RBS comes bottom of bank league tables

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Fewer than half of Royal Bank of Scotland's customers would recommend its customer service to friends and family, according to rankings published for the first time.The Competition and Markets Authority has published the figures in a bid to increase competition in the sector.RBS is joint bottom of the personal banking league table, along with Clydesdale. It is also at the bottom for business banking.A review

Effects of psychedelic DMT ‘similar to near-death experiences’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption DMT is the major psychoactive compound in ayahuasca, a drink made from vines The effects of a powerful psychedelic drug are similar to a near-death experience, research suggests. Answers to a questionnaire showed a "striking similarity" between people describing a near-death experience and volunteers given DMT. The Imperial College London researchers concluded the near-death or "complex subjective" experiences had been caused by physical

Twitter suspends Alex Jones for one week

[ad_1] Image copyright EPA Image caption Alex Jones will not be able to post new messages or comment on others' posts for a week Twitter is blocking the right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones from posting to its platform for a week.The InfoWars broadcaster's past tweets will, however, remain viewable to others while his account is locked in a "read-only" mode.The social network has not confirmed what prompted the action.But the
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Viewpoint: Chinese mosque standoff risks peace in model Muslim province

[ad_1] Image copyright Weibo Image caption The Weizhou mosque is a towering structure that features domes and minarets in a Middle Eastern style China is determined to maintain control over how religion is practiced, recent threats to demolish one mosque in a previously rule-abiding city threatened to backfire, writes US-based academic David R Stroup. On a frigid morning in early February 2016, just before sunrise, I stood in the courtyard

Poor hospital discharge process puts patients ‘at risk’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A report describes a "fragmented approach" being taken around Wales with no national policy Patients are being put at risk because of a lack of staff awareness about discharging them from hospital, a report has said.Poor relationships between GPs and hospitals also meant patients staying in longer than necessary, it added.The Healthcare Inspectorate Wales (HIW) report said "significant attention" was needed at hospitals.A
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Westminster crash: Salih Khater named as suspect

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP Image caption Forensics officers at the scene of the crash on Tuesday The man being held on suspicion of terrorism after the Westminster car crash has been named as Salih Khater by government sources.The 29-year-old British citizen, originally from Sudan, is being questioned in south London. Police have been searching three addresses in Birmingham and Nottingham as part of their investigation. Three people were injured after
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New Mexico compound judge receives death threats

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters Image caption Officers found 11 starving children at the remote compound, and the remains of a toddler A New Mexico judge has received death threats after granting bail to five adults arrested at a desert compound.Judge Sarah Backus said the prosecution had not convinced her the defendants were a threat to the community.Police had arrested the two adults and three women at a remote compound raided
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RMT angry at Chris Grayling’s rail fare index suggestion

[ad_1] Image caption Rail fare rises are calculated using the Retail Price Index A suggestion that rail fare and wage increases should be linked to a lower inflation measure has sparked an angry response from unions.Transport Secretary Chris Grayling wants future increases to be based on the Consumer Price Index, rather than the current, higher Retail Price Index.The RMT union accused him of trying to impose a "pay cap" on
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The drug that makes people jump off buildings

[ad_1] Image copyright Staffordshire Police Image caption Police have warned that the use of monkey dust is at epidemic levels It has led people to jump off buildings, bite others and run into people's homes. Now police say it is only a matter of time before someone dies as the result of "monkey dust" - a synthetic drug rising in popularity in the West Midlands."At night time I won't go
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Fraser Anning: Australia MPs condemn ‘final solution’ speech

[ad_1] Image copyright PARLIAMENT OF AUSTRALIA Image caption Senator Fraser Anning says he will not apologise for his speech An Australian senator has been widely condemned for a speech that invoked the term "final solution" in a call for immigration restrictions based on race.Fraser Anning, from the conservative Katter's Australian Party, called for migration bans on Muslims and others in his maiden Senate speech on Tuesday.Political opponents denounced his speech
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South Korea to ban some BMW vehicles over engine fires

[ad_1] Image copyright EPA Image caption BMW has recalled 106,000 cars in South Korea because of growing fears about fire The South Korean government has said it will ban about 20,000 BMWs from its streets after a spate of the vehicles catching fire.The ban will apply to cars which have not yet been sent to BMW for safety checks under a voluntary recall.Nearly 30 engines caught on fire in 2018

Reality Check: Public toilets mapped

[ad_1] For travellers on their summer holidays, where to stop for a toilet break can be a source of worry. Public toilet provision has been declining for a number of years and the BBC has learnt that some UK high streets and tourist hot spots now no longer have any council-run public toilets.At least 673 public toilets across the UK have stopped being maintained by major councils (unitary, borough, district

How housing has divided the young

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Rising house prices have not only left fewer young people able to buy a home, they have also divided them into property "haves" and "have-nots".Over the past 25 years only a small group of young adults have been able to get on to the property ladder - and this has been getting smaller.A result of rapidly rising house prices, this trend has led to concerns
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Manchester police on how a paedophile’s distinctive hands led to his conviction

[ad_1] In July 2014, police in Manchester arrested a 34-year-old man on suspicion of filming himself raping a child. In the video, the face of the perpetrator was hidden but his hands were visible. Detectives felt they had the right suspect in custody, but did not have enough evidence to secure a conviction. With time running out, they turned to Dame Professor Sue Black, a forensic anthropologist who is an

Tate Liverpool: The ‘risky’ gallery that revived a city

[ad_1] Image copyright Tate Liverpool Image caption Tate Liverpool is celebrating 30 years When Tory grandee Michael Heseltine was dispatched to Liverpool in the aftermath of the 1981 Toxteth riots to revive the city's fortunes not many people would have guessed opening an art gallery was top of his list for promoting urban regeneration.Thirty years on Tate Liverpool has an international reputation for artistic excellence and has been one of