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June 16, 2015 1:39 pm gmt |
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Mrs Obama was greeted by US military families as she stepped off the plane at Stansted Airport this evening, followed by her mother and two daughters. She is visiting Britain to discuss her campaigns for girls’ education and better support for military families. Tomorrow (Wednesday) Mrs Obama i...
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June 16, 2015 8:59 am gmt |
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The Government has decided not to hold the EU referendum alongside other elections next year in an apparent concession to backbench rebels. The move effectively rules out 5 May 2016, when local elections are due to take place, as a possible date for the in-out poll. A government source told “We...
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June 16, 2015 8:54 am gmt |
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British universities are failing to respond to endemic levels of harassment against female students as new evidence raises questions about campus safety, it is being warned. A survey of female students at universities across the UK  found one in three has experienced discrimination or sexual harassme...
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June 16, 2015 2:40 am gmt |
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Candidates will have to obtain a Grade 5, equivalent to a low B or high C now, as grading switches to numbers nine to one in exams to be taken first in 2017. The aim is to make standards comparable to top-performing countries such as Finland, Canada, and the Netherlands. Education Secretary Nicky Mor...
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June 15, 2015 8:44 am gmt |
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Community leaders in the home town of a West Yorkshire teenager who reportedly carried out a suicide bombing in Iraq have spoken of their shock at the news. Dewsbury councillor Masood Ahmed said Talha Asmal, 17, was “no different” from other teenagers, and said people in the town were ...
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June 14, 2015 2:35 am gmt |
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UK intelligence agents have been moved because Russia and China can read files stolen by a US whistleblower, a senior government source has told the British media. The Sunday Times is reporting that Russia and China have cracked the encryption of the computer files. The government source stated the c...
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June 13, 2015 5:48 am gmt |
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Work on the main Edinburgh to Glasgow railway line gets under way this weekend with passengers expected to face significant disruption. The Winchburgh tunnel near Linlithgow in West Lothian will be closed for six weeks to allow upgrades to be carried out. The work is part of a £750m project to enable...
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June 13, 2015 5:46 am gmt |
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A EuroMillions ticket bought in the UK has won a jackpot of £93,388,943, lottery operator Camelot has confirmed. The prize – the biggest in the UK this year and the sixth-biggest ever in the country – has not yet been claimed. A Camelot spokeswoman said: “We await a claim and, of co...
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June 13, 2015 2:45 am gmt |
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A mother and her three-year-old son have been found safe and well two weeks after going missing, police have said. Rebecca Minnock, 35, from High Bridge, Somerset, disappeared with her son Ethan on 27 May after a court ruled the boy should live with his father. Police said the mother and son “w...
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June 12, 2015 4:27 am gmt |
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Prince Harry said those who lost their lives during the Afghanistan conflict will be “forever in our hearts” as he unveiled a memorial to their sacrifice. The Bastion Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum, Staffordshire, bears the names of all 453 UK personnel who died in Afghanista...
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June 12, 2015 4:25 am gmt |
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Britain’s Rail regulator is to investigate Network Rail’s performance accusing the company of delivering poor punctuality and reliability on some of its busiest commuter routes. Routes run by Southern, Thameslink and Scotland were “below requirements” for reliability, the Offi...
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June 12, 2015 4:22 am gmt |
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People who need urgent mental health care in England are receiving inadequate support, regulators say. The Care Quality Commission reviewed the help given to people in mental health crisis, which includes people who are suicidal, having serious panic attacks or psychotic episodes. The regulator said ...
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June 12, 2015 4:20 am gmt |
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Labour’s John Biggs has become the directly elected mayor of the London borough of Tower Hamlets, in an election called after the previous mayor was removed from office. He had lost last year to Lutfur Rahman, an independent, who was then convicted of electoral fraud and told to stand down in A...
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June 12, 2015 2:59 am gmt |
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South Yorkshire Police will not be investigated over its handling of violent clashes between miners and officers at Orgreave coking plant in 1984, the police watchdog has said. The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said due to the passage of time, allegations of assault and misconduct &...