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Oldest Holocaust survivor dies

Sunday, February 23rd 2014, 21:52
related places: London

The oldest known survivor of the Nazi Holocaust, Alice Herz-Sommer, dies in London at the age of 110.
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Russia on top as 2014 Games end

Sunday, February 23rd 2014, 19:01

Hosts Russia finish top of the medal table and Britain equal their best performance as Sochi 2014 comes to an end.
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Many dangers in Ukraine, warns Hague

Sunday, February 23rd 2014, 16:36
related countries: Russia Russia, Ukraine Ukraine

Unrest in Ukraine poses "many dangers", the UK's foreign secretary says as he prepares for talks with the Russian foreign minister.
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Final memorial for Komla Dumor

Sunday, February 23rd 2014, 15:54
related countries: Ghana Ghana
related places: London

Three days of funeral ceremonies for the BBC presenter Komla Dumor conclude in the Ghanaian capital Accra.
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Cameron and Salmond focus on energy

Sunday, February 23rd 2014, 14:07

The UK and Scottish cabinets will hold separate meetings in the Aberdeen area on Monday as they address the future of the North Sea oil industry.
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Scotland given tough Euro 2016 task

Sunday, February 23rd 2014, 13:31

Scotland and the Republic of Ireland are drawn in the same qualifying group for Euro 2016, while England face Switzerland.
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Budget 'must focus on youth jobless'

Sunday, February 23rd 2014, 11:15

Chancellor George Osborne must include measures in the March Budget to address youth unemployment and training, the British Chambers of Commerce says.
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Rooney 'not bothered' by abuse

Saturday, February 22nd 2014, 21:17

Manchester United boss David Moyes says the fans giving the England striker abuse will be cheering him at the World Cup.
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PCS 'neutral' in independence debate

Saturday, February 22nd 2014, 16:35

Members of one of Scotland's biggest unions vote against taking any side in the independence campaign.
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Italy 20-21 Scotland

Saturday, February 22nd 2014, 15:22
related countries: Italy Italy
related places: Rome

Duncan Weir's brilliant last-minute drop-goal gives Scotland the narrowest of victories against Italy in Rome.
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Vincent Nichols becomes a cardinal

Saturday, February 22nd 2014, 12:37
related countries: Italy Italy
related places: Rome

The leader of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales is created a cardinal at a ceremony in Rome.
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NHS trusts with deficits rise to 39

Saturday, February 22nd 2014, 8:31

A study of NHS foundation trusts in England finds the number of those in financial trouble has nearly doubled in a year from 21 to 39.
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Carry On star granted blue plaque

Saturday, February 22nd 2014, 5:12
related places: London

Comic and Carry On star Kenneth Williams is honoured with a blue plaque in central London on what would have been his 88th birthday.
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Shooting on London's Waterloo Bridge

Friday, February 21st 2014, 23:07
related places: London

Three men have been arrested after a drive-by shooting, which forced the closure of London's Waterloo Bridge.
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Police probe into patient deaths

Friday, February 21st 2014, 19:05

A police investigation is launched into the deaths of a number of patients who were under the care of a consultant surgeon.
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O'Driscoll is a rugby icon - Rowntree

Friday, February 21st 2014, 14:39
related places: Twickenham

Brian O'Driscoll is an "icon", says England's Graham Rowntree ahead of the centre's final international at Twickenham.
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Airports to get anti-slavery teams

Friday, February 21st 2014, 14:07

Specialist anti-slavery teams are to be based at UK airports to help spot victims of human trafficking, the government has announced.
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No charges for Alps arrest man

Friday, February 21st 2014, 13:09
related countries: France France

No charges will be brought against a man arrested in connection with the killing of a British engineer and his family in the Alps, French prosecutors say.
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Public finances show £4.7bn surplus

Friday, February 21st 2014, 13:06

January's public finances showed a surplus of £4.7bn, according to official figures, less than the surplus recorded a year ago.
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Longer Anchorman 2 to hit cinemas

Friday, February 21st 2014, 10:38
related countries: United States United States

A new longer cut of Will Ferrell's Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues is to be released in US and UK cinemas for a single week.
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UK retail sales fall 1.5% in January

