Articles written by: Nicholas Russell

US hopes for N Korea ‘major disarmament‘ by 2020

America‘s secretary of state Mike Pompeo admitted there was still “a lot of work left to do” following Tuesday‘s historic meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un in Singapore. The leaders pledged in a to work towards the “complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula” but it stopped short of US demands for the North to give up its arsenal […]

Neo-Nazi suspects ‘wanted war to wipe out non-whites‘

The group hoped to achieve its aims using “war, anything”, according to whistleblower Robbie Mullen. The disillusioned former National Action member scuppered a plan to murder Labour MP Rosie Cooper when he reported it to campaigning charity Hope Not Hate, the Old Bailey was told. Jack Renshaw, of Skelmersdale, Lancashire, has admitted preparing acts of terrorism by buying a knife […]

Blackout in Crimea after power station incident

Traffic lights reportedly stopped working, phone lines were down and electric-powered buses came to a halt in several of the peninsula‘s cities. The prime minister of the region, which Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014, said the power outage had been caused by a surge in electricity at a power station in Taman, southern Russia, triggering an automatic shutdown. On […]

Goats hired to prevent wildfires in Portugal

Dozens of herds have been hired by the government to munch through the thick undergrowth that covers the country‘s hills and makes wildfires a regular summer occurrence. While it is the first time Portugal has deployed the animals to help prevent wildfires, they have been used for decades in the US – especially California and the Pacific Northwest – as […]

One dead as helicopter ditches into loch

The 58-year-old died after the AS350 Squirrel aircraft plunged into the loch between Lochmaddy and Clachan Na Luib on North Uist at about 10.15am on Wednesday. Officers from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch are travelling to the Outer Hebrides island off the west coast of Scotland. No other people are believed to have been on board the PDG Aviation-owned helicopter, […]

Bound and gagged employee ‘contemplated suicide‘

DeeAnn Fitzpatrick, 49, told how she became a recluse and ed the Swiss suicide clinic Dignitas because “I‘d had enough”. The Canadian national has brought a case to an industrial tribunal alleging she endured racism and misogyny at Marine Scotland where she worked as a fisheries protection officer. The photograph of Ms Fitzpatrick tied to a chair was taken in […]

SNP storm out of Commons in bizarre speaker row

John Bercow ordered Mr Blackford to leave for standing and repeatedly calling for parliament to sit in private. Image: SNP leader in Westminster Ian Blackford outside parliament after the mass walkout The speaker told him a vote would be called on it but only after Prime Minister‘s Questions had finished. Mr Blackford refused to let the matter rest, saying multiple […]