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School choice: some parents are prepared to pay, but is society?

School choice: some parents are prepared to pay, but is society?

Australians going private to ‘find the right fit’ leave a depleted public system in their wake“When our eldest started at his local high school it didn’t have a great reputation – whatever that means
Man charged with attempted murder after Westminster crash

Man charged with attempted murder after Westminster crash

Salih Khater allegedly drove car through group of people outside Houses of Parliament Salih Khater, 29, from Birmingham, has been charged with the attempted murder of members of the public and police
Georgia police chief defends officer who used Taser to stun grandmother, 87

Georgia police chief defends officer who used Taser to stun grandmother, 87

Police held Martha Al-Bishara at gunpoint after she reportedly failed to obey orders to drop a knife in her handA Georgia police chief said an officer was justified in using a Taser to stun an
California: man driving wife to hospital to give birth arrested by Ice agents

California: man driving wife to hospital to give birth arrested by Ice agents

María del Carmen Venegas says husband Joel was handcuffed after they stopped for gas on the way for planned C-sectionA woman from California said she had to drive herself to the hospital to give birth
Kofi Annan: tributes pour in for ‘an outstanding human being’

Kofi Annan: tributes pour in for ‘an outstanding human being’

World leaders honour the former UN secretary-general, who has died aged 80, as a rare breed of diplomatTributes poured in from around the world for Kofi Annan, the first sub-Saharan African to lead
Families torn apart as visa misery hits foreign spouses

Families torn apart as visa misery hits foreign spouses

‘Hostile environment’ has left couples with one non-EU partner facing discrimination, delays and huge billsOn 17 December last year, Paige Smith stood on a bridge above a road in north London. “I
Wing Ding ding-dong: Michael Avenatti in Iowa spat with 2020 Democratic hopeful

Wing Ding ding-dong: Michael Avenatti in Iowa spat with 2020 Democratic hopeful

If Stormy Daniels’ lawyer and a Maryland congressman argue about coverage of their 2020 ambitions, do they make a sound?The first public spat of the 2020 Iowa caucus bubbled up on Saturday, as one
Cossacks and flowers as Putin leads Austrian wedding dance

Cossacks and flowers as Putin leads Austrian wedding dance

Fresh controversy as foreign minister Karin Kneissl offers warm welcome to Russian leaderThere was a Russian Cossack choir, a horse-drawn carriage and a venue specialising in a Viennese fried chicken.
Brexit: Superdry founder gives £1m boost to People’s Vote campaign

Brexit: Superdry founder gives £1m boost to People’s Vote campaign

Julian Dunkerton calls for second referendum and says fear is growing about prospect of no dealThe campaign for a referendum on the final Brexit deal has been boosted by a record £1m donation, amid
Khan faces ‘grave difficulties’ as he takes on role of Pakistan PM

Khan faces ‘grave difficulties’ as he takes on role of Pakistan PM

Among the former cricketer’s challenges will be resolving a currency crisis and consolidating gains against insurgentsInside Pakistan’s palatial Presidential House – before a crowd that included the
How to handle a troll and neuter a sea lion …

How to handle a troll and neuter a sea lion …

From asking innocent questions before mounting an attack to inciting online abuse by others, trolling is entering a new, subtler era. Here’s how to deal with itThe internet, almost everyone agrees, is
New Hampshire woman bears no grudge after losing eye in home attack

New Hampshire woman bears no grudge after losing eye in home attack

Apryl Rogers says she has no hard feelings as officials admit ‘the bear is as traumatized as this poor woman was’A 71-year-old New Hampshire woman who lost an eye when she was mauled by a black bear
Italy’s grief and anger grow as Genoa starts to bury its dead

Italy’s grief and anger grow as Genoa starts to bury its dead

With casualty numbers still rising, some of the bereaved have shunned state commemorations to hold private memorialsThe coffins, strewn with flowers and draped with the flags of different countries,
British and Ukrainian paragliders die after colliding in midair

British and Ukrainian paragliders die after colliding in midair

Innes Powell and Igor Volov from Ukraine were both fatally injured after falling to groundA respected British paraglider has died after colliding in midair with another pilot during a competition in
Belarus president fires prime minister after corruption scandal

Belarus president fires prime minister after corruption scandal

Andrei Kobyakov replaced by Sergei Rumas, formerly development bank head Belarus’s strongman leader Alexander Lukashenko has sacked his prime minister and other key members of government following a
Kofi Annan: a kind statesman and a gifted diplomat

Kofi Annan: a kind statesman and a gifted diplomat

As secretary general of the UN, he dared to ruffle feathers as he defended the body and its workKofi Annan’s decade-long tenure as UN secretary general was memorable for the multiple international
Italy mourns Genoa bridge collapse victims with state funeral - video

Italy mourns Genoa bridge collapse victims with state funeral - video

The archbishop of Genoa, Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, led a state funeral service on Saturday for the victims of the Morandi Bridge collapse, as rescue workers continued to search for people still
Prosecutors urge prison time for ex-Trump adviser George Papadopoulos

Prosecutors urge prison time for ex-Trump adviser George Papadopoulos

Papadopoulos severely damaged Mueller investigation by lying repeatedly to FBI in 2017, prosecutors say in court filingFormer Trump adviser George Papadopoulos should spend at least some time in
People's Vote backers rally in Edinburgh for say in final Brexit deal

People's Vote backers rally in Edinburgh for say in final Brexit deal

Ex-Lib Dem leader Menzies Campbell, comedian Rory Bremner and broadcaster Gavin Esler among speakersCampaigners demanding a public vote on the final Brexit deal rallied in Edinburgh on Saturday to
New York governor Cuomo in hot water for saying America 'was never that great'

New York governor Cuomo in hot water for saying America 'was never that great'

Cuomo tries to walk back remark he admitted was ‘inartful’ and which drew fire from Republicans including TrumpThe New York governor Andrew Cuomo, who many believe is eyeing a White House run in 2020,