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Balls ‘not dashing back to politics’

Ed Balls has told the BBC he will not be “dashing back” to frontline politics after losing his seat at the election. He said he had wanted Labour’s campaign to be more “pro-business” but he had backed Ed Miliband “100%” … Continue reading

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Councils urge blanket legal high ban

There is currently no blanket ban on the sale of legal highs, also known as new psychoactive substances Councils across England and Wales have called on the government to introduce a ban on the sale of legal highs. The Local … Continue reading

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End adoption delays, councils told

Some children spend months in care waiting to be found a family, say ministers Councils in England could be forced to merge their services to speed up adoption rates, under measures in next week’s Queen’s Speech. Children can spend months … Continue reading

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Email error reveals bank’s EU project

The bank said it was not “sensible” to talk about its work publicly The Bank of England has confirmed it is researching the financial risks of the UK leaving the EU after it “inadvertently” sent details of its work to … Continue reading

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Fast track trade bill clears final Senate procedural hurdle

WASHINGTON Legislation key to sealing a Pacific trade pact passed another critical test in the U.S. Senate on Friday, boosting hopes for a deal that is central to President Barack Obama’s strategic shift toward Asia. For the second time in … Continue reading

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Gunfight in western Mexico kills at least 44: officials

MEXICO CITY At least 44 people were killed on Friday in a gunfight in western Mexico between government forces and suspected drug gang henchmen, officials said, one of the bloodiest days of violence to shake the country under President Enrique … Continue reading

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Safety measures ordered for failed oil pipeline in California

LOS ANGELES Owners of an oil pipeline that burst in California this week must take numerous corrective measures, including an in-depth analysis of factors contributing to the spill and a plan to fix any flaws found, before they can restart … Continue reading

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Dispute over Mideast nuclear arms ban torpedoes U.N. conference

UNITED NATIONS A month-long review conference on the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty ended in failure on Friday after its members were unable to overcome disagreements on an atomic weapons ban for the Middle East, which the United States blamed on Egypt. … Continue reading

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Earthquake ‘shakes homes’ in Kent

The British Geological survey’s monitoring stations showed seismic activity on Friday morning A 4.2 magnitude earthquake has been recorded in Kent, the British Geological Survey (BGS) has said. The tremor originated near Sandwich at a depth of 15km (9.5 miles) … Continue reading

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Police to pay rape victim £20,000

A rape victim will receive a £20,000 out-of-court settlement after a police force apologised for failing to investigate her complaint properly and arresting her. The woman, who was 17 at the time of the rape in 2012, tried to kill … Continue reading

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