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GCHQ data collection regime violated human rights, court rules | UK news

GCHQ’s methods in carrying out bulk interception of online communications violated privacy and failed to provide sufficient surveillance safeguards, the European court of human rights (ECHR) has ruled in a test case judgment. But the Strasbourg court found that GCHQ’s Read more…


Skripal poisoning suspects are civilians, not criminals, says Putin | UK news

The two men accused by the UK of carrying out a nerve agent attack have been identified and are civilians, not criminals, the Russian president Vladimir Putin has said. Putin said Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov may soon make appearances Read more…


Could yoga save prisoners from a life of crime? | Society

Locked up in a tiny cell in Wayland prison, in Norfolk, detoxing from heroin and methadone, Mike Smith found that bending and breathing his way through a yoga meditation could give him up to three hours without any withdrawal symptoms Read more…


No 10 brushes aside claims up to 80 Tories willing to vote against Chequers Brexit plan – Politics live | Politics

When does routine party political infighting, conducted through anonymised briefing and public statements qualified by code and euphemism, cross the line into open civil war? It is hard to be sure but, wherever you draw the line, the Conservative party Read more…


UK growth picks up to 0.6% after World Cup and heatwave boost – business live | Business

Underlying growth remains fragile however, and the real test will be if this can be sustained in the months to come, given the uncertainty over issues like Brexit that have impacted on UK companies’ commitment to new projects over the Read more…


John Steinbeck was a sadistic womaniser, says wife in memoir | Books

John Steinbeck’s wife Gwyn Conger Steinbeck describes the author as “a sadistic man” and a serial womaniser, in a newly unearthed memoir found in Wales, which is set to be published for the first time this week. The manuscript for Read more…


North Korean ‘hacker’ charged over cyber-attacks against NHS | Society

The US justice department has charged an alleged North Korean spy for helping to perpetrate cyber-attacks against the National Health Service that saw operations cancelled, ambulances diverted and patient records made unavailable following a worldwide hack in 2017 which affected Read more…


Government to issue temporary work visas to help UK fruit farmers | Environment

The government has announced a new temporary work visa for agricultural workers in response to a two-year campaign by farmers to plug the gap in the labour force opened up by Brexit. While welcomed by farmers, it has also been Read more…


Theresa May: novichok attackers were Russian military intelligence officers – Politics live | Politics

Mr Speaker, our allies acted in good faith – and the painstaking work of our police and intelligence agencies over the last six months further reinforces that they were right to do so. Together, we will continue to show that Read more…


UK companies struggle to hire staff amid Brexit uncertainty – business live | Business

The Central Business District in Beijing. Photograph: Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images Good morning, and welcome to our rolling coverage of the world economy, the financial markets, the eurozone and business Trade war anxiety is growing this morning, after China’s companies posted Read more…