Gerry Adams to step down as Sinn Fein president in 2018

Gerry Adams has announced his intention to step down as Sinn Fein president in 2018.

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Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond. Picture: Getty

Chancellor Philip Hammond declares ‘there are no unemployed people’

Chancellor Philip Hammond has declared “there are no unemployed people” while discussing how Britain can deal with the threat to jobs from technological change.

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Aled Jones said he was "deeply sorry" for any upset caused but strongly denied any "inappropriate contact". Picture: PA

Songs of praise star Aled Jones denies inappropriate behaviour

Songs Of Praise star Aled Jones will not appear on the BBC while the broadcaster investigates alleged inappropriate behaviour more than a decade ago.

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Gaia Pope: missing for 11 days. Picture: Dorset Police

Police find body thought to be missing Gaia Pope

The sister of Gaia Pope has described the teenager as the “absolute light of my life” as her family were coming to terms with the news that a body has been discovered in the hunt for the missing 19-year-old.

Anyone re-using apparently unmarked stamps will now infuriate their recipients. Photograph: John Devlin

How the Royal Mail has stamp penny-pinchers beat this Christmas

It is a money-saving trick used by the most miserly of penny-pinchers.

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The Sheffield Alcohol Research Group thinks minimum pricing is unlikely to be adopted in England under the current government. Picture: John Devlin

Wales & Ireland to follow Scotland’s lead and end cheap booze

A leading expert on alcohol policy has outlined where the rest of the UK and Ireland are in terms of adopting minimum unit pricing on the back of the Supreme Court ruling which has paved the way for it to be introduced in Scotland.

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A number of casualties have been reported as a result of an aircrash in Buckinghamshire. Picture: BBC News

Four die after collision between helicopter and aircraft

Four people have died in a mid-air collision between a helicopter and a two-seater aircraft, crash scene investigators have said.

Glitter is being banished at Tops Day Nurseries - a chain of 19 nurseries across the South of England. Picture: PA Wire

Glitter banned from nurseries over ecological fears

CHILDREN are to be banned from using glitter at a group of nurseries due to concerns about the damage it does to the environment.

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Virgin Trains passengers have the bizare opportunity to win a toilet seat signed by Will Ferrell. Picture: Anchorman 2 (2013)

Virgin Trains offer signed Will Ferrell toilet seat as prize

VIRGIN Trains have launched a new competition where rail passengers can be in with a chance to win a toilet seat signed by Anchorman star Will Ferrell.

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President Donald Trump . Picture: AP

New Spitting Image series to target Donald Trump

Hit satirical TV series Spitting Image is to take on US President Donald Trump in a rebooted version of the show, co-creator Roger Law has revealed.

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Keith Robson, Charity Director of Age Scotland

Keith Robson: SNP’s free care policy is a success – but there is huge pressure how we provide it

Is social care in Scotland ­really in crisis? It’s hard to open a paper these days without reading about staff shortages, ­vulnerable people left at risk, or the “ticking timebomb” of an increasing older population.

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Many older people who live on their own, especially those who are in the last days of life, often feel lonely and isolated with no one to turn to except time-pressed care workers

Richard Meade: How much of a caring society are we towards the dying and lonely?

As a society we have become much more aware of, or at least willing to talk about, the issue of isolation and loneliness. For far too long we have avoided the subject and it has become a major public health issue.

Health Secretary Shona Robison heard that research with frontline staff has highlighted the increasing strain being placed on care home workforce.

Scottish care bosses warn sector may soon cease to exist

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The final death toll from the Grenfell Tower tragedy stands at 71. Picture: Rick Findler/PA Wire

Grenfell Tower: Final death toll at 71 as probe continues

POLICE have pledged to continue their “complex and challenging” probe into the Grenfell Tower blaze, as it was confirmed 70 people and a stillborn baby make up the final death toll.


Minimum unit pricing for alcohol ‘biggest health boost since smoking ban’

Scotland will become the first country in the world to introduce a minimum price per unit of alcohol.

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Those with union-themed street names are less likely to identify themselves as Scottish only

Research finds your street name shows how Scottish you feel

Scots living on streets commemorating Britain are less likely to define themsleves as Scottish only, new research has revealed.

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A former Facebook President spoke out about the network last week

Jim Duffy: Embrace the joy of missing out on social media

It is worth noting that being on Facebook, Instagram and the like constantly has the potential to ­create mental illness.

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James Blake is a co-chair of the RSE Young Academy Scotland

James Blake: Brexit has started – so what should Remain vote Scotland do to protect its interests?

Scottish MSPs and MPs are being urged to take action to protect Scotland’s ­interests during the Brexit process by the ­Royal Society of Edinburgh’s Young Academy Scotland.

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Nicola Sturgeon meets Theresa May at Bute House in 2016. Picture: Steven Scott Taylor/JP

Nicola Sturgeon ‘must rule out’ indyref2

The Scottish Conservatives have demanded that Nicola Sturgeon rules out any second referendum on Scottish independence when she meets Theresa May in London.

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