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Prison book ban ruled unlawful

Friday, December 5th 2014, 14:20

The government's ban on sending books to prisoners in England and Wales is unlawful, the High Court declares.
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Elgin Marbles statue loaned to Russia

Friday, December 5th 2014, 12:42
related countries: Russia Russia

The British Museum has lent one of the Elgin Marbles to the Hermitage Museum in Russia - the first time one of the disputed Greek relics has gone on loan.
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Scotland lowers drink-drive limit

Friday, December 5th 2014, 10:12

A new law comes into force which makes the legal drink-drive limit in Scotland lower than that elsewhere in the UK.
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Rail fares to rise by 2.2% next year

Friday, December 5th 2014, 9:48

Average rail fares will rise by 2.2% from 2 January, the rail industry has said, marking the lowest rise for five years.
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US hostage's family in video appeal

Friday, December 5th 2014, 8:19
related countries: United States United States, Yemen Yemen

The family of UK-born American hostage Luke Somers release a video appealing to al-Qaeda militants in Yemen to "show mercy" and release him.
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O'Sullivan wraps up win with 147

Thursday, December 4th 2014, 21:51
related places: York

Ronnie O'Sullivan, showing no ill-effects from a broken ankle, makes a maximum 147 break to reach the UK Championship quarter-finals.
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US reveals Yemen hostage rescue bid

Thursday, December 4th 2014, 21:38
related countries: United States United States, Yemen Yemen

The US reveals that last month it tried to rescue British-born American hostage Luke Somers, who is being held by al-Qaeda militants in Yemen.
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Kerry renews US Afghan commitments

Thursday, December 4th 2014, 17:44
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan
related places: London, More

John Kerry renews American commitments to invest in Afghanistan and create a "powerhouse" region, after a conference in London.
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Tory MP Mark Pritchard arrested

Thursday, December 4th 2014, 14:00
related places: London

Conservative MP Mark Pritchard has been arrested following an alleged incident in central London.
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VIDEO: British 'Hero of Israel' reburied

Thursday, December 4th 2014, 13:51
related countries: Israel Israel

The ashes of John Henry Patterson are to be reburied in Israel after a state funeral attended by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
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UK interest rates stay on hold again

Thursday, December 4th 2014, 12:13

UK interest rates are held at the record low of 0.5% for another month by the Bank of England.
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US hostage 'appears in Yemen video'

Thursday, December 4th 2014, 11:48
related countries: United States United States, Yemen Yemen

Al-Qaeda militants based in Yemen have published a video purporting to show a British-born US hostage and threatening to kill him.
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Davies named new Pro12 chairman

Thursday, December 4th 2014, 11:19
related countries: Ireland Ireland

Former Wales and British and Irish Lions wing Gerald Davies is named the new chairman of the Pro12 league.
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Cook banned after slow over rate

Thursday, December 4th 2014, 10:31
related countries: Sri Lanka Sri Lanka

England captain Alastair Cook is given a one-match ban for his side's slow over rate in Wednesday's win over Sri Lanka.
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Court charges two over Thai murders

Thursday, December 4th 2014, 9:51
related countries: Burma Burma, Thailand Thailand

A court charges two Burmese men with the murder of two British tourists in Thailand earlier this year, a crime which both men deny.
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Israel to rebury British WW1 chief

Thursday, December 4th 2014, 4:32
related countries: Israel Israel

The remains of a lion-hunter turned Jewish volunteer commander are to be reburied after a ceremony in Israel.
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CBI warns on Osborne's 'Google tax'

Thursday, December 4th 2014, 0:00
related places: Osborne

The Confederation of British Industry has warned over Chancellor George Osborne's plans for the UK to "go it alone" on corporate tax reform.
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Osborne reveals stamp duty reforms

Wednesday, December 3rd 2014, 23:03

George Osborne announces changes to stamp duty which he says will benefit 98% of homebuyers in his Autumn Statement to MPs.
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England win ignites Sri Lanka series

Wednesday, December 3rd 2014, 19:00
related countries: Sri Lanka Sri Lanka
related places: Hambantota

Joe Root and Jos Buttler carry England to a much-needed victory in the third one-day international against Sri Lanka.
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Online porn restrictions 'a mistake'

Wednesday, December 3rd 2014, 17:29

New legislation that puts limits on online porn filmed in the UK will seriously disadvantage the homegrown industry, according to an leading adult broadcaster.
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'Too much self pity' in Scots game

