Jury heard that couple tried to hide what they had done by making it appear baby Imani had suddenly fallen ill on a London bus
A couple are facing jail over the death of their premature baby who was found lifeless on a bus.
Drug addicts Jeffrey Wiltshire, 52, and Rosalin Baker, 25, went on trial at the Old Bailey for murdering 16-week-old Imani in September last year. Continue reading...
MOSCOW (Reuters) - A major in Russia's marines has been killed in combat in Syria, a former marine who served with him and a person close to the Russian Black Sea Fleet told Reuters on Thursday.
SOFIA (Reuters) - Bulgarian authorities have detained five German citizens suspected of links to a militant organisation after they entered the Balkan country from Romania, the state security agency said on Thursday.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - It is not realistic to take further steps towards European Union integration at this point and after Britain's vote to leave the bloc its remaining members must be ready to form 'coalitions of the willing', German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said.
CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's opposition called for renewed nationwide protests on Thursday to pressure the government of President Nicolas Maduro to hold elections and improve a collapsing economy, a day after three people were killed in similar demonstrations.
MILAN (Reuters) - An Italian court has revoked an order that had halted work to remove olive trees from the pathway of a strategic pipeline that will bring central Asian gas into Europe, a lawyer involved in the case said on Thursday.
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Three women dressed in burqas killed a man who had been accused of blasphemy in 2004 in a northeastern Pakistani town, police said on Thursday, the second brutal killing over alleged insults to Islam in a week.
Charity condemns government guidance allowing Home Office to access details of undocumented migrants seeking care
A medical charity has launched a campaign against government guidance which “makes border guards of doctors” by allowing the Home Office to access details of undocumented migrants who seek NHS treatment.
Doctors of the World runs clinics for undocumented migrants, victims of trafficking and asylum seekers. It has assisted numerous patients, some pregnant and some with cancer, who are afraid of accessing NHS healthcare due to concerns that a visit to the doctor could lead to deportation. Continue reading...
PARIS (Reuters) - On Christmas Eve 2015, with France reeling from terror attacks in Paris a month before, Emmanuel Macron sent a letter to the president and prime minister, urging sweeping measures to tackle French inequalities that he believed were fuelling extremism.
Three out of five judges back Sharif but court calls for investigation into offshore money following Panama Papers leak
The Pakistani prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, has narrowly survived an attempt in the supreme court to unseat him on allegations of corruption levelled by the opposition.
The case against Sharif emerged last year after the Panama Papers leak linked his children to offshore companies in the British Virgin Islands in relation to the purchase of upmarket property in London. Continue reading...
Veteran actor-director Beatty has made his first film since 1998 with comedy-drama Rules Don’t Apply, in which he plays reclusive movie mogul Howard Hughes. He discusses the changes he’s seen in his half-century in Hollywood, the mix-up that led him to deliver the wrong Best Picture envelope at the Academy Awards and why it’s important not to be distracted by presidential propaganda Continue reading...
Mystery remains over who hid 913 coins dating from 1847 to 1915 found by piano tuner in Shropshire college
A stash of more than 900 gold sovereigns weighing more than 6kg and found hidden in a donated school piano by a piano tuner has officially been declared as treasure, as the mystery of who first placed them there remains unsolved.
The hoard was found by the piano technician Martin Backhouse when he was called to Bishop’s Castle community college in Shropshire to overhaul the instrument donated by a local couple. He found the coins hidden under the keyboard, carefully stitched into seven cloth-bound packets and a single leather drawstring purse. Continue reading...
After no rains for two years and deadly diseases on the rise, hundreds of thousands of Somalis have already fled their homes
There is no road to the hundred or so tin-roofed shacks scattered among scrubby trees that make up the village of Erdon, only a dusty track tracing a narrow path for ten miles through the bush from the central Somalian town of Baidoa.
