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Britain will be plunged into its biggest turmoil in over a century if peers attempt to thwart Brexit, former Conservative leader Lord Hague warned as Theresa May went in person to the House of Lords to watch peers debate the law which will trigger the start of negotiations about Britain's exit from the European Union next month.
Former teen idol David Cassidy has revealed he has dementia, after forgetting the words to his own songs during concerts last weekend. The 66-year-old US singer and former Partridge Family star has said he will stop touring after admitting that he is suffering from the same disease his mother and grandfather had. Cassidy appeared to fall off stage and struggled to remember some of his old numbers at small venue gigs in California on Saturday and Sunday.
US TV show Billions made TV history in its new season premiere by introducing TV's first gender non-binary character. Asia Kate Dillon plays Taylor, an ambitious new intern at a hedge fund company, who does not identify with either the masculine or the feminine gender. In the show, now on its second season, the character introduces themselves to boss Axe - played by Britain's Damian Lewis - as neither a he nor a she, but a they.
Five people have been killed after a small plane crashed into a shopping centre near an airport north of Melbourne, Australia. The Beechcraft plane exploded on impact just before 9am local time, an hour before the Direct Factory Outlet shopping mall was due to open. A witness who gave his name as Jason told Australian Broadcasting Corporation he was passing the mall in a taxi when the plane crashed.
The North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, left, and his half-brother Kim Jong-nam. Kim Jong-nam spent his last few years highly paranoid, hiding from the regime run by his dictator half-brother while struggling with a sense of powerlessness over the fate of his homeland, according to people who knew him. In an exclusive interview with the Guardian, a close friend and confidant of the man once heir to the North Korean dynasty talked about Kim’s open-minded views and personality that led to his exile – and possibly his death.
US Vice President Mike Pence told nervous Europeans Monday that Donald Trump will remain committed to transatlantic ties, but warned NATO allies they must boost their defence spending in return.
Drake has accused Grammy organisers of racial profiling, for labelling his music as rap due to the colour of his skin. The Canadian musician won best rap performance and best rap song for his hit track Hotline Bling at the 59th Grammy Awards last week.
By Christopher Johnson LONDON (Reuters) - Oil prices rose more than $1 a barrel on Tuesday after OPEC said it was sticking to its agreement to cut production and hoped compliance with the deal would be even higher. OPEC Secretary General Mohammad Barkindo said January data showed conformity from participating OPEC nations with output curbs had been above 90 percent and oil inventories would decline further this year. Benchmark Brent crude oil jumped $1.13 a barrel to a high of $57.31 before easing to trade around $57.15 by 1125 GMT.
(Reuters) - Lloyd's of London, the world's biggest speciality insurance market, appointed Bruce Carnegie-Brown as chairman, it said on Monday, after his nomination was unanimously supported by its council. Carnegie-Brown, currently chairman of Moneysupermarket.com and vice chairman of Banco Santander, will take up the Lloyd's role in June. Carnegie-Brown is former chief executive of insurance broker Marsh Europe, a subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Companies, a global professional services firm.
HSBC has revealed it is facing a UK probe over money laundering rules, as it published results warning of the challenges posed by Brexit and Donald Trump. HSBC reported a 62% fall in pre-tax profits for 2016 to $7.1bn (£5.7bn), while it swung to a loss of $3.4bn (£2.8bn) for the final quarter of the year. Chairman Douglas Flint revealed how the bank had been affected by "largely unexpected economic and political events" which had helped create "volatile financial market conditions".
Police are digging up the garden of a house where double killer Christopher Halliwell once lived. The ex-taxi driver is serving a life sentence for murdering 20-year-old Becky Godden in 2003 and 22-year-old Sian O'Callaghan in 2011. Wiltshire Police said specialist officers are carrying out excavation works within the gardens of two properties in Broad Street, Swindon, as part of an ongoing investigation.
By Manuel Mogato BORACAY, Philippines (Reuters) - Southeast Asian countries see China's installation of weapons systems in the South China Sea as "very unsettling" and have urged dialogue to stop an escalation of "recent developments", the Philippines said on Tuesday. The region's foreign ministers were unanimous in their concern over China's militarisation of its artificial islands, but were confident a framework for a code of maritime conduct could be agreed with Beijing by June, Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay said. Yasay did not say what developments provoked the concern, but said the 10-member Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) hoped China and the United States would ensure peace and stability.
