EasyJet (Other OTC: EJTTF - news) founder Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou has launched a foray into the discount grocery market with a new store selling a range of foods for just 25p. The brand has expanded to easyCar, easyHotel, easyGym and easyProperty.9 days agonews.sky.com
David Bowie found out that he would have been a grandfather just days before he died from cancer last month. His son, film director Duncan Jones, revealed on Wednesday that he had told his father the news in a Christmas card. Love you, granddad," Jones wrote on Twitter as he posted the drawing of a foetus in a uterus.
By John Irish MUNICH (Reuters) - Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev raised the spectre of an interminable or a world war if powers failed to negotiate an end to the conflict in Syria and warned against any ground operations by U.S. and Arab forces. Medvedev, speaking to Germany's Handelsblatt newspaper on the eve of talks between major powers on Syria in Munich, said the United States and Russia must exert pressure on all sides in the conflict to secure a ceasefire. Asked about Saudi Arabia's offer last week to supply ground troops if a U.S.-led operation were mounted against Islamic State, he said: "This is bad as a ground offensive usually turns the war into a permanent one.
A "fearless speed-demon", "lifelong petrolhead" and "no-nonsense car reviewer" are among the seven new presenters for the rebooted Top Gear. The BBC has announced the full line-up which will see motorsport guru and Formula 1 commentator Eddie Jordan, German racing driver Sabine Schmitz, motoring journalist Chris Harris and car reviewer Rory Reid join Chris Evans. Friends actor Matt LeBlanc was announced last week, and trusty sidekick The Stig will also return.
By Jan Strupczewski, Alastair Macdonald and Gabriela Baczynska BRUSSELS (Reuters) - British and EU negotiators agreed much of a reform package on Thursday to help keep Britain in the European Union, leaving Prime Minister David Cameron to settle tricky final issues, notably on migration, at a summit next week, diplomats said. After talks in Brussels among officials from all 28 member states to review mostly minor amendments to proposals made by European Council President Donald Tusk last week, an EU source reported "good progress" in clarifying technical, legal issues. "But main political issues are still outstanding and they will have to be dealt with by leaders next week," the source added, referring to a summit on Feb. 18-19 where Cameron hopes to clinch a final deal with his European peers on which he can campaign at home to keep Britain in the bloc at a referendum.
An angry iPhone customer has revealed CCTV footage he claims shows a delivery driver pretending to drop off his new smartphone – before stealing it. Bradley Stocker, 39, was puzzled when he received a message from courier company DPD informing him that his iPhone had been delivered - despite no one knocking at his door. DPD’s website even stated that the parcel had been dropped off with a neighbour, but Bradley found none of his neighbours had spoken to a delivery driver.
Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho would help Manchester United overcome Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, according to one of his former players.
Anti-North Korean activists burn placards depicting North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un in Seoul on February 11, 2016
A video shows the moment gunmen with AK-47s open fire at a boxing weigh-in at a Dublin hotel, forcing one of the fighters and members of the public - including children - to run for their lives.
Meryl Streep has dismissed questions about the all-white panel at the Berlin Film Festival by telling reporters that "we're all Africans really". Asked by an Egyptian reporter whether she understood films from the Arab world and North Africa, Streep said that while she did not know much about the region, "I've played a lot of different people from a lot of different cultures". The seven-member jury at Berlin will choose the winners of the Golden Bear and various Silver Bear awards at the first of the year's major European movie festivals.
The father of Aylan Kurdi, the Syrian toddler whose drowning shocked the world last year, went on trial on Thursday along with two alleged people smugglers accused of causing the death of migrants.
World oil prices tumbled on February 11, 2016, nearing a 13-year low in New York, with no end in sight to the global supply glut
Great excitement rippled through the physics world Thursday at the announcement that gravitational waves have been detected after a 100-year search.
LONDON (Reuters) - Sainsbury's , Britain's second biggest supermarket chain, will phase out multi-buy promotions across its grocery business by August, saying customers no longer appreciate them. The firm said on Thursday it would instead focus on lower regular prices. Sainsbury's, along with big four rivals Tesco , Wal-Mart's Asda, and Morrisons , is fighting a price war to stop losing shoppers to German discounters Aldi [ALDIEI.UL] and Lidl [LIDUK.UL]. All the big four have reduced promotions of various sorts to part-finance price cuts. ...
A man who tripped up a suspected drug dealer running from police has been revealed as a soldier, who said his military training kicked in when he saw the chase.
