US & World

Trump ends ex-CIA head John Brennan’s security access

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters Image caption John Brennan stepped down as CIA director in January 2017 Donald Trump has revoked the security clearance of ex-CIA chief John Brennan, denying the US president's critic of any access to sensitive information.White House press secretary Sarah Sanders announced the decision by reading a statement from Mr Trump.The statement cited Mr Brennan's "erratic conduct and behaviour".Mr Brennan described Mr Trump's performance after July's summit
Business

Knightsbridge cafe accountant admits lying about staff pensions

[ad_1] Image copyright Google Image caption The Gran Caffe Londra opposite Harrods describes itself as "one of Knightsbridge's best kept secrets" An accountant has admitted lying about employees having a workplace pension, in the first prosecution of its kind. Hashmukh Shah, 63, misled The Pensions Regulator (TPR) by saying staff at Gran Caffe Londra, opposite Harrods, had a pension scheme to avoid an inspection.Since 2013 employers have been obliged to
UK News

British Coal coke oven workers: Widow wins court battle

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption"It was like working in a hot sand storm"The widow of a coke oven worker who suffered chronic bronchitis because of harmful fumes has won £15,853 in a court battle against the UK government. The ruling, and four other test cases that were settled out of court, have been hailed by lawyers as a "pivotal milestone" in a group action for
UK News

Sheffield Pride committee resigns after criticism

[ad_1] Image copyright Sheffield Pride Image caption The crowd at Sheffield Pride in July The entire Sheffield Pride committee has resigned, after being criticised for describing the event as "a march of celebration not protest".Organisers said they had faced "demoralising and unhelpful comments" about the event which was held in July.Concerns were previously raised over a plan to vet placards on the march, the tenth time it was held in
Technology

Children ‘at risk of robot influence’

[ad_1] Image copyright University of Plymouth Image caption The children were asked to compare lines on a screen, with robots offering their opinions too Forget peer pressure, future generations are more likely to be influenced by robots, a study suggests.The research, conducted at the University of Plymouth, found that while adults were not swayed by robots, children were.The fact that children tended to trust robots without question raised ethical issues
Politics

Jeremy Corbyn wreath row explained

[ad_1] Image copyright Palestinian embassy in Tunis/Facebook Image caption Jeremy Corbyn was pictured at a wreath-laying ceremony in 2014 Jeremy Corbyn has faced questions about a wreath-laying ceremony he attended in Tunisia in 2014.The Labour leader has said he visited the cemetery to honour innocent people killed in a 1985 Israeli air strike.But he has faced criticism because the event took place near memorials for people who were accused of
Science/Nature

New pesticides ‘may have risks for bees’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Attempts to find a new generation of pesticides to replace neonicotinoids have been dealt a potential blow.Neonicotinoids are the most commonly used insecticide in the world, but had been linked to bee declines.Studies suggest a new type of pesticide seen as an alternative to the chemicals, which have been banned in many countries, may have similar risks.The new insecticides may reduce bumblebee reproduction in the
UK News

England international Danny Cipriani charged with nightclub assault

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Cipriani joined Gloucester from Wasps in the summer England rugby international Danny Cipriani has been charged with common assault after an incident at a Jersey nightclub.The Gloucester star was arrested in the early hours of Wednesday on Mulcaster Street in St Helier.Police said he has been charged with common assault, larceny, assault on police, resisting arrest and being disorderly on licensed premises.The 30-year-old
Politics

Tory MPs complain over peer’s Tunisia trip

[ad_1] Three Tory MPs have lodged a complaint against party colleague Lord Sheikh over his attendance at a conference on Palestinian rights in Tunisia in 2014.Lord Sheikh confirmed he was at the event, as Labour's Jeremy Corbyn faced questions about his participation in a memorial ceremony during the same trip.The Conservative Muslim Forum founder said he did not attend the controversial wreath-laying ceremony.But MPs Zac Goldsmith, Robert Halfon and Andrew
UK News

Gordon Brown says Jeremy Corbyn ‘has to change’

