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Brown vows to 'lock in' Scots powers

Saturday, September 20th 2014, 17:47

Gordon Brown says his promise of further powers for Scotland will be delivered to the timetable set out ahead of the independence referendum.
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VIDEO: Imams in hostage video appeal to IS

Saturday, September 20th 2014, 17:46

Two high-profile imams in the UK make a direct appeal to the Islamic State militant group to free British hostage Alan Henning.
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UK and France agree Calais measures

Saturday, September 20th 2014, 17:04
related countries: France France
related places: Calais

The UK government is to provide £12m to help France tackle the problem of illegal immigrants trying to enter Britain from Calais.
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Britons detained in Qatar fly home

Saturday, September 20th 2014, 13:05
related countries: Qatar Qatar

Two Britons detained in Qatar after investigating the treatment of migrant workers there fly back to the UK.
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VIDEO: William takes Kate's place in Malta

Saturday, September 20th 2014, 4:39
related countries: Malta Malta

Prince William is to visit Malta to mark the 50th anniversary of the country's independence from British rule.
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UK couple missing after hurricane

Saturday, September 20th 2014, 2:10
related countries: Mexico Mexico

A British couple are reported missing off the Mexican coast after Hurricane Odile hit the country last weekend.
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Imams in hostage video appeal to IS

Saturday, September 20th 2014, 0:48

Two high-profile imams in the UK make a direct appeal to Islamic State militants to free Alan Henning, a UK hostage threatened with death.
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Catalonia approves independence vote

Friday, September 19th 2014, 21:30

Catalonia's parliament votes to give its leader the power to call a secession consultation, a move the Spanish government has criticised.
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Salmond to quit after Scots vote No

Friday, September 19th 2014, 21:24

Alex Salmond is to step down as first minister of Scotland and Scottish National Party leader after voters rejected independence in Thursday's referendum.
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Artist wins top painting prize at 80

Friday, September 19th 2014, 20:18

Artist Rose Wylie wins the John Moores Painting Prize, one of the UK's most prestigious art awards, at the age of 80.
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Row brewing over English powers

Friday, September 19th 2014, 18:43

David Cameron and Ed Miliband are at odds over plans for English MPs to be given power over England-only issues.
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Queen urges referendum 'respect'

Friday, September 19th 2014, 18:12

The Queen says she believes Scotland will unite in a "spirit of mutual respect and support" following the independence referendum.
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Cameron: Let's build a better UK

Friday, September 19th 2014, 16:50

PM David Cameron says it is time for millions of voices in England, Wales and Northern Ireland to be heard after Scotland votes to stay in the UK.
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VIDEO: What could Act Two hold? In 60 secs

Friday, September 19th 2014, 16:45

The stage is still set for change after the independence vote, not just in the Scotland, but the rest of the UK.
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Shares rise in London on 'No' vote

Friday, September 19th 2014, 16:05
related countries: United States United States
related places: Asia

Shares rise in London after Scotland rejects independence, as a rally in the pound fades.
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Scotland votes 'No' to independence

Friday, September 19th 2014, 14:51

As Scotland votes to stay in the UK Alex Salmond calls for the pledge of more devolved powers to be carried out, and David Cameron says the commitments will be honoured in full.
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Scottish 'No' vote 'relief' for firms

Friday, September 19th 2014, 12:51

Businesses speak of 'relief' over Scotland's rejection of independence, and banks say they will no longer be shifting operations out of Scotland.
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'No' leads in Scottish referendum

Friday, September 19th 2014, 4:11

The campaign to keep Scotland in the UK takes the most votes so far in the independence referendum, with fewer than 10 councils set to declare.
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Uzbek first daughter hires PR help

Friday, September 19th 2014, 3:00
related places: London

London firm batting for fallen Uzbek first daughter
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Health services finances 'worsening'

Thursday, September 18th 2014, 23:04

Supposedly-elite NHS foundation trusts in England are running up an overall deficit for the first time, the regulator is expected to say later.
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Abuse aimed at Andy Murray 'vile'

Thursday, September 18th 2014, 21:00

Online abuse directed at tennis star Andy Murray after he declares support for Scottish independence is described as "vile" by police.
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Millions in historic Scottish vote

