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Police make Syria appeal to UK women
British counter-terrorism police chiefs are making an unprecedented appeal to Muslim women to urge men against travelling to possibly fight in Syria.
Publ.Date : Wed, 23 Apr 2014 23:01:37 GMT
-Care needs to 'outstrip' family help
The number of older people in England needing care will "outstrip" the number of family members able to provide it by 2017, a think tank warns.
Publ.Date : Thu, 24 Apr 2014 03:26:59 GMT
-US troops in Poland for exercises
A first US contingent arrives in Poland for military exercises amid heightened tensions with Russia over Ukraine.
Publ.Date : Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:28:38 GMT
-Hamas and Fatah declare end to rift
Rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas announce a reconciliation deal, saying they will seek to form a unity government in the coming weeks.
Publ.Date : Wed, 23 Apr 2014 18:59:14 GMT
-Jodie Foster marries girlfriend
US film star Jodie Foster marries her girlfriend, Alexandra Hedison, the actress's representative confirms.
Publ.Date : Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:33:12 GMT
-Lib Dems 'to fight for EU cause'
Nick Clegg will pledge to speak "loudly, passionately and unequivocally" against "isolationists" when he launches the Liberal Democrat campaign for the European elections.
Publ.Date : Thu, 24 Apr 2014 00:13:04 GMT
-Asthma inhalers may go into schools
Plans to allow schools to keep asthma inhalers go to public consultation, as campaigners say current rules endanger hundreds of thousands of children.
Publ.Date : Thu, 24 Apr 2014 00:51:31 GMT
-Asylum housing badly managed - MPs
A Home Office scheme resulted in asylum seekers being placed in "unacceptably poor" housing, the Commons Public Accounts Committee says.
Publ.Date : Wed, 23 Apr 2014 23:59:22 GMT
-Ecclestone trial to begin in Germany
Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone goes on trial on bribery charges in the German city of Munich, and could face 10 years in jail if convicted.
Publ.Date : Wed, 23 Apr 2014 23:29:16 GMT
-Facebook earnings surge on mobile ads
Facebook reports growing earnings on surging mobile advertising revenue as chief finance officer David Ebersman prepares to leave.
Publ.Date : Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:43:34 GMT
-Jets scrambled over Russian planes
RAF fighter jets were scrambled to investigate two Russian military aircraft spotted approaching UK airspace, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) says.
Publ.Date : Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:19:09 GMT
-Duchess of Cornwall's brother dies
The Duchess of Cornwall's brother, Mark Shand, dies in a New York hospital after sustaining a serious head injury in a fall.
Publ.Date : Thu, 24 Apr 2014 00:32:23 GMT
-Madeleine 'clues' and Mark Shand death - papers
A police update in the hunt for missing Madeleine McCann and the death of the brother of the Duchess of Cornwall after a fall in New York attract front page headlines.
Publ.Date : Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:51:44 GMT
-Cornish granted UK minority status
Cornish people will be granted minority status under European rules for the protection of national minorities.
Publ.Date : Thu, 24 Apr 2014 00:30:00 GMT
-Complaints mount over Jamaica Inn
The number of viewer complaints over the audibility of BBC One drama Jamaica Inn escalates, with the second episode seeing a decline in ratings following Monday's debut instalment.
Publ.Date : Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:51:14 GMT
-Real Madrid 1-0 Bayern Munich
Karim Benzema's goal gives Real Madrid the advantage as holders Bayern Munich lose semi-final first leg in Spain.
Publ.Date : Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:59:50 GMT
-Weight concerns behind Phelps return
Legendary Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps says he is coming out of retirement because of concerns over his weight.
Publ.Date : Wed, 23 Apr 2014 23:11:50 GMT
-Farbrace named as England assistant
Paul Farbrace is confirmed as England's new assistant coach to Peter Moores after quitting as Sri Lanka head coach.
Publ.Date : Wed, 23 Apr 2014 18:36:45 GMT
-Man Utd believe Moyes timing right
Manchester United reject "unprofessional" claim, insisting they did not want to search for a successor behind David Moyes's back.
Publ.Date : Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:52:27 GMT
-Liverpool reveal Anfield expansion plan
Liverpool plan to redevelop parts of Anfield to increase the ground's capacity to around 59,000.
Publ.Date : Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:01:14 GMT
-Governments clash over pension costs
The Scottish government disputes UK government claims about future pension costs in an independent Scotland.
Publ.Date : Thu, 24 Apr 2014 01:34:47 GMT
-VIDEO: Obama's trade deal faces jobs question
A potential free trade deal called the Trans Pacific Partnership is being seen as key to boosting growth in the Asia-Pacific region. But it has raised some questions about the impact on US jobs.
Publ.Date : Thu, 24 Apr 2014 02:39:28 GMT
-UKIP angry over rival party's name
UKIP says it is "extremely unhappy" about the name of another Eurosceptic party contesting the European elections.
Publ.Date : Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:45:54 GMT
-VIDEO: Lib Dems 'won't back minority rule'
Senior Liberal Democrat Danny Alexander says the Lib Dems would be willing to renew their coalition with the Conservatives, but would not support a minority government.
Publ.Date : Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:14:43 GMT
-Binge drinking 'link to overeating'
Drinking more than three large glasses of wine can push people over a "tipping point", meaning they consume about 6,300 extra calories in the following 24 hours, research says.
Publ.Date : Thu, 24 Apr 2014 00:57:29 GMT

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-Players fire another salvo at SLC
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