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.
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.
The Italian government has launched an official investigation into the operator of the collapsed Genoa bridge and given it 15 days to prove it acted properly. The country’s ministry of transport said it wanted Autostrade per l’Italia to show it had met all its contractual obligations to ensure the proper functioning of the Morandi bridge and avoid accidents. It added that it wanted the company to re-build the bridge at its own expense.
Rory Stewart pledged to resign if a £10 million scheme to combat drugs, mobile phones and poor conditions at 10 struggling prisons doesn't work.
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.
MEET the youngest female monster truck driver in America. Rosalee Ramer is 20 years old and has been driving monster trucks professionally since she was just 14. She is now known as the youngest professional female monster truck driver in the United States. Rosalee, from Watsonville, California, told Barcroft Cars: “I think I was too young to remember when I first started working with trucks and cars. In pictures, I was three-years-old holding flashlights on monster truck shows for the guys who are working on trucks. I was 13 when I crushed my first car.”
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.
Police who tasered an 87-year-old grandmother while she was collecting dandelions say they did so "rather than using deadly force". A worker at the Murray County Boys & Girls Club in Chatsworth, Georgia, called 911 after seeing Martha al Bishara, who does not speak English, using a knife to cut the flowers in the club's grounds near her home. Ms al Bishara, who is originally from Syria and speaks only Arabic, needed the dandelions to prepare a salad for her 71-year-old husband.
Britney Spears has shared a sweet throwback picture with her sons ahead of her return to London next week. The snap showed the 36-year-old alongside her two sons, Jayden and Sean, posing for pictures in Leicester Square. Spears sported a floral yellow mini dress with brown knee-high boots, her look was complete with oversized sunglasses and her hair in a ponytail.
What’s not to love about pod coffee machines? One factor which has historically held some of us back from buying a pod coffee machine is concern for the environment, as most pods have been destined ultimately for landfill. If eco-friendliness matters to you – and we reckon it should – we’d advise you to confirm the availability of recyclable/biodegradable pods before buying a machine.
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.
A helicopter pilot died on Friday when his aircraft crashed while waterbombing rare winter bushfires in Australia that have swept across its drought-stricken southeast, police said. About 75 fires are burning across New South Wales state, fanned by dry conditions that prompted authorities to declare a drought across the state last week. The pilot was found dead at the scene after his helicopter crashed near Ulladulla, about 180 km (111 miles) south of Sydney, at around 2 p.m. (0400 GMT), police said, but did not identify him.
Rescue workers have used helicopters and boats to evacuate hundreds of people stranded on rooftops as flash floods in Kerala, southern India killed more than 160 people. Thousands of rescuers workers launched a desperate rescue attempt as rains eased up on Friday. Heavy rains over the past eight days triggered flooding, landslides and home and road bridge collapses, severely disrupting air and train services in Kerala state, a popular tourist destination with beautiful beaches.
Catalan separatists unveiled a giant banner against Spain's King Felipe VI on a building in the Barcelona square where he is due to attend a ceremony on Friday in honour of the victims of last year's deadly jihadist attacks in the city.
A young Yazidi woman who fled to Germany but returned home to northern Iraq says she cannot escape her Islamic State group captor who held her as a sex slave for three months.
Mark Thomas captured an extremely rare sight on October 13, in the outskirts of Port Lincoln, Lower Eyre Peninsula, Australia. The footage shows a koala holding onto her young twins in a eucalyptus tree. “Koala mothers very rarely give birth to twins. Twins have been documented in captivity but there is almost no video evidence of twins in the wild, until now,” Thomas said.
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.