Keir Starmer's wife gave sweary 8-word response after their awkward first phone call

Victoria Starmer has become Labour leader Keir's rock - but their first encounter was anything but romantic. So in the run-up to the UK general election, who is Lady Starmer, do they have children and what is her job?

CRAIG BROWN'S election night 1997... part two

For those bored by the current General Election, I recommend watching the full 1997 Election Night coverage on BBC iPlayer.

House solons back halting construction of new Senate building

MANILA, Philippines — Lawmakers from the House of Representatives on Wednesday supported the decision of Senate President Francis “Chiz” Escudero to suspend the construction of the upper chamber’s new building pending its review, criticizing the staggering P23 billion budget needed for its completion. In a statement, members of the House’s so-called “Young Guns” pointed out the “escalating costs and potential waste of public funds” associated...

China's Premier Li lands in New Zealand for talks with prime minister

By Lucy Craymer WELLINGTON (Reuters) - China’s Premier Li Qiang landed in New Zealand’s capital city of Wellington on Thursday ahead of three days of meetings and events there and in the country’s largest city, Auckland, the highest level Chinese visit in seven years. The Chinese Embassy in Wellington confirmed Li had arrived on Thursday morning to start his visit. Once a moderate voice on

1,000 days have passed since the Taliban barred girls from secondary education, the UN says

ISLAMABAD (AP) — One thousand days have passed since girls in Afghanistan were banned from attending secondary schools. That's according to the U.N. children’s agency, which said Thursday that “no country can move forward when half its population is left behind.” UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell in a statement urged Taliban authorities to allow all children to resume learning immediately, and called on the international community to...

Rural India runs dry as thirsty megacity Mumbai sucks water

Far from the gleaming high-rises of India's financial capital Mumbai, impoverished villages in areas supplying the megacity's water are running dry -- a crisis repeated across the country that experts say foreshadows terrifying problems. Government authorities both at the state level and in New Delhi say they are committed to tackling the problem and have announced repeated schemes to address the water crisis.

Labour promise to become 'the party of wealth creation

Sir Keir Starmer will unveil his party's election manifesto making economic stability the first of its six 'first steps' for government and has pledged there will be no 'tax surprises'.

Argentine Senate passes Milei reform bill as protests rage outside

By Nicolás Misculin and Eliana Raszewski BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) -Argentina's Senate passed a sprawling bill on Wednesday that is key to libertarian President Javier Milei's economic reform plans, while protesters set fires and clashed with police in the streets outside Congress. The upper house was divided down the middle over the bill, which was passed in a general vote after the head of the

Two pest control workers found frozen to death at chicken factory

Pest control subcontractors Jonathan Collins, 34 and Neil Moon, 49, were found dead in the early hours of October 4, 2018, at the Attleborough chicken factory in Norfolk.

Rishi Sunak and Keir Starmer in Sky News election grilling

Sir Keir Starmer failed to rule out a host of tax rises last night, as he squirmed over his past support for Jeremy Corbyn .

Barrels of suspected sodium cyanide seized from private resort

Some 37 barrels of suspected sodium cyanide worth around P2 million were confiscated from a private resort in Maasim, Sarangani. Authorities said the abandoned barrels of chemicals were allegedly to be delivered to Balut Island in Sarangani, Davao Occidental. The chemicals will be turned over to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Soccsksargen (DENR-12). Under the Toxic Substances and Hazardous and Nuclear Wastes Control Act (RA...

The most peaceful countries to live in this year

How do we measure the delicate balance of peace in a world where finding safety is perhaps the greatest challenge we face? All of the countries listed here are committed to creating a stable and comfortable environment in which their citizens can thrive and grow without living in fear of crime, terrorism, and other dangers. In this gallery, we invite you to explore the Global Peace Index results for 2024, as nations vie for the coveted title of the most peaceful country on Earth. Click through to find the answers.

