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The daughter of an ex-Russian spy poisoned in Salisbury tells Reuters she is taking "one day at a time".
4 hours ago
The home secretary says he "gets it" and calls for spit hoods for all forces in England and Wales.
9 hours ago
Jealous Berlinah Wallace wanted to "burn, disfigure and disable" her ex-partner Mark van Dongen.
4 hours ago
The ex-British soldier, who is suspected of a number of burglaries, spent five months on the run.
3 hours ago
The technology-based system could cost more than the UK contributes as an EU member, MPs are told.
2 hours ago
Hamid Ali Jafari tells the inquiry of his search for his father and how he hopes they meet in heaven.
4 hours ago
The government agency worker claims the restraint took place amid years of bullying and harassment.
4 hours ago
Future cyber-attacks could come from robots trained on video games, the Ministry of Defence warns.
4 hours ago
Transport secretary Chris Grayling says he is working with the operator to improve its performance.
1 hour ago
A BBC documentary about the Manchester attack was "entirely inappropriate", a chief constable says.
6 hours ago
Husnain Rashid also allegedly encouraged poison being injected into supermarket ice creams.
5 hours ago
The university apologises after retweeting criticism of the MP from one of its students.
1 hour ago
The daughter of an ex-Russian spy poisoned in Salisbury makes her first video statement since the attack.
7 hours ago
An inquiry has begun into the huge London tower block fire on 14 June 2017 that killed 72 people.
7 hours ago
Sophie Parker shares her story of being bullied for having a birthmark on her face.
21 hours ago
Thousands of litres are sold in the UK every year but do we use it at the right times?
20 hours ago
Photographer Alexi Lubomirski describes working with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on their wedding day.
23 hours ago
A cathedral service and a national minute's silence have marked one year since the Manchester attack.
21 hours ago
The youngest victim of the Manchester attack, Saffie Roussos, was a big Harley Davidson fan.
23 days 13 hours ago
BBC coverage of latest developments
2 hours ago
Alexi Lubomirski took photographs of the royal couple with their families, bridesmaids and pageboys.
8 hours ago
Former Apprentice contestant Simon Smith's "hilarious" Twitter thread was reported in several papers.
20 hours ago
The brutal murder of a devout Christian remains one of Essex Police's strangest unsolved cases.
1 day 1 hour ago
For the first time a badger baiting network is infiltrated by an undercover reporter.
1 day 4 hours ago
As one of the UK's best-known retailers plans to close dozens of stores, how can it stem the decline?
4 hours ago4 hours ago

Falling ill on a visit from Jamaica became costly nightmare for Pauline Pennant, who had worked in UK for 30 years

When Pauline Pennant, 70, and her 80-year-old husband, Basil, visited London for their nephew’s wedding three years ago, it was supposed to be the happiest occasion. Instead it was the start of an ongoing nightmare.

Pennant, a former nurse, became seriously ill and was admitted to Croydon University hospital on 25 August 2015. She received the worst news: a CT scan had found secondary bone cancer. The doctor advised her to see an orthopaedic oncologist and referred her for further tests to find the primary cancer.

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2 hours ago2 hours ago

UK government admits £400m to replace flammable cladding will be taken from Affordable Homes Programme

A £400m fund announced by Theresa May to pay for replacing combustible cladding on up to 158 social housing high-rise buildings following the Grenfell Tower fire, means fewer affordable homes will be built in the coming years, it has emerged.

The government has admitted that the funds for the renovations are being taken from the Affordable Homes Programme.

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2 hours ago2 hours ago

Daughter of double agent says she would like to return to Russia ‘in the longer term’

Yulia Skripal has said she wishes to return to Russia “in the longer term” despite the nerve agent attack on her and her father Sergei, which she described as life-changing.

Related: Sergei Skripal discharged from Salisbury hospital

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2 hours ago2 hours ago

‘Max-fac’ option could result in huge annual hit for firms, according to head of HMRC

The post-Brexit customs model favoured by Boris Johnson, Liam Fox and Michael Gove could cost business as much as £20bn a year, the head of HMRC has said, a verdict that delivers a huge blow to the Brexiters’ hopes of a complete departure from the customs union. Jon Thompson told the Treasury select committee that their preferred “max-fac” model, which relies on technology and trusted trader schemes to minimise border checks, would be substantially more expensive than the alternative.

