Large parts of Britain are being hit by fierce gusts and torrential rain as Storm Imogen sweeps in. The Severn Bridge on the M48 has been closed to all vehicles and part of the A35 bypass at Dorchester has also been shut due to flooding, Highways England said. Train services have also been affected7 hours agonews.sky.com
A mum claims to have conducted an experiment where she kept a McDonald’s Happy Meal for SIX years – just to see if it would decompose.
It’s hard to get your head around David Cameron’s speech on prisons today. After ignoring prisons for years, he will admit that they are “scandalous” and should “shame us all”. It must have escaped Cameron’s notice, but he has been prime minister since 2010, during which the prison system has undergone an almost unparalleled period of deterioration.
The title and first trailer for Matt Damon's fourth outing as Jason Bourne have been revealed. Damon starred in the first three films about the spy but chose not to return in 2012 when Jeremy Renner played the title role in The Bourne Legacy. Damon and Greengrass' fourth collaboration is called Jason Bourne, and is the sequel to the 2007 film The Bourne Ultimatum.
Chinese scientists have managed to create a hydrogen gas that is three times hotter than the sun. The artificial solar energy could eventually be used as an inexhaustible source of power, ending reliance on fossil fuels and solving the world energy crisis. Chinese boffins created the gas in a huge magnetic fusion reactor at the Institute of Physical Science in Hefei.
By Sonya Dowsett GUADALAJARA, Spain (Reuters) - A 90-year-old Spanish woman wrapped in a fur coat and woollen scarf stood over a deep open grave and murmured "my father" to the unearthed skeleton lying at the bottom. Ascension Mendieta's trade unionist father Timoteo was shot in 1939 in the months after the Spanish Civil War and buried in a mass grave in the corner of Guadalajara's town cemetery. The case illustrates how Spain is struggling to come to terms with a past which is fading from living memory but leaves a mark on current affairs.
A six-month-old baby girl has died after being rescued from the rubble of an apartment building that collapsed after a 6.4 magnitude earthquake in Taiwan.
Controversial recommendations from police chiefs warn that brothel raids "create a mistrust of all external agencies", and advises forces in England and Wales to move away from enforcing laws which make it illegal to sell sex. Although the police have been advised to prioritise the safety of sex workers since 2011, today's new National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC) strategy goes further, introducing a new "responsibility to protect", and describing sex workers "not… as offenders per se but people who may become victims of crime". NPCC Lead for Sex Workers, Assistant Chief Constable Nikki Holland, said: "The draft strategy makes clear that the majority of sex workers are not committing offences but that they are a vulnerable group that we have a responsibility to protect.
Manchester United have refused to comment on documents released by whistle-blowing website Football Leaks which appear to detail how much the club paid its players in bonuses in the 2009/10 season. The documents show former United forward Bebe was paid £900,000 a year in wages and given another £500,000 as a signing-on fee after joining in a £7.4m deal in August 2010. This meant he cost United £165,000 for each of the 75 Premier League minutes he played for the club.
Kimberley Walsh briefly put marital bliss to one side at her paradise wedding to give new husband Justin Scott a ticking off at the altar.
The 24-year-old pop star, whose real name is Chris Hardman, died on 23 March last year. An inquest into his death heard Mr Hardman, who rose to fame at the age of 15 in the TV series Rock School, had been in contact with mental health services throughout his career. The inquest heard that Mr Hardman had spent the night before his death "chilling" with friends at his flat in Union Road, Lowestoft, Suffolk.
By Drazen Jorgic NAIROBI (Reuters) - A suspected suicide bomber who blew a hole in the fuselage of a Daallo Airlines plane last week and forced it to make an emergency landing in Mogadishu was meant to be on a Turkish Airlines flight, the Daallo chief executive said on Monday. Mohamed Yassin, Daallo Airlines chief executive, said most of the passengers who were on the bombed flight were scheduled to fly with Turkish Airlines, but were ferried to Djibouti by one of his planes after the Turkish carrier cancelled its flight, citing bad weather. "That particular passenger (who was behind the blast) boarded the aircraft on a Turkish Airlines boarding pass and was on the list for the Turkish Airlines manifest," Yassin told Reuters by telephone from Dubai.
