Source of Novichok agent found
Counter-terrorism police said on Friday they believed they had found the source of the Novichok nerve agent that killed a woman and left her partner critically ill.
Dawn Sturgess, 44, died this month, just over a week after she was exposed to Novichok near the city of Salisbury where Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were struck down with the same poison in March.
Sturgess' partner, 45-year-old Charlie Rowley from Amesbury, a town a few miles from Salisbury, is now recovering in hospital.
“On Wednesday … a small bottle was recovered during searches of Charlie Rowley's house in Amesbury,” police said in a statement. “Scientists have now confirmed to us that the substance contained within the bottle is Novichok.”
More tests were being carried out to try and establish whether it is from the same batch that contaminated the Skripals and inquiries were under way to establish where the bottle came from, the state..
Conte sacked by Chelsea after two years in charge
Chelsea have parted company with their Italian manager Antonio Conte after two years at Stamford Bridge.
Conte joined the Roman Abramovich-owned club in 2016 and led them to the league title in his debut season along with an FA Cup triumph last campaign.
The former Italy manager had a year remaining on his current contract and had already taken charge of pre-season preparations at the club's Cobham training ground outside London.
“Chelsea Football Club and Antonio Conte have parted company,” Chelsea said on their website.
“We wish Antonio every success in his future career.”
The 48-year-old's departure comes after Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis said on Wednesday that Chelsea were close to securing a deal for the Italian club's former boss Maurizio Sarri.
Sarri, 59, led Napoli to two second-place and one third-place finish in three seasons in charge. He was replaced by former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelo..
Weather warnings issued for parts of Britain following weeks of warm weather
The Met Office has warned that there is the potential for heavy showers and thunderstorms during Friday.
Heavy showers, which will become thundery in places, are expected to develop quite widely across parts of England and Wales through late morning and the afternoon.
A few places could receive 20-30 mm of rain within an hour.
As is the nature of showers however, some places within the warning area will miss them altogether, and have a dry day.
Forecasters say we should expect:
Some flooding of a few homes and businesses is likely, perhaps leading to some damage to buildings
There is a good chance driving conditions will at times be affected by spray and standing water, leading to some minor journey delays
Some short term loss of power and other services due to lightning strikes is possible
Delays to train services are possible
Published: 13/07/2018 by Radio NewsHub
Police say suspected Salisbury poisoning was a false alarm
Police briefly cordoned off part of Salisbury on Thursday night near where former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter were found poisoned, then removed the barriers after discovering no cause for alarm.
Police had said they were dealing with an incident involving a man in his 30s as part of “highly precautionary measures” put in place in view of the poisoning of the Skripals in March and of two British people last week.
Last week the two people were found poisoned in a town near Salisbury by the same Novichok nerve agent used against the Skripals. One of the two, 44-year-old Dawn Sturgess, died on Sunday.
Thursday's incident proved a false alarm, however.
“Emergency services were called to the scene at 6.20pm (1720 GMT) this evening after concerns were raised about the welfare of a man in his 30s,” Salisbury police said on its Facebook page.
“We can now confirm that there is no concern for eit..
Trump blasts May's Brexit plan and says it puts US trade deal in doubt
U.S. President Donald Trump said a free trade deal with Britain might be impossible if London went ahead with Prime Minister Theresa May's proposals for post-Brexit ties with the European Union, in damaging remarks that could widen domestic criticism of her plans.
In an interview with The Sun newspaper published late on Thursday, Trump said May's plans for a business-friendly Brexit would leave it too close to the EU to allow a new trans-Atlantic trade deal to be struck.
Just hours earlier at a lavish dinner to mark Trump's first visit to Britain as president, May made a direct pitch for a deal with Washington. She praised the friendship between the two allies, glossing over Trump's previous remarks that Britain was a “hot spot” in turmoil over Brexit.
Referring to May's Brexit proposals, Trump told the Sun, Britain's top-selling newspaper: “If they do a deal like that, ..
