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36 killed by smoke after gunman starts fire in Manila casino robbery

A gunman has stormed into a crowded Philippines casino and used petrol to set gambling tables on fire, creating clouds of smoke that killed at least 36 people, police said.

The gunman, who has not yet been identified, targeted the casino at Resorts World Manila, a complex of hotels, ...

2017-06-02 13:07 open_in_new
Election day ahead: Yorkshire relish, then another TV grilling for May and Corbyn

Theresa May will be heading to South Yorkshire to campaign (Steve Parsons/PA)

In one week’s time, we ought to have an idea of who will be taking the keys to 10 Downing Street. In the meantime, both Labour and the Conservatives will be working hard to make sure it’s their man or ...

2017-06-02 13:07 open_in_new
Enda Kenny pledges ‘full support’ to new Taoiseach as voting ends

Ireland’s outgoing prime minister Enda Kenny has pledged to fully support his successor.

The Republic’s next Taoiseach is expected to be known early on Friday evening when votes to elect the next leader of the Fine Gael party are counted in the Mansion House in ...

2017-06-02 13:07 open_in_new
Fact check: Trump’s shaky claims on climate accord

Announcing that the US will withdraw from the Paris climate accord, Donald Trump misplaced the blame for what ails the coal industry and laid a shaky factual foundation for his decision.

The primary cause has been competition from cleaner-burning natural gas, which has been made cheaper ...

2017-06-02 13:07 open_in_new
Hull and Wigan looking to turn around poor form

Hull and Wigan will both be aiming to kick-start their Betfred Super League campaign when they meet at the KCOM Stadium on Saturday night.

It is a must-win fixture for both of last year’s semi-finalists, who find themselves outside the top four after 16 rounds having failed to win ...

2017-06-02 13:07 open_in_new
New Zealand hooker Dane Coles in fitness race to face Lions

New Zealand hooker Dane Coles faces a race against time to be fit to start the British and Irish Lions Test series due to ongoing concussion problems.

Coles has not played since suffering a head issue in March, and is now a doubt to be ready for the Hurricanes’ Super Rugby clash with ...

2017-06-02 13:07 open_in_new
Haskell backs Daly to cope with busy schedule and Lions debut

James Haskell has backed Wasps team-mate Elliot Daly to handle the seven-day gap between the 100-minute Premiership final and his potential British and Irish Lions debut.

England centre Daly has been promoted to the Lions’ bench for Saturday’s tour opener against the New ...

2017-06-02 13:07 open_in_new
Martin Kaymer dismayed by ‘unfair’ and ‘nasty’ comments about Tiger Woods

Former world number one Martin Kaymer has hit out at the “nasty and disrespectful” reaction to Tiger Woods’ arrest for driving under the influence.

Woods was arrested in the early hours of Monday morning near his home in Florida after being found asleep at the wheel of ...

2017-06-02 13:07 open_in_new
Manchester terror attack first responders to meet with Duke of Cambridge

The Duke of Cambridge has arrived at Greater Manchester Police HQ to meet officers who were among the first to respond to the bombing.

Prince William met Chief Constable Ian Hopkins as he arrived at the headquarters on a visit to the city on Friday morning.

He is expected to speak to ...

2017-06-02 13:07 open_in_new
Tory candidate Craig Mackinlay facing court over 2015 general election expenses

Conservative candidate Craig Mackinlay – who stood against Nigel Farage in the 2015 general election – has been charged over allegations relating to his election expenses.

In a statement, the Crown Prosecution Service said that Mackinlay, 50, Marion Little, 62, and Nathan Gray, 28, had ...

2017-06-02 13:07 open_in_new
Lib Dem leader Farron pressed on gay sex in heated radio phone-in

Tim Farron has refused to say whether he thinks homosexuality is a sin during a heated radio interview.

The Liberal Democrat leader was repeatedly asked about his attitudes towards homosexuality during LBC’s Leaders Live with Nick Ferrari.

A caller named Brian said there was a ...

2017-06-02 13:07 open_in_new
Tories under pressure to clarify ‘ludicrous’ immigration policy

Theresa May is facing calls to spell out when she intends to meet her pledge to cut immigration to the tens of thousands.

The Prime Minister signalled on Thursday that she wanted to get net migration down below the 100,000 mark by the end of the next parliament in 2022.

However, ...

2017-06-02 12:01 open_in_new
One in 10 avoids foreign travel ‘because of language barrier’

Millions of Britons do not travel abroad because they cannot speak a foreign language, a report says.

A study by hostel booking site Hostelworld found that one in 10 people in this country are put off visiting overseas because of language barriers.

A survey of 8,000 people in six ...

2017-06-02 12:01 open_in_new
PM condemned for failing to stand up for climate change deal as US pulls out

Theresa May has come under fire after she failed to join fellow European leaders in pledging to keep up the fight against climate change following Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the US from the Paris Accord.

In a phone call with the US president shortly after his White House ...

2017-06-02 12:01 open_in_new
Cricket partnership aims to encourage young boys to take up ballet

Billy Elliot may have been a hit film and musical, but getting young boys to follow in the light-footed miner’s son’s footsteps and take up dance is still a challenge.

Now the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) is hoping to boost the numbers and find the next Rudolf Nureyev or ...

2017-06-02 12:01 open_in_new
Police appeal to track Manchester bomber’s movements through CCTV images

The public is being urged to help police piece together the Manchester bomber’s final movements as his cousins claimed he plotted “secretly to himself”.

New CCTV images have been released showing Salman Abedi moving about the city’s streets and hauling a blue ...

2017-06-02 12:01 open_in_new
Ticket touts attempt to cash in on Manchester charity concert

Tickets for the One Love Manchester benefit concert are being listed for auction online at several times their face value.

Stars including Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Coldplay, Take That and Miley Cyrus will join Ariana Grande at Old Trafford Cricket Ground with the £40 tickets snapped up ...

2017-06-02 12:01 open_in_new
Kezia Dugdale vows ending child poverty would be at heart of Labour government

Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale has highlighted her plans to tackle child poverty, as she accused the SNP and Tories of being too focused on division to address the issue.

The party’s manifesto pledges an increase in the minimum wage and a boost for family benefits.

Ms ...

2017-06-02 12:01 open_in_new
Osborne Clarke based in Forbury Place celebrates 12 per cent revenue growth

AN INTERNATIONAL legal firm based in the heart of Reading has seen nearly a 12 per cent jump in revenue.

Osborne Clarke reported an income of €245.1m over the last financial year, while the Uk branch saw a rise form £112.9m to £121m from the preceding year to the most recent. ...

2017-06-02 12:01 open_in_new
Students 'unwind' with an enormous python

STUDENTS were encouraged to unwind during a hectic exam period by handling a gigantic reptile.

The 15lb reticulated python was wrapped round students' shoulders to encourage them to de-stress while revising for their end of year tests.

Pip Oppenheimer, welfare officer at ...

2017-06-02 12:01 open_in_new
Chris Woakes ruled out of Champions Trophy with side strain

Chris Woakes will miss the rest of England’s Champions Trophy because of a side strain.

Woakes, who managed just two overs at the start of the hosts’ opening eight-wicket win over Bangladesh at The Oval on Thursday, was sent for scans at close of play.

The England and ...

2017-06-02 12:01 open_in_new