New Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab vows to ‘intensify’ talks

New Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab vows to ‘intensify’ talks

The UK’s new Brexit secretary has offered to meet Michel Barnier throughout August to “intensify” talks and “get some energy” into them. Dominic Raab said his first meeting with the EU’s chief negotiator in Brussels had been “constructive”. He replaced David Davis, who quit in protest at Theresa May’s trade policy. It comes as the […]

Tory chief whip Julian Smith under fire in pairing row

Tory chief whip Julian Smith under fire in pairing row

Image copyright Getty Images Conservative Chief Whip Julian Smith is under pressure to explain why an MP took part in crunch Brexit votes, despite an agreement not to. Mr Smith told Brandon Lewis to break a voting pact with a Lib Dem MP “by accident”, sources have told the BBC. He has apologised to Jo […]

New MPs’ code ‘risks cover-up claims’

New MPs’ code ‘risks cover-up claims’

Image copyright EPA Image caption Conservative MP Andrea Leadsom led the working group to look into a new process Moves to give anonymity to all MPs under investigation risk “rolling back the openness” established after the expenses scandal, a senior MP has said. Sir Kevin Barron warned: “It will be presented as MPs trying to […]

Parents set to lose right to veto sex education at age 15

Parents set to lose right to veto sex education at age 15

The government plans to let 15-year-olds overrule their parents’ wishes and opt in to sex education lessons they have previously been withdrawn from. Education Secretary Damian Hinds says children should be able to request sex education in at least one of the three terms before their 16th birthday. Until then, parents will retain the right […]

No-one charged in 9 out of 10 crimes – Home Office

No-one charged in 9 out of 10 crimes – Home Office

Image copyright PA Only 9% of crimes end with suspects being charged or summonsed in England and Wales, Home Office figures suggest. In the 12 months to March, 443,000 crimes resulted in a charge or summons out of 4.6 million offences – the lowest detection rate since 2015. Data also shows police closed nearly half […]

Abstentionist Irish rebel MP finally enters Westminster

Grandmother of abstentionism and the first woman MP, Constance Markievicz has finally entered Parliament – 100 years after winning her seat. Her portrait, donated by the Irish parliament, has been received by Speaker John Bercow on behalf of the House of Commons. The painting forms part of the UK Parliament’s Voice and Vote exhibition until […]

Trevor Noah defends ‘Africa won the World Cup’ joke

Trevor Noah defends ‘Africa won the World Cup’ joke

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Paul Pogba, whose parents are from Guinea, scored for France in the final US-based South African comedian Trevor Noah has defended himself after being criticised by a French diplomat for saying “Africa won the World Cup”. The Daily Show host made the comments on his satirical show a day […]

Ethiopian reunited with long-lost daughters in Eritrea after 16 years

Ethiopian reunited with long-lost daughters in Eritrea after 16 years

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Addisalem Hadigu last saw his daughters when they were teenagers Ethiopian journalist Addisalem Hadigu has met his daughters Asmera and Danait in Eritrea for the first time in 16 years. He was among many families kept apart by decades of war and conflict between neighbours Ethiopia and Eritrea. They were […]

Google’s Loon brings internet-by-balloon to Kenya

Google’s Loon brings internet-by-balloon to Kenya

Image copyright Loon Image caption Loon’s balloons float 20km above sea level A network of giant balloons will soon bring internet access to remote regions of rural Kenya. Google’s sister-company Loon has announced its first commercial deal: partnering with Telkom Kenya to deliver connectivity to the region. The firm’s antennae-dangling fleet will ride the wind […]

Trump Putin: Russian leader attacks US critics of summit

Trump Putin: Russian leader attacks US critics of summit

Media captionTrump on Putin: “As the leader of a country, you would have to hold him responsible, yes” Russian President Vladimir Putin has rounded on US critics of his first bilateral summit with President Donald Trump. Certain forces in the US wanted to sacrifice US-Russian ties for their “narrow party interests”, he told a meeting […]

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