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  • 2 weeks Jess Phillips Interview: ‘As Labour Leader, I Will Never Live In A Bunker. I Relish Rebellion’ Huffingtonpost
    Jess Phillips has proudly christened herself the “gobby cow” candidate fighting the race to be Labour leader. Her campaign tagline might seem a bit in-your-face, but the campaigning Birmingham MP – who, when asked about her rivals for the top job, pointedly encourages them to “be interesting” – knows her audience and is winking at them.Whether it’s how she has battled Brexit, for new domestic violence laws, school cuts or Jeremy Corbyn’s perceived failures on anti-Semitism, the party’s moderates are buoyed by Phillips precisely because she refuses to be silent and compliant. The former business manager for Women’s Aid has a big ... more
  • 2 weeks Prince William Thought A Photo Of Himself Was Princess Charlotte Huffingtonpost
    Prince William has a doppelgänger – and it’s his daughter, Princess Charlotte. During a visit to the city of Bradford on Wednesday, William and Kate Middleton were shown a gorgeous dessert created in honour of their arrival at the Khidmat Centre. The exhibit featured photos of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, all the way from their baby photos to their wedding day to the births of their children. While examining the decadent desserts and intricate details that went into every fruitcake and cupcake, William’s eyes landed on a photo that he thought looked just like his daughter, Charlotte. When the creator of ... more
  • 2 weeks Derek Fowlds, Star Of Heartbeat And Yes Minister, Dies Aged 82 Huffingtonpost
    British actor Derek Fowlds has died at the age of 82.Derek was best known for his portrayal of Bernard Woolley in the satirical sitcoms Yes Minister and the follow-up Yes, Prime Minister.His other credits included Heartbeat, in which he played Oscar Blaketon for its entire 18-series run and made one appearance in the spin-off show The Royal.The news of his death was announced by his family on Friday, who confirmed he had died at Royal United Hospitals Bath, after suffering from pneumonia which led to heart failure caused by sepsis. He was surrounded by his family when he died.His personal assistant ... more
  • 2 weeks Sex Education Returns | Good Vibes Only Huffingtonpost
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  • 2 weeks US Ambassador’s Moustache Inflames Washington And Seoul Tensions Huffingtonpost
    Amid a strained dialogue between Washington and Seoul over the prospect of reopening tourism with North Korea, one man’s facial hair has apparently become fair game.More specifically, the moustache of Harry Harris, the US ambassador to South Korea has been targeted by some local media and anti-US activists, who have compared it with those of officials in the Japanese colonial government that ruled Korea from 1910 to 1945.Last year the Korea Times ran a piece entitled “the politics of US envoy’s moustache”, quoting Harris as revealing: “I wanted to make a break between my life as a military officer and ... more
  • 2 weeks Patrick Stewart Admits He Once Watched Himself In Star Trek On A Hotel TV… But Things Did Not End Well Huffingtonpost
    As Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation, Sir Patrick Stewart won a legion of fans the world over.But despite being in one of the biggest TV shows of the 80s and 90s, the British actor has admitted it wasn’t something he went out of his way to watch.However, ahead of Amazon Prime’s Star Trek: Picard arriving on our screens, the star recalled one of the times he did actually catch himself in the iconic role.During an appearance on Friday’s edition of The Graham Norton Show, the 79-year-old reveals he was “hooked” when ... more
  • 2 weeks Panama Religious Sect Investigated Over Discovery Of 7 Bodies After Suspected Exorcism Huffingtonpost
    A religious sect believed to have been performing exorcisms is being investigated after seven people, including a pregnant woman and five of her children, were found in a mass grave in Panama.Officials found the bodies in the indigenous region of Ngabe-Bugle, said Rafael Baloyes, senior prosecutor of the Bocas del Toro province of western Panama.In a video published by the office of Panama’s attorney general, Baloyes said the grave came to light after locals alerted authorities at the weekend about several families being held against their will in a local indigenous-run church where exorcisms were believed to have taken place.“We’re ... more
  • 2 weeks Grammys’ First Ever Female Chief Removed From Post 10 Days Before Ceremony Following Misconduct Allegation Huffingtonpost
    Grammys chief Deborah Dugan has been removed from her position with less than two weeks to go until this year’s ceremony, following an allegation of misconduct.Dugan – the only woman to ever hold the position of chief of the Recording Academy – was placed on “administrative leave” on Thursday, 10 days before the 2020 Grammys.In a statement provided to the Los Angeles Times, the board of the Recording Academy said the move came after a “formal allegation of misconduct by a senior female member of the Recording Academy team”.They said: “In light of concerns raised ... more
