Animals, Emma Jane Unsworth's second novel, portrays an unconventional love triangle that from the very beginning promises to leave everyone involved heart-battered. Best friends Laura and Tyler are fellow deviants, enablers and co-dependants. When one shouts, the other comes running, whether what's promised is a night of ever more blurry nightclubs or a kicking by a drug-dealer. They live together in a ramshackle flat in Manchester and have dead-end jobs, but their dissolute lifestyle is less a case of being given a rough deal by recession Britain and more to do with being highly educated, under-stimulated and looking for oblivion. Tyler rules the roost, while Laura remonstrates and adulates in equal measure: it's a match made in hedonistic heaven. But Laura is getting married and their booze- and drug-fuelled Thelma and Louise double act is in jeopardy. While Tyler, an American from "tornado country", dishes out chaos with pistol-quick one-liners, … [Read more...] about Animals by Emma Jane Unsworth review – pills, thrills and bellyaches
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AGAINST all odds, the US President and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un have enjoyed a tête-à-tête at the Singapore summit. But what is the language of diplomacy for this pair - and does the North Korean leader speak the President's language? Here's what we know. Does Kim Jong-un speak English? The highly secretive tyrant isn't often expected to speak another language, so it will come as no surprise that few have heard his attempts at talking English. However, Kim's high school teacher has revealed that the dictator may know a little more English than he lets on. In an interview with NBC's Today show, Michel Riesen said Kim probably does know English - but pretends not to. Michel Riesen told Keir Simmons: "He was a good student, but he wasn't extraordinary."Riesen claims Kim attended an English-language international school in Gümligen, near Bern in Switzerland, when he was 14 years old. And he said he taught Kim sports, math, and German, and was also his … [Read more...] about Does Kim Jong-un speak English and how did he communicate with Donald Trump at the Singapore summit?
A US judge handed George Papadopoulos a 14-day prison sentence on Friday, noting that the former campaign adviser to US President Donald Trump had "lied in an investigation that was important to national security." Papadopoulos pleaded guilty last year to making false statements to the FBI about his contacts with Russian intermediaries. He is the first campaign aide to be sentenced in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing probe into possible collusion between Russia and the 2016 election campaign of then-Republican candidate Trump. "I hope to have a second chance to redeem myself," Papadopoulos told the federal court in Washington. "I made a dreadful mistake but I am a good man." Read more: What you need to know about the Mueller investigation Light sentence Government prosecutors had demanded a prison sentence of up to six months, saying that Papadopoulos' lies had impeded their investigation and that his efforts to cooperate were "at best begrudging." Judge Randolph … [Read more...] about Trump aide jailed for lying to FBI in Russia probe
Although Democrats made electoral gains in Tuesday's midterm elections, officials in Germany and other European Union countries said they do not believe the results will prompt a change in US President Donald Trump's approach to foreign policy. "It would be a mistake to expect a course correction from Donald Trump now," German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas wrote on Twitter. He emphasized that the United States remains Germany's closest partner outside of Europe, but in order to maintain that partnership he said, "We will have to recalibrate and adjust our relationship with the USA." The Democrats regained control of the House of Representatives in Tuesday's polls, but Trump's Republicans strengthened their grip on power in the Senate. The transatlantic coordinator for the German government, Peter Beyer, was also skeptical that Tuesday's election results will ease Europe's worries, particularly since NATO matters and international trade are under the jurisdiction of the … [Read more...] about Germany, Europe see little hope for Trump policy change after US midterm election
Deutsche Bank and several other banking institutions were subpoenaed on Monday by two US House of Representatives committees investigating President Donald Trump's finances. The House's Intelligence and Financial Services committees issued subpoenas to the German lender — as well as JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America and Citigroup — seeking information about Trump's business dealings and possible Russian money laundering. "The potential use of the US financial system for illicit purposes is a very serious concern. The Financial Services Committee is exploring these matters, including as they may involve the president and his associates, as thoroughly as possible," Financial Services Committee chair Maxine Waters said in a statement. Read more: German regulators breathing down Deutsche Bank's neck over money laundering The subpoenas mark a renewed push by Democratic leaders to collect information on the president's finances and that of the Trump Organization … [Read more...] about Democrats subpoena Deutsche Bank over Trump’s finances