Sir Cliff Richard has spoken out about his sexuality for the first time. Responding to a query regarding his sexuality he told an interviewer on Australian television programme A Current Affair : "If I was gay would it make any difference?" I have got gay friends. Most people have gay friends. More »Sir Cliff Richard: 'If I Was Gay Would it Make Any Difference?'
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Prince George made his first walkabout on the Australian leg of the royal tour when he met some indigenous animals at a zoo. The youngster looked fascinated as he was shown a bilby - a rabbit-like type of marsupial. At one point, as he was held by his father Prince William, he held out his hand to attempt to touch the creature which was being fed by a keeper who has named the animal George in his honour. More »Prince George Goes Walkabout With Bilbies
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Six Birmingham Schools at the heart of an investigation into a "Trojan horse" takeover plot by Islamists are to be placed under special measures. The BBC reports that Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw is to take personal charge of the education watchdog's investigation into the allegations, which was launched after a letter outlining the "plot" was leaked. After a series of snap inspections over the last few weeks by inspectors, all six schools are set to be rated "inadequate", which usually leads to schools being placed under special measures, giving the government the right to remove senior managers or close the schools, sources told the Sunday Telegraph. Those to be put in special measures are those where [radical] governors are effectively running the school," said one source. More »Birmingham Schools in Islamist Trojan Horse Plot 'To Be Placed Under Special Measures'
These single-atom thick sheets of carbon made from graphite could potentially revolutionise many parts of our lives. More »Global breakthrough: Irish scientists discover how to mass produce ‘wonder material’ graphene
By Andrew Osborn LONDON (Reuters) - The head of a British government agency that hands out billions of pounds of loans to local authorities has resigned after failing to reveal he was bankrupt, Prime Minister David Cameron's office said on Sunday. Cameron appointed Tony Caplin, a former senior official in his ruling Conservative party, to head the Public Works Loans Board (PWLB) last year. The PWLB is in charge of distributing infrastructure loans to local authorities across Britain and controls a loans portfolio of up to 60 billion pounds ($100.85 billion). More »Bankrupt British loans official resigns, embarrassing PM Cameron
The leader of the French Front National has claimed Nigel Farage slandered her party by calling it "anti-semitic". Marine Le Pen, 45, told The Sunday Times Mr Farage had made "defamatory" and "extremely disagreeable" statements about her party. Mr Farage has refused to join Ms Le Pen's right-wing alliance in the European parliament, siding with Nicolas Dupont-Aignan - a member of the EU Democrats party. But Ms Le Pen has hit back, saying: "He is often reproached for the behaviour and comments of... his members. More »Farage 'Slandered' Front National, Le Pen Claims
Communist China's FAW Group has sold its first Hongqi ("Red Flag") L5, the company has announced at the Beijing auto show. The first customer was Wang Zhonghua, who owns a nationwide furniture mall chain. The FAW Group Corp – formerly First Automotive Works - is China's local manufacturing partner with Audi and makes the company's Volkswagen AG (VOW) cars. FAW was set up by the Communist Party in 1958 and its first customer was Chairman Mao. More »China's Most Expensive Production Car Sells for £500,000
Michael Jackson reportedly had an Eastern European girlfriend. The pop icons bodyguards Javon Beard and Bill Whitfield have made the revelations regarding Jackson's love life in a book about their time as the singer's closest aides. In the book titled Remember the Time: Protecting Michael Jackson in His Final Days, the bodyguards describe the slender 5-feet-4 women known as 'Friend' as 'drop-dead gorgeous.' More »Michael Jackson's Bodyguards Reveal Singer's Alleged Romances
A businessman appointed by David Cameron to head a £60bn quango has resigned after it was revealed he was declared bankrupt. Tony Caplin was in charge of the Public Works Loan Board (PWLB) which provides loans to infrastructure projects. A Government spokesman said: "Tony Caplin was appointed to a number of public bodies by the Labour party. According to the Mail on Sunday, Mr Caplin was a friend of the Chancellor, George Osborne, who is a former chairman of the same City firm where Mr Cameron's father was a partner. More »Cameron-Appointed Quango Chief Resigns
As Easter is celebrated throughout the Christian world, we at IBTimes UK wondered what the world's most prominent atheists get up to when they've got nothing to celebrate. More »Easter Sunday 2014: What Do The World's Most Famous Atheists Do?