Thursday, September 18th 2014, 20:09

Voting on whether Scotland should stay in the UK or become an independent nation enters its final stages, with polls to close at 22:00 BST (21:00 GMT).
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Video of British hostage released

Thursday, September 18th 2014, 20:00

A new video is released showing a British man, identified as journalist John Cantlie, believed to be held hostage by Islamic State militants.
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Alice suspect is convicted murderer

Thursday, September 18th 2014, 18:54
related countries: Latvia Latvia
related places: London

A man wanted in connection with the disappearance of schoolgirl Alice Gross was convicted of murdering his wife in Latvia, police reveal.
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Briton killed in Santorini incident

Thursday, September 18th 2014, 15:50
related countries: Greece Greece

A British man has been killed in an incident on the Greek island of Santorini, the Foreign Office confirms.
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Women convicted of 'pyramid scheme'

Thursday, September 18th 2014, 14:31

Six women are convicted of running a "pyramid scheme" in south-west England and south Wales in which thousands of people lost money.
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VIDEO: Calais chaos as refugees dodge trucks

Thursday, September 18th 2014, 11:22
related countries: France France
related places: Calais

A BBC documentary team has filmed hundreds of refugees being held back by French police as they attempt to board trucks and other vehicles heading to Britain from Calais.
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Australia want Lions 2017 tour game

Thursday, September 18th 2014, 10:25
related countries: Aruba Aruba, Australia Australia, Ireland Ireland, New Zealand New Zealand

The Australian Rugby Union wants the British and Irish Lions to start their 2017 tour of New Zealand in Australia.
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Thai PM sorry for bikini comment

Thursday, September 18th 2014, 10:15
related countries: Thailand Thailand

Thailand's PM apologises for suggesting tourists in bikinis were vulnerable to attack unless they were unattractive after two UK holidaymakers were killed.
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Wales at highest ranking in 20 years

Thursday, September 18th 2014, 10:13

Wales rise to their highest world ranking for 20 years after climbing 12 places to join Scotland in joint 29th.
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Vacuum cleaner boost for retail sales

Thursday, September 18th 2014, 10:09

UK retail sales rose by 0.4% during August, helped by shoppers looking to snap up high-powered vacuum cleaners ahead of an EU ban on the products.
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Muslim call for release of hostage

Thursday, September 18th 2014, 9:58
related countries: Syria Syria

British Muslim leaders call for the immediate release of Alan Henning, the UK hostage threatened with death by Islamic State extremists in Syria.
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No DNA matches in Thai murder probe

Thursday, September 18th 2014, 9:48
related countries: Thailand Thailand

Thai police admit they are struggling to find the killers of two British tourists, after it emerged crime scene DNA did not match that of any suspect.
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Gogglebox wins Rose d'Or TV award

Thursday, September 18th 2014, 8:41
related countries: Germany Germany
related places: Berlin

Channel 4's Gogglebox and BBC game show Pointless are among the British winners at the Rose d'Or international TV awards in Berlin.
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IS 'fuelling UK far-right backlash'

Thursday, September 18th 2014, 8:17
related places: Rotherham

Islamic extremism in the Middle East and the Rotherham abuse scandal are fuelling a UK far-right backlash, a Home Office adviser claims.
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Campaign to save historic theatres

Thursday, September 18th 2014, 6:02
related places: More

More than 30 historic theatres in England and Wales are "at risk" from decay, closure or irreversible change, according to the Theatres Trust.
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British Ebola nurse travels to US

Thursday, September 18th 2014, 0:05
related countries: United States United States

A British nurse who recovered from Ebola travels to the US to donate blood to try to save the life of another victim of the virus.
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VIDEO: Thai murder police to quiz Britons

Wednesday, September 17th 2014, 18:47
related countries: Thailand Thailand

Police investigating the murders of Hannah Witheridge and David Miller in Thailand say two British men are "possible suspects" and will face questioning.
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Mass rallies mark referendum climax

Wednesday, September 17th 2014, 18:03

Both sides in the Scottish referendum campaign hold rallies as they make their final efforts to win over undecided voters.
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Will Scottish referendum encourage Africa's separatists?

