British steelworkers join The Independent’s campaign for a Final Say referendum on Brexit

British steelworkers join The Independent’s campaign for a Final Say referendum on Brexit

British steelworkers today throw their weight behind The Independent’s campaign for a Final Say referendum on Brexit.   The Community union – representing some 30,000 workers in total – calls on Theresa May to “do the right thing” and allow the British public to determine their own future. In a further significant development in the…
Aretha Franklin death: When singer stepped in to perform Nessun Dorma at last minute after Pavarotti got ill

Aretha Franklin death: When singer stepped in to perform Nessun Dorma at last minute...

Aretha Franklin has passed away at the age of 76, leaving behind five decades' worth of some of the most memorable live performances. One such performance came in 1998. Luciano Pavarotti, too unwell to perform at the Grammy Awards, was replaced at the last minute by the Queen of Soul herself, who was a friend of the…
Swedish Muslim woman wins case after refusing to shake hands with man during job interview

Swedish Muslim woman wins case after refusing to shake hands with man during job...

A Swedish Muslim woman whose job interview was terminated when she refused to shake hands with a man has won compensation. Farah Alhajeh, 24, was applying for a job as an interpreter in her hometown of Uppsala when, for religious reasons, she placed her hand over her heart instead of shaking the hand of her male interviewer. In…
Aretha Franklin death: Queen of Soul dies aged 76

Aretha Franklin death: Queen of Soul dies aged 76

Aretha Franklin has died at the age of 76. The legendary singer was first reported to be “gravely ill” in a Detroit hospice by news anchor and close friend Evrod Cassimy.  Franklin, who was set to retire from live music in February 2019, last performed live last November at Elton John's annual AIDS Foundation gala.…
A-level results day and UCAS clearing – LIVE: Universities accept thousands fewer students as pass rates hit lowest level since 2010

A-level results day and UCAS clearing – LIVE: Universities accept thousands fewer students as...

Tens of thousands of teenagers are receiving their A-level results today amid major changes to exams.  The reforms to A-levels in England - with less coursework and exams sat after two years - and a surge in unconditional offers may lead to a drop in results, experts have said. Last year, grades were awarded in the first 13 reformed subjects - and…
Vajpayee death: Three-time Indian prime minister dies at age 93

Vajpayee death: Three-time Indian prime minister dies at age 93

Former Indian prime minister Atal Behari Vajpayee has died at the age of 93 following a long illness.  Narendra Modi, the current prime minister, said that his death "marks the end of an era". More follows...  
The Italian government’s foolish reaction to the Genoa bridge collapse only compounds a nation’s tragedy

The Italian government’s foolish reaction to the Genoa bridge collapse only compounds a nation’s...

Shameless even by their own low standards, the gang of populists currently trying to govern Italy have attempted to exploit the tragic collapse of the bridge at Genoa for political purposes. Matteo Salvini, deputy prime minister, minister of the interior and leader of the Northern League party, wasted to no time in blaming the detested…
Rare jumping spider discovered in UK for first time ever

Rare jumping spider discovered in UK for first time ever

A rare species of jumping spider never recorded in the UK before has been discovered living in a nature reserve in Cheshire, scientists have said. Described as an “athletic moss-dwelling” creature, the sighting of the Sibianor larae was made in June at Cheshire Wildlife Trust’s Holcroft Moss Nature Reserve, in Warrington. Arachnologist Richard Burkmar discovered…
Danny Cipriani arrested: England international charged with assaulting police officer after nightclub incident

Danny Cipriani arrested: England international charged with assaulting police officer after nightclub incident

Danny Cipriani’s England career is almost certain to be over after he was arrested and charged with assaulting a police officer at a nightclub in Jersey in the early hours of Wednesday morning. The fly-half, who only recently returned to the England squad for the summer tour of South Africa, will appear at Jersey Magistrates Court…
Police inspector charged with possessing indecent images of children

Police inspector charged with possessing indecent images of children

A police inspector has been charged with possessing indecent images of children. Lee Bartram, of West Midlands Police, was arrested at home on Monday and charged on Wednesday evening, the force said in a statement. He is charged with five counts of making an indecent photograph or pseudo-photograph of a child, and two counts of distributing an indecent…

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