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MPs have voted by a majority of 384 to allow Prime Minister Theresa May to get Brexit negotiations under way.

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Carrie Fisher

US actress Carrie Fisher, best known for her role as Princess Leia in the Star Wars series, has died aged 60, days after suffering a cardiac arrest.

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Fidel Castro

Fidel Castro, Cuba's former president and leader of the Communist revolution, has died aged 90, his brother has said.

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Big Ben

Parliament must vote on whether the UK can start the process of leaving the EU, the High Court has ruled.

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Jeremy Corbyn

Jeremy Corbyn has been re-elected as Labour leader, comfortably defeating his challenger Owen Smith.

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Baton Rouge

Three police officers have been shot dead in the US city of Baton Rouge, and three more have been injured, officials say.

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Turkey

An army group in Turkey says it has taken control of the country, with bridges closed in Istanbul and aircraft flying low over Ankara.

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Nice

A lorry has struck a crowd after Bastille Day celebrations in the southern French city of Nice, killing at least 80 people, including children, and injuring dozens, officials say.

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Theresa May

New Prime Minister Theresa May has made Boris Johnson, the former London mayor who led the Brexit campaign, foreign secretary in her new government.

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Brexit: MPs overwhelmingly back Article 50 bill

MPs have voted by a majority of 384 to allow Prime Minister Theresa May to get Brexit negotiations under way.

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Carrie Fisher, Star Wars actress, dies aged 60

US actress Carrie Fisher, best known for her role as Princess Leia in the Star Wars series, has died aged 60, days after suffering a cardiac arrest.

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Cuba's Fidel Castro, former president, dies aged 90

Fidel Castro, Cuba's former president and leader of the Communist revolution, has died aged 90, his brother has said.

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Brexit court defeat for UK government

Parliament must vote on whether the UK can start the process of leaving the EU, the High Court has ruled.

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Labour leadership: Jeremy Corbyn defeats Owen Smith

Jeremy Corbyn has been re-elected as Labour leader, comfortably defeating his challenger Owen Smith.

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Baton Rouge: Three US police officers shot dead

Three police officers have been shot dead in the US city of Baton Rouge, and three more have been injured, officials say.

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Coup d'etat:Turkey army group announces takeover on TV

An army group in Turkey says it has taken control of the country, with bridges closed in Istanbul and aircraft flying low over Ankara.

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Attack in Nice: Many dead as lorry hits crowd

A lorry has struck a crowd after Bastille Day celebrations in the southern French city of Nice, killing at least 80 people, including children, and injuring dozens, officials say.

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May gives Hammond and Johnson key posts

New Prime Minister Theresa May has made Boris Johnson, the former London mayor who led the Brexit campaign, foreign secretary in her new government.

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MPs to debate second EU referendum

An online petition that calls for a second EU referendum will be debated in Parliament after it was signed by more than 4.1 million people.

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Jeremy Corbyn wins vote on Labour leadership rules

Jeremy Corbyn will be automatically included on the ballot in Labour's leadership contest, the party's National Executive Committee has ruled.

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PM-in-waiting Theresa May promises 'a better Britain'

Theresa May promised to build a 'better Britain' and to make the UK's EU exit a 'success' after she was announced as the new Tory leader and soon-to-be PM.

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Dallas police shooting: Five officers killed, six hurt by gunmen

Five Dallas police officers have been killed and six wounded by gunmen during protests against the shooting of black men by police, authorities say.

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EU referendum: UK votes to leave the EU

The UK has voted by 52% to 48% to leave the European Union after 43 years in an historic referendum, a BBC forecast suggests.

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Elections: Labour's Sadiq Khan elected London mayor

Sadiq Khan has been elected the new Mayor of London - boosting Labour after it slumped in Scotland's elections.

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Jean Charles de Menezes family loses European court fight

The family of Jean Charles de Menezes has lost a human rights challenge over the decision not to charge any UK police officer for his fatal shooting.

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David Cameron 'puzzled' by Iain Duncan Smith resignation

David Cameron says he is 'puzzled and disappointed' after Iain Duncan Smith quit as work and pensions secretary.

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Match.com rapist Jason Lawrance jailed for life

A 'sexual predator' who raped five women and attacked two more after meeting them on internet dating site Match.com has been jailed for life.

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Savile abuse: Jim'll Fix It producer 'warned staff over children'

The former producer of Jim'll Fix It has said he told staff on the show that Jimmy Savile should not be left alone with children.

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Syria conflict: Temporary truce comes into effect

A landmark temporary truce has come into effect in Syria.

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George Osborne warns of further spending cuts in Budget

Chancellor George Osborne has warned he may have to make fresh cuts to public spending in next month's budget.

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Hussain brothers jailed in Rotherham abuse case

Three brothers who groomed, raped and sexually assaulted 15 teenage girls in Rotherham have been jailed.

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Tony Blackburn 'sacked' by BBC over Savile inquiry

DJ Tony Blackburn says he has been sacked by the BBC after the evidence he gave to an inquiry into Jimmy Savile contradicted the corporation's.

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Two women arrested after baby boy 'abducted'

Two women have been arrested on suspicion of child abduction after a nine-week-old baby was taken from his home.

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Rotherham abuse trial: Six guilty of sex offences

Six people, including three brothers and their uncle, have been convicted of the 'systematic' sexual abuse of teenage girls in Rotherham.

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Baby boy 'taken from his home' in Telford

A nine-week-old baby has been taken from his home in Shropshire, police have said.

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Casualties feared after Didcot Power Station 'explosion'

A major incident has been declared following an explosion at Didcot Power Station in Oxfordshire.

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EU referendum: Cameron sets June date for UK vote

The UK will vote on whether to remain in the EU on Thursday 23 June, Prime Minister David Cameron has said.

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Joint enterprise law wrongly interpreted for 30 years, Supreme Court rules

The law which has allowed people to be convicted of murder even if they did not inflict the fatal blow has been wrongly interpreted for more than 30 years, the Supreme Court has ruled.

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Schoolgirls 'beat woman to death then took mocking Snapchat selfie'

Two schoolgirls aged just 13 and 14 tortured and battered a frail woman to death then posted a mocking photograph on Snapchat as they were driven away laughing by the police, a court heard.

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Ankara blast: At least 28 dead in Turkish capital explosion

A large explosion in the Turkish capital, Ankara, has left at least 28 people dead and 61 injured, Turkish officials have said.

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Chancellor's brother Adam Osborne struck off for affair with vulnerable patient

Psychiatrist Adam Osborne has been struck off the medical register after having a two-year affair with a vulnerable patient.

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We will fight contract imposition, says BMA

Junior doctor leaders have promised to fight on after the government in England announced it will impose a new contract on the profession.

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Keighley abuse: Twelve men jailed for sexually exploiting girl

Twelve men who sexually exploited a vulnerable teenage girl in West Yorkshire have received jail sentences of up to 20 years.

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US election: Trump dealt blow by Cruz in Iowa vote

Texas Senator Ted Cruz has won the Iowa Republican caucuses, the first vote to choose US presidential candidates.

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Sir Terry Wogan: Veteran broadcaster dies, aged 77

Veteran BBC broadcaster Sir Terry Wogan has died aged 77, after a short illness, his family has confirmed.

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Daniel Pelka's killer stepfather found dead in prison

The man convicted of murdering a four-year-old boy who was subjected to 'incomprehensible brutality' has been found dead in jail.

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Milly Dowler murder: Serial killer Levi Bellfield admits killing

Serial killer Levi Bellfield has admitted abducting, raping and killing 13-year-old Milly Dowler for the first time, according to Surrey Police.

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Government loses 'bedroom tax' cases

The Court of Appeal has ruled that the so-called bedroom tax discriminates against a domestic violence victim and the family of a disabled teenager.

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Explorer Henry Worsley dies in Antarctic crossing

Explorer Henry Worsley has died after suffering exhaustion and dehydration during an attempt to cross Antarctica.

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Migrant crisis: Dozens drown in shipwrecks off Greece

At least 42 migrants have drowned overnight in two separate shipwrecks in the Aegean Sea, officials say.

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Criminal record disclosure checks ruled 'unlawful'

Two people who claimed their careers were being blighted by having to disclose their minor criminal convictions to employers have won their case at the High Court.

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Man ordered to tell police if he plans to have sex

A man cleared of raping a woman has been ordered to give police 24 hours' notice before he has sex.

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Paedophile killer Sarah Sands' sentence extended

A woman who stabbed a paedophile to death in east London has had her three-and-a-half-year jail sentence more than doubled.

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Britain sold Saudi Arabia £1 Billion worth of bombs in just three months

Britain sold Saudi Arabia just over £1 billion worth of bombs between July and September in 2015.

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Three-year-old girl chokes to death on a Kinder Egg toy

A three-year-old French girl has reportedly died after choking on a small toy contained in a Kinder Surprise, also known as a Kinder Egg.

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Sarah Payne's killer Roy Whiting scalded in prison attack

Sarah Payne's killer Roy Whiting has been battered and scalded in a brutal prison attack by fellow inmate.

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'Baby rapist' paedophile found hanging in prison cell

One of Britain’s worst paedophiles is believed to have killed himself after being found hanged in his cell.

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Super-rich: 62 people own as much as half the world

The world's richest 62 people now own as much wealth as half of the world's population, according to a report by the charity Oxfam.

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Global stock markets fall amid oil rout

Stock markets worldwide have tumbled with investors unsettled by the continued slide in oil prices and fears about the impact on global growth.

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British schoolgirls who fled to join Isis in Raqqa are feared dead

Three British schoolgirls who left their homes in London to join Isis in war-ravaged Syria are feared to have been killed after their families lost all contact with them.

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Pakistan Charsadda: Deadly assault on university

Security forces have ended a gun and bomb attack on a university in north-west Pakistan in which 19 people were killed and 17 injured.

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Poppi Worthington: Father abused baby before her death

A 13-month-old girl was sexually assaulted by her father shortly before her sudden death, a judge has found.

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VIP paedophile inquiry being killed off, claims Harvey Proctor

Former Conservative MP makes claim after Metropolitan police ends investigation of child abuse allegations against war hero Lord Bramall

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48-hour junior doctors' strike called off

The 48-hour junior doctors' strike due to start next Tuesday in England has been called off by the British Medical Association.

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French brain-dead drugs trial man dies

A man left brain-dead after an experimental drug trial in France has died, local media report.

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Saudi Arabia breaks off ties with Iran after al-Nimr execution

Saudi Arabia says it has broken off diplomatic ties with Iran, amid a row over the Saudi execution of a prominent Shia Muslim cleric.

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7/7 suicide bomb plot couple jailed for life

A married couple who planned an Islamic State suicide bombing for the 10th anniversary of the the 7/7 atrocities have been jailed for life today.

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Syria war: UN Security Council unanimously backs peace plan

The UN Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution outlining a peace process in Syria.

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Man guilty of killing unborn baby by kicking mum's stomach

A man has been found guilty of killing his unborn baby by stamping on the stomach of his pregnant ex-girlfriend.

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Man dies in 'plot' to free prisoner from custody

A man was shot dead by police during an operation relating to a suspected plot to free a prisoner.

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Boxing legend Muhammad Ali criticises Donald Trump

Boxing legend Muhammad Ali has criticised US Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump's proposal to ban Muslims from entering America.

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Oscar Pistorius verdict changed to murder

Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius has been found guilty of murder after a South African appeals court overturned an earlier manslaughter verdict.

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US 'to deploy special force' to Iraq to fight IS

The US is to deploy a specialised force to Iraq to build pressure on Islamic State militants, US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter has said.

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Newcastle shop fire: People feared trapped on upper floors

More than 50 firefighters are tackling a large blaze at a Newcastle city centre shop where it is feared a number of people may be trapped.

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Labour MPs to get free vote on Syria

Jeremy Corbyn will grant Labour MPs a free vote on UK air strikes against so-called Islamic State in Syria.

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Majority of British people do not support air strikes against Syria

A new poll has revealed the majority of British people still do not support bombing Isis in Syria, despite David Cameron setting out his case for military action this week.

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Jeremy Corbyn 'cannot support UK air strikes in Syria'

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has written to his MPs saying he cannot back UK air strikes in Syria - prompting a warning of shadow cabinet resignations.

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Spending Review: George Osborne U-turn over tax credits

Chancellor George Osborne has surprised critics by doing a U-turn on tax credit cuts and vowing to protect police budgets in his Spending Review.

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Record complaints for Sun UK Muslim 'jihadi sympathy' story

The new press regulator has received a record number of complaints about a Sun story which claimed nearly one in five UK Muslims has 'sympathy for jihadis'.

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Loughborough sex attacker Albert Newton jailed

A man has been jailed after befriending women online and then subjecting them to 'nasty sexual attacks'.

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Kayleigh Haywood murder: Stephen Beadman appears in court

A man has appeared in court charged with the rape and murder of Kayleigh Haywood.

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Mali hotel attack: 'No more hostages' after special forces raid

Gunmen who stormed a hotel in Mali's capital, Bamako, have 'no more hostages', officials say.

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Kayleigh Haywood search police find body

Police searching for missing teenager Kayleigh Haywood say they have found a body in a field in Leicestershire.

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Kayleigh Haywood disappearance now 'treated as murder'

Police have said they are now treating the disappearance of Leicestershire teenager Kayleigh Haywood as murder.

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Germany international called off after terror alert

An ambulance packed full of explosives has been discovered parked outside the German national stadium, it is being reported.

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Paris attacks: Bataclan and other assaults leave many dead

France has declared a national state of emergency and tightened borders after at least 120 people were killed in a night of gun and bomb attacks in Paris.

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Paris: Shootings and explosions near Stade de France kill 18

At least 18 people have been killed in several shootings in the French capital, Paris, as well as explosions near the Stade de France.

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Nathan Matthews and Shauna Hoare jailed for Becky Watts killing

Becky Watts' stepbrother and his girlfriend have been jailed for killing the teenager in a sexually-motivated kidnap plot and dismembering her body.

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Cult leader 'imprisoned daughter for 30 years'

The leader of a communist cult effectively imprisoned his own daughter for 30 years and carried out a 'brutal' campaign of 'sexual degradation' against followers, a court has heard.

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Woman who posed as man jailed for sex assaults

A woman who posed as a man to dupe her friend into having sex with her has been jailed for eight years.

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Eight-year-old charged with murder in 'vicious beating' death of toddler

An eight-year-old boy from Alabama is being charged with murder over the alleged beating death of a toddler girl left in his care.

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Becky Watts stepbrother and his girlfriend guilty of killing

The stepbrother of Becky Watts has been found guilty of murdering her during a sexually motivated kidnap plot.

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Teen held after 87-yr-old woman hit in face on bus

A 14-year-old girl has been arrested on suspicion of punching an 87-year-old woman in the face on a bus.

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Sinai plane crash: Russian airliner 'broke up in mid-air'

A Russian airliner which crashed in Egypt's Sinai peninsula, killing all 224 people on board, broke up in mid-air, a Russian official says.

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US student thrown across classroom by police officer

A US sheriff's department says it has begun an investigation after videos emerged, apparently showing an officer throwing a female pupil across a classroom.

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Tax Credit cuts delayed as government defeated

The government has been dealt a major blow after the House of Lords voted to delay tax credit cuts and to compensate those affected in full.

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Labour 'would support any U-turn' over tax credits

Labour has said it would support the government if it delayed plans to reduce tax credits, amid efforts to kill off the proposals entirely.

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Tony Blair concedes link between Islamic State and Iraq War

Tony Blair has apologised for mistakes made over the Iraq War - and said there were 'elements of truth' in claims that it caused the rise of Islamic State.

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Missile confirmed to have downed MH17

Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 crashed as a result of a Russian-made Buk missile, the Dutch Safety Board says.

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Palestinians killed in Israel Gaza air strike

Israel says its jets have hit two targets in the Gaza Strip.

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Turkey in mourning after blasts kill almost 100

Turkey is beginning three days of mourning after two blasts at a peace rally in the capital, Ankara, killed at least 95 people on Saturday, the deadliest ever such attack in Turkey.

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11-yr-old boy shoots 8-yr-old girl dead 'over puppy'

An 11-year-old boy has been charged with murder after he allegedly shot dead his eight-year-old neighbour and schoolmate over a puppy.

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'Labour Party giant' Denis Healey dies at 98

Former chancellor Denis Healey has died at the age of 98, his family has said.

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Eduardo Victor killing: Video shows police planting gun

With the Rio Olympics less than a year away, violence on the city's streets has - once again - come into sharp focus.

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Four new laws that came in yesterday that you ought to know about

The first day of October 2015 is a big day for new laws coming into force. Here are four important ones you should know about:

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Now we can see the 'Calais crisis' for what it was - a media-made myth

Where have all the Calais 'migrants' gone? Gone from front pages, every one. Since the picture of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi was published on 3 September...

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Oregon college shooting: Gunman kills nine in Roseburg attack

Nine people have been killed and seven injured in a shooting at a college in the US state of Oregon, say police.

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Woman jailed for killing paedophile

A woman has been sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison for killing a man charged with sexually assaulting young boys on the east London estate where they lived.

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Greece election: Alexis Tsipras hails 'victory of the people'

Alexis Tsipras has hailed a 'victory of the people' after his left-wing Syriza party won Greece's fifth election in six years.

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Joshua Williams sentenced to life for 'senseless' murder of Alan Cartwright

A man has been sentenced to life for murdering a 15-year-old cyclist during an attempt to steal his bike.

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Alan Cartwright murder: Man guilty of cyclist's fatal stabbing

A man has been found guilty of murdering a 15-year-old cyclist during an attempt to steal his bike.

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14-yr-old arrested over clock mistaken for bomb

A 14-year-old boy was arrested by police in Texas after a homemade clock he wanted to show his school teachers was mistaken for a bomb.

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PMQ's: Corbyn tackles PM with crowdsourced questions

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has used his first Prime Minister's Questions to put some of the 40,000 questions sent to him by members of the public to David Cameron.

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Chuka Umunna leaves Labour shadow cabinet over 'differences'

Chuka Umunna has left Labour's shadow cabinet by 'mutual agreement', citing 'key differences on policy' with new leader Jeremy Corbyn.

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TV camera operator filmed kicking refugee children

A camera operator for a Hungarian nationalist television channel has been filmed kicking two refugee children and tripping up a man at the border hotspot of Roszke on Tuesday.

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Jeremy Corbyn wins Labour leadership contest

Veteran left-wing MP Jeremy Corbyn has been elected leader of the Labour Party by a landslide.

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Mecca crane collapse: 65 dead in Saudi Arabia

At least 65 people have died after a crane collapsed on the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia's civil defence authority has said.

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Sadiq Khan wins Labour London mayoral selection

Sadiq Khan has decisively won the contest to become Labour's candidate for the 2016 London mayoral election.

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British Airways plane catches fire in Las Vegas

A British Airways plane bound for London has caught fire at Las Vegas airport, forcing the evacuation of 170 people on board on emergency slides.

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The nations that sent the most arms to Syria have accepted the fewest refugees

The photo of Aylan Kurdi, the drowned Syrian boy who washed up on a Turkish beach, is a heartbreaking symbol of the plight of Syria’s refugees.

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German police forced to ask public to stop bringing donations for refugees

Police in a German city have been forced to ask the public to stop bringing donations for arriving refugees after being inundated with food, clothes and toys in an overwhelming show of support.

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Dead woman named as concert pianist Natalia Strelchenko

A woman found with fatal head injuries in Manchester has been named by police as Norwegian concert pianist Natalia Strelchenko.

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Gunman who killed journalists live on television turns gun on himself

A disgruntled former colleague who allegedly killed a reporter and cameraman during a live broadcast in Virginia is in a critical condition after turning the gun on himself, say authorities.

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Two journalists shot dead live on on air

Two US journalists have been shot dead during a live TV report in the state of Virginia, their employer has confirmed.

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Europe 'must open official channels for migrants'

European leaders should do more to open up and help migrants instead of using language that dismisses their rights, a UN expert on migrant rights has said.

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Swansea couple admit lies over husband's fake coma

A Swansea woman and her husband have admitted perverting the course of justice by pretending he was unfit to stand trial due to being in a coma.

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Global shares nosedive on China economic woes

Stock markets across the world have fallen sharply as fears of a Chinese economic slowdown continue to haunt investors.

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Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras resigns

Alexis Tsipras has announced his resignation as Prime Minister of Greece after 206 turbulent days in power.

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Calais migrant crisis: Theresa May signs deal with France

The UK and France have signed an agreement on new measures, including a 'control and command centre', to help alleviate the migrant crisis in Calais.

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Met Police 'refused to rescue canal death boy'

Police 'refused' to rescue a teenager who drowned in a canal while fleeing from officers, witnesses have claimed.

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Primark breastfeeding assault claim mum to face charges

A mother who claimed a security guard assaulted her while removing her breastfeeding baby from her in Primark has been summoned to appear at court.

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Gaddafi son sentenced to death over war crimes

A court in Libya has sentenced Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, son of deposed leader Col Muammar Gaddafi, and eight others to death over war crimes linked to the 2011 revolution.

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Paige Chivers: Man jailed for murdering Blackpool teen

A man convicted of murdering Blackpool teenager Paige Chivers has been jailed for life and will serve at least 33 years.

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Lord Sewel resigns from House of Lords after drug claims

Lord Sewel has resigned from the House of Lords after being filmed allegedly taking drugs with prostitutes.

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Conley Thompson death 'not suspicious'

There are no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of seven-year-old Conley Thompson, police have said.

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Police may no longer attend burglaries

The public should not expect to see a police officer after crimes such as burglary, the head of the new National Police Chiefs' Council has said.

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Conley Thompson: Body found in missing boy hunt

Police searching for a missing seven-year-old boy in South Yorkshire have found the body of a child on a construction site.

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Welfare cuts backed amid Labour revolt

MPs have backed government plans for £12bn in welfare cuts amid a Labour revolt over its leadership's call for its MPs not to oppose the changes.

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Cameron unveils strategy to beat Islamist extremism

David Cameron has set out the government's strategy to defeat the 'poison' of Islamist extremism.

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Syria air strikes conducted by UK military pilots

UK pilots embedded with coalition allies' forces have been conducting air strikes over Syria against the Islamic State group, it has emerged.

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UK will help destroy Islamic State, David Cameron tells US

Britain is committed to working with the US to destroy the 'caliphate' set up by Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, the prime minister has said.

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Greece debt crisis: Eurozone summit strikes deal

Eurozone leaders have agreed to offer Greece a third bailout, after marathon talks in Brussels.

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Man arrested after 'trying to sell a baby'

A man has been arrested on suspicion of child neglect after a person allegedly attempted to sell a baby to a stranger at a Manchester shopping arcade.

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Greece debt crisis: Merkel says talks 'extremely difficult'

Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel has called the talks on Greece's debt rescue 'extremely difficult' and ruled out 'agreement at any price'.

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Woman guilty of paedophile killing

A woman who stabbed a convicted paedophile to death in east London has been cleared of murder but found guilty of manslaughter.

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Benefit freeze to hit 13m families, claims IFS

Thirteen million UK families will lose an average of £260 a year due to the freeze in working-age benefits, says the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS).

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Budget 2015 key points: At-a-glance summary

George Osborne has delivered his seventh Budget as chancellor, the first for a majority Conservative government since November 1996. Here is a summary of his main announcements.

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Budget 2015: Osborne unveils 'national living wage'

George Osborne has set out plans to cut welfare spending and increase some taxes - but also boost the minimum wage - in the first Tory Budget since 1996.

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Greece bailout referendum: Greek voters reject bailout offer

With two-thirds of ballots counted, results from the Greek referendum show voters decisively rejecting the terms of an international bailout.

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George Osborne: £12bn in welfare savings have been found

Chancellor George Osborne says he has identified how the government will make the £12bn of welfare cuts promised in the Conservative election manifesto.

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State of emergency declared in Tunisia

Tunisia has declared a state of emergency, just over a week after 38 tourists, mainly Britons, died in an attack in the resort city of Sousse.

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BBC to cut more than 1,000 jobs

The BBC is to cut 1,000 jobs because of a £150m budget gap in its licence fee income.

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Consider Syria IS strikes, defence secretary urges MPs

The defence secretary has paved the way for air strikes on Islamic State targets in Syria, saying they needed to be targeted "at source".

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Sickness benefit shake-up considered

Plans to scrap part of the UK's main sickness benefit are being considered, a leaked Whitehall paper suggests.

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Greece misses IMF payment deadline

Greece has missed the deadline for a €1.5bn (£1.1bn) payment to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), hours after eurozone ministers refused to extend its bailout.

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Lord Janner faces historical sex abuse prosecution

Lord Janner will be prosecuted over claims of historical child sexual abuse after a review overturned a decision by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

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Second Alton Towers crash victim has leg amputated

Alton Towers crash victim Vicky Balch has become the second casualty to have her leg amputated.

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Deadly attack on Tunisian beach 'kills 37' mostly tourists

At least 37 people, mostly foreigners, have been killed and 36 injured in an attack on a beach in the Tunisian resort town of Sousse, according to the health ministry.

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France beheading attack: 'Man decapitated' near Lyon

A man has been beheaded and at least one other person injured in a suspected Islamist attack on a gas factory near the French city of Lyon.

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UK has 2.3m children in poverty

The number of children living in relative poverty in the UK remains 2.3 million, government figures show.

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Mother and baby found alive five days after plane crash

A young mother and her baby have been found alive five days after their plane crashed in the jungle of western Colombia.

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Head teacher Anne Lakey jailed for sex with boys

A nationally-acclaimed head teacher who had sex with two under-age boys has been jailed for eight years.

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Head found guilty of underage sex

A nationally-acclaimed headteacher is facing jail after being convicted of having underage sex with two teenage boys in the 1980s.

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Nicholas Salvador detained over woman's beheading

A man who beheaded an elderly woman in her garden in an attack of 'extraordinary brutality' has been cleared of murder on the grounds of insanity.

