Memoir Prince was writing before death to be released in October

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – An unfinished memoir that Prince was writing before his 2016 death will be released in October, with previously unseen photos and other material rounding out the book, the publisher Penguin Random House said on Monday. FILE PHOTO: Singer Prince performs in a surprise appearance on the « American Idol » television show finale at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood, California in this May 24, 2006 file photo. REUTERS/Chris Pizzello/FilesThe Grammy Award-winning artist, known for his androgynous style and sexually-charged songs, announced in March 2016 at a…

Parkinson’s results beyond researchers’ wildest dreams

Media playback is unsupported on your device A treatment that has restored the movement of patients with chronic Parkinson’s disease has been developed by Canadian researchers. Previously housebound patients are now able to walk more freely as a result of electrical stimulation to their spines. A quarter of patients have difficulty walking as the disease wears on, often freezing on the spot and falling. Parkinson’s UK hailed its potential impact on an aspect of the disease where there is currently no treatment. Prof Mandar Jog, of Western University in London,…

Sri Lanka attacks: Authorities face scrutiny over advance warnings

Scrutiny fell on rifts in Sri Lanka’s leadership on Monday after it emerged that authorities were warned about the group accused in Sunday’s bombings. Attacks on churches and hotels killed 290 people and wounded nearly 500. Security agencies had been watching the National Thowheed Jamath jihadist group, reports said, and had notified police about a possible attack. But the prime minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, and the cabinet were not informed, ministers said. A ‘colossal intelligence failure’ The prime minister had been kept from security briefings following a rift last year with…

UK weather: Hottest Easter Monday on record

It has been the hottest Easter Monday on record in all four nations of the UK, the Met Office has said. England reached the highest temperature with 25C (77F) recorded at Heathrow, Northolt and Wisley. Temperatures hit 24.2C (75.6F) in Kinlochewe in the Highlands, 23.6C (74.4F) in Cardiff and 21.4C (70.5F) in Armagh. Saturday was the hottest day of the year so far with 25.5C (77.9F) recorded in Gosport, Hampshire. Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland also enjoyed their warmest Easter Sunday on record, with temperatures hitting 23.4C (74.1F) in Edinburgh…

Extinction Rebellion: Climate change protesters at Natural History Museum

Extinction Rebellion activists took over part of the Natural History Museum as the climate change protest entered its second week. About 100 people lay down under the blue whale skeleton at about 14:15 BST. It comes as more than 1,000 people have been arrested since the protests began in central London a week ago. The climate change group are now based in Marble Arch, after police moved protesters from Oxford Street, Waterloo Bridge and Parliament Square. Extinction Rebellion said it hoped the protest at the museum, which it called a…

‘Dark kitchens’: Are they the future of takeaways?

The UK’s fast-food delivery market continues to grow at a record rate – and the takeaway industry is worth more than £4.9bn per year. But these days some takeaways come from places customers can’t go themselves: A so-called « dark kitchen, » which could well be tucked away on an industrial estate. « Deliveroo Editions » is one such venture. The PCF’s Colletta Smith has been to see inside. Produce: Rebecca Wearn Camera/editor: David Cheeseman Source: The Guardian

End of ‘Avengers’ movies cloaked in high-level Hollywood secrecy

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Walt Disney Co’s Marvel Studios went to great lengths to keep the plot of the movie “Avengers: Endgame” under wraps until its highly anticipated debut in theaters this week, the stars and directors said in interviews. FILE PHOTO: Directors Joe (L) and Anthony Russo pose for a portrait while promoting the film « Avengers: Endgame » in Los Angeles, California, U.S., April 6, 2019. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni“Endgame” will offer the “grand conclusion” to a 22-movie story for six of Marvel’s Avengers — Iron Man, Thor, Black Widow,…

