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Voltaire's English letters found

Friday, January 20th 2012, 3:47
related countries: France France
related places: Oxford

An Oxford academic has uncovered letters by Voltaire, which reveal how much this icon of French writing profited financially and intellectually from a stay in England.
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Planes, skis and automobiles: London show for bespoke coffins

Friday, January 20th 2012, 3:15
related places: London

London showcases undertaker's art from UK and Africa
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Britain pushes Latin America ties

Friday, January 20th 2012, 2:15
related countries: Brazil Brazil

The UK is launching its strongest diplomatic offensive in Latin America for two centuries, Foreign Secretary William Hague says, on a visit to Brazil.
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Wood to miss start of Six Nations

Thursday, January 19th 2012, 17:02
related countries: Italy Italy

England flanker Tom Wood is out of England's opening two Six Nations matches, against Scotland and Italy, because of an injury to his big toe.
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UK must build better economy - PM

Thursday, January 19th 2012, 16:55

David Cameron says the economy must be "truly fair and worthwhile" and announces plans to help employees take a greater stake in their companies.
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England will not panic - Strauss

Thursday, January 19th 2012, 14:59
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan

Captain Andrew Strauss says England will not make any dramatic changes in the wake of the 10-wicket defeat by Pakistan in the first Test in Dubai.
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England crumble to heavy defeat

Thursday, January 19th 2012, 13:33
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan

England fold to a humiliating defeat by 10 wickets as their woeful batting performance helps Pakistan go 1-0 up in the three-Test series.
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Sopa protest not over - Wikipedia

Thursday, January 19th 2012, 12:42
related countries: United States United States

Wikipedia insists its protest over US anti-piracy legislation will continue, while UK interests say they are watching the situation "closely".
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Crime has risen, survey suggests

Thursday, January 19th 2012, 10:33

Levels of crime increased in England and Wales by 4% in the 12 months to September, suggests the British Crime Survey.
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Adele passes US chart milestone

Thursday, January 19th 2012, 9:40
related countries: United States United States
related places: Adele

British pop star Adele tops the US album chart for a sixteenth week, putting her album 21 amongst an elite group of best-sellers.
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Argentina condemns 'offensive' UK

Thursday, January 19th 2012, 9:36
related countries: Argentina Argentina, Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)

Argentine leaders voice fury after UK Prime Minister David Cameron accuses Argentina of "colonialism" in its claims over the Falkland Islands.
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UK border relaxations 'shock' MPs

Thursday, January 19th 2012, 9:29

A "highly troubling" breakdown of communication between officials led to UK border controls being relaxed too often last year, MPs say.
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Abandon NHS bill, two unions say

Thursday, January 19th 2012, 8:12

The unions for nurses and midwives toughen their stance by stating their "outright opposition" to the government's plans for the NHS in England.
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Sportsday Live - breaking sports news

Thursday, January 19th 2012, 8:00
related countries: Aruba Aruba, Pakistan Pakistan

Sportsday Live featuring reaction to England's heavy defeat to Pakistan, the latest news from the Australian Open, and football transfer news plus more.
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Live - Pakistan v England

Thursday, January 19th 2012, 5:29
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan

Pakistan complete a huge victory over England in Dubai, winning by 10 wickets to go 1-0 up in the three-match series.
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Olympic connections across the UK

Thursday, January 19th 2012, 1:53

Finding Olympic connections across the UK
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UK spied on Russia with fake rock

Thursday, January 19th 2012, 1:41
related countries: Russia Russia
related places: Moscow

Britain has admitted being caught spying when Russia exposed its use of a fake rock in Moscow to hide electronic equipment.
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Quick wickets needed, says Broad

Wednesday, January 18th 2012, 15:01
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan

Pace bowler Stuart Broad says England need to wrap up the Pakistan tail quickly on the third morning of the first Test in Dubai.
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UK torture inquiry is cancelled

Wednesday, January 18th 2012, 14:32

An inquiry into allegations of wrongdoing by UK security services is being scrapped, says Justice Secretary Ken Clarke, due to new police investigations.
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England fightback rocks Pakistan

Wednesday, January 18th 2012, 13:56
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan

Late wickets for Graeme Swann and James Anderson round off a vastly improved England display as Pakistan close the second day of the first Test on 288-7, a lead of 96.
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UK unemployment continues to rise

