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George Osborne seeks fast-track commitment to North

George Osborne has called on Theresa May to commit to building high-speed rail links across the north of the country.

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Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan are fighting for the right to enter into a civil partnership (Charlotte Ball/PA)

Heterosexual couple in civil partnership battle to take case to Supreme Court

A heterosexual couple fighting for the right to enter into a civil partnership have been given the go-ahead to take their case to the UK’s highest court.

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Dozens of arrests have been made in the build-up to Notting Hill Carnival (Lauren Hurley/PA)

Stormzy questions motives of police linking drug raids to Notting Hill Carnival

Grime artist Stormzy has hit out at the Metropolitan Police for linking drugs busts to Notting Hill Carnival.

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Cladding samples from 22 towers fail safety checks launched after Grenfell blaze (Lauren Hurley/PA)

Cladding samples from 22 towers fail safety checks launched after Grenfell blaze

Cladding samples from 22 tower blocks have failed the latest fire safety tests launched in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire, bringing the total number of failed buildings to more than 200.

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The incident took place on Monday night (Paul Faith/PA)

Loyalist paramilitary gang responsible for bomb attack on house, PSNI say

Police have blamed a loyalist paramilitary gang for a pipe bomb attack in Londonderry.

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The total eclipse of the sun as viewed from onboard Virgin Atlantic Boeing 787 Dreamliner flight VS5 from London's Heathrow airport to Miami (Owen Humphreys/PA)

Plane passengers have unique eclipse experience

Passengers on board a London to Miami Virgin Atlantic flight enjoyed a unique view of the first total solar eclipse to sweep across the US in nearly a century.

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Summer is heading back to some parts of Britain this week (Andrew Matthews/PA)

Summer returns as Britain gets ready for hot and humid spell

Parts of Britain are set to see a glimpse of summer again this week as temperatures reach their highest since mid-July.

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Business leaders welcome UK proposals for EU trade continuing post-Brexit (PA Picture desk)

Business leaders welcome UK proposals for EU trade continuing post-Brexit

Britain has set out proposals to ensure that goods and services currently approved for sale across the UK and EU can continue to be traded after Brexit.

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A new set of stamps featuring some much-loved British toys from the last 100 years (Royal Mail/PA)

Stamps celebrate 10 classic British children’s toys

Royal Mail has launched a series of stamps commemorating famous British children’s toys from the last 100 years.

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Police are looking for a man responsible for a series of sexual assaults in south London (Metropolitan Police/PA)

£10,000 reward to catch Clapham sex attacker

A £10,000 reward is being offered by police hunting for a man behind a series of sexual assaults in south London.

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Lidl increased sales by 18.9 per cent overall (Rui Vieira/PA)

Lidl now UK’s seventh largest supermarket

Lidl has overtaken Waitrose to become the UK’s seventh largest supermarket as shoppers cope with inflation by turning to the discounters, figures show.

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Woody Johnson is sworn in as the new US  ambassador to Britain (Donald Trump/Instagram)

Instagram mention for Churchill as new US ambassador to UK sworn in

The new US ambassador to Britain highlighted a bust of Sir Winston Churchill in the Oval Office while being sworn in to the role.

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Michael John Ashworth disappeared while he was out on a temporary licence in April 1995 (PA Archive)

Man held 22 years after absconding from jail ordered to serve rest of sentence

A man who was arrested 22 years after absconding from an open prison has been ordered to serve the remainder of his original five-year sentence behind bars.

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Police are investigating an "unexplained" death at an event which describes itself as bringing "kink to the foreground of festival culture" (Gareth Fuller/PA)

‘Unexplained’ death at Kent festival probed

Police are investigating an “unexplained” death at an event which describes itself as bringing “kink to the foreground of festival culture”.

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Ford has announced a scrappage scheme which means drivers will receive thousands of pounds towards the purchase of new, cleaner models (David Cheskin/PA)

Ford to offer thousands of pounds off vehicles to get ‘dirtiest cars’ off roads

Car-maker Ford has announced a scheme to enable drivers to scrap the most polluting vehicles and receive thousands of pounds towards the purchase of new, cleaner models.

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The proposal is aimed at cutting the pressure on the health service (Clara Molden/PA)

Gym of an idea as NHS pedals healthy towns trial

Families could get discounts on their supermarket shop, cut-price sports gear and free cinema tickets for hitting step count targets under a new NHS scheme.

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Ofcom could face judicial review over Murdoch's £11.7bn move for Sky (Ian West/PA)

Ofcom could face judicial review over Murdoch’s £11.7bn move for Sky

Regulator Ofcom is facing a potential legal challenge on its ruling that Sky would remain “fit and proper” to hold a UK broadcasting licence if it was snapped up by Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox.

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Onlookers gather to witness Big Ben's final regular bongs for four years (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

Throng out for swansong Big Ben bong after ban ding-dong

Big Ben’s bongs have been silenced as part of a controversial renovation plan that will stop it ringing out for up to four years.

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Former BHS owner Dominic Chappell is being prosecuted by The Pensions Regulator (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

Former BHS owner Dominic Chappell to be prosecuted by pensions regulator

Dominic Chappell, the former BHS owner, is to be prosecuted by The Pensions Regulator for failing to provide information to an investigation into the sale of the collapsed retailer.

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Sir Vince Cable is the new Liberal Democrat leader (Jonathan Brady/PA)

Sir Vince Cable: Lib Dems will continue to back legalisation of cannabis

New Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable has said the party will continue to support the legalisation of cannabis.

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