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Aleppo situation 'catastrophic' as rebels are cornered

UN chief Ban Ki-moon has expressed alarm over reports of atrocities against civilians, as the battle for Aleppo entered its final phase with Syrian government forces on the verge of retaking all remaining rebel-held areas of the city.<p>"The secretary-general is alarmed over reports of atrocities …

Middle East

Southern strike: Passenger misery amid worst rail disruption in 20 years

Claims by union leaders that the Southern Rail strike crippling the journeys of hundreds of thousands of commuters is justified by safety concerns have been undermined by experts they cite.<p>Southern Rail staff from the Aslef and RMT unions are carrying out a series of strikes over the roll-out of …

Peter Lilley casts doubt on prospects for post-Brexit transitional deal

Philip Hammond’s preference for a transitional period after the UK leaves the EU could refer solely to a period of adjustment for customs and border staff, rather than retaining any trading or free movement rights, a former cabinet minister has said.<p>Eurosceptic Conservative MP Peter Lilley, who …

United Kingdom