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21/03/2019

Cesar Sayoc: US mail bombs suspect pleads guilty

Cesar Sayoc, the Florida man suspected of a mail-bombing campaign targeting critics of President Donald Trump has pleaded guilty in federal court.Mr Sayoc, 56, could be jailed for life for his criminal charges, which include using weapons of mass destruction and mailing explosives with intent to kill.He had initially pleaded not guilty, but will now avoid going to trial.Mr Sayoc is accused of mailing 16 pipe bombs to 13 targets including ex-President Barack Obama last October.None of the devices detonated, but the incidents caused a national scare just weeks before the US mid-term elections. In November, Mr Sayoc had pleaded...
21/03/2019

Italy bus attack thwarted by 'hero' teenager who contacted police

One of the children caught up in an attack on a school bus in Italy is being hailed by his classmates for saving everyone on board.The bus driver allegedly hijacked the vehicle and its 51 schoolchildren near Milan, then set it on fire.Children interviewed by Italian media said 13-year-old Ramy Shehata hid his mobile phone when the driver confiscated them from other students.The police were then phoned. "He is our hero", one classmate said.The driver, named as 47-year-old Ousseynou Sy, allegedly told the children: "No-one will survive." 'Strength to save themselves'Italy's Ansa news agency reports that Ramy made the call...
21/03/2019

Brexit: EU leaders agree Brexit delay plan

EU leaders have agreed on a plan to delay the Article 50 process, postponing Brexit beyond 29 March.The UK will be offered a delay until 22 May, if MPs approve the withdrawal deal negotiated with the EU next week.If they do not, the EU will back a shorter delay until 12 April, allowing the UK time to get the deal through or to "indicate a way forward".The UK is due to leave the EU in eight days, with or without a deal, if no extension is agreed. European Council President Donald Tusk tweeted that a "unanimous" agreement had been reached:...

21/03/2019

Tate art galleries shun Sackler money over opioid crisis

Another of Britain's prestigious art institutions has decided to shun donations from the US Sackler family.The Tate's board of trustees said it would decline further donations, which comes after the withdrawal of a £1m National Portrait Gallery grant.The Sackler family is facing legal action over its production of opioid drugs, which are linked to deaths.Given these circumstances, it would not be right to seek or accept further donations, the Tate said.The BBC's arts editor, Will Gompertz, said the Tate's move was "a significant moment in this ongoing story". "It makes it very difficult for any other arts organisation to accept...
21/03/2019

Brexit: Europe's no-deal preparation 'falls short', say businesses

Business lobby groups have written to the European Commission, warning that its own no-deal Brexit plans "fall short of what is needed to limit major disruptions", Newsnight has learned.The letter is from Business Europe - an umbrella body for lobby groups across the EU, including Britain's CBI.It warns of possible disruption to flights, drug supply shortages and data-sharing interruptions. The Commission said it was in frequent contact with stakeholders.But the document suggests European companies - not just UK firms - are extremely nervous about the economic repercussions of a no-deal Brexit on 29 March. 'No one is ready'The EU's chief...
21/03/2019

Zambia bans 'Viagra' energy drink

The Zambian authorities have banned an energy drink after a Ugandan man complained it had caused him to have a prolonged erection.Power Natural High Energy Drink SX, which is made in Zambia, is not marketed as a sexual aid.But an investigation by Ugandan health authorities in December found that the beverage contained sildenafil citrate - the active ingredient in Viagra.Since then, news of the drink's side-effects has boosted its popularity.Journalist Kennedy Gondwe in Lusaka says there has been increased demand for the soft drink, which is sold in supermarkets and by street vendors across the country.He says that despite the...

21/03/2019

Cyclone Idai: How the storm tore into southern Africa

Aid agencies are scrambling to reach survivors of Cyclone Idai, which swept through Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe last week, destroying towns and villages in its path.Hundreds of people have been killed and hundreds of thousands more have been affected by what the UN says could be "one of the worst weather-related disasters ever to hit the southern hemisphere".Here's what we know so far about the impact of the cyclone.The storm made landfall near the port city of Beira in Mozambique's Sofala province on 14 March, packing winds of up to 177 km/h (106 mph) and bringing torrential rain.Floods of up...
21/03/2019

China chemical plant explosion kills six in Yancheng

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionSix killed in Yancheng chemical plant explosion Six people have been killed in a blast at a chemical plant in Yancheng, eastern China, local authorities say.Thirty people were also injured in the explosion, which took place at about 14:50 local time (06:50 GMT) at the plant run by Tianjiayi Chemical.The blast was caused by a fire at the factory, which makes fertiliser, officials told local press.China's earthquake administration reported a tremor equivalent to 2.2-magnitude at the time of the explosion. Images on social media showed a fireball exploding at the site, billowing...
21/03/2019

Christchurch shootings: NZ police admit error in naming murder charge victim

New Zealand police have admitted that the person named on a charge sheet as the murder victim of the alleged Christchurch mosques attacker is actually alive.They said the naming on the document for the first court appearance of Australian Brenton Tarrant, 28, was an administrative error.The attacks left 50 dead but only one charge of murder was initially brought.The error would not affect the legal case, police said.Police Minister Stuart Nash told New Zealand's RNZ: "It was an administrative error, it will have no impact whatsoever on the court process, I understand it's been rectified. Let's bring this guy to...

21/03/2019

Christchurch shootings: How the haka unifies New Zealand in mourning

As New Zealand mourns the victims of the Christchurch mosque shootings, the traditional Maori haka dance is reverberating around the country. It's a ceremonial dance many might associate with the famous New Zealand All Blacks rugby team. But what does the haka actually signify, and why have so many been performed across New Zealand this week? What is the haka?It's a ceremonial dance that comes from New Zealand's Maori people, and it's performed in a group with synchronised movements, lots of stomping, shouting and eye-rolling. Matthew Tukaki, executive director of the Maori Council of New Zealand, told the BBC that...
21/03/2019

Cervical screening: DIY smear test could be 'game-changer'

Women are to be offered the chance to carry out smear tests at home in a bid to cut the rates of cervical cancer.The pilot scheme will see some women in north and east London given self-sampling kits from September. It comes as take-up of cervical screening in England hits a 20-year low, with concerns that embarrassment could make some people miss tests.The home testing could be a "game-changer", said charity Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust.The kits test for human papillomavirus, the virus that causes 99% of cervical cancer cases. The organisers hope to offer self-sampling kits to more than 22,000...
21/03/2019

Giraffe and Ed's Easy Diner site closures agreed

Plans to close 27 Giraffe and Ed's Easy Diner restaurants have been approved by creditors, putting hundreds of jobs at risk.The brands will enter a company voluntary arrangement (CVA) and close almost a third of their 87 restaurants.The business, owned by Boparan Restaurant Group (BRG), first put forward the plan earlier this month.BRG said sales had improved since the chains were acquired in 2016, but several sites remained unprofitable.The deal will also give the chains rent reductions at 13 sites. Will Wright, restructuring partner at KPMG and joint supervisor of the CVA, said: "This is a critical step forward for...