Tag Archives: BBC

How Bletchley Park is your brain?

One of the successful stocking-fillers of last Christmas was the GCHQ puzzle book, which allowed mere mortals to wrestle with fiendish conundrums produced by the folk at the intelligence and security organisation. Jumping on the intelligence bandwagon this year is Bletchley Park Brainteasers. Try our combination of trivia and twisters to find out if you would have been welcomed at ...

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Chief constable Hamilton investigated by ombudsman

Northern Ireland’s two most senior police officers are under investigation for alleged misconduct in public office and criminality that could amount to conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. Chief Constable George Hamilton and his deputy Drew Harris are being investigated by the Police Ombudsman. Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hamilton is also under investigation. Statement from the PSNI Statement from ...

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Arriva North West bus strike: What you need to know

More than 2,000 Arriva North West bus drivers and engineering staff are taking industrial action in protest over “pitiful” pay offers. Members of the Unite and GMB unions are involved in the 24-hour strike which began at 03:30 BST and will continue until Friday. It is the first of three planned days of action, with further walkouts scheduled for Arriva ...

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Abuse common in music industry too – Sir Tom Jones

Sir Tom Jones has said the abuse and harassment alleged to have taken place in Hollywood is also widespread in the music industry. The singer was discussing the allegations surrounding Harvey Weinstein in an interview with the BBC. “Things have always happened in the music industry as well,” he said. “There’s been people complaining about publicists and different things they’ve ...

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US: Tillerson calls for India ties to counter China

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said the US wants to deepen co-operation with India in the face of growing Chinese influence in Asia. He described India as a “partner” in a “strategic relationship”, adding the US would “never have the same relationship with China, a non-democratic society”. He said Beijing sometimes acted outside international conventions, citing the South ...

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Catalonia: Spain ultimatum looms over independence push

Catalonia’s leader Carles Puigdemont is facing a final deadline to drop a secession bid, with Spain warning it will suspend the region’s autonomy if he fails to do so by 10:00 (08:00 GMT). After a 1 October referendum, Mr Puigdemont signed an independence declaration but then suspended it. Reports suggest he will press ahead on independence if Madrid moves to ...

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Single-sex English classes introduced at Southampton school

A head teacher who introduced single-sex GCSE English classes in September in a bid to improve exam results has said he is “very impressed” with the way it has been working. Redbridge Community School in Southampton, Hampshire, introduced the new timetable for years 10 and 11, after results showed the girls were doing better than the boys. According to the ...

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Australia citizenship overhaul hits Senate hurdle

An Australian government plan to overhaul its citizenship process has stalled after opposition parties effectively blocked its Senate passage. The proposed bill would have made it harder to gain citizenship. It included requirements for applicants to have advanced English language skills and four years of permanent residency. Opponents argued the requirements were too tough on non-English speakers. PM Malcolm Turnbull’s ...

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Dare Not Linger: Mandela's book sequel launched in South Africa

The new instalment of Nelson Mandela’s autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom, has been released in Johannesburg. Dare Not Linger tackles his five years as South Africa’s president after the collapse of apartheid and gives his view of the country’s first multi-racial elections in 1994. Mandela’s unfinished handwritten draft of the book was completed by a successful South African novelist. The ...

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Hundreds of families block organ donation

Media playback is unsupported on your device Organs from 505 registered donors could not be made available for transplant in the last five years because of objections from relatives. BBC 5 live found that almost a third of families blocked organ donation because they felt the process took “too long”. The law states that consent lies with the deceased, but ...

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