A Picasso painting of the tomato plant that grew on his windowsill during the Nazi occupation of Paris is to go under the hammer with an estimate of up to £15 million. The still life represents both the privations of war - Parisians were forced to grow their own produce because fRead more »
Jeremy Paxman, the former Newsnight presenter, has split from his partner and the mother of his three grown-up children after 35 years together.
Samantha Cameron has told how the devastation of losing her son Ivan meant that everything else in the world became “meaningless” to her. The former prime minister’s wife spoke about the grief she suffered following the death of the couple's eldest son when he was just six years old, saying it was more life-changing than moving into Downing Street. Ivan, who died in 2009, suffered from Ohtahara syndrome, a rare form of epilepsy characterised by spasms, and cerebral palsy.
An image published by a newspaper in Malaysia purportedly shows the final moments of Kim Jong-Un's half-brother, as a fourth suspect in the case has been arrested. According to the New Straits Times, one of Malaysia's biggest newspapers, it is the final image of Kim Jong-Nam alive. The photograph on the front page appears to show the 45-year-old slumped in a chair inside Kuala Lumpur's international airport, where he was attacked on Monday.
U.S. Senator John McCain, defending the media against the latest attack by President Donald Trump, warned that suppressing the free press was "how dictators get started". The Arizona Republican, a frequent critic of Trump, was responding to a tweet in which Trump accused the media of being “the enemy of the American people”. The international order established after World War Two was built in part on a free press, McCain said in an excerpt of an interview with NBC's "Meet the Press" that was released in advance of the full Sunday morning broadcast.
Piers Morgan has pulled out of hosting the Royal Television Society Programme Awards over a "silly" campaign to ban him. The Good Morning Britain presenter was only announced as the ceremony's host on Thursday, but has now decided to stand down from the post following a furore over his appointment. One petition said Morgan was "not acceptable" for the role and called on the RTS to "reconsider their position".
Labour's Diane Abbott has spoken out about the abuse she receives on social media, telling Sky News there is a case for a parliamentary inquiry into the "appalling" vitriol directed at MPs. The shadow home secretary told Sky's Sophy Ridge on Sunday programme that her staff try not to let her walk around her Hackney constituency on her own, such is the level of hate. Ms Abbott said the abuse has included being called "a b****, a n*****, rape threats, people saying I should be hanged and it reached a particular pitch in the last few weeks".
Dutch MP Geert Wilders has launched his campaign for Holland's top job with an attack on the country's Moroccans. The far-right and anti-Islam politician has been leading opinion polls ahead of the parliamentary elections on 15 March, which is seen as a test for European politics following the Brexit vote and Donald Trump's victory in the US. "The Moroccan scum in Holland ... once again not all are scum ... but there is a lot of Moroccan scum in Holland who make the streets unsafe, mostly young people... and that should change," Mr Wilders said.
The toddler had been reported missing from a home in the Milton of Drimmie, Perthshire at around 11.15am on Sunday. Police Scotland have released a statement saying: "Tragically, the boy did not survive. A water rescue unit and Scotland's Charity Air Ambulance also assisted in the search.
A rare black Porsche 928 once owned by Beatles guitarist George Harrison is being put up for auction. Harrison, who bought the car in 1980, reportedly drove it regularly when he lived in Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire. The vehicle is currently owned by Raj Sedha, from Leeds, who bought it for spares in 2003 without knowing its history.
Ukraine has declared a state of emergency in the energy sector over the blockade between the coal-producing east and the rest of the country
Footballer Cristiano Ronaldo is reportedly signed up to star with Angelina Jolie in a TV drama about Syrian refugees. The Real Madrid footballer was named as one of the high-profile cast members secured to start filming Hayat Koprusu in April. Director of the upcoming TV series Eyup Dirlik told website Turkish Football: "We will begin filming in the first week of April, the series is about the plight of a refugee family and what they go through.
Businesses at a set of east London railway arches warn they could be forced to close after Network Rail announced a rent hike of more than 200 per cent. Traders at the arches in London Fields, some of whom have been there for decades, say some people have already been forced to leave by the huge increase. Derec Hickman, from Chu’s Garage, which has been at the site for 28 years, said businesses had started receiving threatening letters about the changes over the past six months.
