Man arrested in India over Australia beach murder

A man has been arrested in India over the murder of a young woman found dead on a tropical northern Australian beach four years ago. The body of Toyah Cordingley, 24, was discovered in October 2018 after what has been called a “frenzied and brutal and sadistic” attack. Earlier this month the Queensland government put up a A$1m (£563,000; $676,487) reward for information. It led to the arrest of Rajwinder Singh – the man accused of killing Toyah. Queensland police said he was arrested in Delhi by Indian officers on Friday and was expected to face an extradition court hearing … Continue reading Man arrested in India over Australia beach murder

Pakistani PM names ex-spy master to be new army chief

Pakistani Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif has named the country’s former spy chief as head of the military, the information minister said Thursday, ending months of speculation about the new appointment. The army has historically wielded huge political influence in Pakistan, ruling it for half of its 75-year history, and also oversees the country’s nuclear program. Like neighboring China and India, Pakistan has nuclear arsenals and a missile system, which is mainly aimed at India. Lt. Gen. Syed Asim Munir replaces Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa, who completes his six-year extended term on Nov. 29. Munir begins his new role amid bitter feuding … Continue reading Pakistani PM names ex-spy master to be new army chief

Must be joke: Police claim rats ate 200kg of cannabis that mysteriously vanished from station

Almost 200kg of weed has vanished from a police station in India because rats have eaten it, officers claim. They were asked to produce the 195kg of drugs as evidence in a court case in Uttar Pradesh state but had nothing to show. Officers said ‘fearless mice’ had ‘destroyed’ the stock while it was in storage. Judge Sanjay Chaudhary said: ‘Rats are tiny animals and they have no fear of the police. It’s difficult to protect the drug from them.’ This is not the first time rodents have been blamed by an Indian police force. Judge Sanjay mentioned a case … Continue reading Must be joke: Police claim rats ate 200kg of cannabis that mysteriously vanished from station

Adidas investigates claims of ‘toxic’ behaviour involving Kanye West

Adidas has launched an investigation into reports that rapper Kanye West created a “toxic environment” when he was working with the brand. Rolling Stone reported claims from some workers on the Yeezy collaboration, saying he showed them explicit pictures and videos as part of bullying tactics. In a letter, they said bosses were aware of West’s “problematic behaviour” but “turned their moral compass off”. Adidas said it did not yet know whether the allegations have any merit. “It is currently not clear whether the accusations made in an anonymous letter are true,” the company said in a statement on Thursday. … Continue reading Adidas investigates claims of ‘toxic’ behaviour involving Kanye West

Mercedes-Benz to introduce acceleration subscription fee

Mercedes-Benz is to offer an online subscription service in the US to make its electric cars speed up quicker. For an annual cost of $1,200 (£99) excluding tax, the company will enable some of its vehicles to accelerate from 0-60mph a second faster. It comes after rival manufacturer BMW offered a subscription feature earlier this year – for heated seats. Mercedes has confirmed to BBC News it currently does not plan to introduce “Acceleration Increase” in the UK. It will be available for purchase in the US on the Mercedes-EQ EQE 350 and EQS 450 vehicles, as well as their … Continue reading Mercedes-Benz to introduce acceleration subscription fee

Top Spanish football medic to treat Pope Francis over knee problem

The head of Atlético Madrid’s medical team has been summoned to the Vatican to help treat Pope Francis, who is suffering from an arthritic knee. The 85-year-old Pope has cancelled various activities in recent months, including a trip to Africa, because of mobility problems. José María Villalón said the Pope was “very nice” but also “very stubborn” as he refused to undergo surgery. The Pope is a big fan of Argentinian club San Lorenzo – not the Madrid club. San Lorenzo’s football base is Buenos Aires, where the pontiff – Jorge Mario Bergoglio, was born. Since May the Pope – … Continue reading Top Spanish football medic to treat Pope Francis over knee problem

