Fury as Vodafone adds £12 to bills 

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The new fee is for 'Secure Net' software, which offers users extra protection against harmful websites while browsing the web - but customers say they had no idea about it... read more
18. elokuuta 2017 16:34:52 Categories: Mirror

Jeremy Clarkson 'on the mend' following bout of pneumonia in Spain 

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The TV presenter's daughter Emily revealed the news as she unveiled details of her new book.... read more
18. elokuuta 2017 16:34:50 Categories: Press Association

Kirsty Gallacher and Laurence Fox 'secretly dated' for six months 

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Kirsty Gallacher and Laurence Fox were reportedly dating in secret for six months.... read more
18. elokuuta 2017 16:34:47 Categories: Evening Standard

A KKK sail and megaphone: The magazine covers Trump won't keep 

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The president collects covers, so it will be hard to pretend that he doesn't care about these images.... read more
18. elokuuta 2017 16:34:45 Categories: The Washington Post

William Cohen on Trump's "disheartening" response to Charlottesville 

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<p>President Trump's rhetoric in the days following last Saturday's violence in Charlottesville, Va., was "very discouraging" and "disheartening," former Clinton defense secretary and former Republican senator William Cohen told CBS News' "The Takeout" podcast.</p>... read more
18. elokuuta 2017 16:34:44 Categories: CBS News

Libya: Khalifa Haftar ally Mahmoud al-Werfalli arrested 

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A senior Libyan military commander allied with Khalifa Haftar and suspected of involvement in the deaths of 33 people in eastern Benghazi has been arrested.&nbsp;... read more
18. elokuuta 2017 16:05:50 Categories: Al Jazeera

Foran's NZ stint may be over as Warriors lose again 

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Alex Johnston scored three brilliant tries before limping off with a right leg injury in South Sydney's 36-18 win over a despondent New Zealand Warriors on Friday.... read more
18. elokuuta 2017 16:05:48 Categories: Sydney Morning Herald

Giant sloth fossil discovered in underwater cave 

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A giant sloth fell into a pit about 12,000 years ago and scientists have found its huge bones.... read more
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Why people are posting cat pics after the attack 

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<p>A police request to not share photos of the chaos following Thursday's deadly terror attack in Barcelona has prompted Twitter users to post photos of cats with the Barcelona hashtag.</p>... read more
18. elokuuta 2017 16:05:45 Categories: Time

Foreign Office advice on Barcelona after terror attack: What you need to know if you're travelling to the Spanish city 

