Press Association 2014 LATEST

Madonna was down but sales are up

Campaign Series: Madonna was down but sales are up

4:47pm Friday 27th February 2015

Taking a tumble at the Brits hasn’t harmed Madonna’s chart chances.

Alonso: I'm completely fine

Campaign Series: Fernando Alonso has reassured fans he is making a good recovery

4:34pm Friday 27th February 2015

McLaren's Fernando Alonso has told fans that he is well after crashing heavily in testing last weekend - but no decision has been taken on whether the Spaniard will compete in the 2015 Formula One season-opener in Australia.

Emmerdale assault draws complaints

Campaign Series: Natalie Anderson, who plays Alicia Metcalfe in Emmerdale

4:31pm Friday 27th February 2015

A "dark" storyline in Emmerdale has sparked a flurry of complaints from viewers.

Assad 'can't help fight against IS'

Campaign Series: Bashar Assad is stoking "injustice, disorder and extremism", the UK and French foreign secretaries said

4:04pm Friday 27th February 2015

Syrian dictator Bashar Assad cannot be a partner in the fight against the extremism of Islamic State (IS), Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond and his French counterpart Laurent Fabius have said in a joint article.

Van Gaal: Sunderland victory vital

Campaign Series: Louis van Gaal is refusing to contemplate Manchester United missing out on the Champions League

4:02pm Friday 27th February 2015

Louis van Gaal cannot bear to think about failing to escape from the frantic "rat race" he is currently involved in.

Bad Education heads for the big screen

Campaign Series: Bad Education heads for the big screen

3:36pm Friday 27th February 2015

Jack Whitehall’s BBC Three comedy is getting the movie treatment.

Marussia named on 2015 entry list

Campaign Series: Marussia's entry for the 2015 season has been approved by the FIA

3:30pm Friday 27th February 2015

Marussia's return to Formula One has been approved by the sport's FIA governing body.

Marbles back at British Museum

Campaign Series: Greece has laid claim to the Elgin Marbles

3:24pm Friday 27th February 2015

A section of the Elgin Marbles loaned to Russia last year has returned to the British Museum to take centre stage in a new exhibition.

Priest faces jail over sex abuse

Campaign Series: Father Anthony McSweeney will be sentenced next month for child sex abuse

3:24pm Friday 27th February 2015

A Catholic priest dubbed the "fat vicar" is facing jail after he was found guilty of sexually abusing a teenage boy at a children's home.

Britannia on the money once more

Campaign Series: Britannia will feature on the tails side of the £2 coin

3:19pm Friday 27th February 2015

The image of Britannia is to appear on a coin for the first time since 2008, with David Cameron hailing the return of an "enduring symbol of our national identity".

Ariana Grande 'almost died' on Honeymoon tour

Campaign Series: Ariana Grande 'almost died' on Honeymoon tour

3:13pm Friday 27th February 2015

The Problem singer claimed she could have been killed by a malfunctioning lift during the first show of her new tour.

Personal risk warnings on pensions

Campaign Series: The Financial Conduct Authority acknowledged that accessing pension savings in the new environment will present risks to consumers

3:06pm Friday 27th February 2015

People looking to access their pension savings will be given personalised "risk warnings" to help prevent them from making bad choices which could potentially be irreversible under plans announced by the City regulator.

Blatter: Final before December 18

Campaign Series: FIFA president Sepp Blatter has said the 2022 World Cup should finish no later than December 18.

2:39pm Friday 27th February 2015

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has insisted the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will finish no later than December 18 - a move which could protect English football's traditional Boxing Day games.

MasterChef judge dishes up Neighbours appearance

Campaign Series: MasterChef judge dishes up Neighbours appearance

2:27pm Friday 27th February 2015

MasterChef Australia’s Matt Preston has fulfilled his dream of starring in the soap.

We'll miss Heaslip - Schmidt

Campaign Series: Joe Schmidt, pictured, admits Ireland will miss Jamie Heaslip's experience when they take on England

2:08pm Friday 27th February 2015

Joe Schmidt has acknowledged Ireland must adapt their approach to cope without "big-game player" Jamie Heaslip in Sunday's RBS 6 Nations Grand Slam eliminator against England.

Twitter furore over two-tone dress

Campaign Series: The two-tone dress that has sparked a global debate on Twitter over its colour (Roman Originals/PA)

2:02pm Friday 27th February 2015

A two-tone dress marketed as being "bang on trend" has lived up to its billing - by sparking a global debate on Twitter over what colour it is.

