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Chelsea bans fans after Raheem Sterling 'racially abused'
The west London club bans four fans as they investigate alleged racist abuse during Saturday's game with Manchester City.
Chelsea have banned four people from attending games while they investigate alleged racist abuse directed at Raheem Sterling.
In a statement, the west London football club said they were supporting police and condemned all forms of discrimination.
"Chelsea Football Club has suspended four people from attending Chelsea matches pending further investigations into allegations regarding the behaviour of supporters towards Raheem Sterling during our match against Manchester City on Saturday," they said.
Theresa May pulls Brexit deal vote as she heads to Brussels
The PM avoids a parliamentary showdown on her EU agreement as she admits she would have suffered a "significant" loss.
Theresa May has dramatically decided to pull a House of Commons vote on her Brexit deal after admitting she would suffer a "significant" defeat.
In a statement to MPs on Monday, the prime minister confirmed she will delay a vote on her EU agreement, which had been scheduled for Tuesday night, as she attempts to keep alive both her deal and her premiership.
Mrs May told the Commons she will instead head to an EU summit in Brussels this week to discuss the "clear concerns" of MPs about her deal's so-called backstop arrangement.
United Nations: First global pact signed to better manage migration despite withdrawals
Angela Merkel insists the UN accord on migration was "about nothing less than the foundation of our international co-operation".
Monday 10 December 2018
More than 160 countries have signed a historic agreement to cooperate on managing migration following months of international controversy.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel hailed the signing of the UN accord as an "important day" but insisted it was "about nothing less than the foundation of our international co-operation".
The first global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration was adopted at a summit in Marrakesh on Monday.
'Werewolf' killer Mikhail Popkov convicted of 56 more murders
Mikhail Popkov, one of Russia's worst ever serial killers, is already in jail after being convicted in 2015 of murdering 22 women.
Monday 10 December 2018
A Russian serial killer nicknamed the "werewolf" who is serving a life sentence for killing 22 women has been convicted of 56 more murders.
Former policeman Mikhail Popkov, one of Russia's most prolific serial killers, was found guilty of killing 56 people between 1992 and 2007 by a court in the Siberian city of Irkutsk.
He confessed to 59 murders but investigators had not managed to prove three of the crimes took place, according to local reports.
Vijay Mallya: Billionaire 'pl***oy' should be extradited to India, court rules
The "King of Good Times" is accused of taking loans with no intention of repaying them while trying to save Kingfisher Airlines.
Monday 10 December 2018
Billionaire "pl***oy" Vijay Mallya should be extradited from the UK to India to face fraud charges over the collapse of Kingfisher Airlines, a court in London has ruled.
The 62-year-old, nicknamed the "King of Good Times" due to his extravagant lifestyle, is wanted in India over £1.1bn in loans that his now defunct airline took out from Indian banks.
Indian authorities claim he had no intention of repaying them as he knew the airline was failing, and they accused him of not spending the money on what he said he was going to.
Mallya, who used to own Kingfisher beer and co-owned Formula One team Force India, which went into administration in July, has denied any wrongdoing.
He says the case is politically motivated so he will not get a fair trial in India.
England's chief magistrate, Judge Emma Arbuthnot, said false representations had been made to Indian banks over what the loans would be used for - and she ruled there was evidence of conspiracy to defraud lenders and of money laundering.
She accused the banks of making a number of failings but said there was little evidence that senior officials at state-owned IDBI had been involved in planning to defraud their own bank.
Officials might have been in "the thrall of this glamorous, flashy, famous, bejewelled, bodyguarded, ostensibly billionaire pl***oy who charmed and cajoled" them into ignoring their own rules and regulations, she said at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Monday.
The judge said Mallya used the loans for, among other things, "vanity projects" including Force India, which received payments at a time when it was struggling in 2010.
She added: "I have found that on the face of it, [Mallya] was doing everything he could by using honest or dishonest means to keep the company going.
"A spell in custody is likely to help him cut down on alcohol."