Wednesday, January 18th 2012, 13:04

UK unemployment rose by 118,000 in the three months to November to 2.69 million, with the number of young people looking for work at a new record.
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Inside story of the UK's secret mission to beat Gaddafi

Wednesday, January 18th 2012, 12:56

Inside story of the UK's secret mission to beat Gaddafi
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MPs call for new gang murder law

Wednesday, January 18th 2012, 12:33

Prosecutors are to get new guidance on "joint enterprise" in gang-related killings after MPs call for a less complex law in England and Wales
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Africa drought delay 'cost lives'

Wednesday, January 18th 2012, 10:07

Thousands of needless deaths occurred from famine in East Africa last year because early warnings were ignored, say two of Britain's leading aid agencies.
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Sportsday Live - breaking sports news

Wednesday, January 18th 2012, 8:12
related countries: Aruba Aruba, Pakistan Pakistan
related places: Amir Khan

Sportsday Live featuring updates on the future of Darlington Football Club, Amir Khan's fight for a rematch, England's progress in their Test against Pakistan, reaction from the Australian Open, and the latest football transfer news plus more.
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Afghan child abuse troop arrests

Wednesday, January 18th 2012, 7:33
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan

Police are investigating allegations of child abuse by two British soldiers in Afghanistan.
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Live - Pakistan v England

Wednesday, January 18th 2012, 5:34
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan

England take late wickets to restrict Pakistan to 288-7 at the close on day two of the first Test in Dubai.
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RC midwives in abortion dispute

Tuesday, January 17th 2012, 18:28

Scotland's largest health board is taken to court by Catholic midwives who claim conscientious objections over abortion procedures were disregarded.
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VIDEO: Centenary of Scott's arrival at Pole

Tuesday, January 17th 2012, 17:23

It is 100 years since the British explorer Captain Scott reached the South Pole only to discover that the Norwegians had beaten him to it.
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Ajmal the key to series - Vaughan

Tuesday, January 17th 2012, 16:17
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan

Former captain Michael Vaughan suggests that unless England quickly learn how to play Pakistan spinner Saaed Ajmal they will lose the series.
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Scots team turning weed to carbon

Tuesday, January 17th 2012, 14:07

BBC Scotland's Ken Macdonald reports on how Scottish researchers are turning a useless weed into high-quality carbon.
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Murder suspect to be extradited

Tuesday, January 17th 2012, 13:52
related countries: United States United States

A Scottish man who is wanted for murder in the United States loses a nine-year legal battle to avoid extradition.
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Norway seen as close to EU as UK

Tuesday, January 17th 2012, 13:44

Norway has seen "extensive Europeanisation" in the past 20 years despite being outside the EU, a government-commissioned report says.
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Inspired Ajmal punishes England

Tuesday, January 17th 2012, 13:37

England endure a torrid first day of their Test series against Pakistan as they are bowled out for 192, with off-spinner Saeed Ajmal taking a career-best 7-55.
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Researchers praise Scott's legacy

Tuesday, January 17th 2012, 12:36

The science background of Britain's doomed expedition.
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Murderers lose whole life appeal

Tuesday, January 17th 2012, 12:02

Murderers, including Jeremy Bamber, can be imprisoned for the rest of their lives in Britain, European Court of Human Rights judges rule.
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VIDEO: Radical cleric wins deportation appeal

Tuesday, January 17th 2012, 11:37
related countries: Jordan Jordan

Radical cleric Abu Qatada has won his appeal against deportation from the UK to Jordan, at the European Court of Human Rights.
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UK inflation rate falls to 4.2%

Tuesday, January 17th 2012, 11:00

Inflation fell sharply in December on the back of lower fuel and clothing prices, backing Bank predictions of a large drop in 2012.
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War Horse charges to top of chart

Tuesday, January 17th 2012, 10:05
related countries: Ireland Ireland

Steven Spielberg's War Horse gallops to the top of the UK and Ireland box office chart in its opening weekend.
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Labour 'being led to destruction'

Tuesday, January 17th 2012, 9:00

Ed Miliband has set Labour on a path towards destruction and election defeat with his public sector pay stance, the head of the UK's biggest union warns.
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Ofsted planning tougher language

