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Driving licence fees to be slashed

The cost of obtaining and renewing driving licences is to fall

Young drivers facing the mounting costs of taking to the road might well breathe a little easier after the Government announced it was slashing the cost of obtaining a licence.

McConaughey scoops thriller award

Brenda Blethyn attending the Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards 2014 at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London

Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey has picked up another award to add to his growing trophy collection - scooping best actor at the Crime Thriller Awards.

Rwanda suspends BBC radio service

The BBC has defended its documentary about the country's genocide

The BBC has had one of its African radio services suspended by the Rwandan government in protest at a documentary about the country's 1990s genocide, the broadcaster said.

Gadgets contest to help disabled

Mark Harper has launched a competition to create gadgets for disabled people

The Government has launched a Dragons' Den style competition to encourage British entrepreneurs to create gadgets to help disabled people.

Judges poised to prune boyband

Louis Walsh is set to cut his boyband down to size

The remaining X Factor contestants face the judges - and the public - this weekend with an exit predicted for at least one member of boyband Stereo Kicks.

Barroso's EU book 'waste of money'

Jose Manuel Barroso has been accused of wasting taxpayers' money with a book produced to mark the end of his 10 years in Brussels' top job. (Handout photo for use in UK, Ireland or Benelux countries only.)

Conservative chairman Grant Shapps has accused European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso of wasting taxpayers' money with a book produced to mark the end of his 10 years in Brussels' top job.

Firms 'fail on credit card rights'

Advisers at financial firms need better training on credit card protections, campaigners said

Financial firms are failing to explain properly the protections that people are entitled to when they pay by credit card, consumer group Which? has found.

Brown backed for Scots Labour post

Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont is to stand down

Speculation has begun over who will replace Johann Lamont after the Scottish Labour Party leader quit with an attack on Westminster colleagues who made her position "untenable".

Scott Mills reveals Cheryl support

Strictly Come Dancing contestant Scott Mills revealed he has found unlikely support from Cheryl Fernandez-Versini - as he prepares to hit the dancefloor tonight.

McConaughey scoops thriller award

Matthew McConaughey was given the accolade for his role in the acclaimed series True Detective

Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey has picked up another award to add to his burgeoning trophy collection - scooping best actor at the Crime Thriller Awards.

Rwanda suspends BBC radio service

The BBC has defended its programme on the genocide

The BBC has had one of its African radio services suspended by the Rwandan government in protest at a documentary about the country's 1990s genocide, the broadcaster said.

Brother swindled out of inheritance

Peter Howes swindled his brother out of a share of a £1.5 million inheritance

A husband who swindled his brother out of a share of a £1.5 million inheritance after his parents died has been jailed for four years and four months.

Jade killer dogs 'were friendly'

Shirley and Michael Anderson only allowed Jade to visit her friend Kimberley Concannon because she had had a good school report

A woman whose dogs savaged to death a teenager described them as "friendly, timid and loving" - while a vet described one as being among the most aggressive dogs he had ever come across.

Mother gets more time in care fight

The case was heard in Chelmsford

A woman has won the latest round of a fight to care for her 15-month-old daughter after a family court judge said she had not been given time to allay social workers' concerns.