US & World

EU urges crackdown on ‘golden passports’ for big investors

[ad_1] Image copyright Gov.mt Image caption Malta, Cyprus and Bulgaria give passports to non-EU nationals who make sufficient investments The EU Commission has told EU states to tighten checks on non-EU nationals who acquire citizenship - so-called "golden passports" - through investments.The Commission plans closer monitoring of those schemes and of "golden visas" granting residence in exchange for big investments. It says they can be abused for tax evasion and
Entertainment

Edwin Birdsong: Funk musician sampled by Daft Punk dies aged 77

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Edwin Birdsong attending the Grammys in 2015 Edwin Birdsong, a jazz and funk keyboardist whose music was sampled by Daft Punk, Kanye West and Snoop Dogg, has died at the age of 77.He was best known for the disco song Cola Bottle Baby, which formed the basis for Daft Punk's Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger.He was also a prolific session musician and producer who
UK News

Boy hit by ‘drink-driver’ in pub car park in Stafford

[ad_1] Image copyright Google Image caption The boy was knocked down outside the King's Horse pub shortly before 18:00 GMT An eight-year-old boy was hit by a suspected drink-driver in a pub car park.Bystanders rushed to the youngster's aid after he was knocked down outside the King's Horse in Stafford just before 18:00 GMT on Tuesday.When paramedics arrived they found he had suffered potentially life-changing injuries and took him to
UK News

‘I should never have been charged’ – former Tesco director

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Carl Rogberg, former finance director for Tesco, arriving for a previous hearing at Southwark Crown Court in London A former director of Tesco has said he should never have been charged after being acquitted of fraud at the supermarket chain.Carl Rogberg also questioned why Tesco had agreed two years ago to a fine for overstating its profits in 2014. On Wednesday he was
Education

‘Appalling’ ignorance of child-protection pressures

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images The government has an "appalling" lack of understanding of the growing pressure on England's child-protection services, a spending watchdog says.The National Audit Office pointed to a huge rise in demand since 2010.Council budgets had been cut by nearly 30% over this period, it said, and 91% of local authorities were now overspending on children's services.The Department for Education said it was working to improve its
Health

Global health research money reaches ‘record high’

[ad_1] Image copyright Spl Image caption Malaria remains one of the world's biggest killers Funding to tackle 33 significant diseases has reached its highest level since figures were taken, says a survey which has tracked this for 11 years.The G-Finder report found that money invested in research and development reached $3.5bn (£2.8bn) in 2017.The total is a 7% increase on the previous year. But the group which tracked the data
Health

How diet is changing – the good and the bad

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Children are turning their backs on sugary drinks, with the numbers drinking them falling by a quarter over the past nine years, a survey suggests.About half of children do not drink them, it says. And those that do, drink fewer than children in 2008-09 did.The shift has contributed to an overall reduction in sugar consumption.However, all age groups still consume above the recommended levels, according
Business

Santander to shut 140 branches

[ad_1] Image copyright NurPhoto / Getty Images Spanish-owned bank Santander is slashing its branch network by almost a fifth, putting 1,270 jobs at risk.The bank blamed the closures on "changes in how customers are choosing to carry out their banking".It said branch transactions have fallen 23% in the last three years, while digital transactions have soared 99%."We have had to take some very difficult decisions over our less visited branches,"
Technology

Martin Lewis drops Facebook lawsuit

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Consumer campaigner Martin Lewis has dropped a defamation lawsuit against Facebook over a series of ads that ran on its platform, falsely claiming he backed several investment schemes.The MoneySavingExpert website founder had claimed the fake endorsements had caused him reputational damage.He said he had agreed to drop the case after Facebook agreed to introduce a scam ads reporting button.In addition, Facebook will donate £3m to
Entertainment

The Sopranos: James Gandolfini’s son to fill father’s shoes in prequel

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Michael Gandolfini (right) was born in the year his dad James first appeared in The Sopranos The son of James Gandolfini is to take on his father's most famous role in a prequel to hit HBO show The Sopranos.Michael Gandolfini, 19, said he was "thrilled" to be cast as the young Tony Soprano in The Many Saints of Newark, a film currently in
US & World

Tonga hit by near-total internet blackout

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Tonga is usually linked to the web via underwater cable Tonga is experiencing a near total blackout of mobile and internet services after the country's only undersea cable was damaged. The problem took the island nation of about 100,000 people by surprise on Sunday night. Bad weather is being blamed as the cause of the fault.A satellite link is providing limited bandwidth but
US & World

Venezuela opposition set for mass protest against Maduro

[ad_1] Image copyright EPA Image caption National Assembly president Juan Guaidó wants to become interim leader Hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans are expected to join a march on Wednesday in a bid to topple President Nicolás Maduro's government.The protests will mark 61 years since the fall of the country's military dictatorship in 1958. National Assembly president Juan Guaidó, who has organised the demonstration, called it a "historic appointment with the
Politics

Brexit: Delaying Brexit worse than no deal, says Liam Fox

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Delaying or cancelling Brexit would be a "calamitous" breach of trust with the electorate and worse than leaving the EU with no deal, Liam Fox has said. The Brexiteer minister told BBC's Radio 4's Today programme MPs pushing for a delay actually wanted to stop Brexit.But he said this was the "worst outcome" of the current wrangles.MPs are proposing alternative plans to the PM's deal
UK News

Woman dies after being hit by police car in Walthamstow

[ad_1] Image copyright Google Image caption The 21-year-old woman was struck by the car in Forest Road, Walthamstow A woman has died after she was hit by a police car responding to an emergency call in east London.The 21-year-old pedestrian was struck by the marked vehicle on Forest Road, Walthamstow, at 23:45 GMT on Tuesday.Paramedics and London's air ambulance were called but the woman was pronounced dead at the scene.The
Business

Wetherspoons warns on labour costs

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP Wetherspoons has warned that pre-tax profits for the first half of its financial year will be down on 2018.This is despite a 7.2% rise in like-for-like sales during the 12 weeks to 20 January 2019.The pub chain said labour costs increased by £30m for the period, along with the cost of interest, utilities, repairs and depreciation.But Wetherspoons chairman Tim Martin said its full year results were
US & World

Priyanka Gandhi launches political career ahead of key India polls

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP Image caption Priyanka Gandhi-Vadra connects easily with the voters Priyanka Gandhi, the charismatic sister of Congress party leader Rahul Gandhi, has formally joined politics months ahead of general elections in India.Ms Gandhi has been appointed the party general secretary for the eastern part of the crucial state of Uttar Pradesh.She has campaigned extensively for her brother and mother Sonia Gandhi in earlier elections, but had refused
Entertainment

NTAs 2019: Five things we learned on the red carpet

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption John Barrowman and Emily Atack admiring their NTA It was a freezing night at the National Television Awards, but despite the chill the celebs were out in force on the red carpet. As always, the biggest names in British television were assembled in an array of sequined dresses and slick tuxes to provide some revelations.So from WhatsApp groups to secret Hollywood film judges,