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Financial Services Authority ‘did not intend to press Lloyds into buying HBOS’

The former head of the UK’s financial regulator has told the High Court it did not intend to “pressurise” Lloyds into acquiring HBOS.

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Rupert Murdoch, as 21st Century Fox reaches deal with Disney (Ian West/PA)

New owners for Sky in £39 billion Disney-Fox deal

Broadcasting giant Sky is set for new ownership after Walt Disney launched a 52.4 billion US dollar (£39 billion) takeover of 21st Century Fox’s entertainment assets.

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A High Court judge has ruled a Home Office policy on European rough sleepers unlawful (Carey Tompsett/PA)

Eastern European rough sleepers win High Court fight against deportation move

Three eastern European men have won a High Court fight with Home Office ministers after being told they could be deported as a result of sleeping rough.

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Record year for birth of grey seal pups around east coast

It has been a record-breaking year for the number of grey seal pups born around the east coast of Britain.

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Tory MP earned £1,970 officiating at Camp Nou match while Parliament was sitting

A Tory MP earned almost £2,000 for running the line at a high-profile European Champions League football match while his colleagues debated the problems with Universal Credit.

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Relatives of victims of the Grenfell Tower tragedy outside the cathedral (Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA)

Families remember their loved ones at Grenfell Tower memorial service

Bereaved families and survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire stood together in a moment of reflection, holding aloft pictures of lost loved ones, at the end of an emotional memorial service at St Paul’s.

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Third of Scottish taxpayers to face higher bills

Changes in the Scottish Budget will see income tax bills rise for three out of 10 taxpayers – although more than half will pay less than if they lived south of the border.

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Judge analyses latest round of High Court fight between Sir Cliff Richard and BBC (Brian Lawless/PA)

Judge demands ‘pound-for-pound’ loss detail in Cliff Richard’s claim against BBC

Sir Cliff Richard has been told by a High Court judge to provide more information on his claim that he suffered huge financial losses following a BBC broadcast of a police raid on his home.

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Key questions about the Sky-Fox deal

Walt Disney has mounted a takeover of 21st Century Fox’s entertainment assets.

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Knife possession offences at highest level since 2011

The number of criminals caught with knives or offensive weapons has hit its highest level for six years, official figures reveal.

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Lawyers said the test case result could form the basis of settlement of more than 600 unresolved claims (PA)

Four Iraqis win High Court damages over treatment by UK troops

Four Iraqi citizens have won High Court damages against the Ministry of Defence arising out of their ill-treatment and unlawful detention during the Iraq War.

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Ambulances outside Lincoln County Hospital (Lynne Cameron/PA)

A&Es meeting wait time target at lowest rate since February

Just 88.9% of patients were seen within four hours in A&E departments in November, the lowest figure since February, as the arrival of winter put further pressure on the NHS.

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Children attending schools in London are the most likely to receive a good education (PA)

More 11-year-olds meeting Government targets in three key tests

The number of primary school pupils reaching the expected standard in reading, writing and maths has risen, official figures show.

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Geologists find evidence meteorite hit Isle of Skye 60 million years ago

Geologists have found evidence that a meteorite hit the Isle of Skye around 60 million years ago.

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Reactor designs for new nuclear power stations get go-ahead

Plans for two new nuclear power stations have taken a “major leap forward” after a reactor design was approved by regulators.

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Britain First deputy leader re-arrested after court date on ‘hate’ charges

The deputy leader of the far-right Britain First group has been re-arrested in Belfast.

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PM pressed to take lead on ‘Dickensian’ conditions for vulnerable children

The Prime Minister has been urged in the Lords to take a personal lead in tackling “Dickensian” conditions faced by millions of vulnerable children in England.

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Senior members of the royal family at the Grenfell Tower memorial service (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

In pictures: royals, stars and politicians pay tribute to Grenfell Tower victims

St Paul’s Cathedral was the stage on Thursday for a memorial service to honour the victims of June’s Grenfell Tower tragedy in London.

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IVF baby was born with cystic fibrosis after mistake in screening parents

An IVF baby was born with cystic fibrosis after its parents were mistakenly identified as not being carriers of the condition, according to a report.

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Leo Varadkar arriving for the EU summit in Brussels (Olivier Matthys/AP)

Brexit supporters created N Ireland border problems – Leo Varadkar

Irish premier Leo Varadkar has said Brexiteers need to acknowledge that they created the difficulties surrounding the Northern Ireland border.

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