US ex-cardinal Theodore McCarrick defrocked over abuse claims

A former Roman Catholic cardinal has been defrocked after historical sexual abuse allegations. Theodore McCarrick is the most senior Catholic figure to be dismissed from the priesthood in modern times. US Church officials said allegations he had sexually assaulted a teenager five decades ago were credible. Mr McCarrick, 88, had previously resigned but said he had « no recollection » of the alleged abuse. The alleged abuses may have taken place too long ago for criminal charges to be filed because of the statute of limitations. Mr McCarrick was the…

Chancellor Philip Hammond’s visit to China not going ahead

A visit to China by Chancellor Phillip Hammond has been called off amid reports a speech by the UK’s defence secretary angered Beijing. There were plans for trade talks between Mr Hammond and senior Chinese government figures during the brief visit next week. But a Treasury spokesperson said: « No trip was ever announced or confirmed. » Earlier this week, Gavin Williamson had indicated the UK’s intention to send an aircraft carrier to the Pacific. Unconfirmed newspaper reports claimed the Chinese government was unhappy about Mr Williamson’s speech on Monday.…

Swiss actor Bruno Ganz who played Hitler in ‘Downfall’ dies aged 77

ZURICH (Reuters) – Bruno Ganz, the Swiss actor who portrayed Adolf Hitler in Oscar-nominated film “Downfall” and the kindly grandfather in “Heidi”, died of cancer at his home in Zurich on Saturday, aged 77, his agent said. FILE PHOTO: Actor Bruno Ganz acknowledges the audience after he was awarded in the category « Lebenswerk » (Lifetime Achievement) during the ‘Goldene Kamera’ (Golden Camera) awards ceremony in Berlin, Germany February 1, 2014. REUTERS/Britta Pedersen/Pool/File PhotoGanz had been active in German language theater, film and television for more than 50 years and…

Suspects in alleged attack on ‘Empire’ actor released

(Reuters) – Suspects arrested in connection with an alleged racist and homophobic assault on “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett in Chicago were released on Friday, police said. FILE PHOTO: Jussie Smollett performs a tribute to President’s Award recipient John Legend at the 47th NAACP Image Awards in Pasadena, California February 5, 2016. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni“Due to new evidence as a result of today’s interrogations, the individuals questioned by police in the Empire case have now been released without charging and detectives have additional investigative work to complete,” the Chicago Police Department said…

Electronic GPS tags to track thousands of criminals in England and Wales

Thousands of criminals in England and Wales will be tagged with GPS trackers to allow authorities to trace them 24 hours a day. Currently, electronic tags are linked to a box at a fixed address, such as an offender’s home, with alerts generated if they are not there at certain hours. But the new location tags will track a person’s movements wherever they go. Justice Secretary David Gauke said the tags will better protect victims of domestic abuse or stalking. The new GPS tags are already being used in some…

Shamima Begum: Family of pregnant IS teen plead for return

The family of Shamima Begum – the teenager who went to Syria to join the Islamic State group – have called on the UK to bring her back « urgently ». Her family, from east London, said the 19-year-old’s unborn baby is « a total innocent » and had the right to grow up in the « peace and security » of the UK. Ms Begum told the Times she feared her child would be taken from her if she came back to the UK. Home Secretary Sajid Javid has…

Is there a suicide crisis for British veterans?

