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IMF: UK should rethink austerity

Thursday, January 24th 2013, 9:26
related places: March

IMF chief economist Olivier Blanchard tells the BBC that Chancellor George Osborne should consider toning down austerity in his budget in March.
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Businesses divided over EU speech

Thursday, January 24th 2013, 8:17

Some business leaders warn that the prime minister's EU referendum proposal will hurt investment, but others back his move, as he heads to the Davos World Economic Forum.
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Sony fined over PlayStation hack

Thursday, January 24th 2013, 8:01

A hack on the PlayStation Network, in which millions of users' personal information was exposed, sees Sony fined by the UK's data authority.
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'Giant' Irish turbines to power UK

Thursday, January 24th 2013, 6:01
related countries: Ireland Ireland

UK and Irish ministers will today sign an agreement that could see some of the world's largest wind turbines built across the Irish midlands.
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EU viewpoints on Cameron's Europe speech

Thursday, January 24th 2013, 2:18
related places: Cameron

European politicians and pundits react to UK PM's speech
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VIDEO: Are Lolcats art?

Thursday, January 24th 2013, 0:38
related places: London

London gallery hosts internet cat phenomenon
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VIDEO: Traditional Indian dance catches on

Thursday, January 24th 2013, 0:14
related countries: India India

The dance of Kathak that originated in northern India is currently thriving in the UK with hundreds of young British Asians taking it up.
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More immigration backlogs found

Thursday, January 24th 2013, 0:11

Immigration inspectors have discovered more UK Border Agency backlogs in its latest probe into the UKBA's workings.
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Prince Harry 'longs for family time'

Wednesday, January 23rd 2013, 20:13
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan

Prince Harry says he is "longing" to spend some time with his family after arriving back in Britain following his 20-week deployment in Afghanistan.
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Mourinho wants to manage Portugal

Wednesday, January 23rd 2013, 19:47
related countries: Portugal Portugal

Jose Mourinho says he would love to coach Portugal in the future - and also refuses to rule out taking on the England job.
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Cameron rebuffs referendum critics

Wednesday, January 23rd 2013, 18:53

David Cameron defends his commitment to hold a referendum on the UK's future in Europe - as UK rivals and European leaders criticise the plan.
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EU leaders warn Cameron over poll

Wednesday, January 23rd 2013, 18:41
related countries: France France, Germany Germany
related places: Cameron, Eu

Germany and France warn that Britain cannot pick and choose the terms of its EU membership after Prime Minister David Cameron announces a referendum.
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Hyde Park gigs 'will be louder'

Wednesday, January 23rd 2013, 17:03
related places: Hyde Park, London, Rock

Rock group Bon Jovi will play London's Hyde Park this summer, and promoter AEG promises higher noise levels after criticisms of last year's "quiet" shows.
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PM pledges in/out referendum on EU

Wednesday, January 23rd 2013, 16:50

David Cameron says the British people must "have their say" as he promises a vote on the country's future in the EU if the Conservatives win the election.
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India seal England ODI series win

Wednesday, January 23rd 2013, 15:34
related countries: India India
related places: Mohali

Suresh Raina hits 89 not out as India take a 3-1 lead in the one-day series with a five-wicket win over England.
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French 'red carpet' for UK firms

Wednesday, January 23rd 2013, 14:56
related countries: France France
related places: Eu

France says it will welcome any firms that leave the UK if it decides to exit the EU, as British business leaders react to plans for an in/out referendum.
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VIDEO: Campaign to 'end hunger for ever'

Wednesday, January 23rd 2013, 14:12
related places: More

More than 100 aid organisations have come together to launch a campaign against hunger to coincide with the UK's role heading the G8 this year.
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Wife 'so proud' of killed UK hostage

Wednesday, January 23rd 2013, 14:00
related countries: Algeria Algeria

The wife of a British man killed in the Algeria hostage crisis says his family "will always love him" and he will be "eternally missed".
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Heads challenge A-level changes

Wednesday, January 23rd 2013, 12:56

A-levels will return to exams taken at the end of two-year courses, with more involvement from universities, says the education secretary.
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Crash pilot told 'don't take off'