Just weeks after hundreds of women were harassed and assaulted on the streets of Cologne, Germany, a female broadcast journalist in the city was groped live on air. "I'd like to emphasise, and this seems important me, that the incident has been caused by young men speaking German," said Belgian reporter Esmeralda Labye, who was covering the Women's Carnival in Cologne for RTBF when she was assaulted by the men. Most of the attackers New Year's Eve were reportedly recent immigrants and asylum seekers, news that triggered a major backlash against Germany's welcome to refugees.
It also has a large private garden. The advert, listed by estate agent Foxtons on Zoopla, reads: “This unique two bedroom house, boasts bright and modern interior, with fantastic open-plan reception and kitchen area, private driveway and garden.
Apple claims that its controversial ‘Error 53’, which disables iPhones that have been repaired by non-Apple technicians, is a security measure. Thousands of iPhone 6 users have been left fuming after the dreaded Error 53, originally thought to be a bug, rendered their handsets useless following Apple’s latest software update. The issue is related to the iPhone’s home button, which features the Touch ID fingerprint scanner.
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The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has said that they will join any coalition ground operation against Islamic State (Isis) in Syria, despite officials warning that any foreign troops arriving will be "sent home in coffins". A mooted US-led ground operation against IS has won the support of Saudi Arabia in recent days who said they would be prepared to send troops to war-torn Syria. The Saudis believe that an international ground operation against Daesh (Isis) is the most effective way of destroying the extremist threat that lies to the north.
Coldplay, Beyonce and Bruno Mars have thrilled a global audience of more than 100 million during the Super Bowl 50 half-time show in California. Known mainly for mellow hits, Coldplay treated fans watching the game between the Denver Broncos and the Caroline Panthers at Levi's stadium in Santa Clara to a powerful rendition of their hit Viva La Vida. Moments later a black-leather-clad Mars, who headlined the half-time show in 2014, appeared on stage, singing and dancing through his hit Uptown Funk!
Benoît Violier, a celebrated French chef whose restaurant in Switzerland had been named the best in the world, was the victim of an alleged scam which left in him in dire financial trouble before he took his own life, it has been claimed. Swiss magazine Bilan has claimed that 44-year-old Violier had been conned by a company which sold rare wines to exclusive restaurants, supposedly leaving him heavily in debt. The chef, who ran the Restaurant de l'Hotel de Ville in Crissier in Switzerland, committed suicide last Sunday, leaving no note.
Chancellor George Osborne may have to impose large additional tax rises or spending cuts at very short notice to meet his target of balancing the nation's books by 2019/20, an influential economic think-tank has warned.
Prince George has a passion for aeroplanes and could be set to join the air cadets when he grows up.
Some 2,000 people, mostly women, protested on Sunday in downtown Sarajevo against a recent ban on wearing a hijab headscarf in the majority Muslim country's judicial institutions.
By Bill Berkrot and Anthony Boadle NEW YORK/BRASILIA (Reuters) - Experts on microcephaly, the birth defect that has sparked alarm in the current Zika virus outbreak, say they are struck by the severity of a small number of cases they have reviewed from Brazil. Consultations among doctors in Brazil and the United States have increased in the last two weeks, and some of the leading authorities on the condition are finding patterns of unusual devastation in scans of the newborns' malformed brains. While it's not known how representative the scans are, the early observations of these doctors point to a tough road ahead for the babies, their families and their communities and heighten the concern surrounding Zika, which is suspected of causing microcephaly.
