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Scottish Government flag policy changed after talk with Queen – Alex Salmond

Scottish Government policy on flying the Union flag was changed after a conversation with the Queen, Alex Salmond has said.

There was no steak on the menu at Wetherspoon on steak club night (Tim Ireland/PA)

Steak ‘absent from Wetherspoon menu’ on steak club night

Wetherspoon customers were left disappointed when the chain appeared to pull steak from its menu on steak night.

The beach at Unawatuna, near Galle, southern Sri Lanka, which was devastated by a tsunami (Caroline Gammell/PA)

Underwater sound waves could be key to early tsunami warnings, study claims

Measuring underwater sound waves could be key to developing a real-time early warning system for tsunamis, mathematicians say.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and International Trade Secretary Liam Fox (right) arriving in Downing Street, London, for a Cabinet meeting. (Victoria Jones/PA)

Liam Fox backs Boris Johnson’s call for ‘Brexit dividend’ to be spent on NHS

Liam Fox has become the latest Cabinet minister to publicly back Boris Johnson’s call for more spending on the NHS after Brexit.

Allegations have emerged of sexual harassment at the Presidents Club annual fundraiser (Screenshot/Presidents Club)

Waitresses groped at men-only charity dinner

The organisers of a prestigious men-only charity dinner have said they are “appalled” by allegations of sexual harassment at the event.

JD Wetherspoon

Steak absence from Wetherspoon menu due to mislabelling – supplier

The absence of steak on the Wetherspoon steak night menu was the result of a precautionary measure due to mislabelling, the chain’s supplier has said.

Kevin Halligen (Adrian Gatton/PA)

Detective accused over Madeleine McCann search cash ‘died of brain haemorrhage’

A private detective accused of exploiting the hunt for Madeleine McCann to fund his lavish lifestyle died of an acute subdural haemorrhage, a coroner has heard.

The number of dropped cases due to a failure to disclose evidence has increased, according to the BBC (Nick Ansell/BBC)

Hundreds of prosecutions collapse over failure to disclose evidence – report

More than 900 criminal cases were dropped last year due to a failure by police or prosecutors to disclose evidence, it has been reported.

Dame Tessa Jowell said cancer patients should be free to take the risk of undergoing different innovative treatments on the NHS (BBC)

Dame Tessa Jowell opens up about cancer and calls for more innovative treatments

Cancer patients should be free to take the risk of undergoing different innovative treatments on the NHS, Dame Tessa Jowell has said.

Universal free school meals

Too early to tell if universal free school meals are beneficial, research finds

Universal free school meals save parents both time and money but it is too early to say whether it is beneficial for health or education, new research has found.

Strong winds are forecast on Wednesday (Paul Faith/PA)

Wind warnings and travel disruption as Storm Georgina arrives

High winds are causing travel disruption as Storm Georgina batters the UK with gusts of up to 90mph possible.

Lesley Keeley's daughter Nancy on holiday in Egypt (Lesley Keeley/PA)

Mum starts online search for mystery doctor who helped seriously ill daughter on holiday flight

A mother has started an online search to find the doctor who helped when her one-year-old daughter was taken seriously ill on a flight home to the UK.

Job centre stock

Record 32.2 million people in work but pay not keeping pace with inflation

The number of people in work has reached a record high amid strong demand for workers, although the real value of pay continues to decline, new figures show.

Rugby players court case

Rape trial of two Ulster rugby stars to get under way

Two Ireland and Ulster rugby stars are due to go on trial accused of rape.

New transport figures reveal the North receives an "indefensible" lack of investment compared with London (Richard Woodward/PA)

Group attacks disparity over north of London’s planned transport investment

Planned transport investment in London is two-and-a-half times higher per person than in the north of England, according to a new study.

A report details the numbers of people held in detention in the UK

‘Staggering’ numbers in detention across the UK, report finds

More than 110,000 people are in detention in the UK on any given day, figures from a snapshot survey suggest.

Carillion crisis

Carillion chiefs in the firing line as MPs launch inquiry

A string of top bosses at collapsed construction giant Carillion are to be grilled by MPs next month as the political fallout from the debacle rages on.

Boris Johnson was backed by the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt after a Cabinet meeting in which he demanded more money for the NHS after Brexit (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

Boris Johnson’s call for extra NHS cash after Brexit backed by Health Secretary

Boris Johnson’s call for extra spending on the NHS after Brexit has been backed by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt.


Main negotiations on post-Brexit deal should be completed by March 2019 – Davis

Negotiations on Britain’s future relationship with the European Union should be concluded by the time it leaves the bloc in March 2019, David Davis said.

Best jobs revealed

Best jobs for pay and satisfaction no longer include tech-based posts, says study

Tech-based jobs have fallen out of a list of the best positions for pay and levels of satisfaction for the first time, according to new research.

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