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School language concerns raised

Monday, January 2nd 2012, 0:38

The Scottish government is to meet with foreign diplomats and Cosla to discuss the drop in school language assistants.
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Drive promotes cheap healthy food

Monday, January 2nd 2012, 0:09

A new effort to convince families in England that they can eat healthily on a budget is beginning.
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New year parade for a 'big year'

Sunday, January 1st 2012, 18:04
related places: London

London's New Year's Day parade launches a "thrilling" year that will see both the Olympics and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrated in the city, organisers say.
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Lendl honesty appeals to Murray

Sunday, January 1st 2012, 16:59

British number one Andy Murray says he is sure new coach Ivan Lendl can help him mentally and admires his honest approach to coaching.
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Order of Merit award for Hockney

Sunday, January 1st 2012, 13:52

British artist David Hockney is appointed a member of the Order of Merit by the Queen - despite turning down a knighthood in 1990.
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Unit targets Olympic event-fixers

Sunday, January 1st 2012, 11:40

Olympics organisers are to set up a dedicated intelligence unit to target betting syndicates at the London 2012 Games.
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Archbishop appeal over UK youth

Sunday, January 1st 2012, 9:38
related places: Canterbury

The Archbishop of Canterbury uses his new year message to urge the public not to give up on young people, despite the "horrific" scenes of the summer riots.
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UK celebrations welcome in 2012

Sunday, January 1st 2012, 0:52

Thousands of revellers take to the streets across the UK to herald the new year with fireworks and parties.
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UK to review breast implant data

Saturday, December 31st 2011, 22:30

A review of the data used to assess the risks posed by faulty breast implants is to be carried out by the government, Health Secretary Andrew Lansley says.
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Cahill's Chelsea talks 'ongoing'

Saturday, December 31st 2011, 19:00
related places: Bolton

Bolton manager Owen Coyle says Gary Cahill may not have played his last game for the club, despite the Trotters having agreed a fee with Chelsea.
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Murray chooses Lendl as new coach

Saturday, December 31st 2011, 16:09

Britain's Andy Murray appoints eight-time Grand Slam champion Ivan Lendl as his new full-time coach.
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In pictures: Venues shaping up for 2012

Saturday, December 31st 2011, 14:23

Go on a picture tour of the London 2012 Olympic venues
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Moses backs Greene for 2012 gold

Saturday, December 31st 2011, 13:41
related places: London

Hurdles legend Ed Moses says he sees no reason why world champion Dai Greene cannot win Olympic gold in London if he is not distracted from his preparations.
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UK soldier killed in Afghanistan

Saturday, December 31st 2011, 11:36
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan

A soldier from 1st Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment has been killed in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence announces, adding that his family are aware.
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Hunt rejects 'austerity Olympics'

Saturday, December 31st 2011, 2:42

Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt rejects suggestions that the London 2012 Games should be an "austerity" Olympics.
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EastEnders' Olympic Park marker

Saturday, December 31st 2011, 0:48
related places: London, Stratford

The Olympic Park in Stratford, east London, appears on the map featured in the opening titles of the BBC soap EastEnders for the first time.
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Could hypersonic flight become a reality?

Saturday, December 31st 2011, 0:20

Could London-Sydney hypersonic flight become a reality?
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Brand files for split from Perry

Friday, December 30th 2011, 20:31
related countries: United States United States
related places: Perry

British comedian Russell Brand files for divorce from American singer Katy Perry after 14 months of marriage.
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Sri Lanka 'wheelchair tax' slated

Friday, December 30th 2011, 13:40
related countries: Sri Lanka Sri Lanka

The head of a UK charity that supplied a big consignment of wheelchairs to Sri Lanka attacks the decision to impose customs duties of over $8,000.
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UK encourages offshore drilling

Friday, December 30th 2011, 13:38

The UK government awards new exploratory drilling licenses to firms looking for oil and gas - including in the English Channel.
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Lloyd Webber predicts 'bloodbath'

Friday, December 30th 2011, 10:28
related places: London

The Olympics will cause "a bloodbath of a summer" for London theatres in 2012, composer Andrew Lloyd Webber warns.
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Cavendish backs ‘redeemed’ Millar

