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Phillip Schofield says his career is over following affair
The former ITV host tells the BBC his affair with a young male colleague was a "grave error".

Phillip Schofield's hands were shaking through interview
The TV star appeared in a highly charged emotional state as he offered his views on the affair.

Covid inquiry: Government will 'probably lose legal case', says minister
Science minister George Freeman thinks the challenge is set to fail but says it is a "point worth testing".

Multi-cancer blood test shows real promise in NHS study
The Galleri test revealed the correct site of a tumour 85% of the time in a study with 5,000 patients.

Congress approves debt deal, averting a US default
President Joe Biden will now sign the measure into law, staving off worldwide economic chaos.

Ukraine war: Teens used to report Russian propaganda
Children as young as 16 are working at TV channels in occupied Ukraine, spouting Russian propaganda.

Bournemouth beach death swimmers not hit by boat or jet ski
Police in Bournemouth release more details about the "devastating" deaths of a boy and girl.

Train strikes: How have they affected the economy?
The leisure industry has been hit hard, but the rest of the economy has learned to cope.

British Airways fined $1.1m by US government
The US says the airline did not "provide timely refunds to passengers" during Covid.

Mexican police find 45 bags of human remains
Officials were searching a ravine near Guadalajara for seven young people reported missing last week.

Elon Musk: Twitter boss reclaims title of world's richest person
It comes after shares in his electric car company Tesla have almost doubled since the start of the year.

Florida teenager Dev Shah wins US Spelling Bee with 'psammophile'
Dev Shah defeats Charlotte Walsh after she fails to correctly spell "daviely" in an earlier round.

Watch: William and Kate attend lavish Jordan royal wedding
The Duke and Duchess of Wales were among the guests at the wedding of Jordanian Crown Prince Hussein and Saudi architect Rajwa Al Saif.

The Papers: Ministers defy Covid inquiry and Schofield speaks
The row over ministers' pandemic WhatsApps and an interview with Philip Schofield lead the papers.

Andrew Tate BBC interview: Influencer challenged on misogyny and rape allegations
This is the influencer's first TV interview with a major broadcaster while under house arrest.

How gun violence is reshaping American lives
Avoiding public places, moving home... how the threat of random gunfire is changing the way people live.

Quiz of the week: What was New York's sunset phenomenon called?
How closely have you been paying attention to what's been going on over the past seven days?

Foo Fighters review: But Here We Are finds a band working through grief
The band's first album since Taylor Hawkins' death, is a powerful account of, and antidote to, pain.

Taylor Swift fans report 'amnesia' following Eras show
Psychologists say emotions and time may be behind the perfectly normal phenomenon.

'Living with bigger boobs made me want to hide'
As the number of breast reductions rises, women open up on their experience of having bigger breasts.

Moment climber found in rare Everest ‘death zone’ rescue
A Nepali sherpa guide carried the man on his back for six hours during the "very rare" high-altitude rescue.

Are tornadoes in the US getting worse?
They are largely unpredictable and unforeseeable but are twisters becoming a more serious threat?

Breast cancer: Woman's reconstruction delayed three times
Women say they are facing "soul-destroying" waits for reconstructive surgery after breast cancer.

Poland's quest to retrieve priceless Nazi-looted art
A 16th Century Italian painting looted by the Nazis has been returned to Poland from Japan.

Itamar Ben-Gvir: Israel minister jeered as thousands attend Jerusalem Pride march
The Jerusalem event was the first since the election of a hardline government with homophobic ministers.

Debt advisor referral fees banned by regulator
The FCA is banning fees that debt advisors receive for referring people to debt solution companies.

US President Joe Biden trips and falls at Colorado event
The White House said the president, who is 80, tripped over a sandbag but was feeling "fine".

Brics ministers call for rebalancing of global order away from West
The talks attended by Russia in South Africa are clouded by allegations of war crimes in Ukraine.

Across the Spider-Verse opens ground-breaking franchise to female fans
Spider-Woman takes the spotlight in the sequel film to 2018's Oscar-winning Spider-Man animation.

'Abhorrent' abuse of referee Taylor condemned
Referees' body PGMOL says it is appalled by the "unjustified and abhorrent" abuse directed at Anthony Taylor by supporters at Budapest Airport following Wednesday's Europa League final.

FonaCab: Taxi firm sacks driver over 'gun' video
A video circulated online shows the driver pointing what appears to be a gun at a passenger.