  • 2 weeks Trump Wears Glasses? Photographer Snaps Rare Pic Of The Presidential Peepers Huffingtonpost
    President Donald Trump isn’t often seen wearing glasses in public, but it happened on Tuesday when a photographer snapped him in his limo reading something on his phone.Doug Mills of The New York Times captured the rare moment as Trump headed for Air Force One on the way to a campaign rally:
    .@realDonaldTrump reads his phone as he arrives in his SUV to board Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews, Md. for a campaign trip to Milwaukee, WI. pic.twitter.com/01z5UJOD8H— Doug Mills (@dougmillsnyt) January 14, 2020Wearing glasses, of course, isn’t unusual. Trump, however, has only ... more
  • 2 weeks Eminem Slammed Over ‘Disgusting’ Reference To Manchester Bombing On New Album Huffingtonpost
    Eminem is facing a backlash over a crass lyric referencing the 2017 Manchester bombing on his new album.On Friday morning, the 47-year-old rapper surprised fans with the sudden release of Music To Be Murdered By, his first new album since 2018’s Kamikaze.However, shortly after the album’s release, many listeners took issue with a lyric on the track Unaccommodating, which referenced the attack after Ariana Grande’s show at the Manchester Arena in 2017.“I’’m contemplating yelling “Bombs away” on the game,” he raps on the song. “Like I’m outside of an Ariana Grande concert waiting.”The lyric in ... more
  • 3 weeks Five Injured After Two-Hour Spree Of Violent Robberies In Manchester Huffingtonpost
    Five people needed hospital treatment after a spate of violent robberies in Manchester.Greater Manchester Police said they received seven reports of robberies taking place around the city’s Northern Quarter between 2am and 4am on Sunday.Victims aged between 20 and 60 were approached by three men before being assaulted and robbed of their personal belongings.Five of the victims were taken to hospital for treatment, police said.An investigation is now under way to find the offenders, who are said to be aged between 20 and 40.Detective sergeant Kat McKeown, of GMP’s city of Manchester division, said: “This was a series of violent ... more
  • 3 weeks Boris Johnson Says Iranian Military Leader ‘Posed A Threat To All Our Interests’ Huffingtonpost
    Boris Johnson has said the Iranian military leader killed in a US drone strike “posed a threat to all our interests” and the UK “will not lament his death”. After speaking to president Donald Trump on Sunday, the PM made his first full statement on the death of general Qasem Soleimani and used it to call for de-escalation from all sides.Johnson warned that all demands for reprisals “will simply lead to more violence in the region and they are in no one’s interest” in the wake of the killing in Baghdad on Friday. The PM said he had discussed the spiralling Middle ... more
  • 3 weeks Iran Abandons Nuclear Deal And Removes Limits On Enriching Uranium After General’s Death In US Airstrike Huffingtonpost
    Iran has said it will no longer abide by any of the limits of its unravelling 2015 nuclear deal with world powers after a US air strike killed a top Iranian general in Baghdad.It ends an accord that blocked Tehran from having enough material to build an atomic weapon.The announcement came on Sunday night after another Iranian official said it would consider taking even harsher steps over the US killing of General Qassem Soleimani on Friday.Hundreds of thousands of people flooded the streets in Iran on Sunday to walk alongside a casket carrying the remains ... more
  • 3 weeks In Pictures: Huge Crowds Mourn Qassem Soleimani Killed In US Drone Strike Huffingtonpost
    Huge crowds of mourners have lined the streets of two major Iranian cities for the the funeral of top military general Qassem Soleimani. The crowds formed as part of a grand funeral procession for the commander killed by an American drone strike amid soaring tensions between Iran and the US.Donald Trump has threatened to bomb 52 sites in Iran if it retaliates by attacking Americans.  The US Embassy in Saudi Arabia separately warned Americans “of the heightened risk of missile and drone attacks”, and British nationals have been advised against travelling to Iraq entirely, and told to ... more
  • 3 weeks Finsbury Park Stabbing: Manhunt Launched After Deliveroo Rider Killed Huffingtonpost
    Detectives have named a Deliveroo and Uber Eats delivery rider who was stabbed to death on Friday as they launched a manhunt for a van driver believed to have been involved.Takieddine Boudhane, 30, had been riding a motorcycle when he was fatally stabbed in Finsbury Park, north London, on Friday evening.Scotland Yard said Boudhane was involved in an altercation with the driver of a white van at the junction of Lennox Road and Charteris Road.The vehicle, a white VW Caddy panel type van, was found in Islington on Sunday and taken to a police compound, where a forensic examination will ... more
  • 3 weeks Sadiq Khan Says Public ‘Got It Right’ Electing Boris Johnson Huffingtonpost