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13 people have died and around 80 were injured after a van drive into a crowd of people in Las Ramblas, a popular tourist street in Barcelona. Local police have said that they are treating the atrocity as a terror attack, which occurred at 5.05pm local time yesterday. In the wake of another attack taking place in the nearby coastal town of Cambrils, just hours later, the Foreign Office has issued advice to tourists who are planning to travel to Barcelona. Here's everything that travellers need to know. I'm currently in Barcelona - what is the advice? The FCO has advised travellers to stay away from Las Ramblas. Read more The victims: boy, 7, missing as Italian man is confirmed dead "Local authorities have advised people to stay inside and stay away from the Las Ramblas area of the city; if you're in the immediate area you should take care and follow the advice of the local security authorities," said the FCO. "Press reports suggest that some public transport, particularly the metro, has been affected." ABTA, the Association of British Travel Agents, also advised tourists to avoid the central shopping street, and said it "also applies to people imminently due to travel to Barcelona ". The FCO added: "If you're caught up in an ongoing incident, turn any mobile phones or other devices to silent, and do not put your location on social media. "A helpline has been set up on 0034 93 214 21 24, although some callers have experienced problems with the line. The Spanish authorities are working to resolve this." I'm travelling to Barcelona- what is the advice? Flights to Barcelona are still running from London, and will likely continue to do so unless otherwise instructed by the Spanish authorities. Advice from many major airlines asks passengers to keep an eye on their flights ahead of travelling, incase of cancellations or disruptions. EasyJet released a statement yesterday which said that while the company are still running their services are usual, passengers should check their flights for delays ahead of travel. "Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the victims of the incident in Barcelona on 17 August. "The safety and security of its passengers and crews is always EasyJet's highest priority. "Our schedule is operating as normal, however we would advise that all passengers due to fly with us to or from Barcelona today check the status of their flight on our Flight Tracker page. "EasyJet will continue to comply with all recommendations and guidance from the Spanish authorities." Video not available for syndication 13 dead and more than 100 injured as van driver brings terror to Barcelona Monarch has also written on their website: "Our thoughts are with those affected by this incident. "Monarch's flights are scheduled to operate as usual, subject to any recommendations or guidance from the Spanish authorities." Spanish authorities have not advised holidaymakers to avoid travelling to the country, although they have warned tourists to avoid the Las Ramblas area of Barcelona. While the attacks may be distressing, Spain is a popular destination with British holidaymakers, with more than 12 million British nationals visiting the country each year. The vast majority of holidays in Spain pass trouble-free. What is the terror threat in Spain? The terror threat in Spain is currently set at "high", and the FCO has previously warned that "terrorists are likely to try to carry out attacks in Spain." "Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places visited by foreigners," the advice adds. "The Spanish authorities take measures to protect visitors, but you should be vigilant and follow the instructions of the local authorities." According to foreign travel advice, there is a "heightened terrorist attack globally against UK interests and British nationals from groups or individuals motivated by the conflict in Iraq and Syria." Travellers are asked to be "vigilant" at this time. However, prior to the attack in Las Ramblas, there had not been any attacks in the country since 2009 - carried out by the Basque separatist group ETA, which disarmed earlier this year. Spain still remains, by and large, a very safe holiday destination. Can I cancel my trip and will get my money refunded? You can cancel your trip, but travellers will likely not be refunded for their booking and may incur extra costs. Travel companies are not obliged to offer free cancellation or refunds unless the FCO advises against travel. Travellers are advised to check the cancellation policy with the company you booked with.... read more
18. elokuuta 2017 16:05:39 Categories: Evening Standard

Eva Longoria to stage her first catwalk show at New York Fashion Week 

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With New York Fashion Week just weeks away, it has been confirmed that Eva Longoria will be staging her very first runway at the prestigious showcase. An affordable collection, the 42-year-old star will be presenting her eponymous line as part of Kia Style360's roster. According to WWD, the show will be live-streamed on Facebook while broadcasting 360-degrees in virtual reality. Not her first foray into the fashion industry, Longoria last year teamed up with US retailer The Limited and designed two collections before the company shut down seven months ago and closed all 250 stores. Read more 21 most shocking moments on the fashion week runway Taking her namesake collection online, September's show will mark her first official runway. In time in which the line between celebrity and fashion designer become all the more blurred - with Kanye West and Serena Williams having hosted shows on the New York schedule - Longoria will no doubt be hoping to emulate the success of her close friend and celebrity-turned-NYFW stalwart Victoria Beckham. A loyally devoted fan of Beckham's designs, Longoria is regularly photographed in her friend's pieces on red carpets globally. It is yet to be seen whether Beckham will repay the gesture and be spotted wearing Longoria's affordable line, although it is likely she will be sitting front row as the actress makes her show debut. The Eva Longoria Collection will debut at New York Fashion Week on September 13... read more
18. elokuuta 2017 16:05:37 Categories: Evening Standard

