Co-stars, directors and admirers have been remembering Gene Wilder, the beloved actor who has died at the age of 83 after suffering complications linked to Alzheimer's disease. Among those mourning the comedy legend's passing are the actors who played the five lucky Golden Ticket winners in Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory. Julie Dawn Cole, who was just 12 years old when she played spoilt Veruca Salt in the 1971 film, described him as a "father figure" to the cast who was "quiet, gently, funny and patient".
A banker sent a final text to his girlfriend to tell her he loved her just two house before a stranger’s punch killed him. Oliver Dearlove was attacked in the early hours of Sunday morning in Blackheath, south east London, while out with friends. Oliver, who lived with his girlfriend of four years, Claire Wheatley, had sent her a text just two hours before the fatal attack to tell her he loved her.
Presenter Alex Jones said starting a family can’t be rushed.
One of the stars of reality TV show "Ice Road Truckers" has been killed in a plane crash in Montana. Darrell Ward, 52, died after the four-seater plane he was travelling in crashed southeast of the city of Missoula. Local sheriff Captain Bill Burt said it appeared the pilot had been trying to land at a small airstrip but "something went drastically wrong".
The filming for Star Wars 8, the untitled sequel to The Force Awakens (known to fans as Space Bear), has been completed but an alleged script leak claim has ruined fans' excitement over Episode VIII of the space-action thriller. An unverified YouTube video claims to have obtained a portion of the script that reveals details about Luke Skywalker and his father Anakin's origin. The YouTube user – Star Wars Theory – has narrated a scene featuring the former Jedi Master, which allegedly belongs to the upcoming movie.
A senior German lawmaker, an adviser to the French prime minister and a former deputy head of the Bank of England have proposed that a post-Brexit Britain form a new "continental partnership" with the EU. In a paper published on Monday by the Brussels-based Bruegel think-tank, five experts argue that Britain be given a say in the affairs of a more closely integrated European Union in return for contributing to shared security and budgets as well as accepting a degree of easy immigration for European workers. Both have a stake in economic and political stability in Europe," they wrote.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump reportedly suggested that a football quarterback of dual heritage - who sat out the US national anthem as part of a Black Lives Matter protest - should "find another country" on Monday (29 August). San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick refused to stand during the traditional singing of the national anthem last week during a preseason game against Wisconsin's Green Bay Packers. "I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of colour," Kaepernick explained after the game.
By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Gene Wilder, whose wild curls and startling blue eyes brought a frantic air to roles in the movies "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory," "Young Frankenstein" and "Blazing Saddles," died on Monday at the age of 83, his family said. Wilder, whose best work included collaborations with director-writer Mel Brooks and actor-comedian Richard Pryor, died at his home in Stamford, Connecticut, from complications of Alzheimer's disease, the family said in a statement. Wilder's nephew, Jordan Walker-Pearlman, said the actor had chosen to keep his illness secret so that children who knew him as Willy Wonka would not equate the whimsical character with an adult disease.
Japanese carrier ANA Holdings Inc said on Tuesday it could take as long as three years to replace faulty turbine blades in the Rolls-Royce engines powering its Boeing 787s. ANA said last week that under certain flight conditions some of its 50 Dreamliners have been affected by vibrations caused by cracked turbine blades in the rear sections of the engines, forcing three flights since February to return to airports in Japan. Rolls-Royce was not immediately available for comment.
This is the utterly adorable moment a panda cub performs a series of forward rolls and somersaults to get around his enclosure.
Mel C has revealed that she will never again take part in a Spice Girls reunion. Yikes - and we thought that Victoria Beckham was the most reluctant member of the band. It was announced over the summer that Mel B, Emma Bunton and Geri Horner are planning a concert and new material to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Spice Girls’ debut single ‘Wannabe’, with Mel C and Victoria being noticeably absent from the plans.
US technology giant Apple has been ordered to pay up to €13bn (£11bn) in back taxes to Ireland after a European probe. Apple faces the record bill after the European Commission (EC) ruled that a special scheme to route profits through Ireland was illegal state aid. The tech giant's tax arrangements enabled it to pay a tax rate of as little as 0.005% on its European profits in 2014, according to the probe.
Mark David Chapman will be eligible for parole again in 2018.
Twins Rosie and Ruby Formosa, who were born joined at the abdomen and shared part of an intestine, are ready to start a new journey of their lives in September. The sisters are all set to go to school four years after separation surgery. When they were born in 2012 at University College hospital in London their parents Angela and Daniel Formosa were told the conjoined girls had only a slim chance of survival.
