Terminator star Arnold Schwarzenegger surprised staff at a Leeds gym by turning up and pumping iron. The actor and former politician trained at the 1-RM training studio in the Yorkshire city as he was visiting for a performance on stage. The studio was closed while the Hollywood icon worked out, but several members of staff had the chance to meet their hero.
By Alastair Macdonald and Robin Emmott BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Spain's EU partners fear a mounting crisis over Catalans' latest push for independence, and their public support for Mariano Rajoy belies some disquiet that the conservative prime minister's hardline tactics might backfire. Few foreign leaders will speak out on a domestic dispute in which government and courts in Madrid say the Catalan regional authorities in Barcelona are defying a constitutional ban on secession by preparing an independence referendum for Oct. 1. The official European Union line is that Spanish democracy works and Spaniards should settle their affairs according to national laws.
Weather presenter Sian Lloyd has suffered a broken wrist after falling during a "stupid running race in wellies".
By Andrew Osborn and Phil Stewart MOSCOW/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Russia warned the United States on Thursday it would target U.S.- backed militias in Syria if Russian troops again came under fire, as the United States disclosed an unusual face-to-face meeting between U.S. and Russian generals meant to avoid such clashes. The Russian warning underscored growing tensions over Syria between Moscow and Washington.
William G Stewart, the former host of popular TV show Fifteen to One, has died at the age of 84. A legendary figure in UK television, Stewart was also the producer and director of The Price is Right and Family Fortunes. Stewart fronted the Channel 4 general knowledge show Fifteen to One, often called the toughest quiz show on television, from its inception in 1988 until 2003.
A killer recently released from a psychiatric hospital decapitated an 18-month-old girl and brandished her severed head in the streets of a Russian city, eyewitnesses said. Mikhail Elinsky, 42, also stabbed his niece, the dead girl's mother, resulting in serious abdominal injuries, during the attack in the southern Russian city of Astrakhan. Elinsky had been discharged from psychiatric institution where he was imprisoned for killing a woman six years ago.
In celebration of its 25th anniversary, Ralph Lauren is re-issuing a limited edition selection of his brands iconic Polo Stadium Collection first launched in 1992. Initially created in conjunction with the 1992 summer Olympics in Barcelona, the line drew inspiration from the American athletes' uniforms in the Twenties and Thirties. Defined by its red, white and blue colour palette and signature Polo P-Wing graphic, the capsule re-issue - which is entitled Stadium by Polo Ralph Lauren - consists of 12 pieces, incorporating both exact replicas as well as reimagined styles.
Moors murderer Ian Brady removed his feeding tube five days before his death, an inquest has heard. The 79-year-old, who murdered five children alongside Myra Hindley, had been on intermittent hunger strike since 1999. An inquest held on Thursday heard how the serial killer had removed his nasogastric tube five days earlier, and that it was not put back by staff.
The scale of the difficulties facing Brexit negotiators in disentangling the border between Britain and Ireland has been highlighted by new data showing there were more than 110m border crossings between the two last year. An official analysis by British and Irish statisticians found there were an estimated 375,900 Irish-born people living in the UK and 277,200 UK-born people living in Ireland. The scale of possible disruption through the introduction of a post-Brexit hard border between Northern Ireland and Ireland is underlined by the estimate that, in May this year at selected crossing points, there were 118,000 private vehicle crossings on a daily basis, which extrapolates to 43m crossings annually at those sites alone.
The 26-year-old former The Only Way Is Essex star showed off her famous hourglass figure in a mirror selfie taken in the gym with the caption: "Workout timmmeee @meldeane12 " while wearing a bright coral crop top and matching black and coral gym leggings from New Look. Despite being in the gym, Wright's hair and make-up looked glamorous enough for a night on the tiles as she donned a sleek ponytail and naturally glowy skin. Wright, who has amassed 687K Instagram followers thanks to her enviable shape of a tiny waist and large breasts, won plenty of compliments for the snap.
Donald Trump unveiled sweeping new US sanctions against North Korea on Thursday as part of the latest effort to halt the country’s new clear weapons programme. The president hailed an order which will boost the US Treasury’s powers to clamp down on firms and entities that trade with Pyongyang. “Our new executive order will cut off sources of revenue that fund North Korea’s efforts to develop the deadliest weapons known to humankind,” Trump said. Trump also praised a move by China’s central bank which ordered Chinese lenders to stop doing business with North Korea. On Tuesday Trump vowed to “totally destroy” the North if it posed a threat to the US and its allies in the region. The order comes less than two weeks after the United Nations approved tough new sanctions against Kim Jong-un’s regime following Pyongyang’s sixth and most powerful nuclear test.
It’s the election everyone has been waiting for - Battersea Dogs and Cats Home has launched its search for the best cat in Westminster.
Rescuers were desperately toiling to free what they believed was a young girl trapped beneath the rubble of a partially collapsed primary school in Mexico City after an earthquake devastated the city. It was thought a 12-year-old girl was trapped beneath the debris of the school, with a 7.1 magnitude earthquake having flattened buildings across Mexico City on Tuesday evening. Officials have since said there is no missing child but they believe an adult may be beneath the rubble instead.
Detectives investigating the disappearance of RAF gunner Corrie McKeague have released CCTV images of people they would like to speak to.
The first of Britain's digital-only challenger banks to launch into the current account market is kicking off talks with investors about a new funding round to propel its international expansion. Sky News understands that Starling Bank, which was handed a banking licence by UK regulators last year, has appointed Quayle Munro, an advisory firm, to oversee the fundraising. People close to Starling said it would be seeking £40m from investors, a sum that would nearly double the amount it had raised previously.
A new wave of protests against France’s President Emmanuel Macron kicked off across France on Thursday, September 21, days before Macron’s signature labor reforms are due to be signed into law by executive order. Last week, at least 200,000 protesters came out across the country against the overhaul of laws that will give employers more power to negotiate pay and employment conditions, while reducing the cost of sacking staff. Thursday’s protests were called by France’s largest trade union, CGT, with the support of the smaller Solidaires union. However, French trade unions are split over the reforms, with both the CFDT and the FO withholding their support for the protests for a second week. Footage by a student activist in Clermont-Ferrand, in the Auvergne region, shows protesters marching with a banner calling for Macron’s resignation. Macron caused a media storm when he described opponents as “faineants,” or slackers, in an address given in Athens earlier this month. Credit: Twitter/Barberis Matthieu via Storyful
Leasehold reforms have provoked stiff opposition from developers. The number of leasehold houses in England is significantly higher than previously estimated, according to new government figures released before an expected ban on future sales by developers. The Department for Communities and Local Government said there were 1.4m leasehold houses in England in 2015-16, compared with the previous estimate of 1.2m in 2014-15, following a change in methodology used.