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The BBC's approach to reporting Brexit - wrestle a dark cloud from a silver lining

Adopt the brace position, folks, here comes the latest Brexit bad news. Employment? Up. Manufacturing and Services? Up, sharply. The pound? It was going down, after all our “experts” prophesied doom, but is now climbing back up again.<p>What about exports? Very nice, thank you, but we could do with a …

United Kingdom

Apple to be hit with multi-million euro tax demand

Apple will tomorrow be hit with a demand to repay more than €1bn (£850m) in unpaid taxes to the Irish state when the European Commission declares that its tax affairs in the country amount to illegal state aid.<p>The decision, which is likely to generate a fierce backlash from Dublin, Silicon Valley …

Home secretary stands firm as row over Calais border deal intensifies

Home secretary to visit Paris, with talks set to be dominated by border controls as Nicolas Sarkozy calls for the Jungle to be relocated to UK<p>The home secretary, Amber Rudd, is expected to tell her French counterpart on Tuesday that Britain is determined to retain the Le Touquet agreement that …

Calais

Jeremy Corbyn set for run in with Labour moderates over Nato at party's annual conference

Labour moderates will attempt to humiliate Jeremy Corbyn at the party's annual conference by tabling a motion to support Nato in defiance at his lukewarm support for collective defence.<p>It follows remarks made by the Labour leader in which he appeared to reject the principle of automatically coming …

United Kingdom

Labour elections boss sought to increase criticism of EU before referendum

Leaked email exchange with Jeremy Corbyn also reveals that Jon Trickett had wanted to vote for Britain to leave<p>Labour’s campaign and elections boss, Jon Trickett, sought permission from Jeremy Corbyn to “amplify” criticism of the EU and wanted to vote leave in the run-up to the June referendum.<p>The …

Brexit

Jeremy Corbyn: Stop Blaming Migrants And The EU For Job Insecurity Caused By New Labour And Tory Governments

Blame Blair, Brown, Thatcher and Major for job insecurity<p>Isabel Infantes/EMPICS Entertainment<p>Jeremy Corbyn has urged voters to not blame immigrants …

‘20 minutes of action’: father defends Stanford student son convicted of sexual assault

Court statement by father of Brock Turner adds to concern over ‘lenient’ six-month sentence he received for intent to rape an unconscious woman<p>Read the victim’s full statement to the court here<p>The father of a former Stanford University athlete convicted on multiple charges of sexual assault has …

Santa Clara County

Mother posing as doctor spends seven hours wandering around hospital and posing for selfies in medical scrubs

A mother-of-four who was banned from every hospital in the UK after twice being caught posing as a doctor has avoided jail.<p>Sarah Caine, 30, admitted she was "terrified of going prison" before appearing before a court charged with impersonating a doctor and theft of medical equipment.<p>But the agency …

The 50 best beaches in the world

BEST FOR WOW FACTOR<p>1 Source d’Argent, Seychelles<p>As if a beach like this needed any enhancement, pink-hued sand ups the ante in the picture-postcard stakes at Source d’Argent, a secluded cove on La Digue, the Seychelles’ third-largest island (in an archipelago of 115). Huge, weathered granite …

PlentyOfFish

Most MEPs claim every penny of office expenses

Nearly all MEPs claim their entire expenses allowance, figures disclose, as EU officials insist it would be too costly to ask for receipts.<p>Just six members of the European Parliament out of the 1,174 who held office in 2014 choose not to claim the full allowance for running an office of €4,320 a …

Instagram forces anti-littering app Littergram to change name

Anti-littering app Littergram must change its name after the Facebook-owned imaging service insists it's infringing on its trademarks.<p>Photography social network Instagram is forcing a non-profit anti-littering app to change its name, claiming it infringes on its trademark, the BBC …

Imaging

Livingstone accused of undermining election campaigns

In the runup to Scottish, Welsh and local elections, the former London mayor’s comments on Zionism have made life difficult on the doorsteps<p>Adolf Hitler’s thoughts on Zionism was not a topic that Labour MPs and activists wanted to be discussing on doorsteps across the country on Friday.<p>But Ken …

United Kingdom

Ken Livingstone cites Marxist book in defence of Israel comments

Former London mayor praises Lenni Brenner, author of 1983 book Zionism in the Age of the Dictators<p>Ken Livingstone has said he will use a 1983 book by an American Marxist to defend himself against accusations of antisemitism and bringing the Labour party into disrepute.<p>The former London mayor …

Israel

Teenager detained for 27 years for two 'brutal and sadistic' murders

James Fairweather, 15 at the time, sentenced for fatal stabbings of James Attfield and Nahid Almanea in Colchester<p>A 17-year-old boy who idolised the Yorkshire Ripper has been detained for at least 27 years for the “brutal and sadistic” murders of two strangers.<p>James Fairweather, who was 15 at the …

