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Syria terror threat 'a big problem'

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

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

Sunday, February 16th 2014, 6:20

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

Sunday, February 16th 2014, 2:22

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

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

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

Saturday, February 15th 2014, 22:23

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

Saturday, February 15th 2014, 11:54

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

Saturday, February 15th 2014, 11:54

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

Saturday, February 15th 2014, 10:20

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

Friday, February 14th 2014, 23:35

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

Friday, February 14th 2014, 21:00

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

Friday, February 14th 2014, 20:31

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

Friday, February 14th 2014, 19:55

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

Friday, February 14th 2014, 18:56

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

Friday, February 14th 2014, 17:32

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

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

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

Friday, February 14th 2014, 15:31

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, February 14th 2014, 11:31

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

Friday, February 14th 2014, 11:30

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

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

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

Friday, February 14th 2014, 8:11

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

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

Friday, February 14th 2014, 6:47

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

Friday, February 14th 2014, 1:58

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

Thursday, February 13th 2014, 23:06

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

Thursday, February 13th 2014, 20:53

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

Thursday, February 13th 2014, 18:04

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

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

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

Thursday, February 13th 2014, 14:57
related places: London

The leaders of four African nations have pledged to honour a 10-year moratorium on sales of ivory.
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Christie denied silver after penalty

Thursday, February 13th 2014, 13:27

Britain's Elise Christie loses out on Olympic silver after being penalised for taking out two of her speed skating rivals.
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Froch and Groves agree to rematch

Thursday, February 13th 2014, 13:18

British super-middleweight rivals Carl Froch and George Groves will fight for a second time on 31 May.
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Power cuts continue after storms

Thursday, February 13th 2014, 12:50

Tens of thousands of homes in England and Wales remain without power and there is renewed transport disruption after hurricane-force winds.
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VIDEO: IOC: Olympics 'not a political stage'

Thursday, February 13th 2014, 12:06

UK Prime Minister David Cameron's decision not to attend the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics is a "missed opportunity" the president of the International Olympic Committee says.
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'Yes' vote 'means leaving pound'

Thursday, February 13th 2014, 11:47

UK Chancellor George Osborne says a vote for Scottish independence would mean walking away from the pound.
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Sting musical finds Broadway home

Thursday, February 13th 2014, 10:15
related places: Broadway, New York

Sting's musical about shipbuilding in the North East of England will debut on the New York stage in September.
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Suspected war criminals 'stay in UK'

Thursday, February 13th 2014, 4:00

Official figures show 49 people suspected of genocide, torture or serious crimes abroad are living in Britain despite being considered priority cases for deportation.
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Man dies as 100mph winds batter UK

Thursday, February 13th 2014, 0:57

Man dies as winds gusting over 100mph lash parts of the UK in what the assistant chief of the defence staff describes as an "almost unparalleled natural crisis".
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VIDEO: Investigating China's ivory trade

Thursday, February 13th 2014, 0:27
related countries: China China
related places: London

On the eve of a major conservation conference in London, the BBC has carried out an undercover investigation into China's illegal ivory traders and how they operate.
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VIDEO: What is causing the UK storms?

Thursday, February 13th 2014, 0:02

Science editor David Shukman explains what is causing the heavy rain, strong winds and severe flooding which has struck parts of the UK.
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VIDEO: UK suicide bomber in Syria named

Wednesday, February 12th 2014, 19:52
related countries: Syria Syria

A British man thought to have carried out a suicide bombing in Syria last week was Abdul Waheed Majid, the BBC has learned.
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British Syria suicide bomber named

Wednesday, February 12th 2014, 19:20
related countries: Syria Syria

A British man thought to have carried out a suicide bombing in Syria last week was 41-year-old Abdul Waheed Majid, the BBC learns.
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Collingwood handed England role

Wednesday, February 12th 2014, 19:00
related countries: Bangladesh Bangladesh

Paul Collingwood is named England assistant coach for the limited-overs tour of the West Indies and the World T20.
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Two arrested in Rolls-Royce probe

