Donald Trump hits out again at Sadiq Khan over London violence

US President Donald Trump has once again criticised London Mayor Sadiq Khan, calling him a « national disgrace » who is destroying the UK’s capital. His comments came after five attacks in London in less than 24 hours left three men dead and three others injured. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said it was « absolutely awful » Mr Trump was using the « tragedy of people being murdered to attack the mayor ». President Trump’s tweets follow a long-running feud between the two men. Retweeting a post by right-wing commentator…

Hong Kong extradition bill: Protesters gather for new march

Crowds have begun to gather in Hong Kong for another mass protest on Sunday, despite a government climb-down on a controversial extradition bill. The bill, which would have allowed extradition to mainland China, prompted hundreds of thousands to demonstrate in the past week. Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam said on Saturday that the plans had been « suspended » for the time being. Protest leaders, however, are demanding it be permanently scrapped. Some have urged Ms Lam to resign over the unrest. Protesters are concerned at increased influence by…

Wainfleet flooding: Hundreds spend night away from town

Hundreds of people spent the night away from their homes following severe flooding in a Lincolnshire town. Residents of 580 homes in and around Wainfleet were told to evacuate amid concerns about flood defences along the River Steeping. The town flooded on Wednesday after two months’ worth of rain fell in two days. The Environment Agency said it had a plan to manage the flood water around Wainfleet, and that work would continue in daylight. Earlier, Lincolnshire Police issued a list of about 140 postcodes in which homes could be…

Tory leadership: Boris Johnson wins backing from Esther McVey

Former Conservative leadership contender Esther McVey has thrown her support behind Boris Johnson’s bid. Ms McVey – eliminated in the first ballot – told the Sunday Telegraph she was backing him because he had promised to deliver Brexit by 31 October. Mr Johnson is the clear frontrunner to replace Theresa May but his rivals have insisted they will not drop out. He is the only one of the six remaining candidates who will not take part in the first TV debate on Channel 4 later. His team reportedly have reservations…

Taekwondo star unbowed by her disability

A teenager with special needs who has a black belt in taekwondo says the sport makes her “feel strong”. Angel Stevens, 17, from Eastwood, Nottinghamshire, was born with foetal valproate syndrome, a rare condition which causes brain damage and physical deformity. She won a gold medal at the International Taekwon-Do Federation World Championships in 2016. Now her family are raising money for her to take part in a taekwondo competition in New Zealand for people with special needs. “It feels like I’m strong and I can do things when I…

Ancient Afghan citadel collapses, cultural heritage sites at risk

GHAZNI, Afghanistan (Reuters) – An ancient tower dating back 2,000 years in the historic Afghan city of Ghazni collapsed this week, local officials said, raising concerns about the vulnerability of the country’s cultural heritage and the government’s ability to protect them. The old citadel known as Ghaznain Fort originally had 36 towers, but 14 of the towers had collapsed in recent years due to decades of war, heavy rain and neglect. The fort is one of dozens of unique historic sites in Afghanistan – ranging from the pre-Islamic Buddhist center…

Wainfleet flooding: More homes evacuated

Media playback is unsupported on your device More homes are being evacuated following severe flooding in a Lincolnshire town. Residents in 580 properties in and around Wainfleet will be moved amid concerns about flood defences along the River Steeping. The Environment Agency said water levels remained high and a decision had been made to « evacuate the highest risk areas and the most vulnerable ». The town flooded on Wednesday after two months’ worth of rain fell in two days. The Environment Agency has described the situation as « unprecedented…

Hong Kong extradition bill: Protesters vow to push ahead

Protesters in Hong Kong have vowed to push ahead with a rally on Sunday, despite the government’s decision to suspend its controversial bill to allow extradition to mainland China. Protest leaders urged Chief Executive Carrie Lam to resign and permanently scrap the plan. The proposed bill led to mass demonstrations and sparked some of the worst violence seen in years. Protesters are concerned at increased influence by Beijing in Hong Kong. Hong Kong is a former British colony, but was returned to Chinese rule in 1997 under a « one…

Tory leadership: Rival candidates say there must be ‘no coronation’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Rivals for the Conservative leadership have said there must be no uncontested « coronation » for leadership frontrunner Boris Johnson. Several candidates said the party needed to learn from the experience of electing Theresa May unopposed in 2016. « Let’s not make the same mistake again, » said Home Secretary Sajid Javid. It comes as Mr Johnson expressed fears about damaging « blue-on-blue » attacks in forthcoming TV debates. While he has agreed to take part in the BBC’s debate on Tuesday, Mr…

India announces retaliatory trade tariffs against the US

India has said that, from Sunday, it will impose tariffs on 28 US products, including almonds and apples. The new duties, some as high as 70%, are in response to Washington’s refusal to exempt Delhi from higher taxes on steel and aluminium imports. Earlier this month, US President Trump also announced the US was withdrawing India’s preferential trade treatment. Tariffs of up to 120% were announced by India in June last year, but trade talks had delayed their implementation. In an announcement on Friday, India’s Ministry of Finance said the…