Tuesday, January 17th 2012, 8:27

Education watchdog Ofsted wants to toughen the language of inspections in England - changing the "satisfactory" rating to "requires improvement".
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RBS sells aviation arm for $7.3bn

Tuesday, January 17th 2012, 7:18
related countries: Japan Japan

Royal Bank of Scotland agrees to sell its aircraft leasing division to Japan's Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group for $7.3bn.
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Live - Pakistan v England

Tuesday, January 17th 2012, 5:28
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan

Pakistan close on 42-0 to underline their dominance on day one of the Test series against England having dismissed Andrew Strauss's side for 192 thanks to Saeed Ajmal's career-best 7-55.
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In pictures: British settlers in Argentina

Tuesday, January 17th 2012, 1:26
related countries: Argentina Argentina

The life of British settlers in early 20th Century Argentina
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London planning yuan trading hub

Tuesday, January 17th 2012, 1:18
related countries: China China
related places: London

The UK Treasury announces plans to make London the leading international centre for trading the Chinese currency, the yuan.
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Pump fears prompt recall of Minis

Monday, January 16th 2012, 20:31

BMW is recalling 29,868 Mini models in the UK as part of a wider recall of 235,000 vehicles worldwide, amid fears a water pump is a fire risk.
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Israel criticises Clegg comments

Monday, January 16th 2012, 17:37
related countries: Israel Israel

Israel accuses UK Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg of "gratuitous bashing" after he said it was doing "immense damage" to the peace process through settlement building.
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VIDEO: Museum visitors asked to scan faces in 3D

Monday, January 16th 2012, 16:42
related places: London

Visitors to London's Science Museum are being invited to have their faces scanned in 3D. The 'Me in 3D' booth at the museum uses nine cameras to build a virtual image visitors can then view and manipulate.
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Call for UK film week celebration

Monday, January 16th 2012, 13:32

The introduction of a British Film Week is among proposals put forward by Lord Smith to help capitalise on "a golden period" of UK cinema.
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Chad expels UK Darfur aid envoy

Monday, January 16th 2012, 12:11
related countries: Chad Chad

A senior British aid official - who spoke out against the Darfur "genocide" - is expelled from Chad while attempting to visit Darfur refugees.
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Artist wins Golden Globes treble

Monday, January 16th 2012, 10:49

Black and white silent film The Artist takes home three awards from the Golden Globes in Los Angeles, hosted by Britain's Ricky Gervais.
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Shipwreck Britons returning home

Monday, January 16th 2012, 8:33
related countries: Italy Italy

British survivors of the fatal Costa Concordia cruise ship accident in Italy arrive home to describe scenes of chaos during the evacuation.
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UK in recession, says think tank

Monday, January 16th 2012, 7:45

Britain is already technically in recession, and unemployment will rise further, economic forecaster the Item Club warns.
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VIDEO: Artist scoops three Golden Globes

Monday, January 16th 2012, 7:22

Silent film The Artist scooped three prizes at the Golden Globe awards in Los Angeles, hosted by British comedian Ricky Gervais.
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VIDEO: Search for life under Antarctic ice

Monday, January 16th 2012, 7:11
related countries: Antarctica Antarctica

British scientists in Antarctica are planning to drill into an underground lake two miles below the ice, to gather samples that may contain new forms of life.
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VIDEO: Aid official expelled from Chad

Monday, January 16th 2012, 6:23
related countries: Chad Chad

A senior British aid official has been expelled from Chad while attempting to visit refugees from Darfur in the east of the country.
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Live - Australian Open day one

Monday, January 16th 2012, 6:19
related countries: Aruba Aruba

Five Britons eliminated on the opening day of the Australian Open as Caroline Wozniacki plays in the evening session.
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Courts adopt burglary guidelines

Monday, January 16th 2012, 4:10

New sentencing guidelines on burglary come into force in courts in England and Wales, with the effect on victims central to determining tariffs.
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Warning over speech support cuts

Monday, January 16th 2012, 1:36

Cuts to speech and language services are leaving parents struggling to get help for their children, England's departing communication tsar says.
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Mayor gains powers over policing

Monday, January 16th 2012, 1:16
related places: London

London's mayor is now responsible for the Metropolitan Police's priorities and performance, as part of government plans for elected commissioners.
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Cameron planning to meet Salmond

