May 20, 2018

UK turns blind eye to dirty Russian money, say MPs

UK turns blind eye to dirty Russian money, say MPs Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The City of London is being used to hide the "corrupt Russian assets," the report says The UK has been accused of turning a "blind eye" to Russia's "dirty money", putting national security at risk. The Commons foreign affairs committee said London was being used to hide the "corrupt assets" of President Vladimir Putin and his allies. It said it was "business as usual" for the UK despite the poisoning of Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter. This undermined the UK's efforts to confront the full spectrum of President Putin's offensive measures, it said. The UK's "lethargic response is being taken as proof that we don't dare stop them... London's markets are enabling the Kremlin's efforts," committee chairman and Conservative MP Tom Tugendhat wrote in the Sunday Times, ahead of the the publication of the report. US punishes key Putin allies over &#03..
May 20, 2018

Pepe’s story: How I survived Spanish flu

Pepe's story: How I survived Spanish flu Image caption José Ameal, here with his mother, José Ameal remembers his aunt and uncle would keep the curtains by his bed drawn "so I wouldn't see the funeral processions". But like any four year old, Mr Ameal - Pepe to his friends and family - was curious enough to peer outside on to the streets of Luarca, a fishing town on Spain's north coast. "So many dead," recalls Mr Ameal, now aged 103, of what he saw that autumn of 1918, when he caught the virus known around the world as Spanish flu - a pandemic that is thought to have killed at least 50 million people. Still living in his native Luarca, Mr Ameal is believed to be the oldest flu survivor in the country that gave its name to the virus, despite it likely originating elsewhere. How you could help stop a flu pandemic Why are some flu outbreaks so much worse than others? Not so Spanish after allRecent research suggest the influenza may have started in the United States as ea..
May 20, 2018

Iceland PM on equal pay: It doesn’t just happen by sitting and waiting

May 20, 2018

Chelsea owner Abramovich experiences UK visa renewal ‘delay’

Chelsea owner Abramovich experiences UK visa renewal 'delay' Image copyright EPA Chelsea Football Club owner Roman Abramovich has experienced delays in renewing his visa for the UK, the BBC understands. The Russian billionaire did not attend Saturday's FA Cup final at Wembley when the Blues beat Manchester United 1-0. His office said it does not discuss personal matters with the media. A source close to Mr Abramovich, 51, suggested he was in the process of renewing his visa, and said it was taking a little longer than usual. Reports suggest his visa expired last month. The Home Office has not commented on the situation. Mr Abramovich, who made his fortune in oil and gas in the 1990s, became owner of the companies that control Chelsea in 2003. According to the Sunday Times Rich List, he is Britain's 13th-richest man, with a net worth of £9.3bn.
May 20, 2018

Thessaloniki mayor Yiannis Boutaris beaten up

Thessaloniki mayor Yiannis Boutaris beaten up Image copyright EPA Image caption Nationalists were angry that the mayor (far left) was attending a remembrance event The mayor of Greece's second-largest city Thessaloniki has been treated in hospital after being beaten up by about a dozen people, officials say. Yiannis Boutaris, 75, was kicked in the head and legs and beaten with bottles by a group of nationalists angry over his appearance at a remembrance event. The mayor, who is known for his anti-nationalist views, was attending a ceremony to mark the killing of ethnic Greeks by Turks in World War One. Politicians have condemned the attack. A dozen people approached Mr Boutaris demanding he leave a flag-lowering ceremony in Thessaloniki on Saturday to mark what is known in Greece as the "Pontic Genocide", Thessaloniki city council president Calypso Goula said. Ms Goula, who was also attending the event, described seeing several men throw bottles at Mr Boutaris and kicking the may..
May 19, 2018

Four seasons under one roof in Milan

Tomorrow's cities: Park with four seasons under one roof Image copyright Carlo Ratti Associati Image caption Winter, spring, summer or autumn? Take your pick in Milan's Four Seasons garden Everyone has a favourite season but if you visited Milan last month, you could have experienced all four in one place. The brainchild of Italian architect Carlo Ratti, the garden used climate-control technology to allow visitors to experience spring, summer, autumn and winter at the same time. Image copyright Delfino Sisto Legnani/Marco Cappellittia Image caption The pavilion was located in one of Milan's main squares The different seasons were represented in four undercover pavilions in a 500-sq-m space in Milan's main square, Piazza del Duomo. The display was intended to raise awareness of the issue of climate change and make a statement about the need to make cities greener. Image copyright Delfino Sisto Legnani/Marco Cappelletti Image caption Autumn Image copyright Delfino L..
May 19, 2018

Özil and Gündogan meet German president after Erdogan photos row

Özil and Gündogan meet German president after Erdogan photos row Image copyright German presidency via EPA Image caption Gündogan (left) and Özil met the German president in Berlin Two German footballers of Turkish origin have met President Frank-Walter Steinmeier after criticism of photos showing them with Turkey's president. Turkey's governing AK Party released the photos of them with Recep Tayyip Erdogan ahead of elections there. Some German politicians said it seemed Mesut Özil and Ilkay Gündogan were endorsing Mr Erdogan - which they deny. Germany has criticised the Turkish leader's crackdown on political dissent following a failed coup. Özil, who plays for Arsenal, and Manchester City player Gündogan gave Mr Erdogan signed shirts at an event in London last week. Both players are preparing to play in next month's Fifa World Cup in Russia, where Germany is among the favourites. Turkey did not qualify. The German football federation (DFB) had also criticised ..
May 19, 2018

Death of Hitler: How the world found out from the BBC

Death of Hitler: How the world found out from the BBC Image caption Karl Lehmann was one of some 1,000 people working at Caversham Park by the end of the war It was late in the evening on 1 May 1945 and Karl Lehmann was working at his desk on the outskirts of Reading, 40 miles (65km) to the west of London. Soviet forces were closing in on Berlin and the war with Germany had reached its final stages. The 24-year-old was monitoring German state radio when listeners were told to prepare for an important announcement. "They played solemn music and then they said Hitler had died," he recalls. "They said he had fallen fighting Bolshevism. It was announced in a very sombre way." He and his younger brother, Georg, had been sent from Germany to Britain by their parents nine years earlier to escape the Nazis' increasing persecution of Jewish people. Their father was a German Jew. "I felt total relief because [Hitler] had ruined my life." Karl Lehmann was working at BBC Monitoring, set u..
May 19, 2018

Luc Besson: French film director accused of rape

Luc Besson: French film director accused of rape Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Luc Besson's lawyer said he "categorically denies" the rape allegation Police in Paris are investigating a rape allegation made against Luc Besson, one of France's best-known film directors. The complaint was filed by an actress at a Paris police station on Friday. "Luc Besson categorically denies these fantasist accusations," the director's lawyer Thierry Marembert told the AFP news agency. "[The complainant] is someone he knows, towards whom he has never behaved inappropriately."F Besson, 59, a director, producer and screenwriter, is most famous for directing the 1988 film Le Grand Bleu, as well as Leon, Subway, The Fifth Element and action thriller Nikita. He recently directed the sci-fi epic Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, starring Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne.
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