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US 'sent live anthrax to UK'

Tuesday, June 9th 2015, 16:50
related countries: United States United States

A lab in the UK may have accidentally received a sample of live anthrax from the Pentagon in 2007, say US officials.
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Police officer shot dead in Canada

Tuesday, June 9th 2015, 16:03
related countries: Canada Canada

Police in Alberta, Canada, say a British-born police officer working for the Edmonton Police force has been shot dead carrying out an arrest.
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Chinese 'to release' UK investigator

Tuesday, June 9th 2015, 15:43
related countries: China China

British company investigator Peter Humphrey is to be released early from a Chinese jail, according to reports.
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£1bn tidal lagoon given go-ahead

Tuesday, June 9th 2015, 15:33

The building of a £1bn tidal lagoon in Swansea Bay is given the go-ahead by the UK government.
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E-cigs face Welsh public places ban

Tuesday, June 9th 2015, 11:48

People will be banned from using e-cigarettes in places like restaurants, pubs and at work in Wales, under new public health laws being unveiled.
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HSBC to cut 8,000 jobs in the UK

Tuesday, June 9th 2015, 11:00

HSBC, Europe's biggest bank, has announced plans to cut up to 25,000 jobs globally and rename its UK branches.
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UK trade deficit narrows in April

Tuesday, June 9th 2015, 9:53
related places: March

The UK trade deficit narrowed to £1.2bn in April from £3.1bn in March, figures from the Office for National Statistics show.
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Janner claim investigated in Scotland

Tuesday, June 9th 2015, 8:51

Police in Scotland are understood to be investigating claims that Labour peer Lord Janner abused a boy there in the 1970s.
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'EU exit would threaten UK jobs'

Tuesday, June 9th 2015, 6:00

The UK's withdrawal from the European Union (EU) would threaten jobs and harm its economy, a major recruitment firm says.
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Apple reveals its Spotify rival

Monday, June 8th 2015, 20:18

Apple reveals a new music streaming service and reveals that its Apple Pay digital wallet system will launch in the UK in July.
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Online trick 'led to boy's suicide'

Monday, June 8th 2015, 19:21

A Northern Ireland schoolboy is understood to have taken his own life after being tricked into posting images on a social networking site, police have said.
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England have 'fallen way behind'

Monday, June 8th 2015, 15:34
related countries: New Zealand New Zealand

England one-day captain Eoin Morgan says they are "a long way behind" other sides, ahead of the series with New Zealand.
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Mirren reigns at Tony theatre awards

Monday, June 8th 2015, 4:32
related places: New York

Dame Helen Mirren is named best actress, while The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time picks up honours including best play at the Tony theatre awards in New York.
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Airlines 'face toxic air claims'

Sunday, June 7th 2015, 23:54

Seventeen flight staff are planning legal action against British airlines, claiming contaminated air inside cabins has made them seriously ill.
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China sees greenhouse gas 'progress'

Sunday, June 7th 2015, 23:43
related countries: China China

China's greenhouse gas emissions could start to decline within 10 years, says a London School of Economics report.
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CBI cuts UK economic growth forecasts

Sunday, June 7th 2015, 23:03
related countries: Greece Greece

The CBI cuts its UK growth forecasts and warns that a possible "messy" end to the Greek crisis and uncertainty over the EU referendum both pose further risks to the British economy.
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Wiggins breaks cycling's hour record

Sunday, June 7th 2015, 22:35
related places: London

Sir Bradley Wiggins breaks cycling's iconic hour record by covering 54.526km at the Lee Valley VeloPark in London.
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Florence Welch tops UK album chart

Sunday, June 7th 2015, 18:01

Florence and the Machine tops the UK album chart for the third time with their new album.
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More UK personnel join anti-IS fight

Sunday, June 7th 2015, 17:13
related countries: Iraq Iraq

The UK is to send an extra 125 military trainers to Iraq to help in the fight against Islamic State, PM David Cameron announces at the G7 summit.
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Republic of Ireland 0-0 England

Sunday, June 7th 2015, 14:32
related countries: Ireland Ireland

Republic of Ireland and England play out an uninspiring draw in their friendly at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.
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Two men die swimming near waterfall

