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Body of hostage recovered from Gaza, says IDF (1 hour 8 minutes old)

The Israeli military said Ron Benjamin was found alongside the bodies of three other hostages.

Russia could increase Ukraine attacks, says Zelensky (11 hours old)

Moscow continues to make military gains in the Kharkiv region as Ukraine struggles with resources.

Boil water notice mostly lifted in Devon (5 hours old)

South West Water says about 2,500 homes will have to keep boiling water due to a parasite.

Heaton-Harris not standing for re-election (1 hour 16 minutes old)

The Northern Ireland secretary announced his intentions on the social media platform X, formerly Twitter.

Tunisia says 23 people missing in Mediterranean sea (1 hour 42 minutes old)

The national guard says it has informed the navy and search and rescue operations are under way.

Attacked Navalny ally will 'never give up' fight (10 hours old)

Leonid Volkov says his fight against Vladimir Putin will never end, speaking after a hammer attack outside his home.

Huge search for two teenage boys in river (4 hours old)

Emergency services are at scene in Ovingham after reports two teenagers had got into difficulty.

Unpaid carers being forced to repay £250m to DWP (12 hours old)

One claimant unknowingly overpaid Carer's Allowance said the debts she incurred have brought 'considerable financial strain'.

More Northern Lights soon as Sun storms strengthen (22 hours old)

Another spectacular light show could come within two weeks as Sun storms reach 11-year high.

Anne Robinson dating Queen Camilla's ex-husband (9 hours old)

In an interview with Saga magazine, the TV presenter spoke of dating as a woman in her 70s.

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Israeli minister vows to quit war cabinet if PM fails to agree new Gaza plan (3 hours old)

Benny Gantz’s threat to withdraw his opposition party from coalition calls into question future of governmentThe Israeli war cabinet minister Benny Gantz has threatened to resign if Benjamin Netanyahu fails to adopt an agreed plan for Gaza, calling into question the future of the Israeli government.During a press conference on Saturday, Gantz announced that if a plan for postwar governance of the territory is not consolidated and approved by 8 June, his opposition National Unity party will withdraw from the coalition government. Continue reading...

Third of voters believe Starmer was wrong to let Elphicke into Labour party (3 hours old)

In latest Opinium poll, only 16% say accepting rightwing Tory MP’s defection was the right move – against 33% who see it as a mistakeMore voters believe Keir Starmer was wrong to allow a rightwing Tory MP into Labour than think it was the right move, after anger from within the party’s ranks over the defection.Natalie Elphicke, the Dover MP, said the Tories had become “a byword for incompetence and division” when she made her shock departure to Labour earlier in May. The party leadership regarded it as a major coup to win the support of the MP on the frontline of the Channel crossings issue th[...]

Archbishop of Canterbury urges Starmer to ditch ‘cruel’ two-child benefit cap (5 hours old)

Head of Church of England Justin Welby tells Observer that ending policy would lift thousands of UK children out of povertyThe Observer view: Labour must tackle this scourgeGordon Brown: People haven’t woken up to thisTorsten Bell: We can easily end child povertyJustin Welby, the archbishop of Canterbury, has issued an impassioned plea to the government and Keir Starmer’s Labour party to scrap the two-child limit on benefit payments to families, branding it as a cruel and immoral policy that plunges hundreds of thousands of children into poverty.The intervention by the head of the Church of En[...]

Tyson Fury v Oleksandr Usyk: undisputed heavyweight championship – live (1 hour 14 minutes old)

Heavyweight rivals meet for WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO titlesFirst undisputed heavyweight championship fight since 1999Send Bryan a tweet at @BryanAGraham or email himHere’s how the fighters measure up ahead of tonight’s showdown. Fury came in 262lbs at yesterday’s weigh-in, arguably the best shape of his career and more than 15lbs below his weight from a highly underwhelming showing against MMA champion Francis Ngannou in their November crossover fight. Usyk tipped the scales at a career-high 223.5lbs, two pounds heavier than he weighed for the second Joshua bout.Fury’s advantages of seven inches [...]

Nadhim Zahawi says it was a mistake for Tories to force Boris Johnson from No 10 (2 hours old)

Former chancellor, who was one of those who urged Johnson to go, says Tories should have realised ‘Twitter was not the country’Former chancellor Nadhim Zahawi has said he and his Conservative colleagues were wrong to force out Boris Johnson as prime minister in 2022.Johnson resigned after less than three years in No 10 after more than 50 resignations from government of MPs and staff and waves of backbenchers urging him to quit over the handling of the Chris Pincher affair and numerous other scandals. He resigned as an MP a year later. Continue reading...

