Voters punished the opposition Labour Party in Scotland as the results rolled in Friday for local and regional elections — races that underscored divisions in the public mood across the United Kingdom. The elections demonstrated the complexity of British politics in the final weeks before Britons vote in a critical June 23 referendum on whether the country should remain in the European Union. The strength of opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn is particularly under scrutiny, as the races were the first nationwide poll since he took over as leader last year.
Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said on Thursday that before the party's convention in July, he would put out names of possible candidates he might nominate to the Supreme Court if he is elected president. In an interview with Fox News, Trump said would consider "wonderful, conservative, good, solid, brilliant judges in the form of" the late Justice Antonin Scalia.
Israeli warplanes launched new strikes against Hamas in the Gaza Strip on Friday in response to mortar fire, as the worst cross-border violence since a 2014 war entered a third day. The Palestinian fire targeted Israeli forces searching along the border, and short distances inside Gaza, for infiltration tunnels leading into southern Israel -- among the most feared weapons of Hamas fighters during the 2014 conflict. The Israeli army confirmed only one strike, saying it was a reaction to cross-border mortar fire.
A leopard at a South African game reserve snatched a six-year-old boy and ran off with him. Little Kellan Denny was attacked and dragged away by the big cat at Kruger National Park. Officials at Kruger think the leopard was hunting at the time which is why he attacked the youngster.
Spring looks like it has finally shown its face this year, as the UK enjoyed the hottest day of the year so far. Brits are preparing to dust off their BBQs and stick on the sunnies, with further balmy sunshine forecast for the weekend. Sunday is set to be a scorcher - predictions have the mercury nudging 26C, way above the average temperature for early May.
Democratic front runner Hillary Clinton vied for votes in Southern California on Thursday by vowing to raise the national minimum wage and create jobs.
An Amber Alert has been issued for a nine-year-old Tennessee girl picked up from school by her uncle, who said her father had been badly injured in a car accident, according to police. Carlie Trent, who has blond hair and blue eyes, was last seen Wednesday afternoon leaving with Gary Simpson, 57, who had signed parental permission to collect the child at her elementary school, said a spokesperson for the Rogersville Police Department. NEW PICTURES: #AmberAlert suspect Gary Simpson at Walmart in Rogersville yesterday PM. Spot him?
The central Indian state of Maharashtra on Friday upheld a controversial ban on cow slaughter that became part of a major national debate on religious tolerance last year, after a court in Mumbai ruled to retain the existing law with certain amendments. The Bombay High Court struck down sections of the law that criminalized the possession of beef, the Indian Express reported. The ban on beef in India’s richest state became a hot-button issue for several months last year amid a spate of nationwide lynchings for alleged possession and consumption of the meat — cows are sacred to the country’s Hindu majority population — and prompted accusations of intolerance against the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
A small new UK study has found that drinking tart Montmorency cherry juice can significantly reduce high blood pressure, with results comparable to those achieved by medication. The new research, which is the first to look at the effect of Montmorency cherry concentrate (Prunus cerasus) on blood pressure, comes from Northumbria University's Department of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation. The researchers recruited 15 male participants who showed signs of early hypertension (high blood pressure) with blood pressure readings of at least 130/90 mmHg.
Philippine leader Benigno Aquino called Friday on the trailing presidential candidates to unite against frontrunner Rodrigo Duterte, in a sensational finale to one of the nation's most divisive election campaigns. Aquino has repeatedly warned Duterte is a dictator-in-the-making, and made the plea after polling showed the favourite had kept a huge lead ahead of Monday's elections despite allegations he has overseen vigilante death squads and a spate of controversies over vulgar campaign speeches. Aquino told CNN Philippines in an exclusive interview that he was trying to get the other four presidential candidates to unite to defeat Duterte, who he said was likely to get 30 percent of the vote.
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By David DeKok HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - Penn State's revered former head coach Joe Paterno was told of child sexual abuse by convicted molester Jerry Sandusky as far back as 1976, decades before previously thought, but did not report it to higher authorities, a court document showed. Paterno, the coach with the most wins in major college football history, died in 2012 after being fired over revelations that Sandusky, his coaching assistant, sexually abused a young boy in the Penn State football showers in 2002. Paterno told university officials, but not police.
A coalition of Syrian rebels and jihadists seized a strategic village from pro-government forces outside the contested city of Aleppo on Friday, signaling the reemergence of a powerful, ultraconservative insurgent coalition on the opposition's side in the Syria conflict. Renewed fighting erupted around the village of Khan Touman hours after opposition fighters took the position from pro-government forces, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, reported. Fighter jets, presumed to belong to either Syria or its powerful ally Russia, were launching strikes on opposition positions.
