Monday, May 21, 2018

‘Reforming’ Saudi Arabia detains female activists

Saudi Arabia has arrested at least seven prominent women's rights activists - just a few weeks before the ban on women driving is formally lifted in the Kingdom.

Narrow support for abortion ahead of Irish referendum

There is narrow support for abortion on request for women up to 12 weeks into pregnancy in the Republic of Ireland as the referendum approaches, a Sky Data poll has revealed.

What next for record-breaking Everest Sherpa?

A Sherpa guide who has scaled Mount Everest for the 22nd time has returned from the record-breaking trip and told friends he is not done yet.

Playboy model and son fall to their deaths from hotel

A Playboy model and her seven-year-old son have died after falling from a New York hotel penthouse suite, police have said.

Actress accuses director Luc Besson of rape

French filmmaker Luc Besson - known for movies including The Fifth Element and Leon - has been accused of raping an actress in Paris.

School gunman ‘spared friends’ to tell his story

The suspect in a US school shooting that left 10 people dead spared his friends so they could tell his story, police say.

Cougar mauls cyclist to death and wounds another

A cougar has been killed by authorities in Seattle after it mauled a mountain biker to death and wounded another.

Fresh lava flow could block Hawaii escape path

Lava from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano is dangerously oozing towards a major road that serves as an escape route for coastal residents.

Gunman shouted ‘surprise’ before Texas school shooting

The teenager accused of killing 10 people at a Texas high school exchanged "a lot of firepower" with police before he surrendered, a county official has said.

20 priests among dead in Cuba plane crash

Twenty priests were among 110 people who died in the Cuba plane crash, it has emerged.

Whole world (and its dog) celebrates royal wedding

Fans of the Royal Family in the UK and around the world have marked Harry and Meghan's wedding with their own celebrations.

Over 100 dead after plane crash and explosion in Cuba

More than 100 people have died after a plane crashed into a field shortly after take-off in Havana, Cuban state television has confirmed.

Green light for driving in Europe after Brexit

Millions of British drivers will be able to carry on using existing insurance policies in the EU after Brexit without the need for additional paperwork, the Government has confirmed.

Platini admits draw for 1998 World Cup was fixed

Disgraced ex-footballer Michel Platini has admitted the draw for the 1998 World Cup was fixed.

‘Little evidence’ Israel tried to minimise Gaza deaths

There is "little evidence" that Israel made any effort to minimise casualties during Monday's protests by Palestinians, the UN's top humans rights official has said.

Gates: Trump asked me difference between HIV and HPV

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has claimed Donald Trump asked him twice to explain the difference between HIV and HPV, and said it was "scary" how much the president knew about his daughter's looks.

WikiLeaks’ Assange to lose embassy security

Ecuador has cancelled extra security at the London embassy where WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been holed up since 2012.

PayPal agrees to buy iZettle for $2.2bn

Digital payments giant PayPal is to swallow up Swedish financial technology start-up iZetttle for $2.2bn (£1.6bn).

Hawaiians warned of ‘powerful’ eruptions within hours

Hawaiians have been given face masks and told to take shelter after scientists warned the Kilauea volcano, which has destroyed homes, could become more violent within hours.

UK may double Afghanistan troops after Trump decision

The number of British troops in Afghanistan could be almost doubled, after the defence secretary wrote to the prime minister asking for more boots on the ground.
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Police warn Meghan’s nephew over nightclub knife

Meghan Markle's nephew has been let off by police after taking a knife into a London nightclub hours after her wedding to Prince Harry.