Friday, December 30th 2011, 6:45

Cycling superstar Mark Cavendish believes David Millar has paid the price for his doping past and deserves a second chance at London 2012.
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Recession 'to return' to Europe

Friday, December 30th 2011, 0:39

Most economists polled by the BBC say recession will return to Europe next year, while UK interest rates will stay at 0.5%.
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Capello calls for poaching rules

Thursday, December 29th 2011, 23:46

England coach Fabio Capello says Uefa must act now to stop top European clubs poaching young players.
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MoD names Afghan blast servicemen

Thursday, December 29th 2011, 16:53
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan

The MoD names two servicemen who died following an explosion in Afghanistan last week, including one who died of his injuries in a UK hospital.
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Peter Frampton sues record firm

Thursday, December 29th 2011, 12:18

British singer Peter Frampton sues the Universal Music Group for unpaid royalties, according to reports.
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Regan reiterates technology call

Thursday, December 29th 2011, 12:18

Scottish FA chief executive Stewart Regan reiterates calls for goal-line technology after Old Firm tie.
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Arthur Christmas tops film chart

Thursday, December 29th 2011, 10:58
related countries: Ireland Ireland

Animated film Arthur Christmas jumps back to the top of the UK and Ireland box office chart in its seventh week of release.
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Hospital-based care 'must change'

Thursday, December 29th 2011, 8:27

The NHS in England must end the "hospital-or-bust" attitude to medical care and become a "community-based system", says the leader of the NHS confederation.
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Celtic 1-0 Rangers

Wednesday, December 28th 2011, 21:48

Celtic leapfrog Rangers at the top of the Scottish Premier League thanks to Joe Ledley's second-half header.
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VIDEO: Creatures found at deep-sea vent

Wednesday, December 28th 2011, 21:39
related countries: India India, Indian Ocean Indian Ocean

A team of British scientists has captured images of very rare species, in some of the most inaccessible parts of the Indian Ocean.
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Live - Scottish Premier League

Wednesday, December 28th 2011, 18:38
related places: Inverness, Kilmarnock

Celtic beat rivals Rangers 1-0 to go top of the Scottish Premier League, plus all the other action from Wednesday's games
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O'Neill confirmed as new NI boss

Wednesday, December 28th 2011, 14:15

Michael O'Neill is appointed as the new manager of Northern Ireland.
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AUDIO: Tsunami debris washes up in Canada

Wednesday, December 28th 2011, 12:42
related countries: Canada Canada, Japan Japan
related places: Tofino

Tsunami debris from Japan has started arriving on the coast of Tofino on British Colombia in Canada.
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Clegg: Rescue mission continues

Wednesday, December 28th 2011, 8:47

The UK has been "pulled back from the brink" by a government which remains focused on its "economic rescue mission", Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg tells his party in a new year message.
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Blood bank 'perfect storm' threat

Wednesday, December 28th 2011, 0:41

Blood stocks in England and north Wales may be hit by major events of 2012 such as the Olympics and Diamond Jubilee, according to the NHS.
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Unemployment 'to worsen in 2012'

Wednesday, December 28th 2011, 0:36

Unemployment in the UK is to keep rising in 2012 and peak in 2013, according to a report by think tank the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
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NHS private patient limit '49%'

Tuesday, December 27th 2011, 16:25

NHS hospitals in England will be free to use almost half their hospital beds and theatre time for private patients under government plans.
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West End victim 'knifed in heart'

Tuesday, December 27th 2011, 15:57
related places: London

An 18-year-old man who was murdered on Oxford Street in central London was stabbed in the heart, Scotland Yard says.
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Eleven held over West End murder

Tuesday, December 27th 2011, 15:06
related places: London, West End

Police are questioning 11 people over the murder of a teenager on London's Oxford Street, and they are investigating a second stabbing nearby.
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World 'unprepared' for disasters

Tuesday, December 27th 2011, 11:12

Rich countries are failing to contribute to a emergency fund leaving the world "dangerously unprepared" for future disasters, the UK warns.
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Man killed on busy Oxford Street

Monday, December 26th 2011, 21:08
related places: London

Eleven people are held after a teenager is stabbed to death in London on one of the UK's busiest shopping streets - one of two stabbings in the area.
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Chelsea 1-1 Fulham

