Press Association 2014 LATEST

Peter Kay answers call for Comic Relief with Phoenix Nights return

Campaign Series: Peter Kay answers call for Comic Relief with Phoenix Nights return

5:56pm Thursday 27th November 2014

Comedian Peter Kay is putting on two fundraising live shows of his hit programme, Phoenix Nights.

Half users 'cutting Facebook time'

Campaign Series: Facebook remains the most popular social network but is facing increasing challenges to keep users interested

5:54pm Thursday 27th November 2014

Facebook faces another challenge after new research revealed that half of the social network's users in the UK and US are using it less frequently than they used to.

Just a few more hours before the Star Wars 7 trailer is unveiled

Campaign Series: Just a few more hours before the Star Wars 7 trailer is unveiled

5:27pm Thursday 27th November 2014

A sneak peek of the seventh Star Wars film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, will be unveiled on Friday.

Kay answers call for Comic Relief

Campaign Series: Peter Kay is reviving his Brian Potter character for Comic Relief

5:11pm Thursday 27th November 2014

Comic Peter Kay has confirmed he is to bring back his hugely successful creation Phoenix Nights for a pair of live shows for Comic Relief.

Dog owner collared for speeding

Campaign Series: The driver claimed he could not control the car because of his excitable dog

5:09pm Thursday 27th November 2014

A man who tried to blame his Staffordshire bull terrier for sitting on the pedals when he was caught by police driving at close to 100mph has been jailed for 13 months.

Ex-IS Britons 'could deter others'

Campaign Series: Islamic State fighters (AP)

5:06pm Thursday 27th November 2014

Young Britons returning from Syria after becoming disillusioned with Islamic State (IS) could be a used as powerful deterrent to dissuade others from going to join the extremists, a former intelligence chief has said.

HIV drugs 'may prevent blindness'

Campaign Series: HIV drugs may help to prevent a common cause of incurable blindness, new research suggests

5:06pm Thursday 27th November 2014

A class of 30-year-old HIV drugs could in future be used to prevent a common cause of incurable blindness, scientists believe.

Wife may appeal despite £337m award

Campaign Series: Financier Sir Chris Hohn has been ordered to give his ex-wife £337m in their divorce settlement

5:06pm Thursday 27th November 2014

A financier's estranged American wife may appeal despite being awarded £337 million following one of the biggest divorce cash fights seen in an English court.

Pele in 'special care' unit

Campaign Series: Pele has been admitted to hospital twice this month

5:03pm Thursday 27th November 2014

Three-time World Cup winner Pele has been admitted to a "special care" unit in a Sao Paulo hospital.

Wigan chief Whelan faces FA charge

Campaign Series: Dave Whelan sparked controversy with his comments last week

4:34pm Thursday 27th November 2014

Dave Whelan's future as Wigan chairman is in question after he was charged by the Football Association over remarks about Chinese and Jewish people.

More parishes 'giving money advice'

Campaign Series: Just under half (48%) of Church of England parishes are providing help to people in financial difficulties, according to new research

4:33pm Thursday 27th November 2014

Church of England parishes are responding to growing cries for help from people suffering from debt problems, a study has found.

Gatland dismisses external pressure

Campaign Series: Warren Gatland has fielded some difficult questions in the aftermath of the New Zealand defeat

4:13pm Thursday 27th November 2014

Warren Gatland believes "you are always under pressure in sport" as he prepares for Wales' latest bid at ending a dismal losing sequence against the southern hemisphere heavyweights.

Palios: Tranmere said no to Evans

Campaign Series: Ched Evans is looking for a club following his release from prison

4:09pm Thursday 27th November 2014

Tranmere chairman Mark Palios claims to have turned down an approach from associates of Ched Evans' about the possibility of the convicted rapist playing for the club.

Hotelier guilty of child sex abuse

Campaign Series: John Allen, 73, has been found guilty of 19 charges of historical sex abuse against children who lived in his string of care homes (NCA/PA)

3:43pm Thursday 27th November 2014

A hotelier has been convicted of sexually abusing 19 children who lived in his string of care homes.

Hangover 'cure' for binge-drinkers

Campaign Series: Binge-drinking may have long-term effects on memory, decision-making and the ability to pay attention

3:31pm Thursday 27th November 2014

Scientists have developed the ultimate hangover cure - a drug that reduces the harmful effects of binge-drinking on the brain.

Mitchell did call Pcs plebs - judge

Campaign Series: Pc Toby Rowland addresses the media outside the High Court

3:31pm Thursday 27th November 2014

A High Court judge has decided that former Government chief whip Andrew Mitchell did call Pc Toby Rowland a "pleb" because the officer did not have the "wit, imagination or inclination" to invent it.