The best seaside towns near London for a sunny weekend 

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Temperatures in London are set to continue to rise this week, bringing the hottest days of the year so far - and just in time for the weekend. Brits can look forward to basks in highs of 35 degrees on the south coast. And while the Central Line is not a pleasant place to be in stiflingly hot weather, one of the merits of London is that it's very easy to leave: we have a Monopoly board's-worth of train stations from which to flee. Obviously, you'll want to come back - that sea air's so pure it hurts your lungs - but you can tolerate a day at the beach before you get homesick. Read more 9 best beaches near London for a sunny day out Here, we've rounded up some of the coolest coasts within easy reach of the capital. Margate (Getty Images) What is it? Margate is the perfect example of the decaying seaside town that's been part reclaimed by hipsters, while still retaining the kind of "gritty" spirit immortalised in song by Chaz and Dave. It's played artist's muse throughout the eras: Turner painted Margate, Tracey Emin grew up here, and T S Eliot wrote part of The Waste Land from a shelter in the town centre. Locals call us DFLs (Down From Londons) but are broadly friendly. Where to go: Drop into the Turner Contemporary (turnercontemporary.org) - once you've concocted a half-baked sentence about its sculptural lines, Fort's Café (fortscafe.co.uk) is five minutes down the road. One visitor describes it as a Hackney café with Margate prices. Pick the mac 'n' cheese, or make it in time for the "amazing breakfasts": heaving full Englishes and dollops of condiments. The Lifeboat (thelifeboat-margate.com) is a proper alehouse dispensing Kentish cider and cheeseboards. The Great British Pizza Co (greatbritishpizza.com) also recently opened on the sea front. Then wander through the old town and discover the vintage furniture shops, rich in mid-century gems. St Mildred's Bay is the best beach and Ambrette (theambrette.co.uk) is a knockout Indian. And obviously, there's Dreamland (dreamland.co.uk) - Margate's crowning jewel (sorry, J W Turner): a retro amusement park dispensing new-age fun with a vintage feel. Where to stay: The Reading Rooms (thereadingroomsmargate.co.uk) - a boutique B&B in a converted Georgian townhouse. Perfect for: Dalstonites who've explored all the Ginger line has to offer and hanker for more. Getting there: Train from Victoria, which takes under two hours. Ramsgate (Shutterstock / ian woolcock) What is it? Formerly regarded as the less ritzy neighbour of Margate and Broadstairs, this maritime town is slowly offering London weekenders more than attractions specifically designed to torture holidaying school kids (boat trip to the Thanet Offshore Wind Farm, anyone?) and multiple pound shops. Live music and a burgeoning craft-beer scene could yet make it the year, or at least the summer, of the Ram. Where to go: Penge brewers and south London micropub heroes Late Knights opened only their second bar outside London here last year. The Ravensgate Arms (@ravensgatearms) boasts great beer, cider and burgers, a rowdy atmosphere and a bottleshop next door for takeaway drinks. In joining the nearby Ramsgate Brewery (ramsgatebrewery.co.uk) they've brought hipster hops to the seaside. Elsewhere the Ramsgate Music Hall (ramsgatemusichall.com) is luring all sorts of hot young things down for gigs (East India Youth and Sleaford Mods recently performed there, as did Dan Snaith from Caribou) and the Granville Theatre contains a grand 1940s cinema with pleasingly 1980s prices. You should also gawp at the Sinclair C5 in the kitsch computer-themed Micro Museum (themicromuseum.org). Where to stay: The owners of The Barrel Store (barrelstoremargate.com), a new boutique self-catering house in Margate, have also put their Ramsgate home, the Gothic Villa (complete with basement cinema), on Airbnb. Prepare to fight like a chip-starved seagull