Friday, February 24, 2017

Edward Snowden

Sri Lankan asylum seekers living in Hong Kong fear they are being illegally pursued by police after sheltering the US whistleblower Edward Snowden in the city.

Net Migration to UK

Net migration to the UK has dropped to 273,000 in the year to September, down 49,000 from the previous year.

Luis Videgaray

Mexico's foreign minister has expressed "irritation" to President Donald Trump's envoys about recent US policies towards their southern neighbour.
Luis Videgaray said he had told visiting US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that Mexico was worried about respect for immigrants' rights.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Mary Sandell

A head teacher has resigned in protest over the school funding crisis, telling parents she had not gone into teaching to cut the number of teachers or increase class sizes.
Mary Sandell, head of the Forest School in Winnersh, Berkshire, has written to parents about "bleak" funding problems.

Cressida Dick

Cressida Dick is the new Metropolitan Police commissioner, becoming the first woman to take charge of London's police force in its 188-year history.

Wearing Headscarf in Turkey

A ban on female army officers in Turkey wearing the Muslim headscarf has been lifted by the government.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Ritz

An 80-year-old venue called The Ritz in Yorkshire has been ordered to change its name or face legal action by the owners of the famous London hotel.

Wayne Shaw

Sutton United have accepted the resignation of reserve goalkeeper Wayne Shaw, who is under investigation for potentially breaching betting rules.

Undocumented Immigrants

The Trump administration has issued tough guidelines to widen the net for deporting illegal immigrants from the US, and speed up their removal.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Hi-tech Toilets

Hi-tech toilets and Japan seem to go hand-in-hand, with Japanese companies attempting to introduce "smart" loos into the "squeamish" European market. 

Boss Ming Tim Tiah

What happened? 

Angelina Jolie and Cambodia

Angelina Jolie has spoken about how Cambodia was her "awakening", as she premiered her new film in the country.

Jobs in Vauxhall

The business secretary, Greg Clark, has told MPs that Vauxhall workers in Luton and Ellesmere Port have no reason to fear for their jobs.
His assurance came as he answered questions about the possible takeover of General Motors' European operations, including Vauxhall, by the French PSA.

Pence and Nato

US Vice-President Mike Pence has warned members of the Nato alliance to meet their defence spending targets.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Steam Train Service

More than 5,000 people travelled on the first timetabled steam train service on the Settle to Carlisle railway line in 50 years, Northern Rail has said.

Piers Morgan

Presenter Piers Morgan has pulled out of hosting the Royal Television Society (RTS) Programme awards night after a campaign to remove him.
The host of ITV's Good Morning Britain said he did not want to distract from award winners.

Kraft Heinz and Unilever

Kraft Heinz has said it has dropped its plan to buy Anglo-Dutch rival Unilever.
Marmite-maker Unilever rejected the US food giant's bid on Friday, saying it saw "no merit, either financial or strategic" in Kraft's offer, worth about $143bn (£115bn).

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Pence and Nato

The US will be "unwavering" in its support for Nato, vice-president Mike Pence told European leaders at the Munich Security Conference.
In the first major foreign policy address for the Trump administration, Mr Pence said the US would "stand with Europe today and every day".
But he told the gathered leaders that European countries were "failing to pay their fair share" on defence.

Ri Jong Chol

A North Korean national has been arrested over the killing of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's half-brother, Malaysian police say.
The first North Korean to be arrested over Kim Jong-nam's death was named as Ri Jong Chol, 46.
An Indonesian woman, a Malaysian man and a woman with a Vietnamese passport were detained earlier.
Police believe poison was sprayed into Mr Kim's face as he waited to board a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Macau.

Handshake Between Trump and Trudeau

Rarely have silent hands spoken so loudly. A photo captured in the Oval Office this week of US President Donald Trump sitting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has gone viral on social media – not because of anything explicitly stated during that meeting, but as a result instead of the mute dialogue that appears to take place between the two leaders’ hands. Caught in the millisecond before Trudeau responds to Trump’s invitation to shake hands, the image freezes the pair in what seems instead like a withering rebuff.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

TV Prank and Assassination

An Indonesian woman held over the killing of Kim Jong-un's half-brother thought she was taking part in a TV prank, police say.

