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United Kingdom: news

More taking international GCSEs

Friday, August 3rd 2012, 1:36

More pupils in the UK are taking international GCSEs, figures from exam boards suggest.
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Friday, August 3rd 2012, 1:11

Legal action to unmask a Twitter user who set up an account spoofing a top UK newspaper executive is dropped.
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VIDEO: Essex: China’s Olympic social media base

Thursday, August 2nd 2012, 23:20
related countries: China China
related places: Romford

Chinese internet giant Tencent has set up quarters in Romford, Essex for the London 2012 Olympics, allowing medallists to broadcast interviews back home.
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VIDEO: Mr Brainwash's tour of debut UK show

Thursday, August 2nd 2012, 23:13
related places: London

Mr Brainwash, otherwise known as pop artist Thierry Guetta, shows BBC News his preparations for his first solo London exhibition.
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Phelps wins historic 20th medal

Thursday, August 2nd 2012, 21:26

Michael Phelps wins his first individual gold and his 20th Olympic medal in the men's 200m individual medley.
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Joy as medals roll in for Team GB

Thursday, August 2nd 2012, 19:58

Sir Chris Hoy's sprint cycling team wins Britain's third gold of the day as sports minister Hugh Robertson praises GB's "great momentum" as it leaps up the medals table.
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England toil as Petersen hits ton

Thursday, August 2nd 2012, 19:01
related countries: South Africa South Africa

South Africa dominate day one of the second Test against England at Headingley, making 262-5 as Alviro Petersen hits a century.
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Hoy leads GB to team sprint gold

Thursday, August 2nd 2012, 18:57

Sir Chris Hoy, Jason Kenny and Philip Hindes power Great Britain to gold in the men's team sprint at the London Velodrome.
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Ethiopian fails in immunity bid

Thursday, August 2nd 2012, 18:07
related countries: Ethiopia Ethiopia
related places: London

A court in London orders an Ethiopian embassy worker to be jailed on drugs charges, ruling that she is not entitled to diplomatic immunity.
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Triple Olympic gold for Britain

Thursday, August 2nd 2012, 18:00

Great Britain win cycling, canoeing and shooting golds to cap one of the country's greatest days in the history of the Games.
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Pendleton and Varnish kicked out

Thursday, August 2nd 2012, 17:01
related countries: Seychelles Seychelles

Victoria Pendleton and Jess Varnish miss out on a medal chance after being relegated for an illegal change-over in the team sprint.
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Dancer Charnock dies of cancer

Thursday, August 2nd 2012, 16:03

British dancer and choreographer Nigel Charnock - best known as a founder member of the dance company DV8 - has died at the age of 52.
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GB star Wilson wins shooting gold

Thursday, August 2nd 2012, 14:39

Shooter Peter Wilson wins Britain's fourth gold medal of the London Olympics with victory in the double trap competition.
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Great Britain win gold and silver

Thursday, August 2nd 2012, 14:39

Tim Baillie and Etienne Stott have claimed Britain's first ever canoe slalom gold with a stunning run at Lee Valley White Water Centre.
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Putin in Syria talks at No 10

Thursday, August 2nd 2012, 14:32
related countries: Russia Russia

Both the UK and Russia want to see an end to the violence in Syria, David Cameron says after holding talks with Vladimir Putin in London.
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US women's eight win Olympic gold

Thursday, August 2nd 2012, 11:53
related countries: United States United States

The United States lead from start to finish to clinch Olympic gold in the women's eight at Eton Dorney as Britain finish fifth.
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Bank holds off from more stimulus

Thursday, August 2nd 2012, 11:52

The Bank of England keeps interest rates on hold at 0.5%, and also holds off from any more stimulus measures.
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NZ men secure double sculls gold

Thursday, August 2nd 2012, 11:11
related countries: New Zealand New Zealand

Britain's Bill Lucas and Sam Townsend finish fifth in the men's double sculls final as New Zealand take the gold at Eton Dorney.
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VIDEO: US athletes prepare for battle

Thursday, August 2nd 2012, 10:43
related countries: United States United States

The US women's track and field team has been warming up at a stadium in East London not far from the Olympic Park.
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Suarez angry after anthem booing