to get it. Perfect for: Eighties nostalgia-lovers and Trappist-quaffing beer nerds. Getting there: The train from St Pancras takes one hour 15 minutes. A charmingly historic town famous for its pier, castles, streets of higgledy piggdely Fisherman's cottages, pebble beach and non-naff promenade - think pretty pubs and quaint cafes rather than arcades and theme park rides. Earlier this year, it was voted one of the best places to live by the sea. Clearly Deal-ites are onto something. Deal (Shutterstock / Gordon Bell) What is it? A charmingly historic town famous for its pier, castles, streets of higgledy piggdely Fisherman's cottages, pebble beach and non-naff promenade - think pretty pubs and quaint cafes rather than arcades and theme park rides. Earlier this year, it was voted one of the best places to live by the sea. Clearly Deal-ites are onto something. Where to go: Deal's high street is full of hipster-friendly independent gems - there's a needlework shop, a wine merchant, an antiques shop, a fishmonger, an organic butcher and a vinyl-record shop that also stocks rare craft beers. Once you've worn your feet (and your wallet) out, head to Victuals & Co (victualsandco.com) - an unassuming little foodie haven down an easily missed alley that's gotten the nod of approval from the Michelin Guide. Where to stay: The Admiral's Rest (dealcottages.co.uk) is a boutique bolthole in a pretty pastel Victorian cottage, with the seafront right on your doorstep. Perfect for: Doortrait Instagrammers looking for a quiet seaside escape. Getting there: Trains run from London St Pancras to Deal and take 1 hour and 22 minutes. Southend-on-Sea (Shutterstock / nw10photography) What is it? A classic English resort that's humble about its record-breaking landmark: the world's longest pier. It's got a faded hipster glow to it - in the early noughties the "Southend scene" was well documented in Vogue, the NME, Dazed & Confused and Rolling Stone. Its seascape isn't as beautiful as one of the Kentish vistas but it has its fun: the amusement park Adventure Island and Sea Life aquarium are worth an "ironic" visit. Where to go: Mangetout (mangetoutgrill.co.uk) is the best burger joint with Henry Burgers a close second (henryburgers.co.uk). The Pipe of Port (pipeofport.com), has "huge" tasty pies, and it also does fine wines and rare ports. Old Leigh is the best place to go on a hot day: get soaked in The Peterboat (eastangliapubs.com), The Crooked Billet (nicholsonpubs.co.uk) or Ye Olde Smack (taylor-walker.co.uk). Black Cat is a cocktail bar hidden round the back of an Italian pizzeria (and so secret it doesn't have its own website - try irmaspizzeria.com to pinpoint its location). It serves Essex classics (the "Canvey Island iced tea", for one). Where to stay: The four-star Roslin Beach Hotel (roslinhotel.com) is situated on the Thorpe Bay seafront, overlooking the beach. Perfect for: Authentic seaside explorers who want more than just Haggerston-on-Sea. Getting there: It takes just under an hour from Fenchurch Street, or about an hour from Liverpool Street. Whitstable (Shutterstock / CBCK) What is it? A petite seaside town most notable for its harbour (worth Instagramming) and its oysters - the annual festival started this week. The small streets are teeming with day trippers hunting through charity shops, and the beach is overflowing with boaties and windsurfers. What to do: Mainly, you're there for the seafood and the Great Outdoors (and boy does it smell fishy): head to the harbour where you can get oysters and whelks for as little as 20p. The Whitstable Oyster Fishery (whitstableoystercompany.com) dishes up molluscs and crustaceans. If that's a bit slimy for your taste, you probably shouldn't have gone to Whitstable to start with. Go to Michelin-starred pub The Sportsman (thesportsmanseasalter.co.uk) to ruminate on your mistake. Where to stay: The Crescent Turner (crescentturner.co.... read more
18. elokuuta 2017 16:05:35 Categories: Evening Standard