Palcohol has been approved by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) and is expected to go on sale in the autumn. Legal experts point out that alcohol in powder form already exists in countries like Germany and Japan and that patenting and marketing Palcohol will be fraught with problems. Specialist alcohol licensing firm Lehrman Beverage Law, PLLC, which produces a "bevlog" about alcohol products, says: "I am not astonished that this is a real product — but I am absolutely astonished that this is approved. TTB approved seven versions of this powdered alcohol within the past few days. More »US Approves Powdered Instant Alcohol for Sale
HONOLULU (AP) — Officials say a 16-year-old boy is "lucky to be alive" and unharmed after flying from California to Hawaii stowed away in a plane's wheel well, surviving cold temperatures at 38,000 feet and a lack of oxygen. More »16-year-old survives in wheel well of Maui flight
Premium auto maker BMW unveiled a luxury concept sedan in Beijing on Sunday, to gauge customer appetite for a car that would cost more than German manufacturer's current flagship 7 series limousine. Ian Robertson, BMW Group's board member responsible for sales and marketing said the car is being presented the Auto China show in Beijing as a way to test customer opinion in the world's largest car market. Around half of tall the 7-series flagship models made by BMW end up being sold in China, Robertson said. BMW Group's sales in China are up 25 percent in the first quarter. More »Mercedes, BMW chase ultra rich clients with new high end cars
The French government says there are "indications" Syrian President Bashar al Assad is still using chemical weapons against his own people. Opposition groups have claimed chlorine gas attacks on at least three towns left dozens of people injured last week. "We have a few elements of information, but I do not have the proof," French President Francois Hollande told Europe 1 radio station. French foreign minister Laurent Fabius told the radio station there were "indications, which have yet to be verified, that there have been recent chemical attacks". More »Assad 'Launching Chemical Attacks With Chlorine'
Sir Bob Geldof is expected to pay tribute to his daughter Peaches as a host of stars from the music world attend her funeral. They will gather to remember Ms Geldof in private at the same church where the funeral of her mother Paula Yates was held in 2000. St Mary Magdalene and St Lawrence Church in the village of Davington, near Faversham, Kent, is where the 25-year-old married musician Tom Cohen, the father of her children, in 2012. Sir Bob paid tribute to his daughter alongside his partner Jeanne Marine, and Ms Geldof's sisters Fifi Trixibelle, Pixie and Tiger, saying she was the "wildest, funniest, cleverest, wittiest and the most bonkers of all of us". More »Peaches Geldof Funeral To Be Attended By Stars
A 16-year-old boy has survived a flight from California to Hawaii in the wheel well of a jetliner. The teenager was unharmed during the five-and-a-half hour flight despite frigid temperatures at 38,000ft (11,500m) and lack of oxygen, the airline and FBI officials said. "[The] kid's lucky to be alive," said FBI spokesman Tom Simon, in Honolulu. The boy hopped down from the wheel well after Hawaiian Airlines Flight 45 landed in Maui on Sunday morning on a flight from San Jose, California. More »Teen's Five-Hour Flight In Plane Wheel Well
Teachers say they are being subjected to constant surveillance by CCTV cameras in schools which are supposed to be used to keep pupils safe. They felt the footage was being used by school leaders to monitor their performance. The survey comes as delegates attending the union's annual conference in Birmingham discuss a motion suggesting there is too much surveillance of teachers. The motion adds: "Its impact is to stifle creativity in education, disempower teachers, put procedure before purpose and increase the workload of teachers." More »Teachers Warn Of 'Constant' CCTV Surveillance
An atheist organisation has angered Christians by erecting a banner proclaiming "Nobody died for our 'sins,' Jesus Christ is a myth" next to an apparently innocent Easter display put up by a Christian group at Wisconsin Capitol in Madison, USA. The "Freedom from Religion Foundation" (FFRF) said they made the controversial gesture to counter what they describe as anti-abortion material in the display, which was installed by "Concerned Women for America" (CWA). On their website the Foundation claims "the CWA display has a cross and a plethora of conservative materials, including anti-abortion literature." The FFRF also claims some people within the CWA equate homosexuality with paedophilia. FFRF Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor says: More »American Atheists Send Cheeky Easter Greeting: 'Jesus Christ is a Myth'