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The reductions come as fewer letters and parcels are posted in the UK

Half of post boxes to be emptied once a day as Royal Mail cuts costs

Half of all post boxes are to be emptied just once a day as the Royal Mail seeks to cut costs.

President Obama was speaking ahead of the expected release of a Senate report that criticises the CIA’s treatment of captives

Barack Obama admits: The CIA 'tortured some folks after 9/11'

Barack Obama was speaking ahead of a Senate report that will criticise the CIA

Gatwick Airport has up to 60 staff on standby to avoid baggage chaos

100 extra staff enlisted by Gatwick Airport to beat baggage chaos

Gatwick Airport has up to 60 staff on standby to ensure there is no repeat of last week’s chaos that left some passengers being told to go home without their baggage.

Switching to an organic diet would provide an antioxidant boost equivalent to one to two extra portions of fruit and vegetables a day, according to research

An unhealthy row: report claiming organic food is better divides UK scientists

Fresh research claiming organically grown food is healthier than conventional crops has provoked a row between scientists.

Recreational anglers are responsible for about a quarter of the wild sea bass catch

Sea bass numbers suffer a dramatic decline as overfishing takes its toll

The problem has intensified in the past 12 months and scientists are now urging an 80 per cent reduction in catches

Accused: The late Sir Cyril Smith has been linked to a police inquiry into a paedophile ring

'Child abuse list includes 10 MPs and peers'

Operation Fernbridge whistleblower says allegations cover three to four decades

One of the three freed labourers who were trapped, along with eight more who are still missing, in a collapsed mine in the Honduran region of Choluteca

Three miners rescued after eight days at illegal gold mine in Honduras

Eight others are still missing and rescue workers have little idea where they are

Police search the scene at Salary Brook Trail in Colchester

Colchester knife murder: Pond drained in hunt for clues to killing of Saudi student Nahid Almanea

Detectives hunting a killer who stabbed a Saudi Arabian student to death as she walked along a quiet footpath in Colchester have drained a pond in the search for the murder weapon.

Current ''Bag for Life'' shopping bags are reusable and environmentally-friendly but don't yet have anti-bacterial properties

Anti-bacterial bag-for-life could prevent rise in food poisoning when 5p plastic bag charge comes into force

A bag-for-life that slows the growth of bacteria which cause food poisoning could be in the supermarkets within months.

100 redundant prison officers asked to work as numbers in UK prisons soar

The Ministry of Justice is pleading for prison officers who have recently been made redundant to come back to work.

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