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Thursday
25th April 2024

Around the world

US secretly gives Ukraine long-range missiles

Missiles delivered this month have been used to strike Russian targets in Crimea, US media say.

'Stay strong,' parents tell Gaza hostage after video

Hamas issues a proof-of-life video of US-Israeli Hersh Goldberg-Polin, abducted on 7 October.

In the UK

SNP's power-sharing deal with Greens collapses

It follows the government's decision to scrap key climate targets and its response to a review into gender services.

Labour pledges to renationalise most rail services within five years

The government says the plans are "pointless" and "unfunded" but Labour says it will improve services.

Politics

Labour pledges to renationalise most rail services

The government says the plans are "pointless" and "unfunded" but Labour says it will improve services.

Hunt defends job cuts to increase defence spending

The chancellor says cutting services will cost "a great deal less" than allowing Russia to succeed in Ukraine.

Education

One-word Ofsted grades should stay, says government

The government says the judgements are useful for parents, after MPs called for them to be scrapped.

Government scrapped tests on free childcare plan

The National Audit Office says a £35m pilot to test the expansion of free childcare in a few areas was cancelled.

Health

England tops chart for child alcohol use - report

The World Health Organization also finds higher rates of drinking and vaping among teenage girls.

Action needed on needless asthma deaths, says charity

There were more than 12,000 UK deaths in the past decade, many of them needless, a charity warns.

Business

Sainsbury's boosted by strong food sales

The UK's second largest supermarket has spent heavily to keep prices low but clothing sales fell.

US TikTok ban would be 'devastating', UK firms warn

UK businesses using TikTok say they could see a significant drop in sales if the app is banned in the US.

Science

Father begins legal fight against BP for dead son

Hussein Julood says the burning of gas at a BP-run oil field in Iraq caused his son's leukaemia.

Voyager-1 sends readable data again from deep space

Nasa says its most distant probe is once again sending usable information back to Earth.

Technology

US TikTok ban would be 'devastating', UK firms warn

UK businesses using TikTok say they could see a significant drop in sales if the app is banned in the US.

Meta shares sink after it reveals spending plans

The firm said expenses would be higher this year as it spends heavily on artificial intelligence.

Entertainment

The Italian film which beat Barbie at the box office

Director Paola Cortellesi on the cry for change in Italy's chart-topping There's Still Tomorrow.

Kid Cudi cancels tour after breaking foot

"The injury is much more serious than I first thought," says the rapper as he cancels tour dates.