Troubled G7 leaders focus on Ukraine war, China in Italian summit

By Crispian Balmer and Angelo Amante BARI, Italy (Reuters) - Group of Seven (G7) leaders start their annual summit on Thursday looking to double down on support for Ukraine in its war with Russia and offer a united face in confronting China's political and economic ambitions. With the Middle East, migration and artificial intelligence (AI) also on a packed agenda, the June 13-15 summit in

Anne Frank and the legacy she left the world

Over 75 years after her death, Anne Frank is still inspiring millions around the globe. The story of how she and her family hid from the Nazis during the Second World War and the diary she kept throughout their concealment has made Anne Frank one of the most discussed Jewish victims of the Holocaust. She perished as a prisoner in 1945 at Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. Her legacy, however, has endured, and today the young teenager's memoirs from her two years in hiding live on forever as testament to the indestructible nature of the human spirit. Click through for an appreciation of Anne Frank and her short but remarkable life.

House-approved divorce bill transmitted to Senate, says Lagman

MANILA, Philippines — The absolute divorce bill, which the House of Representatives passed on the third and final reading last May 22, has been transmitted to the Senate, Albay 1st District Rep. Edcel Lagman said on Wednesday. In a statement, Lagman said House Bill No. 9349 “was finally transmitted to the Senate as contained in a letter dated June 10, 2024, from House Secretary General Reginald S. Velasco to Senate President Francis “Chiz”...

Jeremy Hunt predicts he will win or lose his seat by just 1,500 votes

It would surpass the infamous 'Portillo moment' when then-cabinet minister Michael Portillo suffered a shock defeat in 1997 amid a Labour landslide.

Emergency crews in flooded Murcia launch rescue operation

Emergency crews in a popular tourist region in Spain have been forced to launch an rescue operation to save several people trapped in their cars following heavy flooding.

Neil Goldschmidt, former Oregon governor who confessed to sex with a minor in the 1970s, has died

Former Oregon Gov. Neil Goldschmidt, who as mayor of Portland was credited with starting the city on its path to becoming a magnet for the young, hip and liberal but whose reputation unraveled after it was revealed he had a yearslong affair with an aide’s teenage daughter, has died. He was 83. Goldschmidt died at his Portland home on Wednesday, The Oregonian reported, according to family members. The newspaper said the cause was heart failure....

Bhad Bhabie left 'shaken up' after being detained by police at gas station after her car was mistaken for burglary suspect's getaway vehicle

Bhad Bhabie was detained by police in a case of mistaken identity this week..

The deadliest animals on the planet

The chances of being fatally attacked by an animal might be low, but do you know which species are most likely to kill you if it does happen? These dangerous creatures come in all shapes and sizes. And while some cause large numbers of human fatalities, others are relatively unheard of but extremely lethal when contact is made. Click through the following gallery to discover the most dangerous animal in the world.

DOTr, Jica to wrap up rail master plan by year-end

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Transportation (DOTr) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica) are aiming to complete the 30-year rail master plan covering the capital and nearby densely populated regions by the end of the year. Transportation Secretary Jaime Bautista, in an interview in Parañaque last week, said the study for the big-ticket public transportation project was ongoing. “We should be able to have it before the end...

Denmark recalls South Korean noodles for being too spicy

SEOUL — Denmark’s food agency has recalled South Korean instant ramen produced by a brand popular in the West, warning noodle lovers that they were so hot they might cause “acute poisoning”. Three Samyang Foods noodle products were assessed to have dangerous levels of capsaicin, the active component of chilli peppers, the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration said in a statement on Tuesday. The three products from Samyang instant ramen line...

Did the CIA betray Nelson Mandela?

In August 1962, Nelson Mandela, the leader of the African National Congress, was arrested by South African police. For decades afterwards, rumors circulated that the authorities had been working on a tip-off provided to them by the Central Intelligence Agency. But only recently have these claims been properly investigated, and the revelations are shocking! So, did the American intelligence community really betray one of the most famous figures of the 20th century? Click through and uncover the truth.

Miss Universe Philippines accused of failing to pay for trophy designs

MANILA, Philippines— Local designer and sculptor Jef Albea publicly called out the Miss Universe Philippines Organization for failing to pay him for the trophies he designed and crafted for their recent coronation night. Albea, a visual artist but more known for creating beautiful bridal gowns, expressed his frustration and disappointment over the non-payment issue in a social media post. Albea did not hold back in his statement, making it clear...