Tony Blair and Brexit

Tony Blair has said it is his "mission" to persuade Britons to "rise up" and change their minds on Brexit.

Scott Pruitt

President Donald Trump's pick to lead the Environmental Protection Agency has been confirmed by the Senate.
Scott Pruitt has been a fierce critic of the agency he will now be running.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Anthony Stokes

Republic of Ireland international Anthony Stokes has been ordered to pay an Elvis impersonator 230,000 euros for headbutting him in a nightclub.

Trump's Mental Health

It seems an incredible question to ask of a man who ran a multi-billion-dollar business and vanquished seasoned political opponents on his way to highest office in the US. But experts are debating the mental health of the US president.

Eugenie Bouchard

Canadian tennis star Eugenie Bouchard has honoured her promise to join a 20-year-old student for a date, after he won their Twitter wager over the US Super Bowl.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Tata and Pensions

Thousands of Tata steelworkers have overwhelmingly backed a deal on the future of their pensions.

Trump and Netanyahu

US President Donald Trump has dropped decades of US policy that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict should be resolved by a two-state solution.
At a news conference with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu, Mr Trump promised to deliver a "great" peace deal, but said both sides must compromise.

Muslim Food Caterer

Less salt
Less oil
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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Peugeot and Opel

France's PSA Group, maker of Peugeot and Citroen cars, is in talks about taking over General Motors' (GM) loss-making European business Opel.

Paul Nuttall

UKIP leader Paul Nuttall has admitted that past claims that he lost "close personal friends" in the Hillsborough disaster were incorrect.

Kim Jong-nam

The half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, Kim Jong-nam, has been killed in an attack in the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017


The supermarket chain Waitrose is rebranding the lamb ready meals in its "British" range because some are made with lamb from New Zealand.

Oroville Dam

More than 180,000 people in northern California have been told to evacuate after two overflow channels at the US's tallest dam were found to be damaged.
The 770ft (230m) high Oroville Dam is not itself at risk of collapsing, but its emergency spillway was close to caving in, officials said.

Poland and Hungary

In 2007, the respective parliaments of both countries declared 23 March as ‘The Day of Polish-Hungarian Friendship’ by unanimous decree. I found it both endearing and unusual that, in a world of global tensions and conflict, two countries that do not even share a border would set aside a day solely to appreciate their camaraderie.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Kailash Satyarthi

A replica of a Nobel medal, which was stolen from the home of Indian child rights campaigner Kailash Satyarthi in New Delhi, has been recovered, police say.

Love Letter Templates

People looking for love online are being urged to do a search of phrases in the messages they receive to help them spot sweet-talking conmen.
A new UK campaign, starting on Sunday, aims to raise awareness about the growing problem of online dating fraud.
The campaign, Date Safe, suggests criminals are using love letter templates and an online search could flag up some of the stock phrases.

North Korea's Missile Test

North Korea's latest ballistic missile test has been widely condemned.
South Korea and US officials said the missile, launched on Saturday night, flew east towards the Sea of Japan for about 500km (300 miles).
South Korea's defence ministry called it an armed provocation to test the response of US President Donald Trump.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Brand New Travel Ban

Donald Trump is considering a new executive order to ban citizens of certain countries from travelling to the US after his initial attempt was overturned in the courts.
Mr Trump told reporters on Air Force One that a "brand new order" could be issued as early as Monday or Tuesday.

Wang Qi

A Chinese man who was trapped in India for more than 50 years has finally been reunited with his family.
The BBC had reported how Wang Qi, an army surveyor who says he accidentally crossed into India in 1963, had not been given the necessary documents to leave the country.

