In private letters to Theresa May, last August Philip Hammond and Jeremy Hunt warned that pharmacies would have to close because of the cut in a subsidy worth hundreds of millions of pounds a year to the hard-pressed pharmacies. Campaigners said the letters amounted to a "smokingRead more »
The 33-year-old singer said on her Instagram page that she and One Direction's Liam Payne had welcomed the new arrival on Wednesday. A photo showed Liam cradling an infant with dark hair. The caption below the picture read: "On Wednesday 22nd March Liam and I became parents to an incredibly beautiful, healthy baby boy, weighing 7lb 9 and looking like a dream.
Martin Schulz, who has emerged as the most serious challenger Angela Merkel has faced in more than a decade in power, is best known in Britain as one of Brexit’s harshest critics. In his former role as president of the European parliament, Mr Schulz accused David Cameron of “taking a whole continent hostage for a party’s internal struggle” with last year’s referendum, and warned Brexit could result in the “mutual humiliation” of Britain and the EU. Now, after a tumultuous week in German politics, he could be leader of Europe’s most powerful country within eight months.
Five people have died, with 50 injured - some critically - in a terror attack near the Houses of Parliament on Wednesday. Attacker Khalid Masood, 52, killed four pedestrians and injured about 50 others as he mowed down members of the public with a car on Westminster Bridge at about 2:40pm on Wednesday. Prime Minister Theresa May had just voted and was standing in members' lobby with other Tory MPs.
The lives of Star Wars star Carrie Fisher and her actress mother Debbie Reynolds have been celebrated at a public memorial. Fisher, who was known for playing Princess Leia in the hit film franchise, died in December aged 60 after she suffered a heart attack during a flight from London to Los Angeles. The ceremony was led by Reynolds' son Todd Fisher, who called it a show saying his mother hated to attend memorials.
A huge gas explosion destroyed multiple buildings and injured 34 people, with a witness telling how they saw people being "blown away, lifted off their feet". Two people were seriously hurt in the blast, which left casualties under the rubble, in New Ferry, Merseyside on Saturday night. The explosion was heard across the region including in Liverpool and reportedly as far away as North Wales, which is 70 miles away.
Harrison Ford called himself a "schmuck" after he mistakenly landed on a taxiway at a California airport and narrowly avoided a commercial airliner, an audio recording reveals. In last month's near-miss, the actor had been told to land his single-engine plane on Runway 20L at John Wayne Airport in Orange County. Instead he landed on the parallel taxiway where the commercial airliner carrying 116 people was waiting to take off.
The family of slain Democratic National Committee (DNC) staffer Seth Rich has raised almost $11,000 to boost awareness of the unsolved case. Donations to a GoFundMe page started by Rich's brother, Aaron Rich, from more than 225 people have brought in $10,779 as of Saturday afternoon after six days online.
Every child with cancer in Britain will have their tumour DNA sequenced so they can get the best possible drugs and help the UK catch up with treatment in Europe and the US. The charity Children with Cancer UK has today announced £1.5 million in funding so that from today youngsters can be screened and given treatment which is far more effective and less toxic. Sequencing tumour DNA allows doctors to match drugs specifically to the genetic code of cancer, which could mean some children would be spared chemotherapy if it was found to be ineffective for their disease.
It may yet to be reflected in the crime statistics, but, as of January, Britain’s laws have been, to quote Jacob Rees-Mogg, “in some sense lesser”. Woeful indeed, Rees-Mogg warned last year, as the vellum argument raged back and forth, between the pro-vellum Commons and the anti-vellum Lords, would be the consequences if, for an estimated annual saving of £80,000 (excluding a replacement printer), some laws ceased to be written on a material first introduced to Britain in the middle ages. After a brief reprieve, which came courtesy of the like-minded Matthew Hancock, the minister of state for digital and culture, the end of the vellum tradition has been announced, with consequences for law and order at which we can only guess.
