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UK explorer Benedict Allen set to fly home

Posted by Warren Fyfe on November 17, 2017 in Warren Fyfe Site

British explorer Benedict Allen is expected to be flown out of the jungle in Papua New Guinea on Friday, the UK High Commissioner has said. Mr Allen had been looked after by Christian missionaries after trekking large distances and missing his flight home, the BBC’s Frank Gardner said. The 57-year-old had taken no means of [...]

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Senators: Kushner ‘withheld WikiLeaks and Russia emails’

Posted by Warren Fyfe on November 17, 2017 in Warren Fyfe Site

Image copyright EPA White House senior aide Jared Kushner failed to disclose emails he received about WikiLeaks and “a Russian backdoor overture” in 2016, senators have said. Two senators sent Mr Kushner a letter demanding additional documents as part of an ongoing investigation into Russia’s alleged election meddling. The lawmakers said they became aware of [...]

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Zimbabwe latest: Mugabe ‘resisting calls to resign’

Posted by Warren Fyfe on November 17, 2017 in Warren Fyfe Site

Image copyright AFP / ZBC Image caption Mr Mugabe (second right) under house arrest, posing alongside Zimbabwe Defence Forces Commander General Constantino Chiwenga (right) Zimbabwe’s long-time President Robert Mugabe is reportedly refusing to step down immediately, despite growing calls for his resignation. The 93-year-old was put under house arrest during a military takeover on Wednesday, [...]

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‘Breakthrough’ breast cancer drugs get NHS approval

Posted by Warren Fyfe on November 16, 2017 in Warren Fyfe Site

Image copyright Science Photo Library Two new “breakthrough” drugs to treat breast cancer have been given the green light for use on the NHS. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) approved palbociclib and ribociclib after negotiating prices for the treatments. Research shows the drugs slow down advanced cancer for at least 10 [...]

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‘Lost Leonardo’ sells for record $450m

Posted by Warren Fyfe on November 16, 2017 in Warren Fyfe Site

Media captionThe record sale brought cheers and applause at the packed Christie’s auction room A 500-year-old painting of Christ believed to have been painted by Leonardo da Vinci has been sold in New York for a record $450m (£341m). The painting is known as Salvator Mundi (Saviour of the World). It is the highest auction [...]

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Zimbabwe awaits next steps after military takeover

Posted by Warren Fyfe on November 16, 2017 in Warren Fyfe Site

Media captionRobert Mugabe: From war hero to president of Zimbabwe Zimbabweans are waiting to see what steps the military will take next after seizing control of the country. President Robert Mugabe is said to be confined to his home in Harare but unconfirmed reports says his wife Grace, who was bidding to succeed him as [...]

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Australians decisively support same-sex marriage

Posted by Warren Fyfe on November 15, 2017 in Warren Fyfe Site

Media captionAustralia gay vote: The moment the country said yes Australians have overwhelmingly voted in favour of legalising same-sex marriage in a historic poll. The non-binding postal vote showed 61.6% of people favour allowing same-sex couples to wed, the Australian Bureau of Statistics said. Jubilant supporters have been celebrating in public spaces, waving rainbow flags [...]

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Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe: Boris Johnson to meet husband

Posted by Warren Fyfe on November 15, 2017 in Warren Fyfe Site

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe had been visiting Iran with her daughter Gabriella when she was arrested Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson is to meet the husband of a British-Iranian woman jailed in Iran later. Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has been held by Tehran since April 2016 after being accused of spying – charges she [...]

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Zimbabwe crisis: Army seizes broadcaster but denies coup

Posted by Warren Fyfe on November 15, 2017 in Warren Fyfe Site

Media captionMaj Gen Sibusiso Moyo read out a statement on national TV early on Wednesday Zimbabwe’s military has read out a statement after taking over the national broadcaster, ZBC, saying it has taken action to “target criminals”. However, it said this was not “a military takeover of government” and President Robert Mugabe was safe. Heavy [...]

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Rohingya villagers tell of rape and murder in military crackdown

Posted by Warren Fyfe on November 14, 2017 in Warren Fyfe Site

Displaced Rohingya Muslims have told BBC that the Myanmar military raped and murdered villagers during a counter-insurgency crackdown in August. Rashida Begum said soldiers tried to cut her throat when they swept into the village of Tula Toli in Rakhine State. She said her baby was snatched from her, thrown to the ground and killed. [...]

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