MPs' concern over violence in Gaza

Braintree and Witham Times: Protesters against military action in Gaza during a demonstration in Bristo Square, Edinburgh

6:09pm Thursday 31st July 2014

Two Conservative MPs have written to the Government expressing their concern over the situation in Gaza as a veteran Liberal Democrat called on the Prime Minister to recall Parliament.

Bolt row 'has not damaged Games'

Braintree and Witham Times: Sir Chris Hoy, right, and Usain Bolt at the Games

4:42am Thursday 31st July 2014

Commonwealth Games officials have insisted that sprint superstar Usain Bolt's reported criticism of the event has not damaged Glasgow 2014.

Ebola 'unlikely to reach Europe'

Braintree and Witham Times: A health expert has said the chances of Ebola spreading to the UK are "very, very, very low"

6:00am Thursday 31st July 2014

A scientist who helped to discover the deadly Ebola virus has said the current outbreak is extremely unlikely to spread to Europe.

Centrica questions Ofgem's claims

Braintree and Witham Times: Profits at British Gas fell 26% to £265 million as earnings were dented by mild weather

7:50am Thursday 31st July 2014

British Gas owner Centrica showed little sign of cutting energy tariffs today as profits fell and it hit back at Ofgem over "deficiencies" in analysis suggesting household margins were set to double.

Violent robber missing from prison

Braintree and Witham Times: Wayne Whitley was serving a life sentence for a series of violent armed robberies

10:59am Thursday 31st July 2014

A violent armed robber has absconded from open prison in another blow for the Government on a day of damning revelations for the Prison Service.

Ravel Morrison remanded in custody

Braintree and Witham Times: Footballer Ravel Morrison was remanded in custody until August 7

1:28pm Thursday 31st July 2014

Premier League footballer Ravel Morrison has been remanded in custody after appearing in court accused of punching and slapping his ex-girlfriend and her mother.

Chief hails UK's Afghan campaign

Braintree and Witham Times: General Sir Peter Wall meets servicemen and women who operate the Medical Emergency Response Team in Camp Bastion

4:47pm Thursday 31st July 2014

Britain could not have expected a "stronger, more committed, or more courageous" performance from its troops in Afghanistan, the head of the army has said.

Facebook app launched in Zambia

Braintree and Witham Times: Facebook has teamed up with mobile provider Airtel to give mobile phone owners in Zambia access to health, job and weather information

5:08pm Thursday 31st July 2014

Facebook's quest to bring internet access to the entire planet has seen the company launch a new app that will allow users in Africa to access key services without any data charges.

Ethnic minority board test for NHS

Braintree and Witham Times: NHS England has set out a new standard which requires the health service to demonstrate how it has progressed on measures of workforce equality

6:04pm Thursday 31st July 2014

The NHS will be assessed on whether people from black and minority ethnic backgrounds are represented on hospital boards, health officials have said.

Three Britons die in Croatia crash

Braintree and Witham Times: The Foreign Office confirmed it was aware of the incident

3:39pm Thursday 31st July 2014

Three Britons, including two children, have been killed after their car collided with a truck in Croatia, local police say.






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