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Orwell’s 1984 back in theatres

New York Nearly 200 independent movie theatres across the United States today will screen the film of George Orwell's 1984 novel about a dystopian future in what organisers say is a stand against US President Donald Trump's administration. The 1949 book, which returned to the US best-seller list in January, features a "Big Brother" government that spies on its citizens and...

Erdogan to keep up Nazi insults

Ankara Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan is vowing to continue calling European countries "Nazi remnants and fascists" if they maintain their "current attitude against Turkey", despite repeated condemnation from European capitals. "They don't let my ministers make speeches in Europe . . . Once the referendum on April 16 is over, we will consider, everything has a price," Erdogan told a referendum...

Tories hark back to Falklands in Gibraltar row

London Theresa May is prepared to go to war over Gibraltar as Margaret Thatcher did over the Falklands, senior Tories claimed yesterday. Former Conservative leader Lord Howard said the Prime Minister would show the same resolve in defending Gibraltar from Spain as her predecessor did in wresting the Falklands back from Argentina following the 1982 invasion, the Daily Mail reported. Defence Secretary...

Doris Day discovers she is two years older

American star Doris Day has received a birthday surprise she has discovered that she is 95, not 93. The actress and singer known for films including Pillow Talk and Move Over Darling thought she was turning 93 this week, having pegged her age to a 1924 birth date. However, a copy of Day's birth certificate, obtained by the Associated Press, has...

British drone spying, nuisance incidents soar

London Police in Britain are being flooded with reports about drones after a dramatic surge in incidents sparked by the devices, an investigation reveals. The flying gadgets are at the centre of thousands of episodes registered by forces, including rows between neighbours, prison smuggling, burglary "scoping" exercises, mid-air near misses and snooping fears. Figures show the number of incidents logged by police...

Austrian brothers produce armour for Vatican’s Swiss Guards

Vienna Austrian blacksmiths who produce ceremonial suits of armour for the Vatican's Swiss Guards are close to the end of their current deal to do so, and say supplying the suits will not now be an issue for many years to come. One of the drawbacks of the Swiss Guards' medieval uniforms is that the craftsmanship needed to make them is...

Defy ‘grandchildren of Nazism’ — Erdogan

Ankara President Tayyip Erdogan overnight called on Turkish voters in Europe to defy the "grandchildren of Nazism" and back a referendum this month on changing the constitution, comments likely to cause further ire in Europe. Erdogan has repeatedly lashed out at European countries, including Germany and the Netherlands, in campaigning for the referendum, accusing them of "Nazi-like" tactics for banning his...

Quake rattles Botswana

Gaborone A magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck nearly 250km north-north-west of the Botswana capital Gaborone overnight, at depth of 12km, the United States Geological Survey said. Tremors were also felt in neighbouring South Africa. "We certainly felt it here in central Gaborone," Jeff Ramsay, Botswana's chief government spokesman, said. "I'm not aware of damage yet, it is too early to say. The buildings here...

‘Grammar vigilante’ tackles shop signs

London A self-confessed "grammar vigilante" has been secretly correcting bad punctuation on street signs and shop fronts in England's south-west for more than a decade. The anonymous crusader carries out his work in the dead of night in Bristol using the "Apostrophiser" a long-handled tool he created to reach the highest signs. The man, who wishes to remain anonymous, told the BBC...

Pirates seize Indian vessel

Bosasso (Somalia) Pirates have hijacked an Indian commercial vessel off the coast of Somalia, the second attack in weeks after years without such seizures, industry and security sources said overnight. United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations, which co-ordinates shipping in the Gulf of Aden area, said it had received information a dhow had been hijacked "in the vicinity of Socotra (Island)". It named...
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