    Sadiq Khan has said the public “got it right” in electing Boris Johnson because Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour did not deserve to win power. In his first major intervention since Labour’s devastating election defeat, the mayor of London said his party’s leadership must “have the humility” to admit “we got pasted”.It comes after Corbyn was sharply criticised for suggesting days after the rout  that Labour had “won the argument” despite it recording its worst performance since 1935. “We lost the argument,” said Khan, in an interview with the Sunday Times.He added: “Hand on heart, did we deserve to win the general election? Probably not, ... more
  • 3 weeks Iraqi MPs Call On Government To Expel Foreign Troops Huffingtonpost
    Iraqi MPs have passed a resolution telling the government to expel foreign troops from the country after the US assassinated top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani.Parliament in Baghdad has also asked for the government to ensure that overseas forces are not able to use its land, airspace or waters for any reason. “The government commits to revoke its request for assistance from the international coalition fighting Islamic State due to the end of military operations in Iraq and the achievement of victory,” the resolution read.“The Iraqi government must work to end the presence of any foreign troops on Iraqi soil and prohibit them ... more
  • 3 weeks Jess Phillips Hints At Bid To Rejoin EU As Would-Be Labour Leaders Pitch For Power Huffingtonpost
    The contest for the Labour leadership is beginning to take shape as candidates start to make their pitch to the party faithful. So far, the candidates to replace Jeremy Corbyn and become the next leader of the opposition include Labour MPs Clive Lewis, Lisa Nandy and Jess Phillips, and shadow frontbenchers Emily Thornberry and Keir Starmer. Everyone but Lewis gave an interview to broadcasters on Sunday as they set out their stall. Here is what they said on key issues which could decide the contest. Labour’s nationalisation agendaCorbyn’s radical manifesto is said to be among the reasons for Labour’s worst election defeat since 1935. It ... more
  • 3 weeks Rainfall In Australia ‘Not Putting Out The Fires’, Firefighters Warn Huffingtonpost
    Rain and cooler temperatures have brought some relief to bushfire-ravaged areas of Australia, but firefighters have warned it’s not enough to quell the flames.Australian authorities began assessing the damage on Sunday from heatwave-spurred bushfires that swept through two states a day earlier, as a brief break in the searing temperatures provided a temporary respite from blazes that have scarred the country’s east coast for weeks.Despite the welcome change, officials have warned that the light rain would prove no match for the almost 200 fires burning in the region. “It certainly is a welcome reprieve, it ... more
  • 3 weeks Six Killed In Italy After Driver Ploughs Into Group Of Tourists Huffingtonpost
    Six people have been killed after a car ploughed into a group of young German tourists in northern Italy.Eleven other people were injured in the deadly crash, which took place in Luttack – also known as Lutago – near Bolzano in the Alto Adige region, shortly after 1am.The tourists are believed to have been gathering before boarding a bus when they were struck by the car. A spokesperson for the Luttach volunteer fire service said on Facebook that the six people killed were pronounced dead at the scene. Those injured were taken to several different nearby hospitals. Italian news ... more
  • 3 weeks Raab Defends PM As Anger Mounts Over Luxury Break During Iran Crisis Huffingtonpost
    Foreign secretary Dominic Raab said he has been in “constant contact” with Boris Johnson as anger grows over the PM holidaying abroad as the Iran crisis unfolds. Raab stressed the PM has offered guidance on foreign policy and “is in charge” despite enjoying a break at a luxury villa in the Caribbean with his partner Carrie Symonds. It comes amid soaring tensions in the Middle East as the US faces claims it acted illegally after an American drone strike killed Iran’s top military commander Qassem Soleimani. Speaking on Sunday, Raab appeared to defend Donald Trump, describing Soleimani as a “regional menace” and saying ... more
  • 3 weeks Jeremy Clarkson Blasted For ‘Disgusting’ Comments About Australian Wildfires: ‘God Decided To Set Fire To It’ Huffingtonpost
    Jeremy Clarkson has been heavily criticised for comments he made about the Australian wildfires.In his column in The Sun newspaper, the former Top Gear presenter claims the fires are raging Down Under because “God didn’t want people to live there”.The fires have claimed the lives of 23 people, an estimated half a billion animals have been killed and thousands of people have been forced to flee their homes.“He created it as a continent far, far away where he could house all his experiments that had gone wrong,” he writes.“It was his under-the-stairs cupboard for stuff he wanted to forget about.”He ... more
  • 3 weeks How To Watch The Golden Globes 2020 Live In The UK Huffingtonpost
    It doesn’t feel like five minutes since the flurry of Olivia Colman’s iconic acceptance speech, all those fabulous firsts and the true majesty of “Fiji water woman”, but awards season is now officially in session once again.As always, the action kicks off with the Golden Globes, where a handful of our favourite British stars will face off against international competitors from the world of both TV and film.Keeping them all in check (and no doubt crossing a few boundaries of good taste in the process) will be Ricky Gervais, hosting the Globes for the final ... more
