US technology giant Apple (NasdaqGS: AAPL - news) has been ordered to pay up to €13bn (£11bn) in back taxes to Ireland (Other OTC: IRLD - news) 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. Ireland's finance minister Michael Noonan said he disagreed "profoundly" with the decision and would seek Cabinet approval for an appeal.
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.
Drake spills his heart out about RiRi at the MTV VMAs
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Police say the deaths of a family of five in County Cavan in Ireland may have been murder-suicide. The bodies of primary school deputy principal Alan Hawe, who was in his 40s, his wife Clodagh, who was in her 30s and also a teacher, and their three sons were found at the house near Ballyjamesduff.
Sky News understands that the Co-op Group will announce this week the appointment of Rufus Olins to the new role of chief membership officer - a crucial element of a revival plan drawn up after a governance crisis in 2013 which cast a shadow over the entire movement's future. Mr Olins, who will step down as the boss of NewsWorks to take up the role, will be responsible for the implementation of the Co-op's new membership programme, including the restoration of its long-treasured "divi".
Celebrity Big Brother winner Stephen Bear confirmed his relationship status during an appearance on Loose Women on Tuesday. In the course of his stint on CBB, the Ex On The Beach star, 26, simultaneously dumped his former flame Lillie Lexie Gregg and hooked up with Chloe Khan, 25 – in the pool, the bedroom and the toilet (to be precise). Appearing on the ITV daytime show earlier today, Bear announced that he is single amid some banter with panellist Katie Price before opening up about his blossoming romance with Chloe.
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.
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.
John Lennon's killer Mark Chapman has been denied parole for the ninth time since the former Beatle's murder stunned the world in 1980. The New York state Board of Parole announced its decision in relation to Chapman, 61, who pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and is serving a sentence of 20 years to life in western New York's Wende Correctional Facility. The parole board noted that Chapman - who shot and killed the star outside New York's Dakota building - has described the murder as "selfish and evil".
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.
A "homeless" man who shared the stage with Miley Cyrus at the MTV Video Music Awards is auctioning the gong he accepted for the singer.
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.
(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.
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.
Britain and France have pledged to work together to address the Calais migrant crisis - after Downing Street made clear it will resist attempts to change the agreement on border checks there. It follows controversy over a proposal to allow migrants to lodge UK asylum claims on French soil - a plan dismissed by a Home Office source as a "complete non-starter".
By Steve Keating NEW YORK (Reuters) - Novak Djokovic opened the defence of his U.S. Open title with a 6-3 5-7 6-2 6-1 win over Poland's Jerzy Janowicz on Monday, but the laboured performance gave rise to fresh concerns about the world number one's fitness. After a sizzling start to the season that brought grand slam wins No.11 and 12 at the Australian and French Opens, Djokovic's form has plummeted, with a third-round loss to Sam Querrey at Wimbledon followed by a first-round exit at the Rio Olympics. The Serb might have been in trouble on another day at Flushing Meadows but Janowicz, ranked 246 places below Djokovic, has advanced from the first round just once in four previous U.S. Open visits and looked unlikely to do it again on Monday.
The Jackass star was performing a stunt that went horribly wrong