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December 22, 2018 8:50 PM Ex-Lib Dem leader Paddy Ashdown dies aged 77

Ex-Liberal Democrats leader Paddy Ashdown has died aged 77 after a short illness, a party spokesperson has said. The former MP for Yeovil, who "made an immeasurable contribution to furthering the cause of liberalism", passed away on Saturday evening, a statement said. Lib Dem leader Sir Vince Cable said Lord Ashdown had "made a real mark" on Parliament 96

December 22, 2018 6:50 PM '90 percent fatal': Deadly Marburg virus discovered in west Africa for first time

MARBURG, a virus is similar to Ebola which has a 90 percent fatality rate, has been discovered in the west of the continent for the first time, triggering warnings by the US-based Center for Disease Control (CDC) about the danger of an outbreak of the fatal disease. Scientists have found the virus in Egyptian fruit bats in Sierra Leone – the first time the deadly 117

December 22, 2018 6:36 PM Banksy's 'Season's Greetings' protected with plastic

Banksy's latest work in south Wales has been covered with a protective plastic screen. It appeared on a garage in Port Talbot and depicts a child enjoying snow falling on one side, while the other reveals it is a fire emitting ash. Film star Michael Sheen, who grew up in the area, helped pay for the screen. He is also contributing towards security, media 76

December 21, 2018 4:58 PM Beefeaters strike over 'unwarranted attack' on pensions

Members of two unions walk out for three hours at three London locations and further strike action is planned over Christmas. For the first time in 55 years, the legendary yeoman warders, commonly known as "beefeaters" staged a walkout over what union leaders called "an unwarranted attack on their pensions". Members of the Public and Commercial Services 101

December 21, 2018 1:27 PM Kathy Griffin calls out all-male comedy rich list

Kathy Griffin has criticised the lack of women on Forbes magazine's latest list of the world's best-paid comedians. Jerry Seinfeld topped the rankings with estimated earnings of $57.5m (£45.3m). Amy Schumer was the first woman to make the list last year but has dropped back out this time. Ricky Gervais is the only British comedian on the list. He is a new entry 91

December 21, 2018 3:43 AM Michelle Obama ATTACKED after ‘mocking’ Melania Trump

MICHELLE OBAMA has been criticised after mocking US First Lady Melania Trump via a reference to mid-90s comedy film ‘Friday’, with TV host Piers Morgan accusing her of “b*tchy sniping”. Mrs Obama made the controversial remark during an appearance on Jimmy Fallon’s The Tonight Show. She also claimed she felt awkward when Mrs Trump presented her with a Tiffany 121

December 20, 2018 11:36 AM Sweden terror: Explosion at school sparks terror probe, children flee deliberate blast

A SWEDISH school has been evacuated following an explosion forcing children to flee, a suspected perpetrator has been arrested. The explosion occurred shortly after the school day at Hässleholm Technical School began. The school is being investigated by the national bombing experts. nitially the police were investigating he incident as “ongoing fatal 58

December 19, 2018 12:09 AM Ghana's e-waste dumpsite: Pollution 'could get into breast milk'

Ghana imports some 30,000 tonnes of electronic waste, also known as e-waste, mostly from Europe and America. For years, some Ghanaians have been burning old electronics in the open air to extract precious materials like copper to sell as scrap. E-waste burning has become so widespread in parts of the country that recent studies have suggested that breast 37

December 18, 2018 12:50 PM South Africa's Chicken Licken colonialism of Europe advert banned

A fast-food outlet in South Africa has been ordered to withdraw a commercial showing an African explorer conquering Europe in the 17th Century. The advertising board said colonialism was "traumatic" for Africans and was "not open for humorous exploitation". Chicken Licken said the advertisement was "tongue-in-cheek" and meant to create "pride" among 63

December 17, 2018 8:45 PM William 'Willbilly' Hathaway dead: Wicked Tuna star dies aged 36

WILLIAM HATHAWAY, who is widely known by the name Willbilly and for starring on Wicked Tuna, has died aged 36 after a car crash in Maryland, reports have claimed. According to TMZ, William died in a car accident on Saturday in Salisbury in Maryland. The news website reported William swerved off a remote countryside road into a ditch. They added he reportedly 53