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Queen tries out fire horn on visit to Hurricane Irma relief frigate

The Queen has heard first-hand about the Royal Navy’s relief effort in the aftermath of Caribbean Hurricane Irma – and could not resist trying out a piece of a fireman’s safety equipment.

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Don’t ask your GP for antibiotics, campaigners urge

People are being urged not to ask their doctor for antibiotics as part of a new campaign aimed at tackling growing resistance to the drugs.

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Sinn Fein suspects any UK-Irish powersharing deal will 'fall short' (Liam McBurney/PA)

Sinn Fein suspects any UK-Irish powersharing deal will ‘fall short’

The UK and Irish governments are set to present Northern Ireland’s parties with their version of a proposed deal to break the powersharing impasse at Stormont, Sinn Fein has predicted.

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Damaged buildings in Raqqa, Syria, after Syrian Democratic Forces took control (Gabriel Chaim/AP)

Minister defends ‘kill British Islamic State fighters’ comments

A minister who said the only way of dealing with British Islamic State (IS) fighters in Syria was to kill most of them has defended the comments.

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Jamie Harron from Stirling (Detained in Dubai/PA)

Briton sentenced to jail in Dubai for touching man’s hip freed, campaigners say

A Scot who was sentenced to three months in a Dubai jail for touching a man’s hip has been freed, according to his representatives.

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Prince Harry meets wellwishers in St Michael's on Wyre (Danny Lawson/PA)

Harry returns to village flooded by 2015 storm to check recovery progress

Prince Harry has returned to a village which was devastated by floods in Storm Desmond to see how the recovery effort progressed.

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Newcastle House in Bradford, where an 18-month-old baby died following a fall (Danny Lawson/PA)

Solicitor for woman charged with 18-month-old boy’s murder appeals for witnesses

The solicitor representing a 23-year-old woman charged with the murder of an 18-month-old boy who fell from a sixth-floor window of a block of flats has appealed for witnesses to come forward.

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Nearly a quarter of a million companies to face above inflation business rate hike

Nearly a quarter of a million firms will be hit with above inflation property tax hikes next year, according to new data.

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Joseph Mahmud, 10, from Portsmouth, swims with a dolphin during the Dreamflight visit to Discovery Cove in Orlando, Florida (Steve Parsons/PA)

‘Holiday of a lifetime’: Sick children overjoyed on Dreamflight trip to Florida

Nearly 200 sick, seriously ill and disadvantaged children from across the UK have left their families behind and conquered their fears on a once-in-a-lifetime charity-funded sunshine holiday in America.

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Watchdog fines Merrill Lynch £34.5 million for failing to report transactions

Britain’s financial watchdog has fined Merrill Lynch International £34.5 million for failing to report 68.5 million exchange traded derivative transactions, in what the watchdog said was the first fine of its kind.

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Woman paralysed from chest down triumphs in Great South Run using bionic suit (Great Run/PA)

Woman paralysed from chest down triumphs in Great South Run using bionic suit

A fundraiser paralysed from the chest down has completed her “toughest challenge to date” as she walked the 10-mile Great South Run in 24 hours with the help of a bionic suit.

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PPI complaints rise 24% in the first half of 2017

Complaints over Payment Protection Insurance (PPI) jumped 24% in the first half of the year, according to the City regulator.

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Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson speaking at the Chatham House London Conference  (Yui Mok/PA)

Boris Johnson backs Donald Trump on N Korea but urges him to stay with Iran deal

Boris Johnson has backed Donald Trump’s approach to the North Korean crisis – but urged the US president to stick to the Iran nuclear deal.

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People driving older, more polluting petrol and the dirtiest diesel vehicles in London will pay the new T-Charge and the Congestion Charge (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

Drivers of most-polluting vehicles in central London face £21.50 daily charge

Charges for driving the oldest, most-polluting vehicles into central London have almost doubled after a £10 toxicity T-Charge came into force.

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Prime Minister Theresa May with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker (John Stillwell/PA)

Juncker denies making disparaging comments about May after Brussels dinner

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker has hit back at reports that he made disparaging remarks about Prime Minister Theresa May after their dinner in Brussels last week.

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Prime Minister Theresa May and her Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

UK and Japan vow to keep up pressure over North Korea’s ‘destabilising activity’

Theresa May and Shinzo Abe have agreed to maintain pressure on North Korea following the Japanese Prime Minister’s re-election.

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Watchdog fines Merrill Lynch £34.5 million for failing to report transactions

Britain’s financial watchdog has fined Merrill Lynch International £34.5 million for failing to report 68.5 million exchange traded derivative transactions, in what the watchdog said was the first fine of its kind.

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Meghan Markle with Prince Harry at the recent Invictus Games (Danny Lawson/PA)

Half-sister denies rift with ‘absolutely lovely’ Meghan

Meghan Markle’s half-sister has denied rumours of a rift with the actress, calling Prince Harry’s girlfriend “absolutely lovely”, “very strong” and “very graceful”.

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New figures for the voluntary rates will be announced next month (Yui Mok/PA)

Wage campaigners hail florist chain darling buds of pay

A group which promotes the voluntary living wage, which is higher than the official figure, has accredited its 3,500th employer.

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Police at the scene at Bermuda Park in Nuneaton (Aaron Chown/PA)

Police quiz suspected hostage-taker after bowling alley gun siege

Detectives are questioning a suspected hostage-taker as they try to establish why two men were held at gun point in a four-hour bowling alley siege.

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