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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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Adele's album back at number one

Monday, January 9th 2012, 8:44

Adele album 21 returns to the top of the UK album, while Flo Rida knocks Coldplay off the top of the singles chart.
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Royals attend War Horse premiere

Sunday, January 8th 2012, 20:58
related places: Cambridge

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge join stars on the red carpet at the UK premiere of Steven Spielberg's new film War Horse.
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VIDEO: Kenya Britons warned over threat

Sunday, January 8th 2012, 11:17
related countries: Kenya Kenya

The British government has warned tourists that a terror attack may be imminent in Kenya.
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Britons warned over Kenya threat

Saturday, January 7th 2012, 19:54
related countries: Kenya Kenya

The British government has warned UK tourists in Kenya to take extra care, amid fears that a terrorist attack in Nairobi is imminent.
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Saturday, January 7th 2012, 12:55
related places: Birmingham, London

Ministers are "considering very seriously" building a controversial new high-speed rail line between London and Birmingham, the BBC understands.
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Scottish Cup as it happened

Saturday, January 7th 2012, 12:03
related places: Kilmarnock

The fourth round of the Scottish Cup provides 45 goals on Saturday, but no great upsets.
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The couple married for 86 years

Saturday, January 7th 2012, 9:26
related places: Bradford

A couple from Bradford who tied the knot in 1925 could be the UK's longest married husband and wife.
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Are the Republicans having an identity crisis?

Saturday, January 7th 2012, 0:02

What Republicans could learn from UK Tories' wilderness years
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Man Utd deny Rooney exit rumours

Friday, January 6th 2012, 22:25

Manchester United and Wayne Rooney issue a joint statement denying a newspaper report that the England international is to be sold in the January transfer window.
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Hague welcomes end of 'long darkness' in Burma

Friday, January 6th 2012, 19:51
related countries: Burma Burma

UK's Hague hails end of 'long darkness' in Burma
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Friday, January 6th 2012, 19:34
related countries: Jamaica Jamaica

Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller says the time has come to abandon Queen Elizabeth as head of state and become a republic.
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VIDEO: Hague: 'More Burma change needed'

Friday, January 6th 2012, 16:56
related countries: Burma Burma

The UK foreign secretary says the momentum for change in Burma is real but warns against relaxing pressure, after talks with Aung San Suu Kyi.
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Olympics ticket resales suspended

Friday, January 6th 2012, 16:27

London 2012 temporarily suspends customers from putting Olympic tickets up for resale after several problems with the official website.
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Flood to miss Six Nations opener

Friday, January 6th 2012, 11:14

England fly-half Toby Flood is expected to miss the start of the Six Nations with a knee injury.
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Cameron pledge on EU institutions

Friday, January 6th 2012, 10:57

The prime minister says he will do "everything possible" to stop members of a new eurozone fiscal pact discussing the single market behind the UK's back.
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PM tackles patient care 'problem'

Friday, January 6th 2012, 9:19

Nurses will be told to do regular ward rounds and patients encouraged to carry out inspections as part of a drive to improve hospital standards in England.
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Hague: 'More Burma change needed'

Friday, January 6th 2012, 8:19
related countries: Burma Burma

The UK foreign secretary says the momentum for change in Burma is real but warns against relaxing pressure, after talks with Aung San Suu Kyi.
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Men 'unhappy with beer bellies'

Friday, January 6th 2012, 1:12

Four out of five men confess to being unhappy about their body, suggests an online survey by the University of the West of England.
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Brain function declines from 45

Friday, January 6th 2012, 1:08

The brain's ability to function can start to deteriorate as early as 45, suggests a study in the British Medical Journal.
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Implants review to give findings

Friday, January 6th 2012, 0:59

Some 40,000 British women with banned PIP breast implants should find out later whether the government believes they should be removed.
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UK warns Iran over trading route

Thursday, January 5th 2012, 21:16
related countries: Iran Iran, United States United States

Any attempt by Iran to close a vital trade route would fail, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond tells the Atlantic Council think tank in the US.
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Scotland defend Shingler call-up

Thursday, January 5th 2012, 20:20

Scotland insist they have a right to include Steven Shingler in their Six Nations squad despite a challenge from Wales.
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Winds cause disruption around UK

Thursday, January 5th 2012, 15:26

Gusts of up to 112mph cause damage and disruption across much of the country and leave thousands of homes without power.
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MPs urge foreign aid conditions

Thursday, January 5th 2012, 11:02

Aid given by the UK to countries with a history of fraud and corruption should be conditional on them improving their governance, MPs say.
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Service sector growth 'buoyant'

Thursday, January 5th 2012, 10:32

Activity in the UK service sector grew in December at its fastest rate since July, according to the purchasing managers' index.
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Burma 'to release more prisoners'

Thursday, January 5th 2012, 9:22
related countries: Burma Burma

William Hague says his Burmese counterpart has vowed to free more political prisoners at talks during the first visit by a UK foreign secretary in 55 years.
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Police deny closing Lawrence team

