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Full moons 'linked to animal abuse'

Full moons have long been associated with werewolves, vampires and witchcraft, but now the RSPCA says they could also be linked to a rise in animal abuse.

Police chief faces internal charge

Nick Gargan was investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission

A chief constable will face an internal charge of gross misconduct following claims that he made "inappropriate advances" to female colleagues and leaked internal emails.

X Factor hopefuls face instant axe

Simon Cowell, pictured with his fellow judges, has warned X Factor contestants they need to up their game if they want to continue in the show (Syco/Thames TV/ITV/PA)

X Factor contestants face instant dismissal on tomorrow night's show if they fail to impress viewers in a Halloween elimination twist as the show seeks to boost its fortunes.

Rowling based witch on hated woman

JK Rowling has written on her Pottermore website about the story of Dolores Umbridge

Harry Potter author JK Rowling has returned to the world of her teenage wizard to explain the background of one of her most evil characters.

NHS 'most important to voters'

The NHS is the most important issue for voters in the forthcoming parliamentary by-election, according to a new poll.

ChildLine 'suicidal' calls double

The number of children phoning ChildLine with suicidal feelings has more than doubled in the past three years, the charity has reported.

Proposals to repay £2bn WWI debt

Steps to repay the UK's £2 billion in outstanding First World War debt have been unveiled with plans to redeem bonds dating back to the 18th century.

Praising pupils 'can be harmful'

The Trust says judging the quality of teaching is very difficult

It is often said that a little encouragement goes a long way, but a new study suggests that lavishing praise on pupils is unlikely to help them improve in the classroom.

RBS writes off further £780m

RBS is 80% owned by the taxpayer after being rescued during the financial crisis

Royal Bank of Scotland wrote off another £780 million for past misconduct today and suggested more pain was to come before taxpayers would see a return on their £46 billion bail-out of the lender.

Plea to confront aid corruption

More must be done to ensure the integrity of aid programmes, it has been argued

The Government is failing to tackle corruption levels in international aid programmes it is funding, an independent watchdog has found.

Firms 'must reveal drink calories'

Drinks companies should label their alcoholic products to show the number of calories they contain as part of a bid to tackle obesity, a health organisation has said.

Votes counted in PCC by-election

The PCC by-election was called following the resignation of Shaun Wright

The new police and crime commissioner (PCC) for South Yorkshire will be announced today, with Ukip hoping it will secure the post, following up its recent by-election successes.

Government accused amid fire strike

The Government has been accused of showing "contempt" for public sector workers as firefighters prepare to stage a four-day strike in a bitter row over pensions.

Minister's 'chunky money' for roads

Chief Secretary of the Treasury Danny Alexander of the Liberal Democrats.

The Government will use the Autumn Statement to set out plans for major road improvement projects, Treasury Chief Secretary Danny Alexander has confirmed.

Royal couple to end Colombia tour

The Prince of Wales visiting Cano Cristales, a multi coloured river during his tour of Colombia

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall will end their four-day tour of Colombia by visiting the Caribbean influenced city of Cartagena today.

Miliband in English devolution vow

Labour leader Ed Miliband has pledged more powers for England's regions

A Labour government would pass an English Devolution Act, transferring control over £30 billion worth of funding to England's cities and counties, Ed Miliband has announced.