British Airways has cancelled all flights from London's Heathrow and Gatwick airports for the rest of the day due to a "global system outage". Passengers have faced delays and long waits for what the airline called a "major IT system failure that is causing very severe disruption to our flight operations worldwide". Chief executive Alex Cruz, in a video posted on Twitter, said a power supply issue was to blame for the computer system failure.
Two more men have been arrested overnight in connection with the Manchester bombing. The men, aged 20 and 22, are being held on suspicion of terror offences after police carried out a controlled explosion to gain entry to a property in the Cheetham Hill area of Manchester. The arrests of the two men overnight came just hours after police said they had "got our hands around" a large part of the network connected to Manchester Arena bomber Salman Abedi.
General election 2017: Latest polls and odds tracker as Jeremy Corbyn's Labour gain on the Conservatives
Stars including Brad Pitt, Christian Bale and Courtney Love are among those who have attended the funeral for Chris Cornell. Cornell, the Audioslave and Soundgarden singer, was found dead in a hotel bathroom in Detroit on 18 May just hours after a Soundgarden concert in the city. Cornell's ashes were buried at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles on Friday afternoon, local time.
By Maher Chmaytelli and Isabel Coles BAGHDAD/MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi armed forces launched an operation on Saturday to capture the last Islamic State-held enclave in Mosul, according to a military statement. The fall of the city would, in effect, mark the end of the Iraqi half of the "caliphate" declared nearly three years ago by Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, which also covers parts of Syria. The enclave includes the Old City centre and three adjacent districts along the western bank of the Tigris river.
As the incidence of people living with the neurodegenerative disease has gone up, the death rate has as well. "Until Alzheimer’s can be prevented, slowed, or stopped, caregiving for persons with advanced Alzheimer’s will remain a demanding task," the CDC wrote in its report. The search for an Alzheimer's treatment hasn't been going well.
Team Sky's Mikel Landa won a stage of the 100th Giro d'Italia at the third attempt as Nairo Quintana took the leader's pink jersey off Tom Dumoulin on a dramatic day. Landa, twice beaten in the final metres of stages this week, made sure on stage 19 as he went clear from the breakaway with under 10 kilometres left to cross the line completely alone, beginning his celebrations several hundred metres from home.
The family of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan are owners of a 26.5-million-euro ($29.64-million) oil tanker, which was acquired under a secretive offshore arrangement, a consortium of European news outlets reported Friday.
Construction began in Chile on Friday on the European Extremely Large Telescope, which when completed will be the world's largest optical telescope, some five times larger than the top observing instruments in use today. The size of the ELT has the potential to transform our understanding of the universe, say its backers, with its main mirror that will measure some 39 meters (43 yards) across. Located on a 3,000 meter-high mountain in the middle of the Atacama desert, it is due to begin operating in 2024.
By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations Middle East envoy warned the Security Council on Friday that a power struggle between the rival Palestinian Fatah and Hamas movements had worsened a humanitarian crisis in Gaza that now risked exploding into another conflict. "In Gaza we are walking into another crisis with our eyes wide open," the envoy, Nickolay Mladenov, told the 15-member Council. "Unless urgent measures are taken to de-escalate, the crisis risks spiralling out of control with devastating consequences for Palestinians and Israelis alike." Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah movement controls the Western-backed Palestinian Authority (PA), which governs the Israeli occupied West Bank.
A mother and daughter were tricked into licking the feet of members of staff at a Poundland store in a prank by an anonymous caller. A man claiming to be from a charity in Ireland called and told staff to close the store for a “training exercise” and that two customers could win £3,000 if they participated. Naomi Desmond, 24, and her mother Pamela, 55, were the only shoppers left in the store in Devon and agreed to participate.
The pound came under pressure as a poll put the opposition Labour Party just five points behind the ruling Conservatives two weeks before the general election
Gibraltar Friday vowed to do whatever it takes to keep its position as a leading online gambling jurisdiction despite Britain's looming exit from the European Union.
Single parent families could be paying significantly more per person to go on holiday than a two adult family. Research carried out for Sky News has shown that parents travelling on their own with one child could pay up to 28% more for the same holiday as two adults with one child. Currency firm FairFX compared prices for an all-inclusive holiday at leading UK travel companies, including Airtours, Thomas Cook, First Choice, Virgin and Thomson, and found inconsistencies in pricing, with an increase in cost ranging from 16% to 28%.
Two people were stabbed to death on a light-rail train in Portland, Oregon, on Friday afternoon, after trying to confront a man who was verbally abusing two women who appeared to be Muslim, according to police officials cited in The Oregonian. The suspect, a white male, was reportedly shouting "hate speech or biased language," and focused on the younger women — one of whom was wearing a hijab, said Portland Police spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson. A third passenger was also stabbed, but suffered no life-threatening wounds, according to Portland police officials.
Several thousand people turned out on Friday to mourn two mothers from the same town who were killed by a suicide bomber while waiting to collect their teenage daughters from a Ariana Grande concert in the northern English city of Manchester. Alison Howe, 45, and Lisa Lees, 47, from Royton near Manchester, were among the 22 people killed by bomber Salman Abedi as they waited for their daughters in a foyer outside the concert. A Reuters photographer at the scene said several thousand people were gathering in a park at Royton, some holding pink balloons to honour "Royton's girls".
Britain's biggest telecoms group BT Group Plc has begun informal talks with representatives of its retired staff about a plan to cap their pensions and ease one of the biggest challenges facing the company, the Daily Telegraph newspaper reported on Friday. BT is asking the fund's trustees and telecoms unions to agree to end accruals in the company's defined-benefits pension scheme, a move some other British blue-chip firms have already taken, the newspaper said. BT's pension deficit was valued at 9.2 billion pounds net of tax at the end of 2016.
Muslims across Europe will observe the Holy month of Ramadan starting from Saturday 27 May. As the summer season coincides with Ramadan this year, European Muslims are set to brace for long fasting duration.
While Espen Barth Eide, centre, oversaw talks, they were always led by Cyprus’ president Nicos Anastasiades, right, and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, left. The best hope yet of reuniting war-partitioned Cyprus has been dashed after reconciliation attempts were brought to an abrupt halt following two years of intense negotiations. The optimism engendered by talks seen as a once-in-a-generation opportunity to unite the Mediterranean island ended when the United Nations special envoy, Espen Barth Eide, announced that he was terminating negotiation efforts.
What went though the mind of the suicide bomber Salman Abedi just before he blew himself up in Manchester this week, killing 22 people? The search for a terrorist “personality” or “mindset” dominated psychological research in the 1970s and 1980s and remains a significant area for research today. A new study published in Nature Human Behaviour, which assessed the cognitive and psychological profiles of 66 Colombian paramilitaries imprisoned for committing terrorist acts, now argues that poor moral reasoning is what defines terrorists.