Sri Lanka attacks: ‘International network’ linked to bombings

Media playback is unsupported on your device A wave of bombings that killed 290 people in Sri Lanka on Sunday was carried out with the support of an international network, officials say. The government has blamed a little-known local jihadist group, National Towheed Jamath, although no-one has yet admitted carrying out the attacks. Another 500 people were injured in the suicide attacks on churches and hotels. A nationwide emergency will be declared from midnight on Monday, the president’s office has said. Police have arrested 24 people in a series of…

Sri Lanka attacks: ‘International network’ linked to deadly bombings

Media playback is unsupported on your device A wave of bombings that killed 290 people in Sri Lanka on Sunday was carried out with the support of an international network, officials say. The government blamed a previously unknown local jihadist group, National Towheed Jamath, for the attacks, but said it had help from abroad. Another 500 people were injured in the suicide attacks on churches and hotels. A nationwide emergency will be declared from midnight on Monday, the president’s office has said. Police have arrested 24 people in a series…

Sri Lanka attacks: Country under curfew after bomb attacks kill 200

Media playback is unsupported on your device Sri Lanka has been placed under a nationwide curfew, as the government responds to a string of deadly bomb attacks on Sunday. More than 200 people were killed and hundreds more injured in eight blasts that targeted busy luxury hotels and Easter services at churches. The government has not yet attributed blame for the attacks. There are also reports of social media networks being temporarily limited to try and stop misinformation spreading. Popular messaging services like WhatsApp and Facebook are said to be…

Sri Lanka attacks: County under curfew after bomb attacks kill 200

Media playback is unsupported on your device Sri Lanka has been placed under a nationwide curfew, as the government responds to a string of deadly bomb attacks on Sunday. More than 200 people were killed and hundreds more injured in eight blasts that targeted busy luxury hotels and Easter services at churches. The government has not yet attributed blame for the attacks. There are also reports of social media networks being temporarily limited to try and stop misinformation spreading. Popular messaging services like WhatsApp and Facebook are said to be…

Ukraine election: Comedian Zelensky wins presidency by landslide

Media playback is unsupported on your device Ukrainian comedian Volodymyr Zelensky has won a landslide victory in the country’s presidential election, exit polls suggest. The polls give the political newcomer, who dominated the first round of voting three weeks ago, more than 70% support. Mr Zelensky, 41, challenged incumbent president Petro Poroshenko who has admitted defeat. The apparent result is being seen as a huge blow to Mr Poroshenko and a rejection of Ukraine’s establishment. « I will never let you down, » Mr Zelensky told celebrating supporters on Sunday.…

Record Easter temperatures in three nations of the UK

Three of the UK’s nations have recorded their highest ever Easter Sunday temperatures, the Met Office has said. Scotland’s peak was 23.4C (74F), in Edinburgh, while that same temperature was also the high point in Wales – coming in Cardiff. Northern Ireland beat a 95-year-old record when the mercury hit 21C at Helen’s Bay near Bangor. England’s highest temperature was 24.6C at Heathrow airport – just shy of the record of 25.3C. The good weather has brought people in droves to beaches, parks and other outdoor attractions, while people queued…

Extinction Rebellion: Climate protesters ‘making a difference’

Media playback is unsupported on your device A teenage climate change activist has told Extinction Rebellion protesters in London they are « making a difference ». Greta Thunberg, 16, was greeted with chants of « we love you » as she took to the stage in front of thousands of people at the rally in Marble Arch. A protest organiser said they planned « a week of activities » including a bid to prevent MPs entering Parliament. More than 950 people have been arrested during the climate change protests and…

British woman killed by gunmen at Nigerian holiday resort

A British woman was one of two people shot dead by gunmen who stormed a holiday resort in Nigeria. The British High Commission confirmed the death of the woman, who was named by her employers as Faye Mooney. A Mercy Corps statement said Ms Mooney, who was working in Nigeria, was « tragically killed » by gunmen while on holiday in the northern city of Kaduna. Local police said a Nigerian man was also killed, and three others were kidnapped during the attack on Friday. Kidnapping for ransom is common…