The Dark Tower review: Only Idris Elba can save this calamitous adaptation 

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If the hero of The Dark Tower, known as The Gunslinger, is modelled on Clint Eastwood in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, the film seems inspired by an overquoted line from an earlier western. "Never apologise and never explain," says John Wayne in 1949's She Wore a Yellow Ribbon. "It's a sign of weakness." Many have followed that advice down the ages, but few more bemusingly than Nikolaj Arcel, The Dark Tower's director and co-screenwriter. The central point here is less that Arcel has made no public apology to Stephen King, who calls his eight-novel Dark Tower series his "magnum opus", for screwing up this adaptation so royally. It is that he never bothers to explain anything. When a plot is built on a complex and meandering back-story ranging across various interconnecting universes, that is not a strength. In the opening moments a legend tells us that "a tower stands at the centre of the universe protecting us", adding "and that's that". Never is it explained who put the tower there, or why, or how it protects the universe, or who wants to bring it down, or why, or what will befall humanity if it comes down. Nix and nada. This leaves two routes if you want to avoid feeling alienated. One is to read the novels, in which King draws on various genres (Tolkienian fantasy, Arthurian myth, spaghetti westerns and others) to create his own bespoke multiverse. Since the octet runs to 4,250 pages, best get cracking now - this movie won't be in cinemas for long. Roland (Idris Elba) and Jake (Tom Taylor) in New York The other option is to be as powerful a psychic as Jake Chambers, the 11-year-old at the heart of the story. He has the clairvoyant gift known as "the shine". You may recall that from The Shining, a member of the Great Movies Adapted From Stephen King Stories Club (Carrie, Misery, The Shawshank Redemption et al) from which The Dark Tower is immutably blackballed. The shine enables Jake (Tom Taylor) to see beyond his lonely life in New York City - his father is dead and his mother has saddled him with a serious tool of a stepdad - into the mystical realm of Mid-World. Jake's drawings of the characters he sees there, and his adamant insistence that they are real, qualify him for a relaxing weekend break at psychiatric boot camp. But when the shrinks come to collect him he recognises them as alien nasties, does a runner, locates a portal in an abandoned suburban house, and slips through it into Mid-World. There he meets The Gunslinger, aka Roland, as played by Idris Elba. God love him and spare his bones. Video not available for syndication Before I saw Elba I was able to dismiss The Dark Tower as an unredeemed calamity, a stale collation of hackneyed genre staples (the tramp whose demented raving is in fact the truth; the idiotically portentous sub-Book of Revelation lines) with the fifth-rate CGI effects from an underbudgeted Doctor Who episode with an IMDB rating of 6.7. But Elba's sublime professionalism in treating the part as worthy of him, and the dialogue as if it deserves to be spoken out loud, saves the movie from total annihilation, just as The Gunslinger saves this world. The eternal enemy he saves it from is Matthew McConaughey's Walter, aka The Man in Black, an angel of death whose minions strap kids with "the shine" to chairs and torture them until their screams form a beam of destructive light aimed at the tower. Along with the unfeasibly smooth cheeks, dyed black hair and creepy voice of the younger, pre-Behind the Candelabra Liberace, Walter has the useful knack of giving commands that people must obey. "Die," he whispers, and the person drops dead. "Kill each other," he tells two others, and they do. Why he didn't murmur "write me a decent part" into Arcel's ears I cannot say, but his total indifference goes off the even-money favourite. Read more Joanna Lumley: Idris Elba can't be Bond - he doesn't fit the bill When you're playing someone called The Man in Black you might think about giving him a lot more Johnny Cash cool and a lot less Liberace high camp. Since Walter was what his family called the blingiest of pianists, perhaps this was someone's idea of a private joke. If so, it is every inch as hilarious as each of the script's very occasional stabs at wit. As the battle against Walter rages across the two worlds Elba produces the only memorable moment, with some hyperspeed flipping of golden bullets into the chamber of a gun wrought from Excalibur. This is also the only original idea in the film. Ordinarily, mighty weapons of the kind are wrought from the heart of a dying star. Elba speaks such imbecile rebukes as "You have forgotten the face of your father" with the intensity and gravitas he would bring to Othello. He even manages to recite The Gunslinger's Creed - "I see not with my eye, but with my mind. I kill not with my gun, but with my heart" - without a shred of the ironic detachment that radiates through McConaughey's performance. Somewhere buried beneath the dross you sense the ingredients for a sub-Game of Thrones TV show, or even a trilogy of long films à la Lord of the Rings. Why anyone imagined that even a tiny fraction of what Stephen King's imagination poured into eight novels could be reduced to 95 minutes, and how so much talent (Arcel wrote the script for The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) could produce such a mess, is beyond me. Perhaps the only explanation lies in another wildly overquoted Hollywood saying. "Nobody knows anything," said the writer William Goldman. "Not one person in the entire motion picture field knows for a certainty what's going to work." Cert 12A, 95 mins... read more
18. elokuuta 2017 16:05:33 Categories: Evening Standard