Thursday, August 2nd 2012, 7:11
related countries: Uruguay Uruguay

Striker Luis Suarez condemns Great British supporters after some booed during the Uruguay national anthem.
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Li overcomes Ding to secure gold

Thursday, August 2nd 2012, 4:52
related countries: China China
related places: London

Li Xiaoxia beats compatriot Ding Ning in the women's singles final as China continue to dominate Olympic table tennis in London.
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Praise for GB gold medal winners

Wednesday, August 1st 2012, 22:36

Praise pours in for cyclist Bradley Wiggins and the women's rowing duo after they win historic gold medals for Team GB at the London Games.
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Jamieson wins silver for Britain

Wednesday, August 1st 2012, 18:43

Michael Jamieson wins silver for Britain in the 200m breaststroke final.
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Wiggins & GB rowing pair win gold

Wednesday, August 1st 2012, 16:31

Cyclist Bradley Wiggins takes the men's time trial after rowers Heather Stanning and Helen Glover triumph in the women's pair.
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Manufacturing in worldwide slump

Wednesday, August 1st 2012, 16:27
related countries: China China, United States United States

Manufacturing in most of the world is in a slump, a raft of reports from the US, UK, the eurozone and China suggest.
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Access Bank wins £600m damages

Wednesday, August 1st 2012, 15:11
related countries: Nigeria Nigeria
related places: London

Nigeria's Access Bank wins a High Court ruling in London ordering a former executive to pay £600m to the bank.
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Wiggins wins historic gold medal

Wednesday, August 1st 2012, 15:01

Cyclist Bradley Wiggins becomes Britain's most decorated Olympian with victory in the London 2012 time trial, with Chris Froome taking bronze.
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Idowu 'has damaged medal chances'

Wednesday, August 1st 2012, 13:23
related places: Charles

GB athletics coach Charles van Commenee admits he has no idea when triple jumper Phillips Idowu will turn up for the London Olympics.
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Twins jailed for funding terror

Wednesday, August 1st 2012, 11:42
related places: London

Identical twin brothers from London, who admitted raising money in England to fund terrorism abroad, are jailed for three years.
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Olympic badminton players charged

Wednesday, August 1st 2012, 10:30

Eight female Olympic players are accused of not "using best efforts to win" - as British gold medal hopes focus on rowing and cycling.
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VIDEO: Oldest 2012 Olympic athlete - aged 71

Wednesday, August 1st 2012, 5:39

Hiroshi Hoketsu is the oldest competitor taking part in the London Games - aged 71.
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Medal haul can be beaten - Phelps

Wednesday, August 1st 2012, 0:16

Michael Phelps says his record of 19 Olympic medals can be beaten but says he has not given up adding to that tally before the London Games are over.
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GB equestrian team take silver

Tuesday, July 31st 2012, 21:48

GB's equestrian team win silver in the eventing competition at the London Games as the track and field team arrive in the UK from a training camp.
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Schmitt wins with Olympic record

Tuesday, July 31st 2012, 19:00

America's Allison Schmitt sets a new Olympic record as she wins gold in the women's 200m freestyle as Britain's Caitlin McClatchey finishes seventh.
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China swimmer clean - UK official

Tuesday, July 31st 2012, 17:56
related countries: China China, United States United States

The British Olympic Association chairman says Chinese swimmer Ye Shiwen is not a drug cheat, after a US coach cast doubt on her record swim.
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BOA expects Idowu to make Games

Tuesday, July 31st 2012, 13:13

British triple jumper Phillips Idowu is expected to be fit for London 2012, according to BOA chef de mission Andy Hunt.
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VIDEO: Beach volleyball hot ticket at Games

Tuesday, July 31st 2012, 6:26

Beach Volleyball is one of the big success stories of the modern Olympics and huge crowds have been turning out to watch games at London 2012.
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India praises Olympic medallist

Tuesday, July 31st 2012, 4:42
related countries: India India

India's media praise shooter Gagan Narang who won the country its first medal at the London Olympic Games.
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Guk wins 62kg weightlifting event

Monday, July 30th 2012, 21:47
related countries: North Korea North Korea

North Korea claim their third gold medal at London 2012 as Kim Un Guk triumphs in the men's 62kg weightlifting.
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Franklin outpaces Seebohm to gold

