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Thailand: thousands to attend extravagant cremation for King Bhumibol

Thailand is finishing preparations for an elaborate cremation of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, part of a five-day ceremony marking the end of a year of mourning that has engulfed the nation. For weeks, local newspapers have run front-page stories on the tiniest details of the ceremony, a sign of national reverence and obsession towards a man who became...

Is the growth in living standards worse now than in the Great Depression?

The 1930s are the benchmark when it comes to lost decades. There are recessions and deep recessions, but then there is the Great Depression. In terms of sustained misery, nothing remotely comes close to the 10-year period that followed the Wall Street Crash of 1929. Yet in one respect – growth in living standards – the performance of the...

£3m prison tech plan 'no replacement for staff'

The Prison Officers Association has told Sky News equipment is "no replacement for staff," as the Government unveils a £3m investment in new technology to protect prison guards. The investment comes amid an increase in violence against prison officers and disturbances inside...