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  • Filmmaker Desiree Akhavan: ‘Bisexuality the last taboo’

    It’s a film about sexuality, acceptance and coming of age, which won the Grand Jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival, based on a true story about a teenage lesbian who’s sent to a ‘conversion therapy’ camp in 1990s Montana. The Miseducation of Cameron Post is directed by the US/Iranian filmmaker Desiree Akhavan, who’s becoming…

  • 20 Aug 2018

    Promising an “industrial renaissance”, the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has begun a four-day visit to Scotland, aimed at reviving the party’s fortunes north of the border. Mr Corbyn said a Labour government would put more public investment into key industries and create more jobs, but would that involve clashing with the European Union over state aid rules? We have been to…

  • The man who was accused of attempted murder after a car crashed into a barrier outside parliament last week has appeared in court. Twenty-nine-year-old Salih Khater is alleged to have driven into a group of cyclists and pedestrians before turning the car towards police.

  • Prisons Minister Rory Stewart, Chief Inspector of Prisons, Peter Clarke, and former inmate Mohammed discuss the crisis at HMP Birmingham.

  • Britain has decided to end a scheme funding Syrian opposition groups, saying the situation on the ground was making it too risky to carry on. Emergency humanitarian relief will continue, as the last pockets of rebel territory face an imminent onslaught from President Assad’s forces. Jan Egeland, who chairs the UN taskforce on humanitarian access…

  • A Labour MP has hit out at the television chef Jamie Oliver after finding a packet of jerk rice sold under his brand, which doesn’t contain all its essential ingredients. Dawn Butler, whose parents are from Jamaica, said this ‘appropriation’ needs to stop. Jamaica-born chef and entrepreneur, Levi Roots, and the chef and restaurateur, Bea Vo, respond.

  • Video games are played by billions of people across the world – but for those with severe physical disabilities using a normal console is often impossible. In the UK, one disabled teenager has been working with a charity to change that, using her insatiable love of computer games to help make them accessible to almost anyone.…

  • Torn apart by war for more than 60 years, dozens of families from North and South Korea broke down in tears as they were allowed to meet relatives they hadn’t seen or heard from in decades. It was the first time in three years that the North has permitted such reunions, all the more precious as previous…

  • A prison so violent and so squalid that some inmates were afraid to leave their cells, and now G4S is no longer in charge. The Chief Inspector of Prisons has said that in all his years of experience it is the worst he has ever seen. More staff and a new governor are being drafted…

  • 19 Aug 2018

    The Ecuadorean government has told Venezuelans trying to enter their country that they can no longer come without a passport. That means ID cards are no longer valid, leaving people stranded at the border. The move comes a day before the Venezuelan government knocks five zeros off its currency to try to get a grip…

  • We are joined by Lucy Harris, who founded Leavers of London, and the journalist Gavin Esler – who was the headline speaker at this weekend’s People’s Vote rally.

  • A rise in the use of eviction orders by private landlords is the single biggest cause of homelessness in England, according to a campaign group. Generation Rent claims 216 households are evicted every week through no fault of their own.

  • In India, the military is stepping up its efforts to rescue people stranded by catastrophic monsoon floods in the southern state of Kerala. More than 350 people have died and thousands are still believed to be stranded. More than 800,000 people are now sheltering in camps.

  • The founder of the Superdry fashion chain has given a million pounds to those campaigning for a vote on a final Brexit deal. Multimillionaire Julian Dunkerton believes there is ‘a genuine chance to turn this around’. And he claims his company would not have been a global success story if Brexit had happened 20 years…

  • 18 Aug 2018

    Kofi Annan, the former Secretary General of the United Nations, has died aged 80. He was the first black African to be appointed to the post during turbulent times in the world including the Iraq war. The Nobel Prize winning diplomat will be remembered for establishing international goals to reduce extreme poverty but his tenure …