Military charities say they are not coping with the increased demand for mental health support. Campaigners estimate that last year, at least 58 veterans took their own lives. The Ministry of Defence spends £22 million pounds a year on mental health for veterans, while the NHS has dedicated around £6m annually since 2016. Reporter: Jonathan Beale, Production, filming, editing: Claire Read. If you’re affected by emotional distress, click here for help and support, or wider information is available via the BBC Action Line. Source: BBC

‘Killer car seats’ sold online for £8

Children’s car seats, dubbed « killers » by trading standards officers, have repeatedly appeared for sale on online marketplaces, Which? has warned. The consumer group said the fabric seats, which can cost as little as £8, offered almost no protection in a crash and were illegal to use in the UK. The online sites – Amazon, eBay and AliExpress – all said they had removed the seats from sale. But Which? said the listings should have been deleted quicker. Crash tests Which? said the seats had been described online as…

Mexican actor apologizes for racial slur against ‘Roma’ actress

Mexican actor Yalitza Aparicio, who is nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress for « Roma, » poses for a portrait in West Hollywood, California, U.S., February 15, 2019. REUTERS/Mario AnzuoniMEXICO CITY (Reuters) – A Mexican soap opera star apologized on Friday for using a racial slur to describe actress Yalitza Aparicio, whose performance in the critically acclaimed film “Roma” made her the first indigenous woman to be nominated for a best actress Oscar. Video footage surfaced on Twitter on Friday in which actor Sergio Goyri, 60, can be heard…

Aurora shooting: Five dead in Illinois workplace attack

Media playback is unsupported on your device Five people have been killed and several others injured after a gunman opened fire at an industrial park in Illinois, police say. The gunman was also killed, a police spokeswoman said. She added that the five officers had been hit by gunfire. The attack on Friday took place in Aurora, a suburb about 40 miles (65km) west of Chicago. It comes a day after the first anniversary of a school shooting in Parkland, Florida, which left 17 dead. Police reported an « active…

Oscar organizers scrap plan to award four Oscars in commercial breaks

An Oscar statue is seen during a media preview of this year’s Academy’s Governors Ball in Los Angeles, California, U.S., February 15, 2019. REUTERS/Mario AnzuoniLOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The organizers of the Oscars ceremony on Friday scrapped a plan to award four Academy Awards during commercial breaks in the Feb. 24 telecast, following an uproar by Hollywood filmmakers, actors and others. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said in a statement that it had “heard the feedback” from members and that all 24 Academy awards “will be presented without…

Police arrest ‘potential suspects’ in alleged attack on ‘Empire’ actor

(Reuters) – Two Nigerian brothers have been arrested in connection with an alleged racist and homophobic assault on “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett in Chicago, the city’s police department said on Friday. FILE PHOTO: Jussie Smollett performs a tribute to President’s Award recipient John Legend at the 47th NAACP Image Awards in Pasadena, California February 5, 2016. REUTERS/Mario AnzuoniAuthorities had previously said only that the pair, whose names have not been released, were persons of interest after they were recognized from surveillance camera footage taken in the area where Smollett said…

Portrait of Brazilian revolutionary is a salvo in fight over history

BERLIN (Reuters) – The makers of “Marighella”, a film about a left-wing revolutionary murdered by Brazil’s 1960s military dictatorship, hope their film will help counter a version of the country’s history that they see far-right President Jair Bolsonaro as propagating. Director and screenwriter Wagner Moura and actors Bella Camero, Seu Jorge and Bruno Gagliasso arrive for the screening of the movie « Marighella » at the 69th Berlinale International Film Festival in Berlin, Germany, February 15, 2019. REUTERS/Hannibal HanschkeThe drama was shot before last year’s presidential election, but director Wagner…

Police have ‘potential suspects’ in alleged attack on ‘Empire’ actor

(Reuters) – Two men being questioned in connection with an alleged racist and homophobic assault on “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett in Chicago are potential suspects in the alleged crime, the city’s police department said on Friday. FILE PHOTO: Jussie Smollett performs a tribute to President’s Award recipient John Legend at the 47th NAACP Image Awards in Pasadena, California February 5, 2016. REUTERS/Mario AnzuoniAuthorities had previously said only that the pair, whose names have not been released, were persons of interest after they were recognized from surveillance camera footage taken in…

Father of supermodel concept awaits ex-wives’ verdict in film

BERLIN (Reuters) – The German photographer credited with inventing the concept of the supermodel in the 1980s is the subject of “Women’s Stories”, a documentary that premiered at the Berlin Film Festival on Friday. Peter Lindbergh, born in 1944 in German-occupied Poland, is seen as the creator of a style of naturalistic fashion photography that dispensed with the lavish make-up and detailed retouching that had characterized the genre. He brought this style, influenced by street photography and photojournalism, to a host of models who transformed the fashion world, shooting iconic…

Brazilian documentary asks: do we live for work or work for life?