Monday, December 26th 2011, 14:53
related places: Fulham, London

Chelsea's fading Premier League title hopes suffer a huge blow as Fulham hit back to earn a deserved draw in a lacklustre west London derby.
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Shoppers face Tube strike delays

Monday, December 26th 2011, 13:57
related places: London

Travellers on London's Underground network face disruption as drivers belonging to the union Aslef stage a 24-hour strike.
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Mourinho eyes return to England

Monday, December 26th 2011, 13:03

Former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says his next step in management will be a return to the Premier League.
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Brazil's economy 'overtakes UK's'

Monday, December 26th 2011, 12:25
related countries: Botswana Botswana

Brazil has overtaken the UK as the world's sixth largest economy, the Centre for Economics and Business Research says.
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Hunting Act unworkable - minister

Monday, December 26th 2011, 12:01

The Hunting Act "simply doesn't work", Agriculture Minister Jim Paice says, as hundreds of hunts gather for their Boxing Day meets.
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Farmers warned on sheep rustling

Monday, December 26th 2011, 1:21

Farmers are being encouraged to do more to prevent the growing problem of livestock rustling across the UK.
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100mph winds hit north Scotland

Sunday, December 25th 2011, 19:16

Wind speeds of up to 101mph are recorded in Shetland, after the Met Office issues a severe wind warning for the far north of Scotland.
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Archbishop laments abuse of trust

Sunday, December 25th 2011, 17:14
related places: Canterbury

The Archbishop of Canterbury speaks of the "broken bonds and abused trust" in a British society torn apart by riots and financial speculation.
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VIDEO: Troops mark Christmas in Helmand

Sunday, December 25th 2011, 4:56
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan

Some 9,500 British service personnel are working as usual in Afghanistan, thousands of miles from their loved ones, in the sixth year UK forces have been stationed there.
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Christmas shopping push across UK

Saturday, December 24th 2011, 21:01

Millions of shoppers hit shops across the UK to secure last-minute purchases ahead of Christmas Day.
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Closed flyover causes disruption

Saturday, December 24th 2011, 17:08
related places: London

Motorists faced disruption following the closure of a major flyover in west London.
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Afghanistan injury kills RAF man

Saturday, December 24th 2011, 16:51
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan

A member of the Royal Air Force injured in an explosion in Afghanistan has died in a UK hospital, the Ministry of Defence says.
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Saturday's SPL as it happened

Saturday, December 24th 2011, 14:09

St Mirren beat nine-man Rangers as Celtic narrow the gap at the top of the table and St Johnstone thump Dunfermline at East End Park.
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VIDEO: Army chief visits troops in Helmand

Saturday, December 24th 2011, 8:47
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan

The head of the British Army, General Sir Peter Wall, has visited servicemen and women in Helmand province to thank them for their work in Afghanistan.
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Agency staff receive terms boost

Saturday, December 24th 2011, 2:55

Agency workers in the UK are set to receive a pay and conditions boost as new rights come into effect.
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Once-a-year ice skating warning

Saturday, December 24th 2011, 2:01

With temporary ice rinks appearing in towns and cities across the UK, the Society of Sports Therapists is reminding people that ice skating can be a dangerous sport.
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Michael's illness 'touch and go'

Friday, December 23rd 2011, 15:44
related countries: Austria Austria
related places: London, Vienna

Singer George Michael says he is lucky to be alive after his bout of severe pneumonia, but admits he is still "very weak".
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Football arrests 'at record low'

Friday, December 23rd 2011, 13:58

Arrests for football related disorder in England and Wales are at a record low, with just over 3,000 people arrested last year, the Home Office says.
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O'Neill set to be new NI manager

Friday, December 23rd 2011, 12:22
related countries: Ireland Ireland

Michael O'Neill is the Irish Football Association's preferred choice to become Northern Ireland manager.
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Thursday, December 22nd 2011, 15:44

Pressure group UK Uncut begins legal proceedings to force banking giant Goldman Sachs to pay more to the UK tax authorities.
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Lufthansa sells BMI to BA owner