Monday, July 30th 2012, 19:45
related countries: United States United States

American teenager Missy Franklin storms to 100m backstroke gold ahead of Emily Seebohm, with Britain's Gemma Spofforth fifth.
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West Ham agree Carroll loan fee

Monday, July 30th 2012, 19:29
related places: Liverpool

West Ham United agree a £2m loan fee with Liverpool for England striker Andy Carroll with a view to a permanent transfer.
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Syrian diplomat quits London post

Monday, July 30th 2012, 19:21
related countries: Syria Syria
related places: London

Syria's most senior diplomat in the UK is resigning from his London post over his government's "violent and oppressive" actions, the Foreign Office says.
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Fifth-placed Tancock misses out

Monday, July 30th 2012, 19:16

Britain's Liam Tancock misses out on an Olympic medal in the men's 100m backstroke final at the Aquatics Centre.
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Agnel storms to second gold medal

Monday, July 30th 2012, 19:01
related countries: France France, United States United States

France's Yannick Agnel wins his second gold of the London Olympics in the men's 200 freestyle as American Ryan Lochte comes fourth.
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More Olympic tickets put on sale

Monday, July 30th 2012, 18:18
related places: London, More

More tickets go on sale amid the row over empty seats, organisers say, as London's transport appears to run without major problems.
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China's top seeds make progress

Monday, July 30th 2012, 16:59
related countries: China China

China's top seeds in the men's and women's singles secure impressive wins at London 2012.
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Hacking police arrest journalist

Monday, July 30th 2012, 14:31

A journalist arrested as part of inquiries into a suspected conspiracy to gather data from stolen mobile phones is Sun chief foreign correspondent Nick Parker, the BBC understands.
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VIDEO: Rio artists 'occupy' London homes

Monday, July 30th 2012, 11:55
related places: London

A group of Brazilians have been using houses in London as art spaces to establish a cultural link between the current and future Olympic host cities.
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Arrest over missing UK yachtsman

Monday, July 30th 2012, 11:35
related countries: India India, Indian Ocean Indian Ocean

A man is arrested in connection with the disappearance of a British yachtsman who went missing in the Indian Ocean
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Transport faces London 2012 test

Monday, July 30th 2012, 10:32
related places: London

Transport chiefs say there were no major problems during morning rush hour as London's transport network faces its first major Olympics test.
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Miley and Phelps through to semis

Monday, July 30th 2012, 10:28
related countries: China China

Britain's Hannah Miley reaches the 200m medley semi-finals, but China's Ye Shiwen continues to dominate.
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UK enforces video game ratings

Monday, July 30th 2012, 1:27

Retailers can be prosecuted if they sell games to minors who are underage according to the Pegi system classification.
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VIDEO: London Calling: Highgate Cemetery

Sunday, July 29th 2012, 23:02
related places: London

Seva Novgorodsev from bbcrussian.com takes in the gothic majesty of London's Highgate Cemetery.
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Team GB wins first Olympic medals

Sunday, July 29th 2012, 22:11

Cyclist Lizzie Armitstead and swimmer Rebecca Adlington win Team GB's first London 2012 medals, as Lord Coe defends ticketing arrangements after empty seats were seen in some venues again.
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US has 'moral duty' to block Iran

Sunday, July 29th 2012, 20:15
related countries: Israel Israel, United States United States
related places: London

In a speech in Israel, US Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney says the US has a "moral imperative" to prevent Iran developing nuclear weapons.
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Commuters urged to avoid station

Sunday, July 29th 2012, 15:19

Commuters are urged to avoid London Bridge station on Monday as 50,000 head for an equestrian event at Greenwich Park.
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Armitstead wins GB's first medal

Sunday, July 29th 2012, 14:36
related countries: Netherlands Netherlands

Lizzie Armitstead wins Britain's first medal of the 2012 Olympics as Netherlands' Marianne Vos claims cycling gold.
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Radcliffe out of Olympic marathon

Sunday, July 29th 2012, 14:30

Paula Radcliffe is ruled out of competing in the marathon at the London 2012 Olympics with a foot injury.
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Choreographer upset over NBC snub

