Women accusing R Kelly of sexual abuse were motivated by money to lie and were little more than star-struck fans, a lawyer for the R&B star argued during the closing argument of his trial in New York. In his closing argument to the federal court, Kelly's lawyer, Deveraux Cannick, portrayed the singer's accusers as former fans and jilted lovers, hoping to cash in on his fame with book contracts and media appearances - such as in the 2019 documentary Surviving R Kelly.
Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries visits the Worcestershire Medal Service in Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter, where the Queen's Platinum Jubilee medal is being struck ahead of next year's celebrations. The medal will be awarded to serving frontline staff with five years' service, including police, fire, paramedic and prison staff and armed forces personnel. Exclusive footage of the previously unseen medal and interviews with Nadine Dorries and Worcestershire Medal Service chief executive Phil McDermott.
An out-of-control vehicle crashed into a business premises in Darwin, Australia, after narrowly avoiding several lines of traffic at in intersection on September 23.Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Services released this footage showing the Toyota Hilux speed through six lanes on Bagot Road after failing to negotiate a turn.The female driver and a young child were hospitalized, with ntindependent reporting the two-year-old suffered “serious head injuries”.NT Independent quoted Superintendent Daniel Shean as saying, “It is incredibly lucky no-one else was injured in this incident. Drivers are reminded to always drive with due care and attention.” Credit: Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Services via Storyful
Joel Coen, in his first solo outing as a filmmaker, premiered a strikingly stark, black-and-white adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Macbeth,” with Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand, at the New York Film Festival on Friday
Primary Sats tests in England ‘do not appear to harm children’s wellbeing’Researchers at University College London find little difference in wellbeing and happiness levels UCL researchers compared data on 2,500 children in England – where pupils sit the tests – and Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales – where they do not. Photograph: Alamy
French President Emmanuel Macron spoke over the phone on Friday with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, said Macron's office, during which Johnson had told Macron that Britain wanted to restore its co-operation with France. The phone conversation between the two leaders came just days after Johnson had told France to get a grip and give allies in the United States and Australia a break over a row about a trilateral nuclear submarine deal that tore up a separate French contract. Macron replied to Johnson that he would wait to see the British Prime Minister's proposals, added Macron's office.
In a letter to a parliamentary committee that issued a report in July related to Greensill's collapse, released on Friday by the same committee, Sunak said he had accepted its call for reform of the mechanism used by Greensill, known as the "appointed representatives regime". Sunak said in the letter, first reported by the Financial Times, that the Treasury had already started to review the regime, including legislative reforms to strengthen the oversight of appointed representatives to prevent opportunities for abuse of the system.
The Cumbre Vieja volcano on the Spanish island of La Palma continued to erupt on September 24, filling the skies with thick clouds of gas and ash.This footage shows the air filled with gray clouds of gas and pyroclastic material. The volcano can be heard bellowing as it erupts.“In explosive volcanic eruptions, shockwaves are generated due to the sudden decompression of the system. These waves of compressed air propagate through the atmosphere and can travel for kilometers at speeds faster than that of sound,” Involcan captioned the video.Eruption activity at Cumbre Vieja was first reported at around 3:30 pm local time on September 19. Scientists with the European Space Agency’s Copernicus program forecast that toxic sulfur dioxide gas emitted by the volcano would spread over the Iberian Peninsula by Friday, September 24. Credit: Involcan via Storyful
HONG KONG (Reuters) -A Hong Kong group that organises an annual vigil on June 4 to remember protesters killed in China's 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown will disband, it said on Saturday, after facing national security charges. "I believe Hong Kong people, no matter their capacity, will continue to commemorate June 4 as before," Richard Tsoi, the secretary of the group, the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China, told reporters. A vote on Saturday to disband was supported by 41 of its members with four opposed, Tsoi said.
Hundreds of migrants, many with children and most of them Venezuelans, are entering Chile through clandestine crossings on the border with Bolivia, even though the Chilean government has announced that it will resume deportations of those who enter the country illegally.
‘Things are grim here’: doctor tells of dire situation in north-west England ICU. An intensive care doctor describes the ‘horrendous’ difficulties facing hospitals, including critical shortages and beds and staff