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'Independence day' plans revealed

Tuesday, February 5th 2013, 8:57

The Scottish government has drawn up detailed plans for a transition to independence in March 2016 if there is a "yes" vote, the BBC can reveal.
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Cole 'an all-time England great'

Tuesday, February 5th 2013, 8:29

England Under-21 manager Stuart Pearce believes Ashley Cole is "the best left-back that has ever played for England".
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Edwards defends 'blitz' tactics

Tuesday, February 5th 2013, 7:45

Defence coach Shaun Edwards hits back at criticism of the 'blitz' tactics used by Wales in defence.
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VIDEO: Antarctic research centre opens

Tuesday, February 5th 2013, 6:27

Britain's latest Antarctic research centre will be officially opened on Tuesday.
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Broad hat-trick seals England win

Tuesday, February 5th 2013, 6:27
related countries: New Zealand New Zealand

Stuart Broad takes a hat-trick and Jos Buttler hits a rapid 57 as England romp to a 46-run T20 victory over a New Zealand XI.
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Ferdinand keen on England return

Monday, February 4th 2013, 20:51

Rio Ferdinand says he would 'pack his bags and go straight there' if he received an international recall by England.
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VIDEO: Colombian civilians root out landmines

Monday, February 4th 2013, 16:18
related countries: Colombia Colombia

A British charity is teaching Colombians to locate and safely detonate landmines in their neighbourhoods.
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Afghan peace deal 'in six months'

Monday, February 4th 2013, 14:15
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan, Pakistan Pakistan
related places: Nato

The leaders of Afghanistan and Pakistan, in talks in the UK, agree to work towards a peace deal for Afghanistan in six months.
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Match played in England 'fixed'

Monday, February 4th 2013, 12:20

A Champions League tie played in England is one of 680 matches investigators believe was fixed by a crime syndicate.
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Chinese snub 'Big Stupid Clock'

Monday, February 4th 2013, 12:17
related countries: China China
related places: London

Big Ben is last on the agenda for luxury-hungry tourists visiting London from China.
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Freud donates art in lieu of tax

Monday, February 4th 2013, 11:21

The estate of late British painter Lucian Freud bequeaths a portrait by Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot to the nation, under the government's acceptance in lieu scheme.
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Blair warns against quitting EU

Sunday, February 3rd 2013, 12:41

It would be a "huge problem" for the UK if people vote to leave the European Union, former Prime Minister Tony Blair has warned.
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England defeat India in World Cup

Sunday, February 3rd 2013, 11:32
related countries: India India

Charlotte Edwards scores 109 and Katherine Brunt takes four wickets as England beat India by 32 runs in the World Cup.
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England duo unsold at IPL auction

Sunday, February 3rd 2013, 9:39
related countries: India India

England pair Matt Prior and Ravi Bopara fail to attract bids at the auction for this year's Indian Premier League.
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Lancaster lauds confident England

Saturday, February 2nd 2013, 19:21
related countries: New Zealand New Zealand

England coach Stuart Lancaster says his side's win over Scotland is a direct result of the upset of world champions New Zealand last autumn.
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England 38-18 Scotland

Saturday, February 2nd 2013, 17:58

England overpower great rivals Scotland to retain the Calcutta Cup and get their Six Nations campaign off to the perfect start.
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O'Driscoll relief after Irish win

Saturday, February 2nd 2013, 16:03
related countries: Ireland Ireland

Brian O'Driscoll says Ireland "owed Wales one" after holding off a Wales comeback to win the Six Nations opener.
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Wales 22-30 Ireland

Saturday, February 2nd 2013, 15:57
related places: Cardiff

Ireland hold off a stirring second-half Wales revival to launch their Six Nations campaign with a thrilling victory in Cardiff.
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Government warned over youth jobs

Saturday, February 2nd 2013, 12:13

Attempts to cut youth unemployment in England are being hampered by excessive bureaucracy and central government control, council leaders say.
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'Pork found' in Halal prison food

Saturday, February 2nd 2013, 1:32

The Ministry of Justice is suspending a firm supplying meat to prisons after tests found that it may have provided "Halal" products containing traces of pork DNA.
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Balotelli criticises English life

