Brexit vote: Single market benefit 'largely imaginary'

The trade benefits of belonging to the European Union have been “largely imaginary”, according to the social policy think-tank Civitas. Its analysis argues that exports from non-EU countries to the single market have grown faster than the UK’s, since its creation in 1993. That lends weight to the argument that no EU deal is better than a bad deal, the ...

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Drop in teacher training recruits revealed

There are fears it could get even tougher to recruit teachers after a drop in the number of trainees on courses in England and Wales. The latest figures show a 6.9% drop in acceptances on to teacher training courses for this year. Head teachers’ leaders said the drop in recruits would deepen the teacher recruitment crisis. The Department for Education ...

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Donald Trump Jr criticises London mayor after terror attack

President Donald Trump’s son has criticised London’s mayor, shortly after a terror attack on the UK capital that killed four people. Donald Trump Jr tweeted an article written last year, in which Sadiq Khan said terror vigilance had become “part and parcel” of life in a global city. “You have to be kidding me?!” said Mr Trump, immediately sparking accusations ...

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Syrians resettled in UK recognised as refugees six years after civil war begins

Syrians being resettled in the UK are to be recognised as refugees by the Government, six months after the country’s civil war began. People who have fled Syria and are resettled in Britain under the Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme (VPRS) will for the first time be granted refugee status, enabling them to access certain rights that have previously been barred to them, ...

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Drinking pint of beer a day linked to reduced risk of heart attack

Drinking one pint a day has been linked to reduced risk of developing several serious heart conditions in new large-scale study. Moderate drinking, usually defined as no more than 14 units of alcohol a week – equivalent to around one and a half bottles of wine or seven pints of regular-strength lager – is associated with a lower risk of ...

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FBI has information suggesting Trump aides 'coordinated with Russia to damage Clinton campaign'

The FBI has reportedly obtained information that suggests aides of President Donald Trump communicated with suspected Russian operatives to coordinate the release of information to damage Hillary Clinton’s campaign. US officials told CNN that the FBI is currently reviewing human intelligence, travel, business and phone records, and accounts of in-person meetings. However, the officials did caution that the information was ...

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Call to ban balloon releases after 50 per cent rise in beach litter

Balloon releases should be banned because they can entangle and choke wildlife to death, the Marine Conservation Society has said. The society said it had found 53 per cent more balloon-related litter on beaches last year compared to 2015. So far 50 local councils have agreed to prevent the release of balloons and sky lanterns on their land and the ...

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Child sex offences recorded across UK hits all-time high amid growing concerns over online grooming

Child sex offences recorded by police forces across the UK have hit an all-time high, prompting campaigners to urge that more needs be done to reduce the “increasingly common” instances of children at risk of online grooming. The number of alleged sex offences against children in 2016 was up by nearly a fifth on the previous year, climbing to 55,507, or one ...

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Teen creates website with kittens punching Donald Trump, and now the lawyers have come after her

A teenager who created a website where users can use a kitten’s paws to punch a picture of Donald Trump is facing legal action.  Lucy, 17, initially created TrumpScratch.com as a fun and innocent coding project, and the site was not created to be maliciously anti-Trump.  However, three weeks after the San Francisco teen started the site it was taken down after she ...

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Trump asked for tanks at his inauguration, email reveals

The team planning Donald Trump’s inauguration was “seriously considering adding military vehicles” to the parade through Washington DC in January. The Presidential inauguration committee asked the Pentagon to “send us some pictures of military vehicles we could add to the parade”, a confidential email released under transparency laws showed. But the defence official responding to the request was “extremely reluctant” ...

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