BERLIN (Reuters) – High in the hills of Brazil’s remote northeast, the town of Toritama echoes with the sound of sewing machines: in the self-proclaimed capital of jeans, people work all hours of the day to produce denim trousers. That piqued director Marcelo Gomes’s interest when he visited. From his childhood he remembered a sleepy town where you could hear a pin drop, not the bustling hive of cottage industries that the 40,000-strong township is today. In his Berlinale documentary, Gomes brings an anthropological eye to bear on the way…

Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom hint at engagement with ring picture

FILE PHOTO: Singer Katy Perry and actor Orlando Bloom smile upon their arrival for the Monte-Carlo Gala for the Global Ocean in Monaco, September 26, 2018. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard/File PhotoLONDON (Reuters) – Pop star Katy Perry and her Hollywood actor boyfriend Orlando Bloom have hinted they are engaged, posting a picture of the American singer sporting a large diamond-encrusted ring. Perry and Bloom began dating in 2016 but split for a time before getting back together. Both took to Instagram after Valentine’s Day to share the same photo, which showed part…

Mexico border wall: Trump confirms emergency move

Media playback is unsupported on your device President Trump has confirmed he will use emergency powers to build a wall on the US border with Mexico, saying « walls work ». Building the wall was a key pledge of Mr Trump’s campaign, but Democrats have described the emergency as a « gross abuse of power ». He is due to sign the plan along with a spending bill aimed at preventing a repeat of a recent government shutdown. He announced the plan after Congress refused to pay for a wall…

‘Walls work’: Trump confirms emergency move

President Trump confirms he’ll use emergency powers to build a wall on Mexico’s border, saying « walls work » 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

Shamima Begum: IS teen’s return to UK ‘could be prevented’

A British woman who fled to Syria as a schoolgirl to join the Islamic State group could be prevented from returning to the UK, the home secretary has said. « My message is clear, » Sajid Javid told the Times: « If you have supported terrorist organisations abroad I will not hesitate to prevent your return. » He added that if Shamima Begum, 19, did come home she could be prosecuted. Ms Begum, who is pregnant, told the paper she had no regrets but wanted to have her baby in…

Climate strike: Schoolchildren protest over climate change

Pupils at schools around the UK have gone on strike as part of a global campaign for action on climate change. Students around the country walked out of school to call on the government to declare a climate emergency and take active steps to tackle the problem. « Save our planet » was the message chanted by thousands of people gathered in Parliament Square in London. Organisers Youth Strike 4 Climate said protests were taking place in more than 60 towns and cities across the UK. According to the UK…

Brexit: Theresa May pushes on with her deal after latest defeat

Theresa May will press on with efforts to secure a revised Brexit deal, despite another Commons defeat, and will return to Brussels « within days ». MPs voted against a motion endorsing the government’s strategy by 303 to 258, with 66 Tory MPs abstaining. Steve Baker, of the Conservative backbench European Research Group, which led the rebellion, called the loss a « storm in a teacup ». Business Minister Richard Harrington accused the ERG of « treachery ». Brexit Secretary Steve Barclay met EU ambassadors in London on Friday morning…

Andrea Levy: Small Island and Long Song author dies aged 62

British author Andrea Levy, whose award-winning novels captured the black British experience in the years after Windrush, has died at the age of 62. A statement released on behalf of her family said she died of cancer. Levy was born in 1956 to Jamaican parents who had travelled to England on the Empire Windrush in 1948. Sir Lenny Henry, who played a slave in the PCF adaptation of her novel The Long Song, said he had « loved hanging out with this pugnacious woman ». Levy was best known for…

