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.

The Two Emmas

Emma Stone may have won an Oscar for La La Land, but it was another Emma who was originally attached to star in Damien Chazelle's Los Angeles-set romance alongside Whiplash's Miles Teller.

"There was a moment where Emma Watson and Miles Teller were doing it," the director revealed last year. "Neither of those casting things wound up lasting or working out."

Jeff Horn

A relatively unknown physical education (PE) teacher from Australia is weeks away from taking on Manny Pacquiao for boxing's world welterweight title.
If 29-year-old Jeff Horn - the "fighting schoolteacher" as promoters have dubbed him - can match the reigning champion, his life could change forever.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Jorge Arzuaga

A former Swiss bank employee has been convicted of money-laundering offences, in a corruption inquiry linked to football's world governing body Fifa.
Jorge Arzuaga, an Argentine, used to work for Julius Baer bank. He admitted managing accounts that enabled football executives to receive multi-million-dollar bribes.

BA Cabin Crew Strike

British Airways cabin crew are to stage a two-week strike from 1 July, the Unite union has said, in a long-running dispute over pay and benefits.

Katrina Bookman

A US woman is suing a casino that told her the slot machine displaying a $43m (£34m) jackpot was faulty and offered a steak dinner instead, reports say.
Katrina Bookman took a selfie showing the machine saying "printing cash ticket $42,949,672.76" at the Resorts World Casino in New York last August.
But she was escorted out and was told the next day she could have only $2.25 (£1.76).

Friday, June 16, 2017

Li Hongyi and Girlfriend

Who is she?
Does she blog?

Turnbull and Trump

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has been recorded apparently mocking US President Donald Trump in footage leaked by the media.

Tay Puay Leng

Does she blog?

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Alan Shearer

Alan Shearer was given negligent financial advice, the High Court in London has been told.

Tim Farron

Tim Farron has said he is to step down as leader of the Liberal Democrats, less than a week after the election.
In a statement, he said he was "torn between living as a faithful Christian and serving as a political leader".

In Singapore

A long-running feud among the family of Singapore's prime minister over the legacy of their father, the country's first leader, has resurfaced.
In Facebook posts, two of PM Lee Hsien Loong's siblings accused him of going against their late father Lee Kuan Yew's wishes and abusing his power.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Jeff Sessions

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions has denied during a Congress hearing having undisclosed meetings with Russian officials at a Washington DC hotel.

Arlene Foster

The Democratic Unionist Party leader has said she hopes to seal a deal on supporting Theresa May's minority government "sooner rather than later".

Susan Parsons

A high school teacher in New Jersey was suspended after being accused of removing references to US President Donald Trump from the school yearbook.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Crown Prince Naruhito

When Japan's Crown Prince Naruhito was in his last few weeks at Oxford University, he took time to revisit all his favourite places.
He realised that if he were to come back again he would not be able to wander around the city freely like a student.
"The town would be the same; what would be different would be my position in life," he wrote in a memoir. "When I thought about things like that, I was overtaken by a strange feeling of uneasiness, and wished that time would stop."

Queen's Speech

Ministers say they do not know if the Queen's Speech can be delivered on time because of post-election talks between the Conservatives and the Democratic Unionist Party.

No Wall No Ban

A US appeals court has upheld a decision blocking President Donald Trump's revised "travel ban" on people from six mainly Muslim nations.
A lower court had issued the injunction on the grounds that the ban was discriminatory after a challenge by the state of Hawaii.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Michael Gove

Theresa May said the government planned to focus on social issues and "delivering a successful Brexit" as she completed a Cabinet reshuffle.
The PM said the new line-up brought in "talent from across the whole of the Conservative party".
Her comments came after Michael Gove, one of the driving forces behind Brexit, returned to the front bench as environment secretary.

Emmanuel Macron

The centrist party of French President Emmanuel Macron looks on course to win a landslide victory following the first round of parliamentary elections.

J Patissier

How do you like them?

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Jelena Ostapenko

Unseeded Jelena Ostapenko fought back to stun third seed Simona Halep and become Latvia's first Grand Slam champion at the French Open.

Timothy and Hill

Prime Minister Theresa May's two closest advisers have quit after the Conservatives failed to win a majority of MPs in the general election.

May and Foster

The Democratic Unionist Party have agreed in principle a "confidence and supply" deal to support a Conservative government, it has been announced.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Trump, Comey and Oath

US President Donald Trump says he is "100%" willing to speak under oath about his conversations with ex-FBI chief James Comey.

May and DUP

Theresa May has said she will put together a government with the support of the Democratic Unionists to guide the UK through crucial Brexit talks.

Tim Tiah and Colony

All the very best! :)

Friday, June 9, 2017

Trump and Iran

Iran's foreign minister has denounced as "repugnant" a White House statement on Wednesday's terror attack in Tehran that said Iran was a "terror sponsor".

Qatar and Surrender

Qatar has vowed it will "not surrender" its foreign policy in a row with other Arab states over its alleged connections to extremism.

Comey and Lies

Ex-FBI chief James Comey told Congress that the Trump administration's comments about him and the FBI were "lies plain and simple".

