Thatcher’s resignation shocked politicians in US and USSR, files show

Emotional Henry Kissinger called to say it was worse than a death in the family and Soviet ambassador reported consternation Margaret Thatchers resignation as British prime minister provoked tears in Washington and consternation in Moscow, according to a secret Downing Street file released on Friday. Henry Kissinger rang Downing Street in a very emotional state […]

Obama set to hit Russia with further sanctions before leaving office

Outgoing president to impose sanctions over claims dismissed by Trump of hacking and interference in US election The outgoing US administration is poised to hit Russia with further sanctions before Barack Obama leaves office next month, in response to allegations of Russian hacking and interference in the US electoral process. The Obama administration has had […]

Liz Smith, The Royle Family actor, dies aged 95

Bafta award-winning actor, who also appeared in the Vicar of Dibley and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, died on Christmas Eve The Royle Family star BBC comedy The Royle Family, died on Christmas Eve. The Lincolnshire-born mother-of-two, real name Betty Gleadle, starred in the sitcom for its three series from 1998 to 2000 and again […]

Crowds pack out Australian cathedral at centre of alleged terrorist plot

Worshippers fill the midnight service, the Melbourne churchs dean says, forcing latecomers into the forecourt Crowds have packed out Melbournes St Pauls Cathedral despite it being the target of an alleged Christmas Day bombing plot. The dean of St Pauls, Dr Andreas Loewe, who led the midnight service, said 1,500 churchgoers had filled the cathedral, […]

Sighting of uncontacted Amazonian tribe in pictures

Brazilian photographer Ricardo Stuckert captured amazing close-up photographs of an uncontacted Amazonian tribe after his helicopter flight took a detour to avoid a rainstorm and happened to fly over their longhouse Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/gallery/2016/dec/22/sighting-of-uncontacted-amazonian-tribe-in-pictures Diggy