• Guardian | 12:26 21/03/2018
    France plans on-the-spot fines for sexual harassment in public

    Fines of €90 to €750 could be higher for repeat offenders or with aggravating circumstancesFrance is to introduce on-the-spot fines for sexual harassment in public places and lengthen the time-limit for filing rape complaints as part of new legislation against sexual violence.The French president, Emmanuel Macron, has said the aim is to ensure “women are not afraid to be outside”. Continue reading...

  • DailyMail | 12:21 21/03/2018
    Jobs market grows again to a new high of 32.2 million

    Earnings grew by 2.6 per cent - almost the same as the latest inflation rate of 2.7 per cent. The figure means wage growth may soon match price rises for the first time since January 2017.

  • DailyMail | 12:21 21/03/2018
    Hoarder's body rotted underneath a mountain of clutter in Aberaeron

    Gaynor Jones, 87, has been dead for up to four years in the 19th Century stone cottage in Wales which was full of hoarded possessions and her daughter Valerie is lucky to be alive after being found.

  • CNN | 12:18 21/03/2018
    Silicon Valley faces sweeping new taxes in Europe

  • Guardian | 12:11 21/03/2018
    Sierra Leone: Violence fears as tense election reaches runoff

    Beatings, stone-throwing and arson attacks blamed on ‘tribal rhetoric’ from both main partiesThe results of the first round of elections in Sierra Leone have set off a spate of political violence amid accusations of tribalism made against both main parties.Police have sent an extra 4,000 officers on to the streets and diplomats have called for an end to “tribal rhetoric” after at least five violent incidents involving beatings, stone-throwing and arson, and after politicians had criticised voters for “regionalism” – seen as a euphemism for tribalism – in deciding how to vote. Continue reading...

  • BBC | 12:07 21/03/2018
    FA Cup semi-finals: Manchester United v Tottenham live on BBC

    The FA Cup semi-final between Manchester United and Tottenham will be broadcast live on BBC One on Saturday, 21 April.

  • CNN | 12:02 21/03/2018
    Giant disco ball to plummet back to Earth

    The party is coming to an end, and much sooner than anticipated.

  • BBC | 12:02 21/03/2018
    'Malicious' social media warning after Kiara Moore's death

    Two-year-old Kiara Moore was found in the family car in a river following a two-hour search.

  • Guardian | 11:55 21/03/2018
    Will the real Jacob Rees-Mogg please stand up? - video profile

    Jacob Rees-Mogg is the socially illiberal Conservative MP for North East Somerset. He has been in the public eye since the 1980s after speaking at an industrial board meeting to complain about share prices. He was 12. Now in the Commons, Rees-Mogg has pursued a highly conservative agenda ranging from cutting welfare to removing environmental protections. He has denied having ambitions to be prime minister but this remains a topic of debate  Continue reading...

  • Guardian | 11:55 21/03/2018
    Guernsey could be first place in British Isles to allow assisted dying

    Parliament to vote on proposals to allow some terminally ill people to end their lives with help of a doctorGuernsey could become the first place in the British Isles to allow assisted dying under proposals expected to be voted on in its parliament in May.The island’s chief minister, Gavin St Pier, is backing a bill to allow people who are terminally ill, are mentally competent and have less than six months to live, to end their lives with the help of a doctor. Continue reading...

  • Guardian | 11:55 21/03/2018
    Israel confirms it carried out 2007 airstrike on Syrian nuclear reactor

    Intelligence minister says attack is a ‘clear message’ to Iran it won’t allow its enemies to acquire nuclear weaponsIsrael’s military has gone public for the first time to confirm a 2007 airstrike on a suspected Syrian nuclear reactor, announcing details of a night-time attack its intelligence minister said provides a clear warning to Iran.In a secret operation that has been extensively speculated on for a decade, Israel said it sent four F-16 fighters hundreds of miles into Syria on 6 September 2007, to bomb the partially completed al-Kubar facility near Deir ez-Zor. Continue reading...

  • Guardian | 11:55 21/03/2018
    Facebook scandal: I am being used as scapegoat – academic who mined data

    Cambridge University researcher Aleksandr Kogan says he is being unfairly blamed by Facebook and Cambridge AnalyticaThe academic at the centre of Facebook’s data breach claims he has been unfairly scapegoated by the social network and Cambridge Analytica, the firm that acquired the information. Related: Cambridge Analytica execs boast of role in getting Trump elected Continue reading...

  • CNN | 11:52 21/03/2018
    'Great job:' Trump hails Austin law officials

    President Donald Trump congratulated law enforcement Wednesday after authorities appeared to locate a man suspected of a series of deadly bombings in Austin, Texas.

  • BBC | 11:52 21/03/2018
    Protesters throw fish into Thames in Brexit deal protest

    Protesters throw dead fish into the Thames by Parliament in protest at the Brexit transition deal.

  • CNN | 11:46 21/03/2018
    After 30 years on deserted island, I found Instagram

    Each day for the past 29 years, Mauro Morandi has woken up to a golden sunrise illuminating the Mediterranean Sea.

  • CNN | 11:46 21/03/2018
    Timeline: How the attacks unfolded in Texas

    The bomb maker who terrorized Texas' capital for weeks killed himself early Wednesday, police said, ending a frantic manhunt and calming a panicked community even as authorities warned more explosive devices could be out there.

