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  • 18 Feb 2018

    Students who survived last week’s Florida school shooting say they want to make the massacre a turning point in the debate over gun controls – announcing a national march on Washington next month. Young protesters have criticised President Trump for his inaction – but he’s tried to shift the blame onto the FBI for failing…

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  • 14 Feb 2018

    Britain would be “mad” if it ended up with a Brexit settlement which kept the country bound by EU rules, according to Boris Johnson, who was in upbeat mood about leaving the EU, describing it as the “grounds for much more hope than fear”. But the Foreign Secretary refused to rule out the possibility that…

  • Sir Stephen Bubb is a former head of the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations.

  • There’s a warning for charities tonight from the International Development Secretary, who declared she would “not hesitate” to slash public funding to organisations which didn’t deploy robust safeguarding measures. Penny Mordaunt said Oxfam’s failure to deal properly with sex abuse allegations should serve as a “wake-up call” for the entire sector. And figures have emerged from…

  • Shadow Northern Ireland Secretary Owen Smith and Ben Lowry, deputy editor of the Unionist newspaper, the News Letter, discuss the collapse of power-sharing talks.

  • The chances of a new power-sharing administration in Northern Ireland have been effectively torpedoed, after the Democratic Unionist leader Arlene Foster said there was no prospect of restoring the devolved government, and calling for the return of direct rule.

  • Prince Mashele, director of the Centre for Politics and Research, a South African think-tank, discusses Jacob Zuma.

  • South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma hasn’t resigned yet, declaring earlier today that he saw no reason to stand down and had done nothing wrong. That could all change later tonight: Zuma is due to make another statement within the next hours. Either way, his days in power are certainly numbered, with a no-confidence motion in…

  • 13 Feb 2018

    His dark memoirs fused Nordic-noir with unflinching autobiographic detail. The six volumes of Karl Ove Knausgaard’s My Struggle dealt with his alcoholic father and failing marriage, bringing him success and condemnation in equal measure. But his latest book Spring, part of his Seasons Quartet, is a departure from the introspective – with reviewers even saying…

  • It may conjure up apocalyptic visions more in keeping with a Black Mirror episode than a corporate press release. The American robotics company Boston Dynamics has announced it has created a robotic dog, with nimble limbs, an extendable neck and a jaw that can open doors. It’s called SpotMini, and the firm says each one…

  • North Korea’s leader has called for a “further livening up” of the “warm climate of reconciliation” with the South that appears to have been created at the Winter Olympics. According to the North Korean state news agency, Kim Jong-un also praised the South for hosting a North Korean delegation at the Pyeongchang Games, where his…

  • The squeeze on the cost of living continues, as inflation sticks at 3 per cent for January, the same as it was in December.

  • The trial of a Palestinian teenager who was filmed slapping an Israeli soldier and lunging at another has begun behind closed doors at an Israeli military court. 17-year-old Ahed Tamimi gained worldwide attention after video footage of the incident was shared on social media, becoming a symbolic case in the battle for public opinion in…

  • Britain’s big four accountancy firms have been accused of “feasting on the carcass” of the collapsed construction firm Carillion. MPs say that the firms collected tens of millions in fees from the company over the course of a decade. Now the accounting watchdog has told this programme it’s time to require auditors to sign off…

  • South African MP Bantu Holomisa, president of the opposition party, the United Democratic Movement, discusses Jacob Zuma.

  • In South Africa, President Jacob Zuma is clinging to power tonight, moving the country further into a political crisis. After a 13-hour marathon meeting yesterday, the highest committee of the President’s party, the ANC, decided to call on their candidate to resign, but so far he has resisted. The ANC’s secretary-general today said that the…