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Adopted sons of American NHS surgeon granted visas after being denied UK entry

The two adopted children of an American NHS specialist and his British wife, who were repeatedly refused entry to the UK, have been granted visas after the Guardian highlighted their plight.

Patrick Thies, an orthopaedic surgeon, had returned to the US with his sons and was within days of ...

2017-08-17 19:33 open_in_new
Birmingham seven-week bin strike comes to an end

A bin strike that has caused anger and dismay for almost two months in Birmingham has been suspended.

Residents were told their rubbish-strewn streets would be cleared “without disruption” after talks that brought the seven-week dispute to an end on Wednesday.

The resolution came ...

2017-08-16 14:35 open_in_new
The symmetry of the Pieceword challenge

I’m surprised that Peter Bradshaw thinks the most bizarre episode in Sonia Orwell’s life was an evening when Malcolm Muggeridge and Kingsley Amis went back to her flat (Notebook, 10 August). More bizarre was surely her decision to sell the film rights to Animal Farm to the CIA (through E ...

2017-08-10 21:05 open_in_new
Channel 4 move will not give major boost to new home, warns thinktank

Cities bidding to become the new home of Channel 4 should reconsider their attempts because the relocation of large parts of the BBC to Salford has had a negligible impact on employment in the wider area, according to a thinktank.

Centre for Cities said the relocation of BBC Sport and ...

2017-08-10 02:21 open_in_new
Family watched house being burgled in real time via phone app

A horrified family watched helplessly via a CCTV phone app as a burglar raided their house while they sat on holiday 120 miles away.

Donna Marusamy was on a weekend break to Burnham-on-Sea in Somerset with her husband and children when she received a notification on her mobile that ...

2017-08-10 00:09 open_in_new
You can slash the social care budget, but don’t mess with Britain’s bins

I t has been described as “a buffet for rats”. Since the end of June, Birmingham’s bins have gone uncollected because of a dispute between the unions and the council over changes to pay and working practices. Brummies have been forced to clear bags of maggot-ridden rubbish from their own ...

2017-08-08 18:27 open_in_new
Birmingham refuse workers hate to see rubbish piling up – but our strike is vital

I ’ve been working for Birmingham’s refuse service for over a decade now, or “the bins” as me and my mates call it. I say mates because that’s what my colleagues are. We’re a close-knit bunch doing a hard and dirty job serving the people of Birmingham.

The day starts early at ...

2017-08-05 12:19 open_in_new
Four men given life sentences for plotting 'Lee Rigby-style' terrorist attack

Four men have been jailed for life for plotting a “Lee Rigby-style” terrorist attack to murder members of the police or military using a pipe bomb and meat cleaver.

The men, all from the Midlands, were convicted at the Old Bailey on Wednesday of preparing acts of terrorism, having ...

2017-08-03 14:07 open_in_new
Birmingham residents start collecting their own rubbish

Volunteers in Birmingham will hit the streets in a tipper truck on Wednesday as they attempt to clean the area of rubbish which has been piling up because of a refuse collectors’ strike.

Workers began a series of walkouts on 30 June after an industrial dispute between unions and ...

2017-08-02 16:07 open_in_new
'Three musketeers' convicted of plotting terrorist attack

Four men have been convicted of planning a terrorist attack in which they intended to use a pipe bomb and meat cleaver against a police or military target.

Three of the men, who are all from the Midlands, called themselves the “three musketeers” as they exchanged encrypted messages on ...

2017-08-02 15:01 open_in_new
Call for action to tackle Birmingham's knife crime 'epidemic'

MPs and campaigners are calling for more action to tackle an “epidemic” of knife crime in Birmingham following a spate of stabbings in the city.

On Monday an investigation was launched after a man was stabbed and another found with serious head injuries on Broad Street in the city ...

2017-08-01 19:13 open_in_new
Birmingham: video of police 'kicking man' during search being investigated

Police in Birmingham are investigating after a video showing officers apparently kicking and hitting a man during a vehicle search was published on social media.

The Labour MP for Birmingham Perry Barr, Khalid Mahmood, described the footage as “concerning”, but called for calm and said ...

2017-07-31 15:35 open_in_new
Man charged after girl raped twice in one night in Birmingham

A man has been charged with rape after a 14-year-old girl was attacked twice on the same night.

Khurram Rahi, 27, from Smethwick, will appear at Birmingham magistrates court on Monday over the first alleged incident at Witton station in the city.

A 34-year-old man who was also ...

2017-07-30 16:07 open_in_new
Trojan Horse affair: remaining disciplinary proceedings dropped

The government has given up its two-year-long attempt to ban teachers caught up in the Trojan Horse affair in Birmingham, after those in the remaining cases were told disciplinary action against them has been halted.

Fifteen teachers and senior staff were accused of attempting to apply ...

2017-07-28 20:07 open_in_new
Rubbish piles up in Birmingham as strike continues

Piles of rotting waste are filling the streets of the UK’s second biggest city, as a strike by Birmingham’s refuse collectors runs into its second month.

An industrial dispute between unions and Birmingham city council over proposed working conditions in its waste and refuse service ...

2017-07-28 19:01 open_in_new
Girl, 15, is raped by two men including one she flagged down for help

A double manhunt is under way after a 15-year-old girl was raped by two different attackers, including a man she flagged down for help.

Detectives said the teenager was first assaulted in a secluded part of Birmingham’s Witton railway station, near the Aston Villa football ground, some ...

2017-07-27 18:49 open_in_new
The Black Country flag row shows Britain is still blind to its colonial past
Local MP Eleanor Smith raised concerns over the emblem – and caused outrage. But the region’s connection to slavery cannot be ignored • Matthew Stallard is a historian of class and race at the University of Manchester ...
2017-07-21 16:31 open_in_new
Parliament needs to leave London and reconnect with the people
MPs know they have to leave the crumbling Palace of Westminster. Where better to go during the restoration than the provinces they have neglected for so long? • Simon Jenkins is a Guardian columnist ...
2017-07-17 08:59 open_in_new
Poundland delays launch of Twin Peaks chocolate bar amid legal row

Poundland has been forced to delay the launch of a Toblerone copycat after getting stuck in a legal wrangle with the triangular chocolate bar’s owners.

Last month, the budget chain announced plans to begin selling Twin Peaks, a bar with two humps rather than the distinctive single peak ...

2017-07-16 17:35 open_in_new
Religion, gender segregation and sex education in schools
Segregation in co-educational faith schools should not be allowed, say Amina Lone and 21 others. Relationships and sex education is at risk of being hijacked for religious reasons, write Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain and 52 others. Plus Jim Lockie says freedom to express your views comes with responsibilities ...
2017-07-11 21:13 open_in_new
Court lifts ban on naming faith school in segregation case

A state-funded Muslim faith school in Birmingham at the centre of a legal battle over its policy of gender segregation in the classroom has been named ahead of the start of a court of appeal hearing on the legality of its approach.

Judges lifted a ban on the naming of Al-Hijrah school, an ...

2017-07-10 22:39 open_in_new