Christchurch shootings: Father and son in first victims’ funerals

A father and son from Syria have been buried in the first funerals for those killed in the New Zealand mosque shootings that left 50 people dead. Khaled Mustafa, 44, and Hamza, 16, came as refugees to New Zealand last year. Islamic tradition calls for bodies to be buried as soon as possible, but the burials have been delayed by the scale of the identification process. Australian Brenton Tarrant, 28, a self-described white supremacist, has been charged with murder Hundreds of mourners gathered at a cemetery near the Linwood Islamic…

Brexit: Cabinet row over Theresa May delay request to EU

Theresa May is writing to the EU to ask for Brexit to be postponed until 30 June with the option of a longer delay, cabinet sources say. One minister told the BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg there was « no agreement » around the cabinet table. Another source expressed frustration that the prime minister did not make a clear indication of the option she would actually argue for. Under current law the UK will leave the EU with or without a deal in 10 days. The prime minister says the UK will…

Cookstown hotel disco crush: ‘More teens could have died’

Police investigating the deaths of three teenagers at a St Patrick’s Day party crush say more could easily have been killed. Lauren Bullock, 17, Morgan Barnard, 17, and 16-year-old Connor Currie, died after the incident outside the Greenvale Hotel, Cookstown, on Sunday. CCTV showed as many as 400 people outside the hotel, the PSNI said. Books of condolence are expected to be opened for the victims on Tuesday. Security camera footage is being examined and police have appealed for videos captured by people at the disco. Three teens dead after…

Brexit: Theresa May to discuss next steps after Bercow ruling

Prime Minister Theresa May will meet her cabinet later as she considers her next steps on Brexit, after her plans were thrown into doubt by the House of Commons Speaker, John Bercow. Mrs May had been considering a third vote on her Brexit deal, which has already been rejected twice. But in a surprise ruling on Monday, Mr Bercow ruled out another vote, unless substantial changes are made first. One minister said the government was now looking at its options. Nadhim Zahawi, Children and Families’ minister, told BBC Newsnight that…

U.S. states probing Hyundai, Kia over vehicle fires: Connecticut AG

(Reuters) – A group of U.S. states is investigating Hyundai Motor Co and Kia Motors Corp for potential unfair and deceptive acts related to reports of hundreds of vehicle fires, Connecticut Attorney General William Tong said on Monday. The Hyundai logo is seen outside a Hyundai car dealer in Golden, Colorado, November 3, 2014. REUTERS/Rick Wilking The South Korean automakers have recalled more than 2.3 million vehicles since 2015 to address various engine fire risks in a series of recalls. In November, Reuters reported that federal prosecutors had launched a…

Britain’s biggest bronze statue crosses land and sea to reach new home

PLYMOUTH, England (Reuters) – Britain’s largest bronze sculpture – a giant figure of a crouching woman – glided into its new home in the coastal city of Plymouth on Monday, bolted onto the back of a sea barge. The seven-meter (23 ft) high artwork, showing an actress poised to leap into action, crossed the waters of Plymouth Sound and landed at the city’s Millbay Docks, dwarfing the hard-hatted crewmen below who did not even made it up to her knee. The statue was hoisted onto a flatbed lorry and crowds…

Utrecht shooting: ‘Three dead’ in tram shooting

Three people have been killed following a shooting on a tram in the Dutch city of Utrecht, the city’s mayor says. Nine others were injured in the incident which police say appears to be a terrorist attack. Police are looking for a 37-year-old Turkish man named as Gokmen Tanis and have warned people not to approach him. Schools have closed and security has been increased while counter-terrorism police work to find the gunman. « We cannot exclude a terrorist motive, » Dutch anti-terrorism co-ordinator Pieter-Jaap Aalbersberg told a news conference…

Utrecht shooting: ‘One dead’ as man opens fire in tram

A gunman has opened fire inside a tram in the Dutch city of Utrecht, killing one person and injuring several others, reports say. The area in the west of the city has been cordoned off by authorities, and emergency services are at the scene. Authorities said the gunman is still at large. Police have asked people to stay away from the area and schools to keep their doors closed. They say they are investigating a « possible terrorist motive ». The Dutch anti-terrorism co-ordinator is in touch with local authorities…

Cookstown hotel disco ‘crush’: Three teens dead

Three teenagers have died after reports of a crush at a St Patrick’s Day party at a hotel in Cookstown, County Tyrone. A 17-year-old girl and two boys aged 16 and 17 died after the incident outside the Greenvale Hotel on Sunday night. A number of other teenagers have also been treated in hospital. The police said a large group of young people had been waiting to get into a disco at about 21:30 GMT. One of the teenagers died at the scene. Media playback is unsupported on your device…

Christchurch shootings: NZ cabinet backs action on gun laws – PM

PM Jacinda Ardern says New Zealand’s cabinet has backed gun law changes « in principle » after the Christchurch shootings. Fifty people were killed and dozens wounded in attacks at two mosques on Friday. Australian Brenton Tarrant, 28, has appeared in court and been charged with murder. 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…

