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Firms 'fail on credit card rights'

Financial firms are failing to explain properly the protections that people are entitled to when they pay by credit card, consumer group Which? has found.

£125m rescue package for Monarch

Monarch Airlines has agreed a rescue deal which will see an investment firm pumping more than £100 million into the company, but also involves pay cuts of up to 30% for staff and hundreds of redundancies.

Hammond condemns Egypt bombing

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has condemned a bombing in Egypt which is thought to have killed at least 26 soldiers.

Trolls target Queen's first tweet

The Queen has been targeted by Twitter trolls after sending her first royal tweet.

Fines plan over nuisance calls

Companies that bombard people with nuisance marketing calls will be more likely to face fines of up to £500,000, under Government proposals.

HS2: Phase two plans to be outlined

The city of Stoke-on-Trent is expected to miss out when the head of the £50 billion HS2 project outlines plans for phase two of the high-speed rail scheme next week.

Cream guitarist Jack Bruce dies

Jack Bruce, the composer, singer and multi-instrumentalist, died today of liver disease, aged 71.

Fourth Portsmouth jihadist 'killed'

A fourth jihadist fighter from the same UK city has been killed in Syria, it was reported today.

Brown backed for Scots Labour post

Speculation has begun over who will replace Johann Lamont after the Scottish Labour Party leader quit with an attack on Westminster colleagues who made her position "untenable".

Osborne on the spot over EU bill

Chancellor George Osborne is facing mounting pressure to explain what he knew and when about a shock demand for Britain to pay Brussels an extra £1.7 billion.

Barroso's EU book 'waste of money'

Conservative chairman Grant Shapps has accused European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso of wasting taxpayers' money with a book produced to mark the end of his 10 years in Brussels' top job.

Driving licence fees to be slashed

Young drivers facing the mounting costs of taking to the road might well breathe a little easier after the Government announced it was slashing the cost of obtaining a licence.

Gascoigne 'sectioned after binge'

Tottenham Hotspur say they are supporting troubled former star Paul Gascoigne after it was reported he had been placed on an emergency three-day detox.

Miliband will win election - Blair

Tony Blair has insisted Ed Miliband "can and will" win the general election after reports that he had expressed doubts at a private meeting.

Gadgets contest to help disabled

The Government has launched a Dragons' Den style competition to encourage British entrepreneurs to create gadgets to help disabled people.

Measures to improve used car market

More measures are to be introduced to prevent consumers getting bad deals when buying used cars, the Government has announced.

Asda faces mass action on equal pay

Supermarket giant Asda could face legal action from tens of thousands of mainly female employees who claim they have been underpaid.

Rwanda suspends BBC radio service

The BBC has had one of its African radio services suspended by the Rwandan government in protest at a documentary about the country's 1990s genocide, the broadcaster said.

Judges poised to prune boyband

The remaining X Factor contestants face the judges - and the public - this weekend with an exit predicted for at least one member of boyband Stereo Kicks.

Scott Mills reveals Cheryl support

Strictly Come Dancing contestant Scott Mills revealed he has found unlikely support from Cheryl Fernandez-Versini - as he prepares to hit the dancefloor tonight.

McConaughey scoops thriller award

Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey has picked up another award to add to his growing trophy collection - scooping best actor at the Crime Thriller Awards.

Rwanda suspends BBC radio service

The BBC has had one of its African radio services suspended by the Rwandan government in protest at a documentary about the country's 1990s genocide, the broadcaster said.

Kidman hails 'extraordinary' Urban

Nicole Kidman has revealed her debt to her "extraordinary" husband Keith Urban after he helped her cope with the death of her father.

McConaughey scoops thriller award

Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey has picked up another award to add to his burgeoning trophy collection - scooping best actor at the Crime Thriller Awards.

Firefighters escalate strike action

Strikes by firefighters are to be escalated after hopes of a breakthrough in a long running dispute over pensions collapsed.

Jade killer dogs 'were friendly'

A woman whose dogs savaged to death a teenager described them as "friendly, timid and loving" - while a vet described one as being among the most aggressive dogs he had ever come across.

Queen sends a royal tweet

The Queen has passed a technological milestone - sending the first royal tweet under her own name to declare a new Science Museum gallery open.

UK return 'unsafe' for Ashya family

The parents of brain cancer patient Ashya King have said they do not feel "safe" enough to return to the UK.

'Critical moment' as growth slows

The UK notched up its seventh successive quarter of growth today but Chancellor George Osborne warned the country faces a "critical moment" amid a darkening picture for the global economy.

Scottish Labour leader to quit

Johann Lamont has resigned as leader of the Scottish Labour Party with a parting shot at the Westminster leadership.

PM condemns £1.7bn EU budget demand

David Cameron has denounced a demand for Britain to pump an extra £1.7 billion into the EU budget - warning that the row could help push the country towards the exit door.

Brother swindled out of inheritance

A husband who swindled his brother out of a share of a £1.5 million inheritance after his parents died has been jailed for four years and four months.

Lohan tells of solitary confinement

Lindsay Lohan has opened up about her time in prison and told Jonathan Ross the upside of her time in solitary confinement was she "finally had silence in my life".

Smart drugs worth £200,000 seized

Smart drugs worth £200,000 have been found in the largest seizure of the substances in the UK, officials said.

Universities 'face cash problems'

England's universities are set to face significant financial challenges over the next three years, according to a report.

Killer driver jailed for five years

A drink-driver who knocked down and killed a university student while speeding along a crowded street at up to 52mph has been jailed for five years.

Briton dies during Thai operation

A British woman has died during cosmetic surgery at a clinic in Thailand, authorities in the country have said.

Men jailed over attack on blind man

CCTV footage of a registered blind man being pushed onto the tracks during a violent assault at a train station has been released by British Transport Police (BTP).

Mother gets more time in care fight

A woman has won the latest round of a fight to care for her 15-month-old daughter after a family court judge said she had not been given time to allay social workers' concerns.

Children held over 'sex attack'

A 12-year-old boy and 15-year-old girl are among a gang of 11 suspected sex attackers arrested over an "appalling" assault on a woman in her own home.

First woman bishop likely next year

The first female Church of England bishop is likely to be appointed in 2015, a senior official has said.

Mother killer's minimum term cut

A woman who killed her sick mother in what she believed was an "act of mercy" has won a sentence cut.

Man remanded on Syria terror charge

A 26-year-old man has appeared in court accused of planning to fight in Syria.

Cheryl in Mills corner on Strictly

Strictly Come Dancing contestant Scott Mills has revealed he has found unlikely support from Cheryl Fernandez-Versini as he prepares for his next dance.

Rail workers seconds from death

Nine rail workers were just seconds from death after being given no warning that an 80mph passenger train was bearing down on them, rail accident investigators have said.

Man jailed over forced labour

A farm owner who forced a vulnerable man to work for him for 13 years without pay has been jailed for four and a half years.

'No closure' for demo cop case mum

A woman who had a child by an undercover officer has said "there is no closure for me" after receiving £425,000 in compensation from the country's biggest police force.

Cameron pledges £80m more for Ebola

David Cameron has pledged a further £80 million for the fight against Ebola, as he threw down the gauntlet to fellow European leaders to step up their own responses to the killer disease.

Spider drops in on Balls interview

Ed Balls has been photobombed by a spider during a live interview on the BBC News channel.

Man charged over Syria terrorism

A 26-year-old man has been charged with the preparation of Syria-related terrorism acts.

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