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Five questions on defence spending that won’t go away – BBC News

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Those who've signed this letter are not so sure. Brexit has already made the pound weaker. The letter says its fall "threatens the purchase of meaningful numbers of jets" for the Royal Navy's new aircraft carriers. Almost $30bn (22bn) worth of foreign military purchases planned by the MOD are exposed to currency fluctuations. That said, Britain is not leaving Nato - and it remains the cornerstone of European defence. Does the UK meet the 2% Nato target? Image copyright MOD It is true that defence spending rose this year. But it follows years of cuts. Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon [...]

Eurovision Song Contest: Bluff your way through this year’s show – BBC News

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1) It's actually three events When Eurovision started in the Swiss resort of Lugano back in 1956, only seven countries took part. Each country submitted two songs each, with host country Switzerland eventually winning. But over the years there has been a steady rise in participating countries - so steady in fact, that the contest is now preceded by two semi-finals. Click to see content: eurovision_participants The first semi takes place on Tuesday, with the second following on Thursday. The aim is to whittle the semi-finalists - 36 this year - down to a more manageable 20. Those 20 progress [...]

The hospital errors leaving new parents devastated – BBC News

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption'Our baby son died due to NHS error' More than 1,400 mistakes are being recorded by maternity staff in hospitals in England each week on average. For some families, those errors can have life-changing consequences. "Every single day we have to live with the fact that we're a victim of the NHS," Adam Asquith tells the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire programme. Adam and his fiancee, Sarah Ellis, were expecting their first child in 2014. "When I first fell pregnant, everything was amazing. We were over the Moon," Sarah says. When she went into [...]

The Amazons: Meet the band who torched their own tour bus – BBC News

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Image copyright PA "If stacking shelves doesn't make you want to be a rock star, nothing will," laughs Thomson, who worked at his local branch of Waitrose during the band's early days. However, showing entrepreneurial skills that would make Alan Sugar sweat biscuits, he used his position to win The Amazons a few new fans. "My job, personally, was about online shopping. So I'd go through someone's list, picking out the shopping, putting it in baskets, and then I would slip our little demo CD into there. "We didn't know how to get our name out there. If no-one's playing [...]

Archbishops of Canterbury and York voice election concerns – BBC News

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The letter says the election "is being contested against the backdrop of deep and profound questions of identity. "Opportunities to renew and re-imagine our shared values as a country and a United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland only come around every few generations... "If our shared British values are to carry the weight of where we now stand and the challenges ahead of us, they must have at their core, cohesion, courage and stability." 'Faith not a vulnerability' The letter refers to the benefits of "education for all, the need for urgent and serious solutions to our housing [...]