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The Pogues frontman Shane MacGowan has died at the age of 65, his wife Victoria Mary Clarke announced in an Instagram post. She wrote: “I don’t know how to say this so I am just going to say it. Shane who will always be the light that I hold before me and the measure of […]

Matt Hancock is expected to contest accusations made about his performance as health secretary during the pandemic as he appears before the UK Covid-19 Inquiry. The ex-minister’s evidence is expected to take up the whole of Thursday’s sitting hours following repeated criticism made against him by a number of other witnesses. The former Tory MP, […]

Former US secretary of state Henry Kissinger has been described as “one of the most dependable and distinctive voices on foreign affairs” following his death at the age of 100. Mr Kissinger, who served under former presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, died at his home in Connecticut, his consultancy firm said. The diplomat played […]

Henry Kissinger, the US secretary of state who dominated foreign policy under former presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, has died aged 100, his consulting firm Kissinger Associates said. The firm said in a statement Mr Kissinger died at his home in Connecticut and is survived by his wife Nancy, two children, David and Elizabeth […]

GPs must be given more support to delivery continuity of care for patients, the safety investigator has recommended. The Health Service Safety Investigations Body (HSSIB) looked into whether patients could see the same GP and whether records reflected they had come back repeatedly with the same problem. It comes after a man who had recovered […]

More than a quarter of UK adults say they are likely to use buy-now-pay-later (BNPL) to help ease spending over the festive period, Citizens Advice has found. The charity said it was braced to provide debt support in the New Year as some 28% of consumers – the equivalent of 15.1 million people – plan […]

Visitors have one final opportunity to say goodbye to Britain’s only giant pandas before zoo keepers get them ready to make their way back to China. Yang Guang and Tian Tian have lived at Edinburgh Zoo since 2011 as part of a 10-year agreement between the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) and the China […]

The number of mortgages approved for home buyers picked up last month after interest rates were held steady and mortgage increases eased. Bank of England figures showed that 47,400 mortgages were approved for house purchases in October. The Bank’s monthly Money And Credit report revealed the improvement from the eight-month low of 43,300 recorded in […]

Greece’s foreign minister has pushed for Athens to take back the Elgin Marbles as he attended a summit with Foreign Secretary Lord Cameron. Giorgos Gerapetritis said Greece’s call for the Parthenon Sculptures to be returned from the British Museum was based on “history” and “justice”. A diplomatic row over the sculptures was triggered when Prime […]

The UK economy is set for the second-slowest growth of the world’s G7 advanced economies, according to new forecasts. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has reduced its forecast UK growth rate for 2024. Growth across the global economy has been stronger than expected but is beginning to slow as higher interest rates, […]

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