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Speaker calls for rethink on private members' bills

<b>The Commons Speaker, John Bercow, has suggested the system by which backbench MPs bring in legislation needs to be overhauled.</b><p>At present, private members' bills receive limited debate on Fridays and they stand little chance of becoming law without government support.<p>It is common for MPs opposing …

Great Britain

Supreme Court upholds Ohio method of removing names from voter rolls

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The Supreme Court on Monday ruled that Ohio's method of removing names from its voter rolls does not violate federal law.<p>The decision was 5-4.<p>Monday's ruling concerning the battleground state comes as the country gears up for midterm elections this fall. At least six other states …

Government

Supreme Court rejects NI abortion law case

<b>Human rights campaigners have lost a Supreme Court appeal over the legality of Northern Ireland's abortion law.</b><p>The court dismissed an appeal brought by the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC).<p>But a majority of judges said the existing law was incompatible with human rights law in cases …

Northern Ireland

10 things about Harvard graduates: Liberals, virgins and iPhones

<b>Harvard University has been a launch pad for many high-powered careers - and this summer has seen another crop of graduates leaving the flagship US university.</b><p>But if these are going to be the next generation of political and business leaders, what are their beliefs and experiences?<p>The Harvard …

Globalization

Karen Bradley says Northern Ireland abortion law should not be imposed

<b>Westminster should not "impose its will" on Northern Ireland by changing abortion laws, the government says.</b><p>Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley said she would personally like the law to be changed.<p>But she said the matter was devolved and "should be decided by the people of Northern …

Ireland

Brexit: Starmer defends 'divided' Labour's single market move

<b>Labour remains divided over whether to try and stay in the EU's single market, its Brexit spokesman has said.</b><p>Sir Keir Starmer said the party's MPs had "different views" as he set out a series of compromise proposals on retaining access to the single market.<p>He also confirmed that Labour would not …

Northern Ireland

Politics, Policy, Political News

Donald Trump

Romania, where gay marriage is illegal, had denied residency to man’s American husband<p>EU countries that have not legalised gay marriage must respect the residency rights of same-sex spouses who want to live together in their territory, the European court of justice has ruled, in a move hailed as a …

LGBTQI

Under-30s turn away from unions despite wage stagnation

<b>The number of people under the age of 30 who are members of a trade union has fallen significantly since 2001.</b><p>Figures from the Trades Union Congress provided to the BBC reveal membership levels among the under-30s have fallen from 20.1% in 2001 to 15.7% in 2017.<p>In the private sector, which employs …

United Kingdom

Rail timetables: Chris Grayling announces compensation and inquiry

<b>Under-pressure Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has defended his handling of the rail timetables saga, announcing compensation for commuters and an inquiry into what went wrong.</b><p>Mr Grayling said there had been "major failures" and pointed the finger at the rail industry for the way new timetables …

United Kingdom

UK strikes reach all-time low in 2017

<b>The number of strikes in the UK last year was the lowest recorded to date, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).</b><p>There were 79 stoppages in 2017, the lowest figures since records began in 1891.<p>The number of workers involved in labour disputes also fell to an all time low of …

Human Geography

Why speaking Spanish is becoming dangerous in America

Sandy was trying to communicate with a colleague. Although her presence was unusual as a Latinx lawyer at a top southern California non-profit, she was used to talking to people in any language she wanted to. After all, she’d graduated from a top law school and worked near her Los Angeles-area, …

Civil Rights

All future Labour peers must back abolition of Lords, says Corbyn

Corbyn is first recent Labour leader to make voting for abolition of upper chamber a condition for appointment of new peers<p>Jeremy Corbyn has said any new peers appointed by his party must support Labour’s position of abolishing the House of Lords if ever offered a parliamentary vote on its …

Great Britain

Conservatives 'still under-represented' in Lords says minister

<b>The Tories remain "under-represented" in the Lords, ministers have said, in response to anger over the ennoblement of nine mainly ex-ministers on Friday.</b><p>Raising the issue, Labour's Lord Adonis said the Conservatives now had 63 more peers than Labour, despite having no parliamentary majority in the …

Nine Conservatives to get peerages

<b>Downing Street has nominated nine new Conservative peers, including a number of former ministers, to sit in the House of Lords.</b><p>Among those put forward for a peerage are former communities secretary Sir Eric Pickles and former trade and industry secretary Peter Lilley.<p>The move follows a series of …

Brexit: Jeremy Corbyn must change stance, says Lord Kinnock

<b>Jeremy Corbyn will commit "a serious evasion of duty" if he does not change his stance on Brexit, former Labour leader Lord Kinnock has said.</b><p>The peer told the Independent that Labour should endorse the UK staying in the European Economic Area (EEA) or risk "sacrificing thousands" of jobs.<p>Staying in …

