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Yvette Cooper: UK needs free childcare for all

Labour leadership candidate Yvette Cooper wants to adopt Scandinavian-style system of universal childcare, with 30 hours of free care for all preschool children over the age of two.

Writing in The Independent, Ms Cooper said she wanted to see new tax credits to help parents out in the period after maternity leave finishes, and that the pledge would be a cornerstone of her leadership campaign.

She said: "We should campaign for universal childcare - as other countries, including Scandinavia, have.

"That means breakfast clubs, after-school clubs, holiday clubs and free nursery places and childcare available full-time, not just for three and four-year-olds but two-year-olds too."

Yvette Cooper visits a primary school Credit: Rui Vieira / PA Wire

Sir Jony Ive promoted to chief design officer at Apple

Sir Jony Ive Credit: REUTERS/Stephen Lam

Briton Sir Jonathan Ive has inched a step closer to the top job at Apple, after being promoted to chief design officer at the tech giant.

The man behind the iconic designs of the iPod, iPhone and iPad revealed his new position in an interview with Stephen Fry in the Daily Telegraph.

The designer, from Chingford in north-east London, has led Apple's design team since the mid-1990s and, alongside former chief executive Steve Jobs, helped bring the firm back from the brink of financial ruin.

Sir Jonathan was made a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE) in 2012 for services to design and enterprise.

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Didcot suspect Allen 'texted friends after murders'

Jed Allen was found dead yesterday Credit: Thames Valley Police

Jed Allen might have sent texts to several of his friends in the hours after three of his family members were killed in Didcot, according to reports.

The Sun is reporting that he sent seven of his friends a long, rambling message in which he wrote "I've done something bad".

A friend told the tabloid: "Jed texted seven of us. It was a long message but it told us that he had done something bad and asked us to call the police. It was a deeply personal message."

Police are now turning their attention to the circumstances of the killings after 21-year-old Allen was found dead in Oxford.

Living near noisy traffic could make you fat

Living next to a noisy road could increase someone's chances of becoming obese, a Swedish study has found.

Main roads usually result in additional noise pollution from traffic, which in turn can have an effect on people's sleeping patterns - and therefore their energy levels and desire to exercise.

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The research, published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), found those who live under a flight path or near an airport were most likely to suffer from weight problems as a result of noise pollution.

The study also found that for every five-decibel increase above the standard traffic noise level of 45dB, the average person gains an extra 0.2cm on their waist measurement.

The EU 'needs to change', Cameron tells Juncker

David Cameron has told the president of the EU that it "needs to change" to meet UK voters' wishes.

The Prime Minister met with Jean-Claude Juncker at Chequers yesterday, in an attempt to build bridges with a man whose election he once described as a "serious mistake".

"The Prime Minister underlined that the British people are not happy with the status quo and believe that the EU needs to change in order to better address their concerns," a Number 10 spokeswoman said.

"Mr Juncker reiterated that he wanted to find a fair deal for the UK and would seek to help. They talked through the issue at some length in the spirit of finding solutions to these problems."

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National Trust acquires historic stretch of Welsh coast

A feral Kashmiri goat living on Great Orme Credit: Tom Pennington

The National Trust has spent £1m to acquire a chunk of the Great Orme, a limestone headland on the North Wales Coast.

Seen as a site of great natural and archaeological significance, the land hosts the world's biggest prehistoric mine, dating back 4,000 years to the Bronze Age - and a herd of around 200 feral Kashmiri goats which once belonged to Queen Victoria.

Justin Albert, director for the trust in Wales, said: "The Great Orme is a very special place, loved by the millions of people that visit the classic seaside town of nearby Llandudno every year.

"The coastline encapsulates the beating heart of what the National Trust is about - looking after places of natural beauty rich in wildlife."

The Trust now looks after 775 miles of UK coastland, as part of a plan to preserve special seaside areas.

Minister tells O2 to 'sort out' reception complaints

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Business Secretary Sajid Javid has taken to Twitter to tell mobile phone network O2 to "sort it out", joining a flood of people up and down the country complaining about poor signal on their phones.

People in Manchester, Bristol, Birmingham, Glasgow and parts of Northern Ireland and London have reported problems with their service over the weekend..

O2, which suggested that people turn their phones on and off again, said there were aware of "some issues" and "isolated instances".

The company said that "our engineers are beavering away and working to fix ASAP."

FBI investigating at least 10 threats made to flights

Nothin was found during a sweep of the Air France flight Credit: NBC

The FBI is looking into a rash of threats made in quick succession by a single person today, claiming that chemical weapons had been hidden aboard planes.

The threats are not being considered credible, but two military jets escorted an Air France flight into New York.

A male caller is said to have made at least 10 threats by telephone, all to local police around the country.

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