‘Safety first’: BINI stops Independence Day performance due to unruly crowd

MANILA, Philippines —P-pop sensation BINI had to put a sudden stop to their Independence Day show in Manila after the audience became unruly. BINI was slated to perform at the government’s Independence Day festivities in Luneta Park after President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. delivered his speech. READ: Tribute to heroes, job fairs, free BINI concert However, after performing their song “Lagi,” the girl group had to appeal to the audience to behave...

Supporting refugees: The celebrities who lead by example

For every major conflict that ever happens around the world, hundreds of thousands of people are displaced from their homes, if not millions. These refugees tried to escape war, persecution, and other threats to their lives, leaving them no option but to flee their countries. Many of these people end up in refugee camps. Throughout the years, some famous faces offered their support and visited refugee camps, and in this gallery we bring you some of those moments. Click on to see for yourself.

Lotto Draw Results, June 12, 2024 | Grand Lotto 6/55, Mega Lotto 6/45, 4D, 3D, 2D

Here are the winning lotto combinations of the lotto draw results for the 9 p.m. draw on Wednesday, June 12.

The notorious female pirates of the Seven Seas

Historically, women weren't allowed to remain on ships once they had set sail. Old-fashioned sailor superstitions purported that women on merchant and military vessels were bad luck. But this didn't stop several women from disguising their identities to join crews, and in some cases captains ignored the rule altogether. From the Caribbean to China, there are actual accounts of female pirates dating back thousands of years, showing us that pirating wasn’t just for men. Curious? Click on to discover the women who once prowled the Seven Seas.

Lucy Letby was caught 'virtually red-handed', jury hears

Convicted baby killer Lucy Letby was caught 'virtually red-handed' as she tried to murder a newborn baby at the Countess of Chester Hospital, a jury heard today.

Powerball winning numbers for June 12: Jackpot resets to $20 million

Check the winning numbers here for the Powerball drawing on Wednesday, June 12.

The world's most powerful passports for 2024

The results of the Henley Passport Index 2024 have been published, listing this year's most powerful passports. The annual index is created by London-based global citizenship and residence advisory firm Henley & Partners, using exclusive data from the International Air Transport Association. There are an incredible 34 country passports occupying the top 10 places listed in this gallery. So, where is your passport placed, and how many visa-free or visa-on-arrival destinations does it afford? Click on and travel through the index to find out!

Keir Starmer promises jobs revolution to get Britain booming in Labour manifesto

Labour's Keir Starmer will vow to get the country building and offer parents better childcare as he pledges to kickstart the economy at his General Election manifesto launch

Yemen's Houthis target Tutor ship in Red Sea

Yemen's Houthis targeted a Greek-owned cargo 'Tutor ship' in the Red sea, the Iran-aligned group's military spokesman Yahya Saree said in a televised speech on Wednesday. The ship was hit and it is facing the danger of sinking, Saree added. They also carried out a joint military operation with Islamic Resistance in Iraq targeting sites in Israel's ...

Learning from Myanmar's rebels, junta builds new Chinese drone fleet

(Reuters) - Myanmar's resistance fighters notched decisive breakthroughs last year by relying on a scattered fleet of drones in battles against one of Southeast Asia's most feared militaries. But as the civil war grinds on, the rebels increasingly find their familiar weapons - Chinese-made commercial drones modified to carry arms - in the unfamiliar hands of the country's ruling junta, according

Who are the most iconic pacifists throughout history?

There are many different reasons why a person would dedicate their lives to peaceful endeavor. They may consider it a "life calling," they may feel strongly against a particular issue, or perhaps they simply have a strong desire to do humanitarian work. Either way, this selfless behavior is to be commended and admired. Many individuals have made a huge and remarkable difference to the lives of others, and indeed to different nations. Take a look through to find out what these inspiring pacifists have done.

