British PM criticize Klopp for defending Liverpool fans booing National Anthem

Boris Johnson has criticized Liverpool fans for booing the national anthem before Saturday’s FA Cup final. The prime minister’s official spokesman said the supporters’ behaviour was “a great shame”. The rebuke came after Liverpool’s manager Jurgen Klopp defended the club’s supporters as ‘wonderful people’ who may have had ‘historical reasons to boo’. Fans could be heard booing at Wembley as Prince Williams, President of the Football Association, was introduced during the pre-match BBC television coverage. Boos were also heard during God Save The Queen and a rendition of the Christian hymn Abide With Me. At a briefing for journalists this morning, the PM’s spokesman was … Continue reading British PM criticize Klopp for defending Liverpool fans booing National Anthem

Over 40 people killed in suspected jihadist attacks in Burkina Faso

Around 40 people, many of them civilian volunteers with the army, have been killed in suspected jihadist attacks in Burkina Faso, local sources and security officials said on Monday. In the northern region of Sahel, around 25 people were killed in two assaults on Saturday, including 13 members of the VDP volunteers, a leader of the force told AFP. In Kompienga, near Burkina Faso’s southeastern border with Togo and Benin, about 15 civilians were killed on Saturday when their convoy was attacked while under VDP escort, a security source in the region said. A local inhabitant said three VDP volunteers also died in this … Continue reading Over 40 people killed in suspected jihadist attacks in Burkina Faso

Former France footballer handed five-year sentence for role in nightclub shooting

Former France international and Ligue 1 winner Tony Vairelles has received a five-year prison sentence for his involvement in a nightclub shooting in October 2011. The incident happened in the town of Essey-les-Nancy, shortly after the ex-striker called time on his 20-year professional career. Vairelles and his three brothers allegedly clashed with bouncers – who were struck by bullets – inside the venue. Vairelles, who won eight senior caps between 1998 and 2000, was initially detained by the police after the incident but freed in March 2012 pending further investigations. The four brothers were charged with “aggravated violence” after being held on … Continue reading Former France footballer handed five-year sentence for role in nightclub shooting

More than a million Covid-19 cases feared in North Korea

North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un has lambasted health officials and ordered the army to help distribute medicine, as a wave of Covid-19 cases sweeps through the country. More than a million people have now been sickened by what Pyongyang is calling a “fever”, state media said. Some 50 people have died, but it’s unclear how many of those suspected cases tested positive for Covid-19. North Korea has only limited testing capacity, so few cases are confirmed. North Koreans are likely to be especially vulnerable to the virus due to lack of vaccinations and a poor healthcare system. A nationwide lockdown … Continue reading More than a million Covid-19 cases feared in North Korea

Full lunar eclipse creates rare super blood Moon

Stargazers have been treated overnight to a stunning and unusual sight – a super blood Moon. Shortly after 03:30 GMT on Monday, Earth’s orbit meant that for several minutes our planet was positioned directly between the Sun and the Moon. In that time the Moon fell completely into Earth’s shadow – temporarily turning it a dusky shade of dark red. Its hue was created by sunlight being projected through Earth’s atmosphere onto the Moon’s shadowed surface. The lunar eclipse coincided with a separate event – a super Moon. This is when the Moon is at its closest point to Earth … Continue reading Full lunar eclipse creates rare super blood Moon

Premier League footballers Ivan Toney and Rico Henry say their families were racially abused at Everton

The families of Brentford players Ivan Toney and Rico Henry were racially abused at Everton on Sunday.Ivan Toney Toney and Henry helped Brentford secure a 3-2 win against nine-man Everton at Goodison Park as the Bees continued their fine form under Thomas Frank. Toney was involved in the key moment of the game when Everton defender Jarrad Branthwaite was shown a straight for card for bringing him down when clean through, and Henry scored a second-half winner. It was a sweet result for Brentford after fireworks were set off outside their hotel in Liverpool in the early hours of Sunday morning. After the game, … Continue reading Premier League footballers Ivan Toney and Rico Henry say their families were racially abused at Everton

