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Ed Sheeran tops UK singles chart

Sunday, November 2nd 2014, 19:01

Ed Sheeran's track Thinking Out Loud has topped the UK Official Singles Chart, 19 weeks after it first entered the top 40.
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Abuse inquiry 'can keep working'

Sunday, November 2nd 2014, 17:01

The inquiry into historical child abuse in the UK will continue its work, despite the resignation of the second person appointed to chair it, William Hague says.
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UK sets up three more Ebola labs

Sunday, November 2nd 2014, 15:46
related countries: Sierra Leone Sierra Leone

The UK is setting up three new Ebola labs in Sierra Leone to help test blood samples and swabs for the deadly virus.
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Jail term for Iran volleyball woman

Sunday, November 2nd 2014, 12:21
related countries: Iran Iran

A British-Iranian woman arrested after trying to watch a men's volleyball match in Iran has been sentenced to a year in prison, her lawyer says.
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Salmond: Labour will 'pay the price'

Sunday, November 2nd 2014, 11:24

Labour in Scotland will pay the price "for a generation" for campaigning with the Conservatives in the independence referendum, Alex Salmond says.
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Public service held for Alice Gross

Sunday, November 2nd 2014, 11:17
related places: London

A public memorial ceremony takes place for 14-year-old Alice Gross who was murdered in west London in August.
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Briton held over Hong Kong murders

Saturday, November 1st 2014, 17:28
related countries: Hong Kong Hong Kong

A British national has been arrested in Hong Kong after the bodies of two women were found in an apartment.
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Police cautions 'to be scrapped'

Saturday, November 1st 2014, 9:30

The use of police cautions - where those who commit minor offences are given a formal warning - is set to be scrapped in England and Wales.
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Wannabe is 'catchiest hit single'

Saturday, November 1st 2014, 2:33

Results from a citizen science online experiment suggests that the Spice Girls' Wannabe is the UK's catchiest hit single.
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UK travellers warned of terror threat

Saturday, November 1st 2014, 1:24

The Foreign Office warns British travellers they could be targeted by terrorists seeking revenge for UK air strikes against Islamic State militants.
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Firefighters strike over pensions

Friday, October 31st 2014, 20:17

Firefighters across England begin a four-day strike in a row over pensions during one of the service's busiest weekends of the year.
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Bodies found after fireworks blaze

Friday, October 31st 2014, 18:09
related places: Stafford

Two bodies are found in the wreckage of a blaze at a fireworks warehouse in Stafford.
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Warmest UK Halloween on record

Friday, October 31st 2014, 17:28

This year's Halloween is the warmest on record in the UK, with temperatures reaching as high as 23.5C, breaking the previous record of 20C.
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BBC refuses to make Top Gear apology

Friday, October 31st 2014, 15:27
related countries: Argentina Argentina

The BBC's Head of TV refuses to make a formal apology over a Top Gear special filmed in Argentina, after demands from the country's ambassador to the UK.
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Government to 'retire' some WW1 debt

Friday, October 31st 2014, 11:17

The UK Government has said that it will 'retire' £218m of the UK's £2bn First World War debt by refinancing bonds issued in 1917. It is the first payment of its kind for 67 years.
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BA owner upgrades profit forecast

Friday, October 31st 2014, 10:49

The parent company of British Airways, IAG, upgrades its profit forecast after it reports a 30% rise in third quarter profits.
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'Do more' to tackle aid corruption

Friday, October 31st 2014, 8:19

The UK government is not doing enough to tackle "petty corruption" in countries to which it gives aid, a report by a scrutiny body says.
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RBS reserves £400m for currency probe

Friday, October 31st 2014, 8:09

Royal Bank of Scotland sets aside £400m to cover potential costs from an investigation into possible manipulation of the foreign exchange market.
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Ebola aid ship docks in Sierra Leone

Thursday, October 30th 2014, 20:25
related countries: Sierra Leone Sierra Leone

UK ship RFA Argus, which is carrying medical supplies, equipment and vehicles, arrives in Sierra Leone to help deal with the Ebola outbreak.
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Ian McKellen given freedom of London

Thursday, October 30th 2014, 15:49
related places: London, City of London

Lord of the Rings star Sir Ian McKellen is given the freedom of the City of London in recognition of his work for gay rights.
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UK can be sued over rendition case

