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US X Factor axed after Cowell's exit

Sunday, February 9th 2014, 9:27
related countries: United States United States
related places: Fox, Cowell

The US version of TV talent show The X Factor is cancelled by Fox after three series following judge Simon Cowell's decision to return to the UK show.
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West coast bears brunt of new gales

Saturday, February 8th 2014, 21:40

Gusts as high as 80mph hit southern and western parts of the UK as all rail routes to south-west England are cut off.
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Minister quits over cleaner's visa

Saturday, February 8th 2014, 21:02

Immigration minister Mark Harper resigns from the government after it emerges his cleaner did not have permission to work in the UK.
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Scotland 0-20 England

Saturday, February 8th 2014, 18:49

Tries from Luther Burrell and Mike Brown help England to a comfortable win over a disappointing Scotland at Murrayfield.
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Wales show 'among worst' - Gatland

Saturday, February 8th 2014, 18:47
related countries: Ireland Ireland

Coach Warren Gatland criticises Wales' discipline and forward play following the Six Nations defeat by Ireland.
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Ireland 26-3 Wales

Saturday, February 8th 2014, 16:25
related countries: Ireland Ireland
related places: Dublin

Ireland inflict a first away Six Nations defeat on Wales since 2011 with a comprehensive victory over the defending champions in Dublin.
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ICC votes for 'Big Three' powers

Saturday, February 8th 2014, 9:59
related countries: Australia Australia

The International Cricket Council approves plans to give more control to the 'Big Three' of England, India and Australia.
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Farrell plays down pitch concerns

Friday, February 7th 2014, 22:00

England backs coach Andy Farrell is unconcerned at the prospect of the Murrayfield pitch cutting up against Scotland.
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No bigger game for Scotland - Denton

Friday, February 7th 2014, 22:00
related places: Denton

David Denton believes Scotland can recover from a shaky Six Nations start to overcome England at Murrayfield.
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Environment boss 'let everyone down'

Friday, February 7th 2014, 21:46

Residents of the flood-hit Somerset Levels accuse Environment Agency chairman Lord Smith of "letting everyone down", as he and David Cameron visit the area.
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Worker dies at World Cup stadium

Friday, February 7th 2014, 20:52
related countries: Italy Italy

A construction worker dies in an accident at the Manaus stadium, where England and Italy are due to play their opening World Cup match.
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Cameron: Seven months to save UK

Friday, February 7th 2014, 17:31

David Cameron urges the rest of the UK to tell Scots to reject independence in an emotional speech - but Alex Salmond accuses the PM of being scared to take part in a debate with him.
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AUDIO: Boy risked Tunnel death to reach UK

Friday, February 7th 2014, 15:39
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan

An Afghan boy has told the BBC how he smuggled himself into Britain by hiding on a Channel Tunnel train.
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'Longest polar journey' completed

Friday, February 7th 2014, 15:00
related countries: France France

A British adventurer and a former French rugby player claim to have set a world record for the "longest polar journey on foot in history".
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Latest Fourth Plinth works unveiled

Friday, February 7th 2014, 11:30
related places: London

A skeletal riderless horse and a 10-metre-high thumbs up are the latest works that will take their place on the fourth plinth in London's Trafalgar Square.
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Teachers' strike set for 26 March

Friday, February 7th 2014, 10:52

Teachers in England and Wales are to walk out on a national strike on 26 March in a dispute over pay and conditions.
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UK trade deficit narrows in December

Friday, February 7th 2014, 10:44

The UK's trade deficit narrowed in December to its smallest since July 2012, but manufacturing growth was weaker than expected, figures show.
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VIDEO: Earliest UK human footprints found

Friday, February 7th 2014, 10:37

Scientists have discovered the earliest evidence of human footprints outside of Africa, on the Norfolk coast in the east of England.
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Earliest UK human footprints found

Friday, February 7th 2014, 10:30

Scientists discover the earliest evidence of human footprints outside of Africa on the Norfolk coast in Eastern England.
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Phillips told to avoid Murray 'duel'

