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Another 70’s revival?

The Wombles of Wimbledon are set to return to the small screen

Remember the Wombles? TV favourites poised to return on Channel 5

The Wombles are coming back to TV and the loveable litter-pickers have had a high-tech makeover.

The trip: A new 15-day trip on the Golden Eagle Danube Express departs Budapest next October for Iran. It’s the first European train tour allowed in to the country. It will also visit Romania, Bulgaria and Turkey (mircorp.com).

Sicily: Bulgarian tourist killed in road accident is buried without family's knowledge after authorities mistake him for illegal African immigrant

Stoyan Zafirova's parents only learnt he had been run over by a car a week after the accident occurred

The number of Romanians and Bulgarians working in the UK has risen by more than a quarter

Number of Romanians and Bulgarians working in UK jumps by over 25% in three months

New figures show a sharp increase in migrants from both countries working in the UK

The Wombles of Wimbledon are making their big screen debut

Wombles of Wimbledon make silver screen debut

The Wombles, the eco-friendly stars of children's TV from yesteryear, are to star in their own film.

Firms have a 'social duty' to hire British workers, says Conservative minister Matthew Hancock

Companies have a "social duty" to employ young British workers rather than better-qualified immigrants, a Conservative minister said today.

Melanie Jewett - deaf long-distance runner

Deaflympics: Deaf athletes get set - but who is watching the 'Silent Games'?

Deaflympics begins in Bulgaria, but suffers from lack of funding and media attention

Protesters clash with Bulgarian riot police in Sofia on Tuesday night

Police rescue 100 besieged MPs after parliament blockade as Bulgaria protest turns violent

Lawmakers were trapped inside for more than eight hours during protests

Shiite Muslims Hezbollah militants stand to attention

Hezbollah rattled as EU unanimously agrees to put group on terrorism blacklist

Brussels has broken ties with military wing of the Lebanese organisation – but what will it mean on the ground?

1966 British actor Christopher Lee in his most famous role, that of Bram Stoker's Dracula.jpeg

‘Vampire' graveyard? Heads placed between legs of decapitated skeletons found in Poland

Rearrangement indicates ancient execution rituals designed to ensure the dead do not return to life, say archaeologists

Tyson Fury stands on a chair to make a point during his press conference with David Haye

Boxing: David Haye is a 'little man who stinks the place out,' says Tyson Fury

Tyson Fury lit the blue touch paper ahead of his highly anticipated fight against David Haye by belittling the former WBA heavyweight champion's record and labelling him a "celebrity little fighting man" ahead of their contest in Manchester on 28 September.

Boxing: Anthony Joshua agrees Hearn pro deal

Anthony Joshua, who won super-heavyweight gold for Britain at the Olympics, is expected to finally announce he has turned professional this week, and has signed a four-year deal with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom promotions.

Gay couple are first to get American green card after court ruling allowing gay marriage

A Bulgarian student and his American husband are the first gay couple in the US to have their green card petition, or permanent visa, approved after the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriages.

Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria lost his singles second round match against Greg Zemlja of Slovenia

Grigor Dimitrov slides out of singles

Watched by his girlfriend Maria Sharapova, in sunglasses that were hardly needed, the 29th seed Grigor Dimitrov slid out of the men's singles after a dramatic half an hour's play that was interrupted by light drizzle. Resuming at 8-9 in the final set, he never got a grip on the match against Grega Zemlja and was eventually beaten 3-6, 7-6, 3-6, 6-4, 11-9.

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