Manchester Arena blast: Election campaigning suspended – BBC News

May 23, 2017

“We are working to establish the full details of what is being treated by the police as an appalling terrorist attack,” she said. Mr Corbyn said he was “horrified” by the incident. “Today the whole country will grieve for the people who have lost their lives,” he said. The Labour leader said he had been briefed about the operational response by Greater Manchester Metro Mayor Andy Burnham. “I would like…

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Government review to order zero-hours contracts overhaul – BBC News

May 23, 2017

In its submission to the Taylor review, the CBI also said that all employees should have their terms and conditions set out in a written statement. The new “right to request” fixed hours could be used by some of the 900,000 people on zero-hours contracts, a number that has risen from 143,000 in 2008. The contracts have been attacked for allowing some firms to keep people in insecure work, depress…

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Parties ‘were close to Brexit agreement’, says Foster – BBC News

May 23, 2017

The Labour leader said “all bombing is wrong”, as he was repeatedly asked to condemn the IRA alone for its role in the Troubles. Mrs Foster denounced those comments as “beyond the political pale”. Snap election The talks aimed at restoring the power-sharing executive were put on hold on 27 April until the general election is over. Secretary of State James Brokenshire extended the talks deadline until 29 June. At…

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Can Donald Trump solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?

May 23, 2017

(CNN)Jerusalem: US President Donald Trump arrives in Israel Monday in search of what he has called “the ultimate deal”. But like so many US presidents who have believed it their duty to bring peace to the region, Trump will face a series of challenges, which have grown increasingly insurmountable. Seven years on since Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last held talks, the same issues remain — disagreements over…

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Trump lands in Israel: What to watch

May 22, 2017

(CNN)President Donald Trump lands in Israel on Monday for the second leg of his first foreign trip as president where he will tackle the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, address regional security issues and reaffirm the US’ commitment to its alliance with Israel. On Islam, Trump is consistently inconsistent The schedule:

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Philippines’ Duterte looks to strengthen ties with trip to Moscow

May 22, 2017

(CNN)Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte will depart on an official five-day visit to Moscow Monday, as part of an effort to realign his country’s foreign policy away from longtime ally the United States. Under Duterte, who took office in June 2016, the Philippines has made overtures toward Beijing and Moscow — seeing the countries as a source of much-needed investment — and away from the US, which, despite a mutual defense…

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Maryland campus stabbing evaluated as possible hate crime

May 22, 2017

(CNN)The FBI is helping to evaluate whether the fatal stabbing by a white student of a black student visiting the University of Maryland will be prosecuted as a hate crime, university police said Sunday. Richard Wilbur Collins III was with two friends on the university’s campus in College Park when he was approached by a man and stabbed in the chest with a knife Saturday morning, University of Maryland Police…

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Seth Meyers on Paul Ryan and keeping up with the news cycle

May 22, 2017

(CNN)Seth Meyers may have issued an on-air invite to House Speaker Paul Ryan, but the “Late Night” host is not holding his breath waiting for the RSVP. Being turned down by prospective Republican guests is nothing new for Meyers. Back in October, just weeks before Donald Trump would win the election, “Late Night with Seth Meyers” did four nights of shows from Washington D.C. and found it difficult to book…

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Rapist who fled to Pakistan is jailed for nine years – BBC News

May 22, 2017

“Protecting young people from harm is a priority for West Midlands Police and partner agencies and we take reports of sexual offences extremely seriously. “This case just goes to show that we will never give up on bringing offenders to justice. “Thankfully, justice has finally caught up with Mehraj.” Mehraj, of Giles Road, Oldbury, was sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court on Friday, having admitted his role in the attack at…

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The struggles of war babies fathered by black GIs – BBC News

May 22, 2017

Image copyright Weymouth Reference Library Image caption GIs at work in Weymouth harbour Seventy-two-year-old John Stockley, another child of an African-American GI stationed further down the Dorset coast in Weymouth, does remember the racial abuse in striking detail. John was called names to such an extent that at the age of seven he decided he would try to turn his skin pale to be like his classmates. “I worked out…

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Could you last a whole gig without using your phone? – BBC News

May 21, 2017

But many concertgoers find the practice irrating, and now some performers are starting to object too. “No mobile phones, cameras or recording devices will be allowed at Chris Rock’s Total Blackout Tour,” read a message posted on ticketing websites when the comedian’s new UK dates went on sale this month. Image copyright Yondr Image caption Audience members keep the locked pouches with them throughout the evening Rock’s use of Yondr…

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Has the North East forgotten Margaret Thatcher? – BBC News

May 21, 2017

The name doesn’t seem to mean much to them. It would have been a different story 36 years ago, when the Thatcher government closed Consett’s steel works, with the loss of 3,700 jobs. The devastation inflicted on this remote town high on the edge of the Pennines, where unemployment soared to 36%, made the national news and became a symbol of the harsh medicine the Thatcher government thought it had…

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Partisans bend to label Trump’s ‘bow’

