By David Ingram and Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush has been moved to an intensive-care unit at a Houston hospital with pneumonia and was stable and resting comfortably after doctors performed a procedure to clear his airway, his office said on Wednesday. Bush, who at 92 is the nation's oldest living ex-president, has been at Houston Methodist Hospital since Saturday after experiencing shortness of breath, family spokesman Jim McGrath said on Wednesday. Since then, Bush experienced an "acute respiratory problem stemming from pneumonia" and was sedated for the unspecified procedure, his office said.
Chinese Hollywood investor Wang Jianlin joined a chorus of concern from the World Economic Forum in Davos over the protectionist leanings of the US president-elect Donald Trump
Elaine Yates disappeared with four-year-old daughter Kimberly and 10-month-old Kelly from their Rhode Island home on August 26 1985. Now, police have confirmed that Mrs Yates, now 69, has been arrested after she was discovered in Houston, Texas, yesterday.
Glowing graffiti, flashing sculptures and shimmering structures are lighting up London landmark Canary Wharf this week. The Winter Lights festival is bringing 30 brightly lit art installations to the capital, created by Ovo Collective. Visitors are free to wander round the incredible exhibits, some of which are immersive, until 27 January.
A diplomatic spat has broken out between the UK and Ireland after a RAF aircraft landed at Shannon Airport without permission in a "serious" incident. The Hercules transport plane came down in County Clare but clearance from the Dublin government was not sought in advance. British diplomats told Irish officials there had been a "communication breakdown" and there are set to be more discussions to make sure "correct procedures are followed in future".
Sir Paul McCartney is taking legal action against Sony/ATV as he fights to reclaim ownership of the Beatles hits he wrote with John Lennon. Sir Paul, 74, will soon be able to start reclaiming the rights under US copyright law - but court papers suggest he is worried about a legal challenge. The papers state: "[The] Defendants have attempted to reserve their rights to challenge Paul McCartney's exercise of his termination rights on contractual ground.
By Mehreen Zahra-Malik ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - A jailed Pakistani doctor believed to have helped the CIA hunt down al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden will be neither released nor handed to the United States, Pakistan's law minister has told legislators, media reported on Wednesday. Dr. Shakil Afridi, hailed as a hero by U.S. officials, was arrested after U.S. forces killed bin Laden in May 2011 in a secret raid in a northern Pakistani town that plunged relations between the uneasy strategic partners to a new low. Pakistan has accused the doctor of running a fake vaccination campaign in which he collected DNA samples to help the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) confirm bin Laden's identity.
By Pamela Barbaglia DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) - Two of Europe's biggest banks warned on Wednesday that they could each move about 1,000 jobs out of London as they prepare for expected disruption caused by Britain's exit from the European Union. UBS Chairman Axel Weber said that about 1,000 of the Swiss bank's 5,000 employees in London could be affected by Brexit, while HSBC Chief Executive Stuart Gulliver said his bank will relocate staff responsible for generating around a fifth of its UK-based trading revenue to Paris.
The telecoms regulator has fined EE £2.7m for billing errors affecting 40,000 customers. OFCOM said the mobile network broke a "fundamental billing rule" twice, meaning they were overcharged by around £250,000 in total. Its investigation, launched last month, found the firm was guilty of either "carelessness or negligence" because it had decided not to reimburse the majority of affected customers until OFCOM intervened.
It happens every month for one week only: the European Parliament travelling circus decamps from Belgium to France. Everyone's had the night to absorb Theresa May's long awaited Brexit speech. Will they give the UK a good deal?
By Steve Stecklow LONDON (Reuters) - A major Chinese education company that was subsidising a project to verify transcripts of Chinese students applying to U.S. colleges has pulled out after Reuters reported that the firm itself stands accused of widespread application fraud. Shanghai-based Dipont Education Management Group “has withdrawn from the project,” Jerome Lucido, who heads a University of Southern California research center that has been working on it, said in a statement to Reuters. Jeff Zhu, Dipont’s vice president, said the project’s advisory board, which includes representatives of some of America’s top universities, had recommended that the company withdraw “to eliminate any possible question of who has control over the project.” The project’s future is now unclear.
A teenager suffering from depression has painted a world famous piece of art on her leg to prevent herself from self-harming. Amelia Hall, 18, from Essex, decided to turn her body into a canvas, as she painted Van Gogh’s ‘Cafe Terrace at Night’ after having a particularly bad day. The University of Manchester student spent three hours recreating the image on her leg before posting the results on Twitter – where thousands praised her for her efforts.
The museum at the former Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi death camp in Poland on Wednesday urged Germans and Austrians to hand over any material that could shed light on its wartime staff.
When it’s cold out, you wear a jumper – and this rule is no different if you’re an elephant. Suzy and Laxmi the elephants were rescued from streets of Mumbai, India, after years of abuse from cruel handlers, and they needed to keep warm like the rest of us. Kartick Satyanarayan, founder of the Elephant Conservation and Care Centre in Mathura, said: “We work hard to give these elephants a life of dignity and protection while we also provide them ongoing treatment and care.
Consumer spending power is being aided by a stronger than expected rise in average wages, official figures suggest. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) reported that wage levels, excluding bonuses, rose by an annual rate of 2.7% in the three months to November - the strongest increase since August 2015. The announcement is useful for economists, who had expected a slightly weaker increase, as it suggests that rising prices are not yet eroding consumer spending power to the extent some had feared.
Nick Kyrgios crashed out of the Australian Open on Tuesday, falling 10-8 in the fifth set to Andreas Seppi despite taking the match's first two sets. Over the course of the match, the 21-year-old Aussie displayed all the different versions of himself — alternately extraordinary and deeply disappointing. Then, serving at 8-8 in the 5th, Kyrgios doubled faulted to give Seppi the break that ultimately decided the match.
A 26-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender after a 16-year-old girl was found dead on a path. Leonne Weeks' body was discovered near Lordens Hill in the Dinnington area of Rotherham on Monday morning. This is the second arrest in the case, after an 18-year-old from Dinnington was detained on Monday night on suspicion of murder.
Italy was hit by four earthquakes in four hours Wednesday, killing one and bringing terror to snowbound mountain areas still recovering from last year's series of deadly tremors.