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Fatalities as driver deliberately drives car into crowd in Austria

At least three people are dead and dozens injured after a man drove his car into crowds in a square in Austria's second largest city of Graz.

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Three-week old baby dies after being bitten by dog

A three-week old baby has died after being bitten by a dog in Sunderland.

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Families to Roof: 'We forgive you, and have mercy on your soul'

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Dylann Roof heard his charges -- nine counts of murder -- at his first court appearance in South Carolina on Friday afternoon.

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Charleston church shooting: Suspected gunman arrested

A 21-year-old man suspected of killing nine people at a historic African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina, has been arrested.

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Pregnant woman loses baby after 'sickening' attack

A pregnant woman who lost her baby after she was pushed to the ground and kicked may have been deliberately targeted, police have said.

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Greek central bank warns of 'painful' euro and EU exit

Greece's central bank has warned for the first time that the country could be on a 'painful course' to default and exit from both the eurozone and the EU.

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Philae comet lander wakes up after six months dormant

The European Space Agency (Esa) says its comet lander, Philae, has woken up and contacted Earth.

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Rolf Harris 'attacks victims in prison song'

Rolf Harris has written a 'disgusting' song from his prison cell, attacking the women whose lives he ruined, according to The Mail on Sunday.

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Arrested man dies in police cell in Luton

A 25-year-old man has died in police custody in Luton.

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US toddler kills himself with mother's gun

A three-year-old boy has killed himself while playing with his mother's handgun, according to police in Ohio.

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Bradford teacher stabbing suspect, 14, charged

A 14-year-old boy has been charged with attempted murder after a teacher was stabbed at a Bradford school.

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EU referendum: MPs support plan for say on Europe

MPs have overwhelmingly backed plans for a referendum on the UK's membership of the European Union.

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G7 leaders agree to phase out fossil fuel use by end of century

The G7 leading industrial nations have agreed to cut greenhouse gases by phasing out the use of fossil fuels by the end of the century.

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Teenage Alton Towers crash victim Leah Washington loses leg

A teenage dancer hurt in the Alton Towers rollercoaster crash has had her leg amputated above the knee.

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Tesco to give leftover food to charity

Tesco is to become the first British supermarket to launch a bold new scheme to donate leftover food to charity.

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UK police officer sacked over 'offensive and racist' Facebook comments

Greater Manchester police have sacked an officer over 'offensive and racist' comments posted on Facebook about Muslims.

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Malala Yousafzai attackers secretly acquitted

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Charles Kennedy died of 'haemorrhage linked to alcoholism'

Former Lib Dem leader Charles Kennedy died of a major haemorrhage linked to alcoholism, his family have said.

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PIPs disability benefit delay unlawful, says High Court

A delay in paying welfare benefits to two disabled people was 'unlawful', the High Court has ruled.

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Police 'deliberately manipulated' accounts of a stop and search

Five police officers deleted evidence “on a breathtaking scale” and 'deliberately manipulated' their accounts of a stop and search that resulted in the death of an Asian man.

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Toddler left in hot car all day dies

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Emergency surveillance law faces legal challenge by MPs

The High Court is to hear a legal challenge to the government's emergency surveillance law brought by two MPs.

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Hanging cause of death as body confirmed as missing Amber Peat

A body found in a Nottinghamshire town has been confirmed by police as missing 13-year-old Amber Peat.

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Two victims of Alton Towers accident named

Two teenagers have been named as victims of the Alton Towers rollercoaster accident.

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Amber Peat: Tributes paid to teenager after body found

Tributes have been made to a missing 13-year-old girl after a body was found by police.

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All 'failing' schools to be academies under new Bill

Up to 1,000 schools in England, including all those rated inadequate by Ofsted, will be turned into academies, under plans being published later.

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Missing Amber Peat: Body found in Mansfield

A body has been found by police searching for a 13-year-old girl who has been missing for nearly three days.

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Four seriously injured in Alton Towers crash

Four people have been seriously injured in a crash between two carriages on a ride at Alton Towers in Staffordshire.

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Mansfield parents in plea for missing Amber Peat

The parents of a 13-year-old girl who has been missing for nearly three days have pleaded with her to get in touch.

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Hundreds missing after Chinese ship capsizes on the Yangtze

Five people are dead and hundreds are missing after a ship carrying more than 450 people capsized on the Yangtze River in China's Hubei province.

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Charles Kennedy, former Liberal Democrat leader, dies aged 55

Former Liberal Democrat Party leader Charles Kennedy has died at his home in Scotland aged 55, his family has said.

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Court removes boy from 'smoky house'

A two-year-old boy living in a house filled with cigarette smoke will be placed for adoption because of concerns about his welfare.

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Childcare changes threatened by underfunding, providers say

Childcare providers in England say 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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David Cameron in split with May and Gove over human rights

David Cameron has ruled out withdrawing from the European Convention on Human Rights despite objections from Michael Gove, the Justice Secretary, and Theresa May, the Home Secretary.

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Police monitor emails, texts and internet searches frequently

Police officers in the UK ask for permission to monitor use of emails, text messages and internet searches once every two minutes, a new report has disclosed.

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'Oliver Twist' children used in crime, warns anti-slavery commissioner

School children in the UK are being used to pickpocket, shoplift and beg as part of criminal operations, the anti-slavery commissioner has warned.

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Nahid Almanea and James Attfield murders: Boy charged

A 16-year-old boy has been charged with the murders of a man and a woman in Colchester.

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Millionaire New York mum jailed for killing autistic son

The millionaire mother who killed her eight-year-old autistic son in a luxury New York hotel room was sentenced to 18 years in a state prison on Thursday, prosecutors announced.

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Legal highs: Seven-year jail terms under 'blanket ban'

A new 'blanket ban' on so-called legal highs will carry prison sentences of up to seven years, the government says.

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Food poisoning bug 'found in 73 percent of shop-bought chickens'

Some 73 percent of fresh shop-bought chicken tested positive for food poisoning bug campylobacter in a year-long study by the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

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France accuses Cameron of trying to 'dismantle' European Union

France has accused David Cameron of trying to 'dismantle' the European Union and suggested it will block his plans to claw back powers from Brussels.

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Security services' powers to be extended in surveillance bill

The government is to introduce an investigatory powers bill that is far more wide-ranging than expected...

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Tony Blair quits Middle East envoy role

Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair is to stand down from his role as Middle East envoy representing the US, Russia, the UN and the EU, sources confirm.

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How will the extension of Right to Buy actually work?

The extension to Mrs Thatcher's Right to Buy scheme - controversial at the time - promises to be one of the first big controversies of the new Conservative government.

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Queen's Speech 2015: EU referendum, tax freeze and right-to-buy

An EU referendum by the end of 2017 is among a packed programme of new laws in the first Conservative-only Queen's Speech in nearly two decades.

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Police find murder suspect Jed Allen's body

Detectives looking for a man suspected of killing his sister, his mother and her partner have discovered his body in a wooded area in Oxford.

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Man sought after three found dead in Didcot

Police have released the name of a man wanted in connection with the deaths of a man, a woman and a girl, found at a house in Oxfordshire.

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Greece 'cannot afford IMF repayment' in June

Greece cannot make a repayment to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) due on 5 June as it does not have the money, the interior minister says.

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Ireland same-sex referendum set to approve gay marriage

Early indications suggest the Republic of Ireland has voted to legalise same-sex marriage in a historic referendum.

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France bans supermarkets from destroying unsold food

The country's parliament has passed a new law obliging the food retail giants to give any excess to charities or for other use

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Surveillance commissioner warns councils 'turning off CCTV'

Councils in England and Wales are turning off CCTV cameras in an attempt to cut costs, a surveillance watchdog has warned.

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Schoolgirl thug gets locked up for filmed revenge attack

A schoolgirl thug with blonde pigtails has been locked up for eight months in a youth detention centre for attacking a teenage drug dealer who allegedly sold her poor-quality cannabis 'dust'.

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Failed Ukip candidate reveals he is a 'National Socialist'

A failed Ukip candidate has revealed that he is a 'National Socialist' and spoken of his respect for British fascist leader Oswald Mosley.

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Net migration to UK reaches 318,000

Net migration into the UK rose by 50 percent to 318,000 last year, new figures show.

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Illegal immigrant workers' wages to be seized under Tory plans

Police would be able to seize the wages of illegal workers as proceeds of crime under government plans to be set out in next week's Queen's Speech.

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Tristram Hunt withdraws bid for Labour leadership

Tristram Hunt has decided not to enter the race to replace Ed Miliband as Labour leader and has thrown his support behind fellow moderniser Liz Kendall.

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Turkey TV talent show shooting: Ex-boyfriend charged

Turkish authorities have charged an ex-boyfriend with the shooting of a young talent show contestant.

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Cuts 'threat' to bobbies on the beat - Police Federation

The bobby on the beat is becoming an 'endangered species' in England and Wales because of government spending cuts, the Police Federation has said.

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Stepping Hill nurse Victorino Chua jailed for life

Nurse Victorino Chua, found guilty of murdering and poisoning patients at Stepping Hill Hospital, has been jailed for a minimum of 35 years.

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Women jailed for kidnapping and torturing 14-yr-old schoolgirl

Two teenagers who kidnapped a schoolgirl and subjected her to 17 hours of torture have been jailed.

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Aldi apologises after selling pork products as 'halal'

The supermarket chain Aldi has apologised after selling black pudding labelled as 'halal' containing pork, forbidden for Muslims.

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Rat droppings, urine and arsenic found in fake beauty items

Police are warning people about fake beauty products after substances such as rat droppings, human urine and arsenic were found in seized goods.

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Nigel Farage: I want to be Ukip leader for the next 20 years

Nigel Farage has declared he wants to be Ukip leader for the next 20 years.

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David Cameron renews NHS funding pledges

Prime Minister David Cameron is to renew his vow to boost NHS funding and create a 'seven-day' health service in his first major post-election speech.

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Sexual abuse of disabled adults revealed

Thousands of disabled adults across England have been sexually abused, figures obtained by the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire programme suggest.

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US daredevil Dean Potter dies during flying stunt

Dean Potter - one of America's best known extreme athletes - has been killed during a stunt in California.

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Family fury at Thomas Cook 'apology'

The parents of two children who died from carbon monoxide poisoning in Corfu have criticised Thomas Cook for not apologising to them directly.

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Out of a home: The tenants forced to leave town

Lying amongst the shards of wood on an abandoned estate in north London are a rusty electric iron, the mouthpiece of a recorder, and a child's water pistol.

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Boston bombing trial: Death sentence for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

A US jury has sentenced Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death by lethal injection.

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Chuka Umunna withdraws Labour leader bid

Shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna has withdrawn from the Labour party leadership contest.

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7 laws the Lib Dems stopped the Tories from passing

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Church minister's emotional plea to David Cameron goes viral

A church minister has written an emotional open letter to David Cameron, pleading with him to remember the human cost of Tory austerity.

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Nigel Farage: Why I decided I had to stay on as Ukip leader

I’m proud that Ukip fought the most positive election campaign of all the parties up until May 7th. We had a message, 'Believe in Britain.'

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Woman sentenced to life in prison for running granddaughter to death

Savannah Hardin was in trouble for lying about some candy she took from a classmate. As punishment, her grandmother told the 9-year-old to run.

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Nigel Farage stays as UKIP leader after resignation rejected

Nigel Farage is to remain as UKIP leader after the party rejected his resignation.

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Lord Sugar resigns from Labour party in disgust

Lord Sugar, the entrepreneur and Apprentice star, has quit the Labour Party after becoming disillusioned with its 'negative business policies' and 'anti-enterprise concepts'.

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More violent anti-austerity protests planned

Anti-cuts groups plan major protest for June 20, with violent factions already threatening trouble

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Election: What difference would proportional representation have made?

The Electoral Reform Society, a campaign group, has modelled what would have happened under a proportional voting system that makes use of the D'Hondt method of converting votes to seats.

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Man confesses on Facebook to killing his wife, daughter and sister

'Now my family is pain-free and in heaven,' Randy Janzen posted after triple homicide

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Ten promises made by the Conservatives

The election is wrapped up and the Convervatives have won a majority. Will they stick to the promises they made in order to take power? Here are ten to look out for

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Election results: Conservatives win majority

David Cameron has returned to Downing Street with the Tories having defied polls and won the general election.

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Nick Clegg resigns after Lib Dem losses

Nick Clegg has resigned as Liberal Democrat leader after his party was routed at the general election.

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Nigel Farage resigns as UKIP leader as the party vote rises

Nigel Farage has resigned as leader of UKIP having failed to gain the seat of Thanet South, losing out to Conservative candidate Craig Mackinlay.

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Germanwings crash: Co-pilot Lubitz 'practised crash run'

The co-pilot of the Germanwings plane which crashed in the French Alps in March may have practised a rapid descent on a previous flight, the German newspaper Bild has said.

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Sainsbury's reports first loss for 10 years

Sainsbury's has reported its first full-year loss for 10 years as the fierce competition within the UK grocery market continues.

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Four sentenced to death over Afghan mob-killing

Four Afghan men have been sentenced to death over a mob attack in which a woman was beaten to death after being falsely accused of burning the Koran.

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Salman Khan: Bollywood star guilty in hit-and-run case

An Indian court has found Bollywood star Salman Khan guilty of killing a homeless man in a 2002 hit-and-run driving incident in Mumbai.

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Ukip parliamentary candidate suspended after 'shooting threat'

Ukip parliamentary candidate Robert Blay appears to tell undercover reporters he would 'put a bullet between the eyes' of his Asian election rival

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Royal baby name chosen

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to announce that they have named their daughter Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.

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Gunmen shot dead outside Prophet Muhammad cartoons conference

Two gunmen have been shot dead after they opened fire outside a conference on cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.

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Royal baby: Princess presented to world

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have appeared outside the hospital with their daughter, who was born earlier on Saturday.

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Man guilty of raping one-day-old baby boy

A man has been convicted of raping a one-day-old baby boy and two other young children.

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Nepal earthquake: Death toll passes 1,000

More than 1,000 people have been killed in Nepal's deadliest earthquake for more than 80 years, police say.

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Court shocked as stamp attack soldiers walk free

A Buckingham Palace guard and a fellow soldier have walked free from court despite being captured on CCTV repeatedly stamping on the head of a victim in the street.

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Mediterranean migrants crisis: EU to hold emergency summit

EU leaders are due to hold an emergency summit on ways to stem the number of people risking the perilous journey across the Mediterranean.

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Cardiff University scientists discover asthma's root cause

Scientists at Cardiff University have identified the potential root cause of asthma for the first time, along with a new treatment.

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Record numbers of people using food banks in the UK

A 'record number' of people received aid from UK food banks in the last year, a charity has said.

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UK baby rape plot gang members found guilty

Members of a paedophile network whose crimes were described as the most 'vile and depraved' police had seen have been convicted of arranging abuse.

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Tesco posts record 6.4bn annual loss

Tesco has reported the worst results in its history with a record statutory pre-tax loss of £6.4bn for the year to the end of February.

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Italy arrests two over migrant boat sinking

The captain and a crew member of a boat that capsized off Libya on Sunday, killing hundreds of migrants, have been arrested, Italian officials say.

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Oil discovery near Gatwick airport 'significant'

There could be up to 100 billion barrels of oil onshore beneath the South of England, says exploration firm UK Oil & Gas Investments.

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Italy court shooting: 'Four dead, man arrested' in Milan

As many as four people are reported to have died after a man opened fire at the Palace of Justice in the Italian city of Milan before being arrested.

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Mum jailed for fatally poisoning son with salt

A suburban mother who blogged for years about her son's poor health has been sentenced to 20 years to life for poisoning him to death with salt.

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Germanwings crash: Black box confirms co-pilot acted deliberately

Data from the second 'black box' flight recorder belonging to the Germanwings plane that crashed in the French Alps confirms that the co-pilot acted deliberately, investigators say.

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TV leaders' debate heckler: I would not vote for anyone who took part

The heckler who interrupted David Cameron during the TV leaders' debate on Thursday said she would not be voting for any of the politicians who took part in the seven-way showdown.

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Germanwings crash: Co-pilot Lubitz 'researched suicide'

The co-pilot suspected of deliberately crashing the Germanwings jet in the French Alps had researched suicide methods and the security of cockpit doors in the week before the crash.

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Alan Barnes attack: Richard Gatiss jailed

A man has been handed a four-year prison sentence for assaulting disabled pensioner Alan Barnes, to whom more than £300,000 was subsequently donated.

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Ex-nurse admits raping patients

A former senior hospital nurse has admitted raping, sexually assaulting and spying on female patients including some who were unconscious.

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Enoch Powell investigated as alleged member of paedophile network

Enoch Powell, the Conservative anti-immigrant firebrand, is being investigated as an alleged member of a claimed Westminster paedophile network.

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Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito acquitted of Meredith Kercher murder

The convictions of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito for the murder of UK student Meredith Kercher have been quashed by Italy's top appeals court.

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Germanwings plane crash: Co-pilot 'wanted to destroy plane'

The co-pilot of the Germanwings flight that crashed in the French Alps, named as Andreas Lubitz, appeared to want to 'destroy the plane', officials said.

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Outcry as Islamic State bulldozers 'wreck' Nimrud, Iraq

Archaeologists and officials have expressed outrage about the bulldozing of the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud by Islamic State militants in Iraq.

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Mother and lesbian lover jailed for Ayesha Ali killing

A mother and her lesbian lover have been jailed for killing her eight-year-old daughter in east London.

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US ambassador to South Korea slashed by attacker

US ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert has been injured by an attacker in Seoul, officials say.

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Becky Watts: Stepbrother charged with murder

Nathan Matthews, the stepbrother of missing 16-year-old Becky Watts, has been charged with her murder, Avon and Somerset Police have said.

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Ayesha Ali killing mother and lover found guilty

A woman and her sadistic lover who created a cyber fantasy world have been convicted of killing her eight-year-old daughter.

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Alan Cartwright murder: Man arrested over cyclist stabbing

A man has been arrested on suspicion of the murder of a 15-year-old who was fatally stabbed while riding a bicycle with his friends.

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Disgraced entertainer Rolf Harris stripped of CBE

Disgraced former entertainer Rolf Harris has been stripped of his CBE, according to an official announcement in the London Gazette.

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Oxfordshire grooming victims may have totalled 373

As many as 373 children may have been targeted for sex by gangs of men in Oxfordshire in the last 16 years, a serious case review found.

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Becky Watts search: Body parts found at Bristol house

Police investigating the disappearance of teenager Becky Watts say they have found body parts at a house in Bristol.

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Becky Watts search: Two people from Bristol arrested

Two people have been arrested in connection with the disappearance of 16-year-old Rebecca Watts from Bristol.

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15-yr-old boy stabbed to death while cycling

A 15-year-old boy was fatally stabbed in north London when three men attacked him while he was cycling with friends.

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Former Russian Deputy Prime Minister shot dead in Moscow

A leading Russian opposition politician, former Deputy Prime Minister Boris Nemtsov, has been shot dead in Moscow, Russian officials say.

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Gary Glitter jailed for 16 years

Former singer Gary Glitter has been jailed for a total of 16 years for sexually abusing three young girls between 1975 and 1980.

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IS militant 'Jihadi John' identified

The masked Islamic State militant known as 'Jihadi John', who has been pictured in the videos of the beheadings of Western hostages, has been named.

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No long-term future for BBC licence fee, MPs say

The TV licence does not have a long-term future and is likely to be replaced by a new levy within the next 15 years, a group of MPs has said.

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Paris police arrest Al-Jazeera journalists over drone

Three Al-Jazeera journalists have been arrested for the alleged illegal flying of a drone in Paris after being spotted by police in the Bois de Boulogne area.

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Sir Cliff Richard: Police inquiry 'significantly expanded'

An historical sex offence inquiry into Sir Cliff Richard has 'increased significantly in size', South Yorkshire Police has said.

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Paris night drone mystery deepens

Drones have appeared over landmarks in central Paris for the second night running and police are no closer to knowing who is operating them.

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HSBC bosses apologise for 'unacceptable' practices

The two top HSBC bosses have apologised for 'unacceptable' practices at its Swiss private bank which helped clients to avoid tax.

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Sim card firm confirms hack attacks

The Dutch Sim card maker at the centre of NSA-GCHQ hacking claims has said it believes that the US and UK cyberspy agencies did indeed launch attacks on its computer systems.

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Clampdown on cold call companies unveiled by government

Imposing fines of up to 500,000 on the companies behind cold calls and nuisance text messages is to become easier under changes to the law being made by the government.

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Missing teenagers have crossed into Syria, Met Police say

Three missing teenagers believed to be heading to join Islamic State militants are thought to have crossed into Syria, UK police say.

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Alan Barnes attack: Man pleads guilty

A man has pleaded guilty to assaulting disabled pensioner Alan Barnes, for whom more than 300,000 was subsequently raised in donations.

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Sir Malcolm Rifkind and Jack Straw deny any wrongdoing

Two former foreign secretaries have been suspended from their parliamentary parties after being secretly filmed apparently offering their services to a private company for cash.

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'Schoolgirls have already crossed Syrian border'

Three teenage British 'jihadi brides' who ran away from home to join fighters from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant are feared to have crossed the Turkish border into Syria.

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Syria crisis: Fears grow for three UK schoolgirls

Fears are growing for the safety of three east London schoolgirls who police believe are trying to cross the Turkish-Syrian border to join the Islamic State terrorist group.

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UK government finances £8.8bn in surplus in January

UK government finances showed a surplus of 8.8bn in January, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has said.

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Greece bailout extension agreed after eurozone talks

Greece and eurozone nations have agreed a deal to extend financial aid after bailout talks in Brussels.

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US and UK accused of hacking Sim card firm to steal codes

US and British intelligence agencies illegally hacked into a major manufacturer of Sim cards to steal codes and facilitate eavesdropping on mobiles, a US news website says.

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Man raped 14-year-old girl and abused her 13-year-old friend

A former factory worker has been jailed for raping a 14-year-old girl and abusing her 13-year-old friend in a sickening child sexual exploitation case.

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'Spiritual healer' Mohammed Ashrafi guilty of fraud

A self-proclaimed spiritual healer has been found guilty of conning victims out of hundreds of thousands of pounds.

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Brusthom Ziamani guilty of plot to behead British soldier

Brusthom Ziamani has been found guilty of planning to behead a British soldier, by a jury at the Old Bailey.

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RAF jets scrambled after Russian bombers seen off Cornwall

RAF jets were scrambled on Wednesday after two Russian military aircraft were seen off the Cornwall coast, the Ministry of Defence has said.

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EU: Germany rejects Greek loan request as 'not substantial'

Germany has rejected a Greek request for a six-month extension to its eurozone loan programme, after earlier signs that a compromise was possible.

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Swiss police raid HSBC's Geneva office

Swiss prosecutors have searched offices of the Geneva subsidiary of HSBC bank in an inquiry into alleged money-laundering.

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Greece's finance minister Yanis Varoufakis rejects EU bailout offer

Greece's finance minister Yanis Varoufakis says he is ready to do 'whatever it takes' to reach agreement on its bailout in the next two days.

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Baby P's mother sent back to jail for allegedly selling porn images

Baby's P's mother, Tracey Connelly is back in prison after she breached the terms of her licence by allegedly selling pornographic images of herself to people turned on by her notoriety.

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Copenhagen shootings: Police kill 'gunman' after two attacks

Police in Copenhagen say they have shot dead a man they believe was behind two deadly attacks in the Danish capital hours earlier.

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Three wounded after shots fired at Copenhagen synagogue

Shooter fled by foot after shooting one in head and wounding two policemen; police have not confirmed links to the earlier Saturday shooting that killed one and wounded three.

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Sex offenders should be allowed to adopt

Rules which bar sex offenders from working with children are 'unfair' and even convicted paedophiles should have the right to adopt, a leading legal academic has said.

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Copenhagen free speech debate shooting: One dead

Gunmen killed one person and injured three police officers during a free speech debate in Copenhagen attended by a controversial Swedish cartoonist, officials said.

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Weatherman Fred Talbot guilty of abusing teenage boys

Ex-TV weatherman Fred Talbot has been found guilty of indecently assaulting two teenage boys when he was a teacher.

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Mums who left kids home alone sentenced for neglect

Two mothers who left their two young children home alone so they could go partying have avoided jail terms.

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Revenge porn is being made a specific criminal offence

So-called revenge porn will become a specific criminal offence on Thursday in England and Wales.

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Suspect Craig Stephen Hicks condemned all religions

The man arrested on suspicion of killing three young Muslims in North Carolina described himself as an 'anti-theist' and criticised all religions online.

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Doctor Michael Salmon jailed over sex assaults

A former doctor has been jailed for 18 years for indecently assaulting girls at the UK hospital where Jimmy Savile abused patients.

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How North Carolina murders sparked global outrage

Was the murder of three students in the US given enough media coverage?

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Costa Concordia captain Schettino guilty of manslaughter

The captain of the Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia has been found guilty of manslaughter and sentenced to 16 years in prison.

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Briton in Spain 'kills man who filmed his young daughter'

A Briton has been remanded in custody in Spain on suspicion of killing a man he had caught filming his daughter on a tablet, reports say.

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Teenager who 'posed for selfie with dead body' arrested

A teenager who allegedly shot a fellow school pupil in the face before posing with his body in a Snapchat selfie has been charged with murder in the US.

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HSBC bank 'helped clients dodge millions in tax'

Britain's biggest bank helped wealthy clients cheat the UK out of millions of pounds in tax...

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Greece needs bridge loan, not bailout - PM Tsipras

Greece cannot service its huge debt and will seek a bridge loan rather than an extension of its bailout, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has said.

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Man steals purse from dying woman hit by lorry

A man who stole the purse of a dying elderly woman who was lying in the road having been hit by a lorry is being sought by Greater Manchester Police.

