert EU laws into UK laws. Some of these will be in areas such as the environment and agriculture, which are normally the responsibility of the devolved governments in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Macron, Trump and Climate

French President Emmanuel Macron said he "respected" Donald Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris climate accord but that France would remain committed.

Cambodia, Singapore and Sand

Cambodia has permanently banned sand exports, officially ending sales to Singapore which has used it for years as part of its land reclamation.

Brexit Bill

The Scottish and Welsh governments have threatened to block the key Brexit bill which will convert all existing EU laws into UK law.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Michel Barnier

The EU's top Brexit negotiator has said there are still major differences between the EU and UK on the rights of EU citizens living in Britain.
"The British position does not allow those persons concerned to continue to live their lives as they do today," Michel Barnier said.

Andy Murray

Defending champion Andy Murray appeared hampered by injury as he was knocked out of Wimbledon in the quarter-finals by Sam Querrey on Centre Court.

Christopher Wray

Donald Trump's pick to lead the FBI has rejected the president's depiction of a probe into alleged Russian meddling in the US election as a witch hunt.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

South Korea and China

South Korea's tourism body fears a huge drop in visitors, as a diplomatic row with China starts to bite.

Rhodri Colwyn Philipps

An aristocrat who wrote an online post offering £5,000 to anyone who ran over businesswoman Gina Miller has been found guilty of two charges of making menacing communications.

Trump Jr and Clinton

US President Donald Trump's son has released an email chain showing he was keen to accept "sensitive" information on Hillary Clinton from a Russian national.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Trump Jr

President Donald Trump's son has hit back at US media reports of his meeting with a Russian lawyer who said she had damaging material about Hillary Clinton.

Blac Chyna

Former model and social media star Blac Chyna has been granted a restraining order by a California judge against her former fiance Rob Kardashian.

Rosa Dominguez

A 19-year-old California woman has struck gold after winning the state lottery twice in a week.
Rosa Dominguez won $655,555 (£508,000) from a pair of $5 scratch cards bought from two different gas stations over the course of a few days.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Cable and Brexit

Sir Vince Cable - the likely next Lib Dem leader - says he is "beginning to think Brexit may never happen".

Lake District

The Lake District has joined the likes of the Grand Canyon, the Taj Mahal and Machu Picchu by being awarded Unesco World Heritage status.

Angela Rayner

Labour's "ambition" is to write off all student debt, which would cost £100bn, shadow education secretary Angela Rayner has said.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Wimbledon Seeding System

The seeding system for the men's singles at Wimbledon is different to the systems used at the other grand slam tournaments.
The French Open, US Open and Australian Open just take the ATP rankings, but Wimbledon works it out differently to favour players who are better on grass.

Post-Brexit Trade Deal

US President Donald Trump has said he expects a "powerful" trade deal with the UK to be completed "very quickly".

G20 Summit and Climate Change

Leaders of 19 nations at the G20 summit in Germany have renewed their pledge to implement the Paris deal on climate change, despite the US pulling out.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Jobs in US

US employment rose by more than expected last month, but wage growth remained subdued, latest figures show.

Muslims and Doughnuts

A false rumour Muslims do not eat doughnuts is being re-circulated on social media by members of the Muslim community, in a humorous response to Islamaphobic taunts.

Trump and Putin

Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin have held their first face-to-face talks, on the sidelines of the G20 summit in the German city of Hamburg.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Robin Li

The head of Chinese online search giant Baidu is being investigated, after riding in one of the firm's driverless cars on a Beijing ring-road.

Chilcot and Blair

Tony Blair was not "straight with the nation" about his decisions in the run up to the Iraq War, the chairman of the inquiry into the war has told the BBC.
Speaking for the first time since publishing his report a year ago, Sir John Chilcot discussed why he thinks the former PM made those decisions.

G20 and Hamburg

Police and protesters have clashed in the German city of Hamburg where the G20 is due to start on Friday.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Trump and Poland

Donald Trump is travelling to the German city of Hamburg to attend a gathering of world leaders. But before he arrives, the US president will stop in Poland, to the delight of its conservative, nationalist government.

Jeremy Corbyn

Jeremy Corbyn is to speak to the organisers of the Glastonbury festival about their use of zero-hours contracts, his spokesman has said.


