Scottish deer found dead tangled in discarded fishing gear

A campaign to reduce the amount of litter in Scotland’s waters has been stepped up after images of a stag with rope tangled in its antlers were released. Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) has highlighted the dangers of marine rubbish to wildlife on land by publishing the photos, which were taken on the Rumnational nature reserve. The organisation revealed two…

Donald Trump can’t block people on Twitter, judge rules

Donald Trump cannot block Twitter users because it violates their right to free speech under the First Amendment, a New York judge has ruled. The ruling by Federal Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald came in response to a lawsuit filed against the US president in July.  Lodged by the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University…

Political novice confirmed as Italy’s next prime minister

A little-known academic was confirmed as Italy’s new prime minister last night as an avowedly anti-euro banker was tipped to become his economy minister. Giuseppe Conte was appointed the country’s next leader despite accusations that he had inflated his curriculum vitae, with doubts arising over the reliability of his claims that he had studied or…

Trump says he is victim of “Spygate” after FBI reportedly used Cambridge professor as source

Donald Trump accused the FBI of being involved in a scandal he branded «Spygate» following its reported use of a retired Cambridge university professor to glean information about whether his presidential campaign colluded with Russia. Mr Trump, writing on Twitter, escalated his recent attacks on the agency, referring to what he called the «Criminal Deep…

Broadband crackdown reveals five major providers are offering ‘bare minimum’ speeds  

A crackdown on advertised broadband speeds has revealed that customers are paying the UK’s biggest providers over £20 a month to receive the lowest acceptable internet speed. From today broadband firms are banned from selling internet packages with «up to» speeds and must instead show the average speed received at peak times, under new Advertising Standards Authority rules. …

Self-identifying trans women eligible for all-women shortlists, Labour confirms in new statement

The Labour Party has put out an official statement ruling that people who self-identify as women are allowed to be on all-women’s shortlists, and stand as women’s officers. On Tuesday, The National Executive Committee (NEC) decided to approve a new statement, which explicitly states that self-identifying transgender women are eligible in selections. It confirms the…

New report sheds light on TB, a scourge that kills 239,000 children a year

One in four children who contract tuberculosis die from the disease worldwide, as a new report aims to highlight the need to increase protection of young people from the disease. The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease criticised “the systematic disregard for children’s rights to health” which it says is responsible for the high death rate among children who contract TB….

Isil sleeper cells could strike the Philippines, army chief warns

Sleeper cells pledging allegiance to the Isil terrorist group could be waiting to strike in the Philippines at any time, the country’s army chief has warned.  Lt General Rolando Joselito Bautista, the Philippine army’s commanding general, said the military had learned of cells in the south of the country that were capable of carrying out…

International journalists depart for North Korea’s nuclear test site, as experts warn demolition could destroy valuable evidence

International journalists on Wednesday set out on an arduous journey to witness the dismantlement of North Korea’s nuclear test site, Punggye-ri – an event that experts predict will be more about PR than substance.  The departure of about 22 Chinese, American, Russian and British journalists, including a Sky News team, from the North Korean port city of Wonsan,…

New York lawyer insists he is ‘not racist’ after tirade at Spanish-speaking restaurant staff prompts Mariachi protest outside his home

A Manhattan lawyer has insisted he is “not racist” after a video of his tirade against Spanish-speaking restaurant staff prompted hundreds to protest outside his home with a Mariachi band. Aaron Schlossberg has apologised on social media and said “seeing myself online opened my eyes” after a video surfaced of him haranguing workers at the…

SpaceX rocket launches satellites designed to track climate change

SpaceX has launched twin satellites on a Falcon 9 rocket as part of a climate monitoring experiment between Nasa and German researchers. GRACE-FO tracks the movement of water and ice on and beneath the Earth’s surface, as well as changes in the planet’s mass and gravity field. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/05/23/spacex-rocket-launches-satellites-designed-track-climate-change/

Oxford University in spat with David Lammy over diversity figures, as official account retweets post calling MP ‘bitter’

The University of Oxford has come under fierce criticism from MPs and public figures after it retweeted a post calling David Lammy «bitter» following his criticism of their diversity figures. The figures show that for some of the most prestigious courses, white students are twice as likely to get in as their black counterparts. It…

UK weather: Temperatures to hit 30c this bank holiday weekend

Britain is set to bake again this bank holiday weekend with temperatures rocketing to 30C (86F). Meteorologists at the Met Office say areas in the south east of England could be double the usual temperature for this time of year, with the mercury hitting near-record levels on bank holiday Monday. «The average temperature for this…

