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Image copyright NEIL SPENCE Image caption Andy McNab in an official publicity shot Best-selling author Andy McNab has been appointed CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for his work promoting adult literacy. The Bravo Two Zero author is a literacy ambassador for The Reading Agency and has written several…

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Image copyright Getty Images Chancellor Philip Hammond has said that the UK should focus on protecting jobs and the economy on the eve of Brexit talks with the European Union. Mr Hammond said the UK “should prioritise protecting jobs, protecting economic growth and protecting prosperity”. The chancellor said Theresa May…

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Image copyright Getty Images Tesco is cementing its recovery in the UK after its first-quarter sales growth beat expectations. Like-for-like sales – which strip out the impact of new stores – rose by 2.3% in the three months to 27 May, boosted by demand for fresh food. Analysts had expected…

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Image caption The reforms give sweeping new powers to head teachers The Scottish government has set out “sweeping new powers” for schools as part of a shake-up of education. Education Secretary John Swinney said his reforms were aimed at “freeing our teachers to teach”. The reforms will see head teachers…

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Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Youngsters in the North are more likely to miss out on language qualifications, says the British Council There is a stark north-south divide in whether young people in England are learning modern languages, an annual survey from the British Council says. In some London…

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Image copyright EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Image caption Taylor Swift has put her music back on Spotify Spotify now has more than 140 million active monthly users, but the music streaming firm is still deeply in the red. The Swedish firm had revenues of more than 2.9bn euros (£2.6bn) last year, up…

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UK interest rates have been kept on hold at 0.25%, but in a surprise move three of the Bank of England’s rate-setting committee backed a rate rise. The 5-3 vote by the Bank’s policymakers was the closest for a rate rise since 2007, and comes with inflation close to a…

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Image copyright Getty Images Young people are deeply pessimistic about their ability to get on in Britain’s “us and them society”, says social mobility tsar Alan Milburn. He says they “increasingly feel like they are on the wrong side of a profound unfairness”. This is why, he suggests, young people…

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Image copyright Getty Images Image caption UCL says it faced a “widespread ransomware attack” University College London, one of the world’s leading universities, has been hit by a major cyber-attack. The attack is thought to have been made through a so-called “phishing” email, intended to downloaded malware on to the…

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A European Union (EU) law to abolish roaming charges for people using mobile phones abroad comes into force today. The new rules mean that citizens travelling within the EU will be able to call, text and browse the internet on mobile devices at the same price they pay at home….

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