An audit carried out last year found that private prisons were far less safe and more punitive than comparable facilities managed by the government. The Trump administration has scrapped Barack Obama’s program of ending the justice department’s use of private prisons, embracing aRead more »
Singer Cheryl has confirmed her pregnancy by cradling her baby bump during a photoshoot for the launch of a new campaign aimed at raising the confidence of young people. The pop star and former X Factor judge had refused to comment that she was expecting a baby with One Direction star Liam Payne, although she has been pictured with a bump. In the image the 33-year-old can be seen holding her hands underneath her stomach in the image alongside Dame Helen Mirren and Kate Piper.
The 26-year-old star, who won the tenth series of the TV talent show last year, has admitted that he’s managed to keep hold of the staggering sum, only dipping into the jackpot to purchase a designer handbag for his sister. Richard explained to BANG! Showbiz (via The List): “I bought my sister a Michael Kors handbag – it’s the one she wanted.
Donald Trump says he wants to expand America's nuclear arsenal to make the US "top of the pack". In an interview with Reuters news agency, he also said he is against a "one-sided" new deal with Russia that would cap the deployment of nuclear warheads. Mr Trump said: "I am the first one that would like to see everybody - nobody have nukes, but we're never going to fall behind any country even if it's a friendly country, we're never going to fall behind on nuclear power.
North Korea has said Malaysia is to blame for the death of Kim Jong-Nam at an airport in Kuala Lumpur. Pyongyang has also accused the Malaysian government of having an "unfriendly attitude" following the murder of Kim Jong-Un's estranged half-brother last week. According to KCNA, the country's state news agency, Mr Kim "suddenly fell into a state of shock" and died after suffering what it called "a heart stroke".
Life may have evolved on at least three planets within a newly discovered solar system that is 39 light years from Earth, it was announced last night. Astronomers at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) have detected no less than seven roughly Earth-sized worlds orbiting a dwarf star in the system, it was announced today. Three of the new planets are said to be particularly promising because they could sustain oceans.
Friends and artists paid tribute to the late George Michael at the Brit Awards, honouring the star's "spellbinding" performances. Coldplay's Chris Martin performed a duet of sorts with the late singer, who died on Christmas Day last year. Martin took to the stage to sing Michael's A Different Corner, before being joined by a clip of the late star playing in the background.
Iraqi security forces secured most of the Mosul airport in a rapid advance on Thursday that positions them on the doorstep of Islamic State-held west Mosul. Despite earlier predictions of a fierce battle, few Isil fighters remained to defend the airfield, leaving some Iraqi soldiers confused as to whether the speed of advance indicated a dramatic collapse of Isil defences, or whether the worst may be yet to come inside the western city limits.
By Michael Nienaber BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's economy is in full swing, the government said on Thursday, a state of affairs that also led to a record 2016 budget surplus likely to irritate much of the rest of the European Union and play directly into election politics. Germany's overflowing coffers are the subject of intense debate ahead of the Sept. 24 federal election, with the Social Democrats promising more investment and Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives a mix of investment, tax cuts and debt reduction.
The fiance of Helen Bailey has been jailed for 34 years for drugging and killing the author in a plot to inherit her fortune. Ian Stewart, 56, spent weeks poisoning the 51-year-old Electra Brown writer with prescription sedatives before smothering her in a "heinous" plot motivated by greed in April 2016. Ms Bailey was dragged into a cesspit below the couple's luxury home in Royston, Hertfordshire, where she remained hidden for three months.
By Catherine Ngai NEW YORK (Reuters) - Oil prices rose on Thursday but gains were pared after U.S. government data showed a seventh straight build in crude stocks, suggesting high inventories could undermine OPEC's move to cut output.
Tom Watson has received donations worth £500,000 from Max Mosley in less than a year. The latest official records show Mr Watson this month registered a donation worth £300,000 received via the Labour Party to support his office as deputy leader and shadow culture secretary from the former motor racing boss. It follows a similar donation from Mr Mosley to Mr Watson registered last June worth £200,000.
