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Two Britons are among a group of 20 journalists working for Al-Jazeera facing criminal trial in Egypt on charges of aiding or joining a terrorist organisation – the latest press crackdown in a country which is facing growing instability.

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He was trying to paddle across one of world's busiest sea lanes to start new life in France

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Bodies 'absolutely consistent' with descriptions of two missing people but are yet to be officially identified

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Small piranha-like fish was found in European waters for the first time in August

Andrew Demetriou laughed on air when told of the incident

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League apologises after chief executive burst out laughing at cruel year-end prank

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Specialist radar uncovered the 800m deep canyon

Body of missing schoolboy Andrew Collings recovered from River Cam

Witnesses reported seeing him enter the water on Tuesday evening

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Archaeologist Dave Parham with the elaborately carved rudder

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Large sculpted moustachioed human head formed part of the wrecked ship’s 3.5 tonne rudder

'I don’t oppose Islam as a country' - Australian politician withdraws from election after TV immigration gaffe interview goes viral

Stephanie Banister attacked the way the interview was edited and apologised to her friends and family for any embarrassment

Pietersen: 'How stupid would I be to hide a nick when it could save me on an lbw?'

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An American energy regulator threatened BP with fines of nearly $29m (£19m) yesterday, asking the oil giant to respond to allegations of manipulating the natural gas market.

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