Wednesday, December 3rd 2014, 17:19

Sports promoter Barry Hearn thinks it is "disgraceful" that Scotland's top flight cannot attract a sponsor.
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Lee Rigby's killers lose appeal bids

Wednesday, December 3rd 2014, 17:08
related places: London

Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale lose legal challenges against their sentences for the murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby.
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UK service sector growth strengthens

Wednesday, December 3rd 2014, 11:18

Activity in the UK's dominant services sector grew at its fastest rate for a year in November, a closely-watched survey indicates.
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Home birth 'could be best for mums'

Wednesday, December 3rd 2014, 9:29

Hundreds of thousands more babies could be born outside hospital, under new guidelines for the NHS in England and Wales.
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Bid to reopen NI 'torture' case

Tuesday, December 2nd 2014, 20:45
related countries: Ireland Ireland

The Irish government will ask the European Court to revise its judgement in the case of a group of men who said they were tortured in Northern Ireland.
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Paddington gets bear hug at cinemas

Tuesday, December 2nd 2014, 16:33
related places: Paddington

Family film Paddington, based on Michael Bond's books about the marmalade-loving bear, tops the UK box office chart after its first weekend in cinemas.
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O'Sullivan and Robertson go through

Tuesday, December 2nd 2014, 16:26

Ronnie O'Sullivan beats Ben Woollaston and Neil Robertson overcomes Peter Ebdon to reach UK Championship last 16.
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VIDEO: Bangladesh: UK man guilty of contempt

Tuesday, December 2nd 2014, 16:09
related countries: Bangladesh Bangladesh

A Bangladesh court finds a British man guilty of contempt for challenging the official death toll from the 1971 war of independence.
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Audrey Hepburn exhibition announced

Tuesday, December 2nd 2014, 13:40
related places: London

Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon will celebrate the actress's life and career when it opens at the National Portrait Gallery in London next year.
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Sondheim hails 'fresh' Assassins show

Tuesday, December 2nd 2014, 12:08
related countries: United States United States
related places: London

US composer Stephen Sondheim helps launch a new London staging of his 1990 musical Assassins, calling it "entirely different" from previous productions.
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UK man guilty of Bangladesh contempt

Tuesday, December 2nd 2014, 11:02
related countries: Bangladesh Bangladesh

A Bangladesh court finds a British man guilty of contempt for challenging the official death toll from the 1971 war of independence.
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Aviva agrees Friends Life takeover

Tuesday, December 2nd 2014, 8:12

Insurance giant Aviva agrees to buy pensions company Friends Life in a £5.6bn deal that will create the UK's largest insurance, savings and asset management firm.
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Probation changes linked to murders

Tuesday, December 2nd 2014, 5:05

Changes to the way offenders are supervised in England and Wales may have contributed to two murders, says the probation officers' union.
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Thai suspects appeal for witnesses

Tuesday, December 2nd 2014, 1:44
related countries: Thailand Thailand

Friends of two British tourists murdered in Thailand in September are being urged by the suspects' lawyer to come forward with information.
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£15bn 'roads revolution' outlined

Monday, December 1st 2014, 15:51

A tunnel passing Stonehenge is among dozens of new road schemes to be announced by the government, as part of £15bn of improvements to England's roads.
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VIDEO: 'A country under siege from Ebola'

Monday, December 1st 2014, 10:58
related countries: Liberia Liberia, Sierra Leone Sierra Leone

Alexander Kumar, Theresa Jones, and John Wright are British volunteers working in Liberia and Sierra Leone with people affected by Ebola and they have created a video diary.
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UK manufacturing activity picks up

Monday, December 1st 2014, 10:38

Manufacturing activity increased in November after solid domestic demand offset weaker orders from overseas markets, a survey indicates.
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Gillian Anderson wins theatre award

Monday, December 1st 2014, 1:23

Gillian Anderson and Tom Hiddleston win the top acting honours at this year's London Evening Standard Theatre Awards.
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Diane Abbott seeks London Mayor role

Sunday, November 30th 2014, 19:59
related places: London

Veteran Labour MP Diane Abbott says she is intending to put herself forward to become Labour's candidate for Mayor of London in 2016.
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UK MPs barred entry to Hong Kong

Sunday, November 30th 2014, 18:21
related countries: China China, Hong Kong Hong Kong

