‘The Favorite’ corset dresses go on display at Kensington Palace

LONDON (Reuters) – A selection of costumes worn by the cast of period film “The Favourite” went on display at London’s Kensington Palace on Friday, in the same rooms where the royal characters the movie is based on once walked. Olivia Colman, soon to be seen in hit Netflix drama “The Crown”, plays Britain’s 18th-century Queen Anne in the costume piece with plenty of laugh-out loud moments, a role for which she has won critical acclaim as well as award accolades. The British actress portrays her as a frail, insecure…

Ivory Coast painter gives new life to e-waste

ABIDJAN (Reuters) – Desire Koffi often walks through Koumassi, a popular district of Ivory Coast’s main city Abidjan, to collect old mobile phones that he buys from people for 500 CFA francs ($0.8726) a pair. Back home, the 24-year-old Ivorian artist dismantles the phones with a hammer to pull out the screens and keyboards. He uses them for his paintings. One can take him up to three or five days of work. Koffi grew up in Koumassi and says he was drawn to recycling and incorporating e-waste in his art, after…

‘The Favourite’ corset dresses go on display at Kensington Palace

LONDON (Reuters) – A selection of costumes worn by the cast of period film “The Favourite” went on display at London’s Kensington Palace on Friday, in the same rooms where the royal characters the movie is based on once walked. Olivia Colman, soon to be seen in hit Netflix drama “The Crown”, plays Britain’s 18th-century Queen Anne in the costume piece with plenty of laugh-out loud moments, a role for which she has won critical acclaim as well as award accolades. The British actress portrays her as a frail, insecure…

Brexit: More assurances for MPs possible says May

Media playback is unsupported on your device Theresa May has said it is still possible to get the assurances MPs need to back her Brexit deal despite EU leaders ruling out any renegotiation. Speaking at a summit in Brussels, she said there was still « work to do » but there had been progress and talks over « further clarification » would continue. The UK PM admitted having a « robust » discussion with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. He urged more clarity from the UK after « nebulous and…

Our Brexit deal is at risk, May warns EU leaders

Theresa May has told EU leaders the withdrawal deal they have negotiated with the UK is « at risk », if MPs’ concerns cannot be addressed. The PM, who delayed a Commons vote on the deal this week in anticipation of a heavy defeat, said she still believed it « can be passed ». But she urged them to work with her to « change the perception » of the controversial « backstop » plan. Mrs May won a confidence vote brought by MPs unhappy with her Brexit policy. She…

Strasbourg Christmas market attacker Chekatt shot dead

French police have shot dead the man who attacked Strasbourg’s Christmas market on Tuesday, the interior minister has said. A police unit came across Cherif Chekatt in a Strasbourg street and shot him after he opened fire. Three people have died following the shooting at the market and several more were seriously injured. Chekatt, 29, had a string of criminal convictions in France and Germany and had become a radical Islamist in jail. How was Chekatt found? Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said three police officers had stopped a suspicious man…

Primary school tables: Poor pupils won’t catch up for 50 years

As new primary school data is released, BBC analysis suggests it will take 50 years to close the achievement gap between England’s rich and poor pupils. If the pace of change remains the same as it has done since 2011, poor pupils will not catch up until 2070, it shows. This year, 51% of the poorest pupils reached the expected level in their national end-of-primary school tests. This compares with 70% of their better-off peers, leaving a gap of 19 percentage points Readers can check how schools in their area…

Brexit: Theresa May joining EU summit after surviving vote

Media playback is unsupported on your device Theresa May is back in Brussels for an EU summit, the day after surviving a vote of confidence. The prime minister is seeking legally binding pledges from EU leaders on the « backstop » – the plan to avoid a return to a manned Northern Ireland border. Critics say the plan will keep the UK tied to EU rules indefinitely and curb its ability to strike trade deals. The EU says it will not renegotiate the backstop but may agree to greater assurances…

Turkey train crash: At least nine dead in Ankara

Media playback is unsupported on your device A crash involving a high-speed train at a station in the Turkish capital Ankara has killed at least nine people and injured 47, Turkey’s transport minister has said. Images from the scene showed emergency services working to rescue people from badly damaged carriages. Reports quoting local officials said the high-speed train had collided with another train, then an overpass. The accident occurred at about 06:30 local time (03:30 GMT). The crash happened at the Marsandiz railway station, around 8km (5 miles) from Ankara’s…

EastEnders set rebuild goes £27m over budget

The BBC’s project to build a brand new, HD-ready Albert Square and expand the external EastEnders set will now cost £27m more than originally planned. The original 2015 forecast for the scheme was £59.7m, but the revised budget is now £86.7m, the National Audit Office (NAO) has revealed. The new set was originally due to open in 2018, but won’t be ready until 2023. The BBC said the project was « large » and « complex », adding that there had been « challenges on the way ». What is…

