Theresa May no confidence vote: BBC coverage of result

Conservative MPs have cast their ballots in a no-confidence vote called on Prime Minister Theresa May’s leadership. Mrs May has said she will contest the vote and fight to remain Prime Minister. Watch the results here. This rolling TV coverage may be interrupted by other news stories Source: The Guardian

Theresa May survives confidence vote

Prime Minister Theresa May has won a vote of confidence in her leadership of the Conservative Party by 200 to 117. The result was greeted by cheers and applause from Tory MPs as it was announced by backbench Tory chairman Sir Graham Brady. It means Mrs May is immune from another leadership challenge for a year. The vote was triggered by 48 of her MPs angry at her Brexit policy, which they say betrays the 2016 referendum result. This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be…

Ex-Trump lawyer Cohen jailed

Media playback is unsupported on your device US President Donald Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen, who once said he’d take a bullet for him, has lashed out at his ex-boss’ « dirty deeds » as he was given a 36-month prison sentence. Cohen is the first member of Mr Trump’s inner circle to be jailed over the special counsel’s inquiry into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election. He admitted lying to Congress, campaign finance violations and tax evasion. In a New York court Cohen, 52, blamed his crimes on…

Strasbourg shooting: Police appeal to find Chérif Chekatt

French police have issued a call for help to find the man suspected of opening fire near a Christmas market in Strasbourg. Hundreds of police, soldiers and border agents on both sides of the Franco-German border are trying to find Chérif Chekatt, 29. Two people died and 13 were injured in the gun attack in the eastern French city on Tuesday evening. The gunman shouted « Allahu Akbar » (« God is greatest ») as he opened fire. Chérif Chekatt was already known to the French authorities as someone who…

Scottish budget: Higher earner income tax gap to widen

Media playback is unsupported on your device Scotland’s finance secretary has said he will not pass on a tax break for higher earners that was announced by the chancellor in his UK budget. Derek Mackay said « now is not the time » to cut taxes for higher rate tax payers as he unveiled his Scottish budget. It means the gap between how much higher earners in Scotland pay has widened compared to the rest of the UK. But Mr Mackay said most people would continue to pay less in…

Cuban ballet star Carlos Acosta stars in own biopic

HAVANA (Reuters) – For Carlos Acosta, the son of a black truck driver in Communist-run Cuba, overcoming poverty, prejudice and politics to become a global ballet legend, write a best-selling memoir and create his own dance company was not enough. Cuban dancer Carlos Acosta gives an interview as he attends the film premiere for « Yuli », a biopic about his life, during Havana’s International Film Festival in Havana, Cuba, December 7, 2018. Picture taken December 7, 2018. REUTERS/StringerThe 45-year-old, who won fame as a teen for his athleticism and…

Musical ‘A Star is Born’ leads film contenders for SAG awards

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Musical drama remake “A Star is Born” led a wide range of contenders for the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Wednesday, landing four nominations, including best movie ensemble. The film will compete for SAG’s top movie prize in a diverse group that includes superhero movie “Black Panther,” romantic comedy “Crazy Rich Asians,” rock biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” and director Spike Lee’s historical drama “BlacKkKlansman.” “A Star is Born,” released by AT&T Inc’s Warner Bros, features Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga in a classic story about a young…

‘A Star is Born’ leads film nominations from Screen Actors Guild

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Musical drama “A Star is Born” led the field of contenders for the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Wednesday, landing four nominations, including best movie ensemble. The film will compete for SAG’s top movie prize against superhero movie “Black Panther,” romantic comedy “Crazy Rich Asians,” rock biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” and Spike Lee’s historical drama “BlacKkKlansman.” “A Star is Born” features Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga in a remake of a classic story about a young woman trying to make it as a singer. Both actors were…

Movie-mad India could overtake U.S. as top user-base – IMDb

FILE PHOTO: A man in India watches a movie on his mobile phone in New Delhi, India, November 16, 2016. REUTERS/Adnan AbidiMUMBAI (Reuters) – Movie-mad Indians and the cheap data packs on their smartphones could make India the biggest user-base market for IMDb over the next five years, the Amazon-owned movie rating website said on Wednesday. India is currently the site’s second-highest user base worldwide, but that is likely to change, IMDb founder and Chief Executive Col Needham told Reuters. “Film, television and music, as I am learning, are such…

Theresa May to face leadership challenge

UK Prime Minister Theresa May will face a vote of no confidence in her leadership later on Wednesday. Conservative MPs will vote between 18:00 GMT and 20:00 GMT. The challenge to Mrs May’s position comes after the required 48 letters calling for a contest were delivered. Mrs May, who has been prime minister since shortly after the UK voted to leave the European Union in 2016, has faced criticism in her party for the Brexit plan she has negotiated. Guide: Rules for the challenge to Theresa May Who has written…

May to face leadership challenge

UK Prime Minister Theresa May will face a vote of no confidence in her leadership later on Wednesday 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 Twitter to get the latest alerts. Source: BBC

