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The man who predicted the Grenfell Tower fire: first in-depth interview

Mon, 2018-05-21 23:04

Eddie Daffarn wrote a blog post predicting the Grenfell Tower fire seven months before it happened. He lived on the 16th floor of the London tower.

Those who survived the fire will also be heard later in the inquiry. One person whose evidence will be closely listened to is that of Eddie Daffarn. An activist in the tower, his Grenfell Action blog warned of the tower’s mismanagement and neglect.

Shockingly, he warned seven months before the disaster that it would take a fire in a tower block like Grenfell to bring the negligent guilty to book.

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Manchester to mark anniversary of Arena terror attack

Mon, 2018-05-21 20:19

Tomorrow it will have been a year since the Manchester Arena attack in which 22 people, many of them children, lost their lives. The anniversary will be marked with a memorial service and a concert in the city centre.

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US to impose ‘strongest sanctions in history’ on Iran

Mon, 2018-05-21 20:11

It’s been two weeks since President Donald Trump isolated the US from its allies and withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal.

So what is America’s new plan?

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DUP MP Ian Paisley Jr on EU: ‘The idea you can be half pregnant, half in, half out, isn’t on’

Mon, 2018-05-21 20:11

DUP MP Ian Paisley Jr discusses fishing and Brexit.

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Ken Livingstone resigns from Labour party

Mon, 2018-05-21 20:09

The veteran MP and former London mayor, Ken Livingston has announced he’s resigned from the Labour party. His party membership has been suspended for the last two years after he claimed that Hitler supported Zionism. That prompted claims of anti-semitism that Mr Livingstone denies.

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Barrister Laurie-Ann Power on disclosure in rape cases: ‘Entire system at breaking point’

Mon, 2018-05-21 20:09

Laurie-Ann Power is a criminal defence barrister with 25 Bedford Row Chambers.

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I’ve been treated as guilty until proved innocent, says young man acquitted of rape because Facebook messages weren’t disclosed

Mon, 2018-05-21 20:08

There’s been concern that prosecutors or police have failed to present crucial evidence to defence lawyers which has caused the collapse of a number of trials in recent months. Today a young man was acquitted of rape at Taunton Crown Court after the Crown Prosecution Service failed to hand over thousands of Facebook messages belonging to the alleged teenage victim.

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Grenfell: inquiry into Britain’s worst civil disaster in 21st century opens with moving testimony

Mon, 2018-05-21 20:05

It was a heart-rending and very human start to the official inquiry into the disaster. The family and friends of all 72 of those who lost their lives in the Grenfell Tower fire have the opportunity to pay tribute to them. The first few were heard today.

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Ken Livingstone quits Labour Party

Mon, 2018-05-21 19:24

As recently as this Easter, the Labour leader’s team was signalling internally that it didn’t want to expel Ken Livingstone from the Labour Party. But the heat of the anti-Semitism row in the party and its impact on the local elections seems to have changed that calculation. Ken Livingstone’s continuing suspension was seen by some as proof of the party’s fundamental lack of seriousness about the problem.

A year ago the party’s National Constitution Committee passed by the opportunity to expel Mr Livingstone. There had already been a file prepared on his original alleged breach of rules, comments on Hitler and Zionism made in a radio interview in 2016 . The leadership didn’t want to go ahead so the suspension dragged on.

Since then the party has compiled a case against Mr Livingstone based on all the follow-up interviews he gave after the original offending one. In interview after interview, it alleges, Mr Livingstone embarrassed the party and/or brought the party into disrepute. In total it is thought something like a dozen interviews were cited in the file.

Mr Livingstone says his lawyers suspected that it could take up another two years of his life defending himself against the charges. Mr Livingstone says this was an autonomous decision and he informed the leadership of it yesterday.

But senior Labour sources say there was a change of heart at the top of the party about Mr Livingstone and the price the party was paying by not expelling him.  His resignation solves that problem for his old allies, now in the Labour leadership, and few think Ken Livingstone wasn’t aware of the change of heart at the top.

He was out of the party for a while when he took on Labour’s official candidate, Frank Dobson, in his first tip at the post of London Mayor. That ended happily with a victory in 2000 and then readmission to the Labour fold. This departure doesn’t look like it’s on a similar course.