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Kat Church, the head of Hannah More Infant School and Grove Junior School in Nails, Somerset, says that a ‘number of pupils’ were being allowed to urinate outside as their parents picked them up after school. 'If an adult was to behave in the same way in a public place there would be consequences.
Holiday firm Thomas Cook said it has switched to selling more Mediterranean trips as a response to recent terror attacks.
A daring pilot was forced to make an emergency landing after the propeller fell off his 80 year old plane at 2,500 ft, it has emerged. The pilot made a distress call to Newquay Airport before he eventually managed to successfully land the plane on a landing strip next to a golf course in Polzeath, Cornwall.
The woman’s son rang Liveline and the ambulance arrived a few minutes after he spoke on the radio.
A young couple who died during the devastating Taiwan earthquake on New Year’s Eve were found in each other’s arms by rescuers. Tsai Meng-chia and his girlfriend Huang Ruo-hsin, both just 21, were found beneath the rubble of a residential building that collapsed during the magnitude 6.4 earthquake on New Year’s Eve. The pair are now amongst the 55 people confirmed dead from the quake, that struck Taiwan’s south-western Tainan City.
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt says he has decided to impose a new contract on junior doctors. He spoke in parliament after receiving a letter from the Government’s chief negotiator Sir David Dalton saying that he believed negotiations with the BMA on working unsociable hours could go no further. Making a statement in the House of Commons, Mr Hunt told MPs: “Under the existing contract, doctors can receive the same pay for working quite different amounts of unsociable hours.
Downton Abbey actor Brendan Coyle has been banned from getting behind the wheel for more than four years after being caught drink driving. The 53-year-old, who played valet John Bates in the ITV drama, was found to be nearly three times the legal alcohol limit when he was stopped on New Year's Day. Coyle was reportedly returning to his Norfolk home in Heacham after undergoing alcohol rehabilitation at a clinic in Thailand.
The women all regularly meet for lunch at Butterley Park Brewers Fayre restaurant in Ripley, Derbyshire, while on maternity leave with their children in tow. Marie Barron, 35, from Ilkeston, Derbyshire, said: “We are not loud, hooligan types. "We are working mothers, on maternity leave with seven month old babies.
A mystery buyer forked out a whopping £69,500 to buy the bottle of Big Mac sauce on eBay, after it went on limited sale. McDonald’s put the bottle up for auction to raise money for charity, and it was the centre of a two-week bidding battle as buyers upped the stakes. A spokesman confirmed: “The Big Mac burger sauce is so hard to get hold of.
By John O'Donnell FRANKFURT (Reuters) - The amount of cash across the euro zone rose to more than 1 trillion euros ($1.1 trillion) last year, with almost 30 percent of it hoarded in 500 euro notes, ECB data has shown, as nervous individuals keep more of their money at home or in a vault.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge to be unveiled at the MWC 2016 in Barcelona may pack a huge 3,600mAh battery capacity according to a document filed by Samsung with the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The FCC filing is a regulatory requirement to sell phones in the US. In absolute terms, this will be a mammoth 72% increase in battery capacity over its predecessor Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, which had a 2,600mAh battery.
Parents at a boarding school in Somerset have been left fuming after it emerged that GCSE pupils had spent months studying the wrong book. Pupils were then forced to swiftly get to grips with J B Priestley’s An Inspector Calls ahead of their GCSE exams in May. Downside headmaster, Dr James Whitehead, said: "While there was an error with the set text being taught for a period last term, pupils and parents were informed appropriately and there was no negative impact on pupils’ work.
Detectives investigating historical sex crimes should keep an "open mind" and not assume the claims are true, the head of the Metropolitan Police has said. Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said suspects should also be offered anonymity before they are charged as "reputations may be tarnished" by inquiries. His comments came after he announced a review of Scotland Yard's handling of claims about a VIP paedophile ring in Westminster amid mounting pressure over Operation Midland.
Ronan Keating has said it would be "fun" if Boyzone followed in the footsteps of Busted and McFly by forming a supergroup with Westlife. Keating said Boyzone will do something to mark the band's 25th birthday next year - describing it as a "Boyzone extravaganza". Asked about the idea of the band teaming up with fellow Irishmen Westlife in the way Busted and McFly formed McBusted, he told the Press Association: "The idea's been thrown around alright.
The group of friends collected their prize from the offices of the National Lottery today.
