• John Wayne Day Plan Rejected Over 'Racism'

    Plans to hold a John Wayne Day in California have been rejected after several lawmakers accused the actor of being racist. Supporters of the resolution wanted to declare 26 May - the Hollywood icon's birthday - "John Wayne Day" but a number of Latino and black members of the California Assembly objected. Assemblyman Matthew Harper submitted the motion, which described Wayne - nicknamed the "Duke" - as the "prototypical American hero, symbolising such traits as self-reliance, grace under pressure, resolve, and patriotism".

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  • China denies Hong Kong visit request by U.S. carrier group - Pentagon

    By David Brunnstrom and Greg Torode WASHINGTON/HONGKONG (Reuters) - China has denied a request for a U.S. carrier strike group led by the USS John C. Stennis to visit to Hong Kong, the U.S. Defense Department said on Friday, amid heightened tensions over China's territorial claims in the South China Sea. A Pentagon spokesman, Commander Bill Urban, said a U.S. warship, the USS Blue Ridge, was currently in Hong Kong on a port visit and the United States expected that to continue.

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  • Prince Death Investigated As Possible Overdose

    Detectives are looking into whether Prince was being prescribed drugs by a doctor in the weeks before his death - and whether the star died of an overdose. They also confirmed US media reports that prescription drugs were at the Paisley Park complex where Prince was found dead, but refused to give further details about the type of pills discovered. One line of enquiry for investigators is whether a doctor was on board Prince's private jet when the singer fell ill in the days before he died.

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  • The Queen and Prince Harry drop the mic on the Obamas

    The Queen and Prince Harry receive a message from President Obama and the First Lady ahead of the Invictus Games. Prince Harry 'drops the mic' on Obama.

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  • TOWIE Star's Sister Hands Back Marathon Medal

    The sister of The Only Way Is Essex (TOWIE) star James "Arg" Argent is to return her London Marathon finisher's medal after allegations of cheating. Natasha Argent was recorded as completing the 26.2 miles in three hours 44 minutes but it was soon noted that she had appeared to run the second half of the race faster than elite athletes. Earlier this week organisers of the event told Sky News the results were "extremely questionable".

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  • Sian Blake Partner Admits Killing Her And Sons

    The partner of former EastEnders actress Sian Blake has admitted killing her and their two children, his lawyer has said. Arthur Simpson-Kent is charged with murdering his 43-year-old girlfriend and their sons Zachary, eight, and four-year-old Amon between 12 and 16 December last year. The victims disappeared on 13 December and their bodies were found buried in the garden of the family home in Erith, Kent, on 5 January after a widespread police operation.

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  • Brits 'Met Brussels Suspect In Birmingham Park'

    Two people from Birmingham have appeared in court accused of giving money to Brussels and Paris attacks suspect Mohamed Abrini. Mohammed Ali Ahmed, 26, and Zakaria Boufassil, 26, are charged with giving £3,000 to Abrini when he was in Britain. It is alleged they met Abrini - "the man in the hat" - in a park in the Small Heath area of Birmingham, in July last year, and handed over the cash.

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  • Man Found In Search For Missing Fishing Crew

    The coastguard has resumed the search for a missing fisherman, after another man was pulled from the water off the Pembrokeshire coast overnight. Three lifeboats and a rescue helicopter with thermal cameras are involved in the search for the second crew member believed to have been on board a fishing vessel that sank off St David's Head. The UK Coastguard received an emergency call from a member of the public to report a fishing boat in difficulty at around 2pm on Thursday.

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  • Briton Killed In Norway Helicopter Crash

    A Briton is among 13 people killed in a helicopter crash near the city of Bergen in Norway, the UK Foreign Office has confirmed. Police spokesman Morten Kronen said the Eurocopter EC225LP was "totally smashed" in the crash in the North Sea. The aircraft had its maintenance servicing delayed twice, according to Norway's Civil Aviation Authority.

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  • Corbyn Under Attack Over Anti-Semitism Row

    Jeremy Corbyn has come under attack from his own shadow cabinet for failing to properly tackle allegations of anti-Semitism. After Ken Livingstone was suspended from the Labour party for inflammatory remarks claiming Hitler was a "Zionist", shadow home secretary Andy Burnham said more needed to be done. Mr Burnham said some people in the party, which has also suspended Bradford West MP Naz Shah this week, "have made anti-Semitic comments".

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  • Kesha Shows True Colours With New Single

    Kesha has said her new single is a "declaration of my truth" after promoting the track on her Twitter account. True Colours is a collaboration with electronic producer Zedd which the pair first performed in a surprise appearance at Coachella festival earlier this month. The song is a new version of the title track from Zedd's 2015 album.

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  • Syrian military calls temporary 'regime of calm' in parts of country

    A "regime of calm" will be enforced in parts of Syria's Latakia and Damascus regions from 1:00 a.m. (2200 GMT) on April 30, in order to "secure the implementation of the agreed cessation of hostilities", a Syrian military statement said on Friday. A statement from the Syrian Army General Command did not mention the city of Aleppo, focus of fighting, and did not explain what military or non-military action a "regime of calm" would involve.

  • Alicia Vikander To Play Lara Croft In Reboot

    Oscar winner Alicia Vikander is to follow in Angelina Jolie's footsteps by taking on the role of archaeologist and adventurer Lara Croft in a new Tomb Raider film.

