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’s5 hours agonews.sky.com
A junior doctor has launched a blistering attack on the Health Secretary, saying “screw you Jeremy Hunt” in a Facebook post which has since gone viral.
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.
Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho would help Manchester United overcome Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, according to one of his former players.
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.
A plucky little spider has once again proved that size doesn't matter by taking on -- and beating -- a much larger venomous snake, in a very Australian telling of the story of David and Goliath.
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.
The father of Aylan Kurdi, the Syrian toddler whose drowning shocked the world last year, went on trial on Thursday along with two alleged people smugglers accused of causing the death of migrants.
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.
Cargo on an overloaded vehicle slumps off to the side after arriving from the Kaesong joint industrial zone, outside a military checkpoint in Paju on February 11, 2016
Meryl Streep has dismissed questions about the all-white panel at the Berlin Film Festival by telling reporters that “we’re all Africans really”. Streep, who is heading the jury for the first time, said she was committed to equality and the inclusion of “all genders, race, ethnicities, religions”. 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”.
Great excitement rippled through the physics world Thursday at the announcement that gravitational waves have been detected after a 100-year search.
A man waves a Greek flag in front of the parliament in Athens, during an anti-austerity demonstration on July 10, 2015
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. ...
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.
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.
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
The group of friends collected their prize from the offices of the National Lottery today.
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.
Outspoken academic Richard Dawkins has pulled out of a public speaking tour after suffering a stroke. He is expected to make a full recovery, according to a statement on the Sydney Opera House website. The biologist and author of The God Delusion had been due to appear at the venue on 28 February.
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.
Uber lets customers use smartphone applications to summon and pay for rides provided by drivers using their own cars
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.
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.
From Second World War photographs to shoots with famous models such as Kate Moss and Linda Evangelista, British Vogue magazine marks its 100th birthday in 2016 with an exhibition of fashion, beauty and portrait prints. Opening at London's National Portrait Gallery on 11 February, Vogue 100: A Century of Style features more than 280 photographs from publisher Conde Nast's archives that the magazine has commissioned over the decades. It includes the work of renowned photographers such as Cecil Beaton, Irving Penn, David Bailey and Mario Testino, portraits of celebrities including Marlene Dietrich, Britain's Princess Diana and David Beckham and shoots with famous models such as Kate Moss and Linda Evangelista. "This was a great opportunity for us to replay Vogue's greatest hits," exhibition curator and British Vogue Contributing Editor Robin Muir said. "I wanted to have all of these well-known images and balance it perhaps with ones people had not seen before. And one of the guiding principles of the show is that we wanted to show original vintage photographs." Among the highlights are "a rare vision" of Horst P Horst's 1939 Mainbocher Corset photo, which inspired the music video for Madonna's Vogue song, and Peter Lindbergh's 1990 cover shot that "defined the supermodel era", according to organisers. "Vogue has been synonymous with fashion and photography for 100 years. It's the style bible, I mean that old cliché comes into play," Muir said. "It's at the forefront and I think people look to Vogue to guide them and I hope it takes its responsibility in that respect seriously and I think it does." British Vogue was born in 1916 when the First World War halted shipments of American Vogue. Conde Nast then allowed for a British edition of the magazine. Muir added that it was difficult to illustrate the earlier years due to the war. "In 1942 in an economy war time drive – because Vogue was allowed to continue publishing for the morale of the home-front – Vogue decided to pulp its entire archive from 1916 to 1942 as an economy drive to lead the way. So all the Edward Steichen's, all the Cecil Beaton's, all the Man Ray's all the Charles Sheeler's, all the great beautiful prints they had Adolph de Meyer's – he was the first fashion photographer – all gone. So it's taken us about six years to try and track down some other equally fascinating prints" he said. Vogue 100: A Century of Style runs from 11 February to 22 May at London's National Portrait Gallery.
Jeremy Corbyn is attending the Hillsborough inquest, where Coroner Sir John Goldring is continuing to sum up the evidence. The Labour leader did not speak to the media outside the coroner's court in Warrington as he arrived flanked by Liverpool MP Steve Rotheram and shadow home secretary Andy Burnham. A spokeswoman said Mr Corbyn had come to the hearings "as an observer".