Friday, February 21st 2014, 9:57

Retail sales in the UK fell by 1.5% in January from the month before, official figures show.
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Disaster forced changes - Broad

Friday, February 21st 2014, 9:43

Stuart Broad says a "disaster" of a winter forced the changes that resulted in Kevin Pietersen's England departure.
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Flood damage 'was preventable'

Friday, February 21st 2014, 9:30

Damage during the recent floods could have been prevented if the correct water management techniques had been used, says a group of experts.
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VIDEO: Bowie singing tribute on Scotland vote

Friday, February 21st 2014, 0:54

David Bowie used the Brit Awards to channel a message to the people of Scotland, via Kate Moss, imploring them not to leave the UK.
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Britain target best Winter Games haul

Thursday, February 20th 2014, 19:40

Britain chase a record-breaking medal haul on Friday with Britain's male curlers and short track skaters going for gold.
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Sikh groups demand Amritsar inquiry

Thursday, February 20th 2014, 18:25
related countries: India India
related places: Amritsar

Sikh campaigners demand a full inquiry into UK involvement in a deadly 1984 attack on a Sikh temple in India.
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Winter wettest on record - Met Office

Thursday, February 20th 2014, 17:47

The UK has had wettest winter on record - 486.8mm of rain - beating previous 1995 record, Met Office says.
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'Unreliable' Ecclestone wins F1 case

Thursday, February 20th 2014, 17:22
related places: London

A judge rejects an £85m (103m euros) damages claim against Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone but finds he did pay a bribe over a sale of F1 shares.
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Bowie wins best male at the Brits

Thursday, February 20th 2014, 13:35
related places: London

Veteran star David Bowie is named best British male at the Brit Awards in London, but the live TV show scores its lowest viewing figures since at least 1999.
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Wilson starts, with Ford on bench

Thursday, February 20th 2014, 11:58
related countries: Ireland Ireland
related places: Ford

David Wilson will start at tight-head for England, with the uncapped George Ford on the bench for Saturday's match against Ireland.
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Britain's women win curling bronze

Thursday, February 20th 2014, 11:46
related countries: Switzerland Switzerland

Britain's women win curling bronze to ensure Team GB will equal their best medal haul at a Winter Olympics.
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'Rise' in children on adult wards

Thursday, February 20th 2014, 8:57

An increasing number of young people with mental health problems in England are being treated on adult psychiatric wards, it emerges.
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British Gas reports dip in profits

Thursday, February 20th 2014, 8:30

British Gas's residential business saw a small drop in profits last year, down 6% to £571m, parent company Centrica says.
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Recovery not secure, Osborne warns

Thursday, February 20th 2014, 0:42
related places: Osborne

The UK's economic recovery is "not yet secure", Chancellor George Osborne is warning in the run-up to next month's Budget.
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Army starts flood defence inspection

Wednesday, February 19th 2014, 22:38

The military has begun inspecting damage to flood defences, the general leading military efforts to deal with the UK's flooding crisis says.
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Four win review of Italy deportation

Wednesday, February 19th 2014, 22:21
related countries: Italy Italy

Four asylum seekers challenging deportation to Italy in line with EU rules have been backed by the UK Supreme Court.
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Scots to 'chuck everything at Italy'

Wednesday, February 19th 2014, 22:13
related countries: Italy Italy
related places: Rome

Captain Greig Laidlaw knows Italy will be tough but thinks a win in Rome can revive Scotland's Six Nations fortunes.
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VIDEO: 'China's Spielberg' in UK film season

Wednesday, February 19th 2014, 20:42
related countries: China China

The BBC's Nick Higham speaks exclusively to Feng Xiaogang, a Chinese film director who is determined to fight censorship and show the real lives of people in present-day China.
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Briton gets life for Congo killing

Wednesday, February 19th 2014, 19:59
related countries: Democratic Republic of the Congo Democratic Republic of the Congo, Norway Norway
related places: A

A court in DR Congo imposes a life sentence on a joint UK-Norwegian national for killing a fellow convict in jail.
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GB curling men reach Olympic final

