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Britain raises threat level from Northern Ireland terrorism

The security threat level to Britain from Northern Ireland-related terrorism has been raised from moderate to substantial, Home Secretary Theresa May said in a statement to parliament.

"This means that a terrorist attack is a strong possibility and reflects the continuing threat from dissident republican activity," May said.

"As a result of this change, we are working closely with the police and other relevant authorities to ensure appropriate security measures are in place," she said.


George R.R. Martin posts excerpt from new Game Of Thrones book

Author George R.R. Martin has released a chapter from a yet-unpublished book in the Game Of Thrones series - the basis of the hit HBO TV show - but says he's not done writing.

Since 2012, the 67-year-old writer has published several excerpts from the sixth book in the series, entitled The Winds Of Winter.

The author noted that the new sample chapter does not mean he is finished writing the book, pointing to a photo on the blog showing him with a monkey on his back.


French teenager, 19, commits suicide by jumping in front of train 'live' on video streaming app Periscope

French prosecutors launched an investigation after a 19-year-old woman committed suicide by throwing herself in front of a suburban train near Paris and streamed the act live on Periscope.

The suicide, which took place on Tuesday at a station in Egly to the south of Paris, is the latest controversy to hit the Twitter-owned streaming service, which has recently seen rapes and assaults shown live.

A judicial source said the victim “spoke of a rape and named the aggressor” during the filming, adding that the claims were being treated with caution at this stage.


Festival sacks Azealia Banks over racist attack on Zayn

A London music festival has removed controversial New York rapper Azealia Banks from its lineup after she went on a racially charged attack against former One Direction heartthrob Zayn.

Banks, in a series of tweets that she has since deleted, accused Zayn of copying her style on his latest video Like I Would and grew more agitated after he did not respond.

Banks, who is African American, used epithets directed at Muslims against Zayn, a Briton who is partially of Pakistani origin. "When your entire extended family has been obliterated by good ol the U.S of A will you still be trying to act like a white boy pretending to be black?" she said in one tweet.


Football: Kone brace helps Sunderland relegate Newcastle, Norwich

Newcastle United and Norwich City were relegated from the Premier League as Sunderland secured their survival with a one-sided 3-0 victory over Everton.

Sunderland centre-back Lamine Kone's first two goals for the club and a Patrick van Aanholt free-kick took Sam Allardyce's side four points clear of danger with one game remaining.

Norwich returned to the Championship a year after promotion despite a 4-2 win over Watford, while Newcastle, Sunderland's arch rivals, will play in the second tier for the first time since 2010.