Cabinet sources claimed that they had never been briefed by HMRC that the cost could be so high. The huge figure, which represents around double the UK’s annual net contribution to the EU, sent shockwaves around Westminster. Theresa May’s preferred option, the customs partnership model, under which the UK would collect tariffs on behalf of the EU, would be virtually cost-free because businesses could claim back the levies, Thompson said.

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56 minutes ago56 minutes ago

Met responds to accusation by member of public after MPs vote not to investigate bullying claims

Police are assessing an allegation that the Speaker of the House of Commons has committed “misconduct in a public office”, in the wake of numerous claims against him of bullying. John Bercow, who has denied wrongdoing, has been accused by several former staff members of intimidating behaviour, including former Black Rod David Leakey and his former secretary Angus Sinclair.

A Metropolitan police spokesman said the force had “received an allegation of misconduct in public office alleged to have taken place at the Palace of Westminster. The allegation is currently being assessed.” The complaint, made by a member of the public, was first reported by MailOnline.

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3 hours ago3 hours ago

Government formed by anti-establishment Five Star Movement and far-right League will be led by political novice Giuseppe Conte

Italy’s president has given his blessing to the creation of a new populist government in Rome to be led by Giuseppe Conte, a political newcomer who will serve as Italy’s next prime minister.

The ascension of a virtually unknown law professor to Palazzo Chigi, who will lead a government that has been cobbled together by two rival populist parties – the anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S) and the far-right League – represents an unprecedented development in one of Europe’s biggest economies.

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3 hours ago3 hours ago

The Night of the Bomb aired at expense of families and trial, says GMP’s Ian Hopkins

The chief constable of Greater Manchester police (GMP) has accused the BBC of breaching its own guidelines and broadcasting “wholly inaccurate reporting” in a highly praised documentary about the Manchester Arena attack.

The Night of the Bomb, aired on BBC2 on the first anniversary of the attack on Tuesday, aimed only to provide “newsworthy viewing at the expense of the families, coronial process and indeed a criminal trial”, Ian Hopkins said.

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2 hours ago2 hours ago

Writer who accused Damian Green MP of inappropriate behaviour, donates half payout to #MeToo-inspired fund

The Daily Mail has agreed to pay £11,000 towards legal costs and remove a negative article about Kate Maltby, the writer who accused Damian Green of inappropriate behaviour.

Maltby said she would cover most of her own legal costs and had donated £5,500 to the legal fund Time’s Up, which was inspired by the #MeToo movement for women experiencing sexual harassment.

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2 hours ago2 hours ago

George Ormond faces allegations of 38 sexual offences spanning 25 years

A football coach who spent several years working at Newcastle United “cynically manipulated his position” of authority to groom and sexually assault young boys over a 25-year period, a jury has been told.

George Ormond, now 62, is charged with 38 criminal sexual offences against 19 victims who were youth footballers at the time. Thirty-six of the charges are indecent assault, along with one of indecency and one of buggery, alleged to have been committed between1973 and 1998.

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2 hours ago2 hours ago

A New York judge rules @realDonaldTrump is a presidential, not personal, account and blocking violates the first amendment

A district court in New York has ruled that Donald Trump cannot block people on Twitter, because it violates their first amendment rights to participate in a “public forum”.

The case was brought forward by the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, representing seven plaintiffs who have been blocked by the president.

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3 hours ago3 hours ago

One of America’s greatest novelists, Philip Roth died this week, aged 85. From 1959’s Goodbye, Columbus to 2010’s Nemesis, 12 acclaimed writers including William Boyd, David Baddiel, Linda Grant and Joyce Carol Oates pick their favourite work

I fell in love with Neil Klugman, forerunner to Portnoy and hero of Goodbye, Columbus, Philip Roth’s first novel, in my early 20s – 40 years after the novel was written. Descriptions of Roth’s writing often err towards violence; he is savagely funny, bitingly honest, filled with rage and thwarted desire. But although his first novel rehearses all the themes he would spend 60 years mining – sexual vanity, lower-middle-class consciousness (“for an instant Brenda reminded me of the pug-nosed little bastards from Montclair”), the crushing weight of family and, of course, American Jewish identity – what I loved about his first novel was its tenderness.

