Former X Factor judge Cheryl has given birth to a baby boy. The 33-year-old singer announced on her Instagram page on Saturday evening that she and Liam Payne had become parents on Wednesday. Cheryl Cole and Liam Payne are parents to a baby boy.Read more »
British police said Friday they had made further "significant" arrests over the Islamist-inspired terror attack on parliament, as they released the first picture of the homegrown killer who left four people dead.
By David Lawder and Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump suffered a stunning political setback on Friday in a Congress controlled by his own party when Republican leaders pulled legislation to overhaul the U.S. healthcare system, a major 2016 election campaign promise of the president and his allies. House of Representatives leaders yanked the bill after a rebellion by Republican moderates and the party's most conservative lawmakers left them short of votes, ensuring that Trump's first major legislative initiative since taking office on Jan. 20 ended in failure. House Republicans had planned a vote on the measure after Trump late on Thursday cut off negotiations with Republicans who had balked at the plan and issued an ultimatum to vote on Friday, win or lose.
Danish Girl actress Amber Heard has said she was told revealing her bisexuality would end her movie career. Johnny Depp's ex-wife said film-makers doubted whether she could play a straight woman in a romantic lead role after she revealed her sexuality seven years ago. Speaking at The Economist's Pride & Prejudice event in New York, she said: "It did impact my career, it was difficult.
Harrison Ford called himself a "schmuck" after he mistakenly landed on a taxiway at a California airport and narrowly avoided a commercial airliner, an audio recording reveals. In last month's near-miss, the actor had been told to land his single-engine plane on Runway 20L at John Wayne Airport in Orange County. Instead he landed on the parallel taxiway where the commercial airliner carrying 116 people was waiting to take off.
Poorer people in Britain are being excluded from the financial system and forced to rely on expensive and substandard banking products, according to a report by British lawmakers published on Saturday. There are 1.7 million adults in the country that do not have access to a bank account, the report said, raising the risk that they will turn to high-cost sources of credit such as payday loans, 'doorstep' loans sold at a customer's home, and a system known as rent-to-own. Usage of rent-to-own has more than doubled in the last five years to over 400,000 households in Britain, according to Christine Allison, financial inclusion fellow at the Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation.
Perhaps you’re uncomfortable with the sleb/slum juxtaposition, or you’re not 100% convinced that the answer to poverty in Africa is Greg Davies shouting in a hot tub on the O2. Shut up, stick a red nose on… too much? Inside the O2 Arena Lenny Henry and Jonathan Ross are dressed almost funereally in black suits.
A Royal Navy helicopter pilot has paid a flying visit to his former aircraft to see its transformation into an unusual holiday home. The 17m-long Mark 6 Sea King aircraft was retired from active service in 1994 but was then used in naval training until 2002. The interior of the helicopter has been transformed into a holiday home that sleeps a family of six with a double and a triple bed as well as a single bed in the tail.
The State Department warned U.S. citizens on Friday to avoid travel to French Guiana due to widespread protests that it said have potential to become violent in the main cities of Kourou and Cayenne and have shut down the international airport. In a statement, the State Department advised U.S. visitors to avoid crowds, noting that the protests have shut down roads, schools, businesses and municipal buildings. Labor protests in the overseas French department bordering Brazil and Suriname have also caused the indefinite postponement of the planned launch of an Ariane 5 rocket carrying communications satellites for Brazil and South Korea.
Tesco's shopping trolleys are to be left unlocked across scores of its stores as the supermarket giant performs upgrades for the new £1 coin after it enters circulation. The new 12-sided coin enters circulation on Tuesday, and there will be a transition period of just over six months when the old "round pound" is still accepted as legal tender. Consumers may be left rifling through their wallets for old round pounds, as some coin-operated machines will not immediately accept the new £1 coin.
Several people have been left injured following a shooting near a Metro station in Lille, according to reports.
Warrington's dismal start to the Betfred Super League season continued as they crashed to a sixth successive defeat with a 31-6 hammering at St Helens. The result leaves Wolves coach Tony Smith under considerable pressure with his side yet to win a match in the competition. Saints blew away their own recent problems with Adam Swift scoring twice and Zeb Taia, Jack Owens and Alex Walmsley also crossing in a dominant display at the Totally Wicked Stadium.
