Amber Rudd: trying to think of the most damning label for her department before others. Earlier this year, Michael Bates, an obscure minister in the House of Lords, offered his resignation because he was “ashamed” at having not been in his place in the chamber in time to answer questions. The prime minister advised the Queen not to accept it.
The Queen took to the stage at her own star-studded 92nd birthday during an action-packed showbiz extravaganza at the Royal Albert Hall. Artists from around the Commonwealth performed at the event, which topped off a week when the UK hosted 53 countries for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.
Air strikes pounded an insurgent-held area near Damascus on Sunday, footage broadcast by state TV stations showed, as the Syrian government stepped up efforts to wipe out the insurgency's last foothold near the capital. The area is part of an enclave just south of Damascus that includes the Palestinian refugee camp Yarmouk and is controlled by jihadist insurgents from Islamic State and the Nusra Front. It is adjoined by a pocket held by other rebel groups fighting under the Free Syrian Army banner.
Failing to secure a free trade deal after Brexit will be “disastrous” for Britain’s £28bn processed food and drinks industry and must be avoided at all costs, a committee of MPs has warned. In a new report they claimed that without access to European Union markets after the end of the transition period, in December 2020, exports of processed foods such as chocolate, cheese, beef, pork and soft drinks would suffer while UK consumers would face higher prices and less choice on the supermarket shelves. The stark warning comes from the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee, with MPs also saying that reversion to World Trade Organisation rules after withdrawal from the bloc would have a “seismic impact” on the country’s largest manufacturing sector.
The second episode of Britain’s Got Talent was packed full of the good, the bad and the bizarre as the search for the next Royal Variety act sifted through more hopefuls. The 32-year-old had everybody in the audience in stitches with his comedy routine – featuring the likes of President Donald Trump, Professor Brian Cox and comedian Russell Brand.
Tammie Jo Shults in 1992 was one of the earliest female fighter pilots in the US Navy. After one of its engines appeared to explode in midair, a flight from New York to Dallas ended terribly and tragically with the death of a passenger, Jennifer Riordan, who had been partially sucked out of a broken window. When Captain Chesley Sullenberger brought US Airways Flight 1549 down on to the Hudson river in 2009, after geese took out both engines, he was lauded as a hero.
Verne Troyer had been battling alcohol addiction throughout his lifetime and was admitted to hospital earlier this month. The actor – best known for playing Mini-Me in Austin Powers – died Saturday (21 April) aged 49. Troyer’s battle with alcohol addiction was first documented in 2002, when the actor nearly died from alcohol poisoning following a breakup.
Armenian President Armen Sarkisian visited protesters on Yerevan’s Republic Square on Saturday, April 21. Saturday marked the ninth day of protests since the appointment of former Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan as prime minister. Surrounded by the thousands of protesters, Sarkisian also spoke with opposition leader Nikol Pashinian. During the rally, Pashianian reportedly told the crowd he demanded the immediate resignation of Sargsyan. A number of protesters “were arrested”: http://stryfl.com/4gap earlier Saturday. Sargsyan, who served as president from 2008 to early 2018, was elected as prime minister by parliament on April 17. Critics have said the election was anti-democratic and have branded it as a power grab. In 2015, Armenia held a constitutional referendum that lessened the power of the president and gave greater power to the parliament. Credit: Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty via Storyful
The list of free games coming to Xbox Live Gold subscribers for May 2018 has been released, and it includes some seriously impressive offerings. As usual, two Xbox One games and two Xbox 360 games are included. To download and play the games, you’ll need to ensure you have an active Xbox Live Gold subscription.
USA has been the leader in machine learning, and in tech hubs like Silicon Valley it seems like every company has data scientists employed. SoftBank Corp's human-like robot named "Pepper" gives a coffee cup to a TV personality Kyoko Uchida as they introduce Nestle's coffee machines during a promotion event at an electronics shop in Tokyo December 1, 2014. Nestle SA started to use robots to help sell its coffee makers at electronics stores across Japan, becoming the first corporate customer for the chatty, bug-eyed androids unveiled in June by tech conglomerate SoftBank Corp. The waist-high robot, developed by a French company and manufactured in Taiwan, was touted by Japan's SoftBank as capable of learning and expressing human emotions, and of serving as a companion or guide in a country that faces chronic labour shortages.
A woman aboard a Delta flight was arrested for misdemeanor assault after reportedly attacking an air marshal and disrupting a flight from London to Salt Lake City. Sarah Beach allegedly poured coffee on passengers, knocked over a drink cart and ran up and down the aisle, according to The Associated Press. After that chaos took place, she was requested to sit next to an air marshal seated in the back of the plane.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico says it has reached a deal with the European Union to update their trade agreement, including the elimination of tariffs on a number of agricultural products.
Equipment like expensive quad bikes is targeted by thieves. Organised criminal gangs are behind a growing wave of countryside crime, a rural police commissioner has warned. Julia Mulligan, the head of the National Rural Crime Network and police and crime commissioner for North Yorkshire, said that so-called “county lines” drug-dealing and a sharp rise in thefts and burglaries targeting farms and villages showed that organised crime was growing.
World Bank shareholders approved a "historic" increase in the bank's lending capacity Saturday after the United States backed a reform package that curbs loans and charges more for higher income countries like China.
God of War fans have a lot to love in the latest installment, but some changes to the collectibles system have left more than a few people confused. You’ll find artifacts scattered around the map and, since they have numbers and lore attached, you may feel compelled to hoard them. The best thing (and only thing) to do with artifacts is sell them.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A new federal disclosure shows a Washington lobbyist tied to a bargain-priced condo leased by Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt sought to influence the agency on behalf of a client earlier this year.
Amir Khan made a blistering return to the ring by beating Phil Lo Greco by knockout inside 39 seconds at Liverpool's Echo Arena. The 31-year-old had not fought for two years, since being beaten by Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez in Las Vegas in May 2016, and he made up for lost time by knocking Canadian Lo Greco down twice in the early stages. Khan, in his first bout on British soil in five years, sent Lo Greco to the canvas with a swift one-two combination inside the opening 30 seconds and the contest was over moments later as the Briton's devastating hand speed pinned his opponent up against the ropes to ensure it was over moments after it had started.
Less than half of people from ethnic minority backgrounds believe there has been progress on racial prejudice over the past quarter of a century, according to a new survey mapping attitudes towards race and integration in Britain. The poll coincides with the 25th anniversary of the murder of black teenager Stephen Lawrence in an unprovoked racist attack in Eltham, south-east London, on 22 April 1993. According to the survey by Survation for British Future, under half of ethnic minority respondents – 43 per cent – believed that general levels of racial prejudice were higher in the year of one of Britain’s most high profile murders.
When elite North Korean soldier Joo Seung-hyeon made his way through the Demilitarized Zone, avoiding minefields and watchtowers to defect to the South, he thought he was going to a prosperous new life.