Putin to formally annex Russian-occupied Ukraine in hawkish speech lashing out at West

To formally annex those territories the Russian parliament and Russia’s Constitutional Court, which over recent years turned into rubber-stamp bodies, have to ratify and approve the treaties, something that is expected next week. The developments mirror Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014 when President Putin gathered several Crimean politicians to formalise the land-grab of the … Read more

First trans US army officer ‘plotted to leak medical records to Russians’

She told an undercover agent that “she was motivated by patriotism toward Russia… even if it meant being fired or going to jail” during a meeting at a Baltimore hotel last month, the indictment stated. She volunteered to bring her husband into the scheme, saying he had “more helpful information”, including about prior military training … Read more

Giorgia Meloni ‘had no contact’ with drug-smuggling father for decades

The businessman told the court that he had agreed to transport the cannabis for a payment in pesetas equivalent to 300,000 euros or £268,000 GBP. Mr Meloni died of leukaemia  Three other people were arrested in the drugs bust, including two of his stepchildren. They were sentenced to four years in jail, despite his claims … Read more

Tory rebels threaten to block scrapping of 45p tax rate

A third former Cabinet minister said: “The 45p rate is the bit that we’re all getting a kicking on and it’s completely overshadowed the energy intervention. The naivety and stupidity of the mini-Budget was that nobody’s talking about the energy package – that’s just not landed at all.” He said making it a confidence motion … Read more

Anyone over 55 who has ever smoked to be offered lung cancer checks

Anyone over the age of 55 who has ever smoked will be offered lung cancer screening, under recommendations from government advisers.  The proposals from the UK National Screening Committee (UKNSC) call for the mass rollout of checks, in order to tackle the most common cause of cancer deaths. The committee said all former and current … Read more

Benefits hit as Liz Truss tries to stem the mini-Budget bleeding

Ms Truss repeatedly defended last Friday’s announcements during her local media round, telling BBC Radio Norfolk: “This is the right plan that we have set out.”  She pointed to turmoil on financial markets across the world and gave no indication that any element of the mini-Budget would be reversed despite the financial fallout. On Thursday … Read more

How to protect yourself against a flu and Covid ‘twindemic’

When and how can I book my Covid booster?  The National Booking Service went live on September 7 and can be accessed here. As with previous campaigns, those deemed most vulnerable will be called forward first, with those eligible able to book online or through 119 as long as it has been three months since … Read more

Queen Elizabeth II died while close family were en route to Balmoral, her death certificate confirms

Using her full name of Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor, the certificate lists the late Queen as “widowed” following the death of her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, in April 2021. Her occupation was simply: “Her Majesty the Queen.” The cause of death is recorded as “old age”, at Balmoral Castle. Her “usual address” was listed … Read more

Common antidepressants may increase the risk of heart disease and early death

Common antidepressants may raise the risk of heart disease and an early death, a study suggests.  Almost a quarter of a million Britons were followed for over a decade and a link was found between people on the medication and heart disease.  For people on the common antidepressants known as SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) … Read more

Putin to sign off land grab after ‘sham’ referendums

The Kremlin-backed leaders of four Russian occupied regions of Ukraine were in Moscow on Thursday after calling for President Vladimir Putin to formally annex the territories into Russia. The Moscow-installed heads of Ukraine’s Lugansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions claimed residents backed the move in hastily organised votes that the West says were a sham. “I am already … Read more