Wednesday, February 12th 2014, 18:52
related places: London

Two men are arrested in London as part of an investigation by the Serious Fraud Office into Rolls-Royce's activities in Asia.
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VIDEO: South African puppets on world stage

Wednesday, February 12th 2014, 18:38
related countries: South Africa South Africa
related places: London

South Africa's Handspring Puppet Company came to prominence with their work on the international hit War Horse, now they have made puppets for a new show in London.
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Lucasfilm to open London ILM outpost

Wednesday, February 12th 2014, 17:30
related places: London

Industrial Light and Magic, the visual effects division of Star Wars producer Lucasfilm, is to open a facility in London to work on the effects for the upcoming next instalment in the series.
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Hodgson rules out Terry return

Wednesday, February 12th 2014, 17:00
related places: Chelsea

England manager Roy Hodgson rules out the prospect of Chelsea's John Terry returning for this summer's World Cup.
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GB curling women beaten by Canada

Wednesday, February 12th 2014, 13:32
related countries: Canada Canada

British skip Eve Muirhead misses an all-or-nothing shot as Canada squeeze past the GB women in Wednesday's curling at Sochi 2014.
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Osborne will rule out money union

Wednesday, February 12th 2014, 13:19

UK Chancellor George Osborne will rule out a formal currency union with an independent Scotland, government sources tell the BBC.
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Carney adjusts interest rates policy

Wednesday, February 12th 2014, 13:03

Bank of England governor Mark Carney overhauls the Bank's interest rate policy to reflect falling unemployment and the economic recovery.
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Rock overtakes pop in UK album chart

Wednesday, February 12th 2014, 11:18
related places: Rock

Rock music overtook pop in UK album sales last year as rock took its biggest share of the market for five years, new figures show.
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More flood fears as storms forecast

Wednesday, February 12th 2014, 10:50

Parts of the UK face further flooding with stormy weather - and winds that could exceed 100mph - forecast.
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'Gerrard can play deeper for England'

Wednesday, February 12th 2014, 10:19

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers believes Steven Gerrard has a lot to offer England by playing in a deeper midfield role.
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Carney set to adjust rates policy

Wednesday, February 12th 2014, 0:08

Bank of England governor Mark Carney is expected to overhaul his flagship forward guidance policy on interest rates.
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Money 'no object' for flood relief

Tuesday, February 11th 2014, 22:49

PM David Cameron unveils measures to help those hit by flooding, but warns more bad weather means things could get worse before they get better.
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Barclays to cut up to 12,000 jobs

Tuesday, February 11th 2014, 20:11

Barclays plans to cut between 10,000 and 12,000 jobs this year, including 7,000 in the UK.
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Litvinenko widow wins inquiry ruling

Tuesday, February 11th 2014, 18:51
related places: London

The widow of former KGB spy Alexander Litvinenko who was killed in London moves a step closer to a public inquiry into her husband's death.
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Unions suspend planned Tube strike

Tuesday, February 11th 2014, 16:38

A second planned 48-hour strike by Tube workers is suspended after unions reach a deal with London Underground.
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'First UK suicide bomber' in Syria

Tuesday, February 11th 2014, 16:25
related countries: Syria Syria
related places: Aleppo

UK officials believe a British man may have carried out a suicide bombing in Syria last week, in what would be the first such known attack by a Briton there.
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Record win for British women curlers

Tuesday, February 11th 2014, 13:46
related countries: Germany Germany

Great Britain's women beat the United States 12-3, equalling the Olympic record curling score, including taking seven points in one end.
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Mr Peabody blasts Robocop at cinemas

Tuesday, February 11th 2014, 13:19

Animated revival Mr Peabody & Sherman pulls off a surprise to beat the return of Robocop at the UK box office.
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Prince Charles and Camilla visit BBC

Tuesday, February 11th 2014, 12:48
related places: London

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visit BBC radio teams in London's New Broadcasting House as part of a day to celebrate British radio.
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Summerhayes finishes seventh in final

