The 2019 inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame have been announced, with British acts making up five of the seven artists. Artists can be inducted into the Hall of Fame 25 years on from the release of their first record, and are voted in by a panel of over 1,000 music industry figures along with results from a fan ballot. Radiohead are the most recent act to be inducted – the British alt-rockers became eligible last year, 25 years after the release of their debut single Creep, but didn’t then make it past the nomination stage.
The European Central Bank is ending the stimulus program that helped nurse the eurozone economy back to health over the past four years — despite the emergence of new risks including a global trade war and Brexit. Thursday's decision to stop the bank's monthly bond purchases at the end of the year closes out a 2.6-trillion euro ( trillion) effort that President Mario Draghi credits with helping put more than 9 million people in jobs. Draghi said at a news conference that at times "it was the only driver of the recovery" in the absence of other action by governments, like increased spending.
The Maldives will do all in its power to keep "our heads above water", the head of its delegation at U.N. climate talks said on Thursday in an impassioned appeal for nations to overcome their divisions over how to tackle global warming. The low-lying Maldives is among countries most vulnerable to the effects of climate change such as rising sea levels and coral reef deterioration. "We are not prepared to die. We are not going to become the first victims of the climate crisis. Instead, we are going to do everything in our power to keep our heads above water," Mohamed Nasheed told delegates at the talks in Katowice, Poland.
The Geminid meteor shower will soon light up the sky – and star gazers should prepare for one of the most spectacular displays of the year. A Google Doodle will mark the event on Thursday by illustrating the meteor shower’s path through Earth’s atmosphere. The shower – also referred to as the Geminids – is currently active and will be visible on 13 and 14 December.
U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday said he never told his private lawyer Michael Cohen to break the law and denied any ties to his crimes, a day after Cohen was sentenced to prison on charges that included hush money payments to women ahead of the 2016 presidential election. Cohen, who once said he would "take a bullet for Trump," was sentenced in New York on Wednesday to three years in prison after pleading guilty to orchestrating the payments that were part of the "dirty deeds" he did at the behest of Trump. Federal prosecutors said Trump ordered the payouts to protect his campaign from allegations of sexual affairs with an adult film actress and a Playboy model.
Two Ukrainian navy captains being held in a Russian jail have refused to provide testimony because they consider themselves prisoners of war, their lawyers said on Wednesday. Russia seized three Ukrainian navy vessels and their combined crew of 24 last month off the coast of Russian-annexed Crimea and accused them of illegally entering Russian waters. Ukraine has said Russia captured the two small gunboats and one tugboat illegally and accused Moscow of military aggression.
Terrorism struck France again on Tuesday evening, when a 29-year-old attacker, since identified as Chérif Chekatt, killed three people and injured a dozen at a busy Christmas market in Strasbourg. With ongoing social unrest and polarisation laid bare by the gilets jaunes movement, France is now facing a new potential source of division. The attack has already proved a boon to far-right groups and conspiracy theorists who have seized on the event to disseminate their ideas and sow division.
NEW YORK (AP) — MSNBC says Mika Brzezinski's absence from "Morning Joe" on Thursday was not related to her apology for using a homophobic slur the day before in reference to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
Los Angeles County's board of supervisors approved a plan to build a massive mixed-use development on land that's eight times the size of San Francisco. Now, scientists and locals are worried about wildfire risk, especially in light of the recent California blazes. Los Angeles has approved a plan to build a mixed-use development on land that's eight times the size of San Francisco.
No matter how many Christmas puddings, roast potatoes, pigs-in-blankets and chocolate oranges you've had in a day, there's always room for one more mince pie. From deep fried delicacies to mince pies with actual ground meat, these are some of the best mince pies you can treat yourself to in the capital this Christmas. Fergus Henderson’s world-famous restaurants are already renowned for their Eccles cakes – flakey pastry parcels stuffed with spiced currants, and served with a slice of Lancashire cheese.
A paedophile police officer who raped a 13-year-old girl in the back of his car and filmed the attack on his phone has been jailed for 25 years. Former soldier Ian Naude, 30, also posed as a teenage boy to groom five other young victims aged between 12 and 16 before blackmailing them into silence. In sentencing, the judge said Naude, a constable for Cheshire Police, had an “insatiable appetite” for underage girls and was obsessed with taking their virginity.