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UK pledges extra £44m for Channel border security

Image copyright Getty Images An extra £44.5m is to be spent beefing up Channel border security, the UK government is to say later. It will be spent on fencing, CCTV and infrared detection technology in Calais and other border points. It comes as French President Emmanuel Macron visits the UK ...

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Naked Auschwitz demonstrators who killed sheep convicted

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The incident took place last March beneath the main gate at Auschwitz Twelve people who stripped naked in front of the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz and killed a sheep have been convicted of profaning the site. A court in the Polish city of ...

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Hebbar’s Kitchen and the Indian couple behind a food video empire

Image copyright Hebbar’s Kitchen Image caption Archana Hebbar started Hebbar’s Kitchen in 2016 Quick, social media-friendly recipe videos have changed the way people approach cooking. The BBC spoke with Hebbar’s Kitchen, an online platform that has adopted the format, with a focus on Indian audiences and vegetarian food. These two-minute ...

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Ukraine’s secret

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption More than 10,000 people have been killed in the continuing conflict in east Ukraine As war raged in eastern Ukraine in 2014, Yevhen Vovchuk told his bosses at the IT firm where he worked in Kyiv that he was going on vacation. Some probably ...

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Modern day slaves

Image caption Peter now works re-stocking shelves in a Co-op store, having escaped from his captors There are at least 13,000 victims of modern slavery living in Britain’s towns and cities, it is estimated. But many argue that the number is probably much higher. Those who escape or are discovered ...

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Homes plan back-firing, say councils

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The government wants to develop more offices into homes The scheme to tackle the housing crisis by converting offices to homes is back-firing and should be scrapped, local councils say. A change in the law in 2013 allows developers to convert offices to flats ...

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Are the days of loyalty cards numbered after Tesco’s change?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Tesco says the Clubcard change makes it “simpler” for customers As soon as Tesco said it was cutting some of its Clubcard rewards, customers started venting their anger. “Kick people while they’re down,” said one. Another called it a “blow” after saving up the ...

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Taxpayers owe private firms £199bn for PFI deals

Image copyright Barts Health NHS Trust Image caption A £1.1bn revamp of the Royal London Hospital was funded through PFI Taxpayers still owe private contractors £199bn for deals signed under the Private Finance Initiative (PFI), a spending watchdog says. The National Audit Office (NAO) found 716 public projects were active ...

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Newspaper headlines: ‘Le stitch-up’ at Calais and PFI deals criticised

<!– This site is optimised for modern web browsers, and does not fully support your version of Internet Explorer Newspaper headlines: ‘Le stitch-up’ at Calais and PFI deals criticised By BBC News Staff Image caption The Daily Telegraph leads on an agreement that will see Britain pay £44m to France ...

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‘Do not travel’ warning as snow storm hits

Image copyright Getty Images A fresh band of persistent heavy snow is set to sweep across parts of the country for a third day. Drivers have been urged to stay off major roads in southern Scotland and northern England unless absolutely necessary. It is believed to be the first time ...

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Viewpoint: The good, bad and ugly in Trump’s first year

Image copyright Getty Images The election of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States has upset conventional wisdom about the attributes and behaviour regarding the occupant of the Oval Office. Decorum has often given way to boorishness from Mr Trump in ways that mystify even his most ...

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Facebook selfie showing murder weapon helps convict killer

Image copyright Facebook Image caption Cheyenne Antoine (L) poses with victim Brittney Gargol A Canadian woman has been convicted in the death of her friend after police discovered the murder weapon used in a picture of the pair on social media. Cheyenne Rose Antoine, 21, pleaded guilty on Monday to ...

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