Despite this years Rio Carnival competition being plagued with injuries, thousands turned up to see the winners of this years competition.
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".
Theresa May intends to notify the EU of Britain’s intention to withdraw on March 29, triggering two years of negotiations that would end with Brexit in 2019. Is Article 50 irrevocable? The question of irrevocability was raised during a Supreme Court hearing on the right of Parliament to give its approval to trigger the process of leaving the EU.
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.
LaVar Ball, the father of UCLA's Lonzo Ball, has repeatedly proved that he is not short on confidence in either himself or any of his three basketball-playing sons. That swagger reached epic proportions on Thursday during a segment on ESPN's "First Take."
By Colin Packham Sydney (Reuters) - China removed the last remaining restrictions on imports of Australian beef on Friday and announced early-stage plans to co-develop a major mine, rail and port project, in contrast to a growing global trend of trade protectionism. The policies - announced during a visit to Australia by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang - advance the trade relationship between the two countries at a time of rising tensions between Australia and its traditional ally, the United States. "I believe it is time for China and Australia to enter into an era of free trade across the board, which means that we need to have free trade between our two countries in wider areas," Li told reporters in the Australian capital of Canberra on Friday.
Critics of the commonwealth’s Community Development Program say it is setting up remote Indigenous communities to fail. An Indigenous man says he faces losing his welfare unless he walks 35km through remote Western Australia every day to comply with a work-for-the-dole scheme. Critics say the case shows the commonwealth’s Community Development Program (CDP) is setting up remote Indigenous communities to fail.
Salvage operators were preparing to move South Korea's sunken Sewol ferry on to another vessel to transfer it to port Friday, nearly three years after it went down with the loss of more than 300 lives.
Filipino security forces arrested a suspected Abu Sayyaf member on Thursday (23 March) believed to be involved in the hijack of a tugboat towing a cargo vessel off Basilan province. The hijack took place hours after the army successfully rescued two Malaysian sailors kept hostage by the Islamist militant group for eight months in Sulu province. Elaborating on the latest hijacking incident, Maj. Gen. Carlito Galvez Jr., Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) chief, told the Philippines News Agency that a group of suspected Abu Sayyaf members intercepted the tugboat M/T Tug R9 while it was sailing near Sibago Island off Basilan province on way to General Santos City.
Five migrants were found dead in the sea off Libya on Thursday after the boats they were travelling in sank, likely carrying hundreds more to their deaths, a Spanish aid organisation said on Thursday.
By Elaine Lies TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is coming under fire for possible links to a nationalist school whose principal says Abe's wife donated 1 million yen, or about $9,000, in 2015. Moritomo Gakuen runs a kindergarten that teaches students a curriculum reminiscent of pre-World War Two Japan, including devotion to the emperor and sacrifice for country. Principal Yasunori Kagoike heads the Osaka branch of Nippon Kaigi or Japan Conference, a nationalist lobby group with close ties to Abe.
More than 200 migrants are feared dead after their capsized boats sank off the coast of Libya. Five bodies were pulled out of the water earlier on Thursday, but aid workers from Spanish organisation Poractiva Open Arms believe at total of 240 people may have been crammed onto the two overturned vessels. Migrant numbers from North Africa to Italy have soared dramatically in 2017 after the route between Turkey and Greece was effectively cut off. More than 550 deaths have so far been recorded in the Mediterranean this year.
Crowds of people gathered in London yesterday evening to pay tribute to the victims of Wednesday’s terror attack in the capital. Trafalgar Square was packed with a sombre throng of people, paying their respects to those who were killed and injured when Khalid Masood drove a car into a crowd of pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, before fatally stabbing police constable Keith Palmer. Flickering candles were placed on the ground and up the steps of the National Gallery. London Mayor Sadiq Khan addressed the hushed crowds, imploring those present ‘to show the world that we are more committed than ever to the values that we hold dear – that we remain united and open.’ Cheers and applause broke out when the Mayor promised that ‘Londoners will never be cowed by terrorism’. The Deputy Met Commissioner Craig Mackey and Home Secretary Amber Rudd also shared messages of hope and solidarity, before a minute’s silence was observed.
The European Commission (EC) is reportedly mulling over new legislation that would ban a majority of insecticides used in fields across the continent. The phenomenon is known as colony collapse disorder, with most scientists in agreement that it is caused by the effects of plant-protecting chemicals, in addition to habitat loss and natural diseases. The most damaging pesticides in question are called neonicotinoids and according to leaked drafts of the plans, acquired by the Guardian, the EC is considering a blanket ban.
The largest school board of Canada is cancelling students' trip to the US in the wake of President Donald Trump's travel ban. Citing the "uncertainty" about Trump's latest travel restrictions, the Toronto District School Board said that they were calling off the trips until further notice.
A French and an American astronaut are scheduled to float outside the International Space Station Friday for a spacewalk aimed at upgrading the orbiting outpost for the arrival of future space crews.
The UK is almost the worst country in Europe for offering decently-paid maternity leave, according to a new study. Research by the Trades Union Congress (TUC) found that the UK ranks 22 out of 24 countries across the continent for its statutory maternity leave. British mothers are entitled to six weeks' decently-paid maternity leave, compared with six months in Croatia and more than four months in Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic.
Another bold statement from Tamara Rojo's English National Ballet, now the first British company to perform Pina Bausch's powerful Rite of Spring, the 1975 interpretation of Stravinsky's almighty score portraying an ancient sacrificial rite. It's the finale of a strong triple bill that starts with William Forsythe's In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated, a ballet full of power poses and hard-edged sexiness. ENB's dancers tackle it well – Cesar Corrales makes a particular impact, urgently attacking the steps – but it demands a kind of arrogance that could still do with some coaxing.
Almost a third of UK jobs could be taken over by robots during the next 15 years, a study has claimed. The report by PwC found that around 10 million workers are at risk of being displaced by automated machines as the robot revolution gathers momentum. The UK reportedly has fewer jobs at potential risk of automation than in other countries including Germany, the United States and Japan.
Android Forums has reportedly confirmed that hackers compromised its servers, leading to a data breach. The forum, which is a highly popular platform with Android users, claimed that the breach affected only a minority of its users. Android Forums has since initiated password resets for all affected users and has claimed to boost its security by adopting new measures, including implementing HTTPS support for their site, two-step authentication for staff and passwords randomising for inactive accounts.
In case you need a break from all that grime you’re listening to, nip over to France where “Afro trap” is all the rage. The man of the moment is Mohamed “MHD” Sylla, a Parisien of Guinean and Senegalese heritage who began putting home-made music videos on YouTube in 2015, while working as a pizza delivery man. The music is terrific fun, uniting danceable beats, emphatic rapping and up-to-the-moment electronica, and addictive enough to make his debut album double platinum in France.
Landline and broadband customers will receive automatic compensation for delays in repairs, service set-up or missed appointments under proposals from Ofcom. The plans would result in up to 2.6 million customers receiving an additional £185m in compensation each year, the regulator said. Customers would receive cash payment or credit on a bill - under a scale set by Ofcom - without having to go through a lengthy claims process, under the plans.
Mark Rowley made the comments as he was questioned about Deputy Commissioner Craig Mackey's actions on Wednesday, after it emerged the acting head of Scotland Yard had been rushed away from the scene of the crime. Mr Mackey, who is in temporary charge of the Metropolitan Police following the retirement of Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe earlier this month, was in Parliament on a routine visit when the incident occurred.