Cosby’s lawyers cite grounds for appealing sexual assault conviction

(Reuters) – Attorneys for Bill Cosby outlined their grounds on Tuesday for appealing his sexual assault conviction, citing what they called errors in legal procedure that may have biased the jury and warrant a new trial for the once-beloved comedian. FILE PHOTO: Actor and comedian Bill Cosby leaves the Montgomery County Courthouse after his first day of sentencing hearings in his sexual assault trial in Norristown, Pennsylvania, U.S., September 24, 2018. REUTERS/Jessica Kourkounis/File PhotoThe 81-year-old performer, best known for his role as the lovable family man and physician on the…

Strasbourg shooting: Two dead, 10 wounded and gunman at large

Two people have been killed and 10 others wounded in a shooting in the eastern French city of Strasbourg, officials say. Police said the gunman had been identified and was being pursued. He had been injured in an exchange of gunfire with a soldier, they said. The shooting is said to have happened close to a Christmas market in one of the central squares, Place Kléber. France’s counter terrorism prosecutor has opened an investigation. Confirming the death toll had risen to two, the French interior minister, who is on the…

Man held by armed police at UK Parliament

Media playback is unsupported on your device A man has been arrested by armed police officers after it is believed he broke into the grounds of Parliament. An eyewitness told the BBC the man jumped over railings before being Tasered by police. The man was held within the parliamentary courtyard but has now been taken away in a police van. Police say he has been arrested on suspicion of trespassing at a protected site and is not being investigated by the Met’s counter terrorism command. The Metropolitan Police said the…

Pressure mounting on Theresa May from Tory MPs

Tory Brexiteers have told the BBC they are increasingly confident they will have enough support to trigger a no-confidence vote in Theresa May. However, there is no official confirmation that the threshold of 48 letters from Tory MPs has been reached. Several sources, including a cabinet minister, have told the BBC they believe 48 letters have been submitted. The BBC has also been told that senior backbencher Sir Graham Brady has asked to see the PM on Wednesday. Sir Graham Brady, the chair of the backbench 1922 committee to whom…

Six migrants are rescued from a dinghy off Dover

A dinghy was spotted in shipping lanes off Dover at about 03:30 GMT with six people on board. The five men and one woman said they were Iranian, the Home Office said. They were rescued by a Border Force cutter and an RNLI lifeboat. Their boat appeared to be taking in water. Source: BBC

Putin’s Stasi spy ID pass found in Germany

A Stasi ID pass used by Vladimir Putin when he was a Soviet spy in former East Germany has been found in the Stasi secret police archive in Dresden. The Russian president has expressed pride in his record as a communist KGB officer in Dresden in the 1980s. His Stasi pass was found during research into the close co-operation between the KGB and Stasi. Mr Putin, then a KGB major, got it in 1985. It got him into Stasi facilities, but he may not have spied for them. In a…

Strasbourg shooting: One dead, 10 wounded and gunman at large

Two people have been killed and 10 others wounded in a shooting in the eastern French city of Strasbourg, officials say. Police said the gunman had been identified and was being pursued. He had been injured in an exchange of gunfire with a soldier, they said. The shooting is said to have happened close to a Christmas market in one of the central squares, Place Kleber. France’s counter terrorism prosecutor has opened an investigation. Confirming the death toll had risen to two, the French interior minister, who is on the…

Broadway’s ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ puts new spin on racial injustice

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Almost 60 years after it was first published as a book, “To Kill a Mockingbird” opens this week in a first Broadway theater adaptation whose themes of racial injustice are just as relevant today. FILE PHOTO: U.S. President George W. Bush (R) before awarding the Presidential Medal of Freedom to American novelist Harper Lee (L) in the East Room of the White House, in this November 5, 2007. REUTERS/Larry DowningYet writer Aaron Sorkin says despite the book’s familiarity as a beloved classic of American literature and…

Beauty meets despair in racial injustice movie ‘Beale Street’

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Some films about race in America are angry, many are passionate, or terrifying or heartbreaking, and a few are funny. “If Beale Street Could Talk,” opening in U.S. theaters in major cities on Friday is marked by a quiet beauty and dignity, despite the despair that runs through it. Based on the 1974 novel with the same title by the late James Baldwin, the film is director Barry Jenkins’ follow-up to his 2016 Oscar-winner “Moonlight.” It is the latest in a slew of movies by or…

Brexit: Theresa May meeting EU leaders in bid to rescue deal

Theresa May is meeting European leaders and EU officials later for talks aimed at rescuing her Brexit deal. She is holding talks with Dutch PM Mark Rutte and Germany’s Angela Merkel after postponing a Commons vote on the deal. The UK PM has said she needs « further assurances » about the Northern Ireland border plan to get backing from MPs. European Council President Donald Tusk insisted the EU would « not renegotiate » but said leaders would discuss how to help « facilitate UK ratification ». Work and Pensions…