One morning last week, Iman Adam attended lessons given by a local cleric under a large tree. Afterwards the seven-year-old played and helped her mother with household chores. Continue reading...
LUSAKA (Reuters) - A Zambian court will rule next week on whether to throw out a treason case against the leader of the main opposition party whose lawyers say the charges are vague and ambiguous, a magistrate said on Thursday.
In the run-up to the French presidential election, the far-right Front National leader has courted growing numbers of voters in rural France where residents of villages and small towns have seen factories close and services disappear. Le Pen calls this ‘forgotten France’. Angelique Chrisafis went to a Burgundy heartland of the left to meet voters turning to Le Pen Continue reading...
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that only the Russian people will choose who succeeds him as president, through the electoral process.
Police launch murder investigation after 19-year-old dies in hospital following stabbing
The Metropolitan police have launched a murder investigation after a teenager was stabbed and killed in south-east London.
Police and paramedics were called to reports of a stabbing on Hervey Road, Blackheath, at about 8.10pm on Wednesday, where they found a 19-year-old with stab wounds. He was treated at the scene before being taken to a south-east London hospital where he died. Continue reading...
BANGKOK (Reuters) - Authorities in Thailand's capital are banishing its world-famous street-food vendors as part of a clean-up drive by the military government, outraging foodies and threatening the livelihoods of the road-side cooks.
The French festival strand picks provocative films about Israel, Ukraine and US society alongside a Joan of Arc electro musical, and there’s room for the debut of British director Rungano Nyoni’s film about an African girl accused of witchcraft
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The Cannes film festival has continued its emphasis on politics with the announcement of the lineup for the Directors Fortnight, the separately organised selection that runs parallel to the official festival. Continue reading...
The prime minister’s comments are the strongest backing so far of the US administration and comes ahead of visit by vice president on Friday
Malcolm Turnbull has said he trusts the “wisdom and judgment” of the United States government, including president Donald Trump and vice president Mike Pence.
The comments on ABC’s 7.30 on Thursday are the strongest endorsement Turnbull has given of the US leadership, and comes ahead of what the prime minister called the earliest visit to Australia of a newly elected vice president. Continue reading...
BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping was formally elected on Thursday as a delegate to an important Communist Party congress this year, when he will seek to consolidate power, as a representative of a province run by an ally and a candidate for promotion.
The Guardian’s picture editors bring you a selection of photo highlights from around the world, including a Shanghai Ballet production in Melbourne and a rocket launch at the Baikonur cosmodrome Continue reading...
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Thursday that the United States should meet its own obligations agreed in a landmark nuclear deal in 2015 rather than raising accusations against the Islamic Republic.
Will Smith is reportedly Disney's first choice to play the Genie in a live-action remake of the 1992 animated classic, Aladdin.
Scientists dispatched to western Uganda to investigate suspected outbreak of elephantiasis instead find tropical disease with no previous history in region
A public health campaign has been launched in western Uganda after scientists unexpectedly found the region was afflicted by a tropical disease that causes disfigurement and swelling.
The discovery came to light after experts were dispatched to Kamwenge district to investigate an outbreak of lymphatic filariasis, more commonly known as elephantiasis. A team of specialists from the Ugandan ministry of health, the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was surprised to find that the condition causing limbs to swell was in fact podoconiosis, also known as non-filarial elephantiasis. The disease was previously unknown in the region. Continue reading...
LONDON (Reuters) - Jean-Luc Melenchon, the far-left tax-and-spend candidate in France's presidential election, has surged in opinion polls before Sunday's first round vote and yet he isn't the main reason for growing nervousness on financial markets.
The actor has talked about her relationship with Lone Scherfig, who directed her in One Day, and how it may have been due to ‘internalised misogyny’
Anne Hathaway has spoken of her regret over failing to trust a female director, due to what she fears was “internalised misogyny”.
