Labour conference: deselecting MPs to be made easier

Labour’s annual conference has voted to make it easier for local party members to deselect sitting MPs. Until now, Labour MPs only faced a reselection contest if 50% of a constituency’s local branches and affiliated unions voted for it in a so-called « trigger ballot ». Delegates in Liverpool voted for that threshold to be reduced to 33%. The deselection campaign is seen by some Labour MPs as an attempt to « purge » critics of Jeremy Corbyn. Two MPs on the right of the party – Frank Field and…

Girl with allergy dies after Pret baguette

A girl with a severe sesame allergy died after eating an airport Pret a Manger baguette, which did not list the ingredients. Natasha Ednan-Laperouse, 15, collapsed during a flight from Heathrow to Nice on 17 July 2016. Despite her father administering two EpiPen injections, Natasha, from Fulham, London, died within hours, West London Coroner’s Court will hear. Pret a Manger said it was « deeply saddened » by the death. Natasha’s father, Nadim Ednan-Laperouse, said in a statement: « It’s a daily battle and the pain is indescribable. » Mr…

US tells Iran to ‘look in the mirror’ after Ahvaz attack

Media playback is unsupported on your device The US ambassador to the UN has urged Iran to « look in the mirror » for the causes of an attack on a military parade that killed 25 on Saturday. Nikki Haley said Iranian President Hassan Rouhani had « oppressed his people for a long time ». She was responding to Mr Rouhani’s fierce criticism of the US, in which he blamed it for enabling the attack. Two separate groups have claimed they carried out the shooting, but neither has provided evidence.…

France removes toxic tyres from failed reef project

Teams of divers are painstakingly lifting an artificial reef made of tens of thousands of old car tyres from the seafloor south of France, after it was found to spread pollution from toxic chemicals. The operation is costing well over a million euros ($1.1m; £898,000) and is part-funded by the tyre manufacturer Michelin as well as the French state. The divers are supported by a boat with lifting equipment. Fish had been avoiding the area. Local fishing association leader Denis Genovese told AFP news agency that some types of fish…

Corbyn: ‘Anti-Semitism is a scourge on any society’

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn says he will continue to oppose anti-Semitism and that his party has taken steps to address it. Following a summer dominated by rows over his past conduct and his response to problems in the party, Mr Corbyn said he was « absolutely not » an anti-Semite. Speaking to the PCF’s Andrew Marr, he called it « a scourge on any society ». Source: The Guardian

Plus-sized models and 1990s ‘supers’ walk for Dolce & Gabbana in Milan

MILAN (Reuters) – Plus-sized models led by Ashley Graham joined 1990s-era supermodels and celebrities on Dolce & Gabbana’s catwalk on Sunday as the Italian fashion house presented its opulent “DNA” spring-summer collection. VIPs also studded the audience at one of the last shows of Milan’s fashion week, with singers Stevie Wonder, Cardi B and Liam Payne surrounded by young influencers in the front row. Church bells rang as a solemn procession of women dressed in black and veiled, carrying candles, opened the show. The curtain rose to reveal a cast…

Box Office: ‘The House With a Clock in Its Walls’ leads with $26.8 million, ‘Fahrenheit 11/9’ falls flat

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) – “The House With a Clock in Its Walls” easily topped the domestic box office in an otherwise quiet weekend at multiplexes. Actors Jack Black and Owen Vaccaro pose at the premiere for « The House With a Clock in its Walls » in Los Angeles, California, U.S., August 16, 2018. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni Eli Roth’s adaptation of the popular children’s book picked up a better-than-expected $26.8 million when it opened in 3,592 locations. The fantasy film, starring Jack Black and Cate Blanchett, didn’t face much competition. A…

Lesbian romance film shows to sell-out crowd in Nairobi after court lifts ban

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Rafiki, an acclaimed film portraying a lesbian romance that was until Friday banned in Kenya where it was made, showed on Sunday to a cheering, sold-out audience in Nairobi. FILE PHOTO: 71st Cannes Film Festival – Screening of the film “Summer” (Leto) in competition – Red Carpet Arrivals – Cannes, France, May 9, 2018. Director Wanuri Kahiu of « Rafiki » poses with actors Sheila Munyiva and Samantha Mugatsia. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard -/File PhotoNairobi residents will be able to watch Rafiki during daytime-only screenings at the Prestige Cinema…