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Christopher Hutcheson

Gordon Ramsay's father-in-law has been jailed for six months for conspiring to hack a computer system relating to the celebrity chef's business interests.
Christopher Hutcheson, 68, and his sons Adam, 46, and Christopher, 37, admitted plotting to unlawfully access Gordon Ramsay Holdings Limited's system.

Trump, Comey and Loyalty

Former FBI Director James Comey will testify to Congress on Thursday that President Donald Trump told him at a dinner: "I expect loyalty."

Bigger Than Watergate

The Watergate scandal of the 1970s is not as big as the Trump-Russia investigation, the former director of US national intelligence has said.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Don Quijote Donki Singapore

It will be in Singapore soon.

May and Human Rights

Theresa May has said she will change human rights laws if they "get in the way" of tackling suspected terrorists.

Trump and Gulf

US President Donald Trump has claimed credit for the pressure being placed on Qatar by Gulf neighbours who accuse it of supporting terrorism in the region.
He said his recent visit to Saudi Arabia was "already paying off" and the development might mark the "beginning of the end to the horror of terrorism".

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Rocket For India

India's space agency has successfully launched its heaviest rocket.

Trump and Khan

US President Donald Trump has again lashed out at London Mayor Sadiq Khan over his assurances to Londoners following a terror attack.
Mr Khan had said people should not be alarmed by an increased police presence on the streets.

Isolated Qatar

Qatari planes are to be banned from Egyptian and Saudi air space, as a growing diplomatic row in the Gulf threatens large-scale air disruption.
Several countries have cut ties with the tiny Gulf state over accusations of supporting extremism in the region.
Air, land and sea links have been halted to the country from Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Mattias Martinsson

It was probably one of the last places on Earth that a foreign investor would think to put their money.
But not Mattias Martinsson. Six months later, in October 2011, he launched Pakistan's first ever foreign equity fund.

In the beginning he couldn't get anyone to back the fund, so he invested $1m (£780,000) of his own cash and that of his partners. Today, that fund is worth $100m.

Benjamin Griffin

"We're so quick to label North Korea as 'forbidden', 'closed', 'crazy', 'suffering' - but I want to take away that barrier we've created, just for a minute, and shed light on North Korea at a human level," says 24-year-old Benjamin Griffin.

Trump and Haley

US President Donald Trump "believes the climate is changing and he believes pollutants are part of the equation," says the US ambassador to the UN.
He knows "the US has to be responsible for it and that's what we're going to do," said Nikki Haley.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Corbyn and Nuclear

Jeremy Corbyn has vowed to keep the UK safe after facing questions about whether he would use nuclear weapons.
The Labour leader said he would "invest properly" in the armed forces, promising more ships for the Royal Navy and aircraft for the RAF.

Modi, Macron and Paris

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has vowed his country will go "above and beyond" the 2015 Paris accord on combating climate change.
Speaking at a news conference with French President Emmanuel Macron, Mr Modi described the agreement as part of "our duty to protect Mother Earth".

Percival Goh

Had he been really married before more than one time?

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Ananya Vinay

A 12-year-old girl from California has won the Scripps National Spelling Bee after a tense final in Washington.
Ananya Vinay from Fresno correctly spelled the word marocain - a type of dress fabric - to defeat Rohan Rajeev, 14, from Oklahoma.

BA Crew Strike

British Airways cabin crew have voted for four more days of strike action.
The latest action in a long-running pay and benefits row will start on 16 June, with BA saying the crew's pay and rewards are in line with competitors.

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton has been told it's time to "move on" after she added her own party officials to the list of those she blames for her 2016 election loss.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Beckham, Rooney and Ingenious

Celebrities including David Beckham and Wayne Rooney have lost a legal bid to overturn a £700m tax bill.
They were among more than 1,000 people who invested in the Ingenious film financing schemes in the hope of securing tax relief.

May, Corbyn and Brexit

Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn have set out competing visions of what they want for Britain after it has left the EU, with a week to go until polling day.

Trump and Paris Climate Deal

President Donald Trump has announced that the US is withdrawing from the 2015 Paris climate agreement.
He said moves to negotiate a new "fair" deal that would not disadvantage the US would begin.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Larsen C Ice Shelf

There has been an important development in the big crack cutting across the Larsen C Ice Shelf in Antarctica.

Trump and Paris Climate Accord

US President Donald Trump is poised to pull the country out of the Paris climate accord, US media report, quoting senior officials.


Is it a new Pokemon? :)

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Summer Blockbuster

When it comes to the UK election, Americans have hardly been grabbing the popcorn. Box office it is not. And up against the summer blockbuster of the Trump presidency it looks more like a village hall production - the vicar's daughter playing the lead.

Angela Merkel

Angela Merkel is "taking back control" - to borrow the wildly successful, emotive phrase coined by those in the UK campaigning to leave the EU last year.

Michael Cohen

President Donald Trump's lawyer has received requests for information from two congressional panels investigating alleged Russian political meddling.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Cheese-rolling Races

Thousands of spectators have attended the traditional cheese-rolling races at Cooper's Hill in Gloucestershire.

