Chancellor Philip Hammond hits back over public pay leaks

Chancellor Philip Hammond hits back over public pay leaks

Media playback is unsupported on your device Public sector workers get a 10% “premium” over their private sector counterparts, Philip Hammond said as he warned ministers against leaking cabinet talks on the pay cap. The chancellor refused to comment on reports he had said at a meeting that public servants were “overpaid”. And he suggested some colleagues who do not agree with his approach on Brexit were trying to undermine him. Minister Liam Fox said…

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Root hits 184 in first Test as captain – highlights & report

Root hits 184 in first Test as captain – highlights & report

Media playback is not supported on this device First Investec Test, Lord’s, day one England 357-5: Root 184*, Moeen 61*, Stokes 56, Philander 3-46 South Africa: Yet to bat Scorecard Joe Root scored a brilliant unbeaten 184 on his first day as England Test captain to put his side in control against South Africa. Arriving at the crease with England 17-2, the 26-year-old then saw them slump to 74-4. But Root steadied the ship with…

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Furious Vettel hits Hamilton under safety car as Ricciardo wins thriller

Furious Vettel hits Hamilton under safety car as Ricciardo wins thriller

Sebastian Vettel was penalised for driving into Lewis Hamilton in a chaotic and incident-packed Azerbaijan Grand Prix but the German still extended his title lead as a loose head restraint cost the Briton victory. A remarkable race that featured three safety cars and several crashes, including clashes between team-mates, was won by Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo. Vettel was given a 10-second stop-go penalty for swerving into Hamilton’s Mercedes as they prepared for a re-start at…

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Finsbury Park attack: Man dies as van hits worshippers

Finsbury Park attack: Man dies as van hits worshippers

Media playback is unsupported on your device A man has died and 10 people have been injured after a man drove a van into worshippers near a north London mosque. Eight people were taken to hospital after the “terrorist attack” near Finsbury Park Mosque, police said. A group of people were helping a man who had collapsed when they were hit by the van just after midnight. The man has died, but it is unclear…

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Glitch hits Pension Regulator website

Glitch hits Pension Regulator website

Thousands of small businesses ordered to register for auto-enrolment pensions face fines after part of the regulator’s website crashed. An online server at the Pensions Regulator has been faulty since Wednesday at least, the BBC understands. Some of the businesses concerned could face fines as a result of missing registration deadlines. The regulator said any difficulties would be taken into consideration. However, it could not guarantee that all fines would be waived, a spokesman said….

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Modern Family's Sarah Hyland hits back over body shaming

Modern Family's Sarah Hyland hits back over body shaming

“I’m here to say that no-one should aim to be the weight that I am right now,” Sarah Hyland said as she responded to criticism about her appearance. The Modern Family actress took to social media after suggestions she looked anorexic in a recent photo. Hyland underwent a kidney transplant in 2012 after battling kidney dysplasia her whole life. “I’m not in control of what my body looks like,” the actress said in a post…

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Massive ransomware infection hits computers in 99 countries

Massive ransomware infection hits computers in 99 countries

A massive cyber-attack using tools believed to have been developed by the US National Security Agency has struck organisations around the world. Computers in thousands of locations have been locked by a programme that demands $ 300 (£230) in Bitcoin. In April hackers known as The Shadow Brokers claimed to have stolen the tools and released them online. Microsoft released a patch for the vulnerability in March, but many systems may not have been updated….

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Acid house orchestra hits new heights

Acid house orchestra hits new heights

An orchestra that has tripled its audience by playing less Beethoven and Mozart and more New Order and 808 State has won a major classical music award. The Manchester Camerata was named best ensemble at the Royal Philharmonic Society (RPS) Music Awards on Tuesday. That was partly thanks to its successful Hacienda Classical gigs, where it covers acid house anthems. The judges said the orchestra had “blazed a brilliant trail for what a 21st Century…

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