Pop singer Adele parts with husband

FILE PHOTO: Singer Adele arrives at the 58th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California February 15, 2016. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok/File PhotoLONDON (Reuters) – British pop singer Adele and her husband have separated, her representatives said on Saturday. One of the most successful singer-songwriters of all time, Adele and water charity executive Simon Konecki met in 2011. They had a son a year later, and married in 2016. “Adele and her partner have separated. They are committed to raising their son together lovingly. As always they ask for privacy. There will be…

Lyra McKee: Two men arrested in connection with journalist’s killing

Two men have been arrested in connection with the killing of journalist Lyra McKee. The pair, aged 18 and 19, were arrested under the Terrorism Act. Ms McKee, 29, was struck by a bullet as she was observing rioting in Northern Ireland on Thursday night. She was shot in Londonderry’s Creggan estate. Violence broke out after police raids on houses in the Mulroy Park and Galliagh areas in the city. Ms McKee was standing near a police 4×4 vehicle with other journalists when she was wounded. CCTV captured her final…

Lyra McKee: Two teenagers arrested under Terrorism Act

Two teenagers have been arrested in connection with the murder of journalist Lyra McKee. The men, aged 18 and 19, were arrested under the Terrorism Act. They have been taken to Musgrave Serious Crime suite. Miss McKee, 29, was struck by a bullet as she was observing rioting in Londonderry on Thursday night. Source: BBC

Lyra McKee: Police release footage of suspected gunman

Media playback is unsupported on your device Detectives hunting the killer of journalist Lyra McKee have released footage of the shooting as they appeal for help from the local community. The 29-year-old was struck by a bullet as she was observing rioting in Londonderry on Thursday night. Police have blamed dissident republicans for the murder and believe more than one person was involved. CCTV captures Ms McKee’s final moments in the crowd and mobile phone footage shows the suspected gunman. In the video, the masked attacker leans from behind cover…

Turpin captivity case: Children forgive parents for torture

Media playback is unsupported on your device A California couple’s children have forgiven them for years of torture and starvation as the parents were sentenced to life in prison. David and Louise Turpin’s children told a court they still loved their mother and father despite all the abuse. The couple were arrested in January 2018 when their 17-year-old daughter escaped the filthy home in Perris. The Turpins pleaded guilty to the abuse of all but one of their 13 children for at least nine years. They are expected to serve…

Hacking ‘hero’ Marcus Hutchins pleads guilty to US malware charges

A British man hailed as a hero for stopping a global cyber-attack that was threatening the NHS has pleaded guilty to US malware charges. Marcus Hutchins, 24, has pleaded guilty to two charges related to writing malware – or malicious software – court documents show. Writing on his website, Hutchins said he regretted his actions and accepted « full responsibility for my mistakes ». Hutchins has been held in the US since he was arrested by the FBI in 2017. « As you may be aware, I’ve pleaded guilty to…

Are plants a necessity or a luxury?

A new campaign says we should pay less tax on plants because they are good for the environment and mental health. It’s being backed by the National Garden Scheme at a time when house plants are becoming increasingly popular – particularly among young people who can’t afford gardens. In the UK, plants which don’t produce food are subject to full VAT (Value Added Tax) at a rate of 20%. Whereas in other European countries, it can be at least half that. Source: BBC

Targeted checks ‘prevent one-in-10 heart attacks’

Nearly one-in-10 heart attacks and strokes in England and Wales could be prevented if routine check-ups were better targeted, say researchers. Currently, people aged 40 and over are eligible to have their heart health assessed every five years. But UCL scientists say people at low risk are being checked too often while those considered at high risk are not checked often enough. They say a personalised approach could save lives without costing any more. Chances of a heart attack or stroke can be worked out by looking at risk factors…

Lyra McKee: Murdered journalist’s ‘dreams snuffed out’

A journalist who was shot dead during rioting in Northern Ireland had her dreams « snuffed out by a single barbaric act », her partner has said. Lyra McKee, 29, was struck by a bullet as she was observing the violence in Londonderry on Thursday night. Police have started a murder inquiry and are blaming dissident republicans for the killing. At a vigil in Derry, Sara Canning said she had been left without « the woman I was planning to grown old with ». Journalist shot dead during Derry rioting…

Mueller report: Subpoena issued for unredacted version

Media playback is unsupported on your device A subpoena demanding the release of the full report into Russian meddling during the 2016 election has been issued, amid claims the current version « leaves most of Congress in the dark ». Democrat Jerry Nadler, chairman of the House judiciary committee, argued they are entitled to an unredacted version. Democrats have promised to continue pursuing Donald Trump following the release of the report on Thursday. But Mr Trump’s legal team argues it completely exonerates the president. The 448-page redacted document is the…

