Brexit: Theresa May to meet EU leaders in bid to rescue deal

Media playback is unsupported on your device Theresa May will meet European leaders and EU officials later for talks aimed at rescuing her Brexit deal. She will hold talks with Dutch PM Mark Rutte and Germany’s Angela Merkel after postponing MPs’ final vote on the deal. The UK PM has said she needs « further assurances » about the Northern Ireland border plan to get Commons backing. European Council President Donald Tusk insisted the EU would « not renegotiate » but said leaders would discuss how to help « facilitate…

France yellow vest protests: Macron promises wage rise

Media playback is unsupported on your device France’s President Emmanuel Macron has promised a minimum wage rise and tax concessions in response to weeks of violent protests. France has seen four weekends of violent protests against fuel tax rises, living costs and other issues. Speaking in a televised address, Mr Macron condemned the violence but said the protesters’ anger was « deep, and in many ways legitimate ». The minimum wage would increase by €100 per month from 2019, he said. A planned tax increase for low-income pensioners would be…

Russell Bishop: Paedophile guilty of 1986 Babes in the Wood murders

Media playback is unsupported on your device A convicted paedophile has been found guilty of murdering two schoolgirls who were found strangled and sexually assaulted near Brighton 32 years ago. Russell Bishop, 52, had protested his innocence since the bodies of Nicola Fellows and Karen Hadaway were found. Cleared of their murders in 1987, Bishop went on to attack a seven-year-old girl within three years, leaving her for dead in 1990, but she survived. He was convicted of the double murder in a second trial at the Old Bailey. After…

US snowstorm kills three in North Carolina

A heavy snowstorm has swept through US south-eastern states, killing at least three people and leaving hundreds of thousands without power. A state of emergency has been declared in North Carolina, with some areas reporting as much as 0.5m (18.5ins) of snow over the weekend. One man died after a tree fell on his car. A search is under way for a driver whose vehicle was found in a river. Thousands of flights were also cancelled across the region. ‘A dangerous system’ Snow, sleet and freezing rain continues to impact…

Sarah Hyland: Modern Family star reveals second kidney transplant

US actress Sarah Hyland has described how having to undergo two kidney transplants left her « contemplating suicide, » US media report. The 28-year-old, who stars in the popular sitcom Modern Family, opened up about her kidney dysplasia in an interview with Self magazine. She said her body rejected a kidney donated by her father when she was 21, but luckily her brother was a match. « I had gone through [my whole life] always being a burden, » Hyland said. In the interview published on Monday, Hyland revealed how…

Brexit: Theresa May tells MPs vote on her deal is off

Theresa May says she has called off Tuesday’s crucial vote on her Brexit deal because it would be « would be rejected by a significant margin ». She said MPs backed much of the deal she has struck with the EU but there was concern over the Northern Irish backstop. But she said she believed she could still get the deal through if she addressed their concerns. And that, she added, was what she intended to do in the next few days. The pound fell sharply in response to the…

Russell Bishop: Paedophile guilty of 1986 Babes in Wood murders

A convicted paedophile has been found guilty of murdering two schoolgirls who were found strangled and sexually assaulted near Brighton 32 years ago. Russell Bishop, 52, had protested his innocence since the bodies of Nicola Fellows and Karen Hadaway were found. Cleared of their murders in 1987, Bishop went on to attack a seven-year-old girl within three years, leaving her for dead in 1990, but she survived. He was convicted of the double murder in a second trial at the Old Bailey. After the girls were found dead, the case…

Nasa’s Voyager 2 probe ‘leaves the Solar System’

The Voyager 2 probe, which left Earth in 1977, has become the second human-made object to leave our Solar System. It was launched 16 days before its twin craft, Voyager 1, but that probe’s faster trajectory meant that it was in « the space between the stars » six years before Voyager 2. The news was revealed at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) meeting in Washington. And chief scientist on the mission, Prof Edward Stone, confirmed it. He said both probes had now « made it into interstellar space »…

Brexit: Theresa May warns of ‘uncharted waters’ ahead of key vote

With two days to go until the crucial Brexit vote, the prime minister has warned MPs they face « uncharted waters » if they reject her deal. Speaking to the Mail on Sunday, the PM said a rejection of her proposals would mean « grave uncertainty » for the UK. She warned MPs their actions could lead to a general election, and there was a « very real risk of no Brexit ». Downing Street has also denied newspaper reports that Theresa May will postpone Tuesday’s vote. « The vote…

Yellow vest movement: Paris police detain hundreds of protesters

Media playback is unsupported on your device Police in Paris have fired tear gas on protesters as a fourth weekend of anti-government protests turned violent. The clashes came after up to 8,000 demonstrators gathered in the city centre. More than 500 people have been taken into custody. At least 30 people have been injured in the capital, including three police officers. The « yellow vest » movement opposed fuel tax rises but ministers say it has been hijacked by « ultra-violent » protesters. Some 8,000 police and 12 armoured vehicles…

