South Korea cuts intelligence ties with Japan, raising fears over North Korea

Trade dispute widens, sparking concerns that information about North Korea’s missile programmes may not be shared

South Korea has said it will scrap an intelligence-sharing pact with Japan, drawing a swift protest from Tokyo and deepening a decades-old dispute that has hit trade and undercut security cooperation over North Korea.

South Korea’s Kim You-geun, a deputy director of the presidential National Security Council, said Japan had created a “grave change” in the environment for bilateral security cooperation by removing South Korea’s fast-track export status this month.

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‘Malaria will not be eradicated in near future’, warns WHO

Three-year review says new vaccines for eradicating disease are only 40% effective

Malaria will not be eradicated in the foreseeable future even though it is achievable and would save millions of lives, according to World Health Organization (WHO) experts following a three-year review.

The WHO remains committed to the “disappearance of every single malaria parasite from the face of the planet”, as it has been since the UN organisation was launched in 1948, said Dr Pedro Alonso, the director of its global malaria programme.

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Great British Bake Off judge Prue Leith to advise on hospital food

Cook and broadcaster will help ‘root and branch’ official review of NHS catering

The Great British Bake Off judge Prue Leith is to advise a government review of hospital food, following the deaths of six people due to a listeria outbreak.

A “root and branch” review launched by the Department of Health and Social Care on Friday will examine whether the number of hospitals catering in-house can be increased.

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‘Illume my life’: Prince Albert’s passions digitised for website

Thousands of photos and letters available online to mark 200th anniversary of birth

Thousands of photographs, prints and letters that reveal the private passions and public interests of Queen Victoria’s husband Prince Albert have been published online to mark the 200th anniversary of his birth.

The Royal Collection has digitised 17,500 documents for a new website, the majority publicly available for the first time.

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Jamie Oliver to create ethical ‘B Corp’ from remnants of his empire

TV chef’s group sets sights on joining global social and environmental movement

Jamie Oliver is to turn the remains of his business empire into an ethical “B Corporation” that officially gives equal weight to people, the planet and profit.

The former Naked Chef sees it as a way to knit his campaigning on issues such as childhood obesity and animal welfare into the fabric of the business which, following the collapse of the Jamie’s Italian chain, encompasses his successful publishing, broadcasting and licensing interests.

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Single polypill reduces risk of heart attacks and strokes, study finds

Large trial held in Iran of inexpensive medication combining four common drugs

A cheap, single pill taken once a day that combines four common drugs is safe and reduces the risk of events such as heart attacks, strokes and sudden death in people over the age of 50, research has found.

The study, the first large-scale trial to date, looked at the effectiveness of a so-called polypill – a four-in-one therapy containing drugs to lower cholesterol and blood pressure that was first proposed more than 15 years ago. The researchers found those taking the polypill had a more than 30% lower risk of serious heart problems than those just offered advice.

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Prince Andrew was seen getting foot massage from young woman at Epstein’s apartment – report

Incident was recounted in an email exchange between a prominent US literary agent and author Evgeny Morozov

Prince Andrew was seen inside the New York apartment of disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein getting a foot massage from a young woman, according to an email exchange between a prominent US literary agent and author and writer Evgeny Morozov.

In the exchange, published in the New Republic magazine, agent John Brockman recommends to writer Morozov (who he represents as literary agent) that he meet with Epstein, calling him a “billionaire science philanthropist” who has “been extremely generous in funding projects of many of our friends and clients”.

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