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ParalympicsGB given medal targets

Friday, August 17th 2012, 9:50

The British Paralympic team are set a minimum medal target by UK Sport of 103 from at least 12 sports at London 2012.
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VIDEO: Assange mother 'shocked' by UK

Friday, August 17th 2012, 5:43
related countries: Ecuador Ecuador, United States United States
related places: Christine

Julian Assange's mother, Christine, says the UK has been ''exposed as nothing but a puppet state of the US'', as Ecuador grants asylum to the Wikileaks founder.
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Export bar on Picasso painting

Friday, August 17th 2012, 1:07

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey has placed a temporary export bar on Picasso's Child with a Dove, in the hope that money can be raised to keep the painting in the UK.
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Finn happy with England progress

Thursday, August 16th 2012, 19:58
related countries: South Africa South Africa

Paceman Steven Finn claims England are "very happy with where we are" after limiting South Africa to 262-7 at Lord's.
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A-level results: Top grades fall

Thursday, August 16th 2012, 18:20

There has been a fall in the proportion of A-level grades awarded an A or A* for the first time in over two decades.
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South Africa rally checks England

Thursday, August 16th 2012, 17:45
related countries: South Africa South Africa

James Anderson and Steven Finn take three wickets each but South Africa fight back from a poor start on an absorbing day.
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UK doctors 'perform euthanasia'

Thursday, August 16th 2012, 16:01
related countries: Netherlands Netherlands

A top Dutch medical professional says some British doctors carry out euthanasia, even though a UK court has again ruled that killing a terminally ill person is illegal.
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VIDEO: Ecuador: 'Assange fears legitimate'

Thursday, August 16th 2012, 13:21
related countries: Ecuador Ecuador
related places: London

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is granted asylum by Ecuador, two months after he took refuge in its London embassy while fighting extradition from the UK.
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UK in 'threat' to arrest Assange

Thursday, August 16th 2012, 11:52
related countries: Ecuador Ecuador
related places: London

Ecuador accuses the UK of threatening to enter its London embassy to arrest Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, as tensions lead to three arrests ahead of a decision on his political asylum request.
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UK retail sales increase in July

Thursday, August 16th 2012, 11:12

A surprise rise in UK retail sales during July and an upward revision to June's figure raises hopes the recession may not be as deep as thought.
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Banks summoned in US Libor probe

Thursday, August 16th 2012, 7:47
related countries: United States United States

Seven banks, including Barclays, HSBC and RBS, are to be questioned in the US for alleged manipulation of the Libor inter-bank lending rate.
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Global landslides toll 'higher'

Thursday, August 16th 2012, 0:40

Landslides are responsible for the deaths of up to 10 times as many people worldwide than previously thought, research by a UK university suggests.
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Wednesday, August 15th 2012, 23:33

Tax officials have published a gallery of photographs of the people it considers to be the most wanted UK tax fugitives.
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England 2-1 Italy

Wednesday, August 15th 2012, 21:26
related countries: Italy Italy

Substitute Jermain Defoe scores a superb late goal as England beat Italy in their friendly in Switzerland.
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Virgin loses West Coast franchise

Wednesday, August 15th 2012, 15:31

Virgin Trains loses its bid to continue running the West Coast Mainline and will be replaced by the UK's largest rail operator, FirstGroup.
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Polish Olympian to auction medal

Wednesday, August 15th 2012, 14:55
related countries: Poland Poland

A Polish windsurfer who won bronze at the London Olympics is to auction her medal to help a five-year-old neighbour with cystic fibrosis.
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UK unemployment falls to 2.56m

Wednesday, August 15th 2012, 13:45

The number of people out of work fell by 46,000 to 2.56 million in the three months to June, according to the Office for National Statistics.
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De Beers in key move to Botswana

Wednesday, August 15th 2012, 12:56
related countries: Botswana Botswana
related places: London

The world's leading diamond producer, De Beers, starts the sorting of rough stones in Botswana, ending an operation carried out in London for nearly 80 years.
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Pietersen sorry for sending texts

Wednesday, August 15th 2012, 11:21

Kevin Pietersen issues a public apology after admitting sending "provocative texts to my close friends in the South Africa team".
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VIDEO: Afghan Olympic hero's homecoming