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TransAsia GE235: Taiwan crash plane 'lost engine power'

Black box data from the TransAsia Airlines turbo-prop plane that crashed in Taiwan has revealed that power was cut to both engines, investigators say.

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Poundland seeks to buy 99p Stores for 55m

Budget retailer Poundland has said it wants to buy 99p Stores for 55m, subject to approval by competition authorities.

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Gary Glitter trial: Singer guilty of historic sex abuse

Gary Glitter has been found guilty of historical sex abuse against young girls.

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BT to buy mobile firm EE for 12.5bn

Telecoms group BT has bought the mobile operator EE for 12.5bn.

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Tesco investigated by new regulator

Tesco is to face another investigation into its relations with suppliers, amid concerns that it breached the Groceries Supply Code of Practice.

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Police helicopter officer 'filmed couples having sex'

A police officer has been suspended over allegations that he was using his force's helicopter to film people having sex at dogging spots.

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Jordan pilot hostage Moaz al-Kasasbeh 'burned alive'

Jordan has confirmed the death of pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh after a video published online by Islamic State (IS) claimed to show him being burned alive.

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French soldiers hurt in knife attack

A man with a knife has attacked three soldiers patrolling outside a Jewish community centre in Nice, in the south of France.

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Open days at Mosques to ease tensions

Mosques across Britain have opened their doors to the public, in an attempt to bring communities together and alleviate tensions about terrorism in the wake of the Paris attacks.

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'Tasers for all front-line officers' - Police Federation

All front-line police in England and Wales should be offered Tasers in light of the increased terrorism threat, the head of the Police Federation says.

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Burglars who left a lecturer literally 'black and blue' jailed

Four burglars who took part in a raid during which a lecturer was left 'unrecognisable' have been jailed.

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Police urge TV stations to scale back live terrorist coverage

Television news organisations are to be asked by Scotland Yard to consider not broadcasting live images of police or special forces preparing to storm any terrorist siege in London to avoid jeopardising the lives of hostages or armed forces trying to resc

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Gunman arrested at Dutch news broadcaster NOS

A gunman has been arrested in a studio of Dutch news broadcaster NOS after disrupting the main evening news, reportedly demanding airtime.

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Michelle Obama headscarf controversy out of context

When Michelle Obama appeared at her husband's side in Saudi Arabia without wearing a headscarf, you might expect a backlash on social media - only it didn't really materialise.

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Poorest hit hardest by coalition changes, says report

The coalition's changes to benefits and direct taxes have hit families with children under five harder than any other group and hurt the poorest more than the better off.

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Michelle Obama causes outrage in Saudi Arabia

In a show of solidarity with Saudi Arabia, President Barack Obama cut short his visit to India and led a parade of American dignitaries in Riyadh on Tuesday to pay respects after King Abdullah's death.

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Tesco names 43 UK store closures

Supermarket giant Tesco has named the 43 stores it is closing across the country, a move that will see 2,000 staff lose their jobs.

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Punishment for all gang members if one commits crime

A hardline US-style crackdown, under which every gang member will face punishment if one of their ranks commits a violent offence, was announced today by Boris Johnson in a bid to improve public safety.

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Greece election: Anti-austerity Syriza wins election

Anti-austerity party Syriza has won a clear victory in Greece's general election.

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Hundreds gather to stop cancer patient being evicted

More than 300 people have gathered on a quiet street in Nottingham to help stop a cancer patient being evicted from his home.

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Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah dies

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A Moroccan man in France was brutally killed after being stabbed 17 times in front of his wife at his own home by a neighbour in what is described as a 'horrible Islamophobic attack'.

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Charlie Hebdo hunt: Police storm two hostage sites

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Charlie Hebdo hunt: Double hostage crisis in France

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The Paris terror suspects are holed up at an industrial building near Charles de Gaulle airport and two people have reportedly been killed.

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Charlie Hebdo massacre: Suspects 'rob service station'

The two main suspects in the Islamist attack on Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris are said to have robbed a service station in the north of France.

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Supermarket Aldi has issued a product recall after salmonella was found in a batch of chocolate.

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Prince Andrew underage sex case claim denied

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AirAsia QZ8501: Officials say debris is missing plane

Indonesian officials have confirmed that bodies and debris found in the Java Sea off Borneo are from AirAsia flight QZ8501 that went missing on Sunday, a statement by AirAsia says.

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AirAsia flight from Indonesia to Singapore missing

An AirAsia flight travelling from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore has lost contact with air traffic control, the company has said.

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Huge funeral for shot New York policeman Rafael Ramos

Tens of thousands of people are attending the funeral in New York of Rafael Ramos, one of the two policemen shot dead a week ago.

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City Link closure disgraceful, RMT union says

The Christmas Day announcement that parcel delivery firm City Link had gone into administration was 'disgraceful', a union has said.

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IS captures Allied pilot after warplane crashes in Syria

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Six people killed in Glasgow bin lorry crash

Six people have been killed and a number of others injured after an out-of-control bin lorry crashed into pedestrians in central Glasgow.

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New York gunman told public 'watch what I'm going to do'

The man who shot dead two New York police officers told members of the public 'watch what I'm going to do' shortly before the attack, police say.

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Gunman kills two New York police officers

A gunman has shot dead two police officers sitting inside a patrol car in New York before killing himself.

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Westminster paedophile ring: Police investigate murders

Scotland Yard is investigating the alleged murder of three young boys linked to a Westminster paedophile ring active in the late seventies and early eighties.

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Peshawar school attack: Malala Yousafzai 'heartbroken'

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Ex-DJ Chris Denning jailed for sex abuse

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Pakistan Taliban in deadly assault on Peshawar school

At least 100 people, 80 of them children, have been killed in a Taliban assault on an army-run school in Peshawar, Pakistani officials say.

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Sydney siege: Three dead after commandos storm cafe

Two people died, along with an Islamist gunman, after commandos stormed a cafe in Sydney, Australia, to bring to an end a 16-hour siege.

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Sydney cafe siege: Australia police storm building

Heavily armed police have stormed a cafe in Sydney where a gunman identified as an Iranian refugee has been holding dozens of people hostage.

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Sydney hostages: Sydney gunman identified as Iranian

The gunman holding people hostage in a Sydney cafe has been identified as an Iranian refugee who was on bail facing a number of charges.

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First image emerges of suspected Sydney cafe gunman

There are a number of hostages, believed to be anywhere between 13 and 50 people, being held inside the cafe in Martin Place by man with possible links to terrorist organisations.

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Runa Khan jailed for Facebook Syria terror posts

A mother-of-six has been jailed for five years and three months for promoting terrorism on Facebook.

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DJ Neil Fox facing more sexual assault allegations

The radio DJ Neil Fox has been arrested over three alleged sexual assaults.

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Shrien Dewani cleared of honeymoon murder

British businessman Shrien Dewani has been cleared of murdering his wife during their South Africa honeymoon, after the judge threw out the case.

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US hostage Luke Somers dies after rescue bid

A US journalist held by al-Qaeda militants in Yemen has died after a military operation to rescue him, US and Yemeni officials say.

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Former DJ Ray Teret convicted of seven rapes

A former radio DJ who was a friend of Jimmy Savile has been found guilty of a string of sex offences against young girls.

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Body found in missing mother and baby search

Police searching for a mother and her four-day-old baby who went missing from a Bristol hospital have found a woman's body in the Avon Gorge.

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John Allen jailed for child abuse at Wrexham care homes

A paedophile who ran children's homes in Wrexham has been jailed for life for sexually assaulting youngsters in a campaign of abuse spanning decades.

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Doctor Myles Bradbury jailed for abusing young patients

A paedophile doctor who abused young cancer patients has been sentenced to 22 years in jail.

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Sex gangs jailed for grooming girls

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Burglars admit savagely attacking lecturer in home

Four men have admitted a burglary during which a university lecturer was savagely beaten at his London home.

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Care home boss guilty of child abuse

A former children's homes boss has been found guilty of 26 charges of sexually abusing youngsters in Wrexham.

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Facebook hosted Lee Rigby death chat ahead of murder

Facebook was the firm that hosted a conversation by one of Fusilier Lee Rigby's killers five months ahead of the attack, the BBC has learned.

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Renowned hearing specialist admits spying on patients

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Tower Hamlets baby 'looked like Auschwitz victim'

A baby girl looked 'like something out of Auschwitz' when she was found by paramedics in her home, a High Court judge has been told.

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Man jailed for raping 11-year-old boy in shopping centre

A man has been jailed for raping an 11-year-old boy at the Manchester Arndale shopping centre.

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Two workmen die as balcony collapses in London

Two men have died and six other people have been injured after part of a balcony collapsed in west London.

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Man seriously injured by Rhino at Whipsnade Zoo

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Police fail to record a fifth of all crimes reported to them

More than 800,000 - or one in five - of all crimes reported to the police each year are not being recorded by officers, a report suggests.

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Too many inmates 'jailed needlessly', says review chief

Too many people are being jailed unnecessarily, the head of a review into prison suicides has said.

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Rosetta: Comet lander Philae now stable say scientists

The robot probe Philae that made a historic comet landing is now stable after initially failing to attach to the surface, and is sending pictures.

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Robot probe Philae makes historic comet landing

European robot probe Philae has made the first, historic landing on a comet, after descending from its mothership.

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Shoplifter assault case PC dismissed from Met Police

A Metropolitan Police officer who punched a suspected shoplifter before pinning her to the ground has been dismissed from the force.

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US ebola-free as patient recovers from virus

The only Ebola patient being treated in the United States has been cleared of the deadly virus.

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Indian woman paraded naked on donkey

A woman in northern India has been stripped naked and paraded on a donkey on the orders of village elders after being accused of killing her nephew.

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UK gains 20bn from European migrants

European migrants to the UK are not a drain on Britain's finances and pay out far more in taxes than they receive in state benefits, a new study has revealed.

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Overtime should count in holiday pay

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Costa Concordia: Last victim 'found in wreck'

Human remains found in the wreck of the Costa Concordia are believed to be the last victim of the cruise ship's 2012 capsize, Italian officials have said.

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School teacher Ann Maguire murder: Boy jailed for life

A 16-year-old boy has been given a life sentence after he admitted murdering Leeds teacher Ann Maguire.

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Masked Halloween group sexually assault woman

A woman has been sexually assaulted by a group of teenagers wearing Halloween masks, police have confirmed.

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Virgin 'space' crash investigation begins

US officials have started to investigate why a Virgin Galactic space rocket crashed over California's Mojave desert on a test flight.

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Birmingham mother 'takes baby son to Syria' to support IS

Counter terrorism police are investigating reports a Birmingham mother has travelled to Syria to support Islamic State (IS) militants.

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UK ends Afghan combat operations

The last UK base in Afghanistan has been handed over to the control of Afghan security forces, ending British combat operations in the country.

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Iran hangs woman in defiance of international campaign

Iran executed Saturday a 26-year-old woman who had spent five years on death row for the murder of a former intelligence official, defying international pressure to spare her life.

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EU budget: Britain must pay 'and that's that' says MEP

Europe expects the UK to pay an extra 1.7bn towards the EU budget 'and that's that', a vice president of the European Parliament has said.

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Liverpool rape: 12-yr-old boy among 11 people arrested

A 12-year-old boy and a 15-year-old girl are among 11 people who have been arrested on suspicion of raping a woman at her home in Liverpool.

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Ottawa shootings: Canada to toughen terror laws

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has vowed to strengthen the nation's terror laws one day after a gunman rampaged through parliament.

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India: 3-yr-old girl 'raped' in Bangalore school

Indian police are investigating the alleged rape of a three-year-old girl in her school in the city of Bangalore.

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Hurricane Gonzalo: Woman hit by tree in London dies

A woman has died after being hit by a falling tree in high winds in London.

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Oscar Pistorius jailed for five years

South African athlete Oscar Pistorius has been jailed for five years for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

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Not all paedophiles who download images 'will be charged'

Some paedophiles with images of child abuse will escape prosecution, the head of the National Crime Agency says.

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Man 'kills stepdaughter over soiled clothing'

Brooklyn police have arrested a man who they say killed his wife's three-year-old daughter over soiled pants.

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Actress Lynda Bellingham dies aged 66

British actress and presenter Lynda Bellingham, who had cancer, has died aged 66, her agent has confirmed.

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Ebola crisis: Spanish nurse tests 'negative' for virus

The Spanish nurse who became the first person to contract Ebola outside West Africa has now tested negative for the virus, her family told Spanish media.

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Anni Dewani murderer dies in South African prison

A man jailed for shooting dead Anni Dewani in 2010 has died in prison, South Africa's correctional services department has said.

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Match.com dating fraud: Four men jailed

Four men have been jailed for conning 12 women out of nearly £250,000 as part of an "elaborate" dating website scam.

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Terror plot suspects planned to kill police, court hears

Five men have appeared in court charged in connection with a terror plot "to shoot, to kill, police officers or soldiers on the streets of London".

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Ebola screening extended to Birmingham airport

Passenger screening for Ebola is to be extended to Manchester and Birmingham airports, Public Health England says.

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US author John Grisham questions child porn jail terms

Author John Grisham has criticised the US justice system for handing down "harsh" prison sentences to those viewing indecent images of children.

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Cellar slave girl: Salford couple must pay victim 100,000

A deaf girl from Pakistan kept as a slave for nine years by a millionaire couple from Salford is to receive £100,000 in compensation.

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Welfare minister apologises for disability pay comments

Welfare minister Lord Freud has apologised for "foolish and offensive" remarks in which he suggested people with disabilities could be paid less than the minimum wage.

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Ebola outbreak: Second Texas health worker 'tests positive'

A second health worker in the US state of Texas has tested positive for Ebola, health officials say.

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London hospital thrown into chaos after 'Ebola patient'

Britain's hospitals may be unprepared to deal with an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus, NHS insiders have claimed, after a suspected sufferer caused chaos in a London A&E ward.

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Ebola: Health care worker tests positive at Texas hospital

A Texas health care worker who treated US Ebola victim Thomas Duncan before his death has tested positive for the virus, officials say.

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Murdered schoolgirl Alice Gross' body 'was weighted down'

The body of murdered schoolgirl Alice Gross was found wrapped and weighted down in a shallow stretch of river, an inquest has heard.

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Malala Yousafzai wins Nobel peace prize

Children's rights activists Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan and Kailash Satyarthi of India and have won the Nobel Peace Prize.

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UK Ebola screening for arrivals from affected countries

The UK is to introduce "enhanced screening" for Ebola for arrivals from affected countries.

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Ebola virus: Spanish protests as nurse's dog is put down

Health authorities in Spain have put to death the dog of a nurse infected with the Ebola virus in Madrid, sparking protests from animal rights groups.

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US Ebola patient Thomas Duncan dies in hospital

The first person to be diagnosed with Ebola within the US has died, Texas hospital officials have said.

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Ex-DJ Ray Teret 'raped girl with Jimmy Savile'

A former radio DJ raped a 15-year-old girl "acting together" with Jimmy Savile, a court has been told.

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Sean Rigg custody death: Police perjury charges dropped

Two police officers will not face charges of perjury, perverting the course of justice or collusion in relation to a death of a prisoner.

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Moazzam Begg offered help over Alan Henning release

Former Guantanamo Bay detainee Moazzam Begg offered to help secure the release of British hostage Alan Henning from Islamic State, he has told the BBC.

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Alice Gross death: Body found is suspect Arnis Zalkalns

Police say a body found in a west London park is that of Arnis Zalkalns - the prime suspect in the murder of teenager Alice Gross.

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Woman raped while out walking her dog

A 40-year-old woman has been raped while walking her dog in Salford.

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British hostage David Bolam freed

British teacher David Bolam has been released after being held hostage by militants in Libya since May.

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Six-month-old baby girl killed in dog attack

A six-month-old girl has been killed in a dog attack in Daventry.

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Alice Gross murder suspect: Police find another body

Police searching for Arnis Zalkalns, the man suspected of killing Alice Gross, have found a body in west London.

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Policeman shot while confronting suspect

A police constable has been shot while confronting a man suspected of drinking and driving in south-east London.

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Alan Henning's brother-in-law: 'UK should've done more'

The British government should have done more to free Alan Henning, the murdered hostage's brother-in-law has said.

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Prison officer 'stabbed' at Swaleside jail

A prison officer has been attacked and injured during a disturbance at a jail in Kent.

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British hostage Alan Henning purpoted killed by IS

A video purporting to show the beheading of British hostage Alan Henning has been released by Islamic State militants.

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Female police officer 'mowed down' during car chase

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Three 'held over killing of British tourists in Thailand'

Three Burmese men have been questioned over the killing of two Britons, in Thailand, according to local reports.

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Teen jailed for murdering and dismembering girlfriend

A teenage boy obsessed with a TV serial killer has been jailed for at least 25 years for murdering and dismembering his 17-year-old girlfriend.

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Alice Gross murder: Police formally identify body

A body found in a west London river is that of missing Alice Gross, the Metropolitan Police have confirmed.

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Moazzam Begg to be released as terror charges dropped

The former Guantanamo Bay detainee Moazzam Begg has had seven terror charges against him dropped by the Crown Prosecution Service.

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Alice Gross search: Police find a body in river

Police investigating the disappearance of teenager Alice Gross say a body has been found in a west London river.

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Theresa May to announce new Extremist Disruption Orders

Extremists will have to get posts on Facebook and Twitter approved in advance by the police under sweeping rules planned by the Conservatives.

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Neil Fox arrest: DJ 'Dr Fox' held over 'sex assaults'

DJ Neil Fox - known as "Dr Fox" - has been arrested by police investigating claims of historical sex offences.

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Thorpe Hall School pupils' images on teacher's computer

Indecent images of pupils were discovered on the computer of an Essex deputy head teacher, who was found dead the day after he spoke to officers.

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Child abuse report criticises South Yorkshire Police

Children in care homes were left vulnerable to abuse because of "shortcomings" by South Yorkshire Police, a report has found.

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Hackney shooting: Boy, 15, guilty of girl's manslaughter

A teenage boy has been found guilty of shooting his 15-year-old girlfriend dead after she went to give him a birthday present.

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Dave Lee Travis sentence to be reviewed

The three-month suspended sentence given to former BBC Radio 1 DJ Dave Lee Travis is to be reviewed by the attorney general's office.

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US police officer shot in Ferguson, Missouri

A police officer has been shot in the strife-torn US town of Ferguson, Missouri, but the officer's condition is unclear, St Louis police say.

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Shadow minister quits over UK parliament IS vote

A Muslim member of Ed Miliband's frontbench team has resigned as a shadow minister because she was unwilling to vote for British involvement in air strikes against Islamic State in Iraq.

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Fired US worker beheads female colleague

A man in Oklahoma has beheaded one woman and wounded another after being fired from his job, police have said.

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MPs support UK air strikes against IS in Iraq

The UK Parliament has backed British participation in air strikes against Islamic State extremists in Iraq.

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Dave Lee Travis given suspended sentence

Former BBC Radio 1 DJ Dave Lee Travis has been given a suspended sentence of three months for indecently assaulting a woman in 1995.

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Commons to vote on UK air strikes against IS in Iraq

MPs will vote later on whether the UK should join US-led air strikes on Islamic State (IS) in Iraq.

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Cannibalism fetish nurse Dale Bolinger jailed for nine years

A nurse with a cannibalism fetish who fantasised about beheading and then eating a teenage girl has been jailed for nine years.

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Parliament recalled over air strikes on Islamic State in Iraq

Parliament is to be recalled on Friday to discuss the UK's possible involvement in air strikes against Islamic State (IS) in Iraq.

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French tourist Herve Gourdel beheaded in Algeria

France has confirmed that an Algerian jihadist group linked to Islamic State (IS) militants has beheaded tourist Herve Gourdel, seized on Sunday.

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Ex-DJ Dave Lee Travis found guilty of indecent assault

Former Radio 1 DJ Dave Lee Travis has been found guilty of indecently assaulting a researcher on the Mrs Merton Show in 1995.

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Woman and child killed 'suspiciously' by train

A woman and young child have died after being hit by a train in Slough, Berkshire, in "suspicious circumstances", police have said.

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More than 500 police officers disciplined for sex offences

More than 500 police have been disciplined in the past five years for sexual misconduct or have quit while under investigation.

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'Scheming' PC who brutalized woman loses appeal

A police officer who was filmed dragging a woman by the hair and punching her three times in the head has lost his appeal against the conviction for assault.

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Plans to cut criminal legal aid in doubt after court ruling

Government plans for cutting criminal legal aid by £220 million have been thrown into confusion after the high court ruled that the Ministry of Justice consultation process was so unfair that it was illegal.

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Tony Blair on Islamic State: 'Don't rule out ground troops'

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair has said that sending in combat troops to fight Islamic State militants on the ground should not be ruled out.

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EE to take over 58 Phones 4U stores

Mobile phone operator EE is to buy 58 stores from Phones 4U, which fell into administration last week.

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Alice Gross disappearance: Search 'largest since 7/7'

The hunt for missing 14-year-old Alice Gross is the largest Metropolitan Police search operation since the 7/7 bombings in 2005, the force has said.

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500 youths in Blackpool mass street brawl

A brawl involving up to 500 youths broke out in Blackpool resulting in three police officers being injured.

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Scottish referendum: Alex Salmond to quit as first minister

Alex Salmond is to step down as first minister of Scotland after voters decisively rejected independence.

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'Pyramid scheme' operation sees six women convicted

Six women have been convicted of operating a "pyramid" scheme in which thousands of investors lost money.

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PCC Shaun Wright resigns over child abuse scandal

South Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright has resigned over the Rotherham child abuse scandal.

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Cancer doctor admits child sex offences

A child cancer specialist has admitted sexually abusing boys in his care.

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Paddy Ashdown slams 'kneejerk' response to terror threat

Paddy Ashdown accuses Tory ministers of "kneejerk" responses and of stoking fear in the minds of the British people.

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Ashya King: Missing boy with brain tumour found in Spain

A five-year-old boy with a brain tumour whose parents removed him from hospital against medical advice has been found.

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Swiss baby dies after being forgotten by parent in car

A 16-month-old baby has died in a car in Switzerland, after one of the parents forgot to drop it off at the nursery on the way to work.

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Man charged over George Galloway assault

A man has been charged with religiously-aggravated assault after MP George Galloway was attacked in a west London street.

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Ashya King: Missing boy's 'life is in danger'

The health of a five-year-old boy taken from hospital by his parents against medical advice will deteriorate rapidly as the battery on his feeding system runs out later, police said.

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Gaza conflict: Israel and Palestinians agree long-term truce

A long-term ceasefire has been agreed between Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip.

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1,400 children exploited in Rotherham child abuse scandal

At least 1,400 children were subjected to appalling sexual exploitation in Rotherham between 1997 and 2013, a report has found.

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Mother jailed for 11 years for killing son Mikaeel Kular

The mother of three-year-old Mikaeel Kular has been jailed for 11 years after she admitted killing her son and hiding his body in a suitcase.

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Sir Cliff Richard interviewed by police over assault claim

Sir Cliff Richard has been interviewed by South Yorkshire Police in connection with an alleged historical sexual offence, his spokesman has said.

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Amina Bibi murder: Husband and hired killer jailed for life

A man who paid a crack cocaine addict £1,000 to kill his wife has been jailed for life for her murder.

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3-yr-old girl 'unable to walk' from neglect

A three-year-old girl could not walk and had severe nappy rash requiring hospital treatment as agencies underestimated neglect, a report says.

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Islamist militants 'kill reporter James Foley on video'

The Islamic State militant group has released a video online purporting to show the beheading of US journalist James Foley, missing since 2012.

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Sabrina Moss murder: 3 found guilty of shooting mother

Three men have been found guilty of murdering a mother who was shot while out celebrating her 24th birthday.

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Man charged with child destruction after woman loses baby

A man has been charged with child destruction after a pregnant teenager was allegedly punched in the stomach.

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Sir Cliff Richard's Berkshire property searched by police

Police have searched a Berkshire property belonging to Sir Cliff Richard in relation to an alleged historical sex offence.

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Israel, Palestinians 'extend Gaza truce by five days'

Israeli and Palestinian negotiators have reportedly agreed to extend a ceasefire in Gaza by five days, minutes before the expiry of a three-day truce.

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Man killed as e-cigarette 'explodes'

A man was killed when a charging e-cigarette exploded and ignited oxygen equipment he is believed to have been using, Merseyside's fire service said.

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Chatroom rape fantasies woman jailed for six years

A woman who used internet chatrooms to try to arrange for strangers to rape a former work colleague has been jailed for six years.

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Joan Rivers says 'Palestinians deserve to be dead'

Joan Rivers is known for her scathing sharp tongue, and yet her take on the Isaeli-Gaza crisis is one of her most controversial views to date.

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UN demands immediate access to MH17 plane crash site

The UN Security Council has adopted a resolution demanding access to the crash site of a passenger plane downed over a rebel-held area in Ukraine.

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Emergency data retention law set to be passed

An emergency law to ensure police and security services can continue to access people's phone and internet records is expected to be approved at a special cabinet meeting later.

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Lord Brittan 'interviewed over historical rape allegation'

Former Home Secretary Leon Brittan is reported to have been interviewed by police over a historical allegation of rape.

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Rolf Harris jailed for five years and nine months

Disgraced entertainer Rolf Harris has been jailed for nearly six years for 12 indecent assaults against four girls - including one aged just seven or eight.

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Andy Coulson jailed for 18 months over phone hacking

Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson has been jailed for 18 months for conspiracy to hack phones.

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12-yr-old boy riding motorbike with toddler injured in crash

A 12-year-old boy riding a motorcycle with a three-year-old passenger has been seriously injured in a crash with a car in Bridlington.

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Rolf Harris found guilty of indecent assaults

Veteran entertainer Rolf Harris has been found guilty of indecently assaulting four girls.

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EU signs pacts with Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova

Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova have signed partnership agreements with the European Union, in a move strongly opposed by Russia.