Leaving Vogue seems to be in fashion at the moment.
A number of senior figures have exited the magazine in recent weeks amid reports that its new editor is making some staffing changes before he officially begins on 1 August.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Free Lunches

Plans to axe free lunches for infant school children from better off families in England have been scrapped.

Mike Ashley

Billionaire Mike Ashley has dismissed claims he owes a finance expert £14m and said their conversations were "drink banter", a court has heard.

Russia, China, North Korea, US and South Korea

Russia and China have urged North Korea to "freeze" its missile and nuclear programmes after it claimed to have successfully tested its first intercontinental ballistic missile.
Both countries also called for a simultaneous suspension of US-South Korea large-scale military exercises.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Chris Christie

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is facing heavy criticism after he was photographed relaxing on a state beach he had ordered closed to the public.

Brent Christensen

A former PhD student has appeared in court in the US state of Illinois charged with kidnapping a Chinese student, who remains missing.

Jacob Rees-Mogg

An eccentric Eton and Oxford-educated Conservative backbencher, well known in Westminster for his unique oratory and sardonic put downs, has become an unlikely cult figure on social media - sparking rumours of an outsider party leadership bid.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Hawking and Trump

Stephen Hawking says that US President Donald Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris climate agreement could lead to irreversible climate change.

Drone at Gatwick

A drone flying close to Gatwick airport led to the closure of the runway and forced five flights to be diverted.

Trump and CNN

The US President has tweeted a short video clip of him wrestling a person with the CNN logo for a head.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Dolphins and Porpoise

Mexico's government says it plans to use dolphins trained by the US Navy to try to save the world's most endangered marine species, the vaquita porpoise.

Geraint Thomas

Britain's Geraint Thomas won his first Grand Tour stage with victory in the opening 14km time trial of the 2017 Tour de France in Dusseldorf, Germany.

Xi and Hong Kong

Chinese President Xi Jinping has warned against "impermissible" challenges to Beijing's authority over Hong Kong.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Weetabix in NZ

A consignment of UK breakfast cereal Weetabix has reportedly been impounded by New Zealand customs officials, after complaints it could confuse customers.

China, US and North Korea

China has reacted angrily to a US decision to impose sanctions on a Chinese bank accused of laundering North Korean money.

George Formby

A banjo ukulele formerly owned by popular 1930s and 40s entertainer George Formby has been sold at auction for £28,500.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Eurovision and Ukraine

Eurovision Song Contest bosses are fining Ukraine over its organisation of this year's competition in Kiev.

Merkel and Trump

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said this year's G20 summit will focus on furthering the aims of the Paris climate deal - putting her on a direct collision course with the US president.

Walgreens Boots Alliance

Global pharmacy giant Walgreens Boots Alliance has dropped its plans to buy US-based rival Rite Aid.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Migrants at Italy Ports

Italy has threatened to stop vessels of other countries from disembarking migrants at its ports.

Public Sector Salary in UK

The limit on public sector salary rises could be reviewed, Downing Street has signalled, as a Labour attempt to scrap the 1% cap was defeated in Parliament.

Obamas in Indonesia

Barack Obama and his family are enjoying a holiday in Indonesia.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Google and EU Fine

Google has been fined 2.42bn euros ($2.7bn; £2.1bn) by the European Commission after it ruled the company had abused its power by promoting its own shopping comparison service at the top of search results.

Nicola Sturgeon

Nicola Sturgeon has put her independence referendum plans temporarily on hold after announcing a "reset" of her proposed timetable.
The first minister had called for an independence referendum to be held in the autumn of 2018 or spring of 2019.

CNN and Trump

Three journalists have resigned from CNN after the US news network retracted an article alleging a Trump aide was under investigation by Congress.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Bob Corker

An influential US senator has said he will withhold consent for arms sales to Gulf Arab states until there is a "path forward" to resolving the Qatar crisis.

2018 Winter Olympics

North Korea has rejected an offer from the South to form a unified team for next year's Winter Olympics.
South Korea's new President Moon Jae-in backed proposals for a collaboration after it was suggested by sports minister Do Jong-hwan.

May and DUP

An agreement has been reached which will see the Democratic Unionist Party back Theresa May's minority government.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Turnbull, Trump and Tie

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has been left somewhat bemused after receiving a pink tie emblazoned with the words "Donald Trump".

Tillerson and Qatar

Some demands set by four Arab states on Qatar in return for lifting sanctions will be "difficult to meet", US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says.
However, Mr Tillerson said the proposals provided a basis for dialogue leading to a solution of the crisis.

