The guidelines appear have put the Home Office at odds with the UN, Stonewall, and its own Afghanistan unit. Gay Afghans can be deported to their home country, where homosexuality is illegal and “wholly taboo” and they must pretend to be straight, under new British government guiRead more »
The White House has excluded several news outlets from a media briefing, leading to accusations Donald Trump is retaliating for unwelcome reporting. Among organisations denied access were the BBC, CNN, the Daily Mail, The Guardian and BuzzFeed. CNN attacked the block, saying: "This is an unacceptable development by the Trump White House.
A film criticising Hillary Clinton and superhero ensemble Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice were tied for the most Razzie awards this year. The annual tongue-in-cheek Razzies serve as an antidote to Hollywood's Oscars ceremony and take place on the eve of the Academy Awards. This year, much like the rest of the movie industry, the Razzies got political.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has hastened the end of Waynje Rooney’s Manchester United career by scoring 24 goals and counting in a role the former England captain was unable to make work. If all the friends of Wayne Rooney quoted anonymously in the media are to be believed, the striker has not been making much of a secret of the fact that he is unhappy with his present position in the pecking order at Manchester United. José Mourinho kept him on as captain and retained him in the side long enough for Rooney to break Sir Bobby Charlton’s club scoring record.
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe celebrated his 93rd birthday with a lavish party on Saturday, addressing his own mortality in a speech, but showing no signs of stepping down.
Squatters who were branded a possible risk to the Queen's security have been evicted in a "stealth mode" operation. The group were living in a seven-storey building just metres away from Buckingham Palace. The property's occupiers, who claim to be part of the Autonomous Nation of Anarchist Libertarians, were removed at around 4am on Saturday after the building's owners filed a submission to the High Court.
A woman has been charged with owning a dangerously out of control dog following the death of a three-year-old boy in August 2016. Jade Dunne, 29, of Parker Way, Halstead, has been released on bail to appear at Colchester Magistrates' Court on 27 March. Dexter Neal died after he was bitten at Dunne's home in Halstead, Essex, on 18 August last year.
Iraqi forces are advancing again, pushing further into western Mosul. With Islamic State positions under fire the infantry soon rolls into action. Like many of Iraq's fighting forces taking part in this campaign, they are on a personal mission of revenge and redemption.
Bayern Munich forward Robert Lewandowski scored a hat-trick as the Bundesliga leaders mercilessly obliterated Hamburg SV 8-0 on Saturday as coach Carlo Ancelotti celebrated his 1,000th game as manager. The win kept Bayern five points clear at the top as they again inflicted on their opponents their heaviest league defeat. The Pole, who has netted 19 times in the Bundesliga this season, struck twice in the first half and slotted in his third goal in the 54th minute after Arturo Vidal had put the hosts ahead in the 17th.
David Miliband has thrown himself into Labour's by-election infighting by declaring the party is at its weakest for 50 years, while also refusing to rule out a comeback. The former foreign secretary and Blairite standard bearer says Labour is now weaker than it was in the 1980s and must confront the "historic nature" of the challenge it faces. Mr Miliband was speaking in an interview in The Times after Labour's defeat by the Conservatives in the Copeland by-election, which has prompted calls from some Labour MPs for Jeremy Corbyn to quit.
Tens of thousands of children in a quarter of London schools are being exposed to illegal levels of air pollution that can cause lifelong health problems, a study has found. The research shows that 802 of the capital's 3,261 nurseries, primaries, secondary schools and colleges in 2013 were within 150 metres of nitrogen dioxide levels that breach EU legal limits. London is not alone in facing an air pollution crisis - Birmingham, Derby, Leeds, Nottingham and Southampton are also badly affected, experts say.
Kendall Jenner is gorgeous - duh. In fact, and no shade here, but she just may be my favorite of the Kardashian clan. There’s just something about her, right? Well, maybe it’s because she takes after her mother, Kris Jenner. You’re gonna have to do a double take with you see Ken’s latest photos. Cause this girl looks JUST LIKE HER MOTHER! Hair and all. Kendall rocked the runway for Milan fashion week in several shows - but one of the more prestigious events was the Moschino show last night. Kendall was flawless opening the show as she confidently walked down the runway in a khaki suit and matching hat. But when the 21-year-old model removed the hat for her second look of the event, we had to take a second look of our own. Kendall is the spitting image of her mother, Kris Jenner. She had her mom’s stare down pat. All she really needed was her mom’s signature shades and they’d be twins. Which look do you prefer? Kendall as herself, or Kendall as Kris? Let us know in the comments below.
