A political 'bomb' over drug prices could threaten Trump's revamped North American trade pact
A political 'bomb' over drug prices could threaten Trump's revamped North American trade pact
James Bond fans were “screaming” after Rami Malek was finally confirmed as the villain in Bond 25. The Bohemian Rhapsody star, who won an Oscar for his portrayal of Freddie Mercury, will play the titular star’s nemesis in the 25th outing of the popular franchise. Speaking via video message at the live reveal in Jamaica, Malek teased fans about his upcoming role, vowing “not to give Bond an easy ride”.
Adonis was recently announced as a Labour candidate in South West England in possible European elections in May and his statement included an apology for “off-the-cuff” remarks he made in September last year in which he said: “If you are a Brexiteer, I hope you won’t vote for the Labour Party.” But his volte-face, announced in a Facebook post, has been met with widespread bewilderment. “Does someone need to rescue Andrew Adonis from this compulsory re-education?” asked Change UK’s Sarah Wollaston.
The Easter Sunday suicide bomber who lived and studied in the UK had been under police surveillance in Sri Lanka for years, it emerged on Thursday.
The hunt for whoever killed Jill Dando would become the biggest murder inquiry conducted by the Metropolitan Police and the largest criminal investigation since the hunt for the Yorkshire Ripper. The result is that 20 years after Jill Dando was murdered on her Fulham doorstep on 26 April 1999, no-one in authority knows for sure who killed the BBC News, Crimewatch, and Holiday programme presenter. In the early stages of the murder investigation, a lot of attention – at least in media terms – fell on men who had been romantically linked to Ms Dando.
Titled 'The Clockwork Condition,' the manuscript is said to partly address the claims that Stanley Kubrick's adaptation of 'A Clockwork Orange' inspired real-life crimes.
The duke and his sister-in-law will gather to pay their respects to Australian and New Zealand forces who lost their lives.
A French warship passed through the strategic Taiwan Strait this month, U.S. officials told Reuters, a rare voyage by a vessel of a European country that is likely to be welcomed by Washington but increase tension with Beijing. The passage, which was confirmed by China, is a sign that U.S. allies are increasingly asserting freedom of navigation in international waterways near China. The French operation comes amid increasing tensions between the United States and China.
Bands of rain are moving across the UK bringing a mix of sun and heavy showers with hail and thunder – before Storm Hannah hits over the weekend. The Met Office said that anywhere could see showers, as two bands of rain, one in Scotland and one moving across the Midlands, make their way north on Thursday. “The showers are scattered so many places will manage to stay dry, but nowhere is really safe,” forecaster Simon Partridge said.
Prince Harry has joined the Duchess of Cambridge to commemorate Anzac Day at Westminster Abbey, marking the anniversary of the Gallipoli landings in 1915. .
From the mind of Fleabag creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge, season one – adapted from Luke Jennings’ novella series – documents the travels and murders of the bloodthirsty assassin Villanelle, played by rising star Jodie Comer, and the MI6 agents trying to track her down. The show also stars Sandra Oh as Eve Polastri, the smart security operative that becomes inextricably caught up in Villanelle’s murderous game. Although it sometimes feels like Comer and Oh are the only actors in the room, Killing Eve boasts a stellar line-up.
Rising heavyweight star Joe Joyce has signed with promoter Frank Warren and is now in the same stable as London rival Daniel Dubois. Olympic silver medallist Joyce will make his debut for Warren‘s Queensbury Promotions outfit on May 18 at Stevenage FC's Lamex Stadium on the undercard of Billy Joe Saunders’ super-middleweight clash with Shefat Isufi. The British Boxing Board of Control announced earlier this week that an agreement had been reached for Joyce and Dubois to meet for the vacant British title, with a date of July 13 at the O2 Arena suggested.
This would be entirely unremarkable in itself, except that person was Emma Thompson, and she took the 5,400 mile trip to take part in the Extinction Rebellion protests about the climate crisis. It was obviously tin-eared of Emma Thompson to take a carbon spewing flight to a protest about the climate crisis.
Far-Right interior minister Matteo Salvini has been criticised for failing to attend the annual celebration of Italy's overthrow of fascism.
