WORLD NEWS

Charlie Hebdo honoured in New York under increased security

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, targeted in a deadly attack earlier this year by Islamist gunmen, was honoured on Tuesday at a New…

Near-run thing – Waterloo model ready in time – after 40 years

SCHAFFEN, Belgium (Reuters) – “The nearest run thing”: like the battle itself in Wellington’s pithy verdict, Willy Smout’s epic model of the field of Waterloo combines a lifetime…

Russia says EU does not want Ukraine truce to hold

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused “someone in the European Union” on Tuesday of trying to ensure a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine does not hold.…

Yemen talks May 17 could bolster anti-Houthi alliance

ADEN (Reuters) – Yemen’s president has called a meeting of political forces on May 17 to discuss his country’s war that will include former associates of a powerful…

Iran’s allies, not atoms, preoccupy Israeli generals

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – While Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thunders against a possible nuclear deal between Iran and world powers, his defence chiefs see Tehran’s guerrilla allies as…

Islamic State claims responsibility for Texas cartoon exhibit attack

Islamic State claims responsibility for Texas cartoon exhibit attack

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Islamic State militant group took responsibility on Tuesday for a failed attack on a Texas exhibit of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad in which…

Singapore, Malaysia push back deadline for high-speed rail link

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Singapore and Malaysia have decided to push back an initial deadline of 2020 for the completion of a high-speed rail link between the wealthy city…

Saudi-led alliance mulls partial truces in Yemen – statement

RIYADH (Reuters) – A Saudi-led Arab alliance conducting air strikes against Houthi fighters in Yemen is considering calling truces in specific areas in Yemen to allow humanitarian supplies…

NEWS

Leaders in last-ditch bid for votes

Leaders in last-ditch bid for votes

The three main party leaders will appeal to undecided voters and for their own supporters…

Four to hang over Afghan mob-killing

Four to hang over Afghan mob-killing

Farkhunda was reported to have been a religious scholar Four Afghan men have been sentenced…

Alps co-pilot ‘practised crash run’

Alps co-pilot ‘practised crash run’

Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz is known to have suffered depression in the past The co-pilot…

Salman Khan guilty in car death case

Salman Khan guilty in car death case

Salman Khan was brought to court amid a huge media scrum An Indian court has…

‘Dozens die’ as migrant boat sinks

‘Dozens die’ as migrant boat sinks

Dozens of migrants have drowned in the Mediterranean after a boat carrying an estimated 137…

France backs new spying rules

France backs new spying rules

Protests against the new surveillance measures have been held in Paris The French parliament has…

Queen meets Princess Charlotte

Queen meets Princess Charlotte

The princess follows a long line of royals named Charlotte The Queen has met her…

Huckabee in second White House bid

Huckabee in second White House bid

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee has launched a second attempt at getting the Republican nomination…

‘Unthinkable atrocities’ in Aleppo

‘Unthinkable atrocities’ in Aleppo

The vast majority of those killed as a result of the bombardment of Aleppo are…

US News

Canada conservatives in shock defeat

Canada conservatives in shock defeat

NDP leader Rachel Notley told supporters: “I think we might have made a little bit of history tonight” A left-leaning party has won a surprise victory in Alberta,…

US approves Cuba-Florida ferry

US approves Cuba-Florida ferry

US President Barack Obama shook hands with Cuban President Raul Castro at April’s Summit of the Americas, a sign of thawing relations Passenger ferries could be set to…

Kiwi waves slam California coast

Kiwi waves slam California coast

Hundreds of spectators have been gathering to watch surfers brave 15-foot swells at The Wedge, a break in Newport Beach, California, known for its powerful surf. But these…

US man caught 50 years after escape

US man caught 50 years after escape

Freshwaters in 1959 (left) and 2015 (right) A convicted killer who escaped from a prison camp has been arrested in Florida after more than 50 years on the…

Rihanna Ridiculed In China For ‘Pancake’ Cape

Rihanna is being mocked by social media users in China after wearing a gigantic yellow cape to a New York gala celebrating the country’s influence on fashion. The…

U.S. envoy to India says worried by activist, charity clampdown

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – A clampdown by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government could have “chilling effects” on foreign-funded charities and activists and is a cause for concern,…

Kerry visits Djibouti, U.S. military base as Yemen conflict drags on

DJIBOUTI (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Djibouti on Wednesday for talks with the government and to visit a key U.S. military base from…

