Sunday 15th April 2018


world news for mums

Boris Johnson warns UK must prepare for Russian retaliation

Boris Johnson has warned that the UK must take “every possible precaution” to protect itself from Russian retaliation following the coalition air strikes on Syria.

The Foreign Secretary said Moscow had a track record of launching cyber attacks on infrastructure and interfering in the democratic processes of other countries.

His comments come amid concern that Russia may start a clandestine campaign of retribution, following strikes carried out by the US, UK and France on targets of the Moscow-backed Syrian regime.

Read In Full - The Independent

Syria air strikes: US still 'locked and loaded' for new chemical attacks

"President Donald Trump has warned Syria's government the US is "locked and loaded" to strike again if it carries out chemical attacks.

The warning came after the US, UK and France struck three Syrian sites in response to a suspected deadly chemical attack in the town of Douma a week ago.

Syria denies any chemical use and says that attack was fabricated by rebels.

A UN Security Council vote brought by Syria's ally, Russia, to condemn the US-led strikes was rejected.

The wave of strikes represents the most significant attack against President Bashar al-Assad's government by Western powers in seven years of Syria's civil war.

While Western powers have supported rebels from early on in the war, they have not intervened against Syria directly.

After the failure of the Russian motion, the US, UK and France circulated a new draft resolution to UN Security Council members, calling for an independent investigation into Syria's alleged use of chemical weapons, AFP news agency reported.

A similar previous plan had been vetoed by Russia.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has blamed Russian obstruction for the need to launch military strikes, saying they left "no practicable alternative".

Read In Full - BBC NEWS

Winnie Mandela: Soweto send-off for anti-apartheid fighter

"Large crowds gathered in South Africa for the funeral of the anti-apartheid campaigner Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

Thousands of mourners crowded into a stadium in Soweto, near Johannesburg, where the campaigner was given a high-level send-off before her burial in Johannesburg.

Her casket was draped in the national flag, and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa delivered the eulogy.

The former wife of Nelson Mandela died earlier this month at the age of 81.

A controversial figure, Mrs Madikizela-Mandela was lauded for her role in the anti-apartheid struggle.

But she was later shunned by the political elite for endorsing punishment killings for government informers."

Read In Full - BBC NEWS

Thousands march in anti-Orban demo in Budapest

Tens of thousands of people have demonstrated in Budapest against the re-elected right-wing government of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban.

Opponents of Mr Orban flooded the capital on Saturday to protest at what they say is an unfair electoral system.

Read In Full - BBC NEWS


latest welsh news

Welsh Success at Commonwealth Games

Wales have finished seventh in the 2018 Commonwealth Games medal table despite not adding to their tally on the final day.

Team Wales celebrated their most successful games with a record tally of 36 medals including 10 golds.

Wales finished ahead of Scotland while hosts Australia topped the table with England in second.


WhatsApp photo drug dealer caught by 'groundbreaking' work

A pioneering fingerprint technique used to convict a drugs gang from a WhatsApp message "is the future" of how police approach evidence to catch criminals.

An image of a man holding ecstasy tablets in his palm was found on the mobile of someone arrested in Bridgend.

It was sent to South Wales Police's scientific support unit and helped to secure 11 convictions.

These are believed to be the first convictions in Wales from fingerprints taken from a photograph.


Royal palace in Wales 'could bring in £36m in tourism'

Opening a royal palace in Wales could bring in an extra £36m in tourism spending, a report has said.

The Gorwel think-tank said the case for an official royal residence should be considered, saying it could attract thousands of visitors but be seen as an extravagance.

Royal broadcaster Brian Hoey said a new residence would be a "wonderful idea".

But the Wales Green Party, which opposes the monarchy, said the tourism benefit had been exaggerated.

Unlike the other nations of the UK, there is no official residence for a member of the royal family in Wales.



top womens news stories

Mothers and daughters targeted in Cardiff sports plan

Hundreds of schoolgirls will take part in mass sporting events under plans to get more women in Cardiff into sport.

Cardiff council wants 300 primary and 300 secondary pupils to take part in the two "girls together" events.

Sessions for mothers and daughters to try sports together are also part of its plans.

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson said the plans were an important step to get more women active.


Midwife Jane Greaves sacked after lack of toilet breaks gave her kidney infection wins job back

A midwife who was sacked for taking too many sick days after she fell ill because of a lack of toilets at work has won an employment tribunal.

Jane Greaves was sacked from Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, after contracting a kidney infection because the birthing centre where she worked did not have a staff toilet.

The 46-year-old said low staffing levels meant she was unable to leave the unit to go to the toilet, which was a two-minute walk away in another department.

Read In Full - The Independent

Beyonce becomes first black woman to headline Coachella with awe-inspiring performance

Beyonce became the first black woman to headline Coachella in a breathtaking set that featured her best material from a staggering back catalogue... and set a near-impossible standard for every headliner that will follow her.

Appearing at the festival in Indio, California, Beyonce performed one incredible dance routine after another - those rumoured 10 hour a day rehearsals ahead of the show certainly paid off, as she didn't put a foot wrong.

Read In Full - The Independent

Thai women are saying #DontTellMeHowToDress in response to official sexual-assault guidance

Women in Thailand are rejecting requests to be careful about what they wear at the Songkran festival, after a government official made the recommendation last month.

Read In Full - The Pool

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