Extinction Rebellion: Police move in on London protesters

Hundreds of police officers have closed in on Extinction Rebellion protesters in central London as demonstrations entered a fifth day. Officers surrounded a pink boat in Oxford Circus as actress Dame Emma Thompson told activists her generation had « failed young people ». More than 570 people have been arrested at protests this week in Oxford Circus, Parliament Square and Waterloo Bridge Dame Emma joined the protests after flying from Los Angeles on Thursday. She said: « We are here in this little island of sanity and it makes me…

Two women die in Aberdeen beach swimming tragedy

Two women have died after getting into difficulties while swimming in the sea at Aberdeen beach in the early hours of the morning. Police said the victims, aged 22 and 36, were foreign nationals who were living in the city. The women have not yet been named. Emergency services were called to the Beach Esplanade at about 00:45 after reports of two people in the water. The women were pulled from the sea and taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. However, Ch Insp Martin Mackay of Police Scotland said that they…

Holyhead crossbow shooting: Man, 74, in critical condition

A 74-year-old man has suffered « significant life-threatening injuries » after being shot with a crossbow. It happened outside his home in a remote area near South Stack Road in Holyhead, Anglesey, in the early hours. North Wales Police said the victim was trying to fix a satellite dish on his home when he was hit with the bolt. He managed to get back inside and raised the alarm at about 00:30 BST on Friday and remains in a critical condition at Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor. Hospital staff alerted police…

Lyra McKee: Journalist shot dead during Derry rioting

A journalist has been shot dead during rioting in Londonderry that police are treating as a « terrorist incident ». Dissident republicans are being blamed for killing 29-year-old Lyra McKee during rioting after police searches in Derry’s Creggan area on Thursday night. The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) said the New IRA « are likely to be the ones behind this » and detectives have started a murder inquiry. Prime Minister Theresa May said the murder was « shocking and senseless ». Profile: Lyra McKee – ‘Her commitment to…

Journalist shot dead in Derry during rioting in the city

Media playback is unsupported on your device A journalist has been shot dead during violence in Londonderry that police are treating as a « terrorist incident ». Dissident republicans are being blamed for killing 29-year-old Lyra McKee during rioting after police searches in Derry’s Creggan area on Thursday night. Petrol bombs were also thrown at police Land Rovers. Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hamilton said the New IRA « are likely to be the ones behind this » and detectives have started a murder inquiry. « At around 23:00 BST last…

Rapper Kodak Black arrested in New York on drug, weapons charges

(Reuters) – Rapper Kodak Black was released from custody by the New York State Police on Thursday after being arrested on drug and gun charges while coming across the Canada-U.S. border near Niagara Falls, police said. FILE PHOTO: 2017 MTV Video Music Awards – Arrivals – Inglewood, California, U.S., 27/08/2017 – Kodak Black. REUTERS/Danny MoloshokBlack, 21, was stopped on Wednesday evening by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents at the Lewiston-Queenston International Bridge headed back into the United States from Canada, the New York State Police said in a release.…

Mueller report: Democrats keep pressure on Trump over Russia

Media playback is unsupported on your device Democrats are keeping up pressure on President Donald Trump following the long-awaited release of a report into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. They want Robert Mueller, the man who collated the report, to publicly testify before congress about the work he has done. The redacted report, which was released on Thursday, reveals the president tried to get Mr Mueller fired. Mr Trump’s legal team has described its release as a « total victory ». The 448-page redacted document is the result of…

Woman shot dead in Derry after rioting in the city

Media playback is unsupported on your device A 29-year-old woman has been shot dead in Londonderry in what police are treating as a « terrorist incident ». Dissident Republicans are being blamed for the killing, which happened during rioting after police searches in Derry’s Creggan area on Thursday night. Petrol bombs were also thrown at police Land Rovers. Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hamilton said the police were « treating the shooting as a terrorist incident » and a murder inquiry had been launched. There are reports that the trouble broke…

Libya crisis: PM Fayez al-Serraj condemns ‘silence’ of allies

The UN-backed PM of Libya has condemned the « silence » of his international allies as opposing forces advance on the capital Tripoli. Fayez al-Serraj is facing down an insurgency led by eastern commander Gen Khalifa Haftar. More than 205 people have been killed since fighting began on 4 April, the World Health Organisation (WHO) says. As violence continues, Mr Serraj told the BBC his people were starting to feel abandoned by the world. Why is Libya so lawless? Who is military strongman Khalifa Haftar? He said failure to support…

Santorini deaths: London teachers killed in buggy crash

A British couple killed in a buggy crash on the Greek island of Santorini have been named as two teachers who worked in south London. Milly and Toby Savill had been driving on the Profitis Ilias mountain when the vehicle fell into a 200-metre ravine on Sunday afternoon, local media reported. Mrs Savill’s father, Steve Coulson, paid tribute to the couple saying they « were utterly devoted to one another ». The Foreign Office said it was in contact with the Greek authorities. Mr Coulson, a vicar at St Mark’s…