They race on a curtailed card at Kempton on Thursday. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images Strict new regulations to ensure that bookmakers verify the age of their customers to prevent underage gambling are due to be introduced on 7 May, which most punters would probably agree is a good idea and quite possibly long overdue. However, a William Hill customer who has had an account with the firm for nearly 20 years – and so is most definitely not underage – has been in touch to highlight a potential pitfall in the new rules, which could ensnare a substantial number of punters. On Wednesday morning, he received an email from Hills to say that his account had been frozen until he can prove that he is at least 18 years old. He cannot withdraw the funds in the account, or close it before the new rules come into force next month, but he is also unable to comply with the new regulations because Hills will accept only a passport or a driver’s licence as proof of age, and he has neither. A recent estimate is that 24% of UK residents – about 13 million – do not have a passport, while about 10 million do not have either a full or provisional driver’s licence. While it is hard to know how many fall into both categories, the crossover is likely to be significant. The UK, of course, does not have a mandatory ID card and if William Hill’s insistence that only a passport or driver’s licence is acceptable as proof of age is mirrored across the gambling industry, which could well be the case, the punter who has contacted the Guardian is unlikely to be the only long-standing customer locked out of their account on 7 May. “The new legislation does not take effect until 7 May,” he said via email, “and no prior warning was given by Hills that my account would be frozen until receiving an email after my account was suspended.” He adds that phone calls and “live chat” with customer services on the Hills website proved “unproductive”, and that his understanding from the Gambling Commission is that a data set that includes date of birth, address and nearly 20 years of bank details should be sufficient to comply with the new rules. A William Hill spokesman later advised the customer that in this case at least, an uploaded copy of his birth certificate would satisfy the age-verification requirements. A link to the firm’s FAQ page on verification is here and includes an option to send a copy of a birth certificate via email. Thursday’s best bets Backers have four-and-a-half meetings to choose from as the seven-race card at Kempton has been left in a wretched state by the good-to-firm ground. There are 30 runners in all but nine of those are in the opener and the subsequent races have fields of five, three, two, three, three and five. There is more to get stuck into at Perth, where Las Tunas (3.00) and Saint Leo (3.30) should both go well on the second day of its Festival meeting, while King Of Tonga (3.20), who has been gelded over the winter, and the recent all-weather winner Dragon Sun (3.55) have big claims on the card at Beverley. Cardigan Bay (3.10) and Pentland Lad (7.30) are the top picks at Warwick and Chelmsford City, respectively. Beverley 1.40 Iva Go 2.15 Knightcap 2.50 Prestbury Park 3.20 King Of Tonga (nb) 3.55 Dragon Sun (nap) 4.25 Agar’s Plough 4.55 Kylie Rules 5.25 Oasis Prince Perth 1.50 Rakhine State 2.25 Theflyingportrait 3.00 Las Tunas 3.30 Saint Leo 4.05 Bordeaux Bill 4.35 Double Whammy 5.10 Rizzardo Warwick 2.00 My Charity 2.35 Danseur Du Large 3.10 Cardigan Bay 3.40 Cruiseaweigh 4.15 Potters Hedger 4.45 Boughtbeforelunch 5.20 The Swagman 5.55 O Connell Street Kempton Park 4.40 So Lonely 5.15 Fransham 5.50 Statistical 6.20 Black Kalanisi 6.50 For Good Measure 7.20 Kings Ryde 7.50 Monsieur Gibraltar Chelmsford City 5.30 The Pinto Kid 6.00 Hero Hero 6.30 Walk On Water 7.00 Dream Of Dreams 7.30 Pentland Lad 8.00 Labrega 8.30 Harbour Vision 9.00 Admiral Rooke
No – your home computer or mobile is a client which is indirectly connected to the internet through an internet service providers like BT, Virgin Media, or TalkTalk. How does the internet work? When you want to visit a website, your device goes through your internet service provider to the internet, where you can connect to the server of the website you want to visit.