  • CNN | 11:46 21/03/2018
    On edge: Authorities warn of other devices

    Despite announcing the death of the man suspected to be behind a series of deadly bombings in Austin, authorities still want people to report any suspicious packages or devices they see.

  • Guardian | 11:39 21/03/2018
    Opera isn’t elitist. If I can learn to love it so can anybody | Chris Addison

    Only a handful of people can sing in this visceral, thrilling way – but the feelings they evoke are universalThe best thing I’ve ever seen, in all my long and misspent years hanging around comedy gigs, wasn’t standup. It was opera. Back in the late 90s, I was standing at the bar in one of the spit-and-stale-beer clubs where I cut my teeth, watching the MC corral the usual drunken Friday-night punters. He lighted on a woman in her early 20s at a table down the front and asked “What do you do?” “I’m an opera student,” she replied to general raucous disbelief. “Oh, yeah?” twinkled the compere, smelling pretentious blood (and what MC wouldn’t? An opera singer and a student – that, friends, is a double whammy), “Give us a song, then.” So she did. The gleeful muttering and ironic applause stuttered out when she stood and sang : Puccini’s O mio babbino caro, which, like pretty much everyone else there, I knew at that point only either as the tune from A Room With a View or an ad we couldn’t quite place.It was incredible: the clarity of her voice, the pureness, the emotion. Such an odd and striking thing to hear in a room where most of the time what comes from the mouths of the performers is soaked in self-conscious irony. And what a reaction! I’ve never seen a four-pints-down crowd focus like that; there was a stillness to the place – a wonder, really – as she sang. And when she finished, they went crazy. Standing screaming crazy. X Factor final audience the-guy-whose-gran-died-just-won crazy. Continue reading...

  • Guardian | 11:39 21/03/2018
    Reading sack manager Jaap Stam after one win in last 18 league games

    Dutchman departs with club three points clear of relegationStam led club to Championship play-off final last seasonJaap Stam has left his position as Reading manager after a run of one win in 18 league games, the Championship club have announced.The 45-year-old took Reading to the 2017 Championship play-off final in his first season in charge, but leaves with the club just three points above the relegation zone. Continue reading...

  • Guardian | 11:39 21/03/2018
    The Cambridge Analytica saga is a scandal of Facebook’s own making | John Harris

    This mess was inevitable. Facebook has worked tirelessly to gather as much data on users as it could – and to profit from itBig corporate scandals tend not to come completely out of the blue. As with politicians, accident-prone companies rarely become that way by accident, and a spectacular crisis can often arrive at the end of a long spell of bad decisions and confidence curdling into hubris. So it is with the tale of Facebook and Cambridge Analytica, and a saga that vividly highlights the awful mess that the biggest player in billions of online lives has turned into. Related: Cambridge Analytica may be guilty of hype. But data mining poisons our politics | Gaby Hinsliff Continue reading...

  • DailyMail | 11:33 21/03/2018
    Poor children are FATTER than rich kids because of cheap junk food

    The study by University College London and Loughborough University found that poor children born most recently weighed 4.6lbs (2.1kg) more than those who are better off.

  • Guardian | 11:28 21/03/2018
    Health is more important than wealth, child development study finds

    Report in the Lancet shows that children across the globe will hit the same milestones, as long as basic needs are metHealthy children develop in remarkably similar ways, no matter where they live, according to a study that confounds prevailing beliefs on childhood development.A report published in the Lancet found that early developmental milestones in a large number of children aged from 0-3 years, in four diverse countries – Argentina, India, South Africa and Turkey – were similar. Continue reading...

  • Guardian | 11:28 21/03/2018
    Margot Henderson’s recipe for braised fennel sausages with tomato sauce

    Serve this family-friendly dinner on a platter with soft polenta and salad to turn a midweek meal into a feastThis is one of our family staples. An ordinary dinner becomes a feast; a large platter oozing with polenta and sauce, topped by a pile of sausages. Italian sausages can be found in most Italian delis and some butcher’s shops. They work well roasted and grilled, but slowly, so they relax and soften.(Serves 5)4 red onions, cut into wedges4 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced½ bottle red wine125ml olive oil400g tin chopped tomatoes2 bulbs of fennel, cut into wedges10 Italian pork and fennel sausagesSea salt and freshly ground pepperA bundle of fresh herbs, tied together eg thyme, parsley, rosemary and bay leaf Continue reading...

  • Guardian | 11:28 21/03/2018
    F1 2018: team-by-team guide to the cars and drivers for the season | Giles Richards

    Lewis Hamilton is a strong favourite for a fifth title that would equal Juan Manuel Fangio but the Red Bulls of Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen could challengeCar F1-W09 Engine Mercedes Principal Toto Wolff Debut France 1954 GPs 168 Titles 4 2017 1st Continue reading...

  • Guardian | 11:28 21/03/2018
    Rees-Mogg’s hard Brexit won’t do anything for fishing communities | Griffin Carpenter

    Although the Tory MP is eager to ride the outrage bandwagon, like most Brexiteers he has no idea of the British industry’s complexitiesJacob Rees-Mogg has been hinting at his profound connection with fishing communities over the last couple of days. And while he spoke at a protest at which MPs were due to fling fish off a boat on the Thames on Wednesday morning as a mark of solidarity, he didn’t end up getting on board. That was left to Nigel Farage.But if Rees-Mogg’s position on the Brexit negotiations is anything to go by, he and many other hard Brexiteers cannot really have fishermen’s interests at heart. Continue reading...