Thursday, October 30th 2014, 15:28
related countries: Libya Libya

A Libyan man can sue the UK government over claims he was illegally sent back to Libya and tortured, the Court of Appeal rules.
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'Tabloid fear' drives UK drug policy

Thursday, October 30th 2014, 13:15

The House of Commons is debating government policy on drugs, with MPs from all parties calling for a review of 40-year old legislation on drug misuse.
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UK migrant rescue stance criticised

Thursday, October 30th 2014, 12:52

A Home Office minister insists a change of policy on Mediterranean search-and-rescue operations would save lives - after MPs call it "shameful" and "a new low".
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UK rubbish heats Danish homes

Thursday, October 30th 2014, 10:47
related countries: Denmark Denmark

Denmark burns UK waste for heating
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Australia bank plans UK asset sale

Thursday, October 30th 2014, 2:15

National Australia Bank is considering floating its Clydesdale and Yorkshire banking operations on the stock market as part of an exit from the UK.
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Young Fathers win Mercury Prize

Wednesday, October 29th 2014, 23:03
related countries: Ireland Ireland

Edinburgh-based hip-hop trio Young Fathers win the £20,000 Barclaycard Mercury Prize with their album Dead.
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Pietersen claims sadden England pair

Wednesday, October 29th 2014, 22:00

England bowlers Stuart Broad and James Anderson say they are saddened by Kevin Pietersen's claims of a bullying culture.
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Murray on brink of World Tour Finals

Wednesday, October 29th 2014, 18:11
related countries: France France
related places: London, Paris

Andy Murray moves to within one win of securing a World Tour Finals place after beating Julien Benneteau in Paris.
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Man, 82, guilty of puppy farm murders

Wednesday, October 29th 2014, 17:02

A dog breeder who shot dead his partner and her daughter after police returned confiscated guns to him is found guilty of two counts of murder.
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Wales confident over Bale injury

Wednesday, October 29th 2014, 16:17
related countries: Belgium Belgium, Spain Spain

Wales are confident Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale will be back in action before November's Euro 2016 qualifier against Belgium.
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Unwell Nutini cancels more UK gigs

Wednesday, October 29th 2014, 15:37
related places: Cardiff, London

Chart-topping singer Paolo Nutini postpones two more UK arena shows in London and Cardiff due to "severe tonsillitis".
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Rose keen to boost world ranking

Wednesday, October 29th 2014, 12:27
related countries: China China

Britain's Justin Rose hopes a win in the BMW World Masters in China this weekend will help lift him up the world rankings.
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VIDEO: Zambian President Sata dies in UK

Wednesday, October 29th 2014, 12:17
related countries: Zambia Zambia

Zambian President Michael Sata dies in a UK hospital, becoming the second president of the country to die in office.
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Zambian President Sata dies in UK

Wednesday, October 29th 2014, 11:28
related countries: Zambia Zambia
related places: London

Zambia's President Michael Sata, 77, dies in London, where he had been receiving treatment for an undisclosed illness, the government says.
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MPs demand action on asylum backlog

Wednesday, October 29th 2014, 10:44

The Home Office has "failed to deal" with the UK's backlog of asylum cases, with 29,000 applications dating back at least seven years still unresolved, MPs warn.
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NFL could give UK 'more than £100m'

Wednesday, October 29th 2014, 10:00
related places: London

A London-based NFL team could be worth more than £100m a year to the UK, according to a new report.
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Wednesday, October 29th 2014, 9:26

A referendum in favour of leaving the European Union should have the clear support of each UK nation, the SNP's Nicola Sturgeon insists.
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Thai court rejects UK activist case

Wednesday, October 29th 2014, 9:10
related countries: Thailand Thailand

A Thai court dismisses a criminal defamation case against a British labour activist who criticised conditions in the food industry.
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Million pound grant for museum

Wednesday, October 29th 2014, 1:21

The Wellcome Trust is giving £1.3m to fund the creation of six new science and technology galleries at the National Museum of Scotland.
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VIDEO: UK opposes future migrant rescues

Wednesday, October 29th 2014, 0:18
related countries: Belgium Belgium
related places: Brussels