Jeremy Hunt urged to honour pledge on infected blood compensation payouts (4 hours old)

As the inquiry publishes it final report, the chancellor is under pressure to find £10bn to put right a longstanding injustice The chancellor, Jeremy Hunt, will come under pressure to stay true to his word and sign off on immediate compensation payments totalling up to £10bn to victims of the contaminated blood scandal when the long-awaited final report on the affair is published on Monday.The scandal is described as the worst treatment disaster in NHS history, with more than 3,000 people having died as a result of receiving contaminated blood products in the 1970s and 1980s. It is estimated t[...]

Tony O’Reilly, one of Ireland’s leading business figures, dies aged 88 (1 hour 29 minutes old)

O’Reilly, who was also an international rugby player for Ireland and the British and Irish Lions, died in Dublin on SaturdayTony O’Reilly, one of Ireland’s leading business figures, has died at the age of 88.O’Reilly, who had a career in the media as well as being an international rugby player for Ireland and the British and Irish Lions, died in St Vincent’s hospital in Dublin on Saturday. Continue reading...

Georgian president vetoes ‘foreign influence’ law (4 hours old)

Salome Zourabichvili says bill contradicts constitution but ruling party is expected to override her action in coming daysGeorgia’s president has vetoed a “foreign agents” bill that has split the country and appealed to the government not to overrule her over a law she said was “Russian in sprit and essence”.Salome Zourabichvil followed through on her stated intention to use her veto on Saturday although the governing Georgian Dream party has the votes to disregard her intervention. Continue reading...

Fewer than one in 10 arts workers in UK have working-class roots (5 hours old)

The cultural sector falls short on other measures of diversity too, with 9o% of workers white, says new reportSix in 10 of all arts and culture workers in the UK now come from middle-class backgrounds, compared with just over 42% of the wider workforce, according to new research.And while 23% of the UK workforce is from a working-class background, working-class people are underrepresented in every area of arts and culture. They make up 8.4% of those working in film, TV, radio and photography, while in museums, archives and libraries, the proportion is only 5.2%. Continue reading...

‘I put his matchstick men in the bin’: Lowry’s lost sketches go on display for first time (8 hours old)

When on holiday in Berwick the artist often gave his work away. Now a new exhibition reveals the value of drawings that survived in a shoebox A 1958 drawing of a family with their dogs by LS Lowry from one of his many holidays in Berwick-upon-Tweed is to go on public display for the first time. But the sketch is lucky to have survived: it was kept in a shoe box for 43 years, emerging somewhat creased because its recipient had little idea of Lowry’s significance.The signed and dated drawing on headed notepaper from the Castle Hotel, where the artist stayed for most summers from the 1930s until [...]

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Nigeria trip left the King and the Prince of Wales 'absolutely furious', royal author claims (3 hours old)

Speaking to The Mirror , author Tom Quinn remarked that the whistlestop 72-hour visit 'confirmed the worst fears' for the Duke of Sussex 's family.

The millennials taking over 'pensioner paradises': How 'Down From Londons' and under-40s are ditching the city for retirement hotspots in search of cheaper property and summers by the sea (13 hours old)

Put off by London's ever-increasing rent prices and the cost of living in big cities, young families and those fresh out of university are opting to live in quieter, more rural towns across the UK.

Astonishing dashcam footage shows moment female trucker plunged off bridge after swerving to avoid car and dangled in death-defying accident (1 day old)

Sydney Thomas, 26, was driving over the Clark Memorial Bridge in March when a pickup truck crashed into her and sent her careering over the side of the crossing .

Scottie Scheffler arrested and charged with felony assault on a cop outside PGA Championship (1 day old)

World No 1 golfer Scottie Scheffler was taken to jail on a string of charges - including a felony charge of assaulting a police officer - after being arrested by police outside Valhalla Golf Club.

Arne Slot CONFIRMS he will be Jurgen Klopp's successor at Liverpool with the Dutchman taking over at Anfield from the end of the season (1 day old)

Arne Slot has confirmed he will be Liverpool's new manager in his press conference on Friday, with the Feyenoord boss taking over from Jurgen Klopp at the end of the season. 

Britain's 'kindest plumber' had concrete-slab backyard transformed into 'Ibiza style party pad' for FREE by Alan Titchmarsh before 'faking good deeds' to raise millions in donations (1 day old)

EXCLUSIVE: The dream garden was given to Anderson as a thank-you gesture for what Titchmarsh described as his tireless work helping needy people with free plumbing jobs.

