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May 16, 2018 12:15 PM France rejects plan to introduce its first age of sexual consent, sparking fury by campaigners

French MPs have decided against introducing an age of sexual consent, sparking criticism from campaigners. France's lower house of parliament voted to toughen laws on the rape of minors but stopped short of setting a legal age of consent. A bill had been proposed which suggested a legal age of consent set at 15, but this was rejected after a heated debate 7

May 12, 2018 10:16 PM Trump administration is looking into ways to help the Iranian people topple the regime after the US withdrew from the nuclear deal, report claims

The Trump administration is reportedly looking into a new plan that would help citizens of Iran topple the country's hardline regime. Less than a week President Trump announced the US would be withdrawing from the landmark Iran nuclear accord despite widespread opposition from allies who warned that pulling out of the agreement could cause a global crisis 5

May 11, 2018 5:15 PM Childish Gambino’s political power track This Is America rockets up the charts

Childish Gambino’s weighty new political track This Is America has scored him his highest-ever position in the UK charts as a lead artist. The American rapper – the musical alter-ego of actor and writer Donald Glover – dropped the surprise single last weekend, taking aim at gun violence in his home country in a powerful video that sees him shooting people 8

May 11, 2018 2:45 PM Everton were lucky to have Wayne Rooney for an extra season

Good news Everton fans – Wayne Rooney will stay at the club if Sam Allardyce leaves it. ‘Big Sam’ leaves and you get to watch Rooney  (£300,000 a week!) for another season  Or Rooney goes and you get to watch a season of the kind of hoof-ball top mangers call ‘Plan C’. Good news Everton fans – Wayne Rooney will stay at the club if Sam Allardyce leaves 8

May 11, 2018 2:06 PM 'Dead Good Festival' to be staged in York

YORK'S first ‘Dead Good Festival’ will take place next week in an attempt to encourage people to have conversations about dying. Sarah Gilbank, of St Leonard’s Hospice, leading the festival as part of Dying Matters Awareness Week, said it always seemed too early to talk about death until it was too late. "It is something we all have to face and talking 7

May 11, 2018 8:49 AM Grammars to be handed £50million cash boost to build extra classrooms... but schools must prove they're doing enough to help poorer families

Thousands more places at selective schools are to be created in a new revolution for grammars. Making good on the Tories’ pledge to increase choice for parents, Education Secretary Damian Hinds today approves a £50million fund for selective schools to build extra classrooms. However, grammars bidding for the money must be able to prove that they are taking 4

May 8, 2018 10:48 AM You shouldn’t be getting trains if you haven’t done the research, say operators

RAIL operators have told passengers to stop using trains if they are too lazy to spend a few hours researching ticket prices. The train companies have responded to criticism of ‘confusing’ fares by hitting out at lazy passengers who are unwilling to make the necessary effort. A spokesman for the Rail Delivery Group said: “If you want to make a train 40

May 8, 2018 9:39 AM Danniella Westbrook to get new cheekbone made from her rib

Danniella Westbrook has said doctors plan to use one of her ribs to replace a cheekbone. The ex-EastEnders actress said one of her cheekbones had completely gone, but that it was not the result of drug abuse. “It’s gone because of osteoporosis, nothing to do with cocaine at all.” Westbrook, whose septum in her nose famously collapsed because of drug use, said: “If it was cocaine 15

May 8, 2018 5:05 AM Plan for new Bolton town centre takeaway

A VACANT commercial unit in the town centre could be transformed into a hot-food takeaway. Plans for the empty premises at 129 Caroline House, Bradshawgate, were submitted to Bolton Council last week. It proposes to change the use of the building from a commercial unit to a hot food takeaway. A planning statement said the applicant was hoping to "capitalise 8

May 8, 2018 5:05 AM Westhoughton laser tag venue plans refused

The proposal was to convert a vacant industrial unit and office space at the Westhoughton Industrial Estate off James Street, which was submitted in a planning application to Bolton Council. In a statement, planning officers from the authority said there had not been enough information provided from the applicant and the development could result in job losses 8