Ordering his extradition, she said there was a prima facie case against the tycoon, who moved to Britain in March 2016. Her ruling must now be approved by Home Secretary Sajid Javid.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi would likely benefit from his extradition, which could fall months before an election. Opposition parties have accused the government of giving the billionaire "free passage" to flee - which Mallya denies.
Mr Modi is facing pressure from political opponents to bring to justice several people who have fled India to escape prosecution from authorities, many of them for loan defaults.
"It's a victory for ethics and probity. It's also a signal to all that nobody can cheat India, its people, economy, and go hide somewhere in the world," Indian finance minister Arun Jaitley said.
Judge Arbuthnot warned Mallya, who was released on bail, that "you may have a long process ahead of you".
He can appeal the decision within 14 days to London's High Court, and the home secretary's decision can also be appealed to the High Court and ultimately the Supreme Court.
Mallya, talking outside court, said: "The judge herself said it's a lengthy process that I need to pursue here in the UK, which I will do.
My legal team over the next few days will review this judgement in detail and decide the way forward."
The Indian government said they would seek £216,000 in legal costs.
Brexit donors: Theresa May's deal is worse than staying in the EU
Donors say the Leave victory has been "squandered" by "cowards" as they vow to bankroll a Brexit political party.
Saturday 08 December 2018
Three of the biggest donors to the Leave campaign have told Sky News that they are dismayed by the progress of Brexit and that it would be better for Britain to remain in the European Union than sign up to Theresa May's withdrawal agreement.
The trio, who offered more than £5m in donations for the Leave campaign, each offered scathing criticism of the political process and insisted that Brexit had been "hampered", "squandered" or "obstructed".
Billionaire financier Peter Hargreaves said there would be "no Brexit" because politicians "are cowards".
Investment manager Jeremy Hosking, a major shareholder in Crystal Palace football club, said Mrs May's deal would put the UK "in a straitjacket".
Stuart Wheeler, founder of spreadbetting giant IG Index, said the UK had been reduced to "subservient begging".
Mr Hargreaves, who was behind the biggest personal donation to the Leave campaign, told Sky News that he thinks Brexit will not happen because politicians are "completely out of touch" with the will of the people.
Teacher facing charges after forcibly cutting student's hair
Authorities act after video emerges of a California teacher snipping locks from a boy before waving scissors at another youngster.
Sunday 09 December 2018
A teacher is facing six charges after forcibly cutting a pupil's hair in lessons and brandishing scissors at another while singing the Star Spangled Banner.
Margaret Gieszinger was held on $100,000 bail before being released after a video emerged of the incident in her California classroom earlier this week.
The video, which has been posted on social media, shows her telling a student to "take a seat", before she starts singing the US national anthem loudly as she snips off locks of his hair and casually tosses them behind her.
UK weather: Forecasters say snow is possible this week
Forecasters say there is a possibility of snow in northern parts later this week as cold and dry air meets the wet and windy.
Sunday 09 December 2018
Dreaming of a white Christmas? Then keep your fingers crossed as "unsettled" weather sweeps across the UK this week.
Monday morning commuters will feel the chill and could see ice in Scotland before the weather becomes increasingly wet as the week progresses.
And there is a possibility of snow - but at the moment forecasters say that if it does come it will only be in northern parts of the UK.
'Don't take my sunshine away': Brother's tribute to Grace Millane
Police in New Zealand say the body was found in a bush about 10 metres off the road during a scene examination.
Sunday 09 December 2018
Donald Trump says chief of staff John Kelly to leave post at end of year
John Kelly, who has been White House chief of staff since the end of July 2017, will step down by the end of this year.
Saturday 08 December 2018
US President Donald Trump has said his chief of staff John Kelly will leave his post at the end of the year.
Mr Kelly, a retired Marine general, has been in the role since the end of July last year.
Mr Trump made the announcement at the White House before departing for the Army-Navy American football game in Philadelphia, saying: "John Kelly will leaving - I don't know if I can say retiring - but he's a great guy.
Labour ready to form government on Wednesday if PM deal rejected
Westminster is gearing up for Tuesday's "meaningful vote" - the climax of 18 months' of negotiations with Brussels.
