Monday, November 20News For London

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Zayn Malik’s solo debut Pillow Talk tops UK singles charts

Zayn Malik’s solo debut Pillow Talk tops UK singles charts

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Zayn Malik’s week-old single shoots to number one position on UK charts. The hit song – the singer’s debut since his departure from One Direction – has already raked up combined sales of 112,000 including 4.97 million streams, according to Official Charts Company. These figures make Pillow Talk the fastest selling track of 2016 thus far. Malik’s sensual single has knocked last week’s number one – Shawn Mendes’ Stitches – to third place this week. Jonas Blue’s Fastcar, a dance version of Tracy Chapman’s 1988 hit song has taken the second spot. Pillow Talk is a far bolder song than any of the previous tracks the singer made when part of the sensational pop group One Direction. The erotic video sees Malik and his model girlfriend Gigi Hadid get physically up close and extrem
UN’s panel declares Julian Assange “arbitrarily detained.”

UN’s panel declares Julian Assange “arbitrarily detained.”

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Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks, is arbitrarily held in the Ecuadorean embassy in London, the UN’s Group on Arbitrary Detention said earlier on Thursday. Mr Assange took asylum in the embassy in 2012, after Sweden issued an international warrant for sexual abuse. He has always said the sexual abuse was a pretext to extradite him to the U.S. The real reason, in his words, was the reveal of top-secret files in the Wikileaks affair. The UN panel, whose work will be published on Friday, states: “Mr Assange has been deprived of his liberty in an arbitrary manner for an unacceptable length of time.” Mr Assange’s lawyers instantly asked the UK to respect the sentence, unless legally unbinding, and free their assisted. The UN Human Rights account also tweeted a video explaining
Chinese Lantern Festival lights up London’s Chiswick House and Gardens

Chinese Lantern Festival lights up London’s Chiswick House and Gardens

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London’s first Chinese Lantern Festival opened to the public on Wednesday at Chiswick House and Gardens in west London, to celebrate the Chinese New Year. The Magical Lantern Festival transforms the historic gardens into an outdoor light festival with over 50 hand-sculpted, enormous flashing lanterns made by a hundred artisans in China. It took three years and a total of 58,000 light bulbs to create the whole installation that travelled 21,347km to illuminate our cold and grey winter nights. A 66-metre long dragon stretching out across a lake with its scales glittering in the water, is one of the breath-taking centrepieces during the five week festival. Alongside a 10-metre tall recreation of Beijing’s Temple of Heaven unbelievably made of silk and an 8-metre porcelain Imperial Pal
Adele distances herself from Trump campaign

Adele distances herself from Trump campaign

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Multi-award-winning musician Adele has released a statement distancing herself from Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s political campaign. The statement comes after her hit song ‘Rolling In The Deep’ was played at several of his campaign rallies. “Adele has not given permission for her music to be used for any political campaigning,” the artist’s spokesperson told the Independent. The American politician is reportedly a fan of the 27-year-old singer and has watched her perform live at Radio City Music Hall in New York. Adele is also believed to have released a statement in 2011, declaring herself a “labour girl”, thereby putting to rest any speculations about her political affiliations. It is not the first time an artist has requested the US Presidential front
Chinese New Year London 2016

Chinese New Year London 2016

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What’s more fun than celebrating Chinese New Year and Valentines Day in London? Chinese New Year, which marks the turn of the Chinese calendar, will be celebrated on February 8th, 2016. However, on February 14th, the main celebrations will take place in London with a range of events. Celebrations start on the Chinese New Years Eve (the last day of the last month of the Chinese calendar) and runs until the 15th day of the first month (the Lantern Festival). Each year, Chinese New Year falls on a different date because of the lunisolar calendar. Chinese New Year, which is also referred to as the Spring Festival is celebrated in many other countries including Taiwan, Malaysia, mainland China, Philippines and other places with Chinese citizens. What’s the year of the Monkey? Each

Broadcaster Sir Terry Wogan dies at age of 77

#breakingnews, Media, Politics
Veteran TV and radio broadcaster Sir Terry Wogan has died today at the age of 77. His family revealed he had been suffering from a short illness. In a statement, Sir Terry's family said he had "died today after a short but brave battle with cancer". His career spanned seven decades, from the mid 1950s until November last year, when he stepped down from presenting the programme "Weekend Wogan", due to health problems. Sir Terry had also been forced to cancel plans to present last year's Children in Need telethon, with presenter Dermot O'Leary placed in his stead. During the 1980s and 1990s, Sir Terry presented his own chat show, "Wogan", and one of his most notable interviews during the programme's airing was in an edition, aired in January 1990, with then-Prime Minister Mar...

Cameron: EU benefit plan “not good enough”

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David Cameron says a proposal to apply an “emergency break” on in-work benefits for EU migrants is “not good enough” . The plan was proposed by European Union Commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker during talks with the Mr Cameron in Brussels. The plan would allow all European Union members to stop paying in-work benefits to EU migrants for four years if they can prove that their welfare systems are under strain. Mr Cameron said there was no deal but progress had been made. The PM said: “We’ve still got a long way to go but, one instance of progress is that, for a long time, I have been saying we’ve got to have a system where you don’t get benefits out of the system until you pay into our system. “People said that was impossible. There needs to be more work but we are mak

Relief for Gatwick locals: review published to reduce aircraft noise

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                  The Independent Review released plan for Gatwick Airport to reduce noise that impacts on people who live under the flight-path. The review summarises the four months consultation and technical exercises managed by Bo Redeborn and Graham Lake to identify key actions that could be done to lessen the impact of noise on Gatwick locals, according to Gatwick’s press release. Some of the recommendations could be operational within twelve months, which include: Reducing aircrafts holding over land. Modification of the Airbus A320 aircrafts to reduce the noise they produce during the approach phase of flight. To establish ‘noise management board’ to oversee strategies to deal around the airpo

Jeremy Hunt provokes backlash over manslaughter trial tweet

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Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has been ordered to remove a two-week old tweet relating to a manslaughter trial by a high-profile judge, who deemed it "highly inappropriate". The tweet in question was related to the trial of an NHS trust and an anaesthetist, following the death of schoolteacher Frances Cappuccini, during a postnatal operation in October 2012. Although the original tweet has since disappeared, it is alleged Mr Hunt tweeted that "lessons must be learned" from the incident. Having been posted on the second day of an ongoing trial, Mr Hunt's tweet had the potential to prejudice the jury in the case, according to Mr Justice Coulson, and as a result, could classify as contempt of court. In court cases such as this, the jury are strictly forbidden from reading media
Court of Appeal rules: Government’s bedroom tax “discriminatory”

Court of Appeal rules: Government’s bedroom tax “discriminatory”

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A victim of domestic violence and the grandparents of a severely disabled teenager have won a Court of Appeal challenge over the lawfulness of the spare room subsidy. The court heard that one plaintiff (only identified as ‘A’) was a victim of serious domestic violence.  As a result of this, she had turned her spare room into a panic room. The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) had ruled that 'A' was to lose £11.65 a week from her benefits. Her lawyers successfully argued she would have to leave facilities designed for her safety and wellbeing. The second set of plaintiffs, Mr. and Mrs. Rutherford, give 24-hour care to their severely disabled grandson. They argued that they needed a spare room for overnight care and storing specialist equipment. The court found the policy