Schools should be fined if they are “gaming the system” by informally excluding low-achieving pupils ahead of the exam season in order to preserve their league table scores, the children’s commissioner for England has said.
Political turmoil, terror attacks, the Grenfell tragedy and royal news have been some of the defining themes of 2017.
Special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian contacts with US President Donald Trump’s campaign has gained access to thousands of emails sent and received by Trump officials before the start of his administration, according to people familiar with Mr Trump’s transition organisation.
Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s new rollercoaster Icon is taking shape and can be seen rising from the ground for the first time as work proceeds on the attraction.
Theresa May has condemned threats of violence against politicians after a series of incidents in which MPs received death threats and abuse.
British queuing software firm Qudini is betting on the success of the high street after doubling revenues amid growing demand from retailers and restaurateurs alike.
An amateur baker who created a 6ft nativity scene out of cake has said it took her six months.
Drivers are being urged to avoid travelling on “Frantic Friday” next week when the last of the year’s commuter traffic will clash with the Christmas getaway.
Complaints about packages not being delivered on time by Amazon in the lead-up to Christmas are being considered by the advertising watchdog.
A South Korean-born Sydney man has been charged with acting as an economic agent for North Korea in Australia by allegedly attempting to broker sales for Pyongyang that included components used in ballistic missiles.
A bookmaker has been accused of racism after it posted an “impressive” picture of a man blacked-up as politician Diane Abbott on social media.
Argentina has dismissed the head of its navy as part of the investigation into the disappearance of a submarine with 44 crew members on board last month.
Residents piled into cars and fled on Saturday, turning downtown Santa Barbara into “a ghost town” as surging winds drove one of the biggest fires in California’s history toward the city and the nearby wealthy enclave of Montecito.
Russia has not been so hostile to the UK and the West since the end of the Cold War, Boris Johnson has said, as he prepares to meet his counterpart in Moscow.
SNP MPs must “show some backbone” and back an amendment to the Government’s Brexit Bill that would allow for a second referendum to be held, Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable has said.
Two female couples have tied the knot in Australia’s first same-sex weddings under new legislation allowing gay marriages.
Six people have died in an early morning crash involving a taxi and two cars in Birmingham.
Plans for new warships, planes and armoured vehicles could be put at risk because of concerns about the Ministry of Defence’s (MoD) ability to find more than £7 billion in savings, a parliamentary committee has warned.
The impact of Brexit on the UK’s ability to achieve its foreign policy goals requires urgent consideration, peers said as they warned the Government’s approach to sanctions co-operation with the remaining 27 members of the European Union is “untested”.
Theresa May looks set to avoid a humiliating second Commons defeat after a compromise deal was reached within Tory ranks over plans to write the Brexit date in law.