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Life expectancy for UK men up by 6.6 years

Men in the UK can expect to live more than six years longer than they did in 1990, new research has revealed.

Life expectancy for British men jumped from 72.9 years to 79.1 years during that time, beating the global average increase of 5.8 years.

But UK women - while still living longer - saw a lower-than-average increase, from 78.4 to 82.8, well below the 6.6-year average increase.

Women in the UK are living an average of 4.4 years longer now than they were in 1990 Credit: PA

The report, by the Global Burden of Disease Study, found that improvements in diagnosing and treating diseases such as cancer and heart disease, alongside advances in care, were responsible for death rates dropping.

But researchers said the report also highlighted the need to concentrate on other areas such as drug disorders, liver cirrhosis, diabetes, and chronic kidney disease, all of which were "rising in importance."

Warning: 'America has lost its first cyber war'

A senior politician has hit back at Sony's decision to pull its comedy The Interview after hackers threatened those who went to see it.

Newt Gingrich, a former Republican House of Representatives speaker, warned that it set a dangerous precedent, adding: "America has lost its first cyber war."

Meanwhile, fans showed their support for the cancelled movie, about an assassination attempt on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Texas cinema chain Alamo Drafthouse said at least one of its theatres would be screeningTeam America: World Police, in which a US secret agent squad foil a terrorist plot by late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, in a show of solidarity.


Mobile networks to invest £5bn to boost signal across UK

A £5 billion deal to improve mobile phone coverage in UK 'not-spots' has been struck between the government and all four mobile phone firms.

The binding agreement will force EE, O2, Three and Vodafone to boost signal in areas which currently have partial coverage from some, but not all, of the networks.

The deal means voice and text coverage will be guaranteed across 90 per cent of the UK by 2017 Credit: PA

The companies have agreed to collectively invest the £5bn to improve infrastructure by 2017, and to guarantee voice and text coverage from all operators in 90 per cent of areas across the UK.

Full coverage - including mobile internet access - will also increase from 69 per cent to 85 per cent in the same timeframe.

A spokesman for the Department for Culture, Media and Sport said no government cash would be spent on the deal, which will be enforced by Ofcom.

US 'weighing potential response' to Sony cyber attack

The US government is considering a range of options "in weighing a potential response" to the recent cyber attack on Sony's film division, the White House National Security Council has said.

A statement from the council said the FBI is now leading the investigation into the attacks, and is working to bring those behind it to justice.


Mental health reforms to lay down new rules for police

Teenagers with mental health problems will no longer be able to be held in police cells under sweeping reforms due to be announced today.

Home Secretary Theresa May is expected to reveal an overhaul of mental health laws in England and Wales.

The review is also expected to reduce the maximum length of detention from 72 to 24 hours Credit: PA

It comes after a senior Devon and Cornwall Police officer complained the force had had to hold a 16-year-old girl with mental health problems in a cell for two days because there was no hospital bed available anywhere in the UK.

The review is also expected to reduce the maximum length of detention of someone in mental distress from 72 hours to 24, and to change guidance so that police cells can only be used for adults when their behaviour becomes so extreme that they cannot be managed elsewhere.

Mental health campaigners have welcomed the move, but warned more beds are needed if the reforms are to be effective.

Police blame 'organisational failure' in Savile handling

'Organisational failure' - not misconduct - was to blame for failures in officers' handling of allegations against Jimmy Savile, police chiefs have claimed.

It comes after an investigation into North Yorkshire Police's handling of claims by the force's professional standards department found relevant information was not passed on to HM Inspectorate of Constabularies or the IPCC (Independent Police Complaints Commission).

'Organisational failure' is blamed for failures in officers' handling of allegations against Jimmy Savile Credit: PA

Asst Ch Cons Paul Kennedy said the department was now continuing to investigate further issues surrounding investigations into Savile and his friend, then-Scarborough mayor Peter Jaconelli, during the 80s.

[The investigation] concluded that there was no evidence of misconduct but there was evidence of organisational failure, with a number of lessons to be learned which have now been rectified for the future.

Whilst there were failings to report some relevant information to the HMIC and IPCC, there is no evidence to suggest North Yorkshire Police failed in its responsibility to support Operation Yewtree, the national investigation concerning Savile.

– ACC Paul Kennedy, North Yorkshire Police

The IPCC has already announced that one serving detective sergeant has been served with a misconduct notice and is under investigation.

FBI warning of more cyber attacks over The Interview

The FBI has released a warning to other businesses and theatres associated with as-yet unreleased comedy film The Interview could be targeted in cyber attacks.

A private document reportedly states that "anyone associated with the production, distribution and promotion" of the film "could possibly become the target of cyber attacks."

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