Thursday, December 22nd 2011, 13:19

British Airways owner IAG agrees a binding deal to buy BMI from Lufthansa for £172.5m, but warns the deal could lead to job losses.
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Thursday, December 22nd 2011, 12:46
related places: Edinburgh

The National Gallery of Scotland in Edinburgh has acquired a major Turner watercolour, which will go on display at the annual Turner in January exhibition.
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New overhaul of adoption checks

Thursday, December 22nd 2011, 11:35

The government is to overhaul the way people in England are checked to see if they are suitable to adopt children, as part of plans to speed up the process.
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UK economic growth revised up

Thursday, December 22nd 2011, 11:21

The UK economy grew by 0.6% between July and September, faster than previous estimates, but the economy failed to grow in the previous quarter.
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UK sends Horn of Africa food aid

Thursday, December 22nd 2011, 9:53

The UK sends 9,000 tonnes of aid to the Horn of Africa, after warning that millions of people there remain in danger due to drought and famine.
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VIDEO: Debt crisis: What next for Europe?

Thursday, December 22nd 2011, 5:43
related countries: France France, Germany Germany

While countries like Britain are resisting efforts to pool more sovereignty in economic terms, others like France and Germany are keen to press on with ever closer union. The BBC's Matthew Price looks at what's next for Europe.
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O'Donnell warns of UK challenges

Thursday, December 22nd 2011, 2:01

Britain's top civil servant Sir Gus O'Donnell uses a newspaper interview to raise what he sees as the "enormous challenges" facing the UK.
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Solar changes could prove 'fatal'

Thursday, December 22nd 2011, 0:10

The UK government has handled changes to solar power subsidies "clumsily", and risks losing thousands of jobs, MPs say.
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John Terry to face racism charge

Wednesday, December 21st 2011, 19:21
related places: Chelsea

England captain John Terry is to face a criminal charge of using racist language towards fellow footballer Anton Ferdinand during a Premier League game.
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Terry vows to prove his innocence

Wednesday, December 21st 2011, 19:16
related places: Chelsea

John Terry says he is determined to clear his name after racism charge, and he will not stand aside as England captain.
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Appeal to 'online abuse' victims

Wednesday, December 21st 2011, 16:37

A UK child protection watchdog is appealing to children who may be among hundreds of victims of an internet sex abuser to come forward.
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Paterson quits Scotland 'at top'

Wednesday, December 21st 2011, 16:33

Scotland's Chris Paterson says a desire to quit while playing at the top level of rugby is his reason for retiring from international career.
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UK and Irish warned over asylum

Wednesday, December 21st 2011, 13:00
related countries: Greece Greece, Ireland Ireland

The EU's top court backs legal challenges by non-EU asylum seekers resisting attempts by the UK and Ireland to send them back to Greece.
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Met raid 100 homes in riots probe

Wednesday, December 21st 2011, 11:27
related places: London

Police arrest 62 people in raids on 100 addresses across London in an operation targeting suspected rioters.
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Rewrite key planning change - MPs

Wednesday, December 21st 2011, 10:49

A committee of MPs says ministers must end the "default yes" to development within their changes to the planning system in England.
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UK plays down breast implant fear

Wednesday, December 21st 2011, 9:48
related countries: France France

British women with silicone breast implants made by a French company should not have them removed, a UK watchdog says, amid concerns over health risks.
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Scrap fear over £500k art theft

Tuesday, December 20th 2011, 18:31
related places: London

A Barbara Hepworth sculpture insured for £500,000 is stolen from a south London park by suspected scrap metal thieves.
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Storm diverts PM in Afghanistan

Tuesday, December 20th 2011, 14:32
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan

Prime Minister David Cameron visits UK troops serving in Afghanistan - but a dust storm stops him visiting the main British base of Camp Bastion.
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MPs attack 'cosy deals' at HMRC

Tuesday, December 20th 2011, 11:54

A committee of MPs criticises "cosy" deals between HM Revenue & Customs and large businesses, saying the exchequer has lost out on millions of pounds of tax.
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Yemen: Looking back at a year of protest

Tuesday, December 20th 2011, 10:15
related countries: Yemen Yemen

British photographer captures Yemen's unrest
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VIDEO: Britain boycotts IMF euro scheme

