Elderly 'hit by line rental charges'

News Getty Images Image caption Of the 2.9 million households with a landline only, 43% are occupied by people aged 75 and over Recent increases in line rental charges have hit elderly people the hardest, according to an Ofcom report. Between December 2009 and December 2016, line rental prices had …

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Hans Rosling, population expert: Five last thoughts

Image copyright AP Hans Rosling, the Swedish professor who made global health statistics compelling viewing, died from cancer in February. Co-founder of Gapminder.org, which continues his work, he was enthusiastically trying to change old-fashioned notions of the world even as his illness took hold. In his final BBC interview – …

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Letter bomb explodes at IMF office in France, 1 injured

DEVELOPING –  Paris police say a letter bomb exploded at the French office of the International Monetary Fund, lightly injuring one person. A police official said no other damage was been reported in the incident in western Paris on Thursday. It is unclear who sent the letter. Police experts are at the scene, …

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Fox takeover bid for Sky to be reviewed

Culture Secretary Karen Bradley has asked regulators to examine Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox’s takeover bid for Sky. In a statement to parliament, she told MPs that media regulator Ofcom and competition regulator, the CMA, would be asked to investigate the deal. They have until 16 May to prepare their …

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Escaped cobra turns up on Twitter

A deadly cobra may still be on the run – or the slide – from authorities in Florida, but that hasn’t stopped it from speaking its mind on social media. The two-foot long lethal reptile escaped its containment in Ocala late Monday, and by Tuesday, had a personalized @OcalaCobra Twitter account to relish …

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Three-person baby licence granted

Doctors in Newcastle have been given the first UK licence by the fertility regulator to create babies from two women and one man. The advanced form of IVF will be used to prevent children dying from genetic diseases. The first child could be born, at the earliest, by the end …

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Trump budget: Rex Tillerson defends foreign aid budget squeeze

Image copyright EPA Image caption USAID funds projects like drug addiction treatment in Afghanistan US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has defended swingeing budget cuts to his own department proposed by President Donald Trump. Speaking in Japan, he said the level of state department spending in the past had been …

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