Wednesday 18th April 2018


world news


landing cards containing information about Windrush migrants from the Caribbean destroyed.

It emerged that cards belonging to migrants were destroyed by the Home Office in 2010.

Labour said this was "truly shocking".

The Home Office said the landing cards would not have proved an individual had lived in the UK and that keeping them could have broken data protection laws.

Labour has accused the Home Office - which was run at the time by Theresa May - of getting rid of "the very records that could have demonstrated their right to remain".

But the government said such a suggestion would be "misleading and inaccurate".

It said the decision to "dispose of" the cards had been an "operational" one, taken by officials at the UK Border Agency, rather than then-Home Secretary Mrs May.

Mrs May has apologised to Caribbean leaders, adding she was "genuinely sorry" about the anxiety caused by the Home Office.


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Mike Pompeo: CIA chief 'made secret trip to North Korea'

CIA director Mike Pompeo travelled to Pyongyang for a secret meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, US media report.

The meeting to prepare for direct talks between US President Donald Trump and Mr Kim took place on about 1 April, unnamed officials said.

Mr Trump had earlier alluded to high-level direct talks with Pyongyang.

But this unexpected and clandestine meeting would mark the highest level US contact with North Korea since 2000.

"We have had direct talks at... extremely high levels," Mr Trump said from Florida, where he is hosting Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

The president added that he gave his "blessing" for talks between the South and North to discuss a peace treaty to formally end the 1950-1953 Korean War.


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Facebook seeks facial recognition consent in EU and Canada

Facebook has started asking European and Canadian users to let it use facial recognition technology to identify them in photos and videos.

Facebook originally began face-matching users outside Canada in 2011, but stopped doing so for EU citizens the following year after protests from regulators and privacy campaigners.

The new request is one of several opt-in permissions being rolled out in advance of a new data privacy law.

The move is likely to be controversial.

The company is currently embroiled in a privacy scandal related to the use of its members' personal information by the political consultancy Cambridge Analytica.

The social network is also facing a class-action lawsuit in the US for deploying the facial recognition technology there without users' explicit consent.


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welsh news

Carl Sargeant: Bid to force sacking leak inquiry publication

A bid will be made to force the Welsh Government to publish a report which reveals if the sacking of Carl Sargeant was leaked.

Mr Sargeant was found dead days after being dismissed as communities secretary last year.

Ministers have refused to publish the full findings of the inquiry, warning it could reveal some of the witnesses.

Tory AMs want it published but First Minister Carwyn Jones said it would be unlawful and warned of legal action.

On Wednesday the Conservatives will use an assembly debate to attempt to use the legislation that governs devolution to make the Welsh Government publish the findings of the inquiry which looks into the events before Mr Sargeant's death.




Automation: '1 in 3 Welsh jobs at risk by early 2030s'

Automation could deal a particularly heavy blow to Wales with around a third of jobs at risk, according to research given exclusively to BBC Wales.

Think tank Future Advocacy said Wales' top 10 private employers were in sectors where jobs were most likely to be lost to automation by around 2030.

It found Alyn and Deeside was the most vulnerable constituency in Wales and the fourth in the UK.

In Wales, the greatest impact will be seen in the manufacturing sector.

Overall across the UK as a whole, the greatest impact will be seen in the retail and distribution sector..

The research by Dr Matthew Fenech suggests that in the most affected constituencies in Wales one in three jobs will not be needed after the early 2030s. Even in the least affected, one in four jobs are expected to go.


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women focused news

Hepatitis A vaccinations at two Neath Port Talbot nurseries

Schoolchildren and staff at two nurseries in Neath are to be offered hepatitis A vaccinations after two people caught the virus.

Public Heath Wales said the affected nursery classes were at Brynhyfryd Flying Start and Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Castell Nedd.

Most people who get Hepatitis A usually make full recovery within a couple of months.

Officials described the measure as a "precaution".

Siôn Lingard, consultant in health protection for Public Health Wales, said: "Symptoms can include flu-like illness such as tiredness, general aches and pains, headaches and fever, as well as loss of appetite, nausea or vomiting, abdominal pains, jaundice, very dark urine and itchy skin.

"Good hand washing after using the toilet and before preparing or eating food is the best way to prevent the virus spreading."


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Southwest Airlines jet engine 'explosion' leaves woman dead

 woman who was partially sucked out of a window of a US passenger plane after an engine exploded in mid-air has died.

Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 made an emergency landing in Philadelphia after a window, wings and fuselage were damaged. Seven passengers were injured.

Initial findings say an engine fan blade was missing. In a recording, one of the pilots can be heard saying "there is a hole and someone went out".

The last passenger death on a US commercial flight was in 2009.


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Former US First Lady Barbara Bush dies at 92

Barbara Bush, the former US first lady and literacy campaigner, has died at the age of 92.

She was the matriarchal figure of a political dynasty that included two presidents - her husband George HW Bush and son George W Bush.

Mrs Bush, who was first lady from 1989 to 1993, had been in failing health for some time and had declined further medical treatment.

Tributes to her poured in from across the US political establishment.

Her husband, at 93, is the longest-lived US president. Their son, George, was elected in 2000 and served two terms as the nation's 43rd president.


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'I had no choice but to be split from my sister'

At least 5,000 children currently in care have been split from their siblings, a Freedom of Information request to councils in England and Wales has found. Two sisters tell the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire programme what it was like to be separated from as young as nine.

Vicky Willis still clearly remembers the day she was split up from her sister.

"I just remember packing everything and getting in the car. We cried. There was no going back," she says.

"I found it unfair because we hadn't done anything wrong to get separated. We just got taken away and that was that."

Vicky, now 19, was four when she and her two siblings went into care due to neglect.

Five years later, she was split from her older sister Pip, to whom she was particularly close. She was found a placement near her brother, in their childhood town, but Pip moved away to Oxford.

She says she really struggled without having her sister to look after her.


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