top-storiesMay holding Brexit talks with devolved nations
The prime minister is to offer the leaders of the three devolved governments a "direct line" to Brexit Secretary David Davis ahead of the UK's negotiations to leave the EU.
bbc.co.uk | 24-Oct-2016 11:10
'Gay cake' appeal: Christian bakers Ashers lose appeal
The Christian owners of a Northern Ireland bakery lose an appeal against a ruling that their refusal to make a 'gay cake' was discriminatory.
bbc.co.uk | 24-Oct-2016 11:08
Belgium's Wallonia holds out against Canada trade pact
A small Belgian region refused Monday to bow to growing pressure to back a key trade deal with Canada, heightening tensions within Belgium and Europe as well as with historic allies in North America. Riding a rising wave of Western populist distrust of international trade deals, French-speaking Wallonia's parliament stuck to its refusal to heed a late Monday EU deadline to support the pact. Its opposition prevents the federal Belgian government from signing the accord, which needs to be backed by all 28 European Union member states.
Yahoo! News | 24-Oct-2016 11:07
Head teacher writes to tooth fairy after boy's lost playground tooth
A head teacher writes to the tooth fairy on behalf of a five-year-old boy who was upset at losing his tooth at school.
bbc.co.uk | 24-Oct-2016 11:07
Sting to perform, receive honor at American Music Awards
NEW YORK (AP) — Sting will hit the stage at the American Music Awards next month, and the icon will receive a special honor for his successful career.
Yahoo! News | 24-Oct-2016 11:05
Russia rules out early renewal of Aleppo ceasefire
Russia, blaming failures by the US-led coalition and meagre hopes for diplomacy, on Monday ruled out early moves to renew its ceasefire in Aleppo after a brief truce ended at the weekend. "The question of renewing the humanitarian pause is not relevant now," deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov told Interfax news agency, in Moscow's first official comment on why it did not extend the ceasefire further. Heavy fighting resumed in the devasted Syrian city on Saturday after Russia, a government ally, ended its three-day cessation of hostilities.
Yahoo! News | 24-Oct-2016 11:03
Chinese vice foreign minister visits North Korean capital
SEOUL (Reuters) - Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin arrived in North Korea on Monday, North Korean state media reported, in the first visit by a high-ranking Chinese official since February, according to Japan's Kyodo news agency. Liu's visit comes as Washington and its allies urge Beijing to agree on tough new United Nations Security Council sanctions against North Korea after it conducted a fifth nuclear test in September. North Korea's KCNA news agency said Liu led a Chinese delegation attending the third meeting of the DPRK-China border joint committee. ...
Yahoo! News | 24-Oct-2016 11:00
Migrants leave Calais 'Jungle' by bus ahead of demolition
Migrants lugging meagre belongings boarded buses Monday taking them away from Calais' "Jungle" under a French plan to raze the notorious camp and symbol of Europe's refugee crisis. "Bye bye, Jungle!" a group of migrants shouted as they hauled luggage through the muddy lanes of the shantytown where thousands from Africa and the Middle East had holed up, desperate to sneak into Britain. Scores of Sudanese and Eritrean men queued in the pre-dawn cold outside a hangar where they were later sorted into groups and put on coaches for shelters across France.
Yahoo! News | 24-Oct-2016 11:00
House Top 40: Flipping Control Still A Tough Task For Democrats
Even with scandals from Donald Trump and a growing Hillary Clinton lead nationwide, Democrats aren't seeing the wave yet that they need to win back control of the House of Representatives.
npr.org | 24-Oct-2016 11:00
British banker tortured, killed victim, Hong Kong court told
HONG KONG (AP) — A British banker accused of killing two Indonesian women in his Hong Kong apartment had tortured one of the victims for three days while using cocaine, a prosecutor said at the opening of his murder trial Monday.