Grace Millane: New Zealand Police start murder inquiry

New Zealand Police have announced they believe missing British backpacker Grace Millane has been murdered. The 22-year-old from Essex – described by her father as « lovely » and « family-orientated » – was last seen in New Zealand a week ago. Det Insp Scott Beard said the evidence told them she was « no longer alive ». A 26-year-old man – who was with Miss Millane before she went missing – is being held in Auckland in connection with the murder. « Grace’s family have been advised of this…

‘Meaningful vote’ compromise bid dismissed by Brexiteers

A government bid to find a compromise to win over rebels before the Commons Brexit vote has run into criticism. A Tory backbench amendment – understood to have No 10’s backing – offers MPs more of a say over the contentious issue of the Northern Ireland backstop. DUP leader Arlene Foster dismissed it as « legislative tinkering » while Tory Brexiteers said it was « desperate ». Many MPs have expressed concerns about the backstop, aimed at preventing a « hard border » on the island of Ireland. It would…

Oxbridge ‘over-recruits from eight schools’

Oxford and Cambridge are being accused of being so socially exclusive that they recruit more students from eight top schools than almost 3,000 other English state schools put together. The Sutton Trust social mobility charity says the leading universities are failing to attract a wide enough range of talent. Trust founder Sir Peter Lampl said all young people needed a « fair chance ». Oxford University said they « very aware » that they « must work harder ». The study examined Oxford and Cambridge admissions data between 2015 and…

No end in sight for O2 data problems

O2 said it did not know when full service would be restored to millions of customers who cannot access data services on their smartphones. The mobile network said it was working « flat out » with Ericsson to fix the technical problems. The Swedish company, which makes mobile network equipment, confirmed that an issue with its software was to blame. Services such as bus timetable information have also been affected, while many businesses faced disruption. O2 has 25 million customers and also provides services for the Sky, Tesco, Giffgaff and…

Randox forensics inquiry: Forty drug-driving offences quashed

At least 40 motorists convicted of drug-driving offences have been cleared after evidence of manipulation was found in the forensic testing process. The motorists were banned from driving and in some cases fined, but their convictions have since been overturned. About 10,500 test results are being reviewed after data was allegedly manipulated at Randox Testing Services. The National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) described it as a « most serious breach » of forensic science standards. Two arrests A further 50 drug-driving cases have been dropped as a result of the…

Brexit: Theresa May ‘looking at MPs’ role on backstop’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Theresa May says she « is talking to colleagues » about their concerns over the Northern Ireland « backstop » ahead of a crucial vote on her EU deal. She suggested MPs could be « given a role » in deciding whether to activate the backstop, which is designed to stop the return of a physical border. But she told the BBC there could be no deal with the EU without a backstop. It comes amid speculation Tuesday’s Commons vote could be delayed…

Police investigating right-wing activity arrest three men on terror charges

Police investigating extreme right-wing activity in the UK have arrested three men on terrorism charges. Those arrested are a 17-year-old from London, a 21-year-old from Bath and an 18-year-old from Portsmouth. Police said the arrests, made by officers from the North East Counter Terrorism Unit, were pre-planned. Searches are ongoing at properties in Bath, London, Portsmouth and Leeds, officers said. The 21-year-old was arrested on suspicion of possessing material useful to someone preparing an act of terrorism and conspiracy to inspire racial or religious hatred. The 17-year-old was arrested on…

British Neo-Nazis suggest Prince Harry should be shot

A university student from Bath and a London teenager are among those involved with a UK version of a violent American neo-Nazi group linked to five murders, a BBC investigation has found. A propaganda image placed online by the British group suggests Prince Harry is a « race traitor » and should be shot. Private messages between members show the leader stating that police officers should be raped and killed. Evidence suggests the leader is Andrew Dymock, 21. He denies wrongdoing. The BBC has seen evidence he set up the…

Commons row as Brexit legal advice published

Theresa May has been accused of « misleading Parliament, inadvertently or otherwise » as the full legal advice on her Brexit deal was published. The Scottish National Party said the PM had « concealed the facts » after the advice, which warns of an « indefinite » backstop deal with the EU. Ministers were found in contempt of Parliament on Tuesday for only publishing an overview this week. But the PM said the two documents were consistent and the position was clear. In the six-page letter, dated 13 November, Attorney…

Matthew Hedges: Academic ‘psychologically tortured’ in UAE jail

Media playback is unsupported on your device The British academic jailed for spying in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has told how he endured « psychological torture ». Matthew Hedges, 31, said he was forced by the Emirati authorities to stand « all day » in ankle cuffs. Mr Hedges said he suffered panic attacks and had suicidal thoughts. He told the BBC he was asked to act as a double agent in the UK’s Foreign Office, and confessed to being a captain in MI6 to stop the « torture…