Sunday 09 December 2018
Jeremy Corbyn is ready to take over as prime minister of a minority government on Wednesday morning if MPs reject Theresa May's Brexit deal, Labour has told Sky News.
A party spokesperson vowed to "reset" negotiations with Brussels and "take the country forward" should the prime minister be defeated in parliament.
It came as Brexit minister Kwasi Kwarteng insisted the crunch vote would go ahead on Tuesday, amid reports it could be pulled to spare the government a large loss.
1,723 arrested in 'yellow vest' protests in France
Fresh nationwide clashes put further pressure on Emmanuel Macron, who is set to make major announcements in the coming week.
Sunday 09 December 2018
More than 1,700 people were arrested across France during the latest "yellow vest" protests, which left 135 people injured and caused widespread damage.
Of the 1,723 detained on Saturday, 1,220 were ordered to be held in custody, according to the interior ministry.
It followed a nationwide security crackdown with some 89,000 police officers on the streets, including 8,000 in Paris alone, aimed at preventing a repeat of the previous weekend's rioting.
Parts of Paris were placed in lockdown, with tourist attractions including the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre closed and shops along the Champs-Elysees boarded up.
Despite the security clampdown clashes broke out in several cities across the country, including Marseille, Bordeaux and Lyon and Toulouse, during a fourth weekend of protests against rising living costs and the embattled French President Emmanuel Macron.
Paris again saw the worst of the of the violence as protesters, wearing their distinctive yellow safety jackets, set fire to cars, burned barricades and smashed windows.
Police, backed up by armoured vehicles, responded with tear gas and water cannon. Baton-wielding sn**ch squads were also in operation.
More than half of those injured - 71 - were in the capital, seven of them police officers.
Official estimates put the number taking part in Saturday's protests at 136,000 people, including 10,000 in Paris.
Paris deputy mayor Emmanuel Gregoire told France Inter radio the damage was more widespread that the previous week.
"With fewer barricades, there was much more dispersion, so many more places were impacted by violence," he said.
High winds and torrential rain overnight hampered the effort to clean up tear gas canisters and debris left from protesters' fires and looting.
President Emmanuel Macron broke his silence to tweet appreciation for the police, but pressure is mounting on him to respond to people's grievances.
He praised "the courage and exceptional professionalism" of the security forces.
A French government spokesman has said Mr Macron is due to make major announcements in the coming week.
Four people have been killed since the protests began in mid-November.
France braces for trouble, Macron to address 'yellow vest' anger
France hunkered down for another wave of potentially violent protests on Saturday as embattled President Emmanuel Macron planned to address the nation next week over public fury at the high cost of living, senior allies said.
Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said the three-week-old “yellow vest” revolt had “created a monster” and vowed police would have no tolerance for violence, with much of Paris in lockdown and tens of thousands of police deployed nationwide.
Named after the fluorescent safety vests that all French motorists must carry, the protesters are billing their planned action on Saturday as “Act IV” of worst unrest seen in the capital since the 1968 student riots.
Indian diplomats humiliated, barred from meeting Indian Sikh pilgrims in Pakistan
India's ruling party anti-Muslim, anti-Pakistan: Imran Khan
In September, India had rejected Pakistan's proposal to hold foreign ministers' level talks in New York on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.
In September, India had rejected Pakistan's proposal to hold foeign ministers' level talks in New York on the sidelines of United Nations General Assembly.
Imran Khan said India rejected proposal of talks with Pakistan because of upcoming elections
Let’s hope that after the election is over, we can again resume talks, he said
Imran added that resolving 26/11 Mumbai attacks case is in Pakistan's interest
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has called the "ruling party" of India -- the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) -- "anti-Muslim and anti-Pakistan".
"The ruling party [of India] has an anti-Muslim, anti-Pakistan approach," said Imran in a recent interview to a top US daily. He said India dismissed his suggestion of peace talks because of upcoming elections. "Let’s hope that after the election is over, we can again resume talks with India," he said.
Speaking about the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, Imran said that he also wants something done about the attackers of Mumbai. "I have asked our government to find out the status of the case. Resolving that case is in our interest because it was an act of terrorism," he told the Washington Post.
