The foreign connection: How tentacles of Merseyside’s underworld reach beyond UK – Liverpool Echo

Around a dozen Merseyside gangs are thought to be running crime operations with links beyond Britain’s borders. The international outfits boast contacts from mainland Europe to South America, typically focusing on the drugs trade. Their connections and capabilities place them among the key players that continue to make Merseyside a UK hub for illicit substances […]

Nearly 50% are of no religion – but has UK hit ‘peak secular’? – The Guardian

The secularisation of Britain has been thrown into sharp focus by new research showing that for every person brought up in a non-religious household who becomes a churchgoer, 26 people raised as Christians now identify as non-believers. The study also shows that inner London is the most religious area of the country, mainly because of […]

Ransomware cyber-attack threat escalating – Europol

Ransomware cyber-attack threat escalating – Europol

Media captionFirms must patch their systems before Monday morning, Europol chief warns Friday’s cyber-attack has affected more than 200,000 victims in 150 countries, Europol chief Rob Wainwright says. He told the BBC the act was “unprecedented in its scale” and warned more people could find themselves affected on Monday morning. The virus took control of […]

‘France must rise to the occasion’

During his inauguration speech, Emmanuel Macron said he was determined to overcome the challenges facing France. At 39, Emmanuel Macron becomes France’s youngest leader since Napoleon. ‘France must rise to the occasion’

Greece train hits house after derailing, killing three

Greece train hits house after derailing, killing three

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption The train wrecked a house as it derailed near the village of Adendro in Northern Greece Three people have been killed and many more seriously injured after a passenger train derailed in northern Greece, officials say. The train, travelling from Athens, struck a house when it left the track […]

Eurovision Song Contest: Portugal winner ‘didn’t understand votes’

Eurovision Song Contest: Portugal winner ‘didn’t understand votes’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption “I think that you have to be a mathematician” Portugal has won this year’s Eurovision Song contest with a poignant love song, sung in Portuguese. In the early hours of Sunday morning the winner met the world’s press – glass microphone trophy still in hand. Salvador Sobral entered the […]

Angela Merkel faces key test in German state election

Angela Merkel faces key test in German state election

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Angela Merkel has been campaigning with CDU candidate Armin Laschet Voters in Germany’s most populous state are going to the polls in an election seen as a crucial test for Chancellor Angela Merkel. Polls show Mrs Merkel’s centre-right Christian Democrats (CDU) could unseat the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) in North […]

General election 2017: Tory housing plan ‘paid from existing budget’

General election 2017: Tory housing plan ‘paid from existing budget’

Image copyright PA The Conservatives are promising a “new generation” of social housing will be built in England if they win the general election – and say it will be paid for out of existing budgets. They want to make it easier for councils to purchase derelict land for new rented housing projects. Defence Secretary […]

General election 2017: ‘Robin Hood tax’ on City pledged by Labour

General election 2017: ‘Robin Hood tax’ on City pledged by Labour

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption There has been a long-running campaign to introduce a so-called Robin Hood tax around the world Labour says it would raise billions of pounds for public services with a new tax on financial transactions – known as a “Robin Hood” tax. It has also warned BAE Systems it could […]

Sturgeon says ‘we need to do better’ on education

Sturgeon says ‘we need to do better’ on education

Media captionPeople in Scotland shouldn’t have to “like it or lump it” with any Brexit deal, says Nicola Sturgeon The curriculum followed by Scotland’s schools needs to focus more on literacy and numeracy, Nicola Sturgeon has said. Speaking on the Andrew Marr Show, the Scottish first minister admitted “we need to do better” after figures […]