Simon Cowell's security guard was using the toilet when a burglar broke in and stole almost £1m worth of jewellery from the music mogul's house, a court has heard. The X Factor supremo, his partner Lauren Silverman, their toddler Eric and the child's nanny were asleep in the five-bed house at the time. Darren February is accused of raiding the house in Holland Park, west London, where Cowell has lived for 10 years, on 4 December 2015.
The landing gear of a FlyBe Group airplane collapsed during landing at Amsterdam's Schiphol on Thursday, causing it to veer off the runway. Bombardier Inc spokesman Bryan Tucker said in an email that FlyBe was operating its Q400 prop plane. “We are working with the operator (FlyBe) to understand what happened,” Tucker said.
Conservatives take Copeland from Labour Jeremy Corbyn suffers a humiliating by-election defeat Labour holds onto Stoke on Trent The Stoke & Copeland by-elections: in pictures It could take Ukip 23 years to win a by-election Data analysis: Why Corbyn lost Copeland Narrowing gap on Labour is scant consolation for Ukip Copeland takes 'nuclear option' as it elects first Tory since 1935
By A. Ananthalakshmi and Liz Lee KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - VX, the chemical used in the airport murder of Kim Jong Nam, is one of the deadliest chemical weapons created by man. Just 10 milligrams of the nerve agent or a single drop is enough to kill in minutes, experts say. With the texture and feel of engine oil, VX was first produced in the United Kingdom in the 1950s.
Hip-hop veteran Eminem has been confirmed to headline the UK's twin festivals Reading and Leeds this summer. It will be the rapper's third appearance at the festivals after being away from British stages for nearly two years. "His 2013 headline performance was incredible and we can't wait to have him back," Reading and Leeds organisers said, calling the singer's return "beyond exciting".
By David Shepardson and Ginger Gibson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump told chief executives of major U.S. companies on Thursday he plans to bring millions of jobs back to the United States, but offered no specific plan on how to reverse a decades-long decline in factory jobs. In his first month in office, Trump has pressured a number of U.S. companies to hire in the United States but he has yet to publicly propose legislation tackling the big economic issues he campaigned on in 2016, including a job-boosting tax or infrastructure programme.
By Brian Love and Michel Rose PARIS (Reuters) - France's presidential race took a new turn on Thursday as independent Emmanuel Macron raised the curtain on a partnership with veteran centrist Francois Bayrou to help him beat the far-right's Marine Le Pen. The National Front is at the gates of power. It plays on fear," Macron said, referring to Le Pen's once-shunned party.
By Marc Jones and Huw Jones LONDON (Reuters) - UK-based banks that want to operate across the European Union after Brexit must set up genuine operations, not 'empty shells' in EU countries, a Bundesbank official said on Friday. Andreas Dombret, the Bundesbank board member responsible for supervision, warned banks not to try to trick regulators as they seek ways of preserving their access to the EU after Britain leaves in two years' time. "We will not accept any empty shells or 'letterbox companies' where the business effectively continues to be done out of London," he said at a London conference organised by zeb, a financial services consultancy.
The highest-profile critic of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's brutal drug war was arrested Friday on charges she said were meant to silence her, but she vowed to keep fighting the "sociopathic serial killer".
Beyonce has pulled out of this year's Coachella festival following advice from her doctors. After being snubbed at Grammys earlier this month, losing out on the holy trinity of awards - album, record and song - to Adele, Beyonce will also miss one of the most important festivals of the year. Beyonce's festival producer Goldenvoice said the singer had to pull out "following the advice of her doctors to keep a less rigorous schedule in the coming months".
Iraqi security forces secured most of the Mosul airport in a rapid advance on Thursday that positions them on the doorstep of Islamic State-held west Mosul. Despite earlier predictions of a fierce battle, few Isil fighters remained to defend the airfield, leaving some Iraqi soldiers confused as to whether the speed of advance indicated a dramatic collapse of Isil defences, or whether the worst may be yet to come inside the western city limits.
Jim Shannon told MPs he understood the need for justice as recalled the death of his cousin Kenneth Smyth, as well as friends who had served in the Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR). Mr Shannon, who also served in the UDR during the conflict, said he was "horrified" to learn that as many as 1,000 former servicemen will be investigated for murder or manslaughter suspects as part of a multi-million pound review.
Official figures released today show that more than one in 10 young people in the UK are not in education, employment or training (Neet). There are 407,000 young women who are Neet, and for a while I was one of them. Brought up in a family of Irish Travellers in London, this is what most people my age did.
The fiance of Helen Bailey has been jailed for 34 years for drugging and killing the author in a plot to inherit her fortune. Ian Stewart, 56, spent weeks poisoning the 51-year-old Electra Brown writer with prescription sedatives before smothering her in a "heinous" plot motivated by greed in April 2016. Ms Bailey was dragged into a cesspit below the couple's luxury home in Royston, Hertfordshire, where she remained hidden for three months.
Gothenburg has been named the world’s most sociable city – after a new study examined the social behaviour and attitudes of locals in 39 global destinations. The study, commissioned by booking site HostelWorld, gave top spot to the Swedish city after it scored high for the way in which locals are likely to socialise with tourists – along with their ‘propensity to party.’ And it seems like it could be a national thing too – Swedish capital Stockholm came second in the study, which involved interviewing some 12,888 residents. Here’s the overall top 10.
BERLIN/HAMBURG (Reuters) - Audi boss Rupert Stadler is expected to win the backing of top officials at the carmaker and parent company Volkswagen this week, despite criticism of his handling of the group's emissions scandal, two sources close to the matter said. Volkswagen (VW) , Europe's biggest carmaker, admitted in September 2015 to using illegal software to disguise the true level of toxic emissions from diesel engines.
Seats on seven Tube lines never get washed with shampoo, surprising new figures have shown. Nearly five million people use the London Underground every year but only passengers on three Tube lines are lucky enough to sit on seats which are properly cleaned. According to figures from Transport for London, seats on the Bakerloo, Victoria and Central Lines are washed once every six months to a year.
Mariah Carey on Nick Cannon's Baby Golden By now you may have heard the good news about the birth of Nick’s 3rd child Golden Sagon Cannon but what you didn’t hear is what Mariah had to say about her baby daddy’s new baby. Nick and Brittany Bell welcomed son Golden to the world on 2/21/17 when Nick insta’d this pic and caption, ”Weeping may endure for a night, but Joy cometh in the morning! No matter how hard the world may hit you, God always reminds us of our purpose! #TrueHappiness Welcome to Earth Son! Golden "Sagon" Cannon 2/21/17 #Awakened.” Now a source has said that "Mariah has been aware of the baby for a while now and she congratulated him. They are on fine terms and continue to be good parents for their children. Nick told both of his other kids, Moroccan and Monroe about the baby and that they will have a new sibling.”
An item billed as the "world's first transgender doll" has been debuted at the New York Toy Fair, which drew to a close earlier this week. The doll is based on 16-year-old transgender activist and YouTube personality Jazz Jennings who, born a boy, transitioned to living as a girl at age five. It was created by the Tonner Doll Company, who modeled it on Ms Jennings, and comes dressed in a pink shirt and jeans shorts, similar to those worn by Jennings on the cover of her memoir, Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen.
Lego could make a new Red Arrows toy set after a design submitted to its ideas competition has soared in popularity. The toy maker has launched a new ideas section of its website where companies and organisations can submit designs for new Lego sets. The Red Arrows are one of the world's premier aerobatic plane teams who put on displays to millions of people every year.