Donald Trump lawyer Michael Cohen’s business partner cooperating with prosecutors

A business partner of US President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen has agreed to cooperate with prosecutors in investigations, the New York Times reported on Tuesday. Evgeny Freidman, a Russian immigrant who is known as the Taxi King, will avoid jail time and will assist government prosecutors in state or federal investigations, the newspaper report said, citing…

Save the Children charity ‘tried to shut down’ sex scandal

One of the UK’s biggest charities has been accused of spending £100,000 on lawyers to try to “shut down” reporting of sexual harassment cases involving its senior staff. Sir Alan Parker, a former chairman of Save the Children, was questioned by MPs on the international development select committee about the handling of investigations into claims…

Half of Britons will be obese by 2045

Half of Britons will be obese by 2045 if current trends are not halted, according to new forecasts. Experts said that without radical action the NHS will be “overwhelmed” – with one in eight suffering from type 2 diabetes. The condition already costs the health service around £10 billion annually. Almost one in three British adults are…

Canals prescribed by GPs to combat depression 

Canal walks are being prescribed by GPs to combat depression, the Canal and River Trust has revealed.  A trip to the canal reduces stress and helps people deal with low mood and loneliness, the charity’s chairman has claimed, as he unveiled a rebrand focusing on the health and wellbeing benefits of the waterways. Allan Leighton…

Water firms told to leak less as officials warn of widespread drought

Britain’s leaky pipes are threatening to cast large areas of the country into drought, officials have warned. The Environment Agency last night challenged major water companies to improve their infrastructure as it said they were losing the equivalent to 20 million people’s water usage every day. In a major report, the agency said three billion…

Cambridge professor accused of being FBI ‘source’ in Trump Russia probe was ‘put up for US ambassadorship’

A retired Cambridge professor suspected of being an FBI source in the Russia investigation was later recommended for a US ambassadorship in the Trump administration, claims reports. Prof Stefan Halper, 73, has emerged as a key figure in a battle playing out between Donald Trump and his own justice department. According to reports, the professor approached…

Instagram mega mum takes down account after accusations she used her children for advertising 

Four beautiful daughters, a perfect home and endless trips abroad have earned Clemmie Hooper almost 500,000 followers on social media and a reputation as one of the most influential «Insta-mums».  But despite the glamorous lifestyle that being an «influencer» has afforded the midwife and blogger, her account has now disappeared from Instagram amid rows over using…

R. Kelly accused of keeping 19-year-old in sexual slavery

A Texas woman has accused Grammy award-winning R&B singer R. Kelly of sexual slavery and knowingly infecting her with a STD, according to court documents filed in Manhattan on Monday. Faith Rodgers, 20, met the singer a year ago in San Antonio, after one of his concerts. She claims that Kelly, 51, would lock her…

British diver drowned on Australian reef after instructor ‘momentarily looked away’, inquest hears

A 23-year-old British tourist who drowned while diving in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef went missing after her instructor strayed from the planned route and then looked away from the dive group, an inquest has heard. Bethany Farrell, from Colchester in Essex, was travelling with friends and was just several weeks into a gap year when she drowned…

MPs recommends Burma be referred to International Criminal Court for Rohingya ethnic cleansing

British MPs have called for the Burmese regime to be referred to the international criminal court over evidence of state-sanctioned ethnic cleansing against the country’s Rohingya Muslim minority.  In a report published on Tuesday, the House of Commons international development committee called for “major changes” in Britain’s dealings with Burma in the light of recent…

Countries that ban abortion are taking more lives than they save — women and babies

This Friday Ireland faces a historic vote on whether to reform the country’s abortion laws, which are among the most restrictive in Europe. Currently, women in Ireland who need an abortion are forced to travel abroad — usually England — or may resort to clandestine termination of their pregnancies.  Worldwide, an estimated 25 million unsafe abortions occur each year, even…

Wood-burning stoves: What do the new rules mean for your heater? 

