While several countries have admonished the US’ missile strike against Syria’s airfield on Thursday, there has also been an overwhelming response in support of President Donald Trump’s answer against the Syrian government’s use of nerve agents that killed more than 80 people earlier this week.
London was struck by tragedy yesterday after what’s being treated as a terrorist attack left at least four dead and 20 injured. The victims included people from all over the world with 12 Britons, three French children, two Romanians, four South Koreans, two Greeks and one person each from Germany, Italy, the US, Ireland, China and Poland all hurt during the incident.
At around 2.40pm, a man in a 4×4 ploughed through pedestrians walking along the pavement of Westminster bridge before proceeding to the entrance of the Houses of Parliament, where he stabbed and killed police officer Keith Palmer. The attacker was then shot by another officer on the scene, and it is understood that he died shortly after.
Everyone keeps saying that Prince Hot Ginge and Meghan Markle are going to get engaged by the end of the summer, and no, that high-pitched wail that just stabbed your eardrums wasn’t from me loudly crying while thinking about the day that I’ll watch my beautiful(ly delusional) dreams go up in flames as I burn the assless cropped tuxedo I was planning to wear during my wedding to PHG.
If Meghan Markle becomes Duchess Meghan, she’ll be way too busy waving and smiling alongside Duchess Kate at the opening of whatever to do acting stuff. But a source tells E! News that Meghan would’ve probably quit acting even if she wasn’t with PHG. Uh huh…
THE EUROPEAN Parliament’s top Brexit negotiator has said Britain could face a £500billion (€600bn) Brexit divorce bill – ten times the figure initially expected.
Late last year it was widely reported Eurocrats were planning on slapping the UK with a £50billion (€60billion) exit bill as punishment for voting to abandon Brussels in the June referendum.
The EU defended the demand as it argued Britain had unpaid budget commitments, pension liabilities and loan guarantees to honour.
Local authorities in devon, uk, have approved plans for a eco-town to be built on land owned by artist damien hirst. The 750-home development is designed to stimulate economic growth in the community, expanding its current population by 20%.
The masterplan, which has been draw up by architects mrj rundell + associates and urban design specialists david lock associates, has been hotly debated with some local residents concerned about the impact the expansion will have on the quiet seaside town.
The scheme also incorporates a range of retail outlets, commercial space and a school.it is understood that the project will take between 10 and 15 years to complete.
Honda is the most reliable manufacturer for the ninth year running, while luxury and prestige marks languish at the bottom of the table
They may be dream cars for many motorists, but Bentleys and Porsches could cause their drivers more headaches than any other make of car a new study has found.
The two prestigious marques carry hefty price tags, but are at the bottom of an annual index ranking cars by their reliability.
At the other end of the 37-strong table of manufacturers, Honda was crowned the most reliable manufacturer for the ninth year in a row.
Japanese and South Korean manufacturers dominate the top of the annual table, which looks at used rather than new cars, with Suzuki and Toyota taking the second and third positions. Chevrolet, Ford, Skoda, Peugeot and Fiat also fought their way into the top 10 compiled by What Car? and Warranty Direct.
The Honda Jazz was the most reliable model, according to the survey
Jim Holder, editor, said: “Honda’s success in the reliability index is chiefly down to low failure rates. However, when things do go wrong, the cars are also relatively cheap to fix.
“Reliability is always one of the key attributes buyers look for when considering a used car purchase, so manufacturers that consistently demonstrate durability will always do well with the consumer.”
The list was compiled from 50,000 live insurance policies of cars aged between three and eight years old.
The study ranks manufacturers by taking into account each vehicle’s failure rate, age, mileage and cost of repair.
Ford, Skoda, Peugeot and Fiat also fought their way into the top 10 compiled by What Car? and Warranty Direct, providers of the Telegraph Warranty Service
Electrical faults and trouble with the axle or suspension were the most common problems (ALAMY)
The least reliable model was the Audi RS6 which was also the most costly to fix, with an average repair bill of £1,003.
Electrical trouble was the most common gripe across all cars, accounting for more than 22 per cent of visits to garages. Axle and suspension faults also proved troublesome, affecting a similar percentage of cars. Air conditioning was one of the least problematic parts of the car, accounting for only three per cent of trips to the garage.
Luxury marques appear towards the bottom of the table both because they were liable to break down more often, but also because repairs can be expensive and parts difficult and time consuming to source.
The average repair bill for a Honda was £335.87, while the cost for a Bentley was £678.50 and for a Porsche £784.71
David Gerrans, managing director of Warranty Direct, said: “Household budgets continue to be stretched further in the current economic climate; the last thing people need is a car that costs them money they don’t have in unwanted bills.
“It is imperative that consumers research their intended purchases thoroughly before taking the plunge.
He said failing to research a car’s reliability could leave motorists “making the wrong choice and inadvertently landing yourself with a car that causes you nothing but hassle and a financial headache.”
Honda, which manufactures hundreds of cars a day at its plant in Swindon, has dominated the table for years.
This year is not the first time either that Bentley, whose list prices can reach up to £224,700 for the Mulsanne 6.75 V8, has found itself at the bottom of the table.
The firm hit back at the survey, saying it was “not an accurate reflection of the Bentley ownership experience, as it covers less than four per cent of the Bentley vehicles of comparable age on the road in the UK”.
It also said it was skewed against luxury brands.
A spokesman said: “It also fails to include any comparable high luxury brands as a benchmark. Due to the very high quality materials and components used throughout our vehicles, the cost of owning and maintaining a Bentley is never going to be directly comparable with the other cars in this survey.”
Porsche also criticised the rankings, saying they were drawn from just two per cent of similarly aged Porsches on the road.
A spokesman said Porsche models had topped other industry surveys for design and performance.
Amid rising conflicts engulfing the Middle East, most of the 44 nations surveyed in a new Pew Research Center study listed the top threat in the world as “religious and ethnic hatred.”
Nations were given the option of selecting between five dangers: nuclear weapons, pollution, AIDS and other diseases, inequality, and religious and ethnic hatred.
At 58%, Lebanon had the highest level of concern of any country and identified religious and ethnic hatred as the single greatest danger to the world, correlating to its diverse religious makeup of Shia Muslims, Sunni Muslims, Lebanese Christians, Greek Orthodox, and Jews.
Meanwhile, severe battles between Hezbollah and Jabhat al-Nusra have brought war to Lebanon. Egypt, Israel, Palestine, and Tunisia also shared Lebanon’s concern.
Americans, and generally most European nations listed “inequality” as the world’s greatest danger. Spain cited this concern at a rate of 54%, the highest level of concern in this category.
Ukraine and Russia both named “nuclear weapons” as their highest threat, along with Japan, Pakistan, and Turkey. It is estimated that Russia —which leads the world in number of nuclear weapons — along with the US, UK, France, China, India, Pakistan, Israel, and North Korea, possess approximately 17,000 nuclear weapons altogether.
Most African countries claimed “AIDS and other infectious diseases” as their most pressing issue in the world today.