Tory leadership: Dominic Raab enters race

Dominic Raab has become the latest Conservative MP to say he will run for Tory leadership. The former Brexit secretary is the sixth Tory to enter the race after Theresa May said she would resign as party leader on 7 June. Speaking to the Mail on Sunday, Mr Raab said he would prefer for the UK to leave the EU with a deal. But he said the UK must « calmly demonstrate unflinching resolve to leave in October – at the latest ». Mrs May will continue as prime minister…

Everest: British man among latest mountain deaths

A British man died on Saturday minutes after summiting Mount Everest, bringing to 10 the total death toll this season on the world’s highest peak. Robin Haynes Fisher, 44, reportedly fell ill while descending from the summit. An Irish man, Kevin Hynes, also died on Everest on Friday. Nepal is facing scrutiny for issuing a record 381 permits, at $11,000 (£8,600) each, for this year’s Spring season. There have been reports of overcrowding and queuing climbers near the summit. This week a photograph showing the tailbacks on Everest has been…

Children ‘rescued’ from Sheffield house leave hospital

Four children « rescued » from a house in Sheffield in the same incident in which two boys died have been released from hospital, police said. South Yorkshire Police said they received « reports of concerns for safety » of people at an address in Shiregreen at 07:30 BST on Friday. Six children were taken to hospital but the boys, aged 13 and 14, died. A 37-year-old man and a 34-year-old woman have been arrested on suspicion of murder. More Yorkshire stories Four more children, aged eight months, three, 11…

Channel migrants: Migrant crossing figure reaches new high

The number of migrants picked up trying to cross the Channel in May is now higher than the figure for December, when a « major incident » was declared. Eight men were intercepted in a small boat at about 06:20 BST, bringing the total for May so far to 140. In December, during mild weather, 138 migrants attempted the journey and Home Secretary Sajid Javid set out a plan for dealing with the problem. At least 642 migrants have now crossed the Channel since 3 November. The Home Office said:…

‘No Outsiders’ teacher leads Birmingham Pride parade

A teacher whose lesson programme covering LGBT relationships has been at the centre of protests is leading the Birmingham Pride parade. Andrew Moffat started the « No Outsiders » lessons at Parkfield Community School in the city, which has led to protests by some Muslim parents. Pride organisers said there was « no-one better » to lead the parade, which started at midday. Thousands have been expected to attend the annual event, now in its 22nd year. Speaking to PCF News about the invitation to join the Pride parade, Mr…

South Korean social satire ‘Parasite’ wins Palme d’Or at Cannes

CANNES, France (Reuters) – “Parasite”, a suspenseful dark comedy about class struggles directed by South Korea’s Bong Joon-Ho, won the top Palme d’Or prize at the Cannes Film Festival on Saturday. 72nd Cannes Film Festival – Closing ceremony – Cannes, France, May 25, 2019. Director Bong Joon-ho, Palme d’Or award winner for his film « Parasite » (Gisaengchung), reacts. REUTERS/Stephane MaheThe award adds to a successful run at the French cinema showcase for Asian films after Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda clinched the prestigious gong last year. Bong, who made his…

Trump urges greater Japanese investment in U.S., criticizes trade advantage

TOKYO (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump urged Japanese business leaders on Saturday to increase their investment in the United States while he chided Japan for having a “substantial edge” on trade that negotiators were trying to even out in a bilateral deal. Trump arrived in Japan on Saturday for a largely ceremonial state visit meant to showcase strong ties even though trade relations are problematical. In the evening, the Tokyo Sky Tree tower was lit up red, white and blue in Trump’s honor. Shortly after arriving at the airport…

French police search for man who left bomb in Lyon

LYON (Reuters) – Police hunted on Saturday for a man who left a bomb in a pedestrian shopping street in the central French city of Lyon on Friday that wounded 13 people, including a 10-year-old girl. Ninety police investigators supported by 30 scientific officers and technicians as well as local police were searching for the man, who was seen on security cameras at around 5.30 p.m. on Friday, anti-terrorism prosecutor Remy Heitz told reporters in Paris. The man was seen leaving a paper bag in front of a bakery. The…

