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Recession in UK economy deepens

Wednesday, July 25th 2012, 15:19

The UK recession has deepened, latest official figures show, after the output of the economy fell by a bigger-than-expected 0.7% between April and June.
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Scotland to bring in gay marriage

Wednesday, July 25th 2012, 13:40

Scotland could become the first part of the UK to introduce gay marriage after the SNP government announces plans to make the change.
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Apple chip designer profits rise

Wednesday, July 25th 2012, 10:23

Arm Holdings, the UK firm behind the computer chip technology powering Apple's iPhone and iPad, reports a 23% boost to second-quarter profits.
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VIDEO: Meet most pregnant Olympian ever

Wednesday, July 25th 2012, 9:11
related countries: Malaysia Malaysia

Nur Suryani Mohamed Taibi, a shooter from Malaysia, will compete in the London Olympics while eight months pregnant.
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Train deal to create 900 UK jobs

Wednesday, July 25th 2012, 8:13
related places: More

More than 900 jobs will be created as part of a £4.5bn contract to build and maintain new inter-city trains, the Department for Transport says.
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Free wi-fi for London's West End

Wednesday, July 25th 2012, 5:16
related places: London, West End

A wi-fi network is launched in central London's West End offering free internet access.
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Idowu 'incredibly disappointed'

Tuesday, July 24th 2012, 20:05
related countries: Portugal Portugal
related places: London

Phillips Idowu is "disappointed" after the British Olympic Association made public a request to see his medical records.
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Opening ceremony role for Beckham

Tuesday, July 24th 2012, 19:31

Former England captain David Beckham will have a role in Friday's London 2012 opening ceremony at the Olympic Stadium.
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Survey reveals key to happiness

Tuesday, July 24th 2012, 14:50

The first national well-being survey reveals the key factors behind happiness, and lists the most and least contented parts of the UK.
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Rosneft eyes BP's stake in TNK-BP

Tuesday, July 24th 2012, 7:38
related countries: Russia Russia

Russian state oil company Rosneft says it is considering buying BP's stake in TNK-BP and will start talks with the UK oil firm.
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Celebrating and hating graffiti in London

Tuesday, July 24th 2012, 4:26
related places: London

Banksy and his fellow street artists are reflecting the Olympics in their latest works - but some complain their art is being removed by authoriries.
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UK 'faces science skill shortage'

Tuesday, July 24th 2012, 2:58

Universities are failing to produce enough science graduates with the skills needed for economic growth, a House of Lords committee report finds.
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MPs urge rethink on aid to Malawi

Tuesday, July 24th 2012, 1:45
related countries: Malawi Malawi

MPs call for the suspension of direct UK aid to Malawi to be lifted after the change of leadership in the African country earlier this year.
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Queen hails Olympic 'dedication'

Monday, July 23rd 2012, 21:16

The Queen hails the "dedication, hard work and personal sacrifice" of athletes taking part in London 2012.
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Olympic torch visits EastEnders

Monday, July 23rd 2012, 20:28
related places: London, Walford

The Olympic torch visited the fictional London borough of Walford when it appeared in a special live section of BBC soap EastEnders.
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Strauss backs England to recover

Monday, July 23rd 2012, 19:18
related countries: South Africa South Africa

England skipper Andrew Strauss says his side will draw on recent successes to recover from their innings defeat by South Africa.
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South Sudan runner's Games 'joy'

Monday, July 23rd 2012, 16:54
related countries: Sudan Sudan

South Sudanese athlete Guor Marial tells the BBC he is overjoyed that his last-minute bid to get to London 2012 under the Olympic flag has succeeded.
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England slide to innings defeat

Monday, July 23rd 2012, 15:03
related countries: South Africa South Africa

Dale Steyn takes 5-56 as South Africa ease to an innings-and-12-run victory over England in the first Test at The Oval.
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VIDEO: Double decker bus does push-ups

Monday, July 23rd 2012, 13:01

Artist David Cerny has created an exercising double decker bus named the London Booster.
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Queues as Games Lanes closed off

