Government move to let Channel 4 make content prompts concern from indie sector

Culture Secretary Michelle Donelan confirmed the Government has scrapped plans to privatise the broadcaster.

Paloma Faith says she’s a ‘broken woman’ and thanks fans for support after ‘split’ from partner

The singer reportedly split from partner Leyman Lahcine last year after nine years together

Xi Jinping had as bad a year as Vladimir Putin and now China is paying the price

At the start of last year, when Xi Jinping met Vladimir Putin for their most sensitive talks in Beijing, they had high hopes for 2022. The Russian president, Western intelligence … Continue Reading →

Edward Norton finds out he is a direct descendant of Pocahontas

The actor said it ‘makes you realise what a small piece of the whole human story you are’

Flo win BBC Radio 1’s Sound of 2023

The London-formed three-piece girl group previously were announced winner of the 2023 Brit Awards Rising Star award.

Kelly Osbourne says she is ‘not ready’ to share newborn son with the world

It comes after her mother Sharon Osbourne revealed the baby’s name on a TV talk show.

Brixton drill rapper ‘Loski’ guilty of possessing loaded revolver

Jyrelle O’Connor, 23, was a high-profile gang member in south London

Funeral firm Dignity in talks with consortium over £260m takeover

The funeral firm received a number of offers from the consortium comprised of SPWOne V Ltd and Castelnau Ltd.

Facebook owner Meta hit with $400 million fine over personalised ads

Company is now banned from forcing European users to have personalised ads based on online activity

Man charged with murder of fellow care home resident after assault

John Hallisey died at residential care home in Hayes, west London

Breakthroughs represent ‘major leap’ towards making energy out of thin air

New devices could each represent a major breakthrough in making clean energy out of thin air, according to their creators.

Zach Braff calls ex Florence Pugh a ‘legend’ in sweet birthday post

Braff celebrated his ex’s 27th birthday on Instagram on Tuesday.

What the right-wing press thinks about the Republican House speaker vote chaos

Major outlets and media figures start to take sides

Christian graves desecrated in historic Jerusalem cemetery

More than 30 graves at a historic Christian cemetery in Jerusalem have been found toppled and vandalized, jolting the Christian minority in the contested city

As GOP’s House speaker civil war rages, Biden reminds us what government can do

President Joe Biden says House Republicans’ inability to unify behind a speaker candidate is “not a good look” for the country

Pele: Cape Verde become first country to name stadium after Brazil legend

The Brazil great died aged 82 on December 29.

White House gun violence program with philanthropies ends

A little known Biden administration initiative to reduce gun violence that was funded by philanthropic foundations wrapped up in December with a celebration hosted in Washington

I dropped maths at A-level and I’ve got one thing to say to Rishi Sunak

We should put more faith in our teenagers to make their own educational choices

Best wellness journals to help you get your act together in 2023

Journaling can reduce anxiety and increase self-esteem. We’ve rounded up some of the best wellness journals to help you get the most out of this year

Gary Ballance named in Zimbabwe squad for T20 series against Ireland

Ballance switched allegiance back to the country of his birth last month

Damp January: is mindful moderation the answer?

The focus is on cutting back rather than cutting out, says Martha Alexander

Twitter verification: What do the gold, grey and blue ticks mean?

Along with the new version of the classic Blue tick, the social network is launching new colours, seemingly to ensure the system is not abused

Labour extends lead over Tories to 20 points in first poll of 2023

Latest survey finds Sunak still leads Starmer on economic competence

Ex-UFC star Mike Perry shares alleged contract to box Jake Paul

Perry has competed in Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship since leaving the UFC

Furious Ryanair passengers miss flight to Croatia after being locked in Stansted corridor

Ryanair said ‘human error’ led to the blunder which they described as ‘regrettable’

Retired champion Ash Barty to mentor wildcard entry at Australian Open

Olivia Gadecki will have last year’s women’s singles winner in her corner as she bids to impact on home soil

January sales 2023 UK – live: Today’s best new year deals from Currys, DFS, Apple and more

From savings on sofas to money off on make-up, these are the best deals to be found in the January sales

Donny van de Beek injury: Erik ten Hag waits to discover extent of issue

Van de Beek was forced off after just 45 minutes in the win over Bournemouth

5 myths about lung cancer everyone needs to stop believing

Experts debunk common misconceptions around lung cancer

Mega Millions jackpot climbs to $940M after no winner

The Mega Millions jackpot increased to an estimated $940 million after another drawing Tuesday resulted in plenty of losers but not a single grand prize winner

What the papers say – January 4

Doctors have accused the PM of being ‘delusional’ after he denied there was a crisis in the health sector, the papers report.

