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The UK will experience much cooler temperatures and stormy rain showers in many areas

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As many as 38 people were killed in the terrorist attack

Mohamed cartoon exhibition coming to London in September, anti-Sharia group announces

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The Defence Secretary, Michael Fallon: 'I think Members of Parliament will want to think very carefully about how we best deal with Isil'

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MPs may vote on Syria strikes on Isis if a Tunisia link is established

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House prices near fracking sites could fall by up to 7 per cent, government report warns

Fracking could also worsen traffic congestion, noise and air quality, and may not bring many jobs to an area in the longer term, it says

A report has recommended building a new runway at heathrow

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The Prime Minister previously ruled out expanding Heathrow

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The airport’s boundary could engulf half of the peaceful village, destroying businesses, a primary school and 750 homes in the process

An artist's impression showing how Heathrow Airport could look with a third runway

Heathrow Airport expansion: David Cameron at risk of Cabinet revolt over plans for third runway

Mr Cameron is under strong pressure from business leaders to bite the bullet on Heathrow but his Cabinet is split

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