British model kidnapped in Milan 'to be sold in online auction'

British model kidnapped in Milan 'to be sold in online auction'

A British model was drugged and kidnapped in Milan to be sold in an online auction, say Italian police. The woman, 20, had arrived in the city to take part in a photo shoot arranged through her agent, but was abducted and held captive for six days. Polish national Lukasz Herba, 30, who lives in the UK, has been arrested on kidnapping charges, police said. The Foreign Office said it was providing consular support to…

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Female stars call on BBC 'to sort gender pay gap now'

Female stars call on BBC 'to sort gender pay gap now'

Some of the BBC’s most high-profile female personalities have called on the corporation to “act now” to deal with the gender pay gap. Presenters Clare Balding, Victoria Derbyshire and Emily Maitlis are among those who have signed an open letter to Director General Tony Hall. They urge him to “correct” the disparity over gender pay, which they say has been known “for years”. A BBC spokesperson said progress had been made, but more “needs to…

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Brexit talks 'to focus on withdrawal first'

Brexit talks 'to focus on withdrawal first'

Formal Brexit negotiations will first focus on issues to do with the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, as part of a sequenced approach to talks, the European Commission has said. The BBC has been told by EU sources that the talks will follow the EU’s preferred pattern of exit negotiations first, with the future relations between the two sides at a later date. The UK’s Department for Exiting the EU said it still held the…

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Loose Women strip 'to empower others to be body confident'

Loose Women strip 'to empower others to be body confident'

The stars of ITV’s Loose Women stripped down to their swimwear to show “normal is perfectly fine”, says one of the nine, Janet Street-Porter. The photograph of them, taken by singer Bryan Adams, shows the panellists without filters or airbrushing. Ms Street-Porter, 70, said they were “sick of pictures of women being photoshopped into ‘perfection’”. Actresses Nadia Sawalha, 52, and Linda Robson, 59, and TV star Katie Price, 38, are among those who took part….

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Brexit: Government 'to stand up' for Gibraltar's interests

Brexit: Government 'to stand up' for Gibraltar's interests

The UK has said it will stand up for Gibraltar’s interests after the territory accused Spain of using Brexit to forward its territorial aims. After reported lobbying from Spain, the EU’s Brexit negotiation strategy is that decisions affecting Gibraltar will be run past the Spanish government. Gibraltar’s chief minister Fabian Picardo said this was “unacceptable”. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has held talks with Mr Picardo in an effort to reassure him of the UK’s support….

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Campaigners seek 'to sell US politicians' browsing data'

Campaigners seek 'to sell US politicians' browsing data'

The organisers of two privacy campaigns say they plan to buy, then sell, the internet browsing histories of some of America’s best-known politicians. But experts said the schemes were doomed to fail. The campaigners are protesting against a congress vote to repeal a key internet privacy law earlier this week. They said the SJR34 resolution, which would let companies continue to sell user data without their consent, would infringe people’s privacy. President Donald Trump is…

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Unite urges Watson 'to keep nose out of our business'

Unite urges Watson 'to keep nose out of our business'

Unite boss Len McCluskey has described as “ridiculous” claims by Labour deputy leader Tom Watson that his union is involved in a “secret plot” to help a left-wing group take over the party. Mr Watson has accused Unite of planning to fund activist group Momentum, which he said could “destroy” Labour. But Mr McCluskey said the claims were “a complete fabrication” and “there are no plans to fund anybody”. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn faced hecklers…

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Whistleblowers 'to be protected' if they apply for NHS job

Whistleblowers 'to be protected' if they apply for NHS job

NHS whistleblowers could be protected against discrimination if they apply to work for the health service again. Government plans would give applicants a right to complain to an employment tribunal if they believed they had suffered discrimination. Jeremy Hunt said he wanted to create “a culture of openness” where staff feel they can speak up about patient safety. Barrister Sir Robert Francis recommended the measure after a public inquiry into Stafford Hospital deaths. Protecting NHS…

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