Monday, July 23rd 2012, 12:28
related places: London

Drivers coming into London face delays of up to two hours after lanes were shut in the run-up to the Olympics.
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Tributes paid to actor Simon Ward

Monday, July 23rd 2012, 10:54

Friends and colleagues pay tribute to British actor Simon Ward, who has died at the age of 70.
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Migrants in UK 'Bermuda Triangle'

Monday, July 23rd 2012, 9:05

The UK Border Agency faces a backlog of more than 275,000 failed migrants who need to be removed from Britain, the home affairs committee says.
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Eurotunnel expects Olympic boost

Monday, July 23rd 2012, 7:18
related places: London

Eurotunnel says it is expecting a jump in passenger numbers from people travelling to London's Olympic Games.
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'British sport boosted by Games'

Monday, July 23rd 2012, 5:28

Sporting facilities have improved around the country as a result of London 2012, according to a survey of Team GB athletes.
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Chirp app to 'make phones sing'

Sunday, July 22nd 2012, 23:52

A new UK-developed app allows users to send files and weblinks to each other's smartphones via "digital birdsong".
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UK's energy policy 'unworkable'

Sunday, July 22nd 2012, 23:29

MPs accuse the Treasury of making the government's clean energy revolution unworkable and raise the risk of higher household bills.
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The Tudors actor Simon Ward dies

Sunday, July 22nd 2012, 21:45

The British screen and stage actor Simon Ward has died after a long illness, his agent confirms.
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London ready for Olympics - Boris

Sunday, July 22nd 2012, 19:55

London is as well-prepared as any city in Olympic history has been to host the Games, the capital's mayor, Boris Johnson, says.
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Wiggins turns focus to Olympics

Sunday, July 22nd 2012, 19:55
related countries: France France

Bradley Wiggins will immediately focus on his London 2012 preparations following his historic Tour de France victory.
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Wiggins wins 2012 Tour de France

Sunday, July 22nd 2012, 15:23
related countries: France France

Bradley Wiggins becomes the first British rider to win the Tour de France as Mark Cavendish claims his 23rd stage victory.
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Sunday shop laws halted for Games

Sunday, July 22nd 2012, 15:16

Sunday trading laws in England and Wales are suspended until the end of the Olympics and Paralympics.
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Murdoch quits UK directorships

Sunday, July 22nd 2012, 5:58

Rupert Murdoch has resigned from a string of directorships controlling his News Corporation's UK newspapers.
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Smith revels in 'dream' hundred

Saturday, July 21st 2012, 22:34
related countries: South Africa South Africa

South Africa captain Graeme Smith says scoring a century against England in his 100th Test match was a "dream".
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Rangers' SFA membership in doubt

Saturday, July 21st 2012, 20:10

A media rights stand-off and possible stripping of titles could prevent Rangers gaining Scottish Football Association membership.
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Amla and Smith dominate England

Saturday, July 21st 2012, 17:59
related countries: South Africa South Africa

Hashim Amla and Graeme Smith hit centuries as South Africa take complete control on day three of the first Test.
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Wiggins on verge of Tour victory

Saturday, July 21st 2012, 15:37
related countries: France France

Bradley Wiggins is poised to become the first Briton to win the Tour de France after clinching Saturday's time trial.
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Give tickets to troops, BOA says

Saturday, July 21st 2012, 15:09

Any spare Olympics tickets should be given to troops called in to help with venue security, the head of the British Olympic Association says.
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Idowu 'emotional' to carry torch

Saturday, July 21st 2012, 14:54
related places: London

Team GB triple jumper Phillips Idowu says he is "full of emotion" as he carries the Olympic flame on its first full day in London.
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Scots G4S security boss resigns

Saturday, July 21st 2012, 11:26

A senior manager resigns from G4S in Scotland over recruiting security guards for the Olympics, BBC Scotland learns.
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South Africa fight back at Oval

Friday, July 20th 2012, 20:42
related countries: South Africa South Africa

An inspired bowling display helps South Africa rally on the second day of the first Test against England at The Oval.
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GB women held to draw by Sweden