Wednesday, January 23rd 2013, 12:47
related places: London

A passenger due to be collected by a helicopter which crashed in central London had suggested the pilot delay taking off, it is revealed.
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Very different ideas about Europe

Wednesday, January 23rd 2013, 12:47

EU politicians wary about UK vision, says Gavin Hewitt
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UK jobless total falls to 2.49m

Wednesday, January 23rd 2013, 12:45

The number of people out of work fell by 37,000 between September and November to 2.49 million, official figures show.
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'End in sight' for freezing weather

Wednesday, January 23rd 2013, 11:56

Snow continues to disrupt travel and schools in parts of the UK but an end to the cold spell is in sight, forecasters say.
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Parker to receive Bafta fellowship

Wednesday, January 23rd 2013, 9:36

Director Sir Alan Parker is to be awarded the British Academy fellowship at next month's Bafta Film Awards
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Star becomes Dickens' fund patron

Wednesday, January 23rd 2013, 9:02

Actress Gillian Anderson is made patron of the fund behind the UK's first statue of Charles Dickens, which is due to be unveiled in June.
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VIDEO: 'Le pong' gas smell crosses Channel

Wednesday, January 23rd 2013, 6:53
related countries: France France
related places: Rouen

A chemical plant on the outskirts of Rouen is leaking a foul-smelling gas which has spread over hundreds of square miles - across France and into south-east England.
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Campaign to 'end hunger for ever'

Wednesday, January 23rd 2013, 2:30
related places: More

More than 100 aid organisations come together to campaign against hunger, to coincide with the UK's role heading the G8 this year.
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Bid to stop French foul gas leak

Tuesday, January 22nd 2013, 22:32
related countries: France France
related places: Paris

Staff at a chemical factory in north-western France are working to stop a gas leak that has spread a foul smell from Paris to south-eastern England.
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Bank chief calls for further action

Tuesday, January 22nd 2013, 20:53

Bank of England Governor Sir Mervyn King calls for further action to boost the UK's economy and defends its inflation target which his successor has suggested changing.
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UK Afghan force reduced 'in autumn'

Tuesday, January 22nd 2013, 19:41
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan

This year's withdrawal of 3,800 UK troops from Afghanistan is unlikely to happen until the autumn, Britain's top general there says.
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Bali Briton death penalty condemned

Tuesday, January 22nd 2013, 16:54

The UK government condemns the death by firing squad sentence on drug-trafficking British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford in Bali.
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Rolls-Royce closes defence site

Tuesday, January 22nd 2013, 16:41
related places: Ansty, Coventry

Rolls-Royce is to close its UK defence operations in Ansty, near Coventry, with the loss of nearly 400 jobs.
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Manet portrait delayed by snow

Tuesday, January 22nd 2013, 16:36

The Royal Academy's blockbuster Manet exhibition is all set to open this week - but one portrait is absent thanks to the British weather.
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Fresh snow to cause more problems

Tuesday, January 22nd 2013, 16:11

Snow and ice are causing disruption across large parts of the UK for a fifth successive day with fresh snow set to cause further problems.
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Garden step 'is ancient artefact'

Tuesday, January 22nd 2013, 15:11
related countries: Sri Lanka Sri Lanka

A garden doorstep in the UK is identified by auctioneers as a rare Sri Lankan artefact, expected to fetch more than £30,000 ($47,500) at auction.
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Death penalty for Bali drugs Briton

Tuesday, January 22nd 2013, 15:00
related countries: Indonesia Indonesia
related places: Bali

British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford is sentenced to death by firing squad in Bali for trafficking cocaine.
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Rubin Kazan bid for M'Vila accepted

Tuesday, January 22nd 2013, 11:08
related countries: Russia Russia

Rennes accept a £9.6m offer from Russian club Rubin Kazan for Yann M'Vila, but the midfielder favours a move to England.
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UK borrowing rises in December

Tuesday, January 22nd 2013, 10:55

The government borrowed slightly more than expected in December, fuelling fears that the UK could lose its coveted AAA credit rating.
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UK considers boosting Mali support

Tuesday, January 22nd 2013, 8:59
related countries: France France, Mali Mali

The UK government is to discuss offering more help to French forces fighting Islamist rebels in Mali.
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Snow shuts schools and hits travel