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Stuart Hall sentenced to two more years for indecent assaults

Ex-BBC broadcaster Stuart Hall has been sentenced to an extra two years and six months in jail for two counts of indecently assaulting a girl.

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16-yr-old boy arrested over teenager murder in Brixton

A 16-year-old boy has been arrested over the murder of a teenager in south London, the Metropolitan Police said.

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Tory quits over homophobic and anti-Islamic tweets

A Tory candidate has resigned from the party after posting anti-Islamic and homophobic comments on Twitter.

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Martin Thomas death: 13-yr-old boy charged with murder

A 13-year-old boy has been charged with the murder of a man who died during a break-in in south-west London.

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Max Clifford jailed for eight years for sex assaults

Disgraced celebrity publicist Max Clifford has been jailed for a total of eight years for a string of indecent assaults against girls and young women.

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Heroin 'role' in Peaches Geldof death

Heroin is "likely" to have played a role in the death of Peaches Geldof, an inquest has revealed.

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Gerry Adams held over Jean McConville murder

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has been arrested by Northern Ireland police in connection with the 1972 murder of Jean McConville.

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Teacher stabbed to death at Leeds school

A female teacher has been stabbed to death at a school in Leeds.

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Max Clifford guilty of eight indecent assaults

Publicist Max Clifford has been found guilty of eight indecent assaults on women and girls as young as 15 by a jury at Southwark Crown Court.

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Mayor resigns over derogatory disability comment

Swindon's mayor has resigned after making derogatory remarks about disabled people during a meeting.

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Up to 20 people stabbed at Pennsylvania high school

As many as 20 students have been injured in a mass stabbing at a high school in the US state of Pennsylvania, authorities have said.

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Maria Miller quits as culture secretary after expenses row

Maria Miller has insisted it was her decision to resign as culture secretary amid claims she was forced out by No 10 after a row over her expenses.

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Peaches Geldof dies aged 25

TV presenter Peaches Geldof, second daughter of musician Bob Geldof and Paula Yates, has died aged 25.

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Malaysia missing plane search China ship 'picks up signal'

A Chinese ship searching for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane in the southern Indian Ocean has picked up a pulse signal, Chinese media say.

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Man arrested after woman and baby daughter found dead

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a mother and her young daughter were found dead in Hackney.

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Nida Naseer: Police confirm body found is missing teen

Police investigating the disappearance of Nida Naseer from Newport say a body found near the city is the missing teenager.

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Shereka Marsh murder: Accused boy in court

A teenage boy accused of murdering a 15-year-old girl who was shot in the neck in London has appeared in court.

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Missing plane declared officially 'lost'

Malaysia's prime minister has announced on the basis of new analysis it must be concluded that missing flight MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean.

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Inquiry after children found 'living wild' in Paris

French authorities are investigating an Indian couple for neglect after their three small children were found living in appalling conditions in their flat.

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UK's first female genital mutilation prosecutions announced

The first UK prosecutions over female genital mutilation have been announced by the Crown Prosecution Service.

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Woman jailed for acid attack on Naomi Oni

A woman who threw acid in the face of a friend while wearing a veil as a disguise has been jailed for 12 years.

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Gloucestershire care home rapist Colin Stokes jailed

A care worker who raped three vulnerable women at the home he worked in has been jailed for 14 years.

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Russian President Putin recognises Crimea as nation

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree recognising Crimea "as a sovereign and independent state", presidential sources say.

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Mick Jagger's girlfriend L'Wren Scott found dead

L'Wren Scott, a designer and the girlfriend of Sir Mick Jagger, has been found dead in her New York City flat.

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Crimea exit poll: About 93% back Russia union

About 93% of Crimean voters have backed joining Russia and seceding from Ukraine, exit polls have suggested.

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Labour party stalwart Tony Benn dies at 88

Former cabinet minister and veteran left-wing campaigner Tony Benn has died at home, his family has said.

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Man found distressed with penis cut off on road

A man has been found by the side of a road with his penis cut off.

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Woman jailed for microwaving pet kitten to death

A woman who killed her pet kitten by cooking it in a microwave because she thought it had attacked her goldfish has been jailed for 14 weeks.

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14-yr-old boy in court charged with raping mother

A 14-year-old boy has appeared in court charged with raping his mother.

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PC caught pummeling shoplifter given community order

A police officer who punched a suspected shoplifter in the head before pinning her to the ground has been sentenced to a community order.

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Childcare 'costs more than mortgage'

Many parents in Britain are paying more for childcare annually than the average mortgage bill, according to a report.

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Boy who raped sister after watching porn sentenced

A 12-year-old boy who raped his seven-year-old sister after watching hardcore pornography on the internet has avoided a custodial sentence.

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Missing Megan Roberts: Police find body in River Ouse

A woman's body has been found in a river downstream from where a 20-year-old student went missing almost six weeks ago, police have said.

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Spree killer Joanne Dennehy given 'whole life' term

"Cruel, calculating and manipulative" triple killer Joanne Dennehy has been given a whole-life prison sentence.

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Single punch death sentence may be reviewed

The attorney general is considering whether to review the four-year sentence given to a man who killed another man with a single punch.

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Lee Rigby murderer given 'whole life' term

Michael Adebolajo has been given a whole-life term and Michael Adebowale has been jailed for a minimum of 45 years for murdering Fusilier Lee Rigby.

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14-yr-old boy charged with raping his mother in Blackpool

A 14-year-old boy has been charged with the rape of his mother in Blackpool.

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Dave Lee Travis to face retrial on sex offence charges

Former Radio 1 DJ Dave Lee Travis is to face a retrial on charges of indecent and sexual assault, the Crown Prosecution Service has said.

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Paedophile priest admits abusing children in East Midlands

An 85-year-old Catholic priest has pleaded guilty to a series of child-related sex offences after being extradited from Tenerife.

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Disabled tenants lose housing benefit cut appeal

Five disabled social housing tenants have lost their Court of Appeal bid to have benefit cuts for those with spare bedrooms ruled unlawful.

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European Union imposes sanctions on Ukraine

European Union foreign ministers have agreed to impose sanctions on Ukrainian officials "responsible for violence and excessive force".

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Peterborough sex attack gang jailed

A gang that raped and sexually assaulted five vulnerable girls in Peterborough have been jailed at the Old Bailey.

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Ukraine unrest: At least 21 protesters dead in clashes

At least 21 protesters have been killed by security forces in Kiev following the breakdown of a truce agreed on Wednesday.

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Jamie Kightley death: Case review highlights concerns

Experts have criticised a paediatrician who

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2-yr-old girl found on the road dies, mother arrested

A woman has been arrested on suspicion of murdering her two-year-old daughter in Bradford.

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Dog attack baby 'dearly loved'

The parents of a six-day-old baby girl thought to have been killed by the family dog have said they will "cherish the little time" they had with her.

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Dave Lee Travis trial: DJ cleared of indecent assault

Former BBC DJ Dave Lee Travis has been found not guilty of 12 counts of indecent assault.

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Woolwich murder: Man pleads guilty to Lee Rigby videos

A British Muslim has pleaded guilty to posting videos on YouTube glorifying the killing of Fusilier Lee Rigby.

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11-month-old baby girl mauled to death by pet dog

An 11-month-old baby girl has died after she was mauled by a pet dog in Lancashire, police said.

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Ex-head teacher jailed for 8 years for abusing five boys

The former headmaster of a school attended by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg by has been jailed for eight years for sexually abusing pupils.

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'Plebgate' Police officer Keith Wallis jailed for a year

A Metropolitan Police officer who lied about witnessing the "plebgate" row has been sentenced to 12 months in prison.

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Coronation Street star William Roache innocent

Coronation Street actor William Roache has been cleared of rape and indecent assault charges by a jury.

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British woman jailed in Caribbean for killing her husband

A Cardiff woman has been convicted of killing her husband in a road crash in the Dominican Republic.

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Woman charged with murder of seven-week-old baby

A 24-year-old-woman from Oldham has been charged with the murder of a seven-week-old baby, Greater Manchester Police have said.

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Councils failing to change misleading bus lane signs

Some councils are refusing to change misleading signs on roads warning people not to drive into bus lanes - despite motorists successfully appealing against fines.

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MP urges probe into unfair benefits sanctions

The Government is under pressure to investigate if thousands of people are being taken off benefits unfairly - following a campaign by a Greater Manchester MP.

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Schoolchildren among dead as volcano erupts

A volcano has erupted on Indonesia's western island of Sumatra, killing at least 11 people, officials have said.

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Three arrested over seven-week-old baby murder

Three people have been arrested in Greater Manchester on suspicion of murdering a seven-week-old baby, police have confirmed.

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Ukraine activist says he was abducted and tortured

A leading activist in Ukraine's street opposition who vanished for eight days says he was abducted and tortured before being left to die in the cold.

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Three lapdancers cleared of kidnapping club boss

Three lapdancers and their manager have been cleared of kidnapping a club boss.

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Amanda Knox and ex guilty of Meredith Kercher murder

A court in Italy has reinstated the guilty verdicts against Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito for the murder of UK student Meredith Kercher in 2007.

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Veiled woman admits charge after jury is dismissed

A Muslim woman on trial for witness intimidation has admitted the charge, after a jury failed to reach a verdict.

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Lee Rigby killer Michael Adebolajo makes appeal bid

Michael Adebolajo, who was found guilty of the murder of British soldier Lee Rigby, has lodged an application to appeal against his conviction, the Judicial Office has confirmed.

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MPs reject Tory rebels' immigration amendment

MPs have voted to reject a bid by rebel Tory MPs to stop foreign criminals using European human rights law to avoid deportation, by 241 to 97.

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Two die in bizarre circumstances on the M1

A man died when he fell from a bridge over the M1 in Hertfordshire and a Good Samaritan driver who came to his aid was then killed by a passing vehicle.

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Iceland food bin theft case dropped

The case against three men accused of stealing food from bins outside an Iceland store has been dropped by prosecutors.

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Three accused of stealing food from Iceland store bins

Three men are to stand trial after allegedly taking cheese, tomatoes and cakes from bins behind an Iceland shop.

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Controversial lobbying bill passes through House of Lords

Charities have expressed their disappointment after the government's controversial lobbying bill squeezed through the House of Lords on Tuesday.

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Ukraine's Prime Minister and government resign

Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovych has accepted the resignation of the prime minister and his cabinet amid continuing anti-government protests.

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Royal overspend prompts call to open palace doors

Buckingham Palace should be opened to more paying visitors when the Queen is not in residence to fund improvements to the royal estate, MPs have said.

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TV weatherman Fred Talbot on child sex charges

TV weather presenter Fred Talbot has been charged with the sexual abuse of schoolchildren between 1968 and 1983.

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Three dead in Maryland shopping mall shooting

Three people have been killed in a shooting at a shopping centre in Maryland in the US.

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Britons returning from Syria face arrest, says police chief

Britons returning to the UK from Syria will be stopped at the border and face arrest, a senior police chief has said.

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Boy arrested after girl found dead

A 16-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a 17-year-old-girl was found dead in Surrey.

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Benefits stopped 'to meet government targets', says union

People looking for work have had their benefits stopped to meet government targets, the PCS union claims.

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Life term for mum who murdered baby son

A woman has been jailed for life after beating and blinding her 11-month-old son who she then murdered.

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Paedophile rock star to appeal length of his jail sentence

Paedophile rock star Ian Watkins is seeking leave to appeal against the length of his jail term for child sex offences, including the attempted rape of a baby.

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Becky Godden murder detective 'guilty of misconduct'

A detective who did not follow arrest guidelines in a double murder case has been found guilty of gross misconduct, the BBC has learned.

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Syria Geneva II peace conference begins with bitterness

Syria's government and main political opposition have traded bitter accusations as a major peace conference begins in Switzerland.

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Stan Collymore accuses Twitter over abusive messages

Former footballer Stan Collymore has accused Twitter of not doing enough to combat abusive messages after he was targeted by internet trolls.

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Mikaeel Kular - Mother Rosdeep charged with son's murder

The mother of three-year-old Mikaeel Kular has appeared in court charged with his murder.

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Girl reports rape by five men as she walked home

Police in Essex have begun a rape investigation after a teenage girl came forward to report an attack by five men nearly three years ago.

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UKIP suspends councillor who blamed ills on gay marriage

UKIP has suspended an Oxfordshire councillor after he blamed recent flooding on the government's decision to legalise gay marriage.

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Mikaeel Kular - Police investigate offensive tweet

Police are investigating an offensive social media comment made in relation to the Mikaeel Kular case.

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Mikaeel Kular death - Boy's mother charged

The mother of three-year-old Mikaeel Kular has been arrested and charged in connection with the death of her son after a body was found in Fife.

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3-yr-old Mikaeel Kular - Police find body and detain mother

Police investigating the disappearance of three-year-old Mikaeel Kular have found a body and detained his mother.

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Winter Olympics - Putin cautions gay visitors to Sochi

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said homosexuals will be welcome in Sochi for the Olympics but warned them against spreading "gay propaganda".

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New image of missing 3-yr-old Mikaeel Kular released

Police have released a new image of a three-year-old boy who has gone missing in Edinburgh.

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Two women held over terror offences

Two women aged 26 and 27 have been arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences, the Metropolitan Police says.

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Police chief faces shooting charges

The Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police, Sir Peter Fahy, is to be prosecuted after an unarmed man was shot dead by an officer.

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UK paedophiles pay to watch Philippines child sex abuse

British paedophiles are paying to watch the abuse of children in the Philippines via webcams, a BBC investigation has found.

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Men and youths found guilty of serious sex offences

Two men and three teenage boys have been found guilty of a series of rapes and sexual assaults in Peterborough.

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Sky Sports presenter reveals teenage sexual assault

TV presenter Charlie Webster, best known for her work on Sky Sports and Sky Sports News, has revealed that she was sexually assaulted as a teenager.

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Ex-EDL leader Tommy Robinson to give talks  on tolerance

The violent ex-leader of the far right English Defence League is set to give talks on tolerance to schoolchildren.

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Rolf Harris arrives at court to enter sex offence pleas

Veteran entertainer Rolf Harris has arrived at London's Southwark Crown Court to enter pleas to 12 counts of indecent assault on girls.

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Coronation Street's William Roache goes on trial

A judge has told a panel of potential jurors that the "real person" William Roache is on trial, not his fictional Coronation Street character.

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Dave Lee Travis described as 'opportunist' sex offender

Former BBC Radio 1 DJ Dave Lee Travis was an "opportunist" sex offender who targeted "vulnerable" young women, a London court has been told.

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Hundreds attend Mark Duggan vigil

Up to 500 people have attended a vigil for Mark Duggan outside Tottenham police station.

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Israel's former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon dies

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has died aged 85 after spending eight years in a coma following a stroke.

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The Pakistani servant girl tortured to death

The case of a 10-year-old girl in Pakistan's Punjab province, whose employers confessed to beating her to death last week...

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Police concern ahead of Mark Duggan vigil

Police say they are aware of a "small number" of people intending to provoke disorder at a vigil for Mark Duggan later, despite his family's pleas for a peaceful commemoration of his death.

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PCSO charged with rape and blackmail

A police community support officer has been charged with rape, blackmail and misconduct in a public office.

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Hillcroft nursing home staff sentenced for resident abuse

Four care workers have been sentenced for abusing elderly residents at a care home in Lancashire.

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Woman and two children found dead

A murder investigation has been launched after a woman and two young boys were found dead in a house in Brent, north-west London.

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Parking offence fines in England could be cut

Parking fines in England could be reduced, amid claims some councils are using them as a "cash cow".

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Man detained at Guantanamo Bay to be freed

A US government review panel has determined a man from Yemen detained at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba for more than a decade can be released.

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Met Police chief praises Mark Duggan family 'dignity'

The Metropolitan Police Commissioner has praised the "very dignified way" Mark Duggan's family has responded to the inquest conclusion.

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Child sex West Midlands Police Officer jailed

A police officer who engaged in sexual activity with a 14-year-old girl has been jailed for six years.

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Pakistan schoolboy killed when he tackles suicide bomber

Tributes have been pouring in for a Pakistani teenager who was killed on Monday when he tackled a suicide bomber targeting his school in the Hangu area.

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Mark Duggan's aunt urges 'no violence' in wake of verdict

Mark Duggan's aunt Carole has said the family will fight the inquest decision of lawful killing "through the courts" and urged for calm.

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Mark Duggan death - Armed police to wear video cameras

Firearms officers are to wear video cameras in an attempt to be "more open" following the death of Mark Duggan, the Met Police Commissioner has said.

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Mark Duggan was lawfully killed inquest finds

Mark Duggan was lawfully killed when he was shot dead by a police marksman, a jury has found by a majority of 8 to 2.

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Campaigner Tim Haries guilty of defacing Queen portrait

A Fathers4Justice campaigner has been found guilty of defacing a portrait of the Queen while it was on display in Westminster Abbey.

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Comedy star's 12-yr-old son found dead at home

The 12-year-old son of Scottish comedian and actor Ford Kiernan has been found dead at the family home in the west end of Glasgow.

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Many child sex attackers not jailed

About 50% of criminals convicted of sex offences, violence and burglaries in England and Wales in 2012 were not sent to prison, it has emerged.

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PC charged with sexual misconduct against six women

A Nottinghamshire police officer has been charged with sexual misconduct against six women.

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Norfolk helicopter crash: Four people believed to be dead

Four people are believed to have been killed in a helicopter crash on the north Norfolk coast, police have said.

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Nigel Farage 'agrees' with 'rivers of blood' speech

Nigel Farage, the leader of the UK Independence Party, provoked anger after expressing agreement with the 'basic principle' of some of the sentiments in Enoch Powell's notorious 'rivers of blood' speech.

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Sports Direct baby birth 28-yr-old woman arrested

A woman has been arrested on suspicion of wilful neglect after a baby was born in "unusual circumstances" at a sports retail warehouse.

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Residents flee occupied Fallujah amid army bombardment

Thousands of residents are fleeing the Iraqi city of Fallujah, amid artillery fire and air strikes by government forces, witnesses told the BBC.

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Mobility scooter man dies after falling into River Thames

A man on a mobility scooter has died after falling into the River Thames when trying to pass a flooded pathway.

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Police investigate baby born at 'Sports Direct' retail store

Police are investigating the "unusual circumstances" of the birth of a baby at a sports retail warehouse.

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Plane makes emergency landing on New York highway

A small plane has made an emergency landing on a US interstate highway in the New York borough of The Bronx.

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Sister's appeal for missing Nida Ul-Naseer to come home

The sister of teenager Nida Ul-Naseer, missing from her south Wales home for six days, has made an emotional appeal for her to come home.

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BNP's Nick Griffin declared bankrupt

British National Party (BNP) leader Nick Griffin MEP has been declared bankrupt.

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Cameron backs 'life means life' prison sentences

David Cameron has said "life should mean life" as the government considers US-style 100-year prison sentences for murderers and serious offenders.

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'Exceptional weather' with rain and wind to hit UK

A period of "exceptional weather" bringing rain, wind and high tides is set to hit the UK, Environment Secretary Owen Paterson has said.

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Archbishop says 'emulate Mandela' in 2014 message

People should pledge this new year to try to emulate Nelson Mandela and change the world around them, the Archbishop of Canterbury has said.

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Briton accused of killing his two children found hanged

A Briton who was accused of killing his two children in France has hanged himself in a French prison, officials have told the BBC.

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Teenage woman dies in fire in London street

An 18-year-old woman has died after she was found on fire in a street in south-west London.

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'Suicide bomber' hits Russia's Volgograd train station

An explosion at a train station in the southern Russian city of Volgograd has killed at least 14 people, reports say.

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Ban smacking, children's tsar urges

Parents should be banned from smacking children, the Children's Commissioner for England, Maggie Atkinson, has said.

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Man dies after fatal shooting at a London West End club

A man has died in hospital after he was shot inside a nightclub in London's West End.

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New flood fear as more rain forecast

The Environment Agency is warning of further significant disruption from flooding in parts of southern England, with more heavy rainfall forecast.

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Two dead in Israel-Gaza border violence

A three-year-old Palestinian girl has been killed in a series of retaliatory Israeli strikes on the Gaza Strip.

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Rolf Harris facing three further sexual assault charges

Rolf Harris is facing three further prosecutions for sexual assault including one against girl "aged seven or eight", prosecutors have said.

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Justine Sacco loses her job after racist Aids 'joke'

Justine Sacco, a PR executive who found herself at the centre of a Twitter firestorm after posting a racist "joke", has lost her job and been forced to apologise as a result of the scandal.

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London bus crash: Seven people seriously injured

More than 30 people have been injured, seven of them seriously, in a bus crash in south London.

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Nigella Lawson and Charles Saatchi PAs cleared of fraud

Nigella Lawson has said she is "disappointed but unsurprised" that two sisters who worked as her personal assistants have been cleared of fraud.

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30 injured as London's Apollo Theatre's roof collapses

Part of a roof in the Apollo Theatre in central London has collapsed during a performance.

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Georgia Williams death Sadistic killer given whole life term

A sexual deviant who killed a teenage girl by hanging her at his parents' house has been ordered to spend the rest of his life in jail.

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Two guilty of Lee Rigby murder

Two men have been found guilty of murdering soldier Lee Rigby outside Woolwich barracks in south-east London in May.

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Jayden Parkinson body 'found in disturbed Didcot grave'

Police say a body found in a disturbed grave is believed to be missing teenager Jayden Parkinson.

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Lostprophets' Ian Watkins sentenced to 35 years

Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins has been sentenced to 35 years for child sex offences including the attempted rape of a baby.

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UK doctor 'murdered' in Syrian jail

British doctor Abbas Khan has been "in effect murdered" by the Syrian authorities just days before his expected release from jail, Foreign Office Minister Hugh Robertson said.

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Firefighters plan strikes over festive season

Fire Brigades Union members in England and Wales are to strike on Christmas Eve, New Year's Eve and 3 January in an ongoing row over pensions.

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Princess Diana Met to give statement on new material

The results of a "scoping exercise" to examine purported new evidence on the death of Diana, Princess of Wales will be revealed by the Metropolitan Police on Tuesday.

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13-yr-old girl raped and buried alive in Pakistan

A 13-year-old girl has survived after she was raped and buried alive by two men in Pakistan.

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Students injured in Centennial, Colorado, school shooting

Two students have been injured in a Colorado school shooting, the Arapahoe County sheriff has said.

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MPs' 11% pay rise plan unveiled by salaries watchdog

The body which sets MPs' salaries has confirmed that it plans to give them an 11% pay rise, claiming this will not cost the taxpayer "a penny more" once other changes are taken into account.

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Uruguay legalizes marijuana in a world's first

Uruguay has become the first country in the world to make it legal to grow, sell and consume marijuana.

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Storm forces thousands from homes

Thousands of people are being evacuated from their homes as a severe storm batters large parts of the UK.

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Man convicted of raping six women in one night

A man has been found guilty of 18 offences, including five rapes, after attacking six women in one night.

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Lee Rigby trial: 'No joy in killing', Adebolajo says

One of the men accused of murdering soldier Lee Rigby told police it gave him "little joy to approach anybody and slay them", the Old Bailey has heard.

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Nigella Lawson admits taking cocaine

TV cook Nigella Lawson has admitted taking cocaine, but denies having a drug problem or being an addict.

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At least three dead in Scottish helicopter crash

At least three people have died after a police helicopter crashed into a busy pub in Glasgow, the BBC has been told.

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Body in well identified as Damian Chlywka

A man whose bound body was found in a well in south London has been identified by police.

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'Police' helicopter crashes into Glasgow pub

A helicopter, thought to be a police aircraft, has crashed into a pub on the banks of the River Clyde in Glasgow.

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Cannibalism German policeman arrested after 'eating' man

Police in Dresden say they have arrested a 55-year-old police officer on suspicion of murder after the body of another man was found in the Erz mountains in eastern Germany.

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Lee Rigby trial: Killing 'cowardly and callous', court hears

The killing of soldier Lee Rigby in Woolwich, south-east London, was a "cowardly and callous murder", the Old Bailey has heard.

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Lostprophets' Ian Watkins guilty of child sex offences

Ian Watkins, singer of Welsh rock band Lostprophets, has pleaded guilty to a series of "depraved" child sex offences including attempted rape of a baby.

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Man jailed after one million child abuse images discovered

A pensioner who had more than a million child abuse images and filmed his own attacks on young girls has been jailed for 19 years.

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Clare's Law to cover all of England and Wales

Clare's Law, which enables people to check the police record of their partners, is to be expanded to cover all of England and Wales.

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Head teacher apologises over 'racial discrimination' letter

A head teacher has apologised for sending parents a letter saying a "racial discrimination" note would be added to their child's education record if they did not go on a religious trip.

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MPs question UK relations in the Gulf

The government can no longer ignore claims of hypocrisy over its relations with Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, a report by a group of MPs has said.

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Parents jailed for death of seven-week-old baby

A couple found guilty of causing or allowing the death of their baby son have both been jailed for seven years.

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Women held as slaves for 30 years

Three women have been "rescued" from a house in south London as police investigate claims they were held as slaves for about 30 years.

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George Zimmerman arrested for pointing shotgun at woman

A Florida man acquitted of murder in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager has been arrested on charges he pointed a shotgun at his girlfriend.

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Dozens dead in Russian plane crash

A passenger plane has crashed at an airport in the Russian city of Kazan, killing all 50 people on board.

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Philippines typhoon: President lowers death toll estimate

The President of the Philippines, Benigno Aquino, says the death toll from Friday's typhoon may be lower than first thought.

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Man killed by train during police chase

A man has died after being hit by a train as he was chased by police in north-west London.

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Foreign sex offender wins damages

A foreign sex-offender has won the right to damages because he was held in custody too long following unsuccessful attempts to deport him.

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UK falls silent to remember war dead

The UK fell silent in tribute to service personnel who have died during conflicts, as part of the annual Remembrance Sunday service.

