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  • Published on 15 Nov 2017

    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…

  • At 93, Robert Mugabe is the world’s oldest serving head of state. He’s been in power for almost 40 years. Most Zimbabweans have never known rule by anyone else. Who is the man who’s led Zimbabwe since its independence from white minority rule?

  • Welcome to the new Zimbabwe!

    It’s a lot like the old one from before – so said a friend in Harare as news spread that what is called a “bloodless correction” has restored Zimbabwe’s Chimurenga – struggle or war vet generation to supremacy.

  • Published on 14 Nov 2017

    He played a key role in some of the most celebrated trials of the last century: defending the likes of the spy George Blake, the drug dealer Howard Marks, and Christine Keeler. The barrister Jeremy Hutchinson has died at the age of 102 after a remarkable career at the criminal bar.

  • He’s been described as a national emergency for the increasingly desperate US Republican party. Not Donald Trump, but Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore. He faces allegations of historic sexual abuse of teenagers. His latest accuser came forward overnight. Senate Republican leaders are calling on Moore to withdraw from the special election race, but so far,…

  • Ahead of next week’s budget, the demands for cash are already landing on the Chancellor’s desk. Today it was headteachers calling for more investment and college chiefs urging an end to the cuts. Mr Hammond’s own Tory colleague Jacob Rees-Mogg has also issued his own alternative financial manifesto, claiming there would be a huge dividend…

  • Scotland’s former first minister Alex Salmond has a new talk show on the Russian state-funded channel Russia Today. That hasn’t gone down well with some of his political colleagues, who’ve accused the channel of being a propaganda vehicle.

  • The Conservative MP Damian Collins chairs the Commons culture, media and sport select committee, which is investigating allegations of Russian meddling.

  • Pro-Brexit Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg and Labour MP Chuka Umunna, who is a member of the campaign group Open Britain, discuss the government’s EU withdrawal bill.

  • There’s been an unexpected pause in inflation. Instead of going up again, it has remained steady at 3%. Although food prices have risen, that’s been offset by a fall in the cost of fuel. But prices are still outstripping wages and the economic squeeze here is in sharp contrast with continental Europe, which reported strong…