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By Adrian Croft MADRID (Reuters) - An Islamist militant cell that last week used a van to kill 13 people in Barcelona had planned one or several major bomb attacks, possibly against churches or monuments, one suspect told a court on Tuesday, according to sources close to the investigation. After a day-long hearing of four suspects in the plot, Judge Fernando Andreu late on Tuesday ordered Chemlal and a second defendant, Driss Oukabir, remanded on charges of membership of a terrorist group and murder. Chemlal was also charged with explosives possession.
Rocky Marciano Jr has said that it is not fair that his father’s revered 49-0 professional record is set to be bettered by Floyd Mayweather in an ‘exhibition match’ against boxing novice Conor McGregor. Marciano’s record has long stood as one of the greatest in boxing, with the former American heavyweight going unbeaten throughout his career, before his retirement in 1955. “No matter what happens, I don’t think it should go towards Mayweather’s professional career (record), win or lose,” Marciano Jr. told USA TODAY Sports.
GCSE results day 2017: what is the new 9 - 1 grading system and why are so many students confused?
By Richard Lough and Lidia Kelly PARIS/WARSAW (Reuters) - While Britain toils over its messy divorce with the European Union, France's president Emmanuel Macron is embarking on a drive to deepen the economic integration of a bloc he says needs to be more protective of its citizens. The French leader will go this week on a three-day tour of central and eastern Europe, where he will seek backers for his push to tighten labour rules over 'posted' workers, a sensitive issue that has exacerbated an east-west rift. Days later, euro zone reforms, defence cooperation and immigration will be in focus when Macron hosts the leaders of Germany, Spain and Italy for talks, as he tries to enhance France's leadership in Europe.
TV channel Dave has unveiled the winner of its 10th annual Funniest Joke of the Fringe award, but do you agree with the choice? From Digital Spy
A secret Apple job advertisement has been discovered hiding online on a web page that invites the keen-eyed finder to apply for a role at the company. Known for its secrecy around its products, the iPhone maker has given recruitment a clandestine twist by stashing away the listing for an engineer on a publicly accessible server that hosts Apple customer data. It was found by chance by Zack Whittaker, a security editor for technology website ZDNet, who was attempting to analyse traffic data sent between iPhone apps and advertisers.
How high is air pollution in your city and how does it compare to the most polluted cities in the world?
Police fired pepper spray to disperse protesters outside a rally by U.S. President Donald Trump in Phoenix, Arizona, on Tuesday after being pelted with rocks and bottles, police said. Police have not given an estimate of the number of protesters, but Arizona media said there were several thousand. Police did not say whether the pepper spray was used on pro- or anti-Trump protesters, or both.
The fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor is set to become the most lucrative event in the history of combat sports. Mayweather is the overwhelming favourite to beat McGregor and preserve his flawless professional boxing record come fight night, although because of his long odds, the majority of bets placed have been on McGregor to win. Unsurprisingly, Floyd Mayweather is the favourite to win and can be backed at odds of 1/6.
By Julie Astrid Thomsen and Teis Jensen COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Police on Wednesday identified a headless female torso washed ashore in Copenhagen as that of Swedish reporter Kim Wall, who they believe was killed by a Danish inventor on board his home-made submarine. Wall, who was researching a story on inventor Peter Madsen, went missing after he took her out to sea in his 17-metre (56-foot) submarine on Aug. 10. Announcing the results of tests on the torso, discovered by a passing cyclist on Monday, police spokesman Jens Moller said it had suffered damage suggesting "an attempt to make sure air and gas inside should leave the body so that it would not rise from the seabed".
Bradley Walsh has been rumoured to play Doctor Who's new sidekick in the first female-led version of the show. According to reports in the Mirror, the 57-year-old actor and comedian will star alongside Jodie Whittaker, who was recently unveiled as the first female Time Lord. Although reports have not been confirmed by the BBC, Walsh or Whittaker, fans have already expressed their excitement online.
At least 35 people were killed in air strikes that hit a small hotel near a Houthi-run checkpoint north of the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Wednesday, a local medic and Houthi's television station. The roof of the hotel collapsed, leaving at least two bodies dangling from the building, said a witness in the Arhab area, about 20 km (13 miles) from Sanaa. A spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition, which is fighting the Iranian-allied Houthis in Yemen, was not available for comment.
Love Island’s Marcel Somerville has claimed he was asked by producers to tell other housemates he was a member of Noughties grime group Blazin’ Squad. The 31-year-old contestant became known for his repeated name-dropping of the band while on the show, often leaving other younger islanders nonplussed.
Tesla will move its drivers' personalized profiles, which includes user preferences such as seat and mirror positions, map settings, and temperature settings, to the cloud, said CEO Elon Musk over the weekend, according to TechCrunch. In practice, this means that users will be able to download their own preferences to any car Tesla makes. Musk didn't specify when this transition would occur.
Nicola Sturgeon has welcomed the Queen's Baton Relay to Glasgow - the 42nd stop of its global tour before next year's Commonwealth Games in Australia. The First Minister ditched her heels and played hockey with students at Glasgow's School of Sport.
Cannibal killer Stefano Brizzi who strangled a Metropolitan Police officer before cooking and trying to eat him was found hanged in his cell just a month after being taken off suicide watch, an inquest heard. Italian national Brizzi, 50, died at Belmarsh high-security jail in Woolwich, south-east London, on February 5. The pair met through gay dating app Grindr and the former Morgan Stanley IT developer invited PC Semple to his flat for a “sleazy session” on April 1 last year.
The European Commission said that it was opening an in-depth investigation into the proposed $66 billion (56-billion-euro) takeover of US seed and pesticide supplier Monsanto by Germany's Bayer
Taking on Amazon's Prime Air, Walmart has patented a floating warehouse or a "gas-filled carrier aircraft" that could launch drones for delivering products across wider areas, according to a report from Bloomberg. The patent details a blimp-style aerial transport and launch system which would carry drones to heights ranging from 500 to 1000ft and disperse them to make deliveries. The aerial vehicle dispatches drones autonomously and can even implement commands pre-programmed or wirelessly received from a remote scheduling control system.
By James Regan SYDNEY (Reuters) - BHP Billiton, the world's largest miner, reported a surge in underlying full-year profit on Tuesday and said it would exit its underperforming U.S. shale oil and gas business, pleasing disgruntled shareholders who called for a sale. The Anglo-Australian mining giant, which is under pressure from U.S. hedge fund Elliott Management to rethink its investment in oil and boost shareholder returns, was buoyed by a recovery in industrial commodities markets. It generated more cash than even in some years of the mining boom, slashed net debt by nearly $10 billion to $16.3 billion and tripled its final dividend to $0.43 a share.
Alongside the fierce battles that have been raging of late in key strongholds of so-called Islamic State (IS) in Syria and Iraq, intense battles against Islamist extremism have also been taking place online, particularly on social media platforms including Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. In our recent research we looked more closely at the fight against IS on Twitter. The use of social media by a diversity of violent extremists and terrorists and their supporters has been a matter of concern for law enforcement and politicians for some time.
The threat of extremism is no longer keeping droves of tourists from visiting Paris, as the City of Light and the region surrounding it during the first half of 2017 have hosted a 10-year record number of guests for that time period. Overall, hoteliers in the region registered over 16 million visitors in that time—the highest number for the first half of any year in the last decade, according to figures released by the Regional Tourism Committee (CRT) that were published on Tuesday. Paris’s international appeal helped increase the number of foreign visitors to the city and Île-de-France region by 14.9 percent, though the number of visitors from other parts of France also increased by 6.4 percent.