News archive from 11 February 2019

Billions more needed to honour claim of end of austerity, think tank warns Tories

Ending austerity will cost the Chancellor billions of pounds more in public spending increases, an economic think tank has warned. Philip Hammond will have to find an extra £5 billion a year by 2023-24 simply to maintain current per-capita levels of...

Scotsman, 00:08 in Politics
 
Brexit could boost UK's military standing, says defence secretary

Brexit could boost UK's military standing, says defence secretary

Brexit represents an opportunity for Britain to boost its global military standing in response to the threats posed by Russia and China, the defence secretary will say in a notably combative address at a defence thinktank. Gavin Williamson intends to...

Guardian, 00:18 in Politics
 
Myanmar army shelling villages in Rakhine state, rights group told

Myanmar army shelling villages in Rakhine state, rights group told

Myanmar soldiers are shelling villages, detaining civilians and blocking aid as part of a new crackdown in Rakhine state by some of the army units implicated in atrocities against the Rohingya, a rights group says. Villagers and local activists in the...

 
No-deal Brexit would make Britain less safe, says police chief

No-deal Brexit would make Britain less safe, says police chief

A no-deal Brexit would damage police powers to detain foreign suspects and leave British fugitives in Europe beyond the law , a police chief has said. Deputy assistant commissioner Richard Martin is leading national police preparations to cope with...

 

What's happening this week?

It's Monday, a new week, so let's get a sense of what's coming up with some of the most important and interesting stories over the next seven days. 1) One giant step for Israel What's happening? On Wednesday, Israel is expected to land an unmanned...

BBC, 00:24 in World News
 
Iran revolution: 'I wore a hijab and head-banged to Nirvana'

Iran revolution: 'I wore a hijab and head-banged to Nirvana'

On my first day of school in Iran we walked down a poorly-lit corridor. I was holding my mother's hand and crying. She was crying too. On my head I had a black hood, known as a maghnaeh, covering my hair. I was six years old and terrified. This was...

BBC, 00:29 in World News
 
When parents sue their children for support

When parents sue their children for support

Abu Taher says his son was always a "good kid". For years, Mr Taher ran a small clothing shop in Chittagong, Bangladesh. He retired with little money and became reliant on his son and daughter for financial support. "My wife and I had...

BBC, 00:32 in World News
 
Hammond £5bn short of 'austerity is ending' target, says thinktank

Hammond £5bn short of 'austerity is ending' target, says thinktank

Philip Hammond must find an extra £5bn in this year’s Whitehall spending review to reverse planned cuts and meet his claim of ending austerity, a leading thinktank has revealed. The Institute for Fiscal Studies told the chancellor that funds pledged...

Guardian, 00:34 in Politics
 
Replace GCSEs with baccalaureate, says Conservative MP

Replace GCSEs with baccalaureate, says Conservative MP

GCSE exams in England should be scrapped and replaced with a baccalaureate for school leavers that includes vocational skills and personal development, as part of a radical overhaul proposed by an influential Conservative MP. Robert Halfon, the MP for...

Guardian, 00:34 in Politics
 
Holocaust row taints Hungary's House of Fates museum project

Holocaust row taints Hungary's House of Fates museum project

Pilots landing after dark at Budapest international airport will soon have a new star to navigate by - a giant Star of David. It will be lit up from the side of a tower resembling stacked cattle trucks. The illumination will be so bright that...

BBC, 00:37 in World News
 
The villagers who took on a navy to get back their home

The villagers who took on a navy to get back their home

Last year, a flotilla of 40 fishing boats set sail from northern Sri Lanka with a mission to seize back their island from navy occupation. The BBC's Ayeshea Perera reports the extraordinary story of how they did this without any bloodshed. On 23...

BBC, 00:37 in World News
 

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Austerity to continue unless Hammond spends, says IFS

Austerity to continue unless Hammond spends, says IFS

Philip Hammond must spend billions extra to end austerity, says think tank the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS). To maintain per capita spending across government departments which don't have ring-fenced budgets, he must find an extra £5bn a year by...

BBC, 00:59 in Business
 
'I stole £30,000 from my mum to make millions'

'I stole £30,000 from my mum to make millions'

The BBC's weekly The Boss series profiles different business leaders from around the world. This week we speak to serial technology entrepreneur Andrew Michael. When Andrew Michael was 17 he gambled on changing his life by spending £30,000 on his...

BBC, 00:59 in Business
 

The Yorkshire Post says: Production Park is helping to build region’s reputation in entertainment sector

Whilst the winning actors and films are often the main talk of the Bafta awards, the ceremony also recognises talent in categories including visual effects, sound and production design. Behind the scenes, there is a lot of hard work that goes into the...

 


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