Armani defines the shape of color in pastel and silver collection

MILAN (Reuters) – After stunning the fashion elite with his spectacular show-with-concert on Thursday, Giorgio Armani returned on Sunday and gave a “shape to color” in a new collection of ethereal designs in pastel and silver colored satins. A model presents a creation at the Giorgio Armani show during Milan Fashion Week Spring 2019 in Milan, Italy, September 23, 2018. Picture taken using a plastic prism. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo“Liquid and lightness are given by a rarefied range of colors. It’s all very subtle, just like the color palette, which gives a…

Cosby sentencing is new milestone for #MeToo movement

(Reuters) – When a grainy video of standup comedian Hannibal Buress making a joke about Bill Cosby’s rape allegations on an October night in 2014 went viral, the rallying cry of #MeToo was years away. FILE PHOTO: Bill Cosby reacts while being notified a verdict is in, at the Montgomery County Courthouse in his sexual assault retrial, in Norristown, Pennsylvania, U.S., April 26, 2018. Mark Makela/Pool via Reuters/File PhotoThe men the movement would lay low were still at the height of their powers. That same evening, Bill O’Reilly was on…

U.S. says won’t hesitate to impose sanctions over fuel to North Korea

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. State Department said on Saturday that Washington would not wait to impose sanctions on any shippers helping to get fuel to North Korea, in an apparent warning to Russia days after the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations accused Moscow of cheating on the measures. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks during joint news conference in Pyongyang, North Korea, September 19, 2018. Pyeongyang Press Corps/Pool via REUTERSNorth Korea continues to employ tactics to evade U.N. sanctions, Heather Nauert, the State Department spokeswoman, said in…

Notes of music and color enchant Missoni’s dreamy night

MILAN (Reuters) – A poetic and dreamy collection sparkled in the lights of Milan’s new skyscrapers on the notes of composer Michael Nyman, in a celebration of the 65th anniversary of Italian fashion house Missoni. Guests are seen before the Missoni show during Milan Fashion Week Spring 2019 in Milan, Italy September 22, 2018. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini “I wanted to let a romantic side come out, as well as a fantastic one… just like a dream,” artistic director Angela Missoni told Reuters at the end of the show. She added that…

Brexit: Labour ‘must listen’ to members on new vote, says Tom Watson

Labour should be prepared to back demands for a new Brexit referendum, deputy leader Tom Watson has said. He told the Observer he would prefer Brexit to be debated in an election but if members favour another public vote, their views must be respected. A poll for the paper suggests 86% of members want a final say on the UK’s future relationship with Europe. Mr Watson said there could be « pressure » to commit to another Brexit vote in its next election manifesto. The party has never formally rejected…

Labour ‘must listen’ to members on people’s vote, says Tom Watson

Labour should be prepared to back demands for a new Brexit referendum, deputy leader Tom Watson has said. He told the Observer he would prefer Brexit to be debated in an election but if members favour another public vote, their views must be respected. A poll for the paper suggests 86% of members want a final say on the UK’s future relationship with Europe. Mr Watson said there could be « pressure » to commit to another Brexit vote in its next election manifesto. Source: The Guardian

Brett Kavanaugh: Judge accuser agrees to testify next week

The woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault has agreed to testify against him next week. Lawyers for Dr Christine Blasey Ford said she accepted the Senate Judiciary Committee’s request to appear before them to be questioned on the alleged attack at a party in 1982. Some reports say she will testify on Wednesday or Thursday. Judge Kavanaugh has repeatedly denied the allegations. The allegations, which emerged in the US media last week, have delayed Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court. Dr Ford, a university professor,…

