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  • Published on 16 Nov 2017

    Last-ditch talks have been taking place in Zimbabwe’s capital Harare to try to find a way to end Robert Mugabe’s 37-year rule. Photographs have emerged of Mr Mugabe meeting the army commander who put him under house arrest. The photos did not show first lady Grace Mugabe whose attempts to secure greater powers for herself…

  • Tomorrow a campaign will be launched to highlight the significant number of young people who die suddenly from epilepsy. Figures show that nearly half of the deaths are preventable and yet too often those with the condition are not told enough about the risks. In Cornwall, they have developed a simple checklist – and an…

  • We’ve heard a lot in recent weeks about Russia’s alleged involvement in the EU referendum. On Monday, Theresa May said Vladimir Putin’s government was trying to “undermine free societies” and was “planting fake stories” to “sow discord in the West”. Although on Wednesday, the Prime Minister appeared to soften her language. She told parliament: “if…

  • Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May clash over the government’s record on public spending. FactCheck referees.

  • Published on 15 Nov 2017

    The seaside town of Grimsby voted overwhelmingly to leave the European Union, but now Brexit is on the horizon, it’s being accused of avoiding the reality. Faced with the prospect of hefty tariffs and import duties, it’s now asking for special dispensation for its vital seafood industry. Remainers say they’re deploying double standards

  • Nineteen months after the British-Iranian woman Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was arrested in Tehran, her husband has managed to meet the Foreign Secretary for the first time. Richard Ratcliffe said his talks with Boris Johnson had been “positive and constructive”, but revealed that his wife’s mental state had suffered since Mr Johnson wrongly suggested that she had…

  • Journalist Iona Craig is just back from five weeks in Yemen.

  • Merkel ally: December breakthrough possible

    Manfred Weber, leader of the EPP in the European Parliament and an ally of Chancellor Merkel, has left a meeting with Theresa May feeling a bit more optimistic about the prospects for the European Council meeting in December. Theresa May desperately needs that to be the moment that Brexit talks move on to Phase 2…

  • Fifty thousand children expected to die by the end of this year from starvation and disease, seven million people on the brink of famine, the world’s worst cholera epidemic ever. The state of Yemen today. All of it made even worse by Saudi Arabia’s blockade, which is stopping aid agencies from getting vital relief supplies…

  • Italy’s Finance Minister, Pier Carlo Padoan, is asked what he makes of one of today’s front pages, parading what it called the UK’s “Brexit mutineers”.

  • Offensive and bullying: that’s the charge against national newspapers which accused 15 Conservative MPs of being “mutineers” and “collaborators”. The MPs were singled out for threatening to rebel against the government’s plans to fix the Brexit date into law. One of them, Anna Soubry, told parliament that as a result of the headlines, she had…

  • Scotland will become the first country in the world to charge a minimum price for alcohol. Ministers said the 50p-per-unit minimum would help tackle Scotland’s “unhealthy relationship with drink”. The Scottish government can now introduce the measure after the Supreme Court ruled that the legislation did not breach European Union law, five years after it…

  • Africa Minister Rory Stewart discusses Zimbabwe without Mugabe.

  • Former Zimbabwean MP Bright Matonga, who served in Mugabe’s government, human rights activist Mary Ndoro, who supports the main opposition party, and the Zimbabwean lawyer Lloyd Msipa, who is executive director of the Africa Public Policy Research Institute, discuss the military takeover.

  • Robert Mugabe is under house arrest as the Zimbabwe army staged a de facto military coup. Troops have been posted outside government buildings and are patrolling the streets of the capital Harare. The former vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa, who was sacked just last week, could now be on his way back to Zimbabwe to take…