The Westminster terrorist who brought bloodshed to the heart of London has been named by police as Khalid Masood, a British-born criminal with a string of previous convictions. After Isil claimed the attacker was a "soldier" of the terror group, Scotland Yard formally identified the 52-year-old - saying he was not the subject of any current investigations and there was "no prior intelligence about his intent to mount a terrorist attack".
Sportingbet owner GVC Holdings shrugged off a Champions League setback today as it reaped the benefits of its £1 billion takeover of rival bwin.party and kept its eye open for more deals. Barcelona’s stunning late comeback against PSG triggered a payday for GVC’s South American punters whereas bwin — whose key market is Germany — paid out heavily after Bayern Munich’s 5-1 demolition of Arsenal at the Emirates. “If the favourites win, there are lots of goals and there are late goals and we’re going to get hit,” said chief executive Kenny Alexander.
A man who drove at high speed into a pedestrianised shopping area in the Belgian city of Antwerp has been arrested. Pedestrians "had to jump away" after the driver entered the busy De Meir shopping street just after 11am. The driver was identified by the federal prosecutor's office as Mohamed R, 39, a French national of north African origin who lived in France.
The French election is shaping up to be an unpredictable race, with Emmanuel Macron closing in on the far-Right leader Marine Le Pen in polling for the first round of voting. Centrist Macron, the former protege of Francois Hollande, is now the bookies' favourite to become French President, with the average of the latest polls showing him in the lead with Le Pen.
The wreckage of a 6,800-ton South Korean ferry has emerged from the sea nearly three years after it capsized and sank, killing 304 people – most of them children on a school trip. The Sewol passenger ferry sank off the coast of Jindo island on 16 April 2014, touching off an outpouring of national grief and soul searching about public safety and regulatory failures. Salvage workers started to bring up the vessel, which had been lying on its side at a depth of 44 metres (144 feet), late on Wednesday (22 April), rolling up 66 cables connected to a frame of metal beams divers had spent months putting beneath the ferry.
The Kardashians have taken extreme measures to beef up their security after Kendall Jenner became the latest victim of jewellery theft last week, just months after her sister Kim Kardashian’s gunpoint robbery ordeal in Paris. Kris Jenner, the famous family matriarch, admitted that recent events had been an eye-opening experience, causing her to assess her family’s security to ensure they’re “protected to a crazy level” in the wake of these terrifying incidents. The 61-year-old momager – mother to Kim, Kourtney, Khloe, Rob, Kendall and Kylie – said: “It’s an eye-opener how many people have tried to access our homes.
The principal of an educational group at the heart of a real estate scandal told the Japanese parliament under oath that he received ¥1m ($9,000) from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe through his wife Akie. On Thursday (23 March), the head of the institution, Yasunori Kagoike, said that Abe's wife had handed him an envelope full of cash personally when she visited a kindergarten operated by the school in September 2015. "She said 'please, this is from Shinzo Abe', and gave me an envelope with 1 million yen in it," Kagoike said.
One of the most enjoyable shows at the Edinburgh Festival last summer was a special retrospective gig by Simon Munnery marking three decades as a stand-up. You need to sit near the front or pack a telescope to appreciate his lo-fi illustrations and a colourful anecdote about a memorable benefit gig mentioned lesser known comic Scott Agnew without explaining who Agnew was.
Brendan Cox, the widow of Jo Co - the MP who was murdered by an extremist - has given a message of unity after the attack in London on Wednesday. After tweeting "The person who did this wants us to be fearful and divided- let's show them that we are neither #DefeatTerrorTogether", he spoke on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme about how he thinks we should respond to the attacks.
