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Instagram poet to release book with Penguin

Sat, 2017-10-21 20:51

Feminist, LGBT rights activist and model – Yrsa Daley Ward is fast becoming a star in the poetry world. Three years ago the Lancashire born writer self-published her first collection. When it failed to launch she shared the poems on Instagram, winning over 120 thousand fans. Now Daley Ward has become Penguin’s newest published poet with her collection Bone. She took us to London’s Ridley Road market to explain the power of social media.

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Mandela memoir author: ‘He was a reluctant president’

Sat, 2017-10-21 20:50

Nelson Mandela never managed to complete the sequel to his memoir – ‘Long Walk to Freedom’. But now a second volume has been published, after South African writer Mandla Langa managed to access a wealth of archive material, much of it never seen before. ‘Dare Not Linger’ is based on Mandela’s unfinished account of his presidential years, along with detailed notes.

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Professor Mukesh Kapila: Mugabe appointment is a ‘shock to everyone’

Sat, 2017-10-21 20:49

Professor Mukesh Kapila, a former World Health Organisation official, explains how he thinks the decision to appoint Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe as a “goodwill ambassador” was made.

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WHO’s Robert Mugabe appointment causes outcry

Sat, 2017-10-21 20:45

The World Health Organisation has come under fire for appointing Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe as a “goodwill ambassador”. Britain joined the outrage – describing the decision as “surprising and disappointing” – considering his government’s record on human rights abuses. But the WHO praised Zimbabwe’s public health system.

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Spanish government prepares to impose direct rule on Catalonia

Sat, 2017-10-21 20:45

Hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets in Barcelona – after Spain declared it wanted to seize control of the Catalan government and call new elections. Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont – who Madrid has said will be removed from office – was among the crowds protesting against direct rule – and rejecting Spain’s call to abandon moves towards independence. But the Spanish prime minister said he needed the unprecedented new powers to “restore order”.

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Channel 4 News headlines, Sat 21 Oct

Sat, 2017-10-21 20:44

The Spanish government is set to decapitate the Catalan administration, impose direct rule and call new elections. It follows weeks of upheaval over the independence referendum in Catalonia, which Spain’s political leaders and courts said was illegal.

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David Lammy: ‘Harvey and Yale more diverse than Oxbridge’

Fri, 2017-10-20 20:23

If you think Oxford and Cambridge students are mostly posh, southern and white, you’d be pretty much right. New data released thanks to freedom of information requests has revealed quite how much, and the extent to which poorer, northern and black students are under-represented.

Labour MP David Lammy has branded Oxbridge admissions “social apartheid” and”fiefdoms of entrenched privilege”. He debates with Dr Tony Sewell, the founder of the Generation Genius charity.

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Radek Sikorski: EU would ‘probably prefer Corbyn’ as PM

Fri, 2017-10-20 20:04

Radek Sikorski, who was the foreign minister when Donald Tusk was the prime minister of Poland, discusses the Brexit negotiations.


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British mother’s Dominica nightmare

Fri, 2017-10-20 20:00

Nicola Yankee, from Nottingham, moved to the Caribbean island of Dominica nine years ago, only to see her home ruined when Hurricane Maria struck last month. She says she was told to leave the island by the authorities on the ground, but on her return with her young son, she found she was unable to claim benefits or get access to housing and says she’s been forced to live with her disabled mother in her one-bedroom flat. But things might be about to change for the better.

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A thawing in Brexit negotiations?

Fri, 2017-10-20 19:58

There could, at last, be some thawing in the frozen Brexit negotiations. The key issues remain the divorce bill, the Irish border and the rights of EU citizens in the UK.  But the 27 EU leaders suggested they’ll start talking among themselves about a post-Brexit trade deal with Britain. In turn Theresa May hinted paying out more on the divorce bill. So what’s behind the cheerful mood music if nothing substantive has changed? Does the EU fear Theresa May being thrown overboard in favour of a more bullish Boris Johnson?

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Pollution linked to nine million deaths a year

Fri, 2017-10-20 19:45

Pollution is linked to the deaths of nine million people each year across the world, and, according to the most comprehensive analysis to date, it’s not just a problem in poorer, developing nations. The UK has one of the worst records in Europe, with 50,000 pollution-linked deaths in 2015, a higher proportion than in many other European countries.

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Trump links ‘UK’ crime rise to ‘radical Islamic terror’

Fri, 2017-10-20 19:45

Donald Trump has said a rise in the UK’s crime rate is happening amid what he called the “spread of radical Islamic terror”. The US President made the comment in a tweet earlier today and added: “We must keep America safe.”  His tweet follows the publication yesterday of figures from the Office for National Statistics, which showed an increase of 13 per cent in all crimes recorded by the police across England and Wales.

