Brexit: Theresa May suffers fresh Commons defeat

Media playback is unsupported on your device Theresa May has suffered a fresh defeat in a Commons vote on her approach to Brexit strategy by 303 to 258. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has called on the prime minister – who did not take part in the debate – to « admit her Brexit strategy has failed ». Tory Brexiteer rebels abstained, saying the government’s motion implied a no-deal Brexit would be ruled out. Ministers said that was not the case but defeat would make life more difficult for the PM…

Chicago police question two over alleged attack on ‘Empire’ actor

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 are questioning two persons of interest who were in the area when “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett said he suffered a racist and homophobic assault, authorities said on Thursday. Detectives used surveillance camera footage to identify the pair, whose names have not been released, as they investigated an attack that Smollett said occurred on Jan. 29, when two men shouted…

PM defeated over Brexit strategy

Prime Minister Theresa May has suffered a fresh defeat in a Commons vote on her Brexit strategy by 303 to 258. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has called on the prime minister – who was not in the Commons chamber for the vote – to « admit her Brexit strategy has failed ». 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…

Brexit: MPs voting on next steps

MPs are voting on whether to back the government’s Brexit strategy. They have rejected a Labour call for another vote on the withdrawal deal by 27 February by 322 votes to 306. The Commons also rejected an SNP call to delay Brexit by at least three months by 315 votes to 93 votes, after Labour abstained in the vote. Conservative backbencher Anna Soubry has withdrawn her amendment calling for official papers on the impact of a no-deal Brexit to be published. Brexit Minister Chris Heaton-Harris indicated that Cabinet Office Minister…

Actress Charlotte Rampling gets lifetime achievement award at Berlin fest

Actress Charlotte Rampling, honored with the Honorary Golden Bear award, attends a news conference at the 69th Berlinale International Film Festival in Berlin, Germany, February 14, 2019. REUTERS/Fabrizio BenschBERLIN (Reuters) – British actress Charlotte Rampling said on Thursday she was moved to be awarded the Berlin Film Festival’s Golden Bear for lifetime achievement. The 73-year-old, who started her career as a model, is famed for starring in arthouse films. She is best known for playing a concentration camp survivor in Liliana Cavani’s “The Night Porter” (1974). Rampling has starred in…

Grief, and some joy, in a decades-spanning Chinese saga

BERLIN (Reuters) – “So Long My Son”, a decades-spanning Chinese saga that opens in the aftermath of the Cultural Revolution, was born of a need to re-assess a generation that had no time for introspection as it built modern China, its director Wang Xiaoshuai said. Actor Wang Yuan arrives for the screening of the movie « Di jiu tian chang » (So Long, My Son) at the 69th Berlinale International Film Festival in Berlin, Germany, February 14, 2019. REUTERS/Fabrizio BenschFour years in the making, Wang’s three-hour epic, which premieres at…

Patisserie Valerie rescue saves 2,000 jobs

Patisserie Valerie is being bought out of administration in a deal that will save nearly 2,000 jobs. The management team at the coffee and cake chain has secured backing from investment firm Causeway Capital to take over 96 shops. Sister brand Philpotts has also been sold in a separate deal, saving a further 21 stores. Collectively the chains fetched £13m – a fraction of what the group was once worth. Patisserie Valerie’s parent company, Patisserie Holdings, collapsed in January following an accounting scandal. Patisserie Valerie’s chief executive, Steve Francis, who…

Shamima Begum: IS runaway teen ‘could face prosecution in UK’

A British woman who ran away to Syria as a schoolgirl to join the Islamic State group has been told she could face prosecution if she returns home. Speaking from a Syrian refugee camp, Shamima Begum, now 19, told the Times newspaper she had no regrets but wanted to come back to the UK as she was nine months pregnant. In Syria, she married an IS fighter and had two children, who have both died. Security minister Ben Wallace said she would be investigated if she came back. In her…