Australian Collins class submarines in formation in Cockburn Sound, near Rockingham in Western Australia on March 22, 2015
The Islamic State (IS) militant group has been forced to cut its fighters' pay by up to 50 percent because U.S.-led air strikes have had a substantial impact on the money it makes from oil, a senior U.S official said on Monday. Daniel Glaser, assistant secretary for terrorist financing at the U.S. Treasury Department, said the strikes had hit the group's ability to extract, refine and transport oil from territory it controlled in Iraq and Syria. "When you look at difficulties that we know that they are having with respect to the transport, with respect to the extraction, I think it's fair to say they are no longer able to make money the way they used to be able to," Glaser told a London conference.
New scientific evidence shows a young female Army recruit found dead at a barracks more than 20 years ago may not have killed herself, an inquest has heard. Alison Foster QC, representing the family of 18-year-old Cheryl James, said: "Now there is distinguished pathological evidence showing that the shot that killed Cheryl James may not have been self-inflicted. "Third party involvement is more than merely speculative, according to this inquest's pathologist.
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Police described the double stabbing in Bury on Sunday afternoon as a "shocking incident". Detective Superintendent Sara Wallwork, of Greater Manchester Police's Serious Crime Division, said: "One of the victims of this shocking incident has now sadly died and we have launched a full murder investigation.
A double decker bus has been blown up in the heart of London as part of a stunt for an action film.
The mayor of the Greek island of Kos on Sunday called on the government to abandon its plans to build a migrant registration centre as demanded by the EU, warning that local opposition could lead to "uncontrollable" protests.
The Duchess of Cambridge has called for more children to have better mental health support in schools to stop problems developing later in life. Kate, as patron of the mental health charity Place2be, has recorded a video message to mark the start of Children's Mental Health Week. The video, which was filmed in Salisbury Primary School, Queen's Park, northwest London, shows the Duchess talking to four children who have benefited from support from Place2Be.
An Indian has been killed by a falling meteorite which caused a loud explosion in the southern Indian town of Vellore sending astrophysicists rushing to the scene. Jayalalithaa Jayaraman, chief minister of the southern state of Tamil Nadu, said in a statement: "A mishap occurred yesterday when a meteorite fell in the campus of a private engineering college in Vellore district's K Pantharappalli village." She announced financial compensation for the victims.
Dissident republicans have claimed they murdered a criminal at a Dublin hotel where a weigh-in for a boxing match was taking place last Friday.
By Yimou Lee TAINAN, Taiwan (Reuters) - Before their apartment tower collapsed in a Taiwan earthquake at the weekend, a young couple living on the 14th floor had already been given a clue that the building was unsafe. Chen Yi-ting and her husband bought the apartment in the centre of Tainan city five years ago, having relocated from an outlying district.
By Suleiman Al-Khalidi BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian army advanced towards the Turkish border on Monday in a major offensive backed by Russia and Iran that rebels say now threatens the future of their nearly five-year-old insurrection against President Bashar al-Assad. "They are advancing and we are pulling back because in the face of such heavy aerial bombing we must minimise our losses." The Syrian military and its allies were almost five km (3 miles) from the rebel-held town of Tal Rafaat, which has brought them to around 25 km (16 miles) from the Turkish border, the rebels, a residents and a conflict monitor said. The assault around the city of Aleppo in northern Syria has prompted tens of thousands to flee towards Turkey, which is already sheltering more than 2.5 million Syrians, the world's largest refugee population.
French car-maker PSA Peugeot Citroen will pay Iran over 400 million euros ($446 million) in compensation for losses after it quit the country due to sanctions, the managing director of the country's largest carmaker said on Sunday. Peugeot, the biggest-selling European carmaker in pre-sanctions Iran, suspended sales in 2012 when an international boycott against Iran due to its nuclear programme was extended to the automobile sector. Most sanctions were lifted in January.
Hundreds of social media users have posted appeals for help after a teenage girl went missing in Manchester after reports she was followed by men in cars. Zainub Batool, 16, was reported missing to police from the Levenshulme area of the city on Saturday (6 February). It was reported she was possibly seen being followed by men in cars at the time she went missing.
