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GB sportswomen 'lacking support'

Friday, March 8th 2013, 6:02

A BBC survey finds four out of five British elite sportswomen believe their financial rewards are inadequate compared to men.
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Ash fungus genetic code unravelled

Friday, March 8th 2013, 4:21

British scientists decode the DNA of the fungus attacking Europe's ash trees, offering hope that a way of stopping the epidemic can be found.
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London Welsh deducted five points

Thursday, March 7th 2013, 19:30

London Welsh are deducted five points and fined £15,000 for fielding ineligible player Tyson Keats.
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No alternative on economy, says PM

Thursday, March 7th 2013, 14:39

Changing course on the economy would plunge the UK "back into the abyss", the PM warns - after Vince Cable suggests spending may have to rise.
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Britons seized in Egypt are freed

Thursday, March 7th 2013, 13:51
related countries: Egypt Egypt

Two British tourists who were kidnapped in Egypt on their way to a beach resort have been freed, a security chief tells the BBC.
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BoE rejects more economic stimulus

Thursday, March 7th 2013, 13:28

The Bank of England's rate-setting committee has kept interest rates at 0.5% and rejected calls to inject more stimulus into the economy.
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Authors make libel reform plea

Thursday, March 7th 2013, 12:05

Writers including Sir Salman Rushdie and Stephen Fry sign a letter urging the UK's major political parties not to abandon libel reforms.
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Campaigners win child surgery case

Thursday, March 7th 2013, 11:03

A judge backs campaigners who claimed the consultation over changes to children's heart surgery in England and Wales was flawed.
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France name Michalak at fly-half

Thursday, March 7th 2013, 10:17
related countries: France France, Ireland Ireland

France recall Frederic Michalak at fly-half to face Ireland in one of three changes from the side which lost to England.
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Bonnie Tyler chosen for Eurovision

Thursday, March 7th 2013, 9:25
related countries: Sweden Sweden
related places: Malmo

Welsh pop singer Bonnie Tyler says she is "honoured" to be the UK's representative at the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest in Malmo, Sweden.
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England over-confident - Vaughan

Thursday, March 7th 2013, 7:26
related countries: New Zealand New Zealand

Michael Vaughan accuses England of "disrespecting" cricket after being bowled out for 167 by New Zealand.
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UK gives £10m to fund Afghan mining

Thursday, March 7th 2013, 6:03
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan

Britain is to spend £10m over three years to help Afghanistan exploit its huge natural resources, the prime minister announces.
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NZ dominate England in first Test

Thursday, March 7th 2013, 5:46
related countries: New Zealand New Zealand

England collapse to 167 all out before New Zealand cruise to 131-0 on day two of the opening Test in Dunedin.
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Falklanders prepare for referendum vote

Thursday, March 7th 2013, 4:21

Falklanders prepare for referendum on staying British
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Cull half of UK's deer - scientists

Thursday, March 7th 2013, 0:00

Around half of the UK's deer population needs to be shot each year to stop extreme devastation to the countryside, scientists claim.
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Glass pavilion plan for Southbank

Wednesday, March 6th 2013, 23:59
related places: London

A "floating" glass pavilion will be created as part of plans to revamp London's Southbank Centre.
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Cable queries borrowing restraint

Wednesday, March 6th 2013, 20:39

The government may need to borrow more to fund capital spending if the UK's economy is to recover, Business Secretary Vince Cable suggests.
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Kenya row over rejected ballots

Wednesday, March 6th 2013, 18:57
related countries: Kenya Kenya

A row breaks out in Kenya over whether rejected ballots should be included in the presidential vote count, with Uhuru Kenyatta's alliance accusing the UK of meddling.
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VIDEO: Welsh Somalis discover their roots

Wednesday, March 6th 2013, 17:20
related places: Cardiff

Somalis who settled in Wales in the 19th Century have been celebrating their cultural heritage and discovering their roots at a festival in Cardiff.
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Budget Day strike for civil servants

Wednesday, March 6th 2013, 16:28

The UK's largest civil service union, the PCS, has picked Budget Day - 20 March - to start its industrial action over pay and pensions.
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UK sends armoured vehicles to Syria

Wednesday, March 6th 2013, 16:28
related countries: Syria Syria

The UK is to provide armoured vehicles and body armour to opposition forces in Syria to help save lives, Foreign Secretary William Hague says.
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Bank governor suggests splitting RBS