Sunday, June 7th 2015, 12:54

Two men die while swimming near a waterfall in a north Wales village, police confirm.
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New Tory group to pressure PM over EU

Sunday, June 7th 2015, 9:53

More than 50 Conservative MPs say they will push to leave the EU unless David Cameron secures far-reaching changes to the UK's relationship with Europe.
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Farah pulls out of Birmingham race

Sunday, June 7th 2015, 9:00
related places: Birmingham

An "emotionally and physically drained" Mo Farah pulls out of Sunday's Diamond League meeting in Birmingham.
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Labour's 'huge mistake' over North

Sunday, June 7th 2015, 0:16
related places: London

Lord Mandelson criticises Labour for failing to come up with a credible strategy for decentralising power from London to northern England.
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Cameron wants world corruption purge

Saturday, June 6th 2015, 8:01

UK Prime Minister David Cameron will urge world leaders at the G7 summit to take corruption more seriously in the wake of the Fifa scandal.
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Down's blood test 'would cut risk'

Saturday, June 6th 2015, 0:15

A blood test for Down's syndrome can reduce the number of pregnant women needing risky tests, say UK doctors.
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Performers take part in BBC Music Day

Friday, June 5th 2015, 21:19
related places: Glasgow

Hundreds of musicians are taking part in BBC Music Day - a UK-wide celebration of sound - with events in Glasgow, Cardiff and Belfast
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Sculptor defends 'vagina' artwork

Friday, June 5th 2015, 21:14
related countries: France France
related places: Versailles

The British sculptor Anish Kapoor comes under fire for artwork in the French palace of Versailles that has been called "dirty" and "gross".
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Scotland 1-0 Qatar

Friday, June 5th 2015, 20:44
related countries: Qatar Qatar

Matt Ritchie's first Scotland goal gives Gordon Strachan's side a workmanlike win over Qatar in their friendly.
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British Museum 'guarding' Syria loot

Friday, June 5th 2015, 9:42
related countries: Syria Syria

The British Museum is guarding a precious artefact that was looted from Syria, in the hope of returning it when the country is stable.
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Eye injury forces Kieswetter to quit

Friday, June 5th 2015, 9:42

Somerset and England wicketkeeper Craig Kieswetter announces his retirement from cricket aged 27 because of an eye injury.
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Facebook criticised over baby video

Friday, June 5th 2015, 6:27

The NSPCC urges the UK government to intervene amid a row over a "dreadful and disturbing" Facebook video of a baby being immersed in a bucket of water.
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Manics set for BBC Music Day concert

Friday, June 5th 2015, 0:08

Manic Street Preachers, Lulu and Sir James Galway are among those involved in BBC Music Day, a nationwide celebration of music taking place in more than 10 UK towns and cities.
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Call for blood donors amid stark drop

Thursday, June 4th 2015, 23:57

A campaign is calling for new blood donors in England and Wales following a 40% drop in fresh volunteers in the past decade.
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VIDEO: Calais 'battles' with migrant influx

Thursday, June 4th 2015, 20:17

Officials in Calais say they are struggling to cope with a huge influx of migrants trying to get to Britain.
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VIDEO: Merkel: 'Europe must stick together'

Thursday, June 4th 2015, 18:08

Angela Merkel speaks to the BBC about the challenges facing Europe, including the UK's EU referendum.
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Hobbit first edition sold for £137K

Thursday, June 4th 2015, 16:37
related places: London

A first edition of JRR Tolkien's 1937 novel The Hobbit, with an inscription in Elvish written by the author, sells at auction in London for £137,000.
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Merkel open to treaty changes for UK

Thursday, June 4th 2015, 14:56

Germany's Chancellor Merkel tells the BBC that EU treaty changes may be needed to keep the UK in, but she is "not losing sleep" over it.
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UK interest rates kept at record low

Thursday, June 4th 2015, 11:31

The Bank of England keeps the benchmark UK interest rate at 0.5%, more than six years after it first cut the rate to its current record low.
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England 'ready' to host World Cup

Thursday, June 4th 2015, 11:11
related countries: Qatar Qatar

England would be ready to host the World Cup in 2022 if it is stripped from Qatar, according to a senior UK government minister.
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VIDEO: Cameron warned on EU 'wishful thinking'