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Marine guilty of Afghanistan murder

A Royal Marine has been found guilty by a military court of murdering an injured Afghan insurgent, in what the prosecution called "an execution".

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Delroy Catwell given life for Lylah Aaron murder

A man who murdered his girlfriend's young daughter when he was supposed to be looking after her has been ordered to serve at least 20 years in jail.

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Lexi Branson attack: Mother stabbed killer dog

A mother stabbed her pet dog in a bid to save her four-year-old daughter from a fatal attack, said police.

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8-yr-old girl died after playground game

An eight-year-old girl suffered a fatal liver injury when a boy playing British bulldog ran into her at a south-west London school, an inquest has heard.

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Paul Gambaccini arrested in Operation Yewtree inquiry

BBC broadcaster Paul Gambaccini has been arrested on suspicion of historical sexual offences as part of Scotland Yard's Operation Yewtree.

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Michael Souter: Ex-BBC DJ jailed for sex attacks on boys

A former BBC radio presenter has been jailed for 22 years for sex attacks on boys.

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Operation Yewtree: Accused ex-BBC driver found dead

A former BBC driver accused of sex offences has been found dead.

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Four die as storm hits southern UK

Four people have died after a storm battered southern Britain, leading to 600,000 homes losing power, rail and flight cancellations.

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Mystery girl Maria's parents found in Bulgaria by DNA

DNA tests have confirmed a Bulgarian Roma couple as the biological parents of mystery child Maria, found in Greece last week, Bulgarian officials say.

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Madeleine McCann case: Police reopen inquiry

Portuguese police have reopened their inquiry into the disappearance of British girl Madeleine McCann, the public prosecutor's office has said.

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13-yr-old US boy shot dead by Californian police

A 13-year-old boy carrying a replica assault rifle has been shot dead by police in the US state of California.

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Stuart Hall charged with 15 rapes and indecent assault

Ex-BBC broadcaster Stuart Hall has been charged with 16 child sex abuse offences by Lancashire Police.

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Children taken from hotel room found in Derby

Two young children who were taken from a hotel room in Stoke-on-Trent on Friday have been found.

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Manchester sex attacks: Boy, 14, admits five charges

A 14-year-old boy has admitted carrying out a number of sexual assaults near the University of Manchester.

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Maria: Greek Roma couple charged with abduction

A Roma couple have been formally charged in Greece with abducting a young blonde girl, and they have been placed in detention pending a trial.

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Dad sought after 'taking children' in Stoke

Police are hunting a man who they say forced his way into a hotel room and took his two young children from their mother.

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Manchester sex attacks: Boy, 14, and man, 18, arrested

A boy of 14 and an 18-year-old man have been arrested by police investigating three sexual assaults near the University of Manchester.

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Bradford 'acid attack' victim Barry Selby dies

A man who was attacked with an "acid-like substance" in his bedroom in Bradford has died, police have said.

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Boy of 12 sought for Manchester campus sex attacks

A boy aged just 12 may be responsible for a string of sex attacks around a university campus, police said.

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Greek police appeal over mystery blonde girl

Greek police are trying to figure out the identity of a young blonde girl, found living on a Roma settlement with a family she did not resemble.

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Orchid View inquest: Home riddled by 'institutional abuse'

A care home where 19 residents died was riddled with 'institutionalised abuse', a coroner has said.

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Killer Lerone Boye flees Homerton mental health unit

A convicted killer has fled from a mental health unit in east London.

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US shutdown: Senate reaches fiscal deal

Republican and Democratic leaders of the US Senate have struck a cross-party deal to end a partial government shutdown and raise the US debt limit.

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Eccles pair guilty of trafficking servant girl

A couple who trafficked a 10-year-old girl to the UK who was repeatedly raped and kept as a domestic servant for nearly a decade have been convicted.

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Diane Abbott axed as shadow health minister

Outspoken Labour MP Diane Abbott has been sacked as shadow public health minister by Ed Miliband.

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Baby Peter mother 'can be released' says Parole Board

The mother of Baby Peter, Tracey Connelly, should be released from jail, the Parole Board has said.

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EDL leader Tommy Robinson quits group

English Defence League leader and founder Tommy Robinson has left the group, saying he has concerns over the "dangers of far-right extremism".

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Muslim boys barred from classes at Catholic school

Two teenage boys have been barred from classes because they refused to shave off their beards.

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Amanda Hutton guilty of starving Hamzah Khan to death

A woman whose four-year-old son starved to death and was left in his cot for nearly two years has been found guilty of killing him.

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Liam Adams convicted of raping and abusing daughter

Liam Adams, a brother of Sinn Fein's Gerry Adams, has been convicted of raping and abusing his daughter.

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Dave Lee Travis charged with two more indecent assaults

Former BBC Radio 1 DJ Dave Lee Travis has been charged with two counts of indecent assault in addition to 12 charges he already faces.

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Prince George christening date announced

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have announced details of their son's christening.

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EDL man flees after violent attack

A once-prominent member of the English Defence League (EDL) is on the run from police after being found guilty of a violent attempted robbery.

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Two plead not guilty to Lee Rigby murder in Woolwich

Two men accused of murdering soldier Lee Rigby in Woolwich, south-east London, have pleaded not guilty.

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South London: Teenager dies after house stabbing

A 17-year-old boy has died after being stabbed in south London.

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Three Britons among Kenya shopping mall attack dead

Three British nationals were killed in Saturday's attack on a shopping centre in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, the Foreign Office has said.

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Pilot Irfan Faiz was four times over alcohol limit

An airline pilot has admitted being more than four times over the legal alcohol limit just before being due to fly from Leeds Bradford Airport.

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Vigilante target James Stone jailed for child sex abuse

A child abuser from Nottingham who was confronted by amateur online activists has been jailed for eight years.

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Teacher jailed for sex with pupils

A music teacher who had drink-fuelled sex sessions with two teenage pupils at her home has been jailed for 30 months.

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Inmates guilty of child killer Subhan Anwar's murder

Two inmates have been found guilty of strangling a child killer with his own tracksuit bottoms at a maximum security prison in Worcestershire.

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Teenager charged over Leicester house fire deaths

An 18-year-old man has been charged with murder in connection with a house fire in which four people died.

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Baby dies after being placed on airport baggage carousel

A five-month old baby has died after becoming trapped on a baggage collection belt at a Spanish airport, according to reports.

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Baby's body found on rubbish tip

The body of a newborn baby has been found on a rubbish tip in West Yorkshire.

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Selfridges: No action after EDL associate refused service

Selfridges has said it will not take further action against an employee who was suspended for refusing to serve a man who was with the English Defence League leader.

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'Mummified' child found in cot

The mummified body of a four-year-old boy was found in a cot in his mother's bedroom almost two years after he starved to death, a jury has heard.

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Navy Yard: Aaron Alexis 'treated for mental health'

The man who killed 12 people at a Washington DC Navy installation had received treatment for mental health issues, US media report.

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Washington Navy Yard gunman named as Aaron Alexis

A gunman who died in a mass shooting at a naval installation in Washington DC has been identified as Aaron Alexis, unnamed officials tell US media.

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Muslim woman must remove veil to give trial evidence

A Muslim woman can stand trial wearing a full-face veil but must remove it to give evidence, a judge has ruled.

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Twelve people killed in shooting at Washington Navy Yard

At least 12 people have been killed in a mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, officials have said.

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Delhi gang rape: Four sentenced to death

An Indian court has sentenced four men to death for the gang rape and murder of a student in the capital Delhi, a case which led to violent protests across India and new laws against rape.

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British woman Anne Bury 'shot dead' at Turkish resort

A British woman has been killed and her son and mother injured in a shooting at the resort of Dalyan in Turkey, local media reports said.

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Coronation Street's Michael Le Vell cleared of child rape

Coronation Street actor Michael Le Vell has been cleared of raping a child.

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Sex assault GP jailed for six years

A GP who sexually assaulted and took intimate pictures of women and child patients has been jailed for six years.

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US police kill 107-year-old suspect in home shootout

A 107-year-old man was killed in a shootout with police, after he held two people at gunpoint in the US state of Arkansas, authorities said.

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2-yr-old girl walks home alone from nursery

A two-year-old girl left a nursery unnoticed and walked half a mile home alone, police have confirmed.

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Kent crash: Dozens hurt as 130 vehicles crash

Dozens of people have been injured as more than 130 vehicles were involved in a series of crashes in thick fog on the A249 Sheppey crossing in Kent.

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Syria crisis: US Senate panel backs use of force

A US Senate panel has approved the use of military force in Syria, in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack.

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Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro found hanged in cell

Ariel Castro, who kept women captive at his home in Cleveland, Ohio, has died after being found hanging in his cell.

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Karma: Rapist may have contracted HIV from victim

A man who has been jailed for raping a woman is waiting to find out whether he has contracted HIV from her.

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Sir David Frost, broadcaster and writer, dies at 74

Veteran broadcaster Sir David Frost has died at the age of 74 after a suspected heart attack.

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Hospital's A&E 'in chaos as girl died'

Hospital staff appeared "terrified" when a dying 14-year-old girl was brought in for treatment, an inquest has heard.

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Delhi gang rape: Teenager found guilty

A teenager has been found guilty of taking part in the fatal gang rape of a woman on a Delhi bus last year.

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Obama to seek Congress vote on Syria military action

US President Barack Obama says he is to seek Congressional authorisation for military operations against Syria.

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Mum in court over daughter's murder

A mother charged with murdering her eight-year-old daughter at a block of flats in east London has appeared in court.

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Child prostitution trial: Six men jailed

Six men have been jailed for paying or offering to pay a "vulnerable and damaged" 16-year-old girl for sex.

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1,429 killed in Syria chemical weapons attack

US Secretary of State John Kerry has said Syrian government forces killed 1,429 people in a chemical weapons attack in Damascus last week.

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David Cameron loses Syria vote in Commons

British MPs have voted against possible military action against Syria to deter the use of chemical weapons.

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Cop caught on camera punching pregnant woman

Rochester, N.Y. - An officer struggling to subdue a woman at the scene of a family dispute acted properly when he hit her in the head and wrestled her to the ground.

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Sabrina Moss shooting: Man charged with murder

A man has been charged with the murder of Sabrina Moss in north-west London.

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Rolf Harris charged with indecent assault on girls

TV presenter Rolf Harris has been charged with nine counts of indecent assault and four of making indecent images of children, police have said.

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Trayvon Martin: Florida must pay Zimmerman's legal costs

The lawyer for a Florida man cleared of killing an unarmed black teenager has reportedly said he will ask the state to pay some of his client's legal fees.

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Double shooting murder detectives make second arrest

A second man has been arrested over the shooting of a mother who was fatally wounded while out celebrating her 24th birthday in north London.

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8-yr-old boy kills grandmother after playing GTA

An eight-year-old boy who had reportedly just finished playing computer game Grand Theft Auto IV shot and killed his grandmother as she sat watching television.

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Woman who died in North London shooting named

A woman who died after a double shooting in Kilburn, north London, in the early hours, was celebrating her 24th birthday.

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Woman told to remove burka by crown court judge

A judge has refused to let a Muslim woman in a full-length burka enter a plea until she reveals her face.

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Whipps Cross Hospital workers jailed for patient abuse

Three healthcare assistants who abused elderly patients at Whipps Cross University Hospital in east London hospital have been sentenced.

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Dave Lee Travis in court to face indecent assault charges

Former BBC Radio 1 presenter Dave Lee Travis has appeared in court, charged with 11 counts of indecent assault and one of sexual assault.

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Mumbai photojournalist gang-raped on assignment

A 23-year-old photojournalist has been gang-raped by five men in the Indian city of Mumbai, police say.

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Peru drugs case: UK pair charged with drug offences

Two women from the UK arrested in Peru on suspicion of drug smuggling have been charged and face a maximum sentence of 15 years if convicted.

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Jim Davidson will not face sex charges, say prosecutors

Comedian Jim Davidson will face no further action over alleged sexual offences in the UK, the CPS has said.

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Bradley Manning sentenced to 35 years in Wikileaks case

The US soldier convicted of handing a trove of secret government documents to anti-secrecy website Wikileaks has been sentenced to 35 years in prison.

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Man shot by police in east London

A man has been taken to hospital after being shot by police in east London.

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Pakistan ex-leader Musharraf charged over Bhutto case

Pakistani ex-President Pervez Musharraf has been indicted on three charges over the 2007 assassination of opposition leader and former PM Benazir Bhutto.

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Rebecca Adlington's Olympic medals stolen in burglary

Thieves have broken into the home of Olympic swimming champion Rebecca Adlington and stolen her medals.

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Egypt Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammed Badie held

The spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, General Guide Mohammed Badie, has been arrested in Cairo, Egyptian officials say.

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Green MP Caroline Lucas arrested at climate protest

Green MP Caroline Lucas and her son are among protesters arrested at a site in West Sussex where energy firm Cuadrilla is drilling for oil.

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New information assessed into Princess Diana's death

The Metropolitan Police is assessing new information it has recently received about the deaths of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed in 1997.

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Dave Lee Travis faces indecent assault charges

Former BBC Radio 1 presenter Dave Lee Travis has been charged with 12 sexual offences, Scotland Yard has said.

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Pair charged with sex assault on 10-week-old baby girl

A man and woman have been charged with sex offences and neglect after a 10-week-old baby girl was seriously injured in Essex.

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'Star pupil' death: Man charged with murder

A man has been charged with the murder of a 16-year-old boy in east London.

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Egypt declares national emergency

Egypt has declared a month-long state of emergency after scores of people were killed when security forces stormed protest camps in Cairo.

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Israel releases 26 Palestinian prisoners

Israel has released 26 Palestinian prisoners as part of a deal that will see peace talks resume on Wednesday.

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Andrew Ashworth: Do not jail thieves and fraudsters

Thieves and fraudsters should not be jailed, a legal expert has said.

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Woman charged over Lee Rigby Woolwich murder videos

A 21-year-old woman is to appear in court charged with terror offences after allegedly making videos about the murder of soldier Lee Rigby.

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Nottingham care home death: Eleven arrests made

Eleven people have been arrested on suspicion of the manslaughter of an 86-year-old woman at a Nottingham care home.

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16-yr-old 'star pupil' killed in unprovoked street stabbing

A 16-year-old described as a star pupil by his school has been stabbed to death by a gang in east London.

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Missing 13-year-old Erika Kacicova found in Bradford

Thirteen-year-old Erika Kacicova, who went missing from her Sheffield home, has been found "safe and well" in Bradford.

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Missing Erika Kacicova 'believed to be alive'

Detectives searching for missing girl Erika Kacicova say they believe the 13-year-old is alive.

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80-yr-old man held as part of Operation Yewtree

An 80-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of sexual offences as part of the Operation Yewtree investigation into alleged historical abuse.

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Man jailed for raping 13-year-old girl

A man has been jailed for eight years for raping a 13-year-old girl on her way to school in Greater Manchester.

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Woman jailed over false rape claim

A woman who falsely claimed she had been raped has been jailed for a year.

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British women attacked with acid in Zanzibar

Two British women have had acid thrown in their faces in Zanzibar, police on the east African island say.

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Hannah Smith death: A victim of cyberbullies says dad

A 14-year-old Leicestershire girl killed herself after being bullied on a social networking site, her father has claimed.

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Snake strangles two children to death in Canada

A snake escaped from a pet shop and killed two children in the Canadian province of New Brunswick, police say.

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Rolf Harris faces new Yewtree sex offences allegations

Australian entertainer Rolf Harris has been rearrested by police over further allegations of sexual offences.

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World's first lab-grown burger is eaten in London

The world's first lab-grown burger was cooked and eaten at a news conference in London on Monday.

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US in worldwide travel alert after 'al-Qaeda threat'

The US state department has issued a global travel alert because of an unspecified al-Qaeda threat.

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Life plus 1,000 years for Ohio kidnapper

The American man convicted of holding three women captive in his house over a decade and raping them repeatedly has been jailed for life without parole plus 1,000 years.

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Convicted rapist absconds from prison

A convicted rapist has absconded from Leyhill prison in South Gloucestershire.

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Operation Pallial: Care homes abuse suspect charged

A 71-year-old man has been charged with 32 serious sexual offences by detectives investigating allegations of historical child abuse in north Wales.

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Right-to-die campaigners Nicklinson and Lamb lose battle

The family of late locked-in syndrome sufferer Tony Nicklinson and paralysed road accident victim Paul Lamb have lost their right-to-die challenges.

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EDL: Arrest over mosque blast tattoo

A man photographed at an English Defence League rally with a tattoo on his ribs of a mosque being blown up has been arrested on suspicion of stirring up racial hatred

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Jurors jailed for contempt of court over internet use

Two jurors have each been jailed for two months for contempt of court after one posted Facebook comments and the other researched a case online.

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Pope Francis: Who am I to judge gay people?

Pope Francis has said gay people should not be marginalised but integrated into society.

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Italy coach crash: At least 37 dead near Avellino

At least 37 people have been killed in southern Italy when a coach plunged 30m (98ft) down a steep slope, rescue services have said.

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Spain train crash: Driver Garzon provisionally charged

The driver of the train that crashed near the Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela, killing 79 people, has been provisionally charged with multiple cases of reckless homicide.

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Theresa May diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes

Home Secretary Theresa May has revealed she has been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes but insists it will not affect her political career.

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Man stabbed to death at carnival

A man has been stabbed to death at the Gloucester carnival.

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Ariel Castro to serve life in prison under plea deal

The Ohio man accused of raping and holding three women captive in his home for about a decade has agreed to a plea deal that will see him imprisoned for life without the possibility of parole.

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Spain train crash: Driver formally detained

The driver of a train that derailed on Wednesday killing 78 people has been formally detained, Spanish police say.

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Stuart Hall jail term doubled by Court of Appeal

Former BBC broadcaster Stuart Hall's 15-month sentence for a series of indecent assaults has been doubled by the Court of Appeal.

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UK economy 'on the mend' after growth, says chancellor

The UK economy is "on the mend" after figures showed it grew by 0.6% in the three months to June, said Chancellor George Osborne.

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Spain train crash: Driver faces investigation

One of the drivers of a train which derailed in north-western Spain killing at least 80 passengers has been put under formal investigation, court officials have said.

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Royal baby: William and Kate name their son George

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have named their son George Alexander Louis, Kensington Palace has said.

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44-yr-old man charged with Keith Blakelock murder

A 44-year-old man has been charged with the murder of PC Keith Blakelock during riots in north London in 1985.

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William and Kate present baby prince

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have emerged from St Mary's Hospital in west London with their new baby son.

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Woman found dead in suitcase at sports ground

A woman has been found dead in a suitcase in north-west London.

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Actress Briony McRoberts killed by Tube train

Actress Briony McRoberts has died after being hit by a Tube train at Fulham Broadway station in west London.

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Man charged over double teenager murders two years ago

A 19-year-old man has been charged with murdering two teenagers in an alleyway two years ago.

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Adebolajo pushed against window, brother claims

Woolwich murder suspect Michael Adebolajo was forcefully pushed against a window by prison officers, knocking out teeth, his brother has claimed in an interview with the BBC.

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Five guilty in Costa Concordia trial

A court in Italy has convicted five people of manslaughter over the Costa Concordia shipwreck off Giglio island which killed 32 people in January 2012.

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Mel Smith dies of a heart attack aged 60

Comic actor and writer Mel Smith has died of a heart attack, aged 60, his agent has confirmed.

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Adebolajo 'attack' inquiry: Prison officers suspended

Five prison officers have been suspended while police examine allegations of an assault on one of the two Woolwich murder suspects.

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Adebolajo prison officers 'did nothing wrong'

A prison officers' group has denied "any wrongdoing" by guards after one of the two Woolwich murder suspects claimed he was assaulted in prison.

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Boston suspect Tsarnaev 'manhunt photos' leaked

A US police photographer has leaked images of Boston Marathon suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev during his capture in anger at the picture used by Rolling Stone magazine for its next cover.

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Ex-BBC news editor sentenced over child images

A former BBC news editor has been handed a community service order after admitting downloading and distributing indecent images of children.

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Woolwich murder suspect 'attacked in jail'

Police are investigating an alleged assault in prison on one of the two men accused of murdering Fusilier Lee Rigby outside Woolwich barracks in May.

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Pakistani Taliban leader 'shocked' by Malala attack

A Pakistani Taliban leader has sent a letter to schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, expressing shock that she was shot by Taliban gunmen last year.

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Cory Monteith: Glee star died from alcohol and heroin

Cory Monteith, star of the hit TV musical comedy Glee, died from a heroin and alcohol overdose, a coroner in British Columbia has announced.

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Obama urges 'calm reflection' after Zimmerman verdict

US President Barack Obama has called on Americans to spend time in "calm reflection" after neighbourhood watchman George Zimmerman was cleared of murdering black teenager Trayvon Martin.

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Heatwave: Two servicemen die in training exercise

Two servicemen have died during a training exercise in hot conditions in the Brecon Beacons in Powys.

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Glee star Cory Monteith dies in Canada hotel

Glee star Cory Monteith has been found dead in a Vancouver hotel.

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George Zimmerman not guilty of Trayvon Martin murder

George Zimmerman, the Florida neighbourhood watchman who shot dead an unarmed black 17-year-old male last year, has been found not guilty on all charges.

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Woman sexually assaulted while sunbathing in park

A 21-year-old woman was sexually assaulted while sunbathing in a south London park.

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Schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai addresses UN

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl shot by the Taliban, has told the UN that books and pens scare extremists, as she urged education for all.

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Former Today boss Eddy Shah cleared of schoolgirl rape

Former UK newspaper boss Eddy Shah has been found not guilty of raping a schoolgirl.

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Lee Rigby: Military funeral for killed soldier

The prime minister and thousands of mourners have attended the military funeral of Fusilier Lee Rigby at Bury Parish Church in Greater Manchester.

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Man dies after being shot by police taser

A man has died after being shot by police with a Taser stun gun in Manchester.

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Stuart Hall sex attack sentence to be reviewed

The sentence given to BBC broadcaster Stuart Hall for convictions for sexual abuse will be reviewed following complaints he "got off lightly".

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MPs' pay: Watchdog recommends pay rise of £6,000

The MPs' expenses watchdog will recommend a pay rise for MPs to £74,000 but will say there should be cuts to other allowances, the BBC has learned.

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'Dozens dead' in school attack in Nigeria's Yobe state

At least 29 pupils and a teacher have been killed in a pre-dawn attack by suspected Islamists on a school in northeastern Nigeria, reports say.

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Rebecca Thompson death: Father charged with murder

A father has been charged with the murder of his 11-year-old daughter who was found strangled in her Hertfordshire home.

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Legal high warning after baby assault in Northumberland

A teenage boy believed to have smoked a legal high has been arrested on suspicion of assaulting a baby.

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Egypt troops kill pro-Morsi marchers

Three people died as Egyptian troops opened fire at supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi marching in Cairo.

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Azelle Rodney death: 'No justification' for police shooting

Police had no lawful justification for shooting dead a man in London eight years ago, a public inquiry has found.

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James Bulger killer Jon Venables 'to be freed'

One of James Bulger's killers, Jon Venables, should be released from prison, the parole board has said.

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Army ousts Egypt's President Morsi

The head of Egypt's army has given a TV address, announcing that President Mohammed Morsi is no longer in office

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Shipley skate park stabbing police find woman's body

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering an elderly woman and the attempted murder of a boy at a park.

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9-yr-old boy stabbed by man in skate park

A nine-year-old boy has been stabbed by a man in a skate park in West Yorkshire.

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Jailed Man City footballer freed early in error

An ex Manchester City footballer jailed for killing two people in a car crash was released from prison early by mistake, the Prison Service said.

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Boy, 16, jailed over sex attack on five-year-old girl

A 16-year-old boy has been jailed for sexually assaulting a five-year-old girl in Hampshire.

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Arizona wildfire near Yarnell kills 19 firefighters

At least 19 US firefighters have been killed battling a wildfire in central Arizona, local officials say.

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Double jeopardy: Wendell Baker jailed for pensioner rape

A man convicted under the amended double jeopardy law of raping a pensioner has been jailed for life.

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'Depraved' groping faith 'healer' jailed for sex assaults

A "faith healer" who sexually assaulted female patients has been jailed for two years for what a judge described as "acts of depravity and lust".

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Five guilty of painter's murder in Holloway estate

Five gang members, including a 15-year-old boy, have been jailed for murdering a painter and decorator in London.

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Girl, 7, dies after fall from 11th-floor balcony

A seven-year-old girl has died after falling from the 11th floor of a block of flats in north London.

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Oxford grooming sex case: Brothers jailed for life

Two pairs of brothers who were among seven men who abused girls from Oxford in a sadistic sex grooming ring have been jailed for life.

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NFL's Aaron Hernandez charged with murder

An American football star has been charged with murder after a fellow player was found dead last week in a Massachusetts industrial park.

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Jobseeker's Allowance changes planned for unemployed

Jobseekers will to have wait seven days before first claiming Jobseeker's Allowance and may have to sign on every week, under new government plans.

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British family 'shot dead in Costa del Sol'

The UK Foreign Office is "urgently" looking into media reports that three British people have been found shot dead in a rented apartment in a southern Spanish resort.

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Teenager dies after being impaled on bull statue horn

A US teenager has died after being impaled by the horn of a bull statue on a Texas university campus.

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Double jeopardy case: Wendell Baker guilty of rape

A man has been found guilty of raping a pensioner in her bedroom, under the amended double jeopardy law.

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Female genital mutilation victim was 'aged just seven'

A girl of seven was the youngest victim of female genital mutilation (FGM) treated by the NHS in the past two years, according to new data.

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Rebecca Thompson: Father arrested after girl found dead

A father has been arrested on suspicion of murdering his 11-year-old daughter, whose body was found at her home in Hertfordshire, the BBC understands.

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Italian ex-PM Berlusconi sentenced in Ruby sex case

Italy's former PM Silvio Berlusconi has been sentenced to seven years in jail and banned from public office for having sex with an underage prostitute.

