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  • Juncker warned Selmayr: This won’t leak

    As Theresa May and David Davis were leaving the dining room at the Berlaymont building last Monday, Jean Claude Juncker made a point of saying, within their hearing, addressing Martin Selmayr: now we won’t have any leaks of this will we Martin? Some in No 10 are unconvinced by Mr Selmayr’s denial that he is…

  • Published on 22 Oct 2017

    As Britain pledges £10 million in aid for the ruined Syrian city of Raqqa, we hear from several families who’ve lived there since the so-called Islamic State proclaimed it their political capital and survived the brutal battle to drive the jihadists out. Their home was liberated by the mostly Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces. Film-maker Gabriel Chaim…

  • Channel 4 News spoke to Labour MP Frank Field about what he thinks about his party’s Brexit Bill.

  • A British-American businessman who has been a thorn in Russia’s side is put on the Interpol Wanted List at Moscow’s request. We speak to Bill Browder and ask if it’s anything to do with America’s sanctions specifically targeting Russia and some of their named officials.

  • More Brexit headaches for Theresa May as Labour warn they will side with Tory rebels to force a vote unless they get the changes to the repeal bill they want. The Government insists it won’t let a final deal be wrecked, as David Davis heads back to Brussels tomorrow in an effort to continue with…

  • Published on 21 Oct 2017

    Feminist, LGBT rights activist and model – Yrsa Daley Ward is fast becoming a star in the poetry world. Three years ago the Lancashire born writer self-published her first collection. When it failed to launch she shared the poems on Instagram, winning over 120 thousand fans. Now Daley Ward has become Penguin’s newest published poet…

  • Nelson Mandela never managed to complete the sequel to his memoir – ‘Long Walk to Freedom’. But now a second volume has been published, after South African writer Mandla Langa managed to access a wealth of archive material, much of it never seen before. ‘Dare Not Linger’ is based on Mandela’s unfinished account of his…

  • Professor Mukesh Kapila, a former World Health Organisation official, explains how he thinks the decision to appoint Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe as a “goodwill ambassador” was made.

  • The World Health Organisation has come under fire for appointing Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe as a “goodwill ambassador”. Britain joined the outrage – describing the decision as “surprising and disappointing” – considering his government’s record on human rights abuses. But the WHO praised Zimbabwe’s public health system.

  • Hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets in Barcelona – after Spain declared it wanted to seize control of the Catalan government and call new elections. Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont – who Madrid has said will be removed from office – was among the crowds protesting against direct rule – and rejecting…

  • The Spanish government is set to decapitate the Catalan administration, impose direct rule and call new elections. It follows weeks of upheaval over the independence referendum in Catalonia, which Spain’s political leaders and courts said was illegal.

  • Published on 20 Oct 2017

    If you think Oxford and Cambridge students are mostly posh, southern and white, you’d be pretty much right. New data released thanks to freedom of information requests has revealed quite how much, and the extent to which poorer, northern and black students are under-represented. Labour MP David Lammy has branded Oxbridge admissions “social apartheid” and”fiefdoms of entrenched privilege”. He debates…

  • Radek Sikorski, who was the foreign minister when Donald Tusk was the prime minister of Poland, discusses the Brexit negotiations.  

  • Nicola Yankee, from Nottingham, moved to the Caribbean island of Dominica nine years ago, only to see her home ruined when Hurricane Maria struck last month. She says she was told to leave the island by the authorities on the ground, but on her return with her young son, she found she was unable to claim benefits or get access…

  • There could, at last, be some thawing in the frozen Brexit negotiations. The key issues remain the divorce bill, the Irish border and the rights of EU citizens in the UK.  But the 27 EU leaders suggested they’ll start talking among themselves about a post-Brexit trade deal with Britain. In turn Theresa May hinted paying…