A plan has been agreed for a “nationwide cessation” of violence in Syria in a week’s time, US Secretary of State John Kerry has said. However, Islamic State, al Nusra and other terror groups will not be involved in the truce - and Russia has said it will be continuing its bombing campaign. Friday’s3 hours agonews.sky.com
By John Irish MUNICH (Reuters) - Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev raised the spectre of an interminable or a world war if powers failed to negotiate an end to the conflict in Syria and warned against any ground operations by U.S. and Arab forces. Medvedev, speaking to Germany's Handelsblatt newspaper on the eve of talks between major powers on Syria in Munich, said the United States and Russia must exert pressure on all sides in the conflict to secure a ceasefire. Asked about Saudi Arabia's offer last week to supply ground troops if a U.S.-led operation were mounted against Islamic State, he said: "This is bad as a ground offensive usually turns the war into a permanent one.
Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho would help Manchester United overcome Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, according to one of his former players.
David Bowie found out that he would have been a grandfather just days before he died from cancer last month. His son, film director Duncan Jones, revealed on Wednesday that he had told his father the news in a Christmas card. Love you, granddad," Jones wrote on Twitter as he posted the drawing of a foetus in a uterus.
By Jan Strupczewski, Alastair Macdonald and Gabriela Baczynska BRUSSELS (Reuters) - British and EU negotiators agreed much of a reform package on Thursday to help keep Britain in the European Union, leaving Prime Minister David Cameron to settle tricky final issues, notably on migration, at a summit next week, diplomats said. After talks in Brussels among officials from all 28 member states to review mostly minor amendments to proposals made by European Council President Donald Tusk last week, an EU source reported "good progress" in clarifying technical, legal issues. "But main political issues are still outstanding and they will have to be dealt with by leaders next week," the source added, referring to a summit on Feb. 18-19 where Cameron hopes to clinch a final deal with his European peers on which he can campaign at home to keep Britain in the bloc at a referendum.
A "fearless speed-demon", "lifelong petrolhead" and "no-nonsense car reviewer" are among the seven new presenters for the rebooted Top Gear. The BBC has announced the full line-up which will see motorsport guru and Formula 1 commentator Eddie Jordan, German racing driver Sabine Schmitz, motoring journalist Chris Harris and car reviewer Rory Reid join Chris Evans. Friends actor Matt LeBlanc was announced last week, and trusty sidekick The Stig will also return.
By Gabriela Lopez MONTERREY, Mexico (Reuters) - A battle between the feared Zetas drug cartel and rivals at a prison left 49 people dead in the northeastern Mexican city of Monterrey, authorities said on Thursday, days ahead of a planned visit by Pope Francis to another jail in Mexico's far north. Fighting broke out before midnight in two areas of the Topo Chico prison between supporters of a gang leader known as "Zeta 27" and another group, with prisoners using bottles and blades, Nuevo Leon state Governor Jaime Rodriguez said. "Topo Chico is a ... very old prison.
The women all regularly meet for lunch at Butterley Park Brewers Fayre restaurant in Ripley, Derbyshire, while on maternity leave with their children in tow. Marie Barron, 35, from Ilkeston, Derbyshire, said: “We are not loud, hooligan types. "We are working mothers, on maternity leave with seven month old babies.
A video shows the moment gunmen with AK-47s open fire at a boxing weigh-in at a Dublin hotel, forcing one of the fighters and members of the public - including children - to run for their lives.
By John O'Donnell FRANKFURT (Reuters) - The amount of cash across the euro zone rose to more than 1 trillion euros ($1.1 trillion) last year, with almost 30 percent of it hoarded in 500 euro notes, ECB data has shown, as nervous individuals keep more of their money at home or in a vault.
The woman’s son rang Liveline and the ambulance arrived a few minutes after he spoke on the radio.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has reportedly ordered the execution of his military chief, after he was found guilty of corruption and other offences. The reported execution of Ri Yong Gil, chief of the North Korean military’s general staff, is the latest in a series of killings and purges since Kim took power in 2011. Details about North Korea’s government are notoriously hard to obtain, but South Korean sources say that Ri’s execution was part of Kim’s effort to strengthen his grip on power.