Sofija Kaczan death: Mugger jailed for killing 100-year-old woman

A mugger who killed a 100-year-old widow in a handbag robbery has been jailed for 15 years. Sofija Kaczan suffered a broken neck in the attack and died of pneumonia brought on by her injuries on 6 June. Artur Waszkiewicz, 40, preyed on her as she walked to church near her home in Normanton, Derby. Judge Nicholas Dean QC said Waszkiewicz was a « cowardly petty criminal » whose dangerous attack had led to « awful consequences ». Nazi prison camp survivor Mrs Kaczan was robbed near her home in…

Brie Larson makes superhero debut in female-led ‘Captain Marvel’

FILE PHOTO: Cast member Brie Larson poses at the premiere of « Free Fire » in Los Angeles, California U.S., April 13, 2017. REUTERS/Mario AnzuoniSINGAPORE (Reuters) – Oscar winner Brie Larson gets embroiled in galactic conflict in Marvel Studios’ first female-led superhero movie “Captain Marvel”, a role she said pushed her beyond her comfort zone during training. The actress, who won the best actress Academy Award for “Room”, plays former U.S. fighter pilot Carol Danvers in the highly anticipated film, set in the 1990s and which follows her path to…

Shamima Begum: Ex-Bethnal Green schoolgirl who joined IS ‘wants to come home’

One of three schoolgirls who left east London in 2015 to join the Islamic State group says she has no regrets, but wants to return to the UK. In an interview with the Times, Shamima Begum, now 19, talked about seeing « beheaded heads » in bins – but said that it « did not faze her ». Speaking from a refugee camp in Syria, she said she was nine months pregnant and wanted to come home for her baby. She said she’d had two other children who had both…

Prince Philip will not be prosecuted over crash

The Duke of Edinburgh will not face prosecution over his road crash near the Sandringham estate, the Crown Prosecution Service has said. The 97-year-old voluntarily gave up his driving licence on Saturday after his Land Rover Freelander collided with another vehicle in Norfolk last month. He later apologised to the occupants of the other car – two women and a baby. The CPS says it decided that it would not be in the public interest to prosecute the duke. Chris Long, Chief Crown Prosecutor from CPS East of England, said:…

Airbus scraps A380 superjumbo jet as sales slump

European aircraft manufacturer Airbus has pulled the plug on its struggling A380 superjumbo, which entered service just 12 years ago. Airbus said last deliveries of the world’s largest passenger aircraft, which cost about $25bn (£19.4bn) to develop, would be made in 2021. The decision comes after Emirates, the largest A380 customer, cut its order. The A380 faced fierce competition from smaller, more efficient aircraft and has never made a profit. What has prompted Airbus’ decision? The A380’s future had been in doubt for several years as orders dwindled. But in…

Patisserie Valerie’s managers rescue chain

Patisserie Valerie is being bought out of administration, saving 96 shops and nearly 2,000 jobs. The management team at the coffee and cake chain has secured backing from investment firm Causeway Capital to take over its ownership. The deal does not include outlets belonging to sister brands Philpotts and Baker & Spice. Patisserie Valerie’s parent company collapsed in January following an accounting scandal. Patisserie Valerie’s chief executive, Steve Francis, who is leading the management team buy-out, said the move would end « a disruptive period of uncertainty for the business…

Brexit: No 10 says Tory revolt could damage EU talks

Downing Street has warned that a revolt by Tory Brexiteers could « seriously damage » the prime minister’s attempts to get a revised Brexit deal. MPs will vote on the next steps in the process later but BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg says some Tories are refusing to back the government. They say the government’s motion would rule out a no-deal Brexit and undermine the UK negotiating position. But Liam Fox warned MPs against sending the « wrong signal » to Brussels. The international trade secretary, who campaigned for Leave…