Friday, February 7th 2014, 8:33
related countries: Ireland Ireland

Wales scrum-half Mike Phillips must avoid a "duel" with Lions rival Conor Murray against Ireland, says assistant coach Rob Howley.
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Injured Pickering out of Olympics

Friday, February 7th 2014, 8:15

Ex-sprinter Craig Pickering withdraws from the British bobsleigh Winter Olympics team after suffering a slipped disc.
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Health experts back car smoking ban

Friday, February 7th 2014, 7:31
related places: More

More than 700 doctors and other health experts put their names to a letter urging MPs to back a ban in England on smoking in cars with children.
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Charles Dickens statue unveiled

Friday, February 7th 2014, 4:36

The first Charles Dickens statue in the UK will be unveiled later, on what would have been the writer's 202nd birthday.
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UK economy 'to grow 2.5% this year'

Friday, February 7th 2014, 0:07

The UK economy will grow by 2.5% this year and 2.1% in 2015, the National Institute of Social and Economic Research (NIESR) forecasts.
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Cameron's pledge to flooding victims

Thursday, February 6th 2014, 22:05

As the next band of severe weather heads for the UK, more money is pledged for flood repairs and Royal Marines move in to help on the Somerset Levels.
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ECB refuses to explain Pietersen exit

Thursday, February 6th 2014, 14:16

Selector James Whitaker declines to divulge the reasons behind England's decision to end Kevin Pietersen's international career.
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Moeen & Parry in England squads

Thursday, February 6th 2014, 14:11
related countries: Bangladesh Bangladesh

Moeen Ali and Stephen Parry are named in England's one-day squad for the West Indies and the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh.
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Captain Brown axed for Calcutta Cup

Thursday, February 6th 2014, 12:57

Scotland drop captain Kelly Brown in one of three changes for the Calcutta Cup match against England at Murrayfield.
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Bombardier wins £1bn Crossrail deal

Thursday, February 6th 2014, 12:05

Bombardier has won a £1bn contract to provide trains for the London Crossrail project, the government announces.
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Pissarro painting sale sets record

Thursday, February 6th 2014, 11:13
related places: London

A painting by Camille Pissarro sells for £19.9 million at auction in London, nearly five times the artist's previous record.
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England unchanged for Calcutta Cup

Thursday, February 6th 2014, 10:18

England head coach Stuart Lancaster names an unchanged line-up for Saturday's match against Scotland.
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Axed Pietersen did not row with Cook

Thursday, February 6th 2014, 9:51

Kevin Pietersen disagreed with England captain Alastair Cook during the Ashes tour but there was no row between the pair.
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VIDEO: One family's experience of FGM

Wednesday, February 5th 2014, 23:37

As the UK government announces hospitals are required to log information on patients who have suffered female genital mutilation (FGM), three generations of one family scarred by the practice have spoken out.
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Tube strike commuters endure delays

Wednesday, February 5th 2014, 22:36
related places: London

Tube passengers endure delays because of strike action, with Underground bosses now calling on unions to meet sooner to discuss the impasse.
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UK storms destroy key railway line

Wednesday, February 5th 2014, 22:25

Parts of Britain are battered by a storm which has washed away part of a railway line and seen homes evacuated - with more bad weather forecast.
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Pietersen 'could make £3m in IPL'

Wednesday, February 5th 2014, 21:18
related countries: India India

Kevin Pietersen could make "up to £3m" playing in the Indian Premier League following the end of his England career.
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Prior dismisses Piers Morgan claims

Wednesday, February 5th 2014, 18:56

Matt Prior dismisses claims by Piers Morgan that he openly criticised former England coach Andy Flower during the Ashes.
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British artist's take on Indian miniatures

Wednesday, February 5th 2014, 18:48
related countries: India India

British artist's take on traditional Indian styles
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VIDEO: Learning to play underwater rugby

Wednesday, February 5th 2014, 17:03
related places: London

With the opening of a club in London for underwater rugby late last year, the BBC's Peter Okwoche decided to don his flippers and give it a go.
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AUDIO: Prince performs secret Camden gig

Wednesday, February 5th 2014, 15:34
related places: London

Prince has taken to the stage of a small north London venue for a secret gig.
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Cook influential in Pietersen exit

