• Oxford schoolgirl, 14, abducted with a 'hug' then raped

    The girl, dressed in her school uniform, was taken by two white men driving a silver car at around 8.25am on Wednesday morning. Detective Superintendent Chris Ward said it was not clear whether the teenager escaped her attackers or was let go. The girl, who is said to be "extremely distressed and upset", is being cared for by specialist police officers.

    Sky News
  • Help to Buy housing scheme to close this year

    Help to Buy has become the latest flagship policy of David Cameron and George Osborne to be dumped by Theresa May's Government. The new Chancellor, Philip Hammond, has announced the scheme will be closed at the end of the year, though he insisted it was always due to finish then. It is the latest in a series of major policy U-turns since Mr Cameron left Downing Street in July and Mrs May sacked Mr Osborne as Chancellor in her first act as Prime Minister.

    Sky News
  • Maddy Hill was 'pleased' to leave EastEnders

    Maddy Hill has admitted she was “pleased” to leave EastEnders. The 26-year-old actress was last seen in Albert Square as Nancy Carter in April after deciding to leave the BBC One soap after two years - and the blonde star admits it was an “obvious choice” to quit the programme to progress her career. Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, she said: “It was really difficult in terms of my relationships and friendships, but it was an obvious choice in terms of my career progression and the character.

    James Leyfield
  • Donald Trump's net worth 'plummets by $800m'

    Donald Trump’s net worth has fallen by $800m (£614m) in less than a year, it has been reported. The Republican presidential candidate is now worth $3.7bn (£2.84bn) after his hotel management and licensing ...

    Sky News
  • Kos landowner demands police stop Ben Needham search

    The owner of the site where police are searching for Ben Needham has asked for the digging to stop, but officers have told Sky News work will continue unless they are ordered to quit by a court. It emerged on Friday morning that the owner of the land around the old farmhouse on the island of Kos, where Ben was last seen 25 years ago, wanted investigators to cease their operation. Lead investigator, Detective Inspector Jon Cousins, said he would seek judicial authority to search the land if permission was withdrawn.

    Sky News
  • Amber Rose ‘body shamed‘ by Dancing With The Stars

    Amber Rose says she felt ‘body shamed’ during her performance on Dancing With The Stars. The reality star said Julianne Hough’s comments following her dance singled her out because of her curvaceous body shape. “Last night was like, they did the commentary, and I, it was a point in the dance where I had to lift my leg up and Maks [Chmerkovskiy] dipped me & [Julianne] said, ‘Oh, I’m uncomfortable,’ and instantly I felt, I did feel body shamed,” she said.

    Amy Nickell
  • Rise in Nigerian sex slavery in Italy fuelled by violence and "juju" magic

    By Tom Esslemont CATANIA, Italy (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When Nigerian teenager Beauty arrived in Sicily after crossing the Mediterranean from North Africa last year, she had only hours to phone the man who trafficked her - or risk lethal repercussions for family members back home. Before her journey through Niger to Libya, a spiritual priest practicing a form of black magic known in Nigeria as "juju" had forced her to swear an oath of obedience to her trafficker. The threat of a "curse" if she broke her oath and the possibility of violence by her traffickers at home in Benin City, a southern Nigerian hub for human trafficking, were enough to trap her into sex slavery.

    Reuters
  • Manchester United star Juan Mata opens up about summer exit lies and Jose Mourinho relationship

    Juan Mata has assured that it was completely false he considered leaving Manchester United following the summer arrival of Jose Mourinho to Old Trafford. Mourinho sold Mata to United in January 2014 despite the Spaniard maestro had been named Chelsea's player of the season in 2011-12 and 2012-13, helping the Blues to consecutive Champions League and Europa League triumphs under Roberto Di Matteo and Rafa Benitez.

    International Business Times
  • Deutsche Bank fears send UK stocks tumbling

    Fresh fears about Deutsche Bank (LSE: 0H7D.L - news) have seen its shares tumble to a new low and dragged wider markets into the red. The FTSE 100 Index opened more than 100 points lower, before paring back some of the losses. German and French markets also fell. After European trading closed on Thursday, it was reported that hedge fund clients had withdrawn excess cash and adjusted positions linked to Deutsche, sending New York-listed shares down 7%.

    Sky News
  • Nicole Kidman can't believe how young she was when she married Tom Cruise

    The star was a wife with two kids by the time she was Taylor Swift’s age.

    SNAPPA Celebrity
  • Jim Carrey victim to more vicious claims from late girlfriend’s ex-husband

    Jim Carrey has fallen victim to yet more vicious claims from the estranged ex-husband of his late girlfriend who is now saying that the actor forced Cathriona White to take the morning after pill. Mark Burton plans to show the texts as evidence in a wrongful death lawsuit planned to take place next week. Burton also claims that Jim Carrey used a conversation about their parents as an excuse to send Cathriona tasteless, sexually explicit messages.

    Amy Nickell
  • Into the abyss: World's deepest underwater cave discovered in Czech Republic

    The world's deepest underwater cave has been discovered in the Czech Republic, reaching 1,325ft (404m) into the bowels of Earth. Polish diver Krzysztof Starnawski has been visiting the cave for the last two decades. In an exclusive interview with National Geographic – which partially funded the latest dive – he said the limestone formation that developed was unusual, indicating it could extend down to extreme depths.

