Italy's Prime Minister has declared a state of emergency in the area affected by the earthquake which killed at least 281 people. It came as a strong 4.7-magnitude aftershock struck near the worst-hit town of Amatrice on Friday morning. PM Matteo Renzi has authorised an initial €50m (£42m) in crisis funding to start the rebuilding process and offered to cancel taxes for those affected.
A difficult test lies in store for Lewis Hamilton at the 2016 Belgian Grand Prix after confirmation that he will face a daunting 30-place grid penalty. The three-time world champion currently leads Nico Rosberg by 19 points atop of the Formula One Driver Standings after reeling in and then impressively overhauling his Mercedes teammate's substantial early advantage by winning six of the last seven races. The latest F1 campaign returns this weekend after its customary one-month break, but Hamilton's chances of recording a second successive victory at the famous Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps had already been dealt a blow by a 15-place demotion handed down after the introduction of a sixth MGU-H energy recovery system and turbocharger before Friday's (26 August) first practice session.
Clinton responded to Farage’s comments “if I was an American citizen I wouldn’t vote for Hillary Clinton if you paid me”.
Katy Perry has spoken out on the delusional fan who genuinely believed that he had been in a relationship with the singer for a whopping six years. Spencer Morrill appeared on the latest episode of MTV’s Catfish, where hosts Nev Schulman and Max Joseph proved that he had actually been speaking to a random British girl called Harriet, thinking that it was Katy, for almost a decade. Despite the fact Katy had been married to comedian Russell Brand for most of the six years and is currently in a relationship with actor Orlando Bloom, Spencer believed that she’d been hiding secret messages to him in her songs even though they had never even met face to face.
Channel 5 said that only evicted housemates are invited back to the final.
Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw thinks PSV Eindhoven's Hector Moreno was partially to blame for his horror injury last season. The 21-year-old defender suffered a double leg fracture in a tackle with the Mexican defender during a Champions League tie in Holland in September 2015. At the time, Shaw accepted Moreno's apologies and considered the injury to be a freak accident.
She didn’t like the 80s look very much, though.
By MacDonald Dzirutwe HARARE (Reuters) - President Robert Mugabe warned protesters on Friday there would be no "Arab Spring" in Zimbabwe after anti-government demonstrations descended it to some of the worst violence seen in the southern African nation for two decades. Zimbabwean police fired tear gas and water cannon at opposition leaders and hundreds of demonstrators at a protest against Mugabe and the ruling ZANU-PF, before unrest swept across large parts of the capital Harare.
The lifeboat and lifeguard group will also be giving out safety information at Camber Sands in East Sussex. Nitharsan Ravi's brother, Ajirthan, said the group had been caught by a rapidly rising tide and were unable to swim to shore because of the current.
Police investigating a possible child abduction have released more details of the black VW transporter van that the boy may have been bundled into. The "distinct" vehicle has a 02 number plate and three alloy wheels while the front passenger side one is black and not alloy.
The NHS has issued a patient safety alert warning doctors to spot and stop a potentially fatal kidney condition, Sky News has learned. The condition - called acute kidney injury (AKI) - causes more than 40,000 deaths annually, 13,000 of which could have been prevented if patients had been diagnosed and treated at an early stage. Doctors say anyone who is acutely ill should have a simple blood test to check whether AKI is the underlying cause.
He came sixth in the competition.
By David Chance WASHINGTON (Reuters) - For all the talk of a radical shift in central banking policy, from the permanent use of negative rates to helicopter money drops, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen appears to believe she can tackle any future downturn using the tools currently at her disposal. Speaking in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, on Friday after a Fed policymaker and other economists proposed a radical overhaul of central banking, Yellen argued that bond purchases and the ability to pay interest on excess reserves as well as forward guidance would be enough to combat any downturn. "Our current toolkit proved effective last December (when the Fed raised rates)," Yellen said in a speech in which she firmed up expectations of a second rate rise from the Fed, possibly as soon as September.