Thursday, January 5th 2012, 8:02

Scotland Yard denies it is planning to disband the dedicated team of detectives investigating the murder of Stephen Lawrence.
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VIDEO: UK's Hague urges more Burma reform

Thursday, January 5th 2012, 2:55
related countries: Burma Burma

British Foreign Secretary William Hague will call on Burma's leaders to release more political prisoners during his visit to the country.
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'Strong case' for assisted dying

Thursday, January 5th 2012, 0:35

There is a "strong case" for allowing assisted suicide for people who are terminally ill in England and Wales, a group of experts says.
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Wednesday, January 4th 2012, 17:31

The "close relationship" between parts of Scotland Yard and the media has caused "serious harm", a report says.
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Olympic swimming tickets oversold

Wednesday, January 4th 2012, 15:00

Olympic organisers admit to selling too many tickets for this summer's synchronised swimming at London 2012.
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Two Britons held in Afghanistan

Wednesday, January 4th 2012, 14:01
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan

Two British nationals are arrested in Afghanistan for carrying 30 unlicensed guns, police say.
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Cruise beats Craig at box office

Wednesday, January 4th 2012, 11:49
related places: Craig

Tom Cruise's latest movie, Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol, beats Daniel Craig's The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo to the top of the UK box office.
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Storms leave homes without power

Wednesday, January 4th 2012, 11:16

Engineers are working to reconnect power to thousands of homes cut off by violent storms which hit the UK.
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Scorsese to collect Bafta honour

Wednesday, January 4th 2012, 10:31

Film-maker Martin Scorsese is to be honoured with British Academy's highest accolade, the Fellowship, at the Bafta Film Awards ceremony next month.
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Bidve family leaves for Britain

Wednesday, January 4th 2012, 9:11
related countries: India India
related places: Pune

The family of murdered Indian student, Anuj Bidve, leaves the city of Pune for Britain to bring back his body.
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Nissan Sunderland breaks record

Wednesday, January 4th 2012, 8:00
related places: Sunderland

Nissan produced 480,485 vehicles at its Sunderland plant in 2011, up 14% from 2010 and a new record for a single UK car plant.
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Fuel help urged for poor families

Wednesday, January 4th 2012, 1:02

Energy companies are being urged by the charity Save the Children to do more to help British families struggling to heat their homes this winter.
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Pair convicted of Lawrence murder

Tuesday, January 3rd 2012, 20:47
related places: London

Two men are convicted of the racist murder of black teenager Stephen Lawrence, 18 years after the attack in south-east London.
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VIDEO: Olympic dreams for Afghan women

Tuesday, January 3rd 2012, 19:59
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan
related places: London

Afghan female boxers are training to compete in the 2012 Olympic Games in London
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Two killed as high winds hit UK

Tuesday, January 3rd 2012, 18:26

Two men are killed as storms cause damage and result in power cuts across many parts of the UK, with gusts of up to 100mph in Scotland.
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India 'John Terry' tobacco gaffe

Tuesday, January 3rd 2012, 13:45
related countries: India India

John Terry's agency takes legal advice after an image resembling the England football captain appears on cigarette packs in an Indian anti-smoking campaign.
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Trinian's cartoonist Searle dies

Tuesday, January 3rd 2012, 12:58

British cartoonist Ronald Searle, best known for creating the fictional girls school St Trinian's, dies aged 91.
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Wardrobe show to open in London

Tuesday, January 3rd 2012, 11:43
related places: London

A stage production of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe is to open in London in May, it is announced.
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Save care system, say campaigners

Tuesday, January 3rd 2012, 9:55

A letter signed by leading health bodies and charities urges politicians to transform England's "failing" social care system.
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Five injured in Cyprus base demo

Tuesday, January 3rd 2012, 8:46
related countries: Cyprus Cyprus

Five people are injured during a demonstration against the presence of British military bases in Cyprus.
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VIDEO: Iraq flora project revived after 25 years

Tuesday, January 3rd 2012, 0:43
related countries: Iraq Iraq
related places: Kew, London

Project to catalogue Iraq's flora revived after 25 years on hold
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Dixon leaves Strictly for Talent

Monday, January 2nd 2012, 23:59

Alesha Dixon leaves Strictly to join the judging panel on Britain's Got Talent.
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Live - Scottish Premier League

Monday, January 2nd 2012, 11:53
related places: Dunfermline, Motherwell

Hearts beat Hibs 3-1 in the early kick-off before four games follow at 1500 GMT, including Rangers v Motherwell and Dunfermline v Celtic.
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Live - Monday football

Monday, January 2nd 2012, 10:30
related places: Chelsea, Fulham

Fulham snatch a dramatic late win over Arsenal after earlier victories for Chelsea, Norwich, Stoke and Swansea on a busy day of action that featured full Scottish and Football League programmes.
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UK will get up to strength - PM

Monday, January 2nd 2012, 8:41

In a new year message, David Cameron acknowledges economic worries but says Britain must take advantage of the Olympics and Queen's Jubilee.
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Thefts from police 'astonishing'

Monday, January 2nd 2012, 5:20

Hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of equipment and personal belongings have been stolen from police stations across Britain, it is revealed.
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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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