Friday, February 1st 2013, 23:42

Former Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli complains about life in England as AC Milan parade their new £19m signing.
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Scots can make history - Johnson

Friday, February 1st 2013, 21:10

Scotland coach Scott Johnson dismisses his side's poor record away to England and challenges his players to make history.
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Argentina declines Falklands talks

Friday, February 1st 2013, 12:43
related countries: Argentina Argentina, Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)
related places: London

Argentina's foreign minister has turned down a Foreign Office invitation to meet members of the Falkland Islands government in London next week.
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Romania campaign mocks UK anxiety

Friday, February 1st 2013, 12:27
related countries: Romania Romania

A Romanian media campaign called "Why don't you come over?" pokes fun at British anxiety about a possible influx of Romanian job-seekers next year.
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No charges against Kate hoax DJs

Friday, February 1st 2013, 12:12
related countries: Aruba Aruba
related places: Cambridge, London

Two Australian DJs who made a hoax call to the London hospital treating the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge will not face charges, the Crown Prosecution Service says.
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Sri Lanka stun England in Mumbai

Friday, February 1st 2013, 11:47
related countries: Sri Lanka Sri Lanka

Defending champions England lose to Sri Lanka in their opening group match at the Women's World Cup.
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Police watchdog 'under-equipped'

Friday, February 1st 2013, 11:28

MPs say the police watchdog for England and Wales is overwhelmed, woefully under-equipped and not to get to the truth of allegations of wrongdoing.
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Pinewood resubmits expansion plan

Friday, February 1st 2013, 9:06

British film studio Pinewood Shepperton resubmits a plan to double the size of its historic Pinewood site over the next 15-20 years.
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Cumming's Macbeth plays Broadway

Friday, February 1st 2013, 6:24
related places: Broadway

The National Theatre of Scotland's version of Macbeth, starring Alan Cumming, is to transfer to Broadway in April.
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Stoke sign England keeper Butland

Thursday, January 31st 2013, 23:02

Stoke City sign England goalkeeper Jack Butland from Birmingham City for £3.5m and loan him straight back to Blues.
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Thursday, January 31st 2013, 20:43

A grandmother sentenced to death in Bali for drug trafficking loses her High Court challenge to a UK government refusal to fund a lawyer for her appeal.
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Man guilty in Duggan gun trial

Thursday, January 31st 2013, 17:10
related places: London

A man is found guilty of supplying Mark Duggan with a gun before he was shot dead by police in London, sparking riots in towns and cities across England.
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Rescue for birds covered in 'wax'

Thursday, January 31st 2013, 16:29

Hundreds of seabirds are washed up along the coast of south west England, covered in a white waxy substance.
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Calvin Harris named top hitmaker

Thursday, January 31st 2013, 16:01

Pop star Calvin Harris was the most successful songwriter in both the UK and US singles charts in 2012, it is revealed.
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EU funds continuation welcomed

Thursday, January 31st 2013, 12:27
related countries: Belgium Belgium
related places: Brussels

First Minister Peter Robinson welcomes indications that further EU peace funds seem likely to be made available to Northern Ireland.
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Twelvetrees to make England debut

Thursday, January 31st 2013, 10:17
related places: Gloucester, Twickenham

Gloucester centre Billy Twelvetrees will make his England debut in Saturday's Six Nations match against Scotland at Twickenham.
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EU exit would be 'fatal' - Clarke

Thursday, January 31st 2013, 9:15

Conservative minister Ken Clarke says the case for Britain's membership of the EU must be made "more strongly and coherently".
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'Millions' face council tax rise

Thursday, January 31st 2013, 8:00

Millions of the poorest households in England face a rise in council tax from April because of benefit changes coming into force, a report says.
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Misery of Pakistan's abandoned wives

Thursday, January 31st 2013, 2:59
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan

Pakistani women forcibly separated from their children in UK
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VIDEO: Pakistani mothers 'abandoned'

Thursday, January 31st 2013, 2:57
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan

An increasing number of Pakistani women are coming forward saying they have been forcibly separated from their children in the UK.
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Burger horsemeat 'came from Poland'

Wednesday, January 30th 2013, 17:59
related countries: Ireland Ireland, Poland Poland