King Charles to go on first overseas trip since being diagnosed with cancer as he joins Queen Camilla and Prince William at 80th D-Day anniversary in Normandy (1 day old)

The King and Queen and the Prince of Wales will attend ceremonies in France to mark the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings on June 6, Buckingham Palace said.

Maths teacher Rebecca Joynes, 30, nicknamed 'Bunda Becky' by male pupils breaks down in tears as she is found GUILTY of having sex with two students - after trying to blame predatory behaviour on being lonely during Covid to them 'controlling' her (1 day old)

Maths teacher Rebecca Joynes, 30, who wrecked her career by having a one-night stand with a 15-year-old pupil then got pregnant by a second boy was today found guilty of a string of sex offences

Revealed: Pensioner poet, 71, accused of shooting Slovakian PM was filmed chanting 'long live Ukraine!' - after he gave up his steady life and book club to form anti-violence party when he was attacked at the supermarket by a drunk man (1 day old)

Alleged gunman Juraj Cintula, 71, is facing life in prison if convicted of the 'lone wolf', 'politically motivated' attack that rocked Europe, as it emerged he holds a range of political views.

The towns where the banks disappeared: Banking black holes are revealed after bosses shut down 6,000 branches in just nine years - leaving some facing a 20-mile round trip to access their accounts (1 day old)

By the end of this year, 33 of the UK's parliamentary constituencies will be without a single bank branch - including both Sedgefield in County Durham and Erith and Thamesmead in London.

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'Boil water' notice mostly lifted after Devon outbreak (5 hours old)

South West Water says about 2,500 homes will have to keep boiling water due to a parasite.

Heaton-Harris not standing for re-election (1 hour 16 minutes old)

The Northern Ireland secretary announced his intentions on the social media platform X, formerly Twitter.

Unpaid carers being forced to repay £250m to DWP (12 hours old)

One claimant unknowingly overpaid Carer's Allowance said the debts she incurred have brought 'considerable financial strain'.

Huge search for two teenage boys in river (4 hours old)

Emergency services are at scene in Ovingham after reports two teenagers had got into difficulty.

Troops cleared of blame over Falklands ship bombing (15 hours old)

Secret files finally clear the Welsh Guards after 48 crew were killed in the bombing of Sir Galahad.

Thousands join pro-Palestinian march in London (2 hours old)

Demonstrators reiterated calls for a ceasefire in the Israel-Gaza conflict during the protest.

Funeral for boy, 5, who fell from block of flats (13 hours old)

"Beautiful and caring" Aalim Makail, who died on Thursday, was buried at a local mosque on Saturday.

M&S website and app hit by technical issue (6 hours old)

Customers were unable to shop online for around five hours but services are now working again.

Thunderstorms reported after Met Office warning (2 hours old)

Forecasters warned that some areas could see up to 50mm (2in) of rain and flooding on Saturday.

We'll need universal basic income - AI 'godfather' (9 hours old)

Geoffrey Hinton, known as the godfather of AI, said the technology could leave many without jobs.

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Binance executive denied bail in Nigeria over money laundering charges (1 day old)

Tigran Gambaryan faces allegations of ‘serious criminality’ on behalf of world’s largest cryptocurrency exchangeA Nigerian court has ruled that Tigran Gambaryan, the Binance executive detained on charges of tax evasion and money laundering, can face trial on behalf of the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange.In a judgment in Abuja on Friday – Gambaryan’s 40th birthday – the presiding judge, Emeka Nwite, denied the American national bail, saying he was likely to abscond. Continue reading...

‘Bullet wounds are common’: crime rife in DRC’s rebel-besieged city of Goma (1 day old)

Robberies, shootings, extortion and rapes have surged since the Rwandan-backed M23 militia cut off the eastern Congolese capitalIn broad daylight on 16 April, three armed and uniformed men held up a city centre mobile phone shop.Threatening staff, they helped themselves to about £700 worth of goods, before making off on a motorbike, disappearing into the busy streets of Goma, in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. Continue reading...

South Africa calls on ICJ to order Israel to end Rafah offensive (2 days old [16/05/24])

Lawyers urge international court of justice to issue urgent measures over assault on Gaza’s southernmost citySouth Africa has asked the international court of justice (ICJ) to urgently order Israel to end its assault on Rafah, halt its military campaign across Gaza, and allow international investigators and journalists into the territory.In a court hearing, lawyers for South Africa expanded a written request for judges to issue an emergency order to stop the offensive into Rafah, Gaza’s southernmost city. Continue reading...

