The estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was killed with a highly toxic chemical weapon known as VX nerve agent, Malaysian police said on Friday, citing a preliminary report. Kim Jong-nam died after being assaulted at Kuala Lumpur International Airport last MRead more »
More migrants came to Britain from the European Union than from all other countries combined for the first time in the wake of the Brexit vote, official figures have disclosed. While overall net migration of EU migrants fell slightly to 165,000 in the year to September, net migration of non-EU migrants fell by more than 28,000 to 164,000 after a significant decline in the number of foreign students.
Singer Cheryl has confirmed her pregnancy by cradling her baby bump during a photoshoot for the launch of a new campaign aimed at raising the confidence of young people. The pop star and former X Factor judge had refused to comment that she was expecting a baby with One Direction star Liam Payne, although she has been pictured with a bump. In the image the 33-year-old can be seen holding her hands underneath her stomach in the image alongside Dame Helen Mirren and Kate Piper.
The 26-year-old star, who won the tenth series of the TV talent show last year, has admitted that he’s managed to keep hold of the staggering sum, only dipping into the jackpot to purchase a designer handbag for his sister. Richard explained to BANG! Showbiz (via The List): “I bought my sister a Michael Kors handbag – it’s the one she wanted.
Gothenburg has been named the world’s most sociable city – after a new study examined the social behaviour and attitudes of locals in 39 destinations across the globe. The study, commissioned by booking site HostelWorld, ultimately gave the top spot to the Swedish city after it scored high for the way in which locals are likely to socialise with tourists – along with their ‘propensity to party.’ And it seems like it could be a national thing too – Swedish capital Stockholm came second in the study, which involved interviewing some 12,888 residents. Here’s the overall top 10.
Donald Trump says he wants to expand America's nuclear arsenal to make the US "top of the pack". In an interview with the Reuters news agency, he also said he is against a "one-sided" new deal with Russia that would cap the deployment of nuclear warheads. Mr Trump said: "I am the first one that would like to see everybody - nobody have nukes, but we're never going to fall behind any country even if it's a friendly country, we're never going to fall behind on nuclear power.
North Korea has said Malaysia is to blame for the death of Kim Jong-Nam at an airport in Kuala Lumpur. Pyongyang has also accused the Malaysian government of having an "unfriendly attitude" following the murder of Kim Jong-Un's estranged half-brother last week. According to KCNA, the country's state news agency, Mr Kim "suddenly fell into a state of shock" and died after suffering what it called "a heart stroke".
Life may have evolved on at least three planets within a newly discovered solar system that is 39 light years from Earth, it was announced last night. Astronomers at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) have detected no less than seven roughly Earth-sized worlds orbiting a dwarf star in the system, it was announced today. Three of the new planets are said to be particularly promising because they could sustain oceans.
Iraqi forces on Thursday thrust into Mosul airport on the southern edge of the jihadist stronghold for the first time since the Islamic State group overran the region in 2014.
By Michael Nienaber BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's economy is in full swing, the government said on Thursday, a state of affairs that also led to a record 2016 budget surplus likely to irritate much of the rest of the European Union and play directly into election politics. Germany's overflowing coffers are the subject of intense debate ahead of the Sept. 24 federal election, with the Social Democrats promising more investment and Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives a mix of investment, tax cuts and debt reduction.
By Catherine Ngai NEW YORK (Reuters) - Oil prices rose on Thursday but gains were pared after U.S. government data showed a seventh straight build in crude stocks, suggesting high inventories could undermine OPEC's move to cut output.
Friends and artists paid tribute to the late George Michael at the Brit Awards, honouring the star's "spellbinding" performances. Coldplay's Chris Martin performed a duet of sorts with the late singer, who died on Christmas Day last year. Martin took to the stage to sing Michael's A Different Corner, before being joined by a clip of the late star playing in the background.
Trevor Timon delivered a "powerful" left hook to Oliver Dearlove's head, knocking him unconscious, the Old Bailey heard. The 31-year-old defendant, who had a history of violence, denied intending to seriously hurt Mr Dearlove, 31, and said he was just "p***** off" at one of his friends for making a racist comment. Mr Dearlove never regained consciousness and died 24 hours after the attack.
By Brian Love and Michel Rose PARIS (Reuters) - France's presidential race took a new turn on Thursday as independent Emmanuel Macron raised the curtain on a partnership with veteran centrist Francois Bayrou to help him beat the far-right's Marine Le Pen. The National Front is at the gates of power. It plays on fear," Macron said, referring to Le Pen's once-shunned party.
People with faulty Hotpoint, Indesit and Creda tumble dryers have been told to unplug their machines until they have been repaired. The brands' parent company, Whirlpool, has upgraded its warning to customers after receiving enforcement notices from trading standards officers in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire. The Whirlpool website now says: "Trading standards confirmed, following an internal review by independent experts, that the modification programme remains the most effective way of resolving this issue.
A group of financial institutions has lodged a surprise takeover bid for Fox's Biscuits, even as the industry faces pressure from rising commodity prices and growing consumer preference for healthier snacks. Sky News has learnt that the mystery party which last month approached Fox's owner, Boparan Holdings, was not a rival biscuit-maker but a consortium of City and Wall Street bondholders. Speculation about the identity of the potential acquirer of Fox's was triggered by a statement from Boparan to the Luxembourg stock exchange disclosing that it had received an approach to buy the business.
Sony has just announced its new SF-G series SD card equipped with enhanced features that are specially designed for photographers, DSLR camera users and videographers.
The fiance of Helen Bailey has been jailed for 34 years for drugging and killing the author in a plot to inherit her fortune. Ian Stewart, 56, spent weeks poisoning the 51-year-old Electra Brown writer with prescription sedatives before smothering her in a "heinous" plot motivated by greed in April 2016. Ms Bailey was dragged into a cesspit below the couple's luxury home in Royston, Hertfordshire, where she remained hidden for three months.
City officials in San Jose, California have lifted evacuation orders and allowed some of the 14,000 residents who had to flee historic flooding, to return home. According to CBS San Francisco, officials said at 4pm PST (12am GMT ) that flood waters were draining naturally from some neighbourhoods. A map released by city officials noted that an area concentrated on the southern end of the region remained under mandatory evacuation.
Ahmed Fahour, Australia Post's chief executive is stepping down after press reports he is paid 10 times more than the country's prime minister
A 26-year-old Salvadorian undocumented immigrant, who was diagnosed with brain tumour when she was under the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), has been returned to a detention centre from a hospital in Texas. The woman identified as Sara was sent back to Prairieland Detention Centre from Huguley Hospital in Fortworth, Texas, her lawyers said.
Japan's Crown Prince Naruhito has expressed his readiness to take over the Chrysanthemum throne after his father, Emperor Akihito, gets abdicated sometime next year. Naruhito also pledged to follow his father's footsteps and "share the pain and joy of the people". "I accept the emperor's thinking with sincerity and will bear it in mind all the time as I carry out my duties," Naruhito said.
Clever children are twice as likely to smoke cannabis as teenagers due to their curious minds, a landmark study has found. Students who are high academic achievers at age 11 are also more likely to drink alcohol as teenagers, according to a nine year study by University College London (UCL). This could be because middle class parents pay more attention to health warnings about cigarettes, which they pass on to their children.