National Newswatch

Rocketman, the Elton John biopic, fails on lift-off

May 18 2019 — — The team behind Rocketman have pulled off the most astonishing feat. Against all the odds, they have managed to produce a two-hour greatest hits musical that turns one of the most flamboyant, gifted and charismatic performing artists of the modern era into a bit of a bore. A lot of words have been written and […]

Prince William opens up about mental health pressures

May 18 2019 — — The Duke of Cambridge has said he felt “pain like no other pain” after the death of his mother, Princess Diana. Prince William made the disclosure in a BBC TV documentary about mental health. He said the “British stiff upper lip thing” had its place when times were hard, but people also needed “to relax […]

Royal baby: Duke and Duchess of Sussex name son Archie

May 8 2019 — — The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have named their newborn son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. Introducing him to the cameras earlier in the day, Meghan said: “He has the sweetest temperament, he’s really calm. He’s been the dream.” As they laughed, Prince Harry said: “I don’t know who he gets that from.” The announcement came after […]

Royal baby: Meghan gives birth to boy, Harry announces

May 6 2019 — — The Duchess of Sussex has given birth to a boy, the Duke of Sussex has announced. Prince Harry said they were both “absolutely thrilled” and thanked the public for their support during the pregnancy. He said Meghan and the baby were doing “incredibly well”.

Trump threatens to raise tariffs on $200bn of Chinese goods

May 5 2019 — — Donald Trump has said he will raise tariffs on $200bn (£152bn) of Chinese goods, because talks on a US-China trade deal are moving “too slowly”. The US president tweeted that tariffs of 10% on certain goods would rise to 25% on Friday, and $325bn of untaxed goods could face 25% duties “shortly”. “The Trade Deal […]

Defiant Maduro claims victory over Guaidó ‘coup’

May 1 2019 — — Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro claimed to have defeated what he called a military coup attempt by the opposition leader, Juan Guaidó. Dozens of National Guardsmen sided with the opposition in clashes on Tuesday that injured more than 100 people. But in a defiant TV address, President Maduro sa

‘Yeti footprints’: Indian army mocked over claim

Apr 30 2019 — — The Indian army has claimed to have found footprints of the yeti, sparking jokes and disbelief on social media. The army tweeted to its nearly six million followers on Monday that it had discovered “mysterious footprints of mythical beast ‘Yeti’ at the Makalu Base Camp [in the Himalayas]”. The yeti – a giant ape-like creature […]

Notre-Dame fire: Paris surveys aftermath of cathedral blaze

Apr 16 2019 — — Parisians have woken up to see the full extent of a massive fire at Notre-Dame cathedral. The fire, which brought down the spire and roof, was declared under control almost nine hours after it started. French President Emmanuel Macron has vowed to rebuild the 12th Century cathedral describing the incident as a “terrible tragedy”. Hundreds […]

Millions pledged to rebuild cathedral

Apr 16 2019 — — Hundreds of millions of euros have been pledged to help rebuild Notre-Dame after a devastating fire partially destroyed the French cathedral. The fire, declared fully extinguished some 15 hours after it began, ravaged the 850-year-old building’s roof and caused its spire to collapse. But firefighters who worked through the night managed to save the Paris […]

Georgia Engel: Mary Tyler Moore Show actress dies aged 70

Apr 16 2019 — — Georgia Engel, who played Georgette Franklin in The Mary Tyler Moore Show, has died at the age of 70. The actress appeared in 56 episodes of the series as Georgette – the love interest of anchorman Ted Baxter, played by Ted Knight. Engel was nominated for five Emmy Awards across her television career – including […]

Ex-Pope Benedict XVI blames 1960s revolution for sex abuse

Apr 11 2019 — — Retired Pope Benedict XVI has published a letter which blames clerical sex abuse on the “all-out sexual freedom” of the 1960s. The former pontiff said the sexual revolution had led to homosexuality in Catholic establishments. He said paedophilia did not become “acute” until the late 1980s and was caused by “absence of God”.

Brexit: UK and EU agree Brexit delay to 31 October

Apr 10 2019 — — The UK and the EU have agreed a “flexible extension” of Brexit until 31 October, European Council president Donald Tusk has said. The agreement was reached after five hours of talks at an emergency EU summit in Brussels.

Christchurch shootings: Jacinda Ardern calls for global anti-racism fight

Mar 20 2019 — — New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has called for a global fight to root out racist right-wing ideology following last week’s deadly attack on two mosques in Christchurch. In one of her first interviews since then, she told the BBC that she rejected the idea that a rise in immigration was fuelling racism.