Wednesday, March 6th 2013, 12:04

Bank of England governor Sir Mervyn King says there is a case for splitting up state-owned Royal Bank of Scotland.
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UK firm fined over waste export

Wednesday, March 6th 2013, 10:58
related countries: Brazil Brazil

East-London firm Edwards Waste Paper must pay £85,000 for its involvement in illegally exporting tonnes of non-recyclable household waste to Brazil.
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Payday lenders told to improve

Wednesday, March 6th 2013, 10:32

The Office of Fair Trading says it has uncovered widespread evidence of irresponsible lending among the UK's 50 biggest payday loans companies.
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Bieber 'early' for second London gig

Wednesday, March 6th 2013, 8:49
related countries: Canada Canada
related places: London

Organisers say Canadian pop star Justin Bieber was "two minutes early" for his second gig at London's O2 Arena following widespread criticism over his late appearance on Monday.
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Rain washes out first day of Test

Wednesday, March 6th 2013, 3:17
related countries: New Zealand New Zealand
related places: Dunedin

Persistent rain washes out the opening day of the first Test between New Zealand and England in Dunedin.
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Swann ruled out of Test series

Tuesday, March 5th 2013, 22:52
related countries: New Zealand New Zealand
related places: Dunedin

England spinner Graeme Swann is ruled out of the Test series against New Zealand and will have surgery on an elbow injury.
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World stock markets hit new highs

Tuesday, March 5th 2013, 21:23
related places: London, New York

New York's Dow Jones share index sets a new all-time high, while London's FTSE 100 closes at it highest level in five years.
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Army bases to close as troops return

Tuesday, March 5th 2013, 19:51
related countries: Germany Germany

Four Army bases are to close as part of a shake-up to accommodate thousands of troops returning from Germany.
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Bieber apologises for late arrival

Tuesday, March 5th 2013, 17:24
related places: London

Justin Bieber apologises to fans for emerging late for his sold out concert at London's O2 on Monday night.
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UK official flees W Bank university

Tuesday, March 5th 2013, 17:00
related countries: West Bank West Bank

Palestinian protesters hammer on a car carrying a top British diplomat after he is forced to cut short a visit to a West Bank university amid angry protests.
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NHS competition rules to be changed

Tuesday, March 5th 2013, 15:11

Controversial regulations governing the contracting out of services in the NHS will be re-written amid growing concerns about increasing competition, the government says.
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VIDEO: Meet the Colombian 'Billy Elliot'

Tuesday, March 5th 2013, 13:41
related countries: Colombia Colombia, Cuba Cuba, Italy Italy

Colombia's Fernando Montano talks to the BBC about how, after deciding at the age of four that he wanted to become a professional ballet dancer, he travelled the world from Cuba to Italy before ending up in the UK where he is now the only Colombian d
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Tuesday, March 5th 2013, 13:24

Plans to make further savings to the £2bn legal aid bill in England and Wales, taking in criminal cases, are announced by Justice Secretary Chris Grayling.
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Boos as Bieber goes on stage late

Tuesday, March 5th 2013, 11:31
related places: London

Teen pop idol Justin Bieber angers parents by emerging onstage for a concert at London's O2 Arena almost two hours late.
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Tuesday, March 5th 2013, 9:54

The UK's most senior judge tells the BBC legal aid cuts may mean people feel they cannot access justice and will "take the law into their own hands".
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UK 'lagging in Europe health league'

Tuesday, March 5th 2013, 9:28

The UK is lagging behind progress by similar countries on many indicators for ill-health, research published in the Lancet suggests.
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VIDEO: Anger as Bieber keeps fans waiting

Tuesday, March 5th 2013, 7:42
related places: London

Teen pop idol Justin Bieber has angered parents and fans by emerging onstage for a concert at London's O2 Arena almost two hours late.
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Rolls-Royce paid no corporation tax

Monday, March 4th 2013, 19:38

International engine builders Rolls-Royce paid no corporation tax in the UK in 2012, its annual report reveals.
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Fines and mis-selling cost HSBC $4bn

Monday, March 4th 2013, 17:31

HSBC reveals it paid $4.2bn to cover money laundering fines and the cost of product mis-selling in 2012, as the chief executive's pay rose to $7m.
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Queen leaves hospital after bug

