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G7 'agree to target tax avoidance'

Saturday, May 11th 2013, 15:47

The chancellor says the G7 group of industrialised nations have agreed there needs to be collective action to target tax evasion and avoidance.
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Aussie O'Connor suffers injury scare

Saturday, May 11th 2013, 13:31
related countries: Australia Australia, Ireland Ireland

Australia back James O'Connor suffers a chest injury ahead of next month's Test series against the British and Irish Lions.
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New Star Wars film to be shot in UK

Saturday, May 11th 2013, 13:03

The new Star Wars film is to be made in the UK in what Chancellor George Osborne is hailing as a coup for British tax breaks.
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Swann & Bresnan back for England

Saturday, May 11th 2013, 12:01
related countries: New Zealand New Zealand

Graeme Swann and Tim Bresnan return to the England squad for the first Test against New Zealand at Lord's on Thursday.
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Funds black hole for school rebuilds

Saturday, May 11th 2013, 1:16
related places: More

More than half the schools in England's priority building scheme do not have guaranteed funding as the government has been unable to secure affordable private finance.
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Simpson death sparks investigation

Friday, May 10th 2013, 19:34
related countries: United States United States
related places: America, San Francisco

America's Cup chiefs, San Francisco police and the US Coast Guard to investigate the death of British sailor Andrew Simpson.
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Abu Qatada 'would return to Jordan'

Friday, May 10th 2013, 16:52
related countries: Jordan Jordan

Radical cleric Abu Qatada will voluntarily return to Jordan if its government ratifies a treaty drawn up with the UK government, his lawyer tells a court.
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UK withdraws Libya embassy staff

Friday, May 10th 2013, 14:03
related countries: Libya Libya

The UK has withdrawn some staff from its embassy in Libya in response to the "ongoing political uncertainty" in the country, the Foreign Office says.
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Data suggests UK avoided double-dip

Friday, May 10th 2013, 13:47

A revision by the Office for National Statistics to construction industry data has cast doubt on whether the UK entered a double-dip recession last year.
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Tributes for Olympic sailor Simpson

Friday, May 10th 2013, 12:38
related places: Simpson

British Sailing boss John Derbyshire leads tributes to Olympic champion Andrew Simpson, who has died in a training accident.
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$100,000 'not to go to university'

Friday, May 10th 2013, 11:38
related places: London

A teenager from London wins a $100,000 fellowship from one of the original Facebook investors and the man behind PayPal.
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Mate urgently needed for 'ugly' fish

Friday, May 10th 2013, 2:24

London Zoo is desperately seeking a fit female mate for a critically endangered fish - the "gorgeously ugly" Mangarahara cichlid.
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Talks over Israel report controversy

Thursday, May 9th 2013, 18:02
related countries: Israel Israel

The Church of Scotland holds "useful" discussions with the Jewish community over a controversial report which questioned the divine right of Jews to the land of Israel.
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Childcare ratio plans 'in chaos'

Thursday, May 9th 2013, 17:43

Labour says plans to allow nursery staff and childminders to look after more children in England are in "chaos", after Nick Clegg admits doubts about them.
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Cumming nominated for Macbeth role

Thursday, May 9th 2013, 13:30

Alan Cumming has been shortlisted for his solo performance in Macbeth at this year's Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland - one of eight nominations for the National Theatre of Scotland.
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Meteor wonder spotted in night sky

Thursday, May 9th 2013, 13:14

People have reported seeing what was thought to be a meteor in the night sky in parts of England and Wales.
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Cameron raps EU financial tax plans

Thursday, May 9th 2013, 12:27

Prime Minister David Cameron reasserts Britain's strong opposition to a European financial transactions tax in a speech at an investment conference.
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Rooney asks to leave Man Utd again

Thursday, May 9th 2013, 6:35

Manchester United say Wayne Rooney is not for sale, despite the England striker saying he wants to leave the club.
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A&E demand unsustainable - watchdog

Thursday, May 9th 2013, 3:51

Levels of demand on NHS accident and emergency departments in England have been described as unsustainable by the head of the health service regulator.
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Ease Syria rebel arms sanctions - UK

Thursday, May 9th 2013, 3:03
related countries: Syria Syria

The UK government sets out the case for lifting or amending the EU arms embargo against the main Syrian opposition group, the National Coalition.
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Wheatley film set for wide release

