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Pension and economy pledges as PM and Reeves head to Midlands


The Tories promise a tax break for pensioners, while Labour gets support from 120 business leaders.

May 28, 2024

Netanyahu vows to continue war amid air strike condemnation


At least 45 people were killed in a strike on Rafah, according to the Hamas-run health ministry.

May 28, 2024

Tories pledge 'Triple Lock Plus' pension allowance


The Conservatives pledge to raise the tax-free pension allowance by at least 2.5% a year if they win the election.

May 28, 2024

121 business chiefs sign letter backing Labour


More than 120 bosses endorse Labour's economic plans ahead of the election saying it is “time for a change”.

May 28, 2024

Luxury perfumes linked to child labour, BBC finds


The BBC witnessed children picking jasmine in Egypt, a major exporter of the flowers’ oil.

May 28, 2024

Jeremy Bowen: Ukraine faces its worst crisis since the war began


The composure Ukrainians show in the face of Russian attacks cannot conceal the dangers Kyiv faces in the summer ahead.

May 28, 2024

Pope allegedly used derogatory term for gay people


The Pope was speaking at a meeting of bishops on whether gay men should be allowed to become priests.

May 28, 2024

Nicki Minaj apologises for postponed Manchester show


The rapper reschedules her Manchester show following her arrest in the Netherlands.

May 28, 2024

Tens of millions spent ahead of new EU fingerprint travel rules


Ports are spending millions to prepare for a new European Union border IT system amid travel delay warnings.

May 28, 2024

Shop price rises back to 'normal', says retail body


Household budgets have come under pressure as prices soared in the wake of the pandemic.

May 28, 2024

Beckham scores Euros deal with China tech giant


The announcement comes as the Euros football tournament is due to kick off in Germany next month.

May 28, 2024

Wu-Tang Clan: World's rarest album to go on display in Australia


Just a single copy of the Wu-Tang Clan album exists, and only a few ears have ever listened to it.

May 28, 2024

Search for meteor fragments after bright fireball


People around Blythe Bridge and Uttoxeter are being asked to look out for "dark shiny rocks".

May 28, 2024

Chris Mason: Starmer emphasises small town roots in first big campaign speech


The Labour leader leans on his background in a bid to counter the 'lefty lawyer from London' label, Chris Mason writes.

May 28, 2024

Polling guru crunches the numbers... in 60 seconds


Prime Minister Rishi Sunak needs a record campaign swing to win in July, says polling expert Sir John Curtice.

May 28, 2024

A simple guide to the 4 July general election


Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has announced the UK general election will take place on 4 July.

May 28, 2024

Election poll tracker: How do the parties compare?


How do people say they will vote in the UK general election? Our poll tracker measures the trends.

May 28, 2024

'Why now?' UK teens respond to Tory national service plan


Young people are split by the Conservative's pledge to introduce national service for 18-year-olds.

May 28, 2024

Lib Dems pledge to fix Scotland's 'dental deserts'


Sir Ed Davey has predicted his party will overtake the SNP to become the UK's third largest party.

May 28, 2024

What is the Tory national service plan for 18-year-olds?


The government has confirmed no one will be forced to do military training under the £2.5bn scheme.

May 28, 2024

Sunak and Starmer have more in common than you might think


They may start the election in very different political positions but the PM and the Labour leader are similar characters.

May 28, 2024

Which laws were passed in final days of Parliament?


Bills to quash Post Office convictions and provide compensation for blood scandal victims were approved.

May 28, 2024

Do we need a Celebration Day for loved ones who have died?


A range of voices discuss whether we need a special day for commemoration.

May 28, 2024

As Trump trial hurtles towards verdict, are Americans paying attention?


It's been a historic event filled with salacious detail, but polls suggest a strange level of detachment.

May 28, 2024

Cynthia voted for Nelson Mandela. Now she's abandoning his successors


The ruling ANC party has not delivered the change in South Africa that some had hoped for.

May 28, 2024

Scarlett Johansson's AI row has echoes of Silicon Valley's bad old days


A clash with the actor has echoes of the macho tech giants of the past, says Zoe Kleinman.

May 28, 2024

The Papers: 'End Tory chaos' and 'PM's pensioner tax cut'


Many of Tuesday's front pages are dominated by Sir Keir Starmer's pitch to voters and Rishi Sunak's tax cut for pensioners.

May 28, 2024

Ealing beavers: Dams, canals - and perhaps babies


How the beavers of west London are improving the local landscape for residents.

May 28, 2024

'I put off starting a family because of a £300 rent rise'


Women share their stories of how they feel renting has held them back in life.

May 28, 2024

The evidence which may decide Trump's fate at trial


The BBC's Nada Tawfik sets out what the jury will have to consider in this historic hush-money case.

May 28, 2024

Comedian Paul Smith: From online jokes to playing arenas


The Liverpool star says he is not as cruel as people think from watching his stand-up comedy clips.

May 28, 2024

Tackling water shortages with 'Star Wars' tech


'I thought why don’t we give it a try?' said student Swapnil Shrivastav, after inspiration struck.

