PC Andrew Harper: Killed officer ‘died of multiple injuries’

Detectives investigating the death of a police officer have said he died of « multiple injuries », as they were given more time to question 10 suspects. PC Andrew Harper, 28, was responding to a burglary report on Thursday in Sulhamstead, Berkshire, when he was dragged along the road by a vehicle. Ten males aged between 13 and 30 have been arrested on suspicion of murder. Thames Valley Police said on Saturday it had been granted an extra 36 hours to question the suspects. PC Harper, who got married four…

Peter Duncan: Murder charge over Newcastle stabbing

A 17-year-old boy has been charged with murdering a lawyer who was stabbed to death with a screwdriver. Peter Duncan, 52, was attacked on Wednesday after what police said was a chance « coming together » with a group of youths in Newcastle city centre. The boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has been charged with murder, possession of an offensive weapon and theft. He is due to appear at North Tyneside Magistrates’ Court on Monday. Northumbria Police said it believed Mr Duncan, from Newcastle, had been attacked…

Bangladesh fire: 15,000 homes destroyed in Dhaka slum

A massive fire has swept through a slum in the capital of Bangladesh, Dhaka, leaving 50,000 people homeless. About 15,000 homes were destroyed in the Chalantika slum late on Friday. Many homes had plastic roofs, which helped the flames to spread. No deaths have been reported, although several people were injured. Most residents are low-wage earners and many were away after the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha. There is no word on the cause of the fire. An investigation is under way. Firefighters took more than six hours to put…

Afghanistan: Bomb rips through wedding in Kabul

An explosion has ripped through a wedding hall in the Afghan capital, Kabul, and many casualties are feared. Eye witnesses told the PCF a suicide bomber detonated explosives during a wedding ceremony. Witnesses said they had seen bodies. The explosion happened at around 22:40 local time (18.10 GMT) in an area mostly populated by Shia residents. No group said it carried out the attack, which happened in the west of the city. Sunni Muslim militants, including the Taliban and the Islamic State group, have repeatedly targeted Shia Hazara minorities in…

Brexit: Tory MP Oliver Letwin rejects Corbyn as caretaker PM

Senior Tory MP Sir Oliver Letwin has said he does not support Jeremy Corbyn becoming a caretaker prime minister in a bid to avoid a no-deal Brexit. But he backed discussions across the Commons to prevent the UK crashing out of the EU without a deal. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has pledged that the UK will leave the EU by 31 October « do or die ». Mr Corbyn said the UK needs a government that is « prepared to negotiate » with the EU. His current plan is to…

Italy’s Salvini lets 27 teenagers off Open Arms migrant ship

Italy’s Interior Minister Matteo Salvini has agreed to let 27 unaccompanied teenagers leave a migrant rescue ship amid a row between the far-right leader and his fellow ministers. The minors were allowed to disembark on the Italian island of Lampedusa after more than sixteen days at sea. More than 100 migrants remain on board the Spanish rescue ship Open Arms. Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte had called Mr Salvini « obsessed » with keeping migrants out of Italian ports. Two ministers on Friday also refused to sign off Mr Salvini’s orders…

Hong Kongers rally against government under stormy skies

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Thousands of school teachers joined an 11th weekend of anti-government protests in Hong Kong on Saturday, as shops pulled down their shutters and braced for another restive summer night. Weeks of increasingly violent demonstrations have plunged the city into turmoil. Water-filled barricades fortify the airport and government offices. Posters showing bloody clashes are stuck on street corners and there is a protest nearly every night. The unrest began in June in opposition to a now-suspended extradition bill, and have since grown to include broader demands. Following…

Several injured in Kashmir in clashes with Indian police

SRINAGAR, India (Reuters) – Indian security forces injured at least six people on Saturday in Srinagar, the main city in the Indian-controlled part of Kashmir, as several protests broke out against New Delhi’s revocation of the region’s autonomy last week. Kashmiris walk past broken window glass after clashes between protesters and the security forces on Friday evening, during restrictions following the scrapping of the special constitutional status for Kashmir by the Indian government, in Srinagar August 17, 2019. REUTERS/Danish IsmailIn New York, the U.N. Security Council held its first meeting…

