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BBC Talking Point
Aug 22, 2019

Brexit: Backstop indispensable, Macron tells Johnson
PM meets French president in Paris, insisting Brexit impasse can be broken "with energy and creativity".

BBC Talking Point
Aug 22, 2019

Brexit: Johnson arrives in Paris for talks with Macron
PM meets Emmanuel Macron after the French president insisted the EU-UK deal could not be reopened.

BBC Talking Point
Aug 22, 2019

Brexit: Macron tells PM renegotiating deal 'not an option'
The leaders will meet hours after the French president insisted the Brexit deal could not be reopened.

BBC Talking Point
Aug 22, 2019

Ryanair flights take off despite pilots' strike
UK pilots at the airline have begun a two-day walkout in a row over pay and conditions.

BBC Talking Point
Aug 22, 2019

GCSE results: Pass rates and top grades edge upwards
The GCSE pass rate and top grades edge up slightly, despite concerns about exam difficulty.

BBC Talking Point
Aug 22, 2019

Microplastics in water pose ‘no apparent health risk'
The World Health Organization says its findings are based on the "limited information" available.

BBC Talking Point
Aug 22, 2019

Evidence suggests microplastics in water pose ‘minimal health risk'
The World Health Organization says its findings are based on the "limited information" available.

BBC Talking Point
Aug 21, 2019

Pompeo praises ‘US ally' Denmark after Trump cancels visit
The US secretary of state speaks with Denmark's foreign minister amid a public row over Greenland.

BBC Talking Point
Aug 21, 2019

Fish oil pills 'no benefit' for type 2 diabetes
People with type 2 diabetes "should not be encouraged" to take omega-3, researchers say.

BBC Talking Point
Aug 21, 2019

Ditch cars to meet climate change targets, say MPs
MPs say people will have to stop driving if the UK is to meet its Zero Carbon goals by 2050.

BBC Talking Point
Aug 21, 2019

Brexit: PM meets Angela Merkel with call to scrap backstop
It comes after the PM said the plan to avoid a hard border in Northern Ireland was "anti-democratic".

BBC Talking Point
Aug 21, 2019

Brexit: PM to meet Angela Merkel with call to scrap backstop
It comes after the PM said the plan to avoid a hard border in Northern Ireland was "anti-democratic".

BBC Talking Point
Aug 21, 2019

Brexit: Welsh Labour 'to back Remain' if Corbyn becomes PM
First Minister Mark Drakeford goes further than Jeremy Corbyn who does not rule out a Labour deal.

BBC Talking Point
Aug 20, 2019

Millions of old gadgets 'stockpiled in drawers'
Public urged to "recycle their tech" as rare, valuable materials in millions of old devices languish in UK homes.

BBC Talking Point
Aug 20, 2019

Google sign language AI turns hand gestures into speech
The tech giant is sharing its hand-tracking software to allow others to develop translation apps.

BBC Talking Point
Aug 20, 2019

Brazil fires prompt 'prayers' for Amazon rainforest
A smoke-fuelled daytime blackout in Sao Paulo prompts calls for more action against forest fires.

BBC Talking Point
Aug 20, 2019

Brexit: Boris Johnson says 'anti-democratic' backstop must be scrapped
The plan to avoid a hard border in Northern Ireland is "unviable", the PM says in a letter to the EU.

BBC Talking Point
Aug 19, 2019

'Cut the Iron Curtain': Germany's 1989 freedom picnic
Thirty years ago a "European unity" picnic became an East German exodus from communism.

BBC Talking Point
Aug 19, 2019

Gran Canaria: 9,000 flee 'unprecedented' wildfires on holiday island
Hundreds of firefighters are tackling the wildfires that are tearing through the holiday island.

BBC Talking Point
Aug 19, 2019

Jeremy Corbyn: General election will stop Brexit 'crisis'
A general election would be the "change of direction" the UK needs, the Labour leader will say later.

BBC Talking Point
Aug 19, 2019

Gran Canaria: 8,000 flee wildfires on holiday island
Hundreds of firefighters are tackling the wildfires that are tearing through the holiday island.

BBC Talking Point
Aug 16, 2019

French 'Spiderman' scales Hong Kong skyscraper with banner urging peace
The French daredevil unfurled a banner showing China and Hong Kong shaking hands.

BBC Talking Point
Aug 16, 2019

Turkish army pension fund to buy British Steel
Turkey's military pension fund reaches a tentative deal to take over the insolvent steelmaker.

BBC Talking Point
Aug 16, 2019

Jo Swinson: Clarke and Harman prepared to lead emergency government
Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson says the senior Tory and Labour MPs are both prepared to be caretaker PMs.

