• CNN

    Why young royals snubbed Trump

    Neither of his sons' wives will have been itching for a friendly photo with President Trump. While still a private American citizen, Prince Harry's new wife, Meghan Markle, called Trump "misogynistic and divisive." Prince William's wife, Kate Middleton, can hardly be unaware that Trump once urged on paparazzi photographers to take topless photographs of her. Meghan and Kate found time to cheer on Serena Williams, playing at Wimbledon this weekend, but not to meet with Trump. Will Donald Trump care that he didn't get to meet the royals' rising stars? Perhaps, for one reason. In 2016, Barack Obama also made a visit to the Britain. Like Trump's, it was not officially a state visit, which would have

  • BBC News

    Qatar Air boss 'hopeful about travel ban'

    The US travel ban is not going to stop travellers from the Middle East flying to the United States, Qatar Airways' chief executive has said. "Whatever President Trump says, people will still want to travel," said Akbar Al Baker. The US travel ban targets people from Iran, Libya, Somalia and Yemen. But Mr Al Baker said there were many in the region with connections to the US who would continue to visit the country. "And how will the tourists go? They won't go by swimming across the Atlantic. They have to fly." However, the airline chief said he did not believe that Mr Trump wanted "to close the doors on the United States". "So I am still positive that the traffic flow in and out of America will

  • CNN

    Cristiano Ronaldo arrives to crowd fanfare at Juventus

    Juventus completed the transfer last week for a reported fee of $117 million. The four-year deal secures a reported annual package of $35 million for the 33-year-old marksman. The move follows a nine-year spell in La Liga where Ronaldo led Real Madrid to just two league titles. But his legacy at the club was cemented by a magical run of four Champions League victories over the past five years, as well as a mind-boggling 311 goals in 292 appearances. Juventus, on the other hand, is enjoying a record run of seven Serie A titles in a row peppered with European frustration. The Turin club has lost two Champions League finals over the past four years -- including a 4-1 thumping at the hands of Real

  • BBC News

    Does Love Island have a diversity problem?

    We're six weeks in, there's been more than 30 contestants and at least 50,000 mentions of the word "loyal". But as Love Island continues to keep us hooked there's been an uncomfortable conversation around the show. It's all about diversity. Some fans have continually questioned why the majority of the cast appear to look the same. Leigh-Ann Pinnock from Little Mix waded in on the debate saying she was tempted to switch off because of its lack of diversity. Love Island says it's committed to diversity, but Newsbeat has been taking a look at the debate so far. 'Where are the south Asian women?' More than 85,000 people applied for Love Island this year. With such a huge number of singletons to choose

  • BBC News

    George Clooney highest paid actor ever

    George Clooney made more money last year than any actor across a 12-month period - thanks in part to the sale of the tequila company he co-founded. Forbes estimates the 57-year-old star made $239m (£180m) in pre-tax earnings in the year beginning 1 June 2017. That puts him second in its annual list of the world's best-paid celebrities, a place behind boxer Floyd Mayweather. Kylie Jenner is placed third in the Celebrity 100 countdown, having made an estimated $166.5m (£125.5m) last year. Earlier this month Forbes said the social media star was on track to become "the youngest-ever self-made billionaire". U2, and British acts Coldplay and Ed Sheeran are also included in a top 10 alongside global

  • BBC News

    Where are the most expensive gyms in Europe?

    How do you spend your precious Sunday mornings? Catching up with friends? Taking much-needed rest? It's becoming increasingly likely you might leave the house for an early-morning workout. With more money than ever being spent on keeping fit, BBC News investigates who spends most on gym memberships, and what are the latest fitness trends. 1. Europe is the largest fitness market in the world With a total value of around £23.5bn (26.6bn euros), the European fitness market expanded in 2017, up slightly from £23.2bn in 2016. According to statistics from Deloitte and EuropeActive, German fitness enthusiasts spent the most - £4.6bn - exceeding the UK's spend for the first time in 2017. The US fitness

  • BBC News

    Did Qatar pay the world’s largest ransom?

    On the morning of 16 December 2015 Qatar's ruling family got bad news: 28 members of a royal hunting party had been kidnapped in Iraq. A list of the hostages was given to Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani, who was about to become Qatar's foreign minister. He realised that it included two of his own relatives. "Jassim is my cousin and Khaled is my aunt's husband," he texted Qatar's ambassador to Iraq, Zayed al-Khayareen. "May God protect you: once you receive any news, update me immediately." The two men would spend the next 16 months consumed by the hostage crisis. In one version of events, they would pay more than a billion dollars to free the men. The money would go to groups and individuals