May 28, 2024

South Africans still battling ‘economic apartheid’ 30 years on


The levels of homelessness underscore that the country has a way to go to shake off its history.

May 28, 2024

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Deadly landslide threatens thousands more as hopes for survivors fade


An evacuation alert has been put out, with an official saying the mountain remains "very active".

May 28, 2024

Playing Wimbledon 'not a good idea' as Nadal eyes Olympics


Rafael Nadal says he is likely to skip Wimbledon in order to protect his body and achieve his goal of playing at this year's Olympics.

May 28, 2024

Tory MP suspended after endorsing Reform UK candidate


Lucy Allan says she quit the Conservatives in order to endorse Reform's Alan Adams.

May 28, 2024

Force Russia to make peace, Zelensky urges West


Mr Zelenksy said there needed to be "tangible coercion of Russia" into peace by Kyiv's allies.

May 28, 2024

Watch: Cheese rollers risk grim injuries at annual race


Thousands gather at the Gloucestershire landmark to see competitors chase a wheel of cheese.

May 28, 2024

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Chris visits Keir Starmer’s hometown as Rishi Sunak hits the football pitch

May 28, 2024

Thousands of Americans without power due to severe weather


Storm front heads north-east on Monday after at least 23 die in tornadoes and high winds across four states.

May 28, 2024

Playing Wimbledon 'not a good idea' as Nadal eyes Olympics


Rafael Nadal says he is likely to skip Wimbledon in order to protect his body and achieve his goal of playing at this year's Olympics.

May 28, 2024

Chelsea in talks with Leicester boss Maresca


Chelsea are in talks to appoint Leicester City manager Enzo Maresca as the replacement for Mauricio Pochettino.

May 28, 2024

Ancelotti's secret weapon - his son


Carlo Ancelotti guided Real Madrid to the Champions League final with the help of a secret weapon, his son Davide.

May 28, 2024

'Low expectations and high hopes' for Djokovic - day three preview


Novak Djokovic says he has "low expectations and high hopes" as he begins his French Open campaign on Tuesday, looking to win a 25th Grand Slam.

May 28, 2024

'I was lost' - Dancing with fans, hiding the pain


Rachel Furness was Northern Ireland's award-winning record goalscorer but everything was not right in her world. This is why she walked away, and why she came back

May 28, 2024

When Toone and Russo hid Stanway in a suitcase


In episode six of the Tooney and Russo Show, Alessia and Ella recall the time they hid Georgia Stanway in a suitcase.

May 28, 2024

Stolen treasures: Scandal at the British Museum


The iconic institution is scrambling to protect its reputation after alleged thefts

May 28, 2024

What is happening to gas and electricity bills?


A new energy price cap means the cost of electricity and gas will fall from 1 July.

May 28, 2024

How fast are prices rising in the UK?


The rate at which prices are rising has fallen from record highs, but is still above the 2% target.

May 28, 2024

When will interest rates come down?


Bank of England interest rates affect mortgage, loan and savings rates for millions of people.

May 28, 2024

How much does uni cost, and will I earn more if I go?


Given higher costs, some students are wondering whether going to university makes financial sense.

May 28, 2024

How do I know if my smart meter is broken?


Almost four million smart meters in Great Britain were not working at the end of 2023.

May 28, 2024

When will interest rates come down?


Bank of England interest rates affect mortgage, loan and savings rates for millions of people.

May 28, 2024

How much are prices rising for you? Try our calculator


Use our calculator to find out how much the cost of living is going up in your household.

May 28, 2024

When will interest rates come down?


Bank of England interest rates affect mortgage, loan and savings rates for millions of people.

May 28, 2024

Energy bills predicted to fall by 7% in July


If the forecast proves correct, it would mean a typical annual bill could be £500 lower than last summer.

May 28, 2024

What are my rights if my flight is cancelled or delayed?


If you face disruption because flights are cancelled or delayed, then what can you do?

May 28, 2024

How much does uni cost, and will I earn more if I go?


Given higher costs, some students are wondering whether going to university makes financial sense.

May 28, 2024

How to get a job: Six expert tips for finding work


More than 10m people out of work in the UK, so if you're searching for a job you're not alone. Here are some tips on how to get started.

May 28, 2024

When will interest rates come down?


Bank of England interest rates affect mortgage, loan and savings rates for millions of people.

May 28, 2024

Who gets 15 hours of free childcare and how do I apply?


Parents in England can now access 15 hours of free weekly childcare for their two-year-olds.

May 28, 2024

BBC presenter kicked off flight over child's allergy


Georgie Palmer claims her family were ejected for asking people not to eat peanuts.

May 28, 2024

UUP to vote against ‘catastrophic’ budget


Health Minister Robin Swann opposed the budget when it went before the Executive in April.

May 28, 2024

'I waited two years for a new knee - I was lucky'


Heather Shepherd had a long wait for surgery and had to travel more than 100 miles to be treated.

May 28, 2024

Labour MP Kevin Brennan says he is standing down


The MP said he had changed his mind about standing in the general election after talks with family.

May 28, 2024

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