BMW profits rise on SUVs, strong sales in UK, US

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German luxury carmaker BMW AG increased its profits in the first quarter thanks to strong demand for its expensive SUVs and higher sales in…

Execution of Pakistan death row convict stayed in dispute over age

By Mehreen Zahra-Malik ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – A Pakistani judge on Tuesday stayed the execution of a man whose lawyers say was 14 when he was charged with murder,…

South Korean arrested by North says he is well, was just trying to help

By Sohee Kim SEOUL (Reuters) – A South Korean college student arrested by North Korea for illegal entry said he was hoping for a “great event” to help…

Australian News

Media Release: NSW Police Force to prevent cybercrime through ThinkUKnow partnership

Media Release: NSW Police Force to prevent cybercrime through ThinkUKnow partnership Release Date: Wednesday, May 06 2015, 12:31…

Tigerair’s bid to end check-in queues

Tigerair’s bid to end check-in queues

Video Image Its easy to fly Tigerair, you just have to know your options and play by the rules. Bidding to…

‘Slut shaming’ taught in Aussie schools

‘Slut shaming’ taught in Aussie schools

Do you know what’s being taught in your child’s religious education classes? Source: Supplied STUDENTS in NSW schools are allegedly being…

Holden workers stood down over seat shortage

Holden workers stood down over seat shortage

Holden has stood down 1500 workers at its Elizabeth assembly plant after a technical fault at the company that supplies seats…

Tony and Joe’s very awkward photo op

Tony and Joe’s very awkward photo op

Video Image PM Tony Abbott tells Treasurer Joe Hockey he’s ‘done a terrific job’ as they share an awkward budget meeting…

Transcript: Commissioner Andrew Colvin, Deputy Commissioner Michael Phelan and Deputy Commissioner Leanne Close discuss Bali Nine

Transcript: Commissioner Andrew Colvin, Deputy Commissioner Michael Phelan and Deputy Commissioner Leanne Close discuss Bali Nine Release Date:…

Why Australian police handed Bali 9 over

Why Australian police handed Bali 9 over

The AFP has broken its silence over its role in the arrests of the Bali Nine in Indonesia. COMMENT AUSTRALIAN law…

No ‘blood on our hands’: Colvin

No ‘blood on our hands’: Colvin

Video Image AFP Commissioner Andrew Colvin: I wish I could assure you that this scenario wouldn’t happen again, but I can’t.…

Why Bishop is in the firing line

Why Bishop is in the firing line

Video Image The bodies of Bali Nine pair Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran have arrived home in Sydney. Myuran Sukumaran’s body…

POLITICS

Independent gives coalition backing

Independent gives coalition backing

The Independent newspaper has given its backing to another coalition of the Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties after the general election. “For all its faults”, it said,…

Nationwide tours for party leaders

Nationwide tours for party leaders

The Conservative, Labour and Lib Dem leaders are seeking to win over undecided voters in the closing stages Party leaders are starting a two-day marathon tour of…

EU holds its breath ahead of UK vote

EU holds its breath ahead of UK vote

Britain’s role in the EU has been a thorny issue in UK politics for some years Have you ever been at a social gathering where you suddenly…

Labour ‘considers Lib Dem coalition’

Labour ‘considers Lib Dem coalition’

Senior Labour figures are considering the option of forming a minority coalition with the Liberal Democrats, the BBC has learned. The move is to counter claims a…

Leaders focus on ‘choice’ for voters

Leaders focus on ‘choice’ for voters

The Conservatives are focusing on tax and Labour on the NHS as campaigning returns to traditional territory with three days left before the polls open. David Cameron…

UKIP to launch Scottish manifesto

UKIP to launch Scottish manifesto

David Coburn will commit to Scottish UKIP elected representatives not voting on English only laws UKIP will call for a constitutional convention to create a United Kingdom…

Finance

UPDATE 1-U.S. envoy to India says worried by activist, charity clampdown

(Adds full quotes, background) NEW DELHI May 6 (Reuters) – A clampdown by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government could have “chilling effects” on foreign-funded charities and…

Results boost help European shares after selloff

LONDON May 6 (Reuters) – European equity indexes edged higher in choppy trade early on Wednesday, helped by a boost from strong results at Anheuser-Busch InBev and…