Friday, July 20th 2012, 16:52
related countries: Sweden Sweden

Great Britain's women share a goalless draw with Sweden in their final warm-up game before the London Olympics.
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UK public borrowing rises in June

Friday, July 20th 2012, 10:44

The government borrowed more than expected in June, leading some analysts to question whether it will meet its deficit reduction target this year.
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Coe promises 'safe, secure Games'

Friday, July 20th 2012, 10:06

London 2012 chairman Lord Coe promises a "safe and secure Games" after the security guards recruitment fiasco that led troops to be drafted in.
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Sex offenders 'face lie detector'

Friday, July 20th 2012, 0:00

Mandatory polygraph testing for sex offenders is set to be rolled out across England and Wales following a successful pilot scheme.
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The French view of Bradley Wiggins

Thursday, July 19th 2012, 23:47
related countries: France France

France learns to love British cycling hero
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GB lose to US in Olympic warm-up

Thursday, July 19th 2012, 21:59
related countries: United States United States

Great Britain's men's basketball team endure a 118-78 defeat against a star-studded US side in their London 2012 warm-up.
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Nadal withdraws from London 2012

Thursday, July 19th 2012, 18:11

Defending Olympic champion Rafael Nadal pulls out of London 2012, saying he is "not in condition" to compete.
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Cook ton puts England in control

Thursday, July 19th 2012, 17:52
related countries: South Africa South Africa

Alastair Cook's 20th Test hundred helps England dominate the opening day of the series against South Africa at The Oval.
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Ease Zimbabwe sanctions, says UK

Thursday, July 19th 2012, 13:43
related countries: Zimbabwe Zimbabwe

The UK backs EU moves to lift more sanctions on Zimbabwe to encourage "free and fair" elections, a Foreign Office minister tells BBC News.
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Looted art back in Afghan museum

Thursday, July 19th 2012, 12:10
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan

The British Museum assists in the return of 843 artefacts to Afghanistan, almost 20 years after they were stolen or smuggled abroad.
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Homicide rate down to 30-year low

Thursday, July 19th 2012, 11:19

The number of homicides in England and Wales has fallen to the lowest level since 1983, crime data from the Office for National Statistics shows.
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Co-op to buy Lloyds bank branches

Thursday, July 19th 2012, 11:02

The Co-op agrees terms to buy 632 branches from Lloyds Banking Group, in a deal that could create a new force in UK High Street banking.
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Batman finale premieres in London

Thursday, July 19th 2012, 8:38
related places: London

Christian Bale joins co-stars Tom Hardy and Anne Hathaway at a double premiere for Batman sequel The Dark Knight Rises in London.
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Central banks to discuss Libor

Thursday, July 19th 2012, 6:42

Bank of England head Sir Mervyn King has proposed to central bank counterparts that they discuss alternatives to Libor at a meeting in September.
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UK and Pakistan PMs meet in Kabul

Thursday, July 19th 2012, 4:39
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan, Pakistan Pakistan
related places: Kabul

Afghan President Karzai is holding meetings with the prime ministers of Britain and Pakistan, hoping to secure support for efforts to bring peace.
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Five charged with terror offences

Thursday, July 19th 2012, 2:41
related places: London

Five people from London who were arrested earlier this month have been charged with terrorism offences.
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VIDEO: Music piracy: Google under fire

Thursday, July 19th 2012, 0:50

The British music trade body, BPI has requested the deletion of more illegal online music files in the six months of this year so far than in the whole of 2011.
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Tackling ambush marketing at London 2012

Wednesday, July 18th 2012, 23:04

Tackling ambush marketing at London 2012
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Apple ordered to run Samsung ads

Wednesday, July 18th 2012, 17:55

A UK judge orders Apple to publish adverts saying that Samsung did not copy the design of its iPad.
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Setback for migrant worker rule

Wednesday, July 18th 2012, 16:15

The Home Office suffers a potentially serious legal setback in its efforts to reduce the numbers of migrant workers in the UK.
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UK jobless total falls to 2.58m