PC Andrew Harper: Killed PC ‘died of multiple injuries’

Detectives investigating the death of a police officer have said he died of « multiple injuries », as they were given more time to question 10 suspects. PC Andrew Harper, 28, was responding to a burglary report on Thursday in Berkshire when he was dragged along a road by a vehicle. Ten males aged between 13 and 30 have been arrested on suspicion of murder. Thames Valley Police said on Saturday it had been granted an extra 36 hours to question the suspects. PC Harper, who got married four weeks…

PC Andrew Harper ‘died of multiple injuries’

PC Andrew Harper died of « multiple injuries », UK police say, as they are given more time to question 10 suspects This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version. You can receive Breaking News on a smartphone or tablet via the PCF News App. You can also follow @PCFBreaking on Twitter to get the latest alerts. Source: The Guardian

Exclusive: U.S. set to give Huawei another 90 days to buy from American suppliers – sources

SINGAPORE/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Commerce Department is expected to extend a reprieve given to Huawei Technologies that permits the Chinese firm to buy supplies from U.S. companies so that it can service existing customers, two sources familiar with the situation said. FILE PHOTO: A Huawei company logo is pictured at the Shenzhen International Airport in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, China July 22, 2019. REUTERS/Aly Song/File PhotoThe “temporary general license” will be extended for Huawei for 90 days, the sources said. Commerce initially allowed Huawei to purchase some American-made goods in…

Youth charged with screwdriver stabbing murder

A youth has been charged with murdering « devoted father » Peter Duncan, who was stabbed in Newcastle on Wednesday. Mr Duncan, 52, was attacked after what police said was a chance « coming together » with a group of youths near Old Eldon Square. A 17-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has been charged with murder, possession of an offensive weapon and theft. He is due to appear at North Tyneside Magistrates’ Court on Monday. This breaking news story is being updated and more details will…

Youth charged with screwdriver stabbing

Youth charged with murder of « devoted father » Peter Duncan, who was stabbed in Newcastle on Wednesday This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version. You can receive Breaking News on a smartphone or tablet via the BBC News App. You can also follow @BBCBreaking on Twitter to get the latest alerts. Source: BBC

Waymo’s self-driving tech needs one big thing to succeed: More humans

Alphabet’s self-driving car company Waymo has built the world’s smartest vehicles with access to the world’s best artificial intelligence, but there’s one barrier that it might have underestimated: people.In the last few months, the company has gained regulatory approvals, improved its driving systems using Alphabet’a AI assets and partnered with other auto manufacturers. Its cars have driven more miles than any other company’s.But the community closest to Waymo’s main testing grounds in Phoenix, Arizona, said that the human element remains complicated, from hiring more drivers and support staff to working…

The strangest and most alarming things in WeWork’s IPO filing

CEO of WeWork Adam NeumannGetty ImagesWeWork’s parent company, the We Company, made a splash earlier this week with the release of its much-anticipated IPO prospectus.The company’s S-1 lays the groundwork for what is widely expected to be one of the largest initial public offerings of the year, second only to Uber’s IPO in May. It’s also filled with unusual items that should scare off all but the hardiest investors with a healthy appetite for risk. Here’s a rundown.Mounting lossesWeWork’s revenue for the first half of 2019 may have been more…

‘You can still sense the love’: Baby boomers revel at Woodstock 50 years on

BETHEL, N.Y. (Reuters) – Baby boomers dressed in tie-dye, rolling wheelchairs and chasing a memory of peace and love flocked to Bethel, New York, for the weekend to mark the 50th anniversary of Woodstock, the music festival that defined 1960s counterculture. People listen to a band during a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock Festival on Max Yasgur’s original homestead in Bethel, New York, U.S., August 16, 2019. REUTERS/Brendan McDermidThousands of flower-crowned visitors made the journey to the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, which now owns the…