Hugh Callaghan, one of the Birmingham Six, dies aged 93
Mr Callaghan was one of six men from Northern Ireland wrongly jailed over pub bombings in 1974.

England v Ireland: Stuart Broad says bowlers ready if Ben Stokes is not fit to bowl in the Ashes
Stuart Broad says England's attack is ready to step up in the Ashes if Ben Stokes' knee injury stops him from playing a full part as a bowler.

England v Ireland: Stuart Broad, Zak Crawley & Ben Duckett star on day one - highlights
Watch highlights as Stuart Broad's five-wicket haul and 50s from Zak Crawley and Ben Duckett put England in control against Ireland on day one of the Test at Lord's.

Phil Neville: Inter Miami sack coach after 10 defeats from 13 MLS games
Major League Soccer side Inter Miami sack coach Phil Neville with the club bottom of the Eastern Conference after 15 games.

French Open: Jessica Pegula column on getting food poisoning in Paris & travelling around Europe
American Jessica Pegula, seeded third in the French Open singles, is the latest leading WTA Tour player to feature in a BBC Sport column.

French Open 2023: Cameron Norrie faces Lorenzo Musetti & could play Carlos Alcaraz next
Britain's Cameron Norrie says he is not distracted by the looming prospect of facing top seed Carlos Alcaraz as he tries to reach the French Open fourth round for the first time.

T20 Blast: Yorkshire claim Roses victory plus wins for Essex and Derbyshire Falcons
Jos Buttler is out for one on his T20 Blast return as Yorkshire beat Lancashire in the Roses match at Headingley.

When will we start seeing energy bill deals again?
With bills set to drop from July, fixed deals could be due to make a comeback, say experts.

Mortgage deals: Five new products aiming to beat interest rates rise
As interest rates rise, some lenders are offering no-deposit mortgages and removing the "stress test".

Mortgage calculator: how much will my mortgage go up?
Use our calculator to find out how much mortgage payments could go up for your household.

Five ways to save money on your packed lunch
As the cost of food continues to rise, we hear some top tips on making savings at lunchtime.

Energy price cap: What is it and will bills continue to go down?
The cap which sets typical household energy bills is expected to drop sharply from July.

Energy bills: What can I do if I can't afford to pay?
If you're struggling to afford your gas and electricity bills, what options are available?

Tips on how to save energy at home and help the planet
What can homeowners do to reduce their energy consumption?

Cost of living: How can I save money on my food shop?
The cost-of-living crisis continues to bite. Here are some things that can reduce the impact.

Al Jazeera

Nine dead as protests rock Senegal after Sonko jail sentence
Interior Minister Antoine Diome said nine protesters died in the capital Dakar and the southern town of Ziguinchor.

US seeking TNT in Japan for Ukraine artillery shells: Report
Procurement could court controversy because export rules ban Japanese companies from selling lethal weaponry overseas.

Twitter’s head of safety resigns
Ella Irwin tells news agency she has quit Twitter a year after joining the social media platform.

Sleepless nights, letter to Nassar: Epstein’s final days revealed
New documents provide most complete account to date of convicted sex offender's detention and death.

UN says organised crime shifting drugs routes in Southeast Asia
The UN Office on Drugs and Crime says almost 151 tonnes of methamphetamine seized in Southeast, East Asia in 2022.

Russia thwarts more Belgorod attacks, blames Ukraine
Defence ministry says it repelled three attacks in the border area, which has come under fire since last month.

US cuts data sharing with Russia under New START nuclear deal
US says withholding information is retaliatory measure for Moscow's suspension of New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty.

Deal to raise debt ceiling passes US Senate, heads to Biden
The vote comes as the US hurtles towards a June 5 deadline to raise the government borrowing limit or face default.

Russia says US intelligence hacked thousands of iPhones
FSB accuses Apple of working closely with US intelligence agencies after disclosing alleged 'intelligence action'.

Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 464
As the war enters its 464th day, here’s a look at the main developments.

Treason trial of Russian hypersonic missile scientist begins
Anatoly Maslov is one of three scientists involved in Russia's hypersonic missile programme that are standing trial.

Brazil’s Congress weakens environmental, Indigenous ministries
Move marks setback for President Lula da Silva's push to protect Indigenous rights and stem Amazon deforestation.

Canada facing ‘deeply concerning’ wildfire season: Official
With 82 blazes burning out of control, Canada confronts a record early wildfire season, scorching 2.7 million hectares.

