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Diwali 2018: When is it and how is it celebrated?

Diwali, the festival of lights, sees millions attend firework displays, prayers and celebratory gatherings across the world every autumn. → Read More

When do the clocks go back for winter? What time and date?

It’s that time of year again when the clocks go back for winter, gifting people an extra hour in bed. As autumn draws in and the leaves turn and fall, exhausted Brits can at least enjoy their lie-in. Here's everything you need to know. When do the clocks go back? We'll be gaining an hour as of Sunday 28 October 2018. From 2am in the morning, to be precise. → Read More

When do the clocks go back for winter? What time and date?

It’s that time of year again when the clocks go back for winter, gifting people an extra hour in bed. As autumn draws in and the leaves turn and fall, exhausted Brits can at least enjoy their lie-in. Here's everything you need to know. When do the clocks go back? We'll be gaining an hour as of Sunday 28 October 2018. From 2am in the morning, to be precise. → Read More

When do the clocks go back for winter? What time and date?

It’s that time of year again when the clocks go back for winter, gifting people an extra hour in bed. As autumn draws in and the leaves turn and fall, exhausted Brits can at least enjoy their lie-in. Here's everything you need to know. When do the clocks go back? We'll be gaining an hour as of Sunday 28 October 2018. From 2am in the morning, to be precise. → Read More

Wimbledon 2018: Five of the biggest on court meltdowns

As the world’s oldest tennis tournament, it is understandable that a few of the sport's most famous outbursts, tantrums and full-blown player meltdowns have happened on the lawns at the Wimbledon Championships. From John McEnroe to Jeff Tarango – there have been some spectacular meltdowns that will live long in the memory. And in more recent years the likes of Victor Troicki and Nick Kyrgios… → Read More

Ramadan 2018: When is it this year, why does it vary and why do Muslims fast?

The holy month of Ramadan will start on 15 May this year, marking a period of fasting and religious focus for millions of Muslims across the globe. Here we look at what the month means for Muslims, why people fast during this period, and why it falls at a different time each year. What is Ramadan? Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam and marks the month that the Quran was first revealed… → Read More

Ramadan 2018: When is it this year, why does it vary and why do Muslims fast?

The holy month of Ramadan will start on 15 May this year, marking a period of fasting and religious focus for millions of Muslims across the globe. Here we look at what the month means for Muslims, why people fast during this period, and why it falls at a different time each year. What is Ramadan? Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam and marks the month that the Quran was first revealed… → Read More

7 best vegan and dairy-free Easter eggs

Half term may be behind us but the Easter holidays will soon be upon us, and so will the hunt for vegan and dairy-free Easter Eggs. But as dairy-free alternatives and vegan-friendly food options become ever more available, it means Easter chocolate for those observing lactose-free and vegan diets is becoming ever more easy to source. → Read More

6 best vegan and dairy-free Valentine's Day chocolate

Veganuary may be over, but for vegan and lactose-intolerant chocolate lovers the struggle to find a sweet treat to celebrate Valentine's Day with can be very real. While vegan and dairy-free chocolate is certainly becoming more widely available for occasions such as Christmas and Easter, the options are still a little sparse for those wanting to celebrate on 14 February. → Read More

Trump tax bill will have devastating effect on LGBT community, campaigners say

LGBT and human rights groups groups have slammed Donald Trump’s tax bill, the biggest overhaul to America’s tax system in decades, claiming it will detrimentally affect programmes and provisions in place to help marginalised communities, from access to healthcare to support for people on low incomes. → Read More

China stages biggest ice sculpture festival in the world with thousands expected to visit

A major ice and snow festival is due to open in northern China, where tens of thousands of tourists flock to see impressive ice sculptures lit up with bright colours. The annual International Snow and Ice festival in Harbin is believed to be the biggest event of its kind in the world, and holds the Guinness World Record for the biggest single ice sculpture. → Read More

Winter Wonderland cancelled after ‘falling way short of expectations’

A Winter Wonderland event in Northern Ireland has been cancelled just two days after opening due to a slew of complaints. The event, held at the Clandeboye Estate in Bangor, was due to run until 23 December, but was cancelled on Sunday for falling “way short of our expectations", organisers said. Pictures taken by attendees showed a plastic ice-skating rink, inflatable equipment left airless on… → Read More

EU and 12 other countries condemn Japan over whaling and reject claim annual slaughter is for research

The international community has condemned Japan’s current whaling mission, and questioned the reason it has stated for plans to kill 333 minke whales in the Southern Ocean this year. The European Union was joined by 12 other nations in its call for Japan to end its whaling programme, stating that it is “resolutely opposed” to commercial whaling. → Read More

Doug Jones: Who is Alabama's new Democratic senator who beat Donald Trump-backed Roy Moore?

Doug Jones, a Democrat who once prosecuted two Ku Klux Klansmen in a deadly church bombing and has now broken the Republican lock grip on Alabama, is the state's new US senator. Here we take a look at Mr Jones' life in Alabama before becoming the first state's first Democratic senator in 25 years. → Read More

UK weather latest: Freezing temperatures make Britain colder than Moscow

Temperatures in parts of the UK have dropped to below those currently recorded in Moscow, following the coldest night of the year so far. The mercury dropped to as low as -13C in Shropshire overnight, while vast swathes of the UK fell below freezing. It caused fresh travel disruption on Tuesday as flights were cancelled, schools remained closed and drivers faced lengthy delays. → Read More

Salford house fire: Five arrested over blaze that killed three children as teenager who escaped describes horror

Five people have been arrested in connection with the devastating fire at a home in Salford on Monday, which killed three children and left a three-year-old girl and their mother in a serious condition in hospital. Emergency services were called to the house in Worsley at around 5am on Monday, where five people were rescued from the house. → Read More

Samsø: Entire Danish island to ban plastic bags in favour of fabric versions

An island in Denmark is banning the use of plastic bags next year, requiring shoppers to use organic cotton bags instead, it has been reported. The island of Samsø, in the Kattegat Sea off the Jutland Peninsula, is banning the bags following calls from residents, as the bags account for a large proportion of the island’s refuse, The Local reports. → Read More

Basic income to be given to 84,000 people in Canada

An estimated 84,000 people in the Canadian province of Quebec are to receive basic income from the start of next year, as part of the government's anti-poverty plan. Quebec’s Premier Philippe Couillard made the announcement as part of his administration’s $3bn (£2.25bn) plans on Sunday, which aims to promote “economic inclusion”, CBCNews reported. → Read More

Muslim leaders visit Swedish synagogue in show of support following anti-Semitic events

Muslim and Christian leaders have rallied around the Jewish community in Swedish cities following anti-Semitic events this weekend, condemning the action and visiting a synagogue in Malmo in a show of support. Around 200 people attended a rally in Malmo on Friday night, where people shouted anti-Semitic slogans and waved Palestinian flags in protest against Donald Trump’s decision to recognise… → Read More

Muslim leaders visit Swedish synagogue in show of support following anti-Semitic events

‘We want to show sympathy and solidarity with Jews in Malmö and condemn all forms of racism and anti-Semitism in society,’ a local Muslim scholar said → Read More