Crime

Prince's final days: few clues pointed to secret behind star's untimely death

The shows were intimate and intense, 43 songs, and a range of covers from Bowie to Bob Marley. Prince, all alone on stage at a purple grand piano, started with Little Red Corvette and ended his second set of the night with a Purple Rain medley.<p>But as soon as the sets were done, Prince was off. No …

Bob Marley

Britons may need visa to visit Europe post-Brexit, says dominic raab

New checks on travel to France or Germany could be the price of more secure borders, suggests leave campaigner Dominic Raab<p>Britons could need a visa “or some other kind of check” to travel to continental Europe after Brexit, the justice minister and leading leave campaigner Dominic Raab has …

Europe

Barack Obama to weigh into Brexit referendum debate during UK visit

US president expected to warn that leaving the European Union would jeopardise special relationship with US<p>Barack Obama is due to arrive in London on Thursday to enter the debate about Britain’s future in Europe, amid fresh warnings that leaving the European Union would jeopardise the special …

Barack Obama

Teenager spared jail for revenge attack against paedophile

A teenage girl who stabbed a paedophile in revenge was spared jail after a judge agreed the man had been given too lenient a sentence.<p>Judge Jonathan Durham Hall QC offered to pay a teenager's court fine after hearing she had stabbed a paedophile who abused her as a child through the heart.<p>He …

John Whittingdale visited lapdancing club as part of MPs' inquiry

Culture secretary, two MPs and clerk dined with club owner and dancers as committee considered laws to curb spread of venues<p>John Whittingdale accepted free hospitality at a London lapdancing club while he was chairing a Commons culture, media and sport select committee that was investigating the …

United Kingdom

UK and European allies plan to deal ‘hammer blow’ to tax evasion

Britain and its European allies have announced new rules designed to be a “hammer blow” against tax evasion in direct response to the Panama Papers leak that exposed how the world’s richest and most powerful people hide their wealth from tax authorities.<p>George Osborne announced on Thursday, in …

Corruption

Brexit would be political arson, says David Miliband

Leaving the EU would be an act of political arson that risks the destruction of international order, the former foreign secretary David Miliband has said.<p>In one of the starkest warnings of the referendum debate so far, Miliband argued that the impact of Brexit could extend far beyond the UK and …

David Miliband

MPs’ tax details: what have we learned?

Politicians’ tax affairs have come under scrutiny in the past few days – here’s what the latest releases mean<p><b>David Cameron</b><p>The prime minister jumped first – releasing his personal tax records at the weekend before other MPs did so this week – but not before growing anger over revelations in the …

United Kingdom

Barack Obama says Libya was 'worst mistake' of his presidency

‘Failing to plan’ for the aftermath of Muammar Gaddafi’s downfall is the US president’s biggest regret from his time in office<p>Barack Obama has said the biggest mistake of his presidency was the lack of planning for the aftermath of Muammar Gaddafi’s ouster in Libya that left the country spiralling …

Africa

EU referendum: £9m taxpayer-funded publicity blitz pushes case to remain

Every household in England will receive a glossy 14-page booklet through their letterbox next week making the case for Britain to remain in the European Union, as the government kicks off a £9m taxpayer-funded publicity blitz.<p>As David Cameron steps up his efforts to persuade voters to vote to …

Brexit

Samsung expects solid first-quarter results as the Galaxy S7 enjoys strong sales

After sounding a dour note in its last earnings report, Samsung Electronics issued unexpectedly upbeat quarterly guidance today. The company said it expects to report consolidated sales of about 49 trillion won and operating profit of about 6.6 trillion won in the first quarter of 2016.<p>This beats …

Liberia’s ‘Sex4Grades’ Epidemic Is Ruining Children’s Lives

<i>Monrovia, Liberia –</i> Every time 15-year-old Sarafina (whose name has been changed for her privacy) entered math class, she braced herself for a …

UK could impose direct rule on tax havens, says Jeremy Corbyn

Labour leader says Cameron family’s affairs should be part of inquiry into offshore tax avoidance amid Panama Papers scandal<p>The government should consider imposing direct orders on British overseas territories and crown dependencies to stop them acting as tax havens, Jeremy Corbyn has argued.<p>The …

United Kingdom

Claims Brexit could save NHS are 'dangerous lie', ex-health secretaries say

Four former Labour health secretaries reject leave campaign argument, warning service would be starved of resources<p>The notion that Brexit could save the NHS by freeing the health service of burdensome immigration is a “dangerous lie” that could see the UK starved of medical resources, four former …

Radiation Therapy

Two held after teenager fatally stabbed in New Cross

Boys aged 15 and 16 arrested in connection with incident in south London on Sunday in which 17-year-old boy died<p>A murder investigation has been launched after a 17-year-old boy was stabbed to death in south London.<p>Two boys, aged 15 and 16, have been arrested in connection with the daylight killing …

Crime

Statins do cause muscle pain, scientists conclude

Statins really do cause painful muscle cramps, scientists have found, vindicating hundreds of thousands of people who have repeatedly claimed to have suffered debilitating side-effects.<p>Researchers say that alternative treatments are just as effective and should be prescribed to people who cannot …

Medical Research