Sit-down meals ‘less healthy than fast food’

The calorie content of meals in UK restaurants is « excessive » and sit-down restaurants are unhealthier than fast-food chains, BMJ research suggests. Health experts say meals should not exceed 600 calories, but in this study they averaged 1,033 in restaurants and 751 in fast-food chains. University of Liverpool researchers analysed thousands of meals from places like Hungry Horse and McDonald’s. They said their findings were a cause for concern. The research team looked at more than 13,500 meals on the menus of 21 sit-down restaurants and six fast-food chains.…

Theresa May survives confidence vote of Tory MPs

Media playback is unsupported on your device Prime Minister Theresa May has won a vote of confidence in her leadership of the Conservative Party by 200 to 117. Mrs May is now immune from a leadership challenge for a year. Speaking in Downing Street, she vowed to deliver the Brexit « that people voted for ». Burt she said she had listened to the concerns of MPs who voted against her and would be fighting for changes to her Brexit deal at an EU summit on Thursday. Mrs May said…

Michael Cohen blames Trump’s ‘dirty deeds’ as he is jailed

Media playback is unsupported on your device US President Donald Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen, who once said he’d take a bullet for him, has lashed out at his ex-boss’ « dirty deeds » as he was given a 36-month prison sentence. Cohen is the first member of Mr Trump’s inner circle to be jailed over the special counsel’s inquiry into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election. He admitted lying to Congress, campaign finance violations and tax evasion. In a New York court Cohen, 52, blamed his crimes on…

May to face leadership challenge

UK Prime Minister Theresa May will face a vote of no confidence in her leadership later 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

Strasbourg shooting: Two dead, 10 wounded and gunman at large

Two people have been killed and 10 others wounded in a shooting in the eastern French city of Strasbourg, officials say. Police said the gunman had been identified and was being pursued. He had been injured in an exchange of gunfire with a soldier, they said. The shooting is said to have happened close to a Christmas market in one of the central squares, Place Kléber. France’s counter terrorism prosecutor has opened an investigation. Confirming the death toll had risen to two, the French interior minister, who is on the…

Pressure mounting on Theresa May from Tory MPs

Tory Brexiteers have told the BBC they are increasingly confident they will have enough support to trigger a no-confidence vote in Theresa May. However, there is no official confirmation that the threshold of 48 letters from Tory MPs has been reached. Several sources, including a cabinet minister, have told the BBC they believe 48 letters have been submitted. The BBC has also been told that senior backbencher Sir Graham Brady has asked to see the PM on Wednesday. Sir Graham Brady, the chair of the backbench 1922 committee to whom…

Man held by armed police at UK Parliament

Media playback is unsupported on your device A man has been arrested by armed police officers after it is believed he broke into the grounds of Parliament. An eyewitness told the BBC the man jumped over railings before being Tasered by police. The man was held within the parliamentary courtyard but has now been taken away in a police van. Police say he has been arrested on suspicion of trespassing at a protected site and is not being investigated by the Met’s counter terrorism command. The Metropolitan Police said the…

Six migrants are rescued from a dinghy off Dover

A dinghy was spotted in shipping lanes off Dover at about 03:30 GMT with six people on board. The five men and one woman said they were Iranian, the Home Office said. They were rescued by a Border Force cutter and an RNLI lifeboat. Their boat appeared to be taking in water. Source: BBC

Putin’s Stasi spy ID pass found in Germany

A Stasi ID pass used by Vladimir Putin when he was a Soviet spy in former East Germany has been found in the Stasi secret police archive in Dresden. The Russian president has expressed pride in his record as a communist KGB officer in Dresden in the 1980s. His Stasi pass was found during research into the close co-operation between the KGB and Stasi. Mr Putin, then a KGB major, got it in 1985. It got him into Stasi facilities, but he may not have spied for them. In a…

Easter Island mayor concedes Moai statue might be better left in British Museum

SANTIAGO (Reuters) – The mayor of the Chile’s Easter Island territory conceded on Monday that the British Museum might be a better home for a massive native Polynesian statue taken by British seamen 150 years ago. FILE PHOTO: A view of « Moai » statues in Rano Raraku volcano, on Easter Island, 4,000 km (2486 miles) west of Santiago, in this photo taken Oct. 31, 2003. REUTERS/Carlos Barria//File PhotoPedro Edmunds Paoa said Easter Island had a “thousand” of its iconic statues, known as the Moai, “both buried, ignored and discarded”…

Brexit: Theresa May to meet EU leaders in bid to rescue deal

Media playback is unsupported on your device Theresa May will meet European leaders and EU officials later for talks aimed at rescuing her Brexit deal. She will hold talks with Dutch PM Mark Rutte and Germany’s Angela Merkel after postponing MPs’ final vote on the deal. The UK PM has said she needs « further assurances » about the Northern Ireland border plan to get Commons backing. European Council President Donald Tusk insisted the EU would « not renegotiate » but said leaders would discuss how to help « facilitate…

