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File photo dated 09/11/15 of Chancellor George Osborne, as the Government has refused to confirm or deny reports that he is trying to strip control of the £40 billion project to build four new submarines from the Ministry of Defence

GEORGE OSBORNE AGREES MULTI-BILLION NHS SPENDING BOOST

George Osborne has unveiled a multi-billion pound boost to the NHS amid fears of a deepening financial crisis.

The Chancellor has agreed to 'front load' the bulk of a promised £10 billion real terms rise in annual funding by 2020, from 2014-15 levels.

The commitment is part of the reform plan set out by NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens.

ONLY ONE IN EIGHT CHILD SEX ABUSE VICTIMS KNOWN TO AUTHORITIES, STUDY SUGGESTS

The prevalence of child sexual abuse in England has been vastly underestimated after a major new study suggested only one in eight victims come to the attention of authorities.

Around 50,000 cases of sexual abuse were recorded by police and local authorities in the two years to March 2014, the Office of the Children's Commissioner said.

But the true number of children abused in that time is thought to be as many as 450,000, meaning around 85% of sexually abused youngsters are not receiving vital intervention to keep them safe and overcome their experiences.

SUICIDE VEST FOUND IN PARIS 'MAY BE LINKED TO TERROR ATTACK SUSPECT'

A street cleaner found an explosive vest similar to those used in the Paris attacks near the place where a suspect's mobile phone was discovered.

It raised the possibility that he aborted his mission, either ditching a malfunctioning vest - or fleeing in fear.

The discovery of the vest in a Paris suburb came as Belgium's prime minister cited a "serious and imminent" threat justifying keeping the highest alert level operational for at least another week.

US ISSUES TRAVEL WARNING FOLLOWING TERROR ATTACKS

Americans have been warned to be alert to possible travel risks, especially during the holidays, following increased terrorist threats around the world.

The State Department issued a travel alert, which will be in effect until February 24, saying current information suggests that militants with the Islamic State, al-Qaida, Boko Haram and other terrorist groups continue to plan attacks in multiple regions.

The US authorities said the likelihood of terror attacks will continue as members of IS return from Syria and Iraq, and other individuals not affiliated with terror groups engage in violence on their own.

NHS FAILURES MEAN THOUSANDS SUFFER OR DIE FROM SEVERE SEPSIS EACH YEAR - REPORT

Thousands of people every year are suffering severe sepsis or dying from the illness due to NHS failures, a report has found.

GPs and hospital doctors are failing to spot signs of sepsis - which kills at least 37,000 people a year in the UK - and are diagnosing the condition too late, experts said.

Even when sepsis was suspected, a treatment regime to bring it under control was not always implemented quickly.

GEORGE OSBORNE SHOULD CHANGE COURSE ON TAX CREDITS - NICOLA STURGEON

Nicola Sturgeon will call on the Chancellor to abandon "potentially catastrophic" cuts to tax credits which she says will hurt many of those most in need of help.

The First Minister will set out her case as she delivers the annual Jimmy Reid Memorial Lecture at Glasgow University on the eve of George Osborne's spending review.

Mr Osborne has already agreed to set out transitional arrangements to help people hit by tax credit cuts after facing defeat on the issue in the House of Lords, but opposition parties want him to reverse his decision

SNP TRIDENT VOTE CALL COULD EXPOSE LABOUR DIVISIONS

Labour's divisions over Britain's nuclear deterrent could be exposed today as the Scottish National Party (SNP) stages a vote calling for the defence system to be scrapped.

Mr Corbyn's MPs have been ordered to stay away from the Commons lobbies instead of playing the "political game" planned by the SNP.

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell blasted the debate as an "SNP stunt" following a meeting of Labour MPs in Parliament last night.

QUEEN TO ADDRESS CHURCH OF ENGLAND NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

The Queen will speak at the opening of the Church of England's national assembly.

Accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, the Queen will today attend a service at Westminster Abbey to mark the inauguration of the Tenth General Synod of the Church of England.

This will be followed by the inauguration ceremony in Church House, the Westminster headquarters of the Church of England.

RAILWAY BUILDING COSTS RISK HARM TO FRANCHISE VALUE, REPORT SAYS

Spiralling costs of infrastructure projects on Britain's railways risk harming the value for money of future operating franchises, the National Audit Office (NAO) has warned.

An NAO report said that issuing contracts that protect operators from reduced revenue during major work - which happened during the redevelopment of London Bridge station - reduces returns to the taxpayer.

It said the Department for Transport (DfT) must judge how to maximise returns while keeping train services running during the construction of High Speed 2, whose first phase will run from London to Birmingham from 2026.

DOWNTON ABBEY CREATOR JULIAN FELLOWES PICKS UP SPECIAL EMMY AWARD

Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes was the toast of the International Emmys when he was presented with the honorary Founders Award.

He received the trophy from one of the show's stars, Elizabeth McGovern, who played Countess of Grantham Lady Cora Crawley in the hit ITV period drama.

McGovern was joined by the programme's executive producer Gareth Neame to hand over the prize.

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