Wednesday, February 19th 2014, 18:22
related countries: Sweden Sweden

Britain's men's curling team beat Sweden with the last stone of their semi-final and will compete for gold on Friday.
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VIDEO: Second man held over Alps murders

Wednesday, February 19th 2014, 14:52
related countries: France France

French police investigating the killing of a British family in the Alps in 2012 say a second man is in custody.
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Banks poems published posthumously

Wednesday, February 19th 2014, 12:43

Scottish author Iain Banks' first collection of poems will be published in February 2015, a year and a half on from his death last June.
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UK unemployment falls by 125,000

Wednesday, February 19th 2014, 11:58

UK unemployment drops by 125,000 to 2.34 million, with the rate now at 7.2%, the Office for National Statistics says.
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Income limit for EU migrant benefits

Wednesday, February 19th 2014, 11:55

EU migrants coming to the UK will have to show they are earning at least £149 a week before they can access a range of benefits.
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Fletcher named in Scotland squad

Wednesday, February 19th 2014, 11:23
related countries: Poland Poland

Darren Fletcher is named in the Scotland squad for next month's friendly against Poland after recovering from illness.
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Scotland given power to issue bonds

Wednesday, February 19th 2014, 11:04

The Scottish government will be given power to issue its own investment bonds from 2014, UK ministers announce.
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VIDEO: Prince Charles in Saudi sword dance

Wednesday, February 19th 2014, 9:40
related countries: Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia

The Prince of Wales wears traditional robes and carries a sword as he takes part in a festival of culture ceremony in Saudi Arabia.
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Charles joins in Saudi sword dance

Wednesday, February 19th 2014, 1:17
related countries: Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia

The Prince of Wales wore traditional robes and carried a sword as he took part in a ceremony celebrating cultural life in Saudi Arabia.
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VIDEO: Man arrested in Alps murder hunt

Tuesday, February 18th 2014, 23:34
related countries: France France

French police investigating the killing of a British family in the Alps in 2012 have arrested a 48-year-old man.
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VIDEO: What causes sinkholes?

Tuesday, February 18th 2014, 23:07

As geologists warn that the prolonged flooding and wet weather will lead to more sinkholes in the UK, David Shukman looks at how and why sinkholes form.
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Ford in line to make England debut

Tuesday, February 18th 2014, 19:38
related countries: Ireland Ireland
related places: Bath

Bath's 20-year-old fly-half George Ford is in line for his England debut in Saturday's Six Nations match with Ireland.
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Giant NHS database rollout delayed

Tuesday, February 18th 2014, 19:01

The start of a new NHS data-sharing scheme in England involving medical records is being delayed by six months.
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Man arrested in Alps murder probe

Tuesday, February 18th 2014, 17:20
related countries: France France

French police investigating the killing of a British family in the Alps in 2012 arrest a man three months after an identikit image of a motorcyclist seen near the scene is published.
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UK inflation fell to 1.9% last month

Tuesday, February 18th 2014, 12:44

The UK's inflation rate falls to 1.9% in January, the first time in more than four years that it has gone below the Bank of England's 2% target.
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Scots bring back Gray for Italy match

Tuesday, February 18th 2014, 12:11
related countries: Italy Italy

Richie Gray returns to the Scotland starting XV for Saturday's Six Nations encounter away to Italy.
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Streaming to be included in UK chart

Tuesday, February 18th 2014, 11:50

The head of music at Radio 1 and Radio 1Xtra says streaming will be included in official singles chart data.
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Queen welcomes A-list cast at palace

Tuesday, February 18th 2014, 9:35

The Queen welcomes Hollywood stars and film-makers including Steve McQueen, Dame Helen Mirren and Michael Sheen to a celebration of UK drama at Buckingham Palace.
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Britain's Cheshire ruled out of Games

Tuesday, February 18th 2014, 5:43

British halfpipe skier Rowan Cheshire will not compete in the Winter Olympics as she recovers from a crash in training.
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Iranian private bank sues government

Monday, February 17th 2014, 22:47
related countries: Iran Iran

Bank Mellat, Iran's largest private bank, is suing the UK government for $4bn (£2.4bn) in damages after the Supreme Court quashed sanctions against it.
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VIDEO: London pavement bursts into flames

