Here's our pick of the pictures from around the world this week
Here's our pick of the pictures from around the world this week
By Alastair Macdonald and Philip Blenkinsop BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union leaders endorsed stiff divorce terms for Britain on Saturday and warned Britons to have "no illusions" about swiftly securing a new relationship to keep their access to EU markets. At a Brussels summit marked by unusual harmony among the 27 leaders, there was a flash of the cross-Channel acrimony which some fear could wreck any deal when officials accused London of cynically vetoing some EU spending and demanded it back down or face disrupting the start of talks next month. Meeting for the first time since Prime Minister Theresa May triggered the two-year countdown to Brexit in late March, her counterparts took just minutes as they sat down to lunch in Brussels to approve eight pages of negotiating guidelines hammered out by their diplomats over the past month.
The French presidential election will be decided between centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen. Macron - centrist candidate and former protege of François Hollande - beat Le Pen on Sunday, becoming the bookies' favourite to become French President. Only about one-third of those who voted Fillon will be tempted to vote for Marine Le Pen in the second round.
Drinking alcohol bought in duty free on board planes should be made a criminal offence, according to airlines. Airlines UK - which represents carriers such as British Airways, EasyJet, Thomas Cook and Virgin Atlantic - has told Sky News the move would help reduce incidents of "air rage" fuelled by booze.
Madeleine McCann's parents say the police investigation into their daughter's disappearance has encouraged them to believe she is still alive - as they also reveal they still buy her Christmas and birthday presents every year. Speaking ahead of the 10th anniversary of her disappearance, her mother Kate McCann said: "It might not be as quick as we want, but there's real progress being made and I think we need to take heart from that. Last week, Scotland Yard said it had one "significant line of inquiry" to pursue which could solve the mystery of Madeleine's disappearance from the family's holiday apartment in Portugal on 3 May, 2007.
By Jack Kim and Ju-min Park SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile on Saturday shortly after U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned that failure to curb Pyongyang's nuclear and ballistic missile programmes could lead to "catastrophic consequences". U.S. and South Korean officials said the test, from an area north of the North Korean capital, appeared to have failed, in what would be the North's fourth straight unsuccessful missile test since March. The test came as the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier group arrived in waters near the Korean peninsula, where it began exercises with the South Korean navy on Saturday, about 12 hours after the failed launch, a South Korean navy official said.
The head of an Iranian satellite television network who last year was sentenced in absentia to six years in prison by a Tehran court was shot dead in Istanbul together with a business partner, Turkey's Dogan news agency said on Sunday. GEM TV founder Saeed Karimian and an associate were driving in Istanbul's Maslak neighbourhood after 8 p.m. (1700 GMT) on Saturday when their car was blocked by a jeep and shots were fired, Dogan said. Karimian was found dead by emergency services arriving at the scene, Dogan said.
The family firm of President Mauricio Macri allegedly tried to empty the accounts of Argentina's postal service, which it ran years ago, the justice ministry said on Saturday.
A bed-ridden stroke victim was told to use food banks after an administrative error left him and his wife facing extreme poverty. Alan Buchanan, 65, has been bed bound after suffering several major seizures since he had his first stroke 15 years ago, and the once successful businessman is now entirely dependent on his wife Heather and the occasional visits of carers. The couple, from the small Scottish town of Callander, near Loch Lomond, said they now fear homelessness after their benefits were stopped because of an administrative error.
Anthony Joshua heralded the start of a new era of heavyweight boxing by dramatically knocking out Wladimir Klitschko in 11 rounds. Making the third defence of his IBF title, he also became the WBA champion after recovering from the first knockdown of his career to impressively win at Wembley Stadium. A period of survival followed before, as he recovered his confidence and ambition in the final rounds, he secured two further knockdowns and forced referee David Fields to intervene with Klitschko unable to defend himself from another heavy barrage.
Dressed in her Women’s Auxiliary Air Force uniform, Diana Rowden looks like any other young female who had volunteered to help Britain’s war effort. Rowden was a secret agent dropped behind enemy lines in France, and her story has been revealed in full for the first time. This week, for the first time, Rowden’s family met a descendant of the French family that sheltered her before her capture.
A plane has made a dramatic emergency landing in Florida after the pilot realised it was missing a wheel. Sarasota Bradenton International Airport received a distress call from the plane’s pilot just before 5pm (10pm BST), an airport official told The Independent. The official said the plane had lost its left main gear wheel on takeoff.
A military airplane crashed into a mountain in Cuba's north-western region of Artemisa on Saturday morning, killing all eight personnel on board, the Ministry of Revolutionary Armed Forces said. The aircraft, a twin-engined turboprop Antonov AN-26, had taken off at 6:38 a.m. (1038 GMT) from Playa Baracoa, just outside Havana, and crashed into the Loma de la Pimienta mountain some 80 km (50 miles) westwards. "The eight military personnel on board, including the crew, died," the ministry said in a statement published by state-run media.