Sunday, January 15th 2012, 23:14

Prime Minister David Cameron is to meet Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond to discuss plans for a referendum on Scottish independence.
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Briton recalls cruise ship escape

Sunday, January 15th 2012, 9:04
related countries: Italy Italy

A UK survivor of a cruise ship which ran aground off the Italian coast describes how he used a ladder to escape on to the side of the vessel.
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Bid to scrap fines for bin errors

Sunday, January 15th 2012, 8:35

Ministers are due to publish plans to scrap fines for incorrect disposal of household waste by residents of England.
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Saturday's SPL as it happened

Saturday, January 14th 2012, 11:43

Celtic move back to the top of the SPL with victory over Dundee United on a day where Rangers, Inverness, Hibs and 10-man Hearts also claim maximum points.
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Swann wants Panesar in Test side

Saturday, January 14th 2012, 11:41
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan

Graeme Swann is keen to be partnered by fellow England spinner Monty Panesar in next week's Test against Pakistan.
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Cahill set for medical at Chelsea

Friday, January 13th 2012, 21:41
related places: Chelsea, London

Bolton defender Gary Cahill is in London for a medical at Chelsea on Saturday, BBC Sport understands.
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Man Utd sponsor moves to London

Friday, January 13th 2012, 16:23
related countries: United States United States
related places: London, Chicago

US insurance broker Aon, sponsor of Manchester United, says it plans to move its corporate headquarters from Chicago to London.
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England win final warm-up match

Friday, January 13th 2012, 15:35
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan

Graham Onions take three wickets as England beat the Pakistan Cricket Board XI by 100 runs ahead of the Pakistan Test series.
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Poor teachers face tougher regime

Friday, January 13th 2012, 10:16

Plans to make it easier for underperforming teachers in England to be sacked are to go ahead, but critics say it could be a "bully's charter".
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Lendl praises Murray's work ethic

Friday, January 13th 2012, 9:05

Ivan Lendl praises British number one Andy Murray ahead of their first Grand Slam working together.
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VIDEO: Denmark's Queen praises Elizabeth II

Friday, January 13th 2012, 8:05
related countries: Denmark Denmark

The Queen of Denmark, Margrethe II, is poised to celebrate her fortieth Jubilee on Saturday - in the same year that Queen Elizabeth marks 60 years on the British throne.
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Sportsday Live - Friday 13 January

Friday, January 13th 2012, 8:02
related countries: Aruba Aruba, Pakistan Pakistan

Sportsday Live on the BBC Sport website featuring news on the England cricket team's preparations ahead of their Test series against Pakistan, tennis and the build-up to the Australian Open, and the latest transfer news plus more.
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Scotland 'worse off outside UK'

Thursday, January 12th 2012, 21:38

Chancellor George Osborne says Scotland would be 'less prosperous' if it chose to leave the UK.
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RBS to cut 3,500 jobs in shake-up

Thursday, January 12th 2012, 17:39

The Royal Bank of Scotland says it is to cut a further 3,500 jobs in the UK and elsewhere as it shrinks its investment bank.
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Briton in Kenya bomb plot charge

Thursday, January 12th 2012, 16:18
related countries: Kenya Kenya

A 29-year-old British man is charged in court in Kenya with possessing illegal explosive-making material and plotting to explode a bomb.
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Ofcom extends 4G coverage plans

Thursday, January 12th 2012, 15:50

High-speed fourth-generation mobile coverage will be made available to 98% of the UK under new proposals from regulator Ofcom.
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India criticises Top Gear special

Thursday, January 12th 2012, 15:34
related countries: India India
related places: London

A Top Gear special in India was "offensive" and full of "toilet humour", the High Commission of India (HCI) in London complains.
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UK police launch rendition probe

Thursday, January 12th 2012, 14:27
related countries: Libya Libya

British police are to investigate claims that UK secret services helped the rendition of a man to Libya.
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Bank holds interest rates at 0.5%

Thursday, January 12th 2012, 12:53

The Bank of England holds UK interest rates at 0.5% and no new quantitative easing measures are announced.
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British Gas and SSE drop prices

