Cookstown: Two dead following St Patrick’s Day party at hotel

Two people have died following a St Patrick’s Day party at a hotel in Cookstown, County Tyrone. A further four people have been taken to hospital following the incident at the Greenvale Hotel. The emergency services were called to the scene at around 21:30 GMT on Sunday. The NI Ambulance Service said it was called following reports several people at the venue on the Drum Road were unwell. Paramedics, doctors and five emergency crews were dispatched to the scene. It is understood a large crowd of young people were in…

Christchurch shootings: Stories of heroism emerge from attacks

Media playback is unsupported on your device Stories of heroism have emerged from the attacks at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand that left 50 people dead. A 48-year-old Afghan man says he confronted the gunman and threw a credit card machine at him. Two rural police officers, one of them armed only with a handgun, chased and arrested Brenton Tarrant, 28. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the gunman, who had explosives in his car, was planning more attacks that day. She had earlier called the killings « an act…

Theresa May asks MPs for ‘honourable compromise’ on Brexit

Theresa May has asked MPs to make an « honourable compromise » as she seeks to persuade them to back her Brexit deal at the third time of asking. Writing in the Sunday Telegraph, the prime minister said failure to support the deal would mean « we will not leave the EU for many months, if ever ». Mrs May is expected to bring her withdrawal agreement back to the Commons next week for a third vote. It comes after MPs this week rejected her deal and voted to delay…

Christchurch shootings: Flowers and Haka

A large flower memorial has been laid by the local Christchurch community in memory of those killed in the mosque attacks. A group of bikers performed a traditional Maori war dance at the memorial and one couple brought flowers from their wedding that took place on the same day at the attack. Fifty people were killed in the rampage. Source: BBC

Flood warnings issued across UK after rain

Media playback is unsupported on your device Flood warnings are in place across the UK following persistent heavy rain around the country. There are 30 flood warnings for England – mostly in Yorkshire, and five for Wales. One of the worst-hit areas was Capel Curig in Conwy County, which saw more than half a month’s worth of rain – 136.6mm – in the space of 24 hours. Travel disruption continues, with rail company Northern saying several routes are suspended. Flooding led to rail routes in Yorkshire and the North West…

Joe Biden says he’s running in 2020 – then corrects himself

Media playback is unsupported on your device Joe Biden appeared to announce his candidacy for the 2020 US election, before immediately correcting himself. The former vice-president made the slip while addressing 1,000 Democrats at a dinner in his home state of Delaware. He said his record was the most progressive « of anyone running for the United- » before correcting himself and saying, « anybody who would run ». The audience stood up and chanted « run Joe run », while Mr Biden crossed himself and said, « I didn’t…

Brexit: DUP says issues remain over deal

The Democratic Unionist Party has said there are « still issues to be discussed » with the government as Theresa May continues to try to win support for her Brexit deal. Mrs May is expected to bring her withdrawal agreement back to the Commons next week for a third vote. It comes after MPs this week rejected her deal and voted to delay Brexit. The DUP, which has twice voted against the agreement, said it remained in discussions with the government. It has been reported by the Spectator magazine that…

Christchurch shootings: Attacker was ‘lone gunman’

The man charged over Friday’s twin mosque attacks in the New Zealand city of Christchurch is believed to have acted alone, police say. Australian Brenton Tarrant, 28, a self-described white supremacist, live-streamed the attack on Facebook. Four people arrested afterwards are not believed to have been involved, Police Commissioner Mike Bush said. He added, however, he could not be conclusive. Fifty people were killed and 50 injured in what is New Zealand’s worst attack. Two remain in a critical condition. How attacks unfolded The victims and missing Commissioner Bush said…

Wales beat Ireland to win Grand Slam

Media playback is not supported on this device Six Nations: Wales v Ireland Wales (16) 25 Try: Parkes Con: Anscombe Pens: Anscombe 6 Ireland (0) 7 Try: Larmour Con: Carty Wales are celebrating a third Grand Slam in 11 years after they put Ireland to the sword in ruthless fashion to storm to the Six Nations title. After Hadleigh Parkes’ early try, Gareth Anscombe added a conversion and three penalties for a 16-0 half-lead as Ireland’s indiscipline cost them dear. And the fly-half added three more in an equally one-sided…

Mike Thalassitis: Love Island star dies aged 26

Love Island star Mike Thalassitis has died aged 26, his management has confirmed. The 26-year-old reality television star and former footballer was reportedly found dead in Essex on Friday. He found fame on the 2017 series of the ITV show. Several reality TV stars posted tributes to Thalassitis. The Only Way Is Essex star Ferne McCann wrote: « So so so so sad. Mike you absolute gent. I have no words. » Skip Twitter post by @fernemccann So so so so sad. Mike you absolute gent 💔 I have no…

Christchurch shootings: Brother proud of mosque victim’s ‘heroism’