Hundreds gathered in Moscow and other Russian cities on Saturday, calling on President Vladimir Putin not to seek re-election next year. Activists said at least 100 people were detained in Saint Petersburg. There was no official confirmation of the arrests. Putin, who has dominated Russian politics for 17 years, has not said whether he will run in the March 2018 presidential elections. But the 64-year-old politician, who enjoys high popularity ratings, is widely expected to seek a fourth mandate. Saturday’s protest – under the slogan “We’re sick of him” – was organised by the Open Russia movement founded by Putin’s arch-rival, the former oil magnate Mikhail Khodorkovsky. In Moscow, hundreds peacefully lined up outside the offices of his administration to hand over petitions calling on Putin not to run. Police said 250 people turned out, while Maria Baronova, an Open Russia activist, said at least 500 people handed over a petition. A Reuters reporter counted at least 30 police buses and coaches around the rally, tightly guarded by riot police. Now in #Moscow: protestors lining up to submit their letters to #Putin. Small turnout compared to pvs protests, very heavy police presence pic.twitter.com/FSnfurBywH— Amie Ferris-Rotman (@Amie_FR) April 29, 2017 Under pressure Authorities have stepped up pressure on Open Russia in recent days. The General Prosecutor’s Office ruled on Wednesday that the activity of Open Russia’s British arm was “undesirable” and accused it and other organisations of trying to discredit the election. One of hundreds shepherded into a queue behind metal barriers by police before handing over their petitions one-by-one, Anna, a 16-year-old Moscow schoolgirl, said she hoped Putin would get the message and not run again. “Nothing positive has happened in our country on his watch and I have the sense that things are getting worse, and that the main problem is the fact that those in power are the same,” she told Reuters. Her preference for president was opposition politician Alexei Navalny, who spent 15 days in jail last month after helping organise the biggest anti-government protests since 2012, which ended with over 1,000 arrests. While the world watches Moscow for signs of unrest, hundreds of smaller protests are heating up Putin’s heartland. https://t.co/NdDeG2j5NM— Foreign Policy (@ForeignPolicy) April 29, 2017
Wedding bouquets are getting heavier as modern brides are chosing cacti, succulents and even vegetables over traditional flowers, industry experts have said. Echeveria, a green succulent from Mexico, has become ubiquitous at trendy wedding ceremonies, with other similar plants proving popular for their unusual colours such as grey. With brides spending an average of £550 on their wedding flowers, florists say they are under pressure to create unique bouquet designs.
Hundreds of private patients of Ian Paterson, the rogue breast surgeon facing jail for mutilating women, may be denied compensation due to a legal loophole. The Sunday Telegraph has been told that almost all NHS cases involving Paterson have been settled but private cases remain ongoing. A civil claim, expected to go to trial later in the year, is being brought by about 400 women who suffered at the hands of the surgeon.
China has launched perhaps its most concerted push yet to clean up a toxic brew of unregulated and risky lending increasingly viewed as a threat to global financial stability, but do authorities really mean business this time?
After months of waiting, 50-year-old Ndeye Khari Pouye has finally won the "cagnotte de la tontine", a precious jackpot to help feed her chickens and maintain her livelihood.
A few late-season snowflakes flutter over Fort McMurray, their whiteness contrasting against surrounding forests blackened one year ago by the most destructive wildfire in Canadian history.
It said President Yoweri Museveni was elected more than 30 years ago. While he came to power in 1986 after a five-year guerrilla war, elections were not held until 1996 (“How insults and a campaign over sanitary towels landed activist in jail”, News, page 2). Confusion crept into our Scottish edition last week when we inadvertently placed Orkney in the Outer Hebrides.
Just over a decade ago, the “Harry Potter” effect was credited for sparking something of a renaissance for British boarding schools, which had seen a steady decline in numbers over the previous twenty years. Several of the country's leading institutions set about building new boarding houses to cope with the surge in demand from a generation of children - and parents - who wanted to re-create the enchantment of boarding schools conjured by J. K. Rowling’s novels.
Tesco has been commended for publishing data on how much food it bins. Supermarket “best before” labels could be phased out while shops should be forced to sell oddly shaped vegetables under proposals from MPs who have warned the government it needs to do more to tackle food waste. More than £10bn worth of food is thrown away by households each year, according to a damning report from the environment, food and rural affairs select committee.
Wonky fruit and vegetables should be sold as standard, MPs have said, as they urge supermarkets to relax standards requiring produce to be "perfectly" shaped. The recommendation, made in a food waste report published today by the influential Environment Food and Rural Affairs Committee, forms part of a new plan to stop millions of tonnes of edible produce being needlessly wasted each year. Nei Parrish, chair of the Committee, said: "Shoppers have been brainwashed to expect that everything [fruit and veg] has to be perfect.