Wednesday, August 15th 2012, 10:02
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan
related places: London

Afghanistan's dual Olympic medallist Rohullah Nikpai says he is disappointed he could not bring home gold but knows the celebrations of his London bronze medal in Taekwando will unite his nation.
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BoE minutes hint at more stimulus

Wednesday, August 15th 2012, 9:49

Some members of the Bank of England's policy setting body were considering voting for more quantitative easing earlier this month, minutes show.
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10 things Rio can learn from London

Wednesday, August 15th 2012, 8:27
related places: London

What can Rio 2016 learn from London 2012?
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Hodgson hopes Terry is cleared

Wednesday, August 15th 2012, 8:09

England manager Roy Hodgson hopes John Terry is found not guilty of the FA's charge, and that he will continue to play for England.
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Rules on school fields 'relaxed'

Wednesday, August 15th 2012, 0:40

Rules on the provision of outdoor space for sport in England's schools have been relaxed, it has emerged, as the debate over the Olympics legacy continues.
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'No mandate' for multi-referendum

Wednesday, August 15th 2012, 0:34

The Scottish government has no mandate to hold an independence referendum with a second question on increased Holyrood powers, a Commons report says.
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Burmese Rohingya district 'razed'

Tuesday, August 14th 2012, 22:21
related countries: Burma Burma
related places: Sittwe

The largest Muslim area in the Burmese city of Sittwe was razed to the ground in recent communal clashes, a UK TV says after visiting the area.
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Hodgson hoping youngsters excite

Tuesday, August 14th 2012, 17:37
related countries: Italy Italy

England manager Roy Hodgson says his England team against Italy will be picked with a view to building for the next World Cup.
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Angry reaction to rail fare hike

Tuesday, August 14th 2012, 17:24

Passenger groups lead a chorus of protests against the 6.2% hike in some rail fares in England - an increase almost double the rate of inflation.
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Michael defends his ceremony song

Tuesday, August 14th 2012, 16:03

Singer George Michael says he has no regrets about performing his new single as part of the London 2012 closing ceremony.
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Rail fares set to rise by 6.2%

Tuesday, August 14th 2012, 12:14

Some rail fares will rise by an average of 6.2% in England and 4.2% in Scotland in January following a bigger-than-expected rise in the rate of inflation.
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Dragons' Den star to help Nigeria

Tuesday, August 14th 2012, 10:44
related countries: Nigeria Nigeria

UK businessman and reality TV star Doug Richard launches an initiative in Nigeria to help more than 1,200 young entrepreneurs set up businesses - including snail farms.
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UK inflation rate rises in July

Tuesday, August 14th 2012, 10:26

Prices in the UK rise by a surprise 2.6% in July, official figures show.
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London 2012 'biggest US TV event'

Tuesday, August 14th 2012, 8:49
related countries: United States United States

NBC's coverage of the London Olympics was the "most-watched television event in US history", the US network announces.
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Mailshot call before police vote

Tuesday, August 14th 2012, 7:42

The PM is urged to give candidates in forthcoming elections for police and crime commissioners in England and Wales a state-funded mailshot.
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Long wait for Pietersen - Vaughan

Tuesday, August 14th 2012, 7:19

Michael Vaughan says it will be a "long time" before Kevin Pietersen is welcomed back into the England dressing room.
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VIDEO: Reviving the Olympic fire in Greece

Tuesday, August 14th 2012, 6:09
related countries: Greece Greece
related places: London

Greece was the birthplace of the Olympics, but the country's performance in London fell far short of expectations.
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G4S row prompts Hammond rethink

Tuesday, August 14th 2012, 2:52

The defence secretary says G4S's failure to provide enough security staff for the London Olympics challenged his thinking on the private sector.
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VIDEO: Happy to be back: Arnie at premiere

Tuesday, August 14th 2012, 2:08
related places: London

Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren talk about continuing to play ''tough guys'' as they meet fans and speak to reporters on the red carpet at the London premiere of The Expendables 2.
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Publisher launching degree course

Monday, August 13th 2012, 23:02

International publisher Pearson is setting up a college in the UK to teach degree courses, a first for a FTSE 100 company.
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UK's Olympic 'generosity' praised