Wednesday, July 18th 2012, 16:15

UK unemployment fell by 65,000 to 2.58 million in the three months to May, according to official data, but the number out of work for more than two years rose.
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Pietersen not in Twenty20 squad

Wednesday, July 18th 2012, 13:40
related countries: Sri Lanka Sri Lanka

Kevin Pietersen is left out of England's 30-man preliminary squad for World Twenty20 but one-day captain Alastair Cook makes cut.
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Men's flight upgrade vexes women

Wednesday, July 18th 2012, 13:30
related countries: Japan Japan

Japan's women footballers complain about being made to fly economy to the London Olympics while the men's team were in business class.
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UK launches £50bn investment plan

Wednesday, July 18th 2012, 7:17

The government says it will underwrite £50bn of investment in infrastructure and exports to try to lift the economy.
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VIDEO: Cuba's great hopes for London 2012

Wednesday, July 18th 2012, 6:37

Cuba has has won 32 gold medals in boxing over the years, but their team at the last Olympics in Bejing was hit by five defections and failed to win gold.
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Anderson backs Pietersen to shine

Tuesday, July 17th 2012, 19:21
related countries: South Africa South Africa

James Anderson says Kevin Pietersen will thrive against South Africa despite the furore surrounding his England availability.
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UK accepts Mau Mau abuse in court

Tuesday, July 17th 2012, 19:10
related countries: Kenya Kenya

The British government accepts that colonial forces in Kenya tortured and abused detainees during the Mau Mau rebellion, the High Court hears.
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F1 track bid for Olympic Stadium

Tuesday, July 17th 2012, 12:26

A plan to turn the Olympic Stadium into part of a Formula 1 track after London 2012 is one of four under consideration.
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King criticises Barclays' board

Tuesday, July 17th 2012, 11:03

Barclays bank sailed "close to the wind" too often, the governor of the Bank of England tells MPs on the Treasury Select Committee.
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UK set for dry and warm weather

Tuesday, July 17th 2012, 10:42

The changing jet stream may bring an end to the miserable weather that has affected the UK for much of the summer so far, forecasters say.
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UK inflation rate falls to 2.4%

Tuesday, July 17th 2012, 9:44

Prices in the UK are rising at their slowest rate since the end of 2009, official figures have shown, due to falling food, fuel and clothing prices.
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Hurdler Liu leaves 'cold' London

Tuesday, July 17th 2012, 8:54
related countries: China China, Germany Germany
related places: London

Chinese hurdler Liu Xiang will train for his Olympic event in Germany to avoid London's "wet and cold" weather, his coach says.
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Bolt bond to survive 2012 - Blake

Tuesday, July 17th 2012, 5:44

Yohan Blake says his friendship with compatriot and training partner Usain Bolt will survive no matter what happens at London 2012.
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Olympic Games coverage: HD and 3D

Tuesday, July 17th 2012, 0:58

The new technology that will be used to show London 2012
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Border staff 'being cut too fast'

Tuesday, July 17th 2012, 0:29

The UK Border Agency has cut 1,000 more staff than intended and is having to hire extra people and increase overtime to meet its workload, a report says.
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Cabinet discussing gay marriage

Monday, July 16th 2012, 23:03

The Scottish cabinet is expected to discuss plans to legislate for same-sex marriage when it meets later.
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Wiggins remains in charge of Tour

Monday, July 16th 2012, 16:03
related countries: France France

Frenchman Pierrick Fedrigo wins stage 15 of the Tour de France as Britain's Bradley Wiggins retains the yellow jersey.
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Mau Mau case opens at High Court

Monday, July 16th 2012, 15:51

Three Kenyans alleging torture by UK colonial authorities during the Mau Mau uprising want to live their final years with dignity, a court hears.
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Athletes arriving for Olympics

Monday, July 16th 2012, 14:39
related places: London

Thousands of athletes and officials begin arriving in London for the Olympic Games, as questions remain about security recruitment.
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£9bn rail scheme funding unveiled

Monday, July 16th 2012, 13:27

A £9.4bn package of investment in the railways in England and Wales, including £4.2bn of new schemes, is unveiled by the government.
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VIDEO: Canada landslide caught on camera