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4 hours ago4 hours ago

As her 1986 drama Leave Taking is revived at the Bush, the playwright talks about the pain of being neglected, the barriers faced by writers of colour – and her new play about London

‘I am a Windrush baby,” says Winsome Pinnock, “the child of people from the Windrush generation, and this country owes that generation so much.” Pinnock’s 1986 play Leave Taking – the first by a black woman to be staged at the National Theatre – is being revived at the Bush theatre in London. It’s a timely decision for a work that charts a clash of generations between Enid, who has moved from Jamaica to make a life in England and give her children the opportunities she never had, and her teenage daughters – born in the UK – who know nothing of the West Indies and see England as home.

There is a line about an immigrant who is told his papers are not in order and who faces deportation. “That was written 30 years ago,” says Pinnock, wryly. Her frustration with the slow pace of change in general, and theatre in particular, is quietly but potently expressed.

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4 hours ago4 hours ago
The social media company suggests that sending it naked pictures is the best way to protect yourself from revenge porn. But can it be trusted?

If you have been the victim of “revenge porn” – intimate pictures stolen and published in an attempt to humiliate or blackmail – Facebook has a proposal that might sound counterintuitive: cc them in to your sexts.

But give it a chance. The company’s offering is a better idea than it sounds. Facebook has spent years working with other large technology firms to build software that can identify problem images the second they hit the net, and flag and remove them without the need for human intervention. The scheme, which has already been trialled in Australia, will be tested in the UK from this week.

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6 hours ago6 hours ago

The news that Mediterranean whales have died after ingesting our plastic waste comes as no surprise – but seems to be an omen for fallout from our disruption of the natural world

Plastic bags have been blamed for the deaths of sperm whales in the Mediterranean. The Athens-based Pelagos Cetacean Research Institute found that more than a third of the sperm whales found dead in Greek waters had stomachs blocked by plastic waste. But this comes as no surprise to whale watchers.

In a plangent 2011 report by same researchers on a mass sperm-whale stranding, a combination of factors – noise from naval exercises, dehydration and stress that caused toxic chemicals and heavy metals to be released from the whales’ body fat – was found to have caused them to beach. The scene of the dying whales moved the scientists to unusually emotive language as they recorded finding them “agonising on the shore”.

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2 hours ago2 hours ago

Giuseppe Conte respected by friends and colleagues but his parents are a little worried

The man nominated as Italy’s prime minister may be respected in the legal and academic realms but he is far-removed from the complex, messy world of Italian politics - something that is of mounting concern to his parents.

“They are a little worried,” Vittoria Macchiarola, a childhood friend of his mother, told the Guardian. “He is already very important in his career, but look what happens when you get into politics: they throw mud.”

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5 hours ago5 hours ago

Water shortages could stretch into the 2050s, according to the Environment Agency. It’s time to do your bit

The sun is shining and we are due a hot bank holiday Monday, so it must be time for a drought story. And not just any old drought, but one stretching into the 2050s and beyond, according to the Environment Agency, which warns that our use of water is unsustainable. While the agency puts much of its focus on the need for companies to change their behaviour, especially by reducing leakage, there are practical steps we can all take.

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At 20 weeks pregnant, Siobhan Donohue knew her foetus wasn't going to survive, but the eighth amendment in Ireland's constitution meant getting an abortion was impossible. Before this week's historic referendum on whether to repeal the law, she describes a heartbreaking journey to UK to get a termination

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3 hours ago3 hours ago

Far away from the day-to-day details, the foreign secretary seems like a kind of roving dispenser of Brexit bombast

Boris Johnson is standing on the balcony of a remote school on an island in the Peruvian Amazon, in the sweltering heat. With his rumpled shirt and trademark tousled hair, Britain’s top diplomat must cut an unlikely figure to the children and teachers crowded along the balconies and on the grass below.

The foreign secretary, who landed by helicopter half an hour or so earlier with his Peruvian counterpart, Néstor Popolizio, is here to mark the fact that British taxpayers have made a series of donations to the school, including buying a lithium solar battery, which will help to power lighting and computers.

