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  • Published on 13 Jan 2018

    African leaders have demanded that Donald Trump apologise over his alleged use of a vulgar term to describe their nations. The Ghanaian president called the words he is said to have used “extremely unfortunate” and 54 African ambassadors to the United Nations condemned what they said were his “outrageous, racist and xenophobic remarks”. The US…

  • For many, the post-Christmas period is a time of rethinking what we eat and drink. Some try a dry January while others start the year with the good intentions of eating more healthily. But what about eating more sustainably? This week the government published a 25-year plan for the environment and targeted excess packaging, while…

  • Labour’s shadow Brexit Secretary Sir Keir Starmer discusses whether staying in the single market should be a long-term option for Labour.

  • Centrist Labour MPs have called on their leader to harden his support for keeping close ties with Europe. MPs meeting at the Fabian Society conference said Jeremy Corbyn should back Britain staying in the single market. Meanwhile, Mr Corbyn could be about to tighten his grip on his party’s machine if his allies win key…

  • Published on 12 Jan 2018

    Some critics are already calling it one of the most important films of modern times. Steven Spielberg’s powerful new movie ,The Post, might be set in the Nixon years, but it could hardly be more timely, with much to say about truth, the free press, and the power of the US Presidency.

  • Guy Shennan, chair of the British Association of Social Workers, and Jason Rock, who went through the social care system himself and now works with young people in the care system, discuss the state of children’s services.

  • It’s an astonishing statistic . A child was referred to children’s services in England and Wales every 49 seconds last year. The Local Government Association is warning that councils need more resources to help social workers keep children safe, claiming services  face a £2bn funding gap by 2020. The Department for Education said it was investing…

  • An interim report into the emergency response to the Manchester Arena attack has criticised some in the media and social media users over the aftermath of the tragedy, saying some bereaved families were approached before they’d known what had happened to their loved ones. But Lord Bob Kerslake, who’s leading the review, also said there…

  • Channel 4 News has learned that the Today team knew about the leaked tape for several days, but didn’t consider taking John Humphrys off air because they deemed it a private conversation. One person who actually heard the recording is the former Countryfile presenter Miriam O’Reilly, who won an ageism claim against the BBC at…

  • BBC managers are said to be “deeply unimpressed” over a recording of the Radio 4 Today show host John Humphrys joking about the gender pay gap. A leaked transcript of an off-air conversation between the presenter and BBC correspondent Jon Sopel appears to show Mr Humphrys making light of former China editor Carrie Gracie’s resignation…

  • Regulators and government officials are holding urgent talks on the huge construction group Carillion  and its half billion pound pensions deficit. The firm, which holds major outsourced government contracts, including the HS2 high-speed rail link, is struggling to avoid collapse. Unions are urging the government to step in and protect the thousands of jobs which…

  • Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, discusses the President’s alleged remarks about Haiti, El Salvador and African countries.  

  • David Miliband,  former foreign secretary and current president of the International Rescue Committee, says America’s “moral standing is under severe strain” with President Trump in power.

  • President Trump has provoked a fair bit of outrage here too, after he declared he wouldn’t come to London to open the new US embassy next month because it was a “bad deal” and in an “off location”. Downing Street insisted the relationship between the two countries remained “strong and deep”, but London Mayor Sadiq…

  • “Hate-filled, vile and racist” – that’s how President Trump’s comments on immigration have been described by a leading Democratic Senator who heard him refer to Haiti, El Salvador and African countries as “shitholes”. It’s not just Democrats either. House Speaker Paul Ryan described the remarks as “very unfortunate, unhelpful.” From President Trump himself, there has…