UK News: Pupils show caring side

THERE are four times as many schoolchildren caring for disabled relatives as officially recognised, with the number running to hundreds of thousands.

One in 12 of schoolchildren questioned in a new study said they had caring roles, helping relatives with tasks such as dressing, washing or bathing.

Pirate kidnap ordeal couple to return home

FREED hostages Paul and Rachel Chandler were expected to set foot on British soil for the first time in more than a year today following their "traumatic" kidnap at the hands of Somali pirates.

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The couple, who were abducted as they sailed off the Seychelles in October 2009, were poised to return to the UK after a ransom was reportedly paid to secure their release.

They were handed over to local officials in the Somali town of Adado on Sunday after 388 days in captivity.

Women's working fears

TWICE as many women as men expect to have to continue working past the state pension age, research indicated today.

One in five people aged over 50 think they will remain employed once they can claim their state pension, with the average person expecting to continue working for just over six years. The study also found that women are twice as likely to expect to continue working when they reach pension age.

Guantanamo detainees set for huge damages

THE government is set to pay out millions of pounds in compensation to former detainees at Guantanamo Bay.

One former detainee is in line to receive more than 1 million after the government agreed to settle a series of High Court actions brought by ex-Guantanamo prisoners and others.

Aiden takes swipe at rival

X FACTOR reject Aiden Grimshaw hit out at rival Katie Waissel today, admitting there was no love lost.

The 18-year-old, from Blackpool, confessed he was shocked that judge Simon Cowell chose to save Waissel, who has been in the bottom two of the public vote four times.

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Manchester: Swingeing cuts at one of Britain's largest forces will inevitably impact on the service delivered to the public, a senior police representative said.

Chris Burrows, chair of the Greater Manchester Police Federation, said 1900 officers and staff have been told their roles are under review.

Nottinghamshire: A woman critically injured by a bull which killed her husband was fighting for her life in hospital today. Roger Freeman, 63, and his wife, Lucy Glenis Freeman were attacked as they walked along a public footpath through a livestock field on Friday.