Monday, August 13th 2012, 22:36

The "spirit of generosity" demonstrated by British spectators during the London 2012 Olympics is hailed by Games chief Lord Coe.
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Olympic flag arrives in Brazil

Monday, August 13th 2012, 22:13
related countries: Botswana Botswana, Brazil Brazil
related places: Rio de Janeiro

The Olympic flag arrives in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro, the next host of the Games, a day after the closing ceremony in London.
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DR Congo athletes 'missing' in UK

Monday, August 13th 2012, 19:28
related countries: Democratic Republic of the Congo Democratic Republic of the Congo
related places: London

Four members of the Democratic Republic of Congo's Olympic delegation - including a judo athlete - are missing in London, reports say.
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Smothering theory over Tia death

Monday, August 13th 2012, 17:32
related places: London

Police investigating the death of Tia Sharp are examining the possibility the schoolgirl had been smothered.
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Critics applaud 'cheesy' ceremony

Monday, August 13th 2012, 16:04

The closing ceremony of the London Olympics, which featured music stars from The Who to The Spice Girls, is broadly welcomed by the world's critics.
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Italy's Balotelli misses friendly

Monday, August 13th 2012, 13:51
related countries: Switzerland Switzerland

Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli withdraws from the Italy squad for Wednesday's friendly with England with conjunctivitis.
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Paralympic ticket sell-out goal

Monday, August 13th 2012, 11:54

The International Paralympic Committee is hopeful London 2012 will be the first sell-out in the Games' 50-year history.
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Cameroonians 'want to box in UK'

Monday, August 13th 2012, 11:41
related countries: Cameroon Cameroon

Cameroonian boxers who deserted their Olympic squad last week tell the BBC they want to stay in the UK to develop their careers.
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Spectacular close to London Games

Monday, August 13th 2012, 10:29
related places: London

The curtain closes on the London Olympics with a spectacular musical ceremony and the official handover to the next host city, Rio de Janeiro.
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VIDEO: Cameroon boxers 'were threatened'

Monday, August 13th 2012, 10:21
related countries: Cameroon Cameroon

Five Olympic athletes from Cameroon say they are seeking to remain in Britain after leaving the Olympic village last week.
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Harry and Amelia top baby names

Monday, August 13th 2012, 10:11

Harry and Amelia are the most popular first names given to babies born in England and Wales in 2011, according to the Office for National Statistics.
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Cook in running for ICC honours

Monday, August 13th 2012, 9:49

Alastair Cook is among six England players nominated for the annual International Cricket Council awards.
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AUDIO: 'My son's desperate to come home'

Monday, August 13th 2012, 6:52
related countries: Bahrain Bahrain, Qatar Qatar

The UK prime minister to try to help a British woman who lives in Bahrain to be reunited with her son Adam, who is being kept in Qatar by the family of her late husband, Adam's father.
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'Make or break' for UK employers

Sunday, August 12th 2012, 23:29

Employers are facing a "make-or-break moment" as many will have to make job cuts if the economy does not pick up, according to a report.
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Olympics Day 16: What you may have missed

Sunday, August 12th 2012, 20:20

BBC Sport rounds up the records, medals and action you might have missed from the final day of the London Olympics.
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Pietersen dropped over texts saga

Sunday, August 12th 2012, 17:39

Kevin Pietersen is dropped by England for failing to prove he did not send derogatory text messages about team-mates.
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Biggest London fire 'for years'

Sunday, August 12th 2012, 17:31
related places: More

More than 200 firefighters tackle a blaze described by London Fire Brigade as the biggest seen in the capital for several years.
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Boxing gold seals Team GB success

Sunday, August 12th 2012, 16:08
related places: London

Boxer Anthony Joshua wins GB's 29th gold in his super-heavyweight bout, as crowds pack venues on the final day of London 2012.
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Uganda's Kiprotich wins marathon

Sunday, August 12th 2012, 12:43
related countries: Uganda Uganda
related places: London

Uganda's Stephen Kiprotich beats Kenyans Abel Kirui and Wilson Kipsang to win the Olympic men's marathon in London.
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VIDEO: New York 2012? What might have been

Sunday, August 12th 2012, 11:20
related places: New York

When London won the right to hold the Olympic Games seven years ago, one of the disappointed cities was New York.
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Somali athletes 'to return home'

