Canadian couple missing for weeks died in car crash close to their home

Police had widened search for James Evans, 23, and Easha Rayel, 36, until discovery of car hidden in ditch on highway For two long, devastating weeks, the families of a missing Canadian couple clung to every lead, desperately hoping that the smallest shred of evidence could help explain the sudden disappearance of their loved ones. James Evans, 23, and Easha Rayel, 36, were last seen travelling together near their home on Vancouver Island on Canadas west coast. But on Sunday, after weeks of waiting and a series of cold tips, families were told that Evans and Rayel had never left the island. Instead, the couple had died in a car accident along a busy highway, and their vehicle was obscured …

Indian transgender couple tie knot in landmark ‘rainbow wedding’

Bride and groom, who both underwent sex reassignment, comes as lower house of parliament votes to enshrine transgender rights An Indian transgender couple who both underwent sex re-assignment have tied the knot in a traditional Bengali ceremony, in what is believed to be the states first rainbow wedding. Surrounded by family and friends, the bride, Tista Das, 38, and groom, Dipan Chakravarthy, 40, took part in rituals in Kolkata, the capital of West Bengal state. We are feeling awesome actually. We are out of the gender box and we love to be an exception and we think this is a strong bond between us, Tista Das said. Its a bond of love. Its a bond of liberty also, she said. …

Iran refuses to end breach of nuclear deal until it gets ‘full rights’

Tehran meets French envoy as Rouhani warns UK of repercussions over oil tanker seizure Iran has told Europe it will not reverse its decision to increase uranium enrichment beyond the limits set by the seizure of an oil tanker bound for Syria off the coast of Gibraltar last week. The ship remains in British possession. Shamkhanis warning suggests the three European powers France, Germany and the UK face an uphill struggle to keep the nuclear deal alive. Shamkhani said the Iranian strategy was unchangeable, and claimed European countries had shown a lack of will to keep their side of the bargain. The two-day visit by the French envoy to Tehran, Emmanuel Bonne, was seen as probably the last attempt to …

Swinging 60s surrealist Penny Slinger: ‘Collectors thought I came with the art’

She made psychic dolls houses, erotic wedding cakes and full-frontal collages. But the world wasnt ready for her powerful personal visions. Is Lady Picasso about to get her dues? Penelope Slinger has never done anything by halves. She remembers drawing her first really accomplished picture in 1952, when she was four and a half. It was of her parents completely naked. They were terribly proud but too embarrassed to show their friends. Then, when she was nine, she was expelled from her Surrey convent school for waving a sanitary towel out of a bus window. A child psychologist informed her parents that she wasnt mad, she was simply an artist, and they should do what they could to support her. …

Bolsonaro tight-lipped as minister faces calls to resign over Lula scandal

Srgio Moro, who jailed Bolsonaros top rival, Lula, before Brazil election, accused of totally inappropriate links with prosecutors Brazils justice minister is facing growing calls to resign after a series of politically explosive leaks that some observers believe could have a profound effect on Brazilian politics and the administration of the far-right president, the historic Car Wash anti-corruption investigation. He controversially took his job last year after helping jail Bolsonaros key election rival, former president Luiz Incio Lula da Silva, and has been widely tipped as a future president himself. But Moros political future was thrown into doubt on Sunday after the Intercept began publishing a series of exposs based on what it called its Secret Brazil Archive reports which …

Trump brushes off North Korea’s launch of ‘some small weapons’

President says recent missile tests bother some people, but not him, and praises regime for calling Joe Biden a fool of low IQ Donald Trump has dismissed concerns about North Koreas recent missile tests, calling them small weapons, a day after his national security adviser said there was no doubt the launches violated UN security council resolutions. The US president UN resolutions prohibited the launch of any ballistic missiles and urged Kim Jong-un to return to denuclearisation talks. Despite scant progress from two summits with the North Korean leader, Trump has made much of his personal relationship with Kim, saying last year that he Nobodys happy about it. US officials had previously expressed optimism that Trump would meet Kim for …

May averts Tory mutiny by agreeing to set her exit date after Brexit bill vote

1922 Committee agrees to let PM wait until after vote on withdrawal agreement bill in early June Theresa May has agreed to set a timetable for her departure as prime minister in the first week of June, leading MPs to believe she will trigger a leadership contest before the summer. Sir Graham Brady, the chair of the 1922 Committee of backbenchers, said she would agree a timetable for the election of a new leader after her Brexit legislation returned to parliament saying he would of course go for it when there is a vacancy but there is a wide field of up to 20 candidates. May met the 1922 committees executive on Thursday, which represents Tory backbenchers, after mutinous MPs …