In March, parliament’s foreign affairs committee asked me to come and tell them what to do about dirty Russian cash. “If any dirty money is invested in UK property, it was before 2008; or before 2011 at the latest, not now. His conclusion was that too many influential people – lawyers, bankers, accountants, property developers – were dependent on dirty Russian money for their livelihoods. This is one of the problems with trying to ascertain the volume of dirty Russian money in London: how far back do we go? Does the commission the estate agent earned by selling those flats in Kensington in the early 1990s count as dirty money?

May 25, 2018 04:52 UTC

German officers confidently state that the Commune will be vanquished, and communications with Paris restored tomorrow evening or the following morning. Facebook Twitter Pinterest The rue de Rivoli after the suppression of the Paris Commune, 1871. Facebook Twitter Pinterest The Paris Commune - barricade in the rue de Charonne - 1871 Photograph: Photo 12/UIG via Getty ImagesThe Versailles troops were mowed down by musketry firing from the windows, and by the fire of mitrailleurs behind the barricades. OUTSIDE PARIS, WEDNESDAY, 10 P.M.A terrible fire is raging in the chief centre of Paris. Facebook Twitter Pinterest A statue of Napoleon lies broken in the Place Vendome after being dismantled by the Paris Commune.

May 25, 2018 04:30 UTC

Figures compiled by the Productivity Commission for the report on government services track various outcomes in government child protection services. Out-of-home care refers to the care of children deemed unable to live with their primary caregivers. In 2007-08 the rate of Indigenous children in out-of-home care was seven times the rate of non-Indigenous children. “That in itself looks at how does the system look overall at early intervention versus out-of-home care. Indigenous children in care doubled since stolen generations apology Read moreIn practice, the principle has been accepted by state and territory governments as the preferred hierarchy for placing Indigenous children in out-of-home care.

May 25, 2018 04:30 UTC

The disgraced archbishop of Adelaide, Philip Wilson, officially stood aside from his duties on Friday but has not resigned. On Tuesday Wilson, 67, was found guilty of concealing child sexual abuse, becoming the most senior Catholic in the world to be convicted of the crime. He was found to have covered up the child abuse perpetrated by paedophile priest Jim Fletcher, whose crimes date back to the 1970s while he was working in the Maitland/Newcastle diocese in NSW. Archbishop Philip Wilson found guilty of covering up child sexual abuse Read more“While the legal process runs its course, I want to assure the Catholic faithful in the archdiocese of my continued prayers and best wishes,” the letter said. “He’s doing even greater damage to the church, its reputation and its attempts to reel in this systemic covering up of child sexual abuse.

May 25, 2018 04:29 UTC

Sydney ‘Irish Rose’ among thousands who dream of having Ireland’s eighth amendment repealedIrish expats in Australia fly home to vote and fight for abortion rightsThe last time she was in Ireland two years ago, Brianna Parkins made headlines for talking about abortion. Laura Silver (@laurafleur) Irish women who have come #hometovote arriving at Dublin airport. pic.twitter.com/jTMm1xg9a1Voting rights for Irish emigrants are restricted to those who have left the country within the past 18 months, meaning she cannot vote. Now I probably hear one woman’s abortion story a day.”How Facebook is influencing the Irish abortion referendum Read moreEvery year more than 3,000 Irish women and girls travel to the UK to have an abortion. “I’ve been lucky enough to take for granted what Irish women have fought 30 years for.

May 25, 2018 04:21 UTC

A new book has provided what it claims is fresh evidence that Anne Frank and her family were betrayed by a Jewish woman who was executed after the second world war for collaborating with the Nazis. But, the Anne Frank House museum and research centre had been unable to come to any conclusion, despite police investigations and its own studies. The Franks were arrested on 4 August, while Van Dijk was said to have left for The Hague. In 2016, the Anne Frank House carried out research into the arrest of the Frank family and the other four people in hiding in the secret annex. “Ans van Dijk was included as a potential traitor in this study.

May 25, 2018 03:56 UTC

“Love your neighbor. He continued, his voice building, as audience members rose to their feet cheering wildly: “Love the neighbor you like and love the neighbor you don’t like. Love the neighbor you agree with and the neighbor you don’t agree with. Love your Democrat neighbor, your Republican neighbor. Your black neighbor and your white neighbor, your Anglo neighbor, your Latino, your LGBTQ neighbor.

