India’s Congress party has admitted defeat by its main opposition, the BJP, led by controversial hard-line Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi. His party’s victory was predictable - but the scale of it was not. The BJP has won more than 300 seats, a bigger mandate than any political party in India since 1984.
TEN DEAD IN KENYA AS UK TOURISTS FLEE
Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, has been rocked by two blasts which have killed at least ten people as travel operators evacuate British tourists from the south of the country after the Foreign Office changed its travel advice to the nation, warning against all but essential travel to anywhere within 37 miles of the Somalia border.
WATCHDOG HITS E.ON WITH £12M PENALTY
Energy watchdog Ofgem has imposed its biggest mis-selling penalty so far, telling E.On to pay £12m to customers in the form of reduced bills, after finding the firm had breached rules on doorstep and telephone selling techniques. Ofgem said E.On had poor sales practices and failed to properly train staff.
HALL CLEARED OF RAPE, GUILTY OF ASSAULT
Sex-offender Stuart Hall has been cleared of raping two young girls after a trial at Preston crown Court. The former BBC broadcaster, currently serving a 30-month sentence for a string of other sex attacks, was convicted of one indecent assault, but was found not guilty on 15 rape charges and another four indecent assaults.
TURKISH POLICE FIRE TEAR GAS IN SOMA
Turkish police have fired tear gas and water cannon at thousands of protesters in Soma where 300 miners died earlier this week. Meanwhile PM, Tayyip Erdogan, has been accused of punching an anti-government protester in a melee on Wednesday. A photo has also emerged of a besuited government adviser kicking a prone demonstrator.
MALALA MATTRESS AD CAUSES OUTRAGE
International advertising firm Ogilvy & Mather has apologised for an ad made in its India office which showed a gory cartoon version of education campaigner Malala Yousafzai being shot in the head to promote Kurl-On mattresses. The advert caused outrage with a former Pakistan MP dubbing it “revolting”.
MPS DEMAND REFORM TO POLICE FEDERATION
The Home Affairs Committee of MPs is demanding urgent reform to the Police Federation, the organisation which represents rank-and-file police officers in England and Wales, saying a culture of bullying is endemic at the highest levels. The MPs said the federation was secretive about its finances.
BLATTER: QATAR WORLD CUP A 'MISTAKE'
Fifa president Sepp Blatter has admitted that the controversial decision to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar was a mistake, because of the heat. A decision on whether to move the tournament to the winter will be taken after the World Cup in Brazil, which has problems of its own, with violent protests against the event in Rio and Sao Paolo.
JAY-Z AND SOLANGE: LIFT FIGHT STATEMENT
Rap artist Jay-Z and his sister-in-law, musician Solange Knowles, have issued a public statement apologising for a bizarre fight they had in a lift, which was pictured on CCTV. Knowles punched and kicked Jay-Z in the video while her sister stood by impassively. They say their family has “worked through it”.
HOT TICKET: THE TWO FACES OF JANUARY
A screen adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's thriller The Two Faces of January opens in UK cinemas today. Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst star as a glamorous American couple holidaying in Greece who must rely on a hustling tour guide as their lives begin to unravel. "Edge-of-your-seat suspense," says Empire.