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  • Gross case now a murder inquiry
  • (Wed, 01 Oct 2014 05:49:54 GMT)

    Police investigating the disappearance of teenager Alice Gross confirm it is now a murder inquiry after a body is found. ... Read


  • Cameron vow to protect NHS spending
  • (Wed, 01 Oct 2014 04:10:30 GMT)

    David Cameron will vow to protect the NHS in England from cuts for five years in his closing speech to the Tory conference. ... Read



  • First Ebola case diagnosed in the US
  • (Wed, 01 Oct 2014 01:03:20 GMT)

    A man who travelled from Liberia nearly two weeks ago is the first confirmed case of the deadly Ebola virus diagnosed on American soil. ... Read


  • New help for families of missing
  • (Wed, 01 Oct 2014 00:42:13 GMT)

    A law that makes it easier to declare missing people dead comes into force in England and Wales on Wednesday after a long campaign. ... Read


  • Kabul suicide attack hits troops
  • (Wed, 01 Oct 2014 05:01:12 GMT)

    At least seven people are killed after a suicide bomb attack targeted a bus carrying troops in the Afghan capital, Kabul. ... Read


  • Inheritance changes come into force
  • (Wed, 01 Oct 2014 01:37:27 GMT)

    Legal changes increasing the inheritance rights of people whose spouses or civil partners die without making a will come into force. ... Read


  • Cars will be taxed twice, says AA
  • (Tue, 30 Sep 2014 23:01:19 GMT)

    The AA complains that the new vehicle tax system will provide the government with extra revenue, as some cars will, in effect, be taxed twice. ... Read


  • Cancer gene test 'would save lives'
  • (Tue, 30 Sep 2014 23:04:36 GMT)

    Younger bowel cancer patients should be offered a genetic test to screen for a rare condition linked to a higher risk of cancer, say UK researchers. ... Read


  • City phone calls need area code
  • (Wed, 01 Oct 2014 00:15:48 GMT)

    Local landline calls in the Aberdeen area and four other UK cities now require the area code to be dialled under changes aimed at freeing up more numbers. ... Read


  • Norway best country for older people
  • (Tue, 30 Sep 2014 23:02:05 GMT)

    Norway is the best place to be old, according to an index of the quality of later life in published on the UN's International Day of Older Persons. ... Read





  • VIDEO: Students travel by robotic sofa
  • (Tue, 30 Sep 2014 22:53:17 GMT)

    A team of engineering students from the University of New South Wales in Australia has created a robotic couch to travel around campus. ... Read



  • VIDEO: Can divided UK learn from Bavaria?
  • (Wed, 01 Oct 2014 05:40:14 GMT)

    As many in the United Kingdom still find it difficult to see how more powers might be handed over to English regions, British MPs have been looking to Germany, as one example of a successful federal system. ... Read





  • Business booming for female comics
  • (Tue, 30 Sep 2014 23:38:27 GMT)

    Female comics are enjoying a surge in popularity with audiences flocking to see acts including Miranda Hart and Sarah Millican, according to a set of new findings. ... Read




  • Manchester City 1-1 Roma
  • (Tue, 30 Sep 2014 21:19:25 GMT)

    Manchester City are still without a win in Champions League Group E after Francesco Totti's goal gives Roma a point. ... Read


  • Verstappen 'could be F1 superstar'
  • (Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:23:00 GMT)

    Sir Jackie Stewart says Max Verstappen could become a "superstar" if he impresses in his grand prix weekend debut at Suzuka. ... Read


  • Man City lack Champions League belief
  • (Wed, 01 Oct 2014 04:52:42 GMT)

    Players and fans are still struggling to convince themselves they belong in Europe's elite, says chief football writer Phil McNulty. ... Read


  • Sporting Lisbon 0-1 Chelsea
  • (Tue, 30 Sep 2014 21:06:15 GMT)

    Nemanja Matic scores a first-half header as Chelsea beat Sporting Lisbon to go top of Champions League Group G. ... Read


  • Phelps 'arrested for drink driving'
  • (Tue, 30 Sep 2014 20:09:54 GMT)

    US Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps has apologised after being arrested for speeding while driving under the influence of alcohol in Baltimore, Maryland. ... Read


  • Microsoft unveils Windows 10 system
  • (Tue, 30 Sep 2014 18:56:47 GMT)

    Microsoft announces the next version of its core operating system, called Windows 10, which will reintroduce the Start Menu. ... Read


  • VIDEO: Modi and Obama pledge deeper ties
  • (Wed, 01 Oct 2014 02:49:34 GMT)

    Indian Prime Minister Narenda Modi and US President Barack Obama are looking to expand economic ties following a meeting at the White House. ... Read


  • RAF jets strike first IS targets
  • (Tue, 30 Sep 2014 21:37:48 GMT)

    RAF jets attack two Islamic State targets in Iraq - the first strikes since Parliament approved military action on Friday. ... Read



  • Councils 'swamped' by rights checks
  • (Tue, 30 Sep 2014 23:06:45 GMT)

    Councils in England and Wales are being overwhelmed with requests to ensure the human rights of vulnerable people are not being abused. ... Read



  • Warning of university 'cold spots'
  • (Tue, 30 Sep 2014 23:36:48 GMT)

    There are warnings that a lack of higher education in some parts of England could hamper the growth of local economies. ... Read



  • Threat posed by voice activation
  • (Tue, 30 Sep 2014 12:35:49 GMT)

    Voice-activation functions on smartphones and other devices can be a significant security risk, warn researchers. ... Read