Monday, February 17th 2014, 21:34
related places: London

Fifty people had to be moved from a shopping street in north London after a pavement burst into flames.
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US pair win Olympic ice dance gold

Monday, February 17th 2014, 18:37
related countries: United States United States

Americans Meryl Davis and Charlie White win ice dance gold at Sochi 2014 as Britain's Penny Coomes and Nick Buckland finish 10th.
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Salmond: Currency block will hurt UK

Monday, February 17th 2014, 18:35
related places: Osborne

Blocking an independent Scotland's ability to share the pound could damage business in the rest of the UK, First Minister Alex Salmond says.
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Insurers 'must act quickly on floods'

Monday, February 17th 2014, 15:48

The government urges the insurance industry to deal with flood-related claims as quickly as possible, as more rain hits ground already saturated with water.
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UK officer testifies in Kenya trial

Monday, February 17th 2014, 15:10
related countries: Kenya Kenya

A UK police officer gives evidence in Kenya in the trial of a British man accused of possessing explosive materials and intent to cause explosions.
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Gravity and Slave share Bafta glory

Monday, February 17th 2014, 9:49
related places: London

Space movie Gravity dominates the Bafta film awards winning six prizes, however 12 Years a Slave wins the coveted best film award.
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Bath announce Sam Burgess signing

Monday, February 17th 2014, 0:27
related places: Bath

Bath announce England rugby league forward Sam Burgess will join them on a three-year contract in October.
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New GM potatoes can resist blight

Monday, February 17th 2014, 0:03

British scientists have developed genetically modified potatoes that are resistant to the vegetable's biggest threat - blight.
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'Rapid inspection' of flood defences

Sunday, February 16th 2014, 20:07

The Army is to carry out a "rapid inspection" of England's flood defences within five weeks to assess the damage left by unprecedented flooding.
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Stars arrive on Bafta red carpet

Sunday, February 16th 2014, 18:31
related places: London

The stars begin arriving at the Bafta film awards in London, where Gravity has the most nominations
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Barroso: Scots EU bid 'difficult'

Sunday, February 16th 2014, 15:00

European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso says it would be "extremely difficult" for an independent Scotland to join the EU.
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Salmond accuses 'bullying' ministers

Sunday, February 16th 2014, 10:21

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond writes David Cameron to condemn the recent behaviour of his ministers in independence debate.
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Syria terror threat 'a big problem'

Sunday, February 16th 2014, 8:49
related countries: Syria Syria

"A growing proportion" of the security services' resources is needed to tackle the threat to UK from those who fought in Syria, a minister says.
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VIDEO: Female genital mutilation fears

Sunday, February 16th 2014, 6:20

A BBC Inside Out investigation has discovered a group of clinics in the Far East willing to carry out female genital mutilation on British children.
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Salmond accuses 'bullying' ministers

Sunday, February 16th 2014, 2:22

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond writes to David Cameron to accuse his ministers of bullying behaviour.
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Syria blamed for talks failure

Saturday, February 15th 2014, 22:28
related countries: France France, Syria Syria

The UK and France accuse the Syrian government over the failure of the second round of Geneva peace talks with opposition groups.
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Mother killed during storm named

Saturday, February 15th 2014, 22:23

Taxi driver Julie Sillitoe, 49, and an 85-year-old man are killed in incidents as southern England is lashed by heavy rain and winds up to 83mph.
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Tributes paid to England great Finney

Saturday, February 15th 2014, 11:54

Tributes are paid to former Preston North End and England player Tom Finney, following his death at the age of 91.
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Walkers found as snow warning issued

Saturday, February 15th 2014, 11:54

Two walkers missing on Ben Nevis are found safe as warnings are issued for climbers and skiers on Scotland's mountains this weekend.
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Christie out after second penalty

Saturday, February 15th 2014, 10:20

Britain's Elise Christie is out of the short track 1500m after being penalised for the second time at the Sochi Olympics.
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Sir Tom Finney dies at age of 91

Friday, February 14th 2014, 23:35

Former Preston North End and England winger Sir Tom Finney dies at the age of 91.
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Man killed by falling tree in storms

