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Darren Wilson gives first interview: 'I know I did my job right' – live

*Obama on Ferguson: ‘Your president will be right there with you’*Officer Darren Wilson appears on ABC News*Protests over grand jury decision expected to continue for second night Continue reading...

Tony Abbott under pressure to dump defence minister - politics live

Abbott under pressure to drop the defence minister, David Johnston, after the PM was forced to defend the Australian Submarine Company, while Jacqui Lambie expects a deal on defence pay. Follow it live... Continue reading...

Nick Clegg sets out plans to curb benefits to EU migrants

Deputy PM insists UK can tackle ‘benefits tourism’ without challenging the key principle of free movementNick Clegg, the deputy prime minister, has set out proposals to curb benefits to European Union migrants without “tearing up” freedom of movement rules within the 28-member bloc.David Cameron is due to set out his own plans to restrict EU migration in a highly anticipated speech in the co

UK lung cancer survival rates among worst in Europe

Study of data from 67 countries shows that with breast cancer survival, by contrast, the UK is now up with the bestLung cancer survival rates are worse in every part of the UK than in most of Europe and other wealthy countries, while breast cancer survival is now up with the best, according to a study comparing outcomes around the world.The Concord-2 study studied data from 67 countries rela

United Nations human rights committee resolves to protect privacy

UN passes resolution in light of revelations by Edward Snowden and new challenges to liberty presented by information ageA landmark resolution demanding privacy protection in the digital age and urging governments to offer redress to citizens targeted by mass surveillance has been approved by the UN general assembly’s human rights committee.The resolution, which was adopted in the face of at

Welcoming the Bitcoin challenge: the case for opening up currency markets to competition

If competition is so good in markets for products, why shouldn’t we allow competition in markets for currency too?The emergence of Bitcoins and other forms of digital currency could revolutionise money markets. If competition is so good in markets for products, why shouldn’t we allow competition in markets for currency too – why should governments have a monopoly?Our current system of coin

NHS inspectors criticise leadership of Kent hospital A&E

Some patients at Medway Maritime hospital in Gillingham had to wait more than two hours before any treatment, says CQCNHS inspectors have condemned the emergency department of a Kent hospital, saying it lacked “any form of effective clinical leadership” after being checked four times in eight months, most recently in August.The Care Quality Commission said some A&E patients at Medway Maritim

Pill that helps reduce desire to drink alcohol available on prescription

Clinical watchdog Nice says patients can request nalmefene alongside counselling support to cut down drinkingA pill that helps people cut down on alcohol will be available to people who drink at least half a bottle of wine or three pints a night from today. Experts say the drug reduces the urge to drink and can be prescribed alongside counselling support.The National Institute for Health and

Coalition’s welfare scheme at risk of wasting billions, warns watchdog

Digital service to handle universal credit untried, already delayed and glitch could cost £2.8bn in staff costs, says audit officeThe cost of the government’s flagship welfare programme could rise by billions of pounds if it fails to meet a challenging timetable to introduce a new IT system, Whitehall’s public spending watchdog has found.A digital service to handle universal credit (UC) clai

Rise in number of violent homophobic crimes being reported to police

Figures reveal that 19 forces have recorded more violent homophobic offences so far in 2014 than in whole of last yearSome of the UK’s biggest police forces have recorded a rise in the number of violent homophobic crimes this year, according to new figures.Hundreds of assaults on gay and lesbian people have been reported to police so far in 2014 – including more than 300 in London alone. Gay

Relationship breakdowns have negative impact on business productivity

Survey finds 9% of employees left jobs as a result of divorce or separation, or knew a colleague who had done soThe high cost of divorce for the British economy is revealed today by research showing one in seven workers say relationship breakdowns have had a negative impact on their business’s productivity.The survey, carried out on behalf of the family justice organisation Resolution, also

UK government urges Sepp Blatter to publish full Michael Garcia report

• Culture secretary Sajid Javid writes to Fifa president• Concerned over Fifa’s independence and transparency• Uefa announce team of the year shortlistThe British government has intervened in the row over Michael Garcia’s report into the Controversial 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding process, saying Fifa risks damaging the reputation of football if it does not publish it in full.The culture

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Phil Hughes to have more scans on his brain as he fights for life

*Batsman remains in a coma after being hit by a bouncer*Australia captain Michael Clarke is at the hospital in Sydney*Whole round of Sheffield Shield games is abandoned*Cricket world rallies round Hughes*Counselling offered to all involved in incident*Dr Malcolm Tunnicliff: neck especially dangerousPhil Hughes will have more scans on his brain on Wednesday as he fights for his life

Missouri governor ramps up national guard presence 'significantly' – as it happened

*Ferguson area will see thousands of troops*Officials vow to prevent return of violence *‘Criminals terrorized this community’ governor Nixon says*Protesters: ‘Black lives matter’*Read the latest blog summary Continue reading...

