Maid Marian actor Howard Lew Lewis dies at 76

The actor Howard Lew Lewis, best known for his roles in Maid Marian and her Merry Men and Brush Strokes, has died at the age of 76. He played Rabies in all four series of children’s comedy Maid Marian and her Merry Men, written by Tony Robinson. Robinson posted on Twitter: “RIP Rabies. The kind, funny and gentle Howard Lew ...

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Nicole Kidman's speech and other SAG highlights

It was back to the bold and beautiful at Sunday’s Screen Actors Guild awards, following the almost universal black dress code deployed at the recent Golden Globes. But that didn’t mean female empowerment was off the agenda. Kristen Bell became the first host of the ceremony – that’s the first host full-stop, not just female – while the huge majority ...

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Oscar nominations 2018: Will Three Billboards sweep the (red) carpet?

After big wins at the Screen Actors Guild awards – and earlier this month at the Golden Globes – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri appears to be front runner for best picture when this year’s Oscar nominations are announced on Tuesday. But in reality, this year’s race for best film is still one of the most open for years. Three ...

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Driver who targeted London mosque was angered by Islamist attacks, TV show-prosecutor

LONDON (Reuters) – A man who drove a van into Muslim worshippers outside a mosque last June was motivated by deadly Islamist attacks in Britain and an obsession with a television account of Muslim men who targeted white girls, a London court heard on Monday. Darren Osborne, 48, also lambasted politicians, calling London Mayor Sadiq Khan a disgrace and Labour ...

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Assange team hopes UK could declare him persona non grata

London (Reuters) – Julian Assange and his advisers are preparing to try to use Ecuador’s decision to grant him diplomatic status to force Britain to declare him persona non grata and expel him, a source close to Assange said. Reuters also has learnt that as part of their continuing criminal investigation of Assange and WikiLeaks, investigators from the Federal Bureau ...

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UKIP in chaos over racist messages

LONDON (Reuters) – The United Kingdom Independence Party, which transformed British politics by securing a referendum on EU membership, was close to meltdown on Monday over the fate of its leader, whose lover made racist comments about Prince Harry’s fiancee Meghan Markle. Under Nigel Farage, UKIP became a significant force in British politics by convincing the government to call a ...

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U.S. needs to pay attention to relationship with Britain, Tillerson says

LONDON (Reuters) – The United States needs to pay attention to its treasured relationship with Britain, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Monday just days after Donald Trump cancelled a trip to London citing anger at the sale of an embassy. Trump’s cancellation of his trip has raised questions in Britain over the links between Washington and its ...

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Hunt for robbers using bleach on victims

Police are hunting a gang of thieves who break into homes, attack residents and put bleach on their victims’ hands. CCTV shows the men climbing into gardens before bursting into homes, threatening residents with weapons and stealing cash and jewellery. The suspects use the bleach in “a substandard attempt to clean DNA evidence”, West Midlands Police said. Up to five ...

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L'Oreal hijab model pulls out of campaign after backlash

UK beauty blogger Amena Khan says she’s pulling out of a L’Oreal campaign. In a post on Instagram she says she’s stepping down from the campaign “because of the current conversations surrounding it”. Her decision follows the discovery of tweets she wrote in 2014, which some have branded as “anti-Israel”. It comes just days after she told Newsbeat she was ...

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Guy Hedger shooting: Two men jailed for executive's murder

Two men have been jailed for murdering an executive in a botched burglary at his luxury home. Guy Hedger, 61, was shot dead in the raid at Ashley, Dorset, in the early hours of 30 April 2017. Jason Baccus, from Bournemouth, and Kevin Downton, from Winterborne Stickland, were convicted unanimously after a two-month trial at Winchester Crown Court. The pair ...

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