UK government defends apparent U-turn over workers on boards – The Guardian

Theresa May is not back-pedalling on her pledge to give workers a voice on company boards, the business secretary has said in response to criticism of the government’s announcement that it will not force companies to give employees a governance position. The government unveiled proposals on Tuesday to tackle corporate excess. May had raised the […]

UK-Polish ties to be ‘stronger’ after Brexit insists May – BBC News

UK-Polish ties to be ‘stronger’ after Brexit insists May – BBC News

Image copyright EPA Image caption The two leaders are discussing defence and post-Brexit relations Theresa May has insisted that Brexit will not stand in the way of the UK strengthening its ties with Poland. The prime minister signalled closer co-operation in defence, cyber security and enterprise during Downing Street talks with counterpart Beata Szydlo. She […]

Willy Nyamitwe’s shooting: Burundi blames Rwanda

Willy Nyamitwe’s shooting: Burundi blames Rwanda

Image copyright AFP/getty Image caption Mr Nyamitwe is the most public face of the government Burundi has accused neighbouring Rwanda of being behind a failed assassination attempt on a top aide of President Pierre Nkurunziza. Police spokesman Pierre Nkurukiye said instructions were sent from Rwanda to plotters in the Burundian military to kill Willy Nyamitwe. […]

Ohio attack: Possible terror link being investigated, say police

Ohio attack: Possible terror link being investigated, say police

Image copyright AP/The Lantern Image caption Alleged attacker Abdul Razak Ali Artan revealed in August he was nervous of intimidating others Police are investigating whether an attack at Ohio State University which left 11 injured was an act of terror. Abdul Razak Ali Artan, 18, rammed his car into a group of pedestrians at the […]

Aleppo Syria battle: UN alarm as 16,000 civilians flee advance

Aleppo Syria battle: UN alarm as 16,000 civilians flee advance

Image copyright AFP Image caption The Syrian Arab Red Crescent and local NGOs are helping the displaced, the UN says Up to 16,000 civilians have been displaced by the Syrian government’s advance into besieged rebel-held areas of the city of Aleppo, the UN says. Humanitarian chief Stephen O’Brien said thousands more were likely to flee […]

German spy chief Kahl warns Russia ‘could disrupt elections’

German spy chief Kahl warns Russia ‘could disrupt elections’

Image copyright AP Image caption Bruno Kahl said there was a “kind of pressure on public discourse and democracy which is unacceptable” Germany’s foreign intelligence chief has warned that Russia could seek to disrupt next year’s German elections with cyber attacks. Bruno Kahl said his agency was aware of cyber attacks with no other purpose […]

Merkel reaches out to tearful Afghan refugee boy

Media captionEdris from Afghanistan told Chancellor Merkel he was “very happy” An Afghan boy thanked German Chancellor Angela Merkel and shed a few tears in front of her Christian Democrat (CDU) supporters, during an emotional debate on the migrant crisis. Earlier a CDU activist urged Mrs Merkel to resign, condemning her “laissez-faire” refugee policy as […]

Migrant crisis: Italy sees record arrivals from North Africa

Migrant crisis: Italy sees record arrivals from North Africa

Image copyright AFP Image caption Many migrants are being put to sea on flimsy boats, the UN says The number of migrants arriving in Italy from North Africa has risen to its highest-ever level. This year’s total is now more than 171,000, the interior ministry said, beating the previous record of 170,100 in 2014. About […]

Gustav Mahler £4.5m manuscript breaks record at Sotheby’s

Media captionThe moment the Mahler manuscript sold. A piece of music handwritten by Gustav Mahler has broken the record for the highest price for a musical manuscript sold at auction. The composer’s Second Symphony, which spans 232 pages, fetched £4.5m at Sotheby’s on Tuesday morning. But a controversial manuscript which the auction house said was […]

UK ‘have cake and eat it’ notes dismissed

UK ‘have cake and eat it’ notes dismissed

Image copyright Barcroft Images Image caption The document referred to Brexit talks and the EU single market The government has distanced itself from a page of Brexit notes caught on camera in Westminster. The handwritten notes, carried by an aide to Conservative MP Mark Field, included “what’s the model? Have your cake and eat it” […]