Mr Hollande is accused of abandoning his 'anti-finance' election promises

Francois Hollande makes drastic U-turn on tax cuts and welfare in bid to save presidency

President says he  is ready to axe the ‘excesses and abuses’ of France’s social model

Top teachers could earn up to £70,000 a year

Teachers could earn up to £70,000 under performance related pay proposals, says report

Salaries could rise to that height within five to eight years, says think tank

Zollman spoke at least six languages and had an exceptional ear for metre

Peter Zollman: Scientist who worked on the Channel Tunnel and translated into English the verse of his native Hungary

When the two ends of the Channel Tunnel met in 1990, the moment was marked by a shaking of hands between a construction worker from France and one from England, followed by a mutual crossing of hundreds of workers. The man who enabled that meeting to take place through the production of special laser guidance equipment was Peter Zollman, a Hungarian refugee from the 1956 revolution, who was only 25 when he arrived in England with a degree in electrical engineering and who went on to win three Queen's Awards for technological innovation and export in the industry.

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Former US diplomat Richard Haass and co-chair Meghan O'Sullivan speak at the Stormont hotel in Belfast. Overnight talks failed to find agreement on any of three topics

Disappointment as Northern Irish deal eludes parties

“This process is not dead, but it is far from finished,” says American diplomat chairing talks

Northern Ireland peace process talks end in stalemate after last-ditch overnight negotiations fail to meet end-of-year deadline

No consensus reached on final set of proposals to deal with flags, disputed parades and the legacy of the Troubles

US envoy Richard Haass said talks would conclude on Monday

Talks on the future of Northern Ireland in balance as time runs out to secure a deal

Negotiators making final push for breakthrough on how to regulate contentious marching and flag-flying, and on how to deal with issues arising from the country’s violent past

Patients could receive emergency care and the NHS could recoup the cost later

Migrants will have to pay at A&E – and all patients will have to prove they are not foreigners to get free NHS treatment

New government plans mean patients must prove they are not  foreigners – or be charged for life-saving treatment

The National Union of Teachers and the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers have warned they plan to resume strike action by mid-February if there is no sign of 'significant progress' in talks with Education Secretary Michael Gove

Teachers threaten more strikes as talks with Michael Gove stumble

Any national strike action is likely to mean that most state schools would be forced to close or stay partially open with children being sent home

Gun attack reported on police station in County Fermanagh

A gun attack has been carried out on a police station in Northern Ireland, Assembly members have said.

Lord Mandelson warns Ed Miliband and Ed Balls over Labour's links with unions

Former Business Secretary also said the party needed to spell out a clear economic message

Roberts in 2009; he spoke vigorously in the House of Lords on Welsh affairs

Lord Roberts of Conwy: Politician

Conservative who served Welsh interests for nearly 30 years despite the indifference and hostility of his own party

It will take average income families up to six months to pay off Christmas debt, it has been suggested

Families will still be paying off Christmas debts in June, study suggests

Average income households will take up to six months to clear debts built up through Christmas spending on food and presents, the TUC has said.

Students from the university of Ulster have been served with an eviction notice after occupying a room

Protesters at Ulster university served with eviction notice

Students occupying a single room at the University of Ulster have been served with an eviction notice by management

Devyani Khobragade, India's Deputy Consul General, was allegedly handcuffed and strip-searched on her arrest

Arrest of diplomat accused of submitting false documents to obtain work visa for her housekeeper, sparks row between India and US

Devyani Khobragade, India’s Deputy Consul General in New York, was arrested by police, strip-searched, kept in a cell for six hours and then brought before a court before being given bail

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