UK has seen 'Brexit-related' growth in racism, says UN representative

UN special rapporteur on racism says ‘extreme views’ have gained ground in Britain since vote<p>Brexit has contributed to an environment of increased racial discrimination and intolerance, the UN special rapporteur on racism has said, as she identified a range of institutional prejudices that plague …

Great Britain

Trump pulls US out of Iran deal

<b>"A decaying and rotten deal" - Trump says he will withdraw the US from Obama-era nuclear agreement with Iran</b><p><i>This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version.</i>

Iran nuclear deal: Johnson tells Trump 'don't walk away'

<b>Boris Johnson has urged President Trump not to give up on the Iran nuclear deal, saying "at this delicate juncture it would be a mistake to walk away".</b><p>The foreign secretary is in Washington to persuade the US president to remain a part of the international accord.<p>The deal saw Iran agree to limit …

'Most wanted' man Jamie Acourt arrested in Barcelona

<b>One of Britain's most wanted fugitives, Jamie Acourt, has been captured in Spain on suspicion of drug offences.</b><p>A joint operation between the National Crime Agency (NCA), Metropolitan Police and Spanish National Police tracked him to Barcelona.<p>Armed officers detained Mr Acourt after he left the …

Trump Pledged To Take On The NRA; Now He's Speaking At Group's Annual Convention

President Trump will speak at the National Rifle Association's annual convention on Friday, a little more than two months after he pledged to stand up to the gun rights organization in the aftermath of the Parkland, Fla., school shooting.<p>In the days after the shooting that killed 17 people, Trump …

Donald Trump

Home Office 'was told about Windrush problems in 2016'

<b>The Home Office and Downing Street were told in 2016 about problems faced by the Windrush generation, the BBC understands.</b><p>They were alerted after the Barbados government raised concerns with the Foreign Office, BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg said.<p>Labour has urged Home Secretary Amber Rudd to …

Brexit: May's 'customs partnership' idea cretinous, says Rees-Mogg

<b>Theresa May's plan for a "customs partnership" with the EU after Brexit has been described as "completely cretinous" by Jacob Rees-Mogg.</b><p>The leading Tory Brexiteer said it would be the same as staying in a customs union.<p>He also accused the prime minister of lacking "enthusiasm" for Brexit at a …

Unfit for office? How the 25th amendment could remove Trump – video explainer

Political dramas Homeland and Designated Survivor have recently explored how a president could be removed from office using the 25th amendment to the US constitution. It can only be triggered if the president is deemed ‘unfit for office’. But how would it work in reality? Who would be needed to …

Donald Trump

World's first ocean plastic-cleaning machine set to tackle Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Scientists are preparing to launch the world's first machine to clean up the planet's largest mass of ocean plastic.<p>The system, originally dreamed up …

Pollution

Syria air strikes: Jeremy Corbyn urges MPs to assert authority

<b>It is time for Parliament to "assert its authority" over UK military action after it was not consulted over Syrian air strikes, Jeremy Corbyn has said.</b><p>The Labour leader told MPs Theresa May had shown "flagrant disregard" for the convention that MPs should be consulted beforehand on foreign …

Anti-Semitism row: Labour MPs applauded after Commons speeches

<b>Two Labour MPs have been given standing ovations in the Commons after speaking passionately about their own experience of anti-Semitic threats.</b><p>Luciana Berger said she had contended with abuse for 18 years after receiving her first piece of hate mail aged 19.<p>She told her party it had a "duty to the …

SCOTUS nixes part of law requiring deportation of immigrants convicted of some crimes

<b>(CNN) —</b> The Supreme Court on Tuesday invalidated a provision of federal law that requires the mandatory deportation of immigrants who have been convicted of some "crimes of violence," holding that the law is unconstitutionally vague.<p>The case, Sessions v. Dimaya, had originated during the Obama …

Immigration

Syria air strikes: Theresa May says action 'moral and legal'

<b>Theresa May has said it was "legally and morally right" for the UK to join air strikes against the Syrian regime to prevent "further human suffering".</b><p>She told MPs there was "clear evidence" the Assad government was behind the Douma chemical weapons attack.<p>The UK had "explored every diplomatic …

Amber Rudd: Windrush generation treatment 'appalling'

<b>The home secretary has apologised for the treatment of the Windrush generation, saying it was "wrong" and "appalling" that some face deportation.</b><p>Many immigrants who arrived from the Commonwealth decades ago as children have been told they are here illegally.<p>Amber Rudd said they would be helped to …