Tory rebels and opposition MPs have defeated the government in the first stage of their attempt to pass a law designed to prevent a no-deal Brexit. The Commons voted 328 to 301 to take control of the agenda, meaning they can bring forward a bill seeking to delay the UK’s exit date. In response, Boris Johnson said he would bring forward a motion for an early general election.
Britain, the US and France may be complicit in war crimes in Yemen by arming and providing support to a Saudi-led coalition that starves civilians as a war tactic, a United Nations report has said. The UN report will very likely be used as further evidence for those demanding that the British government end arms sales to Saudi for use in Yemen.
At least seven people have been killed by Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas with millions told to leave their homes in Florida as the storm heads north. Experts say it is now the most powerful storm to hit a Caribbean island after reaching sustained winds of 185mph and gusts of up to 220mph. Bahama’s Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said: “We can expect more deaths to be recorded. This is just preliminary information.
Singer Ariana Grande is asking for $10m (£8.3m) in damages from Forever 21, saying the retailer “stole her name” to promote its clothing and beauty products. She said the firm published at least 30 “unauthorised” images and videos that suggested she had endorsed the brand. It also hired a model with an “uncanny” resemblance to Ms Grande for some of its social media posts, she said.
A bus carrying 27 people, mostly Chinese tourists, rolled over on a highway in New Zealand’s North Island on Wednesday, killing five people and injuring six, police said. Police are investigating the accident on State Highway 5 near Rotorua, a popular destination for tourist groups from China. Ethnic liaison officers were coordinating with victims’ families and Chinese officials.