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Jeremy Forrest jailed for abduction and child sex

A teacher has been jailed for five and a half years for abducting and having sex with a 15-year-old pupil he ran off with to France.

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President summons Brazil cabinet over protests

Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff is holding an emergency cabinet meeting to discuss the country's most widespread unrest in two decades.

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Teacher Jeremy Forrest guilty of schoolgirl abduction

Teacher Jeremy Forrest has been found guilty of abducting a schoolgirl.

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Care workers 'were caught asleep' at care home

Two workers at a care home in Buckinghamshire asked for forgiveness after being caught sleeping during their night shift, a court has heard.

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Dolce and Gabbana sentenced to jail for tax evasion

Italian fashion designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have been sentenced to jail in Italy for one year and eight months for tax evasion.

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US and Taliban to open direct peace talks in Qatar

The US is to open direct peace talks with the Taliban, senior White House officials have announced.

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Ofcom investigates broadcasting of Lee Rigby footage

TV watchdog Ofcom is investigating the broadcasting of footage from the scene of the murder of soldier Lee Rigby, after receiving about 700 complaints.

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Google to tackle child sexual abuse images on web

Google has announced a plan to do more to tackle online images of child sexual abuse.

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Police officer charged with beating 14-year-old boy

A police officer in charge of the cells at a police station has been convicted of assaulting a 14-year-old boy in custody.

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Stuart Hall jailed for 15 months for sex assaults

BBC broadcaster Stuart Hall has been sentenced to 15 months in jail for sexually abusing girls.

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Forty people left stranded 20ft in the air at theme park

Firemen were tonight working to rescue 40 people stranded 20ft in the air on a theme park ride.

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Hassan Rouhani wins Iran presidential election

Reformist-backed cleric Hassan Rouhani has won Iran's presidential election, securing just over 50% of the vote and so avoiding the need for a run-off.

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Lorna Vickerage found in London: John Bush arrested

A 14-year-old girl who went missing from Doncaster on Monday has been found "safe and well" in London.

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Dale Cregan sentenced to whole of life in jail

Dale Cregan will spend the rest of his life in jail for four murders, including those of two police officers in Greater Manchester.

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Body taken to mortuary was alive

A probe has been launched after a body taken to a hospital mortuary showed "potential signs of life".

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Jeremy Forrest 'fled to France with teenage pupil'

A married teacher fled to France with a teenage pupil the day after police questioned her about the nature of their relationship, a court has heard.

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Baby stuck on tube whilst mother left on platform

A London Underground service pulled away with a baby on board as the mother stood "distraught" on the platform.

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Coronation Street actor cleared of child sex abuse

A former Coronation Street actor has been cleared of four counts of indecently assaulting a 15-year-old boy.

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Police patrol Islamic sites 'at risk' after fires

There will be 24-hour police patrols at certain Islamic sites in London after two suspicious fires, The Metropolitan Police Commissioner has said.

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Boy, four, dies in hospital following 'mirror fall'

A four-year-old boy has died four days after suffering serious head injuries when a mirror fell on him in a shop.

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Six dead in Santa Monica shooting rampage

At least six people are dead after a series of shootings around a college in Santa Monica, California, say police.

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Opemipo Jaji jailed for raping girl, 11, in Enfield park

A man has been jailed for life, and ordered to serve a minimum of eight years, for raping an 11-year-old girl.

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Rape suspect buried alive in Bolivia

A man suspected of rape has been buried alive by villagers in the southern highlands of Bolivia.

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GCHQ spying claims: Labour urges investigation

Prime Minister David Cameron has been urged to launch an investigation into allegations that Britain's electronic listening post GCHQ has been gathering data through a secret US spy programme.

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Child pornography convicts face lifetime teaching ban

People convicted of child pornography offences may be barred from ever teaching in England again, the government has said.

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William Roache charged with indecent assault

Coronation Street actor William Roache has been charged with five counts of indecent assault involving four girls aged between 12 and 16 in the 1960s.

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Cardiff hit-and-runs: Matthew Tvrdon detained indefinitely

A van driver who killed a mother-of-three and injured 17 other people in a series of hit-and-runs around Cardiff has been detained indefinitely under the Mental Health Act.

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Men jailed over rape of 14-yr-old boy in department store

Two men have been jailed for 15 years for raping a boy, 14, in the toilets of a Manchester department store.

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Boy 'slapped and burned' by man he wet with water pistol

A three-year-old boy has been slapped and burned by a man he squirted with a water pistol, police said.

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Child porn teacher cleared to work in schools

A religious education teacher sacked for possessing indecent images of children should be allowed to return to work in schools, a panel has ruled.

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Al-Rahma Islamic Centre destroyed in 'racist attack'

An Islamic centre in north London has been destroyed by a fire in an apparent racially motivated attack.

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American tourist gang-raped in India

Indian police say that a 30-year-old American woman has been gang-raped in the northern state of Himachal Pradesh.

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Michael Adebolajo also charged with Lee Rigby murder

A second man has been charged with the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby in Woolwich, south-east London, on 22 May.

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Heathrow emergency landing: Engine doors 'left unlatched'

The doors on both engines of the flight that made an emergency landing at Heathrow last week had been left unlatched, investigators have found.

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Georgia Williams search: Police find body

Police search teams looking for missing teenager Georgia Williams have found a girl's body.

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Woolwich murder suspect Michael Adebowale in court

A man has appeared in court charged with murdering soldier Lee Rigby in Woolwich, south-east London.

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April Jones trial: Bridger guilty of abduction and murder

Mark Bridger has been found guilty of abducting and murdering five-year-old April Jones who disappeared while playing near her home last year.

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Mosque praised for offering EDL protesters tea

A mosque has been praised for serving tea and biscuits to English Defence League supporters after the far-right group arranged a demonstration there.

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EU lifts arms embargo on Syria rebels

European Union foreign ministers have agreed not to renew the union's arms embargo on the Syrian opposition.

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Help for Heroes refuses donations from EDL

Armed forces charity Help for Heroes has announced it will not accept donations from the far-right English Defence League.

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79-yr-old man killed by 'out-of-control' dog

Two women are being questioned on suspicion of manslaughter after a 79-year-old man was fatally injured by an "out-of-control" dog in Liverpool.

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Murder suspect: Michael Adebolajo held in Kenya in 2010

One of the two men held on suspicion of killing a soldier Lee Rigby in Woolwich was arrested in Kenya in 2010, the Foreign Office has confirmed.

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French soldier in uniform stabbed near Paris

French authorities are investigating whether the stabbing of a soldier in a Paris suburb was a copycat attack in the wake of the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby, killed in London this week.

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Soldier hacked to death in London machette attack

A man has died and two are injured after police responded to a reported machete attack in south-east London.

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Suicidal woman 'told to have a cup of tea' by NHS helpline

A woman threatening to take her own life said she felt "let down" when an NHS helpline told her to "have a hot drink and watch the television".

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Man dead after 'knife attack' in Woolwich

A man has died and two are injured after police responded to a reported knife attack in Woolwich, south-east London.

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April Jones case: Mark Bridger's evidence challenged

A man accused of murdering five-year-old April Jones has been challenged under cross-examination about what he did with her body.

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Bicester death: Mother of girl, 2, sought by police

The mother of a two-year-old girl whose body was found in a house in Oxfordshire is believed to have left the UK, police have said.

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Man jailed for abuse of 'enslaved' woman

A man has been jailed for 11 years for raping an Indian woman who was treated like a "slave" at his home.

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Philadelphia 'abortion doc' gets 3 life sentences

A Philadelphia doctor was sent to prison on Wednesday to serve three life terms without parole for murdering babies during late-term abortions and other crimes at his squalid clinic.

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April Jones trial: Mark Bridger 'had images of her on laptop'

The man accused of killing April Jones in a sexually motivated attack had pictures of the five-year-old on his computer, a jury has been told.

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US man killed dribbling football to Brazil World Cup

An American trying to dribble a football from Seattle to Brazil in time for the 2014 Brazil World Cup has died less than two weeks into his trip.

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Oxford exploitation trial: Guilty verdicts over child rapes

Seven members of a sex grooming ring have been convicted of abusing children from Oxford.

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Tia Sharp murder trial: Stuart Hazell jailed for 38 years

Stuart Hazell has been jailed for a minimum 38 years for killing his partner's granddaughter, 12-year-old Tia Sharp.

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Late-term abortion doctor guilty of three muders

A Philadelphia doctor has been found guilty of the murders of three babies born alive and killed with scissors after late-term abortions.

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Tia Sharp murder trial: Stuart Hazell pleads guilty

Stuart Hazell has pleaded guilty to the murder of schoolgirl Tia Sharp.

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15-year-old boy charged over acid attack

A 15-year-old boy has been charged over an acid attack on a woman in Romford, east London.

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Madame Tussauds removes Ken Barlow waxwork

A waxwork of Coronation Street's Ken Barlow at Madame Tussauds in Blackpool has been removed over fears of it being damaged, a spokesman has said.

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Dhaka building collapse: Woman pulled alive from rubble

A woman has been pulled alive from the ruins of a building that collapsed in a suburb of Bangladesh's capital, Dhaka, 17 days ago.

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Age of consent should be 13 says a prominent barrister

A prominent barrister specialising in reproductive rights has called for the age of consent to be lowered to 13.

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Tia Sharp death: Stuart Hazell 'took photo of dead girl'

The man accused of murdering schoolgirl Tia Sharp took a photograph of the naked 12-year-old dead on her bed, the Old Bailey has heard.

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Eddy Shah 'raped schoolgirl in hotel rooms'

Former newspaper owner Eddy Shah had sex with a schoolgirl in various hotel rooms, a court has been told.

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Missing US women found alive after a decade

Three young women who vanished about a decade ago in the US state of Ohio have been found and are in hospital in a fair condition, officials have said.

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Comedian Jimmy Tarbuck arrested in child abuse inquiry

Comedian Jimmy Tarbuck has been arrested in connection with a historical child sex abuse investigation in Harrogate, the BBC understands.

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Women die in stretch limo blaze on San Francisco bridge

Five women died and four were injured when a stretch limo caught fire on a major bridge in the San Francisco area on Saturday night.

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12-yr-old girl raped by man in park

A girl aged 12 was raped by a man at a Milton Keynes play park.

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Speedboat flips over killing two and injuring four

Two people have died when a speedboat flipped over in waters off Cornwall.

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Tory MP arrested over rape allegations

Deputy House of Commons Speaker Nigel Evans has been arrested on suspicion of rape and sexual assault, Press Association sources say.

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Syrians flee 'massacres' in Baniyas and al-Bayda

Hundreds of Syrians have fled coastal areas where activists accuse government forces of carrying out massacres in a campaign of sectarian cleansing.

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Tragedy as 5-yr-old boy shoots sister dead

A 5-year-old Burkesville, Kentucky boy accidentally killed his 2-year-old sister on Tuesday when he shot her to death with a .22-caliber rifle given to him as a birthday present.

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Man jailed for beating toddler to death

A man has been jailed for life for beating a two-year-old girl to death while her mother was in New York celebrating her 21st birthday.

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Broadcaster Stuart Hall admits indecent assaults

BBC broadcaster Stuart Hall has admitted 14 charges of indecently assaulting girls including one aged nine.

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Mom, tired of too many kids, suffocates 8th child

Nina Koistinen was arrested on Sunday and accused of deliberately suffocating her eighth child, a newborn daughter, because she was overwhelmed by her brood.

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William Roache to be charged with rape

Coronation Street star William Roache is to be charged with two counts of rape involving a 15-year-old girl in the 1960s, prosecutors said.

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Raped five-year-old Indian girl dies

A five-year-old girl has died two weeks after being raped in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh.

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Prestatyn fire deaths: Melanie Smith guilty of murder

A woman has been found guilty of murdering five members of a neighbouring family, including three children, by starting a fire.

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April Jones murder: 'Bone found' at Mark Bridger's home

Bone fragments from a child and blood matching missing five-year-old April Jones were found in the home of a man accused of murdering her in a sexually motivated attack, a jury has heard.

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Men guilty of raping boy, 14, in Manchester Debenhams

Two men have been found guilty of raping a 14-year-old boy in a city centre department store's toilets.

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Max Clifford charged with 11 indecent assaults

PR guru Max Clifford has been charged with 11 indecent assaults allegedly committed between 1966 and 1985.

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Comedian Freddie Starr re-arrested over sexual offences

Entertainer Freddie Starr has been re-arrested over fresh allegations of sexual offences under Operation Yewtree, unrelated to Jimmy Savile.

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At least 87 dead in Bangladesh building collapse

At least 87 people have been killed and many more are feared trapped after an eight-storey building collapsed on the outskirts of the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, government officials say.

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Canada foils 'al-Qaeda inspire' terror attack on train

Canada's authorities say they have arrested and charged two people with conspiring to carry out an "al-Qaeda inspired" attack on a passenger train.

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2-yr-old girl sexually assaulted in her pram

Police are hunting a man who sexually assaulted a two-year-old child in her pram in a street in Greater Manchester.

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Boston marathon bombing: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev 'charged'

The surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings has been charged in his hospital bed, US media report.

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April Jones search ends, Dyfed-Powys Police confirms

The search for missing five-year-old April Jones has ended, Dyfed-Powys Police has confirmed.

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Gerry Adams testifies that Liam Adams admitted sex abuse

Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams has told a court his brother, Liam Adams, admitted sexually abusing his daughter.

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Belgorod: Five dead in western Russia shooting

A gunman has shot dead five people - including a 14-year-old girl - in the western Russian city of Belgorod, local officials say.

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Boston marathon bombs suspect captured

A teenager suspected of carrying out the Boston Marathon bombings is in custody after a local resident found him hiding in a boat in his backyard.

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Paris Brown: Kent Tweet row girl interviewed by police

The former Kent youth police and crime commissioner has been interviewed under caution by a Special Branch officer over comments she made on Twitter.

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Three guilty of abuse of 'enslaved' woman

Three people have been found guilty of abusing an Indian woman who was treated like a servant and sexually abused.

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Police chase Boston bomb suspect

US police are hunting a suspect in Monday's deadly Boston Marathon bombing, after another suspect was killed in a car chase and shoot-out.

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FBI releases photos of Boston suspects

The FBI has released photos of two suspects it wants to identify as part of the investigation into Monday's Boston Marathon bombings.

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Rolf Harris questioned in sex offence probe

Rolf Harris has been questioned by police over historical allegations of sexual offences.

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Many casualties in Texas Waco fertiliser plant blast

Scores of people are injured and an unknown number are dead after a huge explosion at a fertiliser plant near Waco in the US state of Texas.

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Hooligan 'disgusted' for punching police horse

A man who punched a police horse when football fans clashed following the Tyne-Wear derby says he is "disgusted" with the way he behaved.

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Last respects paid to Baroness Thatcher

The Queen has led mourners in St Paul's Cathedral at the funeral of Baroness Thatcher, Britain's longest serving prime minister of modern times.

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Lowestoft deaths: Family pay tribute to Fiona Anderson

A pregnant woman who fell to her death on the same day her three children were found dead was "loving and caring."

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Two killed as Boston Marathon hit by explosions

Two people have been killed and 23 injured after two explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, police say.

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All passengers survive after jet lands in sea off Bali

An airliner has ended up in the sea off the Indonesian island of Bali after missing Denpasar airport runway, but all those on board survived.

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Woman and two children found dead

A woman and two children have been found dead at a house in west London.

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Anti-cuts protesters block welfare minister's road

Up to 300 anti-cuts protesters - some posing as removal men - blocked a road outside the north London home of welfare minister Lord Freud earlier.

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Thatcher 'death Tweet' policeman quits

A police officer who reportedly wrote on Twitter that he hoped Baroness Thatcher's death was "painful and degrading" has resigned.

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Toddler Lia Green's father 'delivered fatal blow'

A three-year-old girl died after her father inflicted massive internal injuries "normally seen in car crash victims", a court heard.

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Warning over faulty diabetes meters

People with diabetes are being urged to check their blood glucose meters after a potentially dangerous fault was identified in two models.

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Opemipo Jaji: Alleged schoolgirl rapist 'attacked before'

A teenager accused of raping an 11-year-old girl in a park had attacked another schoolgirl a year before, a court has been told.

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Texas stabbing rampage: Student in custody

A student is in custody after a stabbing rampage that left 14 wounded at a college in Texas, police say.

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Veterinary drug found in Asda budget corned beef

Asda is recalling all corned beef from its budget range after traces of the veterinary drug phenylbutazone were found in some batches.

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TV weatherman Fred Talbot held in abuse probe

TV weather presenter Fred Talbot has been arrested by police investigating allegations of historical child sex abuse at a Greater Manchester school.

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Woman and six-year-old child stabbed to death

A woman and a six-year-old child have been stabbed to death in Lancashire, police said.

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Ex-Prime Minister Baroness Margaret Thatcher dies

Former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher has died at 87 following a stroke, her spokesman has said.

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Youth PCC Paris Brown in calls to quit over tweets

A teenager who became Britain's first youth police and crime commissioner (PCC) has apologised for violent, racist and anti-gay remarks on Twitter.

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Jet pilots doze off on duty twice in London area

Pilots of jet planes have fallen asleep on duty in or over London twice in three years.

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Jade Anderson death: Funeral fundraiser for dog attack girl

A fundraising event is being held for the family of a girl who was killed after being attacked by dogs.

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US judge lifts 'morning after' pill age limit

A US federal judge has ordered the government to make the "morning after" pill available over the counter to girls of all ages within 30 days.

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George Osborne 'unaware' of disabled bay parking

Chancellor George Osborne did not realise a car he was travelling in was parked in a disabled bay at a motorway service station, the BBC understands

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Venue snubs comic Jim Davidson

Comedian Jim Davidson has been told he cannot perform at a theatre in Kent.

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Man shot dead during police raid in Bradford

A 49-year-old man has been shot dead during a drugs raid in Bradford.

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Saudi Arabian court orders man to be surgically paralysed

A Saudi Arabian court has ruled that a man should be paralysed as punishment for a crime which resulted in the victim being confined to a wheelchair.

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Derby fire deaths: Philpotts and Mosley jailed

A father convicted of killing six of his children in a house fire in Derby has been jailed for life at Nottingham Crown Court.

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Joss Stone death plot: Pair convicted

Two men have been convicted of plotting to kill singer Joss Stone.

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March weather was second coldest on record

Freezing temperatures in March made it the UK's joint second coldest since records began more than 100 years ago, the Met Office has said.

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Airline defends charging passengers by weight

The head of Samoa Air has defended the airline's decision to start charging passengers according to their weight.

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Queen's funding set to rise by £5m

The annual cost to the taxpayer of supporting the Queen is rising by £5m, following changes to the way the monarch's role is funded.

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Derby fire deaths: Three guilty of children's deaths

The parents of six children who died after a house fire in Derby have been convicted of their manslaughter, along with their friend.

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UK to avoid triple dip recession, says BCC

The UK is set to avoid falling back into recession, according to the British Chamber of Commerce (BCC).

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Woman and girl die of monoxide poisoning

A woman and a girl have died from suspected carbon monoxide poisoning on a boat on Lake Windermere in Cumbria.

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Sweeping changes to the welfare system

Changes to the UK's welfare system are fair, Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith has insisted, as some of the changes came into effect.

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Labour steps up bedroom tax attack

Labour has stepped up its protests against housing benefit cuts - claiming there is no alternative local accommodation for 96% of those hit by the so-called "bedroom tax".

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Met office confirms coldest Easter on record

Easter Sunday has been confirmed as the coldest Easter day on record, with the lowest temperature recorded as -12.5C in Braemar, in the Scottish Highlands .

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'Human placenta' found in ice cream tub by dog walker

An ice cream tub containing a substance believed to be human placenta has been found by a dog walker, police say.

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North Korea enters 'state of war' with South

North Korea has said it is entering a "state of war" with South Korea in its latest escalation of rhetoric against its southern neighbour and the US.

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School pupils beaten to death by teacher in China

Two boys have died after they were beaten by a member of staff at a primary school in southern China, state media report.

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2-yr-old girl found abandoned in pram

A mother has been arrested on suspicion of child neglect after her two-year-old daughter was found abandoned in Cumbria.

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14-yr-old girl raped on city bus

Investigations are continuing after a teenage girl was raped by two men on a double decker bus in Glasgow.

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Oscar Pistorius wins travel right after bail challenge

South African sprinter Oscar Pistorius, charged with murdering his girlfriend, will be allowed to travel after challenging his bail terms.

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Stephen Seddon guilty of murdering parents in Sale

A man has been found guilty of shooting his parents dead after failing to kill them by driving a car into a canal.

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Manchester care home worker held over murder

A member of staff at a Manchester care home has been arrested on suspicion of murder following the death of a resident.

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David Miliband to step down as MP

David Miliband is planning to leave Parliament to move to the US to work for a charity, a close friend has confirmed to the BBC.

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Self-harm pupil given razor at Unsted Park School

A self-harming pupil was given a disposable safety razor to slash themself with at a school while being supervised by a teacher.

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Four dogs who killed 14-yr-old girl are put down

A 14-year-old girl has been found dead at a house where a number of dogs were "out of control".

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Meredith Kercher ruling: Knox to fight 'wrongful' allegations

US student Amanda Knox has said she will fight to clear her name after an Italian court overturned her acquittal for killing Briton Meredith Kercher.

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Girl 'blown into van's path' probe

Detectives investigating the death of a three-year-old girl are assessing whether a gust of wind blew her buggy in front of the van that killed her.

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TV actor cleared of raping 14-year-old boy

A young television actor has been cleared of raping a 14-year-old boy.

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Girl found dead in house with dogs 'out of control'

A 14-year-old girl has been found dead at a house where a number of dogs were "out of control".

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Boris Berezovsky died by hanging, police say

A post-mortem examination has found Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky's death was "consistent with hanging", police have said.

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Film fraudsters jailed over tax scam

Five people who pretended to make a Hollywood blockbuster as part of a £2.8m tax scam have been jailed for a total of more than 20 years.

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Casualty actor has part of ear bitten off

A former actor in BBC medical drama Casualty has had part of his ear bitten off at a Newcastle Travelodge.

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Immigrant families to be kept off council house waiting lists

Immigrant families will be kept off council house waiting lists in England for at least two years, under plans set to be announced by the prime minister.

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Man seriously hurt as crash leaves car embedded in home

A man is seriously ill in hospital after a car crashed and ended up embedded in a house in Suffolk.

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Nestle recalls Kit Kat Chunky bars after plastic found

Nestle is recalling some of its varieties of Chunky Kit Kat after seven people found pieces of plastic in bars.

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Exiled Russian tycoon found dead in Surrey

The exiled Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky has been found dead at his home in Surrey.

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Woman and child hit and killed by train in London

A woman and child have died after being hit by a train in south London.

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Jim Davidson arrested over new sexual offences claims

Comedian Jim Davidson has been questioned about new allegations of sexual offences as part of a probe related to the Jimmy Savile inquiry.

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Disabled prison inmates 'locked up all day'

Two elderly disabled men were locked up together at Winchester prison for almost 24 hours a day, without easy access to showers.

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Actor William Roache 'sorry' over sex abuse comments

Coronation Street star William Roache has apologised after he appeared to suggest sex abuse victims are paying the price for their behaviour in "previous lives".

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Parents to get 20% childcare costs

Parents across the UK will be able to claim back up to £1,200 a year - or 20% of childcare costs - from 2015, under plans unveiled by the government.

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Press regulation deal struck by parties

A deal has been struck between the three main political parties on regulating the press in England and Wales after the phone-hacking scandal.

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Ohio school footballers guilty of rape

Two high school football players in the US state of Ohio have been found guilty of raping a 16-year-old girl.

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Helen Flanagan backs former co-star Michael Le Vell

Helen Flanagan has reportedly spoken out in support for her former Coronation Street co-star, Michael Le Vell.

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Swiss woman 'gang-raped' in central India

A Swiss woman has been gang-raped by a group of men in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, police say.

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Primary school teacher charged with sex offences

A primary school teacher in York has been charged with more than 20 offences involving children.

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'Paedophilia not criminal condition' says Durban cardinal

The Catholic Archbishop of Durban, Wilfrid Fox Napier, has described paedophilia as a psychological "illness, not a criminal condition".

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Comic Relief: £74.3m total sets Red Nose Day record

Comic Relief has raised £74.3m, the highest figure reached on the night of the show in its 23-year history.

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GP Davinderjit Bains filmed sex assaults with watch

A GP has pleaded guilty to a string of sexual offences against teenage girls and women, some of which were filmed on a camera hidden in his wristwatch.

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Walkers find body of newborn baby

The body of a baby, believed to be a newborn, has been found in a country lane in Greater Manchester.

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Pork DNA in halal sausages at Westminster primary school

Pork DNA has been found in halal chicken sausages served in a primary school in Westminster, central London, the local authority said.

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Deadly shootings in upstate New York

More gunfire has rung out, some from police, amid a manhunt for a suspect who shot dead four people in two attacks in upstate New York.

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Argentina's Jorge Mario Bergoglio elected Pope

Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio has been elected the Roman Catholic Church's new Pope.

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Death blaze father's sex act 'shame'

A man accused of starting a fire which killed six of his children has told jurors he is "ashamed" of a threesome he and his wife had hours before.

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Dave Lee Travis arrested over new sex offence claims

Dave Lee Travis, the ex-Radio 1 DJ and Top of the Pops presenter, has been arrested over further claims of sexual offences, Scotland Yard has confirmed.

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'Significant' sex abuse arrests due says prosecutor

A senior prosecutor says "significant" arrests are being planned in the coming weeks of people suspected of sexual abuse.

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Rome conclave: Cardinals fail to elect pope in first vote

Cardinals of the Catholic Church have failed to elect a new pope on their first day in the Vatican conclave.