A second member of a British group of Islamic State militants dubbed "the Beatles" has been identified as 32-year-old Londoner Alexanda Kotey, according to a Washington Post and BuzzFeed investigation published on Sunday. The group, whose leader Mohammed Emwazi gained notoriety for appearing in videos showing the murders of Western hostages, are said by former hostages of Islamic State to have been assigned to guard foreign prisoners, and were nicknamed "the Beatles" due to their English accents. Londoner Emwazi, referred to by British media as "Jihadi John", is believed to have been killed in a U.S. drone strike last year.
Twin brothers were killed and six other teenage boys injured when they raced down an Olympic bobsleigh track on their own sledge and hit a gate. The group is believed to have entered the park in Calgary, Canada, at around 1am, and police are now investigating how they got in. The family of the dead boys, Jordan and Evan Caldwell, 17, described them as "bright lights" who "leave a huge void".
Swedish genetics professor Urban Lendahl has resigned from the body which awards the Nobel medicine prize over an investigation into controversial surgeon Paolo Macchiarini.
Anyone who grew up in the 80s will know the complete joy of Trio chocolate bars but they have been nothing but a memory for the past 13 years. If you head to your local supermarket from 1 March you will be able to once again buy one of the greatest chocolate bars ever made - and relive your childhood while you’re at it. Sarah Heynen, marketing director of sweet biscuits for United Biscuits, said: “We are very excited to bring Trio back to market.
Google has been sued by a businessman who says he has suffered damage and distress because internet users have had access to "sensitive personal data".
The animal is thought to have strayed from a forest area close to the school.
Consumers enjoyed a "feel good start to the year" last month as spending rose at its fastest pace for more than a year and a half, according to figures from Visa Europe. "Spending rose most prominently on the high street, though it still looks to be prudent rather than excessive at this stage.
The South Korean navy fired warning shots at a North Korean patrol boat that intruded over their disputed maritime border Monday, a day after the North's launch of a long-range rocket raised tensions.
As the Lunar New Year of the Monkey swings into action Monday, fortune tellers foresee 12 months of political and financial turbulence at the hands of the mischievous, unpredictable creature.
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An elderly Australian woman kidnapped by Al-Qaeda-linked jihadists in Burkina Faso arrived in Ouagadougou Monday after being freed following mediation by neighbouring Niger, which is now trying to secure her husband's release.
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It wasn't American football, but jousting that gave Henry VIII repeated head injuries so severe that it affected his behaviour, according to an intriguing new theory by researchers from Yale University. The king was "lighthearted, merry and easily given to laughter" in his early days but turned explosive, despotic and cruel later on, just like modern-day sufferers of repeated head trauma. "It is intriguing to think that modern European history may have changed forever because of a blow to the head," said Arash Salardini, instructor in behavioral neurology at Yale School of Medicine and senior author of a new study on Henry VIII.
The Lunar New Year was celebrated across the Asian world, as well as in Asian communities in places such as Mexico City, over the weekend with dragon dances, spiritual observations and fireworks. People in the Chinese capital, Beijing, gathered together and set off fireworks. Firecrackers are believed to scare off evil spirits and entice the god of wealth to people's doorsteps once New Year's Day arrives. Hundreds of people gathered in the historic Chinatown district of the port town of Yokohama, Japan, with a countdown to ring in the start of the year of the monkey. The Spring Festival in Yokohama's Chinatown has become an increasingly popular event for Chinese tourists, who visit Japan during the Lunar New Year holidays. Local residents and tourists visited the Kanteibyo Taoism temple, a sanctuary for Chinese residents in the area to pray for good luck by bowing and burning letters. The Mexican capital joined the rest of the world in celebrating the Lunar New Year with a ceremony marking the beginning of the year of the monkey. Thousands of residents of Mexico City attended a parade featuring dragons at the Monument to the Revolution and a ceremony at the Mexico City Museum of Cultures. At the ceremonies, dances inspired by the animal kingdom were performed, as were martial arts exhibitions. The Chinese year of the monkey officially began on 8 February and lasts until 27 January 2017.