Cookstown: Two dead following St Patrick’s Day party at hotel

Two people have died following a St Patrick’s Day party at a hotel in Cookstown, County Tyrone. A further four people have been taken to hospital following the incident at the Greenvale Hotel. The emergency services were called to the scene at around 21:30 GMT on Sunday. The NI Ambulance Service said it was called following reports several people at the venue on the Drum Road were unwell. Paramedics, doctors and five emergency crews were dispatched to the scene. It is understood a large crowd of young people were in…

Christchurch shootings: Stories of heroism emerge from attacks

Media playback is unsupported on your device Stories of heroism have emerged from the attacks at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand that left 50 people dead. A 48-year-old Afghan man says he confronted the gunman and threw a credit card machine at him. Two rural police officers, one of them armed only with a handgun, chased and arrested Brenton Tarrant, 28. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the gunman, who had explosives in his car, was planning more attacks that day. She had earlier called the killings « an act…

Theresa May asks MPs for ‘honourable compromise’ on Brexit

Theresa May has asked MPs to make an « honourable compromise » as she seeks to persuade them to back her Brexit deal at the third time of asking. Writing in the Sunday Telegraph, the prime minister said failure to support the deal would mean « we will not leave the EU for many months, if ever ». Mrs May is expected to bring her withdrawal agreement back to the Commons next week for a third vote. It comes after MPs this week rejected her deal and voted to delay…

Christchurch shootings: Flowers and Haka

A large flower memorial has been laid by the local Christchurch community in memory of those killed in the mosque attacks. A group of bikers performed a traditional Maori war dance at the memorial and one couple brought flowers from their wedding that took place on the same day at the attack. Fifty people were killed in the rampage. Source: BBC

Flood warnings issued across UK after rain

Media playback is unsupported on your device Flood warnings are in place across the UK following persistent heavy rain around the country. There are 30 flood warnings for England – mostly in Yorkshire, and five for Wales. One of the worst-hit areas was Capel Curig in Conwy County, which saw more than half a month’s worth of rain – 136.6mm – in the space of 24 hours. Travel disruption continues, with rail company Northern saying several routes are suspended. Flooding led to rail routes in Yorkshire and the North West…

Joe Biden says he’s running in 2020 – then corrects himself

Media playback is unsupported on your device Joe Biden appeared to announce his candidacy for the 2020 US election, before immediately correcting himself. The former vice-president made the slip while addressing 1,000 Democrats at a dinner in his home state of Delaware. He said his record was the most progressive « of anyone running for the United- » before correcting himself and saying, « anybody who would run ». The audience stood up and chanted « run Joe run », while Mr Biden crossed himself and said, « I didn’t…

Brexit: DUP says issues remain over deal

The Democratic Unionist Party has said there are « still issues to be discussed » with the government as Theresa May continues to try to win support for her Brexit deal. Mrs May is expected to bring her withdrawal agreement back to the Commons next week for a third vote. It comes after MPs this week rejected her deal and voted to delay Brexit. The DUP, which has twice voted against the agreement, said it remained in discussions with the government. It has been reported by the Spectator magazine that…

Christchurch shootings: Attacker was ‘lone gunman’

The man charged over Friday’s twin mosque attacks in the New Zealand city of Christchurch is believed to have acted alone, police say. Australian Brenton Tarrant, 28, a self-described white supremacist, live-streamed the attack on Facebook. Four people arrested afterwards are not believed to have been involved, Police Commissioner Mike Bush said. He added, however, he could not be conclusive. Fifty people were killed and 50 injured in what is New Zealand’s worst attack. Two remain in a critical condition. How attacks unfolded The victims and missing Commissioner Bush said…

Wales beat Ireland to win Grand Slam

Media playback is not supported on this device Six Nations: Wales v Ireland Wales (16) 25 Try: Parkes Con: Anscombe Pens: Anscombe 6 Ireland (0) 7 Try: Larmour Con: Carty Wales are celebrating a third Grand Slam in 11 years after they put Ireland to the sword in ruthless fashion to storm to the Six Nations title. After Hadleigh Parkes’ early try, Gareth Anscombe added a conversion and three penalties for a 16-0 half-lead as Ireland’s indiscipline cost them dear. And the fly-half added three more in an equally one-sided…

Mike Thalassitis: Love Island star dies aged 26

Love Island star Mike Thalassitis has died aged 26, his management has confirmed. The 26-year-old reality television star and former footballer was reportedly found dead in Essex on Friday. He found fame on the 2017 series of the ITV show. Several reality TV stars posted tributes to Thalassitis. The Only Way Is Essex star Ferne McCann wrote: « So so so so sad. Mike you absolute gent. I have no words. » Skip Twitter post by @fernemccann So so so so sad. Mike you absolute gent 💔 I have no…