In the west of Scotland over the next few years, mainstream Christian churches may soon be required to invest in counselling programmes for their fledgling priests and ministers. For these diffident young reverends may have been among those currently on Glasgow University’s theology course, which has been offering the future padres a safe zone if they become squeamish about the scenes of evisceration and disembowelling that regularly feature in the Good Book. The Glaswegian theologian and part-time comedian Billy Connolly described this as a “jaggy bunnet”.
Anti-Trump protesters clashed with marchers during a Pro-Trump rally in Huntington Beach, California, on March 25. Some protesters were arrested, according to reports, but it is unclear how many. Footage shows men with their faces covered exchanging punches with marchers. Credit: Twitter/budo via Storyful
The 11-plus assumes some pupils are not bright enough for grammar school. It is heartening that a campaign is under way to frustrate Theresa May’s desire to go back to secondary modern schools (“On this we can all agree. The article by Nicky Morgan, Lucy Powell and Nick Clegg makes many of the familiar arguments but, like much of the current opposition to selection, it is based on concern for social mobility.
Thus, three months ago, Sir David Clementi, incoming chairman of the BBC, told culture committee MPs that “impartiality, independence and accuracy” were ideals that drove him. Clementi also promised he’d call Tony Hall, the director general, and James Harding, the director of news and current affairs, before his new unitary board. “The board is bound to inquire exactly how they are seeking to achieve impartiality.
Each has until the end of 2017, the XPrize deadline, to launch its robot mission. To date, not a single piece of any competitor’s hardware has flown outside Earth’s atmosphere, while two of the rockets earmarked to send craft to the moon have still to undergo test launches. As a result, many observers now wonder if anyone will win the Google XPrize given its tight timetable.
Montgomery, not Birmingham, is the state capital of Alabama – although Birmingham is its most populous city (“Alabama murder mystery could be the new Serial”, World news, last week, page 25). Roderick Williams is a baritone, not a tenor (“BBC must now do for arts what it has done for science, says R4 culture boss” (News, last week, page 7) and Vladimir Ashkenazy was appointed guest conductor of the Philharmonia in 1981, not the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and has been the Philharmonia’s conductor Laureate since 2000 (“An artist’s life”, page 3, early editions, last week).
Britain can slash Brussels regulations on clinical trials for new drugs and on building near protected wildlife habitats now that it is leaving the European Union, Michael Gove has said. The Tory MP and former cabinet minister, who was a key figure in the Brexit campaign, said the pledge to “take back control” could allow Britain to scrap “absurd” rules such as the European Commission’s Habitats Directive and Clinical Trials Directive. “If there are regulations which hold any business here back, we now have the potential to amend or even if necessary rescind them,” Mr Gove told an audience in central London this week.
Prince William’s air ambulance came within half a second of a collision with a remote-controlled drone, an aviation report has revealed. A drone almost cause Prince William's helicopter to crash. Prince William was not in the air ambulance when the drone near miss happened.
Olivier Giroud struck twice as France stayed top of World Cup qualifying Group A with an efficient 3-1 victory in Luxembourg on Saturday. Giroud, who has only started seven Premier League games for Arsenal this season, found the back of the net in each half and Antoine Griezmann scored a penalty after Aurelien Joachim had equalised for the hosts. Didier Deschamps's side, who looked shaky in defence, now have 13 points from five games, three ahead of Sweden who beat Belarus 4-0.
Kimmie Ahlen was once seduced by the violent underpinnings of National Socialist ideology, but today, alarmed by the spread of populism, he has a new mission -- teaching tolerance to young Swedes.
Brexit challenges Britain's global image of openness and tolerance, but Cool Britannia has what it takes to avoid being suddenly rebranded as uncool just because it quits the EU, advertising professionals say.
The Royal Mint has made a conscious decision to make its corners less pointy, it has emerged, to avoid it damaging people's clothing and - leaving a hole in their pockets. A spokesman for Royal Mint said: "Following the consultation on the specification of the coin, we engaged directly with the manufacturers of coin validation and operating mechanisms to optimise the specification for acceptance in coinoperated equipment.