Monday, March 4th 2013, 17:06
related places: London

The Queen returns to Buckingham Palace after being assessed in hospital for symptoms of gastroenteritis, but will not carry out any engagements this week.
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Bombs 'minutes from being launched'

Monday, March 4th 2013, 13:44

Four live mortar bombs were intercepted by police in a van in Northern Ireland minutes before being launched, a senior detective has said.
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Cardinal to face Vatican inquiry

Monday, March 4th 2013, 11:49

Cardinal Keith O'Brien, formerly Britain's most senior Roman Catholic cleric, is expected to face a Vatican inquiry after admitting sexual misconduct.
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Libya rendition man 'will settle'

Monday, March 4th 2013, 10:52
related countries: Libya Libya

A Libyan man suing the UK government for its alleged role in his rendition to Libya offers to settle the case for an apology and a token payment of £1.
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Bracewell in injury investigation

Monday, March 4th 2013, 8:52
related countries: New Zealand New Zealand

New Zealand fast bowler Doug Bracewell is doubtful for the first Test against England, with reports suggesting he injured his foot at a party.
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Welsh treasures go on show in China

Monday, March 4th 2013, 7:57
related countries: China China

An exhibition charting the history of Wales through its treasures and artworks goes on show in China, building on links between the two countries started in 2006.
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UK 'must adapt' for weather extremes

Monday, March 4th 2013, 1:18

Britain must become more resilient to both drought and flooding as the climate changes, the chairman of the Environment Agency warns.
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Timberlake's Mirrors hits number one

Sunday, March 3rd 2013, 22:43
related countries: United States United States

US singer Justin Timberlake tops the UK singles chart with Mirrors while Emeli Sande stays at number one on the album chart.
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Cardinal sorry for sexual misconduct

Sunday, March 3rd 2013, 22:12

Cardinal Keith O'Brien, the Catholic Church in Scotland's ex-leader, admits his sexual conduct has at times fallen below "the standards expected of me".
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Tottenham 2-1 Arsenal

Sunday, March 3rd 2013, 18:34
related places: London

Tottenham win a pulsating north London derby to go third in the league and seven points ahead of fifth-placed Arsenal.
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Farage: UKIP not just a protest vote

Sunday, March 3rd 2013, 16:06
related places: Eastleigh

UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage has dismissed suggestions voters in the Eastleigh by-election backed UKIP as a "protest vote", saying the party offers "policy solutions".
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UK 'cannot rule out arms for Syria'

Sunday, March 3rd 2013, 16:02
related countries: Syria Syria

Britain cannot rule out providing arms to the Syrian opposition in the future, the foreign secretary says, after President Bashar al-Assad accuses the UK of bullying and naivety.
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Walrus basks in Orkney attention

Sunday, March 3rd 2013, 14:19

A walrus turns up on a small Scottish island in what has been described as a "once in a lifetime" event.
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Sloppy England must be 'sharper'

Sunday, March 3rd 2013, 9:56
related countries: New Zealand New Zealand

Coach Andy Flower says England must be sharper for the first Test against New Zealand following their warm-up defeat.
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Assad says Britain bullying Syria

Sunday, March 3rd 2013, 0:20
related countries: Syria Syria

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, in a rare interview with a British newspaper, accuses the UK government of bullying and naivety.
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VIDEO: Assad says UK backs 'terrorists'

Saturday, March 2nd 2013, 23:02
related countries: Syria Syria

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has accused the British government of siding with those he calls "terrorists" in the civil war which has engulfed his country.
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UK children 'babied by parents'

Saturday, March 2nd 2013, 18:14

Children are being "babied" by intrusive parents who do too much for them, leaving them unable to manage alone, says an adviser to David Cameron.
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MoD cuts 'risk loss of capability'

Saturday, March 2nd 2013, 17:40

Further big cuts in defence spending would lead to the loss of the UK's military capability, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond warns.
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Plaid 'should seek Scotland parity'

Saturday, March 2nd 2013, 10:40

Plaid Cymru's parliamentary leader is expected to urge his party to "strive for parity" with Scotland, whatever the Scottish devolution referendum outcome.
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England beaten in NZ warm-up game

Saturday, March 2nd 2013, 8:54
related countries: New Zealand New Zealand

England lose a first-class tour match for the first time in seven years as they are beaten by a New Zealand XI.
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Melanoma 'hits body's immune system'