Taekwondo black belt Angel Stevens ‘feels strong’ despite disability

A teenager with special needs who has a black belt in taekwondo says the sport makes her “feel strong”. Angel Stevens, 17, from Eastwood, Nottinghamshire, was born with foetal valproate syndrome, a rare condition which causes brain damage and physical deformity. She won a gold medal at the International Taekwon-Do Federation World Championships in 2016. Now her family are raising money for her to take part in a taekwondo competition in New Zealand for people with special needs. “It feels like I’m strong and I can do things when I…

Two London teens killed on night of violence

Police made 14 arrests after four separate London attacks left two teenagers dead and three men injured in the space of 12 hours. An 18-year-old man was stabbed to death at about 16:42 BST on Friday in Wandsworth, south London. Police were called minutes later, at 16:54, to Plumstead, south-east London, where a 19-year-old man was shot dead. In the early hours of Saturday two men were stabbed in Clapham and another was stabbed in Brixton. The condition of two of the men is not yet known, while the third…

Two teens killed on night of violence in London

Police made 14 arrests after four separate London attacks left two teenagers dead and three men injured in the space of 12 hours. An 18-year-old man was stabbed to death at about 16:42 BST on Friday in Wandsworth, south London. Police were called minutes later, at 16:54, to Plumstead, south-east London, where a 19-year-old man was shot dead. In the early hours of Saturday two men were stabbed in Clapham and another was stabbed in Brixton. The condition of two of the men is not yet known, while the third…

Franco Zeffirelli, Italian film and opera director, dies at 96

ROME (Reuters) – Franco Zeffirelli, who directed the world’s greatest opera singers and brought Shakespeare to the cinema-going masses, has died. He was 96. In a statement, his foundation said he died in Rome on Saturday. “Ciao Maestro,” said the announcement. Often appreciated more by the public than critics, Zeffirelli was the last of a generation of Italian film giants who came of age after World War Two, including Federico Fellini, Luchino Visconti and Vittorio De Sica. He directed more than two dozen films, working with stars including Elizabeth Taylor,…

Italian film and opera director Franco Zeffirelli dies at 96

(Reuters) – – Franco Zeffirelli, the film and opera director acclaimed for movies such as “Romeo and Juliet” and opulent lyrical productions on the world’s major stages, died on Saturday at the age of 96. Often appreciated more by the public than critics, Zeffirelli was the last of a generation of Italian film giants who came of age after World War Two and included Federico Fellini, Luchino Visconti and Vittorio De Sica. He directed more than two dozen films, working with stars including Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Laurence Olivier, Alec…

Wainfleet flooding: More evacuations of homes

More homes are being evacuated following severe flooding in a town. Residents in 290 properties in Wainfleet, Lincolnshire, will be moved over concerns about flood defences on the River Steeping. The Environment Agency said water levels remained high and a decision had been made to « evacuate the highest risk areas and the most vulnerable ». The town flooded on Wednesday after two months’ worth of rain fell in two days and the river burst its bank. Three RAF Chinook helicopters dropped 270 one-tonne bags of aggregate to repair the…

Five listeria deaths prompt NHS food review

A « root and branch » review of hospital food has been ordered by the health secretary after two more patient deaths were linked to an outbreak of listeria. Public Health England (PHE) confirmed on Friday the total number of deaths related to pre-packed sandwiches and salads had risen from three to five. It said evidence suggested the deceased ate the products before 25 May. Products from the Good Food Chain – linked to the outbreak – have been withdrawn and production stopped. « I have been incredibly concerned by…

Edexcel launches investigation after A-level maths paper leaked online

Exam board Edexcel has launched an investigation into how part of an A-level maths paper was leaked online. Blacked out images of two questions were shared on social media on Thursday afternoon. Pearson, which runs Edexcel, said the images were circulated « in a very limited way » shortly before Friday’s Maths Paper 3 exam. It reassured students no-one would be advantaged or disadvantaged and they would not have to re-sit the paper. The questions were first posted from a Twitter account in a since deleted post, where the user…

Jeremy Corbyn challenges UK government’s Iran accusations on oil tanker attacks

Jeremy Corbyn has questioned whether the government has « credible evidence » to show Iran is behind the attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman. Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said responsibility for Thursday’s attack in the Gulf of Oman « almost certainly » lies with the Iranian regime. But the Labour leader tweeted that there was no evidence for this. Mr Hunt responded that Mr Corbyn’s comments were « pathetic » and said he should back British intelligence. It is the second time in the past few…

Hong Kong extradition protests: Government suspends bill

The Hong Kong government has suspended its highly controversial plan to allow extraditions to mainland China, Chief Executive Carrie Lam has announced. She had previously refused to scrap the bill despite mass protests from Hong Kong residents. « I feel deep sorrow and regret that deficiencies in our work – and various other factors – have stirred up substantial controversies, » she said. Protesters expressed concern at increased Chinese influence. Ms Lam said she had heard the calls for her government to « pause and think ». She also admitted…

Are too many Army officers privately-educated?

