Entertainment

Oscars 2019: All awards will be shown live after backlash

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Roger Deakins (r), who won his first Oscar for cinematography last year after 14 nominations, criticised the initial decision The organisers of the Oscars have reversed an earlier decision to hand out four awards during ad breaks after facing a major backlash.The presentations for live action short, cinematography, editing and make-up and hair were to be streamed online in an effort to shorten
UK News

Newspaper headlines: IS teen’s baby plea, and Trump Brexit ‘boost’

[ad_1] Image caption The Times leads with a plea from IS bride Shamima Begum that she be allowed to keep her baby, should she return to the UK. The pregnant 19-year-old, who ran away to Syria to join the Islamic State group in 2015, has been speaking to the newspaper from a refugee camp after fleeing fighting in the war-torn state. Image caption The Daily Telegraph reports the head of
Education

The mother who lost her daughter over an EpiPen

[ad_1] "Three cars showed up in the early hours of the morning and the police were banging on my door," Anna says.It was June 2015 when Anna's two-year-old daughter was taken away by social workers from Southampton City Council."I didn't know what was going on," she said."Then the police said I was being arrested for child neglect."Anna, not her real name, is originally from Africa and was then a single
Health

Medicinal cannabis: Why has it taken so long to get to patients?

[ad_1] Image copyright Google Medicinal cannabis was legalised last year but so far, virtually no-one in the UK has been able to access it.Now, enough cannabis to treat 30 patients for a month has arrived in the UK from the Netherlands. Four patients with prescriptions, all to treat chronic pain, will receive cannabis-derived medicines immediately. Specialist doctors have been able to prescribe cannabis since 1 November - so what has
Politics

Labour pledges to prevent universities from going bust

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Universities would be prevented from going bust under new plans unveiled by Labour to protect higher education and students from "rampant" market forces.The plans to overhaul regulator the Office for Students reflect fears about some universities' viability.Under Labour, the OfS would get an explicit objective of avoiding "disorderly failure" at universities, and be able to provide emergency loans.The government said the OfS already had strong
Entertainment

Long-nosed lover Cyrano returns to woo Paris in hit play Edmond

[ad_1] Image copyright Alexis Michalik Image caption The drama follows Edmond Rostand as he writes about Cyrano de Bergerac A play-within-a-play in the style of Shakespeare in Love - penned by a half-British actor, no less - has become the toast of Paris theatre.The play, Edmond, is now one of the most successful French productions of modern times.French newspaper Le Monde called it "not so much a success as a
Business

‘Killer car seats’ sold online for £8

[ad_1] Image copyright Which? Children's car seats, dubbed "killers" by trading standards officers, have repeatedly appeared for sale on online marketplaces, Which? has warned.The consumer group said the fabric seats, which can cost as little as £8, offered almost no protection in a crash and were illegal to use in the UK.The online sites - Amazon, eBay and AliExpress - all said they had removed the seats from sale.But Which?
US & World

Hong Kong seizes $1m worth of rhino horn at airport

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption The haul accounts for 20% of Hong Kong's rhino horn seizures in five years Airport authorities in Hong Kong have arrested two men smuggling a record number of suspected rhino horns worth $1m (£780,000) on Thursday.Some 24 severed rhino horns weighing 40kg (88lb) were found in the bust - Hong Kong's largest ever seizure.The alleged smugglers were in transit to Ho Chi Minh City
UK News

Alesha MacPhail murder accused had ‘fantasy’ killing chat

[ad_1] Image caption Alesha was found dead in woodland on 2 July last year The teenager accused of murdering six-year-old Alesha MacPhail once told a friend he "might kill 1 day for the lifetime experience". A 16-year-old girl said he made the comment in a Facebook Messenger chat after she started a conversation about a crime documentary. The witness told police about the post, from 2017, after the 16-year-old boy