The latest developments since several countries, including Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt, cut ties with Qatar on June 5. Saudis have been told to expose the names and identities of anyone showing sympathy with Qatar on Twitter, with a senior Saudi official vowing to "follow" every name reported via the social media site. The UAE has banned all expression of sympathy with Qatar, making it a criminal offence punishable with up to 15 years in prison.
(CNN)Hollywood and Broadway appear to be taking a page from Wall Street's playbook. The remaining 16 members of the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities resigned in protest on Friday, capping off a dramatic week that included a stream of CEO resignations from two of President Trump's business councils. Actor Kal Penn on Friday tweeted an official resignation letter that read as a sharp rebuke of the President's actions in the wake of the attack in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend that led to three deaths and dozens of injuries. "Reproach and censure in the strongest possible terms are necessary following your support of the hate groups and terrorists who killed and injured
Stephen Hawking has said he is worried about the future of the NHS, in a speech critical of government policy and Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt. The Cambridge University scientist, who publicly backed Labour in the election, accused Mr Hunt of "cherry-picking" evidence to support his policies. The 75-year-old also said he was concerned about the involvement of the private sector in the NHS in England. But Mr Hunt said some of Mr Hawking's comments were "pernicious". A statement released by the Department of Health after the text of the speech was given to the BBC in advance said extra money was being invested in the NHS and it had recently been ranked as a top-performing health system. Prof Hawking,
Liz Mackean, a former BBC reporter who worked on Newsnight for 14 years, has died aged 52 after a stroke. Liz reported on hundreds of stories but made her name for her tenacious and fearless investigations, namely into Jimmy Savile. David Grossman and Stuart Denman pay a moving tribute to their former colleague and her outstanding career.