Thursday, June 4th 2015, 10:23
related countries: Germany Germany

Former German foreign minister Joschka Fischer has warned UK PM David Cameron not to be too sure of German support in his bid to reform the EU.
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Klimt portrait tipped to fetch £18m

Thursday, June 4th 2015, 10:15
related countries: Austria Austria
related places: London

A portrait of a young Jewish woman by the Austrian artist Gustav Klimt is expected to fetch up to £18m when it is auctioned in London this month.
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Liverpool agree deal for Milner

Thursday, June 4th 2015, 9:34

Liverpool agree a deal to sign England midfielder James Milner from Manchester City, subject to a medical.
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Inequality 'normal' in elite sport

Thursday, June 4th 2015, 9:00

A BBC Sport survey reveals more than 40% of elite sportswomen in Britain have experienced sexism, but 7% have reported it.
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VIDEO: Virgin Galactic pilot recalls colleague's crash

Thursday, June 4th 2015, 5:12

Eight months after Virgin Galactic's spaceplane crashed in the Californian desert killing one of the pilots, his British colleague has talked exclusively to the BBC about the accident.
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UK PM warned on German EU support

Thursday, June 4th 2015, 5:01
related countries: Germany Germany

Former German foreign minister Joschka Fischer warns David Cameron not to be too sure of German support in his drive to reform the EU.
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British music nets 13% of global sales

Wednesday, June 3rd 2015, 23:41

One Direction and Ed Sheeran helped British artists account for one in seven of the albums sold worldwide in 2014, says the BPI.
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Wells 'took drugs before medal win'

Wednesday, June 3rd 2015, 17:00

A BBC investigation uncovers claims of drug taking by British 100m Olympic gold medallist Allan Wells.
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NHS England targets failing services

Wednesday, June 3rd 2015, 16:48

Whole areas of the NHS in England are being placed in special measures, the head of the NHS announces.
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Suffragette to open London film event

Wednesday, June 3rd 2015, 13:21
related places: London

This year's London Film Festival will open with the period drama Suffragette, it has been announced.
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Dockery cast in Liaisons Dangereuses

Wednesday, June 3rd 2015, 12:33
related places: London

Dominic West, Downton Abbey star Michelle Dockery and Janet McTeer head up the new season at London's Donmar Warehouse in a 30 year revival of Les Liaisons Dangereuses.
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Footballer denies child sex charges

Wednesday, June 3rd 2015, 10:34
related places: Sunderland

England and Sunderland footballer Adam Johnson appears in court to deny charges of sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl.
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San Andreas shakes up UK box office

Wednesday, June 3rd 2015, 10:10
related countries: Ireland Ireland

Earthquake disaster movie San Andreas - starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson - has topped the UK and Ireland box office in its opening weekend.
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All 'failing' schools to be academies

Wednesday, June 3rd 2015, 8:01

Every school rated inadequate by Ofsted in England, up to 1,000 over five years, will become an academy, under a new bill to be published later.
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Tributes paid to Charles Kennedy

Tuesday, June 2nd 2015, 17:34

Colleagues, friends and political adversaries pay tribute to former Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy, after the 55-year old's sudden death.
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Asher-Smith heads European challenge

Tuesday, June 2nd 2015, 17:18

British 100m record holder Dina Asher-Smith will run the 200m for GB & NI at the European Team Championships.
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ITV 'should have made dog swap clear'

Tuesday, June 2nd 2015, 16:32

ITV boss Peter Fincham admits Britain's Got Talent should have made things "clearer" over the use of a stunt double dog in the winning act.
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NZ thump England to draw series

Tuesday, June 2nd 2015, 16:17
related countries: New Zealand New Zealand

England slip to a crushing 199-run defeat in the second Test at Headingley and a 1-1 series draw with New Zealand.
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Sturgeon warns of EU exit 'backlash'

Tuesday, June 2nd 2015, 10:16

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon warns of a "strong backlash" if Scotland were to be taken out of the EU by an UK-wide referendum.
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Samson replaces Bain in Scots' squad

Tuesday, June 2nd 2015, 9:47
related places: Dundee, Kilmarnock

Kilmarnock keeper Craig Samson is called into Scotland's squad for their double header after Dundee's Scott Bain pulls out.
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Lamont: 'No quick fix' for Labour

