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An antique inkstand which bore witness to seminal events in Europe two centuries ago is set to go on display in the home of its former owner in Co Down. Viscount Castlereagh helped shaped Europe through his role at the Congress of Vienna, the coming together of the leaders of the victorious powers in 1814 […]

“Urgent” reforms are needed to current laws which leave cohabiting couples receiving “inferior protections” despite a shift in social norms, a cross-party group of MPs has suggested. The Commons Women and Equalities Committee warned that many people believe in the “so-called common-law marriage myth”, often leaving women vulnerable to a “lack of legal protection on […]

More than a fifth of A-level students applying for university this year missed at least 20 days of school due to Covid-19 in the run-up to their exams, according to a new report. A study by the Sutton Trust published on Thursday suggested the pandemic continued to disrupt pupils’ learning in the 2022 exam period, […]

Children who started secondary school in 2021 were more likely to report elevated symptoms of depression than those who began before the pandemic, a study has found. Academics at Cardiff University analysed responses from a student health and wellbeing survey which found 21% of children who started Year 7 in 2021 reported increased depression compared […]

A charity has launched a series of gynaecological health lesson plans for teachers as research suggests a “knowledge gap” on the topic. A survey carried out by the Eve Appeal, which is offering the lesson plans, suggested only 9% of adults were taught about gynaecological health in school. Meanwhile, just 8% said their parents made […]

England’s “ravaged” adult social care sector urgently needs more money from Government before the year is out, MPs have warned. A cash injection and a long-term plan is needed to help the sector meet immediate cost pressures and become sustainable over the coming years, the Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (LUHC) Committee said. The cross-party […]

Women who have pre-cancerous cells on their cervix might benefit from being given the HPV vaccine, a new study suggests. Girls and boys aged 12 to 13 are routinely offered the human papillomavirus (HPV) jab, which helps prevent against cancers caused by the virus, including cervical cancer, anal cancer and some head and neck cancers. […]

Premier League players will no longer take the knee ahead of every match, but remain committed to fighting racism and all forms of discrimination. The gesture, which started in June 2020 in solidarity for the Black Lives Matter campaign, will now be used in specific moments throughout the forthcoming campaign in order to “amplify the […]

Senior Labour MPs have written to the chief executive of BT, urging him to intervene in a pay dispute which has sparked strikes by thousands of workers. The party’s deputy leader, Angela Rayner, and shadow digital, media and sport secretary Lucy Powell urged Philip Jansen to enter into negotiations with the Communication Workers Union (CWU). […]

Inspectors have boarded the first cargo ship to leave Ukraine since Russia invaded its neighbour after the vessel anchored off Istanbul. Russian, Ukrainian, Turkish and UN officials have been checking if the grain shipment is in accordance with an agreement signed last month by Moscow and Kyiv to unblock Ukraine’s agricultural exports and ease the […]