Monday, January 21st 2013, 20:34
related places: More

More than 5,000 schools were closed across the UK as snow and icy conditions continued for a fourth day, affecting roads, railways and airports.
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New date for Cameron EU speech

Monday, January 21st 2013, 14:43

David Cameron is to deliver his long-awaited speech on the UK's future in the European Union on Wednesday, Downing Street says.
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VIDEO: Snow tightens grip on Europe

Monday, January 21st 2013, 10:10

Snow and freezing temperatures are expected to cause more widespread disruption across the UK and western Europe.
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Les Miserables tops UK album chart

Monday, January 21st 2013, 9:58
related countries: Ireland Ireland

The soundtrack to Tom Hooper's Oscar-nominated Les Miserables becomes the first casting recording to top the UK and Ireland album chart in 16 years.
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VIDEO: Swimmer filmed wrestling with shark

Monday, January 21st 2013, 8:23
related countries: Australia Australia

A man from Wales has been caught on film helping to move a six-foot long shark off the coast of Australia.
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Treasury needs more 'innovation'

Monday, January 21st 2013, 7:42

The UK economy will see "sluggish growth" for two years, unless authorities adopt a more innovative approach to boosting expansion, a study says.
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Shopper numbers 'fell last month'

Monday, January 21st 2013, 0:05

The number of shoppers on UK High Streets fell last month, that is according to the latest footfall figures from the British Retail Consortium (BRC).
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More ice and snow for frozen UK

Sunday, January 20th 2013, 22:11

Ice and freezing temperatures continue across the UK, as well as more snow in eastern and northern parts of England.
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Amour bags Critic awards hat-trick

Sunday, January 20th 2013, 20:42

Oscar and Bafta-nominated film Amour bags a hat-trick of London Critics’ Circle Film Awards, including best film and screenplay for writer and director Michael Haneke.
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Glencoe avalanche victims named

Sunday, January 20th 2013, 19:45

Three of the climbers who died in an avalanche in the Scottish Highlands on Saturday have been named by police.
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Chelsea 2-1 Arsenal

Sunday, January 20th 2013, 15:55
related places: London, Stamford Bridge

Chelsea hold off London rivals Arsenal at Stamford Bridge to win their first home game of 2013 at the fourth attempt.
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'Strong case' for EU vote - Hague

Sunday, January 20th 2013, 12:40

Foreign Secretary William Hague says he believes "fresh consent" will be needed from the British public for changes in the European Union.
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Bid to find Algeria kidnap Britons

Sunday, January 20th 2013, 8:12
related countries: Algeria Algeria

UK officials are "working hard" to locate Britons missing or feared dead after the Algeria kidnap crisis, says Foreign Secretary William Hague.
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VIDEO: Close Up: Cuba's new love for the Union flag

Sunday, January 20th 2013, 0:08

Why Cuba has fallen in love with the UK flag
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Four dead after Glencoe avalanche

Saturday, January 19th 2013, 22:10

Four people have died after an avalanche in Glencoe in the Scottish Highlands, police say.
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Five Britons feared dead in Algeria

Saturday, January 19th 2013, 22:04
related countries: Algeria Algeria

Foreign Secretary William Hague says five Britons and one UK resident have been killed or are missing as a result of the hostage crisis in Algeria.
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Cameron told hostage crisis is over

Saturday, January 19th 2013, 17:41
related countries: Algeria Algeria

The Algerian prime minister has confirmed to David Cameron that the operation to resolve the hostage crisis has ended, Downing Street says.
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Cook demands England improvement

Saturday, January 19th 2013, 15:52
related countries: India India

England captain Alastair Cook says the tourists must improve immediately after falling 2-1 behind in the one-day series in India.
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England thrashed by India in ODI

Saturday, January 19th 2013, 12:48
related countries: India India
related places: Ranchi

India beat England by seven wickets in Ranchi with 21.5 overs to spare, to take a 2-1 lead in the five-match one-day series.
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Algerian crisis UK's 'top priority'

Saturday, January 19th 2013, 12:20
related countries: Algeria Algeria

With 10 Britons still unaccounted for, Foreign Secretary William Hague says the Algerian crisis will remain the UK's "top priority".
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Heathrow faces more snow disruption