Christchurch shootings: Brother proud of mosque victim’s ‘heroism’

Media playback is unsupported on your device The brother of a Pakistani man who was killed during Friday’s mosque attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand, has told the BBC of his pride and pain. Khursheed Alam said he was proud his brother, was killed alongside his son, had tried to tackle the gunman. « I wish I could die like him, » he said. Forty-nine people were killed during Friday prayers at the two mosques. Australian Brenton Tarrant, 28, a self-described white supremacist, has been charged with one count of murder.…

It’s not Brexit (yet), but is it art, asks new London show

LONDON (Reuters) – From Brexit-inspired art to newspaper front pages leading up to Britain’s 2016 referendum on European Union membership, a new London exhibition takes a look at the vote that has divided the nation ever since. Dozens of artworks and newspaper headlines dating from the run-up to when Britons voted to leave the EU are on display at the “Take Back Control” exhibition. The title reflects a “Leave” campaign slogan, but artworks both in favour of and against staying in the EU are on display along with the media…

New Zealand in shock after worst-ever shooting

Media playback is unsupported on your device New Zealand is in mourning after 49 people were killed at two mosques in the country’s deadliest-ever shooting. PM Jacinda Ardern described Friday’s shooting in the city of Christchurch as one of New Zealand’s « darkest days ». Flowers have been left outside mosques across the country as worried families wait for news of missing loved ones. A gunman believed to be a white supremacist live-streamed the rampage. A man in his late 20s has been arrested and is due to appear in…

Brexit: DUP welcomes ‘renewed focus’ on their concerns after talks

The DUP has welcomed the government’s « renewed focus » on addressing its objections to the Brexit deal ahead of next week’s third Commons vote. The party has twice voted against the deal over concerns it would see Northern Ireland treated differently from the rest of the UK. After talks with ministers in London, its Westminster leader Nigel Dodds said it was still seeking extra guarantees. His party « wanted to get a deal but it had to be the right deal », he said. Mr Dodds spent Friday afternoon…

Final Hatton Garden raider Michael ‘Basil’ Seed jailed

The last suspect in the Hatton Garden heist has been found guilty of conspiracy to burgle. Michael Seed, 58, from Islington, nick-named « Basil », played a key role in the £14m safe deposit raid in 2015. Seed, an alarm specialist who denied the charges, was also found guilty of conspiring to hide the proceeds. He was jailed for 10 years for the burglary and eight years for the second charge, with the terms to run concurrently. Jurors at Woolwich Crown Court had been deliberating for more than a week…

Two boys killed in Wolverhampton hit-and-run crash

Two young brothers have died in a hit-and-run car crash in Wolverhampton. Sanjay Singh, aged 10, and Pawanveer Singh, 23 months, were in a BMW being driven by their mother when it was in collision with an Audi S3. Police have urged the driver of the Audi, who left the scene on Thursday evening, to come forward. The 31-year-old driver of a third car, a Bentley, has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. A taxi driver said two cars had passed him at a « very…

Comic Relief 2019: Stars line up for Red Nose Day on BBC TV

Some of Britain’s best-loved TV and film stars are appearing together on BBC television in aid of Comic Relief. This year’s highlights include One Red Nose Day and a Wedding – Richard Curtis’s mini sequel to his smash hit 1994 film Four Weddings and a Funeral. But One Direction star Louis Tomlinson pulled out of his planned performance following his sister’s sudden death. The last Comic Relief in 2017 raised more than £76m to help vulnerable people in the UK and around the world. The charity telethon, set up by…

New Zealand mosques: Several dead after shootings in Christchurch

Media playback is unsupported on your device There are « multiple fatalities » after shootings at two mosques in the city of Christchurch, police in New Zealand have confirmed Police commissioner Mike Bush confirmed that one person is in custody, but said it was unclear if others were involved. Witnesses told local media they ran for their lives, and saw people bleeding on the ground outside the Al Noor mosque. Authorities advised people not to go to mosques until further notice. All Christchurch schools are on lockdown. In a statement…

Brexit: May to try to persuade MPs for third time to back deal

Prime Minister Theresa May will try to persuade MPs for a third time to back her Brexit deal over the coming days. The Commons will vote on her withdrawal agreement by 20 March, after previously rejecting it by 230 and then 149 votes. On Thursday, MPs voted to ask the EU to delay Brexit beyond the current 29 March departure date. European Council President Donald Tusk said EU leaders could be open to a long extension « if the UK finds it necessary to rethink its Brexit strategy ». Over…

Syria conflict: ‘I don’t want to go back to there’

Over the past eight years, the conflict in Syria has led to more people having to flee their homes than in any other crisis of our time. For the past few years, we have been visiting Rouaa, who is the same age as the Syrian conflict. The eight-year-old used to dream about leaving Lebanon and returning home, but the « shelling and war » there has changed her mind. Caroline Hawley went back to meet her. Producer: Cara Swift Camera and editing: David McIlveen Source: BBC