This is what happened to a chap in China, who adopted a ‘puppy’ he’d found roaming the streets, only to be told it was an endangered bear cub. The big-hearted farmer found his new furry friend several weeks ago and, assuming it was a Kunming wolfdog, took it in. Animal officials swiftly identified the problem: this domestic pet dog was actually an endangered Asian black bear, recognisable by the patch of white fur on its chest.
Scientists may be getting closer to finding a ‘new Earth’, as NASA prepares to make a big announcement related to its planet-hunting Kepler Space Telescope. Thanks to Kepler’s findings, astronomers now believe there may be at least one planet orbiting every star in the sky. Kepler’s mission is to search for potentially habitable planets beyond Earth.
The Congressional Research Service has offered its insight to Congress about how Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland might influence rulings differently than the late Antonin Scalia, if Garland is confirmed. The three authors of a report called “Judge Merrick Garland: His Jurisprudence and Potential Impact on the Supreme Court” see some differences between Scalia, the originalist, and Garland, currently the chief judge of the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals.
Cellphone alarms jolted New Mexico residents at 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, giving the first warning beyond the Navajo Nation to keep watch for Ashlynne Mike. The delay in sending out the Amber Alert and notifying local law enforcement of the kidnapping has led to sharp criticism from those who believe Ashlynne could have been found alive. The Navajo Nation relies on outside agencies to get the word out about child abductions.
An Asheville, N.C. tow truck driver said he refused service to a supporter of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. Kenneth Shupe was called Monday to pick up a woman stranded on I-26 when he saw “a bunch of Bernie Sanders stuff” and he told her to “call the government” for a tow because she was “obviously a socialist,” according to Fox News. “Every business dealing in recent history with a socialist minded person, I have not gotten paid,” Shupe, a Donald Trump supporter, said.
By Douglas Busvine NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's opposition Congress party staged a show of defiance on Friday, with Sonia and Rahul Gandhi leading a rally and march to parliament to resist what they called Prime Minister Narendra Modi's bid to destroy democracy. The opposition party hit back after facing a slew of corruption accusations leveled by Modi's ruling party over a helicopter order made when Congress was last in power. Addressing the Save Democracy March, Congress leaders accused Modi of trampling on civil rights and of failing to alleviate the impact of a drought under which 400 million Indians are suffering.
Lawmakers loyal to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro pressed treason charges Thursday against four opposition colleagues for asking the Organization of American States to intervene in the country's spiraling crisis. By turning to the OAS, the opposition lawmakers "attacked the nation's independence, sovereignty and security," said Socialist lawmaker Carmen Melendez, summarizing the accusations presented to prosecutors. The charge is punishable by 20 to 30 years of prison in Venezuela.
A U.S.-educated investment banker and the richest Philippine presidential aspirant, Mar Roxas lacks the dramatic life stories of his rivals, including a tough-talking mayor with a public vow to dump criminals in Manila Bay and a foundling who made it big in politics. President Benigno Aquino III, who rose to power on a promise to fight corruption and poverty in 2010, has endorsed Roxas's candidacy. The 58-year-old economist has pledged to continue Aquino's "straight path" style of governance, a slogan praised by followers but mocked by political opponents.
A leading earthquake expert has warned that a section of the San Andreas Fault in Southern California may be “ready to go,” and that a major temblor that could shake the Los Angeles metropolitan area is long overdue. The Los Angeles Times cites comments from Thomas Jordan, director of the Southern California Earthquake Center at the University of Southern California, who said the movement of the Pacific and North American tectonic plates should amount to a shift of about 16 ft. every 100 years. “The springs on the San Andreas system have been wound very, very tight.
Islamic State militants staged attacks on Thursday between their Libyan stronghold of Sirte and the city of Misrata, killing five people, officials said. The jihadist group said it had taken control of several villages in the area following attacks on checkpoints, though reports that local security forces had retreated could not immediately be confirmed. Islamic State took advantage of Libya's security vacuum and political turmoil to establish itself in Sirte last year.
The United States named Panama's prominent Waked family, who run a large luxury goods, duty-free shop and real estate business, as a major drug money-laundering organization on Thursday. The move placed top members of the Lebanese-origin family and their businesses, including the Grupo Wisa and La Riviera luxury goods groups, the Balboa Bank and Trust, and two top newspapers, on the US sanctions blacklist.
Several masked men burst in on a card game at a tire shop in Louisiana early Thursday and began firing semi-automatic rifles, police said. The gunmen — described as three or four men wearing coverings over their faces — got away, according to the Shreveport Police Department. Marcus Hines said police did not find any guns in the tire shop or any evidence that any of the gunmen was shot.