Friday, February 14th 2014, 21:00

A 77-year-old man dies in hospital after being hit by a falling tree in his garden during Wednesday's storm as bad weather continues around Wales.
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Church leader attacks welfare reform

Friday, February 14th 2014, 20:31

The leader of the Catholic Church in England and Wales condemns the government's social reforms for leaving the poor facing "destitution".
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Flood water rises as storm sweeps in

Friday, February 14th 2014, 19:55

Thousands of sandbags are being used to protect homes as more heavy rain and gale-force winds hit southern Britain.
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VIDEO: Neutrino beam 'major physics project'

Friday, February 14th 2014, 18:56

The UK is joining what is being described as one of the biggest physics experiments ever built, in order to learn more about the Universe's creation.
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Yarnold wins GB's first Sochi gold

Friday, February 14th 2014, 17:32

Lizzy Yarnold wins Great Britain's first gold of the Sochi Winter Olympics with a dominant display in the women's skeleton.
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VIDEO: Video 'shows UK Syria suicide bomber'

Friday, February 14th 2014, 16:59
related countries: Syria Syria

A video has been posted online that appears to show Abdul Waheed Majid, believed to be the first British suicide bomber to blow himself up in Syria.
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Flood agency job cuts 'on hold'

Friday, February 14th 2014, 15:31

A consultation over 1,550 job cuts at the Environment Agency is postponed while it deals with the floods crisis in England.
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Unique stamp 'to break record'

Friday, February 14th 2014, 15:19
related places: New York

A 19th Century postage stamp from British Guiana could fetch a world-record $20m when it goes on sale in New York, the auctioneers say.
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Ken Loach wins Berlin's Golden Bear

Friday, February 14th 2014, 13:57
related countries: Germany Germany
related places: Barley, Berlin

British director Ken Loach receives a lifetime achievement prize in Berlin, recognising films such as Cathy Come Home, Kes and The Wind That Shakes The Barley.
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Pension system 'is not working'

Friday, February 14th 2014, 11:31

The UK pensions system is not working, the City watchdog has concluded after a review into the "disorderly" annuities market.
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Shell to sell three North Sea assets

Friday, February 14th 2014, 11:30

Shell says it remains committed to operations in UK waters as it announces it is to sell of three of its North Sea assets.
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VIDEO: Torvill and Dean dance Bolero again

Friday, February 14th 2014, 10:40
related countries: Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina
related places: Dean, Sarajevo

British figure skaters Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean return to Sarajevo to recreate their gold medal-winning performance of Bolero, 30 years ago.
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VIDEO: Bacon work breaks Christie's record

Friday, February 14th 2014, 8:11

A masterpiece by the British painter Francis Bacon has become the most valuable piece of artwork ever sold by Christie's auction house in Europe.
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Friday, February 14th 2014, 7:21
related countries: Netherlands Netherlands

Eight of the UK's most-wanted criminals, thought to be on the run in the Netherlands, have been named by the National Crime Agency.
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Foals producing duo win music award

Friday, February 14th 2014, 6:47

Flood and Alan Moulder win UK producer of the year at the Music Producers Guild Awards, automatically earning a Brit.
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Erotic book loans at all time high

Friday, February 14th 2014, 1:58

New data suggests that the borrowing of erotic fiction from UK public libraries has leapt by 500%, in what is being called the 'Fifty Shades' effect.
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Froch has made big mistake - Groves

Thursday, February 13th 2014, 23:06

George Groves says British super-middleweight rival Carl Froch has made a "terrible mistake" by agreeing to a rematch.
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More rain and high winds forecast

Thursday, February 13th 2014, 20:53

A new band of heavy rain is expected to hit the UK on Friday, as engineers work to reconnect power supplies cut off by Wednesday's storm.
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VIDEO: Smartphone skirt to debut on catwalk

Thursday, February 13th 2014, 18:04

A show at London Fashion Week will debut the world's first skirt made of smartphones.
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Stars at Roger Lloyd Pack funeral

Thursday, February 13th 2014, 15:30
related places: London

Only Fools and Horses stars Sir David Jason and Nicholas Lyndhurst are among the mourners at actor Roger Lloyd Pack's funeral in London.
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