Meryl Streep has dismissed questions about the all-white panel at the Berlin Film Festival by telling reporters that "we're all Africans really". Asked by an Egyptian reporter whether she understood films from the Arab world and North Africa, Streep said that while she did not know much about the region, "I've played a lot of different people from a lot of different cultures". The seven-member jury at Berlin will choose the winners of the Golden Bear and various Silver Bear awards at the first of the year's major European movie festivals.
LONDON (Reuters) - Sainsbury's , Britain's second biggest supermarket chain, will phase out multi-buy promotions across its grocery business by August, saying customers no longer appreciate them. The firm said on Thursday it would instead focus on lower regular prices. Sainsbury's, along with big four rivals Tesco , Wal-Mart's Asda, and Morrisons , is fighting a price war to stop losing shoppers to German discounters Aldi [ALDIEI.UL] and Lidl [LIDUK.UL]. All the big four have reduced promotions of various sorts to part-finance price cuts. ...
Holiday firm Thomas Cook said it has switched to selling more Mediterranean trips as a response to recent terror attacks.
An angry iPhone customer has revealed CCTV footage he claims shows a delivery driver pretending to drop off his new smartphone – before stealing it. Bradley Stocker, 39, was puzzled when he received a message from courier company DPD informing him that his iPhone had been delivered - despite no one knocking at his door. DPD’s website even stated that the parcel had been dropped off with a neighbour, but Bradley found none of his neighbours had spoken to a delivery driver.
A man who tripped up a suspected drug dealer running from police has been revealed as a soldier, who said his military training kicked in when he saw the chase.
Scientists have proven the existence of gravitational waves in the universe, confirming Albert Einstein’s last unproven theory. In one of the biggest scientific breakthroughs in decades, researchers at the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, or LIGO experiment have finally detected the cosmic ripples, after 10 years of trying. The idea of gravitational waves was first put forward by Einstein in his ‘Theory of General Relativity’ 100 years ago and has been generally accepted by the scientific world but never before been proven.
A factory owner who employed large numbers of Hungarians as a "slave workforce" in a bed-making firm which supplied retailers like John Lewis, Next and Dunelm Mill will be sentenced later today.
World oil prices tumbled on February 11, 2016, nearing a 13-year low in New York, with no end in sight to the global supply glut
Detectives investigating historical sex crimes should keep an "open mind" and not assume the claims are true, the head of the Metropolitan Police has said. Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said suspects should also be offered anonymity before they are charged as "reputations may be tarnished" by inquiries. His comments came after he announced a review of Scotland Yard's handling of claims about a VIP paedophile ring in Westminster amid mounting pressure over Operation Midland.
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt says he has decided to impose a new contract on junior doctors. He spoke in parliament after receiving a letter from the Government’s chief negotiator Sir David Dalton saying that he believed negotiations with the BMA on working unsociable hours could go no further. Making a statement in the House of Commons, Mr Hunt told MPs: “Under the existing contract, doctors can receive the same pay for working quite different amounts of unsociable hours.
Kat Church, the head of Hannah More Infant School and Grove Junior School in Nails, Somerset, says that a ‘number of pupils’ were being allowed to urinate outside as their parents picked them up after school. 'If an adult was to behave in the same way in a public place there would be consequences.
The group of friends collected their prize from the offices of the National Lottery today.
Downton Abbey actor Brendan Coyle has been banned from getting behind the wheel for more than four years after being caught drink driving. The 53-year-old, who played valet John Bates in the ITV drama, was found to be nearly three times the legal alcohol limit when he was stopped on New Year's Day. Coyle was reportedly returning to his Norfolk home in Heacham after undergoing alcohol rehabilitation at a clinic in Thailand.
The London apartment where Jimi Hendrix lived more than 45 years ago has opened to the public, restored to look just how the rock star used it. Hendrix moved into the apartment on the upper floors of 23 Brook Street - next to the house composer George Frideric Handel lived in centuries earlier - in July 1968 after his girlfriend Kathy Etchingham saw it advertised in a newspaper. Hendrix, who died in 1970 aged 27, wrote music, rehearsed and gave interviews there.
A young couple who died during the devastating Taiwan earthquake on New Year’s Eve were found in each other’s arms by rescuers. Tsai Meng-chia and his girlfriend Huang Ruo-hsin, both just 21, were found beneath the rubble of a residential building that collapsed during the magnitude 6.4 earthquake on New Year’s Eve. The pair are now amongst the 55 people confirmed dead from the quake, that struck Taiwan’s south-western Tainan City.