Zombies to star at Cannes Film Festival, but no Netflix or Tarantino

PARIS (Reuters) – Bill Murray fighting off zombies and an Elton John biopic tracking the singer’s early days will be among the highlights at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, though Quentin Tarantino’s hotly-anticipated latest outing looked set to miss out. Cannes Film festival general delegate Thierry Fremaux and Cannes Film festival president Pierre Lescure attend a news conference to announce the official selection for the 72nd Cannes International Film Festival in Paris, France, April 18, 2019. REUTERS/Gonzalo FuentesUnveiling the line-up for the 72nd edition of the cinema showcase, festival director…

Sophie Gradon: Love Island star took own life

A former beauty queen and Love Island star took cocaine and alcohol and then killed herself, an inquest has found. Star of the ITV2 dating show Sophie Gradon hanged herself at her family home in Medburn, Ponteland on 20 June. The 32-year-old was found by her boyfriend Aaron Armstrong, 25, who took his own life 20 days later. Northumberland South coroner Eric Armstrong said he was « certain she would not have acted as she did without taking alcohol and cocaine ». Mr Armstrong told North Shields Coroner’s Court research…

Mueller report: Trump ‘tried to get special counsel fired’

President Trump tried to get the man appointed to investigate his links to Russia fired, a long-awaited report has revealed. Details are starting to emerge about the 448-page redacted document, collated by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, which has just been published. Mr Trump’s legal team earlier described the report as a « total victory ». It comes as the country’s top lawyer, William Barr, faces heavy criticism of his handling of the report’s release. Live updates: Reaction to Mueller report The attorney general, who was appointed by Mr Trump, held…

Trump Russia investigation: Attorney General Barr backs Trump

US Attorney General William Barr has reiterated that investigators found « no collusion » between President Trump’s election campaign and Russia. Mr Barr held a news conference on Thursday morning ahead of the long-awaited release of the special counsel report into Russian collusion. Mr Barr is facing heavy criticism from senior Democrats over his impartiality and handling of its publication. The redacted 400-page report will be made public later on Thursday. The Attorney-General also revealed for the first time that Mr Mueller’s report examined 10 episodes pertaining to Trump and…

Zombies and gangsters to star at Cannes Film Festival but no Tarantino

PARIS (Reuters) – Bill Murray fighting off zombies and an Elton John biopic tracking the singer’s early days will be among the highlights at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, though Quentin Tarantino’s hotly-anticipated latest outing is set to miss out. Cannes Film festival general delegate Thierry Fremaux and Cannes Film festival president Pierre Lescure attend a news conference to announce the official selection for the 72nd Cannes International Film Festival in Paris, France, April 18, 2019. REUTERS/Gonzalo FuentesUnveiling the line-up for the 72nd edition of the world’s most important cinema…

Facebook bans UK far right groups and leaders

Facebook has imposed a ban on a dozen far-right individuals and organisations that it says « spread hate ». The ban includes the British National Party and Nick Griffin, the English Defence League and the National Front. The list also includes Britain First, which was already banned, but this latest action will prohibit support for it on any of the US firm’s services. It said it had taken the action because those involved had proclaimed a « violent or hateful mission ». « Individuals and organisations who spread hate, or…

Mya-Lecia Naylor: CBBC star dies suddenly, aged 16

PCF children’s TV star Mya-Lecia Naylor has died suddenly at the age of 16. Mya-Lecia, who appeared in CPCF shows Millie Inbetween and Almost Never, died on 7 April after she collapsed, her agents A&J Management said. CPCF said she was a « much-loved part of the PCF Children’s family and a hugely talented actress, singer and dancer ». A&J Management said she was « hugely talented and a big part of A&J » and that they would « miss her greatly ». It is not yet known how she…

T2 Trainspotting actor Bradley Welsh dies after shooting

A man who starred as a gangland figure in Trainspotting 2 has been shot dead in Edinburgh. Bradley Welsh, 42, who also appeared in an episode of Danny Dyer’s Deadliest Men, was killed in an incident in Chester Street. Armed officers were sent to the city’s west end at about 20:00 on Wednesday. One resident said he was told someone had been shot in the head and people were instructed to stay indoors as the street was cordoned off. Police later confirmed officers had responded to reports of a disturbance…

Crossrail ‘could be delayed until 2021’

Crossrail could be delayed until 2021, according to a senior source associated with the project to build a new railway underneath central London. The east-west route, officially called the Elizabeth Line, will run between Reading and Shenfield in Essex and had been due to open in December 2018. Crossrail said testing of the trains and signalling was « progressing well ». But sources told the PCF this phase – known as dynamic testing – was « proving more difficult than was first thought ». The source said: « It all…

Writers Guild of America sues four major Hollywood talent agencies

NEW YORK/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – “The Wire” creator David Simon and seven other writers, along with the Writers Guild of America, sued the four major Hollywood talent agencies on Wednesday for getting paid in such a way that the agencies’ financial interests prevail over those of their clients. FILE PHOTO: The iconic Hollywood sign is shown on a hillside above a neighborhood in Los Angeles California, U.S., February 1, 2019. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File PhotoThe plaintiffs are trying to establish that talent agency “packaging fees,” in which an agent is paid directly…