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 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.
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.
Kanye West had the full support of his reality star wife Kim Kardashian and her family when he launched his new album and clothing collection at New York's Madison Square Garden. Kim Kardashian also showed off her new blonde hair in what was one of her first public appearances since she gave birth to her son Saint two months ago.
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.
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.
By Ana Nicolaci da Costa LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's economy would be worse off if voters decide the country should leave the European Union, according to an overwhelming majority of economists polled by Reuters who also gave it a 40 percent chance of happening. All but one of 28 economists in the poll taken this week said the Britain would take a hit if the vote - which could take place by June - meant exiting the EU. Supporters of Britain leaving the EU say companies would be less bound by red tape, the country would be able to strike its own free trade deals and its existing EU partners would not want to hurt bilateral trade.
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.
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)
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.
Scientists have given up hope of restoring contact with space probe Philae - which landed on a comet but later lost power. Philae landed on a comet in a pinpoint operation in November 2014 but lost power because its solar-driven batteries were in the shade. The probe woke up in June as the comet approached the sun, giving scientists hope that the lander could complete some experiments.
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.
Thomas Cook profits are down on terror attacks in Paris and Istanbul
By Oleg Vukmanovic and Li-mei Hoang LONDON (Reuters) - British Gas and EDF Energy , two of Britain's largest household energy suppliers, bowed to pressure from regulators and rivals by cutting domestic gas prices on Thursday. A 57-percent drop in wholesale gas prices since this time last year has put pressure on Britain's Big Six energy suppliers to pass on cost savings to retail customers. "Seeing all of the big suppliers mirror each other with small cuts in the face of falling wholesale prices will raise questions in many people's minds about whether competition is working in this market," Richard Lloyd, executive director at consumer group Which?
The Kadjar car assembly line at the Renault and Dongfeng joint venture factory in Wuhan, Hubei province, on February 1, 2016
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.
A group of Irish friends who won 66 million euro on the EuroMillions are to keep their identities secret.
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.
South African police fired stun grenades to disperse angry protesters outside parliament on Thursday shortly before President Jacob Zuma was due to deliver his annual state of the nation address.
A worker polishes steel in a factory in Rizhao, east China's Shandong province on January 2, 2016
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As New York kicks off the seasonal catwalk calendar, the fashion capital played host to a different kind of runway show – a Zoolander 2 inspired one. At the world premiere of the film which spoofs the fashion industry, stars Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Will Ferrell and Penelope Cruz strutted down a catwalk which turned into the red carpet for the night. Stiller and Wilson reprise their roles as male models Derek and Hansel in the sequel to 2001's Zoolander, while Ferrell portrays the villainous designer Mugatu again – with plenty of poses, pouting and celebrity cameos in the movie.
A primary school head teacher has written to parents asking them to stop their children from urinating in the playground.
The prospect of Kenyan athletes being excluded from the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro this summer has increased after the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) admitted it was worried by the country’s slow progress in the fight against drugs.
Alleged former IRA chief Thomas "Slab" Murphy faces a sentencing hearing in the Irish courts today for tax evasion.
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.
By Ben Hirschler LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's competition watchdog has 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 former blockbuster antidepressant Seroxat. Generic drug companies involved, including Germany's Merck KGaA , were also fined smaller amounts, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said on Friday, bringing the total penalties to 45 million pounds. The CMA move 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.
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
It's Children's Mental Health Week 2016 and we asked kids how much they know about mental illness. In this video we ask them about ADHD.
Tiny specks of gold have been found in rocks at a popular tourist destination, to the surprise of scientists.
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
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
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
Barry Manilow has been forced to cancel dates on what he says will be his final tour after being rushed to hospital. A statement on his Facebook page said it was "unclear" if Manilow will be well enough to attend the Grammy Awards on Monday.
NATO is considering joining the US-led coalition fighting Islamic State jihadists in Syria and Iraq, US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Thursday.