A man waves a Greek flag in front of the parliament in Athens, during an anti-austerity demonstration on July 10, 2015
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened to send the millions of refugees in Turkey to EU member states, as NATO pledged to deploy ships to the Aegean Sea to ease the migrant crisis.
In a spectacular valley less than two hours' drive north of Cape Town, a small herd of animals provides the chance to travel back in time over more than a century.
Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump addresses supporters in South Carolina after a resounding victory in the New Hampshire primary.
At least 12 indigenous children in Peru have died from rabies after being bitten by blood-sucking bats, which locals at first blamed on witchcraft, health officials said.
British Gas and EDF Energy have become the last of the Big Six providers to lower prices, announcing moves to cut gas bills next month.
Israeli navy veteran Ami Daniel points at his computer screen and explains why the ship he was tracking should have been stopped and searched.
Ronan Keating has said it would be "fun" if Boyzone followed in the footsteps of Busted and McFly by forming a supergroup with Westlife. Keating said Boyzone will do something to mark the band's 25th birthday next year - describing it as a "Boyzone extravaganza". Asked about the idea of the band teaming up with fellow Irishmen Westlife in the way Busted and McFly formed McBusted, he told the Press Association: "The idea's been thrown around alright.
World oil prices tumbled on February 11, 2016, nearing a 13-year low in New York, with no end in sight to the global supply glut
Polish shop owners hold a protest in front of parliament against a government plan to raise taxes on retailers, on February 11, 2016 in Warsaw
PRAGUE (Reuters) - There is a will to reach a European Union reform deal with Britain, but any compromise should be designed to avoid hampering deeper integration in the euro zone, Slovak Finance Minister Peter Kazimir said on Friday. "The EU has 28 members today and I see this number staying the same after the UK referendum," Kazimir tweeted. "Whatever the compromise will be, we should not create obstacles for deeper integration of the euro zone. I'm not a big fan of cherry picking. We are all equal in the EU club." (Reporting by Jason Hovet)
A woman has been fined $800 (£390) after pleading guilty to pushing a policeman over at Australia's most prestigious horseracing event. Sarah Finn, 24, was also ordered to pay court costs and pay for a new pair of glasses for superintendent Steven Cooper, the man she sent flying into a flower bed at the Melbourne Cup. Defence lawyer Anthony said in the Melbourne Magistrates Court that his client was "somewhat tipsy" and told how earlier she had been chatting to the police who had allowed her to sit on one of their motorbikes.
A former Auschwitz guard has gone on trial in Germany accused of being implicated in the deaths of 170,000 Jews. Reinhold Hanning, 93, is alleged to have joined Adolf Hitler's Schutzstaffel (SS) paramilitary organisation at the age of 18, taking part in battles in eastern Europe before becoming a guard at the camp in 1942. Around 1.5 million people, mainly European Jews, were gassed, shot, hanged and burned at Auschwitz in what was then Nazi-occupied Poland during the Second World War.
The meaty treat is the brainchild of bacon connoisseurs Logan Rae, 21, and Kimmie Hruda, 28, from Florida, US. Logan, who is a neurobiology student at Florida Atlantic University, said: ‘I made bacon roses as a birthday gift, and delivered it to a busy office last January. ‘By February, employees and my co-workers were requesting them for Valentine’s day.
Uber lets customers use smartphone applications to summon and pay for rides provided by drivers using their own cars
The Duke of Cambridge has attended the funeral of polar explorer Henry Worsley, who died trying to make the first unassisted solo crossing of the Antarctic.
The U.S. State Department on Thursday dismissed Russian claims that it had carried out air strikes on the Syrian city of Aleppo. "Claims made by Russian officials of U.S. air strikes in Aleppo are false," a senior State Department official said. "There have been no U.S. missions flown in or around Aleppo today." Russia's Defence Ministry said on Thursday that two U.S. aircraft had bombed the Syrian city of Aleppo on Wednesday, Feb. 10, and that Russian planes had not been operating in the area.
It is a question that has been asked since time immemorial—or at least since Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo began facing off against one another in Spain’s La Liga. on Tuesday as saying he wants to stay at Madrid until his contract runs out in 2018.
