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  • Disability benefits debate

    Conservative MP Chris Philp and Labour MP Rachel Reeves.

  • Published on 27 Feb 2017

    The Government has defended plans to restrict access to disability benefits, despite court rulings that more people should receive financial help.

  • The award for best performance at an awards ceremony goes to – well, no-one at last night’s Oscars, which ended in chaos after the wrong film was declared the winner.

  • Oliver Cosgrove,  who was selected to be sent to Australia in 1952 at the age of three, travelling when he was just four. There he was subjected to sexual and physical abuse throughout his childhood at the hands of the Christian brothers who ran the school he attended.

  • They were torn from their families and shipped to far flung corners of the empire, but for thousands of vulnerable children their jouneys ended in horrific abuse. An inquiry into this period of Britain’s shameful history has heard some children suffered torture, sexual abuse and slavery – and, they claim, even though the authorities knew…

  • Deported to populate the empire. Tiny children wrenched from their homes. Today the reckoning at an inquiry that hears, for some, of the vile agony and heartache.

  • Published on 26 Feb 2017

    The red carpet is unrolled, the gold statues have been polished and the stars are heading to tonight’s Oscar ceremony in Hollywood. And with them – the unlikely figure of Hala Kamil, a Syrian refugee who escaped her war-torn country to find sanctuary in Germany. Her story has been told in the Oscar nominated documentary…

  • Jeremy Corbyn has told his party faithful “it’s not the time to run away” – but as the recriminations over Labour’s Copeland by election defeat mount up, there are plenty within his own ranks who wish he’d do just that. And even his own supporters seem reluctant to rally round.

  • The new head of America’s environmental protection agency has told conservative activists he won’t go through with earlier threats to scrap the EPA altogether. But Scott Prewitt said the task of rolling back key climate and clean water regulations could start as soon as next week. And he’s not the only climate change sceptic with…

  • Jeremy Corbyn doing his bit today to combat cancer. But is Labour’s decline after Copeland incurable and is the man in the white coat to blame?

  • Published on 25 Feb 2017

    Thousand of trees lining one of the country’s greenest cities are being chopped down, because the council says it’s the only affordable way to maintain roads and keep pavements safe. One in six of Sheffield’s 36,000 street trees will disappear, to be replaced by saplings but furious residents have described it as “sheer vandalism”. Protestors…

  • For pupils at more then 800 schools there’s no such thing as a breath of fresh air. That’s because a new study says schools across London are exposed to illegal levels of air pollution which could permanently damage their health. The city’s mayor Sadiq Khan has planned a range of measures including a “toxicity tax”…

  • Thousands of supporters and critics of the Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte have staged rival rallies in the capital Manila revealing the huge divide over his controversial war on drugs. Anti-government protestors compared his regime to the rise of fascism while his leading critic, Senator Leila de Lima has been arrested on drugs charges, which she’s…

  • Kylie Morris speaks to Matt Frei live from Washington.