BT is to axe around 13,000 jobs over three years as the telecoms giant aims to cut costs.

The company said the job losses would mainly affect back office and middle management roles.

There are also plans to exit the BT headquarters in central London.

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The Israeli military said it attacked “dozens” of Iranian targets in neighbouring Syria in response to an Iranian rocket barrage on Israeli positions in the Golan Heights.

The exchanges are the most serious military confrontation between the two bitter enemies to date.

Israel said the targets included weapons storage, logistics sites and intelligence centres used by elite Iranian forces in Syria.

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MPs have narrowly defeated an attempt to launch a new probe into the relationship between the media and police.

An attempt by former Labour leader Ed Miliband to amend the Data Protection Bill to establish a statutory inquiry, dubbed “Leveson part two”, was defeated by just nine votes.

Culture secretary Matt Hancock described it as “a great victory for a free and fair press”, saying MPs had decided “muzzling the media would have dealt a blow to democracy”.

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