Officials in charge of securing the EU's borders are meeting in Brussels to consider how best to deal with the surge in migrants trying to reach Europe.
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Rangers 1-0 St Johnstone

Tuesday, October 28th 2014, 21:15

Lewis Macleod's late header seals a Scottish League Cup semi-final place for Rangers at St Johnstone's expense.
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Pfizer refuses to rule out tax deal

Tuesday, October 28th 2014, 19:09
related countries: United States United States

US drug giant Pfizer refuses to rule out an acquisition that would help it lower its tax bill, after a deal for the UK's AstraZeneca fell through.
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Trott makes international return

Tuesday, October 28th 2014, 17:02

Jonathan Trott vows to prove himself again at international level after being named in the England Lions squad.
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UK opposes migrant rescue missions

Tuesday, October 28th 2014, 16:08

The UK will not support future search and rescue operations to prevent migrants drowning in the Mediterranean Sea, a Foreign Office minister says.
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England's Burrell likely to miss NZ

Tuesday, October 28th 2014, 14:12
related countries: New Zealand New Zealand

England centre Luther Burrell is unlikely to play against New Zealand on 8 November, says coach Stuart Lancaster.
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More landslides as heavy rains hit

Tuesday, October 28th 2014, 8:37
related places: Inverness, Ullapool

Landslides close the Inverness to Ullapool road and the Rest and Be Thankful as further heavy rains batter the west of Scotland.
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Bale nominated for Ballon d'Or

Tuesday, October 28th 2014, 7:14

Wales forward Gareth Bale is the only British player on the 23-man shortlist for the world footballer of the year award.
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VIDEO: Is this the work of Caravaggio?

Tuesday, October 28th 2014, 6:08
related countries: Italy Italy
related places: Caravaggio, London

A painting sold by Sotheby's in London for £42,000 is at the centre of a legal battle, amid claims it could be the work of Italian baroque master Caravaggio with a much greater value of around £11m.
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UK Sport to consider funding policy

Tuesday, October 28th 2014, 0:01

UK Sport could be ready to reconsider its approach to funding elite sport to include those with no immediate medal prospects.
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Mental health spending 'too low'

Tuesday, October 28th 2014, 0:00

Local authorities in England spend on average just 1.4% of their public health budgets on mental health, the charity Mind says.
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John Cantlie seen in Kobane video

Monday, October 27th 2014, 22:43
related countries: Syria Syria

British hostage John Cantlie, who is being held by Islamic State, appears in a new video shot in the the Syrian town of Kobane.
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Last British troops leave Helmand

Monday, October 27th 2014, 21:17
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan

The last UK troops leave Helmand province in Afghanistan, as a poll suggests 68% of the UK public think the 13-year campaign was not "worthwhile".
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Doctor 'unlawfully killed' in Syria

Monday, October 27th 2014, 17:55
related countries: Syria Syria
related places: London

A London jury returns a verdict of unlawful killing at an inquest into the death of Dr Abbas Khan in a Syrian prison.
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UK to fight EU demand 'in every way'

Monday, October 27th 2014, 16:53

David Cameron tells MPs the UK will not pay the extra £1.7bn demanded by the EU, promising to challenge it "in every way possible".
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PM backs 'HS3' for north of England

Monday, October 27th 2014, 15:48

Prime Minister David Cameron adds his support to a high-speed rail link in the north of England, following a report by HS2 boss Sir David Higgins.
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VIDEO: Sting's Broadway musical debut

Monday, October 27th 2014, 13:26
related places: Broadway

British pop star Sting makes his debut as a Broadway composer and lyricist in a musical called The Last Ship.
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Victoria Beckham tops entrepreneur poll

Monday, October 27th 2014, 12:49
related countries: Seychelles Seychelles

Victoria Beckham tops a list of Britain's top 100 entrepreneurs by Management Today magazine.
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Dewani 'met gay escort three times'

Monday, October 27th 2014, 11:40
related countries: South Africa South Africa

Shrien Dewani, the British businessman accused of arranging the murder of his wife in South Africa, met a gay escort three times, a court is told.
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Immigrants comments wrong - Fallon

Monday, October 27th 2014, 10:41

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon says he "misspoke" when warning that parts of the UK could be "swamped" by immigrants without changes to EU rules.
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Sting musical opens on Broadway