BBC Talking Point
Aug 16, 2019

Renewable energy: Large subsidies not paid to 'phantom' plants
Onshore wind turbines were among the plants accredited to a scheme to incentivise renewable electricity.

BBC Talking Point
Aug 15, 2019

Strength of British military falls for ninth year
The government is accused of "running down" the military, as figures show a further drop in numbers.

BBC Talking Point
Aug 15, 2019

Hong Kong protests: Trump urges Xi to meet demonstrators
He says a meeting would lead to a "happy and enlightened ending" after weeks of unrest.

BBC Talking Point
Aug 15, 2019

Stock markets nervous after China trade warning
European and US markets pare losses but remain under pressure after a heavy sell-off on Wednesday.

BBC Talking Point
Aug 15, 2019

Stock markets stabilise after China trade warning
European markets stabilise as US shares head higher after a heavy sell-off on Wednesday.

BBC Talking Point
Aug 15, 2019

Stock markets stable after China trade warning
US markets pare their losses after a heavy sell-off on Wednesday, but the FTSE 100 closes 1% lower.

BBC Talking Point
Aug 15, 2019

Stock markets fall after China trade warning
Stock exchanges in Europe head lower again following a turbulent day of trading on Wednesday.

BBC Talking Point
Aug 15, 2019

Brexit: Corbyn plans to call no-confidence vote to defeat no-deal
But Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson says others should become caretaker PM, instead of the Labour leader.

BBC Talking Point
Aug 15, 2019

US Open rewords men's and women's tickets competition
Judy Murray has criticised the US Open after it tweeted details of semi-finals prize tickets.

BBC Talking Point
Aug 15, 2019

Markets slide after recession fears sparked sell-off
Stock exchanges in Europe head lower again following a turbulent day of trading on Wednesday.

BBC Talking Point
Aug 15, 2019

Olympics power firm Aggreko challenged to cut carbon
The Glasgow-based company, which also powers Glastonbury, is increasing its use of solar technology and storage batteries.

BBC Talking Point
Aug 15, 2019

Corbyn: UK parliament should not block Indyref2
The Labour leader says Westminster should not prevent a vote - but he does not think it is a "good idea".

BBC Talking Point
Aug 14, 2019

Woodstock still sounds golden 50 years on
On the 50th anniversary of the seminal Woodstock music festival, we speak to people who were at the "Aquarian explosion".

BBC Talking Point
Aug 14, 2019

UK must accept US food standards in trade deal, says farm chief
Fears over practices like chlorine-washing chicken are unfounded, says the head of America's farm lobby.

BBC Talking Point
Aug 14, 2019

El Paso shooting: Man with no family invites community to wife's funeral
A man whose wife was killed in the El Paso shooting has invited locals to attend her funeral.

BBC Talking Point
Aug 14, 2019

Scottish life expectancy improvements stall
The latest official statistics says the change follows three decades in which people have been living longer.

BBC Talking Point
Aug 14, 2019

Brexit: Hammond says PM's demands 'wreck' chance of new deal
Leaving the EU without a deal would be "a betrayal" of the referendum result, the former chancellor warns.

BBC Talking Point
Aug 14, 2019

German economy slips back into negative growth
A decline in exports dampened growth, causing the economy to shrink 0.1%, according to official data.

BBC Talking Point
Aug 14, 2019

Hong Kong protests: Flights resume amid new security measures
Hong Kong's airport, one of the world's busiest, has been the main site of protests for days.

BBC Talking Point
Aug 13, 2019

Social-media use 'disrupting teen sleep and exercise'
Checking sites multiple times a day means less time is spent on healthy activities, a UK study suggests.

BBC Talking Point
Aug 13, 2019

Why this 89-year-old is visiting every US national park with her grandson
Brad Ryan and his grandma Joy are on an unforgettable road trip to visit every US national park.

BBC Talking Point
Aug 13, 2019

UK 'first in line' for US trade deal, says John Bolton
The US would consider negotiating deals on "sector-by-sector" basis, says a senior Trump aide.

BBC Talking Point
Aug 13, 2019

Hong Kong leader warns protesters not to push city into 'abyss'
Carrie Lam faces a hostile press conference, as protesters gather again at the city's busy airport.

BBC Talking Point
Aug 12, 2019

Hong Kong protests: Airport cancels flights as thousands occupy
The busy international hub cancels flights as anti-government protests there enter a fourth day.

BBC Talking Point
Aug 12, 2019

Plastic: Universities and councils cut back on single-use cups
About 2.2 million fewer single-use cups were used by public bodies in Wales in the last year.

