Rebecca Long-Bailey’s clashes with aide over her ‘regressive’ abortion views 

Rebecca Long-Bailey’s leadership bid is thrown into fresh turmoil as she clashes with aide over her ‘regressive’ abortion views She hinted that her concerns had been ‘misrepresented’ to damage her chances Comes after she responded to a questionnaire from local Catholic churches Last week, her campaign team insisted her abortion stance was personal view  By…

Johnson welcomes return of Northern Ireland government – Channel 4 News

Today the talk was of a “bright future” for Northern Ireland – as Boris Johnson welcomed the new power-sharing government formed at Stormont over the weekend. The Prime Minister said his government would “strongly support” the new coalition, led by Sinn Fein and the DUP – but he wouldn’t be drawn on how much money…

Extinction Rebellion guidance raises fresh concerns over Prevent | UK news

The now-recalled guidance issued by counter-terror police that placed Extinction Rebellion alongside the likes of jihadists and neo-Nazis emerged at a problematic time for the government’s flagship anti-radicalisation programme Prevent. The voluntary initiative is supposed to be under independent review after years of concerns about its impact on certain communities and on freedom of expression….

Qassem Soleimani assassination: Trump, Pompeo defend decision | USA News

United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday defended the US president’s decision to order the killing of Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani, saying Iran was planning imminent action that threatened American citizens. Soleimani, the head of Iran’s elite Quds Force, was killed by US forces in an air raid at Baghdad International Airport. Abu Mahdi…

New Year’s revellers clash on an early-morning London Underground train

Terrifying moment two New Year’s revellers clash on an early-morning London Underground train after passengers try to hold them apart Drunk man punches at the doors and exchanges words with another passenger Man in khaki jacket pushes drunk man to the ground and punches him on head The violent fight was filmed by commuter Quinton Knight…

Your morning briefing: What you should know for Thursday, January 2

The latest headlines in your inbox   Rail fare hikes prelude to ‘another decade of misery’ for commuters Rail passengers face what is being dubbed “another decade of misery”  as fares are hiked by an average of 2.7 per cent from today. Some long-distance commuters saw the annual cost of getting to work increase by…

New Year’s Eve 2020 celebrations and fireworks around the world 

Under Japan’s old-style calendar, linked to emperors’ rules, Reiwa started in May, after Emperor Akihito stepped down and his son Naruhito became emperor. Although Reiwa is entering its second year with 2020, Jan 1 still marks Reiwa’s first New Year’s, the most important holiday in Japan. The first year of the new decade will see Tokyo host the 2020 Olympics, an event that is creating…