Psycho: How man stabbed girlfriend 70 times then watched TV next to her body

Donald Payne (left), Simone Ambler (right) An elderly man stabbed his girlfriend more than 70 times in a ‘drug-fuelled psychotic rage’, before sitting down to watch television next to her dead body. Donald Payne, 64, killed Simone Ambler, 49, in Blackpool, Lancashire, in March last year. He had become paranoid the mum-of-two was putting stuff into his tea. He later told police the pair had argued over drugs and she had “been getting on my nerves”. At Preston Crown Court this week Paul Cummings, prosecuting, said the victim had received multiple wounds all over her body. The effect of that … Continue reading Psycho: How man stabbed girlfriend 70 times then watched TV next to her body

Brave California churchgoers hog-tie gunman after deadly attack

A gunman opened fire in a Southern California church during a lunch banquet on Sunday, killing one person and wounding five, before churchgoers detained the suspect and hog-tied his legs with an electrical cord, authorities said. Police responded to the incident that unfolded at about 1:30 p.m. local time (2039 GMT) at the Geneva Presbyterian Church in Laguna Woods and arrested an unidentified suspect in his 60s, Orange County Undersheriff Jeff Hallock told a news conference. “That group of churchgoers displayed … exceptional heroism and bravery in intervening to stop the suspect. They undoubtedly prevented additional injuries and fatalities,” he said. One person died at the … Continue reading Brave California churchgoers hog-tie gunman after deadly attack

Former Somali president re-elected during vote in airport hangar

A former Somali president who was voted out of power in 2017 has been re-elected to the country’s top job after defeating the incumbent leader in a contest decided by legislators in a third round of voting. Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, who served as Somali president between 2012 and 2017, won the contest in the capital, Mogadishu, amid a security lockdown imposed by authorities to prevent deadly militant attacks. The first round of voting was contested by 36 hopefuls, four of whom proceeded to the second round.Ugandan peacekeepers with the African Transition Mission in Somalia stand next to their armoured vehicle … Continue reading Former Somali president re-elected during vote in airport hangar

Buffalo shooting ‘carried out by sick, demented individual fuelled by diet of hate’ who is now on suicide watch

A teenager accused of killing 10 people and injuring three others in a mass shooting at a US supermarket in the city of Buffalo is on suicide watch, officials say.The suspect Payton Gendron Eleven of the 13 people who were shot were black. The 18-year-old suspect, who is white, was arraigned on first-degree murder charges hours after the shooting, to which he pleaded not guilty. Authorities are calling the shooting an act of “violent extremism” motivated by racial hatred. Police said the the suspect, of Conklin, New York, drove about 200 miles (320 km) from his home to the store … Continue reading Buffalo shooting ‘carried out by sick, demented individual fuelled by diet of hate’ who is now on suicide watch

Sweden and Finland confirm plans to join Nato

Sweden and Finland have confirmed they will apply for Nato membership in a historic shift that comes as a result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. In Sweden, the governing Social Democrats said they backed joining the security alliance, paving the way for the country to apply. The announcement came soon after Finland too formally announced it would apply to join the grouping. Sweden stayed neutral in World War II and for more than two centuries has avoided joining military alliances. Finland shares a 1,300-km (810-mile) border with Russia. Until now, it has stayed out of Nato to avoid antagonizing its … Continue reading Sweden and Finland confirm plans to join Nato

SMH: How spa was forced to close after sacked worker cancelled hundreds of appointments

Lauran Arafat A woman was forced to close her business after a disgruntled receptionist cancelled hundreds of appointments. Lauran Arafat, 30, deleted the bookings in a ‘calculated and sustained attack’ after she was fired due to erratic behaviour. She had only worked for the company for two days which mostly involved training before she was let go due to “red flags” in June 2019. Arafat was arrested in January 2021. After leaving the building, she spent half an hour deleting 211 appointments from her iPhone, which had access to the reservations, pretending to be another employee. The spa had to … Continue reading SMH: How spa was forced to close after sacked worker cancelled hundreds of appointments