Sunday, August 12th 2012, 7:57
related countries: Somalia Somalia

One of two Somali athletes competing at the Olympic Games denies they are seeking asylum in the UK, but tells the BBC they are worried about threats.
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Bolt will 'keep pushing barriers'

Sunday, August 12th 2012, 6:09

Usain Bolt says he will continue to "push the barriers" after finishing London 2012 as a triple Olympic champion for the second time.
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Farah claims second Olympic gold

Saturday, August 11th 2012, 21:12

Mo Farah wins the 5,000m for his second Olympic title of London 2012 as boxer Luke Campbell claims GB's 28th gold and Usain Bolt takes relay gold with a new world record.
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Bolt leads Jamaica to relay gold

Saturday, August 11th 2012, 20:34
related countries: Jamaica Jamaica

Usain Bolt wins a third gold of the 2012 Olympics as Jamaica seal victory in the men's 4x100m relay in a world record.
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Savinova takes 800m Olympic gold

Saturday, August 11th 2012, 20:20
related countries: Russia Russia, South Africa South Africa

South African Caster Semenya loses out on Olympic 800m gold to Russian World Champion Mariya Savinova at London 2012.
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USA race to gold in 4x400m relay

Saturday, August 11th 2012, 20:05
related countries: United States United States

USA win their fifth successive 4x400m Olympic gold medal as their quartet races to an easy victory at London 2012.
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Pietersen is committed to England

Saturday, August 11th 2012, 19:21

Kevin Pietersen releases a video interview in which he says he is committed to playing for England in all forms of the game.
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Farah claims second Olympic gold

Saturday, August 11th 2012, 18:47

Mo Farah wins his second gold of London 2012, adding the 5,000m to the 10,000m title he won in the Olympic Stadium last week.
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Closing ceremony 'party' promised

Saturday, August 11th 2012, 16:23
related places: London

The Olympics closing ceremony will be "the best after-show party of all time", its artistic director says.
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Bresset wins mountain bike gold

Saturday, August 11th 2012, 13:11
related countries: France France

Julie Bresset wins France's 10th gold medal at London 2012 by sealing victory in the women's mountain biking.
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Kirdyapkin claims 50km walk gold

Saturday, August 11th 2012, 11:52
related countries: Aruba Aruba, Russia Russia

Russia's Sergey Kirdyapkin sets a new Olympic record in winning the men's 50km walk from Australian Jared Tallent.
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Daley makes Olympic diving final

Saturday, August 11th 2012, 11:00

British diver Tom Daley qualifies for Saturday's men's 10m platform Olympic final after rediscovering his form at the Aquatics Centre.
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UK £148m Euromillions prize claim

Saturday, August 11th 2012, 10:50

A UK ticket-holder has come forward to claim Friday's £148m Euromillions jackpot - the UK's second-biggest lottery win.
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Reade eyes track cycling return

Saturday, August 11th 2012, 10:06
related places: London

Shanaze Reade is considering a return to track cycling at the Rio 2016 Olympics after failing to win a BMX medal in London.
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GB's McKeever wins gold in kayak

Saturday, August 11th 2012, 8:38

Ed McKeever powers his way to victory in the men's 200m kayak to win Britain's 26th gold medal of the 2012 Olympics.
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Gu Kailai 'admits Heywood murder'

Saturday, August 11th 2012, 7:37
related countries: China China
related places: Heywood

Gu Kailai admits murdering British businessman Neil Heywood and blames her actions on a mental breakdown, Chinese state media report.
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School sports move to be unveiled

Saturday, August 11th 2012, 0:11

Competitive team sports will be made compulsory for all primary school children in England, David Cameron is to announce.
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Netherlands women win hockey gold

Friday, August 10th 2012, 20:26
related countries: Argentina Argentina, Netherlands Netherlands
related places: London

The Netherlands win Olympic women's hockey gold for the third time in their history with a 2-0 win over Argentina in London.
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Tia police discover body in house

Friday, August 10th 2012, 19:23
related places: London

Police investigating the disappearance of 12-year-old Tia Sharp find a body at the south London home of her grandmother, whose partner Stuart Hazell is now being sought.
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VIDEO: London 2012 gets the world talking

Friday, August 10th 2012, 16:39

BBC reporters around the world ask people what they think the highlights of London 2012 have been so far.
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GB miss golds on frustrating day