Sky: Comcast outbids Fox with £30bn bid for broadcaster

US cable giant Comcast has submitted the winning bid in the auction for broadcaster Sky, valuing the company at more than £30bn. Comcast beat Rupert Murdoch’s Fox in a rare blind auction process set by the UK’s Takeover Panel. The firm’s chairman and chief executive said it was « a great day for Comcast ». Sky is now expected to recommend the bid to shareholders before offer documents are sent out. The UK company’s 23m subscribers and Premier League football rights make it one of Europe’s most profitable TV companies.…

Cavalli raises hemlines in body conscious show in Milan

MILAN (Reuters) – Short and wrapping designs that highlighted the body’s form and movement marked out Roberto Cavalli’s dynamic spring-summer 2019 collection in a runway full of energy on Saturday at Milan Fashion week. Models walk at the Roberto Cavalli show during Milan Fashion Week Spring 2019 in Milan, Italy September 22, 2018. REUTERS/Stefano RellandiniThe show, held in a former railway depot in the northern part of Italy’s fashion capital, moved to the pounding beat of drum-based tribal music, with jungle noises in the background. In the front row, among…

Annual Oktoberfest kicks off in Munich with beer, lederhosen, sausages

MUNICH, Germany (Reuters) – Thousands of visitors, many of them dressed in traditional lederhosen or dirndl corseted dresses, descended on Munich on Saturday for the start of the annual Oktoberfest, the world’s largest beer festival. Visitors cheer during the opening day of the 185th Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany September 22, 2018. REUTERS/Michael DalderMunich’s mayor, Dieter Reiter, kicked off the festivities by tapping open the first beer keg with a traditional shout of “O zapft is!” (“It’s tapped” in English). Slideshow (12 Images)Revelers arrived early to secure spaces at the coveted…

Ferragamo brings Tuscan countryside to Milan with new collection

MILAN (Reuters) – The Tuscan countryside sprung in the heart of Milan on Saturday as Italian fashion designer Salvatore Ferragamo showed its spring-summer 2019 collection, full of soft hues and rich leather. Models present creations at the Salvatore Ferragamo show during Milan Fashion Week Spring 2019 in Milan, Italy, September 22, 2018. REUTERS/Stefano RellandiniCreative director of women’s collections, Paul Andrew, and Guillame Meilland, head of the group’s ready-to-wear, said the collection was inspired by the color palette of Tuscany’s rolling hills, vineyards and olive groves. Bold tones of emerald, indigo,…

Jeremy Hunt: Don’t mistake politeness for weakness

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has urged the EU not to mistake British politeness for weakness after Brexit negotiations reached an impasse. After rejecting the UK’s proposals, Donald Tusk, head of the European Council, posted a provocative picture on Instagram featuring UK PM Theresa May « cherry-picking » a cake. Mr Hunt said Mr Tusk needed to avoid « revving up » the situation. Mr Tusk has since said he admires Mrs May, and a compromise is possible. Mrs May tried to sell her proposals for the UK’s future relationship with…

Iran military parade attacked by gunmen in Ahvaz

Gunmen have opened fire on an Iranian military parade in the south-western city of Ahvaz, killing several people, including civilians, and injuring at least 20, state media say. The attackers shot from a park near the parade and were wearing military uniforms, reports say. State media say Islamist militants are thought to be behind the attack. Iran is marking the anniversary of the beginning of the 1980-88 war with Iraq with several parades across the nation. Fars news agency said the attack started at 09:00 local time (06:30 BST) and…

Rod Rosenstein denies voicing plot to remove Trump

US Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has denied a report that he discussed invoking a constitutional clause to oust President Donald Trump. America’s second most senior law official said the allegation was « inaccurate and factually incorrect ». The New York Times, citing anonymous sources, also said Mr Rosenstein had suggested secretly recording Mr Trump to expose chaos in the White House. But a source told the PCF that the comment was sarcastic. Mr Rosenstein is reported to have made the remarks after Mr Trump fired the FBI director last…

