Hungary holds referendum on EU mandatory migrant plan

Hungary holds referendum on EU mandatory migrant plan

People in Hungary are voting in a referendum on accepting mandatory EU quotas for relocating migrants. Right-wing Prime Minister Viktor Orban opposes plans to relocate a total of 160,000 migrants across the bloc. Under the scheme, announced after last year’s migrant crisis, Hungary would receive 1,294 asylum seekers. Opinion polls suggest strong support for a rejection among those who say they will vote. To be valid, turnout needs to be over 50% of voters. During…

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One man dead after Rangers fans' coach crash

One man dead after Rangers fans' coach crash

One man has died after a coach carrying Rangers supporters overturned in East Ayrshire. Police Scotland said a further 18 people were taken to hospital, and three were seriously hurt. The crash happened at about 13:15 on Saturday on the A76 by the Crossroads Roundabout near Kilmarnock. One passenger said the bus, which had 37 people on board including the driver, had “swerved” before landing on its side on a grass verge. In an updated…

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Louis Theroux

Louis Theroux

I was at my wedding in July 2012 when I learned that the DJ and TV presenter Jimmy Savile was to be unmasked as a sexual predator in an upcoming ITV documentary. At that time, I imagined I knew Savile reasonably well. I’d made my own documentary about him in 2000, filming with him for about two weeks at his various homes around Britain. I’d stayed in contact for several years after the film went…

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Rosetta mission ends in comet collision

Rosetta mission ends in comet collision

Europe’s Rosetta probe has ended its mission to Comet 67P by crash-landing on to the icy object’s surface. Mission control in Darmstadt, Germany, was able to confirm the impact had occurred when radio contact to the ageing spacecraft was lost abruptly. The assumption is that the probe would have been damaged beyond use. In the hours before the planned collision, Rosetta sent back a host of high-resolution pictures and other measurements of the icy dirt-ball….

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Ben Emmerson QC resigns as child abuse inquiry lawyer

Ben Emmerson QC resigns as child abuse inquiry lawyer

Ben Emmerson QC, the most senior lawyer working for the independent inquiry into historical child sexual abuse in England and Wales, has resigned. In his resignation letter, Mr Emmerson said he was no longer the “right person” for the role, but denied he had stepped down due to a difference of opinion with chair Prof Alexis Jay. The Shirley Oaks Survivors Association said it was “devastated” by the news. Prime Minister Theresa May has said…

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Sugar tax and offers ban 'would work'

Sugar tax and offers ban 'would work'

Sugar tax and offers ban ‘would work’ 22 October 2015 From the section Health comments Image copyright Thinkstock A sugar tax and cutting buy-one-get-one-free deals are part of Public Health England’s “key actions” to tackle people’s addiction to sugar. Their long-awaited report says the nation is “eating too much sugar” leading to health problems and obesity. The report also called for less marketing aimed at children in-store, on TV and online. A spokesman for David…

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Bank customers 'could save £70 a year'

Bank customers 'could save £70 a year'

Bank customers ‘could save £70 a year’, CMA concludes 22 October 2015 From the section Business Image copyright Getty Images Bank customers could save an average of £70 a year by switching their current accounts to another provider, the regulator has ruled. After an 18 month inquiry, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has stopped short of recommending a break up of the banks. But it said customers should be prompted to change providers if…

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Assad in surprise visit to Moscow

Assad in surprise visit to Moscow

Assad Moscow visit: Syria leader in surprise visit 21 October 2015 From the section Europe Image copyright AFP Image caption Mr Assad met Mr Putin in the Kremlin on Tuesday evening Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad has held talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin on an unannounced visit to Moscow. Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Mr Assad “came on a working visit to Moscow” on Tuesday evening and held talks with Mr Putin. Russia began…

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