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Tributes held at Great Manchester Run almost one year on from terror attack

Sun, 2018-05-20 20:23

Survivors of the Manchester Arena attack, along with families of some of the twenty two killed – have urged the public to honour those lost and be part of the solution to terror. In an open letter almost one year after the attack they’ve urged people to take on hatred wherever they find it, as well as arguing that the focus of media and social media should be victims and survivors  not perpetrators – who often seek publicity. Today some of those injured in the attack took part in the Great Manchester Run.

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Lawrence Wright: ‘I don’t associate Trump with Texan values’

Sun, 2018-05-20 19:27

Texas: a state whose destiny has been shaped by oil, by political conservatism, by minimal government – and now, thanks to its growing Hispanic population – the future direction of the United States itself. Now a new book – God Save Texas – by the Pulitzer prize winning author Lawrence Wright – explores some of those contradictions, in the place which has long been his home. Before last week’s school shooting in Santa Fe I caught up with the writer while he was on a visit to the UK.

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German footballers ‘clear up misunderstandings’ over Erdogan photo row

Sun, 2018-05-20 19:11

Two German footballers – both of Turkish heritage – have met Germany’s president to “clear up the misunderstandings” – after a row over photographs showing them with Turkey’s President Erdogan. The players, who both play for UK teams, denied accusations that they were effectively endorsing Erdogan in his country’s elections.

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Venezuela to elect a new President

Sun, 2018-05-20 19:10

The US has condemned Venezuela’s President election as illegitimate, and the two main challengers have alleged voters are being illegally pressured to back the incumbent Nicholas Maduro for another six years. Turnout is expected to be very low as some opponents are boycotting the election and others are banned. The poll is taking place amid Venezuela’s soaring inflation, economic crisis and food shortages.

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry tie the knot

Sat, 2018-05-19 19:39

The crowds are melting away this evening but those who came have witnessed something quite remarkable. A black American mother and the Queen meeting as equals – as their families join together. Meghan’s cultural history included in the pomp and ceremony of the day. The question: has this been a one off moment – or has it really moved the dial?

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Relief effort under way to control Ebola outbreak in DRC

Fri, 2018-05-18 20:20

There’s an international relief effort under way to contain an outbreak of the Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Three experts from the UK are among those being deployed, with 45 people believed to have been infected by the disease. Some 25 people have died, but the World Health Organisation has said the outbreak is not yet a global emergency.

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Sergei Skripal discharged from hospital

Fri, 2018-05-18 20:20

Two and a half months after being poisoned, the former Russian spy Sergei Skripal was discharged from hospital today. He’s been taken to an undisclosed location for the next stage of his recovery It’s not been announced whether he’ll be joining his daughter, Yulia, who was also exposed to the deadly nerve agent attack in Salisbury. The Russian ambassador reacted to the news by reiterating his demand to see the pair in person.

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Highly-skilled migrants told to leave UK under ‘hostile environment’ policy

Fri, 2018-05-18 20:19

It’s been estimated that a thousand highly-skilled migrants, among them doctors, teachers and entrepreneurs, have been told to leave the country under measures intended in part to expel terrorists and war criminals. In some cases migrants have found themselves with 14 days to leave the UK after making amendments to their tax returns. The campaign group helping them says it’s further evidence of the hostile environment at the Home Office.

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Charles to walk Meghan down aisle

Fri, 2018-05-18 20:19

Anyone who’d hoped to see an African-American woman walk a royal bride down the aisle of an ancient English church with the world watching was disappointed today. It may have been Meghan Markle’s mother’s own reluctance, or perhaps it was one step too far from protocol and tradition for Palace officials. We’ll probably never know. What we are sure of is that those gathering for tomorrow’s spectacle aren’t letting their excitement be doused by worries over the symbolism of who’s got the role instead.

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Students killed in US high school shooting

Fri, 2018-05-18 20:18

This isn’t the first school shooting since the February attack in Florida, but it’s the deadliest. Ten students and staff members are reported to have been killed in a high school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas. A suspect is in custody, authorities say the gunman is a 17-year-old male student from the school, and that possible explosive devices were found on and off campus.

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