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Aid department approved £735m investment without expert advice, MPs say

The aid department approved a £735 million investment into its private finance arm without consulting independent experts in an "echo" of failings it made in funding an airport on a remote island that cannot currently be used, MPs have said.

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Government borrowing reaches lowest level in nearly ten years

Government borrowing has reached its lowest level in nearly a decade, but the Chancellor has overshot his independent target for shoring up the public finances.

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Plans for new warships and jets becoming unaffordable, watchdog warns

Plans for new warships, jets and other vital military equipment risk becoming unaffordable because of increased costs and the collapse in the value of sterling, the Commons spending watchdog has warned.

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Artificial womb to keep premature babies alive - but will not replace human body

An "artificial womb" has been developed that could soon be used to keep extremely premature babies alive.

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'Option to stay in reformed customs union should be part of Brexit negotiations'

The UK could relinquish its right to cut post-Brexit international trade deals if it gets a good withdrawal agreement with the EU, Labour has suggested.

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Nestle to axe nearly 300 jobs and move Blue Riband production to Poland

Confectionery giant Nestle is planning to cut almost 300 jobs and move production of the Blue Riband chocolate biscuit to Poland, unions said.

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Thieves steal phone and bank cards from man suffering stroke

Two "despicable" thieves posed as good Samaritans and stole from a man as he suffered a stroke in the street.

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'Exercise pill' which builds muscle moves step closer

A muscle-building "exercise pill" that could reduce visits to the gym has come a step closer after a new study focusing on a protein that keeps us weak.

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'A horrible marker of time' - Madeleine McCann's mother on life ten years on

Madeleine McCann's mother has described the tenth anniversary of her daughter's disappearance as a "horrible marker of time, stolen time".

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Ed Sheeran meets terminally ill fan, six, backstage

Ed Sheeran has granted a dying boy's wish by meeting him backstage before a gig.

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Flying taxis at the push of a button? Uber Elevate could take off by 2020

Uber has unveiled plans to create electric flying taxis that can be used to navigate cities and avoid congested streets.

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Overseas aid budget fraud levels do not seem credible, says watchdog

The reported levels of fraud in Britain's overseas aid budget are so "remarkably low" they do not seem credible, the Commons financial watchdog has said.

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Prime Minister to meet Japanese leader amid North Korea tensions

Theresa May will hold talks with Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe on Friday amid continuing concerns about the situation on the Korean peninsula.

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All I do is ride a bike but CBE is 'huge honour' says Laura Kenny

Four-time Olympic champion Laura Kenny said it was a "huge honour" to be made a CBE alongside her husband Jason during a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

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Swathes of northern and eastern England wake to dusting of snow

A blast of late winter weather has brought snow flurries to many parts of the North of England and the Midlands.

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Youth jailed over global computer hacking business

A young man has been jailed for two years for setting up an online computer hacking business which caused chaos all over the world.

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Tories 'not prepared to divulge' details of activist's death, says father

The Conservatives are hampering police by withholding the contents of an internal bullying inquiry, the father of a young party activist who took his own life has said.

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'Victim-blaming' row judge likens remarks to urging precautions against burglars

A judge at the centre of a rape "victim-blaming" controversy has compared her comments to warning people about locking their doors to protect themselves from burglars.

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Tougher trading sees Carpetright issue profits warning

Retailer Carpetright has warned over profits after seeing sales growth slow as consumer caution took its toll.

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Obsession with graduate employment 'unhelpful', says outgoing Ucas chief

Students should not worry about employment while studying for their degree, the outgoing head of Ucas has said.

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