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Andrea Levy: Small Island author dies aged 62

Andrea Levy: Small Island author dies aged 62

British author Andrea Levy, whose award-winning novels captured the black British experience in the years after Windrush, has died at the age of 62. A statement released on behalf of her family said she died of cancer. Levy was born in 1956 to...

Friday, 09:58 in Art & Culture
 
Obituary: Andrea Levy

Obituary: Andrea Levy

Andrea Levy told the stories of the Windrush generation with humour and compassion. As Britain struggled to revive its post-war economy, invitations were extended to citizens of the Empire. "Come and make your lives in the Mother Country",...

Friday, 09:58 in Art & Culture
 
UK retail sales bounce back in January

UK retail sales bounce back in January

Retail sales bounced back sharply in January, rising by 1% on the previous month, official figures showed. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said the amount of goods sold rose by 1%, after falling by 0.7% in December, with discounts in clothing...

Friday, 09:55 in Business
 
BBC's This Week to end as host Andrew Neil steps down

BBC's This Week to end as host Andrew Neil steps down

The BBC's late-night political show This Week is to end, after presenter Andrew Neil decided to step down. This Week - which airs on BBC One on Thursdays - will not be recommissioned after its current run finishes in July. The programme began in 2003...

Friday, 09:42 in Regional
 

US border agency sued for detaining two Spanish speakers

Two women are suing US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) after they were detained in Montana for speaking Spanish. Ana Suda and Martha Hernandez were held by a CBP officer last May after he heard them speaking Spanish in a grocery store. Agent Paul...

Friday, 09:40 in World News
 
Spain PM Sánchez sets snap election for April

Spain PM Sánchez sets snap election for April

Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has called a snap general election for April 28, after Catalan nationalist MPs withdrew support for the Socialist government's budget. It is just eight months since Mr Sánchez took office, heading a minority...

Friday, 09:33 in World News
 
Travelodge digger crash: Man charged over hotel damage

Travelodge digger crash: Man charged over hotel damage

A man has been charged with criminal damage and recklessly endangering life after a digger smashed through the doors of a new hotel. The destruction happened at the Travelodge in Liverpool's Innovation Park on 21 January. The digger crashed through...

Friday, 09:21 in Regional
 
Brexit: Theresa May pushes on with her deal after latest defeat

Brexit: Theresa May pushes on with her deal after latest defeat

Theresa May will push ahead with efforts to secure a revised Brexit deal, despite another Commons defeat. MPs voted against a motion endorsing the government's strategy by 303 to 258, with 66 Conservative MPs abstaining. Steve Baker, of the European...

Friday, 09:17 in Regional
 
Why are students striking for the climate and will it have an impact?

Why are students striking for the climate and will it have an impact?

Are the UK's school strikes for climate change the moment that British youth finally wakes up to the "climate emergency"? It may not represent a paradigm shift just yet, but the speed and scale of this young person's movement does make it...

Friday, 09:17 in Regional
 
Hotel chain struggles to recruit EU workers

Hotel chain struggles to recruit EU workers

Millennium & Copthorne Hotels has blamed a shortage of workers due to Brexit uncertainty for contributing to falling profits. The hotel chain reported a 28% fall in pre-tax profits to £106m for the 12 months to 31 December 2018, compared with the...

Friday, 09:14 in Business
 
John Legend on the Grammys boycott, gun control and becoming an EGOT

John Legend on the Grammys boycott, gun control and becoming an EGOT

On Tuesday night, John Legend headlined a Motown tribute concert, celebrating the record label's 60th anniversary. Alongside Smokey Robinson and Stevie Wonder, the star performed a selection of Marvin Gaye hits, including the timeless,...

Friday, 08:50 in Art & Culture
 
Creswell Crags: 'Witches' marks' found in cave network

Creswell Crags: 'Witches' marks' found in cave network

Hundreds of "witches' marks" believed to be from the 17th and 18th Centuries have been found in a limestone gorge. They were discovered at Creswell Crags, Nottinghamshire, and are believed to be the biggest concentration of protective marks...

Friday, 08:36 in Regional
 
Ariana Grande: How the Thank U, Next singer reached 'peak popularity'

Ariana Grande: How the Thank U, Next singer reached 'peak popularity'

Ariana Grande's latest album is set to debut at the top of the UK album chart on Friday. Thank U, Next has been outselling the rest of the top five albums combined, according to the Official Charts Company. Meanwhile, on the singles chart, she's...

Friday, 08:15 in Art & Culture
 
Jussie Smollett: 'No evidence' Empire actor attack was staged

Jussie Smollett: 'No evidence' Empire actor attack was staged

Chicago Police have dismissed reports that an attack on Empire actor Jussie Smollett was a hoax. The US TV star needed hospital treatment last month after a suspected racist and homophobic attack. Local media reports about the attack being staged are...

Friday, 08:15 in Art & Culture
 
RBS annual profit doubles to £1.6bn

RBS annual profit doubles to £1.6bn

Royal Bank of Scotland has reported profits of £1.62bn for 2018, more than double the £752m it made last year. The bank, which is 62%-owned by the government, said it would pay £977m to the Treasury through dividend payments. RBS chief executive Ross...

Friday, 07:36 in Business
 


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