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UK ‘strongly objects’ to Galileo exclusion
LONDON: British officials have issued a “strong objection” to EU plans to exclude the UK from the bloc’s new satellite project Galileo after Brexit. As the row over the sat-nav system intensifies, the UK government has warned Brussels that plans to deny Britain access could also cost the bloc 1b euro and a three-year delay. The leaked UK negotiating paper to the BBC outlines how Britain wants the Galileo project to be a “core
 
 
Yulia says wants to return to Russia ‘in future’
MOSCOW: Yulia Skripal, who was poisoned with her ex-spy father in Britain in March, said in a video statement on Wednesday she would like to eventually return to Russia but first needed to get better. “I was discharged from hospital on April 9th but my treatment is continuing,” Yulia Skripal said in a video statement to Reuters which was broadcast on national television in Russia. “In the future I hope to return home back to my
   
Corbyn backs reunification of Ireland
LONDON: Jeremy Corbyn has restated his support for the reunification of Northern Ireland and the Republic as he heads to Belfast for his first official visit. The Labour leader’s spokesman said he believes most people across the island want the countries brought back together, adding that any change must happen through consent and that Corbyn is committed to the Good Friday Agreement. But the comments will raise eyebrows across
 
 
Hundreds of schools not inspected for decades
LONDON: Hundreds of schools in England have not been inspected for at least a decade, a report has revealed, prompting criticism that parents are not getting an accurate picture of standards. Ofsted has called on the government to overhaul the system, introduced by then education secretary Michael Gove, which exempts schools rated “outstanding” from routine inspection. The result of the policy is that more than 1,600 schools have
   
‘Whistleblower’ taped to chair and gagged
LONDON: A woman who complained of racism and misogyny at a Scottish government agency claims she was taped to a chair and gagged as a warning against speaking out. DeeAnn Fitzpatrick, a fisheries officer, said the incident happened amid years of bullying at Marine Scotland, the watchdog for the country’s fisheries industry. The photo, allegedly taken by one of the two men accused of being responsible, was obtained by the BBC.
 
 
French couple guilty of murdering nanny in London
LONDON: A French couple was on Thursday found guilty of murdering their 21-year-old au-pair and then burning her body on a bonfire in their London garden in September last year. Sabrina Kouider, 35, broke into tears after she and partner Ouissem Medouni, 40, were found guilty by a jury at London’s Old Bailey court of murdering French live-in nanny Sophie Lionnet. “Only Kouider and Medouni know exactly how they killed Sophie but
   
Holiday weekend expected to see temperatures soar
LONDON: Temperatures over the bank holiday weekend could soar to 30 degrees, forecasters have said. After record-breaking temperatures over the May bank holiday, Britain is now set for another weekend of sunshine as high pressure from the continent leads to dry and sunny weather. Southern parts of the UK could however face thunderstorms, the exact location of which is yet to be determined. Bonnie Diamond, from the Met Office, to
 
 
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