California seeks sterilization victims to pay reparations

California officials are looking for victims of government-forced or coerced sterilization

Geordie Greig is appointed editor-in-chief of The Independent

The Independent has an average monthly global audience of 76.5m unique users

Trump tiptoes away from Kevin McCarthy amid House speaker flop: ‘We’ll see what happens’

‘We’ll see what happens. We’ll see how it all works out,’ former president says

Everton thrashed by Brighton to leave Frank Lampard on brink of the sack

Everton 1-4 Brighton: Dismal Toffees downed by rampant Seagulls to leave deepen Lampard’s woe

Damar Hamlin’s family ‘frustrated’ by backlash against Cincinnati Bengals player he tackled before collapse

Wide receiver Tee Higgins was tackled by the Buffalo Bills player before the latter went into cardiac arrest

Damar Hamlin: Buffalo Bills player remains in critical condition in intensive care after cardiac arrest

The safety had CPR on the field after colliding with Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins before being taken to hospital

Seven killed as hunt for Mexican cartel jail escapees turns deadly

At least seven people have been killed in a shootout after a Mexican cartel broke their leader out of prison.

US News to change ranking system after law schools' boycott

U.S. News & World Report will change how its rankings of law schools are calculated in response to a boycott by a number of top programs

Rishi Sunak promises Zelensky more military equipment to ‘secure Ukraine’s victory on the battlefield’

Rishi Sunak promised Volodymyr Zelensky more military equipment from Britain in the coming months “to secure Ukraine’s victory on the battlefield”.

Wearing masks when ill ‘not compulsory’, No 10 stresses

Health officials have advised those feeling unwell to put on a face covering if they have to leave their home.

‘Long live the king’: Over 200,000 mourners gather for final farewell to Brazil legend Pele

The iconic forward, a three-time World Cup winner, died just before the turn of the year

Murder arrest in Newham after second care home resident killed in London within one night

It happened just hours after another man was reportedly killed by a fellow care home resident in west London

Trial to see if precision proton beam therapy can benefit breast cancer patients

It is hoped the move could benefit a small number of patients who may have complications from traditional radiotherpay treatment.

Harry Potter actor Harry Melling asked about JK Rowling’s anti-trans comments

The actor has shared his thoughts on the author’s controversial remarks made

Best apps for navigating the rail strikes: From live travel to bike rental services

Get to your destination by public transport, car, cab, bike and more using these essential apps.

Apple iPhone 13 – all the latest deals in January 2023

Details have emerged about what it’s going to cost customers to run the iPhone 13, Apple’s latest range of smartphones that the company recently revealed.

The best internet providers 2023

Choosing a broadband provider can be a challenge, so we’ve done the research (January 2022) to recommend the five best fibre and five best full fibre broadband companies you can … Continue Reading →

How to beat the back-to-work blues

Setting positive intentions and establishing a routine could help boost your mood this January. Prudence Wade finds out how.

What is the 50,000-year-old ‘Zombie Virus’ uncovered in Siberia?

There are now a number of ‘zombie viruses’ that have been revealed from the Siberian permafrost.

Who is Fred White? Former Earth, Wind & Fire drummer dies at 67

Described as a child drumming prodigy, White was one of the early members of Earth, Wind & Fire, founded by his brother, Maurice.

Dry January: five women share why they gave up booze —and the surprising benefits

A clear head, better sleep and renewed energy levels… are you sober curious?

Richard Madeley defends ‘unprofessional’ Good Morning Britain row with RMT boss Mick Lynch

‘Sometimes, you just have to do it,’ said Madeley of interrupting Lynch during their interview

North Korea’s Kim sacks second most powerful military official

Analysts say Pak replaced following dissatisfaction over South Korea’s drone intrusion response

Turkey inflation slows to 64% in boost to Erdogan

Official data show that inflation in Turkey has slowed in December thanks to a favorable base effect

How to use bank holidays to turn 19 days of annual leave into 48 days off in 2023