A man drove into a crowd standing by a bakery in the southwestern German town of Heidelberg on Saturday, injuring three people, but a police spokesman said there were no signs that it was a terrorist attack. "There are no indications of a terrorist background," spokesman David Faulhaber said, adding that he could not comment on the possible motives for the attack. Regional newspaper Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung said he was not fit to be questioned.
By linking the details of that vein pattern to a bank card, you can then close the circle. Instead of using a contactless card to pay for a round of drinks, you instead use your finger. This is very clever technology, being used in a very small test, but so far it is working.
By Jennifer Ablan NEW YORK (Reuters) - Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc is sitting on more than $1.6 billion of gains in its investment in Apple Inc. after shares of the iPhone maker surged. Berkshire revealed that its massive stake in Apple stock, as of Dec. 31, had risen to 61.2 million shares for a total of $6.75 billion, an average of about $110.17 apiece, according to the annual report Saturday from Berkshire. As of Friday's closing price of $136.66, Berkshire's holding of Apple was valued at more than $8.3 billion.
A French prosecutors' decision to launch a full judicial inquiry into claims that presidential candidate Francois Fillon paid his family for fake jobs leaves him facing a fraught two months before elections, commentators said Saturday.
La La Land actor Ryan Gosling says he had two choices when making the Oscar nominated movie - learn to play piano or "shatter the dreams" of director Damien Chazelle. "Luckily for Ryan and Emma they were not supposed to be Fred and Ginger.
Barry Geraghty was being assessed in hospital on Saturday night for internal injuries after a crashing fall from Charli Parcs, who had come here to test his Triumph Hurdle credentials. “Barry’s more important than what would have happened,” said the trainer of Charli Parcs, Nicky Henderson, who had hoped to see a convincing success that would allow him to commit the JP McManus-owned gelding to the Cheltenham Festival. After hearing from the racecourse doctor, Henderson reported of his jockey: “He has got some internal injuries, I’m told, and they have taken him to hospital.
• An article (The average pay of university vice-chancellors now exceeds £275,000, 23 February, page 13) about a report by the University and College Union said incorrectly that Debra Humphris at the University of Brighton “saw her package increase by 31%” and that Malcolm Press at Manchester Metropolitan University “enjoyed [a pay rise] of more than 20%”. While the total amount that Brighton spent on vice-chancellors’ (VCs’) pay rose by 31% from 2014/15 to 2015/16, this was due to a change of VCs during the year, with Humphris only taking up the post on 1 December 2015.
Sweden's government has dropped plans for a bank tax after a consultation process drew largely negative feedback and will instead propose that banks pay more into the industry's resolution fund, the finance ministry said on Friday. The centre-left minority government has long sought to impose a financial services tax, saying the sector - which is exempt from value-added tax - should pay more to the state.
The remains of a British holidaymaker who went missing in Crete over a decade ago have been found in a well on the island, police have confirmed. "Officers have been in close liaison with the Greek authorities and have been awaiting further information.
A tidal wave of store closures is about to hit the US, experts say, and the result could be catastrophic for hundreds of lower-tier shopping malls. JCPenney announced Friday that it would close up to 140 stores in the next couple of months. Other mall-based stores including American Apparel, The Limited, Bebe, BCBG, and Payless have also recently announced that they are shutting down all or most of their stores.
A woman who died after being struck by debris during Storm Doris has been named as university worker Tahnie Martin. The 29-year-old was hit by a piece of wooden roofing "the size of a coffee table" as she walked past a Starbucks cafe in Dudley Street in Wolverhampton city centre at lunchtime on Thursday (23 February). Martin, who worked at the University of Wolverhampton, was with colleagues at the time of the incident.
Economic instability, isolation and climate change have turned stress – and anxiety – into a way of life. Sometimes my anxiety will fester around a particular thing – a cascade of worry about my work, health, social life, or often a simple decision I have to make. Over the past couple of years I’ve come to terms with the reality of my anxiety disorder – moving from seeing myself as someone who has anxious moments to realising I have a mental health condition.