Vote: Which British values do you cherish the most?

Home Secretary Sajid Javid has announced plans for a new British values test for those seeking settlement in the UK. Mr Javid said the existing “pub quiz” – also known as the Life In The UK test – should be replaced by a test examining people’s understanding of the “liberal, democratic values that bind our […]

DUP demands May comes clean over Irish Sea border plan

By Aubrey Allegretti, political reporter The DUP has demanded Theresa May comes clean about a reported plan to create a regulatory border in the Irish Sea to unlock Brexit negotiations. Speaking to Sky News, the Northern Ireland party’s leader, Arlene Foster, warned such a move would be an economic “disaster” and damage the UK’s “constitutional […]

FBI agent shot by booby-trapped wheelchair

A man has been charged with assault after an FBI agent was shot by an improvised wheelchair in a booby-trapped house. Officials say the wheelchair had been fitted with a fishing line, shotgun ammunition and other items – and was triggered when the FBI agent and a bomb squad opened the property’s fortified front door. […]

294 stranded as ferry breaks down in Baltic Sea

A Danish ferry operator said 294 passengers were stranded after the engine broke down on one of its ships in the Baltic Sea. The Lithuanian military had earlier reported that there was a fire on the vessel because of an explosion in the engine room. The country’s air force said it had sent a helicopter […]

After 50 years, New York fixes typo in bridge name

By Sharon Marris, news reporter A bridge in New York City is to have its name correctly spelt for the first time in more than 50 years. The Verrazzano-Narrows bridge was named after Italian explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano, the first European explorer to sail into New York Harbor in 1524. The bridge, which connects Brooklyn […]

Idyllic bay from DiCaprio film shuts indefinitely

A beauty spot made famous by a film starring Leonardo DiCaprio has been closed indefinitely to protect it from tourists. The Beach, released in 2000, was filmed at Maya Bay on Phi Phi Leh island in the Andaman Sea. But officials say the area needs time for its ecosystem to recover following years of visitors […]

Italian mayor under house arrest for helping migrants

A mayor in Italy has been put under house arrest for allegedly helping illegal migrants. Domenico Lucano was placed under home confinement in the early hours of Tuesday morning, prosecutors said. The 60-year-old is the mayor of Riace, a town in southern Italy’s poor Calabria region. A statement said Mr Lucano had organised arranged marriages […]

Parcels sent to Pentagon may contain ricin

By Lucia Binding, news reporter At least two packages suspected of containing the deadly poison ricin have been sent to the Pentagon this week. A spokesman said the suspicious packages were addressed to someone in the Pentagon, the headquarters of the US Department of Defence, in Washington DC. They were found at a delivery facility […]