British tourists could have to pay to visit Europe after Brexit as part of a US-style visa waiver system, the immigration minister has said. Robert Goodwill told MPs the EU was considering adopting a version of America's Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) but it was too early know if this would apply to UK residents after withdrawal. The ESTA costs $14 (£11) and lets British visitors go to the USA for less than 90 days without a visa.
By Brian Love and Michel Rose PARIS (Reuters) - France's presidential race took a new turn on Thursday as independent Emmanuel Macron raised the curtain on a partnership with veteran centrist Francois Bayrou to help him beat the far-right's Marine Le Pen. The National Front is at the gates of power. It plays on fear," Macron said, referring to Le Pen's once-shunned party.
The MTA’s new Supreme-branded MetroCard launched this week at select stations in Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn, and the exclusive drop is causing a bit of frenzy for New Yorkers. The website Mass Appeal reported that potential resellers broke into an MTA machine on Tuesday night to steal the coveted MetroCards, citing a Reddit post in a group dedicated to buying and selling Supreme merchandise. The user claimed that a group of hypebeasts successfully broke into a machine at 125th street and made off with up to 80 MetroCards.
Singapore's sovereign wealth fund GIC said on Thursday it has formed joint ventures with investors to buy over 2.1 million sq feet (195,000 sq m) of office assets in the Washington DC metropolitan area, in an investment of more than $1.05 billion (843.64 million pounds). Investors include affiliates of real estate developer Beacon Capital Partners, GIC said in a statement.
Thousands of well-wishers have shown their support for Bradley Lowery, five, from Blackhall, County Durham, who has neuroblastoma. The Sunderland fan has been a mascot for his side and Everton this season, has had a hospital visit from his favourite players and had fans singing his name. Bradley has been undergoing treatment in hospital to prolong his life and his mother Gemma shared the terrible news that his condition is not improving.
New Zealand's competition watchdog rejected a multi-billion dollar merger between Vodafone NZ and pay-TV operator Sky on Thursday, saying the combined entity would have too much market power
British car production rose by an annual 7.5 percent in January to hit its highest since 2008, as strong demand for exports compensated for a decline in demand at home, an industry body said on Thursday. Overall output hit 147,922 vehicles due to a 10.8 percent increase in sales to overseas markets, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) However, there are concerns about the future of production at General Motors' British car plant after French carmaker Peugeot said it was considering a takeover of GM's European operations, which are branded as Vauxhall in Britain and Opel on the continent. Vauxhall's Ellesmere Port plant in northern England built nearly 120,000 vehicles out of a UK total of 1.72 million cars last year.
Gothenburg has been named the world’s most sociable city – after a new study examined the social behaviour and attitudes of locals in 39 destinations across the globe. The study, commissioned by booking site HostelWorld, ultimately gave the top spot to the Swedish city after it scored high for the way in which locals are likely to socialise with tourists – along with their ‘propensity to party.’ And it seems like it could be a national thing too – Swedish capital Stockholm came second in the study, which involved interviewing some 12,888 residents. Here’s the overall top 10.
Danica Patrick reckons she’s probably sustained a dozen concussions over the course of her career – and says she would leave motor racing if doctors said her health was at risk. On Wednesday, before Sunday’s Daytona 500, the popular Patrick said she had become more aware of the health risks because of the injury sustained by Dale Earnhardt Jr last season. Earnhardt stepped away from Nascar in the second half of last year to battle symptoms caused by concussion.
The team found that although even the recommended five portions of fruit and vegetables a day reduced disease risk, the greatest benefit came from eating 10 portions compared to people who ate none at all. The research team also found that apples and pears, citrus fruits, salads and green leafy vegetables such as spinach, lettuce and chicory, and cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower, may help protect against heart disease, stroke, cardiovascular disease, and early death.
Four in every 10 European doctors working in Britain are considering leaving the UK following the Brexit vote, a new survey has found. The British Medical Association (BMA) polled 1,193 doctors from the European Economic Area working in the UK and found 42 per cent are thinking of leaving the country, with a further 23 per cent unsure. Among NHS staff in England, 59,796 are from the European Union, according to NHS Digital, including 10,267 doctors – around 6.6 per cent of the UK medical workforce.