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Harry Potter fans have listened to the audiobooks of the fantasy series for more than one billion hours on Audible, it has been announced. The audio versions of the books, written by JK Rowling, were first made available on the platform seven years ago, with Stephen Fry narrating the UK editions and Jim Dale the […]

Kolo Toure hopes to take what he has learned from Brendan Rodgers to Wigan after being confirmed as the new manager of the Sky Bet Championship club. The Latics named the former Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool defender as successor to Leam Richardson on Tuesday morning. The 41-year-old has signed a three-and-a-half year contract at […]

Changes to the Online Safety Bill will tackle the “absurd situation” surrounding the enforcement of age limits on social media platforms, the Culture Secretary said. The Government has announced it is making amendments to the proposed internet safety laws in order to boost child online safety. The updates will require tech firms to show how they enforce user age […]

Two-thirds of adults are worried about being able to afford Christmas dinner, research suggests. People are planning to use items from food banks for their festive meal, according to a survey for the Salvation Army. The charity said the findings are a “red flag” as poverty creeps further into communities. The survey of 2,149 UK […]

Britain’s biggest police force has launched a new anonymous hotline for people to report corrupt or abusive officers. The Metropolitan Police has been heavily criticised over failures in both its anti-corruption and disciplinary procedures, which have left hundreds of corrupt officers and staff still serving. It will be the first force in the UK to […]

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has offered a vision of “robust pragmatism” in standing up to global competitors like China, as he signalled an “evolutionary leap” in British foreign policy. In his first major foreign policy speech, Mr Sunak indicated to international dignitaries and business leaders on Monday that he would set a fresh direction for the UK’s […]

Mike Tindall has launched his own line of budgy smugglers for charity after sporting the swimwear during his time on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! The 44-year-old former rugby player, who came fourth in the ITV series over the weekend, caught viewers’ attention when he wore the tight trunks as he took […]

Rangers believe they have captured “undoubtedly one of the most sought-after young managers in British football” after luring Michael Beale from QPR on a contract until the summer of 2026. A week after sacking Giovanni van Bronckhorst, the Ibrox club confirmed on Monday evening that he 42-year-old Englishman, who was an assistant coach to former […]

Gareth Bale insists Wales can upset England and provide another surprise in a World Cup of shock results. Wales must beat England for the first time since 1984 on Tuesday to be in with a chance of making the knockout phase. Even then, unless England are beaten by a four-goal margin, Wales need Iran and […]

Sir Tony Blair has offered some support to former health secretary Matt Hancock as he returns from the I’m A Celebrity jungle, suggesting that the unorthodox move “took courage”. The Tory MP is returning to face angry colleagues, constituents and questions about his political future in Westminster after coming third in the ITV show. The […]

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