By Ben Hirschler LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's competition body said on Friday it had fined GlaxoSmithKline 37.6 million pounds ($54.4 million) for market abuse in striking deals to delay the launch of cheap generic copies of its antidepressant Seroxat. Generic drug companies involved, including Germany's Merck KGaA , were also fined smaller amounts, bringing the total penalties to 45 million pounds. The move by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is the latest example of regulators trying to curb "pay-for-delay" deals by drug companies and follows previous actions by U.S. and European antitrust authorities.
A primary school head teacher has written to parents asking them to stop their children from urinating in the playground.
Golf ball-sized hailstones were reported in New South Wales on Thursday evening, February 11. State emergency services in Queanbeyan, near Canberra, received over 140 requests for help, with homes and buildings damaged. This video shows large hailstones coming down outside the Queanbeyan City Library. The Bureau of Meteorology in Australia warned of flash flooding as a result of hail and heavy rainfall. Several other state emergency services were helping Queanbeyan SES volunteers in fixing the damage done by the hail. Credit: Facebook/Queanbeyan City Library
China on Thursday responded to a Reuters report that the U.S. and India are discussing joint naval patrols in the disputed South China Sea, warning that interference from countries outside the region threatens peace and stability. "Countries from outside the area must stop pushing forward the militarization of the South China Sea, cease endangering the sovereignty and national security of littoral countries in the name of 'freedom of navigation' and harming the peace and stability of the region." The United States wants its regional allies and other Asian nations to adopt a more united stance against China over the South China Sea, where tension has spiked since China's construction of seven islands in the Spratly archipelago. China lays claim to most of the South China Sea, while Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam have rival claims.
A group of Irish friends who won 66 million euro on the EuroMillions are to keep their identities secret.
The steep losses in Japan came as the yen pushed to more than 16-month highs against the dollar and dealers continued a flight to safe havens
The United States and its allies conducted 14 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria on Wednesday, the Combined Joint Task Force leading the operations said in a statement. In Iraq, 13 included three strikes focused near Ramadi that struck an IS tactical unit and destroyed a bunker, the coalition said in the statement released on Thursday. Near Mosul, three air strikes struck an IS tactical unit and destroyed a checkpoint, seven fighting positions, a vehicle and an assembly area, the statement said.
Sweden's central bank moves its key rate into negative territory in February 2015 in a bid to encourage spending amid three years of stagnant prices despite strong growth
Germany's coalition government said on Thursday it had reached a compromise in a row over new asylum rules that are intended to curb an influx of migrants, opening the way for them to pass to parliament for debate. The proposed measures were originally agreed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and her centre-left Social Democrat (SPD) coalition partners two weeks ago. It was the latest in a series of spats between the ruling parties which have deepened public scepticism about the government's handling of the refugee crisis after 1.1 million migrants arrived in Germany last year.
(Reuters) - British prompt wholesale natural gas prices declined on Friday morning as supply outweighed demand. Total's new gas field Laggan-Tormore has started production, with initial flows going into St Fergus TOM.
Alleged former IRA chief Thomas "Slab" Murphy faces a sentencing hearing in the Irish courts today for tax evasion.
Janice Maguire and her three children have been awarded at least €14,000 in damages due to the “recurrent respiratory” illnesses they’ve suffered since 2010.
Cancer patients are not being given access to ground-breaking treatments because the system of funding drugs in England is "really broken", the head of a major pharmaceuticals company has said.
By Ulf Laessing ZARIA, Nigeria (Reuters) - Piles of rubble are all that remain of the residence of Nigeria's most prominent Shi'ite Muslim leader after it was demolished by bulldozers in the northern city of Zaria. Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky's compound was levelled after three days of clashes between the army and Shi'ite residents of the city in December in which rights groups say hundreds of Shi'ites were killed. The violence and its repercussions could further fracture a country battling a northern insurgency by hardline Sunni group Boko Haram, a secessionist movement in the southeast, militancy in the oil-rich Delta, as well as a growing economic crisis.
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Call Of Duty: Black Ops 3 took advantage of a lean month for new video game releases to remain the top-selling game in the US in January.
A nine-year-old boy with cystic fibrosis has seen his wish come true after he became superhero 'Iron Boy' and fought crime in Sydney. Domenic Pace has idolised Marvel's Iron Man for years and dreamt of becoming his own, smaller version of Robert Downey Jr's character. On Thursday the Make-A-Wish Foundation fulfilled his dream and gave him a day to remember in Australia's biggest city.