Dozens sentenced to death for lynching a man over false accusation in Algeria

An Algerian court has sentenced 49 people to death after they were found guilty of lynching a man wrongly suspected of starting forest fires last year ,the state news agency says. The sentences are likely to be reduced to life in prison as there is a moratorium on executions. In 2021, Algeria experienced the worst fires in the country’s history, with multiple blazes killing 90 people. The lynching victim, Djamel Ben Ismail, had gone to help fight the fires. After the fires broke out in August last year, the 38-year-old tweeted saying he would travel over 320km (200 miles) from … Continue reading Dozens sentenced to death for lynching a man over false accusation in Algeria

Ancient Roman snacks found in Colosseum dig

Spectators at Rome’s ancient gladiator arena, the Colosseum, may have enjoyed snacks of olives, fruit and nuts, archaeologists have found. Food fragments of figs, grapes, cherries, blackberries, walnuts and more have been unearthed at the site. Archaeologists also found the bones of bears and big cats that were probably used in the arena’s hunting games. The discoveries were made by archaeologists examining the 2,000-year-old landmark’s sewers. Relics like these provide a snapshot into the “experience and habits of those who came to this place during the long days dedicated to the performances”, said Alfonsina Russo, Director of the Colosseum Archaeological … Continue reading Ancient Roman snacks found in Colosseum dig

Alessandro Michele leaves Gucci after seven years as creative director

Alessandro Michele is relinquishing his role as the creative director of Gucci. The French group Kering, which owns Gucci among other luxury brands, announced his departure on Wednesday. Michele has held the role since 2015. In a statement, Kering’s chair and chief executive, François-Henri Pinault, thanked Michele for his seven-year tenure. “His passion, his imagination, his ingenuity and his culture put Gucci centre stage, where its place is,” he said. Kering has not revealed who will succeed Michele, who left with immediate effect. Championed by Gucci CEO Marco Bizzarri, Michele’s appointment from head of accessories to creative director in 2015 came … Continue reading Alessandro Michele leaves Gucci after seven years as creative director

Record number of coronavirus cases in China as virus surges nationwide

China has recorded its highest number of daily Covid-19 cases since the pandemic began, despite stringent measures designed to eliminate the virus. There are outbreaks with several major cities including the capital Beijing and southern trade hub Guangzhou. On Wednesday, the country recorded 31,527 cases – higher than the about 28,000 peak recorded in April, when its largest city Shanghai was locked down. It comes as strict lockdowns continue to spark episodes of unrest. China’s zero-Covid policy has saved lives in the country of 1.4 billion people but also dealt a punishing blow to the economy and ordinary people’s lives. … Continue reading Record number of coronavirus cases in China as virus surges nationwide

Anwar Ibrahim named Malaysian PM after post-election crisis

Malaysia’s veteran opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has been named the country’s new prime minister, after several days of post-election deadlock. The new leader was appointed by King Sultan Abdullah, after elections over the weekend resulted in an unprecedented hung parliament. Neither Mr Anwar nor ex-premier Muhyiddin Yassin had won the simple majority needed to form a government. Mr Anwar will be sworn in by the king at 17:00 local time. “After taking into the consideration the views of Their Royal Highnesses the Malay Rulers, His Majesty has given consent to appoint Anwar Ibrahim as the 10th Prime Minister of Malaysia,” … Continue reading Anwar Ibrahim named Malaysian PM after post-election crisis

Legendary guitarist Wilko Johnson dies aged 75

Wilko Johnson has died aged 75. The musician, who was the guitarist for the legendary pub rock group Dr Feelgood in the 1970s – was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer in 2013, and sadly passed away on Monday. A statement on his Twitter page read: “This is the announcement we never wanted to make, and we do so with a very heavy heart: Wilko Johnson has died. “He passed away at home on Monday 21st November. Thank you for respecting the family’s privacy at this very sad time. RIP Wilko Johnson.” Wilko refused to give in to self-pity because he … Continue reading Legendary guitarist Wilko Johnson dies aged 75