The Chinese embassy tells a cross-party group of MPs it will not be able to go ahead with a planned visit to Hong Kong.
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Osborne confirms extra £2bn for NHS

Sunday, November 30th 2014, 16:48

Chancellor George Osborne confirms an extra £2bn in annual funding for frontline NHS services across the UK - as Labour says they would go further.
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NI 'not ready for corporation tax'

Sunday, November 30th 2014, 9:18

A leading businessman calls into question the ability of politicians to deliver a lowering of corporation tax for Northern Ireland.
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English councils demand more powers

Sunday, November 30th 2014, 7:20

"It's England's turn now," say English council leaders in an open letter calling for more powers to be devolved from Westminster to the regions.
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David Beckham involved in car crash

Saturday, November 29th 2014, 22:52

A female driver is taken to hospital after her car is involved in a road collision involving former England footballer David Beckham.
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England could do better - Lancaster

Saturday, November 29th 2014, 20:27
related countries: Australia Australia
related places: Lancaster, Twickenham

Head coach Stuart Lancaster insists England still have "lots to work on" despite beating Australia 26-17 at Twickenham.
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'Up to 13,000 slaves' working in UK

Saturday, November 29th 2014, 20:23

There could be between 10,000 and 13,000 victims of slavery in the UK, higher than previous figures, analysis for the Home Office suggests.
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England 26-17 Australia

Saturday, November 29th 2014, 16:26
related countries: Australia Australia
related places: Twickenham

Ben Morgan scores two tries as England end their autumn series with a much-needed 26-17 win over Australia at Twickenham.
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Black Friday sets Amazon UK record

Saturday, November 29th 2014, 14:10

Black Friday was the busiest ever day for online retailer Amazon UK, with sales that "surpassed all expectations", the company says.
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England suffer emphatic ODI defeat

Saturday, November 29th 2014, 11:45
related countries: Sri Lanka Sri Lanka
related places: Colombo

Sri Lanka beat England by eight wickets with 10.4 overs to spare to take a 2-0 lead in the one-day international series.
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Mellor apologises for taxi outburst

Saturday, November 29th 2014, 11:03
related places: London

Former Conservative cabinet minister David Mellor apologises for an outburst against a London taxi driver, which was recorded and given to the Sun.
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Brown wants Scots politics 'reset'

Saturday, November 29th 2014, 0:59

Former PM Gordon Brown says politicians in Scotland must stop obsessing about constitutional change and focus on improving people's lives.
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Police called to Black Friday sales

Friday, November 28th 2014, 18:33
related places: London

Police are called to supermarkets across the UK amid crowd surges as people hunt for "Black Friday" offers.
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Russia warships pass through Channel

Friday, November 28th 2014, 13:48
related countries: France France, Russia Russia

A flotilla of Russian warships passes through the English Channel in what British and French officials describe as an annual visit.
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Lowest ever winter deaths recorded

Friday, November 28th 2014, 10:17

The lowest ever number of winter deaths were recorded last year, official figures for England and Wales show.
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Social media told to simplify terms

Friday, November 28th 2014, 0:04

A report from the UK parliament says Facebook, Twitter and other social networking firms need to make their terms and conditions clearer.
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Woman wins £337m in divorce case

Thursday, November 27th 2014, 17:11
related countries: United States United States
related places: London

The American wife of London financier Sir Chris Hohn, Jamie Cooper-Hohn, is awarded £337m by a High Court judge in a divorce case.
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Afghan attack hits UK embassy car

Thursday, November 27th 2014, 17:08
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan
related places: Kabul

A suicide bomber strikes a UK embassy vehicle in the Afghan capital Kabul, with a British worker and an Afghan staff member among those killed.
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Scotland 'should set income tax'

Thursday, November 27th 2014, 17:00

The Scottish Parliament should have the power to set income tax rates and bands, the body on strengthening devolution recommends.
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Rocky Horror sequel set for London

Thursday, November 27th 2014, 16:06
related places: London

Shock Treatment, the sequel to cult hit Rocky Horror Picture Show, is to be adapted for the stage in London.
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UK net migration rises to 260,000

Thursday, November 27th 2014, 14:41

The government is set to miss its immigration targets as net migration to the UK reaches its highest level since the 2010 general election.
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Williams could replace North on wing