Thousands of prison officers are in line for an immediate pay rise as the Government responds to surging levels of violence in the nation's jails. Frontline staff and new recruits in London and the South East will benefit from £12m in funding announced by Justice Secretary Liz Truss. Workers at 31 jails - including Wormwood Scrubs, Belmarsh and Pentonville - will see their annual pay packets rise by between £3,000 and £5,000.
More US schools are obliging students to take economics or personal finance classes before they go out into the real world full of credit cards, unemployment and mortgages
Russia plotted to assassinate the prime minister of a European nation and overthrow its government last year, according to senior Whitehall sources. An election day coup plot to attack Montenegro’s parliament and kill the pro-Western leader was directed by Russian intelligence officers with the support and blessing of Moscow, to sabotage the country’s plan to join Nato. The allegation came as Sergei Lavrov, Russia’s foreign minister, criticised Nato as a “Cold War institution” whose expansion had led to unprecedented tensions in Europe over the past 30 years.
By Carl O'Donnell NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. food company Kraft Heinz Co withdrew its proposal for a $143-billion merger with larger rival Unilever Plc , the companies said on Sunday, raising questions about whether Kraft could turn its focus to another target. Kraft had made a surprise offer for Unilever to build a global consumer goods behemoth that was flatly rejected on Friday by Unilever, the maker of Lipton tea and Dove soap. Kraft withdrew its offer because it felt it was too difficult to negotiate a deal following the public disclosure of its bid so early after its approach to Unilever, according to people familiar with the matter who requested anonymity to discuss confidential deliberations.
By Erik Kirschbaum BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) have moved ahead of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative Christian Democrats (CDU/CSU) in an opinion poll by the Emnid institute for the first time since 2006, Bild am Sonntag newspaper said. The SPD's unexpected surge of some 12 points in the last month has caught Merkel and her conservatives off guard, analysts said, just seven months before the Sept. 24 election, where she had expected to win a fourth term easily. The Emnid poll of 1,885 voters gave the SPD 33 percent of the vote, up 1 point in the last week, while the Christian Democrats (CDU) and their Bavarian sister party the Christian Social Union (CSU) would win 32 percent, down 1 point.
By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - A SpaceX Falcon rocket blasted off on Sunday from a Florida launch pad once used to send NASA astronauts to the moon, a step forward for billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk and his company's goal of ferrying astronauts to the International Space Station. The 229-foot tall (70-meter) Falcon 9 soared off a seaside launch pad at the Kennedy Space Center at 9:39 a.m. EST (1439 GMT) carrying a Dragon cargo ship that holds supplies and science experiments for the station. Nine minutes after blastoff, the main section of the rocket flew back to a landing pad at nearby Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, the eighth successful touchdown for Space Exploration Technologies Corp. "Baby came back," Musk wrote on Twitter, celebrating the landing.
British households could save up to £300 on their annual shopping bill after Brexit because a tariff on non-EU goods will no longer apply, a Eurosceptic campaign group has said.
Australians are no strangers to hot weather. More than 40,000 homes in South Australia experienced blackouts as electricity networks struggled to cope with the increased demand placed on the grid by air conditioners. Penrith has the dubious honour of being Sydney’s hottest suburb, with summer daytime temperatures four or five degrees higher than in the inner city.
Supermarket giant Morrisons has recalled one of its meat-based products over concerns it may cause flu-like symptoms and even meningitis among vulnerable people. The retailer has asked customers who bought its 150g Ready to Eat Peppered Beef Slices to return them, after the Food Standards Agency (FSA) said they are contaminated with listeria monocytogenes. Symptoms caused by the bug can be similar to flu and include a high temperature, muscle ache or pain, chills, feeling or being sick and diarrhoea.
By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A state lawmaker filed a resolution this week urging people to think before they text and stop using an emoji of the Chilean flag, which resembles the Lone Star State flag, as a symbol of Texas pride. State Representative Tom Oliverson described the resolution as a light-hearted but serious civics lesson for the social media age. More than a few people have garnished their tweets and text messages about Texas with a Chilean flag, he said.
Last week, a piece on how the plunge in sterling will affect holidays on the continent and in the US this year managed to confuse the exchange rate. It said: “Sterling currently stands at about £1.18 against the euro – a drop of more than 10p in the past year.” We meant: “Sterling currently stands at about €1.18, a drop of more than 10 cents in the past year.” Apologies.