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The powerful uncle of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has been removed amid claims of corruption, drug use and a long list of other "anti-state" acts.
The purge apparently ends the career of Jang Song Thaek, the country's second most powerful official, and leaves Kim without the man long considered his mentor as he consolidated power after his father's death two years ago.
Jang Song Thaek's fall from grace, detailed in a lengthy dispatch by state media, is the latest and most significant in a series of reshuffles that Kim has conducted in an apparent effort to bolster his power.
Some analysts see the purge as a sign of Kim's growing confidence, but there has also been fear in Seoul that the removal of such an important part of the North's government could create dangerous instability or lead to a major miscalculation or attack on the South.
Rail services are "unrecognisably better" compared to what they were at the dawn of the new millennium, a spokesman for the rail industry said.
Dismissing claims from a transport charity there is a "huge disparity" in regional railway services, the Rail Delivery Group said passenger satisfaction was "near record high".
– A spokesman for the Rail Delivery Group
While there is always room for improvement, rail passengers are travelling on services that are unrecognisably better when compared to 15 years ago.
Passenger satisfaction is at a near record high with 500 million more journeys each year being rated 'good' or 'satisfactory' according to the independent passenger watchdog.
The railway's success has been achieved through a combination of significant sustained public investment via Network Rail, and train operators focused on increasing passenger numbers.
More decision making powers should be given to local administrations if the "huge disparities" in the railway service are to end, a transport charity has said.
Campaign for Better Transport (CBT) chief executive Stephen Joseph believed local knowledge was the key to improving Britain's railways.
– CBT chief executive Stephen Joseph
The research exposes the huge disparities in the quality of train services across the country.
Importantly, it suggests the answer is to give local administrations more control over their rail networks.
By devolving more decision making we can make full use of local knowledge and target investment where it will bring the biggest benefits.
Political hostilities will be temporarily halted in the Commons as politicians gather to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela.
Question time has been suspended to allow MPs to honour the memory of the former South African president who died last week.
Speaker John Bercow will make the opening address, followed by words from David Cameron and other party leaders.
The Prime Minister will later fly to Johannesburg where he is among tens of thousands due at a stadium memorial service tomorrow.
Two funerals for victims of the Glasgow helicopter crash are due to take place today.
Mark O'Prey and Gary Arthur were enjoying a night out in Clutha bar when a police helicopter crashed through on Friday November 29. They were among nine people who died.
The service for Mr O'Prey, 44, is to be held in his home town of East Kilbride, while Mr Arthur, 48, will be remembered in Paisley.
Passengers are being left out in the cold by unreliable train services because some parts of the country lack investment and fewer members of staff are on hand to help, a report has found.
Data collected by the Campaign for Better Transport (CBT) found passengers in London, the south east, north west England, the West Midlands and Scotland, enjoyed the best railway services.
However, Welsh passengers and those travelling in the north east and east of England expressed their misery with their local train services.
Services in Wales were less well-used and less accessible than in other regions, as well as suffering low passenger satisfaction levels.
And even though services in London are well-used and have benefited from major investment, passenger satisfaction "is hindered by concern about cost and overcrowding" the report says.
Thailand's Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has dissolved the lower house of Parliament and called for elections in an attempt to calm the country's deepening political crisis.
Ms Yingluck's announcement came as thousands of anti-government protesters vowed to march through Bangkok in a "final showdown" against her government.
She said: "There will be new elections according to the democratic system", but did not set a date.
"After listening to opinions from all sides, I have decided to request a royal decree to dissolve parliament," Ms Yingluck said in a televised statement. "There will be new elections according to the democratic system."
The leader of the Thai protest movement that has been battling to oust Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said he would not end his demonstrations despite her dissolving of parliament.
"Today we will continue our march to Government House. We have not yet reached our goal. The dissolving of parliament is not our aim," Suthep Thaugsuban told Reuters.
He has repeatedly said he did not want a new election but wanted a vaguely defined, unelected "people's council" to run the country.
Community Shop Spokesperson Sarah Dunwell explained that surplus food from retailers and supermarkets can deliver "social good".
She said: "With many families facing tough times in Barnsley, Company Shop wanted to do more to match surplus stock with people who really need it. So I was delighted to join the team to help develop and deliver the UK's first social supermarket."
She added: "Industry surplus is hard to avoid, but what Community Shop shows is that if we all work together we can make sure that surplus food delivers lasting social good.
"We are all very proud to launch Community Shop today and we look forward to partnering with the retail industry to make this a success during the pilot phase and beyond."
Britain's first 'social supermarket' will be stocked with surpluses from major supermarkets, retailers and brands including:
- The Co-operative Food