The contestants participating in Strictly Come Dancing 2018 are set to be announced over the coming weeks. First to be confirmed was TV presenter and campaigner Katie Piper whose appointment was confirmed on BBC Breakfast on 13 August with Steps star Faye Tozer and Red Dwarf favourite Danny John-Jules following on that night's edition of The One Show. Next to be announced was YouTuber Joe Sugg, who became the first social media star to sign up for the BBC dancing competition, and Capital FM DJ Vick Hope followed by cricketer Graeme Swann and TV present-journalist Stacey Dooley.
Jose Mourinho says he has never been happier with Paul Pogba as the Manchester United manager dismissed talk that tensions had come to a head this week.
Indonesia is about to open the Asian Games but its traffic-clogged capital Jakarta remains shrouded in a haze of air pollution that threatens to mar the world's second-biggest multi-sport event.
Several ministries in Japan may have inflated their numbers of disabled employees for more than four decades, media said on Friday, while companies that miss quotas set by law face fines. Japan, reeling from data-tampering scandals at companies ranging from Kobe Steel to Nissan Motor that prompted government inquiries, has asked all government ministries and agencies to recheck their employment numbers.
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A plane from China landing on a rain-soaked Manila runway in poor visibility has veered off in a muddy field with one engine and a wheel ripped off but no serious injuries among the 165 people aboard who scrambled out through an emergency slide.
Simonne Kerr with her son Kavele, who died of sickle cell disease at the age of six. A man has appeared in court charged with the murder of a nurse who performed on Britain's Got Talent this year in an NHS choir. Desmond Sylva, 40, is accused of fatally stabbing 31-year-old Simonne Kerr at her home in Battersea, south-west London.
Stacks of stones, miniature monuments made by enraptured visitors and photographed for posterity are tiny tributes to human industry, our desire to make a mark, and our deep love of special places. On a trip to visit his father in Orkney, John Hourston, the founder of marine campaigners the Blue Planet Society, was dismayed to find wild beaches dotted with stacks of stones.
Some diesel cars produce more than 25 times the legal limit for oxides of nitrogen, according to a consumer group. The worst of those looked at was the Subaru Forester, which emitted more than 25 times the legal limit, the research found.
Almost completely ignored by the modern world, this month marks the 500th anniversary of one of history’s most tragic and significant events – the birth of the Africa to America transatlantic slave trade. Exactly five centuries ago – on 18 August 1518 (28 August 1518, if they had been using our modern Gregorian calendar) – the King of Spain, Charles I, issued a charter authorising the transportation of slaves direct from Africa to the Americas. Up until that point (since at least 1510), African slaves had usually been transported to Spain or Portugal and had then been transhipped to the Caribbean.
When Kim Kwang-ho fled advancing North Korean forces he expected to return home within days, so did not bother with a proper goodbye to his mother and brother. On Monday he meets his sibling for the first time in 68 years.
Electric car maker Tesla's CEO Elon Musk has admitted in a wide-ranging interview with The New York Times that stress is taking a heavy toll in what he calls an "excruciating year."
When Ken Ehrlich, the longtime producer of the Grammys and other awards shows, worked with the Obama administration on a concert honoring women at the White House, first lady Michelle Obama laid down one rule. Despite those illustrious names and subsequent rousing performances, it was Franklin who of course stole the show.
The Turkish lira was slightly lower on Friday after the US warned Ankara should expect more sanctions over the detention of an American evangelical pastor. The embattled currency, which has fallen by 40% this year amid a lack of interest rate hikes to control inflation, fell to around 5.86 to the dollar - continuing its recovery from a record low of 7.23 on Sunday. At a cabinet meeting, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin assured President Donald Trump that sanctions were ready to be put in place if an American pastor, being held in Turkey on terror-related charges, was not freed.
TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares made moderate gains early Friday after U.S. stocks jumped on news China is preparing to resume trade discussions with the U.S., the first negotiations in more than a month.
Viral star Erik Cavanaugh took to the studio to perform a short, jazz-style improv dance. Erik continues to prove that dancing is for everyone. Credit: Erik Cavanaugh via Storyful
Shanann Watts' Facebook page painted a portrait of a happy married life — of a woman dedicated to her husband and their two young children. Police said the mother, who was pregnant, was found dead on property owned by Anadarko Petroleum, one of the state's largest oil and gas drillers, where Christopher Watts worked. "As horrible as this outcome is, our role now is to do everything we can to determine exactly what occurred," John Camper, director of the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, said at a news conference in Frederick, a small town on the grassy plains north of Denver, where fast-growing subdivisions intermingle with drilling rigs and oil wells.
Stiff new U.S. sanctions against Russia would only have a limited impact on its oil industry because it has drastically reduced its reliance on Western funding and foreign partnerships and is lessening its dependence on imported technology. Western sanctions imposed in 2014 over Russia's annexation of Crimea have already made it extremely hard for many state oil firms such as Rosneft to borrow abroad or use Western technology to develop shale, offshore and Arctic deposits. While those measures have slowed down a number of challenging oil projects, they have done little to halt the Russian industry's growth with production near a record high of 11.2 million barrels per day in July - and set to climb further.
Nepal introduced a new criminal code Friday that makes sharing confidential information a jailable offence, sparking concerns among journalists that the laws could be used to muzzle the press.
Julio Salas - the health secretary of Santa Marta - was met with laughter and disbelief when he issued the novel advice, which he listed alongside other tips like wearing loose clothing and drinking plenty of water. According to national news website El Heraldo, Mr Salas said he thought avoiding sex was logical - in the same way people would not take part in strenuous exercise in extreme heat. The American Heart Association considers sex a "moderate physical activity", meaning it puts as much of a strain on the heart as walking up two flights of stairs.
Arnold Schwarzenegger has been reunited with the Mr Universe trophy he won in 1969. Schwarzenegger won the contest in London in his early 20s during his second year as a professional bodybuilder. Since then, the 71-year-old Austrian-born star has had a long and successful film career and served as governor of California.