• 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

  • Trump's 'TV lawyer' would rather talk about Loretta Lynch

    In the first six weeks since he began representing President Trump, Jay Sekulow went on television so much on the president's behalf that Axios dubbed him Trump's "TV Lawyer." But lately, Sekulow's TV strategy has been to avoid questions about Trump and instead to use Fox News, and particularly Sean Hannity, to raise awareness for his campaign against the Obama Justice Department. The strategy is right out of the Trump playbook, and likely one that pleases the president. Instead of playing defense, Sekulow is playing offense. Instead of meeting the media on its terms, he is talking to reliable boosters. And the icing on the cake: he is drawing attention -- and, likely, dollars -- to his business.

  • Maternity 'must improve' at baby-deaths hospital trust

    Maternity services at a health trust at the centre of a baby deaths inquiry must improve, inspectors have said. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt ordered an investigation into the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust in April. A Care Quality Commission (CQC) report said overall care had got better but safety in maternity services "needed further improvement". The trust said challenges needed to be resolved and it wanted to work more closely with GPs. Inspectors visited the trust's Princess Royal Hospital, Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and its five midwife led maternity units, in December and January to check whether improvements had been made following its previous inspection in October 2014. They

  • Game of Thrones struck by fresh leak

    Game of Thrones's next episode has been pirated and shared online in the latest leak to hit the fantasy TV series. However, this time, the source of the leak was not hackers or thieves, but rather the show being mistakenly released on to its broadcaster's streaming platform too early. The episode, titled Death is the Enemy, has since been withdrawn, but not before it was copied. Twin Peaks suffered a similar error recently. A spokesman for HBO Europe blamed an unnamed contractor for the most recent blunder. "We have learned that the upcoming episode of Game of Thrones was accidentally posted for a brief time on the HBO Nordic and HBO Espana platforms," Tom Krogsgaard Nielsen told the BBC. "The

  • 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.

  • Liz Carr: Silent Witness actress in 'frightening' scissor attack

    Silent Witness actress Liz Carr has said being attacked by a man with scissors was "very frightening" but that she was "relatively unscathed". Carr, who plays forensic examiner Clarissa Mullery, was with her personal assistant when the assault happened near London's Euston station. A man has been detained under the Mental Health Act, police said. "Thanks to everyone who has sent their love and good wishes following last week's stabbing," Carr said. "Just to reassure you that whilst it was very frightening at the time, I came out of it relatively unscathed and was even back home later that night. "Looking forward to returning to filming on Silent Witness next week where thankfully all the violence

  • Pound dog: Elvis still earning a fortune 40 years after his death

    When a downward-spiralling Elvis Presley died 40 years ago on 16 August 1977, a cynical music industry insider was overheard to remark that it was a "smart career move". Apocryphal tale or not, death has given a lucrative boost to the selling power of not just Elvis, but also Bob Marley, Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie and a host of other music legends. It has also enabled a number of entrepreneurial fans of the artists in question to make a good living from selling memorabilia and other things connected to their idols. Elvis's legacy and monetary worth remain immensely strong in particular - according to Forbes' list of top earning dead stars he earned $27m (£21m) in 2016, and sold one million albums.