Britain’s Prince Philip, 97, will not be prosecuted over car crash

FILE PHOTO: Debris is seen at the scene where Britain’s Prince Philip was involved in a traffic accident, near the Sandringham estate in eastern England, Britain, January 18, 2019. REUTERS/Chris Radburn/File PhotoLONDON (Reuters) – Queen Elizabeth’s 97-year-old husband Prince Philip will not face prosecution after a car crash last month that injured two women, Britain’s Crown Prosecution Service said on Thursday. Philip, who escaped without injury on Jan. 17 when the Land Rover he was driving flipped in a collision with a car close to the royals’ Sandringham residence in…

Chinese sci-fi movie ‘The Wandering Earth’ pulls in $440 million in 10 days

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s first science fiction blockbuster, “The Wandering Earth”, has raked in 3 billion yuan ($443 million) in ticket sales in less than 10 days, putting it on track to become the country’s highest-grossing film. Based on a story by author Liu Cixin, the movie about a group of Chinese astronauts trying to save the world from the orbit of an unstable sun premiered on Feb. 5, the first day of the Lunar New Year holiday. “It’s a genre that most Chinese people have never seen, and it…

‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett angry that some doubt he was attacked

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) – Actor Jussie Smollett said he was angry that some people doubted his statement that he was attacked outside his Chicago apartment in January. Smollett, 36, an openly gay African-American who plays a gay character on the hip-hop drama “Empire,” made the comments in an interview with ABC News that is set to air on “Good Morning America” on Thursday. An interview…

Singer Ryan Adams calls accusations in New York Times ‘inaccurate’

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Rock singer Ryan Adams on Wednesday called a New York Times article about him “upsettingly inaccurate” but said he was “not a perfect man” and apologized to anyone he had hurt. Adams, 44, was responding on Twitter to a New York Times story in which seven women, including his ex-wife actress Mandy Moore, accused him of manipulative behavior and of pursuing female artists for sex. One of the women said he had exchanged sexually explicit messages online with her when she was aged 15 and 16.…

Sofija Kaczan death: Mugger guilty of killing 100-year-old

Media playback is unsupported on your device A mugger has been found guilty of killing a 100-year-old woman whose neck was broken in a handbag robbery. Sofija Kaczan died of pneumonia on 6 June in Normanton, Derby, days after the attack. Mrs Kaczan was robbed near her home in Empress Road, Normanton, on 28 May as she made her way to church. Artur Waszkiewicz, 40, of Wolfa Street, Derby, had denied manslaughter and robbery but was convicted at Derby Crown Court. Heroin addict Waszkiewicz knocked his victim to the floor,…

British IS schoolgirl ‘wants to return home’

One of three schoolgirls who left east London in 2015 to join the Islamic State group says she has no regrets, but wants to return to the UK. In an interview with the Times, Shamima Begum, now 19, talked about seeing « beheaded heads » in bins – but said that it « did not faze her ». Speaking from a camp in Syria, she said she was nine months pregnant and wanted to come home for the sake of her baby. She said she’d had two other babies who…

Cannabis use in teens linked to depression

Parents should not be complacent about the risks of teenagers using cannabis, experts are warning. UK and Canada researchers said they had found « robust » evidence showing using the drug in adolescence increased the risk of developing depression in adulthood by 37%. They said the findings should act as a warning to families who saw cannabis use as part of the growing-up process. The team added that the developing brain was particularly susceptible. The researchers – from University of Oxford and Montreal’s McGill University – said cannabis use in…

Inside the illegal world of organised dogfighting

Media playback is unsupported on your device A PCF investigation into the dark world of organised dogfighting discovered an illegal trade of fighting dogs stretching from Eastern Europe to Wales. The fighters face each other, ready. One rushes forward into a clash of jaws. The ground is already flecked with blood. The lighter one is winning, locked onto its opponent. The black one has lost the ability to fight back. Now, it simply fights for survival. Eventually it attempts to walk, but collapses, legs giving way, head hitting the ground.…