Alex Cruz

BA chief executive Alex Cruz says he will not resign and that flight disruption had nothing to do with cutting costs.
He told the BBC a power surge, had "only lasted a few minutes", but the back-up system had not worked properly.
He said the IT failure was not due to technical staff being outsourced from the UK to India.

Trudeau and Pope

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has asked Pope Francis to apologise for the role of the Catholic Church in a Canadian school system where indigenous children were abused for decades.

Monday, May 29, 2017

The Square

Art world satire The Square, directed by Ruben Ostlund, has won the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

Second Day at Heathrow

More than a third of British Airways flights from Heathrow have been cancelled as thousands of passengers were disrupted for a second day.
The airline was hit by a worldwide computer system power failure on Saturday, causing cancellations and delays for thousands of passengers.
All long-haul services will fly from Heathrow, but with delays, BA said.
The airline urged people to check the status of flights before before travelling to the airport.

Europe, Trump and Brexit

Europe can no longer "completely depend" on the US and UK following the election of President Trump and Brexit, German Chancellor Angela Merkel says.
Mrs Merkel said she wanted friendly relations with both countries as well as Russia but Europe now had to "fight for its own destiny".
It follows the G7's failure to commit to the 2015 Paris climate deal, talks Mrs Merkel said were "very difficult".

Sunday, May 28, 2017


Milkybars are about to get milkier, as the recipe changes for the first time in 81 years.
Milk will replace sugar as the treat's main ingredient, as the white stuff content is boosted from 26% to 37.5%.
Nestle said the new recipe bars - with sugar cut by 0.7g - will be in stores by the end of the month.

British Airways

Serious problems with British Airways' IT systems have led to thousands of passengers having their plans disrupted, after all flights from Heathrow and Gatwick were cancelled.

Six Against One

Leaders of the G7 group of rich nations have failed to agree a statement on climate change.
Six world leaders reaffirmed their commitment to the Paris accord, the world's first comprehensive deal aimed at reducing greenhouse emissions.
However, the US has refused to recommit to the agreement, saying it will make a decision next week.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Cliff Richard and Police

Sir Cliff Richard and South Yorkshire Police have settled a legal fight over reports naming him as a suspected sex offender.

G7 in Taormina

Leaders from the group of leading industrial nations, the G7, have called on internet giants to crack down on extremist content.
They warned internet service providers and social media companies to "substantially increase" their efforts.
But the summit in Taormina, Sicily, failed to agree on climate change.

Benefit Gig By Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande is to return to Manchester to play a benefit gig for the victims of the attack at her concert on Monday.

Friday, May 26, 2017

USS Dewey

A US warship has sailed close to an artificial island built by China in the South China Sea, the first challenge to Beijing's claim to the waters since President Donald Trump took office.
According to unnamed sources cited by US media, the USS Dewey passed within 12 nautical miles of Mischief Reef.

Annie and Lucy Dixon

Two sisters have been awarded £300,000 by the National Lottery despite their winning scratchcard being ripped in half while they celebrated.
Lucy Dixon, 46, of Chelmsley Wood, West Midlands, said it had been folded in her pocket and was torn when she jumped in the air with 38-year-old Annie.

Trump and Media

US President Donald Trump has said leaks of the investigation into the Manchester Arena attack to American media are "deeply troubling".

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Duterte has said martial law on Mindanao island could be extended across the Philippines, while the army fights Islamist militants.

Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande's concerts at London's O2 Arena on Thursday and Friday have been cancelled following the Manchester suicide bombing.

Lionel Messi

A 21-month jail term handed down last year to Barcelona and Argentina footballer Lionel Messi has been confirmed by Spain's Supreme Court, but he is unlikely to go to prison.
Messi and his father Jorge, who manages his finances, were both convicted in 2016 of defrauding Spain of €4.1m (£3.5m; $4.6m) in taxes.
Jorge Messi's jail term was reduced because he paid some of the taxes.
In Spain, prison terms of under two years can be served under probation.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

John Brennan

Former CIA Director John Brennan has said an investigation into possible collusion between Trump campaign officials and the Kremlin is "well-founded".





Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Labour and Tuition Fees

Labour says it would bring forward its pledge to scrap tuition fees to include students starting university in England this autumn if it wins the election.

Vic Reeves

They've seen Peter Kay, Norman Wisdom and Sir Ian McKellen. Now Corrie's cobbles are to play host to another famous face - comedian Vic Reeves.

Trump, Netanyahu and Iran

US President Donald Trump has told Israel's Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, that Iran will never have nuclear weapons.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Church of England's Investment

The Church of England's investment success has pushed it into the top ranks of the world's best performing funds of its type last year.
The fund made a 17.1% on its 2016 investments, more than double the 8.2% it made in 2016, according to the Church Commissioners annual report.

The Meyerowitz Stories

The director of a second film at the centre of a row over Netflix's place at Cannes said he always intended for it to be seen on the big screen.
Noah Baumbach said he made The Meyerowitz Stories "as I make all my movies, with the expectation it will be shown on the big screen".



Sunday, May 21, 2017

Postcards Signed by Enid Blyton

Three postcards featuring and signed by the popular children's author Enid Blyton have fetched £180 at auction.