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Beijing bathroom users are finding themselves on the hot seat over hoarding loo roll. Photograph: Wang Zhao/AFP/Getty Images

Image of the week: Crime wipeout Public toilets are now officially the hideous new frontier of technological innovation. This automatic toilet paper (...)

George Osborne: his “political viewpoint – socially liberal and economically pragmatic – closely matches that of many of our readers”, said the Evening Standard’s  owner, Evgeny Lebedev

Former UK chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne had been appointed editor of the London Evening Standard, its owner, Evgeny Lebedev, said. Mr Le(...)

Lord Heseltine  was one of 366 peers who inflicted a second defeat on the Government’s Brexit Bill.

Conservative former cabinet minister Lord Heseltine has been sacked as a government adviser after rebelling over Brexit. The Tory grandee backed dema(...)

The leader of Britain's opposition Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn speaks at Paston Farm Centre, in Paston near Peterborough, Britain, January 10, 2017. REUTERS/Toby Melville

Opposition parties matter only inasmuch as they stake a claim to office. The weather is made by those who wield power or those with a reasonable expec(...)

Dr Peter Boylan said the lack of provision for mental health services for new mothers was “not acceptable in 2017”. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

There are just three part-time perinatal psychiatrists in Ireland, all based in Dublin, and there is no mother-and-baby unit for severely depressed mo(...)

Brexit minister David Davis and British prime minister Theresa May in the House of Commons on Wednesday. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

A Bill authorising Theresa May to trigger article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty has passed its final stage in the House of Commons, with MPs backing it by a(...)

Mission to Mars: Donald Trump in a meeting with (far left) Tesla founder and chief Elon Musk. Photograph: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

Image of the week: Mission to Mars The man second from right is the president of the US, apparently – so they say – while the man on the far left is (...)

The Jarrow Crusade in Britain which in 1936 marched for the right to work

One of the basic lessons of 2016 is that a promise to bring back well-paid jobs is a vote winner. It’s tempting to point out straight away that any po(...)

International trade secretary Liam Fox (left) and former chancellor George Osborne appearing on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show on Sunday. Photograph: Jeff Overs/BBC

The UK may seek a compromise deal to remain in the EU customs union, according to Liam Fox, the Eurosceptic minister for international trade. In July(...)

Chancellor of the exchequer Philip Hammond: expected to confirm a ban on letting fees, and an increase in “national living wage”, but these may be overshadowed by weak GDP growth forecasts. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

UK chancellor of the exchequer Philip Hammond will make his first set-piece speech in office on Wednesday, offering modest giveaways for “just about m(...)

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