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N Ireland leaders call for calm after night of violence

N Ireland leaders call for calm after night of violence

World
Young people set a hijacked bus on fire and hurled gasoline bombs at police in Belfast in at least the fourth night of serious violence in a week in Northern Ireland, where Britain's exit from the European Union has unsettled an uneasy political balanceBy PETER MORRISON and JILL LAWLESS Associated PressApril 8, 2021, 10:16 AM• 4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleBELFAST, Northern Ireland -- Young people set a hijacked bus on fire and hurled gasoline bombs at police in Belfast in at least the fourth night of serious violence in a week in Northern Ireland, where Britain's exit from the European Union has unsettled an uneasy political balance.People also lobbed bricks, fireworks and gasoline bombs Wednesday night in both directions over a concrete “peace wall” that se...
Friday Night Dinner star Paul Ritter dies of brain tumour aged 54

Friday Night Dinner star Paul Ritter dies of brain tumour aged 54

Entertainment
Friday Night Dinner star Paul Ritter has died of a brain tumour at the age of 54.The actor, who also starred in Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince and James Bond film Quantum Of Solace, died at home with his family by his side. His agent said: "It is with great sadness we can confirm that Paul Ritter passed away last night. He died peacefully at home with his wife Polly and sons Frank and Noah by his side. He was 54 and had been suffering from a brain tumour. Image: Paul Ritter, pictured with Friday Night Dinner co-stars Tom Rosenthal, Simon Bird and Tamsin Greig "Paul was an exceptionally talented actor playing an enormous variety of roles on stage and screen with extraordinary skill."He was fiercely intelligent, kind and very fu...
Chadwick Boseman triumphs in diverse night for SAG awards

Chadwick Boseman triumphs in diverse night for SAG awards

Entertainment
ReutersIt was a big night for diversity at the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards, with actors from ethnic minorities winning all four individual film categories for the first time.The 27th SAG Awards were held on Sunday as a virtual event.Viola Davis, Youn Yuh-jung, Daniel Kaluuya and the late Chadwick Boseman all triumphed in their categories.Aaron Sorkin's The Trial of the Chicago 7 won best ensemble cast in a motion picture, making history for Netflix. The ensemble prize is seen as the top honour at the SAG Awards, in the absence of a best picture category.The Trial of The Chicago 7 retells the story of the notorious courtroom drama involving a largely unrelated assortment of political activists who were accused of inciting a riot at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago.The...
Covid passport trials begin with live comedy night

Covid passport trials begin with live comedy night

Business
Getty ImagesA comedy night in Liverpool will be the first event to pilot the government's Covid passport scheme later this month.Ministers hope the passes will allow the safe return of sports matches, conferences and night clubs in England.They will include whether a person has been vaccinated, any recent negative test, or natural immunity determined by a recent positive test.Downing Street also confirmed countries will be in a risk-based "traffic light" system when foreign holidays resumes.Trials of the Covid passports will begin on 16 April with a show from the Hot Water Comedy Club in Liverpool and will continue through to mid-May.Other pilot events include the FA Cup semi final and final, the World Snooker Championship, an evening at a nightclub, a mass participation run, a business co...
Myanmar coup: Military takes country offline for second night

Myanmar coup: Military takes country offline for second night

World
Getty ImagesAccess to the internet appears to have been blocked for a second night running by Myanmar's new military rulers. UK-based monitor NetBlocks reported a "near-total internet shutdown" from 01:00 local time (18:30 GMT) on Tuesday. It is the fourth shutdown since the 1 February coup as the junta tries to stifle dissent, much of it online.Earlier, the military authorities announced stiff penalties for those opposing the coup leaders. Signs that another outage was imminent came after an internet service provider told BBC Burmese that online access was being blocked. The latest shutdown follows a pattern aimed at disrupting continuing opposition to the coup, which overthrew elected leaders including longtime democracy campaigner, Aung San Suu Kyi, who is still in custody.Access to Fac...