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Facebook app launched in Zambia

Facebook has teamed up with mobile provider Airtel to give mobile phone owners in Zambia access to health, job and weather information

Facebook's quest to bring internet access to the entire planet has seen the company launch a new app that will allow users in Africa to access key services without any data charges.

Doubts over value of mid-life MOTs

The 'mid-life MOTs' check on patients in a bid to provide early detection of many ailments

Illnesses detected during the NHS's "mid-life MOT" could be "equally well detected" without the check-up, researchers have suggested.

Death in custody figures soaring

The number of prison deaths in custody has risen considerably

The number of prisoners who died in custody jumped by nearly a quarter in the year to March to reach its highest level for almost a decade, official figures show.

Shortcomings in response times

Ambulances are expected to respond to critical cases within eight minutes

Ambulances in three regions of England are "failing" to get to some of the most critical patients on time, new figures suggest.

Crash victim family in mobiles plea

Undated handout photo issued by Cambridgeshire Constabulary of 31-year-old Marina Usaceva who has been jailed for six years at Peterborough Crown Court after she crashed her Jaguar X-Type into the back of a Peugeot 206 killing the driver Sukhdeep Singh Johal near Wisbech, Cambridgeshire on March 15 last year, examinations of her phone later found that she had sent and received texts and calls on two separate phones shortly before the crash. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday July 31, 2014. See PA story COURTS Mobile . Photo credit should read: Cambridgeshire Constabulary/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

The family of a man killed by a "remorseless" driver who was using two mobile phones at the wheel have pleaded with others not to repeat her stupidity.

Transsexual loses pension battle

A transsexual has lost her High Court fight to retire at the age of 60 as she is still considered a man under the law

A transsexual's claim to be entitled to receive the female state pension at the age of 60 has been rejected by the Court of Appeal.

Ravel Morrison remanded in custody

Footballer Ravel Morrison was remanded in custody until August 7

Premier League footballer Ravel Morrison has been remanded in custody after appearing in court accused of punching and slapping his ex-girlfriend and her mother.

Hoare appointed new Ofsted chairman

There were accusations by the Liberal Democrats that former education secretary Michael Gove was trying to politicise the job

Businessman David Hoare has been selected as the new chairman of schools regulator Ofsted, finally ending a furious Coalition row over the appointment.

Violent robber missing from prison

Wayne Whitley was serving a life sentence for a series of violent armed robberies

A violent armed robber has absconded from open prison in another blow for the Government on a day of damning revelations for the Prison Service.

Grayling defends Tory tennis match

A game of tennis with the Prime Minister and the Mayor of London has been auctioned by the Tories for £160,000 to the wife of a former Russian government minister

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has defended the decision for David Cameron and Boris Johnson to go ahead with a tennis match secured by a controversial £160,000 donation to the Conservatives, insisting big Tory backers do not "buy" party policy.

Centrica questions Ofgem's claims

Profits at British Gas fell 26% to £265 million as earnings were dented by mild weather

British Gas owner Centrica showed little sign of cutting energy tariffs today as profits fell and it hit back at Ofgem over "deficiencies" in analysis suggesting household margins were set to double.

Average house price hits new record

House price rises slowed in July as new mortgage lending rules took effect

House prices increased to another new all-time high of £188,949 on average in July but the pace of growth is slowing, Nationwide has reported.

Tag bid to cut alcohol-linked crime

The tags register alcohol consumption but do not monitor movement or where people are

People who repeatedly commit alcohol-related crime will be forced to wear ankle tags that monitor if they are still drinking, under a year-long pilot scheme.

Bieber taunts Bloom after Ibiza row

Canadian pop star Justin Bieber is reported to have taunted actor Orlando Bloom after an altercation in Ibiza

Justin Bieber has seemingly taunted British actor Orlando Bloom after their reported altercation in Ibiza, posting a picture on his Instagram account of the Lord Of The Rings star crying.

Ebola 'unlikely to reach Europe'

A health expert has said the chances of Ebola spreading to the UK are "very, very, very low"

A scientist who helped to discover the deadly Ebola virus has said the current outbreak is extremely unlikely to spread to Europe.

Bolt row 'has not damaged Games'

Sir Chris Hoy, right, and Usain Bolt at the Games

Commonwealth Games officials have insisted that sprint superstar Usain Bolt's reported criticism of the event has not damaged Glasgow 2014.