  • 3 weeks Trump’s Warning To Iran Over Future Strikes ‘Threatens War Crimes’ Huffingtonpost
    Donald Trump has warned Iran not to retaliate after the killing of top military general Qassem Soleimani, threatening to hit dozens of historically and culturally important sites in the country if they do so. In a series of tweets the US president said the country would be hit “VERY FAST AND VERY HARD”, specifically referencing 52 sites that could be targeted by the US military. His comments came after Iran vowed “forceful revenge” for Soleimani’s death during a Trump-ordered airstrike, which took place early on Friday near Baghdad Airport. The high-ranking general was the commander of Iran’s ... more
  • 3 weeks ‘Hurt’ Jason Gardiner Claims Holly Willoughby And Phillip Schofield Didn’t Get In Touch After He Quit Dancing On Ice Huffingtonpost
    Former Dancing On Ice judge Jason Gardiner has claimed Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield have snubbed him since he quit the show.Jason, who had worked with Holly and Phil on the ITV skating show since 2005, says he’s not heard from the presenting duo since he left the judging panel last year, despite thinking they were all “part of the Dancing On Ice family”.“I’ve had nothing,” he told The Sun. “Not even a text message.“It is hurtful, especially because when Phillip was getting a lot of negative attention recently I sent him a message of ... more
  • 3 weeks The Masked Singer Was Even More Bats**t Bonkers Than Anyone Could Have Imagined Huffingtonpost
    If you were anywhere near a TV on Saturday night (and let’s face it, most of us were - it’s January after all), you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d finally lost it if you were watching ITV at 7pm.Despite the channel trailing The Masked Singer for weeks in pretty much every single ad break, nobody really knew what to expect.Or rather, we did, but just couldn’t quite believe that what we were being promised was actually going to become a reality.
    The UK currently experiencing an acid trip without even touching any drugs #TheMaskedSingerUK#MaskedSinger#TheMaskedSingerpic.twitter.com/VeepwtXOuV— Francesca ... more
  • 3 weeks The 10 Best Performing Sports Bras To Keep Bigger Breasts Under Control Huffingtonpost
    Ever wondered why people refer to breasts as knockers? Because for those lucky enough to have big boobs, there’s a serious risk of knocking yourself out while running braless.Finding the right sports bra for a bigger chest can feel arduous; there are lots of workout options out there, but all too often they don’t provide the support those above a C-cup might need.A sports bra must hold us in without digging into our skin; it must be shock absorbent because these babies bounce even during low impact exercise; and we don’t want a bra that looks as though we fished ... more
  • 3 weeks How To Delete Your Dating Apps And End Up Anything But Lonely Huffingtonpost
    I’ve always found it odd when people knock dating apps for being all about casual sex because a) they’re not pretending to be LinkedIn (though people hook up there, too); and b) there’s nothing wrong with consensual hookups, but you won’t find your average app user indulging as much as you imagine.The problem with these apps isn’t casual sex – it’s casual communication.Conversations start up, then trail off. Matches are made, only to expire 24 or 48 hours later. A ‘date’ is floated, but never confirmed, because someone – maybe you, maybe me – has gone awol. I’m as guilty ... more
  • 3 weeks How To Keep A New Year’s Resolution … Even If You’ve Fallen Behind Already Huffingtonpost
    New year’s resolutions aren’t always easy to keep – and the idea of failing can put you off having a go in the first place. Instead, for 2020, HuffPost UK is looking at the good intentions we’ll try to focus on, from greener living and better money management to looking after our bodies and minds, with small achievable steps from the experts and inspiring tips from our readers.We’re less than a week into January, but if you’ve already slipped up on your new year’s resolution – or are yet to muster the energy to start it – all is not ... more
  • 3 weeks Teen Beauty Vlogger Reuben De Maid On Dealing With Bullying And Hateful Trolls Huffingtonpost
    By his own admission, Reuben De Maid is “not your typical teenage boy”. The 14-year-old beauty vlogger, from Cardiff, has more than 500,000 followers on Instagram and YouTube and can count the likes of Ellen Degeneres and Kim Kardashian West among his fans. A makeup tutorial he filmed featuring the latter has 8.3 million views – and counting. If you don’t know him, teenagers around you probably do; he’s fast becoming the king of contouring. But Reuben, who has been sharing beauty videos for two years now, insists that experimenting with foundation, highlighter and bronzer is more about self-care than aesthetics.“It’s really ... more
  • 3 weeks Police Shut Street In Greater Manchester After Man Consumes ‘Unknown Substance’ Huffingtonpost