May 21, 2017

(CNN)The action lasted mere seconds, but it has split social media and left people pondering: When is a bend a bow? During the first stop on his inaugural trip abroad, President Donald Trump, like presidents before him, was honored with Saudi Arabia’s highest civilian honor, the Order of Abdulaziz al-Saud. But no sooner had the 6-foot-2-inch President leaned in so that the much shorter Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al…

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Spy author Anthony Horowitz ‘warned off’ creating black character – BBC News

May 21, 2017

Horowitz, who has written 10 novels featuring teenage spy Alex Rider, said there was a “chain of thought” in America that it was “inappropriate” for white writers to try to create black characters, something which he described as “dangerous territory”. He said it was considered “artificial and possibly patronising” to do so because “it is actually not our experience”. “Therefore I was warned off doing it. Which was, I thought,…

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Young people ‘most likely to go abroad without insurance’ – BBC News

May 21, 2017

He was diagnosed with Guillain-Barr syndrome – which effects the peripheral nervous system – and was left paralysed He was charged 20,000 for a five-day course of treatment in Bangkok. Image copyright Marcus Doyle Image caption Michael Doyle was taken ill while in Bulgaria, his travel insurance would not cover a medical flight back to the UK In 2016, Michael Doyle, 29, was admitted to a private hospital in Bulgaria…

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First on CNN: Comey now believes Trump was trying to influence him, source says

May 21, 2017

Washington (CNN)Former FBI Director James Comey now believes that President Donald Trump was trying to influence his judgment about the Russia probe, a person familiar with his thinking says, but whether that influence amounts to obstruction of justice remains an open question. Comey will testify publicly before the Senate intelligence committee after Memorial Day, the panel’s leaders announced Friday. The central question at that blockbuster hearing will be whether Comey…

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Here’s who Trump has called a ‘nut job’

May 20, 2017

Washington (CNN)“Nut job” seems to be one of President Donald Trump’s favorite insults for his political foes. The President — who The New York Times reported Friday bragged to two Russian officials that firing “nut job” FBI Director James Comey eased “great pressure” on him in regard to the Russia probe — has a history of slapping the label on people he disagrees with. By definition, nut job means a…

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Who gets hurt by GOP’s ‘pro-life’ hypocrisy

May 20, 2017

(CNN)What does it mean to be pro-life? In today’s GOP, one thing: restricting access to safe abortion. Even if this doesn’t actually decrease the number of abortions, but just makes them more dangerous. Even if it means women and their children remain poor and vulnerable. Even if it means cutting off other necessary health care and aid. Even if it means women are injured. Even if it means women and…

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NAACP dismisses its president in ‘systemwide refresh’

May 20, 2017

Washington (CNN)The NAACP is shaking up its leadership, voting to dismiss its president, Cornell William Brooks, in what it called a “system-wide refresh.” “The NAACP intends to aggressively and nimbly respond to the current climate of political unrest, as well as the assaults upon human and civil rights that threaten our very democracy, as only it can,” the NAACP said in a release Friday. “To do so demands that the…

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Source: DHS secretary hints at possibly expanding laptop ban to US

May 20, 2017

(CNN)A congressional aide who was in the room when Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly briefed lawmakers tells CNN the ban on electronics on certain US-bound flights from the Middle East and North Africa could expand not just to Europe, as is being discussed, but also to flights departing from the US to overseas. Kelly did not indicate any new threats or intelligence to warrant the expansion, but “gently planted a…

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Church of Scotland expected to back same-sex marriage – BBC News

May 20, 2017

Moderator Designate the Reverend Dr Derek Browning said: “On Thursday afternoon the theological forum will be bringing a report to the General Assembly, and this year what they’re asking to do is for the assembly, first of all, to consider making an apology to the gay community for things that have have been said in the past and the assembly will have to make up its mind on that. Image…

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Conservative manifesto: No timetable for migration pledge – BBC News

May 20, 2017

Election campaign: latest updates Davidson to make pitch to Labour voters Parties clash with UKIP in TV debate The pledge to reduce migration to below 100,000 – which was in the 2010 and 2015 Tory manifestos – has never been met. The most recent figure was 273,000 and the last year that it was below 100,000 was 1997. The manifesto for the 8 June election says: “Theresa May’s Conservatives will…

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‘Major’ rail disruption over Bedfordshire signal fault – BBC News

May 20, 2017

Roger Perkins from Thameslink said that while the problem, which started just before 02:00 BST, has been mended, disruption will continue. “Network Rail have now got the signalling up and running again and we will soon, we hope, be able to start running our trains again, but they really are very much backed up and completely in the wrong place. “It’s such a busy service it takes a really long…

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Leaders’ debate: Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn absent from five-way clash – BBC News

May 19, 2017

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWatch highlights from the debate The leaders of five political parties have taken part in a live TV election debate – but Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn sat it out. There was little disagreement between the leaders of the Lib Dems, Green Party, Plaid Cymru and the SNP as they repeatedly clashed with UKIP’s Paul Nuttall. Brexit was a dominant theme, and…

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