Wednesday, May 8th 2013, 17:10

Sightseers director Ben Wheatley's new movie will be the first UK film to be released simultaneously in cinemas, on DVD, on TV and on demand.
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Miliband: Coalition out of ideas

Wednesday, May 8th 2013, 15:19

Labour's Ed Miliband accuses the coalition of being "out of ideas" on the problems facing the UK, with two years still to go until the next election.
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FA cleared over racist chants claim

Wednesday, May 8th 2013, 14:28

Fifa will not take disciplinary action against the Football Association for alleged racist chants by England fans.
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Robshaw rested for England tour

Wednesday, May 8th 2013, 14:21
related countries: Argentina Argentina, Uruguay Uruguay

Captain Chris Robshaw is rested for England's three-match tour to Uruguay and Argentina, with Tom Wood named skipper.
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Ferguson to retire at end of season

Wednesday, May 8th 2013, 11:20

British football's most successful manager confirms he is stepping down after 26 years in charge to become club director and ambassador.
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Probation 'given to all offenders'

Wednesday, May 8th 2013, 10:43

All offenders released from prison in England and Wales would receive at least 12 months' probation, under new plans announced in the Queen's Speech.
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Social care 'facing bleak future'

Wednesday, May 8th 2013, 7:12

The social care system in England is facing a bleak future despite the planned changes as services have been forced into budget cuts, council chiefs say.
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Film effects master Harryhausen dies

Tuesday, May 7th 2013, 21:34
related places: London

Visual effects master Ray Harryhausen, whose stop-motion wizardry graced such films as Jason and the Argonauts and Clash of the Titans, dies in London at the age of 92.
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VIDEO: 'I was told my father was a traitor'

Tuesday, May 7th 2013, 19:49
related countries: Ireland Ireland

The son of a man labelled a "deserter" by the Irish Army for going to fight with British forces in World War II tells the BBC how he was told "your father is a traitor."
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VIDEO: 'I paid £54 for four ice creams'

Tuesday, May 7th 2013, 18:59
related countries: Italy Italy
related places: Rome

Two British couples were charged £54 (64 euros) for four ice cream cones, while on holiday in Rome.
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Pavarotti and the forgotten UK debut

Tuesday, May 7th 2013, 18:51

The night Pavarotti gave his first performance in the UK
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Somalia's leader hails 'new era'

Tuesday, May 7th 2013, 18:20
related countries: Somalia Somalia
related places: London

Somalia's President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud says Somalia has entered a new era that will herald the end of more than two decades of conflict.
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Boyle honoured by Critics' Circle

Tuesday, May 7th 2013, 17:34

Oscar-winning film-maker Danny Boyle is one of five recipients of special centenary awards given to mark the 100th birthday of the UK Critics' Circle.
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Basque suspect can be sent to Spain

Tuesday, May 7th 2013, 16:00
related countries: Spain Spain

A UK court rules that an alleged member of the Basque separatist group Eta can be sent to Spain to face terrorism charges.
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UK should quit EU, says Lord Lawson

Tuesday, May 7th 2013, 15:59

Ex-Chancellor Lord Lawson calls for the UK to leave the European Union - but Downing Street says the PM remains confident his renegotiation strategy "will deliver results".
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Composer Martland dies aged 53

Tuesday, May 7th 2013, 15:35

British composer Steve Martland, known for works including large orchestral piece Babi Yar - recorded for Factory Records - dies aged 53, his publisher announces.
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SPL agrees league reform package

Tuesday, May 7th 2013, 13:46

Scottish Premier League clubs unanimously agree on a package of measures that would deliver a merged league body for next season.
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'Lost' old masters arrive back in UK

Tuesday, May 7th 2013, 13:17

Houghton Hall in Norfolk is to exhibit a collection of lost masterpieces that are back in Britain after 234 years.
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Arrest won't eclipse award - Higdon

Tuesday, May 7th 2013, 7:45

Michael Higdon hopes his season will be remembered for being Scotland's player of the year rather than his subsequent arrest.
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Australia can upset England - Hayden