Lessons in Cyber Security

Schoolchildren in England will be offered lessons in cyber security in a bid to find the experts of the future to defend the UK from attacks.
It is hoped 5,700 pupils aged 14 and over will spend up to four hours a week on the subject in a five-year pilot.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Trump and One China

US President Donald Trump has climbed down on past threats and agreed to honour the so-called "One China" policy.

Gary Smith

A plumber has won a legal battle for working rights in the latest significant court ruling over freelance operations in the modern workplace.
Gary Smith wanted to reduce his working days at Pimlico Plumbers following a heart attack.
The Court of Appeal agreed with a tribunal that said he was entitled to basic workers' rights although he was technically self-employed.

Trump and Travel Ban

President Donald Trump has said he has "no doubt" his administration will win legal challenges to his travel ban.
In a press conference with Japanese PM Shinzo Abe, Mr Trump also promised to move "rapidly" to introduce "additional security" steps for the US next week.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Trump and China

US President Donald Trump has sent a letter to Xi Jinping, his first direct approach to the Chinese leader.

L'Oreal and The Body Shop

Cosmetics giant L'Oreal has confirmed reports that it is looking to sell The Body Shop chain of stores, which it acquired in 2006.

Rage Donation

Donald Trump's adversarial style during the campaign divided American voters like few campaigns in recent years.
The president himself has referred to "my many enemies" - but it seems they're getting a substantial boost from the new president.
Organisations that investigate, oppose, or lampoon the commander-in-chief are seeing a surge in support, in what's been dubbed "rage donation".
From civil rights to media types, the effect is widespread.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Ahmed Fahour

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has called on the country's state postal operator to reconsider the pay awarded to its chief executive.
It has emerged that Ahmed Fahour earned A$5.6m ($4.3m; £3.4m) last year - more than ten times the PM's salary.
Mr Turnbull said the remuneration was "too high".

Mrs Clegg

Miriam Gonzalez Durantez, whose husband is former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, has complained after being invited to an International Women's Day event in her married name.

Alexei Navalny

Russia's main opposition leader, Alexei Navalny, has been found guilty of embezzlement and handed a five-year suspended sentence.
It bars him from running for president next year against Vladimir Putin.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Naked Gardener Is Legal

A man who carried out DIY tasks and gardening while not wearing any clothes was not "flaunting his nakedness", a court has been told.
Maidstone Magistrates' Court heard Robert Jenner, from Eccles in Kent, caused alarm and stress to people who felt uncomfortable seeing him naked.

Cannabis Farm in Legoland

A cannabis farm has been discovered inside a derelict cottage on land owned by Legoland Windsor theme park.

Brexit Rebellion Avoided

The government has seen off an attempt to add conditions to its Brexit bill as a Conservative rebellion was avoided.
MPs rejected a bid by Labour's Chris Leslie to force the government to consult Parliament on the deal struck with the EU before it is finalised.
It came after ministers pledged that a "meaningful" vote would be offered.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Restoring Ban and Chaos

Restoring President Donald Trump's ban on immigrants from seven mainly Muslim countries would "unleash chaos again", lawyers for two US states argue.
Counsel for Washington and Minnesota urged a federal appeals court in San Francisco to maintain its nationwide temporary restraining order.

Francois Fillon

The centre-right candidate for the French presidency, Francois Fillon, has apologised over payments made to family members for parliamentary work.

John Bercow and Trump

House of Commons Speaker John Bercow has said he would be "strongly opposed" to US President Donald Trump addressing the Houses of Parliament during his state visit to the UK.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Alan Bustin-Mulkern

A former soldier is planning to row solo across the Atlantic to raise money for an armed forces charity.
Alan Bustin-Mulkern, of Kingsthorpe in Northamptonshire, hopes to depart from the Canary Islands in December.

Vincent Nichols and Trump

US President Donald Trump's travel ban will not improve safety in the country and could put Christians at risk in the Middle East, the head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales has warned.
Cardinal Vincent Nichols said the ban supported the "false notion" that Islam and Christianity were in conflict.