Horsemeat found in burgers produced in the Irish Republic came from a Polish supplier, the UK Food Standards Agency says.
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EU votes show strong UK dissent

Wednesday, January 30th 2013, 17:13

A study of EU politicians' voting patterns shows that the UK government is by far the most likely to disagree with the majority.
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VIDEO: Blackberry 10 TimeShift and BB Balance

Wednesday, January 30th 2013, 16:55
related places: London

The first two handsets powered by the new Blackberry 10 operating system have been unveiled, at a launch event in central London.
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UK first to get Blackberry 10 phone

Wednesday, January 30th 2013, 16:01
related places: New York

The first handsets to be powered by the new Blackberry 10 operating system are unveiled in New York. The UK is first to get the touchscreen Z10.
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Drug was factor in runner's death

Wednesday, January 30th 2013, 15:23

A now-banned drug in a sports nutrition supplement was a factor in the death of a runner who collapsed near the end of the London Marathon, a coroner rules.
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QPR trigger Samba release clause

Wednesday, January 30th 2013, 15:13

Christopher Samba flies to England to discuss personal terms after QPR trigger a release clause in the defender's contract.
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Schwarzenegger film bombs in UK

Wednesday, January 30th 2013, 13:39
related countries: Ireland Ireland

Arnold Schwarzenegger's comeback film The Last Stand scrapes into the Top 10 at the UK and Ireland box office in its opening week of release.
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Overseas officers 'can run police'

Wednesday, January 30th 2013, 12:19

Foreign police chiefs will be able to run forces in England and Wales and new starters will be able to join at senior levels, in a planned recruitment overhaul.
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UK petrol market 'working well'

Wednesday, January 30th 2013, 11:35

The Office of Fair Trading concludes that competition is working well in the UK market for petrol and diesel, and says little action is needed.
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Stiff upper lip 'harms cancer fight'

Wednesday, January 30th 2013, 2:52

The UK's "stiff upper lip" culture may explain why it lags behind other countries when it comes to beating cancer, say experts.
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BP record $4bn penalty approved

Tuesday, January 29th 2013, 20:33
related countries: United States United States

A US court approves the biggest criminal fine in US history given to British oil giant BP as part of a settlement related to the fatal 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster.
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UK to send 330 troops to West Africa

Tuesday, January 29th 2013, 17:27
related countries: Belgium Belgium, Mali Mali
related places: Brussels

The UK is to deploy about 330 military personnel to Mali and West Africa to support French forces there, Downing Street says.
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Iraqis claim UK forces 'brutality'

Tuesday, January 29th 2013, 15:56
related countries: Iraq Iraq

Allegations UK troops carried out "terrifying acts of brutality" against Iraqi civilians are made in the High Court as nearly 200 Iraqis seek a public inquiry.
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England women lose final warm-up

Tuesday, January 29th 2013, 13:26
related countries: New Zealand New Zealand

Lydia Greenway's 51 is in vain as England lose by 13 runs to New Zealand in their final game before the Women's World Cup.
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Slight boost for West End theatre

Tuesday, January 29th 2013, 13:24
related places: London, West End

Top Hat, Sweeney Todd and other West End shows helped boost London's theatre box office in 2012, despite competition from the Olympics, according to figures.
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Maitland to make Scotland debut

Tuesday, January 29th 2013, 13:09
related countries: New Zealand New Zealand
related places: Twickenham

New Zealand-born Sean Maitland will earn his first cap for Scotland against England at Twickenham on Saturday.
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VIDEO: Six years for Bali drug Briton

Tuesday, January 29th 2013, 10:09

A 43-year-old British man has been jailed for six years in Bali for drug offences.
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Nursery changes 'to raise quality'

Tuesday, January 29th 2013, 10:08

Nurseries and childminders in England are to be allowed to look after more children, in a package ministers say will improve quality and cut costs.
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Six years for Bali drugs Briton

Tuesday, January 29th 2013, 9:14

A British man is jailed for six years in Bali for drug offences, as a UK woman sentenced to death for smuggling is set to sue the Foreign Office.
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EU migrant curb policy 'farcical'

Monday, January 28th 2013, 22:56
related countries: Bulgaria Bulgaria, Romania Romania