Tuesday, May 7th 2013, 5:33

Former Australia batsman Matthew Hayden says the current team can beat England in the Ashes despite being underdogs.
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Armless artist 'denied entry' to UK

Tuesday, May 7th 2013, 4:28

A Kazakh artist who was born without arms says he could not get permission to enter the UK because he could give no fingerprints.
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Indicted Kenyan leader to meet UK PM

Monday, May 6th 2013, 13:18
related countries: Kenya Kenya
related places: London

Kenya's President and ICC indictee Uhuru Kenyatta will meet UK Prime Minister David Cameron during a three-day official visit to London, his office says.
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Froome gets Tour nod over Wiggins

Monday, May 6th 2013, 12:51
related countries: France France

Team Sky confirm Chris Froome not Sir Bradley Wiggins will lead the British outfit's challenge at the Tour de France.
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UK block on overseas spouse pensions

Monday, May 6th 2013, 12:08

People who live abroad will no longer be entitled to a British state pension based solely on the employment record of their spouse, under government plans.
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SPL player of the year arrested

Monday, May 6th 2013, 9:55
related places: Motherwell

Motherwell striker Michael Higdon is arrested over an alleged assault hours after being crowned Scotland's Player of the Year.
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UK households 'borrowing to eat'

Sunday, May 5th 2013, 3:10

One-in-five UK households borrowed money or used savings to cover food costs in April, a Which? survey suggests.
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Tories 'can win back UKIP voters'

Saturday, May 4th 2013, 15:45

The Conservatives can regain votes from the UK Independence Party but may need to give the public "greater certainty" that a promised EU referendum will take place, the home secretary says.
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VIDEO: Somalia: What you need to know

Saturday, May 4th 2013, 9:16
related countries: Somalia Somalia
related places: London

BBC Somali's Farhan Jimale outlines what people need to know about Somalia, as an international conference takes place with the governments of the UK and Somalia in London on 7 May.
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Care homes face financial checks

Friday, May 3rd 2013, 23:00

Large providers of care homes in England are to have their financial records regularly scrutinised in future to spot potential business problems.
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Farage: UKIP gains a 'game changer'

Friday, May 3rd 2013, 22:48

UKIP leader Nigel Farage hails gains in council elections across England - while David Cameron pledges to "work hard to win back voters".
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Olympic champion Cakir faces ban

Friday, May 3rd 2013, 18:55
related countries: Turkey Turkey
related places: Cakir

Turkey's Asli Cakir, who won gold in the women's 1500m at London 2012, faces a lifetime ban after anti-doping charge.
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Cameron pledge 'to win back voters'

Friday, May 3rd 2013, 14:59

David Cameron pledges "to work really hard" to win back former Conservative voters who backed the UK Independence Party.
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Man cleared of barracks murders

Friday, May 3rd 2013, 12:08

A man originally convicted of the Real IRA murders of two British soldiers in 2009 is found not guilty in a retrial.
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Improved Wiggins gears up for Giro

Friday, May 3rd 2013, 10:31

Sir Bradley Wiggins believes he is a better rider as he aims to become the first British winner of the Giro d'Italia.
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AUDIO: 'Death threats' for Afghan interpreter

Friday, May 3rd 2013, 9:31
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan

Three Afghan interpreters who worked for British forces in Afghanistan are taking the government to court accusing them of discriminating against them.
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RBS 'ready to privatise in a year'

Friday, May 3rd 2013, 8:48

The chairman of Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) says the bank will be ready to return to the private sector next year, as it reports a return to profit.
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Labour by-election win as UKIP gains

Friday, May 3rd 2013, 8:28
related places: South Shields

Labour retains the South Shields parliamentary seat with a reduced majority as the UK Independence Party finishes second and makes big council gains.
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Under-50s' breast cancers top 10,000

Friday, May 3rd 2013, 5:30

The number of British women under 50 having breast cancer diagnosed has reached 10,000 annually for the first time.
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Afghan interpreters in residency bid

Friday, May 3rd 2013, 3:39
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan

Lawyers for three Afghan interpreters who worked for British forces launch legal action to try to win them the right to settle in the UK.
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Bank of Canada names new governor

Thursday, May 2nd 2013, 21:36
related countries: Canada Canada

The Bank of Canada names long-term bureaucrat Stephen Poloz as its new head, replacing Mark Carney who is going to run the Bank of England.
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Olympic Stadium gets World Cup games

