Church of England to debate blessings for same-sex couples after diocese motion

The Church of England is to debate holding blessings for same-sex couples for the first time.

Waves crash into the seafront in Porthlevenin Cornwall. (Andrew Matthews/PA)

Storm Brian expected to cause chaos in wake of Ophelia

Gale force winds are expected to cause widespread disruption as Storm Brian batters Britain and Ireland less than a week after ex-hurricane Ophelia wreaked havoc.

(Chris Radburn/PA)

60mph roadwork speed limit considered to tackle congestion

Speed limits could be raised up to 60mph through roadworks as Highways England looks to combat congestion and lessen the impact of repairs.

(Yui Mok/PA)

Teenager in court over fatal stabbing outside Parsons Green Tube station

A second teenager has appeared in court accused of murdering a man in a knife attack outside Parsons Green Tube station.


Army bomb squad called in over Sellafield chemicals discovery

Army bomb squad specialists have been called to the nuclear reprocessing plant at Sellafield to deal with hazardous chemicals found in a lab.

Police search of drug dealer's den led to discovery of stolen painting (PA Archive)

Police search of drug dealer’s den led to discovery of stolen painting

A £1 million painting stolen five years ago was discovered in a drug dealer’s den alongside his lucrative stash of cocaine and ecstasy, police said.

Plaid Cymru leader pledges to win voters' trust for building 'new Wales' (Jane Barlow/PA)

Plaid Cymru leader pledges to win voters’ trust for building ‘new Wales’

Wales has been “held back” and has not been able to fulfil the potential offered by devolution, Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood said.


Storm Brian causes flooding on south-west coast of Ireland

Storm Brian has caused flooding in some coastal areas on Ireland’s south-west coast.

Britain braced for treacherous conditions as Storm Brian approaches (Ben Birchall/PA)

Britain braced for treacherous conditions as Storm Brian approaches

Communities across the UK are battening down the hatches with sandbags and barricades in preparation for the arrival of Storm Brian.

News from Saturday's papers - October 21 (PA)

What the papers say – October 21

While Saturday’s front pages offer up a mixed bag of news, Brexit is still top of the agenda for some of the papers.

Donald Trump is accused of 'fearmongering' over 'Islamic terror' link to UK crime rise (Matt Cardy/PA)

Trump accused of ‘fearmongering’ over ‘Islamic terror’ link to UK crime rise

Donald Trump has been accused of ignorance after controversially linking an increase in recorded crime with the “spread of radical Islamic terror” in the UK.

(Wigan Evening Post/PA)

War veteran, 97, vows to bounce back after ‘horrific’ robbery on doorstep

A 97-year-old Second World War veteran has vowed to bounce back after a “horrific” doorstep robbery at his own home.

Charges to park at airports rose by as much as 100% in the past year, research found (Chris Radburn/PA)

Drivers face increased charges for collecting passengers at airports – study

Some of the UK’s busiest airports have hiked parking charges for drivers collecting passengers, according to a new study.

What next for Brexit process after Brussels summit? (Virginia Mayo/AP)

What next for Brexit process after Brussels summit?

With Britain and the EU trying to strike a more optimistic note regarding an eventual post-Brexit deal at the Brussels summit, we look at what happens now.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, shares a joke with Theresa May and Emmanuel Macron (Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AP)

Macron: We’re not halfway there on divorce settlement to unlock Brexit phase two

EU leaders have made clear to Theresa May that she must make more concessions on Britain’s Brexit divorce payment in order to unlock talks on a future trading relationship.

(Virginia Mayo/AP/PA)

Ex-WTO chief warns ‘no deal’ Brexit would hit UK hard

A “no-deal” Brexit would be a big step down and would hit Britain harder than the European Union, a former World Trade Organisation (WTO) deputy director general has said.

(John Giles/PA)

National Trust members to vote on trail hunting ban on estates

National Trust members are voting on proposals to ban legal “trail hunting” on the organisation’s land.

(Themba Hadebe/AP/PA)

UK Government: Robert Mugabe WHO appointment ‘surprising and disappointing’

Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe’s appointment as a “goodwill ambassador” for the World Health Organisation is “surprising and disappointing” given his regime’s record of human rights abuses, the UK Government has said.

David Lammy is calling for reforms to the Oxbridge admissions process (Nick Ansell/PA)

Oxbridge accused of ‘social apartheid’ over lack of offers to black students

The Oxbridge universities have been accused of a “social apartheid” by a Labour MP who obtained figures which he said showed they draw their students from a “privileged minority”.

Labour MP Clive Lewis apologises for 'offensive' comment (Yui Mok/PA)

Labour MP Clive Lewis apologises for ‘offensive’ comments

A senior Labour MP has apologised after a video emerged in which he made derogatory comments.

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