Most women murdered by men are killed by current or former partner, figures show

More than two thirds of women murdered by a man last year were killed by a partner or former partner, new findings reveal. A total of 113 women were killed by men in England, Wales and Northern Ireland in 2016 — and 90 per cent of these victims were murdered by someone they knew, according to the latest Femicide Census ...

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More snow to fall across UK with travel disruption expected as temperatures drop

Up to 20 centimetres (eight inches) of snow is expected to fall on some parts of the UK into Sunday, with travel disruption expected to follow. Large parts of the UK will see at least a few centimetres of snow, including a central swathe of England and Wales and parts of Scotland. The Met Office has warned that rural communities could be cut ...

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Human Rights Commission to launch independent inquiry into Grenfell Tower fire

Britain’s human rights watchdog is to launch an inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire. Independent public body The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) will examine whether the Government and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea failed in their duties to protect life and provide safe housing. The new probe comes after the main public inquiry, which is chaired by retired judge Sir Martin Moore-Bick, got underway. ...

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Japanese company will deploy music-blasting drone in bid to force workers to leave office

A Japanese company will send drones blaring loud music around its offices late at night in a bid to force workers to go home. Construction firm Tasei has announced its new “T-Friend” drone will hover over the desks of employees who refuse to leave at the end of the day.  Those reluctant to clock out will be blasted with a ...

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Theresa May 'could face first Commons' defeat over Brexit bill next week' on key amendment

Pro-European Conservatives are threatening to inflict Theresa May’s first Commons’ defeat on her Brexit bill in a last-ditch bid to have a “meaningful” vote on the terms and conditions of the UK’s exit package. Government Whips are said to be concerned the Prime Minister could face an embarrassing defeat if enough Tory rebels vote with the majority of opposition MPs over ...

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Donald Trump demands journalist is fired for 'fake' photo tweet in row over Florida crowd size

President Donald Trump is embroiled in another row with the press, calling for a Washington Post journalist to be fired after the reporter admitted tweeting a inaccurate image of an empty arena the President was due to speak at. Journalist Dave Weigel apologised on Twitter and deleted the photo of Mr Trump’s Florida rally, saying he had been “confused”. Mr Trump seized upon ...

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UK's final EU withdrawal bill could cost £100bn, says ex-Brexit minister

Britain’s final EU withdrawal bill could be as high as £100 billion, a former Brexit minister has suggested. David Jones, one of the few Tory Brexiteers to publicly criticise the deal Prime Minister Theresa May reached with the European Commission in order to trigger trade talks, said the UK could end up paying a “monstrous” exit settlement two-and-a-half times the ...

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Max Clifford in critical care unit after 'cardiac arrest'

Disgraced former celebrity publicist Max Clifford is being treated in a critical care unit after suffering a cardiac arrest, his daughter has said. The 74-year-old is said to be “in a bad way” after collapsing twice at Littlehey Prison in Cambridgeshire, where he is serving an eight-year jail sentence for historic sex offences. His daughter, Louise, 46, said that Clifford ...

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Pilot dies in light aircraft crash near Chiswell Green

A pilot has died after a light aircraft crashed moments after taking off. The plane came down in a field off Chiswell Green Lane at Chiswell Green, Hertfordshire. Hertfordshire Police said it was called at 12:33 GMT by the ambulance service to reports of the crash. The pilot, in his 50s, was the only person on board, the force added. ...

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Two-year degrees to lower tuition fees

Students in England are going to be offered degrees in two years with a £5,500 saving in tuition fees, says the universities minister Jo Johnson. Undergraduate courses will be condensed into “accelerated” degrees, with fees 20% less than a three-year course. Mr Johnson said he wants to “break the mould” of a system in which three-year degrees have “crowded out” ...

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