U.S. targeted 21 Savage for his rap lyrics, lawyer says

(Reuters) – A lawyer for rap artist 21 Savage said on Friday the entertainer was in part detained by U.S. immigration officials because he is a celebrity who has been outspoken about family-separation security issues at the U.S.-Mexico border. FILE PHOTO: 2018 MTV Video Music Awards – Arrivals – Radio City Music Hall, New York, U.S., August 20, 2018. – 21 Savage. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly/File PhotoThe entertainer, whose real name is She’yaa BinAbraham-Joseph, was arrested on Feb. 3 by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents on charges he is a…

Chicago police dispute reports ‘Empire’ actor investigated for staging attack

(Reuters) – Chicago police contested media reports on Thursday that officers were investigating whether “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett staged being physically assaulted because he was being written out of the television show. FILE PHOTO: Jussie Smollett performs a tribute to President’s Award recipient John Legend at the 47th NAACP Image Awards in Pasadena, California February 5, 2016. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/File PhotoChicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said there was no evidence to support a report by Chicago ABC7 television, which cited sources familiar with the investigation. “Media reports about the Empire incident…

Chicago police reject report ‘Empire’ actor investigated for staging attack

FILE PHOTO: Jussie Smollett performs a tribute to President’s Award recipient John Legend at the 47th NAACP Image Awards in Pasadena, California February 5, 2016. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/File Photo(Reuters) – Chicago police dismissed a media report on Thursday that officers were investigating whether “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett staged being physically assaulted because he was being written out of the television show. Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said there was no evidence to support the report by Chicago ABC7 television, which cited multiple unnamed sources. “(Police Superintendent) Eddie Johnson has contacted @ABC7Chicago…

Trump to declare ’emergency’ over Mexico border wall

Media playback is unsupported on your device US President Donald Trump is to declare a national emergency to fund his planned border wall with Mexico, the White House has said. He will sign a border security bill to avert a government shutdown – but also act to bypass Congress and use military funds for the wall, a statement said. Senior Democrats have responded by accusing him of committing a « gross abuse of power » and a « lawless act ». Building the wall was a key election promise by…

Trump to sign border security bill and declare emergency over wall

Media playback is unsupported on your device US President Donald Trump will declare a national emergency to fund his planned border wall with Mexico, the White House says. He is to sign a border security bill to avert a government shutdown – but also act to bypass Congress and use military funds for the wall, a statement said. Senior Democrats have responded by accusing him of committing a « gross abuse of power » and a « lawless act ». Congress must first pass the bill before it is signed…

Living dangerously, one foot at a time, in ‘Free Solo’

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Alex Honnold lives life dangerously. Shannon Dill, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, Jimmy Chin and Evan Hayes hold their award for Documentary for the film ‘Free Solo’ with Alex Honnold at the British Academy of Film and Television Awards (BAFTA) at the Royal Albert Hall in London, Britain, February 10, 2019. REUTERS/Toby MelvilleOne of an elite group of “free solo” rock climbers, he scales sheer vertical cliffs thousands of feet high, alone and without a rope. Now his death-defying ascent in 2017 of the towering El Capitan granite…

Clooney, Pitt among Hollywood actors yelling ‘cut’ over Oscar award changes

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Robert de Niro on Thursday joined a growing protest in Hollywood over plans by Oscars organizers to present cinematography, editing and some other awards during commercial breaks at next week’s Academy Awards ceremony. FILE PHOTO: Actor, executive producer, and director George Clooney speaks on a panel for the Hulu series « Catch-22 », during the Television Critics Association (TCA) Winter Press Tour in Pasadena, California, U.S., February 11, 2019. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson/File PhotoSandra Bullock, Emma Stone and Jon Hamm also added their…