Thousands took to the streets of London to protest against military intervention in Syria for the second time in four days. Chants of “David Cameron shame on you!” and “Don’t bomb Syria!” rang out across Parliament Square. Lindsey German, the convenor of Stop the War, told the crowd: “We are here to say one very simple thing: don’t bomb Syria. “Do not...

A South African appeals court will rule this week on whether to overturn a manslaughter conviction against Oscar Pistorius and find him guilty of murder for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. The registrar’s office of the Supreme Court of Appeal said in an email to journalists that the judgment will be announced on Thursday morning. Pistorius, 29, was convicted of manslaughter for...

The Bank of England has warned of the “serious and growing threat” to stability posed by a cyber attack at the heart of the UK financial system, as essential firms race to protect themselves. Hackers could potentially disrupt services “vital” to financial institutions, which are being urged to build their resilience to attacks and develop strategies to recover in the...

The Cuban government has said it is reimposing a travel permit requirement on many doctors. The move, which is an attempt to counter a brain drain, means some medics will be required to get permission to leave the country. It is the first major reverse in Cuba’s policy of allowing unrestricted travel for its citizens, put in place in 2012 as...

US president Barack Obama has said the emerging global climate agreement must have transparency provisions and periodic reviews of carbon-cutting targets that are legally binding. Mr Obama is commenting on the legal framework for the agreement during a meeting with leaders of island nations hit hard by climate change. He said the specific targets each country is setting to reduce greenhouse...

Ed Sheeran has taken over from Eminem to become Spotify’s most streamed artist. The Brit-winning singer’s music, which includes former number ones Thinking Out Loud and Sing, has notched up more than three billion plays, and over 59 million listeners, since the service started in 2008. As rapper Eminem drops to the second spot, Drake, David Guetta and Rihanna fill up...

It looks like Friends star Courteney Cox and Snow Patrol’s Johnny McDaid may not be getting married after all. The loved-up pair met when they were introduced by Ed Sheeran and got engaged in 2014 after just a few months of dating. While they both avoided giving any confirmation dates for the wedding, it was expected by many to take place...

Manchester City's owners have sold a 13% stake in the club's parent company to Chinese investors. The City Football Group (CFG), parent company of the former Premier League champions, has sold the stake to a consortium of CMC (China Media Capital) and investment company CITIC Capital. The investment of US$400m, which is subject to regulatory approval in some territories, follows six...