National Newswatch

Barcelona attack: Man shot dead in hunt for suspect

Aug 21 2017 — — Police hunting the chief suspect in last Thursday’s Barcelona van attack have shot dead a man to the west of the city who appeared to be wearing an explosive belt, Spanish media say. The shooting is said to have happened on a road in the Subirats area. Earlier, police confirmed they were hunting for Younes […]

Marseille bus stop hit by car, one dead and driver arrested

Aug 21 2017 — — One person has been killed after a car struck a bus shelter in the southern French city of Marseille, police say. The driver has been arrested. His vehicle had struck another bus shelter in a different district of the city earlier in the morning, seriously injuring one person. Police have advised people to avoid the […]

Daniel Craig confirms he’ll play James Bond again

Aug 16 2017 — — Daniel Craig says he is coming back as James Bond. The actor was asked whether he will play the secret agent again during his appearance on US chat show The Late Show. “Yes,” Daniel Craig told host Stephen Colbert, before standing up to shake his hand.

Egypt train collision ‘kills 20’ in Alexandria

Aug 11 2017 — — At least 20 people have been killed and dozens more injured in a collision involving two passenger trains in northern Egypt, health officials say. One train was travelling from Cairo and the other from Port Said when they hit head-on in the northern coastal city of Alexandria, local media report.

Jeremy Clarkson off work for ‘some time’ with pneumonia

Aug 7 2017 — — Jeremy Clarkson will have to take a break from work for “quite some time” after contracting pneumonia, the TV presenter has said in a statement. The Grand Tour presenter was admitted to hospital on Friday after falling ill while on a family holiday in Majorca.

Brexit negotiations ‘have not begun well’ – Sir Simon Fraser

Aug 7 2017 — — The UK’s Brexit negotiations have not begun well amid “differences” inside the cabinet, a former head of the diplomatic service has said. Sir Simon Fraser, chief mandarin at the Foreign Office until 2015, said the UK side had been “a bit absent” from formal negotiations in Brussels. Sir Simon, who now advises businesses on Brexit, […]

North Korea vows to retaliate against US over sanctions

Aug 7 2017 — — North Korea has vowed to retaliate and make “the US pay a price” for drafting fresh UN sanctions over its banned nuclear weapons programme. The sanctions, which were unanimously passed by the UN on Saturday, were a “violent violation of our sovereignty,” the official KCNA news agency said. Separately, South Korea says the North has […]

Fox News host Eric Bolling suspended over ‘lewd messages’

Aug 6 2017 — — US television network Fox News has suspended one of its presenters after he was accused of sending lewd photographs to three female co-workers. Eric Bolling, a long-time host at the network, allegedly sent the messages on separate occasions several years ago. His lawyer described the claims as “untrue and terribly unfair”. Fox News said an […]

North Korea: China urges neighbour to stop missile tests

Aug 6 2017 — — China’s foreign minister has told his North Korean counterpart that Pyongyang should stop carrying out nuclear and missile tests, hours after fresh sanctions were agreed by the United Nations Security Council. Wang Yi said he urged Ri Yong-ho to abide by UN resolutions in a meeting on Sunday in the Philippines. He did not say […]

Dukes of Hazzard star Tom Wopat denies groping woman

Aug 4 2017 — — Dukes of Hazzard actor Tom Wopat has appeared in court to deny drug possession and groping a fellow cast member in a musical. Mr Wopat, 65, was freed on $1,000 (£760) bail and told to stay away from the woman whose buttocks he allegedly grabbed. The 65-year-old pleaded not guilty to indecent assault and battery […]

US sanctions are ‘trade war’ on Russia, says PM Medvedev

Aug 3 2017 — — Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has said new sanctions imposed by the US are tantamount to declaring a “full-scale trade war” against Moscow. He said the measures, signed by Donald Trump, demonstrated the complete impotence of the US president, who he said had been humiliated by Congress. The law aims to punish Russia for its […]

Michael Phelps loses ‘race’ to Great White shark

Jul 24 2017 — — The much-hyped head-to-head race between US swimmer Michael Phelps and a Great White shark turned out to be a computer simulation, drawing complaints from many disappointed viewers. The world’s most decorated Olympic swimmer completed 100m in open ocean off South Africa in 38.1 seconds to the shark’s 36.1. Discovery Channel aired the “race”.

Trump son-in-law Kushner denies collusion

Jul 24 2017 — — President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner will tell a Senate panel later that neither he nor any member of the Trump campaign team colluded with Russian officials over the US election. He will say he had no improper contacts and had not relied on Russian funds to finance his business activities.

Girl, 5, fined £150 for lemonade stand

Jul 21 2017 — — A five-year-old girl was fined £150 by a council for selling 50p cups of lemonade to festival goers. The girl’s father Andre Spicer said his daughter had set up the stall in Mile End, east London, while thousands of music fans were on their way to the Lovebox Festival at the weekend.

US ‘to ban travel to North Korea’

Jul 21 2017 — — The US is to ban its citizens from travelling to North Korea, according to two agencies that operate tours there. Koryo Tours and Young Pioneer Tours said the ban would be announced on 27 July to come into effect 30 days later. The US has not confirmed the news. Young Pioneer Tours was the agency […]