One Direction make US Billboard chart history

Campaign Series: One Direction make US Billboard chart history

3:07pm Thursday 27th November 2014

One Direction are the first group to see all four of their first albums reach number one in the US.

Seth Rogen wants to get high with fans

Campaign Series: Seth Rogen wants to get high with fans

3:07pm Thursday 27th November 2014

Seth Rogen has invited film fans to get high with him before a screening of The Interview in Colorado.

Fury happy for the talking to stop

Campaign Series: Dereck Chisora, left, and Tyson Fury, right, will fight for the right to face Wladimir Klitschko

3:02pm Thursday 27th November 2014

Tyson Fury admits the time for talking is over ahead of his much-anticipated heavyweight fight against Dereck Chisora at London's ExCeL Arena on Saturday.

Lorde: I pretended to be Taylor Swift's manager

Campaign Series: Lorde: I pretended to be Taylor Swift's manager

2:56pm Thursday 27th November 2014

Lorde has revealed how she once pretended to be the manager of her friend Taylor Swift.

New standards for pension providers

Campaign Series: New standards have been issued for pension providers

2:40pm Thursday 27th November 2014

Pension providers will be required to check whether or not customers buying their products have already taken guidance or advice on their options under rules set out by the City regulator to help people make the most of their retirement savings freedoms from next year.

Wilshere out for three months

Campaign Series: Jack Wilshere has suffered yet another injury blow

2:24pm Thursday 27th November 2014

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has been ruled out for around three months after successfully undergoing surgery on his left ankle, the Gunners have announced.

'Skull Cracker' wins appeal hearing

Campaign Series: Michael Wheatley was jailed for life for a raid on a building society while on the run from prison

2:08pm Thursday 27th November 2014

A professional criminal nicknamed Skull Cracker has won a sentence appeal, but leading judges have stressed that he still faces a "very considerable period" behind bars.

Teacher denies pupil sex claims

Campaign Series: A married teacher is accused of having had sex with a teenager in empty classrooms and cleaning cupboards all over their school

2:08pm Thursday 27th November 2014

A married religious studies teacher accused of having sex with a teenage pupil today insisted the illicit affair "did not happen".

Syrian hackers target news websites

Campaign Series: People visiting the Telegraph website have seen messages from the Syrian Electronic Army

2:08pm Thursday 27th November 2014

The Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) has hacked a series of high-profile websites, including the Independent and the Telegraph after exploiting an ad network that runs on the sites.

Ebola trial results 'promising'

Campaign Series: The vaccine developed by GlaxoSmithKline and the US National Institutes of Health contains pieces of genetic material from two strains of the virus

2:08pm Thursday 27th November 2014

An experimental Ebola vaccine has triggered promising immune responses from 20 healthy volunteers taking part in a preliminary trial.

Crime writer PD James dies aged 94

Campaign Series: PD James was a successful crime writer and a peer

2:08pm Thursday 27th November 2014

Crime writer P.D. James has died aged 94.

EastEnders actress Linda Henry to go on trial

Campaign Series: EastEnders actress Linda Henry to go on trial

1:49pm Thursday 27th November 2014

EastEnders actress Linda Henry will go on trial accused of racially aggravated harassment.

Pair 'killed in frenzied attack'

Campaign Series: Aaron Carriere, 21, and Josiah Manful, 20, were stabbed to death in Leytonstone, east London

12:48pm Thursday 27th November 2014

A pair of drug dealers were ambushed and stabbed to death by a pack of young men in a "swift, frenzied, utterly brutal attack" in a quiet residential street, a court heard.

Prison teacher jailed over drugs

Campaign Series: A prison teacher at HMP Wormwood Scrubs has been jailed

12:48pm Thursday 27th November 2014

A prison teacher has been jailed after helping an inmate smuggle in heroin and cannabis smeared in Marmite to disguise its smell.

Actress Linda Henry to stand trial

Campaign Series: Linda Henry stars in BBC soap EastEnders

12:48pm Thursday 27th November 2014

EastEnders actress Linda Henry is to stand trial accused of racially aggravated harassment outside a Jamie Oliver restaurant.

More teachers have top degree

Campaign Series: Statistics show 17% of graduates starting teacher training this academic year had first class degrees

12:48pm Thursday 27th November 2014

Almost three-quarters of new graduate teacher trainees in England have a 2:1 degree or better, with a higher proportion than ever entering the profession with a first class degree.

Goalkeeper plays with 'broken neck'

Campaign Series: Goalkeeper Laura Wareham suffered a suspected broken neck in a match against Bradford City on Sunday

12:48pm Thursday 27th November 2014

A goalkeeper played on after suffering a suspected broken neck in a collision with a team-mate.