A group of bros trying to get tight with US Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders instead got slapped upside the head by the New Hampshire senator on national TV. The so-called Bernie Bros have busted out on social network sites supporting Sanders. "I have heard about it," Sanders told ABC's Jake Tapper.
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Millions of people all over the world celebrated the Chinese New Year in style, with Monday (8 February) marking the start of the year of the monkey. The Chinese Lunar New Year – also known as the Spring Festival, which is based on the Lunisolar Chinese calendar – is celebrated from the first day of the first month of the lunar year and ends with the Lantern Festival on the fifteenth day. Revellers from all over the globe took part in the festivities – from George Square in Glasgow to Wong Tai Sin Temple in Hong Kong – while Beijing saw some spectacular firework displays with people dancing in the street.
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A double-decker bus was blown up on Lambeth Bidge on Sunday 7 February as part of a stunt for a new movie, shocking some locals who took to social media to express their surprise at what they believed was a real explosion. The fireball was filmed for an action thriller The Foreigner, starring Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan. Members of the London Fire Brigade were on standby and shared a video and photograph of the blast. Some Twitter users said how shocked they were by the explosion, including a mother who was enjoying a day in the park with her children: The National Police Air Service tweeted: "Noticed this on Lambeth Bridge as we passed. Got v worried until we realised they were filming!" Ahead of the explosion a notice was issued to those in the area warning them of the blast. It said a professional special effects team would be handling the stunt and asked people not to be alarmed.
Patients desperately hoping for much-needed kidney transplants could soon see their waiting times slashed. The source of their hope is a surgeon who claims to have found a way to rejuvenate organs harvested for transplant that were once deemed too old or degraded to use. There are currently more than 6,000 people on the waiting list for a kidney transplant in Britain, but fewer than 3,000 transplants are carried out each year, due to an acute lack of viable organs.
By Sandhya Ravishankar CHENNAI (Reuters) - Indian scientists are investigating whether a man was killed by a meteorite, which if confirmed would be the first recorded death from falling fragments of space rock in almost 200 years.Jayalalithaa Jayaram, the chief minister of Tamil Nadu, has said a bus driver at a college in her state was killed by the meteorite and awarded 100,000 rupees ($1,470) in compensation to his family."A meteorite fell within the college premises," Jayalalithaa said. Jayalalithaa, a former film star, left tight-lipped local officials struggling to explain the mystery blast at the engineering college that left a small crater and broke windows.
Downing Street today claimed that thousands of asylum seekers from the Calais "Jungle" camp could end up in the south of England overnight if Britain left the European Union. It argued that deals with France over the camps are partly a product of both nations being partners in the EU. UKIP migration spokesman Steven Woolfe said: "The baseless statements from David Cameron and the Remain camp that France will scrap its bilateral Calais border control agreement with the UK, leaving our country vulnerable to illegal immigration and Calais-like 'Jungle' camps on the south coast, are based on fear, negativity and a falsehood.
Three workers were killed and at least seven injured when a fire broke out on a Pemex oil processing platform in the Gulf of Mexico, but the latest in a string of incidents is now under control, the Mexican oil giant said via Twitter on Sunday. A spokesman for Pemex said oil continued to be pumped but that the company was still evaluating any impact on production. The fire occurred on the offshore Abkatun A Permanente processing platform in Mexico's oil-rich Bay of Campeche where a fire claimed seven lives in April last year, causing crude output from four nearby fields to plunge nearly 70 percent.
By Patrick Graham LONDON (Reuters) - The yen surged by half a percent against the dollar on Monday as worry over Europe's banks drove capital to the safety of the Japanese currency. A recovery in oil prices early in European trade quickly gave way to another bout of the selling that has dominated the first month of 2016 on major stock and commodity markets. The euro - until now also considered a safe haven for investors - fell almost 1 percent against the yen as European bank shares fell and the cost of insuring debt against default jumped.