Dubai International Airport's duty free operator estimates that it will lose about $2 million (1.60 million pounds) in sales this year from the ban on carrying most electronic devices on United States-bound flights, a senior executive said on Thursday. Under new security measures announced this week, electronics larger than a mobile phone will be banned from passenger cabins on direct flights to the United States from airports in eight Muslim-majority nations, including the United Arab Emirates, starting Saturday. "We estimate that the ban will cost us around $2 million in revenue for the year," Dubai Duty Free's Chief Operating Officer Ramesh Cidambi told Reuters in an emailed statement.
In the aftermath of yesterday’s attack on Westminster, British citizens and residences stand together in the face of terror. On Thursday morning, Londoners bravely returned to work. A minutes of silence was held in Whitehall this morning to remember the victims of the attack in which four people died including police officer Keith Palmer. “Parliament will meet as normal. We will come together as normal. And Londoners – and others from around the world who have come here to visit this great city – will get up and go about their day as normal,” said Theresa May. Acting Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Craig Mackey and Assistant Commissioner for Specialist Operations Mark Rowley spoke to the media after a minute’s silence was observed today outside of New Scotland Yard in London to pay respect to the victims. Mark Rowley said: “He (Keith Palmer) was someone who left for work today expecting to return home at the end of his shift – and he had every right to expect that would happen.” Sadiq Khan will lead a vigil tonight at Trafalgar Square.
Netflix has debuted the first teaser trailer for Death Note, an original film from director Adam Wingard (Blair Witch) based on the manga series of the same name by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata.
Most British companies do not expect to offer more generous pay deals to employees this year compared with 2016, adding to signs that higher inflation will gnaw at Britons' living standards in the months ahead, a survey showed on Thursday. Private sector employers on average expect to give pay awards of 2 percent for the coming year, similar to last year, human resources consultants XpertHR said. Only 30 percent of companies forecast they will give a bigger pay rise than in 2016.
A female to male transgender is a proud father after giving birth to his first child as a man. Chris, 32, had not identified as a woman since his early 20s when he and his wife decided to have children. But after trying five times for a baby through sperm donation, the couple decided to put their hopes in Chris.
Google veteran Vint Cerf warned Germany against suppressing the internet in a talk on Wednesday as the country looks to tackle the issue of fake news being published online. Cerf, sometimes referred to as one of the "fathers of the internet" for the work he did on developing TCP/IP technology, argued that people should "use their brains" to spot stories that may not be genuine. "My belief is we should rely on critical thinking to deal with things like hate speech and fake news because you [can] use your ability to reject things if the origins are suspect," said Cerf in Berlin, Germany.
Scotland's parliament said it will resume its independence referendum debate on Tuesday after proceedings were suspended following the attack on Britain's national parliament at Westminster. "The debate on "Scotland’s Choice" will recommence on Tuesday at 2.20pm (1420 GMT)," the Scottish parliament's media office said in a statement. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is seeking authority from the Scottish parliament for a second referendum, to be held in late 2018 or early 2019.
The Westminster terror attacker has been named as Khalid Masood. Scotland Yard said the 52-year-old was not the subject of any current investigations and there was "no prior intelligence about his intent to mount a terrorist attack".
Campaigners are urging councils to ban the release of balloons and sky lanterns on their land after volunteers noticed a dramatic increase in litter on beaches. The Marine Conservation Society's (MCS) annual Great British Beach Clean found the amount of latex or foil balloons and strings rose by 53% from 2015 to 2016. The debris from balloons and sky lanterns can cause long-lasting harm to wildlife on land and in the water as animals can become entangled.
If you have any weather experts coming round, wow them by telling them it’s based on the cumulus cloud. Here’s a bright idea — an LED lightbulb that turns any light socket into a bluetooth speaker. The shelf-life of this product is dual purpose — a bluetooth-enabled speaker shelf to prop up your vinyl collection.
Greg Peake, 26, was found unresponsive by paramedics who were called to his flat in Hoxton on Sunday. He was pronounced dead at the scene. An initial autopsy proved inconclusive but homicide detectives are investigating his death as murder. Mr Peake moved to London after landing a dream job at academic publishing giant Sage in October.