Fidel Castro, Cuba's leader of revolution, dies at 90

Fidel Castro, Cuba's leader of revolution, dies at 90

Cuba’s former president Fidel Castro, one of the world’s longest-serving and most iconic leaders, has died aged 90. His younger brother and successor as president Raul Castro announced the news on state television. Castro toppled the government in 1959, introducing a Communist revolution. He defied the US for decades, surviving many assassination plots. His supporters said he had given Cuba back to the people. Critics saw him as a dictator. Live updates A hero and…

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Football sex abuse claims: Police widen their inquiries

Football sex abuse claims: Police widen their inquiries

Four police forces say they are now investigating allegations of historical child sex abuse within football. Hampshire Police said it was looking into claims of “non-recent child abuse within the football community”. Cheshire Police said allegations had been made against more than one person while the Northumbria and Metropolitan forces have also opened investigations. It comes as four ex-footballers spoke out about being abused as children by ex-Crewe Alexandra coach Barry Bennell. Andy Woodward, who…

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360 video: Trafficked

360 video: Trafficked

This is the story of Maria, a single mother trafficked from Nicaragua to Mexico. For the next eight minutes you can become Maria and experience her story. Clicking on the image below will play the 360 video on the BBC News YouTube channel. Tap here to see our 360 VR experience. Warning: This is a virtual reality experience where you become a woman who has been trafficked into slavery. It contains scenes of violence and…

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Met abuse case failings 'put children at risk'

Met abuse case failings 'put children at risk'

Children in London are being put at risk because of “serious failings” in the way the Met Police deals with child sexual abuse, inspectors have found. HM Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) found 75% of cases investigated by the force were dealt with “inadequately” or “required improvement”. It said there was an “indefensible” lack of leadership in child protection, with no single officer in charge. The Met said children were a “priority” and it was “sorry”…

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Autumn Statement: Workers' pay growth prospects dreadful, says IFS

Autumn Statement: Workers' pay growth prospects dreadful, says IFS

The outlook for wages is “dreadful” with the squeeze on pay lasting for more than 10 years, independent economists have said. The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) said workers would earn less in real wages in 2021 than they did in 2008. Other analysis shows the biggest losers between now and 2020 will be lower income families, with the poorest third likely to see incomes drop. Chancellor Philip Hammond said millions of new jobs had…

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Dark world

Dark world

Stephen Port has been found guilty of murdering four young gay men and committing a number of drug rapes. But did police miss chances to stop him in his tracks? At the end of summer 2014, three weeks apart, the bodies of two young men were found in the same east London churchyard by the same woman walking her dog. Both men were of a similar build. Both in their twenties. Both propped up in…

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Jo Cox: Man jailed for 'terrorist' murder of MP

Jo Cox: Man jailed for 'terrorist' murder of MP

Thomas Mair has been jailed for life after being found guilty of the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox. The 53-year-old shot and stabbed to death the mother-of-two in Birstall, West Yorkshire, on 16 June, a week before the EU referendum vote. Mair shouted “Britain first” in the attack, but the judge said the true “patriot” was Mrs Cox, not Mair. Prosecutors said Mair was motivated by hate and his crimes were “nothing less than…

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Autumn Statement to include wages and house building announcements

Autumn Statement to include wages and house building announcements

Measures aimed at boosting workers’ wages and increasing housebuilding are expected in Chancellor Philip Hammond’s Autumn Statement on Wednesday. The first major economic statement since the Brexit vote will also unveil forecasts which are expected to show higher borrowing and slower growth. Mr Hammond has warned of “turbulence” and “an unprecedented level of uncertainty” as the UK leaves the EU. Labour predicted he would fail to help people on low and middle incomes. The Autumn…

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