Spain warns Catalonia on self-rule as deadline looms

Spain warns Catalonia on self-rule as deadline looms

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Spain says the government will step up its response if Catalan leaders do not back down Spain will move to suspend Catalonia’s autonomy unless the region’s leader drops his push for independence, the deputy prime minister says. Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría gave the warning a day before a Spanish deadline […]

French study finds ‘dyslexia cause’

French study finds ‘dyslexia cause’

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption People with dyslexia have difficulty learning to read, write or spell French scientists say they may have found a potential cause of dyslexia which could be treatable, hidden in tiny cells in the human eye. In a small study they found that most dyslexics had dominant round spots […]

Twitter pledges tougher action against abuse

Twitter pledges tougher action against abuse

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Twitter’s chief executive, Jack Dorsey, has acknowledged that it needs to be tougher against abuse Twitter is planning to impose new restrictions on pornographic and hateful imagery as part of a renewed effort to tackle abuse on its social network. The US company has also said it intends to […]

Xi Jinping: ‘Time for China to take centre stage’

Xi Jinping: ‘Time for China to take centre stage’

Media captionBBC China editor Carrie Gracie has a look at the Communist Party messages all over Beijing China has entered a “new era” where it should “take centre stage in the world”, President Xi Jinping says. The country’s rapid progress under “socialism with Chinese characteristics” shows there is “a new choice for other countries”, he […]

Theresa May to scrap universal credit helpline charges

Theresa May to scrap universal credit helpline charges

Media caption‘It’s a lot of weeks to wait’ People will be able to call the government’s universal credit helpline without being charged, within weeks. Prime Minister Theresa May said she had listened to criticism of the charges, which can be up to 55p a minute, and decided it was “right” to drop them. But she […]

EU Withdrawal Bill ‘won’t be debated this month’

EU Withdrawal Bill ‘won’t be debated this month’

Image copyright EPA The EU Withdrawal Bill may not now be discussed in the House of Commons until after the Autumn recess, sources have told the BBC. The law is designed to transfer EU law into UK law ahead of Brexit. It is facing stiff resistance from some Tory rebels as well as from the […]

‘Rogue’ property agents to be targeted, ministers say

‘Rogue’ property agents to be targeted, ministers say

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Consumer groups say people are being ripped off through excessive service charges Plans to protect leaseholders and tenants in England from unfair costs have been outlined by ministers. They say they want to clamp down on a “small minority of rogue agents” in the property management system who force […]

May and Clinton to discuss Stormont crisis

May and Clinton to discuss Stormont crisis

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Bill Clinton met Sinn Féin and DUP politicians in Belfast on Tuesday The prime minister is to discuss the current political impasse in NI with former US president Bill Clinton. Mr Clinton, who met the leader of the Democratic Unionist Party and Sinn Féin’s Stormont leader in Belfast, will […]

Unemployment drops by 52,000 but pay squeeze continues

Unemployment drops by 52,000 but pay squeeze continues

Image copyright Getty Images UK unemployment fell by 52,000 in the three months to August to 1.4 million, leaving the jobless rate unchanged at 4.3% from the previous quarter. However, pay still failed to keep pace with inflation, with the real value of earnings down 0.3% over the past year. Total earnings, excluding bonuses, rose […]

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