    Police have shut a street in south Manchester after a man consumed an “unknown substance” believed to be ricin, a highly potent poison. Eyewitnesses shared pictures online of firefighters wearing hazmat suits as they arrived at the scene in Northern Moor, Wythenshawe, on Saturday.Greater Manchester Police said it was called to the incident shortly before 9am following concerns about a man’s welfare at a property on Moor Lane.“It was established that the man had consumed an, at this time, unknown substance,” a spokesperson for the force said. The man, who is in his 20s, was initially treated at the scene and remains ... more
  • 3 weeks David Lammy Rules Himself Out Of Labour Leadership Race Huffingtonpost
    David Lammy has ruled himself out of the race to succeed Jeremy Corbyn, calling for the next leader “to unite our party’s factions”.The former minister, who has represented Tottenham since 2000, had been considering a challenge – but said on Saturday he would not be pursuing leadership of the Labour party. His decision came after prominent backbenchers Jess Phillips and Lisa Nandy announced their bids to lead the party following its worst general election defeat since 1935.The senior MP tweeted: “I’m humbled by all who have encouraged me to stand for Labour leader. After serious consideration, I’m ruling myself out.“I’m committed ... more
  • 3 weeks Pink Donates Half A Million Dollars To Australian Fire Services As Wildfire Crisis Worsens Huffingtonpost
    Pink has donated half a million US dollars to local fire services in Australia amid the country’s worsening wildfire crisis.The American singer, who is one of Australia’s biggest selling artists, revealed her pledge of half a million US dollars (£382,043) in a post on Twitter.“I am totally devastated watching what is happening in Australia right now with the horrific bushfires,” she wrote.“I am pledging a donation of 500,000 dollars directly to the local fire services that are battling so hard on the frontlines. My heart goes out to our friends and family in Oz.”
    I ... more
  • 3 weeks Sir Rod Stewart Arrested And Charged For Allegedly Punching Security Guard On New Year’s Eve Huffingtonpost
    Sir Rod Stewart has been charged by police following an alleged altercation at a hotel in Florida on New Year’s Eve.A police document released in the US accuses the veteran rock star of punching a security guard after he and his companions, including his son Sean, attempted to get into a private party in a children’s area at the Breakers Palm Beach Hotel.The hotel’s security guard, named as Jessie Dixon in the police document, told officers that he saw a group of people near the check-in table of the private event trying to enter the ... more
  • 3 weeks Australian Bushfires Rage Out Of Control As 3,000 Reserve Troops Brought In To Tackle Crisis Huffingtonpost
    Three-thousand reserve troops have joined the efforts to quell Australia’s devastating bushfires as temperatures in Greater Sydney reached almost 50C. At least 23 people have now been killed in the catastrophic fires, with tens-of-thousands of people forced to flee their homes and communities. Searing heat and strong winds have further escalated the ongoing disaster, with Saturday bringing what many have seen as the worst conditions yet as flames encroached on the more populous areas of the country. The defence force reservists will fight fires alongside thousands of full-time and volunteer firefighters, plus scores more brought in from other ... more
  • 3 weeks Foreign Office Warns British Travellers To Avoid Iraq And Iran Huffingtonpost
    British travellers have been warned to avoid all travel to Iraq and all but essential travel to Iran amid escalating tensions in the region. Thousands of people have taken to the streets following the assassination of Iranian military general Qassem Soleimani during an attack authorised by Donald Trump. As anger rose the Pentagon announced plans to send 3,000 more troops to the Middle East, while Iran vowed “harsh retaliation” following the airstrike. The relationship between Washington and Iran has fallen deeper into crisis since the US president withdrew from the 2015 nuclear deal and imposed crippling sanctions.In response to ... more
  • 3 weeks Cheryl Reveals She’s Looking For A Sperm Donor ‘Out Of Town’, Admitting She’s ‘Not Very Good At Choosing’ Men Huffingtonpost
    Cheryl has revealed she’s on the look out for a sperm donor in a bid to have more children.The 36-year-old has as a two-year-old son, Bear, with former One Direction singer Liam Payne but says she does not want him to be her only child and intends to conceive “more than one” baby via a sperm donor.The former Girls Aloud star told The Times magazine the forthcoming treatment “makes me very happy”.She said: “If time was on my side and I was in my twenties, yeah, I would wait and consider more options, or wait ... more
  • 3 weeks Derek Acorah, TV Medium And Most Haunted Star, Has Died At The Age Of 69 Huffingtonpost
    The TV medium Derek Acorah has died at the age of 69, it has been announced.The self-styled spiritual medium, whose real name is Derek Johnson, appeared on Celebrity Big Brother in 2017 and launched the paranormal reality TV series Most Haunted in 2001.His wife Gwen Acorah shared the news in a statement on his official Facebook page, adding that the psychic had been in intensive care after falling into a coma.“Farewell my love! I will miss you forever! I’m devastated to announce that my beloved husband Derek has passed away after a very brief illness,” she wrote.“Thank you so much ... more