Wednesday, September 17th 2014, 17:36

Could Scottish referendum encourage Africa's separatists?
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Artists' personal collections on show

Wednesday, September 17th 2014, 16:55

The Barbican is to host the first major exhibition in the UK of the personal collections of post-war and contemporary artists, including Damien Hirst, Andy Warhol and Sir Peter Blake.
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Thai murder police quiz two Britons

Wednesday, September 17th 2014, 16:50
related countries: Thailand Thailand

Police investigating the murders of two British tourists in Thailand question two British brothers and detain 11 Burmese people.
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VIDEO: Why bagpipe makers want No vote

Wednesday, September 17th 2014, 14:11
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan

The Scottish referendum campaign is being watched closely by the business community in Pakistan, particularly by makers of traditional bagpipes and kilts.
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Driest start to September since 1960

Wednesday, September 17th 2014, 13:18

The first half of September has been exceptionally dry across much of the UK, according to provisional statistics from the Met Office.
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UK jobless rate falls to 2008 low

Wednesday, September 17th 2014, 11:59

The UK rate fell to 6.2% in the three months to the end of July, while the number claiming Jobseeker's Allowance has dipped below one million.
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Referendums 'torpedo EU' - Spain PM

Wednesday, September 17th 2014, 10:27
related countries: Spain Spain

Independence referendums in Scotland or Spain's Catalonia region are like a torpedo to European integration, Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy warns.
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London's fireworks to be ticketed

Wednesday, September 17th 2014, 10:22
related places: London

London's New Year's Eve fireworks is to be ticketed for the first time and a limit of 100,000 set on a viewing area for the event, Boris Johnson's office reveals.
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Huston set to star in Ben-Hur remake

Wednesday, September 17th 2014, 9:12

British actor Jack Huston is expected to take the lead role in a remake of 1959 classic Ben-Hur, according to reports from Hollywood.
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VIDEO: Healthy Britons given Ebola vaccine

Wednesday, September 17th 2014, 8:31

Fergus Walsh reports on a British trial of an experimental vaccine fast-tracked In an attempt to stop the spread of Ebola.
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Academy regulation 'too weak'

Wednesday, September 17th 2014, 6:41

Checks and balances on how academy chains in England spend large amounts of public money are "too weak", according to research.
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Campaigns seize on Scotland pledge

Tuesday, September 16th 2014, 21:49

Both sides in the Scottish independence referendum debate seize on a pledge by the three main Westminster parties to devolve more powers.
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Thompson 'wept' over stage return

Tuesday, September 16th 2014, 13:57
related places: London

Actress Emma Thompson says her recent stage comeback in Sweeney Todd brought her to tears and that it is a "dream come true" to bring the production to London.
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VIDEO: 'Number of suspects' in Thai deaths

Tuesday, September 16th 2014, 12:50
related countries: Thailand Thailand

Police investigating the deaths of two Britons in Thailand say they are focussing on the Burmese migrant community, reports Jonathan Head on Koh Tao.
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'Number of suspects' in Thai deaths

Tuesday, September 16th 2014, 12:04
related countries: Thailand Thailand

Police investigating the deaths of two Britons in Thailand say they are looking for a number of suspects - but rule out other British tourists.
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UK inflation rate falls to 1.5%

Tuesday, September 16th 2014, 10:42

Cheaper food and fuel prices helped to push down the UK consumer price inflation rate to 1.5% in August, official figures show.
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Pro-Union leaders in powers pledge

Tuesday, September 16th 2014, 7:16

The leaders of the three main parties at Westminster sign a pledge to devolve more powers to Scotland, if Scots reject independence.
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Police search after Thailand deaths

Tuesday, September 16th 2014, 3:40
related countries: Thailand Thailand

Police in Thailand continue to search for a man they want to speak to in connection with the deaths of two British tourists on the island of Koh Tao.
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Salmond and PM present rival visions

Monday, September 15th 2014, 19:52

First Minister Alex Salmond joins business leaders to argue for a Yes vote, as Prime Minister David Cameron outlines "head and heart" reasons to vote No.
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Father 'won't forgive' siege killers

Monday, September 15th 2014, 18:59
related countries: Algeria Algeria, Colombia Colombia

The father of one of the British men killed in the Algerian gas plant siege last year tells an inquest that his son's killers are not "forgiven or understood".
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Hostage rescue options limited - UK