Late Night Ruling

The US federal appeals court has rejected the Trump administration's request to reinstate a travel ban blocked by a federal judge on Friday.
The late night ruling means the travel ban will remain suspended until the full case has been heard.
The court gave the White House and the states challenging it a deadline of Monday to present more arguments.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

David Beckham and Unicef

Questions over David Beckham's motivation for doing charity work have arisen after emails giving a "deliberately inaccurate picture" were allegedly leaked.

John McDonnell

Labour has promised to place a cap on the prices charged by energy companies if it wins power.
Shadow chancellor John McDonnell made the commitment to the BBC a day after Npower said it was raising electricity prices by 15% from March.
Meanwhile, Mr McDonnell used a speech earlier to vow to "close the gap" between spending in the north and south of England.

Trump and James Robart

The US authorities have rolled back a controversial travel ban on people from seven mainly Muslim countries after a judge suspended it.
The state department said it was reversing the cancellations of visas, 60,000 of which were revoked after President Donald Trump's order.
Judge James Robart ruled there were legal grounds to challenge the ban.
Mr Trump called the verdict by the Seattle judge "ridiculous" and vowed to restore the ban.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Irene Clennel

A woman who has been married to a British man for 27 years is being held in a Scottish detention centre prior to deportation.
Irene Clennel is originally from Singapore and has two British sons and a granddaughter.

Vegetables Rationing

Some supermarkets are rationing the number of iceberg lettuce and broccoli customers can buy - blaming poor growing conditions in southern Europe for a shortage in UK stores.

Trump and Isabella Lovin

Sweden's deputy PM is causing a stir after posting an image appearing to parody Donald Trump.
Isabella Lovin, who is also the country's climate minister, published a photo that shows her signing a new law surrounded by female colleagues.
The image has drawn comparisons with Mr Trump's photo in which no women were present.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Trump and Northern Ireland

Arlene Foster and Martin McGuinness have been criticised for extending a formal invitation to US President Donald Trump to visit Northern Ireland.

Milo Yiannopoulos

The University of California at Berkeley was forced to cancel a talk by an editor at right-wing Breitbart News after violent student protests.
Milo Yiannopoulos, 32, is an outspoken supporter of President Donald Trump.

Trump and Turnbull

President Trump reportedly had a fiery conversation over the weekend with Australia’s prime minister over a refugee deal agreed upon under the Obama administration.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Alan Brown

A man who set up a petition backing US President Donald Trump's state visit to the UK has said he is "very proud" that the issue will be debated by MPs.
Alan Brown created the petition, signed by more than 200,000 people, with his 13-year-old daughter after another petition, signed by 1.7 million, called for the state visit to be cancelled.

MPs Backed Brexit

MPs have voted by a majority of 384 to allow Theresa May to get Brexit negotiations under way.

Chicken Rice Cream Suggested by Jason Johnson


White rice
Ice cream
Thin slices of boneless chicken
Cranberry sauce

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

US Visas for Indians

India is concerned that a new US bill designed to limit the number of highly skilled workers entering will heavily impact the country's IT industry.
The bill introduced to the US House of Representatives proposes doubling the minimum salary of H-1B visa holders to $130,000 from $60,000.

Ron Hill

A former Olympian has taken a day of rest to end a 52-year running streak of at least one mile every single day.
Ron Hill, who competed at the Tokyo Olympics in 1964 and Munich in 1972, has put on his running shoes every day since 20 December 1964 - a total of 52 years and 39 days.
The 78-year-old won marathon gold medals at the European Championships in 1969 and the 1970 Commonwealth Games.

Tom Price and Stephen Mnuchin

Democrats on the US Senate Finance Committee are boycotting votes for two of President Donald Trump's cabinet nominees, forcing a postponement.
They said they wanted more information about the financial activities of health nominee Tom Price and treasury pick Stephen Mnuchin.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Shigeru Aoki

Two candidates with identical names have defied voter confusion to both win election to Karatsu city council in southern Japan.
Both men are named Shigeru Aoki. There can be many ways to write a name in Japanese with the same pronunciation, but in this case the pair use the same Chinese characters, or kanji.
They could not even be distinguished by party, since both ran as independents.