Monday, July 16th 2012, 13:05
related countries: Canada Canada

A second landslide has hit British Columbia in Canada as crews continue to search for people missing after an earlier, bigger landslide on Thursday.
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England and Wales population up

Monday, July 16th 2012, 12:15

The population of England and Wales has reached 56.1 million, a rise of 3.7 million in a decade, the 2011 Census shows.
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AUDIO: 'Tortured' by the British in Kenya

Monday, July 16th 2012, 9:39
related countries: Kenya Kenya

A Kenyan woman, Naomi, describes the horrors she experienced at the hands of the British colonialists during the 1950s Mau Mau uprising.
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London-bound Serena wins Stanford

Monday, July 16th 2012, 8:36
related places: London, Stanford, Wimbledon

Serena Williams follows her Wimbledon triumph with victory in Stanford, and a return to London for the Olympics.
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'Indian summer' for UK economy

Monday, July 16th 2012, 6:34
related countries: India India

The UK economy should see a return to growth in the coming months after a poor first half of the year, says a leading forecaster.
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Mau Mau damages case in UK court

Sunday, July 15th 2012, 23:39
related places: London

Three Kenyans who allege they were tortured by British colonial authorities during the 1950s Mau Mau uprising are to start their case for damages in London later.
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All medallists to be drugs tested

Sunday, July 15th 2012, 22:56

London 2012 is expected to see the biggest anti-doping operation in the history of the Olympics.
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Games security 'not compromised'

Sunday, July 15th 2012, 19:11

Security for the Olympics has not been compromised by the failure of G4S to recruit enough security staff, London 2012 chairman Lord Coe says.
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Springsteen silenced at long gig

Sunday, July 15th 2012, 13:35
related places: Hyde Park, London, Rock

Rock stars Bruce Springsteen and Sir Paul McCartney have the plug pulled on them after over-running at a concert in London's Hyde Park.
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Respite as flood warnings remain

Sunday, July 15th 2012, 12:56

Most parts of the UK are experiencing the driest weather for days after a long spell of heavy showers, while flood warnings remain in place.
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GM crop scientists win $10m grant

Sunday, July 15th 2012, 10:22

A team of British plant scientists wins a $10m (£6.4m) grant from the Gates Foundation to develop GM cereal crops.
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Haye knocks out Chisora in fifth

Saturday, July 14th 2012, 21:30

David Haye defeats British rival Dereck Chisora with a fifth-round knockout in an enthralling contest at Upton Park.
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Idowu pulls out of London meeting

Saturday, July 14th 2012, 14:58
related places: London

A hip problem stops London 2012 medal prospect Phillips Idowu from competing at Diamond League meeting.
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Plan for 40mph country road limit

Saturday, July 14th 2012, 14:33

Speed limits on many rural roads in England could be cut from 60mph to 40mph under government proposals.
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Pietersen hints at England return

Saturday, July 14th 2012, 8:44

England Test batsman Kevin Pietersen says he could return to shorter forms of the game if the schedule is "right" for him.
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G4S 'set to lose £50m' over Games

Saturday, July 14th 2012, 2:55

G4S says it is "deeply disappointed" it has not hired enough security guards for the London Olympics, adding it stands to lose up to £50m on the contract.
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Midlands line 'to be electrified'

Saturday, July 14th 2012, 0:33
related places: London

The government is set to announce plans to electrify the Midland Mainline, which links South Yorkshire, the East Midlands and London, in a £500m scheme.
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SFA considers Rangers punishment

Friday, July 13th 2012, 21:05

The Scottish FA will consider what, if any, punishments to impose on Rangers before granting membership to the new company.
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Noren joins Scottish Open leader

Friday, July 13th 2012, 20:50

Alex Noren produces a second successive round of 66 to move into a share of the lead at the Scottish Open with Francesco Molinari.
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UK avalanche death climbers named

Friday, July 13th 2012, 20:26
related countries: France France

Two friends from a North Yorkshire village are named as among the three Britons who died in Thursday's avalanche in the French Alps.
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