Bodies of girls ‘submerged in oil’ as dad is held

By Lucia Binding, news reporter The bodies of two little girls were submerged in crude oil days before authorities discovered them in Colorado, court documents reveal. Christopher Watts is accused of killing daughters Bella, four, Celeste, three, and his pregnant wife Shanann, 34, in their home in Frederick, Colorado, on Monday. Four days later, their […]

Jeers for ex-officials at Genoa bridge state funeral

By Alix Culbertson, news reporter Members of Italy’s former government were jeered by the families of victims of the Genoa bridge collapse as four more bodies were found on Saturday. There were shouts of “buffone” – clown – and “vergogna” – shame on you – as former minister and current Democratic Party secretary Maurizio Martina […]

Labour suspends councillor after anti-Semitism rant

The Labour Party has suspended councillor and former MP Jim Sheridan after an outburst on Facebook over the anti-Semitism row. The 65-year-old, who has not commented since his social media rant, had written: “For all my adult life I have had the utmost respect and empathy for the Jewish community and their historic suffering. 3:04 […]

Pakistan and China: Will Imran Khan stick or twist?

By Tom Cheshire, Asia correspondent It is a relationship “sweeter than honey”. One is an “irreplaceable all-weather friend” and together, they are “iron brothers”. Pakistan and China have been allies almost since the founding of the People’s Republic by the Chinese Communist Party. And that alliance could hold the key to the administration of Pakistan’s […]

Cricket legend Imran Khan sworn in as Pakistan PM

By Alix Culbertson, news reporter Cricket star-turned-politician Imran Khan has been sworn in as Pakistan’s prime minister. His swearing-in ceremony marks the end of decades of rotating leadership between two establishment parties, accompanied by periods of military rule of the nuclear armed country of 207 million people. The 65-year-old former playboy and World Cup cricket […]

Kofi Annan dies: Tributes mourn ‘great leader’

Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has died, an official UN organisation has confirmed. In a tweet, the UN Migration body said: “Today we mourn the loss of a great man, a leader, and a visionary.” It went on: “A life well lived. A life worth celebrating.” Speaking moments after the announcement, UN special envoy Peter […]

Sandhurst ‘waterboarding’ claims to be investigated

Military police have launched an investigation into claims that two officer cadets “waterboarded” a fellow recruit at Sandhurst academy. The probe into the alleged incident on 7 August was ordered by Brigadier Bill Wright, commander of the Berkshire military college. According to a report in The Sun, it is alleged a cadet was pinned down […]