There is an extra Bank Holiday in 2023 due to King Charles III’s coronation

Israeli ultranationalist minister visits Jerusalem holy site

An ultranationalist Israeli Cabinet minister has visited a flashpoint Jerusalem holy site for the first time since taking office in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s new far-right government last week

Brexit mistakes made by all sides, says Irish prime minister – who concedes protocol ‘too strict’

‘Perhaps it was little bit too strict,’ says Leo Varadkar of Brexit arrangements as hopes rise of UK-EU breakthrough

Netflix subscribers face a dilemma watching unusual heist drama Kaleidoscope: ‘Exciting and confusing’

There are a mind-boggling 40,320 combinations to watch the new series – all of which make sense

British husband and wife among four dead in Australia helicopter crash

The crash occurred off the Gold Coast close to the Sea World resort

Jurgen Klopp admits Liverpool could not deal with Brentford’s ‘chaos’

Liverpool’s poor defending cost them dearly against Thomas Frank’s Brentford side

It’s never enough – Michael Carrick wants more from high-flying Middlesbrough

Boro moved up to fifth in the Championship after victory at Birmingham.

Benedict aide's tell-all book will expose 'dark maneuvers'

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s longtime personal secretary has written a tell-all book that is coming out this month

‘It’s hard to move forward’: Kelsey Parker shares candid new year message with followers

‘I’m not really sure how I’m feeling about the new year,’ Parker admitted

Best for Alexis Mac Allister to stay at Brighton this seaso, says Roberto De Zerbi

The World Cup-winning midfielder is sure to have caught the attention of other clubs with his performances with Argentina.

Iraq War veteran heads up battle against cyber attacks in Northern Ireland

Val Wilson has responsibility for BT’s recently opened Security Operations Centre in Belfast.

Takeaway owner offers everyone in Edinburgh free pizza over next month

The owner said he hoped the gesture would help households and individuals struggling with the cost of living crisis

Will Tyson Fury fight Oleksandr Usyk, where would it be and who will win?

The two heavyweight rivals could face each other in 2023

‘The situation is clear’: Antonio Conte points to shallow squad as Spurs struggle

Tottenham have won only four times in all competitions since October 19

Graham Potter in trouble as Chelsea pay the price for a summer of knee-jerk excess

Chelsea’s fall from world champions has been alarming as the Blues head into January with holes in their squad despite last summer’s heavy investment

Grocers set for almost £550m tax reduction from 2023

It comes after more than half a million retail properties in England and Wales were revalued as part of a shake-up to the business rates system.

Democrat Katie Hobbs to take office as Arizona governor

Katie Hobbs is set to take the oath of office to become Arizona’s 24th governor and the first Democrat to hold the office since 2009

Elon Musk praises Greta Thunberg amid Andrew Tate drama: ‘I think she’s cool’

‘The sheer amount of brand awareness achieved by Greta within a few years is astounding,’ Musk tweeted

Gerwyn Price ‘may never play in World Darts Championship again’ as he dons ear defenders in shock defeat

Gerwyn Price has sensationally claimed that he may never play in the PDC World Darts Championship again after falling at the quarter-final stage on a bizarre night at Alexandra Palace.

Lula vows to rescue ‘ruined’ Brazil from Bolsonaro era of ‘error’ as he’s sworn in as president

Security at the inauguration ceremony was high due to fears of disruption from Mr Bolsonaro supporters

Lens vs PSG LIVE: Ligue 1 result, final score and reaction

Follow all the action from Stade Bollaert-Delelis

Nottingham Forest fans’ homophobic chanting condemned by LGBT group

Offensive chants were heard at regular intervals during the Premier League match.

California dries out, digs out after storm dumps rain, snow

California is drying out and digging out after a powerful storm brought drenching rain or heavy snowfall to much of the state

Idaho murders suspect Bryan Kohberger made ‘creepy comments’ to staff and customers at brewery

Business owner Jordan Serulnec said he confronted Mr Kohberger about the incidents months ago

New Year’s Eve: How celebrities including Kate Hudson, Courtney Cox and Kylie Jenner brought in 2023

Champagne chilled on snow, tropical holidays, and group renditions of ‘Auld Lang Syne’ – a look at Hollywood’s New Year’s Eve festivities

Ivan Toney injury ‘not significant’ as striker eyes Brentford vs Liverpool clash

The striker was taken off on a stretcher against West Ham on Friday

London New Year’s Eve fireworks: Scuffles with police as ‘aggressive’ group tried to force way into event