SE Asia Stocks – Fall; Thai exporters up on weak baht

BANGKOK, May 6 (Reuters) - Southeast Asian stock markets fell on Wednesday as a selloff in sovereign bonds globally dented sentiment across Asia, but shares of Thai…

UPDATE 1-UK’s OneSavings Bank reports robust lending in first quarter

(Adds details, CEO quote) May 6 (Reuters) – OneSavings Bank Plc, Britain’s new lender aiming to challenge UK’s “Big Four”, said first-quarter net loans and advances grew…

UPDATE 1-Russian rouble slips vs dollar, gains vs euro after holidays

(Adds detail, comment) MOSCOW May 5 (Reuters) – Russia’s rouble slipped against the dollar but rose against the euro on Tuesday, as traders repositioned after moves on…

China stocks tumble on tougher margin rules, new wave of IPOs

SHANGHAI May 5 (Reuters) – China stocks suffered their biggest loss in nearly four months on Tuesday as investors dumped shares ahead of a fresh wave of…

TRAVEL ADVICE

Ukraine

29 December 2014 29 December 2014 Summary – Isolated explosions and other security incidents in Kharkiv city, Odesa, Kherson and Lviv. Remain vigilant, avoid demonstrations and public…

Sri Lanka

21 December 2014 21 December 2014 Latest update: Summary section – Flooding in Anuradhapura and Habarana areas. Risk of flooding has led to the temporary closure of…

Congo

Congo

18 December 2014 18 December 2014 Latest update: Summary – addition of new a map Download map (PDF) The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all…

India

18 December 2014 18 December 2014 Latest update: Summary section – SpiceJet flight cancellations The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel in the immediate…

Ghana

16 December 2014 16 December 2014 Latest update: Summary – information about UK screening for travellers returning to the UK from Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia An…

Solomon Islands

10 December 2014 10 December 2014 Latest update: Summary and Safety & security section – removal of advice about general elections on 19 November The Royal Solomon…

OPINIONS

Open letter to Ed Miliband MP and Nick Clegg MP.

  Dear Sirs, As potential leaders of this once great country what gives you the right to totally ignore the feeling and wishes of the population. It…

Is ‘The terrifying reality that the Scots could rule the UK’ so bad?

Is ‘The terrifying reality that the Scots could rule the UK’ so bad?

  This headline has become the latest Tory scare story and dire warning in certain, what could be loosely described as, newspapers. ‘The terrifying reality that the Scots could rule…

Paris. To go or not to go? That is the question.

Paris. To go or not to go? That is the question. Lately I am more likely to be put off visiting Paris by the price of even…

France’s ‘Charlie Hebdo’ now a worldwide phenomenon.

A magazine which was once a very clique publication with a circulation of 20,000 has become a world wide phenomenon today. The Paris based publication renowned for its…

The hypocrisy of the ideological middle classes.

The hypocrisy of the ideological middle classes. In the week prior to the Local and European elections the National press, Twitter and the blogosphere were, to a…

SPORT UK

Lacking spark? Bale’s Real struggles

Lacking spark? Bale’s Real struggles

Short of confidence, a light that failed to spark and without a chance created or a shot on goal to his name. It…

Pacquiao sued over shoulder injury

Pacquiao sued over shoulder injury

Manny Pacquiao is the subject of a lawsuit in Nevada after being accused of lying over a shoulder injury sustained before his fight…

Vonn break-up ‘brutal’ for Woods

Former world number one Tiger Woods says the end of his relationship with US Olympic skiing champion Lindsay Vonn has been “brutal”. The…

Guardiola faces ghosts of glories past

Guardiola faces ghosts of glories past

Never mind the talents of sizzling superstars Lionel Messi, Arjen Robben, Neymar, Thomas Muller and Luis Suarez: only one man has dominated the build-up…

Peter Moores faces uncertain future as his role as England coach hangs ‘in the balance’ following West Indies displays

Peter Moores faces uncertain future as his role as England coach hangs ‘in the balance’ following West Indies displays

Peter Moores could be replaced if England fail to impress in next series England face New Zealand on May 21 following the draw in West Indies READ:…

Eric Abidal opens up on his battle with cancer: My team-mate Dani Alves even offered me his liver for the transplant 

Eric Abidal opens up on his battle with cancer: My team-mate Dani Alves even offered me his liver for the transplant 

