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June 26, 2019

‘The problem is because people worship celebrities… but we are humans too’- Ghetts on cancel culture

The organisers of the Leeds and Reading music festivals have said that the two August bank holiday events will go ahead this year after the government spelled out England’s roadmap out of lockdown. One of the last artists to perform at a major venue in England before lockdown was grime music...

How coronavirus scarred Brighton – a year after its mini-outbreak

With another 442 deaths announced today, taking the official total of UK deaths with Covid to nearly 122,000, it is hard to cast your mind back to the start of the pandemic in this country. When Brighton experienced a mini-outbreak in February last year, no one imagined it would go on to consume so...

‘Extremists are able to operate lawfully, freely and with impunity’ – extremism report co-author Sara Khan

New laws are needed to tackle the “shocking” scale of extremism in the UK and prevent an “ever-bigger pool” from which terrorist groups can recruit, according to a report by the Commission for Countering Extremism. Current legislation means praising the actions of terrorists like Anders Breivik,...

Former Syrian official convicted by German court in first case of its kind

Warning: this report contains graphic images of torture that some viewers will find disturbing. It’s almost ten years exactly since the Arab Spring came to Syria, triggering a long winter of brutal repression by the Assad regime. Today, a German court found a former member of President Assad’s...

Latest: Tiger Woods ‘may never play golf again’ after car crash

Tiger Woods is “awake and responsive” in hospital after being pulled from the wreckage of his car, which somersaulted off a road in Los Angeles yesterday. He suffered multiple leg injuries and was cut out of his SUV by the rescue team. The champion golfer was already recovering from his most recent...

We need to make sure the protocol works and not feel under threat, says Irish Europe Minister

We spoke to Ireland’s Minister for European Affairs Thomas Byrne and started by asking him whether all the trade disruption, including on the Northern Ireland border, should make clear to everyone how high the stakes are on the island of Ireland.

How the new Brexit bureaucracy is putting some UK industries in difficulties

The Brexiteers always boasted that leaving the European Union would result in a bonfire of red tape. But what’s the reality since we left the transition phase almost two months ago? One way of summing it up is in a string of F-words: fish, fashion, fun, finance and flowers – all in trouble. Top...

‘I’m incredibly grateful government have listened’ – Jo Whiley on jabs for learning disabled

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation has said that adults on the learning disability register should be given priority for Covid jabs. That means another 150,000 people will be offered the vaccine more quickly. The announcement follows a campaign by TV and radio presenter Jo Whiley,...

Catch-up plan can lead to longer-term programme to close existing educational gaps, says former education secretary

A short while ago we spoke to former Conservative education secretary Justine Greening and began by asking her about how funds can be best targeted to address the massive gulf between rich and poor students.

How government and schools will help kids catch-up with lost learning in England

As children prepare to head back to classrooms in England a week on Monday, teachers face the enormous logistical challenges of creating testing centres and trying to make up for the many hours of lost learning. The government said today there will be more funding for schools, including a further...

Bitter recriminations in Texas after millions left without power and clean water

Temperatures in Texas have returned to normal February levels, but after the bitter cold of Winter Storm Uri, there are bitter recriminations in the Lone Star State. In Harris County, home to the city of Houston, some residents are still having to boil water to make it safe.

‘They are wrong’ – Environment Secretary accuses EU of making things up over Brexit trade dispute

In a speech at the National Farmers’ Union, Environment Secretary George Eustice said that farmers were now benefiting from increased confidence because of leaving the European Union, with profits up in many sectors and lamb and beef prices at ten-year highs. He went on to list the many benefits he...

Johnson tells UN Security Council rising global temperature poses threat to global security

It normally discusses matters of war and peace, from coups and war crimes to nuclear treaty violations. Today the UN Security Council discussed climate change, with the Prime Minister telling delegates that the rising global temperature poses a real threat to global security.

Proud Boys leader: more violence possible if members remain alienated

“These criminals came prepared for war” – the words of the former chief of the US Capitol Police today, as he appeared at the first US Senate hearing into the attack on the Capitol building in Washington DC last month. As law enforcement and senators investigate the causes of the riot, questions...

Exclusive: ‘We are going to take this Trump case’ says co-chair of Facebook Oversight Board

Canada’s Prime Minister tonight announced that he would coordinate with the Australian government to “ensure the revenues of web giants are shared more fairly”. We spoke to Helle Thorning-Schmidt, former Danish prime minister and co-chair of Facebook’s Independent Oversight Board, and began by...

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