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  • New proposal for RBS

    The treasury has announced a major new initiative for the ailing publicly-owned Royal Bank of Scotland. It has been struggling to sell off its branches south of the border – a key part of the conditions placed upon the rescue deal which stopped it going bust. The government’s now proposing a new £750m plan for RBS…

  • Published on 17 Feb 2017

    Donald Trump’s 77 minute press conference last night has been described as unprecedented. Unhinged. Or, according to his chief of staff a “fantastic job”. And jobs, specifically American ones – are at the centre of Mr Trump’s speech tonight in Charleston, South Carolina.

  • ‘Elle’ premiered at Cannes to feverish acclaim and its leading star, the French actress, Isabelle Huppert, has been nominated for an Oscar for her role in the noir-thriller. But the film is a challenging proposition: described controversially by some critics as “rape comedy”, it mixes sexual violence and adultery with moments of laughter. It is…

  • Ministers have angrily denied reports that a chronic lack of funds for the NHS and social care is linked to an unprecedented increase in “excess deaths”. Two research papers published today say “relentless cuts” could be behind thirty thousand deaths in England and Wales in 2015, claims which the Government called a “triumph of personal…

  • Labour MP Heidi Alexander, she resigned from Corbyn’s Shadow Cabinet because of doubts about his leadership in the wake of the EU referendum, and the former Work and Pensions Secretary and Brexit campaigner Iain Duncan Smith discuss Tony Blair’s speech and what it means for current Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

  • Somalis don’t have a word for autism. Indeed the lack of understanding, and the stigma which surrounds the condition means many people in the Somali community are turning to unorthodox methods in an effort to cope. We’ve been to find out more – and we should warn you – there are images which some people…

  • Food prices are rising and new figures show retail sales unexpectedly dropped last month, for the first time since the end of 2013. In the midst of these economic pressures, with Brexit uncertainty still lurking in the background, the supermarket chain Morrisons has declared a new Buy British campaign, touring the country in search of…

  • Tony Blair has called for a popular revolt to stop Brexit happening – with a cross-party movement to persuade people not to let Britain leave the EU. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson accused him of insulting the intelligence of the electorate, while the Greens’ Caroline Lucas described Mr Blair’s intervention as “staggeringly unhelpful.” Chief correspondent Alex…

  • Tony Blair returned to the political stage today. Channelling his inner barrister he said he respected the will of the people and then launched a stinging attack against what he called misinformation. He attacked his own party for facilitating Brexit and he called for a mass campaign of resistance to overturn it.

  • Published on 16 Feb 2017

    Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau has hailed a controversial trade deal with the EU, saying the world would benefit from a stronger Europe. We speak to Canadian High Commissioner to the UK Janice Charette and Green MP Caroline Lucas.

  • Elif Shafak is a household name in Turkey, where she is one of the country’s most widely read and controversial authors. Her writing has defended minorities. At one stage she was prosecuted by the government. But above all she is fascinated by the struggle for Turkey’s soul between the religious and the secular. This is…

  • Interview with vocal coach and TV presenter Carrie Grant, who has two daughters diagnosed with autism and Asperger syndrome.

  • Conventional thinking suggests autism mainly affects boys. But more and more girls – and adult women – are being diagnosed with the condition. And up to 100,000 could be still undiagnosed. Keme Nzerem has been to visit the only school in the UK that’s exclusively for autistic girls.