Monday, October 27th 2014, 8:58
related places: Broadway

The Last Ship, Sting's musical about shipbuilding in the North East of England, opens on Broadway to respectable, if qualified reviews.
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VIDEO: Keeping the Taliban at bay in Kabul

Monday, October 27th 2014, 7:54
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan, United States United States
related places: Kabul

As British and US troops end combat operations in Afghanistan, millions of Afghans are now left wondering if their country and its capital Kabul will remain out of Taliban hands.
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Afghan sacrifice 'never forgotten'

Monday, October 27th 2014, 4:43
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan

The British troops who died in Afghanistan will never be forgotten, the prime minister has said after the UK's 13-year-long military campaign ended.
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Drone safeguards urged by pilots

Monday, October 27th 2014, 0:49

Strict regulations will need to be introduced before large drones are allowed to appear in the UK's skies, pilots association Balpa says.
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England add Exeter trio to squad

Sunday, October 26th 2014, 21:29
related places: Exeter

England add Exeter Chiefs trio Dave Ewers, Henry Slade and Thomas Waldrom to their squad for the autumn internationals.
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Towns 'feel under siege' from migrants

Sunday, October 26th 2014, 20:21

Parts of the UK could be "swamped" by European Union migrants unless rules on free movement are changed, the defence secretary warns.
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UK ends Afghan combat operations

Sunday, October 26th 2014, 18:18
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan

The last UK base and a key US base in Afghanistan are handed over to Afghan security forces, ending British combat operations in the country.
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IS hostages 'have been waterboarded'

Sunday, October 26th 2014, 13:33

A British hostage being held by Islamic State says prisoners of the militant group who have tried to escape have been punished with waterboarding.
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EU budget anger - UK is not alone

Sunday, October 26th 2014, 12:02

UK not alone in concern about new EU payments
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VIDEO: Meeting Afghanistan's 'thin blue line'

Saturday, October 25th 2014, 23:47
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan

By the end of the year, British forces will have ended combat operations in Afghanistan leaving Afghan security forces to fight the Taliban threat.
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Most UK profit warnings since 2008

Saturday, October 25th 2014, 23:03

Profit warnings by UK-listed firms rise to the their highest summer level for six years, according to forecaster EY.
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'Record number' of low-paid Britons

Saturday, October 25th 2014, 23:00

A record five million UK workers are now in low-paid jobs, a rise of 250,000 in the last year, research from a left-of-centre think tank suggests.
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Northampton 34-6 Ospreys

Saturday, October 25th 2014, 18:04
related places: Northampton

Four tries from Wales wing George North see Northampton end Ospreys' unbeaten start to the season with a big Champions Cup win.
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Lamont quits after role 'questioned'

Saturday, October 25th 2014, 17:40

Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont resigns saying senior party members had "questioned" her role amid the "serious challenges" faced by Labour in Scotland.
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Scottish Labour leader stands down

Saturday, October 25th 2014, 16:14

Scottish Labour Party leader Johann Lamont resigns with immediate effect after accusing the UK party of treating Scotland like a "branch office".
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Britain must pay EU bill, says MEP

Saturday, October 25th 2014, 16:05

The rest of Europe expects the UK to settle a £1.7bn EU budget demand "and that's that", a vice president of the European Parliament has said.
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Ex-first ministers hit out at Labour

Saturday, October 25th 2014, 9:50

Two former first ministers of Scotland have hit out at Labour's treatment of its Scottish leader Johann Lamont.
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England edge Samoa in thriller

Saturday, October 25th 2014, 8:36
related countries: Samoa Samoa

England narrowly hold on for victory against Samoa in a pulsating Four Nations encounter in Brisbane.
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Body of UK-born student identified

Friday, October 24th 2014, 21:17

Authorities in Virginia identify the remains of a British-born university student who disappeared last month after a night out with friends.
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Bahrain F1 complaint 'merits probe'

Friday, October 24th 2014, 19:57
related countries: Bahrain Bahrain

A complaint that human rights regulations were breached when the Formula 1 Grand Prix was staged in Bahrain "merits further examination", a UK government panel says.
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PM: I won't meet £1.7bn EU demand

Friday, October 24th 2014, 17:39

David Cameron insists the UK will not pay £1.7bn demanded by the EU - but Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso says the bill should not have come as a surprise.
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Female bishop 'expected next year'

