Politics

General election 2019: Tories investigate candidate over alleged Islamophobia

[ad_1] Image copyright UK Parliament Image caption Labour's Naz Shah said she was "disgusted" by the comments of a Conservative party candidate The Conservatives are investigating a complaint made by Labour candidate Naz Shah that a Tory candidate re-tweeted Islamophobic material.In a letter to Conservative chair James Cleverly, Ms Shah called for action over the Twitter activity of the party's candidate Linden Kemkaran.This includes allegedly re-tweeting a post calling Islam a
Business

Maurice Saatchi quits advertising firm he co-founded

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Lord Maurice Saatchi has quit the advertising agency he co-founded in 1995 along with three other directors in the wake of an accounting scandal.M&C Saatchi shares have collapsed this year from a high of about £4 each to 103 pence after profit warnings.The company also revealed a £11.6m hole in its earnings last week.Lord Saatchi founded the firm with his brother Charles after being forced
US & World

Merriam-Webster: Non-binary pronoun ‘they’ is word of year

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Singer Sam Smith came out as non-binary this year, and confirmed that their pronouns are they/them Merriam-Webster has named "they" its word of the year.The US dictionary also recently added a new definition of "they", reflecting its use as a singular personal pronoun for non-binary people.Searches for "they" on Merriam-Webster's website were 313% higher this year than they were in 2018.British pop star
Politics

General election 2019: London Bridge victim’s dad ‘offended by Johnson’

[ad_1] The father of one of the victims of the London Bridge attack has accused Boris Johnson of using his son's death "to score points" in the general election.After the attack on 29 November, the prime minister blamed Usman Khan's early release from prison on legislation introduced under the Labour government.The father of Cambridge graduate Jack Merritt, who was stabbed to death in the attack, told Sky News that "instead
US & World

Assisted dying: Western Australia passes legislation

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Supporters of the bill staged a rally in Perth in August Western Australia has legalised voluntary assisted dying, becoming the second state in the country to do so.There were cheers and emotional scenes in the public gallery as MPs passed the historic legislation in the state's lower house of parliament in Perth.Some MPs also hugged each other on the floor of the legislative
UK News

General election 2019: The misinformation war over the boy in the hospital

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Near identical claims about a faked photo were posted on multiple social media accounts It's the image that catapulted the NHS to the forefront of the election and led to a difficult day on the campaign trail for Boris Johnson.Leeds General Infirmary has apologised to the family of Jack, four, who was pictured sleeping on the floor of the hospital after being admitted
Entertainment

Peter Handke receives Nobel Literature prize

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP Image caption Peter Handke was applauded by the attendees at Tuesday's ceremony in Stockholm Austrian author Peter Handke has received his Nobel prize for Literature at a ceremony in Sweden.The choice of Handke was controversial because of his support for the Serbian side in the 1990s Yugoslav war.The ambassadors of countries including Bosnia, Albania, Kosovo and Turkey boycotted the ceremony in protest.Olga Tokarczuk, who is considered
Business

Exxon wins New York climate change fight

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Exxon was accused of misleading investors about the potential cost of financial regulation Exxon Mobil has won a court battle in New York in which it was accused of misleading investors about the costs of addressing climate change.The state had argued that oil giant used two figures to calculate the risks of climate change, misrepresenting the cost in public disclosures.Exxon had denied wrongdoing.
Politics

General election 2019: Corbyn responds to Ashworth phone call

[ad_1] Jeremy Corbyn says shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth has his full support after he appeared to criticise the Labour leader in a secretly recorded phone call.In the recording – leaked to the Conservative-supporting website Guido Fawkes – Mr Ashworth is heard saying he did not believe Labour would win the election.Mr Ashworth has insisted the conversation with a Tory-activist friend over a week ago was "banter".Mr Corbyn told the