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23rd July 2024

Around the world

US Secret Service boss resigns over Trump shooting failures

Kim Cheatle had faced calls to resign for security failures ahead of the attempted assassination of Donald Trump.

Walkway collapse kills two on infamous Naples estate

The accident took place on a derelict estate that served as a backdrop to the film "Gomorrah".

In the UK

Children returned to family after Leeds disorder

Four children whose removal into foster care sparked Leeds disorder are back with extended family.

UK must be ready to fight war in three years, says Army head

General Walker used his first speech in his role to warn of threats posed by an "axis of upheaval".


MPs to vote on two-child benefit cap

The government is facing growing pressure from some of its own MPs to scrap the policy.

Conservatives plan to name new leader in November

A new Tory leader will be announced by 2 November under plans set out by the 1922 committee.


Are branded school PE kits on the way out?

Schools will no longer require parents to buy more than three branded items, under government plans

Unis told to manage own budgets after call for bailouts

Education secretary comments after union says many unis face "catastrophe" without emergency cash.


Weight-loss drug approved for heart problems in UK

Wegovy contains the drug semaglutide, which is already prescribed on the NHS to help people lose weight.

Babies died after hospital neglect - inquest jury

Babies Sunny and Elena both died after erroneously being given a sodium nitrite infusion.


Cyber-security firm rejects $23bn Google takeover

In an internal memo to staff, the firm's founder and chief executive said he was 'flattered'.

Fewer HS2 seats could force passengers not to travel

A report by the spending watchdog says new HS2 trains will have less space than existing services.


Chimps share humans' 'snappy' conversational style

Wild chimpanzees, like humans, take fast-paced turns in conversation, and often interrupt each other.

Oxygen discovery defies knowledge of the deep ocean

The discovery that lumps of metal on the seafloor produce oxygen raises questions over plans to mine the deep ocean.


Cyber-security firm rejects $23bn Google takeover

In an internal memo to staff, the firm's founder and chief executive said he was 'flattered'.

Google U-turn over long-running plan to ditch cookies

The UK’s privacy watchdog said it was 'disappointed' by the decision not to block internet tracking.


BBC boss says sorry over Strictly complaints

"Unacceptable behaviour" will not be tolerated on Strictly Come Dancing, the director general says.

Huw Edwards' BBC pay increased by £40,000 last year

Gary Lineker tops BBC salary list for seventh year running, with former news anchor Edwards in fourth.