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A Canadian company has discovered that Nenthead may be sitting on one of Europe's biggest deposits

Teenager dies climbing England's highest mountain

A teenager has died while trying to climb England's highest mountain in Cumbria.

Lime Wood in Hampshire

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Lime Wood, Hampshire

Man jailed for pensioner burglary

A burglar whose terrified 86-year-old victim suffered a suspected heart attack has been jailed for 16 months.

Sellafield waste plant closure could cost taxpayer £100m

Japanese will not have to pay decommissioning costs, senior executive at nuclear power plant says

Missing skunk found after police appeal

Police hunting a missing pet skunk say she has now been found safe and well.

Cause of Taser man's death unknown

Tests on a man who died after being Tasered by police have proved inconclusive.

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Misconduct policeman 'abused power'

A detective constable with responsibility for sexual offenders will be sentenced today after being found guilty of abusing his position to set up affairs with vulnerable women.

Scotland Yard chief: We need to do better

A Scotland Yard chief apologised to Londoners today as he said the riots had stretched resources "to an extent I have never seen before".

Andrew Rosthorn: In the shadow of the Dirty Thirty, a worried community seeks action

Work to clean up Sellafield's legacy will last centuries

Closure of Mox plant leaves nuclear waste headache for Cumbria

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) said potential delays in Japanese orders for Mox fuel following the earthquake and tsunami on 11 March, which caused a major crisis at the Fukushima nuclear plant, meant that the Sellafield Mox Plant must now close with the loss of about 800 jobs.

Torrential rain warning for UK

Torrential downpours could hit parts of the UK today, with severe weather warnings issued by the Met Office.

Children 'locked in car' amid 40C heat

A woman has been charged with neglect after she allegedly left her three young children locked in an extremely hot car for 45 minutes in the centre of Carlisle.

Man dies after Great North Swim

A man died while taking part in the Great North Swim, the organisers confirmed.

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David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
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Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
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Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
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His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
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You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

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