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A firefighter battles a major fire at a recycling plant in Smethwick, near Birmingham, today. Photograph: Darren Staples/Reuters

A chief fire officer in the UK has called for a review into the use of Chinese lanterns after one started a huge blaze today which caused £6 million (...)

 “Irish people have an upward bias in their responses [and] so always profess higher satisfaction and well-being than other nations. Whether this reflects the reality is another issue,” says  Prof Richard Layte of the ESRI.  Photograph: Davd Sleator

It has been one of the paradoxes of the economic collapse that Irish people continue to report high levels of life satisfaction at odds with the narra(...)

Although older people are the key user group of hospitals in the developed world, the institutions often seem to work to a model of younger adu(...)

Chancellor George Osbourne delivers his budget to the House of Commons in Westminster.

British chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne has moved to abolish stamp duty on asset managers that had encouraged many of them to transf(...)

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