    International Business Times
  • Britain will have to stick with EU bank regulation after Brexit - lobbyist

    By John Geddie FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Britain will have no choice but to stick with European Union banking laws when it leaves the bloc to avoid blowing a "huge hole" in its regulatory system, a financial industry lobbyist said on Thursday. Graham Bishop, a pro-EU consultant and leading figure in a forum of financiers seeking to advise the British government in Brexit talks, said the country's reliance on EU regulation would prove a major problem when it decides to leave. "On the minute after midnight on the day we leave the EU, the regulations don't apply.

    Reuters
  • The photo that sums up the devastating impact of the Olympics on Brazil's street children

    A photograph of a Brazilian child sleeping rough on a Rio de Janeiro street below banners for the 2016 Olympic Games symbolises the devastating impact of the sporting event on thousands of children and young people in the city, according to a rights group. Terre des Hommes, a network of 10 national children's rights organisations, has investigated what it claims to be violations of rights committed before and during the multi-sport event held in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro between 5 August and 21 August 2016. According to Rio City Hall's official data 22,000 families were evicted from their homes after Rio was chosen to host the Olympics, which had an official slogan of "New World".

    International Business Times
  • Prince George and Princess Charlotte enjoy a royal engagement at a garden party

    The two young royals appeared at the official event while on a tour of Canada.

    SNAPPA News
  • EastEnders spoilers: Mick Carter threatens to shop Aunt Babe to the police

    The Queen Vic landlord - played by Danny Dyer - gives Babe (Annette Badland) an ultimatum because she has been stalling about paying Pam and Les Coker (Lin Blakley and Roger Sloman) their money back after viciously blackmailing them. In a preview video you can see above, Mick asks Babe what’s happening with the Cokers’ money but she makes excuses saying she has been too busy making food at the pub to gather the funds together.

    James Leyfield
  • Angelina Jolie was "Terrified" of Brad Pitt

    As the divorce between Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt continues, new information about Brad’s behavior as a parent has emerged. Angelina was reportedly terrified for her children.

    HollyScoop
  • Pakistan captures Indian soldier along disputed border in Kashmir

    NEW DELHI/ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan captured an Indian soldier on its side of the disputed Kashmir border, military officials in the two countries said on Thursday, as tensions rose following a cross-border raid that India said it carried out against militants. "It is confirmed one soldier from 37 Rashtriya Rifles with weapons has inadvertently crossed over to the Pakistan side of the Line of Control," an Indian army official said in New Delhi. Two officials based in Pakistan's Chhamb's sector said the Indian soldier with weapons was captured at 1330 local time on Thursday.

    Reuters
  • Everything you need to know about the independent inquiry into child sex abuse

    It has found itself in difficulties from the outset.

    SNAPPA News
  • Michael Buble ‘scared as hell’ performing following surgery

    Michael Buble has admitted that he was ‘scared as hell’ to get back on stage following vocal chord surgery. The star performed his first show since his stay in hospital at the Apple music festival at London’s Roundhouse venue on Tuesday evening. Michael was previously forced to cancel shows after suffering damage to his vocal chords which needed surgery.

    Amy Nickell
  • Nissan sets 'hard Brexit' compensation condition for new UK investment

    By Laurence Frost and Costas Pitas PARIS/LONDON (Reuters) - Nissan wants Britain to pledge compensation for any tax barriers resulting from its decision to leave the European Union, or the Japanese automaker could scrap a potential new investment in the country's biggest car plant, its CEO said on Thursday. Carlos Ghosn's remarks indicate growing concern among global carmakers that Britain could be heading towards a so-called 'hard Brexit', which would leave them paying tariffs to export UK-assembled cars to EU markets. Nissan , which builds around a third of Britain's total car output at its plant in Sunderland, northeast England, is due to decide early next year on where to build its next Qashqai sport utility vehicle.

    Reuters
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  • WW2 bomb blown up off Portsmouth is damp squib

    A World War Two bomb dragged out of Portsmouth Harbour to be blasted apart by the navy has turned out to be a damp squib. The whole of Gunwharf Quays shopping and leisure complex and the seafront near the device was evacuated in the expectation of a massive explosion that would send a huge plume of seawater into the air. The Royal Navy blew up the 1,100lb (500kg) bomb at 7am this morning - but not a ripple was detected on the water's surface.

    Sky News
  • Liam Gallagher calls his mum five times a day

    Liam Gallagher calls his mother five times a day - and asks after his brother Noel every time. Filmmaker Mat Whitecross, who has directed new Oasis documentary Supersonic, said: “Peggy says they both ring her every day and the first thing they do is ask after each other. Despite the tension between Liam and Noel, and the fact they never filmed any of Supersonic together, Mat still believes there’s a chance Oasis could reform in the future.

    James Leyfield
  • Adorable baby gorilla sleeps in the palm of its mother's hand

    A critically endangered Western Lowland gorilla has been born at Twycross Zoo. The baby is less than a week old and remains as-yet-unnamed. Mother Ozala cradles the baby while it's exhibitionist brother Lope steals the show.

    Press Association video

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