More than one million British family homes warm their cockles with a wood-burning stove during the winter months. This year, however, they could face a crackdown, after the Government announced plans to regulate stoves as part of its wider clean air strategy.  The Government will ban the sale of stoves that don’t meet environmental standards, encourage…

Scottish court told Brexit could be unilaterally halted

A judge has been told there is an alternative to Theresa May’s “deal or no deal” approach to leaving the EU which could see Brexit unilaterally halted. Aidan O’Neill QC, representing a group of pro-Remain politicians, raised the prospect at Scotland’s highest civil court of MPs instructing the UK Government to withdraw its Article 50…

France has lost the fight in drug-ridden suburbs, admits Emmanuel Macron

France has “lost the fight against drug trafficking” in many suburbs, warned Emmanuel Macron as shocking images of masked gunmen opening fire in Marseille and a brutal daylight murder highlighted the uphill task he faces.  Amateur footage of police clashing with Kalashnikov-wielding gangsters in the southern port city came as Mr Macron unveiled new measures for…

War on sugar failing as puddings get sweeter 

Government targets to cut the sugar in common foods have failed spectacularly – with puddings getting sweeter and no change at all in chocolates or biscuits, new figures show. Ministers pledged to slash levels in a vast range of products by 20 per cent by 2020, under the Government’s 2016 childhood obesity strategy. But the first official…

Virgin Media’s £240 early exit fee is unlawful, Ofcom rules, as customers could receive compensation

Virgin Media customers who have been hit with «early exit penalties» could be offered compensation as telecoms watchdogs have said the charges are unlawful.  Home movers were being penalised with excessive «early disconnection charges» when they moved to an area not supported by Virgin Media before their contract ended. Virgin Media broadband is only available in around half of the…

Government pledges more than£30m to fight superbugs

The UK government has given the fight against deadly superbugs a boost with a pledge of £30m for the development of new drugs and diagnostics. New antibiotics are seen as vital in the battle to curb the rise in drug resistant infections, thought to be linked to around 700,000 deaths around the world every year,…

Death toll from bat-borne Nipah virus in India jumps to 10

The death toll from an outbreak of the rare Nipah virus in southern India has risen to at least 10, officials said Tuesday, with another 90 people quarantined to try to stem the spread of the disease. Authorities in Kerala state have ordered emergency measures to control the virus, which is spread by fruit bats….

Police told to lose their fear of chasing moped gangs

Police drivers will be given the green light to pursue moped gangs even if they are not wearing helmets, under proposed changes to the law. Confusion over the existing rules means many officers are reluctant to give chase to criminals, fearing that they will be hauled over the coals if the rider is injured or…

Australian archbishop most senior Catholic to be convicted of covering up sex abuse of altar boys

An Australian archbishop has become the most senior Roman Catholic cleric in the world to be convicted of covering up child sex abuse and faces a potential two years in prison when he is sentenced next month. Archbishop of Adelaide Philip Wilson was convicted in Newcastle Local Court, north of Sydney, following a magistrate-only trial. Wilson, 67, had pleaded…

Flexible working could fix the gender pay gap, says major new report

Businesses are being urged to assess and improve their flexible working practices in a bid to end gender discrimination in the workplace. One of the biggest barriers to gender equality and pay parity is employers’ continued refusal to accept non-traditional working practices, according to a new joint report from flexible working experts  Timewise and consultants Deloitte.  The report said…

North Korea oozes with the ‘blood of endless revenge’ as South Korean president travels to Washington

After weeks of distinctly watered-down criticisms of its enemies, North Korea is once again ratcheting up its rhetoric as South Korea and the United States carry out joint military exercises and Moon Jae-in, the South Korean president, holds talks in Washington with President Donald Trump. The state-run Rodong Sinmun newspaper unloaded its spleen into an…

An egg a day may keep heart disease away, according to new study

The 1960s advertising slogan, «Go to work on an egg,» may have offered sound dietary advice, according to new research that found an egg a day may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Consumption of up to one egg daily was linked with lower rates of strokes and heart disease, according to the research published in journal…

GPs being paid for handing out statins puts off patients, review finds

Patients at risk of heart disease are failing to take statins because they worry GPs are being paid to hand them out, researchers have said. A new study found “mistrust” over doctors’ motivations was reducing uptake of the potentially life-saving drug. NHS bosses currently offer GP practices financial incentives to boost the rate of patients…

Disclosure failures result in ‘Russian roulette with defendants’ lives’ says lawyer as young man is cleared of rape 

Failures in disclosure are resulting in the criminal justice system «playing Russian roulette with defendants’ lives and liberties», a lawyer has said after a man was cleared of rape following the discovery of 30,000 Facebook messages. The young man, who has been named only as Cameron, was charged with rape and six counts of sex with…

Space-based threats are an ‘acute and increasing risk’ to Britain, Air Force head says

Space-based threats offer an “acute and increasing risk” to Britain’s security, the head of the Air Force has warned. Potential adversaries recognise our reliance on space and “dependency creates vulnerabilities”, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier said. Countering such threats has “hitherto not been one of our highest priorities” he admitted.  Speaking at the Defence…

What now for Doria?

