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Students in the UK are continuing to lag behind their peers from tiny European countries such as Estonia and Finland when it comes to maths, reading and science, a bellwether study of global education trends has suggested. Asian nations, including Singapore and Hong Kong, continue to dominate the latest triennial Programme for International Student Assessment […]

The main talks will then take place on Wednesday at The Grove, a country house hotel near Watford. Boris Johnson is to issue an appeal for Nato unity amid increasing strains within the Western alliance over the conflict in Syria. The Prime Minister will break off from the election campaign to host a gathering of Nato leaders in Britain […]

A 51-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a 12-year-old boy was killed in a “deliberate” hit-and-run crash outside an Essex school. Essex Police said in a statement the Loughton man has also been arrested on six counts of attempted murder and one of causing death by dangerous driving. He also faces […]

Some people in Scotland could be without gas for five days as engineers work to restore supplies to thousands of homes following a failure in the network. Gas network company SGN is working to restore supplies to around 8,000 properties after the problem started on Sunday in the Falkirk area, but said it could be […]

Volkswagen “cheated” European emissions standards by installing unlawful “defeat devices” in its diesel vehicles, the High Court has heard. Tens of thousands of motorists who bought VW, Audi, Seat and Skoda diesel vehicles are taking legal action for compensation in the aftermath of the “Dieselgate” emissions scandal. In September 2015, Volkswagen Group announced that 11 […]

Ruth Jones has said it was “strange initially” working with James Corden again on the Gavin and Stacey Christmas special. Jones, who co-created the hit sitcom with Corden and stars as Nessa, also said that she will not rule out the possibility that it may return again in the future, although she accepts that another […]

More than one in five smaller businesses say they will close in the next 12 months if Christmas is below average, a new survey suggests. A poll of senior decision makers at small and medium-sized businesses showed that 22% of them thought they would close within a year of a poor Christmas. 8% said this […]

England captain Joe Root has called for one big final push from everyone as they attempt to level the Test series against New Zealand at Hamilton. The tourists earned a 101-run first-innings lead after they were all out for 476 on the penultimate day of the second Test – largely thanks to Joe Root’s sensational […]

A man has been ordered to pay more than £1 million for handling 19 stolen vehicles, police said. Chirag Patel, 40, of Firth Road, Croydon, was on November 29 given a confiscation order for the vehicles, which were valued at more than £700,000, Scotland Yard said in a statement. Patel was last year sentenced to […]

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Sunday the world’s efforts to stop climate change had been “utterly inadequate” so far and there was a danger global warming could pass the “point of no return”. Speaking a day before Monday’s start of the two-week long UN Climate Change Conference (COP25) in Madrid, the UN chief said the impact […]