Officers drew baton to ‘maintain safety and security’ of crowds, Scotland Yard says

Julia Hartley-Brewer, Andrew Tate, Jeremy Clarkson: In 2023, let’s end the curse of the ‘anti-woke’ bigots

Hartley-Brewer was simply going with the trend – and with her job description – when she sided with Tate against climate activist Greta Thunberg

The best tech deals in the 2023 January sales: Discounts on laptops, TVs, phones from O2 and more

The sales extravaganza is still full steam ahead – and these are the savings to shop

White men charged as video of attack on Black teens at pool goes viral

Two individuals have since been charged with assault. A third unidentified man faces attempted murder charges

Grieving families of slain University of Idaho students thank police after suspect is arrested

Parents of the victims thanked law enforcement after an arrest in the quadruple murder was announced on Friday

Arsenal show no sign of faltering as Brighton win adds to title belief

When Mikel Arteta makes his New Year’s resolutions, he will simply be asking for more of the same from Arsenal in 2023.

Gloucester beat London Irish thanks to last-minute Santiago Carreras penalty

Gloucester 8-6 London Irish: The visitors had plenty of absences but battled hard throughout, only for the late sucker punch from 45 metres

George Santos claimed he was robbed of his rent money. NYPD doesn’t have a record

The newly elected Republican congressman wrote in eviction proceedings that he was mugged, but police say there is nothing on file to back up claims he made under oath

Troubles aside, Xi says China on 'right side of history'

Chinese leader Xi Jinping says his country is on the “right side of history” in a New Year’s address that comes as questions swirl over his government’s handling of COVID-19 … Continue Reading →

Brexit regret: Why the ‘undeniable disaster’ finally hit home with the British public in 2022

Public opinion shifted against Brexit after a deluge of daming evidence on economic costs. Adam Forrest takes a look at what changed

South Asian eateries try ‘going local’ as recovery strategy

Hotels and restaurants across South Asia have had to adapt and reimagine dining out since the pandemic ripped through the region, forcing many out of business

Scottish Government should make new year resolution fair pay for teachers – EIS

Teachers are due to take further industrial action in January.

Hundreds of thousands of diabetes patients now using ‘life-changing’ gadgets

NHS England said that just more than 200,000 patients are now using non-invasive glucose monitoring devices.

Political chaos of 2022 highlights need for independence, says SNP depute leader

Keith Brown cited the ‘soap opera’ at the top of the UK Government as a reason why Scotland should go it alone.

David Moyes accepts he is under pressure after West Ham beaten by Brentford

Goals from Ivan Toney and Josh Dasilva inflicted another damaging loss on the Hammers

Leah Williamson leads as Lionesses recognised on New Year Honours List

Leah Williamson is among four members of the England squad who won Euro 2022 to be included on the New Year Honours List.

Former UFU president says OBE is recognition for all farmers in Northern Ireland

Victor Chestnutt served two terms as president of the Ulster Farmers’ Union.

Social care leader says plea for Government support ‘falling on deaf ears’

Nadra Ahmed, executive chair of the National Care Association, has been recognised on the New Year Honours list.

Lifeboat volunteers with decades of service recognised in honours list

Dupre Strutt and William ‘John’ Collins are volunteers with the RNLI.

Andrew Tate: A ‘multi-millionaire’ kickboxer and once self-proclaimed misogynist

The 36-year-old, who was detained in Romania as part of a human trafficking investigation, has a history of controversial online commentary.

‘Brad pushed me a bridge too far’: Courtney Love doubles down on claim Brad Pitt got her fired from Fight Club

‘I don’t like the way he does business or wields his power,’ Love said of Pitt on Instagram

Pictures of the week: Freezing storms hit the US, festive traditions and a line of baby panda cubs

The Independent’s picture editors bring you the best photography from all corners of the planet

How to keep your New Year’s resolutions

The trick is changing our actual behaviour, as well as our intentions, say Brian Harman and Janine Bosak

White Hyundai Elantra found at scene of Idaho murders suspect Bryan Christopher Kohberger’s arrest

Police say similar vehicle was in area of killings in November

Sport remembers Pele and birthdays galore – Friday’s sporting social

Many happy returns to Joe Root, Tiger Woods and Berti Vogts.

