When is Ramadan 2018, when does the festival start and end and why do Muslims fast?

RAMADAN is observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting to commemorate “the best of times”. It celebrates the first time the Quran was revealed to Muhammad, according to Islamic belief – but what else do we know about the festival


Too hot to work? What the law says on employee rights during a heatwave

It might not happen often, but when Britain swelters in soaring temperatures it is not everyone's idea of bliss.


TalkTalk and Vodafone top complaints chart again

TalkTalk, Vodafone and BT drew the most complaints for their services, the regulator says.

United Kingdom

Is St George’s Day a bank holiday in 2018, what date is it and what is the story of the patron saint of England?

HE’s the patron saint of England and famously slayed a dragon, but surprisingly not many people can tell you much more about Saint George. We celebrate his life on Saint George’s Day every April – here is the lowdown on the English lege


Marcos Alonso to miss FA Cup semi-final after being banned for three games for tackle on Shane Long

The Spaniard will be absent as the Blues take on Southampton at Wembley on Sunday


Rhondda schoolgirls could get free sanitary products

Free sanitary products could be provided for all schoolgirls aged nine and over in Rhondda Cynon Taff.

United Kingdom

British Airways hostess who moaned about ‘exhausting’ job quits to become Babestation-style webcam porn star

A FORMER British Airways air hostess has sacked off her “exhausting” job to become a Babestation-style webcam porn star. Laura Birbeck, 27, from Worcester, is the poster girl of live strip show firms and has a dedicated fan base online. She u


Arsene Wenger admits Europa League is Arsenal's priority - but will play strong team against West Ham

Arsenal are down in sixth place – only two points ahead of Burnley - after failing to pick up a point on the road this year


ISIL given '48 hours' to evacuate area south of Damascus

ISIL fighters have been in control of an area south of Damascus for nearly three years.


Video of anti-Semitic attack sparks outrage in Germany

The video went viral and immediately sent alarm bells ringing in Germany's Jewish community.        


Powerful storm pounds India's West Bengal state

Heavy rain and strong winds cause widespread damage across the eastern state.


Woman in her 90s killed when van crashes through wall into living room

A woman in her 90s was killed after a van careered off the road and smashed "straight through" her living room, according to neighbours.


Liverpool won't get carried away with prospect of 'dream' Champions League win, insists Jordan Henderson

Jurgen Klopp's side have a semi-final against Roma, conquerors of Barcelona in the last round, to negotiate before they can even think about a trip to Kiev


NASA launches planet-hunting spacecraft to seek alien worlds 'we are yet to imagine' beyond the solar system

The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite is on a two-year mission to find out if we are alone in the universe


Paul Pogba and Jose Mourinho's relationship takes another turn after frosty non-exchange at Bournemouth

Despite the frosty touchline incident, Pogba was defended by the Portuguese in the wake of stinging criticism from Paul Scholes

Northern Ireland

Life after factory work in Ballymena

Jobs lost in the manufacturing sector are proving hard to replace in Mid and East Antrim.


Donald Trump says Korean War 'has not ended'

Analysis shows head of state believes people don't know several things such as France being America's 'first and oldest ally'


Almost a third of the Great Barrier Reef's coral died in 'catastrophic' heatwave, study finds 

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef has suffered irreversible damage following a “catastrophic die-off" of coral in 2016 due to rising water temperatures, scientists say.


Castro dynasty will lose power of Cuba for first time in 60 years as Miguel Diaz-Canel is sworn in as new president

ONE of communism’s longest surviving dynasties has come to an end after Cuba’s vice-president takes control from Raul Castro. Raul, who took over from his brother Fidel 12 years ago is expected to step down today and hand power to someone outside


Who is Thomas Markle Jr, why was Meghan’s half-brother arrested and is he attending her and Prince Harry’s wedding?

THE Markle family have been thrust into the international spotlight thanks to actress Meghan’s engagement to Prince Harry – but questions remain over which of her family members are invited to the wedding. Here’s what you need to know about Thom


Ant McPartlin 'must get QUICK divorce from Lisa Armstrong’ so he can fully focus on rehab

TV presenter Ant McPartlin has been advised to get a quick divorce [Wenn] Troubled Saturday Night Takeaway star Ant McPartlin has not had an easy time of late with his personal demons being fought in the public eye. The 42 year old, who recent

United States

Ex-Playboy model free to discuss alleged Trump affair

Karen McDougal reaches a settlement allowing her to discuss her alleged affair with President Trump.

Northern Ireland

'Act of God' leaves Donegal church under threat

Donegal Parish Church was badly damaged by a lightning strike on Christmas Day 2016

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