News archive from 22 May 2018

Fuel price rise threatens consumer spending

Fuel price rise threatens consumer spending

The cost of fuel has reached a three-and-a-half-year high putting more pressure on consumers already squeezed incomes. At the pumps, the average price of petrol has risen to 127.22p a litre and diesel to 129.96p a litre, following a rapid rise in the...

BBC, 00:05 in Business
 
Could smartphones replace bank branches?

Could smartphones replace bank branches?

Banks now send more than 16 text alerts every second in an indication of how much we now rely on smartphones rather than computers to manage our money. Some 512 million alerts were sent last year telling people their salary had been paid in or that...

BBC, 00:05 in Business
 
Parents of girl, 3, killed by poorly sighted pensioner campaign for law change

Parents of girl, 3, killed by poorly sighted pensioner campaign for law change

The parents of a three-year-old girl who was mowed down and killed by a pensioner are campaigning to change the law in a bid to prevent future deaths. Poppy-Arabella Clarke was run down by 72-year-old John Place after he failed to see that the traffic...

Metro, 00:09 in Hot News
 
South Korea's Moon heads for Trump talks to try to keep summit on track

South Korea's Moon heads for Trump talks to try to keep summit on track

The South Korean president, Moon Jae-in, is due to hold talks in the White House with Donald Trump on Tuesday amid growing uncertainty over Trump’s planned North Korean summit in Singapore next month. Trump was reported by the New York Times to have...

 
MoD faces £2.9bn nuclear funding gap, say auditors

MoD faces £2.9bn nuclear funding gap, say auditors

Britain’s nuclear defence programme is projected to cost nearly £51bn over the next decade and there is a significant risk that the figure could increase further, according to Whitehall’s spending watchdog. The National Audit Office found that the...

 
Who is to blame for 'self-driving car' deaths?

Who is to blame for 'self-driving car' deaths?

The confusion between fully autonomous self-driving cars and those that simply offer driver assistance technologies is leading to deaths on the road. Who is to blame and what should be done about it? Self-driving cars already exist and there will be...

BBC, 00:12 in Business
 
Sex education given LGBT-inclusive overhaul in Wales

Sex education given LGBT-inclusive overhaul in Wales

Wales could soon be “leading the way” in relationship and sex education (SRE) in schools after announcing an overhaul of its curriculum. The changes, which include the subject being renamed relationships and sexuality education, were announced by...

Guardian, 00:17 in Learning
 
Six times as many new medical students from London as from north-east

Six times as many new medical students from London as from north-east

There were more than six times as many students from London taking up places to study medicine and dentistry last year as there were from north-east England, analysis shows. The figures come as the government and the profession push to expand the...

Guardian, 00:17 in Learning
 

Dolphins bully porpoises, researcher discovers

It's a cold, sunny spring day as our boat heads out of the little town of New Quay on Wales's west coast. We're on the lookout for dolphins and porpoises – at least, I am. Bangor University PhD student Hanna Nuuttila, however, isn't really interested...

Guardian, 00:17 in Learning
 

Barrow man arrested on suspicion of sex assault following visit from group of 'paedophile hunters'

Police were called to Wordsworth Street in Barrow at 6.57pm tonight (Monday) following a report from what officers said was a "concerned member of the public". A 42-year-old Barrow man was arrested on suspicion of a sexual offence, police...

 
North Korea summit: Pence warns Kim Jong-un not to 'play Trump'

North Korea summit: Pence warns Kim Jong-un not to 'play Trump'

US Vice President Mike Pence has warned North Korea's Kim Jong-un not to "play" President Donald Trump if they meet next month. "It would be a great mistake for Kim Jong-un to think he could play Donald Trump," Mr Pence said,...

BBC, 00:20 in World News
 
Benefit sanctions found to be ineffective and damaging

Benefit sanctions found to be ineffective and damaging

Benefit sanctions are ineffective at getting jobless people into work and are more likely to reduce those affected to poverty, ill-health or even survival crime, the UK’s most extensive study of welfare conditionality has found. The five-year exercise...

Guardian, 00:20 in Politics
 
Right to see Parole Board decisions comes into force

Right to see Parole Board decisions comes into force

Members of the public will be able to request summaries of Parole Board decisions on whether prisoners are safe to release under a law change prompted by the handling of the case of serial sex attacker John Worboys. The Parole Board was previously...

Guardian, 00:20 in Politics
 
MPs push for Myanmar regime to face international criminal court

MPs push for Myanmar regime to face international criminal court

The UK must support efforts to refer Myanmar’s regime to the international criminal court over evidence of state-sanctioned ethnic cleansing of Rohingya people and human rights abuses, according to MPs on the international development select...

Guardian, 00:20 in Politics
 

Marawi one year after the battle: a ghost town still haunted by threat of Isis

The green Bato Ali mosque on Marawi’s Gomisa Avenue is a heartbreaking reminder of the fierce battles the military fought to stop supporters of Islamic State (Isis) from carving out a caliphate in the Philippines. The dome, minaret and walls are...

 


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