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Professors have banned words including 'the man', 'coloured people' and 'male and female'

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Two weeks ago Mr Burnham criticised former PM for making 'dire predictions'
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Death rates are up to 15 per cent higher if a patient is treated on a weekend
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The British ambassador to Egypt, John Casson, said that the ruling would ‘undermine confidence in Egypt’s stability'
Egypt’s Foreign Ministry says John Casson's comments were 'incompatible with diplomatic norms and practices'
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Ameena Saeed Hasan says most Yazidis no longer feel safe in their country after Isis attacks
One German state has offered to take 1,000 women and children traumatised by Isis. Will Britain follow suit?
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Campaigners say that disabled people have been disproportionately hit by Iain Duncan Smith's welfare reforms
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Chris Christie, a would-be Republican candidate for the White House, has called for visitors to the US to be tracked until they have left, as if they were courier packages
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Smaller farms are at a disadvantage compared with large ones, which receive government aid and loans
Small holdings are at the mercy of local officials who demand the slaughter of their animals to prevent spread of swine feve
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A restored version of the Amber Room in 2003. The train is thought to contain original pieces from the palace, estimated to be worth £250m
Rumours of train have swirled around Polish town for years
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Sir John Chilcot first announced the terms of reference of his inquiry into the causes of the Iraq war in 2009
Sir John's initial report accused of being 'riddled with errors'
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A military agreement signed with Turkey on 22 July is a betrayal of the Kurds - the only force to have effectively resisted the jihadis in Syria, writes Patrick Cockburn
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According to newly-released correspondence, Prince Charles privately lobbied Alex Salmond as Scotland’s First Minister to seek money or political backing for causes including a stately home and his Highlands food brand
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For many of us, a view of the sea is as good as it gets. And these spectacular coastal charmers, complete with clifftop views and private steps to the beach, show us exactly why homes in these top seaside spots are more popular than ever.

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TOWIE raised its profile, and now Crossrail is set to boost this north-east London spot where families and savvy investors are busy snapping up homes.

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Kate Moss chose to rent an Italian villa in Spoleto when visiting the area for her agent's wedding. And now the once exclusive Umbrian cottage is available to rent for a budget-friendly £72 a night.

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As Londoners are pushed further from the capital’s centre in search of homes they can afford, Zone 4 has become the budget frontier.

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