The idea the government may be able to discourage workers from Romania and Bulgaria from coming to the UK "border on the farcical," an MP says.
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Icelandic victory on Icesave cash

Monday, January 28th 2013, 21:12
related countries: Iceland Iceland, Netherlands Netherlands

A European court clears the Icelandic government of failing to guarantee minimum levels of compensation for UK and Dutch savers in the collapsed Icesave bank.
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'Threat' to UK embassy in Tripoli

Monday, January 28th 2013, 18:57
related countries: Libya Libya
related places: Tripoli

The British embassy in Libyan capital, Tripoli, says it is aware of "a potential threat" against it, and is liaising with the Libyan government.
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Tuilagi misses Scotland encounter

Monday, January 28th 2013, 14:39

Centre Manu Tuilagi is out of England's opening Six Nations match against Scotland on Saturday because of an ankle injury.
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England in World Cup warm-up win

Monday, January 28th 2013, 13:13
related countries: South Africa South Africa

Charlotte Edwards makes 78 as England prepare to launch their World Cup defence with a 51-run win over South Africa.
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In pictures: Ship's guns found off Sicily

Monday, January 28th 2013, 13:03

Guns lifted from 18th-Century British warship
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Brown to lead Scotland in opener

Monday, January 28th 2013, 11:04
related places: Twickenham

Kelly Brown is named Scotland captain for the Six Nations opener at Twickenham.
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Silent film to get audio makeover

Monday, January 28th 2013, 7:18
related places: London

Viewers of a newly restored silent film showing London in the 1920s are to be given the opportunity to create their own bespoke soundtrack.
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England loss no disaster - Giles

Monday, January 28th 2013, 7:03
related countries: India India

Limited-overs coach Ashley Giles believes England's one-day series in India was "not a disaster", despite the tourists' 3-2 defeat.
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The family feuds sparked by booming Indian land values

Monday, January 28th 2013, 2:57
related countries: India India

British Indians return to claim now-valuable ancestral land
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Decrease in 'man boob' operations

Monday, January 28th 2013, 1:05

The number of operations to deal with 'man boobs' has fallen by a fifth in the past year in the UK, according to the latest data on cosmetic surgery.
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Man dies as thaw brings flooding

Sunday, January 27th 2013, 22:08

More than 80 flood warnings are in place across Britain as snow thaws, and a canoeist dies after being pulled from a swollen river in North Yorkshire.
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Murray finds solace in good form

Sunday, January 27th 2013, 15:35
related countries: Aruba Aruba

British number one Andy Murray says defeat in the Australian Open final is easier to take in light of his recent good form.
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Britons warned of Somaliland threat

Sunday, January 27th 2013, 15:24

Any British nationals in Somaliland should leave immediately because of "a specific threat to Westerners", the UK Foreign Office says.
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Cook learns from series defeat

Sunday, January 27th 2013, 15:02
related countries: India India

England captain Alastair Cook says his team learned valuable lessons from their 3-2 one-day series defeat in India.
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Bell ton guides England home

Sunday, January 27th 2013, 12:01
related countries: India India

Ian Bell hits an unbeaten 113 as England win the final one-day international by seven wickets, but India take the series 3-2.
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Holocaust Memorial Day to be marked

Sunday, January 27th 2013, 3:45

Holocaust Memorial Day ceremonies are to be held across the UK as the nation remembers the millions of Jews and others killed during the Holocaust.
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England complete series whitewash

Saturday, January 26th 2013, 22:05
related countries: Australia Australia
related places: Birmingham

England captain Pamela Cookey predicts a bright future for the sport after their series whitewash over Australia.
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Omagh device was 'viable explosive'

Saturday, January 26th 2013, 22:00
related places: Omagh

Police in Northern Ireland say a crude viable explosive device has been found in Omagh, County Tyrone.
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Chambers sprints to Glasgow win

Saturday, January 26th 2013, 17:59
related places: Glasgow

Britain's Dwain Chambers starts his indoor athletics season with victory over 60m at the Glasgow International.
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Banks face 'decisive' two years

Saturday, January 26th 2013, 17:45

The incoming governor of the Bank of England says the next two years will be "decisive" for bank reform and warns central banks alone cannot eliminate economic risks.
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Protest against hospital closure

