(Reuters Health) - - The benefits of statins in reducing the odds of heart attacks and strokes far outweigh any risks of side effects, according to a scientific statement released by the American Heart Association.
Jailed Catalan separatists who have gone on hunger strike are protesting against their treatment by the Spanish judicial system but have no intention of starving themselves to death, one told Reuters.
Twenty cobblestones commemorating members of two Italian Jewish families who were deported to Auschwitz or killed in Rome were dug up and stolen in the early hours of Monday in an apparent anti-Semitic attack.
British Prime Minister Theresa May abruptly postponed a parliamentary vote on her Brexit deal on Monday, throwing Britain's plan to leave the European Union into chaos after admitting that she faced a rout.
Struggling Villarreal sacked coach Javi Calleja and named Luis Garcia Plaza as his replacement on Monday with the club three points above the La Liga relegation zone.
The Speaker says "many colleagues" have told him they are not happy with the government bid to put off Tuesday's planned vote on the Brexit deal.
Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has insisted his side will "respect the competition" when they host Tottenham Hotspur in their final Champions League group stage game on Tuesday.
Dr John Somers
reflects on his path not taken, and Katy Simmons
writes of the schools that are missing out
I read ‘We are in an education arms race’ (G2, 5 December) with interest and some dismay. I attended a very good village primary school in Wales immediately after the second world war and, from the beginning, was acutely aware that near the end of my time there I would take an exam, the result of which would decide whether I went to an urban grammar school or a rural secondary school.
The education received in each was wildly different, and when I passed the exam at the second attempt I entered a world of Latin, trigonometry and other studies. These seemed irrelevant to my life as a rabbit and mole-catching youngster living in a village house lit by oil lamps with a weekly tin bath in front of the living-room fire, where my mother seemed to work from the time her eyes opened until she slept. My subsequent career in education led me from an urban secondary modern to a comprehensive, a college of education and a university. I have worked extensively abroad, founded and edited an international research journal and held senior roles in my university. If I had gone to the rural secondary school – the curriculum of which prioritised rural skills including pig-keeping and gardening – I would probably have left at 14 and got a labouring job in my locality. Continue reading...
points to deprived areas of the south, while Peter Fellows
It is no surprise that, with all eyes turned towards Brexit, politics has reverted to type with the “north-south divide” reasserting itself (North of England continues to see cuts in public spending, report finds, 5 December). But this formulation is inaccurate and divisive, suggesting that all of the south is prosperous and favoured by those who allocate government resources. Tell that to the people of the southern shires where per pupil spending is significantly below that of London; rail travellers whose trips are cancelled or made by bus when moderate storms coincide with high tides; and communities where bus services have been reduced or removed. Crossrail will do little or nothing to improve rail services outside of the corridor of privilege that it will create, and HS2 has no relevance for most of us. London’s dominance over the rest of the UK, as measured by power, influence and funding, may well have contributed as much to the outcome of the referendum as migration-related fears and must be addressed if further fractures are to be avoided.
• Transpennine rail upgrade linking Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, Bradford Hull and York: £2.9bn. Crossrail 2 vanity project: £30bn. Says everything you need to know about the government’s political priorities (Transport secretary considering ‘seriously flawed’ rail upgrade, 8 December). Roll on a general election. Continue reading...
Flu jab | Shire elections | Navy photo | Brexit | Theresa May
Sarah Matthews (Letters, 10 December) describes the difficulty that she experienced in getting a flu jab from her GP and local pharmacist after having been exhorted to do so as an over-65 by Trevor McDonald in an NHS advert. When I was experiencing similar difficulties I discovered that while the NHS had spent a great deal of money on such adverts, no provision had been made for supplying an adequate number of vaccines to meet the extra demand to which such advertising would inevitably lead. A serious case of left hand/right hand perhaps?
• Further to Jacqueline Angell’s advice (Letters, 10 December), I stood for election for the Labour party, repeatedly, in the not very leftwing heart of Buckinghamshire, following in my daughter’s footsteps. Despite doubling her vote to a respectable, if definitively losing, figure, I rarely met people who would admit to supporting me or the party beyond an occasional “congratulations” on getting a letter printed in the Guardian. Such quiet words appear to be the shibboleth among true but hidden believers in the shires. Continue reading...
Chalfont St Giles, Buckinghamshire
The date for a new vote on whether to approve Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal will depend on when her government gets the assurances it needs to satisfy parliament, May's spokesman said on Monday.
President Emmanuel Macron met French lawmakers, trade unions and business groups on Monday before giving a national address when he will respond to violent anti-government protests convulsing the country.
Chelsea have banned four people from attending games while they investigate alleged racist abuse directed at Raheem Sterling.
European affairs ministers who will meet in Brussels on Tuesday to prepare a leaders' summit later in the week will not convene a special session on Brexit, a senior EU official said on Monday.
Sri Lanka spinner Akila Dananjaya has been suspended from bowling in international cricket with immediate effect after an independent committee found his bowling action to be illegal, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Monday.