Thursday, May 2nd 2013, 15:56

The Olympic Stadium will host five games at the 2015 Rugby World Cup which will be held in England and Wales.
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Fake bomb detector seller jailed

Thursday, May 2nd 2013, 12:29

British fraudster James McCormick is jailed for 10 years for selling fake bomb detectors to security forces around the world.
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VIDEO: Retailer calls for Bangladesh action

Thursday, May 2nd 2013, 12:20
related countries: Bangladesh Bangladesh

The Bangladesh government must do more to improve its clothes manufacturing industry, according to UK-based company Wilson Imports.
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Staff fly to NZ for UK night shifts

Thursday, May 2nd 2013, 11:53
related countries: New Zealand New Zealand
related places: Wrexham

Staff from a Wrexham call centre are covering the night shift - by taking turns to fly 11,000 miles to work in New Zealand.
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UK man indicted in Bangladesh

Thursday, May 2nd 2013, 11:17
related countries: Bangladesh Bangladesh, Pakistan Pakistan

A British community leader is indicted in Bangladesh for his alleged role in the 1971 liberation war from Pakistan, accusations he denies.
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VIDEO: UK soldiers training Mali troops

Thursday, May 2nd 2013, 8:58
related countries: Ireland Ireland, Mali Mali

A small group of British and Irish soldiers has joined a European mission to train local troops in Mali.
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UK gambler jailed for US killing

Thursday, May 2nd 2013, 8:25
related countries: United States United States

A British professional poker player is jailed for 20 years in the US for killing his wife, who disappeared in 1997.
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EU energy sector in funding 'crisis'

Thursday, May 2nd 2013, 0:34

The EU needs a huge investment in infrastructure if it is to deliver green, cheap and secure energy, UK peers claim.
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British territories sign tax deal

Wednesday, May 1st 2013, 23:03
related countries: Bermuda Bermuda

Bermuda and other British overseas territories with financial centres have signed agreements on sharing tax information, the Treasury announces.
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American settlers 'turned cannibal'

Wednesday, May 1st 2013, 22:24
related countries: United States United States

Newly discovered bones prove the first permanent English settlers in North America turned to cannibalism over the winter of 1609-10, US researchers say.
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Soldiers killed in Afghanistan named

Wednesday, May 1st 2013, 21:34
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan

The Ministry of Defence names the three British soldiers who died after their armoured vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan.
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Three UK soldiers die in Afghanistan

Wednesday, May 1st 2013, 17:55
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan

David Cameron says officials will look carefully at how three British soldiers died in a bomb attack on a heavily armoured vehicle in Afghanistan.
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Star Trek 2 gets beaming reviews

Wednesday, May 1st 2013, 11:03

Sci-fi sequel Star Trek Into Darkness earns praise from the UK press ahead of its opening next week.
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Charities criticise S Africa aid cut

Wednesday, May 1st 2013, 9:56
related countries: South Africa South Africa

Oxfam and Action Aid have criticised the UK after ministers announced that direct aid to South Africa will stop in 2015.
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British man dies on Greenland trek

Wednesday, May 1st 2013, 8:59
related countries: Greenland Greenland

A 30-year-old British man dies during a 400-mile trek across Greenland's ice sheet.
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Sharp warning on athletics cheats

Wednesday, May 1st 2013, 7:55

Scotland's athlete of the year Lynsey Sharp insists drugs cheats remain a "depressing" blight on athletics.
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Fifty Shades boosts UK book sales

Wednesday, May 1st 2013, 7:55

British publishers report record sales for 2012, with total spending up to £3.3bn, despite the recession and the rise of e-readers.
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City of Culture events may be cut

Wednesday, May 1st 2013, 7:33

Some events at the UK City of Culture programme in Londonderry may have to be cut back because of a shortfall in funding.
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S Africa criticises UK aid decision

Wednesday, May 1st 2013, 7:29
related countries: South Africa South Africa

The South African government criticises the UK after the government announces it will stop direct aid in 2015.
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Rapid rise in global family disputes

Wednesday, May 1st 2013, 1:12

The number of cross-border family legal disputes referred to a UK judge who offers global assistance in such cases is rising sharply.
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Independence: UK reputation warning