Hamilton and Vettel

Lewis Hamilton called title rival Sebastian Vettel "a disgrace" after the Ferrari driver drove into his car in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in Baku.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Seaplanes in Switzerland

It may sound unlikely for a landlocked country like Switzerland, but the Swiss Association of Seaplane Pilots is very real and has been gathering on the banks of Lake Geneva.

Macron and Schwarzenegger

French President Emmanuel Macron has taken another swipe at Donald Trump over the US president's policy on climate change - this time backed up by the muscle of Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Preet Bharara

A former leading federal prosecutor in New York has revealed he was sacked by Donald Trump after receiving several unusual phone calls from him.
Preet Bharara told ABC News' This Week he felt the calls from Mr Trump had crossed the usual boundary separating the executive branch and independent criminal investigators.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Trump and Mueller

President Donald Trump has questioned the neutrality of Robert Mueller, who is investigating Russian interference in last year's US election.


More than 800 homes in tower blocks on a council estate in Camden, north London, are being evacuated because of safety concerns over cladding in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire.


There are more rumours about the identity of Banksy, after Goldie appeared to reveal who he is in an interview.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Trump, Comey and Tapes

US President Donald Trump says he did not make secret recordings of ex-FBI chief James Comey despite an earlier hint to the contrary.

Population of the UK

The population of the UK has increased by more than half a million - the biggest rise for 70 years - according to official figures.
There were 65,648,000 people in the UK in June 2016, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Settled EU Status in UK

PM Theresa May has told EU leaders any EU citizen living in UK for five years will be given "settled EU status".
The new immigration status would grant them rights to stay in the UK and get health, education and other benefits after Brexit.
But it is not clear what the cut-off date would be.
Mrs May made clear the proposals would be adopted only if the same rights were granted to UK citizens in other EU states, it is understood.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia's king has appointed his son Mohammed bin Salman as crown prince - replacing his nephew, Mohammed bin Nayef, as first in line to the throne.
King Salman's decree also means Prince Mohammed bin Salman, 31, will become deputy prime minister while continuing as defence minister.

Boris Becker

Three-time Wimbledon tennis champion Boris Becker has been declared bankrupt by a London bankruptcy court.
The 49-year-old owed a firm of private bankers a large sum and the court registrar said there was not enough credible evidence that he could pay.
Mr Becker's lawyers asked for a final chance to pay with the funds from remortgaging a property in Majorca.

Hottest June Day in UK

The Met Office reading at the London airport is the highest in June since the mercury hit 35.6 (96F) in 1976 - the all-time high since records began.

The UK is basking in its hottest June day in 41 years, with a temperature of 34.5C (94F) recorded at Heathrow.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Anil Kumble

Anil Kumble has stepped down as India head coach after a year in charge because his "partnership" with captain Virat Kohli was "untenable".

DUP and Conservatives

Democratic Unionist Party sources have urged the Conservatives to give a "greater focus" to their negotiations.
A senior DUP source said the party could not be "taken for granted" - adding that if the PM could not reach a deal, "what does that mean for bigger negotiations she is involved in?"

Cholesterol Jab

Human trials of a cholesterol-lowering vaccine to help prevent heart disease are under way after successful studies in mice.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Philip Hammond

What does Chancellor Philip Hammond's increasingly vocal stance on Brexit say about his intentions, his prime minister and his party?

UN and Thailand

The United Nations has called on Thailand to amend its harsh law against insulting the monarchy. The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said it was deeply troubled by the high rate of prosecutions, and the disproportionate sentences for the offence.

Leo Varadkar

The new Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister) has said he has been "reassured" about a potential deal between the Conservative Party and the Democratic Unionist Party.
Leo Varadkar held talks with Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday.

Monday, June 19, 2017

2018 Queen's Speech

There will be no Queen's Speech next year to give MPs more time to deal with Brexit laws, the government says.

McDonald's and IOC

McDonald's and the International Olympics Committee (IOC) are ending their long-running sponsorship deal three years early.


Fook Meng

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Illegal Immigrants in East Grinstead

Eighteen suspected illegal immigrants from Iraq, Syria and Iran have been found in the back of an "exceptionally hot" lorry.
The people inside waved to catch the attention of passing motorists, who flagged down the driver on the A22 in East Grinstead just before 09:30 BST.