Wednesday, February 5th 2014, 15:18

Captain Alastair Cook played a key role in the decision to end Kevin Pietersen's England career, the BBC has learned.
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VIDEO: 'Top secret' drone footage revealed

Wednesday, February 5th 2014, 15:08

The the first pictures of Britain's new unmanned drone in flight were revealed on Wednesday. The BBC's defence correspondent Jonathan Beale reports.
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Prince to charge $10 for live shows

Wednesday, February 5th 2014, 14:22

Pop star Prince plays two secret shows in London with his new band 3rd Eye Girl and announces a series of upcoming UK shows.
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Jaguar to build XJ model in India

Wednesday, February 5th 2014, 10:29
related countries: India India

Jaguar says it will build its XJ saloon car in India, but the company's chief executive tells the BBC he is "absolutely committed" to manufacturing cars in Britain.
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Timing of Laudrup sacking 'bizarre'

Wednesday, February 5th 2014, 9:21

Michael Laudrup's sacking as Swansea City manager is "bizarrely timed", according to former Wales striker Iwan Roberts.
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VIDEO: Is seaweed key to combating disease?

Wednesday, February 5th 2014, 7:17

Seaweed could hold a vital key to fighting diseases that are resistant to antibiotics, scientists in Wales say.
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VIDEO: Morecambe Bay tragedy 10 years on

Wednesday, February 5th 2014, 0:03
related countries: China China

The BBC speaks to victims' families on the tenth anniversary of the Morecambe Bay cockle picking tragedy.
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Flood delay a tragedy, says Charles

Tuesday, February 4th 2014, 22:09

The Prince of Wales says it is a "tragedy" that nothing happened for so long for flood-hit areas in the Somerset Levels, as power cuts and rail disruption hit south-west England.
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Families left behind by cocklepicker tragedy

Tuesday, February 4th 2014, 21:20
related countries: China China

UK tragedy haunts Chinese cocklepickers' families
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UK advised India before temple raid

Tuesday, February 4th 2014, 21:07
related countries: India India

UK military advice was given to India before the 1984 Golden Temple attack but it had "limited impact", the foreign secretary says.
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Pietersen's England career over

Tuesday, February 4th 2014, 20:19

Kevin Pietersen's England career is over after the batsman is told he is no longer part of the ECB's plans.
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Osborne: Fracking 'won't slash' bills

Tuesday, February 4th 2014, 20:05

Large-scale fracking in the UK is not likely to lead to big reductions in household gas bills, Chancellor George Osborne says.
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Forex allegations 'as bad as Libor'

Tuesday, February 4th 2014, 19:07

Allegations of foreign exchange rate-fixing at major banks are "every bit as bad" as the Libor scandal, the boss of the UK's financial regulator tells MPs.
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BP boss warns of Scottish uncertainty

Tuesday, February 4th 2014, 18:15

Oil giant BP boss Bob Dudley has warned there are "big uncertainties" for the company over the possibility of Scotland becoming independent.
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Miro sale cancelled at last minute

Tuesday, February 4th 2014, 17:19
related countries: Portugal Portugal
related places: London

A London sale of 85 paintings by Spanish artist Joan Miro by the Portuguese government is cancelled amid legal uncertainty.
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Two new fracking sites announced

Tuesday, February 4th 2014, 13:29

Cuadrilla, one of the energy firms hoping to exploit the UK's shale gas resources, announces two new exploration sites in Lancashire.
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Warburton leads Wales against Ireland

Tuesday, February 4th 2014, 11:00
related countries: Ireland Ireland

Captain Sam Warburton returns to the Wales starting line-up for Saturday's Six Nations match in Ireland.
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VIDEO: Has UK man surfed biggest wave?