Tuesday, December 20th 2011, 6:33

Several European countries have agreed to provide 150bn euros (£125bn; $194bn) to the International Monetary Fund but Britain's decision not to take part in the scheme to support the eurozone meant EU finance ministers failed to reach their target s
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VIDEO: Escaping N Korea's communist regime

Tuesday, December 20th 2011, 3:35
related countries: North Korea North Korea
related places: London

BBC's Humphrey Hawksley speaks to a family that defected from North Korea's communist regime in 2005 and settled in London.
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Olympic rings at Channel Tunnel

Tuesday, December 20th 2011, 1:27
related countries: France France

A giant set of Olympic rings is unveiled at the entrance to Channel Tunnel in France - mainland Europe's gateway to London 2012.
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Britain boycotts IMF euro scheme

Monday, December 19th 2011, 23:53

European countries agree to provide 150bn euros to an IMF scheme which could help eurozone countries in debt, but Britain refuses to take part.
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Libyan military leader to sue UK

Monday, December 19th 2011, 18:54
related countries: Libya Libya

Libyan military leader Abdel Hakim Belhaj is suing the UK government over his rendition and torture by Gaddafi regime.
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Germany wants UK as 'EU partner'

Monday, December 19th 2011, 16:03
related countries: Germany Germany

Germany's foreign minister suggests differences with the UK over the future of EU integration can be resolved, after talks with William Hague.
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Riot operation 'flawed' say MPs

Monday, December 19th 2011, 8:12

The way police tried to tackle the summer's riots in towns and cities across England was flawed, a report by the Home Affairs Committee says.
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Sunday football as it happened

Sunday, December 18th 2011, 19:02
related places: Liverpool, Tottenham

Manchester City defeat Arsenal to reclaim top spot in the Premier League while there are also wins for Manchester United, Liverpool and Spurs on a busy day of action that also features Championship and SPL games.
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Lamont is Scottish Labour leader

Saturday, December 17th 2011, 14:56

MSP Johann Lamont is elected as the new Scottish Labour leader, pledging to "make Labour Scotland's party once again".
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UK fishing fleet quotas increased

Saturday, December 17th 2011, 14:32
related countries: Belgium Belgium
related places: Brussels

British fishing fleets will be able to land more fish but face fewer days at sea, after an agreement was reached at marathon talks in Brussels.
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I'll restore GB pride, says Froch

Saturday, December 17th 2011, 13:10
related countries: United States United States
related places: Atlantic City

Carl Froch is aiming to restore British pride when he fights American Andre Ward in the final of the Super Six tournament in Atlantic City.
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Live - Saturday's Scottish football

Saturday, December 17th 2011, 12:08
related places: Aberdeen, Pittodrie

Ten-man Aberdeen beat Hibs at Pittodrie before another four Scottish Premier League games get under way at 1500 GMT.
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Saturday football - as it happened

Saturday, December 17th 2011, 12:01
related places: Blackburn, Bolton, Chelsea

Chelsea drop points at Wigan after struggling trio Wolves, Bolton and Blackburn all lose and Norwich draw at Everton on a dramatic afternoon of action in both England and Scotland.
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Wood and Lee land comedy prizes

Saturday, December 17th 2011, 4:09
related countries: Seychelles Seychelles
related places: London

Victoria Wood, Miranda Hart, Stewart Lee and the cast of The Inbetweeners are among the winners at the 2011 British Comedy Awards in London.
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UK greets end of Libya sanctions

Saturday, December 17th 2011, 1:58
related countries: Libya Libya

Foreign Secretary William Hague says the lifting of UN sanctions "marks another significant moment in Libya's transition".
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Calm rhetoric, Clegg urges French

Friday, December 16th 2011, 20:41
related countries: France France
related places: Paris

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg tells the French prime minister that steps should be taken to "calm the rhetoric" on the UK economy.
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Tributes flood in for Hitchens

Friday, December 16th 2011, 18:53

British-born author, literary critic and journalist Christopher Hitchens dies in a Texas hospital, aged 62, after suffering from cancer.
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Commentators pay tribute to Christopher Hitchens

Friday, December 16th 2011, 15:11
related countries: United States United States

British and US commentators pay tribute to Christopher Hitchens
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