Tuesday, June 2nd 2015, 4:39

Former Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont says there can be "no quick fix" for her party if it is to survive, in her first broadcast interview since resigning.
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Boris: UK must be ready to leave EU

Monday, June 1st 2015, 21:36

The UK must be ready to walk away from the EU if sufficient reform is not achieved, Boris Johnson warns in his first Commons speech since returning as an MP.
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England can chase 455 to win - Root

Monday, June 1st 2015, 18:14
related countries: New Zealand New Zealand

Batsman Joe Root says England can do "something special" by chasing 455 to beat New Zealand in the second Test at Headingley.
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Rain boosts England's hopes of draw

Monday, June 1st 2015, 16:03
related countries: New Zealand New Zealand

England's chances of saving the second Test against New Zealand are boosted by rain as day four ends early.
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BAT agrees to buy cigarette firm TDR

Monday, June 1st 2015, 15:11
related countries: Croatia Croatia, United States United States

British American Tobacco agrees to buy cigarette firm TDR from Croatia's Adris Grupa.
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BBC unemployment show petition grows

Monday, June 1st 2015, 13:17

Nearly 24,000 people sign a petition aimed at stopping the BBC from broadcasting Britain's Hardest Grafter, where low-paid workers vie for £15,500.
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Rail strikes suspended after talks

Monday, June 1st 2015, 12:50

Two UK-wide rail strikes planned for the next two weeks by RMT union workers are suspended after an offer of a 2% pay rise this year.
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Norway minister: UK better off in EU

Monday, June 1st 2015, 12:48

Norway's Foreign Minister Borge Brende says it makes sense for the UK to stay in the EU, where it "can have more influence" than outside.
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Funding concern over childcare plans

Monday, June 1st 2015, 11:58

Childcare providers warn the system is "at breaking point" as plans to double free provision for three and four-year-olds in England are sped up.
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Moriarty in Wales World Cup squad

Monday, June 1st 2015, 10:05
related places: Exeter, Gloucester

Wales pick Gloucester back-row Ross Moriarty and Exeter tight-head prop Tomas Francis in 2015 World Cup training squad.
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Gemili runs 100m in under 10 seconds

Monday, June 1st 2015, 9:39

Britain's Adam Gemili runs 100m in under 10 seconds but fails to make the record books because of wind-assisted conditions.
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Sarries wing Strettle joins Clermont

Monday, June 1st 2015, 9:22
related countries: France France
related places: Clermont

Saracens and England winger David Strettle agrees to join French Top 14 side Clermont Auvergne on a three-year deal.
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Slight pick-up in UK manufacturing

Monday, June 1st 2015, 9:05

UK manufacturing growth picked up slightly in May, a survey suggests, with a strong domestic market helping to offset weak overseas demand.
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NI fans sing anti-Blatter songs

Monday, June 1st 2015, 8:27
related countries: Qatar Qatar
related places: Crewe

2022 World Cup hosts Qatar goaded by Northern Ireland fans during friendly at Crewe.
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SPFL to meet police over fracas

Monday, June 1st 2015, 7:30

League officials will meet the Scottish FA and the police on Monday to discuss the aftermath of Sunday's play-off final.
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Dancing Dog wins Britain's Got Talent

Monday, June 1st 2015, 6:29

Jules O'Dwyer and her dog Matisse win Britain's Got Talent beating magician Jamie Raven and choir Cor Glanaethwy.
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'Oliver Twist' children used in crime

Sunday, May 31st 2015, 22:59

Schoolchildren in the UK are being used to pickpocket, shoplift and beg as part of criminal operations, the anti-slavery commissioner warns.
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UK banks launch Fifa payment reviews

Sunday, May 31st 2015, 19:49

UK banks Barclays and Standard Chartered have begun internal reviews into whether they were used for corrupt payments by Fifa officials, the BBC understands.
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Watling century gives NZ control

Sunday, May 31st 2015, 18:40
related countries: New Zealand New Zealand

BJ Watling makes an unbeaten century as New Zealand open up a lead of 338 over England in the second Test.
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Motherwell 3-0 Rangers (agg 6-1)