Sunday, July 29th 2012, 12:55
related countries: United States United States

Choreographer Akram Khan says he is disappointed his tribute to the victims of the 7 July London bombings during the Olympic opening ceremony was not televised in the US.
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Taylor replaces Bopara in squad

Sunday, July 29th 2012, 8:39
related countries: South Africa South Africa

England name James Taylor in their squad for the second Test against South Africa, in place of the unavailable Ravi Bopara.
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Godiva puppet to start journey

Sunday, July 29th 2012, 1:35
related places: Coventry, London

A 6m-tall Lady Godiva puppet makes her way around Coventry before leaving for London later.
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Life in the Zil lane

Sunday, July 29th 2012, 0:14

How London 2012 is adapting an idea from Brezhnev's USSR
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Britain's Cavendish misses gold

Saturday, July 28th 2012, 22:36

Team GB's hopes of a golden start on day one are dashed and an inquiry into empty seats is opened as the Olympic Games begin in London.
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Briton Miley misses out on medal

Saturday, July 28th 2012, 19:34
related countries: China China

Britain's Hannah Miley cannot make the podium as Ye Shiwen of China breaks the world record to win the 400m individual medley.
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Albanian Pulaku fails drugs test

Saturday, July 28th 2012, 13:40
related countries: Albania Albania

Albanian weightlifter Hysen Pulaku fails a drugs test and will not compete at the London 2012 Olympics.
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Olympic ceremony watched by 27m

Saturday, July 28th 2012, 13:12

More than 22 million people in the UK watched Friday's Olympic opening ceremony, the BBC says, with audiences peaking at 26.9m.
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Phelps & Miley into medley finals

Saturday, July 28th 2012, 11:44

Fourteen-time Olympic gold medallist Michael Phelps and Britain's Hannah Miley reach the 400m individual medley finals.
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China's Yi wins first Games gold

Saturday, July 28th 2012, 11:29
related countries: China China

China's Yi Siling wins the first gold medal of London 2012 in the women's 10m air rifle at the Royal Artillery Barracks.
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Olympic record for women's pair

Saturday, July 28th 2012, 9:51

Britain's Helen Glover and Heather Stanning set an Olympic record in the women's pair, but the men's eight face the repechage.
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VIDEO: Street art and the Olympic legacy

Saturday, July 28th 2012, 7:58
related places: London

The Olympics have drawn the world's focus to the East End of London. But while most of the attention will be on the events, visitors may be surprised by a creative urban community and the many examples of street art surrounding the games.
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UK will keep AAA rating, S&P says

Saturday, July 28th 2012, 6:28

The UK will hold on to its top AAA credit rating, the Standard & Poor's agency says.
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Athletes light up Olympic Games

Saturday, July 28th 2012, 5:46

The Queen declares the London Olympics open following a spectacular ceremony, before a group of seven young athletes light the ceremonial flame.
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London 2012: Why India is upbeat

Saturday, July 28th 2012, 2:05

Why India is upbeat at London Olympics
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Children 'at risk' in new system

Friday, July 27th 2012, 23:11

Some of England's most vulnerable children may lose out under planned changes to the child protection system, a new campaign group argues.
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Medics' activity education 'poor'

Friday, July 27th 2012, 23:00

Most student doctors are not being taught about the benefits of exercise, research published by the British Journal of Sports Medicine suggests.
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Romney faces press backlash in London

Friday, July 27th 2012, 17:08
related places: London

Republican contender gets bad review from British press
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Injury blow to gold hope Slivenko

Friday, July 27th 2012, 15:57
related countries: Russia Russia

An injury picked up in training rules Russia's world and European weightlifting champion Oksana Slivenko out of London 2012.
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First world records at Olympics

Friday, July 27th 2012, 15:10
related countries: North Korea North Korea

London 2012 has seen its first world records broken as the South Korean archery team set two landmarks at Lord's.
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Mass bell-ring heralds Olympics

Friday, July 27th 2012, 11:55

Thousands of bells peal across the UK to mark the start of the London 2012 Olympic Games.
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Whooping cough outbreak spreading