Yahoo! News | 24-Oct-2016 10:58
EU executive: Patience trumps deadlines in EU-Canada talks
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's executive called for patience in an attempt to save a free trade deal with Canada and dismissed a Monday night deadline for a small Belgian region to provide its vital signature to the deal.
Yahoo! News | 24-Oct-2016 10:58
UK to announce airport decision to parliament on Tuesday - May's spokeswoman
LONDON (Reuters) - British transport minister Chris Grayling will make a statement to parliament about airport expansion in south east England around 1130 GMT on Tuesday, Prime Minister Theresa May's spokeswoman said on Monday. May is due to chair a meeting of a small team of ministers on Tuesday to make the long-awaited decision over whether to give the go ahead for expansion to the west of London at Heathrow, Britain and Europe's busiest airport, or to the south at Gatwick. (Reporting by William James, writing by Kylie MacLellan; editing by Kate Holton)
Yahoo! News | 24-Oct-2016 10:51
'One million' Chinese officials punished for corruption
China's Communist Party punished more than one million officials for corruption, the government says ahead of a major party meeting.
news.bbc.co.uk | 24-Oct-2016 10:48
Anti-Vietnam War activist Tom Hayden dies at 76
Peace activist Tom Hayden, whose radical views were at the forefront of the anti-Vietnam War movement in the 1960s, has died. Hayden's wife, Canadian actress and author Barbara Williams, told CNN that he died late Sunday at the UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica, California, from complications related to a 2015 stroke. Hayden was a member of the "Chicago 7" convicted on federal charges of conspiracy and incitement to riot over anti-Vietnam War protests at the 1968 Democratic National Convention.
Yahoo! News | 24-Oct-2016 10:48
Renato Sanches: Bayern Munich midfielder beats Marcus Rashford to Golden Boy award
Bayern Munich midfielder Renato Sanches beats Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford to the European Golden Boy award.
news.bbc.co.uk | 24-Oct-2016 10:45
Concentration of CO2 in atmosphere hits new high: UN
The concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere averaged a record 400 parts per million in 2015, an ominous milestone for the planet's health, the UN said Monday. The greenhouse gas has previously passed the 400 ppm threshold on certain months in specific locations but never on an annual global basis, the United Nations World Meteorological Organization said. The concentration of CO2 spiked in part because of a strong El Nino, the whether phenomenon that occurs every four to five years with a broadly warming effect.
Yahoo! News | 24-Oct-2016 10:42
Obama campaigns in Nevada, visits California
SAN DIEGO (AP) — President Barack Obama is stepping up the pace of his campaign to boost Hillary Clinton as his successor while pushing as well for Democrats to retake the Senate, visiting tightly contested Nevada before headlining party fundraisers Monday in California.
Yahoo! News | 24-Oct-2016 10:42
Obama presses campaign to elevate Clinton to White House
SAN DIEGO (AP) — President Barack Obama is stepping up the pace of his campaign to boost Hillary Clinton for president while pushing the efforts to restore Democratic control of the Senate.
Yahoo! News | 24-Oct-2016 10:40
Figure skater Scott Hamilton diagnosed with 3rd brain tumor
Yahoo! News | 24-Oct-2016 10:39
The Latest: Iran sides with Iraq in dispute with Turkey
Yahoo! News | 24-Oct-2016 10:39
Hundreds of Vietnam drug addicts flee rehabilitation centre
Police in southern Vietnam search for more than 200 drug addicts who broke out of a compulsory rehabilitation centre.
news.bbc.co.uk | 24-Oct-2016 10:38
Malta says plane crashed en route to Libya surveillance trip
VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — A small plane heading toward Libya's coast to monitor migrant trafficking routes for the French government crashed soon after takeoff from Malta's airport Monday, killing all five French crew members, authorities said.
Yahoo! News | 24-Oct-2016 10:34
Mosul Iraq offensive: Kurdish forces besiege key town of Bashiqa
Kurdish forces taking part in the offensive to retake the Iraqi city of Mosul from Islamic State militants are besieging a key town to the north-east.
news.bbc.co.uk | 24-Oct-2016 10:32
Migrant riot at Greek island camp damages asylum offices
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek police say dozens of residents in an island camp for refugees and other migrants have set fire to part of the facility that handles asylum applications, during a protest over delays in the asylum process.