Friday, August 10th 2012, 16:27

Great Britain's sailors win two silvers, while there are bronzes in boxing and hockey, to increase the host nation's medal total to 56.
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Details emerge of Rio 2016 Games

Friday, August 10th 2012, 16:24

The organisers of Rio 2016 have set out their plans for the Olympic and Paralympic Games and their portion of the London 2012 closing ceremony.
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British women take hockey bronze

Friday, August 10th 2012, 16:01
related countries: New Zealand New Zealand

Great Britain's women win their first Olympic hockey medal since 1992, beating New Zealand 3-1 in the bronze medal match.
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Friday, August 10th 2012, 14:50
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan, United States United States

The Ministry of Defence could be forced to reveal whether the UK had a role in supplying information to a US military "kill list" in Afghanistan.
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Tia grandmother's home sealed off

Friday, August 10th 2012, 14:29
related places: London

Police investigating the disappearance of schoolgirl Tia Sharp search the area around her grandmother's home in south London.
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UK to give Syria groups extra £5m

Friday, August 10th 2012, 14:06
related countries: Syria Syria

Foreign Secretary William Hague says the UK's commitment of an extra £5m in non-lethal equipment to opposition groups is "the right thing to do".
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UK soldier killed in Afghanistan

Friday, August 10th 2012, 13:27
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan

A soldier from 3rd Battalion The Rifles has been killed by "enemy action" while on patrol in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence says.
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Carrick recalled for England duty

Friday, August 10th 2012, 11:54
related countries: Italy Italy

Manchester United's Michael Carrick is recalled to the England squad for Wednesday's friendly against Italy.
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GB win men's 470 sailing silver

Friday, August 10th 2012, 11:37

Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell win an Olympic silver medal in the 470 sailing class, narrowly losing to Australia.
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VIDEO: Gormley's 'suicidal statues' in Rio

Friday, August 10th 2012, 10:03

British artist Antony Gormley opens his first exhibition in Rio of his life-size statues - to mixed reactions from local passers-by.
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I am now a living legend - Bolt

Friday, August 10th 2012, 6:30

Usain Bolt declares himself "the greatest athlete" to have lived after becoming the first man to successfully defend both 100m and 200m titles at the London Olympics.
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The social media medallists

Friday, August 10th 2012, 4:10

The highs and lows of social media from London 2012
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Plain cigarette packs review ends

Thursday, August 9th 2012, 23:10

A UK-wide consultation on government plans to introduce mandatory plain packaging for tobacco, which attracted strong public interest, will close later.
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Afghanistan's Nikpai wins bronze

Thursday, August 9th 2012, 22:58
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan

Afghanistan taekwondo hero Rohullah Nikpai matches his achievements in Beijing with bronze at London 2012 in the men's -68kg.
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VIDEO: Chinese murder trial ends swiftly

Thursday, August 9th 2012, 21:55
related countries: China China

The murder trial of the wife of a prominent Chinese politician, who is accused of killing a British businessman, has ended after one day.
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Jones claims Britain's 25th gold

Thursday, August 9th 2012, 21:54
related countries: China China

Teenager Jade Jones wins Great Britain's 25th gold medal of the Games as she beats China's Yuzhuo Hou.
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Chen wins second gold of Olympics

Thursday, August 9th 2012, 20:12

China's Chen Ruolin defends her women's Olympic 10m platform diving title to claim her second gold medal of London 2012.
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Rudisha breaks record in 800m win

Thursday, August 9th 2012, 19:14

David Rudisha becomes the first athlete to set a new world record on the track at London 2012 as he wins 800m gold.
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Team GB win second dressage gold

Thursday, August 9th 2012, 17:43

Charlotte Dujardin takes a second dressage gold in the individual event, taking GB to three golds in equestrian.
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Festival covers picture of killer

Thursday, August 9th 2012, 14:51

Officials at Wales' leading cultural festival cover up paintings of a teenage murderer and the 15-year-old girl he killed after protests from her mother.
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Payne fourth as Risztov wins 10km

Thursday, August 9th 2012, 14:14

Eva Risztov wins the women's 10km open water race at London 2012, as Great Britain's Keri-Anne Payne finishes fourth.
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