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Warmer words intended to bolster May as she returns to Westminster

Fri, 2017-10-20 15:43

The European Council President has put a positive gloss on Brexit in his end of summit press conference. Donald Tusk said reports of deadlock were exaggerated.

It was then pointed out out to him that the word came from Michel Barnier and he’d used it three times.

Ah, Mr Tusk said, he’s the negotiator and I’ve got a different job. He squirmed a little uncomfortably but even more so when the European Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker, standing next to him, piped up that he would happily use the word deadlock four times, not three. It was all a bit of a mess and the press conference was fairly short.

Theresa May’s press conference was quite brief too – only four UK journalists were called, quite a low tally for this sort of event. She said: “I’ll call two more questions from European media”, which prompted a couple of us to comment that we thought were all Europeans. She laughed and said she meant “non-British media”.

At his press conference, President Macron said that Theresa May hadn’t been talking about “no deal” when she addressed the other leaders and he thought that sort of talk was coming from people who weren’t in charge of the negotiations: secondary figures or media voices, it was “bluff” or “fake news” from unimportant characters. It was a similar point to the one made by Jean-Claude Juncker, who said that no-one from the British government had explained to him what “no deal” really was. The word “bluff” is bound to ignite headlines but the French President was quite careful not to use it about British policy.

In her press conference, Theresa May made pointed reference to how Britain post Brexit intended to be a strongly regulated economy committed to consumer rights, in other words a perfect trading partner for the EU and one whose like-mindedness should be reflected in easy trade relations.

Mrs May wouldn’t be drawn on what she meant by “Florence was not the last word”, a phrase she used addressing the EU27 over dinner last night. EU leaders appear to be in no doubt it meant that Mrs May was ready to cough up billions more. Asked whether she would match the 60 billion euros bill the EU was thinking of, Mrs May said she would be going through the bill line by line.

The last time the UK went through the Brexit bill line by line it became a celebrated moment in Brussels diplomatic history, A young Treasury official did a presentation that spread over two days and effectively drew a big black line through much of the EU Brexit bill, questioning the legal underpinning of almost every item. The next iteration of this process looks like being a bit more conciliatory.

After having to fold on sequencing in the talks process and then on transition, the PM now finds herself contemplating folding on the bill.

The warmer words from Donald Tusk, Angela Merkel and some others here, emphasising hopes for the future over fear of failure, sounded like they were intended to help bolster Theresa May as she returns to Westminster. Many here in Brussels are under no illusions how difficult it could be for Theresa May to deliver what they are asking for.

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Wim Wenders on Trump, Brexit and Harvey Weinstein

Thu, 2017-10-19 20:28

He is known for his slow-moving and beautifully-shot films like ‘Wings of Desire’, but director Wim Wenders has also spent his life taking tens of thousands of polaroid photographs.

The quietly-spoken German became very animated indeed discussing Trump, Brexit and the Harvey Weinstein allegations.

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Looking for life on Mars, under North Yorkshire

Thu, 2017-10-19 20:27

If you are looking for signs of life elsewhere in the solar system you might not expect to start in North Yorkshire. But that is where the world’s experts on extraterrestrial life – the astrobiologists – have been gathering. Or at least they have been meeting deep under the North York Moors in a laboratory more than a kilometre below ground.

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Rachel Maclean and Catherine Pearson debate cleaners’ rights

Thu, 2017-10-19 20:27

We’re joined by Conservative MP Rachel Maclean from the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee and Catherine Pearson who is the manager of Clean for Good, a company that aims to provide a fairer deal for its cleaners.

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Special report: the hidden world of cleaners and their rights

Thu, 2017-10-19 20:26

It’s thought there are around half a million cleaners working in city blocks and offices around the country. No one knows their exact number because for the most part they’re invisible, going to work while the rest of us sleep. But we do know that many are poorly paid and sometimes poorly treated. We have a special report now shedding light on one cleaner’s life.

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A safety checklist for hospitals?

Thu, 2017-10-19 20:25

The NHS is facing one of its worst winters for years with warnings that increased patient numbers, fewer beds, and less money will increase pressures on an already struggling system.

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Crime up in England and Wales

Thu, 2017-10-19 20:25

The number of crimes recorded by the police in England and Wales has topped five million for the first time in a decade – that’s 13 per cent higher than the year before. Police are now dealing with more violent incidents, and almost a fifth more sexual offence crimes.

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Interview: Daniel Hannan on EU citizens in the UK

Thu, 2017-10-19 20:23

Joining us from Brussels is the Conservative MEP Daniel Hannan to debate the issue of EU citizens in the UK.

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