• Qatar-Gulf crisis: All the latest updates

    Several international human rights groups sent a letter to the UNHCR on Monday, asking them to reject a move by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, UAE, and Egypt to have the National Human Rights Committee of Qatar removed from the 'A' rating of the International Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions list. "As human rights organisations, we call upon your esteemed office to reject this complaint, we also hope that you will call on the four countries, through their permanent representatives at the UN headquarters in Geneva, to stop harassment  on human rights defenders, and work to upgrade their national bodies, so as to work efficiently to defend the human and his rights, in accordance with international

  • 'Bachelor' alum Vienna Girardi loses twins

    Season 14 bachelor Jake Pavelka made one of the all-time most unpopular choices when he selected Vienna Girardi. Their relationship was short-lived. After a stint on "Dancing With the Stars," Pavelka briefly appeared on the soap "The Bold and the Beautiful." Girardi told Radar Online in 2013 that she was "single and really focusing on myself and my career." In August 2017 she announced that she miscarried of twin daughters. Here's a look back at some of the other "Bachelor" and "Bachelorette" couples:

  • Apology over Indian blood donation 'embarrassment'

    The Blood Transfusion Service has apologised after 120 members of the Indian community were turned away from giving blood. The blood drive was organised specifically for the Indian community last year, but confusion over criteria meant many were unable to donate. Community leaders said they were left feeling "hugely embarrassed". The Northern Ireland Blood transfusion Service (NIBTS) said there had been a "breakdown in communications". "NIBTS fully accepts and apologises for the upset and inconvenience caused to those who attended the session and were unable to donate," it said. It said the error was caused by confusion regarding "travel criteria for donors" ,and said "lessons learnt have been

  • Very weird things banned from music festivals

    Organisers haven't confirmed why but it could be down to Glass Animals, whose fans like to bring the spiky fruit along to their shows. The band's drummer called the move "fruitist" saying "watermelons are fine, but not pineapples?" Here are some other outlawed items you were unlikely to be packing in the first place. Blow torches V Festival's very standard list of banned items suddenly swerves and includes blow torches. We're not entirely sure why, but it means anyone planning to cook a creme brulee or do some welding at the festival will be left disappointed. High-vis We've all had dreams of sticking on a high-visibility jacket, sneaking backstage and meeting our favourite artists at festivals.

  • Chris Pratt appears at Teen Choice Awards

    (CNN)Chris Pratt has made his first public appearance since the actor and wife Anna Faris announced they were separating. Pratt accepted an award for his performance in "Guardians of the Galaxy" during Sunday's Teen Choice Awards, one week after fans were surprised to learn he and Faris were splitting. During his acceptance speech, Pratt talked about moving to Hollywood from Hawaii when he was first starting out in the industry. Pratt told him yes, he did.

  • Tennant and Sheen to star in Gaiman and Pratchett's Good Omens

    Michael Sheen and David Tennant have been cast as the leads in the BBC/Amazon adaptation of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett novel Good Omens. According to Variety, the series will be set in 2018, with an apocalypse on the horizon. Sheen will play an angel called Aziraphale, while Tennant will star as a demon named Crowley. Amazon have yet to comment, but Sheen told Variety in a statement that Good Omens was one his "favourite stories". "To be part of the team entrusted with bringing it alive on screen is a bit of a dream come true to be honest," he said. "To work alongside Neil, who I think is one of the greatest storytellers of all time, is incredibly exciting. And, just like the rest of the

  • Are comedy double acts making a comeback?

    I can't name a new, young TV comedy double act and neither can Barry Cryer. The comedian and writer says: "I want to spot a young double act and say 'oh boy, it's still going'. But it hasn't happened for me yet." At the start of his career he wrote for the gold standard of comedy duos, Morecambe and Wise. "It's like telepathy," Cryer says. "It's rapport, a chemistry. They feed off each other." At the height of their powers, Eric and Ernie raked in more than 28 million viewers. But out in the Edinburgh drizzle, scanning the listings boards and combing through the pile of leaflets I've been handed, it's slim pickings for double acts. They've overwhelmingly made way for stand-ups or comedy troupes.