The House of Commons committee on standards is to investigate whether Osborne’s editorial role breaches guidance on MPs’ second jobs. George Osborne has won the backing of his local Conservative association after insisting that his editorship of the Evening Standard was a part-time role and only four days a week. The former chancellor made a speech to members of the Tatton Conservative Association at their annual general meeting held at Toft cricket club near Knutsford in Cheshire on Friday night.
British Airways is introducing technology that will allow passengers to go through boarding gates at Heathrow using facial recognition. Biometric devices in Terminal 5 will capture a traveller’s features along with the boarding pass, and then a facial scan at the gate verifies the person’s identity, allowing them to get on the plane without showing documents, BA said in a letter to staff. The system will be used initially only for domestic routes, before being extended to international flights.
By Stephen Eisenhammer CURITIBA, Brazil (Reuters) - When government health inspector Daniel Gouveia Teixeira confronted a Brazilian processed meat plant with what he says was evidence of excess use of marrow, bone and other slaughterhouse by-products in food for human consumption, he was suddenly removed as the plant's inspector. The incident, nearly three years ago at the Peccin Agro Industrial Ltda plant in Brazil's rural Parana state, led Teixeira to tell police he suspected he was being undermined by corrupt superiors. "That's crazy!" Teixeira, 39, is the agriculture ministry whistleblower credited by Brazil's Federal Police with triggering an investigation into alleged bribes paid by meat companies to government food-sanitation inspectors in the world's top exporter of beef and poultry.
It wasn't too long ago that John Mackey was considered a pioneer. The Whole Foods CEO was at the forefront of a new movement in organic produce when he opened his first store in 1980 and went on to create the largest organic supermarket chain in the US. "While Whole Foods has done so much to inspire, create, and revolutionize the market for natural and organic products, we now see it being the victim of its own success," UBS wrote in a research note published on Wednesday.
The European Union celebrates the 60th year of the signing of the 1957 Treaty of Rome which marked the creation of the nation-bloc, on 25 March. On the eve of the anniversary, Pope Francis voiced his concerns for the future of the EU and warned against the growing threat of populism. Speaking at a summit prior to the start of the weekend celebrations in Rome, Francis addressed European leaders including Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President François Hollande on 24 March and pressed them for the need of international solidarity, which he said was the "most effective antidote to modern forms of populism".
Indian police have launched an investigation against an MP after he admitted that he had beaten an airline employee with his slipper 25 times for his alleged "arrogance". Ravindra Gaikwad said he "beat him with my sandal 25 times. It is the airline that is at mistake and they should apologise to me," he added.
Renowned physicist Stephen Hawking has spoken to a Hong Kong audience by hologram, showcasing the growing reach of a technology which is making inroads into politics, entertainment and business.
The Illinois Department of Employment Security (Ides) revealed on Friday (24 March) that one of its vendors was hacked, potentially compromising personal information of approximately 1.4 million job seekers in the state. Hackers may have potentially accessed the names, Social Security numbers and birthdates of job seekers on the vendor's database, the agency said. It added that the data breach may have impacted ten states including Arizona, Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Oklahoma and Vermont.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Friday he has asked the United Nations to help the South American nation alleviate medicine shortages, which have become increasingly severe as the oil-producing nation's economic crisis accelerates. Maduro did not specify the type of aid he requested, although he stressed that the U.N. has knowledge of the pharmaceutical industry. Maduro earlier on Friday met with Jessica Faieta, Assistant Administrator and Director of the U.N. Development Program, according to state television.
Cadbury chocolate bars could get smaller because of Brexit, the company’s UK head has said. The alternative would be to see the price rise, Glenn Caton has told the Guardian. The company which originated in Birmingham is now owned by Mondelēz International, a division of the US giant Kraft, which bought Cadbury for £12 billion in 2010.
BEIJING (Reuters) - An operation platform collapsed at a power plant in China on Saturday, killing nine people and injuring two, the official Xinhua news agency reported. The accident, in the southern province of Guangdong, happened at the No. 7 Thermal Power Plant in the provincial capital, Guangzhou, Xinhua said, citing sources with the local government. The plant is still under construction. The government has launched an investigation. Accidents are relatively common at industrial plants in China. ...
Fear of execution by Isis is forcing parents fleeing the warzones in Iraq's Mosul to either sedate their children or tape their mouths to keep them silent, aid groups working in the region reportedly said. Hundreds of people are being evacuated everyday from west Mosul, which is the current battlefield between Iraqi government forces and the jihadists. "Families often leave at night and in the early hours of the morning and have to walk with their children.