  • 3 weeks Cameron Diaz And Benji Madden Annnounce The Arrival Of Baby Daughter Raddix Huffingtonpost
    Cameron Diaz has announced the birth of her first child with Good Charlotte star Benji Madden.The 47-year-old actress confirmed the couple had welcomed a baby girl on Instagram, and also revealed they had named their daughter Raddix.The Hollywood star and guitarist, 40, both shared a message on their respective Instagram accounts.The couple said they were “overjoyed” to welcome Raddix but that they felt “a strong instinct” to protect her privacy and did not intend on sharing any pictures.The message read: “Happy New Year from the Maddens! We are so happy, blessed and grateful to begin this ... more
  • 3 weeks Greta Thunberg Is The Queen Of Twitter After Changing Her Name To ‘Sharon’ Following Celebrity Mastermind Blunder Huffingtonpost
    Greta Thunberg has proved her sense of humour is very much intact despite, you know, trying to save the world.Earlier this week, Casualty actress Amanda Henderson delivered a nugget of TV gold when she completely renamed the 17-year-old environmentalist during an appearance on Celebrity Mastermind.After sailing through the first round of the BBC quiz show, where her specialist subject was Disney films, Amanda later came a cropper in the general knowledge round when host John Humphries asked: “The 2019 book entitled No-one Is Too Small To Make A Difference is a collection of speeches made by a Swedish climate change ... more
  • 3 weeks How Will Iran Respond To Trump’s Assassination Of Soleimani? Huffingtonpost
    The assassination of top Iranian General Qassem Soleimani ordered by Donald Trump is the most aggressive escalation yet in the conflict between the United States and Iran, risking violent retaliation and volatility across the Middle East. While US officials now warn of a potential Iranian response, analysts say there are a variety of forms that such a reprisal may take.As head of Iran’s Quds Force elite military unit, Soleimani was the central figure in Iran’s foreign clandestine operations and its network of military proxies. Iran’s Supreme National Security Council held an emergency meeting on Friday ... more
  • 3 weeks The Best Winter Running Gear For Women Huffingtonpost
    Running outside in the summer is nothing short of euphoric. The sun on your face, the fresh, warm air weaving around you as you stride along and smug in the knowledge that this exercise is entirely free-of-charge. In the winter, however, the idea of heading out for a jog seems more like self-inflicted punishment. I won’t pretend that I have a magical formula to make outdoor running easier year-round, but the right kit can help you make those last few kilometres more bearable. Shoes that won’t give you blisters, leggings that won’t chafe, intelligent fibres that keep you sweat-free and warm ... more
  • 3 weeks Not Buying It: What Does The ‘Death’ Of One High Street Really Tell Us? Huffingtonpost
    “It’s nothing like it used to be,” says Wendy Gould, who has lived in Weston-super-Mare for 45 years. “What is a town centre without proper shops?”“I can still remember when the BHS was Littlewoods – you used to be able to get everything you needed in one trip. It’s not like that any more.”From a thriving Victorian seaside destination to a high street now dominated by drab chains, the story of Weston-super-Mare follows a trajectory that - on the surface - will feel familiar to many.Local headlines reflect something of a fall from glory: “The shocking state of Weston-super-Mare’s high ... more
  • 3 weeks The Ultimate Guide To The New Vegan Foods Coming To Supermarkets Huffingtonpost
    This Veganuary there’s plenty to get excited about. Gone are the days of a single, sorry-looking bean burger on your plate. Most of the major supermarkets are offering bigger and better vegan ranges this year, so you can really fill your boots (or stomach) with plant-based goodness.Asda is launching its first plant-based own label with 48 products in the range, all approved by the Vegan Society, while Co-op has launched a new own-label brand called GRO, aimed at on-the-go vegans, vegetarians and flexitarians.Meanwhile Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury’s and Waitrose are expanding their existing vegan ranges – promising lots of innovative ... more
  • 3 weeks ‘Skin In The Game’: Lisa Nandy Makes Labour Leadership Bid Following Plea For Compromise Huffingtonpost
    Wigan MP Lisa Nandy has announced she will stand to replace Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader.Nandy, who represents a Leave constituency and had criticised calls for a second referendum on Britain’s EU membership, made the revelation in a letter to Friday’s Wigan Post – her local paper.She wrote: “Without what were once our Labour heartlands, we will never win power in Westminster and help to build the country we know we can be.“I have heard you loud and clear when you said to earn that trust means we need a leader who is proud to be from those communities, has skin ... more