Court documents show U.S. seeks seizure of Iranian tanker violating sanctions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Newly released U.S. court documents show the United States issued a warrant for the seizure of an Iranian tanker that British Royal Marines had seized last month in Gibraltar, citing evidence that it was transporting oil to Syria in violation of U.S. sanctions. Iranian oil tanker Grace 1 sits anchored awaiting a court ruling on whether it can be freed after it was seized in July by British Royal Marines off the coast of the British Mediterranean territory, in the Strait of Gibraltar, southern Spain, August 15,…

Hong Kong teachers rally in thunderstorm at start of weekend of protests

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Several thousand Hong Kong school teachers and supporters braved thunderstorms on Saturday to start a weekend of anti-government protests, despite fears that police could adopt tougher tactics to drive activists off the streets. Teachers protest against the extradition bill during a rally organised by Hong Kong Professional Teachers’ Union in Hong Kong, China August 17, 2019. REUTERS/Kim Hong-JiFollowing the escalation in violence during the past few days, the demonstrations this weekend will provide a litmus test as to whether the protest movement can retain the broad…

Hong Kong tense as weekend of protests begins with teachers’ rally in rain

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Over a thousand Hong Kong school teachers braved thunderstorms on Saturday to start a weekend of anti-government demonstrations that some activists fear could see tougher police tactics on the city’s streets. Teachers protest against the extradition bill during a rally organised by Hong Kong Professional Teachers’ Union in Hong Kong, China August 17, 2019. REUTERS/Kim Hong-JiFollowing the escalation in violence during the past few days, the demonstrations this weekend will provide a litmus test as to whether the protest movement can retain the broad support that…

Exclusive: U.S. to extend Huawei’s partial reprieve on supply curbs – sources

SINGAPORE/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Commerce Department is expected to extend a reprieve given to Huawei Technologies that permits the Chinese firm to buy supplies from U.S. companies so that it can service existing customers, sources familiar with the situation said. FILE PHOTO: A Huawei company logo is pictured at the Shenzhen International Airport in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, China July 22, 2019. REUTERS/Aly Song/File PhotoThe “temporary general license” will be extended for Huawei for 90 days, the sources said. The extension renews an agreement set to lapse on August 19,…

Andrew Harper death: Ten males aged 13 to 30 arrested

Ten people aged between 13 and 30 are being questioned on suspicion of murdering a police officer who was dragged along a road by a vehicle. PC Andrew Harper, 28, who got married four weeks ago, died on Thursday while responding to reports of a burglary. He was killed on the A4 Bath Road in the Berkshire village of Sulhamstead. Thames Valley Police Chief Constable John Campbell said the death of PC Harper had left the entire force « shocked and saddened ». Mr Campbell said the officer was a…

Peter Fonda, star of Easy Rider, dies aged 79

Peter Fonda, the star, co-writer and producer of the 1969 cult classic Easy Rider, has died at the age of 79. In a statement, his family said he suffered respiratory failure due to lung cancer, and died peacefully at home in Los Angeles. His older sister Jane Fonda added: « I am very sad. He was my sweet-hearted baby brother. The talker of the family. « I have had beautiful alone time with him these last days. He went out laughing. » Peter Fonda was part of a veteran Hollywood…

Labour promises to tackle ‘retail apocalypse’

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has announced proposals to help Britain’s « struggling » high streets. He said he wanted to give councils powers to reopen shops in premises left vacant for more than a year. Mr Corbyn also said empty shops should be given to start-up business and community projects in an effort to reverse a « retail apocalypse ». The government responded: « Jeremy Corbyn would wreck the economy, meaning more boarded-up shops and fewer jobs. » Mr Corbyn would « tax small businesses and scare off the investment…