Game of Thrones leads the way in the Emmy nominations with 22
HBO's medieval fantasy series “Game of Thrones” led nominations for the Emmy Awards on Thursday that spanned satire to the supernatural, but streaming service Netflix knocked HBO off its 17-year pedestal as the network with the most nods.
A slew of first time Emmy contenders included Sandra Oh as the first Asian-American lead comedy actress nominee for her role in quirky spy series “Killing Eve,” and Rachel Brosnahan's 1950s housewife turned comedian in “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”
Female-led shows and stories also did well as television continued to lead the way in reflecting social change, while the likes of Donald Glover, Tracee Ellis-Ross, Penelope Cruz, Antonio Banderas, Issa Rae, Regina King, and John Legend headed a racially diverse acting line-up.
“Games of Thrones,” a worldwide hit, got 22 nods, including for the top prize of best drama series. It was followed by NBC's sketch show “Saturday..
Top Twitter users lose 2 percent of followers on average as policy changes
A Twitter Inc policy change on Thursday to increase the service’s credibility cost its 100 most popular users about 2 percent of their followers, on average, according to social media data firm Keyhole.
Twitter is no longer counting as followers any accounts that have been locked because of suspected fraud, Chief Executive Jack Dorsey posted on Thursday. Locked accounts had already been kept out of Twitter’s daily and monthly active user figures.
The accounts are locked if Twitter detects unusual behaviour such as a burst of activity after months of dormancy.
The new policy could be substantial for some Twitter users because follower totals serve as a top selling point when celebrities and so-called social media influencers negotiate deals with advertisers. For other users, follower counts are a point of pride.
As the change went into effect, Twitter’s “@Twitter” account lost 12.4 percent of its foll..
Trump says Brexit won't be what people asked for
U.S. President Donald Trump said he was not sure if Britain's new approach to Brexit was what the people had voted for.
He added that Britain was in a “pretty hot spot” after two major resignations from Prime Minister Theresa May's government.
Asked about his views on Brexit just hours before he was due to arrive in Britain, Trump said “it's not for me to say. I'd like to see them be able to work it out so it could go quickly, whatever they work out.”
“The people voted to break it up, so I imagine that's what they'll do,” Trump told a news conference at the NATO summit in Brussels.
“But maybe they're taking a little bit of a different route, so I don't know if that's what they voted for.”
Published: 12/07/2018 by Radio NewsHub
Hopes dashed, England fans taste bitter defeat once again
Some England soccer fans sobbed while others looked to the future with confidence after their once improbable dreams of a first World Cup final in more than 50 years were dashed by Croatia.
“We blew our chances,” 17-year-old Josh Ogunde said after watching the 2-1 semi-final defeat with friends near Trafalgar Square in central London as the disappointed crowds streamed home.
“I just believe we can come back another time, and I hope before I die I see England win the World Cup,” Ogunde said.
Matt Reece, 25, who works in marketing, said England had far outperformed the low expectations of them when the tournament began.
But he lamented England's failure to take full advantage of what appeared an unusually easy route to the final, avoiding most of the heavyweight teams in Russia.
“They've been unbelievable the whole tournament but at the end of the day, it was our best chance ever and we haven’t taken it,” Re..
Trade and tea with the Queen as Trump visits Britain
U.S. President Donald Trump flies into Britain on Thursday for talks with the leader of the United States' closest ally in Europe, and tea with Queen Elizabeth, set against a backdrop of protests and what he described as the country's turmoil over Brexit.
Fresh from a NATO summit where Trump chided Germany and other European nations for failing to contribute enough to defence spending, British Prime Minister Theresa May is hoping his trip will boost the close ties between their two nations and help forge a future free trade deal.
“There is no stronger alliance than that of our special relationship with the U.S. and there will be no alliance more important in the years ahead,” May said in a statement.
Trump's trip coincides with a tumultuous week for May after two senior ministers resigned in protest at her plans for trade with the European Union after Britain leaves next March.
The president has already wad..