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Migrant children: US battle moves to Congress

Migrant children: US battle moves to Congress

World
Media playback is unsupported on your device The US political battle over migrant children separated from parents has shifted to Congress, after Donald Trump signed an order ending the practice.The House of Representatives will vote on broader immigration bills which fund President Trump's proposed border wall and reduce legal migration.But Democrats oppose them and it is uncertain that they will pass.Mr Trump reversed his policy after a public outcry at home and globally over the policy, widely seen as inhumane. The order calls for the families to be detained together while their cases are considered.More on child migrants crisisBut the fate of families already separated by the policy is not clear.US immigration officials say 2,342 children w...
Plumber wins workers' rights battle against Pimlico Plumbers

Plumber wins workers' rights battle against Pimlico Plumbers

Business
A plumber has won a legal battle for working rights in a Supreme Court ruling expected to have huge ramifications for freelance workers.Gary Smith had worked solely for Pimlico Plumbers for six years.Despite being VAT-registered and paying self-employed tax, he was entitled to workers' rights, the court ruled. The ruling will be closely read by others with similar disputes, many of whom work for firms in the so-called gig economy.An employment tribunal was "entitled to conclude" that Mr Smith was a worker, the court ruled.As a worker Mr Smith would be entitled to employment rights, such as holiday and sick pay.The Supreme Court ruling means that an employment tribunal can now proceed to examine his action against Pimlico Plumbers...
Sir Cliff awaits judgment on battle with BBC

Sir Cliff awaits judgment on battle with BBC

Entertainment
Sir Cliff Richard's court battle with the BBC will now be considered by a judge for several weeks after his legal team asked for damages at "the top end of the scale" in its closing argument.The singer is suing the BBC over their coverage of the police raid of his home in 2014, in which they were investigating historical allegations of sexual abuse.Sir Cliff's legal team told the court it was a "gross invasion of his privacy" and the 77-year-old sustained "possibly permanent damage to his self-esteem, standing and reputation" and is asking for damages and fees of £600,000.Sir Cliff previously said the case had already cost him £3.4m.The BBC says its coverage of the story was in the public interest and its reporting was fair and accurate.BBC bosses, including director of news Fran...
Government wades into GKN takeover battle

Government wades into GKN takeover battle

Business
Business Secretary Greg Clark has written to Melrose demanding "binding" commitments from the turnaround specialist over its £8.1bn bid for GKN.Mr Clark sought "extensive and clear" measures over GKN's workforce, research and development, and pension schemes.He also raised concerns over national security given GKN's role in supplying the UK armed forces.In response, Melrose set out a number of pledges, including not selling GKN's Aerospace Division for five years.It also said that for five years it would maintain GKN's UK listing, maintain its UK headquarters, and ensure research and development (R&D) spending remained at least 2.2% of sales.Deadline approachingGKN makes parts for planemakers Airbus and Boeing, as well as parts for Volkswagen and Ford cars.It is one of the UK's largest
Putin leads ceremonies at 75th anniversary of Stalingrad battle

Putin leads ceremonies at 75th anniversary of Stalingrad battle

World
Feb. 2 (UPI) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin led celebrations Friday to mark the 75th anniversary of victory in World War II's pivotal Battle of Stalingrad.Putin laid wreaths at monuments and was the guest of honor at military parades and memorial observances. His major address concentrated on Russian patriotism and sacrifice for the country.The battle between defending troops of the Soviet Union and invading Nazi Germany lasted seven months in the winter of 1942-1943. The city's proximity to oil fields and the symbolic attachment to overtaking an area named for Soviet leader Josef Stalin were the Nazi motivations to invade the city.Stalin refused to evacuate the citizens of the city now named Volgograd, and civilian casualties were high. Many died of starvation. Nearly 2.2 million peo...