US says Hamas seeks changes to ceasefire plan; Hamas denies proposing new ideas

By Daphne Psaledakis, Emma Farge and Nidal al-Mughrabi DOHA/GENEVA/CAIRO (Reuters) -U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Wednesday that Hamas had proposed numerous changes, some unworkable, to a U.S.-backed proposal for a ceasefire with Israel in Gaza, but that mediators were determined to close the gaps. Senior Hamas official Osama Hamdan denied that the Palestinian Islamist group had

Famous people who had to flee their home countries

The UN Refugee Agency estimates that there are currently over 100 million forcibly displaced people in the world. It's hard to get your head around a number like that, but it clearly shows that refugees make up a huge part of our society. However, it's all too easy to lose sight of the human beings behind the numbers. Influential figures who were once refugees help put a face to the cause. Many celebrities and famous figures have been refugees in their lives, and by sharing their stories they help us empathize with the millions of displaced people around the world. Refugees are responsible for some of the greatest music of our time. They have made pioneering advances in the fields of physics, psychology, literature, and art. The world as we know it would not be the same if they had not been given a chance to contribute to society. Let's take a look at some of the most famous and influential refugees in the world, and learn about their journeys to success. Click through the gallery to get started.

Ukraine to sell off assets to raise funds for war with Russia

Kyiv hopes to be able to bring in £80mn by the end of 2024 by drastically slashing prices - a fraction of the tens of billions in aid recently offered by the United States

Fire in Kuwait building kills 49 foreign workers

DUBAI (Reuters) -At least 49 people were killed in Kuwait on Wednesday after a fire broke out in a building housing foreign workers, with Kuwait's deputy prime minister accusing property owners of committing violations that contribute towards such incidents. The nationalities of those who died were not immediately disclosed by authorities. India's ambassador visited hospitals where workers were

Ukraine is getting another round of naval help from the United States

Protests erupt as Armenia nears peace deal with Azerbaijan

By Felix Light TBILISI (Reuters) -Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said on Wednesday that a peace treaty with Azerbaijan was close to completion, but that his country would not accept Baku's demands that it change its constitution. After Pashinyan made the comments, clashes broke out between police and demonstrators, the latest in a series of protests denouncing his policies, including

Evidence of Iran and UAE drones used in Sudan war

The Sudanese army and RSF are both accused of importing foreign drones, violating a UN arms embargo.

Cafe owner outraged after dine and dash family left her with £60 bill

CCTV footage showed the man, a teenage boy and a younger girl eating at Cafe No.35 in Canterbury on tables outside the restaurant.

Ban on low-level letterboxes? SNP finds yet ANOTHER thing to abolish

Homeowners face being banned from installing low-level letterboxes under plans to protect postal workers from back injuries and dangerous dogs.

Suspected Chinese military medal, more gear found in Pampanga Pogo hub

MANILA, Philippines — An “outstanding service medal” for a Chinese military sergeant, along with more People’s Liberation Army (PLA) uniforms and boots, was discovered in the raided Philippine Offshore Gaming Operator (Pogo) hub in Pampanga. According to the Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Commission (PAOCC) spokesperson Winston John Casio, the medal was found in one of the establishments’ buildings, while three more sets of PLA uniforms were...

Pagadian mayor offers reward for employee’s killer

PAGADIAN CITY, Zamboanga del Sur — City Mayor Samuel Co offered reward money from his pocket to individuals who could help identify the gunman and mastermind of a city hall employee killed in San Pedro district here on Saturday, June 8. Caloy Andal, an employee at the City Tourism Office, was shot dead while traversing a bamboo footbridge just 20 meters from his house at 5:30 p.m. on June 8. The victim was shot several times with a short firearm...

Shocking cases of children who killed their own parents

Parricide is defined as the murder of a parent—either mother, father, or both. According to a 2019 study, parricide is the least common kind of murder. Perhaps that's why the rare cases of parricide are so horrifying and so highly publicized. This unusual crime is most often committed by white males who have no criminal history. It is very rare for a woman to commit parricide, but we have a few examples on this shocking list. Click through this gallery to learn about horrific crimes in which a parent was killed by their own flesh and blood.

Ateneo leads Philippine universities in 2024 THE World Rankings for fourth straight year

For the fourth straight year, Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) led the Philippines' list of schools included in this year's Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings. ADMU was included in the 201 to 300 bracket, making it the country's top ranking university in the 2024 list that included 56 Philippine institutions. It's also the Katipunan-bas...

Notable People who died in 2024

Retired cop, 59, goes missing while on hike on Greek Island

A 59-year-old American tourist has been missing since Tuesday after going on a solo hike in the Greek island of Amorgos, just days after celebrity doctor Michael Mosley was found dead in Greece