Friday, October 24th 2014, 16:47
related places: Church

The first female Church of England bishop is likely to be appointed in 2015, a senior Church official says.
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Ashya's family 'unsafe for UK return'

Friday, October 24th 2014, 15:31
related countries: Czech Republic Czech Republic
related places: Prague

The family of Ashya King say they will not yet return to the UK following his treatment in Prague as they do not feel safe to do so.
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Briton in Thai cosmetic surgery death

Friday, October 24th 2014, 13:19
related countries: Thailand Thailand

A British woman understood to have gone to Thailand for cosmetic surgery has died in an operation, Thai officials say.
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Lucas to host international Emmys

Friday, October 24th 2014, 11:05
related places: New York

British comedian Matt Lucas will host the International Emmy Awards ceremony in New York in November.
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UK anger at £1.7bn EU cash demand

Friday, October 24th 2014, 10:06

UK politicians react angrily to demands for an extra £1.7bn (2.1bn euros) contribution towards the European Union's budget due to the country's better economic performance.
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VIDEO: Exhibition on a changing Afghanistan

Thursday, October 23rd 2014, 23:45
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan

The Imperial War Museum's latest exhibition focuses on Afghanistan as British troops prepare to leave.
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Spanish art gems head for UK town

Thursday, October 23rd 2014, 23:39
related countries: Spain Spain
related places: Bishop Auckland

A new art gallery showing major works of art from Spain's "golden age" is to open in a former bank in Bishop Auckland, County Durham.
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Job centres to get digital makeover

Thursday, October 23rd 2014, 23:12

Computer workstations, electronic signature pads and free wi-fi are rolling out across UK job centres.
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UK gives extra £80m for Ebola fight

Thursday, October 23rd 2014, 22:51

Prime Minister David Cameron pledges an extra £80m of aid for the fight against the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
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Knightley to make Broadway debut

Thursday, October 23rd 2014, 17:06
related places: Broadway

British actress Keira Knightley is to make her Broadway debut next year in Therese Raquin, a stage version of Emile Zola's classic novel.
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NHS funds rise 'tough but possible'

Thursday, October 23rd 2014, 17:03

Increasing NHS spending in England by the £8bn health bosses warn will be needed by 2020 will be tough but possible, the health secretary says.
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NHS 'needs extra cash and overhaul'

Thursday, October 23rd 2014, 11:30

The NHS in England needs extra money and drastic changes to the way services are organised if patient care is not to suffer, health bosses say.
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VIDEO: Sentamu appeal to Ebola-hit countries

Thursday, October 23rd 2014, 8:42
related places: York

People of faith in countries struggling to combat the world's worst outbreak of Ebola should not meet in large numbers, the UK's Archbishop of York says.
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Military heads admit Afghan mistakes

Wednesday, October 22nd 2014, 23:40
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan

Military leaders failed to calculate the magnitude of the conflict in Afghanistan, the former head of the British army, Gen Sir Peter Wall, tells the BBC.
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Government backs NFL London plan

Wednesday, October 22nd 2014, 16:47
related places: London

The UK government will support plans for an NFL team based in London, according to Chancellor George Osborne.
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PM: Buck stops with me on criminals

Wednesday, October 22nd 2014, 16:35

Prime Minister David Cameron tells MPs the "buck stops with me" when it comes to deporting foreign criminals from the UK.
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Woman held over 'Syria terror plot'

Wednesday, October 22nd 2014, 12:57
related countries: Syria Syria

A woman is arrested in Bedfordshire on suspicion of preparation of terrorist acts related to Syria, Scotland Yard says.
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Kruis among uncapped England trio

Wednesday, October 22nd 2014, 12:00

England call up three uncapped players for the autumn internationals in Semesa Rokoduguni, George Kruis and Calum Clark.
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Bank remains against raising rates

Wednesday, October 22nd 2014, 9:38

Policy makers at the Bank of England voted 7-2 to keep interest rates at a record low of 0.5% in October, minutes show.
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Wednesday's gossip column

Wednesday, October 22nd 2014, 6:48

Arsenal want England Under-21 defender Liam Moore, Man City ready bid for Mesut Ozil, Schalke want Fernando Torres, plus more.
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