Gilberto Benetton: Co-founder of fashion chain dies

Image copyright Getty Images Gilberto Benetton, a co-founder of the Benetton clothing firm, has died at the age of 77 after a short illness. He, with brothers Luciano and Carlo and sister Giuliana, founded United Colors of Benetton in Italy in the 1960s. The family is one of the most powerful in Italy, with interests […]

Robert Sharkey jailed for spending dead woman’s £6k on pizza

Image copyright Pacemaker Image caption Robert Sharkey spent thousands of pounds of Marie Conlon’s money on pepperoni pizzas A man who spent £6,000 of his dead neighbour’s savings on pizzas has been sentenced to two years. Robert Sharkey, 24, of Grays Hill, Bangor, was convicted of 11 charges after failing to report the woman had […]

Invictus Games: Athlete comforted in moving on-court moment

Image copyright Getty Images/Invictus Games Sydney 2018 Image caption Paul Guest was quickly comforted by team-mate Edwin Vermetten A British athlete has been comforted by his team-mate in a moving moment at the Invictus Games, after becoming unsettled by the sound of a helicopter. Former mine warfare specialist Paul Guest was playing in a wheelchair […]

Northern Ireland: Tory MPs urge Theresa May to ditch unsolved killings probe

Image copyright PA Image caption Former soldiers staged a protest outside the Ministry of Defence Theresa May is facing demands from 150 Tory MPs and peers to drop plans to investigate past crimes in Northern Ireland and other military conflicts. In a letter to the PM, they say a new Historical Investigations Unit would put […]

Liam Fox says Trump ‘very keen’ on trade deal

International Trade Secretary Liam Fox has told the BBC he believes US President Donald Trump is “very keen” to do a trade deal. Mr Fox was speaking in New York, where he was in town to promote the ties between the two countries. His comments come just days after the Trump administration told Congress it […]

Foreign maids on ‘hell’ of kafala jobs in Middle East

Foreign maids on ‘hell’ of kafala jobs in Middle East

Many African and Asian countries have banned the recruitment of domestic workers for countries in the Middle East who subscribe to the “kafala” system. Under the system, foreign maids are legally bound to their employer and have limited rights. Employers can take advantage of their position and many women are overworked, underpaid and physically abused. […]

Why do Trump’s Saudi job numbers keep growing?

It started as 40,000 jobs and ended up as a million. When President Trump talks about the contracts to provide military equipment to Saudi Arabia, the number keeps rising. We’ve asked the White House for clarification, but a statement released after the 2017 arms deal was signed talked of “potentially supporting tens of thousands of […]

World’s longest sea crossing: Hong Kong-Zhuhai bridge opens

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption China has been working on the bridge since 2009 Chinese President Xi Jinping has officially opened the world’s longest sea crossing bridge, nine years after construction first began. Including its access roads, the bridge spans 55km (34 miles) and connects Hong Kong to Macau and the mainland Chinese city […]

Nauru migrants: Australia evacuates 11 children off detention island

Image copyright AFP Image caption Australia set up a detention centre in Nauru in 2013 Some 11 children have been transferred to Australia from the Nauru detention centre to receive medical treatment. They are the latest to be moved amid a mental health crisis on the island, which has long been plagued by allegations of […]

Koreas to remove guns and guard posts from Panmunjom ‘truce town’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Removing guns at the border is aimed at reducing tension between the two Koreas North and South Korea have agreed to remove guns and guard posts from Panmunjom, the “truce town” that straddles their border. Also known as the Joint Security Area (JSA), Panmunjom is the only place along the […]