BBC Talking Point
Aug 12, 2019

Twitch CEO apologises for pornography on Ninja's channel
Streaming platform Twitch's boss apologises after pornography is hosted on Ninja's former channel.

BBC Talking Point
Aug 12, 2019

NI new orders and business output drop fastest in UK
A bank survey finds business activity in Northern Ireland slowed for the fifth month in a row.

BBC Talking Point
Aug 10, 2019

Gundam: The 'nerdy' encounter that led to marriage
How a "nerdy" love of Japanese Gundam robots brought one couple together.

BBC Talking Point
Aug 09, 2019

UK weather: Heavy rain and winds set to hit parts of the country
There could be winds of up to 60mph for parts of the Channel coast, south-west England and west Wales.

BBC Talking Point
Aug 09, 2019

How did Twitter help a sexual abuse survivor brave a smear test?
Support from people on Twitter has helped a woman take a smear test for the first time.

BBC Talking Point
Aug 09, 2019

Brexit: Chancellor announces one-year spending review
The review will help government departments prepare for Brexit, says Sajid Javid.

BBC Talking Point
Aug 09, 2019

UK weather: Heavy rain and winds bring disruption
Events have been called off, ferries disrupted and drivers warned to avoid unnecessary travel.

BBC Talking Point
Aug 09, 2019

Brexit: Corbyn seeks clarity on 'unconstitutional' election-time no-deal
The Labour leader thinks the UK should not leave the EU without a deal while there is a possibility of a new government.

BBC Talking Point
Aug 09, 2019

Brexit: Chancellor announces 'fast-tracked' spending review
Sajid Javid said an accelerated one-year spending review would help departments to prepare for Brexit.

BBC Talking Point
Aug 09, 2019

Premier League clubs 'should pay living wage' to staff
A charity says staff members such as cleaners are not paid enough by England's top football clubs.

BBC Talking Point
Aug 09, 2019

Premier League clubs 'should pay real living wage' to staff
A charity says staff members such as cleaners are not paid enough by England's top football clubs.

BBC Talking Point
Aug 08, 2019

Brexit: Boris Johnson calls for 'common sense' compromise
Boris Johnson says there is "bags of time" for the EU to compromise before the Brexit deadline.

BBC Talking Point
Aug 08, 2019

New cars 'can be broken into in 10 seconds'
What Car? magazine experts say the latest models with keyless entry systems can easily be hijacked.

BBC Talking Point
Aug 08, 2019

Abbey Road: 50 years of the Beatles' famous album cover
Recreating the Fab Four's road crossing, taken half a century ago outside the renowned London studio.

BBC Talking Point
Aug 08, 2019

TikTok videos spread climate change awareness
The play-on-words hashtag #Globalwarning has been viewed more than 24 million times by users of the app.

BBC Talking Point
Aug 08, 2019

Plant-based diet can fight climate change - UN
A major report says the West's high consumption of meat is fuelling global warming.

BBC Talking Point
Aug 07, 2019

NHS to set up national artificial intelligence lab
Ministers pledge £250m for AI, saying it has enormous power to improve England's health service.

BBC Talking Point
Aug 07, 2019

South Wales Police to use facial recognition app on phones
About 50 officers will use the app to track down suspects as part of a three-month trial.

BBC Talking Point
Aug 07, 2019

Brexit: Food industry seeks no-deal competition waiver
UK firms urge the government to relax rules to allow them to work together to supply food after Brexit.

BBC Talking Point
Aug 07, 2019

Energy prices to fall for millions as Ofgem lowers cap
A new price cap could see households on default energy tariffs typically pay £75 less from October.

BBC Talking Point
Aug 06, 2019

No-deal Brexit: 'Big unanswered questions' for UK music
Touring will be "chaos" and copyright is "up in the air" after a no-deal Brexit, warn music bosses.

BBC Talking Point
Aug 06, 2019

The real price of buying cheap clothes
Globalisation has led to the rise of fast fashion but at what cost to the workers in developing nations?

BBC Talking Point
Aug 06, 2019

Toni Morrison: Nobel Prize-winning author dies
The US novelist was the first African American woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature.

BBC Talking Point
Aug 06, 2019

Toni Morrison: Nobel Prize-winning author dies at 88
The US novelist was the first African American woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature.

BBC Talking Point
Aug 06, 2019

Couple posts photos before and after beating meth addiction
The before-and-after pictures have been shared 140,000 times on Facebook.

BBC Talking Point
Aug 06, 2019

Couple's before and after photos of beating meth addiction
The before-and-after pictures have been shared 140,000 times on Facebook.

