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  • Police ‘screen out’ a third of crimes, with no further investigation

    The Metropolitan Police have announced new guidelines designed to ‘screen out’ some crimes without investigation. But data obtained by FactCheck shows that the Met already screens out hundreds of thousands of cases each year.

  • Published on 16 Oct 2017

    The sky might have turned a weird shade of sepia across much of the UK today, but the universe has shaken for reasons far more profound. Scientists have discovered that a cataclysmic collision between two neuron stars long, long ago created debris which we now know as gold. The announcement, which comes with the rather…

  • It’s billed as a “comedy of terrors” –  a new film about the mass fear, the hysteria and the political chaos which followed the death of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin. It doesn’t sound like the ideal subject matter for satire, but Armando Iannucci has achieved just that, basing his film, The Death of Stalin, on…

  • Too frightened, too intimidated, too ashamed to speak out – but no longer. The hashtag Me Too is now trending fast on social media, as tens of thousands of women and some men share their stories of sexual assault and harassment. It might have begun as a response to the scandal which has shaken Hollywood,…

  • The Guinness family heiress Ivana Lowell worked for Harvey Weinstein at Miramax Books and dated his brother. She warned about his alleged misconduct in her memoirs several years ago and talks about her experiences.

  • Iraqi forces have marched into the centre of Kirkuk after seizing key installations from Kurdish forces, including an oil field and the airport. Despite a government order to avoid violence, some clashes have broken out, sending civilians fleeing the disputed city. Kirkuk has been controlled by the Kurds since 2014, but it’s officially part of…

  • The family of a teenager who died when his moped crashed during a police chase has been barred from the gross misconduct hearing into the officers’ alleged failure to follow guidelines. The parents and sister of Henry Hicks have been told they can only watch proceedings from an annex in order to safeguard the officers’…

  • Theresa May and Brexit Secretary David Davis rushed over to Brussels this afternoon for dinner, and Brexit talks, in the European Commission.  The surprise meeting with Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and chief negotiator Michel Barnier is part of a big diplomatic push by the Prime Minister to try to break the deadlock in the negotiations. She wants…

  • The first funerals have already begun, as Somali officials said more than 300 people are now known to have died in Saturday’s horrific truck bombing in Mogadishu. There’s a warning the death toll is almost certain to rise. Hundreds of others were hurt in the blast, overwhelming hospitals with the sheer numbers of injured, many…

  • Three people have been killed as the powerful storm Ophelia swept through parts of Ireland and the UK with hurricane-force winds gusting up to 100 miles an hour. Ireland’s Prime Minister described the impact as a “national emergency”, urging people to stay indoors. The Met Office has issued an amber warning, with a potential risk…

  • Chris Grayling said that Britain could grow more food to protect prices in the event of a no-deal Brexit. But leading environmental scientists aren’t sure that would be practical in the short time before we leave the EU.

  • What’s Theresa May taking to Brussels?

    Theresa May has gone with some kind of sweetener on EU citizens’ rights which she hopes will break the impasse.

  • Published on 15 Oct 2017

    New figures from the Salvation Army show that cases of modern slavery in Britain have soared in recent years. The Salvation Army, which is contracted by the government to provide the support offered to victims of human trafficking, says the increase may be down to better monitoring – the UK now has a Modern Slavery…

  • At least 230 people have died in the most deadly attack in Somalia’s history.

  • MP Sarah Champion and Anthony Steen, Chairman of the Human Trafficking Foundation, talk about what the UK can do to combat slavery.