House sellers are being encouraged to get their properties market-ready in time for the traditional summer peak of activity. In 2015, August 10 was the busiest day of the year for house hunters browsing properties on website Rightmove, with more than 43 million page views recorded. Sarah Beeny, owner of estate agent Tepilo, said during the summer holiday period when many...

Pope Francis has praised Poland's first pope, the late St John Paul II, on his five-day visit to the country as he visited a shrine cherished by Poles. Francis also honoured the countless "ordinary yet remarkable people" who held firm to their Catholic faith throughout adversity in the former Communist nation. The Argentine pontiff, who has not been to Eastern Europe...

Leaks, blocked toilets and electrical faults that have slowed teams from moving into the Rio Olympics Athletes' Village may have been caused by a few cases of sabotage, according to organisers. "We are considering isolated cases, but we haven't seen enough to say it was an organised sabotage thing," Rio spokesman Mario Andrada said. He said the most likely cause...

The leader of Syria's Nusra Front has said his group is changing its name and claims it will have no more ties with al Qaida. In a video aired on the Syrian opposition station Orient TV and Al-Jazeera, Mohammed Golani said the delinking from the terror network aimed to remove "pretexts" by the US and Russia to strike rebel groups...

By Deborah Thomas How many more times are we going to have banks letting down the people of Britain and yet they get away with it without any consequences? Part stated backed Lloyds Bank has just just declared a £2.4 billion half year profits for this year, 2016 and at the same time announced a closure of 200 branches and shedding...

Data recovered from a home flight simulator owned by the captain of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 showed that someone used the device to plot a course to the southern Indian Ocean, where the missing jet is believed to have crashed, Australian officials have said. Confusion has reigned over what was found on Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah’s flight simulator since New...

John Altman, best known as EastEnders bad boy Nick Cotton, has said the BBC One soap is too politically correct these days. The 64-year-old actor played Albert Square’s villain full-time from the show’s debut in 1985 until 1991. Thereafter, he made several returns as Nick, the son of Dot Branning (played by June Brown) until the character was killed off...

Syrian president Bashar Assad has offered an amnesty to rebels who lay down their arms and surrender to authorities over the next three months. The offer was issued through a decree and urged that all detainees be freed. It said those who free their captives will be exempt from punishment if they turn themselves in within a month, according to state-run...