Virginia governor tells far-right to 'go home' following violence

A woman died and 19 people were injured when a car rammed a crowd of people opposing a far-right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. The governor of Virginia has told the white supremacists who brought chaos to the area to “go home”. President Donald Trump condemned “in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides”.

May 'to offer an apology' at Conservative conference

Theresa May will issue a “grovelling apology” at the Tory party conference for losing the government’s majority at the general election, claims the Mail on Sunday. In a bid to head off a growing revolt, the Prime Minister will reportedly make a televised public plea to Tory supporters to give her another chance. Her supporters hope the move will “clear the air” and prevent the conference being dominated by recriminations.

Health inequality grows despite government pledges

The health inequality gap between rich and poor is growing in England, according to figures from the Department of Health. The data shows that people living in the most deprived areas of the UK face a greater risk of premature death, seeing a child die soon after it is born, or of ending up in hospital as an emergency case. Last year, health inequality was identified by Theresa May as a “burning injustice”.

Exam board lower requirements after Gove's reforms

Marks required to secure top grades in the first round of tougher GCSE and A-level exams have been lowered to avert a results slump, says The Sunday Times. It was feared that the biggest exam shake-up in a generation — ushered in by former education secretary Michael Gove — would cause a dramatic fall in results this summer. Gove said his reforms were designed to drive up standards.

Trump slammed for hinting at military option in Venezuela

President Trump has been condemned for saying he was considering military action in the Venezuela crisis. Venezuela’s foreign minister said the US President’s words were hostile and risked destablising the region. Argentina said dialogue and diplomacy were the only paths to promote democracy in Venezuela. Violent demonstrations since April have left more than 120 people dead in the country.

Uber covers up sex attacks, says police inspector

Uber has failed to report sex attacks committed by its drivers and obstructed officers trying to investigate them, say police. Inspector Neil Billany says he has “significant concern” that the ride-hailing app company seemed to be “deciding what [crimes] to report”, telling police only about “less serious matters” that would be “less damaging to [its] reputation”. Uber faces a licence review in London.

Etonian Rees-Mogg considering running for Tory leader

Jacob Rees-Mogg is “sounding out” friends over a leadership bid, reports The Sunday Times. The eccentric Tory, who has previously insisted he does not see himself as a “serious” candidate, is giving “careful consideration” to his political career, according to sources. Earlier this week, the father of six was revealed as the second-most popular choice to become the next Tory leader in a poll of party members.

'Scourge of war criminals' quits UN over Syria

Former prosecutor Carla Del Ponte – known as the scourge of war criminals – says she will quit the United Nations inquiry on Syria because of her disgust at the UN security council’s failure to act. “I think the security council should have done something, but no, nothing, nothing happened. No justice for the victims; total impunity in Syria,” she said.

Hammond and Fox aim for show of unity over Brexit

Britain will need a transition period to help businesses adjust after it leaves the EU, the chancellor and the international trade secretary have said. In a joint Sunday Telegraph article aimed to promote an image of cabinet unity, Philip Hammond and Liam Fox said any deal would not be a “back door” to staying in the EU. Meanwhile, former Labour minister David Miliband says there should be a second referendum.

Mo Farah takes silver in his final major track event

Mo Farah ran his final track event last night, winning a silver rather than the gold he coveted. It was the first time he had failed to win gold at an international championships since 2011. However, says The Sunday Times, with 10 golds and two silvers at major global competitions, Farah, who will now concentrate on marathons, “must be regarded as Britain’s most prolific athlete”. 

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