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British man held by IS ‘believed to be alive’

There is no new evidence or intelligence to suggest he is alive, our correspondent said. In a statement, a Home Office spokesperson said: “We do not discuss individual kidnap cases and speculation is unhelpful.” IS video shows UK hostage John Cantlie The Free John Cantlie campaign said they hoped and prayed the latest reports were true. Skip Twitter post by @CantlieUK We are aware of the current news circulating that John Cantlie is alive, whilst this is not substantiated at present, we continue to hope and pray that this turns…

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Could NHS have been doing more operations?

The regulator says hospital facilities could be used more efficiently and intensively. No-deal Brexit could see ops cancelled, NHS trust says Many serious surgeries cancelled on the day, study finds Patients ‘left in pain’ by surgery delays The report found that a third of operating lists – the schedule for each theatre for the day – started 30 minutes or more late and nearly 40% finished half an hour or more early. The time lost to late starts, early finishes and delays between operations could, according to NHS Improvement, have…

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Worboys prompts Parole Board system review

He said no “profound deficiencies” in the way the parole process worked had been identified since the High Court overturned the board’s decision to release Worboys, but improvements were needed. ‘Black cab rapist’ to stay in prison Cabbie who preyed on young women Worboys ruling quashed as parole head quits The 246 members of the Parole Board make risk assessments and decisions on whether prisoners can be safely released or moved to an open jail. A judge or former judge is sometimes involved. They deal with about 25,000 cases a…

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Search plan for Sala’s missing plane

Cushions believed to be from the plane were found on a beach near Surtainville, on France’s Cotentin Peninsula, on Monday. The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) said Geo Ocean III departed at 09:00 GMT on Saturday with investigators on board, and is expected to arrive at the search area at 09:00 on Sunday to start the underwater search, which will last three days. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionDavid Mearns explains the next steps in the search expected to begin on Sunday Cardiff City play their first…

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Viewers raise 28k after presenter’s death

Image copyright PA Image caption Dianne Oxberry, seen with Steve Wright (left) and Paul McCartney, worked on BBC Radio Oxberry rose to fame when she presented the weather and travel on Radio 1 in the early 1990s, working with broadcasters Simon Mayo and Steve Wright. Image caption Comedian Peter Kay told Dianne Oxberry she “made the sun shine for everybody” The funds raised will be used to set up a charity in her memory. Mr Hindle said: “The aim is also to raise awareness about ovarian cancer and its after-effects,…

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MoD ‘facing 7bn funding black hole’

The MoD plans to spend more than £180bn on new warships, submarines, jets and armoured vehicles over the next decade. But the PAC’s chairwoman, Labour MP Meg Hillier, said the department was “a repeat offender” when it came to “poor financial planning”. Three firms in warship build contest MoD announces £160m investment at base No-deal ‘redeployment’ for defence staff British soldier sues Army over Q fever She added that progress in addressing concerns raised by the committee in May 2018 had been “woeful”. “The MoD simply cannot afford everything it…

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Police officer ‘wanted’ in appeal error

“As soon as we became aware of this we removed the image and updated our website and Facebook post with the correct image of Mr Carrington.” Insp Nash joined the police service in 2001 and only became part of the Welwyn Hatfield Safer Neighbourhood Team a few weeks ago. Related Topics Hertfordshire Constabulary Read more: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-47054959

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Why Americans love the Great British Bake Off

“The Official Steamed School Pudding Thread!” is a sample post in the group, which now has more than 200 members. Laura gives tips on converting measurements in the show to the US equivalents, and then posts a weekly challenge, allowing fans across the country to come back with pictures of their creations. At first she thought about sourcing a big prize, but then she realised this was not in keeping with the ethos. What Americans often praise about the show is the lack of cut-throat competition or monetary incentives. Skip…

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Government to crack down on antique guns

Antique or “obsolete calibre” firearms are not covered by the same restrictions. Image caption Detective Chief Superintendent Jo Chilton, head of NABIS, said antique guns can be bought for cash, making it difficult to trace the purchase NABIS first identified the criminal use of antique firearms in 2010. That year 31 antique firearms were seized by police across the UK. By 2017, the last year for which figures are available, that number had risen to 85, with a total of 543 antique firearms seized over the past decade. Last year…

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UK plan to fight antibiotic resistance

It also plans to cut antibiotic use in animals by 25% from 2016 levels by next year. What is antibiotic resistance? The drugs advisory body, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, and NHS England will also trial a new payment model that means pharmaceutical companies will be paid for drugs based on how valuable the medicines are to the NHS, rather than by the quantity of drugs sold. Health Secretary Matt Hancock, launching the government’s 20-year vision at the World Economic Forum at Davos, Switzerland, will say: “Each…

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Four more House of Fraser stores saved

At the time, Sports Direct chief executive Mike Ashley pledged to save about 47 of the retailer’s 59 outlets. By mid-November he had done deals to save at least 20 stores, protecting about 3,500 jobs, but at least eight were due to close. A previous restructuring plan had proposed to close 31 stores, but that plan was abandoned following Sport Direct’s takeover. House of Fraser revival ‘challenging’ House of Fraser: Five things that went wrong The Intu spokesperson told the BBC: ‘We are committed to working with all our retailers…

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Simon Mayo joins new classical station

“There are hundreds of radio stations playing rock and pop, and only two classical music stations up until now,” Mayo said. “We’re different because we’re going all out to entertain, laugh with the listeners, and have a good time. Some of it will be familiar, some new and exciting but all timeless, beautiful and all absolutely relevant to today”. Follow us on Facebook, on Twitter @BBCNewsEnts, or on Instagram at bbcnewsents. If you have a story suggestion email entertainment.news@bbc.co.uk.

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Ant McPartlin gets ADHD support

“There’s a lot of characteristics that held me in good stead working in live television. Richard [Bacon] said the same. “In my job, having what they call ‘popcorn thinking’ is good because it means you can jump from one thing to another. Professionally, it’s brilliant. Personally, I’m all over the place.” Bacon, a former presenter on BBC Radio 5 Live, was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 42 and acknowledged Ant’s comments about him on Twitter. ADHD organisations and people with the condition also tweeted their support for Ant.…

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