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As long as audiences keep flocking to cinemas, Bond will keep coming back as his old self: posh, sexist and reeking of mothballs. A macho attitude, stiff upper lip and privileged upbringing have characterised Ian Fleming's iconic spy since the first 007 novel, 64 years ago. Eggsy made his big screen debut in 2015's Kingsman: The Secret Service, loosely adapted from a graphic novel by Mark Millar.
Sports Direct boss Mike Ashley has won a High Court battle with investment banker Jeffrey Blue over a £15 million deal allegedly made in a London pub. Mr Blue told judge Mr Justice Leggatt that the Newcastle United owner had promised to pay him the huge sum if he used his expertise to double the sportswear empire’s share price to £8 million a share. Ruling in Mr Ashley's favour, he said no-one would have thought what was said in the pub was "serious".
By Phil Stewart and Doina Chiacu WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he would ban transgender people from the U.S. military, an action appealing to some in his conservative political base but sowing confusion about the fate of thousands of transgender service members. Trump's surprise announcement, in a series of Twitter posts, drew condemnation from rights groups and some lawmakers in both parties as discrimination with purely political motives. Trump spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said the administration has not yet decided whether transgender service members already in the military would be immediately thrown out, saying the White House and Pentagon would have to work that out.
Crossrail has released new pictures showing London’s new Elizabeth Line stations taking shape. The line is set to carry its first passengers across the capital in December 2018, travelling from Reading in the West to Abbey Wood in the east, and is expected to cost a total of £14.8 billion. The new pictures give a glimpse of what passengers can expect from the station architecture. Escalators and light fittings are being put in place, and each station is receiving its own bespoke elements – like a wall map of Soho in Tottenham Court Road and a Barbican-style ticket hall at Farringdon. Julian Robinson, Crossrail Head of Architecture, said: “Crossrail is working with the best architects and engineers in the world to create a railway that builds upon the unrivalled heritage of London and its iconic transport network. “As the project passes 85% complete, these new images highlight the progress being made to install the architectural elements that will soon become familiar to the hundreds of thousands of passengers who will use the Elizabeth line when it opens in December 2018.”
Robert Pattinson has said he is "kind of" engaged to British musician FKA Twigs, but wants to maintain their privacy. In an interview with US radio show host Howard Stern, the Twilight star expressed wariness about sharing details of his personal life because of "crazy" fans. When Stern asked the 31-year-old London-born actor if he was engaged to Twigs, he coyly replied: "Yeah, kind of".
At least 12,000 people have been forced to flee campsites and homes as a new fire broke out along the French Riviera. Wildfires have already consumed swathes of forest in tourist-packed southeastern France in recent days, as well as on the island of Corsica. The new blaze, in the middle of the holiday season, is raging near Bormes-les-Mimosas, southwest of the popular resort Saint-Tropez on the Mediterranean coast.
In the Milky Way alone, there are an estimated 100,000 million stars and 100 billion planets, many of which are “potentially habitable,” meaning they could have the conditions right for life to emerge. With an estimated two trillion galaxies in the universe, the universe should be teeming with alien life. When NASA talks about searching for life elsewhere in our solar system, such as on Saturn’s icy moon Enceladus, they are referring to microbial life—simple primitive cells or multicellular organisms—not intelligent beings that have developed something resembling what we find on Earth.
The man who originally devised Article 50 has revealed that it was originally created to deal with dictatorial regimes – and he didn’t expect the UK to use it. Lord Kerr is the former UK diplomat who drafted the rules to dictate how a country leaves the European Union during his time as Secretary General of the European Convention in the early 2000s.
When he's not facing a bull in the ring, dressed in the richly embroidered costume worn by matadors, Alberto Lamelas can be found in jeans and sneakers circling Madrid in his taxi looking for customers. In Spain, where bullfighting is steeped in glamour and tradition, matadors are often elevated to celebrity status, bullfighters nevertheless often struggle to make ends meet. Like many other matadors, Lamelas, 33, has to supplement his income with other jobs to finance the expensive equipment and "traje de luces", or suit of lights, worn in the ring.
Ohio will put to death on Wednesday a 43-year-old man convicted of raping and killing a 3-year-old child in what will be the state's first execution in more than three years after a lengthy legal dispute over the choice of lethal injection drugs. Ronald Phillips is scheduled to be executed at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville, Ohio, at 10 a.m. local time, the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction said. The U.S. Supreme Court denied appeals from Phillips on Tuesday.
Hala Gamal looks at a pile of rubble on Cairo's Warraq island -- all that's left of her house after a police operation to evict residents accused of squatting on state land.
China stepped up its warning to Botswana on Wednesday over a planned visit by exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama next month, demanding the African nation respect China's core interests. The Dalai Lama, reviled by Beijing as a dangerous separatist, is expected to address a human rights conference in the capital, Gaborone, on Aug. 17-19 and will also meet Botswana's president. China is a major investor in Botswana's economy.
By Faith Hung TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan has been dropped from a watchlist of Asia-Pacific jurisdictions deemed to have inadequate anti-money laundering controls, a senior official said on Wednesday, adding that the move reflects the island's determination to tighten its laws. Removal from the Asia Pacific Group on Money Laundering (APG) watchlist is a victory for Taiwan, known as a supply chain hub for Apple Inc and other global companies, but which has also earned a reputation as a haven for money laundering.
Uber has added a lost-item-return fee as a way to compensate its drivers for taking out the time to return items riders lose or forget in its cabs. Launched on 20 June, the campaign focuses on making meaningful changes for the benefit of Uber drivers and will continue for the next six months. Until now, connecting with a driver to retrieve a lost or forgotten item was easy, at least from the riders' perspective.
Iraqi forces have identified two more women as Germans among those captured in the Iraqi city of Mosul last week when they retook the stronghold of Islamic State (Isis). The women were found hiding in a tunnel and were part of an all-female suicide squad, carrying weapons, according to media reports. A total of four German citizens were among a group of 20 women who were taken by Iraqi forces on 13-14 July, an Iraqi foreign ministry source was cited as saying by Reuters on Tuesday (25 July).
The Government’s plan to ban new petrol and diesel vehicles from 2040 has been dismissed as a “smokescreen”, with ministers accused of condemning people to living with killer air for years to come. A plan for a Government-led “scrappage scheme” – to get diesel cars off Britain’s roads quickly – has been rejected as poor value for money, it emerged. Michael Gove, the Environment Secretary, also shelved proposals to charge drivers to enter the most-polluted towns and cities, shifting the responsibility on to local councils and imposing tests.
An Iranian state television presenter is facing backlash on social media after a video and pictures emerged of her drinking what appears to be beer while she was also not wearing her hijab. Islam forbids drinking alcohol. Presenter and actress Azadeh Namdari is known in Iran for being a promoter of the Islamic dress code, including the use of the hijab and the chador, a full-length covering that leaves only the face exposed.
Georgia May Jagger says growing up in leafy south-west London had its dangers — the squirrels of Richmond Park. Asked about her earliest memory of London the model, 25, whose parents are Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall, told ES Magazine: “I grew up by Richmond Park, so it would probably be being bitten on the finger by a squirrel when I was feeding it a Skips crisp.