Soon after taking charge of Pakistan as its prime minister in August this year, Imran Khan had said that he was ready for peace talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Pakistan had also sent a proposal in September to hold foreign minister-level talks in New York on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly. India, however, had accepted and then rejected the proposal within 24 hours blaming Islamabad for killing of a security personnel in Jammu and Kashmir and accusing it of glorifying terrorism.
Calling India's decision "arrogant", Imran had tweeted: "Disappointed at the arrogant & negative response by India to my call for the resumption of the peace dialogue. However, all my life I have come across small men occupying big offices who do not have the vision to see the larger picture."
In a significant move, both India and Pakistan gave the green signal to much-awaited Kartarpur Saheb corridor last month which will connect Darbar Sahib in Pakistan's Kartarpur with Dera Baba Nanak shrine in India's Gurdaspur district. Darbar Sahib is the final resting place of Sikh faith's founder Guru Nanak Dev.
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US sends strong message to Pak, says time to support Modi for his peace efforts
Jim Mattis said that everyone must support the efforts of UN, Modi and all those who have been trying to maintain peace in South Asia.
Denmark plans to send "unwanted" migrants to remote island
The Danish government has come up with a plan to send dozens of rejected migrants to a remote island that currently houses a research center conducting tests on diseased animals.
Denmark's center-right government and right-wing Danish People's Party reached an agreement under its new finance bill for 2019 to decontaminate Lindholm Island – located around two miles from the nearest shore – and then use it hold as many as 100 people by 2021, according to a government website. Among the migrants who could be sent to the island are criminals, rejected asylum seekers and others who can't return to their home country "due to the risk of ill-treatment."
"If you are unwanted in Danish society, you should not be a nuisance to ordinary Danes," Denmark's immigration minister Inger Støjberg wrote on Facebook. "They are undesirable in Denmark, and they must feel it."
Danish minister for immigration Inger Stojberg. EMMANUEL DUNAND / AFP/GETTY IMAGES
The island currently houses the Veterinary Institute of the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), which performs research on infectious diseases in livestock and makes diagnoses in sick animals. DTU would move out of Lindholm by the end of next year.
The facilities for migrants are expected to be built by 2021. Once ready, residents would be required to report to the island center every day or face jail time. Ferry service to and from the island would be available but limited.
"Expelled, criminal aliens have nothing to do in Denmark. Until we can get rid of them, we now move them out on the island Lindholm in Stege Bay, where they will be obliged to stay at the new exit center at night. And there will be police present around the clock," the Danish People's Party tweeted, along with an animation of a migrant being placed on the island.
U.S. Navy admiral Scott Stearney found dead in apparent su***de
Vice Adm. Scott Stearney, who oversaw U.S. naval forces in the Middle East, was found dead Saturday in his residence in Bahrain, officials said. Defense officials told CBS News they are calling it an "apparent su***de."
Stearney was the commander of the U.S. Navy's Bahrain-based 5th Fleet. Rear Adm. Paul Schlise, the deputy commander of the 5th Fleet, has assumed command, the Navy said in a statement.
"This is devastating news for the Stearney family, for the team at 5th Fleet, and for the entire U.S. Navy," Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson said. "Scott Stearney was a decorated Naval warrior. He was a devoted husband and father, and he was a good friend to all."
Vice Adm. Scott Stearney. U.S. NAVY
The Naval Criminal Investigative Service and the Bahraini Ministry of Interior are investigating Stearney's death, the Navy said, but foul play is not suspected.
Stearney, a native of Chicago, joined the Navy in 1982 after graduating from the University of Notre Dame, according to his official biography. He became an aviator in 1984 and flew the FA-18 Hornet in several fighter squadrons and logged more than 4,500 "mishap free" hours of flight.
Previously the director of operations for U.S. Central Command, Stearney became commander of the 5th Fleet in May 2018, relieving Vice Adm. John C. Aquilino.
The 5th Fleet operates in the Arabian Gulf, Red Sea, Gulf of Oman and the Indian Ocean, including the critical strategic choke points of the Strait of Hormuz and the Suez Canal.