Auction 'fever' for Action Man lots

Campaign Series: The Action Man Judo sporting kit is very rare and going up for auction (Vectis Auctions/PA)

2:02pm Friday 27th February 2015

An Action Man judo outfit which is so rare even experts were unsure it still existed has been found in a retired toy rep's garage and could fetch £20,000 at auction.

Divorce man 'not on same planet'

Campaign Series: Mandy Gray arrives at the Royal Courts of Justice with her lawyer Fiona Shackleton, right

2:02pm Friday 27th February 2015

A highly successful businessman from the United States "not willing to pay a penny" in a multimillion-pound divorce battle has been told by a judge: "I am not sure you and I are on the same planet."

Missing Becky search 'intensified'

Campaign Series: Rebecca Watts,16, known as Becky, was last seen in Crown Hill, St George, Bristol, on Thursday March 19 (Avon and Somerset Police/PA)

2:02pm Friday 27th February 2015

The search for a missing 16-year-old girl who vanished from her home more than eight days ago has intensified, police said.

Winter 'the sunniest since 1929'

Campaign Series: This winter is set to be the sunniest since records began in 1929

2:02pm Friday 27th February 2015

This winter is likely to have been the sunniest in records dating back nearly 90 years, the Met Office has said.

Prince Harry set to leave army

Campaign Series: Prince Harry on duty in Afghanistan

2:02pm Friday 27th February 2015

Prince Harry is expected to leave the army this year, it emerged today.

Emmerdale pair explain sex assault plot decision

Campaign Series: Emmerdale pair explain sex assault plot decision

1:59pm Friday 27th February 2015

The soap’s producer and actress Natalie Anderson, whose character has been attacked, talk about why they wanted to cover the latest difficult storyline.

Fatherhood feels 'natural' for Chris O'Dowd

Campaign Series: It's a boy for Chris O'Dowd and Dawn O'Porter

1:38pm Friday 27th February 2015

Chris O’Dowd plans to introduce his Irish roots to baby son Art through his TV show and in real life.

Eddie Redmayne transforms into a woman for The Danish Girl

Campaign Series: Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne gets Empire nomination

1:28pm Friday 27th February 2015

Eddie Redmayne’s new film look has got many fans scratching their heads.

The Kardashians 'land multi-million dollar deal' for reality show

Campaign Series: The Kardashians 'land multi-million dollar deal' for reality show

1:07pm Friday 27th February 2015

Kim’s famous family will carry on starring in their own series for what is said to be a record amount of money.

Mourinho 'thinking only of final'

Campaign Series: Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, right, is not focussing on the loss of Nemanja Matic to suspension

1:00pm Friday 27th February 2015

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is focused only on Wembley and not the future as he refused to dwell on Nemanja Matic's two-match suspension which rules the midfielder out of Sunday's Capital One Cup final with Tottenham.

John Simm's Intruders is cancelled

Campaign Series: John Simm's Intruders is cancelled

12:59pm Friday 27th February 2015

The TV thriller has not won a second series with the BBC.

Stars on the menu in school's cookbook

Campaign Series: Stars on the menu in school's cookbook

12:59pm Friday 27th February 2015

Delia Smith, Marco Pierre White and Michel Roux Jr have contributed recipes to a school fundraising project.

Van Gaal: Win at Sunderland vital

Campaign Series: Van Gaal has signed seven new players but Champions League qualification is still far from certain

12:43pm Friday 27th February 2015

Louis van Gaal cannot bear to think about failing to escape from the frantic "rat race" he is currently involved in.

Chris Evans set to reprise TFI Friday

Campaign Series: Chris Evans set to reprise TFI Friday

12:42pm Friday 27th February 2015

The DJ and presenter is to return with a special edition of the sometimes controversial show.

Mignolet: Still plenty to play for

Campaign Series: Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet believes a Europa League exit will focus the minds of the players

12:42pm Friday 27th February 2015

Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet insists their Europa League exit now focuses players' minds on what is required in the remainder of the season.

Everton handed Dynamo Kiev test

Campaign Series: Everton's Europa League win over Young Boys earned them a tie against Dynamo Kiev

12:37pm Friday 27th February 2015

Everton have been drawn against Dynamo Kiev in the last 16 of the Europa League.

Pochettino eyes second Blues scalp

Campaign Series: Mauricio Pochettino's Tottenham and Chelsea contest the 2015 Capital One Cup final on Sunday

12:06pm Friday 27th February 2015

Tottenham must recreate the display that saw them to victory Chelsea on New Year's Day if they are to beat the Blues to the Capital One Cup, according to head coach Mauricio Pochettino.

Why has one of Ricky Wilson's Voice acts punched him in the face?