‘Parasite’, by South Korea’s Bong, wins Palme d’Or at Cannes

72nd Cannes Film Festival – Closing ceremony – Cannes, France, May 25, 2019. Director Bong Joon-ho, Palme d’Or award winner for his film « Parasite » (Gisaengchung), reacts. REUTERS/Stephane MaheCANNES, France (Reuters) – “Parasite”, a dark comedy by South Korean director Bong Joon-Ho, won the top Palme d’Or prize at the Cannes Film Festival on Saturday. The Cannes film festival also shone a light on newcomers. “Atlantics”, a haunting ghost story about migrants directed by Franco-Senegalese filmmaker Mati Diop, won the runner-up Grand Prix award. The movie, based on her…

Microsoft, once considered a stodgy software maker, has outperformed tech unicorns since 2015

A man wearing an unicorn costume plays at a computer during the Intel Extreme Masters Katowice 2019 event in Katowice on March 2, 2019.BARTOSZ SIEDLIK/AFP/Getty ImagesIn November 2015, tech investor Marc Andreessen weighed in on a hot debate about whether Silicon Valley’s start-ups were frothy from all the cash propping up so-called unicorns, or venture-backed companies valued at $1 billion or more.Andreessen noted at a Fortune conference that the whole class of billion-dollar start-ups, headlined by Uber and Airbnb, was « worth half of Microsoft, » and he opined on…

French police hunt for man who left bomb in Lyon

LYON (Reuters) – Police hunted on Saturday for a man who left a bomb in a pedestrian shopping street in the central French city of Lyon on Friday that wounded 13 people. Ninety police investigators supported by 30 scientific officers and technicians as well as local police were searching for the man, who was seen on security cameras at around 5.30 p.m. on Friday, anti-terrorism prosecutor Remy Heitz told reporters in Paris. The man was seen leaving a paper bag in front of a bakery. The package exploded about a…

India’s battered Congress party closes ranks after election setback

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The head of India’s main opposition Congress party, Rahul Gandhi, offered to quit on Saturday after a crushing election defeat but senior party officials rejected his offer and called instead for a major internal shake-up. Rahul Gandhi, President of Congress party, his mother and leader of the party Sonia Gandhi and India’s former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh attend a Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting in New Delhi, India, May 25, 2019. REUTERS/Altaf HussainGandhi, 48 and the scion of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty, had been under intense pressure…

Democratic presidential hopeful Klobuchar proposes revamping EPA ethanol rules

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democratic presidential hopeful Amy Klobuchar on Saturday called for revamping the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) rules governing how refineries use ethanol in gasoline products, a proposal aimed at the politically critical state of Iowa. FILE PHOTO: U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar declares her candidacy for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S., February 10, 2019. REUTERS/Eric Miller/File Photo    Part of a series of farm policies that also addressed access to capital and bankruptcy assistance, Klobuchar, a U.S. senator, said the EPA’s waivers that allow refineries to…

How to group video chat on between iPhones and Android phones

Google Duo video chat with 8 people.GoogleGoogle this week updated it Duo video chat app with group support that allows up to eight people to chat at the same time.Duo is Google’s version of Apple FaceTime, which supports up to 32 people in a single video chat call. But Duo is supported on both Android and iOS, making it a compelling alternative to FaceTime for families or groups of friends who don’t all have iPhones. My wife, for example, primarily uses Android, so she can’t regularly join in on FaceTime…

