Labour vote on making it easier to oust sitting MPs

Labour has voted to make it easier for sitting MPs to be deselected as the party’s conference began in Liverpool. Until now, Labour MPs only faced a reselection contest if 50% of a constituency’s local branches and affiliated unions voted for it. But delegates in Liverpool voted on Sunday for that threshold to be reduced […]

Labour votes to make it easier to oust sitting MPs

By Alan McGuinness, political reporter, in Liverpool Labour members have backed a move to make it easier to deselect sitting MPs. Until now, MPs only faced an open re-selection contest if 50% of a constituency’s local branches and affiliated unions voted for it. But delegates at the party’s annual conference in Liverpool backed a proposal […]

Is this the new normal for China – US relations?

By Tom Cheshire, Asia correspondent Unlike the US, the Chinese government is scrupulous in avoiding calling the current exchange of import tariffs with the US a “trade war”. They might be right: this is not a war, but a new and different relationship between the two biggest economies in the world. And a step back […]

Carrefour denies mysterious bid for rival Casino

Supermarket retailer Casino has prompted bid mystery in France after saying it had rejected a tie-up approach from Carrefour, only for Carrefour to deny making any such offer. Casino – the fourth-largest grocer in the country – said it had been contacted by Carrefour, the second-largest player, in recent days over a possible tie-up, but […]

Second woman accuses Brett Kavanaugh of misconduct

A second woman has come forward with claims of sexual misconduct against US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh – allegations Mr Kavanaugh has called a “smear”. This allegation dates back to the 1983-84 academic year, Mr Kavanaugh’s first at Yale University, according to The New Yorker. The accuser, 53-year-old Deborah Ramirez, described the incident in […]

‘Hitler and Lennin’ face off in election

By Rebecca Taylor, news reporter Names not seen on ballot papers in several decades have returned in a small town in Peru. Hitler Alba Sanchez is running against Lennin Vladimir Rodriguez Valverde for mayor in Yungar, a town in the Andes. Mr Alba is hoping for a new term as the mayor, with posters reading […]

Japan’s hopping space rovers land on asteroid

Two mini space rovers have landed on an asteroid and sent images back to Earth. Japan’s space agency, JAXA, launched the rovers on the Hayabusa2, and they released from the craft on 21 September. The team behind the expedition faced a nervous two-day wait for the Minerva-II rovers to send back information, but on Sunday, […]

Sailor injured during solo race rescued in Indian Ocean

By Alix Culbertson, news reporter A sailor who suffered a crippling back injury during a solo round-the-world race has been rescued in the Indian Ocean. Abhilash Tomy was rescued by a French fishing vessel, Osiris, on Monday amid an international effort coordinated by Australia. The 39-year-old skipper injured his back badly and was unable to […]

Schoolgirl, 15, died after ‘eating Pret baguette’

By Sanya Burgess, news reporter The loss of their 15-year-old daughter who died following a severe allergic reaction is “a daily battle and the pain is indescribable”, her family have said. Natasha Ednan-Laperouse’s father’s efforts when she collapsed during their flight from Heathrow to Nice in 2016 were sadly not enough to save her. Despite […]