A campaign to secure a second Brexit referendum is to be launched in days, the billionaire George Soros has announced. The financier, in a keynote speech, has said the prospect of the UK’s prolonged divorce from Brussels could help persuade the British public by a “convincing margin” that EU membership...
Iranian politicians have reacted with anger to a promise from newly appointed US secretary of state Mike Pompeo to impose “the strongest sanctions in history’ on the Islamic Republic following the US’ withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal. Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani...
More than 120 pregnant females were among hundreds of whales slaughtered in Japan’s latest hunt in the Antarctic, prompting condemnation and calls for international action. A total of 333 minke whales were killed as part of the country’s so-called “scientific” whaling programme,...
Ramadan is particularly punishing in Hodeidah on Yemen’s west coast, where the temperature is currently 36C. Many of the Houthi rebels who have held the city since 2015 are used to the cooler highlands and struggle in the heat.  Tensions are running...
Let’s address “when’s it due?”. It’s a tricky question if you know for sure that your interlocutor is pregnant. If you don’t, it’s potentially disastrous.  The first time someone asked me a similar question, I was a 19-year-old student. I was standing in the...
Single-use coffee cups will be banned in Scottish government buildings to reduce the harmful impact of plastic pollution. Hot drinks will be served in reusable ceramic mugs in cafes and canteens at offices including St Andrew’s House and Victoria Quay in Edinburgh...
A British national held on death row in Ethiopia for four years has been released. Ethiopia-born Andargachew Tsege, also known as Andy, was accused by the Ethiopian authorities of being a terrorist and was tried with others in his absence in 2009 before being sentenced to death. The father-of-three, who fled...
I recently read an article about an actor whose non-verbal and severely physically disabled son was forced to leave the theatre where his father was performing, because the audience couldn’t cope with the boy’s “noises”. As a human being, I felt incensed on...
More than 4,600 people are believed to have died in Puerto Rico from the catastrophic Hurricane Maria according to a new study – far in excess of the official government death toll which stands at 64. The latest estimate of the number of dead from Harvard’s...
If Americans have an urge to pop into a certain ubiquitous coffee chain later today for a caramel cocoa cluster frappuccino, a pumpkin spice latte, or just an espresso, they’re liable to be disappointed. Every single one of the 8,000 Starbucks shops...