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The UK's performance in reading, maths and science has failed to improve in recent years, leaving the nation's teenagers lagging far behind their peers in countries such as Singapore, Korea and Japan, a major international report has found.Read
An IT glitch which left Royal Bank of Scotland and NatWest customers unable to use their debit or credit cards on the busiest online shopping day of the year has now been resolved, RBS said today.Read
Anti-government protesters in Thailand have broken through a gate and forced their way into the prime minister's office compound as police stood by and watched.Read
An inquest into the death of a karate instructor who was blasted by gun maniac Raoul Moat will start today.Read
Australia's first same-sex weddings can take place this weekend after the nation's highest court decided to rule next week on the law allowing gay marriage in the national capital.Read
Mobile phone users are to be protected from "shock bills" if their handsets are stolen, with a new cap on the maximum value of calls they will be expected to pay for.Read
A British soldier described as "one of the best of his generation" will be laid to rest today after he was killed in a suicide blast while on patrol in Afghanistan.Read
The editor of The Guardian newspaper is to be grilled by MPs today over the publication of information contained in top-secret documents leaked by US whistleblower Edward Snowden.Read
Men are from Mars and women from Venus, they say - and a look inside their brains suggests it could be true.Read
Reforms to the Labour Party's links to the trade unions could be delayed five years in what the Tories claimed was a "watering down" of the move under pressure from the party's biggest donors.Read
American civil rights campaigner the Rev Jesse Jackson says the UK's "big challenge" is to "choose inclusion".Read
Controversial plans to create the UK's first toll road for a decade are to be dropped, it was reported.Read
Poor pupils are more likely to get a place at Church of England secondary schools which do not select on religious grounds, according to a new study.Read
David Cameron is likely to be grilled on the UK's regime for student visas when he faces questions from undergraduates at a Shanghai university on the second day of his visit to China.Read
The remaining four fatalities of the Glasgow helicopter crash have been named by police.Read
Families have raided £23 billion from long-term savings in the past year in what is reported to the most dramatic such shift in spending patterns on modern record.Read
Banks that have left shoppers in the UK high and dry due to a computer glitch have promised to cover their customers' out-of-pocket expenses.Read
A Frenchwoman who won British modern art's most prestigious prize has said she feels adopted by the UK.Read
Shoppers across the UK have had their credit and debit cards declined in one of the busiest online shopping days for the year.Read
The search and recovery operation at the site of the Glasgow helicopter crash has concluded, with officials satisfied there are no further fatalities at the scene, police said.Read
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