Media playback is unsupported on your device The brother of a Pakistani man who was killed during Friday’s mosque attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand, has told the BBC of his pride and pain. Khursheed Alam said he was proud his brother, was killed alongside his son, had tried to tackle the gunman. « I wish I could die like him, » he said. Forty-nine people were killed during Friday prayers at the two mosques. Australian Brenton Tarrant, 28, a self-described white supremacist, has been charged with one count of murder.…

New Zealand in shock after worst-ever shooting

Media playback is unsupported on your device New Zealand is in mourning after 49 people were killed at two mosques in the country’s deadliest-ever shooting. PM Jacinda Ardern described Friday’s shooting in the city of Christchurch as one of New Zealand’s « darkest days ». Flowers have been left outside mosques across the country as worried families wait for news of missing loved ones. A gunman believed to be a white supremacist live-streamed the rampage. A man in his late 20s has been arrested and is due to appear in…

Brexit: DUP welcomes ‘renewed focus’ on their concerns after talks

The DUP has welcomed the government’s « renewed focus » on addressing its objections to the Brexit deal ahead of next week’s third Commons vote. The party has twice voted against the deal over concerns it would see Northern Ireland treated differently from the rest of the UK. After talks with ministers in London, its Westminster leader Nigel Dodds said it was still seeking extra guarantees. His party « wanted to get a deal but it had to be the right deal », he said. Mr Dodds spent Friday afternoon…

Comic Relief 2019: Stars line up for Red Nose Day on BBC TV

Some of Britain’s best-loved TV and film stars are appearing together on BBC television in aid of Comic Relief. This year’s highlights include One Red Nose Day and a Wedding – Richard Curtis’s mini sequel to his smash hit 1994 film Four Weddings and a Funeral. But One Direction star Louis Tomlinson pulled out of his planned performance following his sister’s sudden death. The last Comic Relief in 2017 raised more than £76m to help vulnerable people in the UK and around the world. The charity telethon, set up by…

Final Hatton Garden raider Michael ‘Basil’ Seed jailed

The last suspect in the Hatton Garden heist has been found guilty of conspiracy to burgle. Michael Seed, 58, from Islington, nick-named « Basil », played a key role in the £14m safe deposit raid in 2015. Seed, an alarm specialist who denied the charges, was also found guilty of conspiring to hide the proceeds. He was jailed for 10 years for the burglary and eight years for the second charge, with the terms to run concurrently. Jurors at Woolwich Crown Court had been deliberating for more than a week…

Two boys killed in Wolverhampton hit-and-run crash

Two young brothers have died in a hit-and-run car crash in Wolverhampton. Sanjay Singh, aged 10, and Pawanveer Singh, 23 months, were in a BMW being driven by their mother when it was in collision with an Audi S3. Police have urged the driver of the Audi, who left the scene on Thursday evening, to come forward. The 31-year-old driver of a third car, a Bentley, has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. A taxi driver said two cars had passed him at a « very…

Brexit: May to try to persuade MPs for third time to back deal

Prime Minister Theresa May will try to persuade MPs for a third time to back her Brexit deal over the coming days. The Commons will vote on her withdrawal agreement by 20 March, after previously rejecting it by 230 and then 149 votes. On Thursday, MPs voted to ask the EU to delay Brexit beyond the current 29 March departure date. European Council President Donald Tusk said EU leaders could be open to a long extension « if the UK finds it necessary to rethink its Brexit strategy ». Over…

New Zealand mosques: Several dead after shootings in Christchurch

Media playback is unsupported on your device There are « multiple fatalities » after shootings at two mosques in the city of Christchurch, police in New Zealand have confirmed Police commissioner Mike Bush confirmed that one person is in custody, but said it was unclear if others were involved. Witnesses told local media they ran for their lives, and saw people bleeding on the ground outside the Al Noor mosque. Authorities advised people not to go to mosques until further notice. All Christchurch schools are on lockdown. In a statement…

Syria conflict: ‘I don’t want to go back to there’

Over the past eight years, the conflict in Syria has led to more people having to flee their homes than in any other crisis of our time. For the past few years, we have been visiting Rouaa, who is the same age as the Syrian conflict. The eight-year-old used to dream about leaving Lebanon and returning home, but the « shelling and war » there has changed her mind. Caroline Hawley went back to meet her. Producer: Cara Swift Camera and editing: David McIlveen Source: BBC

David Steel suspended by Lib Dems over Cyril Smith remarks

The Scottish Liberal Democrats have suspended former leader David Steel over remarks he made to a child abuse inquiry about the late MP Cyril Smith. Lord Steel said he asked Smith in 1979 about claims he abused boys at a Rochdale hostel in the 1960s. He said he came away from the conversation « assuming » that Smith had committed the offences but claimed it was « nothing to do with me ». A Scottish Lib Dem spokesman said an investigation would take place. He said: « Following the evidence…

