McConnell’s test: Can he do more than obstruct?

June 27, 2017

… believe he can make this happen. They see McConnell as a modern-day Lyndon Johnson, who has served as both Senate minority and majority leader, an old-school legislator who can twist arms and cut deals to bring his party together. They are confident that despite all the potential problems with this bill, McConnell must have enough tricks up his sleeve to defy conventional wisdom. Join us on Twitter and Facebook Can McConnell deliver on this controversial legislation? Can he play the …


Facebook launches initiative to fight online hate speech – BBC News

June 24, 2017

“No-one should have to live in fear of terrorism – and we all have a part to play in stopping violent extremism from spreading. “We know we have more to do – but through our platform, our partners and our community we will continue to learn to keep violence and extremism off Facebook.” Increasing pressure In recent months, governments across Europe have been pushing for technology companies to take more action to prevent online platforms from being used to …


Saving the twins: Health scares and rehab for once-conjoined boys

June 23, 2017

Valhalla, New York (CNN)Nicole McDonald eases her silver minivan across Bear Mountain Bridge and hooks a right onto the steep two-lane highway. Nicole makes this trip every day from her home in upstate New York to see her twin sons, Jadon and Anias. The 21-month-old boys are at Blythedale Children’s Hospital 40 miles to the south, where they’ve been undergoing rehabilitation since mid-December. The twins, born joined at the head, captured the world’s attention after a …


Philip Hammond attacks Tory general election campaign – BBC News

June 19, 2017

But a deal designed to “punish” the UK would be even worse, he said on BBC One’s Andrew Marr show. Campaign criticism Despite being one of the most senior members of Theresa May’s government, Mr Hammond did not play a leading role in the campaign before the general election, and it was reported he faced being replaced. “It’s true that my role [in the campaign] was not the one I would have liked it to be,” he said. He did not comment on his …


Could football help ease tensions between North and South Korea?

June 13, 2017

… relations aren’t particularly positive, amid an ongoing dispute between Seoul and Tokyo over so-called “comfort women” held by the Japanese imperial army during World War II. Sporting culture Despite their longstanding differences — the two countries are still technically at war — South and North Korea have a strong shared footballing history. The two teams regularly play each other in friendlies and at international competitions. In April, South …


Photographs reveal forgotten Manchester and Salford slums – BBC News

June 11, 2017

Image copyright Shirley Baker Image caption This boy’s attention appears to have been drawn to an abandoned blackboard Mary Sullivan, Sally Sheldon, Kate Withington and Bridget Cunniffe grew up in Honduras Street in Chorlton-on-Medlock, which features in some of the photographs. Ms Cunniffe said: “We didn’t have much room to play in our house, because it was just a two-up, two-down, and we had just a little back yard where all the washing used to be done. “So …


Obituary: Peter Sallis – BBC News

June 7, 2017

… Sallis His first play with a star cast was a production of Three Sisters, where he appeared alongside Ralph Richardson and Celia Johnson. He had film roles in Anastasia, The VIPs and Wuthering Heights, but it was for his television work that he was better known. He had already acted in two TV plays by writer Roy Clarke, in one playing a transvestite, before landing the role of Clegg in a Comedy playhouse episode entitled Of Funerals and Fish. Image caption Peter Sallis, Bill Owen and …


Producer’s childhood helped ‘inspire’ Harry Potter play – BBC News

June 5, 2017

She told Desert Island Discs presenter Kirsty Young: “I will never understand what it would be like to have a dad, and so I’m always looking for stories that might help me understand.” Friedman this year topped the Stage 100 list of the UK’s most influential people in performing arts while Harry Potter And The Cursed Child won a record-breaking nine Olivier Awards. The play was written by Jack Thorne after Rowling gave Friedman her approval to create a theatre …


Meet the women and girls who rocked Comic Con – BBC News

May 30, 2017

“I love the movie and the character. She’s passionate and kind so I was inspired to be like her. “I love the atmosphere here – it’s really good for young women because it’s non-judgmental. Sophie: “I’m playing Maleficent, the Angelina Jolie version. I love cosplay because it gives you the chance to play someone else for a day. It’s escapism, pure fantasy. “You can be covered or wear the smallest of clothes, it’s a very …


Manchester attack: Armed police guard bank holiday events – BBC News

… police officers have been freed up by a decision to deploy the Army to protect key sites including Buckingham Palace and the Houses of Parliament. Policing will also be stepped up at the Aviva Premiership Rugby Final at Twickenham and the football play-offs at Wembley on Sunday and Monday. Met Police Ch Supt Jon Williams said operations will include both high-profile and covert tactics. “All of this is designed to make the policing approach unpredictable and to make London as hostile an …

May 27, 2017

1.2 million adolescents’ deaths mostly preventable, report says

(CNN)More than 1.2 million adolescents die every year around the world — an average of 3,000 deaths per day — from causes that are largely preventable, according to a new report from the World Health Organization. The leading cause of deathamong 10- to 19-year-olds globally in 2015 was road injury, which killed more than 115,000 people, followed by lower respiratory infections and self-harm. When separated by age, sex and region, however, the leading causes of death differed …

May 16, 2017

Liverpool star David Fairclough’s shirt for sale – BBC News

… you had the feeling something was going to happen – I was not in the starting 11 and never dreamt I would play such a part.” He does not see the shirt as an essential reminder of one of Liverpool FC’s classic nights in European football. “It had been in the Liverpool FC museum – now it’s in a bread box at my house. I’m not a great one for memorabilia but it might mean something for someone else,” he said. Fairclough said he would give the money …

May 16, 2017