Tributes have been paid to a teenager who trained with Crystal Palace after his death in a scooter crash following a police chase.
The London apartment where Jimi Hendrix lived more than 45 years ago has opened to the public, restored to look just how the rock star used it. Hendrix moved into the apartment on the upper floors of 23 Brook Street - next to the house composer George Frideric Handel lived in centuries earlier - in July 1968 after his girlfriend Kathy Etchingham saw it advertised in a newspaper. Hendrix, who died in 1970 aged 27, wrote music, rehearsed and gave interviews there.
China on Thursday responded to a Reuters report that the U.S. and India are discussing joint naval patrols in the disputed South China Sea, warning that interference from countries outside the region threatens peace and stability. "Countries from outside the area must stop pushing forward the militarization of the South China Sea, cease endangering the sovereignty and national security of littoral countries in the name of 'freedom of navigation' and harming the peace and stability of the region." The United States wants its regional allies and other Asian nations to adopt a more united stance against China over the South China Sea, where tension has spiked since China's construction of seven islands in the Spratly archipelago. China lays claim to most of the South China Sea, while Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam have rival claims.
Edmund Shing explains why now is a great time to invest in technology giant Apple. 1) A tech goliath Apple is one of the largest companies in the world and is listed in the United States (NASDAQ:AAPL). 2) Hardware and software Apple is the largest technology company in the world driven by hardware such as the iPhone, iPad and iMac, and also software such as iTunes. 3) Impressive line-up of growth Apple has an impressive line-up of growth from the ever increasing list of iPhones. But there are doubts however whether the new product lines will deliver the growth that we've seen in the past. 4) It's cheap Apple is a very cheap stock today given the doubts that investors have, with a P/E Ratio (TTM) of 10.05 (as of 11 February). 5) Fantastic brand Apple is an excellent brand that is particularly valued by the millennial generation, a growing consumer market. The brand value of Apple, according to WPP, is an impressive $247bn (£171bn, €218). Edmund Shing is Global Head of Equity Derivative Strategy at BNP Paribas in London. He holds a PhD in Artificial Intelligence.
British Gas and EDF Energy have become the last of the Big Six providers to lower prices, announcing moves to cut gas bills next month.
For months Iranian Christian migrants have been sleeping in a makeshift shelter outside a church in the Belgian port town of Zeebrugge, from where they hope to smuggle themselves over to Britain.
Actors and technicians get ready to shoot an advert for a Thai bank promoting a scholarship fund
Polish shop owners hold a protest in front of parliament against a government plan to raise taxes on retailers, on February 11, 2016 in Warsaw
Israeli navy veteran Ami Daniel points at his computer screen and explains why the ship he was tracking should have been stopped and searched.
At least 12 indigenous children in Peru have died from rabies after being bitten by blood-sucking bats, which locals at first blamed on witchcraft, health officials said.
A seriously ill Australian boy was Thursday granted his wish to become a superhero like Iron Man, with police staging an elaborate event on the Sydney Opera House steps as Hollywood star Robert Downey Jr tweeted his support.
A former Auschwitz guard has gone on trial in Germany accused of being implicated in the deaths of 170,000 Jews. Reinhold Hanning, 93, is alleged to have joined Adolf Hitler's Schutzstaffel (SS) paramilitary organisation at the age of 18, taking part in battles in eastern Europe before becoming a guard at the camp in 1942. Around 1.5 million people, mainly European Jews, were gassed, shot, hanged and burned at Auschwitz in what was then Nazi-occupied Poland during the Second World War.
A woman has been fined $800 (£390) after pleading guilty to pushing a policeman over at Australia's most prestigious horseracing event. Sarah Finn, 24, was also ordered to pay court costs and pay for a new pair of glasses for superintendent Steven Cooper, the man she sent flying into a flower bed at the Melbourne Cup. Defence lawyer Anthony said in the Melbourne Magistrates Court that his client was "somewhat tipsy" and told how earlier she had been chatting to the police who had allowed her to sit on one of their motorbikes.
Golf ball-sized hailstones were reported in New South Wales on Thursday evening, February 11. State emergency services in Queanbeyan, near Canberra, received over 140 requests for help, with homes and buildings damaged. This video shows large hailstones coming down outside the Queanbeyan City Library. The Bureau of Meteorology in Australia warned of flash flooding as a result of hail and heavy rainfall. Several other state emergency services were helping Queanbeyan SES volunteers in fixing the damage done by the hail. Credit: Facebook/Queanbeyan City Library
Sweden's central bank moves its key rate into negative territory in February 2015 in a bid to encourage spending amid three years of stagnant prices despite strong growth
A primary school head teacher has written to parents asking them to stop their children from urinating in the playground.