Dump Trump

Thousands of people have joined protests in London and in cities around the UK against a controversial travel ban on seven mainly Muslim countries imposed by US President Donald Trump.
The ban bars citizens from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen.

Diplomats and Trump

Dozens of US diplomats around the world are set to formally criticise President Donald Trump's immigration restrictions, US media report.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Trump's State Visit To UK

Calls are being made to cancel a proposed state visit to the UK by President Trump after he issued an executive order clamping down on immigration to the US.

UK Dual Nationals and US Ban

The US border clampdown should not affect UK nationals travelling to the US, even if they were born in one of the countries on which restrictions have been placed, officials say.
But new guidance says those with dual nationality travelling from Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria or Yemen could face extra border checks.

Trump and Ban

The Trump administration is standing firm over its ban on immigration from seven countries despite court rulings and mass protests against it.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Trump and Refugees

Entry to the US for nationals of seven Muslim-majority countries has been stopped for 90 days by President Trump.

May, Trump and Refugees

Prime Minister Theresa May has refused to condemn President Donald Trump's ban on refugees entering the United States.

Lancaster and Refugees

Lancaster, Pennsylvania has taken 1,300 refugees since 2013 but the policy is still controversial.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Facebook and Hugo Barra

Facebook has hired Hugo Barra to lead its development of virtual reality products, following his departure from Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi.

Jo Stevens

Jo Stevens has quit as Jeremy Corbyn's shadow Welsh secretary after he forced Labour MPs to back the Article 50 bill.

Trump, May and Nato

US President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May have reaffirmed their commitment to the Nato alliance after White House talks.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Trump and May

We can lead together again.

Artbox Thailand In Singapore

Most probably in April and May 2017.

Trump and Enrique Pena Nieto

Donald Trump has hit out at Mexico after its president announced he had cancelled next week's trip to the US.
The US president said meeting Enrique Pena Nieto would be "fruitless" if Mexico didn't treat the US "with respect" and pay for a new border wall.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Alexandra Shulman

British Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman is to step down as editor-in-chief after more than 25 years in post.

Document on Brexit

Theresa May has announced the government will set out its Brexit plans in a formal policy document.

Trump and Border Wall

President Donald Trump has issued an executive order for a wall to be built along the southern US border with Mexico.
He also signed an action to strip funds from US cities that are sanctuaries for undocumented immigrants.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Gina Miller

The woman who brought the successful legal challenge against the government over Brexit has accused prominent politicians of behaving "despicably".
Gina Miller told the BBC they had "exacerbated" worries during and after the EU vote and failed to defend her and others with "legitimate concerns" about the process in the face of abuse.

Court, Parliament and Brexit

Parliament must vote on whether the government can start the Brexit process, the Supreme Court has ruled.

Trump and Oil Pipelines

US President Donald Trump has infuriated environmentalists by signing executive orders that support two controversial oil pipelines.
The new Republican president backed the Keystone XL and Dakota Access projects, provided American steel is used.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Cho Yoon-sun

South Korea's culture ministry has apologised for blacklisting of artists who were critical of the government of embattled President Park Geun-hye.
The ministry called the situation "distressing" and promised to co-operate fully with any investigation.
The move follows the arrest on Saturday of Culture Minister Cho Yoon-sun.

Fallon and Trident

Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon has refused to divulge "operational details" of what happened during a Trident test last June.
It is reported that a missile went off course, but the government has not confirmed or denied this.

Trump and TPP

President Donald Trump has fulfilled a campaign pledge by signing an executive order to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

Monday, January 23, 2017

Theresa May and Trident

Theresa May is coming under pressure to say whether she knew about a reported misfire of the UK's nuclear weapons system before a crucial Commons vote.

Pope and Populism

Pope Francis has warned against a rise in populism and the dangers of allowing political crises to usher in dictators like Hitler.