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Mother gave 13-year-old daughter ecstasy tablets

A mother is said to have given her 13-year-old daughter three ecstasy tablets as a birthday present, the BBC learned.

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Falklands referendum: Voters choose to remain UK territory

The people of the Falkland Islands have voted overwhelmingly in favour of remaining a UK overseas territory.

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Artist Graham Ovenden accused of being paedophile

An internationally-acclaimed artist has been described in court as a paedophile who blindfolded girls and committed indecent acts.

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Nigeria: Video appears to show dead hostages

A video posted online appears to show the bodies of some of the foreign hostages seized by a Nigerian Islamist militant group last month.

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Chris Huhne and Vicky Pryce jailed for speeding lie

Former cabinet minister Chris Huhne and his former wife Vicky Pryce have both been jailed for eight months for perverting the course of justice.

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Delhi rape accused found dead in prison

A suspect in the abduction, rape and murder of a student in the Indian capital, Delhi, has been found dead in prison, his lawyer has confirmed.

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Briton believed killed in Nigeria named

A Nigerian Islamist militant group's claims to have killed seven foreign hostages it seized last month are credible, Western governments say.

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Global Malala Day to call for girls' education

A global day calling for the education of all females is to be held in honour of a schoolgirl shot by the Taliban.

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Sign error on M42 motorway may mean speeding let-off

Thousands of motorway speeding convictions could be overturned because the font used to display the numbers on some variable speed limit signs may not have complied with traffic regulations.

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Abu Qatada arrested over 'bail breach'

Radical cleric Abu Qatada has been arrested for allegedly breaching his bail conditions, days ahead of a new government bid to have him deported.

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Cold snap blocks thoughts of spring

Snow and sub-zero temperatures are on the way as many parts of the UK brace themselves for a cold snap over the weekend.

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South Dakota to allow armed teachers in schools

The US state of South Dakota has enacted a law allowing school districts to arm teachers and other school staff.

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Boy, 4, dies after falling from flat window

A four-year-old boy has died in hospital after falling from a window on the third floor of a block of flats in Glasgow, police have said.

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Scottish church 'knew of 20 child sex abuse allegations'

The BBC has seen evidence that bishops in the Catholic Church in Scotland knew of 20 allegations of child sex abuse by priests between 1985 and 1995.

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Tia Sharp death: Stuart Hazell denies murder

A man accused of murdering 12-year-old Tia Sharp in south London has pleaded not guilty at the Old Bailey.

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North Korea says it ends peace pacts with South

North Korea says it is scrapping all non-aggression pacts with South Korea, closing its hotline with Seoul and shutting their shared border point.

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Lion 'escaped cage' to kill California woman

A California coroner says a lion who killed a volunteer intern at a big cat park used its paw to lift a partially-closed door and escape a feeding cage.

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Baby born on packed London commuter train

A girl was born on a train packed full of commuters on Thursday night.

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'Forgotten' prisoner gets $15.5m compensation

A prisoner who was held in solitary confinement for two years has been awarded $15.5m (£10.3m) in compensation.

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Osama Bin Laden spokesman to be tried in New York

A man described as a spokesman for Osama bin Laden has been arrested and will be tried in New York City, the US has confirmed.

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Kelly Osbourne rushed to hospital after 'seizure'

Television personality Kelly Osbourne has been rushed to hospital in Los Angeles after suffering a seizure.

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TV death baby Kian McMillan: Fugitive father jailed

A man who admitted neglecting his four-month-old son who died when the boy's mother knocked a television onto him, has been jailed for 46 months.

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Vicky Pryce guilty over Chris Huhne speeding points

The former wife of ex-cabinet minister Chris Huhne has been found guilty of perverting the course of justice by taking speeding points on his behalf.

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One dead in California lion attack

A lion has killed one person at a private big cat park near Fresno, California, police say.

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UK to send armoured vehicles to Syrian opposition

The UK is to provide armoured vehicles and body armour to opposition forces in Syria "to help save lives", Foreign Secretary William Hague has said.

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'Watershed' in tackling child abuse

Child sex abuse investigations put too much focus on the victims' credibility and not enough on the suspects, says the director of public prosecutions as he announces a shake-up of guidelines.

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Venezuela's Hugo Chavez dies aged 58

Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez has died, his vice-president has announced.

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Man jailed for deliberately breaking baby girl's arm

A drug addict who deliberately broke his month-old baby daughter's arm has been jailed for six years.

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Oxford exploitation trial: Girl was 'off her head' on drugs

A 14-year-old girl woke up naked in a bed with two men and does not remember what happened, a court has heard.

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Queen leaves hospital after stomach bug

The Queen has left hospital in central London after being assessed for gastroenteritis symptoms.

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Premature 'car crash' baby has died

The baby delivered after his parents were killed in a car crash in New York has died, a spokesman for the family's Orthodox Jewish community has said.

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Nicola Edgington: Psychiatric patient gets life for murder

A psychiatric patient who murdered a woman six years after killing her own mother has been jailed for life.

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Baby delivered after parents die in crash

A New York couple expecting their first child have been killed in a car crash on their way to hospital, but the unborn baby survived the accident.

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Cardinal Keith O'Brien sorry for sexual misconduct

Cardinal Keith O'Brien has admitted that his sexual conduct has at times

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Queen admitted to hospital with stomach bug

The Queen is in hospital as a precaution, while she is assessed for symptoms of gastroenteritis, Buckingham Palace says.

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Amazon row over 'rape' T-shirt

Internet retailer Amazon is continuing to list clothes from a US firm despite a row over a T-shirt printed with the message: "Keep calm and rape a lot."

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Sinkhole swallows up Florida man Jeffrey Bush

A Florida man has disappeared into a 20ft-deep (6m) sinkhole that swallowed up a bedroom in his house.

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Four men admit discussing UK terror plot

Four men have pleaded guilty to engaging in conduct in preparation of terrorist acts.

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Pope Benedict XVI formally resigns to become 'pilgrim'

Pope Benedict XVI has officially resigned, saying that he now "will simply be a pilgrim" starting his last journey on earth.

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Coronation Street star in court on child sex charges

Coronation Street actor Michael Le Vell has appeared in court charged with 19 sexual offences against a child.

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Rape victim asked to withdraw claim

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Mark Duggan gun supplier Kevin Hutchinson-Foster jailed

A man convicted of supplying a gun to Mark Duggan on the day he was shot dead by police in north London has been jailed for 11 years.

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Two Britons are dead and two others are in hospital after a hot air balloon crashed near the Egyptian city of Luxor, travel group Thomas Cook says.

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Channel 4's Jon Snow recalls childhood abuse

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A man has been jailed for four years for knocking a 16-year-old girl unconscious in a street in east London.

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German president: make English the language of EU

Germany's president has called for English to be made the language of the European Union as he appealed to the UK to stay in the EU.

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German Development Minister: 'Give horsemeat to the poor'

Germany's development minister has suggested food tainted with horsemeat should be distributed to the poor.

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UK loses top AAA credit rating for first time since 1978

The UK has lost its top AAA credit rating for the first time since 1978 on expectations that growth will "remain sluggish over the next few years".

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13-yr-old girl dies on school skiing trip in Italy

A 13-year-old schoolgirl has died on an annual school skiing trip in Italy.

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Police protection officer died from gun wound in Camden

A Metropolitan Police officer who was found dead at a property in north London, died from a gunshot wound to the chest, post-mortem tests found.

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City University London removes Muslim Friday prayer room

City University in London has been accused of discrimination by a group of Muslim students after it closed a dedicated room used for Friday prayers.

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Oxford exploitation trial: Girl 'became sex slave aged 11'

A girl has told the Old Bailey how she was seduced and turned into a sex slave by an older man at the age of 11.

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Pistorius witness 'heard shots, screams, more shots'

A witness heard gunshots, screaming, and then more shots fired at the home of athlete Oscar Pistorius on the night Reeva Steenkamp was killed, a police officer has said.

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Oscar Pistorius 'thought he was firing at intruder'

South African athletics star Oscar Pistorius has denied murdering his girlfriend, saying he shot her by mistake thinking she was an intruder.

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Nestle removes beef pasta meals after finding horsemeat

Nestle, the world's biggest food company, has removed beef pasta meals from shelves in Italy, Spain and France after tests revealed traces of horse DNA.

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Foreigners held in Libya on suspicion of proselytising

Four foreign nationals have been arrested in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi on suspicion of being Christian missionaries, officials say.

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IDS: Shelf-stacking is more important than geology

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Sex case defendants 'should get anonymity'

Suspects in sex cases should have their identities protected until they are convicted, a senior lawyer has said.

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Teenager killed and man badly hurt in shooting

A teenager has been killed and a 32-year-old man has been seriously injured in a shooting in east London.

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Child murderer Subhan Anwar killed in Long Lartin Prison

A man jailed for torturing and murdering his partner's two-year-old daughter has been killed in prison.

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Oscar Pistorius denies Reeva Steenkamp murder

South African Olympic and Paralympic star Oscar Pistorius has strongly rejected a charge that he murdered his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

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Meteor strike injures hundreds in central Russia

A meteor crashing in central Russia's Ural mountains has injured at least 500 people, as the shockwave blew out windows and rocked buildings.

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Christopher Dorner 'identified' as mountain cabin body

The charred body found in a mountain cabin after a police gun fight has been identified as a former policeman accused of murder, officials say.

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Coronation Street's Michael Le Vell charged with child rape

Coronation Street actor Michael Le Vell has been charged with a string of sex offences, including raping a child.

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PM: 'No limit''on student immigration from India

David Cameron has pledged there will be 'no limit' to the number of students from India who can study in the UK and then stay on to find work.

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Horse meat: Asda withdraws fresh bolognese sauce

Asda has withdrawn four products from its shelves after its product 500g Beef Bolognese Sauce tested positive for horse DNA.

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French firm Spanghero 'knew of horsemeat risk'

French meat processing company Spanghero sold meat labelled as beef despite knowing it could have been horsemeat, the French government has said.

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Horsemeat scandal: Bute found in horse carcasses

Eight horses, killed in the UK, tested positive for the painkiller bute and six may have entered the food chain in France, the Food Standards Agency said.

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Oscar Pistorius 'shoots girlfriend'

South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius has been arrested over the fatal shooting of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his home, local media say

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EU responds to mislabelled horsemeat scandal

The EU has outlined an "intensive monitoring plan" to tackle the widening scandal over mislabelled horsemeat.

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Kate bikini photos published by Chi magazine in Italy

Italian gossip magazine Chi has printed photos of the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge on a Caribbean holiday - a move condemned by St James's Palace.

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Republic chain enters administration

Clothing chain Republic has confirmed widespread fears, announcing that it has called in the administrators.

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'Fugitive LA cop Christopher Dorner' in police shoot-out

A man believed to be a former Los Angeles police officer accused of three murders has been involved in a shoot-out with police, reports say.

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Dale Cregan trial: Defendant admits killing police officers

The man accused of murdering two police officers in a gun and grenade attack has admitted killing them.

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Slave labour case: Back-to-work scheme breached laws

A university graduate has won a legal challenge on appeal, claiming that a government scheme forces people to work without pay.

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Tesco Spaghetti Bolognese contained horsemeat

Some Tesco Everyday Value Spaghetti Bolognese contains 60% horsemeat, DNA tests by the retailer have found.

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Pope Benedict in shock resignation

The Pope is to resign at the end of this month in an entirely unexpected development, the Vatican has confirmed.

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Horsemeat scandal: Focus switches to Romania

The Romanian government is investigating if horsemeat discovered in beef products in Britain and France came from an abattoir in Romania.

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Four-week-old baby boy attacked by a fox

A four-week-old baby boy was attacked by a fox in his home in Bromley, the Metropolitan Police have said.

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US north-east battered by 'historic' snowstorm

Thick snow is blanketing the north-eastern US as a major storm cuts power to thousands of homes and plays havoc with transport schedules.

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Escaped police dog attacks four in Derbyshire

A police dog has injured four people, including a 13-year-old girl, after escaping from a handler's home in Derbyshire.

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Michael Brewer: Victim 'killed herself' during trial

A woman who was indecently assaulted by a leading choir director and his ex-wife died after giving evidence during their trial, it can be revealed.

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Horsemeat row: Don't dump meat, says food minister

People should not throw away frozen meat products in the wake of the revelations about horsemeat in Findus lasagne, the food minister has said.

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Cop killing trial: Man 'celebrated' before PC murders

A fugitive ordered beer and cigars the night before two police officers were murdered because he "knew it was his last night of freedom", a court heard.

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Michael Brewer: Music director guilty of sex abuse charges

A leading choir director and his ex-wife have been convicted of indecently assaulting a former music school pupil when she was 14.

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Aamir Siddiqi murder: Killers given 40 years each

Two "staggeringly incompetent" hitmen must serve a minimum of 40 years each in jail for stabbing to death an innocent student after they targeted the wrong house.

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Findus beef lasagne contained up to 100% horsemeat

The meat of some beef lasagne products recalled by Findus earlier this week was 100% horsemeat, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has said

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Food manufacturer Findus confirms horse meat in lasagne

Testing of Findus beef lasagne has revealed some of the product to contain horsemeat, the company has said.

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Beleaguered Stuart Hall in suicide despair

Broadcaster Stuart Hall has said he will fight charges of rape and indecent assault after appearing in court.

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Madeleine McCann lookalike sends DNA sample to police

A New Zealand girl repeatedly mistaken for missing Madeleine McCann has given police a sample of her DNA which will be sent to Scotland Yard.

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Norfolk priest Tony McSweeney arrested

A Catholic priest has been arrested in connection with alleged child abuse at a London guest house during the early 1980s, his diocese has said.

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Two children among dead in Denver shooting

Denver police say two children under 10 years old and a woman have been killed and a third child wounded in an apparent shooting at a house in the northeast part of the city.

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Stafford Hospital failings: Inquiry report

NHS staff should face prosecution if they are not open and honest about mistakes, according to a public inquiry into failings at Stafford Hospital.

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Two men arrested in 1980s guest house 'abuse' inquiry

Police investigating allegations of child abuse at a south-west London guest house in the early 1980s have arrested two men.

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Gay marriage: MPs back legislation

MPs have approved legislation for same-sex marriage in England and Wales, despite the opposition of dozens of Conservative MPs.

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Pensioner left without food dies

A woman in her 80s left at home in Surrey without medication, food, or water for nine days after a care agency shut down has died in hospital.

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UK sees return of snow, gales and ice

Fresh snowfall and gale force winds in parts of the UK are causing disruption, just weeks after severe weather led to school closures and transport problems.

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Afghan peace deal 'in six months'

Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Pakistan's Asif Ali Zardari have said they will work towards a peace deal for Afghanistan within six months.

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Alabama police kill kidnapper and save boy

Police in the US state of Alabama have killed a hostage-taker after a six-day standoff, saving the five-year-old boy he abducted.

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Pimlico stabbing: Man charged with murder

A man has been charged with the murder of a teenager in central London.

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'Horsemeat' found in Polish beef at Irish burger plant

Horsemeat has been found in beef at another meat processor in the Republic of Ireland.

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California preschool closing after alleged sexual activity

First Lutheran Church of Carson School in Carson, California, is closing  after parents discovered alleged sexual activity between the  4- and 5-year-olds students, reports ABC News.

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Undercover police 'used dead children's identities'

The Metropolitan Police are investigating a claim a now-disbanded undercover unit created aliases using the identities of dead children.

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Sasha Marsden killing in Blackpool: Man on murder charge

A man has been charged with murdering a 16-year-old girl who was found stabbed in a Blackpool alleyway.

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Taser gun used on knifeman outside Buckingham Palace

Police have used a Taser stun gun on a man armed with two knives outside Buckingham Palace in central London.

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'Pork in halal food' row firm named as 'McColgans'

The company which supplied halal food found to contain traces of pork DNA has been named.

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Chris Grayling defends child smacking

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling says he smacked his own children when they were young and has defended the right of parents to smack.

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Sasha Marsden stabbed to death in Blackpool alley

A teenage girl whose burned body was found in a Blackpool alleyway was stabbed in the head before attempts were made to set her on fire, police have said.

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'Traces of pork DNA' found in Halal prison meat

The Ministry of Justice has suspended a firm supplying pies and pasties to prisons after tests found that it may have provided products described as Halal - but with traces of pork DNA.

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Aamir Siddiqi: Hitmen Jason Richards and Ben Hope guilty

Two "staggeringly incompetent" hitmen have been found guilty of stabbing to death an innocent student after the killers called at the wrong house.

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At least 26 people die in Chinese firework explosion

A truck carrying fireworks has exploded on an elevated highway in central China, causing part of it to collapse, state media say.

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14-yr-old pupil shot in head at school in Atlanta

A 14-year-old has been taken to hospital after being shot in the back of the head outside a school in Atlanta, Georgia, say police.

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Women found guilty of torturing pensioner to death

Two women who tortured a retired bus conductor and left him to die have been found guilty of his murder.

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Mark Duggan: Hutchinson-Foster guilty of supplying gun

A man has been found guilty of supplying a gun to Mark Duggan, who was shot dead by police.

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Pimlico stabbing: Man held by murder detectives

A 20-year-old man has been arrested over the fatal stabbing of a teenager who was attacked by a gang in central London.

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Family quits after racist attacks

A Muslim family say they have been forced to move from their home after offensive graffiti and a cross wrapped in ham were left outside their house.

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'Millions of low-income households' face council tax rise

Millions of the poorest households face council tax rises because most councils in England will pass on a 10% cut in funding from April, research suggests.

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EastEnders' Gemma McCluskie murder: Brother guilty

The brother of former EastEnders actress Gemma McCluskie has been found guilty of her murder and told he will serve at least 20 years in jail.

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Arrest in football player race abuse probe

A man has been arrested after allegedly racially abusing Premier League striker Demba Ba on Facebook.

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Pioneering double arm transplant for soldier

The first US soldier to survive losing four limbs in Iraq has said he is looking forward to swimming and driving after having a double arm transplant.

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Briton arrested in Nimes murder probe

A British man has been arrested in the French town of Nimes in connection with the murder of a woman jogger.

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'Naked rambler' appears in court with no clothes on

A man known as "the naked rambler" has appeared in court with no clothes on to hear if charges against him would be dropped.

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Man killed by falling shop sign

A man has died after a shop sign fell on him in north London.

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Brazil nightclub fire: Three arrested in Santa Maria

Brazilian police have arrested three people in connection with a fire at a nightclub that killed 231 people in the southern city of Santa Maria on Sunday.

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Iran 'successfully sends monkey into space'

Iran says it has successfully sent a monkey into space.

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Teenage boy dies after stabbing

A teenage boy has been stabbed to death in central London.

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Baby blown into harbour water by gust of wind

A baby boy has been rescued by fishermen and a marina dock master after his pushchair was blown into the water by a gust of wind, police said.

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Two cyclists killed in hit-and-run

Two cyclists have died after being hit by a car in Bristol.

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Petrol price 'may go up 4p' within days

Fuel campaigners are warning that petrol prices might jump 4p per litre "in coming days".

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Egypt: Death sentences over Port Said stadium violence

An Egyptian court has sentenced to death 21 defendants over clashes between rival football fans in which 74 people were killed in February 2012.

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Heavy snow causes disruption while rain risks flooding

Heavy snow across parts of the UK has caused major travel disruption, as forecasters say more wet weather and milder temperatures may bring flooding.

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Gunman dies in betting shop robbery

A masked gunman has died after being pinned down and restrained by customers during an armed robbery at a bookmakers in Plymouth, police have said.

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Dummy taped to baby's face at Stafford Hospital

A member of staff has been suspended after a dummy was found taped to a baby's face at Stafford Hospital.

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Bailiffs' behaviour to be controlled by new laws

Laws to tackle aggressive bailiffs will be introduced next year in England and Wales, the government has announced.

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Further snow forecast for parts of the UK

There are warnings of further snowfall in the UK on Friday, as the cold spell continues to cause disruption.

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Horsemeat cancer fears raised by Labour

A drug that can potentially cause cancer in humans may have entered the food chain via horses slaughtered in UK abattoirs, Labour claims.

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George Eliot Hospital staff 'failed' in baby delivery

The parents of a baby delivered brain dead after "errors" were made by staff at a Warwickshire hospital hope the NHS trust responsible has learned lessons.

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Secondary school league tables published

Secondary school league tables for England are due to be published later as official government data on pupils' achievement is made public.

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Milder weather on the way, but snow still falling

Snow continued to fall over parts of south Wales and south-west England overnight as the cold spell carried on, forecasters have said.

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Broadcaster Stuart Hall charged with rape

Broadcaster Stuart Hall has been charged with one offence of rape and 14 offences of indecent assault, Lancashire Police have said.

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US college alert amid 'mass shooting'

A college in the US state of Texas is on lockdown amid reports of a shooter on the campus.

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Homophobic 'vigilante' video appears online

A video has appeared online showing men shouting homophobic abuse at another man in east London, telling him to "get out of here" as "it is a Muslim area".

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Footballers 'took photos during sexual assault'

Three Brighton and Hove Albion players and a Bournemouth footballer took photos while sexually assaulting a drunk teenager, a court has heard.

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Fresh snow set to cause more disruption

Snow and ice are causing disruption across large parts of the UK for a fifth successive day with fresh snow set to cause further problems.

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Bali drugs: Death sentence for Briton Lindsay Sandiford

A 56-year-old British grandmother has been sentenced to death in Indonesia for drug trafficking.

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Prince Harry in Afghanistan: I fired at enemy

Prince Harry shot at Taliban insurgents during his time as an Army helicopter pilot in Afghanistan, he says.

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Michael Winner: Death Wish director dies aged 77

Film director and newspaper columnist Michael Winner has died, aged 77, his wife Geraldine has confirmed.

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Inauguration Day: Barack Obama sworn in for second term

Barack Obama has officially been sworn in for his second term as US president in a small ceremony at the White House.

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New Mexico teenager held over shooting of five people

A teenage boy in New Mexico has been arrested in connection with the fatal shootings of five people.

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CBeebies apologises for Tweenies Jimmy Savile spoof

CBeebies has apologised after a character from the children's TV programme The Tweenies appeared dressed as disgraced TV presenter Jimmy Savile.

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Frozen UK braced for more ice and snow

Ice and freezing temperatures are to continue across the UK, as further snow falls - particularly in eastern parts of the country.

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Assassination attempt prevented by misfiring gun

A man put a gun to the head of the leader of Bulgaria's ethnic Turkish party during a televised conference.

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Algeria siege 'ends in bloodbath'

Algerian troops have ended a siege at a gas facility in the Sahara desert killing 11 Islamist militants after they killed seven hostages, Algerian state news agency APS has said.

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Man arrested after CCTV captures subway attack

Philadelphia, USA -  A man has been arrested on charges he grabbed a woman by the feet and threw her onto the tracks at a Philadelphia subway station, police said.

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Man jailed for posting beheading videos on Facebook

A "total fantasist" who posted gruesome videos on Facebook of al-Qaeda beheading captives has been jailed for five years.

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Methadone beaker parents guilty of manslaughter

The parents of a toddler who died after drinking methadone have been found guilty of his manslaughter.

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Snow will take weeks to thaw

Up to six inches of snow fell in just two hours in some parts of the country as most of the UK was blanketed in white and thousands of schools closed their doors.

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Irish factory shuts over 'horsemeat'

An Irish food factory's production has been suspended after new tests revealed horse DNA in its frozen burgers.

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Algeria crisis: Warnings of 'multiple UK casualties'

Officials are preparing for multiple British casualties after the Algerian hostage crisis, the BBC has learned.

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Pathologist: 'Mark Duggan injuries not consistent'

Mark Duggan's injuries did not appear to be consistent with the police account of the fatal shooting, a Home Office pathologist has told a court.

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Oxford exploitation trial: Girl 'burned with lighter'

A 14-year-old girl was burned with a lighter and threatened if she refused to have sex with men, a court heard.

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Algeria: Several Brits held hostage one killed

Several Britons have been taken hostage - and one UK national killed - in a terrorist attack at a gas field in Algeria, according to Sky sources.

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Blockbuster goes into administration

DVD rental firm Blockbuster has become the latest UK High Street firm to go into administration after struggling against online competitors.

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Helicopter crash: Two die in Vauxhall crane accident

Two people were killed and 12 were hurt when a helicopter crashed into a crane on a building in central London.

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Inquiry into horsemeat in burgers

Investigations are under way to try to find out how beef burgers on sale in UK and Irish Republic supermarkets became contaminated with horsemeat.

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Oxford 'child sex ring committed depraved abuse'

A group of nine men targeted vulnerable young girls in Oxford and subjected them to depraved sexual abuse, the Old Bailey has heard.

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British Airways Christian employee Nadia Eweida wins case

A British Airways employee suffered discrimination at work over her Christian beliefs, the European Court of Human Rights has ruled.

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'Insulting words' crime ditched

The crime of "insulting" someone through words or behaviour, which once led to the arrest of a student for asking a police officer whether his horse was gay, is to be dropped.

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HMV poised to call in administrators

Directors of HMV are this evening locked in talks about the retailer's future amid growing concern that it could become the latest big-name high street chain to succumb to the flat-lining British economy.

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Man who set elderly woman on fire in lift jailed

A man accused of setting a 73-year-old woman on fire in a New York lift has been sentenced to 50 years in prison.

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Actress Gemma McCluskie 'killed after sink row'

The brother of former EastEnders actress Gemma McCluskie beat her to death after a row over an overflowing sink, a court has heard.

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Mark Bridger probably responsible for April Jones' death

The man accused of murdering missing five-year-old April Jones is expected to say he was probably responsible for her death but he did not murder her, a court has been told by his barrister.

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Imani Green Jamaica killing: Eight people arrested

Eight people have been arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of a British girl in Jamaica.

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Heavier snowfall predicted around large parts of UK

Parts of England have seen some light snow overnight, as forecasters warn a second, heavier, band will fall across large areas of the UK in the afternoon.