Does artificial intelligence pose the risk of human extinction?
Tech industry leaders issue a warning as governments consider how to regulate AI without stifling innovation.

Sweden will join NATO soon, Joe Biden promises
'It will happen,' US president says as he underscores transatlantic alliance's commitment to supporting Ukraine.

Lebanon accuses five over killing of UN peacekeeper Sean Rooney
UN peacekeeping mission in Lebanon says indictment is an 'important step towards justice'.

US Supreme Court deals blow to organised labour in new ruling
The case Glacier Northwest Inc v Teamsters is seen as the latest test of union rights to go before the court.

What does Minnawi’s call to arms mean for Darfur?
The governor's call risks ingiting ethnic conflict among the tribes of Darfur, critics have said.

Questions raised over top leaders quitting Imran Khan’s party
Former Pakistani prime minister has said senior leaders were pressured into leaving the party 'at gunpoint'.

Photos: A look at Jordan’s royal wedding
Jordan's crown prince weds daughter of Saudi family in ceremony packed with stars and symbolism.

US imposes first sanctions over Sudan conflict
Washington targets firms linked to Sudanese military and RSF group, pledging to be on 'side of civilians' in conflict.

‘We need protection’: Palestinians brace for Homesh resettlement
Israel has begun taking steps to resettle the evacuated illegal outpost of Homesh near Burqa village in Nablus.

Nowhere to run: Residents point at Ukraine’s bomb shelter problem
Three people die at the shut door of a bomb shelter in Kyiv, highlighting Ukraine's nationwide problem with bunkers.

US and Guatemala launch new migration processing centres
Move comes as Joe Biden's administration seeks to deter migrants and refugees from seeking protection at Mexico border.

NATO divided on Ukrainian membership as Zelenskyy renews call
Ukrainian president appeals to dozens of European leaders as divisions among NATO members become apparent.

Global Times

Chinese mainland to promote peaceful exchange with Taiwan compatriots in more effective, precise way

Attractive sound

China unveils tube-launched drone with breakthrough flight performance

China to join expanded military drills with SE Asian countries

China's FAST boosts tourism, income in astronomy-themed town

Floating sensation

Union criticized for whitewashing Cathay crew's discrimination

China develops 1,050 irradiation induced-mutant varieties, boosting food security

Hospitals call for maternity-friendly society

BRI to become a bedrock of new world order: Hungarian scholar

Handy system

PLA Navy's Type 055 10,000 ton-class large destroyer leads intensive drills in South China Sea amid rising tensions

Application of nuclear tech 'should be part of national strategy': report

Xizang embraces democracy with effective policy design, practices

Special guest

Xizang's high-quality development charts course for regional growth and beyond

Gen Z could play significant role in Xizang's sustainable development: forum

World should see Xizang's development, foreign diplomats and experts say

Time for tea

Direct flights between Fuzhou and Taiwan island resume, facilitating exchanges and cooperation

Wild populations of over 300 rare, endangered species increase steadily

Panda gathering

Attractive items

China's insurance industry maintains adequate solvency: NAFR

China keeps LPR unchanged for 9th straight month as economic recovery continues

Xi's footprints in Xiong'an highlight 'miraculous' transformation of 'city of the future'

China, Russia to hold business forum in Shanghai, aiming for high-level bilateral cooperation, regional integration amid rocky global economic recovery: experts

Vaccines countering XBB variant to be released to the market: top respiratory expert

Police remind Chinese parents to check children's phones for encrypted messaging apps, including Telegram

Joint exploration

New archaeology era for shipwrecks discovered in South China Sea

'520' remains popular marriage registration date

Chaos after US retreat: Disgrace, tragedy, horror . what US left behind in Vietnam after chaotic retreat

CEEC-based firms flock to China's Ningbo as nation shares devt opportunities

China sees surging sales of 'romantic' goods, services on May 20 as young people express love

Chinese commerce minister's planned visit to US lifts trade prospects, but 'result depends on sincerity of US'

Sprawling transport network prompts Central Asia from 'land-locked' to 'land-linked'

Xi sends congratulatory letter to Arab League summit, happy for regional countries to take path of unity and self-development

Xi's footprints in Central Asian countries consolidate ties, vitalize Silk Road

China-CEEC logistics cooperation under BRI ensures trade growth despite languishing global economy

China-Central Asia to facilitate new railway, road facilities expansion and upgrade, a boost to regional trade, prosperity

