It was supposed to be the jail from which no inmate could escape - or if they were foolhardy enough to try, would surely perish in the attempt. Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary sat on the eponymous island in the San Francisco Bay, 1.25 miles from the mainland and surrounded by strong,...
Tim Martin, the Brexit-backing boss of JD Wetherspoon, has insisted Britain’s departure from the EU won’t force up food prices as the pub chain revealed strong sales for the Christmas period. Total revenues grew 4.3pc in the 12 weeks to January 21 and sales at pubs open more than one...
Authorities say about 150 people have been airlifted to safety from a high valley in northern Italy because of severe avalanche risks. The evacuees included 75 guests and workers at a four-star mountainside hotel located in an area near the Austrian border where an avalanche hit on Monday night. The avalanche didn't strike...
The ever-growing number of charities in Britain risks confusion for donors, competition for funds and “territorial behaviour”, the Duke of Cambridge has warned, as he calls for a "big shift" in the sector. The Duke, speaking to the Charity Commission, said the ever-growing number of good causes had led to...
South Korea has banned anonymous bank accounts being used to buy and sell cryptocurrencies, a widely-anticipated move in one of the world's most popular Bitcoin markets. The measures are designed to prevent children and criminals from trading Bitcoin in a country that has embraced the digital currency amid its rapidly-ascending...
The BBC is launching a Saturday night talent show with a difference: no judging panel, no unkind comments and no promise to turn the winner into a star. All Together Now begins on BBC One this weekend in competition with ITV’s The Voice. Rather than perform before a panel of stony-faced...
Thousands of people were trapped in Zermatt on Monday after heavy snowfall cut the Swiss ski resort off from the outside world for the second time in two weeks. Stranded tourists have been warned not to leave their hotels or holiday apartments because of the risk of avalanches, and police have...
Israeli scholars have pieced together and deciphered one of two previously unread manuscripts of the Dead Sea Scrolls more than half a century after their discovery, an Israeli university has said. The more than 60 tiny fragments of parchment bearing encrypted Hebrew writing had previously been thought to come from...
Mexico saw a total of 25,339 murders last year, official data has shown, after 2017 was already established as a record-breaking year based on killings carried out until November. The interior ministry on Saturday said 2,219 people were murdered in December 2017. Authorities began collecting data in 1997, and the...
Church of England leaders are braced for a "controversial" vote on whether it should share ministers with the Methodists as part of plans set to boost struggling rural churches.  The proposals will be debated at the Church's governing body, the General Synod next month - but senior figures warned that...