Saturday, March 2nd 2013, 2:40

A deadly form of skin cancer is able to avoid attack from the body's immune system, UK researchers have found.
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UK 'using less petrol but more gas'

Friday, March 1st 2013, 19:49

A report from the Office for National Statistics shows that Britons are becoming more economical with vehicle fuel but more profligate with gas.
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Russian ex-banker wins asylum in UK

Friday, March 1st 2013, 18:09
related countries: Russia Russia
related places: London

A Russian former banker who fled to London after being accused of alleged fraud has been granted political asylum in the UK, the BBC learns.
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Undercover police laws 'need change'

Friday, March 1st 2013, 12:29

Unacceptable sexual relationships by undercover police show an urgent review of laws regulating such activities in England and Wales is needed, MPs say.
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Air New Zealand pilot 'fell asleep'

Friday, March 1st 2013, 11:47
related countries: New Zealand New Zealand
related places: London

Air New Zealand says one of its pilots twice nodded off during a flight between London and Los Angeles but the flight was never in danger, reports say.
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Vanessa Redgrave wins rave reviews

Friday, March 1st 2013, 10:54
related places: Broadway

The veteran British actress has won rave reviews for her performance in Jesse Eisenberg's new play The Revisionist, in an intimate off-Broadway production.
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Prescription charges to rise by 20p

Friday, March 1st 2013, 10:50

The cost of prescription charges in England will rise by 20p to £7.85 from 1 April, the government has announced.
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Lib Dems win Eastleigh by-election

Friday, March 1st 2013, 10:49
related places: Eastleigh

Nick Clegg hails a "stunning victory" for the Liberal Democrats in the Eastleigh by-election, as the UK Independence Party pushes the Conservatives into third place.
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House prices 'up 0.2% in February'

Friday, March 1st 2013, 10:36

UK house prices rose by 0.2% in February compared with the previous month but were the same as a year ago, the Nationwide says.
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Sky buys O2 broadband and fixed line

Friday, March 1st 2013, 9:31
related countries: Spain Spain

British Sky Broadcasting is buying the UK broadband and fixed line businesses of Spain's Telefonica, currently branded as O2 and BE.
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England recover in NZ tour match

Friday, March 1st 2013, 7:32
related countries: New Zealand New Zealand

Kevin Pietersen and Nick Compton fall cheaply but England extend their lead to 333 against a New Zealand XI in Queenstown.
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Warning over NHS competition rules

Friday, March 1st 2013, 2:42

An architect of the government's NHS changes in England warns they may be undermined by rules opening the health service to more competition.
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Charity reaches rainforest goal

Friday, March 1st 2013, 2:05

A charity founded to save tropical rainforest the size of Wales has achieved its goal.
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Samsung loses Japan iPhone battle

Thursday, February 28th 2013, 18:25
related countries: Japan Japan

Samsung has failed in its latest patent challenge against Apple, but is being aided by a former UK judge in a separate battle.
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EU banker bonus cap 'self-defeating'

Thursday, February 28th 2013, 17:29
related places: London

The EU's proposed cap on banker bonuses will drive business away from London, says Boris Johnson, the mayor of Europe's biggest financial centre.
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RBS lost £5.2bn in 'chastening' year

Thursday, February 28th 2013, 15:30

Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has reported its fifth year of losses since it was bailed out by the government in 2008, hit by fines and mis-selling charges.
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Farrell 50-50 for England v Italy

Thursday, February 28th 2013, 14:04
related countries: Italy Italy

Fly-half Owen Farrell is rated 50-50 for England's Six Nations match with Italy on 10 March because of a thigh injury.
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Iraqi doctor 'complicit in torture'

Thursday, February 28th 2013, 13:24
related countries: Iraq Iraq

An Iraqi doctor, who has worked at UK hospitals, was "complicit in acts of torture" during Saddam Hussein's regime, a UK medical tribunal finds.
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UK net migration falls by a third

Thursday, February 28th 2013, 11:35

Net migration to the UK fell by a third in the year ending June 2012, compared with the previous 12 months, the latest immigration figures show.
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Iberia and fuel costs hit IAG profit

Thursday, February 28th 2013, 10:18
related countries: Spain Spain

Restructuring charges at Iberia and fuel costs have hit results at International Airlines Group (IAG), which owns both the Spanish flag-carrier and British Airways.
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England on top in warm-up match