Box Office: ‘Curse of La Llorona’ Wins Worst Easter Weekend in Over a Decade

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) – Warner Bros. and New Line’s “The Curse of La Llorona” ascended to the top of domestic box office charts, conjuring $26.5 million when it opened in 3,372 North American theaters. “La Llorona” is the latest horror movie to outperform expectations, further cementing the genre as a reliable box office draw. Even so, “La Llorona” and other new releases “Breakthrough” and “Penguins” couldn’t salvage movie theaters from suffering the worst Easter weekend showing in almost 15 years. This weekend’s offerings amassed $112 million in ticket sales, the…

U.S. Box Office: ‘Curse of La Llorona’ Wins Worst Easter Weekend in Over a Decade

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) – Warner Bros. and New Line’s “The Curse of La Llorona” ascended to the top of domestic box office charts, conjuring $26.5 million when it opened in 3,372 North American theaters. “La Llorona” is the latest horror movie to outperform expectations, further cementing the genre as a reliable box office draw. Even so, “La Llorona” and other new releases “Breakthrough” and “Penguins” couldn’t salvage movie theaters from suffering the worst Easter weekend showing in almost 15 years. This weekend’s offerings amassed $112 million in ticket sales, the…

Sri Lanka explosions: 30 killed as churches and hotels targeted

Media playback is unsupported on your device At least 50 people are reported to have been killed and more than 200 injured in explosions at churches and hotels in Sri Lanka. At least six explosions have been reported. Three churches in Kochchikade, Negombo and Batticaloa were targeted during Easter services. The Shangri La, Cinnamon Grand and Kingsbury hotels, all in Colombo, were also hit. Easter Sunday is one of the major feasts in the Christian calendar. Images on social media showed the inside of one of the churches – St…

Sri Lanka explosions: 20 killed as churches and hotels targeted

At least 20 people are reported to have been killed and more than 200 injured in explosions at churches and hotels in Sri Lanka. At least six explosions have been reported. Three churches in Kochchikade, Negombo and Batticaloa were targeted during Easter services. The Shangri La, Cinnamon Grand and Kingsbury hotels, all in Colombo, were also hit. Easter Sunday is one of the major feasts in the Christian calendar. Images on social media showed the inside of one of the churches – St Sebastian’s in Negombo – with a shattered…

Brexit: Labour must back another referendum – Tom Watson

Labour must promise another Brexit referendum to counter the electoral challenge posed by Nigel Farage, the party’s deputy leader has said. Writing in the Observer, Tom Watson said his party could not « sit on the fence » about the biggest issue to face the UK for a generation. But ex-UKIP leader Mr Farage said a new referendum would be « a total insult » to five million Labour Leave voters. The UK has been given an extension to the Brexit process until 31 October. This means the UK is…

Ukraine election: Voters to choose between comic and tycoon

Media playback is unsupported on your device Ukrainians will head to the polls shortly in a run-off election to pick the country’s next president. Voters face a stark choice between tycoon Petro Poroshenko, the incumbent president, and television comedian Volodymyr Zelensky, new to politics. The TV celebrity is favourite in the polls, having dominated the first round of voting three weeks ago when 39 candidates were on the ticket. Poll stations will open 08:00 local (05:00 GMT) and close 12 hours later. A court in the capital, Kiev, has rejected…

Theresa May says UK will stand up for religious freedom

Theresa May says the UK « must stand up for the right of everyone » to practise their faith in peace. In her Easter message, the prime minister said she will spend her time « giving thanks in church », but for many Christians « such simple acts of faith can bring huge danger ». About 245 million Christians worldwide are estimated to be facing persecution. Meanwhile, Jeremy Corbyn compared Jesus’ experiences to the challenges currently facing some refugees. Mrs May, a vicar’s daughter and practising Christian, said: « Churches…

