A would-be terrorist who improvised detonator parts from fairy lights has been found guilty of attempting to make a pressure-cooker bomb. Birmingham Crown Court was told Zahid Hussain - who considered railway lines as targets - was "bedroom radicalised" while viewing hundreds ofRead more »
Britain's economy faces a potential skills shortage as new official figures show a surge in EU migrants leaving the country in the year of the Brexit vote. Business groups warned that a sharp fall in net migration last year, driven by a dramatic increase in EU nationals fleeing the UK, meant employers risk "losing key members of staff in positions that cannot easily be replaced". The Office for National Statistics estimated long-term net migration to be 248,000 in 2016, down a "statistically significant" 84,000 from 2015.
Manchester United's Europa League Final win will see Tottenham's hopes of progressing far in next season's Champions League severely hampered. With the domestic seasons coming to a conclusion, the makeup of Europe's elite competition is already taking shape with coefficients being considered. Ahead of the Sweden showpiece, Tottenham were in with a chance of making Pot 2, joining the likes of Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain.
Courtney Boyle, 18, and Philip Tron, 32, from Gateshead, have been confirmed as dead by family after the Manchester terror attack on the Ariana Grande concert. Tributes to the pair have been released through Greater Manchester Police.
Political campaigning, which is due to restart tomorrow, was suspended in the wake of the attack and polling companies have also stopped publishing voting intention results as a mark of respect. Some early polls had the Tories at almost double the vote share of the Labour Party led by Jeremy Corbyn, indicating that the most likely outcome would be a landslide victory that would increase her party’s current working majority of 17 in the House of Commons.
Londoners are a generous bunch. The Government raised £15,576 from every Londoner but we got back a share of the pot worth £12,686, so we’ve been subsidising the UK to the tune of £26.6 billion, according to experimental figures from the Office for National Statistics. In fact, our capital is one of three regions running a fiscal surplus with the rest of the country — London’s is by far the biggest — while the North-West is running a £21.8 billion deficit.
Ariana Grande's manager has said he will honour the victims of the Manchester attack by "laughing, loving and living" as he vowed to "fight on". Scooter Braun posted a series of tweets three days after the bomb attack that killed 22 people . The celebrity manager, who also represents Justin Bieber, wrote: "Tonight I got home and took my parents out to dinner.
Senior European Union officials on Thursday pressed President Tayyip Erdogan over Turkey's human rights record while he pushed Brussels to deliver on promises of visa-free travel to Europe for Turks. Erdogan's visit to Brussels, where he was also due to attend a NATO summit, comes at a time of strain in EU-Turkey relations. The EU has expressed concern over Turkey's sacking and jailing of tens of thousands of soldiers, police, teachers and civil servants since a failed military coup last July.
Today marks the 40th anniversary of Star Wars hitting cinemas in the United States (it came out a little later in the UK – we had to wait until 27 December). It's become an intrinsic part of world culture ever since, because something significantly Star Wars-y has happened every year since 1977. Don't believe us? Check out this timeline, which proves Star Wars has been with us, always. From Digital Spy
Suicide bomber Salman Abedi is believed to have travelled to Syria and become radicalised before returning to the UK to cause carnage at a gig in the city where he was born. The son of Libyan parents, who reportedly fled their native country and sought refuge in the UK, he is thought to have come back to Britain from Libya just days before the massacre. Here's everything we know about the 22-year-old Manchester Arena attacker.
A new drug derived from cannabis has been shown to reduce the convulsive seizures experienced by children with a severe form of epilepsy by nearly a half – and in a small number, stop them altogether. Doctors involved in the trials say the drug could change the lives of thousands of children for whom there is little treatment, and might also help children and adults with more common forms of epilepsy. Dravet syndrome, which affects one in 40,000 children in the UK, can cause life-threatening convulsions several times a day.
In 2015-2016, Indigenous Australians made up 27% of the prison population. The overrepresentation of Indigenous people in the justice system costs Australia $7.9bn a year and those costs are projected to increase to $19.8bn by 2040, according to economic modelling. Reducing the rate of Indigenous imprisonment to be on par with non-Indigenous imprisonment would save $18.9bn by 2040, modelling produced by PriceWaterhouseCoopers showed, as well as reducing unquantified costs caused by policies that perpetuate the cycle of disadvantage.
Britain's biggest regional newspaper publisher is to part company with its boss and launch a review of its commercial strategy amid increasingly tough competition from Google and other online advertising giants. Sky News has learnt that Trinity Mirror (Frankfurt: 885738 - news) , the owner of the Daily and Sunday Mirror, is to announce this week that Rachel Addison, the head of its regional newspaper arm, is stepping down. Mr Hollinshead, who left Trinity in 2014 to head the company which owns the commercial rights to the Great North Run, is launching a strategy consultancy, Hollicom, which is expected to work closely with Mr Fox on the project.
British police chiefs responded to leaks of information relating to Monday's suicide bombing in Manchester that appeared in U.S. media by warning that breaches of trust between international partners undermined their investigation. "We greatly value the important relationships we have with our trusted intelligence, law enforcement and security partners around the world," a spokesman for the National Police Chiefs council said, responding to U.S. reports which included images said to be from the scene of the bombing. "These relationships enable us to collaborate and share privileged and sensitive information that allows us to defeat terrorism and protect the public at home and abroad." "When that trust is breached it undermines these relationships, and undermines our investigations and the confidence of victims, witnesses and their families.
The Queen dispensed with her regal robes when she attended a national service celebrating the Order of the British Empire - but the Duke of Edinburgh did not. As sovereign of the Order the Queen has a grand and imposing mantle with a long train which she normally wears to the event but instead chose a day dress. The Duke, who is the Order's grand master, wore his robes to the service at St Paul's Cathedral, in London, where hundreds of recipients of the Order's awards - MBE, OBE, CBE and knight or dame commander - had gathered.
U.S. Special Operations Command is actively seeking partners to provide its coxswains with a new tactical helmet, according to a new federal filing. SOCOM issued a pre-solicitation notice for a possible multi-year contract on May 12 to produce a “coxswain helmet system” — part of the Special Operations Forces Personal Equipment Advanced Requirements, or SPEAR Family of Tactical Headborne Systems, a broader program that’s been looking into other helmet types for the past two months. This specific notice is for coxswains — primarily Special Warfare Combatant-Craft Crewmen, specially qualified sailors who operate advanced SEAL watercraft.
A retro revamp of Nokia's famous 3310 handset has gone on sale today, retailing for around £50. The phone can be bought from high street retailers including Vodafone and Carphone Warehouse, but some have already sold out. The device, which first came out in 2000 and was discontinued five years later, was known for its long battery life, indestructible nature and popular Snake game, with 126 million units produced.
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Your full collection of spoiler pictures revealing what's ahead in the village in the week commencing Monday, May 29. Dates refer to the Channel 4 screenings. From Digital Spy
A field of poppy plants that could be used to make opium was discovered in North Carolina and had an estimated value of $500 million, a sheriff says. Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid said the only other opium poppy plant field found in the U.S. this year was in California. The acre (nearly half a hectare) of poppy plants were in rows, similar to how corn would be planted, in a field behind a home.
It's a radio talent contest with a mission: showcasing the skills of Mosul's youth after years of jihadist rule and a months-long battle for the city.