Bret "Hitman" Hart has slammed Seth Rollins by saying the wrestler needs to "improve his technique" because until now he has been "clearly doing it wrong". The WWE legend has said that Rollins might just get someone killed if he does not. The former wrestler's comment comes after Finn Balor dislocated his shoulder during his fight with Rollins for the Universal Championship, which has been created to rival SmackDown Live's top title.
By Joseph Menn SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc issued a patch on Thursday to fix a dangerous security flaw in iPhones and iPads after researchers discovered that a prominent United Arab Emirates dissident's phone had been targeted with a previously unknown method of hacking. The thwarted attack on the human rights activist, Ahmed Mansoor, used a text message that invited him to click on a web link. Instead of clicking, he forwarded the message to researchers at the University of Toronto's Citizen Lab.
Joey Essex went back to school to study for General Studies
Canada's indigenous communities are using social workers, police and the education system to battle sex trafficking of their girls, who are targeted more than any other population in the nation. The girls are often cherry-picked at shopping malls from tribal families who have moved to big cities for work. The traffickers specifically target native girls and initially approach them as interested potential boyfriends.
Police have ordered some low-end hotels in the Chinese metropolis of Guangzhou not to allow guests from five Muslim-majority countries to stay, though China's foreign ministry said it had never heard of the policy. Three hotels with rooms costing about 150 yuan ($23) a night told Reuters that they had received police notices from as early as March telling them to turn away people from Pakistan, Syria, Iraq, Turkey and Afghanistan. The notice appears only to apply to cheaper hotels at the bottom of the price scale.
German consumers' expectations about their own income leapt upwards, rising to 58.3 points in August compared with July's 49.7
Jake Livermore thinks failing a drug test ultimately helped to save his football career. The Hull City midfielder tested positive for cocaine in May last year, almost 12 months after his newborn son Jake Junior died, and Livermore has admitted he "almost felt relieved" at being caught. Livermore was preparing to face Arsenal in the FA Cup final at the time – and the Football Association ultimately decided against imposing a ban because of "the unique nature of circumstances" involved.
US rail operator Amtrak awarded a $1.8 billion deal to France's high-speed train builder Alstom Friday to supply new trains for its key Acela service between Washington, New York and Boston
Will Henniker-Gotley, Maria Henniker-Gotley and Marcos Burnett were among the 281 people who died in the 6.2-magnitude quake on Wednesday morning. Mr and Mrs Henniker-Gotley's two children survived the collapse, as did Marcos' parents Anne-Louise and Simon. Mr and Mrs Burnett's daughter also survived, though her condition in unknown.
Britain's Gross domestic product (GDP) grew 0.6 percent, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said in a second estimate for April-June, which included the shock EU exit referendum towards the end
A hiker who survived a month lost in freezing conditions in a mountainous area of New Zealand after seeing her boyfriend fall to his death has spoken of her "harrowing" ordeal. Pavlina Pizova, from the Czech Republic, was rescued from a park warden's hut on the snowed-in Routeburn Track near Queenstown on Wednesday. Ms Pizova and her boyfriend, 27-year-old Ondrej Petr, had intended to hike the full 32km (20-mile) track, and set off on 26 July.
By Diego Oré and Liamar Ramos VALENCIA, Venezuela (Reuters) - When Venezuelan entrepreneurs Alejandro Blanchard and Elio Angulo decided to create cardboard coffins, they were looking for an ecological selling point to compete against classic wood and brass caskets. Three years on, with the oil-rich country mired in deep economic crisis, their "bio-coffins" are becoming a viable option because of high prices for wooden coffins and shortages of brass ones. Blanchard and Angulo are offering their product in funeral homes in Venezuela, home to one of the world's highest murder rates, and business is looking promising.
Stacey Solomon hits back at harsh newspaper reports on Loose Women