09 April - National weather forecast presented by Luke Miall
09 April - National weather forecast presented by Luke Miall
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.
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.
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 Alastair Macdonald and Philip Blenkinsop BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban told leaders of his centre-right EU political group on Saturday that he would comply with demands from Brussels to change measures branded an attack on academic freedom, the party said. Orban himself, speaking in Hungarian to domestic television viewers, insisted he was not climbing down and said he would "negotiate" with the EU executive in the coming months and "implement the final result". "Nobody will set conditions for Hungary," he told Hungarian reporters at a news conference on Saturday.
By Matthias Blamont and Simon Carraud PARIS (Reuters) - French far-right presidential hopeful Marine Le Pen on Saturday chose defeated first-round candidate Nicolas Dupont-Aignan as her prime minister, a bid to attract his voters and help her to victory over centrist favourite Emmanuel Macron. Dupont-Aignan is a nationalist whose protectionist economic policies are close to those of the National Front's Le Pen and who, like her, wants to reduce the powers of European Union institutions. The alliance could help draw in other voters from the edges of the mainstream right, but it risks alienating some of the far-left support she needs if she is to upset the odds and win France's most important election in decades.
Sunderland's relegation from the Premier League was confirmed on Saturday as David Moyes' side fell to a 1-0 home defeat to Bournemouth. The Black Cats headed into the Stadium of Light clash against the Cherries needing a result, but Josh King's 88th-minute winner means the north east club will be playing football in the Championship next season. There was brief hope from elsewhere as Southampton were awarded a penalty against Hull but Eldin Jakupovic's save earned the TIgers a goalless draw which leaves them 13 points clear of David Moyes' side, who have only 12 to play for.
The Knights of Malta, a Catholic chivalric order and global charity, elected a new, interim leader on Saturday to oversee a period of reform and restore calm to the organisation after its recent row with the Vatican. The previous grand master, Briton Matthew Festing, resigned in January after a month-long, highly public spat with the Vatican over the running of the group, which laid bare tensions between a reformist Pope Francis and his conservative critics. In a secret ballot, 56 electors appointed Italian Giacomo Dalla Torre as Lieutenant of the Grand Master, giving him just a one-year mandate while reforms are carried out.
This article first appeared on the Hoover Institution site. The biggest media story of the moment is that Bill O’Reilly has been dropped by Fox News as a result of multiple credible sexual harassment allegations. The most intriguing part of this story is why Fox forced O’Reilly out.
New Zealand has become the latest country to respond to controversial Netflix teen suicide drama 13 Reasons Why, enforcing a new rating that prohibits people under 18 from watching it alone. The 13-episode drama, co-produced by singer and actress Selena Gomez, is based upon the 2007 best-selling novel by Jay Asher, which follows teenager Clay Jensen (Dylan Minnette) as he discovers the reasons behind the tragic suicide of his crush, Hannah Baker (Katherine Langford), through her emotional audio diary. Released only on Netflix, it has connected with its teenage audience, but has concerned mental health groups, as the streaming video service is not subject to traditional media regulations under current laws.
Rihanna doesn't seem too happy about Kylie Jenner dating her ex-boyfriend Travis Scott. Also, did Kendall get plastic surgery? Many fans seem to think so. Plus, did The Weeknd send his ex-girlfriend Bella Hadid's sister Gigi flowers? Found out in Hollyscoop's Moments of the Week!
The leaders of 27 EU nations agreed the bloc's Brexit negotiating position at a summit on Saturday. "The Union's overall objective in these negotiations will be to preserve its interests, those of its citizens, its businesses and its Member States," the EU's governing council says in a statement released around Saturday lunchtime. The document contains few surprises, with European Council President Donald Tusk publically outlining his top priorities ahead of the summit. However, the statement provides a detailed look at the thinking of the EU and how it views Brexit.
The Government is to take another step towards recouping the vast sums of money injected into the banking system in 2008 by selling £3bn of Bradford & Bingley (B&B) mortgage loans. Sky News has learnt that UK Asset Resolution, the Treasury-supervised unit which manages the remnants of the former high street lender, has appointed the Wall Street investment bank Morgan Stanley to handle an auction later this year. The portfolio for which it will seek buyers is understood to comprise lower-quality buy-to-let and higher loan-to-value mortgages than an £11.8bn package offloaded last month.
Ukip leader Paul Nuttall was forced to cancel an appearance at a rally in Hartlepool after a brawl broke out between two women outside the event. The party’s leader pulled out of a planned speech at the mini-rally on Saturday after the event descended into chaos. Mr Nuttall had been due to speak to campaigners there as part of the general election campaign but skipped the event after the altercation broke out between the two women.
Bacteria are a vexing problem for astronauts. The microorganisms that colonize our bodies grow uncontrollably on surfaces of the International Space Station, so astronauts spend hours cleaning them up each week. How is NASA solving this very tiny big problem? It’s turning to a bunch of high school kids.
Jeff Kramer gunned his light-blue Dodge Colt down Normandie Avenue in South Central Los Angeles, armed with a king-sized Snickers, a notebook and a few pens. It was April 29, 1992, and he’d just finished filing a man-on-the-street story to the Boston Globe (by pay phone) about the black community’s reaction to a news story that was about to ignite a national debate on race and police brutality: Four L.A. police officers who beat black motorist Rodney King with billy clubs had been acquitted by a mostly white jury. A year earlier, on March 3, 1991, King had led police on a high-speed chase.
The secretary general of the UN World Tourism Organisation (I know, me neither) has news for hotels. Shut up about Airbnb: the sharing economy is here to stay. The hotel industry “should realise that it is not going to go away,”
A federal judge has ordered the Arkansas authorities to conduct an autopsy on the body of an executed inmate whose lawyer described his death as "horrifying," including jerking and convulsions during his lethal injection.
Giant rabbit Simon, the central character in the latest public relations disaster for United Airlines, may have been frozen to death, according to reports. The pet died shortly after landing at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago on Monday (April 24). Sources quoted by The Sun on Saturday claimed that the rabbit had been accidentally left in a freezer for as long as 16 hours following his flight.
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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 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.