Tuesday, February 11th 2014, 10:02

Britain's Katie Summerhayes finishes seventh in the women's ski slopestyle final at the Sochi Winter Olympics.
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Mantel's new portrait creates first

Tuesday, February 11th 2014, 9:59

A portrait of Booker Prize-winning novelist Hilary Mantel will become the first painting of a living writer to be displayed in the British Library.
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Queen reach six million album sales

Tuesday, February 11th 2014, 9:34

British rock band Queen make UK chart history, becoming the first act to sell six million copies of an individual album with their first Greatest Hits collection.
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Goulding up for Brit video prize

Tuesday, February 11th 2014, 6:48

Singer Ellie Goulding features in two of the five nominees for the newly resurrected Brit for best British video, to be decided by a live vote on the night of this year's awards.
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Ministers 'will ban car smoking'

Tuesday, February 11th 2014, 2:44

The UK government will make it a criminal offence to smoke in cars in England when children are passengers, a Downing Street source says.
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UK seeing 'right kind of growth'

Tuesday, February 11th 2014, 2:06

The UK economy is starting to see the right kind of growth, says the CBI, but it warns that uncertainty ahead of the election could be a "mood killer".
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Wildlife trade crisis summit held

Tuesday, February 11th 2014, 1:56
related places: London

Experts from around the world are gathering in London to discuss the 'global crisis' of the illegal international trade in wildlife.
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VIDEO: Inside Asia's illegal Rhino horn trade

Tuesday, February 11th 2014, 0:02
related places: London

Britain is to play host to a gathering in London in a bid to get an international agreement to stop the illegal trade in wildlife.
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MPs back ban on smoking in cars

Monday, February 10th 2014, 20:42

MPs vote to allow the government to impose an England and Wales-wide ban on smoking in cars when children are passengers.
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VIDEO: From prisoner to poet

Monday, February 10th 2014, 20:03
related countries: United States United States

Poet Kosal Khiev has performed at the London 2012 Olympics, but first discovered poetry in solitary confinement in a US prison. He shares his story with the BBC's Helier Cheung.
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Cameron urges unity amid floods row

Monday, February 10th 2014, 14:34

David Cameron urges unity after reports of a clash between Eric Pickles and Owen Paterson over the UK's response to the flooding crisis.
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Jaguar Land Rover profits double

Monday, February 10th 2014, 13:49

British luxury car maker Jaguar Land Rover sees quarterly profits more than double to £842m, up from £404m in the same period last year.
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Energy firms under fire over profits

Monday, February 10th 2014, 13:33

Prices and profits of British Gas have been questioned by the energy minister, who suggested it - or other firms - might have to be broken up.
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VIDEO: Shark ride promoter attacked by shark

Monday, February 10th 2014, 12:53
related countries: New Zealand New Zealand

A British man has described fighting off a shark which attacked him while he was surfing in New Zealand.
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Barclays posts profit figures early

Monday, February 10th 2014, 11:32

Barclays releases profit figures a day earlier than expected, saying that it needed to provide clarity following a newspaper report.
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Open casting for new Peter Pan film

Monday, February 10th 2014, 10:43
related places: London

Filmmakers for the upcoming Peter Pan movie, which are to hold an open casting for the lead role later this month in London.
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VIDEO: Shifting sands to shield Dutch coast

Sunday, February 9th 2014, 22:38
related countries: Netherlands Netherlands
related places: London

A delegation of experts from the Netherlands is in London to advise the UK government on long-term measures to prevent flooding.
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ECB explains why Pietersen was sacked

Sunday, February 9th 2014, 22:10

Kevin Pietersen's international career was ended so Alastair Cook can create a culture of trust, the ECB reveals.
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Scheme to get the sick back to work

Sunday, February 9th 2014, 16:58

People off sick for more than four weeks are to be offered advice to get them back to work more quickly under a new government scheme.
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Jones claims historic British medal

Sunday, February 9th 2014, 11:58

Jenny Jones wins Britain's first ever Winter Olympic medal on the snow with bronze in the women's snowboard slopestyle.
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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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