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Microbeads ban: Government to outlaw microplastics in cosmetic products


The Government is to go ahead with a ban on “rinse-off” plastic microbeads in cosmetics and personal care products following a public consultation, it has announced. The proposal came amid increasing evidence that tiny plastic particles…

Donald Trump asks lawyers about powers to pardon himself and his children in Russia probe, report reveals


President Trump has asked his advisers about his power to pardon aides, family members and even himself in connection with the Russia probe, according to a person familiar with the effort. SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images Some of President…

Brexit: Tory Cabinet 'accepts free movement will continue for years after Britain leaves EU'


The UK is prepared to maintain free movement for EU citizens for up to four years after Brexit, reports have suggested. Theresa May is ready to offer free movement for two years, according to The Times, while The Guardian quoted "a senior…

Donald Trump said he sat with Putin because Japan's First Lady doesn't speak English, but she does


Donald Trump appears to have been ignored by the Japanese first lady at the final dinner at the G20 summit in Hamburg. Asked by The New York Times about his secret second meeting with Vladimir Putin, the US President explained that Aki Abe…

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Transfers news live: Arsenal star wants West Ham move as Liverpool fight to keep Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona

Alvaro Morata is bound for Chelsea rather than Manchester United but Jose Mourinho does not seem to care having wrapped up a deal for "amazing" striker Romelu Lukaku. Just weeks ago it had appeared that the Real Madrid frontman would be…

Jose Mourinho challenges Ed Woodward to sign one more player for Manchester United this summer

Jose Mourinho challenges Ed Woodward to get a deal for one more player over the line as soon as possible. The Manchester United boss always wanted to make four top-quality acquisitions this summer, but appears to be only halfway through…


Michael Gove to pledge 'Green Brexit' in first keynote environment speech


Michael Gove will pledge to deliver a “green Brexit”, vowing to set global standards on policies from animal welfare to air quality, in his first keynote speech on the environment. Mr Gove, who replaced Andrea Leadsom as Environment…

House prices set to increase up to 7% next year despite Brexit uncertainty and income squeeze


House price growth across the UK's biggest cities is set to be stronger this year than previously predicted, according to an index. Values across the 20 biggest cities are now expected by property analysts Hometrack to increase by 6 per…


Forced migration of children to Australia bigger sex abuse scandal than Jimmy Savile, says Gordon Brown


Former prime minister Gordon Brown has said the forced migration of children to Australia and other Commonwealth countries during the 20th century is a bigger sex abuse scandal than the revelations about Jimmy Savile. Giving evidence to…


Mother has ‘gut instinct’ that her three-year-old has brain tumour despite being mistakenly diagnosed with hayfever


"Then Daniel also became lethargic. Shortly after getting up, he’d be lying on the settee and started having afternoon naps again. I thought he was growing or had picked up a virus like kids do. She added: "Looking back, he was always…


Chester Bennington dead: Linkin Park singer dies aged 41


Chester Bennington, the mercurial lead singer of celebrated Nu metal band Linkin Park has been found found dead at his home in California after apparently taking his own life. Reports said the 41-year-old was discovered inside his…


Brexit: EU won't sign trade deal if UK starts deregulation race to the bottom, Brussels warns


The EU will refuse to sign any trade deal with the UK unless Theresa May guarantees that she will not use Brexit to rip up workers' rights, its chief negotiator has warned. Brussels has toughened the tests for a deal, as the exit talks…


Vince Cable says hard Brexit 'can be stopped' upon becoming Lib Dem leader


The new Liberal Democrat leader has called on pro-EU Conservative MPs to show courage and fight a hard Brexit, saying: “This process can be stopped.” Sir Vince Cable told The Independent he believed many Tories were “holding their fire”…


Polish President urged by EU to veto judicial independence bill


The President of Poland has been urged to veto a bill passed by lawmakers in the country that would give parliament the power to appoint Supreme Court judges. Guy Verhofstadt, the President of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for…


Cecil the lion's son Xanda shot dead by big game hunters


Xanda was killed outside the Hwange National Park in north west Zimbabwe, according to lion guardians at the national park. He was just over six years old and had several young cubs. xanda2.jpg. Xanda's pride of lions on the hunt for…

Brexit: Second round of talks fails to produce breakthrough on key disputes, says EU’s chief negotiator

The second round of the Brexit talks have failed to produce a breakthrough on key disputes with the UK, the EU’s chief negotiator has said. Michel Barnier said the British Government was still failing to provide sufficient “convergence” on…


Trump appoints man who thinks climate science is 'junk' to top science post


Donald Trump has nominated one of his long-time allies and a strident climate sceptic to serve in the top scientific post at the Agriculture Department. Sam Clovis, who has described the near universal consensus on the threat of climate…


Jeremy Corbyn vows to slash salaries of BBC's highest-paid stars if Labour wins


Jeremy Corbyn has vowed to slash the salaries of BBC stars such as Gary Lineker and Chris Evans, if Labour wins power. Labour said its manifesto promise to crack down on “excess pay” by introducing a maximum ratio of 20:1 in the public…

Gayle Newland: Woman who tricked friend into sex by pretending she was a man jailed for six years


A woman who pretended to be a man to trick a friend into having sex with her has been sentenced to more than six years in prison. Gayle Newland guilty of committing sexual assault by using a prosthetic penis without her blindfolded victim…


Sky takeover bid: Letter from James and Lachlan Murdoch fails to change Culture minister's mind


A letter from Rupert Murdoch's sons James and Lachlan failed to persuade culture secretary Karen Bradley that she should change her decision to refer Twentieth Century Fox's proposed £11.7bn takeover of Sky to the competition watchdog.