MoD pressed over Libyan cadets

Campaign Series: About 300 Libyan recruits were sent home from Bassingbourn Barracks

12:48pm Thursday 27th November 2014

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) must publicly answer questions over its handling of disgraced Libyan cadet soldiers training in the UK, councillors have said.

Coroner weeps at soldier's inquest

Campaign Series: Captain Richard Holloway was killed in action on December 23 last year (MoD/PA)

12:48pm Thursday 27th November 2014

A coroner broke down in tears at the inquest of a special forces soldier who he said "died with a rifle in his hand doing a job that he loved and protecting freedom".

Ed Sheeran and Take That for Top Of The Pops' festive specials

Campaign Series: Ed Sheeran sets new charts record

12:36pm Thursday 27th November 2014

Ed Sheeran and new three-piece Take That will perform on the festive Top Of The Pops specials.

Gang jailed for teens sex abuse

Campaign Series: Abdulahi Aden, one of fourteen Somali men who have been convicted of running an inner city sex ring that involved the abuse, rape and prostitution of teenage British girls.

12:36pm Thursday 27th November 2014

Gangs of Somali men have been convicted of running an inner city sex ring that involved the abuse, rape and prostitution of teenage British girls, it can be reported for the first time.

Lancaster: Burgess Bath bow bonus

Campaign Series: Sam Burgess is poised to make his Bath debut

12:24pm Thursday 27th November 2014

Sam Burgess' early Bath debut will be "a bonus" for his chances of making next year's World Cup squad, according to Stuart Lancaster.

Warnock adamant Bolasie will stay

Campaign Series: Crystal Palace have no intention of selling Yannick Bolasie

12:21pm Thursday 27th November 2014

Manager Neil Warnock has vowed Yannick Bolasie will be staying at Crystal Palace after his eye-catching performances this season.

Game Of Thrones unveil season five teaser

Campaign Series: Game Of Thrones unveil season five teaser

11:59am Thursday 27th November 2014

The brief teaser for Game Of Thrones’ season five has been unveiled and it focuses on Arya Stark.

Vinyl sales soar past million mark

Campaign Series: Vinyl sales soar past million mark

11:58am Thursday 27th November 2014

Pink Floyd have helped boost the resurgence in vinyl with their latest album, The Endless River.

Rail privatisation 'will cut fares'

Campaign Series: Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin says the most expensive train fares on Britain's main London to Scotland route will be cut by 10% after privatisation

11:58am Thursday 27th November 2014

The most expensive train fares on Britain's main London to Scotland route will be cut by 10% thanks to the privatisation of the line, Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has said.

North misses out

Campaign Series: George North, right, has been ruled out of Wales' autumn Test finale against South Africa

11:38am Thursday 27th November 2014

George North has been ruled out of Wales' autumn Test finale against South Africa at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday.

FIFA chiefs under investigation

Campaign Series: Belgian FIFA executive committee member Michel D'Hooghe is one of the men under investigation

11:16am Thursday 27th November 2014

Three current FIFA executive committee members plus former member Franz Beckenbauer are under investigation by ethics chief Michael Garcia following his probe into World Cup bidding, it can be revealed.

Oil prices lowest for four years

Campaign Series: The cost of Brent crude oil has dipped to around 76 US dollars a barrel

11:07am Thursday 27th November 2014

Oil prices tumbled to new four-year lows today amid expectations that, despite the recent slide, Opec ministers will not take action to cut production.

Employers who owe staff named

Campaign Series: Jo Swinson says employers will face "tough consequences" if they break the law on the minimum wage

10:56am Thursday 27th November 2014

Employers who owe their workers tens of thousands of pounds for failing to pay the national minimum wage have been "named and shamed" by the Government.

Angelina Jolie: I could go into politics

Campaign Series: Angelina Jolie: I could go into politics

10:46am Thursday 27th November 2014

Angelina Jolie has not ruled out stepping into the political arena.

Jennifer Aniston: Justin's always hiding

Campaign Series: Jennifer Aniston: Justin's always hiding

10:27am Thursday 27th November 2014

Jennifer Aniston says her husband-to-be loves to scare her.

Warning as BBC saves £1.1bn a year

Campaign Series: Director general Tony Hall has ordered a review of BBC spending

10:08am Thursday 27th November 2014

The BBC's efficiency drive is saving £1.1 billion a year compared to six years ago - but it has warned that further cuts could affect programme content.

Farrell will be back - Lancaster

Campaign Series: Owen Farrell has been dropped for the match against Australia

9:53am Thursday 27th November 2014

England head coach Stuart Lancaster has backed Owen Farrell to make an impact from the bench against Australia at Twickenham on Saturday after dropping him from his starting line-up for the first time since June 2012.

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