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Former Australian PM Gough Whitlam dies - the world reacts

Gough Whitlam, who served as Labor prime minister from 1972 to 1975, dies at 98 Continue reading...

Gatwick begins Ebola screening

Passengers from west Africa will be questioned and have temperatures checked before being allowed to enter UKScreening for Ebola has begun at Gatwick airport as of Tuesday, Public Health England (PHE) has announced.It will start in the north terminal, followed by the south terminal from Wednesday, then the St Pancras Eurostar train station later in the week. This expands the screening init

Harvestman meets an eight-legged rival

Stones Allotments, Havant, Hampshire: Sensing danger, the harvestman picks up pace, scaling the clods of earth in its pathI was grubbing up dandelions and bindweed in the brassica cage when I felt something brush against my hand. The creatures oversized legs and loping gait gave it an alien appearance, reminding me of the towering Martian fighting-machines in HG Wellss The War of the Worlds. It

From circumcision to gospel hip hop: the best of Uganda's Press Photo Awards 2014

Photojournalism in east Africa was celebrated on 16 October with the second annual Uganda Press Photo Awards. Here is a selection of the most striking images on show at Makerere University Art Gallery in Kampala Continue reading...

Northern Ireland ban on paying for sex is approved by Stormont assembly

Members approve legal measure that follows Swedish model in targeting clients of sex workersPaying for sex is to be banned in Northern Ireland after members at the Stormont assembly members backed the move in a landmark late-night vote.The proposal to outlaw purchasing sex is among a number of clauses contained in a bill aimed at amending Northern Irelands laws on trafficking and prostitut

First Dog on the Moon on ... the passing of Gough Whitlam

Thanks, Gough Having trouble viewing this cartoon? Click here Get all your needs met at the First Dog shop if what you need is First Dog merchandise and prints Sign up here to get an email whenever First Dog cartoons are published Continue reading...

Protestors disrupt The Death of Klinghoffer opera at New Yorks Lincoln Center

Audience members interrupt performers with cries of shame, as protesters earlier called for Metropolitan Opera to cancel performance of work they claim is antisemiticThe New York Metropolitan Operas staging of The Death of Klinghoffer, the first full production of the controversial John Adams opera in the city in 23 years, was met with boos and catcalls as the curtain went up on Monday night.

Oscar de la Renta dies aged 82

The Dominican fashion designer known for his glamorous eveningwear has died, his family have confirmed Oscar de la Renta: his life and fashion in picturesOscar de la Renta, fashion designer and dresser of the stars, has died aged 82 after battling cancer, family have confirmed. Known for his sumptuous evening gowns and red carpet fashion, de la Renta found fame dressing Jackie Kennedy i

Total oil CEO Christophe de Margerie killed in Moscow plane crash

Head of oil giant and three crew died when private jet hit snowplough during takeoff, say Russian sourcesThe chief executive of the French oil company Total, Christophe de Margerie, was killed when a private jet collided with a snow plough at Moscows Vnukovo international airport on Monday night.Tonight a plane crashed when it collided with a snow-clearing machine, said airport spokeswoman

UK flights hit by severe weather triggered by Hurricane Gonzalo

Heathrow airport predicts disruption as gusts hit much of BritainThousands of UK air passengers face severe travel disruption on Tuesday after flights were cancelled due to high winds and heavy rain.Heathrow staff said 10% of flights with the 20 biggest carriers into and out of the London airport would be cancelled as the remnants of Hurricane Gonzalo arrived in the UK. Continue reading...

Labor increases its lead over the Coalition to 53% to 47%, poll shows

Coalitions primary vote drops three points to 38% its lowest level in three months while Labors remains steady Continue reading...

Manchester United can still catch Chelsea, says Van Gaal after draw

Manager laments poor goals conceded at West Brom Alan Irvine predicts England future for Saido BerahinoLouis van Gaal insisted Manchester United were capable of catching Chelsea, despite being 10 points behind the Premier League leaders after West Bromwich Albion punished some suspect defending in a thrilling 2-2 draw in which Daley Blind equalised three minutes from time.Although Van Gaal

Paralysed man Darek Fidyka walks again after pioneering surgery

Medical team regrow cells of patients severed spine in breakthrough that offers hope to millions with disabilityA man who was completely paralysed from the waist down can walk again after a British-funded surgical breakthrough which offers hope to millions of people who are disabled by spinal cord injuries.Polish surgeons used nerve-supporting cells from the nose of Darek Fidyka, a Bulgari

UK steps up aid to help Sierra Leone fight Ebola

International development secretary joins troops flying to stricken west African countryJustine Greening, the international development secretary, is joining British troops heading to Sierra Leone to help with the fight against Ebola.The cabinet minister is due to fly out on Tuesday from RAF Brize Norton with about 100 soldiers from the Catterick-based 35 Squadron, 5 Armoured Medical Regimen

