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  • Published on 17 Nov 2017

    There has been a mid-air collision between a helicopter and an aircraft above dense woodland in Buckinghamshire. Emergency services were called to the crash site where both aircraft came down close to Upper Winchendon near Aylesbury. The Air Accidents Investigation Branch is investigating.

  • A system intent on “breaking” rather than “rehabilitating” the children in its care. That’s the damning conclusion of a report published today into youth detention centres in the north of Australia. It found widespread mistreatment by some staff – including the use of spit hoods, tear gas and solitary confinement – and called for the…

  • European leaders meeting in Gothenburg have ratcheted up the pressure on Theresa May, by threatening to block trade negotiations at next month’s European Council summit. The Council President Donald Tusk warned that there needs to be “much more progress” towards an agreement on a Brexit divorce bill before any talks. And the Irish Taoiseach Leo…

  • Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe has made his first public appearance since the army took charge on Wednesday. Clad in a university gown and mortar board, the 93-year-old attended a graduation ceremony, while across town the leader of Zimbabwe’s influential war veterans declared the game was up for the president and called on Zimbabweans to take…

  • Published on 16 Nov 2017

    What would you pay for a Leonardo painting of Christ? Remember, he died in 1519. He was one of the greatest geniuses and polymaths ever. One of his other works is called Mona Lisa. Fewer than 20 of his paintings survive. We’re joined by Georgina Adams, the author of Big Bucks: The Explosion of the…

  • The situation in Yemen is now so bad that the United Nations warned today that 150,000 malnourished children could die in the coming months if a Saudi-led blockade is not lifted. Most of Yemen’s air, sea and land ports are closed, choking off supplies of aid, and worsening the humanitarian crisis resulting from over two…

  • Police have put the final death toll of the Grenfell Tower fire at 71, as they now believe they have recovered the last of the bodies. A still born baby boy was the youngest victim of the fire.

  • Democrat Senator and former Saturday Night Live comedian Al Franken has apologised after a radio anchor accused him of forcibly kissing and groping her in 2006. It comes as two more women emerged to accuse Republican Alabama senate candidate Roy Moore of sexual impropriety.

  • The Old Vic theatre says 20 men have come forward to allege they were the victims of inappropriate behaviour by the actor Kevin Spacey. The Oscar winner was the artistic director between 2004 and 2015. The Theatre has apologised and said the ‘cult of personality’ around the Hollywood Star may have stopped people speaking out,…

  • Britain’s housing market is broken – and the Prime Minister is making it her personal mission to fix it. That was the message from Theresa May today as her Communities Secretary said the lack of affordable houses risks creating a “rootless generation”.

  • Joining us is Alex Magaisa, a lawyer and constitutional expert who was an adviser to the former Prime Minister and opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai.

  • We spoke to Pastor Evan Mawarire – a Zimbabwean religious leader and leader of the ‘This Flag Movement ‘ – an anti-Mugabe protest movement. He has been jailed several times.

  • 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…