Tuesday, February 4th 2014, 10:38

UK surfer Andrew Cotton is waiting to hear if he has set the world record for riding the biggest wave.
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Blondie to collect honorary award

Tuesday, February 4th 2014, 9:27
related countries: United States United States
related places: London

US band Blondie are to collect an accolade for their life's work at the NME Awards in London later this month.
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Tuesday, February 4th 2014, 0:41

The most disadvantaged pupils in Shanghai match the maths test results of wealthy pupils in the UK, says the OECD.
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Graduate job vacancies to 'rise 10%'

Tuesday, February 4th 2014, 0:37

Employers predict a "substantial rise" in the number of graduate job vacancies this year, as confidence in Britain's economy grows.
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Councils 'pay too little for care'

Tuesday, February 4th 2014, 0:13

The majority of councils in England are paying less than the industry recommended minimum for home care services, a BBC investigation suggests.
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South-west towns hit by more floods

Monday, February 3rd 2014, 19:20

Several coastal towns in south-west England are hit by fresh flooding, disrupting business and cutting road and rail links, as high tides and strong winds hit the UK coastline.
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Gove: Make state schools like private

Monday, February 3rd 2014, 18:44
related countries: Germany Germany

Education Secretary Michael Gove says he wants to end the "Berlin Wall" divide between the state and private school sectors in England.
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Maitland ruled out for Scotland

Monday, February 3rd 2014, 16:06

Scotland winger Sean Maitland will miss Saturday's Six Nations clash with England because of concussion and a leg injury.
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Anelka gesture comic banned from UK

Monday, February 3rd 2014, 14:50
related countries: France France

The French comedian at the centre of the Nicolas Anelka racism row has been banned from entering the UK, the Home Office says.
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Coastal communities flooded by storm

Monday, February 3rd 2014, 14:37

Coastal towns in south-west England are left flooded after dangerously strong winds, large waves and a high tide.
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UK games firms 'stuck in slow lane'

Monday, February 3rd 2014, 13:29

The UK games industry is "stuck in the slow lane" while the European Commission investigates planned tax breaks, a trade body warns.
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You Me At Six tops UK album chart

Monday, February 3rd 2014, 10:04
related places: Rock

Rock band You Me At Six top the UK album chart for the first time with their fourth album, Cavalier Youth.
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VIDEO: McQueen: Awards race a 'privilege'

Monday, February 3rd 2014, 2:02

Director Steve McQueen has spoken of his pride at the success of his film 12 Years a Slave at the London Critics' Circle Film Awards.
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VIDEO: Stars pay tribute to Seymour Hoffman

Monday, February 3rd 2014, 0:01
related countries: United States United States
related places: New York

Stars in the UK and US are paying tribute to the actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, who has been found dead in his New York home at the age of 46.
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12 Years a Slave scoops critics' awards

Sunday, February 2nd 2014, 23:58

Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave receives a pre-Oscars boost by winning the most prizes at the London Critics' Circle Film Awards.
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Ireland 28-6 Scotland

Sunday, February 2nd 2014, 16:54
related countries: Ireland Ireland
related places: Dublin

Ireland recover from a nervous first half to comfortably beat Scotland in their 2014 Six Nations opener in Dublin.
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Giles keen to take England top job

Sunday, February 2nd 2014, 15:31

England limited-overs coach Ashley Giles is "very interested" in taking on the England Test team after Andy Flower's resignation.
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Ireland hit by late O'Connell blow

Sunday, February 2nd 2014, 14:17
related countries: Ireland Ireland

Ireland captain Paul O'Connell is out of Ireland's Six Nations game against Scotland because of a chest infection.
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England tour ends with T20 whitewash

Sunday, February 2nd 2014, 12:32
related countries: Australia Australia
related places: Sydney

England's tour of Australia finishes with a Twenty20 whitewash as the hosts win the final match by 84 runs in Sydney.
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Health watchdog attacks NHS culture

Sunday, February 2nd 2014, 11:46

The health watchdog criticises the NHS in England for a culture that "doesn't listen" and is jeopardising safety - while warning it could go bust without serious change.
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Ofsted row deepens as Laws 'furious'

Sunday, February 2nd 2014, 8:08

The Lib Dem schools minister accuses the Conservative education secretary of removing the head of Ofsted in a "blatant attempt to politicise" the schools inspectorate for England.
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Minister's pledge over flooding

Sunday, February 2nd 2014, 7:46

The environment secretary says "everything possible" is being done to help those affected by flooding - as more bad weather is due to bring further problems on Sunday.
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Ashes winners England lose last T20

