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HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier prepares to leave home port

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 11:33:18 GMT

The largest and most powerful ship ever built for the Royal Navy is preparing to leave her home port for the first time. HMS Queen Elizabeth, a 280-metre, 65,000-tonne aircraft carrier is due to set out from Rosyth on the Firth of Forth on Monday, subject to final checks, tides and the Scottish weather.

China landslide site evacuated over concerns of 2nd slide

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 09:22:58 GMT

Household goods are scattered among the debris as rescue workers search for victims at the site of a landslide in Maoxian County in southwestern China's Sichuan Province, Sunday, June 25, 2017. Emergency crews are searching through the rubble for victims after a landslide Saturday buried a picturesque mountain village under tons of soil and rocks, with more than 100 people remained missing.

At least six dead after tourist boat sinks in Colombian reservoir

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 07:19:36 GMT

A tourist boat packed with about 160 passengers has capsized on a reservoir near the Colombian city of Medellin, leaving at least six people dead and 31 missing, officials said. Rescuers including firefighters and air force pilots in helicopters searched for survivors at the Guatape reservoir where El Almirante ferry sank.

Patients - belittled and bewildered' as access to NHS care worsens, doctors warn

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 07:19:35 GMT

The British Medical Association said the Government wants a world-class NHS but was only offering it a "third-class" financial settlement. The NHS is "running on fumes", the BMA said, as it called on ministers to increase health spending to rise to match that of other leading EU economies.

Air bag maker Takata files for bankruptcy in Japan, US

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 03:15:40 GMT

Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp. has filed for bankruptcy protection in Tokyo and the U.S., overwhelmed by lawsuits and recall costs related to its production of faulty air bag inflators that are linked to the death of at least 16 people. The company announced the expected action Monday morning Tokyo time.

3 dead, 30 missing after tourist boat sinks in Colombia

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 23:11:20 GMT

A multi-story tourist boat packed with about 150 passengers for the holiday weekend capsized on a reservoir near Medellin on Sunday, and police in Colombia said three people were dead and 30 missing. A major rescue effort involving Colombia's air force and firefighters from nearby cities was looking for survivors at the Guatape reservoir where the accident took place.

Seven killed in Kashmir cable car accident

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 19:00:44 GMT

Four Indian tourists and three local residents died when a cable car crashed down from a height of 30 metres in a tourist town in the Indian part of Kashmir. Four other people were injured in the accident in the resort town of Gulmarg, said senior police officer Imtiyaz Hussain.

60 tower blocks fail cladding safety tests after Grenfell Tower blaze

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 19:00:43 GMT

Some 60 high-rise buildings in 25 local authorities across the country have now failed fire cladding safety tests after the Grenfell Tower disaster, the Government has said. The announcement came after Communities Secretary Sajid Javid revealed all of the buildings that have so far submitted cladding samples have failed combustibility tests.

Arab demands on Qatar unlawful - " Erdogan

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 14:48:58 GMT

President Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday dismissed calls for Turkey to close a military base in Qatar and said a wider list of demands issued by four Arab states was an unlawful intervention against the Gulf emirate's sovereignty. In his strongest statement of support for Qatar in the nearly three-week-old crisis centered on the Gulf state, Erdogan said the call to withdraw Turkish forces was disrespectful and that Doha - which described the demands as unreasonable - was taking the right approach.

Death toll from Pakistan oil tanker fire rises to 148

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 10:43:06 GMT

The death toll from an oil tanker fire in Pakistan has risen to 148, with dozens more in a critical condition, a rescue official said. The disaster happened when hundreds of residents of a nearby village gathered at the site of an overturned oil tanker to collect the leaking fuel.

I wanted out of Royal Family, admits Prince Harry

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 06:41:53 GMT

The fifth in line to the throne said he had wanted to "work out a role for myself" and decided to carry on to do good. His confession follows recent comments when he said he doubted any of the royals "wants to be king or queen".

15 bodies found after landslide buries scores in China

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 02:38:10 GMT

Crews searching through the night in the rubble left by a landslide that buried a mountain village under tons of soil and rocks in southwestern China found 15 bodies, but more than 100 more people remained missing. About 3,000 rescuers were using detection devices and dogs to look for signs of life in an area that once held 62 homes and a hotel, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.

Now in Washington, Melania Trump still no social butterfly

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 22:22:22 GMT

Two weeks into her new life as a full-time Washingtonian, Melania Trump is staying true to her reputation as more homebody than social butterfly. Her top priority has been settling in 11-year-old son Barron - the first boy in the White House since John F. Kennedy Jr. more than 50 years ago.

Berlin rolls out red carpet as giant pandas arrive from China

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 18:12:07 GMT

Two giant pandas have received a celebrity welcome in Berlin from the mayor and Chinese ambassador after they weathered a long flight from China. Meng Meng and Jiao Qing flew the animal equivalent of first class on their 12-hour flight from Chengdu in south-west China to the German capital.

Security tight as far-right protesters meet anti-fascist demonstrators

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 16:03:18 GMT

Far-right English Defence League demonstrators were met by anti-fascist groups amid a heavy police presence as they marched through central London. Around 50 EDL protesters made their way from a pub near Trafalgar Square to a rally on the Victoria Embankment on Saturday afternoon.

27 high-rises fail fire safety tests as council evacuates north London blocks

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 13:49:32 GMT

Some 27 high-rise buildings in 15 local authorities across the country have failed fire cladding safety tests in the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster, the Department for Communities and Local Government has announced. The revelation comes as more than 3,000 residents of the Chalcots Estate in Camden, north London, are facing weeks in temporary accommodation after four tower blocks were evacuated.

CIA director - held secret talks with Syrian intelligence chief'

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 13:49:31 GMT

The CIA's director held a secret negotiation with Syria's intelligence chief this year as part of efforts to free a US journalist taken hostage in the Arab country five years ago, according to reports. The phone conversation between CIA boss Mike Pompeo and Syria's Ali Mamlouk occurred in February, the New York Times reported, citing unidentified US officials.