By Lisa Barrington and Umit Bektas BEIRUT/KARKAMIS, Turkey (Reuters) - Turkish-backed forces pushed deeper into northern Syria on Monday and drew a rebuke from NATO ally the United States, which said it was concerned the battle for territory had shifted away from targeting Islamic State. U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter called on Turkey to stay focused on fighting Islamic State militants and not to target Kurdish elements of Syrian rebel forces, which Washington backs. The White House said a continued Turkish push would complicate the fight against Islamic State.
The Jackass star was performing a stunt that went horribly wrong
Beyonce has taken top honours at MTV's Video Music Awards in New York - while rapper Drake got tongues wagging by professing his "love" for Rihanna. Beyonce took home video of the year and best female video - and also delivered a show-stopping 16-minute performance of tracks from her hit album Lemonade. After winning video of the year, Beyonce thanked her daughter and "incredible" husband Jay Z for their support.
By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc was sued on Monday by buyers of its drugs, who accused the Canadian company of racketeering by forcing them to pay exorbitant prices. The proposed class-action complaint was filed in the U.S. District Court in Manhattan on behalf of unionized New York City police detectives and hotel workers, regarding Valeant's ties to the now defunct speciality pharmacy Philidor RX Services LLC. The plaintiffs accused Valeant of violating the U.S. Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, and seeks compensatory and triple damages for U.S. health plans and others that bought its drugs from January 2013 to October 2015. Valeant did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
(Reuters) - A truck transporting Takata Corp air bag propellant material at the centre of a global recall crashed and exploded in Texas last week, killing one woman and injuring four other people, the auto parts supplier said on Monday. Takata said the truck, operated by a subcontractor, was travelling from a Takata plant in Moses Lake, Washington, to a Takata warehouse in Eagle Pass, Texas, early on Aug. 22 when an accident occurred. The driver of the tractor-trailer "failed to negotiate" a curve on a highway and crashed near a house, according to a preliminary statement from the Texas Department of Public Safety.
Uber's rival in the United Arab Emirates, Careem, also said it had suspended ride-sharing services in the UAE capital, in a post on its Twitter account
When Nottingham Forest's promising winger Oliver Burke received the ball in an apparently hopeless position with his back to goal near the byline at the City Ground on Saturday, few could have predicted what was about to unfold. Burke has been touted as one of Britain's most promising talents with a powerful, pacey technique similar to Gareth Bale's. Born in Scotland, Burke spent 11 years at Forest's academy, making his debut two years ago.
A second British backpacker died on Tuesday a week after he was stabbed trying to protect a fellow traveller during an attack at a hostel in northern Australia, police said. A 21-year-old woman, Mia Ayliffe-Chung, was killed last Tuesday when she was attacked by a 29-year-old Frenchman who shouted "Allahu Akbar" (God is Greatest) as he stabbed her at the hostel in Townsville in the state of Queensland. Thomas Jackson, 30, was stabbed in the face, head and body while trying to protect Ayliffe-Chung.
By Huw Jones LONDON (Reuters) - Global accountant Deloitte has called on Britain's government not to clamp down on skilled migrants following Brexit, saying it could backfire on the economy. Britain's vote in June on to leave the European Union means many banks and other financial firms will need advice from firms like Deloitte on whether to relocate business to the continent. David Sproul, Deloitte UK's senior partner and chief executive, said Brexit also brings new challenges.
By Tracy Rucinski CHICAGO (Reuters) - Shares in Caesars Entertainment Corp shed 16 percent on Monday after a U.S. judge cleared the way for billions of dollars in bondholder lawsuits against the casino group to proceed, setting up a possible judgement as soon as Tuesday in New York. U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff in Manhattan will hear oral arguments on Tuesday afternoon from several bondholders that accuse Caesars of reneging on guarantees of bonds issued by its subsidiary, Caesars Entertainment Operating Co Inc. The operating unit filed for bankruptcy in January 2015 with $18 billion (13.76 billion pounds) in debt. While Caesars had denied any wrongdoing, it warned in May that a ruling in favour of the bondholders could plunge it into bankruptcy alongside its operating unit.
China will be the "loser" if it does not recognise an international court ruling against its territorial claims in the South China Sea, Philippine Foreign Minister Perfecto Yasay said on Tuesday. An arbitration court in The Hague infuriated China in July when it ruled that China had no historical title over the South China Sea and it had breached the Philippines' sovereign rights. China has ignored the ruling that none of its claims in the disputed Spratly Islands entitled it to a 200-mile (320 km) exclusive economic zone.
A rise in consumer spending helped the UK economy power ahead in the months running up to the EU referendum, but most economists expect growth to slow towards the end of the year as the Brexit vote begins to hurts business confidence. The Office for National Statistics confirmed a previous estimate that gross domestic product picked up to 0.6% in the second quarter of the year from 0.4% in the first quarter.