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No pace? No Stokes? Vote on the main reason for England’s Ashes defeat

No pace? No Stokes? Vote on the main reason for England’s Ashes defeat

Media playback is not supported on this device Listen: The moment Australia won the Ashes On reflection, England barely gave themselves a chance. At the time that Ben Stokes was arrested, it felt like the Ashes tour had started to go wrong before England had even picked their squad. And that was just the first […]

Rooney enjoying ‘refreshing’ and ‘relaxing’ community service in garden centre

Image copyright PA Image caption Wayne Rooney arriving at Stockport Magistrates’ Court Wayne Rooney says his drink-drive punishment of community service in a garden centre is “refreshing” and “relaxing”. Rooney was ordered to complete 100 hours’ unpaid work in September after admitting being nearly three times over the legal limit when stopped by police. The […]

Rapper Diddy plans to buy Carolina Panthers and sign Kaepernick

Combs performed at the 2004 Super Bowl American rapper Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs and basketball star Stephen Curry want to take over NFL team Carolina Panthers. The franchise has been put up for sale by owner Jerry Richardson who is facing allegations of workplace misconduct. Combs said he wants to be the NFL’s first African-American majority […]

UK suicide rate shows largest drop for 20 years

Image copyright Getty Images Suicide rates in the UK have seen the largest decrease in 20 years, official figures reveal. There were 3.6% fewer suicides registered in 2016 than in 2015 – a decrease by 223 deaths from 6,188, Office for National Statistics data shows. Rates fell for both men and women, although men still […]

Depression: ‘I kept my head down to survive the day at work’

Image copyright Time to Change Image caption Natalie says colleagues often don’t know what to say “I’d sit at my desk and not be able to stop the tears rolling down my face. “A few people said, ‘Are you all right, do you need to be here?’ but no-one was really that interested.” For Natalie […]

Scientists sniff out Parkinson’s disease smell

Media captionJoy Milne can smell Parkinson’s disease before it is medically diagnosed Scientists are close to establishing what causes a smell associated with sufferers of Parkinson’s disease. They hope it could lead to the first diagnostic test for the disease. The breakthrough came after Joy Milne astonished doctors with her ability to detect the disease […]

Steroid abuse ‘raising health risk for thousands’

Tens of thousands of people may be at increased risk of dying early from heart attacks and strokes by misusing anabolic steroids, according to doctors. The British Cardiovascular Society gave the warning amid concern steroids are now being taken by hundreds of thousands of people. Public health experts say men in their teens and 20s […]

‘Water cremation’ plans on hold over environmental fears

Image copyright Google Image caption If plans go ahead, Rowley Regis crematorium would be the first to offer water cremation in the UK Plans for the UK’s first “water cremation” service are on hold amid concerns about “liquefied remains of the dead going into the water system”. Sandwell Council in the West Midlands has been […]

Syria war: Situation in Eastern Ghouta at ‘critical point’

Image copyright EPA Image caption Food shortages have led to the acute malnutrition rate among children rising to 11.9% The situation in a besieged rebel-held area near Syria’s capital has reached a “critical point”, the International Committee of the Red Cross has warned. Scores of civilians have been killed or injured in the Eastern Ghouta […]

Theresa May condemns abuse of MPs over Brexit

Image copyright House of Commons Theresa May has condemned abuse of MPs following last week’s Brexit vote. The prime minister said despite “strongly held views” on both sides of the Commons there was no place for threats of violence and intimidation. Several Conservative MPs have received abusive messages and tweets because of their views on […]