Friday, July 27th 2012, 11:40

The outbreak of whooping cough in England and Wales has spread to very young babies who are most at risk of severe complications and death, the Health Protection Agency has warned.
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NI dissident groups plan to unite

Friday, July 27th 2012, 10:11

Some of Northern Ireland's dissident groups are to come together under the banner of the IRA, a statement claims.
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Bolt ready as London 2012 begins

Friday, July 27th 2012, 9:38
related places: London

Usain Bolt is ready to defend his Olympic 100m and 200m titles as London 2012 gets ready for the opening ceremony.
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Capello attacks England Euro bid

Friday, July 27th 2012, 9:25

Fabio Capello insists England would have gone beyond the quarter-finals at Euro 2012 had he still been at the helm.
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VIDEO: Romney gaffe over London Olympics

Friday, July 27th 2012, 6:05
related countries: United States United States
related places: London

US presidential candidate has appeared to question London's readiness to host a successful Olympics in an interview for American TV.
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Victims to get 'no charge' review

Friday, July 27th 2012, 5:23

Crime victims in England and Wales are to get the right to a review in cases when it has been decided that no one will be charged, the Director of Public Prosecutions says.
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London mayor hits out at Romney

Friday, July 27th 2012, 1:24
related places: London

London Mayor Boris Johnson chides Republican Mitt Romney for suggesting London is not ready for the Olympics, a day before the opening ceremony.
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Cavendish praises GB 'dream team'

Thursday, July 26th 2012, 22:36

Great Britain's Mark Cavendish is confident that he can win gold at London 2012, with the help of his "dream team".
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Romney sparks London Olympics row

Thursday, July 26th 2012, 21:01
related countries: United States United States

US presidential candidate Mitt Romney predicts a "successful" London Olympics after earlier raising doubts about Britain's readiness.
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Phelps battles Olympic emotions

Thursday, July 26th 2012, 19:55

Michael Phelps admits his greatest battle at London 2012 could be with his mind rather than rival Ryan Lochte.
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Games to show UK can deliver - PM

Thursday, July 26th 2012, 17:18

The UK prime minister comes to the defence of the London 2012 Olympics, after Mitt Romney said preparations for the Games had been "disconcerting".
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Sweden 'free to question Assange'

Thursday, July 26th 2012, 16:32
related countries: Sweden Sweden
related places: London

Ecuador has given Swedish authorities permission to interview Wikileaks founder Julian Assange at its London embassy, where he took refuge last month.
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Errors at Nationwide and NatWest

Thursday, July 26th 2012, 16:06

Payments have been taken twice from hundreds of thousands of Nationwide accounts, while technical problems have hit NatWest's online banking.
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Thursday, July 26th 2012, 15:06
related places: London

Blink 182 have cancelled a show at London's Brixton Academy (26 July) due to illness.
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Pearce hoping for British legacy

Thursday, July 26th 2012, 13:56

Great Britain coach Stuart Pearce hopes there will be a GB football team at future Olympic competitions.
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UK troops 'aid Somali AU force'

Thursday, July 26th 2012, 13:45
related countries: Somalia Somalia
related places: Mogadishu

The UK has established a small military presence in Somalia to advise the African Union force in Mogadishu, the British Ministry of Defence confirms.
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London 'to blame' for flag error

Thursday, July 26th 2012, 11:56
related places: Glasgow, London

Olympic officials in London say they are to blame for a flag row which jeopardised a women's football game at Hampden Stadium in Glasgow.
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Murray handed tough Olympic draw

Thursday, July 26th 2012, 11:15

Andy Murray has been handed a tough draw as he bids to win an Olympic singles gold medal at London 2012.
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Police numbers at nine-year low

Thursday, July 26th 2012, 11:06

The number of police officers in England and Wales has fallen by more than 5,000 in the past year, Home Office figures reveal.
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Fewer teens using illegal drugs

Thursday, July 26th 2012, 10:49

There have been falls in the numbers of teenagers drinking, smoking and taking drugs in England, a survey suggests.
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No apology for Idowu - GB coach

Thursday, July 26th 2012, 10:23

UK Athletics head coach Charles van Commenee says he will not apologise to triple jumper Phillips Idowu.
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