Sunday, May 31st 2015, 15:56

Motherwell ease to a second comfortable win over Rangers to preserve their Scottish Premiership status.
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Ennis-Hill qualifies for Rio Games

Sunday, May 31st 2015, 14:18

Olympic champion Jessica Ennis-Hill finishes fourth in her first heptathlon since London 2012, ensuring she can defend her title.
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Ennis-Hill down to eighth in Gotzis

Sunday, May 31st 2015, 13:09

Olympic champion Jessica Ennis-Hill drops to eighth place ahead of the final events of her first heptathlon since London 2012.
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Costume designer Julie Harris dies

Sunday, May 31st 2015, 9:34
related places: London

Oscar and Bafta-winning costume designer Julie Harris, who designed clothes for the Beatles and Sir Roger Moore's James Bond, dies in London, aged 94.
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Economic growth 'up several gears'

Sunday, May 31st 2015, 4:19

The speed at which the British economy is growing is increasing, the Confederation of British Industry says.
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Concern over Thai murder trial

Sunday, May 31st 2015, 0:37
related countries: Thailand Thailand

Lawyers for the men charged with the murder of two British tourists in Thailand say they are concerned key evidence will not be re-examined before trial.
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Lyth savours 'special' first century

Saturday, May 30th 2015, 19:08

England's Adam Lyth says scoring a maiden Test hundred on his home ground of Headingley was a "fantastic" feeling.
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England would back World Cup boycott

Saturday, May 30th 2015, 18:03

England ready to back a European boycott of the 2018 World Cup after Sepp Blatter's Fifa re-election, says Greg Dyke.
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NZ check England after Lyth century

Saturday, May 30th 2015, 17:46
related countries: New Zealand New Zealand

Adam Lyth hits his maiden Test century for England but New Zealand fight back on day two of the second Test.
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Inverness CT 2-1 Falkirk

Saturday, May 30th 2015, 15:56
related places: Falkirk

Inverness Caledonian Thistle win the Scottish Cup for the first time as they overcome Falkirk with 10 men at Hampden.
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Cook breaks England Test run record

Saturday, May 30th 2015, 15:54

Alastair Cook passes Graham Gooch's tally of 8,900 runs to become England's leading scorer in Test history.
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Ex-England captain Ferdinand retires

Saturday, May 30th 2015, 13:23

Former England captain Rio Ferdinand brings an end to his career days after being released by Queens Park Rangers.
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England & Scotland set for Cup drama

Saturday, May 30th 2015, 7:33
related places: Falkirk

The English FA and Scottish Cup finals on Saturday will see Arsenal face Aston Villa and Falkirk play Inverness CT.
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Vitamin D to be added to M&S bread

Saturday, May 30th 2015, 7:20

Marks and Spencer is to become the first UK retailer to add vitamin D to all its packaged bread and bread rolls.
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England beaten in World Cup warm up

Saturday, May 30th 2015, 0:59
related countries: Canada Canada

Sophie Schmidt scores a wonderful individual goal as England lose to Canada 1-0 in their final World Cup warm-up game.
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Young players spur us on - Anderson

Friday, May 29th 2015, 23:16

England's record wicket-taker James Anderson credits younger players with giving the England team "a kick up the backside".
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England prosper despite Ronchi rally

Friday, May 29th 2015, 18:44
related countries: New Zealand New Zealand

Late wickets drag England back into contention after a thrilling New Zealand fightback in the second Test at Headingley.
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Cameron: Sepp Blatter 'should go'

Friday, May 29th 2015, 17:46

Prime Minister David Cameron says Fifa president Sepp Blatter must resign, adding "the sooner that happens the better".
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Jack Vettriano 'unable to paint'

Friday, May 29th 2015, 17:14

Scottish artist Jack Vettriano announces he is giving up painting for the foreseeable future due to a recent accident.
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Hartley dropped from World Cup squad

Friday, May 29th 2015, 13:35

Northampton hooker Dylan Hartley is dropped from England's World Cup training squad after his latest disciplinary breach.
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Anderson takes 400th Test wicket

Friday, May 29th 2015, 12:45
related countries: New Zealand New Zealand

James Anderson becomes the first England bowler to take 400 Test wickets, in the second Test against New Zealand.
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