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  • James Bond author Anthony Horowitz 'mortified' over Idris Elba comm …
    James Bond author Anthony Horowitz 'mortified' over Idris Elba comm … 1 hour 55 minutes ago

    Anthony Horowitz has said sorry to Idris, after saying he is “too street” to play the MI5 spy. More »

  • Transfer deadline day: Martin Keown attacks Arsene Wenger failure to sign a …
    Transfer deadline day: Martin Keown attacks Arsene Wenger failure to sign a … 2 hours 27 minutes ago

    After a very quiet deadline day for Arsenal, club legend Martin Keown has said the Gunners missed out a major opportunity to land a much-needed striker for the upcoming season. Arsene Wenger made just two signings this window, Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech and Romanian midfielder Vlad Dragomir from Poli Timisoara. Wenger had been connected to some big name strikers over the summer, including Edinson Cavani, and rumours swirled on the last day of the transfer window that he had made a desperate flight to Paris to seal a deal. More »

  • Transfer deadline day: Charlie Austin staying at QPR despite Manchester United …
    Transfer deadline day: Charlie Austin staying at QPR despite Manchester United … 4 hours ago

    Queens Park Rangers striker Charlie Austin will not be leaving Loftus Road for Manchester United or any other suitor after the England international's £15m ($23m) valuation was not met during the summer transfer window. Austin netted 18 goals in the Premier League last term and seemed likely to leave the club following the Hoops' relegation to the Championship. The Evening Standard reported that Louis van Gaal's side had made an enquiry regarding the availability of the 26 year old heading into the final days of the summer window in order to bolster their wafer-thin attacking options. More »

  • India: Sankraud leaders deny rape punishment for sisters as global outrage  …
    India: Sankraud leaders deny rape punishment for sisters as global outrage  … 4 hours ago

    Leaders of a village in India's Uttar Pradesh state have denied they ordered two sisters be raped and paraded naked after more than 230,000 people signed a petition calling for the safeguarding of the two women. In August, some reports alleged that an all-male council in the Sankraud village ordered Meenakshi Kumar, 23, and her 15-year-old sister be raped and paraded as a punishment after one of their brothers had allegedly eloped with a married woman belonging to Jat, a superior caste. The sisters and their family belong to the Dalit group, at the bottom of India's society. More »

  • Minute of Silence Record Played at Austrian Festival After Migrant Deaths
    Minute of Silence Record Played at Austrian Festival After Migrant Deaths 4 hours ago

    A minute of silence recorded to protest the ill treatment of refugees was played at a festival in Austria's second largest city on Saturday. According to Raoul Haspel, the artist who made the recording, around 25,000 people were in the crowd at closing speech from the film The Great Dictator. The song, titled Schweigeminute, topped the iTunes chart in Austria last week after a successful pre-order run, and remained in the top ten on Tuesday. More »

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  • Tokyo 2020: Olympic and Paralympic logo scrapped amid accusations of plagia …
    Tokyo 2020: Olympic and Paralympic logo scrapped amid accusations of plagia … 5 hours ago

    The logo for the Olympic and Paralympic games in Tokyo 2020 has been scrapped by organisers amid accusations that the design was stolen from a Belgian designer. The designer of the T-shaped logo, Kenjiro Sano, has said in the past he copied material he found online but officials in Tokyo have said they do not believe Sano to be guilty of any wrongdoing. Japan's prime minister Shinzo Abe has backed the decision. More »

  • Dad's Army movie cast reporting for duty as new image revealed
    Dad's Army movie cast reporting for duty as new image revealed 6 hours ago

    See the latest image from the Dad’s Army movie. More »

  • Dad's Army movie cast ready for duty
    Dad's Army movie cast ready for duty 7 hours ago

    Don't panic! The cast of the new Dad's Army movie are ready for duty as the latest image released from the film shows. More »

  • Transfer deadline day: Wales teenager Regan Poole in Manchester United medical …
    Transfer deadline day: Wales teenager Regan Poole in Manchester United medical … 7 hours ago

    Manchester United have made a £100,000 ($153,000) bid for Newport County defender Regan Poole, according to BBC Sport. The highly rated 17-year-old has already trained with both United and Liverpool, while Fulham have seen an offer for the teenager rejected, but United are now on the verge of securing his services. Poole became Newport County's youngest-ever player when he made his first appearance for the League Two club at just 16 years and 94 days in September 2014. More »

  • Spectre of IRA shakes N. Ireland's fragile stability
    Spectre of IRA shakes N. Ireland's fragile stability 7 hours ago

