Met Gala: 22 of the hottest looks from the 2022 red carpet

Kim Kardashian grabbed the headlines at Monday’s Met Gala as she stepped into a dress which was last worn by Marilyn Monroe six decades ago. The reality star sported the crystal-embellished gown as she walked the red carpet with boyfriend Pete Davidson on what has become fashion’s biggest night. The first Monday in May is … Read more

Can councils end London’s loneliness epidemic?

“Nowhere feels as lonely and lost as in the metropolitan crowd,” concluded German sociologist Georg Simmel after a lifetime of research. Following two years of lockdowns and social distancing, never has the bite of loneliness felt more acute in London. Are councils in any position to help? “It was like being suffocated. It felt like … Read more

Bill Sweeney: RFU chief executive in hospital for treatment of pulmonary embolism

Rugby Football Union chief executive Bill Sweeney is being treated in hospital for a pulmonary embolism. Sweeney was admitted with the condition – a blocked blood vessel in the lungs – on Friday and an RFU statement said he “is expected to make a full recovery and return to work”. “He is in good spirits … Read more

Starmer accuses Conservatives of mud-slinging over lockdown event

Sir Keir Starmer has accused the Conservatives of “mud-slinging” after some of the party’s MPs suggested he may have broken Covid rules. International Trade Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan said she would “encourage” Durham police to investigate an event at which the Labour leader was seen drinking a beer. Sir Keir said police had investigated and concluded … Read more

Election 2022: Is Northern Ireland headed for a seismic shift?

Much to the frustration of some in Northern Ireland, there can often be a feeling that politics here is of little consequence to the rest of the UK. After all, this wee place has completely different political parties from the main players at Westminster, not to mention a history of armed conflict which has created … Read more

Bermondsey deaths: We are truly heartbroken, says family

A “truly heartbroken” family has paid tribute to four relatives who were found dead in a south-east London home. Samantha Drummonds, 27, her mother Tanysha Drummonds, 45, grandmother Dolet Hill, 64, and Ms Hill’s husband Denton Burke, 68, were found with stab wounds by police on 25 April. A crowd-funder has now raised more than … Read more

Eight die in Iran after drinking homemade alcohol

Eight people have died after drinking tainted homemade alcohol in the Iranian city of Bandar Abbas, local media say. Another 51 people were being treated in hospitals for alcohol poisoning, local health official Dr Fatemeh Nowruzian told a news conference. Seventeen of them were in a critical condition in intensive care, while 30 were undergoing … Read more

Rocket Lab: Helicopter catches returning booster over the Pacific

The US-New Zealand Rocket Lab company has taken a big step forward in its quest to re-use its launch vehicles by catching one as it fell back to Earth. A helicopter grabbed the booster in mid-air as it parachuted back towards the Pacific Ocean after a mission to orbit 34 satellites. The pilots weren’t entirely … Read more