Twenty years ago today, Falun Gong, a meditation movement, organised a major demonstration in the Chinese capital. More than 10,000 adherents surrounded the centre of government in Beijing. The protest lead to persecution and an on-going propaganda war involving claims of human organ harvesting.“It came to me as a total surprise, in 1999 when the government decided to prosecute these people,” says Zhang Erping, “volunteer” spokesperson for the Falun Dafa Information Center in New York, speaking to RFI.“Because the government was promoting it, and suddenly they reversed the policy. So a lot of us tried to stop the prosecution.” What is Falun Gong?Falun Gong, also known as “Falun Dafa,” combines routines derived from qigong, a set of movements that facilitate the flow of vital energies or “life forces” throughout the body, along with Buddhist and Daoist concepts. It also warns against materialism and “moral degeneration”. "Falun Gong comes from Chinese culture," explains Alain Tong, president of the Falun Dafa Association in France. "If we look behind it, it is simply a method of Chinese meditation. It is aimed at acquiring energies to be in good health and good spirits."Initially welcomed Practitioners are attracted by claims that by controlling the “Dharma Wheel,” which is said to revolve in the body, one can cure a wide range of ailments and diseases, including diabetes and cancer. But the “philosophy” also has xenophobic and homophobic elements, and claims that adherents can walk through walls. Falun Gong teaches that many of the world’s technological developments are controlled by aliens - as was stated by the movement's creator, Li Hongzhi, in a memorable interview with Time Magazine in May 1999.Initially China’s Communist Party welcomed the Falun Gong. The movement was created during a surge in interest in qigong during the 1980s and early '90s, thus forming part of state-sanctioned meditation techniques that had their roots in ancient tradition. In 1992, Li Hongzhi, a state official-turned-mediation-guru, created Falun Gong. One year later the movement was officially incorporated into the Scientific Qigong Research Association under the Ministry of Health. Beijing argued that meditation and a healthy lifestyle could reduce pressure on China’s bankrupt healthcare system. Within a few years, Li Hongzhi had set up a nationwide network of “practice centers,” giving lectures to audiences of up to 20,000 people. In the process, he created a body of millions of followers who came together to practice meditation in parks and public places all over China.They were guided by Li’s 242-page core scripture Zhuan Falun (“The Rotating Dharma Wheel”). His writings also include titles like The Great Way to Spiritual Perfection, Hong Yin, a collection of annotated poems dating back to 1976, and transcripts of his lectures at mass gatherings.Massive crackdownBut when Falun Gong’s membership was rumored to exceed that of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP, estimated to have 80 million members), Beijing grew nervous and its relationship with the movement changed. Falun Gong was kicked out of the Qigong research association and, in 1995, Li Hongzhi left China to settle in the US.The final showdown came after Li - during a brief stay in Beijing - ordered the 25 April 1999 mass demonstration in the capital's Zhongnanhai government zone, protesting against increasing pressure from the Chinese authorities.Within two months, the CCP declared the movement an “evil cult,” forbade it, and rounded up its members. Tens of thousands of Falung Gong practitioners are, still today, said to be in jail, their fate documented by Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and other international organisations. “Harming people” vs “organ harvesting”Since 1999, Falun Gong and the Chinese government have been locked in a propaganda battle. "Ma Jianmin, a retired worker in north-east China, had been a Falun Gong follower for two years," writes the CCP-sanctioned propaganda booklet Li Hongzhi and his Falun Gong - cheating the public and harming people, published by the New Star Publishing House in Beijing. "In those years he became convinced that the Wheel of Law was embedded in his stomach, turning and rotating. In search for eternal life he decided to take it out. He did so with a pair of scissors. He bled to death, lying on the floor of his kitchen." The story is accompanied by gruesome pictures of alleged slaughter committed in the name of Falun Gong, and is one of hundreds of examples the CCP gives to prove the “evil nature” of the movement. Falun Gong denies all this, and hits back with equally gruesome accusations.According to the movement, Beijing has a systematic program of “organ harvesting,” allegedly using the organs of thousands of Falun Gong practitioners before they were executed, selling them on the international market. Allegations of organ harvesting first emerged in 2006, when stories appeared that the Sujiatun Thrombosis Hospital in Shenyang was involved in collecting organs from thousands of Falun Gong prisoners. The rumors were supported by an international investigation carried out by Canadians David Matas, a lawyer, and David Kilgour, an independent member of parliament. Neither Amnesty International nor Human Rights Watch think there is sufficient evidence to support the allegations of systematic "organ harvesting" of Falun Gong prisoners. Today, the total number of Falun Gong practitioners in jail in China is unknown and the subject remains taboo on social media. Outside China, Falun Gong is headquartered in upstate New York, but members insist it has no “hierarchical structure”. Local Falun Gong associations, created after 2000 to “raise awareness” about the persecution of the movement in China, are involved in organising commemorative activities. On 25 April, Falun Gong members will hold demonstrations in front of Chinese embassies worldwide to mark the twentieth anniversary of the Beijing protest.
Apple is prioritising repairs to its controversial MacBook keyboards as it attempts to deal with concern about just how many of them are breaking. When Apple introduced the new design for its MacBooks, they also brought a new keyboard design. Now Apple has told its stores to ensure that the keys are fixed as quickly as possible, and to aim them done in a day, according to a leaked internal memo seen by Macrumors.