Boris Johnson has denied talking about Turkey during the Brexit referendum campaign, despite having warned on several occasions in the run-up to the vote that Turkish immigration posed a threat to the UK. Answering questions during a speech in Staffordshire, the former foreign secretary claimed he “didn’t say anything about Turkey in the referendum ... I didn’t say a thing about Turkey”.
Nigel Farage has urged Leave campaigners to prepare for a second referendum as the Brexit deadlock continues. The former Ukip leader spoke at a packed Leave Means Leave rally in London, telling Brexiteers they must “face reality in the face”. The MEP spoke alongside former Conservative leader Iain Duncan-Smith, MP Esther McVey and Hotelier Rocco Forte.
A team of divers swam with a huge great white shark, believed to be one dubbed 'Deep Blue', in waters off Hawaii.
If you think -10C sounds horribly cold then you're going to need to brace yourself for what next week's weather has in store. Temperatures last night were the chilliest of the winter so far, plunging to a low of -10.7C (12.7F) in Aboyne, Aberdeenshire. This beats this winter's previous coldest temperature of -10.5C (13.1F), recorded by the Met Office on January 3 in Braemar. MORE: May faces Cabinet revolt over no-deal Brexit after telling Corbyn she can't rule it out MORE: Divers in Hawaii have close encounter with world's largest great white shark A yellow warning of ice and up to 3cm of snow along the east coast of England was in place until 10am while a yellow warning of hill snow in Wales is in place until 1pm. The Met Office said it would be a frosty start for most places while people in eastern parts were warned of the possibility of icy patches. Rain and snow was forecast over some western parts during the morning commute, although snow was mainly expected on high ground. Meteorologist Alex Burkill said: "Winter's here now properly. It feels like winter and the weather's resembling it. "I think in Wales, many places are likely to see some sleet or snow." The weekend is expected to stay cold, with the possibility of more snow early next week. The Met Office told the Evening Standard: "It will be cold with rain and sleet through the weekend, but next week is when there's the potential for disruptive snow, particularly on Monday night into Tuesday and Wednesday night into Thursday." \- This article first appeared on Yahoo ###
Rob Kazinsky is to rejoin the soap as Sean Slater, Stacey Slater's wayward brother, a full decade after having left the East End.
It was designed to cool him down, but hard-shelled bachelor Hugo the tortoise was steamier than ever while taking a cold shower to beat the heat at the Australian Reptile Park in Somersby, New South Wales. In this slow-motion video, shared by the park on January 18, the 68-year-old Galapagos tortoise relished a hose-down as the country experienced a heatwave. The cheeky footage was shared by the zoo to get the word out that Hugo is on the prowl for a mate. The zoo’s head of reptiles, Daniel Rumsey said: “We are legitimately looking for the perfect mate for Hugo. We see the slow-mo showering shots work for the real bachelors on TV, so why not give Hugo a go?” Weighing 165kg, Hugo is fully grown, has now reached middle age and is ready to settle down. Credit: Australian Reptile Park via Storyful
An adventurous family has dropped out of the rat race, selling everything to travel around in a converted school bus. Derek Cobia, 33, and his wife Amy, 32, spent $15,000 renovating the 28ft x 8ft school bus with solar panels, a composting toilet, a working kitchen, wood-burning stove and a bath tub big enough for two people. The couple, originally from Atlanta, Georgia, were inspired then they lived in an RV on a local campsite in 2015 for a year. They decided to renovate the bus and sell up and travelwith three-year-old daughter Payson and their American bulldog Britches. So far they have visited 33 states, living off Derek’s income as a freelance financial adviser and Amy’s remote part-time administration work. Derek and Amy plan to home school Payson in the coming years, but eventually hope to settle down in Wyoming or Oregon, still living minimally.
‘I was in Brussels last week and no one can understand what has happened to Britain,’ said one diplomat. Phone lines and encrypted emails from EU embassies in London to their capitals have been red hot this week as diplomats seek to make sense of the chaos in the British parliament over Brexit. Some diplomats admit their primary response has been sheer shock at the depth of the turmoil.
Is there any way of reviewing the new series opener of The Grand Tour without reviewing Jeremy Clarkson? There’s a fair amount of wanton destruction awaiting in the third series of The Grand Tour, but nothing quite so shocking as when Clarkson churns up a bed of neatly cultivated broad beans in his Ford Mustang RTR, one of the “muscle machines” that he is racing around the deserted highways of Detroit with Hammond and May (surnames only, of course) in this opening episode. Motor City is a test-case for everything Clarkson sees as having gone wrong with the world, its automobile factories now crumbling mausoleums that are starting to be colonised by an urban farms initiative (hence the broad bean trashing).
The moon's usual gleaming white hue will transform into a deep blood red on January 21 during the next total lunar eclipse - and the last total lunar eclipse Britain is expected to experience for 10 years.
Rita Ora burst out laughing as she expertly dodged a grilling on her rumoured romance with Andrew Garfield. Ora and Garfield have reportedly been dating since October, with a source telling The Sun: “Rita let slip to pals about her brewing romance about a month ago. Ora, who broke up with Andrew Watt last year, recently opened up about her dating history, saying she “doesn’t have a type”.
Germany's Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said a discussion should be held on whether to re-open the draft deal for Britain's planned exit from the European Union, but only if all EU members agreed. Maas told public broadcaster ZDF late on Thursday he had spoken to Britain's foreign minister, adding that it had become clear this week that there was no majority for a no-deal Brexit in the British lower house. Earlier on Thursday, he said it was "hardly imaginable" that the Brexit withdrawal agreement would be reconsidered.
One skier died and another was in critical condition on Thursday, hospital employees said, after being caught in an avalanche on some of the most challenging terrain at Taos Ski Valley in New Mexico, a resort known for its steep runs. The ski patrol and other skiers dug the two men out of the avalanche and they were rushed to hospital, the ski resort said on Facebook. The first was taken to Holy Cross Hospital in Taos, where he later died of his injuries, said a hospital employee, who asked not to be identified as he was not authorized to speak to media.
An American businessman who survived the 9/11 terror attacks in New York has been identified as one of those killed in a terror attack in Nairobi this week. Jason Spindler, who was among the 21 people murdered at a Kenyan hotel complex on Tuesday, had been late for work at the World Trade Center at the time of the 2001 atrocity. Kevin Yu, a former university classmate, said Mr Spindler had helped save people stuck in rubble as the September 11 attacks unfolded.
The High Court has rejected a challenge over the UK Government's decision to share evidence with US authorities about two suspected Islamic State terrorists without seeking assurances they will not face the death penalty.
A defence lawyer representing former Sheffield Wednesday club secretary Graham Mackrell said standards for the role were “very different” in the 1980s. The lawyer said that health and safty management had “moved on a lot” in the past three decades and Mr Mackrell’s role did not include “what we would currently understand” as the expertise needed. Mr Beer said the government-issued Green Guide made first mention of a “safety officer” in 1986 and there was no formal training course or qualification for the post.