National Newswatch

Pakistan oil tanker inferno kills at least 140

Jun 25 2017 — — At least 140 people were killed when a lorry transporting oil burst into flames near the Pakistani city of Ahmedpur East, local officials say. A crowd had gathered reportedly to collect fuel leaking from the overturned vehicle when it caught fire. Dozens are being treated in hospital. It appears the tanker blew a tyre while […]

China landslide leaves at least 140 missing in Sichuan

Jun 24 2017 — — More than 140 people are feared buried in a landslide in Sichuan province in south-western China, state media say. About 40 homes were destroyed in Xinmo village in Maoxian county, after the side of a mountain collapsed at about 06:00 local time (22:00 GMT Friday). Rescue teams are frantically searching for survivors trapped beneath rocks. […]

Johnny Depp talks of Trump ‘assassination’

Jun 23 2017 — — Actor Johnny Depp appeared to threaten US President Donald Trump during a speech at the Glastonbury Festival. “Can you bring Trump here?” he asked the audience, as he introduced a screening of his film The Libertine. After receiving jeers from the crowd, he added: “You misunderstand completely. When was the last time an actor assassinated […]

Grenfell Tower: Hotpoint fridge freezer started fire, say police

Jun 23 2017 — — The Grenfell Tower fire in London started in a fridge freezer, and outside cladding failed safety tests, police say. Insulation on the building also failed tests and the Metropolitan Police will consider manslaughter charges. Seventy-nine people are missing or presumed dead after the blaze destroyed 150 homes in the Kensington tower block.

Saudi king ousts nephew for son

Jun 21 2017 — — Saudi Arabia’s king has appointed his son Mohammed bin Salman as crown prince – replacing his nephew, Mohammed bin Nayef, as first in line to the throne. King Salman’s decree also means Prince Mohammed bin Salman, 31, will become deputy prime minister while continuing as defence minister. Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, 57, has also been […]

Duke of Edinburgh admitted to hospital

Jun 21 2017 — — The Duke of Edinburgh was admitted to hospital last night as “a precautionary measure”, Buckingham Palace has said. He is being treated for an infection arising from a pre-existing condition, the palace confirmed. This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version.

Phoenix flights cancelled because it’s too hot for planes

Jun 20 2017 — — As temperatures climb in Phoenix, Arizona, more than 40 flights have been cancelled – because it is too hot for the planes to fly. The weather forecast for the US city suggests temperatures could reach 120F (49C) on Tuesday. That is higher than the operating temperature of some planes. American Airlines announced it was cancelling […]

London Tower fire: Seventy-nine people feared dead

Jun 19 2017 — — Seventy-nine people are either dead or missing presumed dead after the fire at Grenfell Tower, police have said. Met Police Commander Stuart Cundy confirmed the figure in a statement on Monday, adding it may still change. Fire swept through the 24-storey block in North Kensington, west London, shortly before 01:00 BST on 13 June. Many […]

US coalition downs Syrian army plane in Raqqa

Jun 18 2017 — — The US-led coalition in Syria has shot down a Syrian military jet in Raqqa province. The Syrian army said its warplane was on a mission against the Islamic State (IS) group when it came under fire on Sunday, according to state television. It said the incident would have “dangerous repercussions” on efforts to fight terrorism. […]

Carrie Fisher died from ‘sleep apnoea and other causes’

Jun 17 2017 — — Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher died from sleep apnoea and “other factors”, the Los Angeles County coroner says. Her death certificate said in January that the 60-year-old, best known for her role as Princess Leia, had suffered a cardiac arrest. But in a statement the LA coroner said the exact cause was unknown. Sleep apnoea […]

London fire: Tower victims ‘may never be identified’

Jun 16 2017 — — Police have warned they may never be able to identify all of the people who died in the fire that engulfed a west London block of flats. Emergency services are to spend a third day searching for bodies in the burnt-out Grenfell Tower in North Kensington. Seventeen people are known to have died but that […]

Putin makes fun of Comey’s testimony about Trump

Jun 15 2017 — — Russia’s president has joked he could offer asylum to former FBI chief James Comey if he runs into trouble for leaking recorded conversations with the US president to the press. Vladimir Putin compared Mr Comey to US whistleblower Edward Snowden, who now lives in Russia. “If he’s persecuted… we’re ready to give him political asylum,” […]

Fox News drops ‘fair and balanced’ slogan without announcement

Jun 15 2017 — — The US news network Fox News has dropped its slogan “fair and balanced”. An executive told the BBC the decision had “nothing to do with programming or editorial decisions”. Last August, producers were asked to use the slogan “Most watched, most trusted” instead, but there has been no official announcement of the change. Gabriel Sherman, […]

Australian PM Turnbull mocks Trump in leaked audio

Jun 15 2017 — — Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has been recorded apparently mocking US President Donald Trump in footage leaked by the media. Mr Turnbull was filmed speaking at an event for the Australian media at Parliament House on Wednesday night. The event is normally not reported on, but the political editor at Australia’s Nine Network said he […]

Yoko Ono added to Imagine writing credits

Jun 15 2017 — — More than 40 years after the song’s release, Yoko Ono is receiving a songwriting credit on John Lennon’s classic Imagine. The surprise announcement was made at an annual meeting of the National Music Publishers Association in New York on Wednesday.