Civilians have hanged an Islamic State (Isis) militant from a lamppost, after the jihadists launched a dawn counter-offensive in the Iraqi city of Kirkuk, say reports. In a bid to divert attention from the larger city of Mosul, 100 miles to the north-east where Daesh (Isis) are coming under sustained attacks, the jihadists launched a surprise offensive on Kirkuk with at least 42 insurgents attacking the city.
It has been reported that the Dear Darlin singer is banned from performing at any official events in Manchester. The Essex native left fans and Olympians bereft when he pulled out of the city’s Olympic and Paralympic parade show at the last minute on Monday and watched a Manchester United v Liverpool football game instead but his decision to ditch the gig infuriated councillor Pat Karney, who has told him he’s never allowed to play future shows in the borough. Scrambling to defend himself, Olly has hit back at Cllr Karney in an interview with The Sun newspaper and insisted he doesn’t know all the facts.
The three footballers were watching the newly rebooted Crystal Maze when a tricky maths question came up.
A nine-year-old boy has been missing since yesterday after apparently returning to school to pick up his lunchbox. Maklaine Bottomley was last seen at 3.15pm on Thursday on Webster Street in Ashton-on-Ribble, Preston, walking home with a foster parent. Inspector Azz Khan of Preston Police said: "We are becoming ever more concerned about Maklaine as he is just nine years old and has been missing from home for nearly 24 hours now.
By Emily Stephenson and Amanda Becker NEWTOWN, Pa./CLEVELAND (Reuters) - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gained on his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton among American voters this week, cutting her lead nearly in half, according to Reuters/Ipsos polling released on Friday. The polling data showed Trump's argument that the Nov. 8 election is "rigged" against him has resonated with members of his party. "Remember folks, it's a rigged system," Trump told a Pennsylvania rally on Friday.
By Philip Blenkinsop BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Canada's trade minister walked out of talks in Belgium on Friday, declaring that the European Union was incapable of sealing a planned transatlantic free trade deal designed to boost growth in both economies. All 28 EU governments support the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), but Belgium cannot give assent without backing from its five sub-federal administrations, and French-speaking Wallonia has steadfastly opposed it. A visibly shaken Chrystia Freeland, Canada's trade minister, emerged after a full day of talks with chief Canadian and EU trade negotiators and Walloon Premier Paul Magnette.
Theresa May has said Brexit will require "some give and take" with the rest of the EU. Speaking at her first Brussels summit as Prime Minister, she acknowledged there would be "difficult moments" ahead in the negotiations, but said with a "constructive spirit" there could be a "smooth departure". While the UK was leaving the bloc, Mrs May again reiterated the UK was not leaving Europe.
“Please respect it as I bought it with my own money. Plus my Daddy risked getting arrested planting it!”
Pierce Brosnan was in the news for all the wrong reasons after signing on to promote Pan Bahar, an Indian mouth freshener (pan masala). Soon after the company splashed his face on the front page of national newspapers (along with the release of a video advertisement), the James Bond star became the target of severe criticism, with many pointing out that the product he was endorsing was known to cause oral cancer and other illnesses. "As a man who has spent decades championing women's healthcare and environmental protection, I was distressed to learn of Pan Bahar's unauthorised and deceptive use of my image to endorse their range of pan masala products," Brosnan said in a statement to People magazine.
By Costas Pitas LONDON (Reuters) - France's Alain Juppe will move the border with Britain from Calais to southern England if he wins power next year, setting up a potential battle with London over immigration following the Brexit vote, the Guardian newspaper reported. With thousands of people seeking to reach British shores, fences have been erected around the entry to the Channel tunnel and British opponents of mass immigration cast the Jungle as a danger to Britain during the EU referendum. Juppe, who is on course to win the centre-right's presidential ticket and favourite to win power in next year's national election, said he would seek to overturn a treaty which effectively pushes the British frontier to France.
UN staff members have protested against the appointment.
Police investigating a "chemical incident" at London City Airport have found suspected CS gas spray. Paramedics treated 27 and took two people to hospital after the airport was closed and evacuated on Friday afternoon. About 500 people were told to leave the airport and travellers were told to expect "long delays".
Armed men have reportedly killed four migrants after boarding their dinghy off the coast of Libya. German aid group Sea-Watch said another 25 migrants are missing after the attackers beat them with clubs, throwing many into the sea. The group claimed that the speedboat carrying the armed men was marked 'Libyan Coast Guard'.
The Orionid meteor shower will peak on 21 and 22 October, with shooting stars visible in both the northern and southern hemispheres. This year's shower is expected to be less spectacular than normal, with around 15-20 meteors per hour. The Orionids is one of two meteor showers from Halley's Comet.
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Shailene Woodley has written an article "telling the truth" about her arrest for protesting against the Dakota oil pipeline. In a statement published in Time magazine, the 24-year old actress explained the reasons behind the protest which led to her arrest on 10 October. "I was in North Dakota, standing side by side with Native Americans," she starts by saying.
He has produced a video in collaboration with clothing brand IZOD.
By Idrees Ali and Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. navy destroyer sailed near islands claimed by China in the South China Sea on Friday, drawing a warning from Chinese warships to leave the area. The U.S. action was the latest attempt to counter what Washington sees as Beijing's efforts to limit freedom of navigation in the strategic waters, U.S. officials said. The Chinese Defense Ministry called the move "illegal" and "provocative," saying that two Chinese warships had warned the U.S. destroyer to leave.
Raine Spencer, the stepmother of Princess Diana, has died after a short illness, her family have said. Countess Spencer, who was married to Diana's father Earl Spencer from 1976 until his death in 1992, died at her London home on Friday. The 87-year-old's death was confirmed by her son William Legge, the Earl of Dartmouth and a Ukip MEP.
Calm returned to the oil market on Friday (21 October) after profit-taking by traders sparked a sell-off overnight, while precious metals saw yet another lacklustre session as the dollar continued to strengthen following heightened US interest rate hike expectations. At 2:44pm BST, the West Texas Intermediate front month futures contract was down 0.28% or 14 cents to $50.49 per barrel, while Brent was largely flat $51.38 per barrel, having hit an intraday peak of $53.14 on Wednesday. Earlier in the session, Russia's Energy Minister Alexander Novak said the country's production could rise in 2017, but added that adjustments could be made contingent upon talks with Opec.
By Alex Whiting ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Africa's nomadic cattle herders have for years come under pressure from governments and farmers to settle down and stop their livestock roaming, destroying crops and creating conflict along the way. While herders are often portrayed as straying onto farmland, it is farmers who first encroached onto the nomads' grazing land, said Benjamin Mutambukah, coordinator of the Coalition of Pastoralist Civil Society Organisations (COPACSO) and a passionate advocate of the herders in Uganda. It was the pastoralists and the wildlife." The pastoralists' ancient skills in land management should be respected, and their needs recognised to avert conflict between nomads and farmers, he said.
Samsung’s recent smartphone woes have been immortalised in a case available online.
A space probe that was supposed to look for signs of life on Mars has crash-landed and may have exploded, the European Space Agency has confirmed. ExoMars flight operations director Michel Denis said: "I believe we have found where Schiaparelli landed.
Many Stephen Fry fans were easily converted.
A British man has been arrested in Spain on suspicion of downloading indecent images of children. Matthew Sammon had been on the run since disappearing abroad two years ago. Sky's Martin Brunt reports.