At least 241 people have died in an earthquake which has devastated parts of central Italy. At least 264 people have been taken to hospital with injuries, Italy's civil protection agency said. Rescue teams and volunteers have poured in from across Italy, using bulldozers and often their bare hands to pull people from the wreckage.
In 2004 Kate Thornton landed the most high-profile presenting gig in British TV, fronting Simon Cowell’s brand new talent show The X Factor. The X Factor was the next logical step for the super-talented Thornton, but it was, sadly, the start of the downfall of her TV presenting career.
Five men who died in the sea at Camber Sands were in their late teens and early 20s and from Greater London, police believe. Chief Superintendent Di Roskilly said they were wearing clothes "appropriate for being at the beach for the day" amid reports the men had been fully clothed in the water. "We believe they are all in their late teens and early 20s and come from the Greater London area.
Basically, you better be happy to stay there. And they’ve had around a dozen people interested in the flights so far…
German investor confidence has slumped following Britain's decision to leave the European Union
The Scottish government's revenues from North Sea oil and gas collapsed by 97% to just £60m in the last financial year, according to new figures that have been seized on by pro-union politicians. It is a far cry from 2008/9 when Scotland's share of North Sea revenues peaked at £11.6bn. The latest figures showed that Scotland's fiscal deficit - the gap between spending and borrowing - rose from £14.3bn to £14.8bn.
Poor Sofia Richie! The daughter of Lionel Richie and Diana Alexander Richie probably wanted to party All Night Long in celebration of her milestone birthday, but sadly she suffered another setback. It’s safe to say that Justin Bieber’s girlfriend hasn’t been having the best time of it lately, and it looked like the teen – who is celebrating her 18th birthday today (Aug 24) – was set for another disappointing delay. Richie took to Snapchat last night (Aug 23) to reveal that she had been forced to visit hospital just hours before her special day.
Paul shocks fans by dunking a jaffa cake into his tea
Carl Williams was shot outside his own home in Indiana and taken to hospital with a stomach wound.
You’re going to want to watch the video of this adorable unlikely duo.
By Idrees Ali WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Four of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) vessels "harassed" a U.S. warship on Tuesday near the Strait of Hormuz, a U.S. defence official said, amid Washington's concerns about Iran's posture in the Gulf and in the Syrian civil war. The official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said on Wednesday that two of the Iranian vessels came within 300 yards of the USS Nitze in an incident that was "unsafe and unprofessional." The vessels harassed the destroyer by "conducting a high speed intercept and closing within a short distance of Nitze, despite repeated warnings," the official said.
LONDON (Reuters) - English League Cup holders Manchester City will begin their defence of the trophy at fellow Premier club Swansea City following the third-round draw on Wednesday. Jose Mourinho's Manchester United face a trip to League One (third-tier) Northampton Town who knocked out top-flight West Bromwich Albion on penalties in round two. Champions Leicester City host Chelsea, Arsenal travel to Championship (second-tier) Nottingham Forest and last season's runners-up Liverpool visit Championship Derby County in other highlights of the third-round draw. ...
Dawn O'Porter and Chris O'Dowd are arguably one of our favourite couples in showbiz. The pair keep a relatively low profile and Dawn very rarely acknowledges her actor husband on her active Instagram account, however, earlier today she shared her loving tattoo tribute to Chris on their fourth wedding anniversary. When Dawn and Chris tied the know back in 2012 the TV presenter opted against taking Irish Chris’ full last name, instead choosing to simply add a poignant ‘O’ before her maiden name.
The Stonewall co-founder shared the first gay kiss in British soap history.
By Oscar Berkhout The internet lost its mind this week when Frank Ocean dropped his highly anticipated second album, Blond. Like really lost its mind. Fans had been waiting since 2012 for some new material and it hasn’t disappointed. Blond is on course to become number one in the UK and other high profile musos have already shown the love. OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder has called it ‘amazing’ and Zane Lowe has said he’s already played it five times. But raving reviews aside, what do we really know about the reclusive 28-year-old rapper from New Orleans?
The number of eastern Europeans seeking UK citizenship post-Brexit has gone up, according to a London advice centre. Barbara Drozdowicz, who herself is now applying for a passport, says she is disappointed with the British government, which is refusing to guarantee the rights of EU citizens already in the UK. Ms Drozdowicz, who is director of the East European Advice Centre, said: "This is not what we would expect from the British state, quite frankly.
The 47-year-old singer began dating her former backing dancer in 2011.
The whole gang is getting ready to hit the dance floor.
James Corden has opened up about being bullied as a child, revealing that he decided to “terrify” school bullies by pretending to have a whole load of bravado. The 38-year-old personality shared: “You’re getting in a car.
Peter Andre has admitted that he weighs his children in order to make sure they are putting on weight. The 43-year-old singer is father to son Junior, 11, and daughter Princess, nine – with ex-wife Katie Price, and is expecting a second child with new wife Emily MacDonagh to join two-year-old daughter Amelia. Speaking on Loose […]
The mild inconvenience of it all is too much to bare…
By Lin Taylor LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The French authorities have misunderstood why the burkini was created and should not turn it into a symbol of division, the Australian designer of the swimsuit said on Wednesday. The burkini swimsuit made international headlines after the mayors of Cannes, Villeneuve-Loubet and the Corsican seaside resort of Sisco banned it last week, arguing the burkini, which leaves only the face, hands and feet exposed, defies French laws on secularism. "They have misunderstood what the burkini is all about," said Aheda Zanetti, adding that anyone, no matter their religion, could wear it.
Slaven Bilic has confirmed that West Ham are "trying to do a deal with" two players before the end of the transfer window after the injuries suffered by Andy Carroll and Andre Ayew have let him short of options in attack. The Croatian boss admitted that Manchester City's out-of-favour Wilfried Bony and Juventus forward Simone Zaza are two of the players in the club's radar. "[Bony] is a good player," Bilic said.
GCSE grades have fallen across the country, newly released results show. The figures published by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) show that 71.3% of girls’ entries were awarded at least a C grade, compared with 62.4% of boys. In total, just over two-thirds of entries in England, Wales and Northern Ireland (66.9%) were awarded A*-C grades, a 2.1% drop on last year’s figures.
The 27 countries that will remain in the European Union after Britain leaves must listen to each other carefully and avoid rushing into policy decisions, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday. "This is a phase of listening, of understanding and learning from one another so that we can really understand and develop a new balance within the European Union of 27 members that will remain," Merkel, speaking at a joint news conference in Tallin with Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Roivas. "If you do it wrong from the beginning and you don't listen, – and act just for the sake of acting - then you can make many mistakes," the conservative German leader said, underscoring that the upcoming EU summit in Bratislava was about setting an agenda for the future, not making any firm decisions.