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2 hours ago2 hours ago

Labour leader and PM resembled two drunks fighting outside pub over who cared most about the NHS

Same as it ever was. After two weeks in which he had cruised to easy victories at prime minister’s questions simply by standing up and asking: “How’s Brexit going?” – something to which Theresa May has no convincing answer – Jeremy Corbyn instead went back to plan A.

Related: PMQs verdict: Jeremy Corbyn fails to press home advantages on NHS

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4 hours ago4 hours ago
The duchess wants to champion female empowerment. Letting women participate fully in the workforce would be a good start

There’s nothing quite like a royal wedding to get the British to part with their cash, so in one respect the idea that the new Duchess of Sussex could be good news for the economy is a statement of the blindingly obvious. Retailers have had a tough time recently, and a bit of Meghanmania was just what they needed to get the tills ringing.

Interest in the newest member of the royal family will linger longer than the feelgood factor. People are clearly fascinated by her backstory and take notice of what she thinks. Role models are important, and just as it matters that Christine Lagarde sees fighting for women’s rights as a vital part of her job as head of the International Monetary Fund, so it matters that the Duchess of Sussex calls herself a feminist and wants to champion female empowerment. Feminism is an economic issue.

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1 hour ago1 hour ago

Chairman was off-piste if he thought shareholders would be interested in corporate combination with Standard Chartered

Chairmen, especially those embarrassed by the share price on their watch, feel obliged to examine any old merger or acquisition idea. But there are limits to what counts as credible and Barclays’ John McFarlane was seriously off-piste if he thought shareholders would be remotely interested in a corporate combination with Standard Chartered.

The idea provoked inevitable derision in the City. First, Barclays’ entire strategy for the past three years has been to reinvent itself as a US-UK “transatlantic bank”, minus its former African business. Merging with Standard, which operates almost exclusively in Asia and Africa, would be a U-turn too far. Second, regulators would probably demand substantially bigger capital buffers, thereby negating the appeal of Standard’s Asian deposit base. Third, the potential to rip out costs, banks’ usual justification for big mergers, would barely exist.

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3 hours ago3 hours ago

The world will take heed when voters decide whether to repeal the constitutional clause that ensures terminating pregnancies is illegal in almost all circumstances

On Friday, Ireland will vote on whether to remove a single sentence which enshrines a near-total ban on abortion in the constitution, even in cases of rape and fatal foetal abnormality. The eighth amendment underpins the strictest controls in a western democracy, placing the “right to life of the unborn” on a par with the life of the mother.

This is, as it must be, Ireland’s decision. But its impact will not end there. It will be felt first in Northern Ireland, with its own punitive laws, and then globally. The influx of cash from foreign anti-abortion groups shows that the vote must be understood in the context of efforts to roll back rights, from the US to Brazil to Poland. A yes vote would hearten those resisting the pressure, a no vote embolden those trying to ban safe, legal abortions. Moreover, the amendment exports rather than halts abortions. In recent decades more than 150,000 Irish women have travelled to have abortions, mostly to England. Others use smuggled pills, risking prosecution if they subsequently need medical attention.

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3 hours ago3 hours ago
• Spaniard unveiled as head coach in place of manager Wenger
• Emery: ‘The target is to challenge for the title’

Unai Emery declared his intention to turn Arsenal into “the best team in the Premier League and also the world” after being confirmed as the managerial successor to Arsène Wenger.

On a day of hyperbole, the chief executive, Ivan Gazidis, suggested that the Arsenal job was the most coveted in football and he made it plain that in Emery the club believe they have the man to rekindle former glories.

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Performances of spinning newcomer and white-ball specialist will be closely watched in first Test against Pakistan when Alastair Cook and Ben Stokes will also be under spotlight

With uncertainty comes excitement and there are more uncertainties than usual as England begin their Test summer. So for those of a nervous disposition let me offer one cast-iron reassurance: in the field at Lord’s England will be a more vibrant, athletic outfit than they were last winter.

The newcomer and the prodigal are brilliant fielders. Dom Bess, guaranteed to play according to Joe Root on the eve of the match, is a terrific presence in the field in the ring. So too is Jos Buttler, assuming he remembers how to do it. Before he was given the gloves Buttler was also a superb outfielder, fast and with safe hands, though if his return to Test cricket becomes permanent his slip-fielding prowess may have to be explored – this is not an area in which England have excelled recently beyond second slip.

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