Italy's Prime Minister has declared a state of emergency in the area affected by the earthquake which killed at least 267 people. It came as a strong 4.7-magnitude aftershock struck near the worst-hit town of Amatrice on Friday morning. PM Matteo Renzi has authorised an initial €50m in crisis funding to start the rebuilding process and offered to cancel taxes for those affected.
The Durham man shared his unfortunate (yet hilarious) story on Facebook, and it soon went viral…
Five men who died at Camber Sands were caught by a rapidly rising tide and were then unable to swim to shore because of the current, the brother of one has said. Ajirthan Ravi, whose brother Nitharsan was one of a group of friends who drowned during a trip to the beach on Wednesday, told Sky News they were taken by surprise. Mr Ravi said: "They walked up to the ocean but a few minutes later the ocean came all the way back (in) so at that... point they were feeling they were going to get drowned.
By Idrees Ali WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Navy ship fired warning shots toward an Iranian fast-attack craft that approached two U.S. ships, a Pentagon spokesman said on Thursday, in the most serious of a number of incidents in the Gulf area this week. "They did feel compelled ultimately to fire three warning shots and the reason for that is... they had taken steps already to try and de-escalate this situation," spokesman Peter Cook told reporters. Tensions have increased in the Gulf in recent days despite an improvement in relations between Iran and the United States.
Katy Perry has spoken out on the delusional fan who genuinely believed that he had been in a relationship with the singer for a whopping six years. Spencer Morrill appeared on the latest episode of MTV’s Catfish, where hosts Nev Schulman and Max Joseph proved that he had actually been speaking to a random British girl called Harriet, thinking that it was Katy, for almost a decade. Despite the fact Katy had been married to comedian Russell Brand for most of the six years and is currently in a relationship with actor Orlando Bloom, Spencer believed that she’d been hiding secret messages to him in her songs even though they had never even met face to face.
Manchester United will feature in the group stages of the Europa League for the first time in the club's history this season and will learn their opponent's in Friday's (26 August) draw.
Deadpool actor is on top form with his birthday tweet
Women from a variety of backgrounds joined the protest, including a Christian priest.
By Joseph Sipalan KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Defying Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak's crackdown on dissent, student activists made plans for a mass rally on Saturday to call for the arrest of an unnamed official who U.S. investigators say received $700 million (£529.98 million) skimmed from a sovereign fund. A source familiar with the U.S. investigations has told Reuters that the unnamed official is Najib, though he has denied any wrongdoing in the scandal that first erupted over 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) last year. The planned protest in Kuala Lumpur comes at a time when Najib has tightened his grip on the ruling party, and wielded draconian security and sedition laws to cow critics in the mainstream political opposition and stifle free speech by suspending media groups and blogs.
An urgent appeal has been launched following reports a boy was bundled into a van and abducted in Surrey. The child, aged around six or seven, was seen being taken into the side of a black van in Redstone Hill, Redhill, Surrey, at 4.43pm on Thursday. Police had released CCTV footage of a black Volkswagen transporter - which has now been traced and ruled out of the investigation.
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Amber Heard has urged Johnny Depp to double the $7m (£5.3m) he plans to donate to charity to avoid claims his lawyers are seeking to reduce his divorce payment. Depp agreed to pay his estranged wife the $7m sum as part of their divorce settlement, which she pledged to donate to a domestic violence charity and the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles. The Pirates Of The Caribbean star confirmed on Thursday that he had paid the first instalments to the charities himself "in the name of Amber Heard".
"From our perspective, the Nord Stream 2 pipeline is a fundamentally bad deal for Europe," US Vice President Joe Biden said during a visit to Stockholm
Hillary Clinton has attacked Donald Trump for appearing with Nigel Farage, whom she described as "one of Britain's most prominent right-wing leaders". Speaking in Reno, Nevada, the Democratic presidential candidate said the former UKIP leader, who appeared on stage with the Republican nominee in Mississippi on Wednesday, had "stoked anti-immigrant sentiments" to win June's Brexit referendum. "Farage has appeared regularly on Russian propaganda programmes," she added.
Six suspected migrants have been discovered in a small dinghy in the English Channel.
By Jonathan Cable LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's vote to leave the European Union will have a negative impact on both prices and turnover in the UK housing market, with foreign investors set to benefit most from bargains among sterling-priced assets, a Reuters poll found. "But demographics remain a positive driver, banks remain open for business and we envisage slower (economic growth) rather than a collapse." Nearly all respondents said Britain's pending departure from the EU - the details of which have yet to be thrashed out - would hurt house prices as well as turnover, which matters more for housing's contribution to the overall economy. Just over a third of respondents have pencilled in a fall in house prices next year, but those falls were quite tame compared to the heady rises seen during the boom years.
Brit and James sang along to Toxic, Oops I Did It Again and Baby One More Time during their ride.
There’ll be no winners, losers or prizes; just amazing displays of everything from black-belt karate to singing and spelling.
Canada's indigenous communities are using social workers, police and the education system to battle sex trafficking of their girls, who are targeted more than any other population in the nation. The girls are often cherry-picked at shopping malls from tribal families who have moved to big cities for work. The traffickers specifically target native girls and initially approach them as interested potential boyfriends.
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The NHS has issued a patient safety alert warning doctors to spot and stop a potentially fatal kidney condition, Sky News has learned. The condition - called acute kidney injury (AKI) - causes more than 40,000 deaths annually, 13,000 of which could have been prevented if patients had been diagnosed and treated at an early stage. Doctors say anyone who is acutely ill should have a simple blood test to check whether AKI is the underlying cause.
By Andy Bruce LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's high streets are heaving with shoppers despite June's shock vote to leave the European Union, big companies have reported few signs of distress and some tabloid newspapers are even talking about a post-Brexit economic boom. The overwhelming view from economists is that it is too early to know how Britain will cope with years of Brexit uncertainty - but there is a growing belief the country can avoid a recession that only weeks ago was regarded as likely. On the face of it, the early optimism contrasts with the pre-referendum warning from former Prime Minister David Cameron that a Brexit vote would put a "bomb under the economy".
By Abhishek Takle SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium, (Reuters) - Lewis Hamilton will start Sunday’s Belgian Formula One Grand Prix from near the back of the grid due to an engine-related penalty, but the championship leader is confident the setback will not halt his momentum. “I have no engines left.” How many places he will drop on the grid, however, remains unclear with a team spokesman saying the Briton was expected to start at or very close to the back of the grid. Any breach is punished with a sliding scale of grid penalties while taking on a completely fresh power unit forces a driver to start at the very back of the grid.
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GCSE grades have fallen across the country, newly released results show. The figures published by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) show that 71.3% of girls’ entries were awarded at least a C grade, compared with 62.4% of boys. In total, just over two-thirds of entries in England, Wales and Northern Ireland (66.9%) were awarded A*-C grades, a 2.1% drop on last year’s figures.
Air New Zealand has announced an operating windfall, posting a record NZ$463 million after-tax profit, up 42%