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    Cold snap piles pressure on already struggling households and services

    After one of the warmest autumns on record, a cold snap began to grip the UK last night. Temperatures plummeted to minus nine in rural Scotland and some English towns and cities saw temperatures drop well below zero. The freezing weather is set to continue at least into the early part of next week, putting…

  • 8 Dec 2022

    The number of people waiting to start routine NHS treatment in England has reached the highest number since records began – 7.2 million. And nearly a third of people waiting in A&E departments were not seen within four hours – again the worst performance on record. The health thinktank The King’s Fund warned that there…

  • The NHS isn’t the only part of the public sector facing strike action. University lecturers are already staging walkouts and teaching unions are balloting for action. We spoke to Education Secretary Gillian Keegan following an announcement that the government is giving universities and colleges £490 million to invest in facilities – and asked her if…

  • US government employee Anne Sacoolas has avoided jail and been given a suspended sentence for causing the death of teenage motorcyclist Harry Dunn. She was sentenced at the Old Bailey today – more than three years after hitting the 19-year-old as she drove on the wrong side of the road near a US military base…

  • If you were expecting incendiary revelations in the Harry and Meghan show you might be disappointed. Instead, the first three episodes of their Netflix series released today and for which they were reportedly paid millions, gave lots of new details about how Meghan and Harry first met. It also made clear Harry’s enduring fury at…

  • We spoke to royal historian Professor Anna Whitelock and Professor David Olusoga, the historian and documentary-maker who appears in the Netflix series.

  • Now in Israel, the most far-right government in the country’s history is about to take power, at the end of a year marred by soaring levels of deadly violence. Four Palestinians have been killed in the last 24 hours. The new government, being brought together by four-time prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, includes ultranationalists who have…

  • Iran has said it has carried out the first execution of a protester for being involved in the anti-regime demonstrations that first erupted in September. 23-year-old Mohsen Shekari was found guilty of “enmity against God”. He was accused of taking part in a riot and using a machete to wound a member of the paramilitary…

  • ChatbotGPT is a new artificial intelligence programme designed to simulate human conversation and tackle complex questions. It’s made by Open AI foundation, a tech-startup co-founded by Elon Musk, and it draws on text taken from a variety of sources on the internet and its creators say it has learned how to answer academic questions, and…

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