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Six men arrested in new Indian 'bus rape'

Police in India have arrested six men after they allegedly gang-raped a woman on a bus, just weeks after a similar attack shocked the nation.

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UK girl, eight, shot and killed in Jamaica

An eight-year-old girl from London has been shot dead while on holiday in Jamaica.

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Internet freedom activist and pioneer, dies aged 26

Aaron Swartz, a celebrated internet freedom activist and early developer of the website Reddit, has died at 26.

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Jimmy Savile 'abused dying hospice patients'

Jimmy Savile sexually abused dying hospice patients, detectives are expected to reveal.

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Severe weather warning as Big Freeze heads our way

Health workers were put on alert by the Government last night as Britain braced itself for snow.

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Shooting at Taft High School in California

A gunman has shot two people at a high school in California, police have said.

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Police appeal over BlackBerry bath attack footage

Police are concerned for the welfare of a woman filmed on a mobile phone being subjected to "a horrendous, prolonged attack" in a bath.

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Sri Lankan maid beheaded in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia has beheaded a Sri Lankan domestic worker for killing a baby in her care in 2005 in a case that has been widely condemned by rights groups.

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BBC's Andrew Marr suffers stroke

Broadcaster Andrew Marr is recovering in hospital after suffering a stroke, the BBC has confirmed.

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Jessops camera chain in administration

Troubled High Street camera retailer Jessops has gone into administration, with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) appointed as the administrator.

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Methadone death toddler 'exposed to cocktail of drugs'

A two-year-old boy who died after taking his mother's methadone had been exposed to other drugs, a court heard.

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Bexleyheath stabbing: Nicola Edgington attacked women

A psychiatric patient who had killed her mother attacked two women with a butcher's knife as they were going to work, an Old Bailey jury has heard.

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Three Delhi gang rape suspects to plead not guilty

Three of the five men accused of the abduction, gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old woman in Delhi will plead not guilty to all charges against them, their lawyer has said.

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Sex-for-rent landlord is jailed

A landlord who forced a teenage girl to "pay" for her rent with sexual favours has been jailed for four years.

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Mother jailed for murdering son over Koran studies

A mother who beat her seven-year-old son to death when he failed to memorise passages from the Koran has been jailed for life, for a minimum of 17 years.

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Janelle Duncan-Bailey: Man charged with murder

A man has been charged with the murder of a mother-of-two from south London.

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Coleen Rooney's teenage sister Rosie dies aged 14

The teenage sister of Coleen Rooney has died after a lifelong battle with a rare genetic disorder.

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Indoor barbecue poisons family

A fire chief has criticised a woman who used a barbecue indoors to dry clothes that led to six people, including her grandchildren, being taken to hospital.

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Pensioner Robert Coulson admits smuggling cannabis

A pensioner has admitted trying to smuggle more than £168,000 worth of cannabis through a ferry port.

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Naomi Campbell attacked and robbed in Paris

Supermodel Naomi Campbell suffered a torn ligament in her leg after she was a violently attacked and robbed on a Paris street.

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Obese who refuse to exercise 'could face benefits cut'

Overweight or unhealthy people who refuse to attend exercise sessions could have their benefits slashed, in a move proposed by Westminster Council.

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Olympic bottle throw: Man 'wanted Usain Bolt to lose'

A man who threw a bottle on to the track at the start of the men's Olympic 100m final shouted that he wanted defending champion Usain Bolt to lose, a court has heard.

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India gang rape: Five suspects to be charged

Five men in India are to be charged with the murder of a medical student who was gang-raped on a Delhi bus.

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Jim Davidson arrested by sexual abuse inquiry police

Comedian Jim Davidson is one of two men arrested earlier on suspicion of sexual offences, the BBC understands.

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US Senate passes key deal to avoid tax rises

The US Senate has approved a deal to avert tax hikes and spending cuts known as the "fiscal cliff".

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Spanish tourist hit by bus in central London dies

A Spanish tourist who was struck by a bus with her children in central London has died.

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Man critical after being hit by trolley in M&S 'row'

A man is critically ill after being hit by a trolley during an alleged row at a Marks and Spencer store.

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Showers warning for New Year parties

Revellers across the UK are being warned to pack umbrellas for New Year's Eve events and avoid floodwater, as 2012 ends on a damp note.

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Hillary Clinton in hospital with blood clot after fall

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been admitted to hospital in New York with a blood clot, officials say.

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Rain set to plague UK for rest of year

Widespread flood warnings are still in force across the UK, with more downpours expected on New Year's Eve.

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New York police arrest woman for subway train killing

Police in New York have arrested a woman in connection with the death of a man pushed in front of a subway train.

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India mourns Delhi rape victim with candlelit vigils

Candlelit vigils have been held across India to mourn a woman who has died after being gang-raped in Delhi.

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Russian plane crashes into road outside Moscow

A Russian passenger plane has crashed into a main road after overshooting a runway at a Moscow airport, killing at least four people, police say.

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Gulf War General Norman Schwarzkopf dies Aged 78

General Norman Schwarzkopf, who commanded the US-led coalition that drove Saddam Hussein's forces out of Kuwait in the 1991 Gulf War, has died.

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Olympic heroes head New Year Honours list

Bradley Wiggins, who won the Tour de France and an Olympic gold, has been knighted in a New Year Honours list dominated by London 2012 medallists.

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Indian gang-rape victim dies in hospital

A female student gang-raped on a bus in India's capital Delhi has died at a Singapore hospital, doctors say.

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Abducted 6-yr-old girl back in UK from Pakistan

A six-year-old girl who was abducted by her father and taken to Pakistan three years ago has arrived back in the UK.

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George H W Bush in intensive care after 'setbacks'

Former US President George H W Bush has been in intensive care with a fever since Sunday, a spokesman has revealed.

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Gerry Anderson, Thunderbirds creator, dies aged 83

Gerry Anderson, the creator of hit TV shows including Thunderbirds, Stingray and Joe 90, has died at the age of 83.

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US Odd Couple actor Jack Klugman dies at 90

US actor Jack Klugman, who starred in hit TV series in the 1970s and 80s, has died at the age of 90.

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Americans sign petition to deport Piers Morgan to Britain

Not since revolutionary times has there been such a public groundswell of fury aimed at the British, or in this case one particular Briton.

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US firefighters shot dead at blaze in Webster, New York

Two US volunteer firefighters have been shot dead and two injured while responding to an emergency call in the town of Webster in New York state.

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Twitter accounts with child abuse images closed

Several private Twitter accounts have been disabled after they were revealed to contain indecent images of children.

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Hoax nurse tried to commit suicide before

The nurse who committed suicide after answering a hoax call about the Duchess of Cambridge had been treated for depression after a previous suicide attempt, it was claimed yesterday.

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86-yr-old woman robbed of casino winnings

An 86-year-old woman has been robbed by a mugger of her life savings and money she won at a casino.

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Teen's rape heard by mother over the phone

Police are hunting a man who raped a teenage girl in an attack that was overheard by her mother who had phoned her daughter.

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TV weatherman Fred Talbot's home raided in abuse probe

TV weather presenter Fred Talbot's home has been searched by police investigating allegations of historical child sex abuse.

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Neon Roberts brain tumour surgery 'went well'

An operation on a seven-year-old boy at the centre of a legal dispute over cancer treatment went well, a High Court judge has been told.

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'Nazi salute' nurse Stephen Johnson struck off

A senior mental health nurse who performed Nazi salutes in front of patients has been struck off.

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Rock star Ian Watkins on child sex offence charges

The lead singer of Welsh rock group Lostprophets has been charged with sexual offences against children.

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Former Hollyoakes actor guilty of raping girl

A 42-year-old actor has been found guilty of raping a 15-year-old girl at a house party after getting her drunk on cocktails.

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'27 dead' in Connecticut primary school shooting

As many as 27 people have been killed, including many children, in a shooting attack at a primary school in the US state of Connecticut, US media say.

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Kenneth Kendall, former BBC news anchor, dies

Former BBC newsreader Kenneth Kendall has died at the age of 88.

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Meteor fireball spotted in skies over Britain

Stargazers throughout the UK have reported seeing a meteor-like streak of light in the darkened skies.

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Jacintha Saldanha inquest: Kate hoax nurse found hanged

A nurse fooled by a hoax call to the London hospital treating the Duchess of Cambridge was later found hanged, an inquest has heard.

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Jimmy Savile abuse: Number of alleged victims reaches 450

Police have confirmed that the number of alleged sex abuse victims of the late Jimmy Savile has reached 450.

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Teens shoot woman then pose with guns on Facebook

Two teenage boys who allegedly killed a young mother in an argument over a packet of cigarettes, posted pictures of themselves brandishing guns on Facebook hours after the crime.

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Drugs debate: Cameron rejects decriminalising drugs

The idea of a royal commission to consider decriminalising illegal drugs - as suggested by a group of MPs - has been ruled out by the prime minister.

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Kate hoax: Australian presenters 'gutted and heartbroken'

The Australian radio hosts at the centre of the royal hospital hoax say they are "gutted and heartbroken" over the death of nurse Jacintha Saldanha.

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Astronomer and broadcaster Sir Patrick Moore dies, aged 89

British astronomer and broadcaster Sir Patrick Moore has died, aged 89, his friends and colleagues have said.

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Duchess of Cambridge hoax call nurse found dead

A nurse at a London hospital who took a hoax call about the Duchess of Cambridge has been found dead.

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Drivers are warned of ice across the UK

Drivers are being warned to beware of ice as freezing temperatures continue across the UK.

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Max Clifford arrested in sex offences investigation

Leading public relations expert Max Clifford has been arrested on suspicion of sexual offences.

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Biggest UK mosque: Newham Council rejects plans

A plan to build the UK's biggest mosque in Stratford, east London, has been rejected by councillors.

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BBC's, Stuart Hall charged with indecent assaults

Broadcaster Stuart Hall has been charged with three counts of indecent assault.

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Murder: Mother killed son over Koran studies

A mother who beat her seven-year-old son "like a dog" when he failed to memorise passages of the Koran has been found guilty of his murder.

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Change to royal succession agreed

All Commonwealth realms have agreed to press ahead with a bill ending discrimination against women in the succession to the British throne.

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Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton is pregnant

St James's Palace has announced that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their first child.

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Council leader and his wife found shot dead

Neighbours and colleagues of a council leader and his wife found shot dead outside their home have spoken of their shock and disbelief.

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Japan Sasago tunnel: Collapse traps cars

A major road tunnel has collapsed in Japan, trapping a number of vehicles and leaving at least seven people missing, media reports say.

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NFL player Jovan Belcher kills girlfriend and self

Kansas City Chiefs American football player Jovan Belcher has killed himself outside the team's main stadium.

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Ex-Coronation Street actor faces child sex charges

Former Coronation Street actor Andrew Lancel has been charged with historical child sex offences, police have said.

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Met policemen cleared of making racist comments

Two Metropolitan Police officers have been cleared of making racially offensive comments.

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London riots: 'Mugging' verdicts quashed

Two men found guilty of robbing a Malaysian student during the riots in London have had their convictions overturned.

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Afghan girl's beheading: Two people arrested

Afghan police have arrested two men accused of beheading a teenage girl with a knife in northern Kunduz province, officials say.

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Man charged over rape attack on 11-yr-old girl

A man has been charged with the rape of an 11-year-old girl in a park in north London.

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Sir Cyril Smith: Former MP sexually abused boys, police say

Sir Cyril Smith was a sex abuser of boys in the late 1960s, police say.

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Met Police officer monkey comment 'about evolution'

A Metropolitan Police officer admitted saying a black man looked like a monkey but said he was discussing evolution.

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Man jailed for raping four-year-old girl

A 21-year-old man from Lancashire has been jailed indefinitely after he admitted raping a four-year-old girl.

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Baby boy 'bled to death after circumcision'

A four-week-old boy "bled to death" after a home circumcision carried out by a nurse, a court has heard.

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Brutal sex attack on 11-yr-old schoolgirl

An 11-year-old schoolgirl was subjected to a "brutal" sex attack in a north London park after getting off her bus.

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Larry Hagman star of Dallas dies at 81

The actor, who was famed for playing J.R. Ewing on the hit show, died at a Dallas hospital on Friday after complications with his recent battle with throat cancer.

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Two killed in 100-vehicle pile-up in US

Two people have died and dozens were injured after a pile-up involving some 100 vehicles on a foggy motorway in the US state of Texas.

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Man held over punch attack on 16-year-old in Plaistow

A man has been arrested after an attack on a girl who was knocked unconscious by one punch in east London.

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Gaza crisis: Israel-Hamas ceasefire agreement holds

A ceasefire between Israel and the Islamist Hamas movement that runs the Gaza Strip appeared to be holding on Thursday.

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Greenford mugging: Boys arrested over Paula Castle death

Two boys have been arrested after an 85-year-old woman died following a mugging in west London.

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Fresh push for Gaza ceasefire

International efforts to finalise a ceasefire are being stepped up after a night of renewed Israeli air strikes in Gaza and sporadic Hamas rocket attacks.

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'Thousands' of children sexually exploited by gangs

Thousands of children are sexually abused by gangs and groups in England each year, according to a report.

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'Karate man' jailed for battering toddler

A self-professed karate expert who beat up a toddler so badly he broke the boy's leg has been jailed for 14 years.

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Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash resigns from Sesame Street

Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash has resigned from Sesame Street after claims that he had sex with an under-aged boy.

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UBS trader Kweku Adoboli guilty of fraud over £1.4bn loss

A City trader who lost £1.4bn ($2.2bn) of Swiss bank UBS's money has been found guilty of two counts of fraud.

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Gaza crisis: 'More than 100' killed in Israeli strikes

More than 100 people have died in the Gaza Strip in six days of violence, Hamas officials say, as Israeli forces continue a bombardment they say aims to stop rocket attacks into Israel.

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Obama: 'Israel has right to defend itself'

US President Barack Obama says Israel has a right to defend itself from missiles being aimed at the country by militants in the Gaza Strip.

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Met probe: Officers played poker and backgammon on duty

A south-east London neighbourhood police team has been axed after a probe found officers had been playing poker and cleaning golf clubs while on duty.

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Coldest winter in 100 years on the way

Britain will grind to a halt within weeks as the most savage freeze for a century begins.

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Elmo Puppeteer accuser 'identified'

The man who alleged that he had a sexual relationship with the voice of Elmo before recanting his story has reportedly been identified.

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Savile police arrest former Radio 1 DJ, Dave Lee Travis

Former Radio 1 DJ Dave Lee Travis has been arrested as part of the police probe set up in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal, the BBC understands.

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12-yr-old girl raped after online ploy

A man who raped a 12-year-old girl from Hampshire after posing online as a teenage girl, has been jailed for 14 years and four months.

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Woman dies after abortion request 'refused'

The husband of a pregnant woman who died in an Irish hospital has said he has no doubt she would be alive if she had been allowed an abortion.

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Former bishop and retired priest arrested over abuse claims

A former Church of England bishop and a retired priest have been arrested on suspicion of sex abuse.

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Six 'racist' funeral staff sacked after secret TV filming

Six people have been sacked and one has resigned from two branches of a funeral services company following secret recordings showing staff making racist comments and disrespecting the dead.

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Abu Qatada wins appeal against deportation

Muslim cleric Abu Qatada will be released on bail on Tuesday, having won his appeal at the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (Siac).

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Wheelie bin murderer Karen Otmani gets life term

A woman who killed her lover and hid his body in a wheelie bin for 11 days has been jailed for life.

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Man arrested over Jimmy Savile abuse claims

A man has been arrested in connection with the investigation into abuse claims made against Jimmy Savile.

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Barack Obama adds Florida to White House victory

US President Barack Obama has won the presidential vote in Florida - widening his electoral victory margin over Republican rival, Mitt Romney.

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Ex-lover made to watch murders

A man who forced his ex-girlfriend to watch him murder her sister and her friend after she refused to take him back has been jailed for life.

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Phillip Schofield reported to Ofcom over paedophile list

Phillip Schofield, the presenter, has been reported to Ofcom after he confronted David Cameron with a list of suspected paedophiles live on ITV.

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Ghana department store collapses in Accra

A multi-storey department store has collapsed in Ghana's capital, Accra, with dozens of people believed to be trapped inside.

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President Barack Obama wins re-election

President Barack Obama has been re-elected to a second term, defeating Republican challenger Mitt Romney.

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Metropolitan Police detective dies chasing suspect

A Metropolitan Police officer who died while on duty in north London was chasing a suspect at the time, it has emerged.

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Dale Cregan pleads not guilty to Manchester PC murders

A man has denied murdering two Greater Manchester police constables.

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Child killed in African wild dogs pen at Pittsburgh zoo

A small boy has died after falling into an enclosure of African wild dogs at a zoo in the US city of Pittsburgh.

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Man 'electrocuted' in Tunbridge Wells M&S store

Police are treating the death of a man who is believed to have been electrocuted at a Marks and Spencer store in Kent as suspicious.

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Sunderland murder probe: Man stabbed to death

A man has been stabbed to death in a street in Sunderland.

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Trick-or-treat children given cocaine instead of sweets

Children were handed packets of cocaine instead of sweets on a Halloween trick-or-treating trip, Greater Manchester Police have said.

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Woman 'Stabbed Kids And Slit Their Throats'

A woman stabbed her seven-year-old son 100 times and a five-year-old girl about 50 times and slit both their throats because she was angry with her husband, prosecutors have said.

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Police Find Body In Search For Missing Boy

Police searching for missing 12-year-old Pierre Barnes have found a body in France, his father has told Sky News.

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Man, 84, stabbed nephew to death

An 84-year-old man has admitted killing his nephew after mistaking him for a burglar.

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Ibuprofen Allergic Reaction 'Nearly Kills' Boy

An 11-year-old boy is recovering after an extreme reaction to Ibuprofen left him with 65% burns and on life support.

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Felicia Boots admits killing her two babies

A mother who suffered postnatal depression has admitted killing her two children at their home.

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Storm Sandy: Transport chaos as floods recede

At least 32 people have been killed, millions are without power and transport across the north-eastern US has been severely disrupted as storm Sandy heads north for Canada.

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Bolivian journalist Fernando Vidal set alight on air

A Bolivian radio journalist has been attacked by unidentified assailants while he was conducting a radio show in the southern city of Yacuiba.

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Woman's four murder charges after Prestatyn flat fire arson

A 42-year-old woman has been charged with four counts of murder following a Denbighshire flat fire.

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Gary Glitter released on bail after his earlier arrest

Former pop star Gary Glitter has been arrested on suspicion of sex offences by police investigating Jimmy Savile abuse claims.

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Kingston Oceana nightclub stab murder: Man charged

A man has been charged with murdering 20-year-old Jamie Sanderson who was stabbed in a London nightclub.

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Tearful 'Rogue Trader' Tells Of UBS Losses

A trader accused of Britain's biggest fraud was allegedly trying to cover millions of pounds worth of losses incurred during the financial crisis for the bank he called his "family", a court has heard.

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Silvio Berlusconi sentenced for tax fraud

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has been handed a jail sentence and barred from office after being found guilty of tax fraud.

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Winterbourne View: Care workers jailed for abuse

Six out of 11 care workers who admitted a total of 38 charges of neglect or abuse of patients at a private hospital have been jailed.

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Second jury discharged in PC racial abuse trial

A second jury trying a policeman charged with racially abusing a suspect has been discharged after failing to reach a verdict.

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UK economy returns to growth with help from Olympics

The UK economy emerged from recession in the three months from July to September, helped by the Olympic Games.

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Telly star is charged with rape of boy, 14

A top telly star has been charged with raping a boy of 14, it has been revealed.

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Council equal pay appeal bid lost

A total of 174 former Birmingham City Council workers can go ahead with compensation claims over missed bonuses after the council lost a court appeal.

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Baby dies after choking at school nursery

A nine-month-old girl has died after choking at a school nursery in Greater Manchester.

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Woman Set On Fire In 'Ku Klux Klan' Attack

A Louisiana woman found with burns over more than half her body has said she was set on fire in a racist attack.

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Two Jimmy Savile charities to close

Two charities set up in Jimmy Savile's name are to close, they have confirmed.

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Pregnant mum stabbed a day before wedding

A woman who was eight months pregnant has been found stabbed to death a day before her wedding.

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Karina Menzies: Matthew Tvrdon appears in court

A 31-year-old man has appeared in court charged with murder and attempted murder following a series of hit-and-runs in Cardiff.

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French Alps murders: Cyclist 'was shot first'

Police investigating the shooting of a British family in the French Alps believe the cyclist also found dead at the scene was shot first, according to a leaked provisional scenario.

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BNP leader Nick Griffin investigated over B&B tweets

Comments on BNP leader Nick Griffin's Twitter account about a gay couple at the centre of a landmark legal case are being examined by police.

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Boy, 15, admits raping 65-year-old man in Mansfield

A 15-year-old boy from Nottinghamshire has pleaded guilty to raping a 65-year-old man.

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Mark Duggan: No verdict in gun trial

A jury has failed to reach a verdict in the trial of a man charged with supplying a gun to Mark Duggan before he was shot dead by police.

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PC Alex MacFarlane: No verdict in race abuse trial

A jury has failed to reach a verdict in the trial of a policeman accused of racially abusing a suspect days after the riots in London last year.

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Man charged over Syria kidnapping of UK photographer

A 26-year-old man has been charged with the kidnap of a British photographer in Syria, the Metropolitan Police says.

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Jimmy Savile scandal: BBC announces inquiry heads

The BBC has appointed former Appeal Court judge Dame Janet Smith and ex-Sky News boss Nick Pollard to lead two inquiries into the late Jimmy Savile.

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Harlow fire deaths: Fifth child dies

A three-year-old girl seriously injured in a house fire in which four of her siblings and her mother were killed has died in hospital.

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Malala Yousafzai: Taliban shooting victim to go to UK

The Pakistani girl shot in the head by Taliban gunmen last week is being sent to the UK for medical treatment, the Pakistani army has said.

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Marines charged with murder after Afghanistan incident

Five Royal Marines have been charged with murder over an incident in Afghanistan in 2011, the MoD has said.

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Megan Stammers: Teacher charged with child abduction

A teacher who travelled to France with a 15-year-old pupil has been charged with child abduction after being extradited back to the UK.

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Homeowners given right to use force on burglars

Frightened householders who over-react when confronted by burglars will get more protection under Government plans, the new Justice Secretary is set to declare.

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Mark Bridger weeps before Aberystwyth magistrates

A man has been remanded in custody charged with the murder of five-year-old April Jones who was last seen outside her home in Machynlleth, Powys.

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Jimmy Savile: Charity 'may change name'

The Jimmy Savile Charitable Trust is considering changing its name after allegations of abuse were made about the late DJ and charity fundraiser.

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April Jones: Man charged with missing girl's murder

A man has been charged with the murder of missing five-year-old April Jones.

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Abu Hamza to be extradited to US

Five suspected terrorists including Abu Hamza al-Masri can be extradited to the US, ending a long legal battle, UK High Court judges have ruled.

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Coral Jones:

April Jones's family have refused to give up hope of finding her alive despite police announcing that her disappearance has now become a murder inquiry.

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Funeral For PC Shot Dead In Manchester

Thousands of officers pay their respects to Nicola Hughes as her chief constable says her

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Missing April Jones: Mother's Emotional Appeal

The mother of missing April Jones has made an emotional appeal for help in finding her daughter.

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Megan teacher agrees to UK return

The teacher arrested on suspicion of abducting 15-year-old Sussex schoolgirl Megan Stammers has agreed to be extradited to the UK.

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Jimmy Savile named in Jersey abuse inquiry

Sir Jimmy Savile was investigated during an inquiry into abuse at a Jersey children's home, police said.

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Czech President Vaclav Klaus shot at with replica gun

A man armed with a replica pistol has fired at Czech President Vaclav Klaus at close range while he was opening a bridge in the north of the country.

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Nepal plane crash: UK dead remembered

Family, friends and colleagues have paid tribute to seven British men who were among 19 people killed in a plane crash in Nepal.

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Katy Perry's ex-boyfriend Johnny Lewis is found dead

An actor who used to be Katy Perry's boyfriend is suspected of killing his landlady before being found dead, according to police in Los Angeles.

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Man shoots own son in 'burglary'

A US man mistakenly shot dead his 15-year-old son while investigating what appeared to be an attempted burglary next door, police say.

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Megan Stammers flies back to UK

Schoolgirl Megan Stammers has flown back to the UK more than a week after she disappeared in France with her maths teacher

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Anti Islam film maker Nakoula arrested

A man linked to an anti-Islam video that sparked riots across the Muslim world has been held without bond after a hearing in Los Angeles, California.

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John Terry banned by FA over Anton Ferdinand incident

Chelsea captain John Terry has been banned for four matches and fined £220,000 for racially abusing QPR defender Anton Ferdinand.

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Simon Hughes attacks 'racist' banks

Deputy Lib Dem leader Simon Hughes says he has

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Policeman '100% sure' Mark Duggan was holding gun

The police officer who shot Mark Duggan in north London has told a court he was

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Abu Hamza and Babar Ahmad extradition approved

The European Court of Human Rights has given its final approval for the extradition of five major terrorism suspects from the UK to the US.

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Megan Stammers and teacher not on return ferry

Police searching for an East Sussex teenager thought to be in France with a teacher from her school say the pair failed to use their return tickets.

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Dale Cregan held after policewomen killed in Manchester

Two unarmed female police officers have been killed in a gun and grenade attack in Greater Manchester, which led to the arrest of a wanted man.

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Lee stabbing: Kevin Ssali, 14, killed at bus stop.

A 14-year-old boy, who had been missing since July, has been stabbed to death in south-east London.

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Kate and William to make criminal complaint over photos

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are to make a criminal complaint against the photographer who took topless pictures of the duchess.

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Income levels to rise next year, says CEBR

UK households will see a rise in real income levels next year for the first time since the onset of the financial crisis, a study suggests.

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