Police are investigating whether a man who died after reportedly downing two pints of gin has become the latest victim of a controversial internet drinking game known as "Neknominate''. Michael Blair reports.
Game Of Thrones star Neil Fingleton has died at the age of 36, it has been reported. Once named as Britain's tallest man, the 7'7" star played Mag The Mighty in the fantasy series and also took on roles in X-Men: First Class and Jupiter Ascending. A statement posted on the Tall Persons Club group Facebook page on Sunday read: "Sadly it has come to our attention that Neil Fingleton Britain's Tallest man passed away on Saturday.
Former prime minister Sir John Major has said it was a "historic mistake" that a majority of voters opted to leave the European Union. Sir John, who was leader of the Conservative Party when the UK was negotiating the Maastricht Treaty with its European partners in 1991, said he was concerned the challenges ahead had been underplayed. The ex-PM told an audience at Chatham House in London that, while the British people had every right to choose to leave the EU, pro-Brexit supporters had left voters expecting an "unreal" and "over optimistic" future.
Oscars host Jimmy Kimmel thanked Donald Trump for making the event appear less racist as he opened the 89th Academy Awards. The talk show host said he knew the country was divided and he had been encouraged to say something that would unite people. Kimmel pointedly led a standing ovation for actress Meryl Streep who criticised Mr Trump's impression of a disabled reporter during his campaign for the presidency, saying it "kind of broke my heart" in her Golden Globes acceptance speech last month.
By Carolyn Cohn LONDON (Reuters) - Britons will have to pay much more for motor insurance after the government announced new rules on Monday that will push up lump sum payments for personal injury claims. The industry's trade body described the change as "crazy" as it would lead insurers to further increase motor insurance premiums, which jumped 9 percent last year. The personal injury lawyers' trade group, however, said it was "long overdue".
By Manuel Mogato MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines and Germany condemned on Monday the beheading of an elderly German captive by Islamic State-linked Abu Sayyaf militants who posted a video of the killing after a deadline for a $600,000 ransom passed. The video showed a machete-wielding militant behead Jurgen Kantner. Jesus Dureza, presidential adviser on the Philippine peace process, said officials had exhausted all efforts to save Kantner, 70, who was held on the tiny southern island of Jolo.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates scoring Manchester United’s winning goal during their 3-2 EFL Cup final win over Southampton. José Mourinho watched Zlatan Ibrahimovic snatch what he admitted was a slightly undeserved EFL Cup final victory against Southampton and he joked that Manchester United’s supporters ought to camp outside the striker’s house to persuade him to sign on for another season at the club. United led at Wembley through goals from Ibrahimovic and Jesse Lingard before Southampton’s new signing, Manolo Gabbiadini, hit back with two goals of his own.
The national carrier has been plagued by problems in recent years. Pakistan International Airlines has said it is investigating reports that more passengers than the maximum allowed had travelled on an international flight, adding that it had launched disciplinary measures against the crew. A PIA spokesman denied a newspaper report that seven extra passengers were forced to stand for the three-hour flight from Karachi to Medina in Saudi Arabia on 20 January.
The driver of a pickup truck who is said to have ploughed into a crowd at a Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans had a blood alcohol level nearly three times the legal limit. The New Orleans Police Department said Neilson Rizzuto, 25, was being held at the city's jail facing charges of first-degree negligent vehicular injuring, hit-and-run driving causing serious injury and reckless operation of a vehicle. Police chief Michael Harrison said a breath test showed Rizzuto's alcohol level was nearly three times the legal limit.
Despite essentially EVERYONE who took part in last year's edition of The Jump having horrific injuries, up to the point where it might as well have been called Last Jumper Standing, Channel 4's bizarrely addictive reality show is back. But alas, even before the show kicked off, there were a number of celebrity injuries and it's already getting hard to keep up with what's going on. So, here's your handy guide to the injury crisis in Austria, which we'll keep updating (probably on a daily basis). From Digital Spy
Sir Gerald Kaufman, the Labour MP and Father of the House of Commons, has died aged 86, sparking a by-election in his Manchester seat. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said Sir Gerald was an "iconic and irascible figure", adding: "He loved life and politics. The Labour politician was first elected as Manchester Ardwick MP in 1970, before becoming Manchester Gorton MP after constituency boundary changes in 1983 until his death.
