Common antidepressants may increase the risk of heart disease and early death

Common antidepressants may raise the risk of heart disease and an early death, a study suggests.  Almost a quarter of a million Britons were followed for over a decade and a link was found between people on the medication and heart disease.  For people on the common antidepressants known as SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) … Read more

Putin to sign off land grab after ‘sham’ referendums

The Kremlin-backed leaders of four Russian occupied regions of Ukraine were in Moscow on Thursday after calling for President Vladimir Putin to formally annex the territories into Russia. The Moscow-installed heads of Ukraine’s Lugansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions claimed residents backed the move in hastily organised votes that the West says were a sham. “I am already … Read more

Storm batters Florida causing ‘worst flooding’ in state’s history

Sheriff Bull Prummell of Charlotte County, just north of Fort Myers, announced a curfew between 9pm and 6am on Wednesday night “for life-saving purposes”, saying violators may face prosecution. Emergency services have fielded dozens of calls, but in some areas the conditions were still too treacherous to go out and respond. There have not yet been … Read more

Toppling Edward Colston’s statue not protected by human rights, judges rule

Lord Burnett said: “Although this case did not involve the destruction of the statue, the damage that was caused was clearly significant. Pulling this heavy bronze statue to the ground required it to be climbed, ropes attached to it and then the use of a good deal of force to bring it crashing to the … Read more

Joe Biden asks if dead congresswoman is in crowd during speech

In his statement in August, Mr Biden said: “We may have represented different parties and disagreed on many issues, but she was respected by members of both parties for her work. “She also served as co-chair of the House Hunger Caucus, and my team and I appreciated her partnership as we plan for a historic … Read more

Lesbian polar bears fine by me, says partner of Italy’s new hardline leader

Their daughter is their only child and they are not married, despite Ms Meloni’s promotion of traditional families. Asked whether he would live in Palazzo Chigi, the official premier’s residence overlooking a piazza and an ancient Roman obelisk in the capital, he said: “I really don’t think so. Do you think we could really bring … Read more

UK economy is ‘strong’ and heading for ‘radical change’

She is also expected to say that the UK-US trading relationship must act as a counter to protectionism and authoritarian regimes. “The UK-US economic partnership is the clearest possible example of why free trade and free markets are not just integral to our growth but to the freedoms we share,” she is expected to say. … Read more

Russian forces on brink of encirclement in Donetsk town

Russian forces in the Donetsk region town of Lyman are on the brink of encirclement following Ukrainian gains to their north and east, pro-Russian military bloggers have said. The claims could not be immediately verified, but the reported Ukrainian gains appeared to match images and videos released on social media by Ukrainian soldiers. The fall … Read more

Ministers told to make savings as Tory anger over markets chaos grows

Mr Philp’s letter will insist that departments find savings where possible and live within existing budgets. The aim is to reduce the level of government borrowing needed in a bid to calm the markets. Whitehall budgets were already under pressure because of high inflation, but the new instruction from the Treasury will make things worse. … Read more

Russia forced to use its own accident-prone jet technology as sanctions hit airlines

Russia is attempting to revive its accident-prone Cold War-era aviation industry after being pummelled by Western sanctions. State engineer Rostec said it would make 1,000 airliners by 2030 in an effort to end Russia’s reliance on Boeing and Airbus planes. Western sanctions means parts from these companies can no longer be supplied to Russia after … Read more