Reuters A group of about 20 civilians has left the Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol, the final part of the southern city still in the hands of Ukrainian troops. They are the first group to leave since Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the vast industrial area sealed off last week. Talks are ongoing about freeing the
Reuters The US defence department has accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of acting with “depravity” in his invasion of Ukraine. Spokesman John Kirby became visibly emotional as he asked how anyone “moral” could justify the atrocities committed by Russia. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Friday he was still open to peace talks with Mr
PA Media Former Wimbledon champion Boris Becker has been jailed for two and a half years for hiding £2.5m worth of assets and loans to avoid paying debts. The 54-year-old six-time Grand Slam champion was found guilty of four charges under the Insolvency Act. The case centred on Becker’s bankruptcy in June 2017 resulting from
Nikita Horban was sitting cross-legged on an old-fashioned steel hospital bed, running his fingers over the flat part of the bandage where his toes used to be. He was still wearing the clothes the Russians sent him home in – a military green t-shirt and tracksuit bottoms. He looked pale and gaunt, older than 31.
A British national has been killed in Ukraine and a second is missing, the UK Foreign Office has said. The BBC has been told the dead man is Scott Sibley, who is understood to have been fighting for Ukrainian forces. He is the first British national confirmed to have been killed in the conflict and
Getty Images Any country trying to intervene in the Ukraine war will face a “lightning-fast” response, Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned. “We have all the tools no-one can boast of… we will use them if necessary”, he said, in what is seen as a reference to ballistic missiles and nuclear arms. Ukraine’s allies have
Getty Images Tim Westwood has stepped down from his Capital Xtra radio show “until further notice” after sexual misconduct claims, the station’s parent company has said. His exit follows allegations from seven women of predatory sexual behaviour and touching by the British hip-hop DJ. “Following the claims that have recently come to light, Tim Westwood
Getty Images Russian energy firm Gazprom has told Poland and Bulgaria it will stop sending gas to the two countries from Wednesday. Polish state gas company PGNiG said it had been told all gas deliveries would be halted from 08:00 CET (06:00 GMT). The Bulgarian Energy Ministry also said it had been informed deliveries would
Getty Images DJ Tim Westwood is facing multiple allegations of sexual misconduct by women who say he abused his position in the music industry to exploit them. The 64-year-old is accused of predatory and unwanted sexual behaviour and touching, in incidents between 1992 and 2017. The BBC and the Guardian have heard detailed accounts from
The board of Twitter has agreed to an $44bn (£34.5bn) takeover offer from the billionaire Elon Musk. Mr Musk, who made the shock bid less than two weeks ago, said Twitter had “tremendous potential” that he would unlock. He also called for a series of changes from relaxing its content restrictions to eradicating fake accounts.
EPA US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin has said he hopes Russian losses in Ukraine will deter its leadership from repeating its actions. He added that Ukraine can still win the war if given the right support and praised the efforts of its military. “We want to see Russia weakened to the degree that it can’t
Syria Relief On Thursday, trauma surgeon David Nott was in London – a long way from Ukraine. But that didn’t stop him from helping to save the leg of a man who’d been caught by a blast in the war-ravaged country. Oleksandr, the doctor who actually carried out the operation, had never performed the tricky
Getty Images After a divisive election campaign, France decides on Sunday whether to give centrist Emmanuel Macron five more years or replace him with its first far-right president in Marine Le Pen. She faces an uphill battle, with the polls giving her 44-year-old opponent a possible 10-point lead. In order to win they both need