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Hurricane Harvey: Families wade for their lives amid Texas floods

Thousands of people who survived the worst of Hurricane Harvey in Texas are now fleeing for their lives after the authorities opened sluice gates to relieve the city of Houston. Willis Breaux and his Read More

Mark Zuckerberg announces birth of second daughter, August

Mark Zuckerberg’s social network just got a bit bigger. The Facebook chief executive has announced that his wife Priscilla Chan has given birth to the couple’s second daughter, August. In a post on his Read More

If you’re less than perfect, find another school

Imagine you’re a bright 17-year-old. After two years of sweating at GCSEs, trying to get the obligatory 11 shining A*s, you sit AS levels. Perhaps you’re a little burnt out; perhaps, as is common Read More

Disneyland bans boy, 3, from princess makeover

Disneyland Paris refused to let a three-year-old boy take part in its “princess for a day” experience because he was not a girl, his mother has said. Hayley McLean-Glass, from Paignton in Devon, said Read More

Where are the laurels for all our great Irish gardens?

How many gardens would you say are open to the public on the island of Ireland? One hundred, two hundred? Even inveterate garden visitors may be surprised to learn that there are more than Read More

Charlie Gard’s mother helps parents of baby ‘given days to live by doctors’

Charlie Gard’s mother is helping a young family to save a toddler given “days to live” by doctors who say that he should be “allowed to die”. Alfie Evans has been in a coma Read More

Relationship counselling to lose all funding, warns Iain Duncan Smith

Marriage counselling and relationship support faces losing all of its government funding, a former cabinet minister has warned. Iain Duncan Smith said that officials in the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) were drawing Read More

Lyndsay Simpson, 5, asks Queen if she may keep a swan as pet

A five-year-old girl who wrote to the Queen to ask if she could keep a swan as a pet for the weekend has received a reply from Buckingham Palace. Lyndsay Simpson promised Her Majesty Read More

Ofgem powers ahead with price cap for two million

An energy price cap for two million of the most vulnerable households will be fast-tracked into place by January, under Ofgem plans to be unveiled within weeks. The industry regulator has told companies that Read More

Newborn babies at risk as Brexit threatens access to milk bank

Vulnerable newborn Irish babies could be denied life-saving breast milk in the case of a hard Brexit. The only bank of human milk in Ireland, based in Fermanagh, has told The Times that Irish maternity hospitals Read More