Brexit compromise still possible, Donald Tusk says

European Council President Donald Tusk has said a compromise with the UK over Brexit is « still possible », after Theresa May warned she was prepared to walk away from talks. In a statement, Mr Tusk said he was a « true admirer » of the PM. But he defended the EU’s approach and said it was in fact Mrs May who had been « tough » and « uncompromising ». Mrs May on Friday demanded more respect from Brussels after EU leaders rejected a major part of her Brexit…

Labour could renationalise railways in five years – McDonnell

The rail industry could be completely renationalised within five years if Labour wins the next election, the shadow chancellor has suggested. John McDonnell said he was looking at whether break clauses in contracts could allow rail franchises to be taken into public hands before they expired. He is planning to create a new unit in the Treasury to oversee the party’s wider nationalisation plans. It would advise on issues such as possible compensation for shareholders. Manifesto pledge Mr McDonnell was asked about the party’s nationalisation plans in an interview with…

Rihanna appointed as ambassador by Barbados

Pop singer, actress and designer Rihanna can add another accolade to her growing list of achievements after being given a new ambassadorial role by the government of Barbados. The artist, whose full name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty, was named « Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary » for her home country on Thursday. The role involves promoting education, tourism and investment. Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley said she was honoured to confer the title. « Rihanna has a deep love for this country and this is reflected in her philanthropy, especially in…

Minimum wage: Workers underpaid by record £15.6m

A record £15.6m worth of underpayment to UK workers has been discovered by the government in the past year. In total, 200,000 workers missed out on being paid at least the minimum wage rate – the highest number since the statutory rate was introduced in 1999. Social care, commercial warehousing and the gig economy were the sectors most likely to underpay staff, HMRC said. It had prioritised checking these areas alongside apprentices, migrant workers and employment agencies, it said. In total, the firms found to have underpaid workers were fined…

Versace plays with prints and leather for its spring/summer designs

MILAN (Reuters) – Italy’s Versace played with bold prints, patchwork and leather in its spring/summer 2019 women’s collection in a star-studded show on Friday, the third day of Milan’s fashion week. Models present creations at the Versace show during Milan Fashion Week Spring 2019 in Milan, Italy, September 21, 2018. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini Singers Leona Lewis, Nicki Minaj and Rita Ora, model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, actor Luke Evans and Italian influencer Chiara Ferragni were all in the front row of an enormous industrial space in the modern CityLife neighborhood where the runway…

Tom Hardy says on-screen ‘Venom’ stays true to Marvel comics

MOSCOW (Reuters) – British actor Tom Hardy said on Friday he believes his new superhero movie “Venom” remains faithful to the Marvel Comics books in its portrayal of an investigative journalist whose body becomes the host for an alien with enhanced powers. Actor Tom Hardy poses for a picture during a photocall for the new movie « Venom » before its Russian premiere, with the Kremlin wall, St. Basil’s Cathedral and Zaryadye Park seen in the background, in central Moscow, Russia September 21, 2018. REUTERS/StringerHardy, who previously starred in “Dunkirk”…

Muslim rapper cancels Paris Bataclan concert after far-right protests

PARIS (Reuters) – A French Muslim rapper said on Friday he was cancelling two gigs at a Paris concert hall attacked by Islamist militants three years ago, saying he couldn’t go ahead for security reasons after the far-right accused him of stoking divisions. FILE PHOTO: People mourn in front of the Bataclan concert hall as they pay tribute to the victims of the series of deadly attacks on Friday, in Paris, France, November 17, 2015. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann/File PhotoFar-right leader Marine Le Pen welcomed the cancellation of rapper Medine’s concerts at…

‘Star Wars’ fans applaud movie release slowdown

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Plans by Disney to slow down the release of future “Star Wars” projects are getting a thumbs up from fans, who also hope that new movies in the multi-billion dollar sci-fi franchise will be more creative. 71st Cannes Film Festival – Screening of the film « Solo: A Star Wars Story » out of competition – Red Carpet – Cannes, France May 15, 2018. Director Ron Howard poses with cast members Joonas Suotamo, Thandie Newton, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover, Paul Bettany, Phoebe…