In an interview with ABC’s Popcorn with Peter Travers, the actor said that she was concerned that she “resisted” Lone Scherfig, who directed her in the 2011 romantic comedy One Day, because of her gender. “I really regret not trusting her more easily,” Hathaway said. “And to this day I am scared that the reason I didn’t trust her in the way I trust some other directors is because she’s a woman.” Continue reading...
CAIRO, Egypt/ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraq's Shi'ite ruling coalition would oppose Kurdish plans to hold a referendum on independence after the defeat of Islamic State, its president, Ammar al-Hakim, has said.
MANILA (Reuters) - An elderly, one-armed leader of the Islamic State-linked Abu Sayyaf group has indicated via an emissary that he wants to surrender to the Philippine authorities and is tired of being on the run, an army general said on Thursday.
GENEVA (Reuters) - The U.N. mediator for Syria said on Thursday he would hold talks with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov in Geneva on Monday and that the United States had declined to take part in any trilateral meeting for now.
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia dismissed as false on Thursday a Reuters report that said a government think tank controlled by President Vladimir Putin had developed a plan to swing the 2016 U.S. presidential election in Donald Trump's favour.
They all use the van service provided by Bridging the Gap, based in Philadelphia, for personal reasons but are united by one thing: commitment to and love for the men in their lives Continue reading...
The Philadelphia-area women interviewed by Lisa Riordan Seville and Zara Katz were asked to choose one object they hold on to to remind themselves of their loved ones currently serving time Continue reading...
When Kristal Bush’s mother nearly went broke from the expense of visiting her son in prison, Kristal saw an opportunity to connect Philadelphia families to loved ones locked up hours away – and Bridging the Gap was born
This project was supported by the Economic Hardship Reporting Project
In the half light on a quiet street on the edge of west Philadelphia, Kristal Bush shut her front door and hustled down her stone steps. She crossed the street and pulled her slim frame into the driver’s seat of her shiny, black 12-passenger Sprinter van. Juggling two phones, she turned the key. The engine chugged awake, and she started tapping out texts to her riders. A few minutes shy of 6am on a summer Sunday, Kristal was already late.
About six years ago, when Kristal was 22, she and her mother, Crystal Speaks, decided to try their hands at turning circumstance into opportunity. Crystal was going broke from the expense of the visits to see her son, Jarvae. He was serving a 10-year sentence in Huntingdon state prison, 200 miles from Philadelphia. Opportunity came in the form of thousands of Philadelphia families like theirs who have someone locked up far from home. Continue reading...
MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippine environment minister said she has been given the greenlight by President Rodrigo Duterte to explore an unorthodox strategy to rehabilitate and develop the country's mining areas: recruit communist rebel fighters to help.
PARIS (Reuters) - Hard-left presidential challenger Jean-Luc Melenchon and conservative Francois Fillon were neck-and-neck behind the frontrunners in an opinion poll on Thursday, as candidates made last-ditch appeals to undecided voters.
MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines has ordered an inquiry into reports that "foreign vessels" near China's manmade islands harassed Filipino fishermen in the disputed South China Sea, the military chief said on Thursday.
Victory for ‘Brussels sweetheart’ Emmanuel Macron would cheer the EU but it has many reasons to fear a Le Pen or Mélenchon win
With two convinced Eurosceptics and an equally fervent pro-European among the four contenders with a chance of reaching the run-off, France’s too-tight-to-call presidential election could conceivably break – or make – the EU.
European officials and diplomats appear generally unconvinced that France, a core member of the bloc, will actually leave – an idea touted, not always forcefully, by the hard-left candidate, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, and his far-right rival, Marine Le Pen. Continue reading...
BBC wildlife presenter, who was making independent film on Malta’s spring hunt, says case against him thrown out
BBC Springwatch presenter Chris Packham has said he has been cleared of assault as he filmed a documentary on illegal bird trapping in Malta after the case was thrown out.
He appeared in a magistrates court on the Maltese island of Gozo on Thursday charged with two counts of assault. Continue reading...