Foreign Office accused of cover-up

The Foreign Office was accused of a cover-up after ministers said records of flights passing through an overseas territory used by the United States for extraordinary rendition had been lost to "water damage". The US...

One million expected to strike

The Government will today be hit by the biggest strike over pay since it came to power when over a million public sector workers will walk out in bitter disputes over pay, pensions, jobs...

Warning over hospital temperatures

A maximum allowed temperature should be considered for hospital wards, an environmental watchdog said in a stark warning that England is ill-prepared for increasingly scorching-hot summers. Heatwave-related deaths are predicted to triple to 7,000 a...

Vulnerable patients to control cash

Vulnerable patients are to be given control of taxpayers' cash to fund their own treatment in the community under a plan to save money and keep them out of hospitals, the head of the...

Israel launches Gaza offensive

Israel launched its largest offensive in the Gaza Strip in nearly two years, carrying out a blistering aerial assault on scores of targets and killing 25 people. Officials called it an open-ended operation aimed at...

Firms ‘sent Syria sarin chemicals’

British firms supplied chemicals to Syria that were used to make the lethal nerve agent sarin, it has been claimed. A statement will be published in the House of Commons today addressing historical exports to...

Bipolar people ‘wired for risk’

A roulette game played while undergoing a brain scan has shown that people with bipolar disorder are wired for risk. Sufferers of the serious mental illness appear to be dominated by the brain's "pleasure centre"...

Consumers ‘unclear over rights’

Millions of consumers have lost money because they do not understand their rights, while many say they remain silent because they feel embarrassed or intimidated, a survey suggests. Almost two fifths of consumers (38%) are...

Organ donation numbers on the rise

More people are donating their organs than ever, health officials have said. The last financial year was a "record year" for organ donation and transplantation in the UK, NHS Blood and Transplant (NHS BT) said. In...

Air passengers must charge phones

All air passengers flying into or out of UK airports must ensure their electronic devices are charged, following updated guidance from the Department for Transport (DfT). Advice issued at the weekend concerned passengers flying to...