Jailed entertainer Rolf Harris is to be charged with a further seven counts of indecent assault, the Crown Prosecution Service has said.1 hour agoSky News
A plucky little spider has once again proved that size doesn't matter by taking on -- and beating -- a much larger venomous snake, in a very Australian telling of the story of David and Goliath.
England footballer Adam Johnson "abused his revered position in society" when he had sexual contact with a 15-year-old fan who had an "enormous crush on him", a court has heard. She said he "abused his revered position in society" when he had sexual contact with the teenager "in a way that he knew was both morally and legally wrong". The girl was 15 in December 2014, a time when Johnson lived with his partner, Stacey Flounders, who was then pregnant with their daughter, in Castle Eden, County Durham.
As dawn breaks over the Greek island of Kos, 20 soldiers and five bulldozers wait to start construction work on a site that has become a flashpoint for the tourist hub on the frontline of Europe's migrant crisis.
The Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson, has applied to become a permanent resident in Switzerland. The duchess has already moved into the £13m chalet - Chalet Helora - which she bought with ex-husband Prince Andrew in 2014. In the interview, Ms Ferguson said she learned to ski at the age of three and first travelled to the area when she was 16.
Archaeologists have raised a medieval ship from a riverbed in The Netherlands, where it had rested for more than 500 years.
Londoners are used to seeing strange sights on the Tube, but a pair of middle-aged passenger who not only look alike, but also appear to be wearing identical outfits is more unusual a sight than most.
Barry Manilow has been forced to cancel dates on what he says will be his final tour after being rushed to hospital. A statement on his Facebook page said it was "unclear" if Manilow will be well enough to attend the Grammy Awards on Monday.
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.
Jailed entertainer Rolf Harris is to be charged with a further seven counts of indecent assault, the Crown Prosecution Service has said.
Manchester United Executive Vice Chairman Ed Woodward has hinted that there will be “pressure” on the club in the summer to sign the world’s best players.
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.
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.
Uber lets customers use smartphone applications to summon and pay for rides provided by drivers using their own cars
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
The group of friends collected their prize from the offices of the National Lottery today.
Cargo on an overloaded vehicle slumps off to the side after arriving from the Kaesong joint industrial zone, outside a military checkpoint in Paju on February 11, 2016
A junior doctor has launched a blistering attack on the Health Secretary, saying “screw you Jeremy Hunt” in a Facebook post which has since gone viral.
A man waves a Greek flag in front of the parliament in Athens, during an anti-austerity demonstration on July 10, 2015
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.
Great excitement rippled through the physics world Thursday at the announcement that gravitational waves have been detected after a 100-year search.
This female orangutan and her adorable baby were just days from starvation when they were rescued, according to the British charity that found them. The mum, aged around 20 and named Mama Nam by her rescuers, was so malnourished she could no longer produce milk for her baby, named Nam. IAR vet Ayu Budi Handayani said: “It is amazing that, despite the fact that she was so skinny and weak, this mother was still determined to protect her baby.
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.
16 human feet - all wearing shoes - have washed up on north America’s west coast since 2007. The detached extremities have been found in British Columbia, Canada, and Washington state in the US, with the latest being discovered on Botanical Beach, Vancouver Island, earlier this week. The Coroners Service has been confirmed that the remains are human, and it’s hoped that DNA testing will identify the deceased.
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.
Kanye West had the full support of his reality star wife Kim Kardashian and her family when he launched his new album and clothing collection at New York's Madison Square Garden. Kim Kardashian also showed off her new blonde hair in what was one of her first public appearances since she gave birth to her son Saint two months ago.
In a spectacular valley less than two hours' drive north of Cape Town, a small herd of animals provides the chance to travel back in time over more than a century.
Police in Cape Town fired stun grenades to disperse violent protests in the city’s central business district ahead of President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation address on February 11. There were clashes reported between various groups, including supporters of Zuma’s ruling African National Congress and of the opposition Economic Freedom Fighters. This video shows police participating in a standoff against supporters of the African National Congress. Credit: Instagram/Onele Liwani
Outspoken academic Richard Dawkins has pulled out of a public speaking tour after suffering a stroke. He is expected to make a full recovery, according to a statement on the Sydney Opera House website. The biologist and author of The God Delusion had been due to appear at the venue on 28 February.
A factory owner who employed large numbers of Hungarians as a "slave workforce" in a bed-making firm which supplied retailers like John Lewis, Next and Dunelm Mill will be sentenced later today.