May 25, 2018 02:40 UTC

Homebase has been sold to the restructuring specialist Hilco, the owner of HMV, for £1 as the DIY chain’s Australian owner pulls the plug on its disastrous venture into the UK, putting thousands of jobs at risk. All 24 of the stores it rebranded to Bunnings will become Homebase again once the deal completes at the end of June. The company advises on valuations and helps clear stock or close stores but also invests in businesses. Sarah ButlerIndustry insiders said Hilco, which has been involved in dozens of retail administrations in the UK, was likely to close up to 60 stores via a company voluntary arrangement insolvency process. Richard Lim, the chief executive of analysis firm Retail Economics, said: “The acquisition of Homebase has been an unbelievable disaster for Wesfarmers.

May 25, 2018 01:58 UTC

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May 25, 2018 00:22 UTC

The Independent Press Standards Organisation said stories about changes to rules on the flying of flags from buildings run by the Scottish government were accurately reported ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP/GETTY IMAGESA report over the flying of Union Flags dismissed as “fake news” by Nicola Sturgeon has been judged to have been accurate by the press regulator. The first minister and other senior SNP figures made furious attacks on newspapers in January over articles about changes to rules on the flying of flags from buildings run by the Scottish government and its agencies. The papers claimed that the number of times the Union Flag would be flown was to be drastically reduced. The Scottish government took the unusual step of complaining to the Independent Press Standards Organisation (Ipso) on the grounds that the stories were inaccurate. In a judgment issued yesterday relating to the Daily Express, the watchdog rejected the complaint, saying that changes to flag-flying…

May 24, 2018 23:00 UTC

A lawsuit filed against Facebook alleges that Mark Zuckerberg and senior executives created the loophole which allowed the data of its users to be exploited ETIENNE LAURENT/EPAMark Zuckerberg personally developed a “malicious and fraudulent scheme” to exploit the private data of Facebook’s users and force rivals out of business, it has been claimed. A lawsuit filed against the social network in California alleges that the company’s co-founder “weaponised” the ability of developers to access data from any app user’s entire network of friends. Papers submitted to the court claim that Mr Zuckerberg, 34, and senior executives created and flagged the loophole that enabled a researcher to obtain the data of nearly 90 million users for Cambridge Analytica, the disgraced political consultancy. Facebook, which denies any wrongdoing, has been accused by Sandy Parakilas, a whistleblower, of turning a blind eye to the implications of the policy because it was good for business.…

May 24, 2018 23:00 UTC

It was the rhetorical barrage by one of North Korea’s top diplomats that provided the White House with an opportunity to back out of a summit that was already in jeopardy. When Choe Son-hui, North Korea’s vice-foreign minister, lambasted Mike Pence, the US vice-president, for his “ignorant and stupid remarks” it is unlikely that she was speaking without the authority of Mr Kim. Ms Choe, who is believed to be in her mid-50s, has extensive experience in US and international affairs. She served as an aide and interpreter at the last substantive efforts to negotiate with North Korea, the so-called six-party talks which broke down in 2009. That year she was also involved in a trip to Pyongyang by Bill Clinton, according to analysts at…

May 24, 2018 23:00 UTC

President Trump with Mike Pence, the vice-president, yesterday. In his letter Mr Trump referred to the “hostility” of the North Korean diplomat Choe Son-hui KEVIN LAMARQUE/REUTERSIt was Tuesday night when Mike Pence, the American vice-president, went on Fox News to talk about what would have been a historic summit between President Trump and Kim Jong-un. Confusion was rife over comments last month by the hawkish national security adviser, John Bolton, who said that North Korean denuclearisation could follow the “Libya model”. Mr Bolton had appeared to refer to Colonel Gaddafi’s decision in 2003 to surrender his weapons of mass destruction in return for Libya’s reintegration into the international community. Mr Trump, however, said that this…

May 24, 2018 23:00 UTC

The Department for Education is concerned that T levels will be low-quality if they are introduced too soon GOLUBOVY/GETTY IMAGESA Whitehall mandarin has warned that Theresa May’s flagship technical education policy is being hurried through too fast and should be delayed for a year to ensure “high standard” teaching. Jonathan Slater, the permanent secretary at the Department for Education, lodged a formal objection to the government’s plans to introduce the first T levels, technical qualifications at A-level standard, in 2020. The scheme played a prominent role in Mrs May’s general election manifesto, which said that the Conservatives wanted “British technical education to be as prestigious as our world-leading higher education system, and for technical education in this country to rival the best technical systems in the world”. The government had planned to roll out the first three T levels, programmes in digital design, construction…

May 24, 2018 23:00 UTC