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Queen's horse fails drugs test

The Queen and Sir Michael Stoute with Estimate at Royal Ascot.

A racehorse owned by the Queen has tested positive for morphine, a prohibited substance, Buckingham Palace announced.

Knighthoods for former ministers

Alan Duncan is to get a knighthood

Three former ministers who left the Government in last week's reshuffle have been given knighthoods, while veteran Kenneth Clarke - who quit the front benches after 40 years - has been made a Companion of Honour.

Transport call amid weather worries

Local highway authorities should pinpoint 'a resilient network' to which they would give priority in the event of very bad weather, a report says

Protecting all parts of the transport network against all extreme weather "would be unaffordable", a Government-commissioned report has said.

Tax revenue fears over IT contract

The Whitehall spending watchdog warned the Government's flow of tax revenues could be jeopardised if HMRC fails to secure agreement on a new IT contract

The Government's flow of tax revenues could be jeopardised if HM Revenue and Customs fails to secure agreement on a new IT contract, the Whitehall spending watchdog has warned.

Emissions targets will stay: Davey

The 'fourth carbon budget' will remain as it was set in 2011, effectively requiring a 50% greenhouse gas cut on 1990 levels, Ed Davey said

The Government will not weaken tough targets to cut emissions, Ed Davey has announced in a move welcomed by green groups who accused the Treasury of trying to water down efforts on climate change.

Worldwide screening for new 1D film

A film of boy band One Direction in concert, Where We Are, will be screened worldwide over the weekend of October 11 and 12

One Direction fans will be able to relive the band's world tour with the release of a concert film which is to be screened in cinemas around the world.

'Three-parent IVF' moves closer

The controversial technique could be used to prevent devastating genetic conditions

Plans to legalise babies being born with three genetic parents in the UK have come a step closer after health officials said they would press ahead with creating new regulations to allow the move.

Judges grant secret court hearings

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling said five applications had been made by the Government for evidence to be heard in secret courts over the past year

Secret court hearings were granted by judges to the Government in at least three of its five attempts to secure them during the first year of controversial new laws being in place.

Osborne facing deficit challenge

George Osborne is facing a mounting challenge to meet his deficit target

George Osborne was faced with a mounting challenge to meet his deficit target today as official figures showed the strain on public finances failed to ease in June and in fact worsened over the first quarter of the fiscal year.

Strike ballot for NHS workers

Unison is to ask 300,000 of its members to back walkouts

Hundreds of thousands of NHS workers are to be balloted over strike action in a row over pay it, has been announced.

Watchdog warns on anti-terror laws

David Anderson QC, the independent reviewer of terror legislation, has warned the definitions may be too broad

Britain's anti-terror laws are in danger of catching journalists, bloggers and other people they were never intended to cover, the independent reviewer of terrorism legislation has warned.

Hospitals to be ranked on spending

Hospitals face new scrutiny over their spending on common products such as needles and bandages

NHS hospitals are to be put into league tables on how well they are spending their cash after health officials identified a "profligate and scandalous waste of money" being spent on common items.

Mail shares dive on parcels warning

The value of Royal Mail shares has plunged after the company warned that competition is threatening its parcels business

Royal Mail shares have fallen to their lowest level since their controversial privatisation last autumn after the group warned that aggressive competition meant parcels revenue for the full year would be lower than expected.

Branson urges 'drugs war' rethink

Virgin chief Sir Richard Branson has called for a rethink of Britain's drugs policy

Drug users should be treated with compassion rather than criminalised, Sir Richard Branson has said, as he called for a rethink of current "repressive" policies on drugs.

Cheryl marks nuptials with party

Cheryl Cole arrives with her husband Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini at a party at The Library in London

She is thought to have had just four guests at her secret wedding - so it is no surprise Cheryl Cole wanted to celebrate her nuptials with a bigger party.

Grieve in warning over human rights

Dominic Grieve lost his job as Attorney General in the Cabinet reshuffle

Britain risks "serious international reputational damage" with a proposal to allow MPs a veto over rulings made by the European Court of Human Rights, the Government's former chief legal adviser has said.

Schizophrenia genes 'breakthrough'

Academics from University College London were involved in the research

Scientists have made a breakthrough in their research into schizophrenia that could "open a window" to finding new treatments for the disease.

Crash victim 'pushed into road'

Police in Norfolk are investigating the possibility that a woman who died in a collision was pushed into the road

Detectives are investigating the possibility that a woman who was killed in a crash was deliberately pushed into the road.