This is everything the Queen eats in a day 

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While you may assume her Royal Majesty the Queen enjoys fine dining every day, this isn't always the case. According to The Telegraph, twice a week the head chef to the royal household, Mark Flanagan, provides the Queen with menu suggestion which she can approve by ticking off or crossing out. However, Darren McGrady, a former chef in the royal kitchens, said that the Queen is "not a foodie. She eats to live, unlike Prince Philip who loves to eat and would stand and talk food all day." "When she dines on her own," he added, "she's very disciplined. No starch is the rule." We took a look at the Queen's typical day of eating and drinking, from the tea she drinks and biscuits she eats when she wakes up to her low-carb lunches, her nightly glass of Champagne, and penchant for chocolate. Scroll down to see what Her Royal Majesty the Queen has for every meal - and in between. We took a look at what Her Royal Majesty the Queen likes to eat and drink for every meal - and in between. Deciding what to eat must be tough when you're a royal. Luckily, her Royal Majesty the Queen has a team on hand to help her pick her menu - even when she's shopping at Waitrose. The Queen starts her day with tea and biscuits. She has a freshly brewed pot of Earl Grey tea (no milk or sugar) in bone china cup, with a few biscuits. (Shutterstock ) She then moves on to breakfast, which normally involves cereal and fruit. She's partial to Special K, according to The Telegraph. Kellogg's, Quaker Oats, and Weetabix all hold royal warrants. However, she likes her cereal to be served from Tupperware, which she believes keeps it fresh. (Janet Ramsden/Flickr) She occasionally opts for toast and marmalade... Jam in the royal household comes from Wilkin & Sons. Source: BT ...Or, on some occasions, enjoys scrambled eggs with smoked salmon and truffle. Source: The Telegraph However, she prefers brown eggs. She thinks they taste better, according to The Guardian. Before lunch, she enjoys a gin and Dubonnet (a sweet wine-based aperitif) with a slice of lemon and a lot of ice. It's likely she uses Gordon's Gin, which has a royal warrant. Source: The Independent Lunch is something simple, like fish with vegetables. She likes to eat grilled Dover sole with wilted spinach or courgettes, according to former royal chef Darren McGrady. She's also partial to a simple grilled chicken with salad. She has a "no starch" rule when she's eating along, meaning no potatoes, rice, or pasta, McGrady told The Daily Mail. (Shutterstock ) Every day, she takes afternoon tea. It's served with fingers sandwiches such as cucumber, smoked salmon, egg and mayonnaise, or ham and mustard with the crusts removed (to save calories, no doubt), as well as jam pennies- tiny raspberry jam sandwiches cut into circles the size of an English Penny. It also comes with McVitie's rich tea biscuits, scones, and cakes, her favourites being honey and cream sponge, ginger, fruit, and the chocolate biscuit cake what was served at Will and Kate's wedding, according to McGrady. (Chris Jackson/WPA Pool/Getty Images) For dinner, fillets of beef or venison, pheasant, or salmon come from farms in Sandringham and Balmoral. The meat is turned into Gaelic steak, and served with a sauce of mushroom, cream and whisky. She also loves a Sunday roast, when it's served well done. While her former chefs didn't mention condiments, the likes of Lea & Perrins, HP Sauce, and Heinz ketchup all hold royal warrants. (PA) Dessert includes strawberries, also from Balmoral, or sweet, white peaches from the greenhouses at Windsor Castle. Source: The Telegraph (PA) The Queen also adores chocolate, whether it's a luxury or grocery store brand. Charbonnel et Walker, Bendicks, and Prestat all hold royal warrants, but supermarket brands like Cadbury and Nestlé could also be found in the royal household. Along with the chocolate biscuit cake that's one of her favourites, she also loves chocolate mousse and a traditional chocolate ganache sponge cake. And, last but not least, she finishes her day with a glass of Champagne. (PA) She usually has a glass of Champagne in the evening, according to The Independent, likely chosen from the eight brands- including Bollinger, Lanson, and Krug - that have been given royal warrants. And, of course, warrants have been given to a number of fine wines, though she isn't a huge fan. Read more: . Chancellor Philip Hammond is being asked to look into Uber's tax arrangements Shona Ghosh 6h 110 . Everything you need to know about 'American Gods' - a TV show that could be bigger than 'Game of Thrones' . Here's how much the relaunched Nokia 3310 will cost Read the original article on Business Insider UK. © 2017. Follow Business Insider UK on Twitter.... read more
18. elokuuta 2017 16:05:30 Categories: Evening Standard

Man seriously injured after being struck by train at Tamworth rail station 

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Man City get Jonny Evans transfer update from West Brom 

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Manchester City transfer news has become dominated by former Manchester United defender Jonny Evans, now at West Bromwich Albion.... read more
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Jason Derulo announces Manchester Arena date - how to get tickets 

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Derulo has penned songs for Lil Wayne, Pitbull, Diddy, Sean Kingston and sold 50 million singles worldwide as a solo artist... read more
18. elokuuta 2017 16:05:23 Categories: Manchester Evening News