Pilot reveals what happens after you flush the toilet on plane

‘During a long haul flight, toilets can be flushed over a thousand times,’ pilot reveals

How to cure a hangover: What to eat in the morning on New Year’s Day

You won’t even think about ordering a McDonald’s breakfast ever again after you’ve mastered these MOB Kitchen dishes, writes Lucas Oakeley

In Pictures: A new Prince of Wales and a historic World Cup journey

William was invested as the new Prince of Wales following the death of his grandmother.

Robot prostate surgeons help London hospital set world record

Aquablation technique used to treat ten patients with enlarged prostates in single day

EPA finalizes water rule that repeals Trump-era changes

President Joe Biden’s administration has finalized regulations that protect hundreds of thousands of small streams, wetlands and other waterways, repealing a Trump-era rule that federal courts had thrown out and … Continue Reading →

Almost 30 sheep killed in one of ‘worst’ livestock attacks seen by Kent police

The force believes the attack was carried out by one dog but “cannot rule out” that more dogs may have been involved.

Erling Haaland ‘can do better’, Pep Guardiola warns Manchester City’s rivals

The striker has scored 26 goals in 20 matches in all competitions for City

Heavy rain across Scotland sparks flooding chaos…but skiers rejoice amid mountain snow

Motorists are being advised to only travel if really necessary in areas subjected to an amber weather warning

GP sent patients cancer diagnosis text instead of Christmas message

One woman says she was ‘shaking and close to tears’ after receiving message

UK weather: Snow, ice and heavy rain warnings as flood alerts issued for Scotland

Four weather alerts have been issued across the UK for Friday

Indian cricketer Rishabh Pant injured in car accident on Delhi-Dehradun expressway

The 25-year-old is being treated for a number of impact injuries.

Strep A: At least 30 children in UK killed by bacterial infection since September

There has been 122 deaths across all age groups in the last four months in England

Tony Blair wanted Vladimir Putin to be at international ‘top table’

Former prime minister believed Russian president was ‘patriot’ at heart

‘Simple’ Trump panned for asking ‘what happened to global warming’ after deadly Buffalo storm

The former president continues to display no understanding of how the climate crisis works

Nick Cannon becomes a father of 12 as he welcomes another child with Alyssa Scott

The American host, 42, and the model welcomed their little girl a year after the death of their five-month-old son Zen

Hospitality firms ‘hugely concerned’ for New Year’s trade after disruption

However, sector bosses have urged for positivity as data points towards more bookings at restaurants.

Cervical Cancer Awareness Month: Should I be worried if my smear test found HPV?

Having a HPV positive smear test can be daunting – but it doesn’t mean you’re going to get cancer. By Katie Wright.

Tributes pour in across the globe for World Cup great ‘King’ Pele

The three-time World Cup winner died on Thursday.

Explosions rock Kyiv as Russia fires more than 120 missiles at Ukraine in latest barrage of strikes

Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko warns there could be power outages in the capital and asks people to stockpile water

‘I didn’t like it’: Chris Dobey harnesses ‘annoying’ comments to shock Gary Anderson

Anderson’s mid-match remarks “annoyed” opponent Dobey

Paul Schrader questions Babylon’s historical authenticity: ‘I was scratching my head’

‘Does any film historian agree with the film’s putative historicity?’ famed ‘American Gigolo’ director asked

Woman sparks debate after claiming she was asked to tip airport worker for checking her bag

A woman on TikTok prompted a conversation about the tipping culture in the US.

£1m funding set to boost defibrillator numbers

A new £1 million fund is expected to increase the number of defibrillators across England by around 1,000.

Stormont Executive was to go ‘where man has not gone before’

Declassified state papers detail efforts to get Stormont ministers ready for the devolution of powers.

Mowlam wanted no soldiers to face legal action over Bloody Sunday

Bloody Sunday was one of the darkest days of the Northern Ireland Troubles.

Jenny Agutter: I said yes to Captain America to beat up Robert Redford on screen

The actress said they would not let her stunt-punch Redford, as they feared she might actually hit him.

Police hunt for fan who injured teenage girl by hurling coins at Man City game

Police say attack was ‘malicious’ as they hunt culprit who hurled cup filled with coins

Historic rural pub to call last orders after 220 years on New Year’s Eve

Patrons of the Air Balloon in Gloucestershire are devastated

Prince William’s godmother meets Black charity boss and apologises for asking where she ‘really came from’

Buckingham Palace says meeting was ‘full of warmth and understanding’