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Qatar Investment Authority backs London Stock Exchange Group chairman

The London Stock Exchange Group chairman Donald Brydon has gained backing from a major shareholder, dampening prospects of his ousting at an investor meeting next week.

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Workers at the Ineos Grangemouth petrochemicals complex (PA)

Oil and gas prices soar after market takes double-whammy hit

Oil and gas prices have made hefty gains after the market took a double-whammy hit following a European gas hub explosion and the shut down of a major North Sea pipeline.

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Canal boats in the frozen Shropshire Union Canal at Market Drayton (Peter Byrne/PA)

In pictures: Winter wonderland as big freeze decorates UK with ice and snow

Vast swathes of the country fell below freezing on Tuesday night – with minus 13C (8.6F) recorded in Shropshire – which left many landscapes coated in snow and ice.

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Forensic officers at the scene of  the house fire on Jackson Street in Worsley (Peter Byrne/PA)

Family targeted in suspected arson attack had been living under threat

A family targeted in a suspected arson attack which killed three children had been living under threat, sources have confirmed.

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Flowers left close to the scene in Tulse Hill (Luke Mintz/PA)

Four drivers urged to come forward after woman dies in ‘multiple hit and run’

Police are appealing for witnesses and dashcam footage as they investigate the death of a woman who was struck in a suspected multiple hit and run.

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The Duchess of Cambridge arriving at the Rugby Portobello Trust community centre (Victoria Jones/PA)

Kate meets mothers caught up in Grenfell Tower blaze

The Duchess of Cambridge has heard the stories of mothers caught up in the Grenfell Tower blaze when she visited a centre supporting the local community.

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Vast swathes of the country fell below freezing on the coldest night of the year so far (Danny Lawson/PA)

School and transport disruption continues after coldest night of the year

The coldest night of the year so far has led to fresh disruption as flights were cancelled, schools remained closed and drivers faced lengthy delays.

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Ineos only recently bought the pipeline, which takes mainly oil to the company's refinery at Grangemouth (PA)

North Sea oil and gas pipeline repairs could take three weeks, say operators

Repairs to the Forties pipeline, which carries 40% of North Sea oil and gas, could take up to three weeks, operators have said.

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Brothers and sister could be separated after being taken from care of parents with drug-abuse history (Steve Parsons/PA)

Psychologist must assess children earmarked for separation says judge

A family court judge has refused to approve social workers’ plans to separate five children whose parents have a history of drug abuse and can no longer care for them.

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Hairdresser Toni Mascolo, the co-founder of the Toni & Guy hairdressing chain, has died at the age of 75. (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

Toni & Guy hair salons founder Toni Mascolo dies at 75

Giuseppe Toni Mascolo, co-founder of hairdressing chain Toni & Guy, has died aged 75, his family has said.

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Office workers are among those seeing less lucrative paid overtime, says report (John Stillwell/PA)

Paid overtime less lucrative for workers putting in extra hours

Paid overtime is far less lucrative than it used to be, with only a minority of workers receiving the traditional time-and-a-half premium, a new report reveals.

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71 people were killed in the Grenfell Tower fire (David Mirzoeff/PA)

Grenfell inquiry chief urged to leave decision-making panel issue to PM May

The head of the inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire was warned not to express an opinion on whether he feels a panel should assist him in making decisions, because it could be seen as influencing the Prime Minister.

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Guy Verhofstadt said David Davis's remarks undermined trust between the EU and UK (Niall Carson/PA)

European Parliament to demand recent Brexit deal be made legally binding ‘ASAP’

The European Parliament is to demand that last week’s Brexit deal is converted into a legally binding text as soon as possible.

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EU nationals in the UK will be able to apply for "settled status" (Niall Carson/PA)

EU nationals looking to stay post-Brexit will finish forms in minutes – minister

EU nationals seeking to stay in the UK after Brexit will be able to complete applications in minutes, the Immigration Minister has said.

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Governor of the Bank of England Mark Carney hailed support from 237 companies for a campaign to improve climate-related disclosures around the world.

Carney hails support for climate-related reporting framework

Bank of England governor Mark Carney has cheered mounting support for a campaign to improve climate-related disclosures around the world as 237 firms with a stock market value of more than $6 trillion (£4.5 trillion) have signed up to back the plans.

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A shopper, as the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reveals the latest inflation figures (PA)

Inflation surges to near six-year high of 3.1%

Inflation has unexpectedly jumped to a near six-year high, forcing the Bank of England to explain to the Chancellor why the cost of living has surged.

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Touni the gorilla with her baby Ayana (Jenny Scully/Bristol Zoo Gardens/PA)

Gorillas go ape for Touni’s 10th birthday

A popular gorilla is celebrating her 10th birthday – her first as a mother.

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The Royal Courts of Justice in central London (Nick Ansell/PA)

MP bids to stop stalkers using courts to cause further distress to victims

New powers are needed to stop stalkers and domestic abusers using courts as a “cynical and calculated” way to cause further distress to their victims, MPs have heard.

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A tree which has been cut down in Abbeydale Park Rise, in Dore, Sheffield, as part of the local council?s controversial felling programme. (Dave Higgens/PA)

Controversial tree-felling programme ‘threatening Twinkle Street’

People living in a street where visitors flock to see cherry trees festooned with lights every Christmas have said the tradition is being wrecked by the local council’s controversial felling programme.

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A man carrying shopping bags, as inflation hits a near six-year high (PA)

Inflation surges to 3.1% in November, a near six-year high

Inflation unexpectedly jumped to a near six-year high last month, forcing the Bank of England to explain to the Chancellor how it will tackle Britain’s surging cost of living.

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