News archive from 10 May 2018

My lupus diagnosis could have come much sooner if my doctors had believed me

My lupus diagnosis could have come much sooner if my doctors had believed me

At the age of 16 I was given a shock diagnosis that changed my life irreversibly. I had lupus, an autoimmune disease that was triggered by heat and sunlight and lowered my immune system to almost nothing. This was terrible but looking back at my...

Metro, 00:02 in Lifestyle
 
Iran 'fires 20 rockets' at Israeli army in occupied Golan Heights

Iran 'fires 20 rockets' at Israeli army in occupied Golan Heights

Iranian forces stationed in Syria fired about 20 rockets or projectiles at Israeli military positions in the Golan Heights just after midnight on Thursday, Israel’s defence forces (IDF) said. Several but not all rockets were intercepted by Israeli...

 
White House won't rule out banning press for 'negative' coverage

White House won't rule out banning press for 'negative' coverage

The White House has refused to back down from Donald Trump’s threat to ban media organizations regarded as unfairly critical. The US president first tweeted the threat on Wednesday, claiming that “despite the tremendous success we are having with the...

 

April house prices saw biggest fall 'since 2012' - what it means for you

House prices saw the biggest dip since 2012 in April, as the upper and middle-priced tiers of the property market prove particularly challenging, surveyors have reported. The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics) said a net balance of 8% of...

 
Failure to seal EU free trade deal will mean higher UK food prices, say peers

Failure to seal EU free trade deal will mean higher UK food prices, say peers

Shoppers face a significant rise in food prices if the government fails to secure a free trade deal with the European Union, peers have warned. In a bleak assessment of the impact of Brexit, the Lords EU energy and environment subcommittee suggested...

Guardian, 00:08 in Business
 
Jojo Moyes steps in to save Quick Reads after literacy project loses funding

Jojo Moyes steps in to save Quick Reads after literacy project loses funding

Me Before You author Jojo Moyes has stepped in to save Quick Reads, just two weeks after the popular adult literacy scheme announced it was on the brink of closure due to a lack of funding. Moyes’s donation was not disclosed, but charity the Reading...

Guardian, 00:17 in Learning
 
White working-class boys in England 'need more help' to go to university

White working-class boys in England 'need more help' to go to university

Helping white, working-class boys in England to go on to higher education should be a top priority for policymakers, according to a manifesto to widen access to universities that identifies more than 30 gaps and weaknesses in policy. The document,...

Guardian, 00:17 in Learning
 

Bank of England to decide on whether to raise rates

The Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee is set to decide later whether to raise rates from 0.5%. Economists believe the Bank will not increase the cost of borrowing after a slowdown in UK economic growth in the first quarter of the year. Last...

BBC, 00:18 in Business
 
Digital revolution signals faster trains

Digital revolution signals faster trains

Faster, more frequent trains are being promised by Network Rail as it embarks on a digital overhaul to cope with rising passenger numbers, ageing equipment and the construction of HS2. The aim is for 70% of journeys to benefit from digital technology...

BBC, 00:18 in Business
 
Why are more young people and families going on cruises?

Why are more young people and families going on cruises?

Keith Lesser and his wife Sabrina are counting down the days. At the end of this month they set sail on a five day cruise to France. Along the way they're planning to use the gym and spa, socialise at dinner, watch the entertainment and see the...

BBC, 00:18 in Business
 

Gender pay: Hundreds of firms face action over non-disclosure

Hundreds of companies face legal action after failing to meet an extended deadline to report their gender pay, Britain's equality watchdog said. Companies with more than 250 staff must now publish the details on their own websites and on a government...

BBC, 00:18 in Business
 
America dominates the thriving global weapons trade

America dominates the thriving global weapons trade

Brutal civil wars in Syria and Yemen, coupled with the return of great power rivalries between the US, Russia and China, have brought the world's arms trade into sharp focus. And unsurprisingly it is a thriving global industry, with the total...

BBC, 00:18 in Business
 
Bristol business park among postmodern gems granted listed status

Bristol business park among postmodern gems granted listed status

A business park opened by Margaret Thatcher that was meant to bring Hollywood glamour to the more mundane realities of office life on a plot of land handy for the M4, M5 and A38 has been given listed heritage status. Historic England has announced...

 
Portugal's president vetoes legal gender change law

Portugal's president vetoes legal gender change law

Portugal's President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa has vetoed a law that would make it easier for people to change their legal gender. The law was approved by parliament last month, but needed to be signed by the president to take effect. It would have...

BBC, 00:27 in World News
 
Universal credit rules risk 'crushing' self-employed and startups

Universal credit rules risk 'crushing' self-employed and startups

Fledgling businesses and self-employed workers with fluctuating incomes risk being “crushed” by unrealistic rules imposed by universal credit, a cross-party group of MPs has warned. They say entrepreneurs who fail to meet an arbitrary “minimum income”...

Guardian, 00:27 in Politics
 


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