Interserve: Key UK contractor faces crunch vote on rescue plan

Key government contractor Interserve faces a crunch vote on Friday which could lead it into administration. The outsourcing giant has been trying to persuade shareholders to back a rescue deal which would see 95% of the firm pass to lenders. It reached a deal with creditors last month to prevent its collapse. But if shareholders reject its debt-for-equity-swap plan in the vote, Interserve’s lenders could apply for a pre-pack administration. This would mean the firm would avoid a Carillion-style collapse, but it would wipe out existing shareholders. Simon Jack: Interserve…

Brexit: MPs vote by 412 to 202 to seek delay to EU departure

UK MPs have voted by 412 to 202 for Prime Minister Theresa May to ask the EU for a delay to Brexit. It means the UK may not now leave on 29 March as previously planned. Mrs May says Brexit could be delayed by three months, to 30 June, if MPs back her withdrawal deal in a vote next week. If they reject her deal again then she says she will seek a longer extension – but any delay has to be agreed by the 27 other EU member states.…

Bloody Sunday soldier faces murder charges

A former British soldier faces murder charges over the killing of two people in Londonderry in 1972. The Public Prosecution Service said on Thursday there was enough evidence to prosecute Soldier F for the murders of James Wray and William McKinney. The soldier will also face charges for the attempted murders of Joseph Friel, Michael Quinn, Joe Mahon and Patrick O’Donnell. Thirteen people were shot dead at a civil rights march on 30 January 1972. The PPS said there was insufficient evidence to prosecute 16 other soldiers and two official…

Brexit: MPs to vote on delaying leaving the EU

Media playback is unsupported on your device MPs will vote later on whether to ask the EU for permission to delay Brexit beyond the 29 March departure date. It comes after MPs voted on Wednesday evening to reject a no-deal Brexit under any circumstances. Prime Minister Theresa May could also make a third attempt to get her EU withdrawal deal through Parliament in the next few days. The EU said there were two ways the UK could leave – with or without a deal, adding it was ready for either…

Charlie Whiting: F1 race director dies aged 66 on eve of season-opener in Melbourne

Charlie Whiting, the head of Formula 1 for governing body the FIA and one of the most influential people in the sport for decades, has died aged 66. Whiting suffered a pulmonary embolism on Thursday morning in Melbourne, where he was due to officiate this weekend’s season-opening Australian GP. Whiting was the official race starter and oversaw all rules matters in F1. FIA president Jean Todt called Whiting « a central and inimitable figure who embodied the ethics and spirit » of F1. Whiting had worked for the FIA since…

Brexit: MPs vote to reject no-deal Brexit

Media playback is unsupported on your device MPs have voted to reject leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement. Theresa May said there was a « clear majority » against a no-deal Brexit but the « legal default » was that the UK would leave without a deal on 29 March if no deal is reached. MPs will now get a vote on delaying Brexit, said the prime minister. That vote will take place on Thursday, and if it is passed – and the EU agrees to it – the…

Boeing grounds entire crash aircraft fleet

Boeing has grounded its entire global fleet of 737 Max aircraft after investigators uncovered new evidence at the scene of the fatal Ethiopian Airlines crash. The US plane-maker said it would suspend all 371 of the aircraft. The Federal Aviation Administration said fresh evidence as well as newly refined satellite data prompted the decision to temporarily ban the jets. The FAA had previously held out while many countries banned the aircraft. The crash on Sunday in Addis Ababa killed 157 people. It was the second fatal Max 8 disaster in…

Brexit: MPs to vote on no-deal after rejecting May’s plans

Media playback is unsupported on your device MPs will vote later on whether to block the UK from leaving the EU without a deal after they again firmly rejected Theresa May’s withdrawal agreement. The deal was defeated in the Commons on Tuesday evening by 149 votes. The government will publish guidance for businesses on tariffs and proposals for the Irish border in the event of no deal on Wednesday morning. The cabinet is due to meet at 08:00 GMT. The EU said no deal plans were « more important than…

Third person dead after Ben Nevis avalanche

A third person has died following an avalanche on Ben Nevis, police have confirmed. Two climbers died at the scene and a fourth person was injured in the incident, which took place in an area known as Number 5 Gully. The alarm was raised at 11:50 and a Coastguard helicopter, air ambulance, three road ambulances and a trauma team were sent to the scene. Mountain rescue teams from Lochaber and Glencoe also joined the rescue effort. And a group of military personnel training in the area offered assistance to the…

George Pell: Cardinal jailed for child sexual abuse in Australia

Media playback is unsupported on your device Cardinal George Pell has been jailed for six years after being convicted of sexually abusing two boys in Australia. The former Vatican treasurer is the most senior Catholic figure ever to be found guilty of sexual offences against children. Pell abused the 13-year-old choir boys in a Melbourne cathedral in 1996, a jury ruled last year. The cardinal, 77, maintains his innocence and has lodged an appeal. In sentencing Pell on Wednesday, a judge said the cleric had committed « a brazen and…