The National Living Wage has increased to £7.50 from today

Some workers will see an increased pay packet of some £600 (Picture: Getty) The biggest pay rise for one in ten of us takes hold today as the National Living Wage leaps to £7.50 an hour. More than 2 million Brits will benefit from the 30p increase for everyone over 24, where as the National Minimum Wage – for those ...

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Remains of ‘America’s Maddie McCann’ found five years after she vanished

Isabel Celis disappeared in 2012 (Picture: KTAR News) The remains of a missing six-year-old girl who vanished from her bedroom have been found. Isabel Celis’ mysterious disappearance made headlines across the globe in 2012 and was compared to the Maddie McCann case. Spain could have final say over future of Gibraltar during Brexit The girl from Tucson, Arizona, was last seen being ...

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Heston Blumenthal has launched a range of barbecues and they’re pretty fancy

Qin XieSaturday 1 Apr 2017 10:29 am Definitely take it off the heat before you carve (Picture: Everdure by Heston Blumenthal) He introduced us to bacon ice cream and snail porridge at The Fat Duck, then he brought us meat fruit at Dinner – and now Heston Blumenthal has created a range of barbecues. As you can imagine, they’re pretty fancy. Easy ...

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'Trump Tower London Opens' As The Donald Buys Walkie Talkie Building

Donald Trump has made a successful bid for London’s iconic ‘Walkie Talkie’ building. Videos and pictures posted on social media in the last hour show ‘TRUMP TOWER’ in gaudy gold lettering above the entrance. It is unclear what prompted the President – who owns other skyscrapers across the globe, most famously in Manhattan – to make the purchase although plans are already ...

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Amidst Post Tragedy Criticism Of Open Gates And Daffodils: "All We Are Saying Is Give Police A Chance."

Less than a week after tragic events on Westminster Bridge and within the Palace of Westminster the story of a police officer mildly rebuking the parents of a child illegally picking daffodils somehow made headlines in our national media. Just the other day, footage of anti-terror police wrestling a suspect to the ground whilst shouting at him was described as ...

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Japan says it has 'achieved its plan' by killing 333 Antarctic whales

Japan has defended the activities of its whaling fleet, after its ships returned home on Friday having killed 333 whales in the Antarctic, achieving its goal for the second year under a revised research whaling program.  The Fisheries Agency said the five-ship fleet finished its four-month expedition without major interference from anti-whaling activists who have attempted to stop it in the past.  Japan says the ...

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In-flight Laptop ban: Australia to follow US and UK with new security checks on Middle East flights

Australia will conduct additional security checks on passengers flying directly from Muslim-majority countries in the Middle East to prevent security threats. The new rules follow similar measures introduced by Britain and the United States, but do not include the same bans on electronic devices in the cabins of passenger flights. “€œIn response to national security advice the Federal Government has ...

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UN condemns Israel for 'threatening peace' with first new settlement in occupied West Bank for two decades

The United Nations Secretary-General has said he is is disappointed and alarmed by Israel’s decision to build a new settlement on land the Palestinians seek for a state and has condemned the move. Israel’s security cabinet approved the construction of the first new settlement in the occupied West Bank in two decades on Thursday, even as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ...

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The Life, Southwark Playhouse, London, review: A crime if this show does not transfer to the West End

“Wow, there’s Michael Blakemore,” I said, prodding my college across the aisle when I spotted the multi-talented 88 year old taking his seat for this UK premiere of the Cy Coleman/Ira Gasman musical set amongst the hustlers, pimps and prostitutes plying their trade on 42nd street and in Time Square during this district’s 1970s heyday of sleaze.  “Didn’t he direct ...

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Brexit: Government 'to stand up' for Gibraltar's interests

The UK has said it will stand up for Gibraltar’s interests after the territory accused Spain of using Brexit to forward its territorial aims. After reported lobbying from Spain, the EU’s Brexit negotiation strategy is that decisions affecting Gibraltar will be run past the Spanish government. Gibraltar’s chief minister Fabian Picardo said this was “unacceptable”. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has ...

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