  • 3 weeks Jess Phillips Launches Labour Leadership Bid Warning Party Not To ‘Play It Safe’ Huffingtonpost
    Jess Phillips warned Labour it would lose the next election if it “plays it safe” in selecting a new leader as she launched her campaign to succeed Jeremy Corbyn.In an apparent shot at shadow cabinet members Sir Keir Starmer and Rebecca Long Bailey, Phillips called for a “different kind of leader” to restore trust in the party.Phillips is trailing in third place behind frontrunner Starmer and second placed Long Bailey, seen as the “continuity Corbyn” candidate, according to a YouGov poll of Labour members.Launching her campaign with a video focusing on her grassroots work in ... more
  • 4 weeks Prince George ‘Grins’ Alongside Prince William, Prince Charles And The Queen In New Portrait Huffingtonpost
    Six-year-old Prince George can be seen ‘sort of’ grinning alongside his father Prince William, grandfather Prince Charles and The Queen in a new portrait released by Buckingham Palace – and his expression will be familiar to any parent who has asked their child to smile for the camera.The photo has been released to mark the start of a new decade, the Palace announced. It’s actually the second official portrait of this grouping taken, with the Queen surrounded by the first, second and third in line to the throne.She stands at the front of the new image in a white dress accessorised ... more
  • 4 weeks The Rise And Rise Of PWB Huffingtonpost
    Since taking over the world with Fleabag and Killing Eve, Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s writing and acting skills have garnered her many fans, here’s how she rose to fame and prominence. ... more
  • 4 weeks Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s Case ‘A Lot Bleaker’ After Killing Of Iranian Military Leader Huffingtonpost
    The husband of imprisoned British-Iranian woman Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has said her case is looking “a lot bleaker” following the assassination of a top Iranian military leader in a US airstrike. Qassem Soleimani – the leader of Iran’s elite Quds Force – was killed in an attack authorised by Donald Trump at Baghdad Airport on Friday. The death of Soleimani, considered by many as the second most powerful man in Iran, signals a serious escalation in hostilities between Iran and the US. The air strike “definitely pours cold water over the chances of progress in Nazanin’s case”, Richard Ratcliffe said. “The increase in tensions will ... more
  • 4 weeks We Need A Public Inquiry Into The Lies And False Promises Of Brexit Huffingtonpost
    Let’s be frank. Boris Johnson’s large majority means he will now be able to railroad his hard Brexit plans through parliament. Yet opposition MPs still have a vital role to play - in holding the Conservative government to account, and exposing the many problems the prime minister’s Brexit bill will create – and the likely problems from the second stage of Brexit talks this year.So Liberal Democrats have tabled a variety of amendments to Johnson’s withdrawal agreement bill, which gets debated in parliament next week. Our amendments seek to mitigate some of the worst excesses of the prime minister’s damaging ... more
  • 4 weeks Qassem Soleimani Killing: Thousands Protest In Tehran After US Air Strike Huffingtonpost
    Thousands of people have taken to the streets of Tehran to condemn the killing of Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani in a US air strike. Protesters held up pictures of the leader of Iran’s elite Quds Force – one of the country’s most powerful men – who was killed in an attack at Baghdad Airport authorised by Donald Trump on Friday. Footage from the Reuters news agency showed protesters chanting “Death to America”, while others set fire to a US flag. In Soleimani’s hometown, Kerman, people wearing black gathered in front of his father’s house, crying as they listened to verses from the ... more
  • 4 weeks Jess Phillips 2020 Huffingtonpost
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  • 4 weeks Serial Killer Stephen Port: Inquests Delayed So Grenfell Barrister Can Represent Victims’ Families Huffingtonpost
    The families of four young gay men murdered by serial killer Stephen Port will be represented by a barrister who fought for the victims of Grenfell Tower.Leslie Thomas QC will represent the families of Anthony Walgate, 23, Gabriel Kovari, 22, Daniel Whitworth, 21, and Jack Taylor, 25 at an inquest to begin next week.They were all drugged and raped by Port, who then dumped their bodies near his home in Barking, east London, between 2014 and 2015.A full inquest into all four deaths is expected to focus on possible failings by police after the victims’ families questioned why Port was not ... more
  • 4 weeks Celebrity Mastermind Contestant Amanda Henderson Has Hilarious Greta Thunberg Mix-Up Huffingtonpost
    Over the last few months, teen climate activist Greta Thunberg has become one of the most famous people in the world. But try telling that to Celebrity Mastermind contestant Amanda Henderson. The actor, who plays Robyn Miller in Casualty, delivered a nugget of TV gold when she completely renamed the 16-year-old environmentalist. 