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.
Scientists have given up hope of restoring contact with space probe Philae. Philae landed on a comet in a pinpoint operation in November 2014 but lost power because its solar-driven batteries were in the shade. The probe woke up in June as the comet approached the Sun, giving scientists hope that the lander could complete some experiments.
By Ana Nicolaci da Costa LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's economy would be worse off if voters decide the country should leave the European Union, according to an overwhelming majority of economists polled by Reuters who also gave it a 40 percent chance of happening. All but one of 28 economists in the poll taken this week said the Britain would take a hit if the vote - which could take place by June - meant exiting the EU. Supporters of Britain leaving the EU say companies would be less bound by red tape, the country would be able to strike its own free trade deals and its existing EU partners would not want to hurt bilateral trade.
PRAGUE (Reuters) - There is a will to reach a European Union reform deal with Britain, but any compromise should be designed to avoid hampering deeper integration in the euro zone, Slovak Finance Minister Peter Kazimir said on Friday. "The EU has 28 members today and I see this number staying the same after the UK referendum," Kazimir tweeted. "Whatever the compromise will be, we should not create obstacles for deeper integration of the euro zone. I'm not a big fan of cherry picking. We are all equal in the EU club." (Reporting by Jason Hovet)
Four Tanzanians facing trial for the murder of a British conservationist whose helicopter was shot down have been jailed for 20 years for possessing firearms, lawyers said Friday.
Tiny specks of gold have been found in rocks at a popular tourist destination, to the surprise of scientists.
By Ben Hirschler LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's competition watchdog has fined GlaxoSmithKline 37.6 million pounds ($54.4 million) for market abuse in striking deals to delay the launch of cheap generic copies of its former blockbuster antidepressant Seroxat. Generic drug companies involved, including Germany's Merck KGaA , were also fined smaller amounts, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said on Friday, bringing the total penalties to 45 million pounds. The CMA move is the latest example of regulators trying to curb "pay-for-delay" deals by drug companies and follows previous actions by U.S. and European antitrust authorities.
NATO is considering joining the US-led coalition fighting Islamic State jihadists in Syria and Iraq, US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Thursday.
TV presenters Ant and Dec have claimed the Queen personally asked for them to host a horse-themed show celebrating her 90th birthday.
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
By Gabriela Lopez MONTERREY, Mexico (Reuters) - A battle between the feared Zetas drug cartel and rivals at a prison left 49 people dead in the northeastern Mexican city of Monterrey, authorities said on Thursday, days ahead of a planned visit by Pope Francis to another jail in Mexico's far north. Fighting broke out before midnight in two areas of the Topo Chico prison between supporters of a gang leader known as "Zeta 27" and another group, with prisoners using bottles and blades, Nuevo Leon state Governor Jaime Rodriguez said. "Topo Chico is a ... very old prison.
Discount supermarket Aldi [ALDIEI.UL] has increased the pressure on bigger rivals in Britain with a new wave of price reductions. The firm said on Friday the price cuts on lines including fresh meat, fresh fruit and vegetables were a response to reductions announced last month by Morrisons , Britain's No. 4 supermarket, which in turn followed cuts by Wal-Mart's Asda, the No. 3 player. A supermarket price war is regularly cited in official data as a factor bearing down on UK inflation.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel's liberal refugee policy, which brought 1.1 million asylum seekers to Germany in 2015, is not sustainable in the long run, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls warned Friday.