Thursday, November 27th 2014, 7:58
related countries: South Africa South Africa

Scarlets' Liam Williams is tipped to start on the wing for Wales against South Africa on Saturday if George North is ruled out.
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Vinyl record sales hit 18-year high

Thursday, November 27th 2014, 7:55
related places: More

More than one million vinyl records have been sold in the UK so far this year - the first time the milestone has been achieved since 1996.
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US planes 'may use British carrier'

Thursday, November 27th 2014, 4:24
related countries: United States United States

The Royal Navy wants to ask American squadrons to fly off its new aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, because of delays to the introduction of Britain’s new F35B fighters, BBC Newsnight learns.
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Photography's history to go on show

Thursday, November 27th 2014, 3:02

Treasures from the world's oldest photographic society will go on display at the site of one of the UK's first public exhibitions of photography.
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Embassy protesters condemn shooting

Thursday, November 27th 2014, 2:24
related countries: United States United States
related places: London

Hundreds demonstrate outside the US embassy in London in protest at the decision not to prosecute a police officer for killing black teenager Michael Brown in Missouri.
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Candy Crush maker chairman resigns

Thursday, November 27th 2014, 1:13

The chairman of King Digital, the maker of the popular mobile game Candy Crush, Melvyn Morris, has resigned and is taking a break from the UK firm.
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Child sex abuse care place shortage

Wednesday, November 26th 2014, 23:59

A report reveals councils are having to phone around England to find places to accommodate children at risk of sexual exploitation.
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Commission to urge Scottish tax power

Wednesday, November 26th 2014, 20:53

The commission on devolving powers to the Scottish Parliament is to recommend full control over income tax rates and bands, the BBC understands.
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England beaten despite Moeen century

Wednesday, November 26th 2014, 18:05
related countries: Sri Lanka Sri Lanka
related places: Colombo

Moeen Ali makes his maiden century but England lose to Sri Lanka by 25 runs in the opening one-day international in Colombo.
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Britons jailed over Syria terror camp

Wednesday, November 26th 2014, 17:47
related countries: Syria Syria
related places: London

Two brothers from east London become the first Britons to be jailed for terrorism training in Syria.
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Concerns over terror exclusion plans

Wednesday, November 26th 2014, 16:27
related countries: Iraq Iraq, Syria Syria

The UK's reviewer of terrorism laws raises concerns about plans to exclude people from the UK if they go abroad to fight with extremist groups, as a new counter-terror bill is published
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Boks make five changes for Wales

Wednesday, November 26th 2014, 9:50

South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer has made five changes to his starting XV to face Wales at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday.
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A 'generation to change bank culture'

Wednesday, November 26th 2014, 0:08

A "toxic" and "aggressive" culture inside British banks will take a generation to change, according to a report from Cass Business School and New City Agenda.
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VIDEO: How to hack a molecular microscope

Wednesday, November 26th 2014, 0:07

A PhD student from Brunel University London has saved himself £100,000 by 'hacking' his own kit.
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Vodafone gave too much data to police

Tuesday, November 25th 2014, 23:02

Vodafone sent the phone data of more than 1,000 News UK workers to police after being asked for the details of just one journalist, the Met Police says.
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VIDEO: Angelina Jolie on directing Unbroken

Tuesday, November 25th 2014, 22:27

Oscar winning actress Angelina Jolie has attended the premiere in London of her new film, Unbroken.
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Dewani judge asked to continue trial

Tuesday, November 25th 2014, 12:41

A judge is considering whether a case against UK businessman Shrien Dewani, accused of the murder of his wife, should continue.
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VIDEO: 'Tense' in Dewani trial courtroom

Tuesday, November 25th 2014, 10:51
related countries: South Africa South Africa
related places: Cape Town

Jon Kay reports from the courtroom in Cape Town, as South African prosecutors try to persuade a judge not to drop the murder case against British businessman Shrien Dewani.
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International Emmys for UK shows

Tuesday, November 25th 2014, 10:15
related countries: United States United States
related places: Utopia

British TV productions win three awards at the International Emmys in the US, including a best drama prize for axed Channel 4 series Utopia.
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Tuesday's gossip column

Tuesday, November 25th 2014, 7:37

Balotelli to stay in England, Chelsea pull out of race for Reus, Gundogan keen on Premier League, plus more.
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Many lonely elderly call helpline

Tuesday, November 25th 2014, 1:45

In its first year, a free 24-hour UK helpline for the elderly has been inundated with calls about loneliness.
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Vunipola ruled out of Australia Test