Thursday, January 12th 2012, 11:37

British Gas announces a 5% cut in its domestic electricity prices with immediate effect, while SSE will reduce gas tariffs on 26 March.
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Salmond seeks referendum backing

Thursday, January 12th 2012, 9:34

Members of the Scottish Parliament are being asked to back Alex Salmond in his row with Westminster over the independence referendum.
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Sportsday Live - breaking sports news

Thursday, January 12th 2012, 8:10
related places: Liverpool

Sportsday Live on the BBC Sport website featuring reaction to Liverpool's Carling Cup semi-final win, the latest transfer news, score updates from England's tour match and more
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Tesco festive trade 'disappoints'

Thursday, January 12th 2012, 7:33

The UK's biggest retailer, Tesco, says it is disappointed after announcing a 2.3% fall in UK like-for-like sales over Christmas.
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Leaders unite over Scotland vote

Wednesday, January 11th 2012, 23:08

David Cameron and Ed Miliband urge Scots to reject independence, as Alex Salmond says his government has the right to hold a referendum in 2014.
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UK films urged to go 'mainstream'

Wednesday, January 11th 2012, 16:28

The British film industry should back more mainstream films, a new report is expected to recommend next week.
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Farrell in new-look England squad

Wednesday, January 11th 2012, 13:00

Saracens back Owen Farrell is one of nine uncapped players in England's squad for this season's Six Nations.
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Wednesday, January 11th 2012, 12:42

UK minister Michael Moore says he is happy to work with Scotland's Alex Salmond to "sort out" legal issues of the Scottish independence referendum.
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'Dull' computer classes beefed up

Wednesday, January 11th 2012, 11:12

The education secretary has announced a replacement for "harmful and dull" ICT classes in England's schools, which he says will better equip pupils for the 21st Century.
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EDF Energy to cut gas price by 5%

Wednesday, January 11th 2012, 10:32

One of the UK's largest energy suppliers, EDF Energy, has said it is to cut its gas bills by 5% in February after raising prices by 15% in November.
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Sportsday Live - latest updates

Wednesday, January 11th 2012, 8:02

Sportsday Live on the BBC Sport website featuring reaction to the England rugby squad, the latest transfer news, score updates from England's tour match in Dubai and more
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SNP plan 2014 independence vote

Tuesday, January 10th 2012, 21:14

The Scottish government plans to hold an independence referendum in the autumn of 2014, First Minister Alex Salmond says.
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Arms dealer 'helped gun shipment'

Tuesday, January 10th 2012, 20:05
related countries: China China, Nigeria Nigeria

A British-based arms dealer helped organise the shipment of guns and ammunition from China to Nigeria without the necessary licence, a court hears.
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High-speed rail line to go ahead

Tuesday, January 10th 2012, 16:51
related places: Birmingham, London

A controversial new high-speed rail network - High Speed Two (HS2) - is given the go-ahead by the government despite strong opposition.
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Christmas rush 'lifts shop sales'

Tuesday, January 10th 2012, 9:48

A "dazzling" pre-Christmas rush helped boost UK retail sales in December, according to the British Retail Consortium.
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Food drives M&S Christmas sales

Tuesday, January 10th 2012, 7:31

Marks and Spencer reports a modest rise in UK sales over the Christmas period, thanks in part to stronger demand for its food.
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Funds for school-site sport clubs

Tuesday, January 10th 2012, 3:09

Funding for a community sports club at every secondary school in England is announced by the government to get youngsters involved in sport for life - as promised in the 2012 Games bid.
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UK recession 'not yet inevitable'

Tuesday, January 10th 2012, 0:00

The UK economy will remain weak for the foreseeable future, but recession is not inevitable, according to a survey by the British Chambers of Commerce.
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PM denies 'dictating' Scots vote

Monday, January 9th 2012, 22:50

David Cameron denies trying to "dictate" the terms of a Scottish referendum - as Scotland's Deputy First Minister accuses him of trying to interfere.
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Police pay reform set to go ahead

Monday, January 9th 2012, 16:59

Radical reforms of police pay and allowances in England and Wales are set to go ahead, after an independent panel approves most of the changes.
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War Horse splits UK film critics

Monday, January 9th 2012, 10:13

The day after the royal premiere of War Horse, UK film critics have mixed thoughts on the Steven Spielberg epic.
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