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The Emperor and Empress of Japan received a ceremonial welcome of military pomp and pageantry as their state visit began. The King and Queen greeted their guests on Horse Guards Parade where some of the nation’s most prestigious regiments were on display. The two heads of state warmly shook hands as did their wives under […]

The Tories have withdrawn support from candidates Craig Williams and Laura Saunders after they were implicated in the General Election betting row. Rishi Sunak acted after coming under mounting pressure within the party to take a tougher stance on the alleged use of inside information to bet on the timing of the July 4 poll. […]

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is travelling to his native Australia following his dramatic release from prison after five years of fighting extradition to the United States. He had to pay half a million US dollars for a chartered flight from Stansted, accompanied by a WikiLeaks lawyer, a representative of the Australian government and a medic […]

Footballer and gamer are the most popular career choices for children, according to a survey which saw being prime minister come bottom of the list. Polling by YouGov for Great Ormond Street Hospital (Gosh) charity was carried out in the days after the General Election was announced and just as England and Scotland geared up […]

London’s roads have been ranked the most congested in Europe for the third year in a row. Drivers in the capital spent an average of 99 hours sitting in traffic in 2023, according to a report by traffic information supplier Inrix. That was up from 97 hours in 2022 and was more than any other […]

Long-term loneliness may increase the risk of stroke by 56%, according to a new study. Researchers from Harvard University in the US found that chronic loneliness could have a big impact on people as they age. Those who experienced situational loneliness rather than suffering long term did not have an increased risk of stroke – […]

UK workers have witnessed a prolonged pay squeeze that has left real average wages only £16 a week higher than in 2010, according to new research. The Resolution Foundation think tank said that real wage growth has improved notably in recent months, as wider inflation has slowed, but said it came after the significant effects […]

Declan Rice has rubbished suggestions England’s players are too tired to make their mark at Euro 2024. After a narrow victory over Serbia and a 1-1 draw with Denmark, manager Gareth Southgate said his team cannot commit to a pressing game because of their fitness levels. England’s performances, especially against Denmark, have seen Southgate and […]

Taylor Swift said she is “still cracking up/swooning” over her boyfriend Travis Kelce’s on-stage appearance at London’s Wembley Stadium during her Eras Tour. NFL star Kelce appeared in a morning suit and carried the US singer on to a red piece of furniture after she pretended to faint, during the last of Swift’s trio of […]

Rocky Flintoff hit a match-winning 106 as England Under-19s chased down 288 to beat a Young Lions Invitational XI by two wickets at Loughborough. The 16-year-old son of former England all-rounder Andrew hit eight fours and three sixes in a 111-ball innings which steered his side to victory after they lost both openers in the […]

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