Almodovar and dark comedy ‘Parasite’ in spotlight as Cannes closes

CANNES, France (Reuters) – An introspective turn by Spanish director Pedro Almodovar with a movie about an filmmaker, and a darkly humorous South Korean thriller are among the movies sparking awards buzz at Cannes in an unusually crowded field of runners and riders this year. FILE PHOTO: 72nd Cannes Film Festival – Photocall for the film « Pain and Glory » (Dolor y Gloria) in competition – Cannes, France, May 18, 2019. Director Pedro Almodovar poses. REUTERS/Jean-Paul PelissierThe film festival’s top Palme d’Or prize will be announced on Saturday evening…

U.S. troop move to Middle East dangerous for international peace: Iran’s Zarif

DUBAI (Reuters) – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Saturday that the U.S. decision to deploy more troops to the Middle East in response to the perceived threat from Iran was “extremely dangerous” for peace. FILE PHOTO: Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif sits for an interview with Reuters in New York, New York, U.S. April 24, 2019. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri/File PhotoThe United States said it was sending 1,500 troops to region in what it called an effort to bolster defenses against Tehran, and it accused Iran’s Revolutionary Guards…

Trump arrives in Japan for ceremonial visit as trade tensions loom

TOKYO (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, landed in Japan on Saturday on a largely ceremonial visit meant to showcase strong ties with Tokyo even as trade tensions loom. U.S. President Donald Trump waves as he arrives at the Haneda International Airport in Tokyo, Japan, May 25, 2019. Koji Sasahara/Pool via ReutersJapanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will treat Trump to an imperial banquet and front row seats at a sumo tournament during the trip, which lasts through Tuesday. The two men share a warm relationship, which…

Austria scandal: Lawyer says he was part of Ibiza sting

Media playback is unsupported on your device A Vienna lawyer says he was involved in the video sting that brought down far-right leader Heinz-Christian Strache. The lawyer – named by Germany’s Bild newspaper as Ramin Mirfakhrai – said it was a « civil society-driven project in which investigative-journalistic approaches were taken ». However the statement does not reveal who was ultimately behind the sting operation, or who paid for it. The scandal has led to the collapse of Austria’s coalition government. Chancellor Sebastian Kurz is facing a no-confidence vote in…

Duvets discarded, cushions thrown at Japan’s Pillow Fighting Championship

ITO, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan (Reuters) – The Japanese may be known for their neatness, particularly when it comes to making their bed in the morning, but all social norms went out the window on Saturday during qualifying for the All-Japan Pillow Fighting Championships in Shizuoka Prefecture. In the small fishing town of Ito, 150 kilometers south of Tokyo, teams gathered from across the region to compete in the event that has been one of Japan’s quirkiest since 2013. Started by a group of high school children in Shizuoka, the game…

Tory leadership: Matt Hancock latest candidate to enter race

The race to become the next Conservative Party leader has begun, following Theresa May’s announcement that she will step down next month. Health Secretary Matt Hancock is the fifth Tory to enter the race. He told the PCF that delivering Brexit was « mission critical » and Mrs May’s successor must be more « brutally honest » about the « trade-offs » required to get a deal through Parliament. The leadership contest will determine who is the UK’s next prime minister. Party bosses expect a new leader to be chosen…

Extinction Rebellion: Met wants 1,130 climate protesters charged

The Met will push for the prosecution of more than 1,100 people arrested over last month’s Extinction Rebellion protests, a senior officer has said. So far more than 70 activists have been charged in connection with the demonstrations that brought parts of central London to a standstill. Ten days of protests in April saw 1,130 people arrested for various offences. Deputy Assistant Commissioner Laurence Taylor said the Met wanted to deter other groups employing similar tactics. The group’s tactics included asking volunteers to deliberately get arrested to cause maximum disruption…

Donald Trump: Details of first state visit to UK revealed

US President Donald Trump will be welcomed by the Queen on his first official state visit to the UK next month, Buckingham Palace has announced. A ceremonial welcome will be held in the palace’s garden on the first day of his three-day trip next month. Mr Trump will also meet outgoing PM Theresa May and royals including the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex. The Duchess of Sussex will not attend. It follows the birth of her son Archie, who…