Coleen Rooney is 'so happy' to be pregnant with her fourth child 

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The wife of former Manchester Utd star Wayne Rooney went public with the news on Twitter... read more
18. elokuuta 2017 16:05:22 Categories: Manchester Evening News

Descendants of Confederate leaders say Civil War statues can come down amid fierce Charlottesville racism row 

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Statues of Confederate leaders across the USA should be removed, their descendants said amid a ferocious row which sparked violence in the city of Charlottesville. Tensions over the relevance of Civil War monuments came to a head last weekend at a white nationalist and neo-Nazi rally in Virginia in protest at a plan to take down a statue of Confederate army commander and slave-owner Robert E. Lee. Three people died, including a woman who was killed when an attacker ploughed a car into a crowd of counter-protesters during the fierce clash. The row over the historical statues continued to flare up as Donald Trump appeared to side with the view that the statues should be preserved, tweeting he was "sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart". The statue of Confederate army general Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville, Virginia. (Getty Images) But descendants of Stonewall Jackson agreed they would be happy to remove the statues of their great-great-grandfather while relatives of Jefferson Davis and Robert E. Lee would allow them to be moved to a museum, the New York Times reported. Jack and Warren Christian, who are both great-great-grandsons of Confederate army general Stonewall Jackson, penned an open letter in which they said they are "ashamed of the monument" in Richmond, Virginia. What was the Confederacy? The Confederacy was a republic made up of 11 states in the southern United States which broke away from the union in 1860-61. These states' way of life was based on slavery and white supremacy, and the southern governments felt it was under threat by US President Abraham Lincoln. Civil War erupted when the US refused to accept the South's secession. It ended in 1865 with a victory for the North, preserving the US as one nation and ending slavery. According to the New York Times, Jack Christian refuted the view that monuments should be kept for history. The two descendants called the statues "overt symbols of racism and white supremacy". Bertram Hayes-Davis, a great-great-grandson of president of the Confederate States Jefferson Davis, told CNN that statues should be moved to a museum if "a large majority of the public" find them offensive. The great-great-grandson of army general Robert E. Lee, called Robert E. Lee V, also told CNN he would not object if the local community wished to remove the statue. Mr Lee said: "Maybe it's appropriate to have them in museums or to put them in some sort of historical context in that regard. A monument of Jefferson Davis being taken down in New Orleans in 2004. (Getty Images) "He [Robert E. Lee] never would have tolerated the hateful words and violent actions of white supremacists, the KKK or neo-Nazis," Mr Lee V said of his famous forefather. Read more Trump's extraordinary Charlottesville press conference - key quotes The comments follow remarks made by US President Trump at a press conference earlier this week, when he asked: "Where does it stop?" "George Washington was a slave owner. So, will George Washington now lose his status? Are we going to take down statues to George Washington?" "So, you know what? It's fine. You're changing history. You're changing culture."... read more
18. elokuuta 2017 16:05:20 Categories: Evening Standard

