• BBC proms to make inaugural trip to Japan in 2019

    BBC proms to make inaugural trip to Japan in 2019

    • December 18, 2018

    By Lucy Mapstone, Press Association Deputy Entertainment Editor The first BBC Proms Japan will take place next year. The Proms, a leading world classical music festival, is continuing its growth globally following tours of Australia in 2016 and Dubai in 2017. The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra (BBC SSO) will be led across the six-day festival

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  • Suffragette Sylvia Pankhurst feared her telephone would be ‘wiretapped’

    Suffragette Sylvia Pankhurst feared her telephone would be ‘wiretapped’

    • December 18, 2018

    By Becca Mcauley and Tess de la Mare, Press Association Suffragette Sylvia Pankhurst lobbied the Post Office against the practice of installing duplicate telephone lines over fears they could be used to intercept private calls, newly discovered letters have revealed. Ms Pankhurst – who was herself the subject of an MI5 surveillance operation – wrote

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  • 139 women in the UK killed by men in 2017, Femicide census reveals

    139 women in the UK killed by men in 2017, Femicide census reveals

    • December 18, 2018

    By Margaret Davis, Press Association Crime Correspondent One hundred and thirty-nine women were killed by men in 2017, with two in five cases involving excessive violence, a report has found. The latest Femicide Census, drawn up by charity Women’s Aid and campaigner Karen Ingala Smith, suggested 58 of the deaths featured “overkilling”, where more violence

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  • Scottish ferry checks to beat illegal puppy trade

    Scottish ferry checks to beat illegal puppy trade

    • December 18, 2018

    By Lucy Christie, Press Association Scotland Animal welfare officers have been searching vehicles arriving in Scotland by ferry in a crackdown on the illegal puppy trade. The Scottish SPCA said thousands of puppies arrive in Scotland from Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland every year. Inspectors were at Cairnryan ferry port near Stranraer on

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  • Rescue bid under way after Russian cargo ship runs aground off Cornish beach

    Rescue bid under way after Russian cargo ship runs aground off Cornish beach

    • December 18, 2018

    By Rod Minchin, Press Association An operation is under way to rescue sailors stuck on a 16-tonne Russian cargo ship that has run aground off a beach in Cornwall in “extreme” and “horrific” weather. The massive vessel, believed to be the Kuzma Minin, grounded off Gyllyngvase Beach in Falmouth at about 5.40am on Tuesday. The

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  • Cabinet to meet after Downing Street dares Corbyn to call government confidence vote

    Cabinet to meet after Downing Street dares Corbyn to call government confidence vote

    • December 18, 2018

    Theresa May will meet with her Cabinet today to reportedly discuss ramping up no-deal preparations with little more than 100 days to go to Brexit, having effectively dared Jeremy Corbyn to try to bring down her Government. Downing Street accused the Labour leader of a political “stunt” after he tabled a long-threatened but non-binding motion

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