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Admiral to sell Confused.com and European comparison sites to ZPG for £508m

Admiral to sell Confused.com and European comparison sites to ZPG for £508m

Admiral to sell Confused.com and European comparison sites to ZPG for £508m

29 December 2020

Admiral said it expects to return a majority of the proceeds to shareholders, although some cash will be kept for investment.


In Pictures: How the world of showbiz navigated the year of coronavirus

In Pictures: How the world of showbiz navigated the year of coronavirus

In Pictures: How the world of showbiz navigated the year of coronavirus

29 December 2020

The stars of stage and screen faced a challenging year.


Britain ‘beginning to look weak by failing to protect Nazanin’ – Jeremy Hunt

Britain ‘beginning to look weak by failing to protect Nazanin’ – Jeremy Hunt

Britain ‘beginning to look weak by failing to protect Nazanin’ – Jeremy Hunt

29 December 2020

The British-Iranian dual national has been detained in Iran since 2016 over allegations of plotting to overthrow the country’s government.


How impressionist Rory Bremner may have ‘saved John Major’s bacon’

How impressionist Rory Bremner may have ‘saved John Major’s bacon’

How impressionist Rory Bremner may have ‘saved John Major’s bacon’

29 December 2020

A hoax call by the comedian was so successful it convinced some Tory MPs to call off a rebellion, according to newly released files.


Early Blair-Ahern meeting gave rise to potential for peace in Northern Ireland

Early Blair-Ahern meeting gave rise to potential for peace in Northern Ireland

Early Blair-Ahern meeting gave rise to potential for peace in Northern Ireland

29 December 2020

Records released from the National Archives give details of an early meeting involving the UK and Irish Prime Ministers.


Diana ‘pleased’ with 1997 landmines visit despite ‘distraction’, files show

Diana ‘pleased’ with 1997 landmines visit despite ‘distraction’, files show

Diana ‘pleased’ with 1997 landmines visit despite ‘distraction’, files show

29 December 2020

A dispatch from the British Ambassador in Angola informed the Foreign Office how successful the January visit was, despite a ‘furore’ in the press.


Five cups of tea a day help over 85s maintain focus – study

Five cups of tea a day help over 85s maintain focus – study

Five cups of tea a day help over 85s maintain focus – study

29 December 2020

Researchers found that older people who drank five cuppas a day performed better on certain cognitive tests.


Charles’s 1996 visit to Ireland scrapped amid safety concerns, records show

Charles’s 1996 visit to Ireland scrapped amid safety concerns, records show

Charles’s 1996 visit to Ireland scrapped amid safety concerns, records show

29 December 2020

The Prince of Wales had planned to visit the Republic a year after his historic maiden trip.


Churchill fan Johnson used 1995 column to criticise bid to buy wartime diaries

Churchill fan Johnson used 1995 column to criticise bid to buy wartime diaries

Churchill fan Johnson used 1995 column to criticise bid to buy wartime diaries

29 December 2020

An opinion piece written by the future Churchill biographer lamented proposals to hand over lottery money to keep the private papers in the UK.


What the papers say – December 29

What the papers say – December 29

What the papers say – December 29

29 December 2020

The national front pages are preoccupied by Covid-19’s implications for the reopening of schools, plus news on Britain’s trade future.


Teaching unions put pressure on Government to delay school reopenings

Teaching unions put pressure on Government to delay school reopenings

Teaching unions put pressure on Government to delay school reopenings

29 December 2020

Experts have warned that allowing students to return will put them at risk of catching the new mutant strain of coronavirus.


Starmer faces rebellion over backing for Johnson’s Brexit deal

Starmer faces rebellion over backing for Johnson’s Brexit deal

Starmer faces rebellion over backing for Johnson’s Brexit deal

29 December 2020

Ex-frontbenchers John McDonnell and Ben Bradshaw have signed a statement calling on Labour not to back the agreement.


More Covid-19 patients in England’s hospitals than April peak

More Covid-19 patients in England’s hospitals than April peak

More Covid-19 patients in England’s hospitals than April peak

29 December 2020

An NHS boss said staff are ‘back in the eye of the storm’.


Snow and ice expected in some regions amid freezing temperatures

Snow and ice expected in some regions amid freezing temperatures

Snow and ice expected in some regions amid freezing temperatures

28 December 2020

A Met Office yellow warning of snow and ice for parts of England, Wales and Scotland is issued through to Tuesday morning.


Armed forces to help support Covid-19 testing operations for students in England

Armed forces to help support Covid-19 testing operations for students in England

Armed forces to help support Covid-19 testing operations for students in England

28 December 2020

The MoD said 1,500 military personnel would be deployed to ensure that the testing systems were up and running by the time pupils returned in January.


More Covid-19 patients in NHS hospitals in England than April peak

More Covid-19 patients in NHS hospitals in England than April peak

More Covid-19 patients in NHS hospitals in England than April peak

28 December 2020

The number of cases recorded in a single day has risen above 40,000 for the first time.


Woman charged with murder over death of four-year-old boy

Woman charged with murder over death of four-year-old boy

Woman charged with murder over death of four-year-old boy

28 December 2020

The Metropolitan Police found the boy dead at a property in south-east London and said he and the woman were related.


Final lorry drivers set to cross to France following week of border disruption

Final lorry drivers set to cross to France following week of border disruption

Final lorry drivers set to cross to France following week of border disruption

28 December 2020

The Department for Transport said the backlog of vehicles was severely reduced and that traffic flow systems were keeping pace with demand.


Majority of Northern Ireland MPs will not back Brexit trade deal

Majority of Northern Ireland MPs will not back Brexit trade deal

Majority of Northern Ireland MPs will not back Brexit trade deal

28 December 2020

The DUP and SDLP said their MPs will vote against it, while Alliance Party MP Stephen Farry said he will not vote for it.


Big bumblebees ‘learn spots of best flowers’

Big bumblebees ‘learn spots of best flowers’

Big bumblebees ‘learn spots of best flowers’

28 December 2020

University of Exeter scientists examined the ‘learning flights’ which most bees perform after leaving flowers.


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