British tourists revealed to be among the injured in Barcelona terror atrocity 

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British holidaymakers were today revealed to be among those injured in the Barcelona atrocity. The number was thought to be less than five but the seriousness of their injuries is not yet known. It came as the details of the terrorist's 13 victims began to emerge. An Italian father of two, Bruno Gulotta, 35, who was walking down Las Ramblas hand-in-hand with his five-year-old son, was today named among the dead. A seven-year-old boy from Australia with British relatives and an American celebrating his wedding anniversary were missing feared dead. The dead and injured are said to be from at least 24 different countries. King Felipe of Spain and Prime Minister MarianoRajoy observe a minute of silence in Barcelona (Reuters) A Foreign Office spokeswoman said: "Our thoughts are with the victims of these terrible attacks and the people of Spain. "We are currently assisting a small number of British people affected and are working to find out if any more need our help. Police are searching for Morocco-born Moussa Oukabir who is the main suspect in the Barcelona attack "We have deployed additional staff to Barcelona and have offered support to the Spanish authorities." Last night a terrorist drove into crowds in Barcelona, leaving a trail of carnage on Las Ramblas, a street popular with tourists. A woman lays tributes at the scene of the attack in Barcelona (AFP/Getty Images) Later, five terrorists wearing fake suicide belts were shot dead by police, in the second of two atrocities to strike the country. Seven people, including a police officer, were hurt in the latest attack in Cambrils. One woman later succumbed to her injuries in hospital. Today police linked the attacks with an explosion on Wednesday evening at a house 120 miles south of Barcelona that left one person dead. Police investigators at the scene in Barcelona (AFP/Getty Images) Dozens of gas cylinders were found at the property in the town of Alcanar. A police source said the residents had been preparing explosives. Spanish officials said one possibility was that an Islamist terror cell had plotted to detonate a bomb made up of butane gas canisters among crowds on Las Ramblas. Police believe the attacks in Cambrils and Barcelona involved a terror cell of eight people. Tourists and locals on Las Ramblas in Barcelona today (EPA) Today a Spanish official said at least one terrorist was still at large - believed to be the driver of the van. He was named today as Moussa Oukabir, 18, a Spanish national of Moroccan heritage, who had previously written online about "killing infidels". The driver fled into the crowds after crashing into a kiosk. Alerts have been issued across Europe. Missing: Julian Alessandro Cadman (Handout) The second atrocity came as police attempted to stop an Audi A3 at about 1am in Cambrils, a coastal town 75 miles south of Barcelona. The car burst through the checkpoint and was pursued by officers before it careered into crowds and overturned. Bruno Gulotta, 35, is understood to be among the victims Five men wearing fake suicide vests and brandishing knives leapt out and began stabbing passers-by before they were shot dead by police. At least seven people were injured, one critically. Fitzroy Davies, from Wolverhampton, described how police shot dead one of the attackers. Mr Davies, who was in Spain for a judo camp, said: "When he took the first round of shots he fell on the floor, and then within two seconds, I thought I was watching a film, one of them horror films, the guy just stood up. Just stood up, got back up, walked over the fence and started laughing at the police. And as he started laughing at the police, he was walking to them and the police started to step backwards and then they shot him again. And that's when he went down." The incident in Cambrils unfolded as police were engaged in a huge manhunt for the driver of the rented white Renault van which zig-zagged 500 yards through crowds on Las Ramblas at 5pm yesterday. The van drove on to the pavement of the street packed with families and tourists, swerving to target pedestrians in what was "clearly a terror attack intended to kill as many people as possible", according to senior police official Josep Lluis Trapero. Officials warned the death toll was likely to rise. Fifteen people were described as seriously injured. Among the dead was said to be a three-year-old child. The missing seven-year-old boy was named as Julian Cadman, an Australian whose grandfather is said to be from Britain. Moussa Oukabir is thought to have stolen identity documents belonging to his older brother Driss Oukabir, 28, to rent the van. Driss Oukabir was initially named as a suspect but later handed himself at a police station in Ripoll, a town to the north of Barcelona, not far from the French border. Video not available for syndication The attacks are the latest in a line of Islamic State-inspired outrages involving vehicles in Nice, Berlin, Stockholm and London. There were marked similarities to the London Bridge atrocity, in which a gang of fanatics wearing fake suicide belts drove into crowds before attacking people with knives in June. Among those confirmed to have died in the Barcelona attack were visitors from Belgium and Germany. The French foreign ministry said 26 French nationals were injured, including 11 seriously. An Irish family were reported to have suffered injuries, although they were not said to be life-threatening. Read more Bustling scenes on Las Ramblas in defiance after terror attack So far, none of those killed were reported to be British. The Foreign Office said: "Our thoughts are with the victims of these terrible attacks and the people of Spain. We are currently assisting a small number of British people affected and are working to find out if any more need our help. "We have deployed additional staff to Barcelona and have offered support to the Spanish authorities." Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attacks, the deadliest on Spanish soil since more than 190 people died in the Madrid train bombs in 2004. There were reports that the CIA had warned police in Barcelona two months ago that Las Ramblas could be the target of a vehicle attack. Today witnesses to the Barcelona attack described how tourists and locals laid flowers at the scene. Lawyer and University of Glasgow rector Aamer Anwar, who was caught up in the attack, tweeted: "People back, laying flowers where there was carnage yesterday... hate can't win and won't win."... read more
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