Sunday, February 2nd 2014, 6:22
related countries: Australia Australia

England's successful Women's Ashes campaign ends in defeat as Australia earn a comfortable win the final Twenty20.
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Gatland 'satisfied' with tough win

Saturday, February 1st 2014, 18:07
related countries: Italy Italy

Wales coach Warren Gatland says a battling win over Italy was a good way to start their Six Nations defence.
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Giles a strong contender - ECB boss

Saturday, February 1st 2014, 9:47

England will return to one coach, says ECB chairman Giles Clarke, with Ashley Giles a "strong candidate" for the job.
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Ugandan rebuke for UK archbishops

Saturday, February 1st 2014, 0:46
related countries: Uganda Uganda

The head of Uganda's Anglican Church rebukes two UK archbishops over a letter they wrote urging Christians not to victimise gays and lesbians.
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England need a fresh start - Flower

Friday, January 31st 2014, 17:15

Andy Flower says he quit as England coach because he no longer feels he is the right man to lead a post-Ashes recovery.
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Briscoe jury fails to reach verdict

Friday, January 31st 2014, 16:09

The jury in the trial of UK barrister and part-time judge Constance Briscoe is discharged after failing to decide if she perverted the course of justice.
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Hollande rebuffs UK PM on EU reform

Friday, January 31st 2014, 15:56
related countries: France France
related places: Eu

Francois Hollande says David Cameron's plan to renegotiate EU treaties was "not a priority" after talks with the UK prime minister.
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England coach Flower stands down

Friday, January 31st 2014, 15:28
related countries: Australia Australia

England team director Andy Flower stands down after overseeing the 5-0 Ashes whitewash in Australia.
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British film-making sees decline

Friday, January 31st 2014, 14:46

The number of British films being made has shown a drop in the past few years, according to new figures.
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State Street UK fined £23m by FCA

Friday, January 31st 2014, 12:41

The Financial Conduct Authority fines investment firm State Street UK nearly £23m for overcharging clients.
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Australia thrash England to win series

Friday, January 31st 2014, 12:13
related countries: Australia Australia
related places: Melbourne

Australia beat England by eight wickets in Melbourne to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the Twenty20 international series.
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Fresh flood fears for south and west

Friday, January 31st 2014, 11:51

More rain, high winds and high tides are set to hit the south and west of the UK, causing further flooding.
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Sky extends deal to air HBO shows

Friday, January 31st 2014, 11:36

BSkyB extends an exclusive deal with HBO, ensuring Sky Atlantic will be the only channel to show new HBO programmes like Girls in the UK.
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Kercher family 'still want truth'

Friday, January 31st 2014, 11:35

The family of murdered British student Meredith Kercher say they "are still on a journey to the truth", after murder convictions were reinstated against Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito.
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Rape data shows regional variation

Friday, January 31st 2014, 10:31

New figures show wide variations in the way police record and classify rape allegations across the 43 police forces in England and Wales.
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Back to the Future musical announced

Friday, January 31st 2014, 9:21
related places: Back, London, West End

A stage musical of hit 1980s film Back to the Future is set to debut in London's West End in 2015.
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Knox and Sollecito guilty of murder

Friday, January 31st 2014, 3:05
related countries: Italy Italy

An court in Italy reinstates the guilty verdicts against Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito for the murder of British student Meredith Kercher.
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Zynga buys game-maker NaturalMotion

Thursday, January 30th 2014, 23:39

Social gaming firm Zynga announces the purchase of UK gamemaker Natural Motion as it posts a loss of $25m for the fourth quarter.
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'Living standards squeeze continues'

Thursday, January 30th 2014, 22:51

Average UK living standards have fallen "dramatically" since the recession and will not recover to pre-crisis levels by the next election, economists say.
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January rainfall breaks records

Thursday, January 30th 2014, 19:45

Parts of England have had their wettest January for more than 100 years, figures show - as the military remains on standby to help flooded areas in Somerset.
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Tory immigration rebels defeated

Thursday, January 30th 2014, 18:31

Almost 100 Tory MPs rebel but are defeated in a Commons vote over their bid to stop foreign criminals using European human rights law to avoid deportation.
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