Tuesday, April 30th 2013, 23:50

The rest of the UK faces damage to its international reputation if Scotland becomes independent, according to a committee of MPs.
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UAE president greeted by Queen

Tuesday, April 30th 2013, 15:56

The president of the United Arab Emirates is greeted by the Queen, amid controversy about the treatment of three British men jailed in Dubai.
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Kinky and Matilda lead Tony field

Tuesday, April 30th 2013, 14:19

Musical adaptations of 2005 British film Kinky Boots and Roald Dahl's children's book Matilda lead the nominations at the 2013 Tony awards.
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Wilkinson opted out of Lions tour

Tuesday, April 30th 2013, 12:13
related countries: Australia Australia, Ireland Ireland

Jonny Wilkinson ruled himself out of the British and Irish Lions tour to Australia, says tour manager Andy Irvine.
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VIDEO: Spaceship makes first powered flight

Tuesday, April 30th 2013, 12:02

The spaceplane being developed by UK billionaire Sir Richard Branson has made its first powered flight.
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Steroid use not widespread - BHA

Tuesday, April 30th 2013, 9:20

The British Horseracing Authority says anabolic steroid use on racehorses is not widespread in the UK.
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Prisoners 'must work harder' for TVs

Tuesday, April 30th 2013, 9:04
related countries: Maldives Maldives

Male prisoners in England and Wales will have to work harder from November to "actively earn privileges" such as TVs in cells, the Ministry of Justice says.
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Saturn hurricane is 12 times UK size

Tuesday, April 30th 2013, 8:57

An enormous hurricane at Saturn's northern reaches - with an eye 2,000km across - has been pictured by the Cassini spacecraft.
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No charges for 10,000 violent crimes

Tuesday, April 30th 2013, 8:31

More than 10,000 serious violent crimes in England and Wales were dealt with informally last year, despite ACPO guidelines to the contrary.
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UK vehicle sought in Alps shooting

Monday, April 29th 2013, 21:20
related countries: France France

An appeal to help trace a right-hand drive 4x4, probably British, seen close to where four people were murdered in the French Alps is issued.
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140 claims in Welsh abuse inquiry

Monday, April 29th 2013, 20:05

An independent investigation examining claims of historical child abuse at children's homes in north Wales finds evidence of 140 allegations.
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VIDEO: Spaceship ignites engine in flight

Monday, April 29th 2013, 18:43

The spaceplane being developed by UK billionaire Sir Richard Branson, under the name Virgin Galactic, has made its first powered flight.
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Warburton tipped for Lions captaincy

Monday, April 29th 2013, 18:02
related countries: Ireland Ireland

Sam Warburton is expected to be named captain when Warren Gatland unveils his British and Irish Lions squad on Tuesday.
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Spaceship ignites engine in flight

Monday, April 29th 2013, 15:43

The spaceplane being developed by UK billionaire Sir Richard Branson makes its first powered flight, igniting its rocket engine to go supersonic above California's Mojave Desert.
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Pinewood studios to expand to US

Monday, April 29th 2013, 14:32
related countries: Georgia Georgia, United States United States
related places: Atlanta

Renowned UK film studio Pinewood Shepperton announces plans to build its first US studios near Atlanta, Georgia.
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VIDEO: Jailed Britons 'should be pardoned' - mother

Monday, April 29th 2013, 9:24

The mother of one of three British men convicted of drug offences in Dubai has said she will continue to press for an investigation into their allegations of torture.
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Major benefits shake-up begins

Monday, April 29th 2013, 9:24

A massive shake-up in the UK benefits system starts on Monday, with the first claims being made for a new universal credit payment.
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Police urged to focus on prevention

Monday, April 29th 2013, 9:01

The primary role of the police is to prevent crime, not catch criminals, the chief inspector of constabulary for England and Wales says.
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Bafta honour for Olympic programmes

Monday, April 29th 2013, 7:58

The London 2012 Olympic Games take three awards at this year's British Academy of Film and Television Arts Craft Awards.
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PM 'concerned' over Dubai drug trio

Monday, April 29th 2013, 0:07

UK PM David Cameron expresses concern about allegations that three Britons were tortured while in custody in Dubai.
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