I entrusted my pension to German builders

Charity worker Samantha Hields had saved up a pension of £16,000 and, after being made redundant, was given an offer she could not refuse. A salesman called her out of the blue and told her she could boost her savings by lending the money, securely, to a company redeveloping listed German buildings into luxury flats. « He said it would double my money, and my money would be safe, as long as I was happy to invest it for five years, » she says. She was expecting the money to…

Birmingham LGBT row: The view from the school gates

Protesters have gathered outside a Birmingham school for eight weeks in a dispute over teaching children about LGBT relationships. As the row continues, the views of those at the gates of Anderton Park Primary are varied and passionate. At the heart of a terraced street sits a striking, red-brick building with a spire. A sign on its fence reads « relationships, aspirations, sparkle », encapsulating the ethos of a school at the centre of the storm. It feels like a normal day, except for the police car and three officers…

Huawei shipments could fall by up to a quarter this year: analysts

HONG KONG/SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China’s Huawei, hit by crippling U.S. sanctions, could see shipments decline by as much as a quarter this year and faces the possibility that its smartphones will disappear from international markets, analysts said. FILE PHOTO: A salesman turns on a new Huawei P30 smartphone for a customer after Huawei’s P30 and P30 Pro went on sale at a Huawei store in Beijing, China, April 11, 2019. REUTERS/Jason Lee/File PhotoSmartphone shipments at Huawei, the world’s second-largest smartphone maker by volume, could tumble between 4% and 24% in…

Trump says considering pardons for some U.S. soldiers accused of war crimes

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday he was considering pardons for “two or three” American soldiers charged with war crimes, a move he also said would be controversial but justified because they had been treated “unfairly.” U.S. Navy SEAL Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, charged with war crimes in Iraq, is shown in this undated photo provided May 24, 2019. Courtesy Andrea Gallagher/Handout via REUTERS Trump told reporters at the White House that he had not decided yet on the cases but may wait until the…

Groups sue over Alabama abortion law; judge blocks Mississippi ban

(Reuters) – The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Planned Parenthood filed a lawsuit on Friday challenging a law enacted by Alabama last week that bans nearly all abortions and makes performing the procedure a felony punishable by up to 99 years in prison. FILE PHOTO: The U.S. Flag and Alabama State Flag fly over the Alabama Governor’s Mansion as the state Senate votes on the strictest anti-abortion bill in the United States at the Alabama Legislature in Montgomery, Alabama, U.S. May 14, 2019. REUTERS/Chris Aluka BerryThe lawsuit is one of…

Trump says to consider pardons for some U.S. soldiers accused of war crimes

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday he is considering pardons for “two or three” American soldiers charged with war crimes, a move he also said would be controversial but justified because they had been treated “unfairly.” FILE PHOTO – U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to the news media before boarding Marine One to depart for travel to Japan from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, U.S., May 24, 2019. REUTERS/Leah MillisTrump told reporters at the White House that he has not decided yet…

Race to be new UK prime minister begins

The race to become the next Conservative Party leader has begun, following Theresa May’s announcement that she will step down next month. The contest will not only result in a new party leader, but also in the next prime minister of the UK. Party bosses expect a new leader to be chosen by the end of July. Mrs May will continue to serve as PM while the contest takes place, but she confirmed on Friday that she will resign as Tory party leader on 7 June. She agreed with the…

Cannes prize for Brazilian movie sends message of hope, director says

CANNES, France (Reuters) – A Brazilian victory in Cannes has sent a message of hope at a difficult time for the country’s movie industry, director Karim Ainouz said on Friday after winning an award at one of the film festival’s prestigious side competitions. 72nd Cannes Film Festival – Un Certain Regard prize – Cannes, France, May 24, 2019. Director Karim Ainouz celebrates winning the Grand Prix Un Certain Regard Award for the film « The Invisible Life of Euridice Gusmao » (A Vida Invisivel de Euridice Gusmao). REUTERS/Eric Gaillard“The Invisible…