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Macron warns Boris Johnson Brexit could turn UK into vassal state of US before they meet in Paris – live news | Politics

Boris Johnson received a more cordial welcome than he might have expected last night when he met the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, in Berlin on his first trip abroad as PM. But today he is in Paris for lunch with the French president, Emmanuel Macron, and their exchanges...

GCSE results 2019: increase in top grades – live news | Education

The introduction of more rigorous GCSE courses in England and elsewhere in the UK appears to have benefited girls more than boys, including in subjects such as physics and maths, where girls have narrowed the gap in results previously enjoyed by boys at age 16. More than one in...

Suspended dean of Oxford college to be reinstated | Education

The dean of an ancient Oxford college who was suspended last September after being accused of “immoral, scandalous or disgraceful conduct” has won a tribunal hearing and will be reinstated next week. Martyn Percy, the dean of Christ Church college, will return to work after a tribunal chaired by...

How do I take better photos? | Ask Jack | Technology

So many people post pictures on Facebook with very advanced cameras, eg from iPhones. Alas, many do not crop their photos, the horizon is not horizontal, there are dark shadows … Some people do not even know the camera can face outwards: I notice so many selfies!...

To be beside the seaside: Whitley Bay’s daytrippers – in pictures | Art and design

Whitley Bay, 1980 ‘I had a one-year-old son, Matthew, and I would have to take him with me wherever I was working. Every day while packing the pushchair, nappies, food, baby bottles and camera bag I remembered the peasant women in the mountain village of Sumiac, in Slovakia, where...

UK should cut vehicle use to hit zero-carbon target, say MPs | Environment

The government should discourage personal vehicle use and reward energy-efficient homebuilding to meet its legally binding target of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, MPs have said In a scathing parliamentary report, the cross-party science and technology select committee said recent Conservative governments have promised more but done less on...

Washington governor Jay Inslee drops out of 2020 presidential race | US news

Jay Inslee, the governor of Washington and a 2020 Democratic hopeful, has dropped out of the presidential race. Inslee, who launched his campaign in March with a singular focus on fighting climate change, announced he was suspending his campaign during an appearance on MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show on...

Hundreds of protesters march on Jacinda Ardern’s office over Māori land dispute | World news

Several hundred protesters have marched on Jacinda Ardern’s Auckland office, demanding she visit Ihumātao, the site of a major indigenous land dispute that has broadened into wider anger at government inaction in tackling Māori disadvantage. The protesters plan to deliver a petition, signed by more than 26,000 people, to...

‘Just wanted to drive a little’: eight-year-old German boy takes car for 140km/h spin | World news

An eight-year-old boy has been found safe after taking his parents’ car for a 140km/h (87mph) night-time spin down a motorway in Germany. He tearfully told police he “just wanted to drive a little bit”. The child, who had used go-karts and bumper cars before, took the Volkswagen Golf automatic...

Xenophobic bullying souring lives of East European pupils in UK | Society

Eastern European pupils in schools in England and Scotland have experienced increased levels of racism and xenophobia since the Brexit vote, with some accusing their teachers of failing to protect them and even joining in, research claims. The study, led by the University of Strathclyde, found that 77% of...