Neil Simon, giant of American stage, dies aged 91

The Pulitzer and Tony-winning playwright Neil Simon has died, it was announced on Sunday. He was 91. Simon was prolific – his hit plays and musicals included The Odd Couple, Barefoot in the Park, Sweet Charity, The Sunshine Boys, Brighton Beach Memoirs and Biloxi Blues, which made Matthew Broderick a Broadway and Hollywood star. He…

Pope begs forgiveness and vows to pursue justice as Ireland trip ends

Pope Francis has made a powerful and emotional plea for forgiveness in front of hundreds of thousands of people in Dublin at the closing event of a fraught two-day trip to Ireland which has been dominated by the issue of sexual and institutional abuse. During his 36-hour visit, the pontiff was repeatedly forced to address…

British Somali teenagers taken ‘on holiday’ only to be forced into marriage

British Somali teenagers are being taken back to their parents’ homeland under the pretence of a holiday and then kept in detention centres before being forced into marriages. Under the practice of dhaqan celis, loosely translated as “the rehabilitation community”, Somali children and teenagers are routinely taken to the country, where they are often sent…

Multiple complaints made to Thomas Cook about hotel where UK couple died

Holidaymakers complained to Thomas Cook about conditions at an all-inclusive hotel in Egypt before two Britons suddenly died there last week, but say they were assured nothing was wrong. Alison Cope from Birmingham said she raised multiple complaints including about being served raw meat and drinks from unwashed glasses prior to the deaths last Tuesday…

Paralympian left stranded on Stansted flight after staff delay

Paralympian and disability rights campaigner Anne Wafula Strike was left stranded at Stansted airport on her return from the world para athletics European championships in Berlin after airport staff failed to meet her flight to take her off the plane. She said that being abandoned on the plane left her “profoundly distressed”. “As a wheelchair…

Vince Cable to push for radical reforms before quitting Lib Dems

Vince Cable has told his MPs he will not remain Liberal Democrat leader in the long term, but hopes to push through radical reform of his party’s rulebook before stepping aside. Cable is due to make a speech on 7 September, a week before party members gather for their annual conference in Brighton. He is…

‘Have people inspected’ at Irish border after Brexit, says Rees-Mogg

Jacob Rees-Mogg has sparked a fresh row about the status of the Irish border after Brexit after a video emerged in which he suggests a return to checks “as we had during the Troubles”. The Conservative MP is seen on the footage from the public meeting suggesting the government could “keep an eye on” the…

Bank holiday weather is a washout for much of Britain

Warmer temperatures and sunny spells are forecast for Monday after heavy rain dampened the bank holiday weekend across much of the UK on Sunday. Highs of 21C (69.8F) are expected after a bright start to the day, although clouds will develop later on, with most parts – particularly southern and eastern areas – set for…

John McCain’s best Saturday Night Live moments

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Meghan McCain, Barack Obama, others react to John McCain’s death

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