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Image copyright Getty Images The public inquiry into the Grenfell fire disaster is beginning its formal work. But there have already been weeks of passionate debate about what it should cover and who should run it. Why does such passion surround what looks, on the surface, like a …

‘Bad, bad, bad’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Lewis shot The Day the Clown Cried in France and Sweden in 1972 The death of US comedy legend Jerry Lewis has prompted renewed interest in his infamous “lost film”, The Day the Clown Cried. The unreleased movie follows a clown who …

France's Brigitte Macron gets role but no 'first lady' title

Image copyright AFP Image caption Public pressure drove the Elysée Palace to clarify Mrs Macron’s role Brigitte Macron, the wife of French President Emmanuel Macron, is getting an official role but without the title “first lady”. The presidency has published a “transparency charter” defining her duties, funded from …

Europe-wide alert for Barcelona van driver

The hunt for the man suspected of driving the van in the Barcelona terror crash has been extended to other European countries – as police confirmed there had been a 15th victim of the twin attacks in Spain. Pau Perez was found stabbed to death in a car …

Post-Brexit trade deals 'can improve security'

The man charged with helping to negotiate Britain’s free trade deals around the world post-Brexit has said the agreements can help improve global security. Crawford Falconer, who will work with International Trade Secretary Dr Liam Fox, said there was a “powerful political and security element to getting this …

Barbie bomb plot to blow up plane foiled

A plot to blow up a plane with explosives hidden inside a large Barbie doll was foiled thanks to Lebanon’s security services. The country’s interior minister revealed a flight from Australia to Abu Dhabi was targeted by plotters, who hoped to smuggle a bomb on board. More follows… …

Final Big Ben chimes until 2021

Final Big Ben chimes for now – BBC News “)}elsej.write(‘”)},confirm:function(a)return true,setFig:function(a,b)(function()a.orb=a.orb)(),deserialise:function(b)var a=;b.replace(/(2):(+)/g,function()a=+RegExp.$2);return a}})();fig.manager.include();/*]]>*/ ‘); } } oqsSurveyManager(window, ‘ON’); /*]]>*/ ‘); } })(); /*]]>*/ ‘); } })(); /*]]>*/ ‘); } else document.write(”); } })(); /*]]>*/ ‘); document.write(‘‘); document.write(‘‘); if (/ex-dp/.test(window.location.href) || document.cookie.indexOf(‘ex-dp=’) !== -1) bbcdotcom.utils.addHtmlTagClass(‘bbcdotcom-ex-dp’); } })(); /*]]>*/ Source …

Dating app aims to boost Russian voter turnout

Image copyright MAMBA Image caption “You can find love anywhere – even during the elections,” the app claims A Russian dating app is attempting to boost voter turnout in the upcoming elections by finding users an election “date”, it’s reported. Popular dating service Mamba has introduced a feature …

Missing reporter 'died in accident on submarine'

A Danish inventor has told police that a reporter declared missing after visiting his submarine died in an accident at sea. According to a police statement released on Monday, Peter Madsen told officers he subsequently dumped her body in water near Copenhagen. Ms Wall, a 30-year-old Swedish journalist, …

Dad gets tattoo of brain shunt after daughter's surgery

Dad gets tattoo of brain shunt after daughter’s surgery – BBC News “)}elsej.write(‘”)},confirm:function(a)return true,setFig:function(a,b)(function())(),deserialise:function(b)var a=;b.replace(/(2):(+)/g,function()a=+RegExp.$2);return a}})();fig.manager.include();/*]]>*/ ‘); } } oqsSurveyManager(window, ‘ON’); /*]]>*/ ‘); } })(); /*]]>*/ ‘); } })(); /*]]>*/ ‘); } else document.write(”); } })(); /*]]>*/ ‘); document.write(‘‘); document.write(‘‘); if (/ex-dp/.test(window.location.href) || document.cookie.indexOf(‘ex-dp=’) !== -1) bbcdotcom.utils.addHtmlTagClass(‘bbcdotcom-ex-dp’); } …