Japan-circling PLA Navy flotilla completes 'routine drills,' shows capabilities of national defense

New 'forced labor' claims on NW China's Xinjiang are outdated tactic to smear China, hurt firms: experts

Macao updates national security law

Comedy firm fined $1.9m after stand-up comedian insults soldiers

Visiting submersible

BeiDou navigation satellites welcomes new, stronger member after 3 years

CEEC tourism agencies strive to attract Chinese visitors, release potential of bilateral services trade

FDI up 2.2% in Jan-Apr period: MOFCOM

Infographic: Fruitful achievements are expected of China-Central Asia partnership after milestone summit

MercoPress - South American Agency

One-third of Chileans okay with Pinochet overthrowing Allende

“Pinochet was a coward... never a statesman,” Boric argued Over 30 % of Chile's population still approves of General Augusto Pinochet staging a military coup d'état nearly half a century ago to topple Socialist President Salvador Allende, according to a study by Market Opinion Research International (MORI) released in Santiago this week.

Former Brazilian President Collor sentenced to nearly 9 years for corruption

Former president Collor will not be arrested immediately because he may still appeal the ruling Former Brazilian President Fernando Collor de Melo was sentenced by the Supreme Federal Court (STF) to 8 years and 10 months in jail Tuesday for having received some US$4 million to “irregularly facilitate contracts” between a construction company and a Petrobras subsidiary.

Pope Francis and Lula discuss Ukraine and possible trips

Lula last met with Pope Francis in February, 2020 Pope Francis and Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva Wednesday discussed the situation in Ukraine during a telephone conversation in which the South American leader invited the Argentine priest to visit his country soon.

Brazil's surplus falls 47% interannually in first four months of 2023

The BCB said the consolidated public sector result between January and April was 2.31% of the country's GDP. Brazil's Central Bank (BCB) reported Wednesday that the South American country's public sector accounts (federal government, states and municipalities, and state-owned companies) recorded a primary surplus of R$ 78.7 billion reais (US$ 15.515 billion) in the first four months of 2023, which represented a 47% YoY drop.

Medvedev: British officials legitimate targets for Russia

Medvedev referred to the UK as “our eternal enemy” After British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly said that Ukraine has the right to strike military targets inside Russian territory, former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said on Wednesday that British Officials have become "Legitimate" Targets for his country because the United Kingdom was "de facto" leading an undeclared war. Medvedev, who is deputy chairman of Russia's Security Council, called the UK Moscow's "eternal enemy."

Falklands adjusts Government Reserves Policy to 1,5 times (from 2,5) departmental operating expenditure

FIG is committed to maintaining a vibrant and sustainable economy and a high standard of public services. Prudent fiscal and economic management are central to these objectives. Following the sitting of the Executive Council on Wednesday 10 May, a paper was approved to update the Government’s Reserves Policy to hold 1.5 times adjusted departmental operating expenditure in unrestricted reserves.

No prescription required in Argentina for "morning-after pill"

Vizzotti signed the resolution expanding access to Emergency Hormonal Contraception (EHC) Argentina's Health Ministry issued a resolution allowing for the emergency hormonal contraception method (AHE), also known as "the morning-after pill" to be sold in all pharmacies nationwide without a medical prescription. This measure, published in Thursday's edition of the Official Gazette, also includes an update of the protocol for the comprehensive care of persons entitled to the voluntary and legal termination of pregnancy.

Falkland Islands Government publishes Budget for 2023/24

Gov. Alison Blake CMG reviewed last year's challenges and highlights, On 31st May, the Governor of the Falkland Islands made her annual address, state of the Nation, to the Legislative Assembly. In her speech, Alison Blake CMG reviewed last year's challenges and highlights, set out the government's and public service priorities for the year ahead, and paid tribute to the economy.

Lula rebuts comments from Boric and Lacalle

“No one needs to agree with anyone. This is how we do it”, said Lula in response to Lacalle's and Boric's criticism. Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva stated on Tuesday that the meeting of 11 South American presidents at the Itamaraty Palace was not a group of friends, but of presidents seeking regional coordination, reported Agência Brasil.

Magallanes Region to the rescue of farmers given the persistent drought

The implements and instructions were delivered by the regional government and the Chilean Agriculture ministry Systems to collect and accumulate water, plus troughs, were some of the implements that were distributed among farmers in the Magallanes Region, extreme south of Chile, to combat the hydric scarcity which affects the whole region.