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Manchaster Concert Carnage... • reviewsphere

by Paula Smith<p>Although not the first terror attack to hit our nation, the Manchester attack is particularly hard hitting because of the nature of the …

Terrorism

Colossal (2017) • reviewsphere

Never has the acronym WTF been more appropriate. To paraphrase a lyric from The Human League’s sole UK number one single Don’t You Want Me, Gloria …

Movies

Manchester Arena attack : Suicide bomber killed 22 at Ariana Grande concert

• <b>Isil claims responsibility for suicide bombing in Manchester</b>• <b><br>Girl, eight, among 22 people killed as 59 also injured in attack</b>• <b><br>Theresa May: 'Callous attack carried out with cold calculation'</b>• <b><br>Parents frantically search for missing after Ariana Grande gig</b>• <b><br>Police arrest 23-year-old man in South Manchester</b> …

Terrorism

The Latest: Israeli official troubled by US-Saudi arms deal

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's first trip abroad (all times local):<p>1:16 p.m.<p>A senior Israeli Cabinet minister has voiced concern about the U.S.'s $110 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia.<p>Yuval Steinitz, a confidant of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, said …

Middle East

New EU army headquarters branded little more than a 'call centre'

A much-touted EU military headquarters set to be launched in the coming days has been dismissed as a "call centre" that will be staffed by "eight to nine people" with other jobs.<p>EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini confirmed this week that a so-called Military Planning and Conduct Capability …

Brexit

Revealed: Facebook's internal rulebook on sex, terrorism and violence

Leaked policies guiding moderators on what content to allow are likely to fuel debate about social media giant’s ethics<p>Facebook’s secret rules and guidelines for deciding what its 2 billion users can post on the site are revealed for the first time in a Guardian investigation that will fuel the …

Censorship

Cancer-fighting proton beam therapy lands in UK

Previously only available overseas, the 55-ton cyclotron accelerator machine is being installed as the final phase of the Rutherford Cancer Centre …

Cancer

Syrian government denies US allegations of mass killings

BEIRUT (AP) -- Syria on Tuesday rejected U.S. accusations it carried out mass killings at a prison near Damascus and then burned the victims' bodies in a crematorium, describing the allegations as "lies" and "fabrications."<p>The allegations are a "new Hollywood plot" to justify U.S. intervention in …

Syria

Illustration World of Sara Campbell • reviewsphere

<i>I was born in Zurich, Switzerland and picked up my first pen when I was 3 years old. I have been drawing and painting since then, and developed a</i> …

Illustration

Alien

Finally, after months of marketing tease, <i>Alien: Covenant</i> is upon us, the sixth film in the ongoing saga. As a huge fan of the <i>Alien</i> films (favourite …

The Levelling (2017) • reviewsphere

This debut film from Hope Dickson Leach deals with the concept of suicide with courage, decency and realistic portrayal. Attached to such subject …

Lego Batman Movie

Syrian troops advancing towards US and British special forces

Bashar al-Assad’s troops are on a collision course with Western special forces, after advancing towards their training base in eastern Syria over the weekend.<p>Pro-government soldiers are now within 15 miles of al-Tanf - a heavily fortified hub for American and British special forces training Syrian …

Syria

THEATRE REVIEW

In salute to the 50th anniversary of a classic American play, Rapture Theatre are touring the country and brought their fantastic adaptation of <i>Who’s</i> …

Literature

Inside Venezuela's anti-government protests

<b>Venezuelans angry with the government of President Nicolas Maduro have been taking to the streets almost daily since the beginning of April. Despite dozens of people being killed in protest-related violence, the demonstrations show little sign of abating.</b><p>Here, demonstrators explain their reasons …

Nicolás Maduro

Oxygen

by Dr Max Volino<p><b>Overlooked For Healing and Restoring Mental Health</b><p><b>Patients with neurological and psychological conditions are forced to arrange</b> …

Oxygen

Anonymous tells followers: 'Prepare for World War Three'

Anonymous has warned that people should start preparing for a third World War as heightened tensions between the US and North Korea threaten to hit boiling point.<p>The shadowy online collective said the antagonism between North Korea, the US and South Korea is gearing up to a full-fledged battle …

North Korea

The return of the Star Beast - A preview of Alien

<b>by Andrew Jamieson</b><p><i>WARNING: Mild spoilers ahead…</i><p>May 12th sees the release of director Ridley Scott’s <i>Alien: Covenant</i>, his return once more to the …

Venezuelans RISE against Dictatorship • reviewsphere

by Stephanie Vivarini<p>The Venezuelan people finally woke up, the “chavismo” doesn’t have allied party in other countries and the money used to buy …

Whisky Galore (2017) • reviewsphere

To think that Peter McDougall, the writer of hard-hitting sectarian dramas such as Just Another Saturday and Just A Boy’s Game, as well as the gritty …

Movies

THEATRE REVIEW: Count Arthur Strong

To say that it went downhill as soon as the curtain rose would suggest that Count Arthur Strong’s latest malapropistic misremembrances (try saying …

Entertainment

Out Of This World (WORLD PREMIERE) at Macroberts Theatre • reviewsphere

Shown at the Macrobert Arts Centre, Out of This World is a heart-wrenching performance piece, about the torment of grief and demise and the mental as …

France in the blizzard

by Carine Belmont<p>In France, the fighting is fierce and this is not the one you could think. The fight against or for the abstentionism has become the …

Hugo Chávez statue torn down as death toll rises in Venezuela protests

Young protester shot in the head amid continuation of demonstrations that brand President Nicolás Maduro a dictator and demand elections<p>A 20-year-old Venezuelan protester has died after being shot in the head, authorities said, taking the death toll from a month of anti-government unrest to at …

Venezuela

Reality Check: What do we know about 100bn euro Brexit bill?

<b>An estimate of the likely "divorce bill" for the UK to leave the EU has risen sharply from 60bn euro to 100bn euro (£50.7bn-£84.5bn), according to a report in the Financial Times on Wednesday.</b><b>But how has this figure come about? What will the money be used for? And what happens if the UK decides not</b> …

Britain set to stay as biggest spender on its military in Europe

The UK is set to continue spending more than any other nation in Europe on defence this year, as nations across the continent build up their …

Brexit

China urges all sides in North Korea standoff to 'stop irritating' one another

| BEIJING<p>China on Wednesday urged all parties in the Korean standoff to stay calm and "stop irritating each other," a day after North Korea said the United States was pushing the region to the brink of nuclear war.<p>North Korea's state media published a rare, strong, criticism of China on Wednesday, …

North Korea

Keep Your Eyes on the Protests in Russia’s Provinces

While the world watches Moscow for signs of unrest, hundreds of small-scale protests are heating up in Putin’s heartland.<p>GUKOVO, Russia – Each …

Russia

'I thought being president would be easier': Trump's Reuters interview highlights

Donald Trump has given a wide-ranging interview to Reuters about geopolitics, trade and how his personal life has changed since assuming office<p><b>On the presidency</b><p>“I loved my previous life. I had so many things going. This is more work than in my previous life. I thought it would be easier. You’re …

North Korea

UK government says Scottish Brexit proposal could disrupt trade - letter

| EDINBURGH<p>Trade between the United Kingdom's four nations could be disrupted if Scotland wins a different divorce deal with the European Union, a letter from Brexit minister David Davis published by the Scottish government said on Friday.<p>Scotland, where a majority voted to stay in the EU though …

Brexit