Friday 25 May 2018

In brief: BP given go-ahead to resume drilling

Oil giant BP plans to resume deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico this summer, a year after the blast that sparked the worst oil spill in history.

The group hopes to start work on 10 wells after being granted permission to continue work halted at the time of the spill, which killed 11 workers and caused an environmental crisis.

Planes grounded over cabin crack

Southwest Airlines grounded its fleet of Boeing 737s after one of the aircraft was found to have a gaping hole in the cabin.

Safety inspectors found evidence of "widespread cracking" on the plane after it made an emergency landing, prompting the airline to cancel 600 flights.

Designer revealed for Kate's big day

Kate Middleton's wedding dress has been designed by Alice Temperley, reports say.

The identity of the designer has been kept a secret, but it emerged that Kate's sister Pippa (27), the chief bridesmaid, spent three hours in the showrooms of the award-winning dressmaker in London over the weekend.

First Lady divorce blocked by Judge

A judge has temporarily blocked divorce proceedings by the wife of Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom.

The split would allow her to get around a constitutional ban on a president's family running for the leadership. First lady Sandra Torres de Colom filed for divorce so she can be the governing party's candidate in the election to choose her husband's successor.

Suicide bombers kill 41 at shrine

Suicide bombers struck at a shrine in Pakistan yesterday, killing 41 and injuring 100, in the latest attack by extremists against places of worship they consider un-Islamic.

Several thousand people attended celebrations to mark the anniversary of the shrine in Punjab when bombers struck crowds outside.

Teen girl fined for April Fool's prank

A 16-year-old Illinois girl was fined $150 (€105) after worried victims of her April Fool's prank called police.

The girl had texted her friend and cousin, saying she had been robbed and shot. The pair called police, who later found her safe and well.

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