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Retail figures for December were branded 'terrible'

Retail sales dropped at fastest rate since April 2012 over December

Leonne Weeks, who was found dead in Dinnington, near Rotherham (South Yorkshire Police/PA)

Teenager charged with murder of 16-year-old Leonne Weeks

William will stand down from his role as a helicopter pilot for an air ambulance service in the summer

William to quit job as air ambulance helicopter pilot

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn during his speech at the City Halls in Glasgow

Scottish independence would bring 'turbo-charged' austerity - Jeremy Corbyn

Chancellor Philip Hammond said at Davos that Britain has reinvented itself before and will do again if it is closed off from EU markets (AP/Michel Euler)

Philip Hammond: Interim Brexit set-up possible if deal not settled in two years

Services have come under increasing pressure

45% of NHS trusts declared major alert last week

Data from the UK Statistics Authority highlights a drastic difference between the proportion of women and men in the country's highest-paying jobs

Women hold just 12% of jobs paying £150,000-plus

Sir Anthony Hart has outlined the findings of his Historical Institutional Abuse inquiry in Northern Ireland

Victims of children's homes 'vindicated' after inquiry finds evidence of abuse

Barack Obama stands with US president-elect Donald Trump, first lady Michelle Obama and Melania Trump at the White House (AP)

Obama leaves Oval Office for last time as Trump prepares to move in

BT has announced a series of price rises

BT announces price increases for broadband and TV customers

Poppy's mother Michala Pyke, 38, and her partner John Rytting, 40, were both jailed for 13 years for child cruelty and drugs offences following the death of the four-year-old (Humberside Police/PA Wire)

'Missed opportunities' to protect Poppy, four, from 'blighted' life

A judge was asked to rule on the case

'Hurt' girl, four, had been subjected to genital mutilation, judge rules

Latest politics news

Donald Trump poised to take control of US nuclear weapons arsenal

Sahar Mashemi, co founder of Coffee Republic, at the International Womens Day Conference in 2016

Expect inspiration at conference highlighting women's day

File photo dated 15/12/2016 of a Royal Mail worker sorts mail at the Royal Mail's Sorting Office in Turner Road, Glasgow. Royal Mail has revealed a sharp drop in letter mailing in the busy festive season as business worries over Brexit hit marketing p

Royal Mail hit by a drop in letters sent

Surrey plans to hold a referendum to allow it to increase council tax by 15%

Surrey 'canary in coal mine' over funding of social care, warns council chief

Hospitals are running wards with a dangerously low number of nurses, an investigation suggests

Hospital wards 'left with dangerously low numbers of nurses'

The James Paget University Hospital resorted to legal action to evict the man after more than two years

Hospital 'takes legal action to evict bed blocker after two years'

Endris Mohammed, 46, has been charged with killing his children Saros Endris, eight, and six-year-old Leanor Endris (West Midlands Police/PA Wire)

Father charged with murdering children to face court

Robert Trigg will appear at Lewes Crown Court

Man to face court charged with killing two women in seaside town

The Competition and Markets Authority says it has found evidence of dirty practices at two laundry firms

Truth to come out in wash over claims laundry companies 'agreed not to compete'

The Prince of Wales with Emily Shuckburgh and Tony Juniper, who have co-authored a Ladybird book on climate change (Penguin/PA)

World needs urgent action on 'wolf at the door' climate change, warns Charles

British sailor Alex Thomson comes in second in the Vendee Globe race at Les Sables d'Olonne, western France

Yachtsman Alex Thomson 'running on empty' after finishing second in Vendee Globe

Police in Parliament Square, London, after a suspected unexploded Second World War bomb was found in the River Thames

Thames 'Second World War bomb' towed away for safe disposal

Desert Island Discs presenter Kirsty Young with David Beckham (BBC/PA)

David Beckham to reveal his Desert Island Discs for show's 75th anniversary

Mel Gibson has returned to directing with Hacksaw Ridge

Braveheart woke something up in Scotland, Mel Gibson says

The results showed that people who were a healthy weight were almost twice as likely to die as those who were obese or overweight

Overweight patients 'less likely to die after heart operation'

The Government has estimated that 390,000 three and four-year-olds will qualify for the 30-hour offer

Shortage of places warning over 30-hour free childcare scheme

Carbon capture and storage potentially has an important role to play in tackling climate change

£100m spent on carbon capture competition before project cancelled - report

A study found 'disturbingly high' levels of hostility towards women

Women still suffering violence and misogyny due to 'lad' culture

Property values in Bristol increased faster than any other major UK city across 2016

North-South house price divide 'could start to narrow'

Surrey County Council said it had a "huge gap" in its budget

Tory authority plans 15% council tax rise claiming huge budget gap after cuts

Switch on to Swindon is a new coordinated effort to welcome business to the town

Launch will encourage the country to 'Switch on to Swindon'

Glasgow Central Mosque said Mohammad and Talat Aslam, from the Newlands area of the city, were among those killed in the crash

Baby boy and three relatives killed in Saudi Arabia minibus crash

Chancellor Philip Hammond warned against the politics of populism

Philip Hammond launches attack on populist politics

Jeremy Corbyn said he had made it 'very clear' that his party accepts the Brexit decision made by the public in the referendum

Jeremy Corbyn to order Labour MPs to back start of Brexit in Parliament vote

Prime Minister Theresa May said her talks with bankers and business chiefs at the World Economic Forum had been 'positive'

Theresa May hails 'high value' of financial services amid bank talks in Davos

Theresa May said it was time to stop fighting the battles of the past and look to the future

Britain 'open for business', Prime Minister tells World Economic Forum

Nurses described 'desperately unsafe' numbers of registered nurses, while others said patients are being put at risk

Hospital wards 'left with dangerously low numbers of nurses'

Jon Voight waves as he appears during the Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration (AP)

Donald Trump supporters attend concert to celebrate inauguration

DUP special adviser Andrew Crawford's resignation was announced minutes after a public inquiry was instigated into the Renewable Heat Incentive scheme

Stormont adviser Andrew Crawford resigns amid claims over botched energy scheme

Martin McGuinness resigned as Northern Ireland's deputy first minister last week

Serious illness forces Martin McGuinness to step down from frontline politics

The new standard looks at the progress made by secondary school pupils

Nearly 10% of secondary schools under-performing, figures show

The Capitol in Washington DC as the city prepares for Donald Trump's inauguration. (AP/J. Scott Applewhite)

Country singer Lee Greenwood 'would be embarrassed to turn down inauguration'

Poppy Widdison existed in a 'swamp of drug addiction', the judge said

'Unfit mother' and partner jailed for letting tragic Poppy, four, eat drugs

Julian Assange welcomed the decision to release Chelsea Manning

Julian Assange stands by offer to go to US after Manning release decision

Waterloo Bridge has been closed

Suspected unexploded Second World War bomb found in River Thames

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe said the warning lights were flashing over crime

'Warning lights flashing' over crime, says Britain's most senior police officer

Members of the RMT working for Southern will go on strike next week

Southern Railway guards and drivers in RMT union to strike next week

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