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Fixed-term parliaments were ’a mistake’, says Ken Clarke

The government's Fixed Term Parliaments Act was a "mistake", ex-Conservative cabinet minister Ken Clarke has said. The agreement to set five-year terms in stone was part of the coalition deal ... more
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Jeremy Clarkson approached BBC bosses about ’fracas’

Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson initiated the BBC investigation which prompted his suspension, after he informed BBC bosses of the alleged "fracas". BBC News understands that the star phoned BBC ... more
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Scalded husband: ’No shame’ for male domestic abuse victims

A man was left in "unbearable, searing pain" and scarred for life when his wife poured boiling water over him. Ken Gregory, 65, from Peterborough, sustained first and second degree ... more
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Solar Impulse plane set for epic global flight

A record-breaking attempt to fly around the world in a solar-powered plane is set to get under way on Monday. The aircraft - called Solar Impulse-2 - will take off ... more
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Prison staff and inmates face possible prosecution under smoking ban laws

Prison guards and inmates could face prosecution for flouting smoking ban laws in communal prison areas after a High Court ruling. The ruling was made after one inmate brought a ... more
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Facebook case: Sex offender is awarded 20,000 in damages

Damages of 20,000 have been awarded to a convicted sex offender who sued Facebook, the operator of a page called Keeping our Kids Safe from Predators 2. Facebook Ireland Limited, ... more
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Egypt seeks to build confidence with second Suez Canal

Few things in Egypt are more iconic, revered and profitable than the Suez Canal. So in a bid to refloat the country's ailing economy, President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi is building ... more
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Making maple syrup - the traditional way

Now that Canada's harsh winter has given way to spring, the annual ritual of gorging on maple syrup has begun. While most farms have adopted modern technology, there are still ... more
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Michael Sam becomes NFL’s first openly gay player

Former US college athlete Michael Sam has become the first openly gay player in history to be drafted into the National Football League (NFL). The 24-year-old defensive lineman was selected ... more
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China waste plant protest in Hangzhou ’injures dozens’

At least 39 people have been hurt and dozens of vehicles damaged in a protest against a planned waste incinerator in a Chinese city, state media report. The violence broke ... more
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South Sudan: Ceasefire comes into effect

A ceasefire to end a five-month conflict that has displaced 1.5 million people in South Sudan has come into effect. President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar signed the ... more
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Dartmoor Ten Tors challenge: Fifty three evacuated

More than 50 youngsters taking part in the Ten Tors challenge have been evacuated from Dartmoor with minor injuries. About 2,400 entrants aged between 14 and 19 are trekking up ... more
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