Trump says he'll name Heather Nauert as next U.S. ambassador to the U.N.
President Trump has chosen Heather Nauert to replace Nikki Haley as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, he said Friday morning. Nauert is currently the spokeswoman for the State Department.
Mr. Trump said on Friday morning she is "very talented, very smart, very quick." In a Friday morning tweet, Mr. Trump confirmed her nomination.
"I am pleased to announce that Heather Nauert, Spokeswoman for the United States Department of State, will be nominated to serve as United Nations Ambassador. I want to congratulate Heather, and thank Ambassador Nikki Haley for her great service to our Country!" Mr. Trump wrote.
Nauert has been on the short list for ambassador to the U.N. since Haley announced that she was stepping down from her post in October. Formerly a Fox News anchor, she came to the administration in 2017. She will have to be confirmed by the Senate to become ambassador to the U.N.
Although some have speculated that Haley may challenge Mr. Trump in 2020, Haley has said that she will support the president.
"I can promise you what I will be doing is campaigning for this one. So I look forward to supporting the president in the next election," Haley said at a press conference while sitting next to Mr. Trump.
If Nauert is confirmed, she will be taking the position at a challenging time for the U.N. because the Trump administration has cut funding of many programs and withdrawn from several international agreements.
Nauert would become the U.S. top multilateral negotiator as the the powerful 15-nation Security Council is stymied on many of the world's biggest crises, including non-proliferation of nuclear weapons, the conflict in Syria, on how to handle North Korea, on Russian aggression in Ukraine, on the Middle East, and most recently on the crisis in Yemen, CBS News' Pamela Falk noted from the U.N.
Richard Gowan, a senior fellow at U.N. University, said that Nauert is a "good spokesperson" and would probably handle the public diplomacy part of the role "quite adeptly," but he also pointed out that "she will also have to handle behind-the-scenes negotiations on issues like the Korean sanctions. That's very tough diplomacy."
One U.N. historian, Stephen Schlesinger, a fellow at the Century Foundation think tank, told CBS News' that Nauert's appointment is "a grave disappointment," and it "shows Trump's scant regard, even contemptuous attitude, toward the United Nations. This will only further damage US prestige around the globe."
However, Israel's ambassador to the U.N., Danny Danon, offered support for Nauert's nomination. The Trump administration has cultivated close ties with Israel. Haley would often stand with Israel during U.N. votes regarding the conflict in Israel and Palestine.
"Ms. Nauert has stood by the State of Israel in her previous positions, and I have no doubt that the cooperation between our two countries will continue to strengthen as ambassador to the U.N. In the past two years, we have worked closely with Ambassador Nikki Haley to change the hostile spirit in the U.N., which has led to unprecedented achievements," Danon said in a statement.
The U.N. has had several female ambassadors from the U.S. The post is not always a Cabinet-level position.
Imran Khan accuses Donald Trump of 'pushing Pakistan away'
The Pakistani leader says his country would no longer want to be "treated like a hired gun" and fight "someone else's war".
Friday 07 December 2018
Imran Khan has accused the US of "pushing Pakistan away" despite the country's help to bring the Afghan Taliban to peace talks.
Reflecting on the two nations' changing relationship, the Pakistani prime minister said his country would no longer want to be "treated like a hired gun", referring to the war against the Soviet Union in the 1980s and the ongoing US "war on terror".
Mr Khan and Donald Trump were involved in a Twitter spat last month after the American president suggested Pakistan had harboured Osama bin Laden despite receiving billions in US aid.
Mr Khan told The Washington Post: "I would never want to have a relationship where Pakistan is treated like a hired gun - given money to fight someone else's war.
"We should never put ourselves in this position again. It not only cost us human lives, devastation of our tribal areas, but it also cost us our dignity. We would like a proper relationship with the US."
He added: "For instance, our relationship with China is not one-dimensional. It's a trade relationship between two countries. We want a similar relationship with the US."
When asked if Pakistan was trying to hedge its bets using China, Mr Khan replied: "The US has basically pushed Pakistan away."
Bin Laden, the mastermind of the 9/11 terror attacks and the head of al Qaeda, was killed in 2011 during a raid by US special forces on his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. The raid strained relationship between America and long-time ally in the region.