Eric Abidal represented Barcelona from 2007 to 2013 Following routine tests, a tumour was discovered on Abidal’s liver in 2011 He had an operation and returned to…

SPORT US

Hawks, Grizzlies pull even in NBA playoffs

Hawks, Grizzlies pull even in NBA playoffs

Atlanta (AFP) – The Atlanta Hawks downed the Washington Wizards 106-90 to even their NBA second-round playoff series at one game apiece. DeMarre Carroll led the Hawks…

NBA-Grizzlies maul Warriors to even series

(The Sports Xchange) – Mike Conley outplayed NBA Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry and defensive ace Tony Allen harassed All-Star Klay Thompson into an off-shooting night as…

Hawks break Wizards’ unbeaten spell to level series

(The Sports Xchange) – Forward DeMarre Carroll led five double-figure scorers with 22 points as the Atlanta Hawks used an 11-2 run midway through the final quarter…

Woods endures ‘brutal’ stretch ahead of Players Championship

By Ben Everill PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Florida (Reuters) – Tiger Woods admitted on Tuesday to sleepless nights in the lead-up to this week’s Players Championship as he…

LA Clippers shoot down Rockets in game one

LA Clippers shoot down Rockets in game one

Cleveland (AFP) – The Los Angeles Clippers rose to the challenge of playing without Chris Paul as they wasted no time wrestling away home-court advantage from Houston…

Griffin triple-double leads Clippers past Rockets

HOUSTON (The Sports Xchange) – Blake Griffin recorded a triple-double and received plenty of support in the absence of Chris Paul as the Los Angeles Clippers claimed…

ALL SPORTS

Newcastle defiant despite Premiership clubs’ deficit nearing £25m

Newcastle defiant despite Premiership clubs’ deficit nearing £25m

Newcastle managing director Mick Hogan is confident the club can become a Premiership force despite incurring huge losses for a second successive year. Falcons…

My Life in Rugby: Jim Renner – former Worcester and Newcastle No.8

I’ve been fortunate to play all around the world in Sevens and with some of the best players in the world in 15s, enjoying…

Abendanon named European Player of the Year

Nick Abendanon has been named the 2015 European Player of the Year after an outstanding individual performance in the Champions Cup final at Twickenham…

Darren Waters pens new deal with London Welsh

Darren Waters will be part of London Welsh’s quest for a third Championship title next season after penning a new deal with the club.…

Dream Team: Ben Mosses – Bristol and former Bath centre

Dream Team: Ben Mosses – Bristol and former Bath centre

1. Mako Vunipola – I played with him at Millfield and he was a massive force running over and around people. He actually came…

Ben Youngs is confident that Leicester ‘culture’ won’t be diluted by foreign recruits

Ben Youngs is confident that Leicester ‘culture’ won’t be diluted by foreign recruits

Ben Youngs is confident Leicester’s culture will remain strong despite the recent rash of overseas signings. The Tigers have announced the capture of six…

HEALTH

C. diff used to beat C. diff infection

C. diff used to beat C. diff infection

Potentially deadly Clostridium difficile infections have been treated with a dose of… more C. difficile. The “fight-fire-with-fire” approach by US doctors replaced aggressive versions of the bug…

Surge in Brazil dengue fever cases

Surge in Brazil dengue fever cases

Nationwide there have been 235% more cases from January to April than last year Brazil has registered nearly 746,000 cases of the mosquito-borne disease dengue fever this…

‘Diet pill’ warning: I felt like I was on fire

‘Diet pill’ warning: I felt like I was on fire

Global police forces are working together to try to prevent the supply of so-called “diet pills” which can be deadly. In April 21-year-old Eloise Aimee Parry, from…

UK agencies in quake health warning

UK agencies in quake health warning

Volunteers have been helping to clear debris caused by the earthquake There is a risk of serious outbreaks of disease in the aftermath of the Nepal earthquake,…

Gene therapy retina disease potential

Gene therapy retina disease potential

Scientists want to find a new way of transporting healthy genes into the right place in the retina Two trials of gene therapy on an inherited form…

3D windpipe ‘saves children’s lives’

3D windpipe ‘saves children’s lives’

Kaiba is now a healthy three-year-old Three babies have been saved from a life-threatening condition by using 3D printed windpipe splints to help them breathe, a pilot…