Robbers armed with guns or knives to receive longer sentences

Sentencing Council recommends increased punishment for those who use the weapons or threaten to use themViolent robbers armed with knives or guns are likely to receive longer sentences in future under draft guidelines published on Tuesday.Even muggers who threaten victims with a bladed weapon or imitation firearm will find themselves in the most serious category of offending when they come b

Unicef urges UK to lead on tackling epidemic of violence against children

Doreen Lawrence backs calls for new development goals to protect children and warns that inaction will cost livesThe UK government should be at the forefront of efforts to protect children from a global epidemic of violence that results in the death of a boy or girl every five minutes, the UN childrens agency has suggested.According to a new report from Unicef UK, 345 children under the age

Only three Ebola-infected travellers per month are likely to fly from west Africa

Lancet study says that exit screening from Ebola-hit countries most efficient; only 8.7% of travellers from the region go to UKFewer than three people a month infected with the Ebola virus are likely to try to board planes out of west Africa, according to a study that says exit screening would be the most efficient way to try to prevent travellers spreading disease.The UK and US have set u

Roy Keane says he and Alex Ferguson were on same wavelength at United

Former Manchester United captain remains disappointed with Sir Alex Ferguson but is happy to praise his managerial qualitiesRoy Keane believes he and Sir Alex Ferguson had similar traits and an understanding of Manchester United during their time together at the club, insisting he is not bitter towards his former manager despite their relationship breaking down.Keane, who was signed by Fergu

Adel Taarabt accuses Harry Redknapp of making him QPR scapegoat

Taarabt denies he is unfit after three stone overweight claim Redknapps claims hurt my reputation says midfielderAdel Taarabt has denied claims by Harry Redknapp that he is overweight and accused the Queens Park Rangers manager of making him a scapegoat for the bottom sides poor run of form. Continue reading...

Some paedophiles will never face justice National Crime Agency chief

Law-enforcement agencies must focus on the greatest risk and tackle those people, says NCA director Keith BristowSome of the UKs estimated 50,000 suspected paedophiles will escape prosecution, according to Britains leading law-enforcement officer, who said that authorities had to rethink how to pursue suspects and how they could be prevented from perpetrating crimes.Keith Bristow, director g

Tony Abbott not advised MH370 search had found black box, senators told

A Senate hearing is attempting to establish why Australias prime minister said in April that he was very confident pings were coming from the black box Continue reading...

Apple sells nearly 40m iPhones in three months of year 'for the record books'

CEO Tim Cook says company is selling everything weve made even as it prepares for crucial holiday shopping periodApple sold a record 39.3m iPhones in the last three months, the company said on Monday, helping the tech giant win its highest revenues of the year.Entering the Christmas shopping season, its strongest sales period of the year, Apple predicted its latest iPhones would help boost

Julia Gillard on Gough Whitlam: a giant of his era, he will live on in our nation

A man of the highest political courage, our former prime minister transformed Australia and we are in his debt Continue reading...

Jack Colback calls on Newcastle United to build on first Premier League win

Alan Pardews side remain in relegation zone It has been tough for manager but he kept us positiveJack Colback believes Newcastle United are in a false position and that their long-awaited first Premier League victory at home to Leicester City last Saturday can serve as a springboard to success.With Alan Pardews side still in the relegation zone and facing a trip to Tottenham Hotspur on Sund

Fernandinho warns Manchester City to stay alert in empty Moscow stadium

Brazilian says City really need six points from CSKA games City favourites to win Champions League, says CSKA coach Leon Slutzky plots Citys downfallThe warning from Fernandinho to his Manchester City team-mates is stark. Switch off against CSKA Moscow because of the eerie atmosphere of an empty Arena Khimki on Tuesday evening and elimination could loom.Despite a tally of a single point

Liverpool must rise above QPR scare to tackle Real Madrid, says Lovren

It was the first time I was unhappy after a win, says Lovren We have to play as a team against Cristiano Ronaldo and Co Steven Caulker own goal decides match in chaotic finaleDejan Lovren has delivered a brutally honest assessment of Liverpools performance against Queens Park Rangers on Sunday, saying that he took little satisfaction from their 3-2 win at Loftus Road, and he has called for a

Bank of England payment system crashes leaving homebuyers in limbo

Bank apologises for failure of system used for large transfers as governor Mark Carney orders urgent investigationThe Bank of England apologised last night after a crucial payments system collapsed, forcing Mark Carney to launch an urgent investigation following the delay of hundreds of thousands of payments, including for homebuyers waiting for money to be transferred to pay for their new home

Gough Whitlam dies aged 98 his life in pictures

The life of Gough Whitlam, who was the Australian prime minister from 1972 to 1975. He led the government that brought in universal healthcare, fee-free university education and ended military conscription Continue reading...

Gough Whitlam dies at age 98

Prime minister for just three years, he brought in sweeping changes that transformed Australia and inspired a generation of progressive politiciansGough Whitlam dies live reactionGough Whitlam, who was prime minister for just three years but became a defining political figure of modern Australia, has died aged 98.Whitlams family said in a statement on Tuesday: Our father, Gough Whitlam,

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