[ad_1] Image copyright Palestinian embassy in Tunis/Facebook Image caption Jeremy Corbyn was pictured at a wreath-laying ceremony in 2014 Gordon Brown says Jeremy Corbyn "has to change" to address concerns about anti-Semitism in the Labour Party.The former prime minister said the issue was a "running sore" that had to be dealt with.Labour has failed to endorse the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance's (IHRA) definition of anti-Semitism in its entirety.And Mr Corbyn
US & World

Four shot in argument at Walmart checkout near Philadelphia

[ad_1] Image copyright Montgomery County District Attorney Four people were shot and several more injured when a gunman opened fire by the checkout of a Walmart during an argument with another customer.Police say Keenan Jones, 30, fired at least 10 shots, some indiscriminately, as shoppers ran for cover during the fracas in the Philadelphia suburbs.Officials say Mr Jones and his sister fled the supermarket before crashing into a police car.
Technology

Myanmar Rohingya: Facebook ‘still hosts hate speech’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Hundreds of thousands of Rohingyas have left Myanmar for refugee camps in Bangladesh More than 1,000 anti-Rohingya posts featuring calls for their murder among other hate speech were live on Facebook last week, according to Reuters.A probe by the news agency indicates that the network is still being used to encourage violence against the Muslim group in Myanmar despite the tech firm promising
Business

Tesla ‘to be probed by regulators’ over privatisation plan

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Shares in Tesla have fallen 4% on reports that US regulators are seeking to question executives at the firm about its privatisation plans.Fox News tweeted that the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) had sent subpoenas to the electric carmaker and was "ramping up" its investigation.Last week, boss Elon Musk said he was considering taking Tesla private, but some have questioned his intentions. Both Tesla
UK News

Italy bridge collapse: ‘We just ran for our lives’

[ad_1] Nicola and Lisa Henton-Mitchell survived the bridge collapse with their two children in Genoa.The family, from Bicester, Oxfordshire, were four days into a three-week holiday when they were forced to abandon their hire car and run away.Read more from the family: "Everyone was screaming to run"The interior minister said at least 37 people were killed when dozens of vehicles fell 45m (148ft).Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has declared a
Politics

Inside the Jeremy Corbyn wreath row cemetery in Tunisia

[ad_1] Jeremy Corbyn has faced questions about his involvement in a wreath-laying ceremony he attended in Tunisia in 2014.The Labour leader says he was honouring Palestinians killed in a 1985 Israeli bomb attack in the country.However, he has faced scrutiny because the cemetery also houses graves of people accused of links to the 1972 massacre of Israelis at the Munich Olympics.The BBC's Rana Jawad went to have a look at
Entertainment

Sir Cliff Richard privacy case: BBC will not go to Court of Appeal

[ad_1] Image copyright EPA The BBC will not challenge a ruling over its coverage of a police raid at Sir Cliff Richard's home in 2014 at the Court of Appeal.A High Court judge ruled the BBC had infringed the singer's privacy, awarding him £210,000 in damages in July, and refused leave to appeal.The corporation will now seek advice from the attorney general over the ruling's impact on future reporting. "There
UK News

Six people injured by loose horse at Pembrokeshire Show

[ad_1] Image caption Emergency services are at the scene and treating the injured Six people have been injured after a horse bolted during an event at Pembrokeshire County Show. The horse which broke loose from a show ring onto the main thoroughfare at the show in Withybush, near Haverfordwest knocked several people over.Jonathan Twigg, who was at the scene, said the horse had "bolted up the avenue through the crowds".The
Entertainment

Star Trek saga casts new Spock actor Ethan Peck

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images/NBC Image caption Peck thanked Leonard Nimoy's family for their "warm welcome... and support" Three years on from Leonard Nimoy's death, a new actor has been chosen to play his most iconic role - Star Trek science officer Mr Spock.Ethan Peck said it was "an incomparable honour" to be cast as the pointy-eared alien in TV show Star Trek: Discovery.Peck, grandson of Oscar-winner Gregory, will join