‘Realities of apartheid’: South African artist wins Deutsche Börse photography prize (2 days old [16/05/24])

Lebohang Kganye blends oral traditions, family photos and theatre in a ‘new and fresh way’ to trace personal history of apartheid eraThe South African artist Lebohang Kganye has won the prestigious Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation prize for her work that uses large-scale cutouts and elements of set design to trace and depict her family history during the apartheid era.The Johannesburg-based artist took home the £30,000 prize for her winning exhibition, which is on display at the Photographers’ Gallery in central London and is called Haufi nyana? I’ve come to take you home. Continue readin[...]

Nigerian activists condemn mass ‘forced marriages’ of 100 girls and young women (2 days old [16/05/24])

Petition launched to halt mass ceremony that organisers say is for 100 orphans whose parents were killed by gangsHuman rights activists in Nigeria have launched a petition to stop a plan to push 100 girls and young women into marriage in a mass ceremony, which has caused outrage in the west African country.The plan, sponsored by Abdulmalik Sarkindaji, the speaker of the national assembly in the largely Muslim north-western state of Niger, were criticised by Nigeria’s women’s affairs minister, Uju Kennedy Ohanenye. She said she would seek a court injunction to stop the ceremony next week and es[...]

Scientists find buried branch of the Nile that may have carried pyramids’ stones (2 days old [16/05/24])

Discovery of the branch, which ran alongside 31 pyramids, could solve mystery of blocks’ transportationScientists have discovered a long-buried branch of the Nile River that once flowed alongside more than 30 pyramids in Egypt, potentially solving the mystery of how ancient Egyptians transported the massive stone blocks to build the monuments.The 40-mile-long (64km) river branch, which ran by the Giza pyramid complex among other wonders, was hidden under desert and farmland for millennia, according to a study revealing the find on Thursday. Continue reading...

Toxic ‘forever chemicals’ ubiquitous in Great Lakes basin, study finds (4 hours old)

PFAS chemicals present in air, rain, atmosphere and water in basin, which holds nearly 95% of US freshwaterToxic PFAS “forever chemicals” are ubiquitous in the Great Lakes basin’s air, rain, atmosphere and water, new peer-reviewed research shows.The first-of-its-kind, comprehensive picture of PFAS levels for the basin, which holds nearly 95% of the nation’s freshwater, also reveals that precipitation is probably a major contributor to the lakes’ contamination.This story was amended on 18 May 2024 to clarify that Buffalo does not border Lake Ontario. Continue reading...

Netflix’s One Hundred Years of Solitude brings fame to Gabriel García Márquez’s Colombian hometown (7 hours old)

Locals hope TV adaptation of One Hundred Years of Solitude will bring new life to Aracataca, birthplace of author’s magical realismIn sweltering mid-afternoon heat, children splash in the clear water of the canal that threads through town as elderly neighbours look on from rocking chairs on the porches of their sun-washed houses. Butterflies spring from every bush, sometimes fluttering together in kaleidoscopes.At the foot of Colombia’s Sierra Nevada mountains, about 20 miles from the Caribbean coast, Gabriel García Márquez’s fictional world of Macondo lives on. Continue reading...

Fans queue round the block as tiny Mexican taco stand wins Michelin star (15 hours old)

There was more business than usual and some bemused regulars after El Califa de León was rewarded for its ‘exceptional’ offeringEl Califa de León, an unassuming taco joint in Mexico City, measures just 3 metres by 3 metres and has space for only about six people to stand at a squeeze. Locals usually wait for 5 minutes between ordering and picking up their food.All that changed on Wednesday, however, when it became the first Mexican taco stand ever to win a Michelin star, putting it in the exalted company of fine dining restaurants around the world, and drawing crowds like it has never seen. Co[...]

Teen who texted 911 rescued after she was trafficked to California from Mexico (1 day old)

In texts received in Spanish and translated to English, the girl tried to describe her location, though she did not know where she wasAuthorities rescued a 17-year old girl after she was trafficked to Ventura county, California, from Mexico two months ago and texted 911 for help.On Thursday, the Ventura county sheriff’s office announced that on 9 May authorities rescued the girl after she sent messages to 911. The text message correspondence began with a call taker at a 911 communication center, according to the sheriff’s office, which added that the messages were received in Spanish and trans[...]

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