By Alexandra Ulmer and Alexandra Valencia QUITO (Reuters) - Ecuador's leftist government candidate Lenin Moreno looked set for victory on Monday in a presidential election, but slow results meant it may take days to know if he will face a runoff with former banker Guillermo Lasso. In a nail-biter vote with eight candidates at the weekend, Moreno was close to the threshold needed to avoid a second round on April 2 and continue a decade-long period of leftist rule, just as South America is moving to the right. While Ecuadoreans are angry over an economic downturn and corruption scandals, the opposition split its votes among candidates and the ruling Country Alliance remains popular with many poor voters thanks to social welfare programs.
Lisa Lee says she had been assured by medics that her partner Lewis Little, who had a rare heart condition called Brugada syndrome, was a low risk sufferer of the disorder. The mother-of-one has now started a petition to get people with the rare condition fitted with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD), a device which restarts the heart. Miss Lee, 25, said: "We were told that Lewis would have a long, happy and healthy life - but he died one year after diagnosis.
It’s essentially expected of actors, writers and directors to slam Trump when accepting awards now, but Oliver Stone took it a step further at the Writers Guild Awards on Sunday night, taking aim at the entire political system, incorporating both sides of the spectrum. Accepting the Laurel Award at the ceremony, he reminded younger filmmakers: “You can be critical of your government and your society. Call it what you will: the military industrial money media security complex.
By Jack Stubbs MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's combative ambassador to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin, died suddenly in New York on Monday after being taken ill at work, the Russian Foreign Ministry said. It declined to comment on reports that Churkin had been taken to a hospital shortly before his death. A U.S. government official, who was not authorized to speak publicly on the case, said that Churkin had died of an apparent heart attack.
Business Secretary Greg Clark said on Monday that executives from Peugeot manufacturer PSA , which is in talks to take over General Motors' European brands, told him last week that PSA took pride in not shutting plants. There are mounting concerns in Britain, where GM operates a car plant and a van facility under the Vauxhall brand, that a takeover deal could prompt job losses and site closures. "One of the points the PSA executives made to me was that since the new management of PSA has been in place, they have taken some pride in having part of their strategy not to close plants," Clark told MPs on Monday.
The fitness apps might be doing more harm than good because they don't work but force people to focus on ambitious goals that they will never reach, according to a leading computer scientist. "Very few" of the roughly 165,000 healthcare apps are actually based on any scientific evidence, said Dr Greg Hager, from Johns Hopkins University in the US. Dr Hager singled out those apps that encourage people to reach 10,000 steps, specifically, arguing that there was no sense in the minimum limit.
Long, thin regions of moisture in the atmosphere that flow through storms, known as atmospheric rivers, have been linked to the most extreme winds and rainfall. Between 1997 and 2014, about half of the top 2% most extreme storms in the world's coastal regions were associated with atmospheric rivers, according to a paper published in the journal Nature Geoscience. Overall, between 40 and 70% of extreme wind and rainfall or snowfall events across the world's coastlines were linked to atmospheric rivers.
Singer Will.i.am has reportedly agreed to be a consultant to app-only challenger bank Atom and could become an investor, according to Sky News. Sky reported that the Voice judge has signed up to be a strategic advisor to help Atom stand out from an increasingly crowded market. Other app-only banks setting up in the UK recently include Monzo, Starling, Tandem, and B, set up by the Clydesdale Bank.
If Remainers try to block Brexit, democracy is truly dead. I struggle to understand what Tony Blair is trying to achieve by getting Britons to rise up against Brexit. How can our society be democratic if the people’s will is going to be thwarted every time by people who cannot accept results went against them? Maria Rae
You know the type - the ones sunning their bronzed limbs in reflective sunglasses and a bikini on Bondi Beach or casually getting ‘street style’ papped as they walk through Manhattan while sipping on a flat white. One man attempted to find out just that, by enlisting a series of experts to help him to turn his Instagram feed into a glossy, aspirational profile that brands might want to align themselves with. Max Chafkin, a writer for Bloomberg, spent several weeks attempting to become an Insta-famous individual, in a bid to see if anyone could turn the medium into a full-time business.
Director Gore Verbinski returns to horror with A Cure for Wellness, a gothic nightmare disguising a sharp critique of the monoculture that entraps us. In contrast to his bombastic output — Mousehunt, The Ring, Rango, The Lone Ranger and three Pirates of the Caribbean movies — Verbinski is soft-spoken and analytical, describing the mechanics underlying a mood but without reductive loglines or simple themes.