Saturday, January 19th 2013, 11:02
related places: More

Air passengers are warned of further disruption at London's Heathrow Airport due to bad weather, as drivers face treacherous conditions on roads across the UK.
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Bloodhound diary: Piece by piece

Saturday, January 19th 2013, 1:31

UK engineers build the ultimate supercar
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Stansted Airport sold for £1.5bn

Saturday, January 19th 2013, 0:36

London's Stansted Airport is being sold to the owner of Manchester Airport for £1.5bn, it is announced.
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Oxfam plea on global inequality

Saturday, January 19th 2013, 0:12
related countries: Switzerland Switzerland

The UK charity calls for a "global new deal to reverse decades of increasing inequality", ahead of next week's World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
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Heavy snow brings travel disruption

Friday, January 18th 2013, 22:22

Travel disruption caused by heavy snow is set to continue, as many parts of the UK see train delays, cancelled flights and testing driving conditions.
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Armstrong confession key - Millar

Friday, January 18th 2013, 19:26

British cyclist David Millar says that Lance Armstrong's confession to doping is a vital step in cycling's recovery.
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Cameron: UK could drift out of EU

Friday, January 18th 2013, 15:52

The UK could "drift towards" exiting the EU if problems with the institution are not addressed, David Cameron is set to warn.
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VIDEO: Blanket of snow covers parts of Europe

Friday, January 18th 2013, 13:34
related countries: France France, Russia Russia

Parts of Europe, including Russia, France, Austria and the UK have seen heavy winter snowfall.
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Algeria hostage siege not over

Friday, January 18th 2013, 13:08
related countries: Algeria Algeria

The Algerian operation at a gas facility in the desert where Islamist militants have been holding foreign hostages has not ended, officials say.
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Schools closed as snow hits UK

Friday, January 18th 2013, 13:01

Over 3,000 schools are closed and transport is disrupted as a band of heavy snow affects most of the UK, with a "rare" red warning issued in Wales.
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Fate of British hostages unknown

Friday, January 18th 2013, 10:10
related countries: Algeria Algeria

The fate of a number of British hostages held in a desert gas complex remains unknown in the wake of an Algerian military attempt to free them from militants, amid fears of multiple casualties.
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West End actress Haque dies at 41

Friday, January 18th 2013, 9:15
related places: London

Tributes have been paid to the actress Sophiya Haque, who has died in London at the age of 41.
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Zappa score joins classical festival

Friday, January 18th 2013, 9:11

A controversial orchestral film score by music legend Frank Zappa is to have its UK premiere as part of a major celebration of modern classical music.
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When the Clintons lit up Belfast

Friday, January 18th 2013, 7:15
related countries: United States United States
related places: Belfast

Former US President Bill Clinton considers his work in Northern Ireland to be probably his "top foreign policy achievement", according to one of his closest advisors.
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Cameron postpones Europe speech

Friday, January 18th 2013, 4:57
related countries: Algeria Algeria

David Cameron postpones a long-awaited speech on the UK's relationship with Europe - due on Friday - to respond to the hostage crisis in Algeria.
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Secret listeners who bugged the Nazis

Friday, January 18th 2013, 1:47

Why the British took captured Nazi generals to lavish lunches
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Guesthouse abuse claims probed

Friday, January 18th 2013, 1:16
related places: London

Police investigate allegations a paedophile ring with links to the then government abused boys at a guesthouse in south-west London in the 1980s.
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Snow forecast for much of the UK

Friday, January 18th 2013, 0:12

Much of the UK is braced for snow as the cold weather threatens to cause severe disruption, with a "rare" red weather warning issued in Wales.
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Algerian army moves to end siege

Thursday, January 17th 2013, 19:29
related countries: Algeria Algeria

A number of people are killed in an Algerian military raid to free hostages at a desert gas plant, as at least four foreign hostages are freed, state media report.
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UK hostages 'freed' in Algeria

Thursday, January 17th 2013, 18:27
related countries: Algeria Algeria

A Northern Irish man is free reportedly along with two Scots after being held captive by militants at an Algerian gas facility.
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Crane driver 'lucky' he was late

Thursday, January 17th 2013, 15:31
related places: London

A crane operator who was late for work when a helicopter crashed into a crane said he had overslept and now feels "very lucky".
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Opening 2014 Tour stages revealed