Campaign Series: Why has one of Ricky Wilson's Voice acts punched him in the face?

12:05pm Friday 27th February 2015

The Kaiser Chiefs frontman got an unexpected early hit from one of his contestants.

Ghostbusters reboot 'inspired' by Walking Dead

Campaign Series: Ghostbusters reboot 'inspired' by Walking Dead

12:05pm Friday 27th February 2015

Paul Feig has found an unlikely influence for his new Ghostbusters film – the popular TV zombie drama.

Who has been copying Kim Kardashian in the style stakes?

Campaign Series: Kim Kardashian is wearing a bikini in the snow

11:30am Friday 27th February 2015

Rita Ora and Kim Kardashian narrowly avoided the ultimate fashion faux pas of being seen at a party in the same dress.

Royal Mail increases stamp prices

Campaign Series: The price of first and second class stamps is to increase by 1p each to 63p and 54p from March 30

11:25am Friday 27th February 2015

The price of first and second class stamps is to increase by 1p each to 63p and 54p from March 30, Royal Mail has announced.

Could James Bond give up the spy life after Spectre?

Campaign Series: Could James Bond give up the spy life after Spectre?

11:16am Friday 27th February 2015

Director Sam Mendes has dropped some hints about the upcoming 24th James Bond movie, Spectre.

Royal Blood in Brits charts bounce

Campaign Series: Royal Blood in Brits charts bounce

11:16am Friday 27th February 2015

Royal Blood and Paloma Faith are among the triumphant acts whose sales have benefited from their Brit Award wins.

Hospital's Savile claim questioned

Campaign Series: An MP has questioned a hospital's response to questions about the level of access granted to Jimmy Savile

11:09am Friday 27th February 2015

The chief executive responsible for Stoke Mandeville Hospital told a local MP two years ago that disgraced entertainer Jimmy Savile had not been given free access to clinical areas, it has been revealed.

A&E target missed for 21st week

Campaign Series: The number of A&E patients was down on the previous week

11:09am Friday 27th February 2015

Accident and emergency departments in England failed to meet the target of 95% of patients seen within four hours again but were up slightly on the previous week.

'No serious offer' for Oasis gig

Campaign Series: Noel Gallagher (left) says he has not had a serious offer to reunite with brother Liam for an Oasis comeback

11:09am Friday 27th February 2015

Former Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher says he has never had "one serious offer" to get his old band back together.

Clarkson Twitter row with Labour MP

Campaign Series: Jeremy Clarkson became involved in a Twitter row with the shadow transport minister

11:09am Friday 27th February 2015

Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson has traded on-line insults with shadow transport minister Michael Dugher, saying the motoring show is not made "for people who wear pink ties".

Benedict Cumberbatch pays tribute to Sherlock fan

Campaign Series: Benedict Cumberbatch pays tribute to Sherlock fan

11:06am Friday 27th February 2015

The actor had to miss the teenager’s funeral due to filming commitments.

Wenger: Loss hurts more than jibes

Campaign Series: Arsene Wenger has come in for criticism following his side's Champions League defeat to Monaco

11:06am Friday 27th February 2015

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is not immune to criticism, but feels "hurt" more by his team's defeats than what the pundits have to say or rants on social media.

De Villiers stars in crushing win

Campaign Series: AB de Villiers hits one of his eight sixes against the West Indies (AP)

10:58am Friday 27th February 2015

Another awe-inspiring batting display from AB de Villiers helped South Africa to a crushing 257-run World Cup Group B victory against West Indies in Sydney.

Sheridan Smith 'quits Twitter' after troll abuse

Campaign Series: Sheridan Smith 'quits Twitter' after troll abuse

10:46am Friday 27th February 2015

The Cilla actress faced a backlash after defending Ant and Dec’s hosting of the Brit Awards.

How much did Paul McCartney's boyhood home sell for?

Campaign Series: Who has Sir Paul McCartney gone Gaga for?

10:36am Friday 27th February 2015

The house where the former Beatle grew up in Liverpool has gone under the hammer.

No serious offer made for Oasis gig, says Noel

Campaign Series: Noel Gallagher's Number One chart rant

10:26am Friday 27th February 2015

The singer-songwriter has said he won’t rule out an Oasis reunion, but is still waiting for a phone call from Glastonbury’s Michael Eavis.

Kanye West tweets Beck and Bruno Mars apology

Campaign Series: Kanye West tweets Beck and Bruno Mars apology

10:18am Friday 27th February 2015

It’s been an emotional week for the US rapper, as he said sorry to his fellow musicians and cried during a radio interview.

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