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WPP drops charity event after sexual misconduct claims

Sir Martin Sorrell, chief executive of advertising firm WPP, has said it is withdrawing support for the Presidents Club Charity Dinner after allegations of sexual misconduct at the 2018 event. WPP sponsored a table at last week's dinner, at which a...

3 min. ago in Business
 
UK unemployment falls to 1.44 million

UK unemployment falls to 1.44 million

UK unemployment fell by 3,000 to 1.44 million in the three months to November, official figures show This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version. You can receive...

6 min. ago in Business
 
Carillion: Kier Group boss urges new bid process

Carillion: Kier Group boss urges new bid process

The government will have to issue new tenders for Carillion's halted building projects if it wants to get value for money, the boss of one of the UK's biggest construction firms says. Haydn Mursell, chief executive of Kier Group, said other firms...

14 min. ago in Business
 
Traffic delays after overturned lorry sheds cheese load

Traffic delays after overturned lorry sheds cheese load

A road on the Wales-England border that was closed after a lorry overturned and shed its load of cheese has reopened. The A5 southbound had been shut between the A483 Halton roundabout in Chirk, near Wrexham, and the B5070 Gledrid roundabout in...

14 min. ago in Regional
 

Autism assessment delay concerns across Wales

Children in parts of Wales are waiting an average of two years for an autism assessment despite a target of six months, figures have shown. Research by BBC Wales' Wales Live programme has revealed staffing issues have also impacted on waiting times....

14 min. ago in Health
 

Five things we learned on the NTAs red carpet

This year's National Television Awards may have been all about Ant and Dec and their sweep of awards, but here are some other things we learned on the red carpet. 1. Holly and Phil are genuinely best friends After 10 years of presenting together,...

today, 08:38 in Art & Culture
 
Australian mother accused of murdering adult children

Australian mother accused of murdering adult children

An Australian woman has been accused of murdering two of her children and torturing a third, in alleged crimes that spanned at least five years. Maree Crabtree, 51, was arrested on Queensland's Gold Coast on Wednesday. Police allege she killed her...

today, 08:13 in World News
 
Council apologises for school dinner debt letter 'distress'

Council apologises for school dinner debt letter 'distress'

Angus Council has apologised after a primary school said it would withdraw school meals from pupils if their parents owed more than £10.50 in fees. The authority said the wording of a letter issued to parents from Inverbrothock Primary School in...

today, 08:09 in Regional
 
British men prepare to fight Turkish-led forces in Syria

British men prepare to fight Turkish-led forces in Syria

British men are among a group of international volunteers preparing to fight against Turkish-led forces in north-west Syria, the BBC understands. They have joined the Kurdish militia, the YPG, in its offensive on the Kurdish-held enclave of Afrin....

today, 08:01 in Regional
 
WH Smith High Street sales still falling

WH Smith High Street sales still falling

WH Smith's High Street sales have continued to fall, but the bookseller and stationer has had another rise in sales at its travel outlets. In the 20-week period to 20 January, sales in High Street stores were down 5%, with like-for-like sales falling...

today, 08:01 in Business
 
Stripe to end Bitcoin payment support

Stripe to end Bitcoin payment support

Stripe, the US payments firm which helps businesses do financial transactions online, is to phase out support for Bitcoin payments. It said fewer online merchants now wanted to accept the cryptocurrency. Rising fees and longer transaction times as a...

today, 05:55 in Science &Technology
 
Save the Children office in Afghanistan hit by attack

Save the Children office in Afghanistan hit by attack

At least 11 people have been injured in an ongoing attack on the offices of international aid agency Save the Children in Afghanistan. An explosion took place outside the organisation's compound in Jalalabad, authorities told the BBC. Gunmen then...

today, 05:53 in World News
 
Brazil poised for Lula appeal verdict

Brazil poised for Lula appeal verdict

Three judges in Brazil will shortly decide whether to uphold a prison term given to the country's former President, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. The ruling could prove vital to Brazil's political future. Despite being convicted of corruption and...

today, 05:38 in World News
 
Deaf mum sues Little Mix promoter in sign language row

Deaf mum sues Little Mix promoter in sign language row

Eight-year-old Cate Merry and her friend Megan are big fans of Little Mix. They've got the T-shirts, the photo albums, the CDs, can sing the songs and rock the dance routines. So how did their love of the band lead to unprecedented legal action? Last...

today, 05:14 in Regional
 
#KnitForJacinda: New Zealand PM's pregnancy sparks knitting movement

#KnitForJacinda: New Zealand PM's pregnancy sparks knitting movement

A New Zealander has kicked off a knitting movement inspired by the news that Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is pregnant. Ms Ardern announced last week that she and her partner are expecting their first child this June. In response, Heather McCracken...

today, 04:39 in World News
 


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