    2020 is cancelled pic.twitter.com/aGDZCTTQmb— Mark Smith (@marksmithstuff) January 2, 2020After sailing through the first round of the BBC quiz show, where her specialist subject was Disney films, she later came a cropper in the general knowledge round when host John Humphries asked: “The 2019 book entitled No-one Is Too Small ... more
  • 4 weeks Angela Allen: Mother In Paedophile Ring To Be Freed From Prison Huffingtonpost
    A paedophile involved in a “sickening ring” is to be released from prison, the Parole Board has confirmed.Angela Allen was one of four female accomplices, including nursery worker Vanessa George, who were convinced by Colin Blanchard to sexually assault young children and share the images.Allen, from Nottingham, pleaded guilty to four child sex assaults and one count of distributing an indecent image in 2009.She was handed an indeterminate sentence and told she must serve at least five years in prison before she could apply for parole.A spokesman for the Parole Board confirmed that an oral hearing had been held last ... more
  • 4 weeks Give Abandoned Towns Culture And Art To Power ‘Decade Of Reconciliation’ Huffingtonpost
    This week, faith leaders, unions and others called for 2020 to be the “decade of reconciliation and reconnection”. Creating cultural opportunities in our towns and villages – those exact towns and villages that feel betrayed and abandoned by politicians – would be a powerful and dynamic way to make that happen. Sadly ‘culture’ can often feel like something that happens elsewhere in big, shiny buildings. But culture has the capacity to be just another part of life in the same way sport is enjoyed at an international level at big tournaments and at local grounds and parks by everyone. Culture is happening ... more
  • 4 weeks Strictly’s Graziano Di Prima Shuts Down ‘Silly’ Same-Sex Routine Complaints Huffingtonpost
    Strictly Come Dancing professional Graziano Di Prima has shut down complaints over the show’s landmark same-sex routine last year. The dancer made history when he performed with fellow pro Johannes Radebe as Emeli Sandé performed her recent single Shine during the results show. While many viewers hailed the dance as “emotional” and “progressive”, it was later revealed nearly 200 people had complained to the BBC, claiming it was offensive to feature two men dancing as a pair.In a new interview with Attitude magazine, Graziano said the detractors are “silly” and will change their minds.“We weren’t worried about ... more
  • 4 weeks A #MeToo Bot For Detecting Sexual Harassment At Work Is Not A Solution Huffingtonpost
    Top firms are now buying a so-called ‘#MeTooBot’ to detect bullying and sexual harassment in staff emails – because, it seems, employees cannot be trusted. The system utilises AI technology to monitor communications, analysing everything from speech patterns to attachments and the timings of messages being sent. Chicago-based company NexLP, which is developing the system, said its AI platform is already being used by more than 50 corporate clients around the world, including some law firms in London.Related... Government Urged To Bring In New Law To Protect Workers From Sexual Harassment “I wasn’t aware of all ... more
  • 4 weeks Who Was Qasem Soleimani? Huffingtonpost
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  • 4 weeks Veganism Is A Philosophical Belief Protected By Law, Concludes Landmark Legal Hearing Huffingtonpost
    A landmark legal hearing has determined that veganism is a philosophical belief and is thus protected by law. Jordi Casamitjana said he was sacked by the League Against Cruel Sports after raising concerns that its pension fund was being invested into companies involved in animal testing.He claims he was unfairly disciplined for making this disclosure and that the decision to dismiss him was because of his philosophical belief in ethical veganism.At the tribunal in Norwich on Friday, judge Robin Postle gave a short summary judgment, ruling that ethical veganism satisfies the tests required for it to be a philosophical belief and ... more
  • 4 weeks Frankly, Dominic Cummings Needs To Learn About Work-Life Balance Huffingtonpost
    Dominic Cummings wants to shake up the civil service by employing people to work round-the-clock – until they are as frazzled as Boris Johnson’s hair. 

    In a 2,900-word job advert that reads like a dystopian novella, the prime minister’s key advisor declared a plan to hire tech-savvy “weirdos and misfits” to work in Downing Street.Much has been said about the ad’s oddly specific target demographic, but less has been said of the work-life balance advertised – or complete lack thereof. Cummings is no proponent of the four-day working week, as it turns out. Prospective employees are told outright that the role will be “exhausting”.“You will not have weekday date nights, you will sacrifice many weekends — frankly it will be hard having a boy/girlfriend at all,” the advert says.