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Psychologist must assess children earmarked for separation says judge

A family court judge has refused to approve social workers’ plans to separate five children whose parents have a history of drug abuse and can no longer care for them.

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British soldiers and interpreters teaching Afghan soldiers (Ben Birchall/PA)

Afghan interpreters are getting just rewards for service, says MoD

Britain’s policies to help Afghan interpreters who served on the front line alongside troops “remain fit for purpose and properly meet our responsibilities”, a defence minister has said.

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A man carrying shopping bags, as inflation hits a near six-year high (PA)

Inflation surges to 3.1% in November, a near six-year high

Inflation unexpectedly jumped to a near six-year high last month, forcing the Bank of England to explain to the Chancellor how it will tackle Britain’s surging cost of living.

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The Royal Courts of Justice in central London (Nick Ansell/PA)

MP bids to stop stalkers using courts to cause further distress to victims

New powers are needed to stop stalkers and domestic abusers using courts as a “cynical and calculated” way to cause further distress to their victims, MPs have heard.

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The Duchess of Cambridge arriving at the Rugby Portobello Trust community centre (Victoria Jones/PA)

Kate meets mothers caught up in Grenfell Tower blaze

The Duchess of Cambridge has heard the stories of mothers caught up in the Grenfell Tower blaze when she visited a centre supporting the local community.

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71 people were killed in the Grenfell Tower fire (David Mirzoeff/PA)

Grenfell inquiry chief urged to leave decision-making panel issue to PM May

The head of the inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire was warned not to express an opinion on whether he feels a panel should assist him in making decisions, because it could be seen as influencing the Prime Minister.

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Touni the gorilla with her baby Ayana (Jenny Scully/Bristol Zoo Gardens/PA)

Gorillas go ape for Touni’s 10th birthday

A popular gorilla is celebrating her 10th birthday – her first as a mother.

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A tree which has been cut down in Abbeydale Park Rise, in Dore, Sheffield, as part of the local council?s controversial felling programme. (Dave Higgens/PA)

Controversial tree-felling programme ‘threatening Twinkle Street’

People living in a street where visitors flock to see cherry trees festooned with lights every Christmas have said the tradition is being wrecked by the local council’s controversial felling programme.

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Guy Verhofstadt said David Davis's remarks undermined trust between the EU and UK (Niall Carson/PA)

European Parliament to demand recent Brexit deal be made legally binding ‘ASAP’

The European Parliament is to demand that last week’s Brexit deal is converted into a legally binding text as soon as possible.

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Hairdresser Toni Mascolo, the co-founder of the Toni & Guy hairdressing chain, has died at the age of 75. (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

Toni & Guy hair salons founder Toni Mascolo dies at 75

Giuseppe Toni Mascolo, co-founder of hairdressing chain Toni & Guy, has died aged 75, his family has said.

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Vast swathes of the country fell below freezing on the coldest night of the year so far (Danny Lawson/PA)

School and transport disruption continues after coldest night of the year

The coldest night of the year so far has led to fresh disruption as flights were cancelled, schools remained closed and drivers faced lengthy delays.

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Canal boats in the frozen Shropshire Union Canal at Market Drayton (Peter Byrne/PA)

In pictures: Winter wonderland as big freeze decorates UK with ice and snow

Vast swathes of the country fell below freezing on Tuesday night – with minus 13C (8.6F) recorded in Shropshire – which left many landscapes coated in snow and ice.

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Forensic officers at the scene of  the house fire on Jackson Street in Worsley (Peter Byrne/PA)

Sixth person held as police investigate house fire that killed three children

A sixth person has been arrested in connection with an arson attack that killed three children in Greater Manchester.

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Theresa May (Rick Findler/PA)

May ‘could face Brexit bill defeat without guarantee of meaningful vote for MPs’

Theresa May is facing the “real possibility” of Commons defeat on her flagship Brexit bill unless MPs are guaranteed a “meaningful vote” on leaving the EU, Tory rebels have warned.

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EU nationals in the UK will be able to apply for "settled status" (Niall Carson/PA)

EU nationals looking to stay post-Brexit will finish forms in minutes – minister

EU nationals seeking to stay in the UK after Brexit will be able to complete applications in minutes, the Immigration Minister has said.

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Jailed British mother Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe with her husband Richard Ratcliffe and their daughter Gabriella (Family handout/PA)

Boris Johnson trying to release ‘British spies’, claims Iranian official

A senior Iranian MP has accused Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson of seeking the release of “two British spies” during his visit to the country.

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Tory MP Tim Loughton

European Union refugee rules should be copied into UK law, says Tory MP

Immigration rules should be amended to allow refugee children fleeing war zones to be reunited with family members in the UK, a Tory former minister has urged.

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Flowers left close to the scene in Tulse Hill (Luke Mintz/PA)

Four drivers urged to come forward after woman dies in ‘multiple hit and run’

Police are appealing for witnesses and dashcam footage as they investigate the death of a woman who was struck in a suspected multiple hit and run.

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CCTV still of a shop worker fleeing from an offender wielding a hammer in Bimringham's Jewellery Quarter (West Midlands Police/PA)

CCTV issued of hammer attack on jewellery shop worker after gang members jailed

Five members of a robbery gang have been handed lengthy jail sentences after a jewellery shop worker was hit with a hammer during a £250,000 raid.

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Brexit is a risk to public health if the UK doesn't reach a trade deal on pharmaceuticals (Thinkstock/PA)

Plea for Brexit deal on medicines amid shortage fears

Brexit could result in medicine shortages and leave the UK out of EU strategies to tackle large-scale epidemics if no trade deal on pharmaceuticals is reached, according to a new report.

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