The news that police have launched a murder investigation into the death of Moscow businessman Nikolai Glushkov, so soon after the poisoning of Russian double-agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, brings into sharp focus the murky world of Russian oligarchs, spies and gangsters living in our midst. Despite the Foreign Secretary’s claims, I remain unconvinced that the poisoning was masterminded by Vladimir Putin on the eve of his re-election, in an attempt to prove he is a “tough guy” – most people already know that. What I do know is that in today’s Russia, the state, its agencies, big business and organised crime are intertwined, as portrayed in crime drama McMafia and as something I witnessed first hand a few years ago, when I found myself involved with the murdered Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko and his erstwhile “boss”, the also now-deceased Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky.
Rogue bosses who gamble with staff pensions to be handed prison sentences under Government plans
The expulsion of 23 British diplomats in retaliation for the same number of Russian embassy staff thrown out of Britain has been wholly expected in the current confrontation. The foreign ministry in Moscow said: “Due to the unregulated status of the British Council in the Russian Federation it will be dissolved, it will be terminated” without offering any further explanation. Regional offices of the British Council in Russia outside Moscow were shut down in January 2008, during another diplomatic impasse and have not been allowed to reopen.
A trio of British industrial titans are pushing for a management overhaul at Sheffield Forgemasters, a private manufacturer which has a vital role in the UK's nuclear submarine programme. Sky News has learnt that BAE Systems (LSE: BA.L - news) , Babcock International (LSE: BAB.L - news) and Rolls-Royce Holdings are engineering the search for a successor to Graham Honeyman, Forgemasters' chief executive and majority shareholder. A number of candidates, including at least one former BAE Systems executive, are understood to have been identified for the role.
Police have released an image of Sergei Skripal's car as they launch a fresh appeal for witnesses in the poisoning of the former Russian spy and his daughter, Yulia. The Metropolitan Police believe the Skripals used the burgundy red BMW 320D saloon - registration HD09 WAO - on Sunday 4 March, the day of the attack. Both victims remain critically ill in hospital after being poisoned with what authorities believe was the military-grade nerve agent Novichok.
The release of a brand new Avengers: Infinity War trailer has sent Marvel fans' excitement into overdrive with many moments teasing surprises to come. As you well know by now, the superhero sequel - from directors Joe and Anthony Russo - will serve as “the beginning of the end” of this particular phase of the MCU as Thanos' (Josh Brolin) hunt for the Infinity Stones (one of which is in Vision's head) switches up a gear, his rule over humanity inching ever closer to his grasp. The film will follow the villain, who has been waiting in the wings since the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron, as he journeys the galaxy facing opposition from pretty much every Marvel character going.
Those left in the FA Cup this season are just one game from a trip to Wembley, with Tottenham first into the hat for the last four.
A Catalan separatist fugitive living in Scotland after fleeing rebellion charges in Spain has criticised European leaders’ silence over the imprisonment of the region’s pro-independence politicians. Clara Ponsati, an ex-minister in the Catalan government, claimed her former colleagues were being used as “hostages” by Madrid to “blackmail” the movement ”into surrender”. Catalonia has been without a government and under direct Spanish rule for five months, with key pro-independence leaders either in self-imposed exile or in prison awaiting trials following an independence referendum considered by Madrid to be illegal.
Ron and Penny Jones said they were never warned that Iraqi asylum seeker Ahmed Hassan had admitted being "trained to kill" by militants.
DETROIT (AP) — Air bags in some Hyundai and Kia cars failed to inflate in crashes and four people are dead. Now the U.S. government's road safety agency wants to know why.
Prime Minister Theresa May on Saturday reacted to Russia's expulsion of 23 British diplomats during a speech to party members in London. She reiterated that it was Russia which had been in "flagrant breach" of international law and the Chemical Weapons Convention. "There is no alternative conclusion other than that the Russian state was culpable," for the attempted murder of former Russian spy and his daughter in Salisbury on 4 March, the prime minister added. .
A growing religious zeal for veganism has been further fostered by rabbis who question whether the faithful should eat animals at all. There’s a wildcard option that some Israeli Jews have started using when they can’t find a restaurant with a kosher certificate: vegan food. Fresh fruits, vegetables and grains are, by most accounts, naturally kosher and as the mixing of dairy and meat is forbidden in Judaism, a safe choice is to eat somewhere that avoids both.
Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, but for the rest of the year we can all admire a more narrow set of people from Ireland who have changed their nation and the entire world. When you think of famous Irish people, there are many important figures, past and present, beyond St. Patrick, Guinness brewery founder Arthur Guinness and novelist James Joyce to consider. John Joly, shown in a 1901 photograph, was a geologist and physicist from Ireland.
Time to put on your best green T-shirt and show off your Irish pride—St. Patrick’s Day is here. The Big Apple's 257th St. Patrick’s Day Parade begins at 11 a.m. and runs until 5 p.m. The parade will start on 44th Street, near St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and will march up Fifth Avenue to 79th Street. Glucksman is the co-founder of Glucksman Ireland House at New York University and Chair Emeritus of the American Ireland Fund.
Homicide detectives opened an investigation on Friday into the collapse of a new footbridge that killed at least six people at Miami’s Florida International University (FIU), as questions began to swirl about the companies behind the structure’s controversial design and construction. Juan Perez, the director of Miami-Dade police department, said criminal charges were possible once exhaustive inquiries by his detectives and state and federal authorities were complete. Hours later, the Florida department of transportation (FDOT) revealed that the lead engineer working for one of the companies involved in the bridge construction reported a crack in the structure two days before its collapse.
It is becoming clearer by the day that the Government is not ready for Brexit. On Friday a report from the Northern Ireland Affairs select committee said there was “no evidence” that technology would be ready to manage the Irish border after Brexit.
The US decision to allow hunters to import trophies from elephants they kill in Africa means Donald Trump's administration is “encouraging poaching”, Botswana's president Ian Khama said at the Giants Club Summit. The move to allow on a case by case basis the import of tusks, skins and other parts of animals killed in Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, and Zambia had already drawn global criticism.
The odds of winning Saturday's drawing, to be held at 10:59 p.m. ET (0259 GMT), are currently 1 in 292 million. A grand prize winner would have the choice of taking the $455 million jackpot doled out over 29 years, or taking a one-time, lump-sum payment of $269.4 million. If no ticket matches the six numbers drawn in the lottery, the jackpot will roll over to the next drawing, on March 21.
Germany is trying to stimulate domestic demand to offset strong exports, but wants a keen appetite for German products to continue, Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a video podcast on Saturday. Merkel said Germany's trade surpluses, attacked by U.S. President Donald Trump, were narrowing due to rising domestic demand, and the government would continue to try to support that trend.
Manhattan's Fifth Avenue will become a river of green and thunder with the sounds of more than 100 marching bands Saturday in the 257th edition of New York City's St. Patrick's Day parade. The parade starts at 11 a.m. and typically lasts for nearly six hours, taking an estimated 150,000 marchers on a 1.4 mile (2.2 kilometer) route past Central Park, St. Patrick's Cathedral and Trump Tower. A big event in the city since the mid-1800s, the parade has been a celebration of Irish culture and of Irish immigrants, who once faced nativist calls for their exclusion from the workforce — and from the country — when they began arriving in the city in huge numbers during the Irish Famine.