BREAKING NEWS: Good Life star Richard Briers dies at the age of 79

BREAKING NEWS: Good Life star Richard Briers dies at the age of 79 By Martin Robinson PUBLISHED: 12:34 GMT, 18 February 2013 | UPDATED: 12:37 GMT, 18 February 2013 Good life star Richard Briers has died at the age 79. His agent revealed the bad news today after the veteran actor's long battle with lung disease. Briers, who also starred in shows such as Ever Decreasing Circles and Monarch Of The Glen, recently said years of smoking had been to blame for his emphysema.

Margaret Thatcher"s war with treacherous Francois Mitterrand over Exocet missile

Maggie's war with treacherous Mitterrand over Exocet missile: Archive files reveal 'James Bond' plot to hijack aircraft carrying French-made weapons Leaders clashed over sale of French Exocet missiles in 1982Strain revealed in files released under 30-year rule by National ArchivesMI6 plan 'appropriate to a James Bond movie' was proposed to steal missiles | UPDATED: 11:43 GMT, 28 December 2012 In his memoirs, former Defence Secretary Sir John Nott describes France as Britain's 'greatest ally' during the Falklands War. But behind the scenes, the relationship between the two countries was strained almost to breaking point over the sale of French Exocet missiles in 1982, newly released documents reveal.

Hit film The Twilight Sage: Breaking Dawn (Part 1) starring Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart "is most popular pirate DVD this Christmas"

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn (Part 1) 'was the most popular pirate DVD this Christmas'First time in four years a Harry potter film has not been most counterfeitedList compiled by film industry's anti-piracy body FACTBody says court cases have led to decline in online piracy | UPDATED: 20:13 GMT, 25 December 2012 The first installment of American vampire series Twilight was the most counterfeited DVD over the festive period. The film industry's anti-piracy organisation FACT seized hundreds of thousands of illegal copies of the The Twilight Series: Breaking Dawn – Part 1.

NHS wages: Executives enjoy 2% pay rise taking average salary to 74,600

NHS executives enjoy 2% pay rise taking average salary to 74,600 despite freeze on nursing wages Statistics show senior managers now earn an average of almost 75,000But nurses have taken a real term pay cut because of rising cost of livingRoyal College of Nursing: ‘Staff are being stretched to breaking point' Figures also show more nursing staff have lost their jobs than managers | UPDATED: 17:44 GMT, 23 December 2012 Pay freeze: Nurses have seen a real terms pay cut while executives have enjoyed a two per cent rise NHS executives have enjoyed a two per cent pay rise over the past year – even though nurses are suffering a pay freeze.

Copying CDs to iPods to be made legal as Britain vows to block Europe"s "iTax" on all music gadgets

Copying CDs to iPods to be made legal as Britain vows to block Europe's 'iTax' on all music gadgetsCopyright law shake-up to make it easier to transfer files between devicesiPod and e-book users will not be criminalised if copy is for personal useRecord companies will not be able to block song parodies | UPDATED: 20:55 GMT, 20 December 2012 Music users who copy CDs to iPods and laptops will no longer be treated as criminals under a major shake-up of copyright laws. The government has also ruled out imposing an ‘iTax’ on all music storage devices, despite being levied across much of Europe. And record companies will no longer be able to block parodies of songs by their biggest artists, clearing the way for spoof videos to go viral