The Duke of Cambridge has attended the funeral of polar explorer Henry Worsley, who died trying to make the first unassisted solo crossing of the Antarctic.
It is a question that has been asked since time immemorial—or at least since Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo began facing off against one another in Spain’s La Liga. on Tuesday as saying he wants to stay at Madrid until his contract runs out in 2018.
NATO is considering joining the US-led coalition fighting Islamic State jihadists in Syria and Iraq, US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Thursday.
Janice Maguire and her three children have been awarded at least €14,000 in damages due to the “recurrent respiratory” illnesses they’ve suffered since 2010.
The meaty treat is the brainchild of bacon connoisseurs Logan Rae, 21, and Kimmie Hruda, 28, from Florida, US. Logan, who is a neurobiology student at Florida Atlantic University, said: ‘I made bacon roses as a birthday gift, and delivered it to a busy office last January. ‘By February, employees and my co-workers were requesting them for Valentine’s day.
Dozens of inmates have died in a fight between two rival factions at a prison in northern Mexico. Jaime Rodriguez, the governor of Nuevo Leon state, confirmed that 52 prisoners had been killed and 12 injured at Topo Chico near the city of Monterrey. "There were no reported escapes and the battle, which sent flames billowing into the pre-dawn sky, didn't involve guns," Mr Rodriguez said.
The U.S. State Department on Thursday dismissed Russian claims that it had carried out air strikes on the Syrian city of Aleppo. "Claims made by Russian officials of U.S. air strikes in Aleppo are false," a senior State Department official said. "There have been no U.S. missions flown in or around Aleppo today." Russia's Defence Ministry said on Thursday that two U.S. aircraft had bombed the Syrian city of Aleppo on Wednesday, Feb. 10, and that Russian planes had not been operating in the area.
Hong Kong riot police walk along a cordoned-off street on February 9, 2016 following overnight clashes between protesters and police in the Mongkok area
George Clooney has told Sky News that America is not taking in enough refugees and must "do more" to help alleviate the crisis in Europe. Speaking at the premiere of Hail, Caesar! at the Berlin Film festival, he said he would be meeting Germany's chancellor, Angela Merkel, to discuss what more can be done by both the US and Hollywood. America has committed to accepting 10,000 Syrians this year and 85,000 refugees in total.
A group of Irish friends who won 66 million euro on the EuroMillions are to keep their identities secret.
By Barani Krishnan NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. crude slid on Thursday, hitting 12-year lows as domestic stockpiles grew, Goldman Sachs called for depressed prices until the second half of the year and investors fled from equities and other risky assets into safe havens such as gold. Prices came off session lows in post-settlement trade after the Wall Street Journal quoted UAE's energy minister as saying OPEC was ready to cooperate on production cuts. Most traders were skeptical, noting that Venezuela and Russia recently called in vain for OPEC and other major oil producers to cut output.
It's Children's Mental Health Week 2016 and we asked kids how much they know about mental illness. In this video we ask them about ADHD.
By Ulf Laessing ZARIA, Nigeria (Reuters) - Piles of rubble are all that remain of the residence of Nigeria's most prominent Shi'ite Muslim leader after it was demolished by bulldozers in the northern city of Zaria. Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky's compound was levelled after three days of clashes between the army and Shi'ite residents of the city in December in which rights groups say hundreds of Shi'ites were killed. The violence and its repercussions could further fracture a country battling a northern insurgency by hardline Sunni group Boko Haram, a secessionist movement in the southeast, militancy in the oil-rich Delta, as well as a growing economic crisis.
The United States and its allies conducted 14 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria on Wednesday, the Combined Joint Task Force leading the operations said in a statement. In Iraq, 13 included three strikes focused near Ramadi that struck an IS tactical unit and destroyed a bunker, the coalition said in the statement released on Thursday. Near Mosul, three air strikes struck an IS tactical unit and destroyed a checkpoint, seven fighting positions, a vehicle and an assembly area, the statement said.
Cancer patients are not being given access to ground-breaking treatments because the system of funding drugs in England is "really broken", the head of a major pharmaceuticals company has said.