On Twitter last month following the bin Laden accusations, Mr Khan said Mr Trump needed to be "informed about historical facts", adding that Pakistan had "suffered enough fighting US's war [on terror]".
The former cricketer told the newspaper he was merely "setting the record straight" with Mr Trump "saying Pakistan was the reason for these sanctuaries [for Taliban leaders]". The Pakistani leader insisted there "are no sanctuaries in Pakistan".
US will strip 300m aid from Pakistan
He said: "The exchange was about being blamed for deeply flawed US policies - the military approach to Afghanistan."
The comments come as Pakistan's army backed US efforts for a political settlement with the Afghan Taliban to end 17 years of fighting. Major General Asif Ghafoor urged the US to leave Kabul as a "friend of the region" rather than a "failure".
Mr Khan said peace in Afghanistan was in Pakistan's interest and vowed to put pressure on the Afghan Taliban but said it was "easier said than done" with "about 40% of Afghanistan now out of the government's hands".
On Wednesday, he met with a US peace envoy in Islamabad and pledged to help find a political solution to the long-running war.
During last month's exchange with Mr Trump, the Pakistani leader said his country had suffered 75,000 casualties and lost $123bn (£95.7bn) during America's so-called war on terror despite no one from his country being involved in the 9/11 attacks.
He said the US provided a "minuscule" $20bn (£15.6bn) in aid.
Government warns of six-month border disruption under 'no-deal' Brexit
Ministers revise their assessment to warn cross-Channel ports such as Dover could suffer trade chaos for half a year.
Friday 07 December 2018
Medical suppliers have been warned of border disruption for up to six months in the event of a "no-deal" Brexit.
In a series of letters to industry, Health Secretary Matt Hancock set out "revised" estimates over the impact on cross-Channel ports of the UK leaving the EU without an exit agreement.
He wrote: "The revised cross-government planning assumptions show that there will be significantly reduced access across the short straits, for up to six months."
Mr Hancock stressed "this is very much a worst-case scenario" but "as a responsible government, we have a duty to plan for all scenarios".
He added, if a no-deal Brexit were to occur, the government would push EU member states "hard" to introduce "pragmatic arrangements to ensure the continued full flow of goods".
In August, Mr Hancock urged pharmaceutical companies to stockpile an extra six weeks' worth of drugs in case of a no-deal Brexit.
The health secretary has now suggested such preparations may not be enough due to the government's "changed" assessment.
One of the letters added: "Whilst the six-week medicines stockpiling activities remain a critical part of our UK-wide contingency plan, it is clear that in light of the changed border assumptions described above this will now need to be supplemented with additional actions."
However, Mr Hancock urged local health and social care providers not to stockpile themselves, warning it is "unnecessary and could cause shortages in other areas, which would put patient care at risk".
The letters also confirm the government is planning to fly in medicines with a short shelf life, such as medical radioisotopes used to treat cancer.
Medicines and medical products will also be "prioritised" on "alternative routes" for lorries, Mr Hancock added.
A government source stressed the letters are not connected to next Tuesday's vote on Theresa May's Brexit deal and would have been published anyway.
Brexiteer critics of the prime minister's agreement have recently claimed a new "Project Fear" is being pursued in order to convince MPs to vote for her deal.
Industry figures called for "immediate action" from government following Mr Hancock's "stark" warning.
Mike Thompson, chief executive of the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry, said: "Pharmaceutical companies continue to do everything in their power to make sure that patients get access to medicines whatever the Brexit scenario.
"This includes duplicating processes, changing supply routes and stockpiling medicines in line with the government's guidance.
"However, we have been clear that there are things which are out of our control.
"Today's update on potential border delays for six months in a 'no-deal' scenario is stark. Stockpiling more medicines is not the solution to this problem.
"While we welcome the secretary of state's intention to prioritise the flow of medicines and vaccines, we need the detail.
"With just 16 weeks until the UK leaves the EU, we need the government to take immediate action to open up alternative supply routes between the UK and Europe and tell companies so that they can make plans."
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