Nearly half of the British Army’s latest intake of officer cadets were privately educated, the BBC has found. A Freedom of Information request has revealed 49% of those who entered the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst in January came from fee-paying schools. The Sutton Trust, which aims to improve social mobility, said those at the top of the armed forces were seven times more likely to go to private schools. The Army said it was « increasing our outreach to those in state education ». The figures stand in contrast…

Listeria outbreak: Health secretary orders NHS food review

A « root and branch » review of hospital food has been ordered by the health secretary after two more patient deaths were linked to an outbreak of listeria. Public Health England (PHE) confirmed on Friday the total number of deaths related to pre-packed sandwiches and salads had risen from three to five. It said all but one of the deaths happened more than a month ago. Products from the Good Food Chain – linked to the outbreak – have been withdrawn and production stopped. « I have been incredibly…

Picasso, Leger paintings seen fetching millions at London auction

« Femme dans un fauteuil », a 1913 painting by French cubist artist Fernand Leger, on display at a photocall at Christie’s auction house in London, Britain, June 14, 2019. REUTERS/Emily Roe LONDON (Reuters) – Abstract paintings depicting the female form by Pablo Picasso and Fernand Leger are expected to fetch tens of millions of dollars at auction when they go under the hammer next week, according to Christie’s auction house. “Femme dans un fauteuil”, painted by French cubist artist Leger in 1913, is one of a group of five…

Gulf of Oman tanker attacks: Trump dismisses Iran denials

Media playback is unsupported on your device US President Donald Trump has dismissed Iran’s insistence it had no involvement with the attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman. Mr Trump cited footage that Washington says shows Iranian forces in a small boat taking an unexploded mine off the hull of one of the ships. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said the truth needed to be « clearly established ». Russia has warned against drawing « hasty conclusions ». The blasts came a month after four oil tankers…

Two more hospital patients die in sandwich listeria outbreak

Two more hospital patient deaths have been linked to an outbreak of listeria in pre-packed sandwiches and salads. Friday’s announcement from Public Health England (PHE) takes the number of confirmed cases from six to nine and the deaths from three to five. Last week PHE confirmed two patients from Manchester Royal Infirmary and another patient at Aintree Hospital had died. All of the cases were found in hospital patients in England. All but one of the deaths happened more than a month ago, PHE said. Sandwiches and salads from The…

Margaret Fleming trial: Carers guilty of murdering missing teenager

Media playback is unsupported on your device Two carers have been convicted of murdering a 19-year-old woman whose death they covered up for 20 years and whose body has never been found. Edward Cairney, 77, and Avril Jones, 59, killed Margaret Fleming in December 1999 or January of the following year. The authorities only became suspicious in October 2016 when concerns were raised about a benefits claim made by Jones on Ms Fleming’s behalf. A huge police search operation has failed to find any trace of Ms Fleming. Cairney insisted…

‘The Dead Don’t Die’ stars on the environment

(Reuters) – Flesh-eating zombies terrorize a small town in Jim Jarmusch’s “The Dead Don’t Die”, a comedy horror in which polar fracking sets off strange reactions and raises the dead. 72nd Cannes Film Festival – Photocall for the film « The Dead Don’t Die » in competition – Cannes, France, May 15, 2019. Cast members Bill Murray, Chloe Sevigny, Selena Gomez and Tilda Swinton pose. REUTERS/Stephane MaheReuters spoke with Bill Murray and Chloe Sevigny, who portray police, and Tilda Swinton, who plays a mysterious funeral parlor worker, about the film’s…

Founder of K-pop label YG resigns amid drugs and sex scandals

SEOUL (Reuters) – Yang Hyun-suk, founder of South Korea’s YG Entertainment which manages top K-pop performers, stepped down on Friday from his duties as chief producer, in the aftermath of drug and sex scandals involving his artists. In March, a member of YG’s boyband Big Bang quit showbiz over sex bribery accusations, prompting police investigations and the resignation of four K-pop stars including him. Allegations subsequently surfaced of a network of pop stars, businessmen and cops having colluded and enabled tax evasion, bribery and prostitution, exposing the dark side of…

Gulf of Oman tanker attacks: US says video shows Iran removing mine

Media playback is unsupported on your device The US military has released a video which it says shows Iranian special forces removing an unexploded mine from the side of an oil tanker damaged in an attack in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday. The US also released images of the Japanese tanker apparently showing the unexploded mine before it was removed. A Norwegian tanker in the gulf also reported being hit by three blasts. The US accused Iran of being behind the attacks. Iran said it « categorically » rejected…

Tory leadership: Matt Hancock ‘mulling over’ pulling out

Tory leadership candidate Matt Hancock is understood to be considering pulling out of the race, as the remaining candidates consider how best to challenge frontrunner Boris Johnson. PCF political editor Laura Kuenssberg said the health secretary could make a decision within hours, after getting 20 votes in the first ballot of Tory MPs. That left him in sixth place in the race, well behind Mr Johnson on 114. The top two left after further ballots will be voted on by party members. Mr Johnson received than double the number of…