Monday, September 15th 2014, 16:43

Britain cannot send special forces to rescue a UK hostage from Islamic State militants "because we don't know where he is", UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond says.
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Business urges post-referendum unity

Monday, September 15th 2014, 15:39

A leading Scottish business group calls for the country to unite "to drive Scotland forward", whatever the referendum result.
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Idris Elba movie displaces Guardians

Monday, September 15th 2014, 8:47
related countries: United States United States

Thriller No Good Deed, starring British actor Idris Elda, ends the four-week reign of Guardians of the Galaxy at the top of the US box office.
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VIDEO: Invictus closing ceremony highlights

Monday, September 15th 2014, 6:18
related places: London

The Invictus Games have been brought to a close in London with a sell-out concert at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
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VIDEO: Litvinenko suspect gets Russian TV show

Monday, September 15th 2014, 5:54
related countries: Russia Russia
related places: London

The prime suspect in the murder of Alexander Litvinenko, the former Russian agent killed in London now has his own TV programme in Russia
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McIlroy misses out on £6m prize

Sunday, September 14th 2014, 23:08

Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy misses out on the £6m FedEx Cup prize as Billy Horschel wins the Tour Championship and overall title.
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Imitation Game wins Toronto top prize

Sunday, September 14th 2014, 22:35

Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the British code breaker, wins the People’s Choice award at Toronto Film Festival.
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Contador wins Vuelta from Froome

Sunday, September 14th 2014, 18:54

Alberto Contador wins his third Vuelta a Espana title, ahead of Britain's Chris Froome, after a solid closing time trial.
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Leaders stress Scots vote will stand

Sunday, September 14th 2014, 18:50

Alex Salmond says the independence referendum is "a once in a generation opportunity" while Alistair Darling says there would be "no way back".
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UK will 'hunt down' Haines killers

Sunday, September 14th 2014, 18:38

Britain will take "whatever steps are necessary" to keep the country safe, following the killing of hostage David Haines by Islamic State militants, says Prime Minister David Cameron.
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VIDEO: Brother of murdered UK hostage speaks

Sunday, September 14th 2014, 18:04

The brother of British aid worker David Haines, murdered by Islamic State militants, pays tribute to him.
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Law to set out crime victims' rights

Sunday, September 14th 2014, 13:16

Crime victims in England and Wales are to be given legal rights for the first time, the justice secretary has said.
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Wiggins wins Tour time trial

Sunday, September 14th 2014, 12:24

Sir Bradley Wiggins wins the individual time trial at the Tour of Britain but Dylan van Baarle retains the overall lead.
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PM condemns hostage's 'evil murder'

Sunday, September 14th 2014, 11:15

PM David Cameron says the murder of British hostage David Haines is an "act of pure evil", after the release of a video of his beheading.
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US spies 'can access German telecoms'

Sunday, September 14th 2014, 10:21
related countries: Germany Germany, United States United States

US and British intelligence services can secretly access information from German telecoms operators, including Deutsche Telekom, Der Speigel says.
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Social care access 'limited for many'

Sunday, September 14th 2014, 2:44

Almost 90% of councils in England are now only offering social care to those whose needs are deemed substantial or critical, according to the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services.
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Thousands on streets for campaigns

Saturday, September 13th 2014, 20:32

Thousands of supporters of both sides in the Scottish referendum debate take to the streets on the final weekend before the vote.
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Business row in Scots weekend campaign

Saturday, September 13th 2014, 15:00

A row over the intervention of business leaders and banks in the Scottish independence referendum intensifies on the final weekend of campaigning.
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'Nightmare' for Briton held in Iran

Saturday, September 13th 2014, 11:49
related countries: Iran Iran

The family of Ghoncheh Ghavami, a British-Iranian woman being held in Iran after going to a men's volleyball match, appeal for her release.
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Radio donation to hoax nurse family

Saturday, September 13th 2014, 8:04
related countries: Aruba Aruba

An Australian radio station donates A$500,000 to relatives of a UK nurse who killed herself after taking a hoax phone call relating to the Royal Family.
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HSBC settles with US regulators

Friday, September 12th 2014, 21:10
related countries: United States United States

The British bank HSBC will pay $550m (£338m) to US regulators to settle claims that it mis-sold mortgage-related bonds ahead of the financial crisis.
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Shearer backs Welbeck at Arsenal