Technology used to trace prison mobiles to exact cells

Prison staff are using technology to find and seize phones used illegally by inmates in England and Wales. New detection kits can narrow a phone’s location down to a single jail cell, the Ministry of Justice said. Staff get an alert when a phone is detected, which helps them track inmates organising drug smuggling or contacting criminals on the outside. After a six-month trial at one jail, the kits will now be used at four more. The locations are not being revealed. The real-time alerts are shown on a digital…

Agent Orange: US to clean up toxic Vietnam War air base

Media playback is unsupported on your device The US has launched a multi-million dollar clean-up operation at an air base in Vietnam it used to store the notorious chemical Agent Orange. The ten-year programme, unveiled more than four decades after the end of the Vietnam War, will cost $183m (£141m). The site at Bien Hoa airport, outside Ho Chi Minh City, is considered the most contaminated in the country. Agent Orange was a defoliant sprayed by US forces to destroy jungles and uncover the enemy’s hiding places. It contained dioxin,…

Girl finds her voice after brain surgery

Seven-year-old Leia Armitage lived in total silence for the first two years of her life, but thanks to pioneering brain surgery and years of therapy she has found her voice and can finally tell her parents she loves them. « We were told you could put a bomb behind her and she wouldn’t hear it at all if it went off, » said Leia’s father, Bob, as he recalled finding out their baby daughter had a rare form of profound deafness. Leia, from Dagenham in Essex, had no inner ear…

Sudan crisis: Cash hoard found at al-Bashir’s home

A large hoard of cash has been found at the home of Sudan’s ousted president Omar al-Bashir and he is now being investigated for money laundering, prosecutors say. Security services found euros, dollars and Sudanese pounds totalling more than $130m (£100m). The ex-leader was placed under house arrest after months of protests led to his removal. Reports say Mr Bashir is now being held at the Kobar high-security prison. A source in Sudan’s judiciary told Reuters news agency that suitcases loaded with more than $351,000, €6m ($6.7m; £5.2m) and five…

Extinction Rebellion: Met Police asks for 200 extra officers

The Met Police has requested about 200 extra officers from neighbouring forces to help deal with the Extinction Rebellion protests in central London. Oxford Circus was reopened to traffic on Saturday afternoon after officers cleared demonstrators. Protesters continue to occupy Waterloo Bridge and Parliament Square. The Met said 750 people have been arrested and 28 have been charged. Commissioner Cressida Dick said it had caused « miserable disruption ». « Every day we have had over 1,000 officers – and now over 1,500 officers – working to police these protests,…

Lyra McKee: Killing has led to ‘palpable change’ in community sentiment towards policing

Media playback is unsupported on your device The killing of journalist Lyra McKee has led to a « palpable change » in community sentiment in support of policing, a senior detective has said. Ms McKee, 29, was shot while observing rioting in Londonderry’s Creggan estate in Northern Ireland on Thursday night. Two teenage men, aged 18 and 19, have been arrested and are being held under the Terrorism Act. On Saturday, Det Supt Jason Murphy, who is leading the investigation, urged people to come forward. He said there was a…

UK weather: Hottest day of the year, says Met Office

The Met Office has confirmed Saturday as the hottest day of the year, with 25.5C recorded in Gosport, Hampshire. And the UK is set for record-breaking temperatures over the rest of the Easter weekend, forecasters have said. Temperatures are expected to climb to 26C on Easter Sunday and 27C on Monday, though north-west Scotland could be clipped by outbursts of rain. The record temperature for Easter Sunday in the UK is 25.3C reached in Solent, Hampshire in April 2011. The Solent also lays claim to the hottest Easter Monday with…

Yellow vest protests: Paris police fire tear gas at demonstrators

Police in Paris have fired tear gas and arrested more than 100 people as part of the latest anti-government protests by France’s yellow vest movement. A number of motorbikes have been set on fire and the protesters have been banned from the area around the Notre-Dame cathedral, which was badly damaged in a huge fire earlier this week, in order to protect the structure. Source: BBC