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  • Oil rig helicopter crashes off Norwegian coast, 13 presumed dead

    By Stine Jacobsen and Ole Petter Skonnord OSLO (Reuters) - A helicopter ferrying passengers from a Norwegian oil platform crashed in the North Sea on Friday, killing at least 11 of the 13 people on board, rescue officials said. The 11 passengers and two crew on the flight from the Gullfaks B oil platform, operated by Statoil , were all Norwegian except for one British and one Italian national, according to the Rescue Coordination Centre for Southern Norway. "The helicopter is completely destroyed," it said.

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  • Analysts grow more bullish on oil, OPEC poses no threat to rebalancing

    Analysts are growing increasingly confident that a near-two-year rout in oil has ended, and raised their price forecasts for a second month running, as healthier demand and a drop in U.S. shale output balance the market by 2017. The inability of OPEC and non-OPEC producers to agree to limit oil output at a meeting earlier this month is not expected to slow the rebalancing of global demand and supply. The survey of 29 analysts projected a slightly more bullish outlook, raising their average forecast for Brent crude futures in 2016 to $42.30 a barrel, compared to $40.90 in the March poll.

  • Tim Peake Controls UK-Based Rover From Space

    British astronaut Tim Peake has successfully taken control of a robot on Earth from the International Space Station (ISS). Major Peake, 44, piloted the rover - named Bridget - through a simulated Martian landscape at Airbus Defence and Space in Stevenage. But it was not all plain driving - at one point Bridget got stuck on a large rock and its signal was lost for around 10 minutes.

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  • Aleppo's 'Last Paediatrician' Dies In Airstrike

    Syria's fragile ceasefire is hanging by a thread after airstrikes on an Aleppo hospital killed at least 27 people, including a doctor believed to be the city's last paediatrician. It comes as the UN called on the US and Russia to salvage the "barely alive" two-month truce and make urgent efforts to revitalise the peace process. Three children are believed to be among the dead, with Doctors Without Borders - which helps support the hospital - saying 14 patients and medical staff had died.

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  • Reigning batting champion Dee Gordon suspended 80 games after testing positive for steroids

    Reigning NL batting champion Dee Gordon of the Miami Marlins was suspended 80 games for testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug, Major League Baseball said soon after he got a key hit Thursday night in a win at Dodger Stadium. The 28-year-old Gordon led the majors in hits and stolen bases last year. MLB said he tested positive for exogenous Testosterone and Clostebol.

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  • Japan's corpse hotels upset some of the neighbours

    Tucked away in a quiet residential street in Kawasaki city in Japan is a refurbished workshop with a plain silver exterior and black draped windows that residents describe as creepy. The business inside, Sousou, is one of Japan's latest so-called corpse hotels, a camouflaged morgue used to store some of Japan's mounting pile of bodies waiting for a spot in one of the nation's overworked crematoriums. “Crematories need to be built, but there isn’t any space to do so and that is creating funeral refugees," said Hisao Takegishi, who opened the business in 2014.

  • Australia court fines Reckitt Benckiser $1.3 million, regulator says penalty inadequate

    An Australian court on Friday ordered British consumer goods giant Reckitt Benckiser to pay a penalty of A$1.7 million (887,852 pounds) for misleading consumers on painkiller marketing, prompting the regulator that flagged the case to say it would step up a campaign for heftier fines in future. The court ruled Reckitt Benckiser "contravened the Australian Consumer Law", saying its Nurofen Back Pain, Period Pain, Migraine Pain and Tension Headache products were identical. Reckitt Benckiser representatives in Australia didn't immediately respond to requests for comment by telephone and email.

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  • Shanghai Hongqiao airport says operating normally, no fire impact

    The Shanghai Hongqiao airport is operating as normal after a fire broke out early on Friday, an official at the airport said. "There's been no impact on airport operations," said an airport official who said he was responsible for traveller inquiries. The People's Daily said on its official microblog that a fire in the airport's basement broke out at around 7 a.m. (2300 GMT Thursday) during an underground renovation project.

  • Missing MH370: Chinese families pin hopes on Jeff Wise conspiracy theory and say passengers alive

    The Chinese families of those on board the missing Malaysian Airline MH370 are clinging on to a conspiracy theory put forward by science writer and author Jeff Wise. Dismissing a statement from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) on 19 April that two additional debris found off Africa are "almost certainly" from the missing aircraft, the family members instead point to Wise's "evidence" of the illusory nature of the debris recovered so far. The fuselage of the Boeing 777 has yet to be found.

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  • Barclays to sell credit cards business in Portugal and Spain to Bancopopular-e

    Barclays is one step closer to exiting its non-core businesses in continental Europe. On 28 April, the British bank said it has agreed to sell Barclaycard, its credit card business in Portugal and Spain, to local lender Bancopopular-e. Jes Staley, chief executive at Barclays said: "I am delighted by the speed with which we are continuing to reduce our non-core exposure and costs.

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  • Large parts of Barrier Reef dead in 20 years: scientists

    Large parts of Australia's Great Barrier Reef could be dead within 20 years as climate change drives mass coral bleaching, scientists warned Friday.

  • Australian aid worker abducted in Afghanistan

    An Australian woman has reportedly been kidnapped by armed men in eastern Afghanistan. Katherine Jane Wilson, 60, also known as Kerry, was taken from her office by a group of men in military uniform, media reports confirm. With support from an UK aid agency, she works in Jalalabad region in Afghanistan for an NGO called Zardozi, which helps poor women start their own handicrafts business.

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