Saturday, January 26th 2013, 16:04
related places: London

At least 15,000 people march in protest against proposals to close services at a hospital in south London.
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Wood wins maiden European title

Saturday, January 26th 2013, 15:38
related countries: Qatar Qatar
related places: Doha

England's Chris Wood eagles the last hole to win his first European Tour title - the Qatar Masters in Doha.
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VIDEO: 'Two decisive years for financial reform'

Saturday, January 26th 2013, 15:17

The next governor of the Bank of England has said that the next two years will be "decisive" for financial reform.
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Flood fears as snow turns to rain

Saturday, January 26th 2013, 10:27

Forecasters are predicting heavy rain and milder temperatures are on the way - leading to fears of flooding - as overnight heavy snowy left motorists trapped on the M6.
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UK pledges £21m in aid over Syria

Saturday, January 26th 2013, 7:00
related countries: Jordan Jordan, Syria Syria

Britain is to give another £21m in humanitarian aid to help those affected by the crisis in Syria, as huge numbers of refugees continue to enter Jordan.
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Snow causing problems in parts of UK

Saturday, January 26th 2013, 1:10

More snow is falling across parts of the UK, while forecasters warn of heavy rain which could lead to flooding at the weekend.
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UK economy shrank at end of 2012

Friday, January 25th 2013, 18:38

The UK economy shrank by 0.3% in the last three months of 2012, further fuelling fears that the economy could re-enter recession.
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Soldiers jailed for gun smuggling

Friday, January 25th 2013, 14:37

Four British soldiers who tried to smuggle firearms, ammunition and drugs into the UK are jailed.
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Chinese Girl portrait up for sale

Friday, January 25th 2013, 11:06
related countries: China China
related places: London, March

Vladimir Tretchikoff's original painting of the Chinese Girl, believed to be the world's most reproduced print, is to be auctioned in London in March.
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Clegg: Capital spending cut wrong

Friday, January 25th 2013, 9:05

The coalition made a mistake in cutting back capital spending when it came into office, Nick Clegg says, as the UK's latest GDP figures are awaited.
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Cameron hopes for EU reform legacy

Friday, January 25th 2013, 2:34

Prime Minister David Cameron says he wants to be remembered as the person who secured Britain's place in a reformed European Union.
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New laws will crack down on bailiffs

Friday, January 25th 2013, 0:50

New laws to tackle aggressive bailiffs will be introduced next year in England and Wales, the government announces.
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Cameron calls for action on tax

Thursday, January 24th 2013, 23:44

Countries must work together to clamp down on multinationals avoiding tax, Prime Minister David Cameron tells the World Economic Forum in Davos.
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Man arrested in Syria terror probe

Thursday, January 24th 2013, 22:40
related countries: Syria Syria
related places: London

A 31-year-old man has been arrested in east London on suspicion of terror offences in Syria, Scotland Yard reveals.
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Britons urged to leave Benghazi

Thursday, January 24th 2013, 21:03
related countries: Libya Libya

British and other foreign nationals are advised to leave the Libyan city of Benghazi immediately because of an "imminent" threat to Westerners.
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Schools miss top university grades

Thursday, January 24th 2013, 18:16

League table data reveals a quarter of schools in England did not produce any pupils with A-level grades sought by the most competitive universities.
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PM's EU plan 'implausible' - Clegg

Thursday, January 24th 2013, 15:42

Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg says the UK risks "tying its knots" and neglecting more important issues by trying to renegotiate its EU membership.
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Sergeant 'stranded' in Kenya-UK row

Thursday, January 24th 2013, 13:27
related countries: Kenya Kenya

Britain's relations with Kenya are under strain over an incident in which a Kenyan civilian was shot and killed during a military training exercise.
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IMF: UK should rethink austerity

Thursday, January 24th 2013, 9:26
related places: March

IMF chief economist Olivier Blanchard tells the BBC that Chancellor George Osborne should consider toning down austerity in his budget in March.
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Businesses divided over EU speech

Thursday, January 24th 2013, 8:17

Some business leaders warn that the prime minister's EU referendum proposal will hurt investment, but others back his move, as he heads to the Davos World Economic Forum.
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