Sunday, 30 April 2017

High-ranking Fifa official Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah resigns


High-ranking Fifa official Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah has resigned a day after denying claims linking him to a fraud case.

Lauren Patterson murder: Qatar court upholds death sentence

A Qatari man who stabbed a British teacher to death and burned her body is set to be executed after a court upheld his death sentence.

Eike Batista : Brazilian oil and mining magnate leaves jail

A Brazilian oil and mining magnate, who was once one of the richest men in the world, has left a notorious prison in Rio de Janeiro for house arrest ahead of a corruption trial.

Swiss 'spy' arrested in Frankfurt

A Swiss man has been arrested in Frankfurt on suspicion of spying.

Whitehall terror suspect Khalid Mohamed Omar Ali 'a model pupil'

A former teacher and a friend of terror suspect Khalid Mohamed Omar Ali have told Sky News he was a sweet, kind and popular boy who was never in trouble at school. 

Valtteri Bottas wins Russian Grand Prix as Lewis Hamilton struggles


Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas secured his maiden Formula 1 victory by holding off a late charge from Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel in the Russian Grand Prix.

Pope Francis warns North Korea situation 'too hot'

Pope Francis has called for a third country, such as Norway, to mediate between North Korea and the US, saying the situation has become "too hot".

Gem TV: Iranian CEO Saeed Karimian shot dead in Istanbul

The founder and chairman of the Persian-language Gem TV company has been killed in Istanbul.
Saeed Karimian, 45, was shot dead in the Maslak neighbourhood, along with his Kuwaiti business partner.

Anthony Joshua beats Klitschko in Wembley thriller


Anthony Joshua has beaten Wladimir Klitschko with an 11th round stoppage in a thrilling heavyweight title fight in front of 90,000 fans at Wembley.

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Italian woman 'returns mixed-race surrogate baby'

An Italian woman is accused of faking a pregnancy and then giving back the baby she bought, after finding out the child was mixed race.

Maria Sharapova beaten by Kristina Mladenovic

Maria Sharapova suffered a first defeat since returning from a 15-month doping ban as Kristina Mladenovic beat her in the semi-finals of the Stuttgart Open.

EU demands 'serious UK response' on citizens' rights

European Council President Donald Tusk has called on the UK to come up with a "serious response" on what will happen to EU citizens in Britain after Brexit.

Ministers to sell £3bn of Bradford & Bingley mortgage loans

The Government is to take another step towards recouping the vast sums of money injected into the banking system in 2008 by selling £3bn of Bradford & Bingley (B&B) mortgage loans.

World Anti-Doping Agency lifts ban on Madrid laboratory

Madrid's Anti-Doping Laboratory has had its suspension lifted by the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada).

EU leaders unanimously agree Brexit negotiating strategy

The remaining 27 EU states have unanimously agreed their strategy for Brexit talks, the European Council president has said.

Pioneering Spirit : World's largest vessel sets record after 24,000-tonne oil platform lift

The largest vessel on the planet has successfully carried out the world's biggest lift at sea, plucking a 24,000-tonne oil rig platform from the North Sea.

Marks & Spencer closes in on appointment of Swannell successor

Marks & Spencer (M&S) is closing in on the appointment of a new chairman as it finalises an overhaul of its leadership team aimed at accelerating the revival of Britain’s best-known retailer.

President Trump: North Korea missile test 'disrespects' China

North Korea has test-fired another ballistic missile, South Korean and US military officials say.

China deports US 'spy' Sandy Phan-Gillis after conviction

An American businesswoman convicted of spying by China is back in the US, after a Chinese court ordered her deportation.

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in packed Cairo stadium

Pope Francis has celebrated Mass in Cairo for about 15,000 believers on the final day of his visit to Egypt.

Friday, 28 April 2017

North Korea 'test-fires ballistic missile'

North Korea has reportedly launched a ballistic missile just hours after the UN met to discuss the country's nuclear threat.

'Hazardous waves' after quake in Philippines

An earthquake in the Philippines will cause "hazardous waves", the Pacific Tsunami Centre has warned.  

President Trump vows to protect freedoms of gun owners in NRA speech

Donald Trump has addressed the annual meeting of the National Rifle Association - telling the powerful gun lobby it has "a true friend and champion in the White House".

Sweden lorry attack claims fifth victim

A fifth person has died following a lorry attack at a shopping area in Stockholm, according to authorities.