Yahoo! News | 24-Oct-2016 10:31
France moving more than 6,000 migrants, destroying huge camp
CALAIS, France (AP) — Lines of migrants with their lives in small bags waited calmly to get on buses in the French port city of Calais on Monday, the first day of the mass evacuation and destruction of the squalid camp they called home.
Yahoo! News | 24-Oct-2016 10:30
'They are children too'
A 13-year-old boy has been given a four year sentence for the rape of a nine-year-old boy. How does the system deal with such young sexual offenders and their victims?
bbc.co.uk | 24-Oct-2016 10:30
Webcams used to attack Reddit and Twitter recalled
Home webcams that were hijacked to help knock popular websites offline last week are being recalled in the US.
bbc.co.uk | 24-Oct-2016 10:20
Brazil plans to waive visas for visitors from U.S., Japan
Brazil's government is considering waiving visas for visitors from the United States, Japan, Canada and Australia to boost tourism, and could eventually extend the plan to include China, a tourism ministry spokesman said on Monday. The proposal by new Tourism Minister Marx Beltrão would extend for a 12-month trial period a visa-waiver program adopted for visitors from the four countries during the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro this year. Brazil's President Michel Temer is keen to draw more foreign investment and visitors to Brazil to help pull Latin America's largest nation from its worst recession since the 1930s Great Depression.
Yahoo! News | 24-Oct-2016 10:16
Iraq forces shell IS near Mosul; group urges airstrike probe
Iraqi forces shelled Islamic State positions outside Mosul on Monday as fighting to retake the extremist-held city entered its second week and a rights group urged a probe into a suspected airstrike that ...
Yahoo! News | 24-Oct-2016 10:10
Former Pennsylvania attorney general to be sentenced for perjury
By David DeKok HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - Former Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane is due to be sentenced on Monday for leaking grand jury information to embarrass a rival and then lying about it to investigators. Kane, 50, the first woman and first Democrat elected attorney general, faces a maximum prison sentence of 24 years but state guidelines suggest she could get a significantly shorter sentence. District Attorney Kevin Steele, who prosecuted the case, opposed Kane's request for house arrest, saying it was inappropriate for someone facing a state prison sentence and suggesting that Kane's ex-husband could care for the children.
Yahoo! News | 24-Oct-2016 10:07
Poldark 'rape' scene sparks controversy
An apparent rape scene in BBC drama Poldark is criticised over its 'appalling message' but defended by the son of the book's author.
news.bbc.co.uk | 24-Oct-2016 10:07
Charlie Puth cancels remainder of tour, citing illness
Yahoo! News | 24-Oct-2016 10:05
Daniel Ricciardo and Gerard Butler's 'shoey' at US GP
Lewis Hamilton finished on top of the podium at the United States Grand Prix but Daniel Ricciardo's 'shoey' stunt was the centre of attention.
news.bbc.co.uk | 24-Oct-2016 10:02
What Are The Main Reasons Teachers Call It Quits?
Teachers in the U.S. flee the profession at rates higher than other developed nations. Often, the reasons have little to do with pay, parents or students.
npr.org | 24-Oct-2016 10:00
France starts clearing 'jungle' migrant camp in Calais
By Matthias Blamont CALAIS, France (Reuters) - France began clearing the sprawling "Jungle" migrant camp in Calais on Monday, with hundreds carrying suitcases queuing outside a hangar to be resettled in reception centers across the country. It plans to relocate them to 450 centers across France. "It doesn't matter where I end up, I don't really care." French Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet said that authorities had not needed to use force and that the large police presence at the camp on Monday was just for security.