    The killing of a former Irish Republican Army militant has revived fears that the notorious paramilitary group is still operating in secret and has shaken Northern Ireland's fragile power-sharing government. More »

  • Strictly Come Dancing's Anthony Ogogo feels 'awkward' compared to …
    Strictly Come Dancing's Anthony Ogogo feels 'awkward' compared to … 7 hours ago

    He may be an Olympic medal winner, but boxer Anthony Ogogo admits that compared to Peter Andre, he feels 'awkward' when it comes to looking good in a Strictly Come Dancing outfit. More »

  • Strictly Come Dancing 2015: BBC use Brazzers porn train in opening sequences …
    Strictly Come Dancing 2015: BBC use Brazzers porn train in opening sequences … 8 hours ago

    The opening sequence for the new series of Strictly Come Dancing, hitting TV screens 5 September, features a train used in a pornographic film for the X-rated internet site Brazzers. The Strictly crew filmed the opening sequence this past weeekend, at Epping Ongar railway station. The clip sees the show's professional dancers performing a routine alongside the 'Strictly Express' train to the tune of Kylie Minogue's Locomotion. More »

  • What to watch tonight: Tuesday
    What to watch tonight: Tuesday 8 hours ago

    Here are the shows that will be on your Twitter timeline tonight. More »

  • X Factor 2015: One million viewers switch off after first show
    X Factor 2015: One million viewers switch off after first show 9 hours ago

    The new look X Factor has failed to boost the show’s ratings. More »

  • EU referendum: Nigel Farage announces independent UKIP 'No' campaig …
    EU referendum: Nigel Farage announces independent UKIP 'No' campaig … 9 hours ago

    The UK Independence Party will run its own stand-alone campaign arguing that Britain should leave the EU, the party's leader Nigel Farage has said. The UKIP campaign will be run parallel to two already existing 'No' campaigns. Farage said UKIP had a "unique role to play" and the party would launch its campaign on Friday 4 September. More »

  • Strictly Come Dancing 2015: Sir Bruce Forsyth is coming back
    Strictly Come Dancing 2015: Sir Bruce Forsyth is coming back 10 hours ago

    Nice to see you, to see you nice! Brucie will be back for two Strictly specials. More »

  • Facing shortage, British sperm bank tells men: 'Prove your worth' 11 hours ago

    The head of Britain's national sperm bank urged men to prove their manhood and help ease a shortage after the centre signed up just nine registered donors in the year since its creation. "If I advertised saying 'Men, prove your worth, show me how good you are', then I would get hundreds of donors," Laura Witjens, the chief executive, told the Guardian newspaper. It's a source of pride." Denmark's biggest sperm bank, privately-owned Cryos, said it had more than 450 registered donors and was exporting sperm to more than 80 countries. More »

  • Wales and Cyprus believe long wait can end 11 hours ago

    By Peter Stevenson NICOSIA (Reuters) - Wales and Cyprus have always finished among the also-rans in the qualifiers for the European Championship but when they meet in Nicosia on Thursday both will be hoping to take another step towards ending their long wait for a place in a major finals. A wave of excitement has gripped Wales who top Group B with an unbeaten record of four wins and two draws, with Gareth Bale and his team mates knowing that if they beat Cyprus and then Israel on Sunday they will reach their first major finals since the 1958 World Cup. Cyprus have more to do, having won three and lost three of their six matches, but if they were to beat Wales and then upset Belgium on Sunday they too would boost their chances enormously. More »

  • Amitabh Bachchan fights back after Twitter account is hacked
    Amitabh Bachchan fights back after Twitter account is hacked 12 hours ago

    Bollywood icon Amitabh Bachchan was in a state of shock when he learned that his Twitter account was hacked and it appeared that the superstar was following porn sites. Bachchan then tweeted, "WHOA !..My Twitter handle hacked ! Sex sites planted as 'following' ! Whoever did this, try someone else, buddy, I don't need this !". With 16.6 million followers, The Great Gatsby star holds the top position among Indian celebrities on Twitter. More »

  • Regulators vow action after man, 87, 'lost £35,000 due to charity data  …
    Regulators vow action after man, 87, 'lost £35,000 due to charity data  … 12 hours ago

    Regulators have vowed to take action after it emerged an elderly man was conned out of thousands of pounds as a result of charities buying and selling his personal details. More »

  • Ukip to launch its own No campaign for EU referendum
    Ukip to launch its own No campaign for EU referendum 12 hours ago

    Ukip will this week launch its own campaign for a No vote in the upcoming referendum on Britain's membership of the European Union, separate from two existing campaigns, leader Nigel Farage has said. More »