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Christian Cole: Oxford University's first black student
In a salute to a "remarkable" man, the University of Oxford has paid tribute to its first black student. But who was Christian Cole and what was life like for him at a time when being black at the university wasn't merely unusual, but remarkable? ...
2017-10-18 06:19 open_in_new
How wide is Aldi and Lidl's appeal among the better off?

It is well known that it is not only those on a tight budget that shop at the discount stores Aldi and Lidl.

But a survey suggests a huge number of the better heeled have also been browsing the aisles and may have a product from at least one of them lurking in their larders and ...

2017-10-18 06:19 open_in_new
The big cases Crimewatch helped solve

After 33 years of appeals and reconstructions, Crimewatch will be hanging up its phone lines for the last time as the BBC axes the ground-breaking programme.

The BBC One institution called on the public to help solve some of the UK's biggest crimes and people would call in their droves ...

2017-10-18 06:19 open_in_new
'Rogue' property agents to be targeted, ministers say

Plans to protect leaseholders and tenants in England from unfair costs are to be outlined by ministers later.

They say they want to clamp down on a "small minority of rogue agents" in the property management system who force consumers to pay over-inflated charges.

They will consider ...

2017-10-18 06:19 open_in_new
Check NHS cancer, A&E and operations targets in your area
The NHS is under unprecedented pressure. Rising numbers of patients need hospital care - whether in an accident and emergency department, for cancer treatment or for planned operations and care, such as knee and hip replacements. ...
2017-10-18 06:19 open_in_new
'How I got my children back'
When John Buskell's son was placed into care at birth he was distraught - his drug abuse had been the cause. But with the help of a family court focused on reuniting children with their parents, his life began to change. ...
2017-10-18 06:19 open_in_new
The artist making 'new' Warhol paintings, 30 years after his death
Is it possible to create new paintings by Andy Warhol, 30 years after his death? Warhol got other people to do most of the work first time around - and now a British artist has recreated some of his most famous works using exactly the same methods and materials. ...
2017-10-18 06:19 open_in_new
MI5 boss Andrew Parker warns of 'intense’ terror threat

The UK's intelligence services are facing an "intense" challenge from terrorism, the head of MI5 has warned.

Andrew Parker said there was currently "more terrorist activity coming at us, more quickly" and that it can also be "harder to detect".

The UK has suffered five terror attacks ...

2017-10-18 06:19 open_in_new
Moston stabbing: Boy, 13, arrested over teen attack

A 13-year-old boy has been arrested over the stabbing of another teenager in the Moston area of Manchester.

The attack on Worsley Avenue has left a 15-year-old boy with life-threatening injuries, police said.

The victim was found injured at 19:10 BST on Tuesday and officers have ...

2017-10-18 06:19 open_in_new
Man Booker Prize: George Saunders wins for Lincoln in the Bardo

George Saunders has won the Man Booker prize for his novel Lincoln in the Bardo - becoming the second US author to take home the £50,000 fiction award.

The book tells the story of Abraham Lincoln's grief after the death of his young son, and his visits to his tomb.

It is the first ...

2017-10-18 06:19 open_in_new
Amazon and eBay warned by MPs about VAT fraudsters

Amazon and eBay are profiting from sellers who defraud UK taxpayers by failing to charge VAT, according to a report by MPs.

The report estimates up to £1.5bn has been lost from third-party sellers on online marketplaces not charging the tax on sales they make in the UK.

MPs in the ...

2017-10-18 06:19 open_in_new
Brook House: Inquiry call into immigration centre allegations

A "prompt" and independent inquiry should be held into alleged abuse at an immigration removal centre in the UK, a human rights body has said.

Footage covertly filmed by BBC Panorama allegedly showed staff at Brook House, near Gatwick airport, "mocking, abusing and assaulting" detainees ...

2017-10-18 06:19 open_in_new
Universal Credit: MPs to debate rollout amid Labour pause call

MPs are to debate the rollout of Universal Credit amid continuing calls for changes to the way the government's flagship welfare programme is working.

Labour is calling for the system, which merges six benefits into one, to be paused amid concerns about how long claimants wait to get the ...

2017-10-18 06:19 open_in_new
Traffic jams: UK's worst motorway disruption revealed

The worst traffic jams in the UK left drivers facing up to 15 hours of disruption and tailbacks.

A fuel spill, broken down vehicles and an emergency viaduct repair were behind the most severe delays.

Traffic analysts Inrix said drivers and businesses lost millions of pounds in wasted ...

2017-10-18 06:19 open_in_new
The tale of two hospitals
NHS hospitals are facing major challenges in dealing with patient numbers, outbreaks of diseases like flu and hitting performance targets. So how do two of them, one in London, one in north-east England, cope with the strains they face? ...
2017-10-18 06:19 open_in_new
'I spent my savings rather than wait for the NHS'

Hospital services are facing mounting pressure. Staff shortages, rising demand and a squeeze on budgets mean waiting times are rising in many places.

And while the health service still sees most patients quickly - whether they turn up at an accident and emergency unit, need cancer ...

2017-10-18 06:19 open_in_new
Hospital targets missed en masse as performance slumps

The performance of hospitals across the UK has slumped with targets for cancer, A&E and planned operations now being missed en masse, BBC research shows.

Nationally England, Wales and Northern Ireland have not hit one of their three key targets for 18 months.

Only Scotland has ...

2017-10-18 06:19 open_in_new
Does it matter if NHS targets are missed?

Hospital targets are a blunt measure of performance. By their very nature, there is an absolute cut off.

Fall above the line and you succeed. Fall below - even by one patient - and you fail.

As a result it can create what you could say are anomalies. There are 21 local hospital ...

2017-10-18 06:19 open_in_new
Iran blamed for Parliament cyber-attack

Iran has been blamed for a major cyber-attack on Parliamentary email accounts, including those of cabinet ministers.

Whitehall officials say Iran was behind a "sustained" cyber-attack on 23 June with hackers making repeated attempts to guess passwords of 9,000 accounts.

Up to 30 ...

2017-10-15 06:49 open_in_new
Appeal over missing schoolgirls Leah Dixon and Jasmine Agnew

Police have said they are growing increasingly concerned for two missing schoolgirls.

Leah Dixon, 14, and Jasmine Agnew, 12, were reported missing on Friday night after failing to return to their homes in Renfrewshire.

Leah was last seen in Gauze Street, Paisley, at about 09:10 on ...

2017-10-15 06:49 open_in_new
First commercial flight lands on remote St Helena

The first scheduled commercial airline service to the remote British island of St Helena in the south Atlantic has touched down safely.

The virgin flight, an SA Airlink service from South Africa, ends the island's long-standing reliance on a ship which sailed every three weeks.

It is ...

2017-10-15 06:49 open_in_new