Yahoo! News | 24-Oct-2016 09:56
South African CEOs call for Gordhan charges to be dropped
At least 80 heads of top South African firms including Anglo American, Barclays Africa Group and Naspers want fraud charges against Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan to be dropped. The top executives of mostly-listed firms in Africa's most industrialised country - ranging from mining, media, retail and banking - said in a newspaper advertisement on Sunday that political wrangling was damaging an already stalling economy at a time the country faced a sovereign credit downgrade.
Yahoo! News | 24-Oct-2016 09:55
Battle for Mosul can shape or break Iraq further
By Samia Nakhoul, Michael Georgy and Stephen Kalin ERBIL (Reuters) - It has taken two years of training a demoralized army, backed up by the air cover and special forces of the world’s greatest powers, for Iraq to mount an offensive to recapture Mosul from Islamic State. If local fighters in Mosul can be persuaded to drop their allegiance to Islamic State, there is a chance that the battle can be brought to a more speedy conclusion, and that could have major implications for the future of Iraq. Against a background of splits and rebellions in the Islamic State ranks in Mosul, some opposing commanders believe that a successful attempt to win over those local fighters could mean the battle lasts only weeks rather than months.
Yahoo! News | 24-Oct-2016 09:50
Attack in Iraq's Kirkuk over, 74 IS jihadists dead: governor
Iraqi security forces on Monday ended an attack by the Islamic State group in Kirkuk city, killing at least 74 jihadists in three days of clashes, the provincial governor said. "The attack is over and life has returned to normal," Najmeddin Karim, the governor of Kirkuk province, told AFP.
Yahoo! News | 24-Oct-2016 09:50
May to offer Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland talks with Brexit minister
Representatives of the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish governments will get a chance to tell Brexit minister David Davis how they hope Britain's future relationship with the EU will work, under plans the government announced on Monday. At a meeting on Monday, Prime Minister Theresa May will offer the leaders of the three devolved governments, which have varying degrees of autonomy, formal discussions on Brexit at least twice before the end of the year, her office said. "The country is facing a negotiation of tremendous importance and it is imperative that the devolved administrations play their part in making it work," May said in a statement her office released before the meeting.
Yahoo! News | 24-Oct-2016 09:43
527 South Koreans seek Note 7 payback from Samsung
Yahoo! News | 24-Oct-2016 09:41
Hayden a symbol of when youth took history into own hands
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — Tom Hayden was long past his heyday of political rebellion and the Chicago 7 trial when he died on Sunday at age 76. But in American culture, he remained an enduring symbol of a time when young people took history into their own hands.
Yahoo! News | 24-Oct-2016 09:39
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Oil prices under pressure as Iraq resists joining output cut
Oil prices came under pressure on Monday as Iraq said it wanted to be exempt from an OPEC deal to cut production, though losses were capped by Iran saying it would encourage other members to join an output freeze. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude was down 5 cents at $50.80. Falah al-Amiri, head of Iraq state oil marketer SOMO, added that Iraq's market share had been compromised by the wars it has fought since the 1980s.
Yahoo! News | 24-Oct-2016 09:37
Yazidis say Islamic State offensive blocked in Sinjar, west of Mosul
U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters blocked an offensive launched by Islamic State on Monday in Sinjar, a Yazidi territory west of Mosul, a provincial official in the region said. The attack was an apparent bid to distract Iraqi forces attacking Mosul, Islamic State's last major city stronghold in Iraq. Islamic State confirmed in an online statement having carried out a suicide attack on a peshmerga position at the western entrance of Sinjar.
Yahoo! News | 24-Oct-2016 09:35
Five die in Malta runway plane crash
Five people die when a plane crashes shortly after take-off at Malta International Airport.
news.bbc.co.uk | 24-Oct-2016 09:27
Reports: Syrian troops capture high point in city of Aleppo
BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian state media and opposition activists say government forces and their allies have captured a high point in the city of Aleppo where fighting with rebel groups resumed over the weekend.
Yahoo! News | 24-Oct-2016 09:27