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Chinese firm to help operate South West Trains franchise

A Chinese company will help operate one of the biggest rail franchises in the country after a surprise announcement by the Government.

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BT fined record £42 million over 'serious breach' of Ofcom rules

BT has been hit with a record £42 million fine by the telecoms watchdog and is facing compensation costs to rivals of £300 million over delayed high-speed cable installations.

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Britain will become a more united nation as a result of Brexit, Theresa May says

Theresa May has vowed to build a "more united nation" as Britain leaves the European Union (EU).

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Medical students ordered to resit exam after 'collusion' uncovered

Final year medical students at one of Britain's oldest universities have been told to resit an exam after bosses uncovered evidence of "collusion" among a small number of learners.

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Inquiry launched into bungled £6bn nuclear power sites contract

A £6 billion contract to decommission 12 redundant Magnox nuclear power sites has been scrapped and a government inquiry announced into its "flawed" tendering process.

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Man facing dangerous driving probe after girl, four, killed in hit-and-run

A man has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving after a four-year-old girl was killed in a hit-and-run.

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Sinn Fein and DUP blame each other for powersharing talks collapse

Sinn Fein and the Democratic Unionists have blamed each other for the breakdown of powersharing talks that has pushed Stormont's beleaguered devolved institutions further into crisis.

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Family of US tourist killed in London terror attack 'harbour no harsh feelings'

The family of an American tourist who was killed in the Westminster terror attack that left his wife badly injured have said they bear no ill will over the incident.

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Watchdog considers Comic Relief probe after complaints over swearing and sound

TV watchdog Ofcom is considering whether to launch an investigation into the BBC's Red Nose Day telethon after the fundraiser sparked more than 150 complaints.

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Ex-gangster Terry Adams loses appeal over how much he must pay back

A former gangster has lost his appeal over how much he has to pay back from his days of crime.

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DPP hits back at judge in 'victim-blaming' row over rape cases

England and Wales's most senior public prosecutor has accused a judge of propagating a "victim-blaming culture" around rape cases.

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NHS bosses spent half Autumn Statement cash on outside services

Health chiefs spent around half of the £2 billion extra cash allocated in George Osborne's pre-2015 election Autumn Statement on buying care from private and other non-NHS providers, an analysis has shown.

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Family of American killed in London terror attack tell of 'difficult experience'

The family of the US tourist killed in the Westminster terror attack said they had been through a "humbling and difficult experience", but they have "felt the love of so many people".

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Sadiq Khan to discuss Brexit and security on visit to Brussels and Paris

Brexit and the security situation in the wake of the Westminster terror attack are set to dominate London Mayor Sadiq Khan's three-day visit to Brussels and Paris.

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Counter-terrorism strategy should not just focus on Muslims, says Corbyn

The Government's Prevent strategy should be broadened and focus on all communities to stop Muslims feeling singled out, Jeremy Corbyn has suggested.

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Cabin baggage ban on laptops and tablets could extend to all flights, hints Rudd

Britain's ban on laptops and tablets being carried as cabin baggage on inbound flights from a group of Middle East countries could at some stage be extended to all flights, Home Secretary Amber Rudd has suggested.

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Security agencies need back doors into encrypted services, says Home Secretary

Encrypted messaging services like WhatsApp should build back doors into their systems so intelligence agencies can read suspected terrorists' messages during investigations, the Home Secretary has said.

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Ukip's role not over by long shot despite party's only MP quitting, says Farage

Ukip's role in British politics is "not over by a long shot" despite the resignation of the party's only MP Douglas Carswell, Nigel Farage has claimed.

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Scarlett Johansson fears humanity's 'loss of compassion' in modern age

Ghost In The Shell star Scarlett Johansson has shared her fears that we are losing our sense of compassion in an increasingly digital world.

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Will Cheryl and Liam Payne's baby boy be called Alfie or Taylor?

Fans have speculated that Cheryl and Liam Payne will call their newborn son Alfie or Taylor.

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