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Coronavirus: Rouhani urges Iranians not to panic over outbreak

Coronavirus: Rouhani urges Iranians not to panic over outbreak

Image copyright AFP Image caption Iran’s president has urged people to comply with the health ministry’s directives Iran’s president has urged people not to panic as it struggles to contain an outbreak of the new coronavirus disease.Hassan Rouhani expressed confidence that the country would overcome the crisis, which has left at least 16 dead.Iran has…

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Keith Lemon star hits out at fake Caroline Flack t-shirts being sold online

Keith Lemon star hits out at fake Caroline Flack t-shirts being sold online

Image copyright Getty Images Comedian Leigh Francis says fake versions of the charity t-shirt he made following the death of his friend Caroline Flack are being sold online.The actor – better known as Keith Lemon – accuses other people of “ripping off” his design, which he made to support The Samaritans.And he’s urging websites remove…


Mubarak: Egyptian statesman of war and peace

Mubarak: Egyptian statesman of war and peace

Image copyright Getty Images Hosni Mubarak was a military man; but one who upheld his country’s commitment to international peace.Under his leadership, Egypt took a leading role in trying to broker a deal between Israel and the Palestinians.His three decades in power came to an end in 2011, when a popular uprising forced him from…



Plácido Domingo apologises to women who accused him of sexual harassment

Plácido Domingo apologises to women who accused him of sexual harassment

Image copyright Getty Images Plácido Domingo has apologised for “causing hurt” to several women who have accused him of sexual harassment.The opera star resigned as general manager of the Los Angeles Opera after several allegations were made.A total of 20 women have now accused Domingo of harassment and inappropriate behaviour. He denies all the claims.”I…


Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak dies

Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak dies

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Hosni Mubarak was president of Egypt for 30 years Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak – ousted by the military in 2011 – has died in Cairo at the age of 91.Mubarak spent three decades in office before a popular uprising swept Egypt.He was found guilty of complicity in the killing…


Community rallies behind fire-hit Invergordon children

Community rallies behind fire-hit Invergordon children

Image caption More than 50 firefighters fought the blaze on Monday Events have been organised for children whose school was badly damaged in a major fire on Monday.All children and staff were safely evacuated from Invergordon’s Park Primary before the blaze engulfed the school.Invergordon Leisure Centre has organised swimming and team games for the primary…


Analysis: How close are we to a pandemic?

Analysis: How close are we to a pandemic?

Image copyright Reuters Image caption San Fiorano is one of the Italian towns on lockdown Major outbreaks of the new coronavirus have suddenly been detected in both Italy and Iran in the past few days. Meanwhile, cases in South Korea have surged making it one of the worst-affected countries. The new coronavirus is no longer…


Simon Coveney: UK needs to build Irish Sea customs infrastructure

Simon Coveney: UK needs to build Irish Sea customs infrastructure

Ireland’s Deputy PM Simon Coveney has said prospects for a free trade agreement will be “damaged significantly” without infrastructure in place for checks on goods crossing the Irish Sea.He said British implementation of the Irish protocol in the Withdrawal Agreement was a test of good faith.


Scotland ‘could miss tobacco-free target by up to 16 years’

Scotland ‘could miss tobacco-free target by up to 16 years’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The number of smokers in Scotland has increased for the first time in seven years More than one in 10 people will still be smoking in 2034 despite a Scottish government commitment to stub out the habit by then, health campaigners say.Ministers have set a goal of creating a…


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