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  • Sean Spicer quits as White House press secretary

    He faced a rough ride from the start. White House Press Secretary Sean Spiceradmonished the press on his first full day in the job over their coverage of the crowd size at Trump’s inauguration. Tonight he’s resigned after six turbulent months fending off reporters and becoming the butt of satirical jokes.  In the last few minutes, he said…

  • Published on 21 Jul 2017

    For the first time, Britain now has a female head of state, prime minister and, as of today,the country’s most senior judge, after Baroness Hale was appointed to lead the UK’s highest court. Lady Brenda Hale has long been an outspoken advocate for more diversity and called her new position a “great honour and a challenge”.

  • With the Notting Hill Carnival due to take place in the same borough as Grenfell next month, organisers say they intend to make sure it pays tribute to the victims and the local community. The carnival’s director and some of its leading acts have told us they want to show their solidarity and respect with a minute’s silence.

  • The cabinet is “united” around a transition deal allowing continued free movement for EU citizens after Brexit. That’s according to Environment Secretary and prominent Brexiteer Michael Gove. He claimed the Government would take a “pragmatic” approach, after reports that a transition could last up to four years. That hasn’t impressed hardline Euro-sceptics, while many businesses just want the Government to provide some proper direction.

  • UNICEF’s Dr Meritxell Relano, who is based in the Yemeni capital Sana’a, says there are many factors contributing to the deaths of children in the war-ravaged country’s cholera outbreak, including the collapse of the health system and lack of water and sanitation.

  • Never have more people contracted cholera in a single year. Aid agencies say around 2,000 people in Yemen have already died in just three months, and there are fears the worst is not yet over. The war-ravaged health system means doctors can’t stop the disease’s spread among nearly 400,000 people already weak from lack of food.

  • Every ten minutes, a child dies in Yemen. As cholera claims thousands in a country destroyed by war, can mankind end a human tragedy entirely of its own making?  

  • Parliament has published its register of MPs’ financial interests for the first time since the election. An analysis by FactCheck shows that 123 MPs earn extra money by renting out homes and private property. Landlord MPs account for almost a fifth of all MPs. Their properties include houses, flats, farms, holiday cottages and shops. The MPs include chancellor…

  • Nigel Farage said we won’t owe money to the EU after 2020. That’s not quite the full picture. FactCheck explains why.

  • HS2 has come under repeated criticism for bad planning and wasting money. Even the Department for Transport’s own former Chief Scientific Adviser, Professor Roderick Smith has called for a “root-and-branch review” of the whole project. So what’s really going on? And how does the project compare to other high speed trains across the world?

  • Published on 20 Jul 2017

    It’s one of the biggest manufacturers of insulation and cladding in Britain – and its products were used on Grenfell Tower. This programme can reveal that a company in the Kingspan group is now playing a key role in the independent government tests ordered in the wake of the fire. Kingspan says it’s just trying…

  • The brother of the first named victim of the Grenfell Tower fire says the fire brigade should have abandoned their “stay put” policy much earlier. Omar Al Haj-Ali and his brother Mohammed – both refugees from Syria – were told to stay put three times before deciding to flee, but only Omar made it out…

  • The European Union’s chief negotiator said today that there are “fundamental differences” between the bloc and the United Kingdom. The second round of Brexit talks concluded with arguments over the divorce settlement with Michel Barnier warning “accounts must be settled”. But Brexit Secretary David Davis was more upbeat.

  • The Government has scrapped plans to electrify three rail lines.  The transport secretary announced new technology means works on the Midland Main Line, the Lake District Line and the Great Western Line will no longer be needed.

  • The largest rise in crime for a decade has been recorded in England and Wales, with the biggest increase in violent and sexual crime. This, as the Home Office revealed police numbers are at their lowest since 1985.