Tag Archives: The Independant

Whether it's unhinged Brexiteers or the EU lying about Theresa May's dinner leaks, we know the final outcome

There were those who said a thirteenth series of The Apprentice could be a series or 10 too many, but the true persevering genius of the BBC finally reveals itself once you come to realise the show simply had to make it through to 2017 in order to answer its true calling as weekly Brexit negotiation live metaphor. As far back as, ooh ...

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Twelve major world cities agree to buy zero-emissions buses from 2025

Twelve major cities including London, Paris, Los Angeles and Cape Town promised on Monday to buy only zero-emissions buses from 2025 and to make major areas free of fossil fuel emissions by 2030 to protect the environment. The 12, with a combined population of almost 80 million, said they would promote walking, cycling and the use of public transport under ...

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CNN hits back at Trump's 'fake news' attacks by explaining what an apple is: 'Some may tell you it's a banana'

After months of abuse from the president of the United States, CNN is hitting back with a not-so-subtle dig at Donald Trump’s relationship with facts. A 30-second advertisement shows an apple sitting in front of an all white backdrop, with the patient kind of explanation a preschool teacher may give to a child still connecting names with objects: “This is ...

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Forcing EU nationals in the UK to register as part of Brexit transition deal would be illegal, warn MEPs

The British government’s plan to force EU nationals to register as part of a transition deal would be illegal, the Home Secretary has been warned. A group of MEPs from across Europe have written to Amber Rudd after she suggested the idea, which was also floated in Theresa May’s Florence speech, in front of a parliamentary committee. Though some European ...

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China National Peking Opera Company, Sadler's Wells, London, review: Highly stylised

The hero of the The Phoenix Returns Home makes his first appearance in purple silk, gorgeously embroidered with wisteria flowers. “He is dressed so shabbily,” the heroine notes sympathetically. “His family must have fallen on hard times.”  Peking Opera (this state troupe still uses the older form of the city’s name, rather than the modern Beijing) combines song, dance, acrobatics ...

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Michael Winner: Three actresses say the director demanded to see their naked breasts

In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, three women have come forward with claims director Michael Winner demanded to see their breasts.  Debbie Arnold (best known for playing April Branning on Eastenders), Cindy Marshall-Day, and another unnamed actress made the claims.  Speaking to the Sunday People (via Evening Standard), Arnold said Winner made the demands while she was auditioning ...

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North Korea's nuclear threat now at 'critical and imminent level', says Japan

The threat from North Korea’s developing nuclear and conventional weapons programme has reached a “critical and imminent level”, Japan’s defence minister has claimed. Speaking in the Philippines, in the company of his US and South Korean counterparts, Itsunori Onodera said it was essential those countries concerned about the threat  “[The] threat posed by North Korea has grown to the unprecedented, ...

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Universal Credit pilot councils issue warning over potential 'catastrophic' effects of benefit scheme

Universal Credit has the potential to be “catastrophic” and lead to a spiral of debt for claimants unless major flaws are addressed, according to a new report by two councils among the first in the country to rollout the new regime. The damning report into the Government’s flagship welfare programme by Southwark and Croydon councils claim that after 20 weeks of ...

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Police hunt conman and family after defrauding divorcee of £850,000 life savings in romance scam

Police hunting one of Britain’s most wanted fugitives have released details of his wife and two daughters in the hope they could provide the key to his capture. Mark Acklom, 44, who is alleged to have fleeced a divorcee out of £850,000 in life savings in a romance scam, was last spotted in Geneva, Switzerland, on 10 May. Avon and ...

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Woman who sweats blood from her face and hands baffles doctors

A 21-year-old woman has been diagnosed with an extremely rare condition that causes her to sweat blood from her face and the palms of her hands.  After being admitted to hospital, the unnamed patient left Italian doctors baffled after they were unable to find any sign of skin lesion, the Canadian Medical Association Journal reports. And, while medics said there ...

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