Live and let live: how migrants, through hard labour and integration, helped forge modern Birmingham
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Live and let live: how migrants, through hard labour and integration, helped forge modern Birmingham

Novelist Jonathan Coe has a better feel than most politicians and commentators for what is happening in our country. Towards the end of his latest novel Middle England,…

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Brexit news – live: Theresa May calls cabinet meeting amid constitutional crisis after Bercow leaves EU withdrawal plan in ruins
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Brexit news – live: Theresa May calls cabinet meeting amid constitutional crisis after Bercow leaves EU withdrawal plan in ruins

Theresa May is due to chair a cabinet meeting after the commons speaker dealt a major blow to her Brexit plans.  John Bercow blocked another vote in the…

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This Time with Alan Partridge, episode 4, review: There has never been a Partridge moment more genius than this
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This Time with Alan Partridge, episode 4, review: There has never been a Partridge moment more genius than this

Despite my long acquaintance with the Partridge phenomenon, I find myself utterly unprepared for Alans practical demonstration of cardiopulmonary resuscitation. As Alan explains during his short filmed insert…

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California poppies: City declares public safety crisis after ‘super bloom apocalypse’
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California poppies: City declares public safety crisis after ‘super bloom apocalypse’

Officials in the California city of Lake Elisnore are used to large crowds coming to see the wildflowers that burst into a vibrant blaze of gorgeous colour as…

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Yemen war: Casualties on the rise since ceasefire agreement, agencies warn
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Yemen war: Casualties on the rise since ceasefire agreement, agencies warn

The much publicised Stockholm agreement, which was supposed to pave the way to end the carnage of the Yemen war, has had such little effect that the number of…

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Brexit: Theresa May’s hopes for passing deal in tatters after John Bercow rules out repeat vote
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Brexit: Theresa May’s hopes for passing deal in tatters after John Bercow rules out repeat vote

Theresa Mays hopes of forcing MPs to back her Brexit deal by staging repeat votes are in tatters, after John Bercow dramatically blocked the tactic, citing rules dating back…

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US weather: Thousands flee midwest as two die amid flooding triggered by ‘bomb cyclone’
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US weather: Thousands flee midwest as two die amid flooding triggered by ‘bomb cyclone’

Thousands of people are being forced to leave their homes after a so-called bomb cyclone brought flooding to huge swathes of the American midwest. From Nebraska to Kansas, and Missouri…

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Whale that starved to death had record 40kg of plastic waste in its stomach
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Whale that starved to death had record 40kg of plastic waste in its stomach

Scientists have found what they believe is a record amount of plastic in the stomach of a whale that died in the Philippines. The animal was starved and…

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Trump: UK government hits out at president’s ‘completely false’ suggestion Britain invented Russia’s 2016 election meddling
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Trump: UK government hits out at president’s ‘completely false’ suggestion Britain invented Russia’s 2016 election meddling

Donald Trumps suggestion that Britain invented Russias interference in the 2016 presidential election has been branded completely false by the UK government.  The US president shared a tweet…

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How the New Zealand terror attack has become a key factor in Turkey’s upcoming elections
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How the New Zealand terror attack has become a key factor in Turkey’s upcoming elections

A deadly terrorist attack in New Zealand has rattled upcoming municipal elections in Turkey, becoming a campaign issue after President Recep Tayyip Erdogans decision to air, at a…

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Photographs of sharks impaled on giant hooks spark calls for ban
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Photographs of sharks impaled on giant hooks spark calls for ban

Photographs showing sharks snared in hooks placed off the Australian coast to deter them from attacking humans have sparked calls for the practice to be banned. Campaigners say nets…

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‘Hearts are s***e’: Hibs fan who had stroke uses first words in three months to abuse rival team
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‘Hearts are s***e’: Hibs fan who had stroke uses first words in three months to abuse rival team

A Hibernian fan who was left unable to talk after suffering a stroke shocked nurses by using his first words in three months to brand his teams bitter…

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Man tries to smuggle tortoises disguised as cakes into Berlin
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Man tries to smuggle tortoises disguised as cakes into Berlin

An attempt to smuggle three live tortoises in a pastry box into Berlin was thwarted by airport staff. A passenger whod flown into Schönefeld airport from Cairo tried to sneak…

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Apple unveils brand new iPad Air and iPad Mini with ‘dramatic’ new features
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Apple unveils brand new iPad Air and iPad Mini with ‘dramatic’ new features

Apple has unveiled two brand new iPads in a surprise product announcement.  The 10.5-inch iPad Air and 7.9-inch iPad Mini were revealed on the tech giant's website, with both…

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Utrecht shooting – live: Gunman on loose after mass shooting on tram passengers in Dutch city
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Utrecht shooting – live: Gunman on loose after mass shooting on tram passengers in Dutch city

Several people have been wounded in a shooting on a tram in the Dutch city of Utrecht, police in the Netherlands have said. Utrecht police said the October 21st square,…

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Trump news – LIVE: President turns on Fox News, blames UK for Russia claims and attacks recently-deceased American war hero John McCain in wild Twitter storm
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Trump news – LIVE: President turns on Fox News, blames UK for Russia claims and attacks recently-deceased American war hero John McCain in wild Twitter storm

Donald Trump hit out at an array of targets on Twitter over the weekend, calling on Fox News to restore anchor Judge Jeanine Pirro after she was suspended…

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