  • VIDEO: Bomb-makers tracked via sewers
  • (Tue, 30 Sep 2014 07:18:50 GMT)

    New technology allows security services to analyse the contents of the sewers to discover where people are making home-made bombs. ... Read


  • Premiere for Spandau Ballet film
  • (Wed, 01 Oct 2014 00:47:26 GMT)

    Eighties pop legends Spandau Ballet perform some of their greatest hits at the premiere of a film about their at times turbulent career. ... Read




  • Why do so many drivers shun seatbelts?
  • (Tue, 30 Sep 2014 07:19:20 GMT)

    It is more than 30 years since it became illegal to drive without a seatbelt, yet up to two million drivers in the UK are still risking it. ... Read




  • Referendum staff 'booed No votes'
  • (Wed, 01 Oct 2014 05:20:09 GMT)

    A number of staff at a Scottish independence referendum count were replaced during the proceedings because of their behaviour, it emerges. ... Read


  • Constance to launch SNP deputy bid
  • (Wed, 01 Oct 2014 00:16:52 GMT)

    Scottish Youth Employment secretary Angela Constance is launching her bid to be SNP deputy leader with a focus on making the case for independence. ... Read


  • Cancer service 'under huge pressure'
  • (Wed, 01 Oct 2014 05:35:32 GMT)

    Medical experts warn that cancer services in Northern Ireland are under severe pressure amid health budget cuts and growing demand. ... Read


  • Licence terminated on fracking plans
  • (Tue, 30 Sep 2014 18:45:05 GMT)

    The licence granted to a company that plans to drill for shale gas in County Fermanagh is terminated after a deadline for action passes. ... Read


  • GP boost to counter chronic disease
  • (Wed, 01 Oct 2014 05:43:19 GMT)

    GP services across Wales need to be boosted as more people suffer chronic disease, the chief medical officer warns in her annual report. ... Read


  • Record 22.5m boost for Welsh rugby
  • (Tue, 30 Sep 2014 23:01:08 GMT)

    The Welsh Rugby Union hails another year of record investment in the game as it publishes its annual report for 2014. ... Read


  • Kenya leader ICC delay rejected
  • (Wed, 01 Oct 2014 04:20:49 GMT)

    The International Criminal Court (ICC) has rejected a request by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta to postpone a hearing on 8 October. ... Read


  • Nigeria and Senegal 'contain' Ebola
  • (Tue, 30 Sep 2014 22:38:19 GMT)

    Ebola outbreaks in Nigeria and Senegal appear to have been contained, US health authorities say, with no new cases there since August. ... Read


  • Obama and Modi call for 'new agenda'
  • (Tue, 30 Sep 2014 18:45:22 GMT)

    Indian PM Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama call for a "new agenda" between their countries during Mr Modi's two-day visit to the US. ... Read


  • Afghans sign deal to keep US troops
  • (Tue, 30 Sep 2014 18:32:27 GMT)

    The new Afghan government signs a security deal with American officials that will allow US troops to remain in the country beyond 2014. ... Read



  • Catalans rally for independence vote
  • (Tue, 30 Sep 2014 19:25:26 GMT)

    Thousands of pro-independence campaigners take to the streets of Barcelona after the Catalan government says it remains "determined" to hold the vote. ... Read


  • Argentina defies US over debt payment
  • (Tue, 30 Sep 2014 20:57:59 GMT)

    Argentina deposits $161m in bond interest payments with the state-controlled Nacion Fideicomisos bank, in an effort to skirt US court rulings. ... Read


  • Mexico charges troops with homicide
  • (Wed, 01 Oct 2014 00:49:01 GMT)

    Mexico's attorney general has charged three soldiers with murder during a shootout with 22 alleged gang members on 30 June. ... Read


  • Kurds fight IS on Iraq-Syria border
  • (Tue, 30 Sep 2014 21:54:38 GMT)

    Heavy fighting is reported on both sides of a key border crossing between Iraq and Syria, where Kurdish forces are battling Islamic State militants. ... Read


  • Iran 'postpones' woman's execution
  • (Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:53:37 GMT)

    Iran is reported to have postponed the execution of Reyhaneh Jabbari, convicted of killing a man she said was trying to sexually abuse her. ... Read


  • Armed man shared lift with Obama
  • (Wed, 01 Oct 2014 03:05:09 GMT)

    US President Barack Obama rode in a lift with an armed security contractor who had assault convictions, in another security lapse, according to reports. ... Read


  • Man charged over Oklahoma beheading
  • (Wed, 01 Oct 2014 00:31:07 GMT)

    An Oklahoma man accused of beheading a female colleague after being fired from his job has been charged with first-degree murder. ... Read










  • VIDEO: House of Commons
  • (Fri, 26 Sep 2014 17:28:07 GMT)

    MPs vote by 524 to 43 in favour of UK military action against Islamic State in Iraq. ... Read




  • VIDEO: Driest September in UK since 1910
  • (Tue, 30 Sep 2014 18:53:33 GMT)

    September is likely to go down as the driest since records began over a century ago in 1910, according to provisional figures released by the Met Office. ... Read





  • VIDEO: Third video of UK hostage released
  • (Tue, 30 Sep 2014 01:53:56 GMT)

    A third video has been posted online showing the British photographer John Cantlie, who's being held by the group which calls itself Islamic State. ... Read












  • Tax and tech
  • (Tue, 30 Sep 2014 13:44:58 GMT)

    Rory Cellan-Jones on relationship between government and tech giants ... Read






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