England’s James Haskell and Dylan Hartley talk to referee Romain Poite about the implications of Italy’s decision not to commit any men to the ruck after making a tackle. George Ford has called on World Rugby to change its laws before England face Scotland after their 36-15 bonus-point victory against Italy, which was described as “a joke” by Eddie Jones. The head coach also claimed supporters should get their money back because of Italy’s controversial tactics, which he compared to Trevor Chappell’s famous underarm bowling for Australia and Ford claimed could quickly “kill the game”.
When is Pancake Day 2017? Pancake Day has been celebrated by Britons for centuries. Known also as Shrove Tuesday, its exact date, rather confusingly, changes every year, because it is determined by when Easter falls. Pancake recipes: how do I make pancakes?
A barrister at the centre of a child abuse scandal committed a series of sickening assaults against young men after leading evangelical groups failed to report him to the police, it is claimed. John Smyth QC, a friend of the Archbishop of Canterbury, is accused of carrying out sadomasochistic attacks on boys he met at Christian camps in Britain and Zimbabwe. The assaults first came to light in 1982, when a victim attempted suicide after being summoned to a beating in the shed of Mr Smyth’s Winchester home.
Hollywood actor Bill Paxton, best known for his roles in Apollo 13 and Twister, has died at the age of 61. Paxton appeared in dozens of films over four decades, including such blockbusters as Titanic, True Lies and Aliens. "It is with heavy hearts we share the news that Bill Paxton has passed away due to complications from surgery," said the statement, which called Paxton a "loving husband and father".
Jürgen Klopp takes his Liverpool side to Leicester on Monday, with the champions now managerless following Claudio Ranieri’s sacking. Jürgen Klopp has denied player power is on the rise and claimed the biggest threat to managers such as Claudio Ranieri are directors with a direct line of communication to the dressing room. Ranieri was sacked as Leicester City manager on Thursday amid reports of a dressing‑room revolt among players he turned into Premier League champions nine months previously.
Now Sergei Polunin, the prodigy regularly called the greatest dancer of his generation, has lifted the lid on his surprise exit from Covent Garden, saying he felt he had been “tricked” into life in ballet.
Oscar memes, gifs and hilarity are swamping social media today after La La Land was incorrectly given the best picture Oscar, when in fact Moonlight was the winner. The Sixth Sense director, M Night Shyamalan, who made a name for himself with the dramatic twists in his films, joked that he wrote the ending to the 89th Academy Awards. The official Miss Universe tweeted some advice to the Academy, two years after US comedian Steve Harvey mistakenly announced the wrong winner during the crowning of the 2015 Miss Universe.
It’s been a dramatic weekend for The Voice UK coaches – each jettisoning half of their teams in the battle rounds.
What is a solar eclipse? A solar eclipse happens when the moon casts a shadow on the earth as it passes between the earth and the sun, blocking out the light. The diameter of the Sun is 400 times that of the moon but it lies 400 times further away - which means if you are in exactly the right alignment on the surface of the Earth at the right time, you will see the two celestial bodies overlap.
By Anshuman Daga SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Noble Group Ltd reported a net profit of $8.7 million (7 million pounds) for full-year 2016 versus a huge loss in the previous year when the Singapore-listed commodities trader restructured its business operations, and it outlined further cost cuts for this year. "Management continues to pursue the same goals that we laid out previously - to rationalise low return or loss making businesses while devoting resources to those core businesses in which we have a competitive advantage and where we expect to see continued strong returns over a cycle," Noble said in a statement on Monday. Noble's shares have jumped by about a third this year but are still down about 70 percent since mid-Feb 2015 when its troubles started as its accounts were questioned by Iceberg Research.