Spectacular footage shows a huge Royal Navy submarine smash through metre-thick ice in the Arctic amid growing tensions with Russia. HMS Trenchant was filmed punching through thick ice in temperatures as low as -40C as it joined to US boats on a major exercise aimed at combat in freezing water. The drill, co-ordinated by the US Navy, came just hour after Theresa May ordered 23 Russian diplomats to be expelled from the UK following the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter.
The expulsion of 23 British diplomats in retaliation for the same number of Russian embassy staff thrown out of Britain has been wholly expected in the current confrontation. The foreign ministry in Moscow said: “Due to the unregulated status of the British Council in the Russian Federation it will be dissolved, it will be terminated” without offering any further explanation. Regional offices of the British Council in Russia outside Moscow were shut down in January 2008, during another diplomatic impasse and have not been allowed to reopen.
A trio of British industrial titans are pushing for a management overhaul at Sheffield Forgemasters, a private manufacturer which has a vital role in the UK's nuclear submarine programme. Sky News has learnt that BAE Systems (LSE: BA.L - news) , Babcock International (LSE: BAB.L - news) and Rolls-Royce Holdings are engineering the search for a successor to Graham Honeyman, Forgemasters' chief executive and majority shareholder. A number of candidates, including at least one former BAE Systems executive, are understood to have been identified for the role.
Police have released an image of Sergei Skripal's car as they launch a fresh appeal for witnesses in the poisoning of the former Russian spy and his daughter, Yulia. The Metropolitan Police believe the Skripals used the burgundy red BMW 320D saloon - registration HD09 WAO - on Sunday 4 March, the day of the attack. Both victims remain critically ill in hospital after being poisoned with what authorities believe was the military-grade nerve agent Novichok.
The release of a brand new Avengers: Infinity War trailer has sent Marvel fans' excitement into overdrive with many moments teasing surprises to come. As you well know by now, the superhero sequel - from directors Joe and Anthony Russo - will serve as “the beginning of the end” of this particular phase of the MCU as Thanos' (Josh Brolin) hunt for the Infinity Stones (one of which is in Vision's head) switches up a gear, his rule over humanity inching ever closer to his grasp. The film will follow the villain, who has been waiting in the wings since the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron, as he journeys the galaxy facing opposition from pretty much every Marvel character going.
Those left in the FA Cup this season are just one game from a trip to Wembley, with Tottenham first into the hat for the last four.
A Catalan separatist fugitive living in Scotland after fleeing rebellion charges in Spain has criticised European leaders’ silence over the imprisonment of the region’s pro-independence politicians. Clara Ponsati, an ex-minister in the Catalan government, claimed her former colleagues were being used as “hostages” by Madrid to “blackmail” the movement ”into surrender”. Catalonia has been without a government and under direct Spanish rule for five months, with key pro-independence leaders either in self-imposed exile or in prison awaiting trials following an independence referendum considered by Madrid to be illegal.
Ron and Penny Jones said they were never warned that Iraqi asylum seeker Ahmed Hassan had admitted being "trained to kill" by militants.
Renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking died on March 14 at the age of 76. Hawking awed us with his remarkable mind, which delivered revelations about black holes and other wonders of the universe, and with his defiant inability to be diminished by his paralysis, brought on by his diagnosis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, when he was 21 years old. Newsweek asked a few luminaries about how Hawking inspired them, what he represented and what he contributed to our world.
Noor and Alaa, two young girls in East Ghouta, Syria, who have been documenting the ongoing attacks on the region by Syrian forces, appealed for help on March 16 in a video that showed the damage caused in their neighborhood. A tweet on their account on March 15 said farewell to those monitoring their updates as, the tweet said, Assad forces were storming their neighbourhood. In this video, the two girls appear against a backdrop of destroyed buildings. Noor says “I am still alive. Last night we couldn’t sleep because of warplanes.” She says between 20 and 30 attacks were carried out overnight and during the early morning in their neighborhood. She says they are very scared and appealed for help. Credit: Noor And Alaa via Storyful
Pope Francis prayed on Saturday before the body of one of Catholicism's most popular saints, Padre Pio, a mystic monk who is said to have wrestled with the Devil. It was Francis' first visit as pope to this hill town in southern Italy that is a main stop along the country's pilgrim route linking places where saints are buried. The bearded Capuchin monk, who died in 1968 after spending most of his life here, is said by the Catholic Church to have had the "stigmata" - the bleeding wounds of Jesus on his hands and feet.
Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, but for the rest of the year we can all admire a more narrow set of people from Ireland who have changed their nation and the entire world. When you think of famous Irish people, there are many important figures, past and present, beyond St. Patrick, Guinness brewery founder Arthur Guinness and novelist James Joyce to consider. John Joly, shown in a 1901 photograph, was a geologist and physicist from Ireland.
More than a dozen executives, specialists and lawyers interviewed by Reuters said they expected many small vendors to go bankrupt due to the disappearance of Toys 'R' Us and Babies 'R' Us in the United States. "We have a $14-$15 million payment due that hasn't been paid," Isaac Larian, chief executive of Bratz dolls maker MGA Entertainment, said. MGA, whose L.O.L. Surprise! toys were the industry's top seller last year, stopped supplying goods to Toys 'R' Us on Wednesday, Larian said.
Time to put on your best green T-shirt and show off your Irish pride—St. Patrick’s Day is here. The Big Apple's 257th St. Patrick’s Day Parade begins at 11 a.m. and runs until 5 p.m. The parade will start on 44th Street, near St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and will march up Fifth Avenue to 79th Street. Glucksman is the co-founder of Glucksman Ireland House at New York University and Chair Emeritus of the American Ireland Fund.
Homicide detectives opened an investigation on Friday into the collapse of a new footbridge that killed at least six people at Miami’s Florida International University (FIU), as questions began to swirl about the companies behind the structure’s controversial design and construction. Juan Perez, the director of Miami-Dade police department, said criminal charges were possible once exhaustive inquiries by his detectives and state and federal authorities were complete. Hours later, the Florida department of transportation (FDOT) revealed that the lead engineer working for one of the companies involved in the bridge construction reported a crack in the structure two days before its collapse.
The US decision to allow hunters to import trophies from elephants they kill in Africa means Donald Trump's administration is “encouraging poaching”, Botswana's president Ian Khama said at the Giants Club Summit. The move to allow on a case by case basis the import of tusks, skins and other parts of animals killed in Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, and Zambia had already drawn global criticism.
We did Yiddish Words four years ago, which prompted Alan Robertson to suggest Scottish Words last year, which I described as “the best of the vocabulary of one of the countries of my childhood”. Alan also suggested this list, of words originating from the other country of my childhood.
Ten people died when a small plane crashed into a house north of the Philippine capital on Saturday, aviation and police officials said. The Piper 23 Apache single-engined aircraft, operated by Lite Air Express, had just taken off from a small airport nearby, said Eric Apolonio, spokesman for the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP). "All plane occupants died in the aircraft accident with collateral damage to a house with five occupants who also perished," Apolonio said.
According to research by Women’s Aid, one in five women interviewed said they couldn’t leave an abusive relationship because they had no money of their own, and the same number said financial abuse had left them unable to manage money. Meanwhile, research by Shelter found almost half of homeless women say domestic violence has contributed to their homelessness. Last week, Theresa May unveiled plans to protect women under the Government’s new Domestic Abuse Bill.