Reporter asks Sadiq Khan if Pakistan visit feels ‘like coming home'

A reporter was caught on camera today asking Sadiq Khan “what does it feel like coming home?” as the Mayor of London spoke to media in Pakistan. The Mayor, born in Tooting, south-west London, was meeting local dignitaries in Wagah, on the border with India and Pakistan as part of a trade mission visit. The BBC’s Karl Mercer posed the question on Wednesday as the Mayor crossed into Pakistan from India.

JK Rowling statement on Johnny Depp in new Fantastic Beasts - in full

Harry Potter author JK Rowling has released a statement on the choice of casting Johnny Depp as Grindelwald in the upcoming film The Crimes of Grindelwald. The movie is the sequel to popular film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. It comes following concerns from fans over physical assault allegations made against Johnny Depp by his ex-wife Amber Heard. JK Rowling is the screenwriter for the upcoming film, which is due for release in November 2018.

Giant Braeburn apples double their regular size on sale in supermarkets

One of the UK’s largest supermarkets is selling giant Braeburn apples, almost double the average size. Morrisons is selling the giant apples that weigh around 450g each, dwarfing the typical 170g Braeburn. According to the supermarket chain, it’s the biggest apple that they have sold in living memory. According to the supermarket, the size of the apples is down to the cold weather at the beginning of this year.

Body found in search for missing teenager Gaia Pope - The i newspaper online

Police have found a body in the hunt for missing teenager Gaia Pope. Dorset Police found the body on land south of Swanage and are “confident” the remains are the 19-year-old. Gaia has been missing since she vanished from the Swanage area of Dorset on November 7. Police say the discovery was made at around 3pm today by a specialist search team near the costal path where items of her clothing had been located.

Trump challenges Hillary Clinton to run again in 2020

President Donald Trump has challenged Hillary Clinton to run again for the 2020 elections. Writing on Twitter, Trump told the former Secretary of State to “give it another try in three years.” Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by over three million votes however Trump won the needed Electoral College. President Trump took to Twitter this morning to brand Hillary Clinton “the worst and biggest loser of all time.” He added: “She just can’t stop, which is so good for the Republican Party. Hi

Council names gritting machines Gritsy Bitsy and David Plowie following public vote - The i newspaper online

Doncaster council has named its two new gritting lorries after a public poll. Over 20,000 people voted online to brand the new machines Gritsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Anti-slip Machiney and David Plowie. The council said it was delighted with the vote. The new names beat suggestions including Spready Mercury, Basil Salty and Grit Van Dyke. Doncaster council already has five gritters which include Brad Grit, Gritney Spears, The Subzero Hero, Mr Plow and Usain Salt.

Major incident declared as vehicle hits pedestrians in South Kensington - The i newspaper online

A major incident has been declared outside the Natural History Museum. It’s been reported that a car mounted a pavement outside the museum on Exhibition Road in South Kensington shortly before 2.20pm today. The Natural History Museum has confirmed the incident and say they are working with the Metropolitan Police. Video footage from the scene shows police guarding a cordon at the scene. While photos show a dented silver car and a man being pinned to the ground outside the museum. The Museum i

Theresa May 'ready to give EU better Brexit deal’ over divorce bill AND citizens rights

The move is set to anger hard line Brexiteers from her party who have already accused the Prime Minister of backing down from a hard Brexit. EU negotiators are expecting Britain to accept the divorce costs of around £40 billion and also agree on a way to ensure the legal rights of EU citizens living in the UK. David Davis has already announced a u-turn which will allow EU citizens in the UK to appeal to British courts using European law.

Hurricane Irma advances towards the US coast

Hurricane Irma is battering Cuba and making its advance towards the Florida coast. So far 22 people have been confirmed dead with islands such as the British Virgin Islands, Barbuda and Anguilla all hit hard by the storm. 5.6 million people in Florida are thought to be leaving their homes from the path of the storm. Irma hit Cuba late on Friday with the 135 mph gusts destroying the tools used to measure wind strength. Waves as high as 23 feet were recorded, according to officials.

Box office hit Dunkirk is boycotted in China

While movie Dunkirk has been a box office hit here in the UK, Chinese audiences have avoided the film declaring that 'running away' does not represent Chinese values. State mouthpiece the Global Times reported in an opinion piece that people in China had been avoiding the film because praising an evacuation does not strike a chord with Chinese audiences. The film has also raised questions over whether General Harold Alexander should be considered a war hero.

China ponders new rule for disrespecting national anthem

China has drafted a new law that will see those who disrespect the country's national anthem jailed. The draft legislation was given a second reading during the National People's Congress Committee on Monday, according to state media. It claims that those found disrespecting or distorting the national anthem will be detained for 15 days or found criminally liable. Authorities are drafting a new law on the appropriate use of the national anthem, reports state mouth piece Xinhua.

China bans children from attending church services

Authorities in China have tightened their grip on the country's churches by ordering that children are to be banned from joining religious groups. The ban also prohibits children from attending religious sermons and other activities in several provinces across the country. Control on the country's churches began several years ago when places of worship were ordered to remove crosses from their buildings in Zhejiang province.

Pub forced to defend itself after selling pints for £13.40

A pub in London has been forced to defend itself after it was criticised for charging £13.40 for a pint of beer. The Rake in Borough Market was criticised after a photograph of its pricing list was posted online to Twitter. The pub blames the high cost of its Cloudwater North West Double IPA on the distributor Euroboozer on marking up the price of the IPA. The Rake is owned by Utobeer who have since released a statement on the media attention.

Buckingham Palace: Man arrested after attacking police with knife

Counter Terrorism detectives are investigating after a man attacked three police officers with a knife outside Buckingham Palace on Friday evening. The man was arrested at approximately 20.35 hours by officers at the Mall for possessing the weapon, a four-foot-long sword. In a statement, Metropolitan Police said that the man, 26, had driven at the police van and stopped in a restricted area on the Mall. Officers spotted the large bladed weapon in his vehicle and went to arrest him.

Europe must accept terror attacks are the new normal, say experts

Terrorist attacks using vehicles such as in Barcelona are 'becoming a new reality for Europeans' according to experts. Nathalie Goulet, a French senator said: 'Someone who gets in their car and crashes into a crowd, unfortunately we need to learn to live with that and every citizen must remain vigilant.' The latest attacks in Barcelona and the seaside resort of Cambrils on Thursday has left at least 14 dead and 100 injured.

China's Muslims are banned from using their language in schools

Authorities in China's Xinjiang region have banned China's Muslims from using their language in schools. Last month, the Hotan government in north western China prohibited the use of the Uighur language from being used in schools including pre-school. The new move comes after strict restrictions on Muslims in the region including a ban on fasting during Ramadan. The move was announced in a notice on the website of Xinjiang's Hotan region.
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