MPs may try to steal Brexit from British people – Liam Fox

Media playback is unsupported on your device There is a risk MPs could « steal Brexit from the British people » if Theresa May’s proposed deal is rejected, a senior cabinet minister has warned. Liam Fox said there was « natural Remain majority » in Parliament and any attempt to overturn the 2016 referendum vote would be a « democratic affront ». It came after MPs voted to exert more influence should the PM’s deal fall. Ministers will again battle to win over MPs to Theresa May’s withdrawal deal after…

First baby born after deceased womb transplant

A healthy baby girl has been born using a womb transplanted from a dead body. The 10-hour transplant operation – and later fertility treatment – took place in São Paulo, Brazil, in 2016. The mother, 32, was born without a womb. There have been 39 womb transplants using a live donor, including mothers donating their womb to their daughter, resulting in 11 babies. But the 10 previous transplants from a dead donor have failed or resulted in miscarriage. Given drugs In this case, the womb donor was a mother of…

Ryanair compensation claims to go to court

The Civil Aviation Authority has said it is taking legal action against Ryanair over its refusal to compensate thousands of UK-based customers. Their flights were cancelled or delayed over the summer because of strikes by Ryanair pilots and cabin crew. The CAA says they are entitled to compensation under EU law. However, Ryanair argues the strike action amounts to « extraordinary circumstances » and that therefore, it does not have to pay. More Ryanair passengers have put in compensation claims for cancellations or delays to arbitration this year than any…

Boohoo ‘broke advertising rules’, BBC Watchdog finds

Boohoo, the fast fashion retailer, broke Advertising Standards Authority rules with « misleading » promotions. The BBC’s investigative programme, Watchdog Live, recorded promotions on its website that did not end after the countdown clock reached zero. Time-limited sales put pressure on consumers to buy quickly. Keeping the clock running means the time limit – and the pressure – were false. Boohoo said it was never its intention to mislead. The company said customer demand drove it to extend certain offers. Between August and November 2018, Watchdog Live recorded 14 sales…

Brexit: Full legal advice to be published after contempt vote

The government will publish its full legal advice on Theresa May’s Brexit deal after MPs found it in contempt of Parliament for not doing so. The Commons supported a motion, backed by six opposition parties, demanding full disclosure, by 311 votes to 293. Labour demanded the attorney general’s advice should be released ahead of next Tuesday’s key vote on Mrs May’s deal. In response Commons Leader Andrea Leadsom said the government « would respond » on Wednesday. She told MPs she would refer the issue to Commons Privileges Committee to…

Brexit: Ministers may have broken rules by not publishing legal advice – Speaker

The UK government may have broken Parliamentary rules by not publishing Brexit legal advice, the Commons Speaker has said. John Bercow said there was an « arguable case » that a contempt of Parliament has been committed. It means MPs will debate and vote on Tuesday on whether or not to refer the case to the Standards Committee. This is likely to delay the start of the debate on Theresa May’s Brexit deal. Mr Bercow was responding to a call from senior MPs in six parties – Labour, the Lib…

UK faces constitutional crisis over Brexit legal advice, Labour warns

The UK faces a « constitutional crisis » if Theresa May does not publish the full legal advice on her Brexit deal on Monday, Labour has warned. The PM says the advice is confidential, but some MPs think ministers do not want to admit it says the UK could be indefinitely tied to EU customs rules. Sam Gyimah, who quit the government on Friday, said releasing the advice was « key to restoring trust in politics ». Attorney General Geoffrey Cox will make a statement about it later. He is…

Sir David Attenborough: Climate change ‘our greatest threat’

Media playback is unsupported on your device The naturalist Sir David Attenborough has said climate change is humanity’s greatest threat in thousands of years. The broadcaster said it could lead to the collapse of civilisations and the extinction of « much of the natural world ». He was speaking at the opening ceremony of United Nations-sponsored climate talks in Katowice, Poland. The meeting is the most critical on climate change since the 2015 Paris agreement. Sir David said: « Right now, we are facing a man-made disaster of global scale.…

Sacked vegan claims discrimination in landmark case

Media playback is unsupported on your device A tribunal is to be asked to decide whether veganism is a « philosophical belief » akin to a religion, in a landmark legal action. Jordi Casamitjana says he was sacked by the League Against Cruel Sports after disclosing it invested pension funds in firms involved in animal testing. He claims he was discriminated against, and the tribunal will now decide if veganism should be protected in law. The League Against Cruel Sports says he was dismissed for gross misconduct. It denies the…

Trump says China agreed to reduce tariffs on US car imports

Beijing will « reduce and remove » the 40% tariffs it places on US cars imported into China, US President Donald Trump has said. China has declined to confirm President Trump’s announcement, which he made on Twitter without providing details. The move, if confirmed, would be welcomed by a car industry unsettled by the escalating US-China trade war. President Trump and Xi Jinping have now agreed to a temporary truce in the bitter dispute. Over dinner at the G20 summit, they agreed to not increase tariffs for 90 days to…