Sergio Agüero’s taste for late drama rescues Manchester City’s defence

Manuel Pellegrini’s side were unconvincing against Bayern Munich but their talisman brilliantly dug them out of trouble again• Match report: Manchester City 3-2 Bayern Munich• Pellegrini and Kompany hail ‘special’ Agüero• Jamie Jackson: Five talking points from the EtihadThere are unbelievable finishes to crucial games and then there are unbelievable Sergio Agüero finishes to crucial games

Lee Rigby murder: internet firm could have picked up killer’s message - report

Intelligence committee chair calls Facebook a ‘safe haven for terrorists’ but rights groups warn of creeping state surveillanceInternet companies face intense demands to monitor messages on behalf of the state for signs of terrorist intent after an official report into the death of Fusilier Lee Rigby said one of his killers wrote on a website – later named as Facebook – of his desire to slaught

Russell Brand pledges funding to set up library at his former school

Brand makes announcement at lecture on importance of reading, where he recounts stories of reading while growing upRussell Brand has disclosed that he is giving money to help set up a library in his former school in Grays, Essex. Brand was giving a lecture in London on the importance of reading, where he talked about the books that inspired him and those that are given to him on a regular basis

Sergio Agüero scores hat-trick as Manchester City beat Bayern Munich

• In pictures: the best images from the Etihad StadiumThe truly astonishing thing about what happened here in that wild, breathless finale is that, ignoring for one moment the extraordinary five-minute spell when Manchester City shocked maybe even themselves, it had been another night to expose their shortcomings in Europe. They had been out-passed, out-thought and frequently humbled by a Bayer

Tougher rules for getting mortgages help to cool UK housing market

New mortgage approvals hit a 17-month low amid high prices, uncertainty ahead of election and interest rates risingBritain’s housing market is cooling rapidly as a result of tougher Bank of England mortgage market requirements, high prices and the uncertainty caused by the coming general election. The prospect of higher interest rates at some point in 2015 is also dampening demand.Figures fr

Manchester City v Bayern Munich: five talking points

Manuel Pellegrini got out of jail but he should still be under scrutiny, while Eliaquim Mangala showed why he cost £32m• Match report: Manchester City 3-2 Bayern Munich• Pellegrini and Kompany hail ‘special’ Agüero• Paul Wilson: Agüero rescues Man City’s defenceSergio Agüero’s late, late show has given the Manchester City manager a lifeline but whether or not his team qualify for the knock

Manchester City 3-2 Bayern Munich: Champions League – as it happened

*A late, late winner from hat-trick hero Sergio Aguero left Manchester City with a great chance of advancing to the last 16*Pictures: the best images from the Etihad Continue reading...

Dominant Chelsea make short work of Schalke in five-goal rout

Roberto Di Matteo had been right to suppose sentimentality would go ignored against the team he had guided to Champions League success two years ago. All that awaited him here was abject humiliation. The travelling fans chorused the Italian’s name from afar almost in sympathy, but he could only watch helplessly as his recently-adopted Schalke teamwere ruthlessly put to the sword. Chelsea appear

Vodafone gives Metropolitan police excess of journalists’ data in error

Police investigating alleged improper payments given data from over 1,000 numbers belonging to News UK employeesData from more than 1,000 different phone numbers belonging to people working for News UK – which publishes the Times, the Sun and Sunday Times newspapers – were wrongly passed on to Scotland Yard investigators by the telecoms company Vodafone, it emerged on Tuesday.Detectives work

Schalke v Chelsea: Champions League – as it happened

Sparkling Chelsea routed inept Schalke to ensure they qualify for the knockout stage as winners of Group G Continue reading...

Sherlock: back in period costume for BBC Christmas special

BBC tweets image of Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman about to start filming 2015 Christmas episodeThe BBC have released a picture of the stars of Sherlock, Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, in Victorian garb for the first time, suggesting that time travel – or at least fancy dress – will play a part in 2015’s Christmas special.The special is due to start filming in January, w

Ministers considering cuts to farm checks for avian flu and other diseases

Leaked papers reveal options include using ‘non-vets’ to look for TB in cattle and getting farmers to check for salmonellaMinisters have been privately considering plans to cut back on health inspections to fight avian flu, as well as a swath of other animal welfare and farm inspections, even though a new bird flu strain has been found in the UK and is considered to pose a significant risk to t

Michael Brown family say 'process is broken' after grand jury decision leads to night of riots

*Attorneys for Brown family attack St Louis County prosecutor*National guard and police prepare for possible repeat night of unrest*At least 60 arrested, 14 injured and millions of dollars of damage doneThe family of an unarmed 18-year-old shot dead by a police officer in Missouri accused the US justice system on Tuesday of systematically failing young black people, after the decision not

Anti-EU forces are battle ready: the fightback must start now

The Tories are confounded by Ukip, yet Labour won’t accept that hostilities over Europe have already begunIf a party of masochists set out to devise the hardest campaign to win in Britain today it would probably be inspired by bureaucrats, led by career politicians and endorsed by bankers. Its main demand would be unlimited immigration: so a lot like the case for staying in the EU as depicted b

Home-bound man uses drone and Google Glass to experience flight

Stuart Turner does not have the use of his legs or arms but is working with scientists to fly from a drone’s perspectiveStuart Turner is hoping he’ll soon be able to see the more of the world from his bedroom. The quadriplegic computer expert is helping to develop technology that will open up new vistas for those unable to travel by projecting what he calls “the extensible self”.Flying a cam


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