Thursday, January 17th 2013, 10:56
related countries: France France

The 2014 Tour de France will feature a stage that visits the London 2012 Olympic Park and ends on the Mall after two stages in Yorkshire.
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Train on fire at London Victoria

Thursday, January 17th 2013, 7:40
related countries: Seychelles Seychelles

A fire on a Gatwick Express train prompts the evacuation of London Victoria station at the start of the rush hour.
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Tesco publishes horsemeat apology

Thursday, January 17th 2013, 5:28

Tesco takes out full-page advertisements in national UK newspapers to apologise for selling beefburgers that were found to contain horsemeat.
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Murray races to emphatic victory

Thursday, January 17th 2013, 4:15
related countries: Aruba Aruba
related places: Melbourne

Britain's Andy Murray reaches the Australian Open third round with a straight-sets victory over Joao Sousa in Melbourne.
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Film festival boasts 57 premieres

Thursday, January 17th 2013, 0:16

The programme for this year's Glasgow Film Festival is announced - featuring 57 UK premieres.
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Crash pilot was 'highly skilled'

Wednesday, January 16th 2013, 22:19
related places: London

Tributes are paid to a pilot who died when a helicopter crashed into a crane in London.
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Two die in helicopter crane crash

Wednesday, January 16th 2013, 19:39
related places: London

Two people are killed and 12 are injured when a helicopter crashes into a crane at the top of a building in Vauxhall in central London.
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Blockbuster enters administration

Wednesday, January 16th 2013, 17:51

DVD rental firm Blockbuster becomes the latest UK High Street firm to go into administration after struggling to compete against internet-based rivals.
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UK soldier dies of Afghan wounds

Wednesday, January 16th 2013, 16:10
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan

A British soldier has died in a UK hospital from wounds suffered in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence says.
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Inquiry into horsemeat in burgers

Wednesday, January 16th 2013, 14:20
related countries: Ireland Ireland

Investigations are under way to try to discover how horsemeat got into some beefburgers on sale in UK and Irish supermarkets, including Tesco.
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Les Miserables tops UK box office

Wednesday, January 16th 2013, 11:53
related countries: Ireland Ireland

The film version of Les Miserables had box office tills singing a happy tune over the weekend, recording three-day takings of £8.13 million in the UK and Ireland.
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Leak shuts up to 27 UK oil fields

Wednesday, January 16th 2013, 11:11

A pipeline system servicing up to 27 oil fields is shut down after a leak on the Cormorant Alpha platform, north-east of Shetland.
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Stoppard saluted by Writers Guild

Wednesday, January 16th 2013, 10:34

British playwright and screenwriter Sir Tom Stoppard is to be honoured by the Writers Guild of America at its awards ceremony in Los Angeles next month.
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Murray set to face extreme heat

Wednesday, January 16th 2013, 9:53
related countries: Aruba Aruba

Britain's Andy Murray could face temperatures close to 40C when he plays Joao Sousa in the Australian Open on Thursday.
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EU car sales fell 8.2% in 2012

Wednesday, January 16th 2013, 9:48

New car registrations in the EU fell by 8.2% in 2012 and the UK was the only major market to grow, carmakers say.
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Guardiola targets job in England

Wednesday, January 16th 2013, 7:22

Former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola speaks for the first time of his desire to manage in England.
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Dylan's parents recall US shooting

Wednesday, January 16th 2013, 5:32
related countries: United States United States
related places: Newtown

The mother of a British boy shot in the Newtown school massacre weeps as she recalls his death, and his father urges greater US gun controls.
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VIDEO: 'It can't get worse than Sandy Hook'

Wednesday, January 16th 2013, 2:44
related places: Newtown

The parents of a British-born boy killed in the Sandy Hook school shooting have said they plan to stay in Newtown despite the death of their son.
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Tory group wants EU powers back

Wednesday, January 16th 2013, 2:24

A group of Conservative backbench MPs is to publish a report later calling for a substantial return of powers to the UK from the European Union.
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Horsemeat found in beef burgers

Tuesday, January 15th 2013, 22:24
related countries: Ireland Ireland

Horse DNA has been found in some beef burgers being sold in UK and Irish supermarkets, Ireland's food safety body confirms.
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