First female Black Rod appointed in House of Lords after 650 years

The first female Black Rod in the House of Lords in the 650-year history of the role has been approved by the Queen.

Pupils walking to school

Figures show significant pay increases for top academy leaders

Nearly one in four of England’s top-paid academy leaders received pay increases of 10% or more last year, figures suggest.

LandAid?s Pledge150 campaign launch

Let me eat cake, says hungry Duke of Cambridge at charity cook-off

The Duke of Cambridge was left hungry for cake as he judged a charity cook-off to help launch a new campaign to tackle youth homelessness.

The Prince of Wales views a guard of honour as he arrives at VC Bird International Airport in Antigua (Victoria Jones/PA)

Charles arrives in Antigua on visit to hurricane-hit Caribbean islands

The Prince of Wales was welcomed with pomp and ceremony to Antigua and Barbuda as his tour of hurricane-ravaged Caribbean islands began.

Benedict Allen

Explorer Benedict Allen airlifted after trek to find world’s most remote tribe

British explorer Benedict Allen has been airlifted by helicopter after going missing on an expedition to find a remote tribe in Papua New Guinea.

The fire-damaged escalators at King's Cross Underground station (PA)

King’s Cross blaze and Grenfell tragedy ‘game changers’, says fire brigade

The Grenfell Tower fire will boost safety standards as much as the King’s Cross Tube station blaze which happened 30 years ago on Saturday, London Fire Brigade (LFB) said.

Donald Tusk, centre, has set the UK a deadline (Virginia Mayo/AP)

Donald Tusk sets December deadline for UK to make Brexit talks progress

European Council president Donald Tusk has set a deadline of the start of December for Britain to make further movement on its Brexit divorce bill and the future of the Irish border.

The scene near Waddesdon, in Buckinghamshire (Sky News/PA)

Four people die in mid-air collision between helicopter and aircraft

Four people have died in a mid-air collision between a helicopter and a two-seater aircraft, crash scene investigators said.

Scottish Labour leadership candidates Richard Leonard (left) and Anas Sarwar

Voting closed in Scottish Labour leader contest

Voting in Scottish Labour’s leadership contest has closed.

Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire (Steve Parsons/PA)

Witnesses describe shock of mid-air crash near Waddesdon Estate

A member of the Rothschild family has told of her shock after a mid-air collision between a helicopter and an aircraft missed her by five minutes.

Ireland's PM Leo Varadkar has clashed with Theresa May (Virginia Mayo/AP)

Irish premier demands commitment over ‘hard border’ issue

Irish premier Leo Varadkar has demanded a commitment that there will be no return to a “hard border” between Northern Ireland and the Republic in a fresh clash with Theresa May over Brexit.

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Mammoth sale! Four skeletons tipped to make up to £400,000

A complete family of prehistoric mammoth skeletons will go under the hammer for the first time.

David Davis addressed an economic summit in Berlin (PA)

Britain could stay under European Court jurisdiction after Brexit – David Davis

Britain could remain under European Court of Justice jurisdiction after the Brexit date of March 2019, but move to a new arbitration mechanism during the planned two-year transition, David Davis has suggested.

Avon and Somerset Police will roll out spit guards to all operational officers from January next year (Avon and Somerset police/PA)

Police force to introduce spit guards as assault cases soar

A police force is to introduce spit guards after the number of assaults against officers doubled.

Island of Mingulay seabird breeding season

Best seabird breeding season for Outer Hebrides island since 2000

The island of Mingulay in the Outer Hebrides has had its best seabird breeding season since 2000, according to new figures.

HS2 project

HS2 contractor Carillion sees shares hit historic lows on profits warning

Shares in Carillion have plummeted more than 30% and were temporarily suspended after the troubled construction group warned over profits and said it will breach its financial covenants.

The Duchess of Cambridge leaves after her visit to the Family Action  (Rick Findler/PA)

Duke of Cambridge struggled with role of new father, Kate reveals

The Duchess of Cambridge has told a single father how her husband, the Duke of Cambridge, initially found it difficult adjusting to parenthood.


Shares in Carillion dive more than 40% on profit warning

Shares in Carillion have plummeted more than 40% and were temporarily suspended after the troubled construction group warned over profits and said it will breach its financial covenants.

A man has been arrested on suspicion of Gaia Pope's murder (Dorset Police/PA)

Miracles can happen, says mother of missing teenager Gaia Pope

The mother of missing teenager Gaia Pope is not giving up hope that her daughter will be found alive – saying “I believe miracles can happen”.

Saros Endris eight, and Leanor Endris six, were both murdered by their father (West Midlands Police/PA)

Taxi driver found guilty of murdering his two children

A father who killed his two young children with a petrol-soaked cloth and then tried to kill his wife in a gas explosion has been found guilty of murder.

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