Google's European boss faced the fire and brimstone of enraged British MPs when the parliamentarians quizzed him over the technology giant's controversial tax settlement with the UK government. Matt Brittin almost immediately made headlines when he told the Public Accounts Committee's no-nonsense chairwoman that he did not know his own salary. The persistent Meg Hillier questioned Brittin, Google president for Europe, Middle East and Africa, five times on the issue. Britten failed to immediately meet the Labour MP's demands, but promised to provide the influential Committee with the pay and perk figures after the 11 February session. The top executive said he "understood" the anger from the British public over the controversial £130m ($188m ) back tax settlement with HMRC. "Do you really understand the anger, Mr Brittin?" Hillier intervened. "What do you get paid, Mr Brittin?". The Google man eventually conceded: "I don't have the figure but I'll provide the figure privately, if it's relevant to the committee to understand my salary." The admission prompted Hillier to claim that Brittin lived on a "different world". "Out there taxpayers are very angry. They live in a different world, clearly, if you can't even tell us what you're actually paid," the Labour MP argued. But beyond the initial fireworks of the session, Google told the MPs that it was paying 20% on its UK profits, not the 3% reported, and that the HMRC deal was a product of a six-year-long "rigorous" and "intense" independent audit. Tom Hutchinson, the firm's tax chief, also claimed that Google was "paying the right amount of taxes" globally. "It's up to governments to decide where we should be paying that tax. I would love to see the system more simple so we wouldn't have to come to hearings like this to explain it, but we need governments to work together to develop an overall worldwide system to take that 19% and split it in a simple way," he argued. Small businessman confronts George Osborne face-to-face over Google tax deal The executives said the Californian company had paid $3.3bn (£2.2bn) in corporation tax in 2015 across its worldwide operations, most of it being paid in the US. HMRC boss Dame Lim Homer also defended the settlement with Google and said that she was "confident" that "we have got the full tax that's due". The exchange came after Chancellor George Osborne trumpeted the deal as a "victory" for the government. The top Tory faced criticism for the comments, particularly from Labour's John McDonnell. "It's time that Osborne got a grip of this situation as it's becoming a daily occurrence that we read yet another multinational are not paying their fair share in tax meaning other taxpayers have to shoulder the burden," the shadow chancellor said. "Osborne should use the EU negotiations not to cut the pay of people on low incomes but to get a deal at EU level on tax so that we are getting the tax status of these big multinationals under control."
A group of Irish friends who won 66 million euro on the EuroMillions are to keep their identities secret.
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.
The steep losses in Japan came as the yen pushed to more than 16-month highs against the dollar and dealers continued a flight to safe havens
South African police fired stun grenades to disperse angry protesters outside parliament on Thursday shortly before President Jacob Zuma was due to deliver his annual state of the nation address.
By Sarah Young LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Rolls-Royce halved its final dividend to shore up its finances on Friday, the first cut for 24 years, but after three profit warnings last year a more confident tone boosted its shares. Chief Executive Warren East had said in November that further profit warnings could not be ruled out but he stuck to previous 2016 guidance on Friday despite the bigger-than-expected dividend cut. East, who became CEO last year, is trying to convince investors that his plan to cut costs and simplify Rolls-Royce will return the company to growth after two years of decline.
Rock legend Bruce Springsteen will explain his rise to fame and the struggles behind his songs in a memoir to be released in September, his publisher announced Thursday.
(Reuters) - British prompt wholesale natural gas prices declined on Friday morning as supply outweighed demand. Total's new gas field Laggan-Tormore has started production, with initial flows going into St Fergus TOM.
Call Of Duty: Black Ops 3 took advantage of a lean month for new video game releases to remain the top-selling game in the US in January.
This beautiful drone footage of sheep being herded will leave you hypnotised.
The receiver has said customers should be refunded.
A 25-year-old woman who pushed a senior police officer into a flower bed in front of TV news cameras will be charged.
Entering a Name and State on this site could reveal info you thought wasn't available. Have you searched yourself or someone you know yet?
Jeremy Corbyn has attended the Hillsborough inquest, where Coroner Sir John Goldring is continuing to sum up the evidence. Mr Corbyn said his visit to the hearing had nothing to do with party politics. Mr Corbyn also paid tribute to local MPs and campaigners for helping the families to fight for new inquests, quashing the verdicts of accidental death in the original inquests held in 1991.
A worker polishes steel in a factory in Rizhao, east China's Shandong province on January 2, 2016
The Independent and Independent on Sunday newspapers are to cease publication and go online only, its owner has announced. In a letter to staff, owner Evgeny Lebedev predicted other papers would follow suit. Meanwhile, the publisher has sold The Independent's cut-price daily version, the i, to regional publisher Johnston Press for £24m.
Greece's general staff on Friday said the entire three-member crew of a navy helicopter that crashed into an Aegean Sea islet a day earlier had perished, after finding the pilot's body.
By Sam Wilkin DUBAI (Reuters) - A new smartphone application that helps Iranians dodge the Islamic Republic's "morality police" is proving popular with the young, tech-savvy population but has quickly fallen foul of the authorities. The Gershad app allows users who spot checkpoints set up by the morality police, who enforce Islamic dress and behaviour codes, to tag their location on a Google map with an icon of a bearded man, enabling others to steer clear of them. The app was blocked by the authorities soon after it was released for Android devices on Monday but many Iranians bypass Internet restrictions by using a Virtual Private Network.
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.