Thursday, February 28th 2013, 8:14
related countries: New Zealand New Zealand

Two late wickets put England in control as New Zealand reach 224-6 at the end of the second day of their warm-up match in Queenstown.
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High Street store closures soar

Thursday, February 28th 2013, 4:52

The number of High Street stores closed by retail chains in Britain has soared over the past 12 months, according to research.
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Council tax up despite incentives

Thursday, February 28th 2013, 1:11
related places: More

More than 40% of councils in England are planning to increase council tax this year, despite being offered cash incentives to freeze bills.
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UK court blocks Tamil deportations

Thursday, February 28th 2013, 0:51
related countries: Sri Lanka Sri Lanka
related places: London

A UK court blocks the deportation of Tamil asylum seekers due to have been sent back to Sri Lanka on Thursday, who argue they face torture at home.
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Loophole lets banned meat into UK

Thursday, February 28th 2013, 0:22

The BBC has learned that European meat suppliers are using a loophole in the law to sell a banned low quality material to UK sausage makers.
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Khan to fight Diaz in Sheffield

Wednesday, February 27th 2013, 19:48
related places: Sheffield

Amir Khan will fight former world champion Julio Diaz in Sheffield in April, his first contest in Britain for two years.
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Blair defends Rwanda's role in Congo

Wednesday, February 27th 2013, 19:21
related countries: Democratic Republic of the Congo Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda Rwanda

Former UK Prime Minister, Tony Blair, defends Rwanda over its part in the conflict in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
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VIDEO: Blair calls for UK intervention in Syria

Wednesday, February 27th 2013, 17:00
related countries: Syria Syria

Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair tells Newsnight's Kirsty Wark he believes Britain should be taking a far stronger line on Syria.
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Colder weather boosts British Gas

Wednesday, February 27th 2013, 15:21

Centrica says profits from British Gas' residential energy supply rose 11% to £606m last year, as colder weather meant people used more gas.
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Farmers say 'sell more British meat'

Wednesday, February 27th 2013, 15:19

Farming leaders call on supermarkets to stop scouring the world for the cheapest food and support British products.
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Underworld star reunites with Boyle

Wednesday, February 27th 2013, 12:46

Rick Smith, one half of British dance act Underworld, will be heard on the score of Danny Boyle's new film Trance alongside Brit-winning singer Emeli Sande.
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UK growth for 2012 revised upwards

Wednesday, February 27th 2013, 11:10

The UK economy grew 0.3% in the whole of 2012, revised up from the estimate of zero growth, but it still contracted in the last three months of the year.
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Tesco vows to sell more British meat

Wednesday, February 27th 2013, 10:19

Tesco's chief executive, Philip Clarke, promises to work more closely with British farmers, ahead of appearing at the NFU's national conference.
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Bell hits ton in NZ Test warm-up

Wednesday, February 27th 2013, 7:32

Ian Bell makes an unbeaten century as England close the opening day of their only Test warm-up match on 357-7.
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Wednesday, February 27th 2013, 2:47
related countries: United States United States
related places: New York

A former New York policeman accused of plotting to cannibalise women exchanged disturbing emails with a co-conspirator in the UK, a court hears.
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Ofsted chief wants paid governors

Wednesday, February 27th 2013, 2:34

Ofsted's chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw says he wants some school governors in England to be paid and to provide more professional leadership.
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Court action over NI abortion advice

Wednesday, February 27th 2013, 1:32

A High Court judge will decide whether the Department of Health in Northern Ireland has to publish guidelines on when abortion is allowed.
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Hague seeks Litvinenko exclusions

Tuesday, February 26th 2013, 14:02

Foreign Secretary William Hague is trying to exclude details of Russian ex-spy Alexander Litvinenko's links to MI6, a pre-inquest legal review is told.
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Blair: Life in Iraq not as I hoped

Tuesday, February 26th 2013, 13:24
related countries: Iraq Iraq

Former UK PM Tony Blair says life in Iraq is not what he hoped it would be by now when he decided to invade 10 years ago, but insists it was the right decision.
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Mormon musical storms West End

Tuesday, February 26th 2013, 12:35
related places: West End

South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone take to the stage to introduce the first UK performance of their satirical musical The Book of Mormon.
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