Spread of Wahhabism was done at request of West during Cold War – Saudi crown prince

The Saudi-funded spread of Wahhabism began as a result of Western countries asking Riyadh to help counter the Soviet Union during the Cold War, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman told the Washington Post. Speaking to the paper, bin Salman said that Saudi Arabia’s Western allies urged the country to invest in mosques and madrassas overseas …

Zholia Alemi: Foreign doctor checks after fake psychiatrist case

Image copyright Cumbria Police Image caption Zholia Alemi faked her medical degree when she came to the UK in the 1990s Some 3,000 foreign doctors in the UK are being urgently checked after a woman practised psychiatry for 22 years without any qualifications. New Zealander Zholia Alemi falsely claimed to have a medical degree from …

Lecturers banned from using capital letters to avoid upsetting students

Lecturers have been banned from using capital letters when assigning work to students because it might upset them. A memo sent out to staff at Leeds Trinity journalism department suggested using uppercase letters may ‘scare them into failure’ It also suggested ways they could address their students, such as writing in a friendly tone and …

A $12 Billion Program to Help Farmers Stung by Trump’s Trade War Has Aided Few

WASHINGTON — America’s farmers have been shut out of foreign markets, hit with retaliatory tariffs and lost lucrative contracts in the face of President Trump’s trade war. But a $12 billion bailout program Mr. Trump created to “make it up” to farmers has done little to cushion the blow, with red tape and long waiting …

Dad of five raising £2k to buy Christmas presents after losing wages while pregnant wife was ill

A father-of-five who launched a crowdfunding appeal to raise £2,000 for Christmas has smashed his target in just a few hours. Ben Buckley set up a GoFundMe page ‘begging and pleading’ for help to ‘give his children a happy Christmas’. The 32-year-old from Hull started the campaign after his wife Kirsty, 35, suffered complications while pregnant with …

William McRaven responds to Donald Trump calling him ‘Hillary backer’

Navy Adm. William McRaven, commander, U.S. Special Operations Command, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 5, 2013, before the Senate Armed Services Committee. (Photo: The Associated Press) WASHINGTON – Retired four-star Admiral William McRaven – the leader of the operation that killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden – fired back after President Donald Trump dismissed him …

Democratic senators sue to block Matthew Whitaker’s appointment as acting attorney general

Three Democratic senators on Monday filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging the constitutionality of President Trump’s appointment of Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general. Whitaker was appointed by Trump to lead the Justice Department after Attorney General Jeff Sessions was forced out of the role earlier this month. Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal, Rhode Island Sen. …

CNN requests emergency briefing as White House looks to revoke Jim Acosta’s credential again

CNN and its White House correspondent, Jim Acosta, again accused the Trump Administration of violating their constitutional rights in new papers filed with the U.S. District Court on Monday after spending much of the weekend exchanging legal threats in the wake of Friday’s ruling by a federal judge temporarily restoring Acosta’s credential. Acosta was informed of …

Chemical Found In Vape Flavours Linked To Irreversible Condition ‘Popcorn Lung’

If ever you needed another reason to stop vaping, other than the standard, you look ridiculous, then we may just have it, as experts have warned that as well as causing you to become a social outcast, vaping could lead to serious long term health problems. Medical professionals say a chemical called diacetyl, which is …

Reward offered to catch ‘hunter’ filmed taunting an injured baboon in South Africa

A reward has been offered to catch a suspected hunter filmed taunting an injured baboon and telling it to ‘stop complaining’ as it gasped for air. Footage captured in South Africa shows an unidentified man grinning and laughing as he held the badly bleeding animal up by the arm. At one point he asked ‘does it …

Migrant caravan: Mexican border city Tijuana protests arrival

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionAnti-migrant protesters clashed with a pro-migrant demonstrator in the Mexican city of Tijuana Hundreds of residents have taken to the streets of a Mexican border town, in protest at the arrival of thousands of migrants trying to get to the US. They were urging the migrants to …

Trump’s attack on retired admiral who led bin Laden raid escalates a war of words

Paul Sonne National security reporter focusing on the U.S. military November 18 at 7:54 PM President Trump has long put the American military at the center of his presidential brand, tapping retired officers to serve as advisers, touting increases in defense spending, and citing support from troops and veterans as a sign of his success. …

Ocasio-Cortez lashes out again, says ‘drooling’ Republicans waiting to ‘chop up’ her ‘word slips’

U.S. Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., lashed out at Republicans via Twitter on Sunday night, accusing the GOP of “drooling” in anticipation of the 29-year-old’s every misstep. “Maybe instead of Republicans drooling over every minute of footage of me in slow-mo, waiting to chop up word slips that I correct in real-tomd (sic),” she wrote, “they …

Boris Johnson’s unused water cannon sold for scrap at £300,000 loss

Three unusable water cannon bought by Boris Johnson when he was mayor of London have been sold for scrap, at a net loss of more than £300,000. Johnson bought the crowd-control vehicles from the German police in 2014, in anticipation of social unrest, without checking whether they could be used on London’s streets. In one …

Retired admiral who oversaw bin Laden raid doubles down on Trump criticism

Retired Adm. William McRaven, who oversaw the U.S. operation that killed Osama bin Laden, doubled down on Sunday on his criticism of President TrumpDonald John TrumpBroward County official Brenda Snipes submits resignation after criticism Retired lieutenant general tears into Trump over attacks against Navy SEAL: ‘Disgusting’ Senate barrels toward showdown over Trump’s court picks MORE‘s treatment of the press after …

Retired lieutenant general tears into Trump over attacks against Navy SEAL: ‘Disgusting’

Retired Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling said Sunday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpBroward County official Brenda Snipes submits resignation after criticism Retired lieutenant general tears into Trump over attacks against Navy SEAL: ‘Disgusting’ Senate barrels toward showdown over Trump’s court picks MORE‘s attacks against the former Navy SEAL who oversaw the operation that killed Osama bin …

After dramatic recounts, most Florida offices belong to Republicans

Florida’s dramatic and controversial election season finally came to an end this weekend after races for U.S. Senate and governor went to Republican Gov. Rick Scott and former U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, respectively. The results mean that the Sunshine State has two Republican senators for the first time since Reconstruction and all but one of Florida’s …

Living in a cold, dark climate more likely to lead to heavy drinking

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption There are calls for restrictions on alcohol advertising in the winter months People who live in cold climates with less sunlight are more likely to drink heavily, according to a new study. Research from the US has established a link between average temperature, hours of sunlight and alcohol consumption. …

Gang of yobs attack two policemen in shocking London street assault

This is the horrifying moment a policeman and his colleague are savagely beaten in a brutal attack on a south London street. In mobile phone footage posted on Twitter two men can be seen punching and kicking the male and female officer as scores of people pass without intervening. The shocking incident in Merton, south west …

Jamal Khashoggi: Trump won’t listen to ‘terrible’ murder recording

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe BBC’s Frank Gardner looks at what could happen to the man known as MBS US President Donald Trump says he has been briefed on a recording of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder – but will not listen to it himself. “It’s a suffering tape, it’s a …