Monday, November 24th 2014, 19:12
related countries: Australia Australia

Billy Vunipola is ruled out of England's Test against Australia with concussion and replaced by Thomas Waldrom.
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'Time is right' for new terror powers

Monday, November 24th 2014, 14:22

The police and security services should get new powers to defend the UK from a terror threat "perhaps greater than it has ever been", the home secretary says.
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Ex-minister calls for UK's EU exit

Monday, November 24th 2014, 13:19

Former minister Owen Paterson calls for the UK to exit the EU, putting pressure on the prime minister amid Tory divisions on the issue.
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Dewani judge asked to throw out case

Monday, November 24th 2014, 12:19
related countries: South Africa South Africa

A judge is asked to throw out the case against UK businessman Shrien Dewani, who denies conspiring to murder his wife in South Africa during their honeymoon.
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VIDEO: Google case over web abuse settled

Monday, November 24th 2014, 11:42

A UK businessman who took Google to court over malicious web postings directed at him, has reached a settlement with the firm.
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Banker fit for Hong Kong murder trial

Monday, November 24th 2014, 11:03
related countries: Hong Kong Hong Kong

British banker Rurik Jutting is ruled fit to stand trial for the murder of two women in Hong Kong, after undergoing psychiatric assessments.
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Band Aid single storms to number one

Monday, November 24th 2014, 9:32

Band Aid 30's Do They Know It's Christmas? debuts at number one in the UK singles chart after selling more than 312,000 copies last week.
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VIDEO: HK murder suspect fit to stand trial

Monday, November 24th 2014, 7:40
related countries: Hong Kong Hong Kong, Indonesia Indonesia

A judge has ruled that a British banker charged with the murder of two Indonesian women in Hong Kong is fit to stand trial.
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VIDEO: Dewani judge asked to throw out case

Monday, November 24th 2014, 6:56
related countries: South Africa South Africa

A court in South Africa will consider whether a murder trial against a British man should be thrown out.
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UK fighters in Syria 'not mercenaries'

Monday, November 24th 2014, 2:56
related countries: Syria Syria

A British man fighting with Kurdish troops against Islamic State militants in Syria tells the BBC he is not a mercenary.
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RBS sorry for 'incorrect' evidence

Monday, November 24th 2014, 1:07

Royal Bank of Scotland apologised for giving incorrect evidence to a parliamentary hearing, letters released by the Treasury Committee reveal.
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Volleyball woman out of Iran prison

Sunday, November 23rd 2014, 23:42
related countries: Iran Iran

British-Iranian Ghoncheh Ghavami, who was detained after attempting to watch a men's volleyball match in Iran, is freed on bail, her family says.
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UK 'unlikely to meet' migration target

Sunday, November 23rd 2014, 16:30

EU migration has "blown off course" the UK's target to cut net migration to the tens of thousands, the home secretary says.
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'Up to five' terror plots stopped

Sunday, November 23rd 2014, 14:06

Four or five terror plots have been stopped this year, compared with an average one a year in recent years, Britain's most senior police officer says.
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England warm-up game washed out

Sunday, November 23rd 2014, 8:29
related countries: Sri Lanka Sri Lanka
related places: Colombo

England's final warm-up match against Sri Lanka A is abandoned without a ball bowled after heavy morning rain in Colombo.
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Quigg and McDonnell retain titles

Saturday, November 22nd 2014, 23:01
related countries: Japan Japan

Britain's Scott Quigg defends his WBA world super-bantamweight title with a unanimous points win over Japan's Hidenori Otake.
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Wales 16-34 New Zealand

Saturday, November 22nd 2014, 20:26
related countries: New Zealand New Zealand

Wales slip to a 34-16 defeat to New Zealand in Cardiff - continuing a run of 61 years without a win over the All Blacks.
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NHS staff fly out to fight Ebola

Saturday, November 22nd 2014, 17:36
related countries: Sierra Leone Sierra Leone
related places: London

The first group of NHS volunteers set off from London Heathrow, bound for Sierra Leone where they will help in the fight against Ebola.
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Balcony collapse victims named

Saturday, November 22nd 2014, 14:12
related countries: Poland Poland
related places: London

Two Polish men who died after a balcony collapsed in west London on Friday are named as Tomasz Procko, 22, and Karol Szymanski, 29.
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