BBC Talking Point
Aug 06, 2019

Brexit: No 10 rejects EU's view of talks
The UK says Brussels needs to "change its stance" after suggestions talks are back to square one.

BBC Talking Point
Aug 05, 2019

Facebook urged to shut groups seeking fake Amazon reviews
Which? claimed to have uncovered several active groups that recruited people to write fake testimonies.

BBC Talking Point
Aug 05, 2019

Climate change: Hungry nations add the least to global CO2
Impoverished African countries are the most food-insecure, stemming from climate change, says a charity.

BBC Talking Point
Aug 05, 2019

'If you want unsolicited advice, get pregnant'
Jaclene Paolucci's sardonic response to a stranger about her lifestyle choices while pregnant resonated online.

BBC Talking Point
Aug 05, 2019

20 NHS building projects given green light
New wards, intensive care units and diagnostic centres will be built, says new PM.

BBC Talking Point
Aug 05, 2019

Heathrow in last-ditch talks to avert Tuesday's strike
Flights were cancelled by some airlines even after Monday's strike was suspended to allow time for talks.

BBC Talking Point
Aug 05, 2019

Hospitals in England set to receive £850m revealed
Twenty hospitals will receive funds, but a charity says the money risks being a "drop in the ocean".

BBC Talking Point
Aug 04, 2019

Dayton shooting: Nine confirmed killed, gunman also dead
Police say nine people are dead and at least 26 injured in the second US mass shooting in 24 hours.

BBC Talking Point
Aug 04, 2019

Dayton shooting: Nine confirmed killed, shooter also dead
Police say nine people are dead and at least 16 injured in the second US mass shooting in 24 hours.

BBC Talking Point
Aug 04, 2019

Dayton shooting: Police respond to Ohio 'mass shooting'
Hospitals throughout the area are reportedly taking in wounded after the incident early on Sunday.

BBC Talking Point
Aug 02, 2019

Farmer promotes suicide prevention message in corn maze
The US farmer who wants you to know that "your life matters".

BBC Talking Point
Aug 02, 2019

'Siberia is burning': Artists raise awareness of Russia wildfires
Russian artists want more urgent action to take place.

BBC Talking Point
Aug 02, 2019

Brecon and Radnorshire by-election: Lib Dems beat Conservatives
The Lib Dem win in Brecon and Radnorshire leaves new PM Boris Johnson with a working majority of just one.

BBC Talking Point
Aug 02, 2019

Mark Carney warns of instant shock from no-deal Brexit
The Bank of England governor says prices will rise if the UK leaves the EU without an agreement.

BBC Talking Point
Aug 02, 2019

Northern Ireland Fire Service cutting crews over budget pressures
Fire cover will move from full-time to part-time in a number of towns across Northern Ireland.

BBC Talking Point
Aug 02, 2019

Post-Brexit plans unveiled for 10 free ports
Boris Johnson believes that the zones could create jobs in "left-behind areas" across the UK.

BBC Talking Point
Aug 02, 2019

Sajid Javid tells HMRC: Make no-deal Brexit planning top priority
Preparations for a no-deal Brexit must be the number one priority, chancellor tells the tax authority.

BBC Talking Point
Aug 01, 2019

Are you in your 30s and facing 'the swerve'?
Rachel Syme was astounded by how many other women aged 33-38 felt at a crossroads in their lives.

BBC Talking Point
Aug 01, 2019

Brexit: £2.1bn extra for no-deal planning
The government says the money will fund more border force officers and stockpiling of medicine.

BBC Talking Point
Aug 01, 2019

Shell profits plunge on lower oil prices
Royal Dutch Shell saw its profits fall to their lowest since 2016 and short of market expectations.

BBC Talking Point
Jul 31, 2019

Scotch whisky and salmon 'must keep EU-style protection status'
Scottish government calls for "iconic" products to keep their protected status even if there is a no-deal Brexit.

BBC Talking Point
Jul 31, 2019

Is fruit-growing ripe for opportunity in Wales?
Experts predict climate change and vegan diets could see more fruit and veg grown in Wales in future.

BBC Talking Point
Jul 31, 2019

'No room' for excess meat in no-deal Brexit
Plans to buy up thousands of tonnes of unsold lamb in the event of a no-deal Brexit could be unworkable, Newsnight learns.

BBC Talking Point
Jul 31, 2019

Hindu man refuses Zomato takeaway over 'Muslim driver'
Food service Zomato refused to let the man cancel his order and was backed by Twitter users.

BBC Talking Point
Jul 31, 2019

Boris Johnson urges NI parties to 'seal power-sharing deal'
The PM held talks in Belfast to discuss Brexit and restoring devolved government.

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