Thursday, Jul 20

Barbara Weldens dead: Up and coming French singer dies on stage during concert age 35

Up and coming French singer Barbara Weldens has died after collapsing in the middle of a concert, it has been reported. The cause of her death is currently unclear but local media reports she may have been electrocuted. Weldens, 35, was on…

Newsnight's Emily Maitlis jokes tech industry will 'soon be able to afford a BBC man'

The Newsnight presenter told guests at a tech industry dinner: "You're doing so well, soon you'll be able to afford a BBC man." Her barbed comments were a response to the BBC publishing its annual pay report, which showed women made up…

Republican committee member retweets article calling for Senator John McCain to 'just die already'


Writer Cailtin Johnstone said McCain, 'Can die a proud, happy man... And he should. Like, yesterday.' AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin A member of the Republican National Committee in Nevada apologised after retweeting an article that begged for…

John McCain diagnosed with brain cancer


US Senator John McCain has been diagnosed with brain cancer, his office has confirmed. The tumour was discovered after the former presidential candidate underwent a minor procedure last week to remove a blood clot from above his left eye,…

Wednesday, Jul 19

The massacre of Mosul: 40,000 feared dead in battle to take back city from Isis as scale of civilian casualties revealed


More than 40,000 civilians were killed in the devastating battle to retake Mosul from Isis, according to intelligence reports revealed exclusively to The Independent – a death toll far higher than previous estimates. Residents of the…

French armed forces chief quits after clash with Emmanuel Macron over budget cuts


The head of the French armed forces, General Pierre de Villiers, has quit his post after publicly clashing with Emmanuel Macron over proposed budget cuts. In a statement from his office, Gen de Villiers said he had sought to maintain a…

Trump held secret hour-long meeting with Putin at G20 with only Russian translator present


Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin held a second, previously undisclosed meeting at the G20 summit earlier this month in Germany, a White House official has confirmed. The meeting followed the two leaders’ formal two-hour…

Saudi Arabian woman who wore miniskirt in viral video has been arrested, state television claims


A young woman is at the center of a controversy about clothing in Saudi Arabia, after she posted videos of herself in one of the nation's most conservative provinces wearing a short skirt and a cropped top. The woman has been arrested by…

Tuesday, Jul 18

Tory party split laid bare after Theresa May gets go-ahead to sack disloyal ministers


The divisions tearing apart the Conservative party have been laid bare as backbench MPs told the Prime Minister she has their backing to sack disloyal cabinet ministers. Charles Walker, a vice-chairman of the influential Conservative…

EU set to halt Brexit talks 'because the UK is not ready'


EU diplomats have hit out at Britain's failure to agree it must pay a hefty financial settlement for Brexit, suggesting the controversy will “stall” the talks. The second round of the negotiations appeared to have run into trouble within…

Article 50 author calls for Brexit to be halted with a warning of 'disastrous consequences'


The author of Article 50 has called for Brexit to be halted, warning that the “disastrous consequences” of Britain's decision to leave the bloc are becoming "clearer every day". Lord Kerr of Kinlochard is one of more than 60 prominent…

Dunkirk reviews roundup: What the critics are saying about Christopher Nolan's latest movie


Last week, the initial social media reactions to Christopher Nolan’s upcoming World War II blockbuster Dunkirk were posted, the reaction being overwhelmingly positive. On Monday (17 July) evening, the critical reviews were released, the…

Monday, Jul 17

More than just revenge: Why Isis fighters are being thrown off buildings in Mosul


Iraqi security forces kill Isis prisoners because they believe that if the militants are sent to prison camps they will bribe the authorities in Baghdad to release them. “That is why Iraqi soldiers prefer to shoot them or throw them off…

Theresa May running 'a Government without authority', former Tory deputy PM Lord Heseltine says


Theresa May is running an “enfeebled” Government without authority following the general election last month, according to the former deputy Prime Minister Lord Heseltine. The extraordinary comments from the Tory peer came after a weekend…

Donald Trump approval rating now worst of any president in history, poll finds


Ache news: nevertheless the President declared his terrible poll rating to be ‘not bad at this time’ Reuters Donald Trump has insisted his performance in a poll assessing his six-month approval rating is "not bad" – despite recording the…

Game of Thrones season 7 episode 1: Ed Sheeran makes painfully unsubtle cameo

Celebrity cameos are nothing new in Game of Thrones, but Ed Sheeran’s was a step too far for many fans, as the HBO show returned for the premiere episode of its seventh season. *Mild spoilers ahead for episode 1, “Dragonstone”* Arya Stark…

Sunday, Jul 16

The EU Withdrawal Bill could practically turn Britain into a one party state under the Tories


David Davis and Theresa May’s tack on Brexit leaves ‘gaping holes where our rights should be’ according to Liberty PA Theresa May has quite rightly taken much of the flak for what is widely accepted as one of the worst general election…

Brexit: German politicians tell Irish counterparts ‘British are a disgrace’


Senior German politicians reportedly launched a scathing attack on their British counterparts, calling them a “disgrace” and labelling their response to Brexit “farcical” during a meeting in the Bundestag. Irish and German figures gathered…

Chancellor lays bare Cabinet infighting as rivals try to sabotage soft Brexit


Philip Hammond has laid bare Cabinet infighting over Brexit, suggesting other ministers are out to get him because he is pushing for Theresa May to change course. The Chancellor said damaging stories about him were coming from “people who…

Hard Brexit would deprive UK of vital intelligence and put national security at risk, parliamentary inquiry will warn


National security will be put at risk unless Theresa May aborts a hard Brexit that would starve Britain of vital intelligence information, a parliamentary inquiry will warn. The Prime Minister will be told to drop her resistance to EU…