Meghan Markle’s mother captured the nation’s heart as she cried at her daughter’s wedding, but what is next for Doria Ragland? Oprah Winfrey, a royal birthday party and a Commonwealth tour could be on her horizon. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/05/21/now-doria/

Maypole row over pole that requires planning permission

A maypole row has taken hold of a town which has held dances since the 17th century after it was told its current pole requires planning permission.   Locals in Bream, Gloucestershire, which was once home to 18 maypoles and even has a Maypole Cottage, a Maypole estate and a Maypole Road, held a “dance…

The Queen attends Chelsea Flower Show

The Queen has attended Chelsea Flower Show ahead of the opening of the iconic event. She was accompanied by Princess Anne, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and Princess Alexandra. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/05/21/queen-attends-chelsea-flower-show/

Barack and Michelle Obama sign Netflix deal to produce films and TV series

Barack and Michelle Obama have agreed a deal to produce TV series and movies for Netflix. The online the streaming service announced the multi-year deal with the former US president on Monday. «President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama have entered into a multi-year agreement to produce films and series for Netflix, potentially including scripted series, unscripted series, docu-series, documentaries, and features,» the company…

Who is Giuseppe Conte, Italy’s next prime minister?

A law professor with zero political experience has been nominated as Italy’s next prime minister. Giuseppe Conte, who teaches public administration law at Florence University, was educated at Yale, the Sorbonne and – briefly, for a month – Cambridge University. He was chosen as a neutral, acceptable compromise candidate by Luigi Di Maio, the head…

Law professor nominated as Italy’s new prime minister, as EU warns populists they are ‘playing with fire’

A law professor with zero political experience was nominated as Italy’s next prime minister on Monday as the EU warned that the country’s nascent populist government was “playing with fire”. After 11 weeks of political paralysis, Luigi Di Maio, head of the anti-establishment Five Star Movement, and Matteo Salvini, leader of the hard-Right League, presented…

Ken Livingstone resigns from the Labour Party amid anti-Semitism allegations

Ken Livingstone has announced that he is resigning from the Labour Party, saying the issues around his suspension for alleged anti-Semitism had become a “distraction”. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said the former Mayor of London’s resignation from the party was “sad” but “the right thing to do”. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/05/21/ken-livingstone-resigns-labour-party-amid-anti-semitism-allegations/

Glaucoma test on horizon to prevent most common cause of blindness 

The most common cause of incurable blindness could be stopped early after scientists discovered the genetic blueprint which predicts who is in danger of developing the condition. Around 480,000 people suffer from glaucoma in England which starts with a loss of peripheral vision and gradually spreads. It is thought to be caused by a build-up…

Tesco to scrap ‘best before’ dates on fruit and vegetables 

Tesco is removing «best before» dates from most of its fresh fruit and vegetable packs, leaving consumers to use common sense to decide when they are no longer fit to eat. The move, which applies to own-brand lines including apples, potatoes, tomatoes, lemons and onions, comes after campaign groups warned best before dates were confusing shoppers and encouraging…

Malaysia sets up task force to probe 1MDB scandal

Malaysia on Monday set up a task force to probe allegations that billions of dollars were looted from sovereign wealth fund 1MDB in an audacious fraud overseen by ousted leader Najib Razak. Mahathir Mohamad, the new prime minister  led a reformist alliance to a shock victory at the May 9 polls over Najib’s coalition, which…

Tube drivers to strike in row over new timetables

Drivers on the London Underground are to strike for two days next month in a row over new timetables. The Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union said its members will walk out on June 6 and 14, claiming the new timetables «ride roughshod» over rostering agreements. Aslef members have co-ordinated their industrial action for the same day, meaning…

US justice department expands probe into origins of FBI’s Russia investigation after public pressure from Donald Trump 

The US justice department has expanded a probe into whether the FBI acted with political bias when investigating the Trump campaign’s ties with Russia after pressure from the president.  The department said its inspector general had been tasked with “determining whether there was any impropriety or political motivation” in how the FBI acted before the…

Controversial plan to cull Australia’s wild Brumby horses abandoned

An Australian state government has decided to legally protect rather than kill thousands of wild horses, infuriating scientists who argue the feral species is doing severe environmental damage to the country’s iconic Snowy Mountains alpine region. New South Wales Deputy Premier John Barilaro said on Monday that his government had struck a balanced response to…

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