Alesha MacPhail: Woman denies killing six-year-old schoolgirl

A woman named by a murder accused as the person who killed six-year-old Alesha MacPhail has denied being involved in her death. Toni McLachlan was giving evidence during the trial of a 16-year-old boy, who denies abducting, raping and murdering Alesha last July. The teenager, who cannot be named because of his age, has claimed it was Ms McLachlan who killed Alesha. Ms McLachlan told the court that she had loved the little girl « to pieces ». And when asked by prosecutor Iain McSporran QC whether she had anything…

Netflix row overshadows premiere of film about Spanish lesbians

BERLIN (Reuters) – A row over whether films produced for streaming platform Netflix should be shown at the Berlin Film Festival has overshadowed the premiere of “Elisa & Marcela”, Isabel Coixet’s tale of two Spanish lesbians. Director and screenwriter Isabel Coixet and actresses Greta Fernandez and Natalia de Molina arrives for the screening of the movie « Elisa y Marcela » (Elisa and Marcela) at the 69th Berlinale International Film Festival in Berlin, Germany, February 13, 2019. REUTERS/Fabrizio BenschIndependent arthouse cinema operators in Germany wrote to German Culture Minister Monika…

Sex and disability make for tenderly humorous Japanese drama

BERLIN (Reuters) – A talented young woman breaks free from an overly protective parent, explores her sexuality and forges her own, promising path in the world. So far so conventional. But in “37 Seconds” Japanese director Hikari chose to tackle a topic that, she said, audiences in her country were reluctant to embrace. Her protagonist, played by amateur actress Mei Kayama, has cerebral palsy. “Every culture has something they don’t want to talk about,” Hikari, who goes by one name only, told Reuters. “People with a disability and their sexuality…

‘So far so good,’ says legendary French director Varda at 90

Director and screenwriter Agnes Varda accepts her Berlinale Camera award from Festival director Dieter Kosslick prior to the screening of the movie « Varda par Agnes » (Varda by Agnes) at the 69th Berlinale International Film Festival in Berlin, Germany, February 13, 2019. REUTERS/Fabrizio BenschBERLIN (Reuters) – Agnes Varda, the Belgian-born grande dame of French cinema, made her latest film “Agnes by Varda” to help bid farewell to her viewers, but the 90-year-old doesn’t rule out making more movies. Speaking hours before being awarded the Berlin Film Festival’s Berlinale Camera…

Hip-hop icon Grandmaster Flash, violinist Mutter win Polar Prize

FILE PHOTO: Grandmaster Flash attends the 2018 Pre-GRAMMY Gala & GRAMMY Salute to Industry Icons presented by Clive Davis and The Recording Academy honoring Shawn « JAY-Z » Carter in Manhattan, New York, U.S., January 27, 2018. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly/File PhotoSTOCKHOLM (Reuters) – American hip-hop icon Grandmaster Flash was awarded Sweden’s Polar Music Prize on Wednesday, together with German violinist Ann-Sophie Mutter and the Playing for Change Foundation. Founded in 1989 by Stig Anderson, publisher and manager of the Swedish band ABBA, previous winners of the 1 million Swedish crowns ($108,606)…

Brexit: Theresa May plays down ‘deal or delay’ report

Theresa May has played down reports that she could force MPs to choose between backing her deal or accepting a delay to EU withdrawal. ITV News said chief UK negotiator Olly Robbins was overheard in a Brussels bar saying the EU was likely to allow an extension to the Brexit process. The PM suggested MPs should not rely on « what someone said to someone else as overheard by someone else, in a bar ». « It is very clear the government’s position is the same, » she said. «…

Brexit choice of deal or delay ‘not policy’

Media playback is unsupported on your device The Brexit secretary has played down a report that Theresa May could force MPs to choose between backing her deal or accepting a delay to EU withdrawal. ITV News said chief UK negotiator Olly Robbins was overheard in a Brussels bar saying the EU was likely to allow an extension to the Brexit process. But Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay said this did not reflect government policy. The government is committed to Britain leaving the EU on 29 March, he added. His comments come…