Friday, September 12th 2014, 21:06

Deadline-day signing Danny Welbeck can score 25 goals a season for Arsenal, says former England international Alan Shearer.
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Referendum business row intensifies

Friday, September 12th 2014, 20:30

The referendum row over business intensifies as big name retail bosses plan to publish a letter warning of price rises if Scots vote "Yes" to independence.
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Shop bosses in new 'Yes' vote warning

Friday, September 12th 2014, 16:49

The BBC learns that leading retailers are planning a joint warning of higher business costs should Scotland become independent as the war of words heats up.
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Dowsett takes Tour of Britain lead

Friday, September 12th 2014, 16:38

England's Alex Dowsett takes the Tour of Britain overall lead after finishing second on the sixth stage.
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Bard to be translated into Mandarin

Friday, September 12th 2014, 15:35
related countries: China China

The UK government is donating £1.5m for the first translation of all William Shakespeare's works into Mandarin for audiences in China.
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Royal hoax nurse 'took own life'

Friday, September 12th 2014, 14:09
related places: Cambridge, London

A nurse who put through a hoax phone call at a hospital where the Duchess of Cambridge was being treated took her own life, a coroner concludes.
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UK Ebola man plans return to Africa

Friday, September 12th 2014, 3:16

The first British person to contract Ebola during the outbreak in Africa is to return to the country where he was infected to fight the disease.
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Top GCSE grade to be given to just 3%

Friday, September 12th 2014, 1:29

Ofqual says just 3% of England's GCSE entries will earn the highest mark of Grade 9 under the new system of marking pupils from 1-9 rather than A*-G.
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Ex-Sainsbury's boss warns on Scotland

Friday, September 12th 2014, 1:07

Former Sainsbury's boss Justin King warns an independent Scotland will mean rising prices, put investment at risk, and affect Scottish food producers.
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Scotland 'on cusp of making history'

Friday, September 12th 2014, 0:01

Scotland is on the "cusp of making history" by voting for independence, the country's first minister says as he addresses the international media.
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Robot could load up dishwasher

Thursday, September 11th 2014, 23:38

A robot unveiled today at the British Science Festival will be loading dishwashers next year, its developers claim.
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'Nothing ruled out' over Syria - UK

Thursday, September 11th 2014, 22:50
related countries: Iraq Iraq, Syria Syria, United States United States

UK air strikes against Islamic State in Syria have not been ruled out, Number 10 says, after the foreign secretary earlier said Britain would not take part.
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Catalans rally for independence vote

Thursday, September 11th 2014, 17:25
related countries: Spain Spain
related places: Barcelona

Thousands of Catalans rally in Barcelona demanding a referendum on independence from Spain, with many energised by Scotland's vote next week.
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RBS confirms 'Yes' vote London move

Thursday, September 11th 2014, 17:04
related places: London

RBS confirms it will relocate its registered headquarters to London if Scotland votes for independence next week, but says it has no intention to move jobs or operations.
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Rodgers anger over Sturridge injury

Thursday, September 11th 2014, 14:01
related places: Liverpool

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers criticises England's handling of Daniel Sturridge as he is ruled out for up to three weeks.
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VIDEO: Scottish debate sparks Catalan push

Thursday, September 11th 2014, 9:45

Hundreds of thousands of Catalans are expected to create a giant 'V' on the streets of Barcelona on Thursday.
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Bank switching up 19% in first year

Wednesday, September 10th 2014, 23:15

The system that allows UK bank customers to switch their accounts in just seven days is being hailed a success, a year after it started.
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Albarn leads Mercury Prize hopefuls

Wednesday, September 10th 2014, 22:22
related countries: Ireland Ireland

Damon Albarn's first solo album makes the shortlist for this year's Mercury Prize, which is given to the best British or Irish record of the last 12 months.
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Leaders make Scotland 'No' vote plea

Wednesday, September 10th 2014, 20:36

The leaders of the main UK parties make a plea for a vote against Scottish independence as a poll suggests a narrow lead for the "No" campaign.
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Invictus Games open in London

Wednesday, September 10th 2014, 20:12
related places: London

The Invictus Games for wounded servicemen and women open at the Olympic Park in London, with Prince Harry saying lives will be changed.
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