Comparison with OECD countries shows Australia doing well for life expectancy and infant mortality, but worse on male obesity
Australian men have the highest rate of cancer within the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), though the result may be down to the country’s highly detailed data collection, a comparison of international health statistics has found.
A new tool, released on Tuesday by the Australian Institute for Health and Welfare, helps compare Australia’s performance with other OECD nations against a range of key health indicators by synthesising a range of data sets. Continue reading...
Claims totalling £1.5m against William Hill and Paddy Power for allegedly failing obligations
Two of the UK’s largest bookmakers are facing compensation claims worth £1.5m over allegations that they allowed a gambling addict to bet hundreds of thousands of pounds in stolen cash.
Betting shop records seen by the Guardian show that the addict, who has asked for his name to be withheld, staked £650,000 in two William Hill shops over six months, losing £150,000. Continue reading...
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected appeals by Louisiana and Kansas seeking to end their public funding to women's healthcare and abortion provider Planned Parenthood through the Medicaid program, with President Donald Trump's appointee Brett Kavanaugh among the justices who rebuffed the states.
Protesters disturbed a U.S.-sponsored event promoting fossil fuels on the sidelines of U.N. climate change talks on Monday, saying attempts to rebrand coal as a potentially "clean" energy source were misleading.
The Commons speaker says postponing the vote so late will be seen as "deeply discourteous".
A former police officer jailed for murdering 22 women received a second life sentence on Monday for the murder of 56 more people, making him one of modern Russia's deadliest serial killers.
Inter Milan midfielders Radja Nainggolan and Matias Vecino are both set to miss Tuesday's vital Champions League match against PSV Eindhoven, coach Luciano Spalletti told reporters.
The United Nations special envoy to Yemen said on Monday he hopes there will be an agreement by the warring factions to hold another round of talks early next year.
The European Union's top court ruled on Monday that the British government may reverse its decision to leave the bloc without consulting other member states, a decision welcomed by those campaigning to stop Brexit.
The Labour leader says Theresa May's government is "shambolic" and in "disarray" over the Brexit talks and timings.
The prime minister tells MPs who want a second referendum to be “open” and “honest” about what that would mean for the country.
A costly British exit from the European Union without a negotiated deal is increasingly likely, France's European affairs minister said on Monday, after British Prime Minister Theresa May postponed a vote on a deal in the face of defeat.
The European Union's foreign policy chief said on Monday a system to facilitate non-dollar trade with Iran and circumvent U.S. sanctions could be in place by year's end.
German foreign minister Heiko Maas said on Monday there were no possibilities of changing the agreement on Britain's withdrawal from the European Union next year.
The bid to reach the knockout stages of the Champions League reaches its climax this week with Inter Milan, Paris St Germain and Liverpool among seven clubs sweating on taking the remaining four places for the last 16.
Billionaire "playboy" Vijay Mallya should be extradited from the UK to India to face fraud charges over the collapse of Kingfisher Airlines, a court in London has ruled.
Accused Russian agent Maria Butina appeared poised this week to plead guilty in the case, after her lawyers and prosecutors filed a joint motion asking a federal judge on Monday to schedule a change of plea hearing this week.
Bangladesh's telecoms regulator shut down dozens of online news portals for several hours on Monday, citing security reasons, as officials scrutinise hundreds of sites before a parliamentary election this month.
The leader of Britain's pro-European Union Liberal Democrats said on Monday his party would support a vote of no confidence in Prime Minister Theresa May if one were called by the opposition Labour Party.
The prime minister has bottled it and pulled the vote on her Brexit deal. The country can’t go on like this
Theresa May has bottled it. She’s realised her deal is so disastrous that she has taken the desperate step of delaying her own vote at the 11th hour.
For weeks, she has insisted that her Brexit deal is the best possible deal, even though it’s opposed by most people in her party and across the country. Continue reading...
Sterling <GBP=D3> tumbled on Monday to 20-month lows versus the dollar as investors took fright as Prime Minister Theresa May's decision to abandon a parliamentary vote on her Brexit deal.
British Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday abruptly pulled a parliamentary vote on her Brexit deal, throwing Britain's plan to leave the European Union into chaos after admitting that she faced a rout.
The speaker of Britain's lower house of parliament said it would be "right" that members of parliament were given a chance have their say on whether or not to delay a planned vote on Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit plan.
Britain's Labour Party called on Prime Minister Theresa May to make way for the opposition party if she could not take on board the fundamental changes required to get her deal through parliament.
Robert Dawes arrested two years after drugs transported on Air France plane in 30 suitcases
A British man believed to be one of Europe’s biggest drug traffickers has gone on trial in Paris, accused of importing 1.3 tonnes of cocaine into France.
Robert Dawes was arrested two years after the drugs were discovered inside 30 unregistered suitcases, transported on an Air France plane from Caracas to Charles de Gaulle airport. The cocaine had a street value of €240m (£217m). Continue reading...