Easter Island mayor concedes Moai statue might be better left in British Museum

SANTIAGO (Reuters) – The mayor of the Chile’s Easter Island territory conceded on Monday that the British Museum might be a better home for a massive native Polynesian statue taken by British seamen 150 years ago. FILE PHOTO: A view of « Moai » statues in Rano Raraku volcano, on Easter Island, 4,000 km (2486 miles) west of Santiago, in this photo taken Oct. 31, 2003. REUTERS/Carlos Barria//File PhotoPedro Edmunds Paoa said Easter Island had a “thousand” of its iconic statues, known as the Moai, “both buried, ignored and discarded”…

‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ now most-streamed 20th century song

Actor Rami Malek and members of Queen Roger Taylor and Brian May attend the world premiere of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ movie in London, Britain October 23, 2018. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh(Reuters) – They said it would never sell, with its six-minute playing time, operatic passages and lyrics about Galileo and Scaramouche, but the Queen song “Bohemian Rhapsody” on Monday became the most streamed song from the 20th century. Boosted by the new movie “Bohemian Rhapsody,” the 1975 single and music video surpassed 1.6 billion streams globally, record company Universal Music Group said in…

Brexit: Theresa May to meet EU leaders in bid to rescue deal

Media playback is unsupported on your device Theresa May will meet European leaders and EU officials later for talks aimed at rescuing her Brexit deal. She will hold talks with Dutch PM Mark Rutte and Germany’s Angela Merkel after postponing MPs’ final vote on the deal. The UK PM has said she needs « further assurances » about the Northern Ireland border plan to get Commons backing. European Council President Donald Tusk insisted the EU would « not renegotiate » but said leaders would discuss how to help « facilitate…

France yellow vest protests: Macron promises wage rise

Media playback is unsupported on your device France’s President Emmanuel Macron has promised a minimum wage rise and tax concessions in response to weeks of violent protests. France has seen four weekends of violent protests against fuel tax rises, living costs and other issues. Speaking in a televised address, Mr Macron condemned the violence but said the protesters’ anger was « deep, and in many ways legitimate ». The minimum wage would increase by €100 per month from 2019, he said. A planned tax increase for low-income pensioners would be…

Russell Bishop: Paedophile guilty of 1986 Babes in the Wood murders

Media playback is unsupported on your device A convicted paedophile has been found guilty of murdering two schoolgirls who were found strangled and sexually assaulted near Brighton 32 years ago. Russell Bishop, 52, had protested his innocence since the bodies of Nicola Fellows and Karen Hadaway were found. Cleared of their murders in 1987, Bishop went on to attack a seven-year-old girl within three years, leaving her for dead in 1990, but she survived. He was convicted of the double murder in a second trial at the Old Bailey. After…

US snowstorm kills three in North Carolina

A heavy snowstorm has swept through US south-eastern states, killing at least three people and leaving hundreds of thousands without power. A state of emergency has been declared in North Carolina, with some areas reporting as much as 0.5m (18.5ins) of snow over the weekend. One man died after a tree fell on his car. A search is under way for a driver whose vehicle was found in a river. Thousands of flights were also cancelled across the region. ‘A dangerous system’ Snow, sleet and freezing rain continues to impact…

Sarah Hyland: Modern Family star reveals second kidney transplant

US actress Sarah Hyland has described how having to undergo two kidney transplants left her « contemplating suicide, » US media report. The 28-year-old, who stars in the popular sitcom Modern Family, opened up about her kidney dysplasia in an interview with Self magazine. She said her body rejected a kidney donated by her father when she was 21, but luckily her brother was a match. « I had gone through [my whole life] always being a burden, » Hyland said. In the interview published on Monday, Hyland revealed how…

U.S. auctioneer withdraws ‘Star Wars’ lightsaber on authenticity issue

The original Luke Skywalker Lightsaber from the « Star Wars: A New Hope » movie, is among items on the auction block by Profiles in History in Calabasas, California, U.S., is shown in this photo provided November 29, 2018. Courtesy Profiles in History Auctions/Handout via REUTERSLOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A California auction house on Monday withdrew from sale a lightsaber described as having been used by Luke Skywalker in the first “Star Wars” movie after fans raised concerns about its authenticity. The lightsaber was due to be sold by Profiles…

Meghan Markle presents wedding dress designer with fashion award

FILE PHOTO: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle leave St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle after their wedding. Saturday May 19, 2018. Neil Hall/Pool via REUTERS/File PhotoLONDON (Reuters) – Meghan Markle presented the designer of her wedding dress with a prize at the Fashion Awards in London on Monday, joining fashionistas at the ceremony where supermodel Cindy Crawford’s daughter Kaia Gerber was also named Model of the Year. At a star-studded event attended by fashionistas, singers and actors, Markle arrived on stage as Clare Waight Keller was named British Designer of…