Trade war: US-China to resume face-to-face talks next week, reports say

Image copyright Getty Images US officials plan to travel to China next week to resume face-to-face talks aimed at ending a trade war between them, media reports said. The US and China have imposed tariffs on billions of dollars’ worth of one another’s goods over the past year. A truce at a G20 meeting in […]


Mike Thalassitis death: Love Island stars to be offered therapy

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mike Thalassitis was described as being “loved by so many people” by a friend Love Island stars will in future be offered therapy, social media training and financial advice, ITV has said after the death of an ex-contestant. Mike Thalassitis, who was on the show in 2017, was found […]

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Guatemala seeks arrest of former attorney general Thelma Aldana

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Thelma Aldana has worked closely with a UN-backed anti-corruption body A judge in Guatemala has issued an arrest warrant for the country’s former attorney general, Thelma Aldana, who is a current presidential candidate. Ms Aldana, 63, who is currently out of the country, is wanted on charges of embezzlement, lying […]

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Brexit and calling another country home

The continued uncertainty surrounding Brexit means the rights of UK citizens living in EU countries are still to be guaranteed. Instead of waiting to see what’s in store, an increasing number of British people abroad are applying for citizenship in the European country where they live and work. Germany was the place that welcomed most […]

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Domestic abusers ‘sewing GPS trackers into teddy bears’

Image caption Domestic abusers have been known to sew trackers into their childrens’ toys or coats Technology is increasingly being used by domestic abusers to trap, control or hunt down their victims, Refuge has told the Victoria Derbyshire programme. “It made me feel sick to the pit of my stomach – am I going to […]

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EastEnders overrun set rebuild project criticised by MPs

Image caption The original set was only supposed to be used for two years The BBC has been criticised by a group of MPs for the way it has handled the redevelopment of the EastEnders set. In December, the National Audit Office (NAO) revealed that the project had gone £27m over budget. The Public Accounts […]

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‘This isn’t us… or is it?’ asks NZ comic

“This isn’t New Zealand,” was repeated often in the immediate aftermath of the shooting attack at two Christchurch mosques that left 50 people dead. But a comic from The Spinoff, which has been widely-shared online, is reflecting questions New Zealanders are raising about race relations in the country. Its creator, cartoonist Toby Morris, says the […]


PayPal urged to block essay firm cheats

Image copyright Getty Images The education secretary is calling on payments firms such as PayPal to block transactions for essay writing firms, in a bid to beat university cheats. Damian Hinds says it is “unethical for these companies to profit from this dishonest business”. He also suggests UK universities should consider US-style “honour codes” where […]


Potent cannabis increases risk of serious mental illness, says study

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption People experiencing psychosis lose touch with reality and may hear voices, researchers said Smoking potent ‘skunk-like’ cannabis increases your risk of serious mental illness, say researchers. They estimate around one in 10 new cases of psychosis may be associated with strong cannabis, based on their study of European cities […]

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White Crow’s star dancer ‘channelled’ Rudolf Nureyev

Image copyright Jessica Forde Image caption Dancer Oleg Ivenko, who stars as Rudolf Nureyev in The White Crow, had no previous acting experience In 1961, the dancer Rudolf Nureyev defected to the west from the then-Soviet Union’s famed Kirov Ballet. An apparently last-minute decision to seek asylum in France made him, at 23, the best […]