Qualcomm says Apple withholding royalty payments amid legal row

Qualcomm, the largest maker of mobile phone chips, has cut its profit forecast, warning investors that Apple is withholding royalty payments amid a legal battle.

Tillerson says 'matter of time' before North Korea can strike US

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said it is a "matter of time" before North Korea gains the ability to strike the American mainland with a nuclear weapon.

Barclays profits more than double

Barclays says its profits more than doubled in the first three months of the year, boosted by better performance across the board.

Olympus scandal: Former bosses to pay $529m over fraud

Six executives sacked by Japan's Olympus have been ordered to pay more than half a billion dollars in damages after a massive accounting fraud.

RBS reports first quarter profit as turnaround continues

Troubled Royal Bank of Scotland has reported its first quarterly profit since the third quarter of 2015.

DR Congo: UN peacekeepers face fresh sexual abuse claims

A UN peacekeeper in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been suspended over allegations that he fathered a child with an underage girl.

Google shrugs off hate video boycott as profits surge

Google's parent company Alphabet shrugged off pressure over online hate videos as it posted a 29% rise in quarterly profits.

Brexit: Tusk says UK trade deal not a priority

European Council President Donald Tusk says agreement on "people, money and Ireland" must come before negotiations on the European Union's future relationship with the UK.

Surgeon Ian Paterson found guilty of carrying out unnecessary operations

A surgeon has been found guilty of carrying out unnecessary operations, including mastectomies, on patients.

EU 'to pave way for united Ireland membership' at Brexit summit

EU leaders are set to pave the way for automatic membership for Northern Ireland if it decides to reunify with Ireland in the wake of Brexit.

Thai court seeks Red Bull heir arrest after five years

A Thai court has issued an arrest warrant for Red Bull heir Vorayuth Yoovidhaya, in a move critics say is long overdue.

Google and Facebook duped in huge 'scam'

Google and Facebook have confirmed that they fell victim to an alleged $100m (£77m) scam.

Pope Francis to visit Egypt as 'messenger of peace'

Pope Francis is beginning a visit to Egypt aimed at improving dialogue with Islam three weeks after bomb attacks on two Coptic churches killed 45 people.

'Active plot' foiled in Willesden London anti-terror raid

Police say they have foiled an active terror plot after a woman was shot during a raid on a house in Willesden, north-west London.

German parliament moves to partially ban the burka

Members of the lower house of parliament in Germany have approved a law that partially bans the full-face Islamic veil known as the burka.

Thursday, 27 April 2017

United settles for undisclosed amount over Dr Dao removal

United Airlines has reached a settlement with a Kentucky doctor who was filmed being dragged forcibly from a flight in Chicago.

WPP to slash Sorrell's maximum pay in move to appease investors

Sir Martin Sorrell, the best-paid boss in the FT‎SE-100, is to see his maximum pay slashed by a bigger-than-expected sum as the company he built into a global powerhouse tries to avert a fresh row with investors.

Samsung sees best quarterly profits in three years

Demand for memory chips and flat screens for televisions and phones has given Samsung Electronics its best quarterly profits in three years.

United Airlines to offer passengers up to $10,000 to give up seats

United Airlines has said it will offer passengers who volunteer to give up their seats on an overbooked flight up to $10,000 (£7,750).

Airbus profits fall as technical problems continue to hit projects

Problems at Airbus' troubled A400M military aircraft programme are far from over, the company has warned.

Merkel's Brexit stance shows need for Tory poll win - May

Angela Merkel's comments about the UK's Brexit stance show how "tough" negotiations will be, Theresa May says.

Venezuela to withdraw from OAS as deadly protests continue

Venezuela says it will withdraw from the Organization of American States (OAS), accusing the US-based grouping of meddling in its internal affairs.

Lloyds doubles profits in 'challenging operating environment'

Lloyds Banking Group has announced a first quarter pre-tax profit of £1.3bn, almost double the sum achieved on a year ago, despite a "challenging operating environment".

UK steel tycoon Sanjeev Gupta buys second US plant in a week

A British steel entrepreneur has struck deals for two plants in America in the space of a week. 

Deutsche Bank: Brexit risk to up to 4,000 UK jobs

Deutsche Bank could move up to 4,000 jobs out of the UK as a result of Brexit - nearly half its UK workforce.

Two Americans killed in IS Afghan raid

Two Americans were killed and a third was wounded in a raid in Afghanistan against Islamic State group militants, the Pentagon has confirmed.