Liu Yifei: Mulan boycott urged after star backs HK police

Disney’s live-action remake of the animated film Mulan is facing calls for a boycott, after its star voiced support for Hong Kong’s police force. Chinese actress Liu Yifei, a naturalised US citizen, reposted a viral pro-police comment on Chinese social media platform Weibo. The territory has been convulsed by sometimes violent pro-democracy protests over the past 10 weeks. Rights groups and the UN have accused the police of a heavy handed response. Ms Liu had shared a Weibo post from the government-run Beijing newspaper People’s Daily that read (in Chinese):…

Thousands of travelers delayed at U.S. airports by computer outage

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Thousands of travelers at U.S. airports faced delays on Friday because of an nationwide outage of U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) processing systems that lasted several hours. FILE PHOTO: Passengers make their way in a security checkpoint at the International JFK airport in New York October 11, 2014. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz In a tweet at 6:37 p.m. EDT (2237 GMT), CBP said “the affected systems are coming back online and travelers are being processed.” It said there was “no indication the disruption was malicious in nature at…

Democratic and Republican lawmakers back $8 billion F-16 sale to Taiwan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Congress should move quickly with an $8 billion sale of F-16 fighter jets to Taiwan as the self-ruled island faces pressure from China’s increased military presence in the region, leading U.S. Democratic and Republican lawmakers said on Friday. FILE PHOTO: A U.S. Air Force F-16 fighter taking part in the U.S.-led Saber Strike exercise flies over Estonia June 6, 2018. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins/File PhotoChina denounced the planned sale, one of the biggest yet by the United States to Taiwan, which Beijing considers a renegade province. It warned of…

Trump says Apple is spending ‘vast sums of money in the U.S.’ and he’s having dinner with the CEO

President Donald Trump, right, speaks as Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, listens during the American Technology Council roundtable hosted at the White House in Washington, D.C.Zach Gibson | Bloomberg | Getty ImagesPresident Donald Trump tweeted on Friday that he plans to have dinner with Apple CEO Tim Cook. « Having dinner tonight with Tim Cook of Apple. They will be spending vast sums of money in the U.S. Great! » he tweeted on Friday.It’s not the first time that Cook and Trump have dined together. The two moguls have met…

‘Easy Rider’ actor Peter Fonda dead at age 79

FILE PHOTO: 91st Academy Awards – Vanity Fair – Beverly Hills, California, U.S., February 24, 2019 – Peter Fonda and Margaret DeVogelaere. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok/File PhotoLOS ANGELES (Reuters) – “Easy Rider” actor Peter Fonda, the son of Henry Fonda and the brother of Jane Fonda, died on Friday at age 79 after suffering respiratory failure from lung cancer, his family said in a statement. “It is with deep sorrow that we share the news that Peter Fonda has passed away,” the family said. Fonda died at his home in Los Angeles…

Actor Peter Fonda dead at age 79: People magazine

FILE PHOTO: Actor Peter Fonda poses at the 70th Annual DGA Awards in Beverly Hills, California, U.S., February 3, 2018. REUTERS/Mario AnzuoniLOS ANGELES (Reuters) – “Easy Rider” actor Peter Fonda, the son of Henry Fonda and the brother of Jane Fonda, has died at age 79 after suffering respiratory failure from lung cancer, People magazine reported on Friday, citing a statement from his family. “It is with deep sorrow that we share the news that Peter Fonda has passed away,” the family said, according to People. Reporting by Lisa Richwine;…

North Korea’s Kim oversaw the test-firing of new weapon again: KCNA

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un guides the test firing of a new weapon, in this undated photo released on August 16, 2019 by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA). KCNA via REUTERSSEOUL (Reuters) – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un oversaw the test-firing of a new weapon again on Friday morning, state media KCNA said on Saturday. North Korea launched at least two short-range ballistic missiles on Friday, South Korea’s military said, its sixth round of weapons launches since late July, complicating efforts to restart talks between the…