Friday 23 February 2018

BBC facing ban in Pakistan

Pakistan's prime minister pledged to "look into" the decision by the country's cable operators to ban BBC World News service, the broadcaster said yesterday.

The BBC said the decision was taken to block the BBC World News service in response to a two-part documentary the channel broadcast, entitled 'Secret Pakistan', which questioned Pakistan's commitment to tackling Taliban militancy.

MP 'sorry' for stag party Nazi antics

A Conservative MP apologised yesterday after reports he attended a stag party with Nazi overtones. Aidan Burley used Twitter to reveal his "deep regret" at the "inappropriate behaviour" at last weekend's bash in a French ski resort.

The MP, a senior aide to British Transport Secretary Justine Greening, was eating and drinking with 12 friends, some of whom chanted "Hitler, Hitler, Hitler", according to a report in a Sunday newspaper.

Hollywood sniper named by police

AUTHORITIES have identified the gunman shot dead by police after he fired at passing cars in a Hollywood street, wounding one driver while screaming that he wanted to die.

Tyler Brehm (26) walked down the middle of Sunset Boulevard on Friday, firing on motorists with no clear target until police shot him.

No comeback for Eurovision winner

THE first-ever winner of the Eurovision Song Contest has failed in her attempt to make a comeback in next year's contest.

Lys Assia (87) had sought to become the oldest singer to participate in the Eurovision contest that she won the year of its inception in 1956 with the song 'Refrain'.

London 2012 chief in sponsor row

LORD Coe, the chairman of London's 2012 Olympic organising committee, said that he is comfortable with having Dow Chemical participate as a sponsor of the games, despite criticism over its links to a gas leak in India.

An estimated 15,000 people died in 1984 when gas leaked out of a Union Carbide pesticide plant in the central Indian city of Bhopal. Dow bought Union Carbide in 2001 and says legal claims from the disaster have been resolved.

Irish Independent

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