France yellow vest protests: Macron promises wage rise

Media playback is unsupported on your device France’s President Emmanuel Macron has promised a minimum wage rise and tax concessions in response to weeks of violent protests. France has seen four weekends of violent protests against fuel tax rises, living costs and other issues. Speaking in a televised address, Mr Macron condemned the violence but said the protesters’ anger was « deep, and in many ways legitimate ». The minimum wage would increase by €100 per month from 2019, he said. A planned tax increase for low-income pensioners would be…

Russell Bishop: Paedophile guilty of 1986 Babes in the Wood murders

Media playback is unsupported on your device A convicted paedophile has been found guilty of murdering two schoolgirls who were found strangled and sexually assaulted near Brighton 32 years ago. Russell Bishop, 52, had protested his innocence since the bodies of Nicola Fellows and Karen Hadaway were found. Cleared of their murders in 1987, Bishop went on to attack a seven-year-old girl within three years, leaving her for dead in 1990, but she survived. He was convicted of the double murder in a second trial at the Old Bailey. After…

US snowstorm kills three in North Carolina

A heavy snowstorm has swept through US south-eastern states, killing at least three people and leaving hundreds of thousands without power. A state of emergency has been declared in North Carolina, with some areas reporting as much as 0.5m (18.5ins) of snow over the weekend. One man died after a tree fell on his car. A search is under way for a driver whose vehicle was found in a river. Thousands of flights were also cancelled across the region. ‘A dangerous system’ Snow, sleet and freezing rain continues to impact…

Sarah Hyland: Modern Family star reveals second kidney transplant

US actress Sarah Hyland has described how having to undergo two kidney transplants left her « contemplating suicide, » US media report. The 28-year-old, who stars in the popular sitcom Modern Family, opened up about her kidney dysplasia in an interview with Self magazine. She said her body rejected a kidney donated by her father when she was 21, but luckily her brother was a match. « I had gone through [my whole life] always being a burden, » Hyland said. In the interview published on Monday, Hyland revealed how…

Brexit: Theresa May tells MPs vote on her deal is off

Theresa May says she has called off Tuesday’s crucial vote on her Brexit deal because it would be « would be rejected by a significant margin ». She said MPs backed much of the deal she has struck with the EU but there was concern over the Northern Irish backstop. But she said she believed she could still get the deal through if she addressed their concerns. And that, she added, was what she intended to do in the next few days. The pound fell sharply in response to the…

Russell Bishop: Paedophile guilty of 1986 Babes in Wood murders

A convicted paedophile has been found guilty of murdering two schoolgirls who were found strangled and sexually assaulted near Brighton 32 years ago. Russell Bishop, 52, had protested his innocence since the bodies of Nicola Fellows and Karen Hadaway were found. Cleared of their murders in 1987, Bishop went on to attack a seven-year-old girl within three years, leaving her for dead in 1990, but she survived. He was convicted of the double murder in a second trial at the Old Bailey. After the girls were found dead, the case…

Nasa’s Voyager 2 probe ‘leaves the Solar System’

The Voyager 2 probe, which left Earth in 1977, has become the second human-made object to leave our Solar System. It was launched 16 days before its twin craft, Voyager 1, but that probe’s faster trajectory meant that it was in « the space between the stars » six years before Voyager 2. The news was revealed at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) meeting in Washington. And chief scientist on the mission, Prof Edward Stone, confirmed it. He said both probes had now « made it into interstellar space »…

Plundered ‘Gypsy Girl’ mosaics back in Turkey after decades in U.S.

GAZIANTEP, Turkey (Reuters) – Missing fragments from one of Turkey’s most striking ancient treasures, the haunting, wide-eyed “Gypsy Girl” mosaic, have returned home more than half a century after they were plundered and smuggled to the United States. Visitors take pictures of the missing pieces of the historic « Gypsy Girl » mosaic on display in an exhibition at their origin in Gaziantep, Turkey, December 8, 2018. REUTERS/Umit BektasOn Saturday, the returned pieces went on display alongside the nearly 2,000-year-old mosaic of the girl, whose piercing gaze and disheveled hair…

Brexit: Theresa May warns of ‘uncharted waters’ ahead of key vote

With two days to go until the crucial Brexit vote, the prime minister has warned MPs they face « uncharted waters » if they reject her deal. Speaking to the Mail on Sunday, the PM said a rejection of her proposals would mean « grave uncertainty » for the UK. She warned MPs their actions could lead to a general election, and there was a « very real risk of no Brexit ». Downing Street has also denied newspaper reports that Theresa May will postpone Tuesday’s vote. « The vote…