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British police reportedly made the request to their Portuguese counterparts in a recent meeting between the two forces

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Tim Key: 'If I ever die, be sure to scatter my ashes around the Edinburgh Fringe’

I’m sat on my fat arse on the train to Edinburgh and getting emotional. I’m going to the Fringe, my spiritual second or third home. Dewy-eyed, I eat a ham-and-egg bloomer, neck mango-and-apple drink and watch England’s over-hyped scenery whistle by. I devour a vegetable crisp. The train slows down. Peterborough.

The Business Matrix: Friday 9 August 2013

Ladbrokes is hit by heatwave

Asos hires Ian Dyson from M&S

Online fashion retailer Asos has turned to Marks & Spencer for again by hiring former finance director Ian Dyson.

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Page 3 Profile: Beth Tweddle, Olmypic bronze medal-winning gymnast

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Chris Blackhurst: In the Aegean it's business as usual, but where are the jobless Greeks?

Midweek View: Unemployment is twice the eurozone average, yet here I am being waited upon by people who are not Greek
Rob Crouch in Oliver Reed Wild Thing

Theatre review: Oliver Reed: Wild Thing - Rob Crouch skilfully embodies the actor in this pub-based piss-up

If there were an award for “strongest bladder of the year” amongst the annual acting gongs, it's a safe bet that in 2013 it would go to Rob Crouch who has to down worrying quantities of liquid-posing-as-booze during his bravura solo turn as Oliver Reed in this one-man show which he co-wrote with Mike Davis.

Harriet Walker: It's strange how alien your voice can sound given how often you use it

I don't want to brag, but in the past month alone, more than three – yes, it was four – people have told me I have an excellent voice for radio. And no, they weren't making veiled insults about how well my face might suit that medium, too. At least, I don't think they were.

American tourist stabbed to death after refusing to stop singing with band in Thailand bar

The dispute allegedly came about at a karaoke bar following a dispute over the song he was singing

Kenny Sansom pictured playing for England in 1988 against Frank Rijkaard

Former England star Kenny Sansom admits he's 'homeless, a drunk and sleeping on a park bench'

Shocking admission by former Arsenal player is down to his on-going issues with alcohol and gambling causing his family to fear for his life

Brompton Road Tube station was shut in 1934

For sale: Spacious wartime bunker, good transport links

MoD deems that disused Brompton Road Tube station is no longer an operational necessity

UK bars are increasingly joining the Russian vodka boycott

No equal rights, no vodka nights: gay clubs boycott Russian imports

Popular British gay bars and nightclubs have joined a global boycott of Russian vodka brands following allegations of human rights abuses by Vladimir Putin’s government.

LGBT campaigners boycott vodka in protest at Russian gay rights abuses - even though their main target isn't made in Russia

Dump Russian Vodka campaign spawns #DumpStoli hashtag even though Stolichnaya made in Latvia by a company based in Luxembourg

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Man in court accused of attempted bank robberies

A man appeared in court today, accused of trying to rob two south London banks with a replica assault rifle.

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The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
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Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
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It worked with cupcakes, doughnuts and macarons so no wonder someone decided to revamp the humble biscuit
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Can SkySaga capture the Minecraft magic?

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The school in Cambridgeshire is ahead of the pack when it comes to using the latest classroom technology. Richard Garner discovers how teachers and pupils stay connected
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